Monday, February 13, 2017

CIHA Annual Meeting 2017

Meeting called to order on November 10th at 7:00 PM at the White Lake Township old town hall. Present: Maureen Thomas – President, Linda Raye – Vice President, Mike Williams – Treasurer, Kelly House – Secretary, Valerie Brothers – Board Member, Sherry Woodbeck , Janice and Ron Dawson, Mary and Dave Schoenegge, Pat O’Neill, Mike & Brenda Simpkins, Scot Page, Linda Tolman, Mark Marcum, Joe Raye, Stan Crane, Tracy Hagood, Dave and Pam Gourwitz, Chuck House and Jeff Johnston

Old Business

Neighborhood Directory
The new directory is finished. Look for it in your mailbox this week. We sold $1695 in ads. It cost $550 to print for a profit of $1145!

Halloween Bonfire 
The Halloween bonfire was a big success thanks to beautiful Halloween weather and a great group of volunteers. Thank you to Freeride Marine for donating the cookies and cider and to Joe Raye and Darren Lewis for tending the fire. Also thank you to Lewis Bros. for providing the pallets. Thanks to our generous volunteers the association’s cost of the bonfire was $0!

Weed and Feed
As approved at the Summer Meeting, we have hired a weed and feed service for the subdivision entrance and the cul de sac islands. We have contracted with “Go Green” who was recommended by several members.  They did a late fall application and will do four treatments next year.

Snow Plowing 
The snow plowing contract has been signed. We are using the same company as last year. Last year we had an early snowfall before the ground was frozen and there was damage to sod near the road where members did not place stakes. This year we will pay the snow plow company to stake the neighborhood which should avoid sod damage and improve the clean up on the cul de sacs and narrow areas.

Park Insurance
 We have renewed our policy with Auto Owners insurance for coverage at the park. 

Treasurers Report
We have collected $10,900 in dues so far this year with 109 of 146 members paying. Please see attached Financial Statement for details. Please note that although we have $6500 in the budget that has not yet been spent, we have several large bills to pay in the last quarter and we also need to fund our reserve.  We expect to use almost all of this “excess” by year end. 

New Business

Holiday Bonfire
The Holiday Bonfire will be Sunday December 18 at 7:00 pm. This year we will again be collecting Toys for Tots. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  Donations should be dropped off in the collection box at the Holiday Bonfire.

Entrance Sign
As you may have noticed our entrance sign is ready for the holidays. Thank you to Brenda Simpkins and Linda Raye for decorating the entrance. Also thank you Freeride Marine for paying for the decorations. 

Board Elections
Annual elections were held. All of last year’s officers ran unopposed and were reelected with the exception of the secretary position. Kelly House stepped down as secretary and Sherry Woodbeck was elected to the position.

2016-2017 Board Members
  • President - Maureen Thomas 
  • Vice President - Linda Raye
  • Treasurer - Mike Williams
  • Secretary - Sherry Woodbeck

A few members had questions about the status of the petition drive to start a SAD to bring sewers to our subdivision.  Pat O’Neill was at the meeting and responded to the questions.   Everyone should have received petitions via email.  A corrected copy of the petition was mailed to Burgess Court residents as that street name was left off the SAD description in error.  About 50 of the 92 required signatures have been collected.  If enough residents sign the petition, the Township Board will hold a public meeting so that all sides may be heard before the Township Board votes on the issue.  Pat and others will be conducting a door to door petition drive to collect additional signatures. 

We were advised by the Township that once the sewers are installed at the street, residents would be required to tie into the sewer if their septic system failed.  There was a question as to whether this was a Township or County Health Department requirement and whether it could be waived.  Pat O’Neill is checking on this and will report back.  

Thank You Kelly House
A big thank you to outgoing secretary Kelly House.  Kelly has served as both Vice President and Secretary for 7 years and is taking a well-deserved break from the Board.  

Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring Meeting Minutes 2016

Meeting called to order on April 12th at 7:00 PM at Linda Raye’s house. Present: Maureen Thomas – President, Linda Raye – Vice President, Mike Williams – Treasurer, Kelly House – Secretary, Valerie Brothers – Board Member, David Weber – Board Member and members Barb Morawski, Sherry Woodbeck and Ron Dawson

TREASURER’S REPORT - See attached Financial Statement. If you have not paid your dues, please do so this month. Check for $100 payable to CIHA. Mail to Mike Williams at 430 Coledale Drive.If you plan to participate in the garage sale please email me a few days before so we can list you on the map.


Meeting Regarding Sewers – Two informational meetings to answer questions on the possibility of sewers coming into the neighborhood will be held at the township hall on Saturday May 7th at 10 am and on Tuesday May 10th at 7pm. CIHA is not taking a position on this issue. We are only interested in ensuring that everyone is aware of the meetings so that all of your questions about this issue can be addressed.

Easter Egg Hunt – Another successful Easter Egg Hunt was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all those who helped to make it a success including: The Fadool family, Jeremy and Morgan MacBeth and Val, Olivia and Samantha Brothers.


Lawn Mowing and Landscape Contract - The bidding process is complete and CIHA will be staying with our current contractor for lawn mowing and bed mulch. Linda Raye has volunteered to maintain beds in common areas for free. Linda will also continue looking into an affordable landscape plan for the subdivision entrance.

Reporting Pot Holes– There are a number of potholes in our subdivision. Please call the Road Commission at 877-858-4804 to report them. The more people that call, the better the odds of getting them fixed!

Salting The Streets – Our current snow plow contract does not include salting the streets. The county will salt if several people call them. Due to the environmental impact of the salting on the lake we are continuing discussions about whether to add salting to our snow plow contract.

Goose Nest Removal– We will be doing goose nest removal again this year. The round ups no longer produce lasting results since the DNR does not take the geese out of state and the geese have been returning to the lake later in the summer. The ideal time to remove nests is April 16-April 30.

Park Clean Up– Park Clean-up will be Saturday April 30th at 10 am. BYO rakes, trimmer and shovels. Donuts will be served. Please come and help out, many hands make light work!

Garage Sale– The neighborhood garage sales will be held Thursday May 19th - Saturday May 21st, from 9am – 3pm. We will be advertising in the Spinal Column and on Craig’s list. Please contact Linda Raye at 248 698 4680 if you plan on participating so she can add you to the map. We have a large sign for the entrance. Directional signs within the subdivision are ok, but please no signs at the entrance. Our sign is quite large and is all that is needed at the entrance. If you plan to participate in the garage sale please email a few days before so we can list you on the map.

Dogs – Please remember to keep your dog on a leash when it is outside. If you have an invisible fence, please be sure it is operating. Also, we have received complaints about barking dogs and dog waste left when folks take their dog for a walk. Please be considerate of your neighbors.

Old Rowboat Wanted – CIHA is looking for an old rowboat. Please contact Linda Raye if you have one or know where we can obtain one for free. It need not be sea worthy.

The White Lake Police Department Outreach Program - The White Lake Police Department is introducing a new outreach program to assist senior citizens in our community. We will provide information as we receive it. The program is targeted at seniors who live alone and/or seniors who are not able to drive any longer, in an effort to help them feel safer in their homes and understand what public safety resources are available to them. For information, call Sgt. Matthew Ivory at the White Lake Police Department 248 698 4400 or email him at

CIHA Directory - The new Directory is in process and should be distributed next month.

Lake Level - Questions about the lake level should be directed to the Oakland County Water Resource Board at 248 858 0958.

Construction- Please be sure that any improvements you make to your property are in compliance with applicable Township ordinances AND the subdivision building and use restrictions, or you may be required to remove them. Copies of the restrictions are on the website Look on your tax bill to determine which subdivision you live in (there are 5) and your lot number(s).

Fireworks - the show is Friday July 1st at 10. Rain date is Friday July 8th at 10. PLEASE DONATE TODAY!


Budget Approval– The 2016 budget was unanimously approved with a few minor changes. We added $200 to neighbor tribute for neighborhood welcome gifts as approved at the annual meeting. Lawn cutting was increased by $50 to match the contract amount. Flower bed maintenance was reduced to $0 as we have a volunteer and $500 of that amount was added to the reserve for improvements at the front entrance. The final budget is shown in the attached Financial Statement.