NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS, CONTRACTORS & DEVELOPERS
Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association
All WLLA Property owners were notified that effective July 26, 1993, Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association adopted a procedure for the use of private roads for construction projects. The regulation was amended in March, 2001 due to changes in the law and became part of the Association’s Rules & Regulations.
A $2000.00 Road & Clean-Up Bond is to be paid to Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association prior to the start of any construction, excavation, or alteration project which requires the use of heavy equipment being brought into the WLLA community via roads that are maintained by the Association.
The bond is refundable, provided that all construction debris is removed and all damages to Association roads, properties and/or easements is repaired and restored to its original pre-construction condition. The bond or a portion of the bond may be withheld by only if it becomes necessary for WLLA to make repairs or clean up debris following the completion of the project.
Due to the growing number of property owners who ignore this rule, it has become necessary for the board to institute a $2,500.00 fine for non-compliance. This fine is non-refundable and was unanimously approved by the board at the November 13, 2004 Board of Directors meeting. It becomes effective immediately.
Failure to pay the fine will result in a lien being placed on the property owner of record responsible for the violation.
From The Road Committee
ALWAYS have snow or all-weather radial tires on your vehicle. Drive BELOW the posted speed limit, which is 15 mph throughout most of our Walker Lake Community. BE AWARE of plow trucks on the wrong side of the road - they ALWAYS have the right of way. Icy conditions are completely unpredictable. As the old saying goes, IF IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT !!!!. If you positively must go out, please be extremely cautious. Once you lose control of your vehicle on ice, it is too late. Also, be extremely aware of other drivers losing control of their vehicles. Always stay a safe distance behind the car in front of you so that you have time to react appropriately. When giving way to another vehicle be aware of the gutters along side the road that may be covered with snow and not visible, so that your vehicle does not get stuck in the snow or ice. DON'T travel out in a blizzard. Your road may be passable, however the odds are the rest of the roads won't be open until the snow or sleet stops. DON'T expect the impossible. It's a good idea to carry bags of sand or kitty litter in your vehicle to create traction for your tires if you get stuck. Remember we are at 1430 feet ABOVE sea level. Our Winter weather is colder and very often quite different than that of Milford, Port Jervis or Middletown. The snow and ice last longer at this higher elevation. Please heed these Winter driving tips for the safety of everyone.
PLEASE NOTE: DON WALL IS OUR SNOWPLOWING CONTRACTOR. HE SHOULD NOT BE CONTACTED TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY TOWING SERVICES!!!
A Report from the Treasurer
At the November Association meeting the Board voted to raise road assessments to help offset the costs of the recent road upgrades we have done as well as the increased costs of snow plowing and road maintenance. Effective Jan 2005 those who pay road assessments for less than 1 acre will be charged $250.00. Those property owners with between 1 and 2.2 acres will be charged $300.00 and those with more than 2.2 acres will be charged $500.
In addition, we have had the first of the liens we requested reviewed by the Court and approved and Judgments against property owners who have not paid their assessments issued. We will be continuing to request liens over the next few months. If you are interested in settling your back assessments before a lien is in place please contact the office.
The Board was presented with a Budget for 2005 at its December meeting. The budget will be available for review in the office and will be posted on the web site once it is approved. A review of the budget will show that we may still have some shortfalls, which we hope will be covered by a higher percentage of people paying their assessments.
As usual, if anyone has any issues or questions they are free to contact me.
Linda Cioppa, Treasurer
You are urged to become active, informed residents and members of Walker Lake Landowners Association. Attend the meetings, join a committee and get involved.
An idea was raised at the Board meeting in November to initiate a Youth Night. We would like to form a Youth Committee. We need volunteers. Activities may include videos, dance parties, etc. Any and all ideas are welcome.
FROM THE WALKER LAKE WOMEN’S CLUB
In 2005 during January, February and March, meetings will be held on the THIRD
Wednesday each month (weather permitting). Beginning in April, meetings will be held the FIRST Wednesday each month for craftwork and the THIRD Wednesday each month for quilting. All are invited to attend.
THE RED HAT SOCIETY
After being mentioned in the last newsletter, many folks asked what the Red Hat Society was. Our community has its own chapter named “THE RED HOT SEW ‘N’ SEWS”. “The Red Hat Society is often referred to fondly as a ‘disorganization’, though we have been forced to impart a degree of order to our operations. It was inadvertently begun by Sue Cooper of Fullerton, CA when she and a few friends took inspiration from a popular poem entitled “Warning” by Jenny Joseph which begins ‘When I am an old woman…’. Since the poem mentions wearing a red hat and purple attire, she and her friends formed a group that met on a regular basis for tea in their red hats and purple dresses – in public of course.” (www.redhatsociety.com) Go to the web site for further information. Have fun!
ART HARVEST 2004
We had a delightful time viewing artwork and chatting with our neighbors. At one point, we counted 52 people in attendance. The very talented artists from our community displayed woodwork, photography, paintings, jewelry, fused glass, Holiday decorations, quilting and handwork. Those who had art for purchase were very happy with their sales. The young folks happily went home with memory scrapbooks, leis, ladybugs on wheels and drums, which they made at the Kidz Krafts table. The food and libations, donated by many neighbors for the buffet, was delectable. Items donated by the various artists for the Silent Auction brought in $ , which was donated to WLLA. Linda Ott won the door prize of a mini decorated Christmas tree donated by Joann Gilliland. Many thanks to all of the folks helped with the organizing, setting up and cleaning up. A grateful thanks goes to Jan Poppendieck, organizer of Art Harvest 2003, for sharing her guidance and notes from last year. We all look forward to Art Harvest 2005.
Letter To The Community
As a concerned resident of Walker Lake for just 1 year I realize in order to maintain the value of my investment I not only need to care for my private property, but I need to care for our community and its resources. All you have to do is drive our roads and see our lake to know where the assessments are spent. Without our beautiful lake my house would be just another house in the woods. This requires money.
As an employee in the WLLA office for 6 months I am surprised at how many of my neighbors are indifferent to their obligations regarding Walker Lake.
The present Board is doing everything they can to collect past due accounts and make everyone aware of their financial responsibilities. It seems to me if everyone did the right thing we may well afford a part time security force and perhaps hire part time maintenance. In addition, we might be able to defer raising assessments if those in arrears made good on their debt.
The 2005 invoices will soon be mailed. The burden should not be borne solely by conscientious property owners who consistently fulfill their obligations.
Walker Lake Landowners Association Officers & Board Members
Richard F. Tritschler: President; Legal, Finance and Insurance Committees
Jack Rauch: Vice President; Finance and Crime Watch Committees
Linda Cioppa: Treasurer; Finance and Insurance Committee
Ralph Cioppa: Board Secretary, Lake Committee
Linda Ott: Office Secretary
JoAnn Gilliland: Office Assistant.
Charlie Kieselmann: Beach & Grounds Committee Dorothy Meyer: Social Events
Frank Dubowski: Clubhouse Committee Joe Ott: Road Committee
Mary Iverson: Rules & Regulations Committee Bill Reese
Richard Frantz: Nominations Committee Fran Orth
Barbara Di Maio: Special Events Committee Norma Palladino: Historian
Jeff Seeds: Webmaster Pegge Dodge: Newsletter
Bill Savarese: Security Don Wall: Road Maintenance and
2005 Meeting Schedule
Board Meetings General Membership Meetings
January & February – Winter Recess
Saturday, March 12th @ 10:00 am
Saturday, April 9th @ 10:00 am
Sunday, May 15th @ 10:00 am Sunday, May 15th @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, June 11th @ 10:00 am
Sunday, July 10th @ 10:00 am Sunday, July 10th @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, August 13th @ 10:00 am
Sunday, September 11th @ 10:00 am Sunday, September 11th @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 8th @ 10:00 am
Saturday, November 12th @ 10:00 am
Saturday, December 10th @ 10:00 am
Finance Committee Meetings are held prior to the Board Meeting @ 9:00 am in the Read Clubhouse
Lake Committee Meetings are held prior to the Board Meeting @ 9:00 am in the WLLA Conference Room.
Deadline for the next newsletter is February 19,2005. E-mail information to email@example.com or call 570-559-7937.