IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS
By Bryan Lorentzen, President
It’s the little things that can make you happy and make others happy. It’s a smile, a wave or lending a helping hand to your neighbor – even when they don’t ask; it’s seeing a plastic bottle at the curb and picking it up or helping a crazy turtle in the middle of the road get to safety on the other side; it’s slowing down when you see some kids playing or helping a child that just fell off his/her bicycle; it’s participating in the Lake Pointe fishing bobber identification program so everyone will know that you are a resident with fishing privileges; it’s helping your neighbor with their lawn mowing when they are out of town; it’s helping the neighborhood watch for suspicious activity and calling the police if need be; it’s helping organize the neighborhood picnic and end of school year celebration or just attending the event and making new friends; it’s helping to make our neighborhood look better by participating in the pond clean up or repairing /replacing your mail box when necessary; it’s repairing your lamp post to light the way and help keep our neighborhood safe when it’s dark outside; and it’s thanking fellow members, like Nicole, Bob, Don and Cindy, for their help
with all of our homeowners association work. It’s the little things that become the big things for all of us.
Coyote sightings in Franklin neighborhoods are common and not a cause for concern.However there are steps you can take to discourage them from visiting us at Lake Pointe. Take a moment to view the video above for helpful tips on "Hazing a Coyote". Please remember that it is always important to keep a close eye on pets when outside and to not feed urban wildlife in general. Milwaukee County Parks and the DNR is interested in any coyote sightings in order to monitor activity and behavior. They ask that you report any coyote observations to the “Milwaukee County Coyote Watch” project at iwww.iNaturalist.org
Saturday May 2nd, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
All Lake Pointe residents are encouraged to participate. Meet at the walkway by the north end of the pond (next to Don Dorsan’s house). Tasks will include weeding, tree mulching and general clean up of the planting areas around the pond. Bring your own garden tools such as rakes, wheelbarrows, shovels, and gloves. Resident adult participants will each get a $10.00 service hour credit towards their 2020 dues for every hour they participate in this clean up event
There has been a lot happening in and around the pond this season Longtime residents have commented that the pond has not looked this good in ten years or more Whether it is the contracted pond treatments, amount of rainfall or the planting initiative that has prevented yard chemicals from seeping into the pond is definitively hard to determine. Whatever the causes the result has been a good looking - and smelling pond, an increase in the amount of fish spawning and fewer geese due to the shoreline plantings which prevents them from entering the pond. Nothing comes without cost however. Increased rainfall has necessitated more grass cuttings. More shoreline and flowerbed growth required more maintenance and the paths leading to the pond had to be resurfaced. Looking ahead a number of trees and shrubs surrounding the pond have died or have overgrown their support systems and have to be removed. The annual Spring Clean-up effort while effective, in the short term does not offer a continuous and long – term solution so additional services have had to been contracted.
Adult Homeowners are reminded that they can reduce their Association fees by volunteering for pond projects throughout the year. See: Service Hours Hold Dues Down For All below
The pond at Lake Pointe is a wonderful asset supported by our annual dues. In addition to serving as an important part of the subdivisions storm-water control system, It is also a fishing and recreational benefit enjoyed by the resident of Lake Pointe Estates. The pond was stocked years ago with Blue Gill and Bass and is supported by occasional stocking of feeder minnows. Catching these fish is source of enjoyment by our residents young and old. It is also a tempting spot for non-residents to fish here as well. Our pond has even been featured on websites highlighting local fishing hot spots encouraging those who don't live here to check it out; another definite case of useful technology being put to dubious use.
We attempt to discourage all non-dues paying trespassers so that we don't have to restock the fish – at our expense - and to keep our grounds clean. It is difficult however, to determine who is a dues paying member and who is not. Therefore the board is offering a simple, low-tech way of identifying members. We are asking that you carry a Lake Pointe "bobber" with you when fishing down by the pond, (see sample image on the left) The bobbers are about 2 1/2 " in diameter can be attached to your tackle box or belt loop or where ever it is visible or leave it on the dashbord of your car if parking near the path.. Carrying the bobber is completely voluntary but it is our hope that it will avoid having to confront members who are rightfully enjoying the pond.
The Lake Pointe Estates restrictions and covenants require that your lamp post be lit from dusk to dawn. Additionally it is well known that a well lighted neighborhood reduces crime. If your light is not working you can either replace it with a similar size, color and quality fixture or you can have it rebuilt. Either way you must return your light to working order. As a service, Association member Don Dorsan can rebuild your existing light fixture including paint, a new LED light bulb and a new photo eye for $60.00 contact Don at [email protected]
Lake Pointe Estates Homeowners Associations restrictions and covenants require that we all install the same approved mailbox pictured above
A recent look around the subdivision shows a few of our mailboxes are in need of replacement or are in non conformance with the approved standard and should be replaced. We have shopped this around and found the best deal for this mailbox is by ordering on line at Menards for $29.99. The Model Number is CC1R000 Click here for details. Menards also carries the Post
You can have a complete mailbox, post and newspaper box like the one pictured here installed for just $185.00.
These mailboxes are:
Order now for installation before winter
Contact [email protected] or call 414-333-5716 for more information.
Now you can pay for your mailbox via Visa or Master card via Paypal. Click on the Buy Now button below
This offer made independent of the Lake Pointe Estates Homeowners Association. The Association makes no warranties or has any liability
Looking for ways to reduce your annual due payment? Consider helping out the Association and your neighbors by working on one of this year's service hour tasks. For each hour you spend performing one of these tasks you may deduct $10 off of your annual dues up to the total amount of your annual dues. Last year projects such as painting the benches and compressor enclosure, spreading much and maintaining flower beds were accomplished as service hour projects. Service hours are a win- win for everyone. The Association saves money over the cost of hiring out these various tasks thereby reducing everyone's dues and the member saves on their own annual dues for next year. Of course several of our members also simply volunteer their time without claiming service hours or do a combination of service hours or volunteering. The Association thanks you for doing so. The choice is yours.
All service hours must be pre-approved and are recorded by the Association. Simply contact any board member for pre-approval or e-mail [email protected] Once approved let the Association know how many hours you wish to claim and or donate.
Here are the tasks that need to be done this coming year. If you have other ideas please let us know.
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Lake Pointe Estates offers voluntary membership to those who wish to use the pond for fishing. Voluntary members pay the same dues as residents which are $190 per year. You can become a member by mailing a check to the association along with your name and address to:
Lake Pointe Estates
PO Box 320214
Franklin WI 53132
Note voluntary member in the check memo. You can also pay by credit card. a 3% processing fee is added for a total of $195.70 . To pay by credit card click on the link below.
Pay your Lake Pointe Dues via Credit Card
PayPal charges 2.9% +.30 for this transaction. 2020 Dues are $205, Payment via PayPal including fees charged by PayPal bringing your total to $211.25. To accept these charges and pay via credit card, Click on the Buy Now button below to proceed i
The pond will soon be freezing over. In early winter, due to freezing and thawing it is particularly dangerous.
Never go out on the ice alone and never allow children on the ice with our an adult
We love dogs but not what they leave behind! Please be considerate of your neighbors and pick up your dogs droppings. Besides being the right thing to do it is an ordinance in the city of Franklin.
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