Vol. #83 Nov./Dec. 2004 Newsletter

 

 

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OF WALKER LAKESHORES LANDOWNERS ASSOCIATION

 

Effective November 1, 2004, only vehicles which may be lawfully operated on the public highways of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may be operated on the roads, streets, drives and other rights-of-way owned or controlled by Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association.  Such motor vehicles shall only be operated by drivers licensed to operate motor vehicles on the said public highways. 

 

Without limitation of the foregoing, the use of all terrain vehicles, motor driven cycles, dune buggies, pocket bikes, golf carts, trail bikes, snowmobiles, racing carts and vehicles of similar design or nature are specifically prohibited from use on any lands owned, operated, controlled or maintained by Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association.

 

Upon written application substantiated with appropriate medical proof as required by Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association, exceptions to the prohibition against use of the aforesaid prohibited vehicles may be made for legitimate medical necessity.

 

Violations of the regulation shall result in the imposition of a $100.00 fine for the first offense, a $200.00 fine for the second offense and a $500.00 fine for each subsequent offense.

 

There have been numerous problems and a steady stream of complaints to the Board of Directors from members of the community concerning these recreational vehicles. The failure of some ATV owners and drivers to comply with WLLA requirements to register their vehicles with WLLA Office, as well as actions of several owners and drivers has brought the WLLA Board to take this action.  The WLLA Board has every intention for citing violators, imposing a fine, and filing a lien on property owners who choose not to pay the fine.  Notices of fines will be delivered in person or sent by registered mail.

 

Board of Directors

Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association

 
ART HARVEST 2004

On November 6th Art Harvest 2004 will be held at the Clubhouse from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Start the Holidays off by greeting and meeting your neighbors at Walker Lake. All Walker Lake artists are invited to display or perform. It’s a perfect time to talk with the artists and each other. There will be Pottery, Photography, Painting, Sculpture,Quilting and more! There will be a Kid’s Kraft table to keep them entertained. Purchase art for Holiday presents and have a snack. Artists contact Chris Gries (570-296-3034 or reddoe@ptd.net) if you wish to exhibit. If you wish to contribute cheese, wine, snacks & paper goods or set up contact Fran Orth  (570-296-5528 or frano18458@ptd.net) or Pegge Dodge (570-559-7937 or pegala@ptd.net).

 

Update from the Treasurer of WLLA

This year has seen a substantial increase in payments of assessments as well as higher collections of past due amounts. The Association has just filed the first of approximately forty-five liens against property owners who have consistently refused to pay their assessments. It is not fair to those who pay regularly to have others choose to ignore their responsibilities.

 

We are in the process of completing the budget for next year and will review the need to raise assessments. There has been substantial work done this year on roads (we borrowed $160,00 from Wayne Bank to do this) and the recent storms and rains have caused additional expenses. There are also expenses related to the lake but we have substantial reserves to cover those.

In keeping with my promise I have placed half of all lake funds received this year into the Lake Reserve account. The balance is currently nearly $125,000.

 

I would like to suggest to people that they pay their past due balances before liens are in place. Liens will affect credit ratings and the ability to secure loans, cars, refinancing, etc. For those of you who have chosen to ignore your responsibilities it is time to reconsider.

Linda Cioppa, Treasurer

 

TWIN/WALKER CREEKS WATERSHED CONSERVANCY

 At the last Twin/Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy Board meeting, there was discussion about some confusion in the Walker Lake community concerning the Conservancy.  It was brought to the attention of the Conservancy that some residents of Walker Lake think that the Twin/Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy is the same organization as the Walker Lake Landowners Association.  This confusion might occur because the Twin/Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy shares the same address as the Landowner’s Association and conducts some Board meetings and the public meetings at the Walker Lake clubhouse.  In addition, the Walker Lake Landowners Association has provided the Twin/Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy with space for our water-testing laboratory. 

 

However, the Twin/Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that conducts our activities with volunteers and no paid staff.  Therefore, we utilize the address of the Walker Lake offices to have our mail delivered.  The Twin/Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy’s mission is to promote better understanding of the Twin/Walker Creeks watershed and its ecosystems and to protect, restore and enhance the watershed through proper management and watershed stewardship.  The Conservancy has achieved its mission through an annual water quality monitoring, educational programs and a watershed assessment study.   

 

We also appreciate the financial assistance we receive from the Walker Lake Landowner’s Association for our annual water quality monitoring of Walker Lake.  We are currently developing a display for the Conservancy and will unveil it on Election Day November 2 at the Shohola Township Building to educate the residents of the watershed as well as recruit new members.

 

The Septic System Fact Sheet and Homeowner’s Septic System Checklist, funded by a grant from the Canaan Valley Institute, are available from the Conservancy or you can access them at our website at www.twcwc.com.

 

Our next public meeting, “Conservation of Open Space” is Saturday, November 13 at 2 pm at the Walker Lake clubhouse.  Peter Pinchot, grandson of Gifford Pinchot, will present information on the increasing population growth in Pike County and what effects it is having on the area’s water quality, wildlife, natural landscapes and rural towns and how adopting innovative planning strategies we can protect our quality of life.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

 

 If you care about the water quality of Walker Lake and want to ensure that Walker Lake remains healthy and pleasant, then we need you to become a member of the Twin/Walker Creeks Watershed Conservancy.  Your membership support will assist the Conservancy in continuing to monitor the water quality of Walker Lake as well as protect the property values of our community.  To become a member, contact me at 570-296-2244 or visit our website at www.twcwc.com.  Memberships begin at $5.00 for senior and student and go up to $50 for corporate/business.  Family memberships are $15 for family.  There is additional information about the Conservancy on our website thanks to Jeff Seeds.  All membership contributions are tax deductible.  Please join us and visit our website.

Peter Wulfhorst

 

NOTICE TO ALL SHOREOWNERS WHO REQUESTED WORK BE DONE

I HAVE SUBMITTED A SEDIMENT AND EROSION CONTROL PLAN TO THE PIKE COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT FOR EACH OWNER WHO INDICATED THAT THEY WISHED TO REMOVE SILT AND DEBRIS FROM THEIR SHORELINES ACCORDING TO THE GUIDELINES STATED BELOW.  I RECEIVED A FAVORABLE REPLY, I WILL NOTIFY EACH OWNER BY LETTER.    EACH OWNER SHOULD PICK UP TWO COPIES OF THEIR PLAN AT THE WLLA OFFICE DURING OFFICE HOURS.  OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT THEIR CONTRACTOR AND PROVIDE A COPY OF THIS PLAN TO OBTAIN BIDS AND BEGIN WORK.  THE CONTRACTOR MUST HAVE THIS PLAN IN THEIR POSSESSION ON THE WORK SITE.  THE OWNER MUST RETAIN A COPY OF THE PLAN AT THEIR LAKESIDE HOME.  A THIRD COPY WILL BE KEPT ON FILE AT THE OFFICE FOR PERUSAL BY OTHER GOVERNING AGENCIES.  

 

NO WORK MAY BE DONE WITHOUT THE SEDIMENT AND EROSION CONTROL PLAN IN PLACE.  VIOLATORS WILL BE CITED.  

 

IF YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT DOING THIS WORK, PLEASE NOTIFY ME IMMEDIATELY.  RALPH CIOPPA, 570 296 6482

 

THE FOLLOWING NAMES WERE SUBMITTED:

 

Walker Lake Landowners Association

Beach 100 Walker Lake Road

Walker Lake Landowners Association

East Shore Drive Access

Josh & Risa Stern

142 East Shore Drive

Ralph Cioppa

132 East Shore Drive

Lori Andiman

124 East Shore Drive

Frank Dubowski

110 East Shore Drive

Marvin Schecter

112 East Shore Drive

Fred Fischer

102 East Shore Drive

Arthur Ridley

Lakeshore Road

George & Michele Patton

108 Lakeshore Road

E. P. Cianciulli

162 Lakeshore Road

Hennessey

Lakeshore Road

Anthony Blackfeld

Lakeshore Road

(Shoreowners, con’t)

Richard Tritschler

122 Maple Drive

Jack Kane

100 Maple Drive

Bruce Fisher

120 Maple Drive

Martin Kelly

118 Maple Drive

Pat & Chet Dawson

142 Maple Drive

Eric Streifman

102 Maple Drive

William Schellhaus

124 Maple Drive

Walker Lake Landowners Association

Sandy Beach

Paul Palladino

572 Twin Lakes Road

Eran Bavli

614 Twin Lakes Road

Miriam Gunn

610 Twin Lakes Road

Peter Pychynski

Twin Lakes Road

Stanley Goldhaft

541 Twin Lakes

Dave & Linda Goldberg

522 Twin Lakes Road

Reese Gwynn

151 West Shore Drive

William Savarese

147 West Shore Drive

Harry Brotnitsky

123 West Shore Drive

Augie Calamis

129 West Shore Drive

Richard & Sharon Pachler

133 West Shore Drive

 

GUIDELINES

We will be able to remove silt from the shoreline. We have some decisions to make about silt removal. Any owner may use a backhoe (only a backhoe) to enter the lakebed and remove silt & debris down to the original surface of the lakebed.  No machinery with blade or rake is permitted. The silt has to be removed and placed in an area that is not wetland, does not contain hydric soil or will not re-enter the lake. The material may be trucked off site.  If placed on the owner's property, the location must be indicated on the Sediment and Erosion Control Plan and this as filed.  Embedded rocks and tree stumps may not be removed.  Loose logs, stumps and rocks may be removed but the shoreline may not be altered.

 

Deer

As previously posted in the Pike County Dispatch, Game Wardens can now issue a $100 per day fine for feeding deer. This has been added to the bear management protocol. This is because placing food for deer also attracts bear. Bird feeders also attract bear.

 

Leaves:

NO leaf burning at all. You must contact the Fire Department to obtain permission.

 

WALKER LAKE WOMEN’S CLUB – 2004

In 2004 the Club finished the drapes for the Clubhouse.  Under the guidance of Christine our ladies made beautiful Swarofski necklaces and earrings.  These and many other crafts and quilting projects were accomplished.

 

In 2005 during Jan., Feb., and Mar. the Club will meet on the third Wed. each month.  Beginning in April we will meet the first Wed. each month for crafts and the third Wed. for quilting.  We hope these new dates will be satisfactory with everyone.

 

2004 found us joining the Red Hat Society.  We are known as the “Red Hat Sew ‘n Sews”.  We have dined in several restaurants all done up in our red hats and purple outfits.  Of course, we always find shops with interesting fabrics and red and purple apparel.  It has been a lot of fun.

On Mon., Dec. 6th, we will have our annual Christmas Luncheon at the Clubhouse.  

 

We all look forward to the New Year and to the many new projects we will make and things we will learn.

 

IMPORTANT!! ALL PROPERTY OWNERS:

Shohola Township has recently issued a new House Number & Road Signage Ordinance which requires property owners to prominently display their “911” house number.  This will ensure that emergency vehicles are able to respond in a timely fashion to fire, police & medical emergencies.  Copies of this ordinance are on file at the WLLA Office, as well as the Shohola Township Office building.  This ordinance requires that all property owners prominently display their “911” house number so that it is visible from the road house numbers must be at least 4” in height.  Over the next several months, WLLA will be replacing road signs to comply with this ordinance.

 

*** Please keep us informed of your current reach numbers and current address information so that we can properly respond to emergency situations ***

 

DUMPING OF GARBAGE AT THE FIREHOUSE ON MAPLE DRIVE:

The mesh bin located outside the firehouse on Maple Drive is for the collection of aluminum cans only.  It is illegal to dump garbage and violators may be prosecuted.  The fire department is in the business of fighting fires and providing emergency medical services, NOT getting rid of someone's garbage. Anyone with information about the person(s) dumping their garbage bags alongside the aluminum can bin please call 296-4436.   If possible, get a license plate number, make and color of vehicle. Thank you, Shohola Volunteer Fire and Rescue

NEXT NEWSLETTER: Deadline for the next newsletter is February 19, 2005. E-mail information to pegala@ptd.net or call 570-559-7937.