Meeting Minutes – July 20, 2020

Lake Interlochen HOA Board Meeting
July 20, 2020 @ Lester residence

ATTENDING: Ralph Sobel, Ken Seipel, Nancy Weaver, Bruce Turner, Dot Wightman, Tony Lester, Roger Pendleton, Chris Slauter
ABSENT: Brenda Cubbage, Bryan Keathley

Meeting called to order by President Sobel at 7 p.m. Minutes of last meeting, May 11, 2020, were approved.

Secretary Pendleton reported an email link on the website was updated and the news story on the July 4thBoat Parade was generating high number of visitors as photos of nearly every boat in the parade was featured. Director Wightman’s grandson supplied the photographs. For the first time video footage was posted on the website as video capturing patriotic music at the boat parade was included in the news coverage.

Treasurer Turner reported as of June 30 the HOA had a bank balance of $178,694.  May and June expenses were $1,994 and were $9,844 for the first half of 2020.

Water Committee Chair Lester reported water level is acceptable for this time of year, primarily due to the gravity flow from the Rush Creek impound as rainfall has been limited.  Silt at the bottom of the silo remains at about 12 inches so the gravity valve is clear.

He said Mother Nature took care of the new-to-Lake Interlochen algae outbreak and the water is quite clear and clean. American Sport Fish informs that if you can see your hand in the water at a depth of 18 inches the water condition is good. At Lester’s suggestion, the Board agreed to purchase Aquatic Roundup to run a test on vegetation growing in the water prior to recommending residents apply the product when trying to clear weeds from retaining walls.

Lester learned that based on the 155 pounds of tilapia we put into the lake on May 4 by the time the fish have finished multiplying in the autumn their numbers could be approximately 3,500.

The professional beaver trapper the HOA hired, Michael Trpkosh of Dallas, has captured one large beaver and will resume trapping after the heat of summer drops in the fall.

The Old Channel fountain was moved about six feet from the end to accommodate a new boat. An electrical circuit breaker problem at the North Channel fountain was fixed by Porto Bello resident and former HOA Board member Dan Clement.

Lester reported a contract has been signed with American Underwater Service to dredge the end of both the North Channel and the West Channel. He was successful in reducing the cost to $9,000.

Tree limbs hanging too low over the water were trimmed by Lester and Findlay Drive resident Brian Dawson. They will be making regular reconnaissance trips to help maintain navigational safety for boats.

Of continuing concern to the HOA Board is the violation of the no-wake rule. Boats going too fast are creating waves that are damaging retaining walls and causing erosion problems to natural shorelines.

Directors discussed at length a plan to update HOA Covenants to limit the length and width of new boats.

Next board meeting was set for September 21. Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Roger Pendleton