Welcome to fall again.The years go by so fast, it just amazes me. For me, I try tolook back and think of all of the things that have happened throughout the year and that makes it seem like the year wasn’t so short. Whether it was socializing with friends and neighbors like the great last day of school party that a neighbor organized, or what we got done around our house. Like many of the other houses in the neighborhood we finally had new windows put in this year. We worked on our lawn, gardens, and the trees next to our house. It’s like a jungle out there with the trees and bushes growing quickly with the help of all of our rain. I’ve seen a lot of neighbors doing the same. Maybe the former homeowner liked lots of bushes and trees and then they got out of control and needed to be cleaned up by the new owner. I’ve seen new paint and garage doors, new driveways, clean up around the pond, and new mailboxes. It’s a lot of work and can cost a lot of money to keep a house up, but the subdivision is looking great! Thank you everyone for working to keep up your house. It helps us all financially when someone is selling a house and makes all of us feel better when we drive home and see our nice neighborhood.
Dues to remain the same as 2018
Spending exceeded the budget in 2018 by nearly $1000 due taking the opportunity for low cost labor to trim shrubs and remove dead or dying trees around the pond and do some weeding. Tree and shrub trimming had been deferred for the past several years. Three hundred dollars have been budgeted for continued grounds maintenance in 2019.
The resulting budget sets dues at $180. after the $15.00 prompt payment discount is applied. The discount is extended to those who pay their dues prior to March 1, 2019. We thank the majority of owners who take advantage of this prompt payment discount.
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-key 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. 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.
Lake Pointe is now on Face Book. Be sure to click on the Face Book logo to the Left "Friend" and "Like" us today!
You may now pay your Lake Pointe Estates annual dues on line with your charge card via Pay Pal,
PayPal charges 2.9% +.30 for this transaction. 2019 Dues are $195, If payment is received before March 1st you may deduct $15,00. Dues prior to March 1st via PayPal including fees are $185.52. Click on the Buy Now button below to proceed if you do not have a credit or past due on your account.
If your invoice shows anything other than $180.00 as a balance due follow these instructions:
If you have credit or an outstanding balance on you account use the following payment button.
Add 2.9% plus 30 cents to the balance due amount on your invoice or statement and enter that amount when paying your due.
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
Holidays are a time for celebrations with family and friends. It’s also time for decorating both inside and out. Unfortunately that means a greater risk for accidents and fires. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and safe fall and holiday season. The National Fire Protection Association website has a series of safety tips covering Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays and much more. Visit their site at www.nfpa.org/education
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.
Lake Pointe is now on Face Book. Share photos, thoughts and stay informed. "Like" us.
Bryan Lorentzen, President—Term: 1/1/17 - 12/31/19
Buddy White, Vice President—Term: 1/1/15—12/31/18
Treasurer, Don Dorsan– Term: 1/1/17 - 12/31/19
Secretary, Bob Sagadin– Term: 1/1/16—12/31/18