It has been my honor to serve as President of the Lake Holiday Board of Directors these past four years. I have always had the best interest of the community in mind with my decision-making, and I appreciate everyone’s confidence in me. Thank you again to the Board Directors for their support, to the staff for their hard work and commitment, and to the dedicated group of volunteers that make Lake Holiday such a special place. It has been a collaborative effort in all the good that was accomplished in our beautiful residential community.
The running of LHCC goes on. The marina reconfiguration has been completed with the addition of 13 new slips. The new arrangement should eliminate dock damage and expensive repairs caused after severe summer storms.
Delays continue for the Beach II redesign work. Contractor Pine Knoll has had setbacks in obtaining paperwork from the County and labor shortages. Work should proceed into November.
Landscaping of decorative grasses and trees around sections of the Dog Park will begin in November also. The old bus stop gazebo from South Lakeview Drive has been relocated to Country Club Park with its final location in that area to be determined.
The Fall Fest, sponsored by the Activities Committee, was a big success with a large turnout. Attendees enjoyed the music of Movin’On Band, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, tattoo painting, food vendors, hayrides, and a flea market.
Haines Security Company will be leaving LH the end of December. A three-year contract for security services has been awarded to Allied Security starting January 1, 2022. Allied was selected from six bids based upon pricing, services provided, and ability to respond to association needs.
Repairs to broken fencing at the front entrance and along Redland Road will begin in November. The fence line will be extended to the bus stop.
Power washing and repainting of the tennis courts is under way as well as the addition of a pickle ball court.
The Association Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members was held Saturday, October 23. Approximately 40 people attended. Due to technical difficulties the meeting was not live streamed as expected but will be available on YouTube at a later date. I reviewed the year coinciding with an excellent slide presentation created by John Martel, noting the year of accomplishments and highlighting the community committees. Treasurer Ed Noble reported LH is in sound financial shape and assessments will not go up next year.
Betka Hardgrave, Mary C. Melcher, Mary Lewia, and Bill Quirk were elected to three-year terms, and Stephanie Ryan was elected to a one-year term. All three propositions passed. Next year’s election will change the number of Board members from eleven to nine, and wording concerning term limits and electronic voting will be more clearly defined.
As I write this last article I reflect back and am filled with emotion. I hope you have enjoyed my reports over the past four years as I have always tried to keep residents advised of the ever-changing landscape and running of the community.
My only disappointment is the lackluster turnout for Board elections and attendance at the annual meeting. Out of 1,800 property owners eligible to vote, 326 chose to do so this year. Forty attendees were at the annual meeting, less than the number who show up for a food truck on a summer day. A great deal of time is devoted to preparation of the meeting, with the PowerPoint presentation and the reports from the committees, all of which keep the community updated and informed. It was unfortunate that the live broadcast did not work, but the bugs are being worked out.
As I look to the future, I hope and encourage everyone to get involved, volunteer and be part of the decision-making process. Thoughtful participation is needed to continue operating Lake Holiday at the highest level and to enjoy our crown jewel: the lake!