From The President
Welcome to another fall at Lake Pointe! If you are new to our neighborhood, welcome to our Home Owners Association. Fall here is a pretty time of year. The leaves, the geese and the refreshing temperatures and smells are all signs of change.
It’s also time for preparation for the inevitable winter. For me it’s cutting the grass short so the leaves blow past my yard, setting a few mouse traps outside to catch the little varmints before they come into my house and wondering if I changed the oil in the snow blower in the spring or not.
If you need help with some of those home problems there are many neighbors who can help you or recommend someone who can help with a problem. Asking a question is a great way to get a conversation going with a neighbor. Or try sharing a problem that you had and how you fixed it to break the ice with your neighbor. But these days most every answer is on YouTube.
If you have any Homeowner’s Association (HOA) questions, call one of the board members and they can help answer questions. Or click on the Restrictions and Bylaws tab at the top of the website home page. If you are new to the neighborhood, a short explanation of why we have a HOA might be helpful. Basically, it is because when the subdivision was started we were mandated to have a retention pond. The purpose of it is to slow the flow of water to the Root River. So we all contribute with our dues and volunteering to keep the pond clean and nice. The majority of our costs are grass cutting and treatment for the algae. We work to keep those costs down and save up for the possible or probable pond dredging someday.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and don’t forget to wave and say hi to your neighbors.
Dues increased to $195.00
The proposed annual budget was passed at the annual meeting in October. Dues invoices are expected to be mailed in mid December.
2017 is the second year Lake Pointe Estates has contracted season with Wisconsin Lake And Pond Solutions for pond treatment and management. We also remained a test site, at substantial cost savings, for a bacterial treatment experiment. With season weather patterns being similar to last year, early treatments and results were also similar. The season began with the pond looking good. What followed was extremely dry and hot weather in summer and a warm beginning to the fall. This resulted in the return of an excessive amount of algae and underlying “ muck” These are two separate – yet related issues. Recent tests have concluded that the pond has far too much nitrogen and phosphorus, caused mainly by property run –off, that creates the underlying “muck”. Also the treatment of the algae may not have been as aggressive as it needed to be. New proposals increase the amount of biological treatment to the pond and recommend a 7 month treatment plan in order to pre-empt algae development and maintain better control. Additional suggestions include planting cattails around the pond to absorb the bad nutrients and let the grass grow around the whole pond to discourage the geese. A rough estimated time frame for getting control of the pond problems may be as long as five years. Once the underlying problems are controlled we could see ongoing maintenance cost savings. The new 2-year treatment plan and proposal will be discussed at the upcoming Homeowner’s annual meeting.
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 $175.00.
These mailboxes are:
Order now for installation in Spring of 2017
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. 2018 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 is appears to be frozen over. But venturing out on the ice is always dangerous due to fluctuating temperatures. 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