Monday, October 24, 2011

October 2011 Newsletter

Board Members

President: Maureen Thomas
Vice President: Craig Leonard
Treasurer: Dave Weber
Secretary: Denise Adams


ANNUAL MEETING NOTES

10-13-11 @ TOWNSHIP BOARD ROOM

Members present: Maureen Thomas, Dave Weber, Larry & Denise Adams, Craig Leonard, Cheri Schell, Kelly House, Rowena Elick, Richard Brooks, Steven Cooper and Lee Jaffke.

BOARD ACTIONS
We renewed our insurance for the park. The premium has increased $17. Our carrier, Auto Owners is a Michigan company and has a good reputation for handling claims. We have re-bid in past years and have not found a better value.

Members present agreed that there was no need to seek bids for snow removal since our current contractor agreed not to increase his prices. The contractor will place stakes in various areas in the subdivision to guide his crews during deep snowfalls. Please do not remove the stakes.

A third letter has been sent to Janice & Cliff Carne who live on the corner of Oxbow and Burgess (right side as you exit) asking them to please trim their bushes back. No response has been received. Matt Slicker agreed to follow up with the Road Commission and Maureen will discuss this with the Township again.

The park is now closed from dusk – dawn (except for the Halloween and Christmas Bonfires). A sign has been posted in the park on the baseball backstop and the Township Police have been notified. Person in the park between dusk and dawn are subject to search and will be ticketed for trespass. Parents please alert your teens.

A no solicitation sign has been purchased for the entrance in response to complaints from Members about door to door solicitations.

Trees in the park and on the Burgess cul de sac island were trimmed this summer. Mulch rings were placed around the trees on the Ranveen cul de sac to prevent damage from the line trimmer. We plan to work with the Township to apply for a DTE/DNR matching tree grant next month so we can plant additional trees next year.

TREASURER’S REPORT
We have received dues from 114 out of 145 members. See attached Financial Report. A discussion was held about printing the names of Members who have not paid their dues. Instead, we voted to thank those who have paid by publishing their names in the next Newsletter.

DOG OWNERS “IN THE DOG HOUSE”
We constantly hear complaints about dogs running loose in the subdivision and the park and dog owners not cleaning up after their pets. We are considering banning dogs from the park and all common areas if dog owners do not step up to their responsibilities. Roaming cats are a problem as well.

Unless you have an invisible fence around your entire property (that actually works) and your dog stays within that fence 100% of the time, YOU MUST leash your dog when it is outside. THIS IS STATE LAW. Members who have an invisible fence, please notify us so that we can put a list in the Directory.

Dog Owners, please pick up after your dog when you walk it in the subdivision or the park. We have a trash can in the park and will tie a few plastic grocery bags to it as a backup.

VERY IMPORTANT: If you encounter an aggressive dog in the sub PLEASE report it to ANIMAL CONTROL (248) 391-4102. Multiple reports are required before Animal Control can remove the dog.

If you know a Member who does not leash or pick up after their pets, please place a copy of this Newsletter in their mailbox highlighting the article above. Sometimes peer pressure can have a positive impact!

HALLOWEEN BONFIRE
The Bonfire will be Halloween night after the trick or treaters are finished - about 8:00 p.m. Jeremy Macbeth has volunteered to get the pallets, Craig Leonard will provide the cider, hot chocolate and donuts and Lee Jaffke agreed to set up the food and drink so that Craig can enjoy trick or treating with his kids. Larry Adams will do the honors as Bonfire Master but we need a backup in case Larry is scheduled to work that night. Any volunteers?

PUBLIC ACCESS
The Public Access Committee (Sherry Woodbeck in particular) has done a great job hounding the White Lake Supervisor about this issue. It turns out the Township actually had an Ordinance in place since 2007 authorizing the Township to enforce the DNR rules (but no one knew about it)! Now we can move forward and try to establish a special assessment district to pay for monitoring the access site on weekends and Holidays between Memorial Day - Labor Day. Details to follow.

We are working with our neighbors across the lake to identify the boats that are illegally moored in front of the parks and beaches on the east side of the lake and to identify those folks who appear to be operating illegal marinas near the ski course. We will provide the information to the DNR and Sheriff so they can be ticketed.

FIREWORKS
We discussed next year’s fireworks show and if we want a two barge show. Our vendor has offered some new pricing options. It was suggested that if we are able to raise extra money for the “two barge show” we should hold the funds and try to obtain a premium date in 2013. Future Financial Reports will break out total collections between CIHA and NON CIHA (our friends across the lake).

CIHA 2011 DIRECTORY
The 2011 CIHA Directory will be delivered soon. We plan to publish every other year and want to make sure we have all new Members listed. Thanks to Steven Cooper, Sherry Woodbeck, Renee Brodie and Maureen Thomas for selling ads. We have made enough money to cover the print cost and a little profit too. :)

UPCOMING DATES
2011 Halloween Bonfire October 31st.
2011 Christmas Bonfire December 18th
2012 Easter Egg Hunt April 7 th
2012 Park Clean Up April 28th
2012 Garage Sale May 17-19 (vote winner)
2012 Goose Round-up June 23rd
2012 Fireworks June 29th
2012 Progressive Dinner July 28th

These are some of the things CIHA has planned. Please join in to get to know your neighbors. Why not attend a meeting and participate in some of the discussion?

SEND US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
We are still missing many members email addresses. We send out important alerts, reminders, updates and this newsletter via email. Please send us an email so we can add you to our contact list.

FUTURE BOARD MEETINGS
Board meetings are open to the entire association and are held quarterly. Dates will be emailed and posted on the park sign. We welcome your attendance and are interested in your opinions.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Since no one stepped forward to offer their services, the current officers agreed to serve another year and were unanimously re-elected.

We’re back!

Respectfully Submitted,

Denise Adams
Secretary

October 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 2011 Newsletter

BOARD MEMBERS
President: Maureen Thomas
Vice President: Craig Leonard
Treasurer: Dave Weber
Secretary: Denise Adams

CIHA email

CIHA MEETING NOTES
JULY 12, 2011 @ CIHA PARK

Members present: Maureen Thomas, Dave Weber, Larry & Denise Adams, Shelly & Richard Brooks, Linda Tolman, Jeremy Macbeth, Bud Norton, Craig Leonard, Sherry Woodbeck, Rowena Elick, Jon & Valerie Brothers, Matt Slicker, Linda FitzGerald and Renee Brodie

PROGRESSIVE DINNER:
The Brooks are again organizing the progressive dinner. What a fantastic event this is. July 30th and there are still 2 spots available. Call Shelly for details about houses that are involved in this wonderful get together and meet your neighbors’ event. 248.698.2795

PARK VANDALISM:
One of the benches has been broken beyond repair; there are cigarette burns in the pergola cover; and parts missing. Someone has used an ATV in the park damaging the lawn. Therefore, the majority voted to reinstate the old dusk to dawn curfew. The White Lake Police have been notified and agreed to assist us with enforcement. A formal notice will be sent to all CIHA members. A new sign will be posted: “Private Park - Residents Only” - “Closed Dusk to Dawn”

TREASURER’S REPORT:
The Financial Report is attached. We still have not collected dues from many members. Please mail your check to Dave Weber at 10033 Cedar Shores.

Fireworks:
The fireworks display this year was amazing!! A recent e-mail was sent out across the lake asking folks to vote for one of two dates for the 2012 fireworks. It was close, but Friday the 29th won, with a rain date of July 6th. It was suggested that in the future, we might consider choosing a Saturday later in July as many folks have friends/family who cannot attend so close to the holiday.

A big “Thank You” to Spraders On the Lake and to Patti Page, Brett Bonnivier, Matt Sprader and Tom & Pat Schwind who organized the fireworks fundraiser. They did such a GREAT job and raised $1500! Renee Brodie raised $65 with the bottle return on July 5th. Thanks Renee.

OBSTRUCTION AT ENTRANCE:
Another letter has been sent to the neighbor at the entrance asking them to cut back their hedges. It is truly a hazard trying to turn left when exiting the subdivision.

LADIES “TEA”:
It was decided to keep this event. Sherry Woodbeck agreed to organize. It was also suggested that a mens’ night (a Texas hold 'em or poker night) be held at the Community Center. Craig and Jeremy will look into this as a second fundraiser for the Fireworks. What do you think?

ADDITIONAL CONCERNS:
DOG OWNERS: Please keep your dogs on a leash when outdoors, no matter how small or friendly they may be. It's the law in Michigan! Don't forget to take the pooper scooper or baggie when you walk your dog or take it to the park. We've had many complaints about dogs running loose and owners who don’t pick up after their pets. Report strays to ANIMAL CONTROL (248) 391-4102.

P.S. If your leashed dog can still get into your neighbors yard, please shorten the leash!

MISCELLANEOUS:
It was decided that the leftover toys from past Christmas Bonfires would be donated to Toy’s for Tots.

We’ve borrowed an extra blue trashcan for use in the park. It will be chained to the fence and emptied as needed. PLEASE USE IT! Thank you Frank and Kerri Wimmer.

RCOC recently had some repairs made to our roads. Thank you Ernie Maier, Rick Morin and Val Brothers who called them repeatedly and helped point out problem areas (or pot holes).

The rising and falling lake levels have been a big problem for many. We plan to invite someone from the Water Resource Commission to come to our Annual Meeting and discuss our concerns.

We have been advised that the first treatment for weeds in the bays did not happened this year because the lake level was too high and it could cause damage to lawns and landscaping along the shore.

There was a discussion about whether to keep the CIHA web-site. Sherry volunteered her son Adam Woodbeck to keep it updated (hope you’re not in trouble now, Sherry). It would be handy to keep updates, proposals, newsletters, rules and regulations etc on. What do you think?

PUBLIC ACCESS:
We are establishing a Public Access Committee that will be responsible for hounding the White Lake Supervisor (phone calls, letters etc..) and Township Board (letters and speaking in the public comment section of their meetings) to pass an Ordinance permitting the Township to enforce the rules at the public access site.

Thereafter, we will circulate a petition to establish a special assessment district across the lake to pay for the monitoring the access site on weekends and Holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The committee consists of: Craig Leonard, Larry Adams, Matt Slicker and Sherry Woodbeck. Maureen also invited the President from Golden Shores to join and he has accepted. They will also look into illegal docking and mooring on the lake by non waterfront owners.

NO WAKE ORDINANCE & RULES:
A copy of the No Wake Ordinance for our lake has been posted on our website and is being emailed with this Newsletter. All of the bays and canals on the lake and the Huron River access are NO WAKE at all times. In addition, Michigan Boating Regulations require that all motorboats operate at a NO WAKE speed within 100 feet of swimmers, folks fishing, docks, rafts, and moored boats.

CIHA 2011 DIRECTORY:
The 2011 CIHA Directory will be published in the Fall. If you have a business or product you would like to promote, ad space is available for purchase. Please remember to support our local advertisers. Going to press soon, so please contact: Steven Cooper at 248-890-1890 or at sccoop@aol.com.

BOTTLE DRIVE:
Renee Brodie and Sherry Woodbeck agreed to collect cans and bottles after Labor Day and donate the money to the 2012 Fireworks. Details to follow.

SEND US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:
We are still missing many members email addresses. We send out important alerts, reminders, updates and this newsletter via email. Please send us an email so we can add you to our contact list: cedarislandhoa@hotmail.com.

Also, if you know of a new neighbor, please let us know so we can welcome them.

We have many things we are working on, and would like your opinions. If you can’t make a meeting and still want to comment, please let us know. We welcome comments and suggestions.

“A place to be proud of..”

Respectfully Submitted:
Denise Adams, Secretary
2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

May 2011 Meeting Minutes

BOARDMEMBERS
President: Maureen Thomas
Vice President: Craig Leonard
Treasurer: Dave Weber
Secretary: Denise Adams

CIHA Email:  cedarislandhoa@hotmail.com

CIHA MEETING NOTES
APRIL 14, 2011@ADAMS’HOUSE
Members present: Maureen Thomas, Dave Weber,
Larry & Denise Adams and Renee Brodie

BOARD ACTIONS
Landscape bid forms were sent to CIHA members
via email and to prior bidders. "Lawn Stars" won
the lawn cutting bid. This will be their fourth
year. The remainder of the landscape work has
been contracted to CIHA member Linda Tolman.
Masters Green won the weed and feed bid.

PARK CLEAN-UP
The Annual Park Clean-up is scheduled this
Saturday May 7th, at 9:00 a.m. Please meet us
at the park with your rakes, pruning shears, hedge
trimmers, trash bags etc. We will also clean up
the entrance and 3 cul de sacs. Pet owners please
keep your dogs indoors or on a leash as a
courtesy to our volunteers while we are working.
The pergola cover was damaged during a storm
last fall and cannot be repaired. A replacement has
been purchased at a cost of $95.00.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Dues invoices were mailed in March. As of mid -
April only 67 (out of 145) members have paid. A
second notice will go out soon. Please mail your
check to Dave Weber at 10033 Cedar Shores.

FIREWORKS
THE 2011 FIREWORKS SHOW IS FRIDAY JULY
1ST@10:00 P.M. Mail your check to Dave
Weber at 10033 Cedar Shores. YOUR
DONATIONS MAKE THIS SHOW HAPPEN!

GOOSE ROUND-UP
We are participating in the goose nest removal
program again this year. We will evaluate in
June whether we need to do the round up.

BUDGET
The draft budget emailed out in March was
approved. We will publish a Directory only if
we can cover the cost by selling ads. We hope
to plant trees this fall on the cul de sacs on
Burgess and Coledale Court. This summer, we
will obtain estimates and member input on
number and types of trees to plant.

ADDITIONAL CONCERNS
DOG OWNERS: Please keep your dogs on a
leash when outdoors, no matter how small or
friendly they may be. It's the law in Michigan!
Don't forget to take the pooper scooper or baggie
when you walk your dog or take it to the
park. We've had many complaints about dogs
running loose and owners who don’t pick up
after their pets. Report strays to ANIMAL
CONTROL (248) 391-4102.

EASTER EGG HUNT
Many thanks to Val Brothers for organizing this
year’s Easter Egg Hunt. 25 kids enjoyed the
hunt, visiting with the Easter Bunny and a fun
art project. It was a little windy, but at least the
sun was out! Thanks also to Lynda Kucera and
Mike Hayes for “hopping out”.

FUTURE BOARDMEETINGS
Board meetings are open to the entire association
and are held quarterly. Dates will be emailed and
posted on the park sign. We welcome your
attendance and are interested in your opinions.

PUBLIC ACCESS
We are establishing a Public Access Committee
that will be responsible for hounding the White
Lake Supervisor (phone calls, letters etc..) and
Township Board (letters and speaking in the
public comment section of their meetings) to pass
an Ordinance permitting the Township to police
the public access site so that we can move forward
and establish a special assessment district to pay
for the monitoring the access site on weekends
and Holidays between Memorial Day and Labor
Day. To join the committee, send an email to us
at: cedarislandhoa@hotmail.com

CIHA 2011 DIRECTORY
The 2011 CIHA Directory will be published in
September. If you have a business or product you
would like to promote, ad space is available for
purchase.Contact Steven Cooper
Phone: 248-890-1890
sccoop@aol.com
Ad Rates (B&W except as noted):
$200 full page (8 ½ X 11)
$125 half page (8 ½ X 5 ½) or (11 X 4 ¼)
$75 quarter page (5 ½ X 4 ¼)
$40 business card
$250 inside cover color (8 ½ X 11)
$250 back cover color (8 ½ X 11)

SEND US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
We are still missing many members email
addresses. We send out important alerts,
reminders, updates and this newsletter via email.
Please send us an email so we can add you to
our contact list: cedarislandhoa@hotmail.com.

TORNADO SAFETY TIPS
Tornado Watch: Tornado conditions exist.
Listen to the weather. Keep watch.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted.
Take cover.
In Michigan, tornados usually occur in the
spring and early summer often between 3 p.m.
and 9 p.m. Look for dark (green) clouds - large
hail -low lying clouds (with or without a funnel).
and listen for a loud sound (like a freight train).
If you hear the tornado sirens, get off the lake
immediately and go indoors. Move to the lowest
level of your home and take shelter in a small,
interior room (e.g. closet or bathroom). Stay
away from doors, windows, glass and mirrors.
For more tips go to:
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tornado/index.shtm

Respectfully Submitted:
Denise Adams, Secretary
May 4, 2011