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Lake Lafayette Landowners Association


Published by Lake Lafayette Landowners Association
February 2017

Annual Meeting Planned for April 23

This year’s annual meeting of the Landowners Association will be held Sunday April 23, in the meeting room of the Community Center. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for meeting registration, with the meeting to follow at 2:00 p.m. Only one board position is up for election this year, the seat currently held by Bob Heggestad. Bob has filed for re-election again and no challengers have filed so it will not be a contested election. Also, for the first time in several years, no amendments or other issues are on the ballot this year.

Remember the amendments approved by voters in the last several years are now in effect. One of these new rule changes provides that eligible owners are entitled to cast one vote for each lot owned, up to a maximum of ten votes for any owner. An eligible owner is any owner who is current on assessments on all his/her property. Also, based on the amendment passed last year, property owners eligible to vote at an annual meeting election may cast that vote in person at the annual meeting, or at the business office during normal open hours at any time beginning two weeks prior to the meeting. This year that means that absentee votes may be cast at the office beginning on Saturday April 8.

Assessments must be paid on or before April 10 to qualify the owner to vote at this year’s meeting. This deadline applies whether payment is made by check or cash. If you disagree with the lots listed as being yours on the assessment notice enclosed with this newsletter, contact the Association office promptly and try to get it resolved so you can be paid up by the deadline.

Good Response on Proposal to Eliminate Overdue Assessments!

Last spring we announced a one-time “earned amnesty” program under which owners who were significantly behind on assessments could sign up to begin paying the regular semi-annual assessments and, if they continue that program for 5 years, all remaining delinquent assessments would be written off. Quite a few owners signed up for this program and about 50 lots are now involved, making these installment payments. This is a win-win for both the owners and the Association, as these once-idle properties are now generating income for the Association and the owners are on their way to eligibility for voting and lake privileges. The sign-up period closed last September; there are no current plans to repeat the offer in the near future.

Rules for ID Cards, Beach Keys and Boat Stickers

Please note the order form enclosed for ID cards. All owners with paid-up assessments are eligible for a card. Anyone using the lakes or parks during 2017 must have a 2017 ID card in their possession while using the facilities. PLEASE PRINT YOUR INFORMATION ON THE ORDER FORM! Longhand writing is often illegible to the reader. Please include names of the family members on the order form and return it with your assessment payment. Cards will be issued for specific family members of eligible owners UNLESS the family member happens to also be a property owner and is NOT current on assessments. We will not issue blank ID cards without the name of the person for whom it is intended to be used. Be sure you enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your card order.

Again this year, only boats registered in the property owner’s name will be eligible for a boat sticker. Please have state registration papers and photo ID with you when you buy your sticker in person, or send copies of the paperwork if ordering by mail when you order your ID cards. Simply fill in that part of the order form and send the appropriate fee and copies of the registration papers, along with your stamped self-addressed envelope. Keys for the gate lock at the dam are free to anyone buying a boat sticker, or sell for $4.00 to any other eligible owner. Keys will not be sent by mail; they must be picked up at the office. The lock is being changed again this year, so prior year’s keys will no longer work.

Any boat used on any of the lakes, motorized or not, must carry a 2017 Lake Lafayette boat sticker, and must be occupied by a property owner or family member carrying a 2017 Owner ID card. Boats used on any of the smaller lakes are limited to non-powered or trolling motors only. Ski boats are limited to a maximum length of 20 feet. Property owners are limited to three boat stickers per person/family. There are five classes of boat stickers, varying in cost from $5 to $25.

Classes of boat stickers are as follows:
Class A Boats without motors or with motors up to 25 HP $ 5.00
Class B Boats with motors from 26 to 50 HP $10.00
Class C Boats with motors from 51 to 100 HP $15.00
Class D Boats with motors over 100 HP $20.00
Class E Personal watercraft $25.00

Boat stickers are to be placed near the front on the right side of the boat as seen from a seated position inside the boat facing forward. A diagram will be provided with each sticker sold.

Lake News

Our big dam had its tri-annual (once every three years) inspection recently by the state agency that regulates dams for the protection of surrounding areas. The engineers who inspected it were very complimentary on what they saw, saying it is one of the best-maintained dams they have visited. They had a few suggestions on things to do or look out for, but no current problems in need of correction.

As you may know, our dock at the dam is closed for repairs until further notice. One section has been taken out of the water for overhauling the framing and floats on the underside. The type of floats used on this dock is no longer permitted by the state, as they have a history of coming apart and being damaged by critters. That is what happened to ours. Our plan is to buy and install all new floats and support framing on the two sections that have the biggest problem. We would love to do all four sections, but the cost of the new floats is such that our budget will not allow us to do all in the same year. This process is on hold until the weather warms up some, but we intend to have the half-rebuilt dock back in action before the busy season in late spring.