Meeting Minutes – September 26, 2022

Lake Interlochen HOA Board Meeting
September 26, 2022 @ Sobel residence

Directors attending:Ralph Sobel, Ken Seipel,Chris Slauter, Bruce Turner, Roger Pendleton, Brenda Cubbage, Bryon DeVries, Nancy Weaver Absent:Tony Lester, Bryan Keathley Guests:Peggy Crist, Lee Jennings, Caryl DeVries, Adam Besly

Non-Board Architectural Committee: Kim Besly and Janine Barber; Pat Jenkins absent

President Sobel called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Minutes from the last Board meeting on August 22, 2022 were approved.

The Architectural Committee recently rejected a San Juan resident’s project for a “beach access” to his property, by removing part of his retaining wall so lake water could flow into a man-made beach area in his backyard. The resident appealed the negative decision to the HOA Board. The Board of Directors’ vote was six in favor of denying the appeal, one vote to approve the appeal and one member abstained. The resident, Byron DeVries,  resigned from the Board over the decision. We hope he will reconsider.

Treasurer Turner announced good news: all homeowners have paid their dues. He credited President Sobel’s steadfast efforts with the delinquent dues payers for this achievement. He reported expenses for January to August 22 at $8,936. Assets were $181, 271 on August 31.

The Board will be increasing dues 10% in 2023 due to the impending Rush Creek dam repair or replacement. The last time dues were increased was 2016. Our engineering firm has completed initial drawings on the dam project and will submit them to the City tomorrow.

Director Cubbage is working on final wording for the recently revised covenants. She is drafting text for an addition to the covenants regarding solar panels and generators; the Board will discuss at an upcoming meeting.

The idea for a boat ramp on Westwood was tabled until some additional questions about the easement could be answered. A location of a tree that extends into the easement at the North Channel was determined to be on a Westwood resident’s property; any trimming or removal was the resident’s responsibility.

Secretary Pendleton proposed and the Board voted agreement to rename two of the Christmas Lights awards. Most Artistic II will become The Sobel Award and Best Theme II will become The Seipel Award. This recognition honors two residents, Ralph Sobel and Ken Seipel, who have served the Lake Interlochen community for many years.

The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Roger Pendleton