COVID-19 Update for Crawford County – March 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 28, 2020

CRAWFORD COUNTY, MO – The Crawford County Health Department is releasing its first positive case of COVID-19 in Crawford County. The case is not travel related and the patient, a male, age 79, is currently hospitalized and in isolation.

The Crawford County Health Department is currently working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to conduct an investigation in an effort to identify any individual that may have come in close contact with the positive individual to monitor them for symptoms and assist in the containment of the virus.

The Crawford County Health Department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including: social distancing, limiting in-person interactions, avoiding contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, proper hand-washing, cleaning frequently used surfaces, and staying home when sick.

The Crawford County Health Department has taken and will continue to take the necessary precautions to keep our community safe and will continue to diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves by following the CDC guidelines to protect public health and limit the spread of this infection.

We encourage anyone that suspects you have COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to call your healthcare provider before seeking care, unless it is a life threatening emergency.

For general information and questions regarding Coronavirus please call 1-877-435-8411.

(Canceled) Ladies Spring Luncheon to Saturday, May 16th

After many days of thought and conversations with Deb our president regarding the current status of the coronavirus, we have decided to move the Ladies Spring Luncheon to Saturday May 16th at 11 am.   

For those of you that have already purchased tickets, it is my hope that this day still works for you.  Should it not I can be reached at 832-299-9529 to discuss a refund.  I would ask first that you consider leaving it as a donation to the Ladies Club since this event is also a fundraising event.

For those that have not purchased tickets we still have several available and you can purchase them by contacting Bev at 832-299-9529 or Carla at 573-500-0347.

I am praying that you all stay healthy and are ready for some fun and socializing with us on May 16th.  

God Bless

Bev Campbell

Legal Update – April 2020

The information below was prepared by Chris Pinaire, ILPOA Legal Chair. If you have any questions please reach out to Chris via email at bod.cpinaire@ilpoa.org.


Life is certainly changing all around us this spring with the threat of Covid-19.  Our everyday lives have changed drastically.  We hope and pray that everyone remains safe. 

Like many gatherings in public places, our upcoming trial (Brunts, O’Fallon, Wideman, & Williams vs. ILPOA) set for 4/14 -4/15 has been rescheduled.  At this time, the trial has been rescheduled for May 29th, 2020.  This could change depending on the spread of Covid-19.  As new updates are available, we will inform the community.

However, I did want to share that in 2019, the association spent nearly $22,000 on legal fees.  As we move forward, we hope and pray for quick decisions so that we may move on from the lawsuits of the last two years and move forward together, as a community.  We will need everyone’s support, together, as we look to continue to improve the current infrastructure.

Stay safe.  See you all around soon!

Chris Pinaire

President Update – April 2020

The information below was prepared by Mary Beth Huffman, President ILPOA. If you have any questions on the material covered below please email Mary Beth at bod.mbhuffman@ilpoa.org.



Coronavirus

We are in uncharted times – this Coronavirus has uprooted all of our lives to some extent.  At this time, our Neighborhood Watch is so very important.  Our elderly and others who may need help are not easily identifiable, even though we have tried to reach out to the Community numerous times to offers to shop, medicine, etc.  It is up to each and every one of us to know and keep an eye on our neighbors.  We have many, many folks who have offered to help in any way, but nobody has actually reached out for help.  Neighborhood Watch captains/volunteers are needed, please message Kathy Kamper if you wish to know more about our Neighborhood Watch program. 

In the meantime, as has been communicated previously, we have made provisions for the office to stay open with business being conducted through the door and mail slot.  The community center is closed until further notice.  The quarterly meeting has been canceled.  Keep an eye out for when Club’s resume their meetings/business and events.  Also, maintenance continues to work, but we want to remind members to not make any contact with any of our maintenance employees.  If you have an issue, please fill out a maintenance form, or contact Gary Campbell at bod.gcampbell@ilpoa.org.  BE SAFE!  

Bridge

Cochran Engineering has completed the preliminary drawings for the bridge.  They have also submitted the necessary permits.  We will be ready to put the completed drawings out for bid by late spring/summer.  Again, if you know of a contractor that is interested in bidding, please contact me.  We will require the bidders to prequalify – meaning they will have to meet insurance requirements, have references, etc. 

Beavers

Our trapper ended up with 11 beavers!  Are they all gone?  No, we have always had beavers and we will always have them.  But we hope that the reduction will help immensely in the extreme damage members have been receiving to their properties in the last 3 months.

Crawford County Sheriff Department

We met with a representative of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department along with Neighborhood Watch.  Our meeting mostly concentrated on the approximately 10 residents that cause most of the issues in Indian Hills.   We are feeding information to CCSD from ours and other cameras around the neighborhood, as well as the gate logs.   Most of these folks are members not in good standing, so they do not have their names in the directory-which has allowed us & CCSD to identify all their “friends”-friends that help them in their suspicious behavior and “maintaining” their nuisance properties.  We know the members who aid these folks by opening the gate for them and their friends, and those member’s names are also being forwarded to CCSD.  Remember if you are letting somebody into our Community you are ultimately responsible for their behavior.  Sometimes they will make “cold calls” in the directory and just hit random names and say “Please push 9”.  Don’t fall for that, only open the gate for those you know.  And of course, the “pleas” you hear from these folks on social media are extremely one-sided.  

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

Loose and stray dogs are becoming an incredible nuisance at Indian Hills.  They are everywhere, aggressively charging neighbors, biting members, aggravating the dogs that are restrained, chasing cars, defecating in everybody’s yard, etc.  And we’re not talking about the occasional, “my dog got out of the yard and I am chasing it”……this is a consistent problem from the same owners over and over again, and more and more dogs seem to have no home.  

Crawford County DOES NOT have an animal shelter.  Cuba has a shelter, but we are not in Cuba, they CANNOT take our problems, they have a full house of their own.  Indian Hills security, maintenance, board members are not trained to handle dogs/cats, nor is it safe for them to do so.  

Our rules are clear.  No dogs/cats are to be off the premises of the owner when not under the control of a leash by a person over the age of 12.  If you see a dog/cat running loose, and know who the owner is, please send an email to our office at ILPOA.org with the info – when and where you observed the dog, what kind of dog, who is the owner, the address, etc.  We will write the member a citation, after 3 they will be considered members, not in good standing.  

As many of us are dog lovers, it is heartbreaking to see irresponsible members letting their dogs run as they do.  Please make it clear to those members your feelings, as some folks just don’t seem to care about their pets or the rules.  Perhaps we can come together as a community to help these poor animals.

Board Position Opening

On March 14, I received a resignation from Bill Brumitt from the Board.   Our By-Laws, “Article V, Section 11. VACANCIES.  Any vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors must be filled within ten (10) days by the next person in line from the previous election of Directors with the largest number of votes, and be appointed by the Board of Directors, to serve until the next regular election of members of the Board.  If no candidates are available, the Board of Directors shall fill the vacancy by appointment.”

On March 22, as the next person in line, Dale Brunts was offered the position.  He accepted and was appointed that position on March 23.  

As the temperatures start rising, the days get longer, let’s hope that we get through this COVID-19 crisis quickly and safely.  Please speak up if you hear of any member in need!

Mary Beth Huffman, ILPOA President (bod.mbhuffman@ilpoa.org)

Security Update – April 2020

The following information was prepared by Koren McGinnis, ILPOA Security Chair. If you have any questions regarding Security you can email Koren at bod-kmcginnis@ilpoa.org.


SECURITY INCIDENT REPORT

2/2

  • Member called saying the exit gate was pushed back

2/3

  • While on patrol roving patrol found the exit gate open and put it back into service

2/12

  • Closed dam due to weather

2/14

  • Member reported damage to their driveway

2/15

  • Member reported someone burning materials on Lonewolf against DNR rules

2/17

  • 1:51 PM a member reported a black Dakota pickup trying to gain access through the entrance gate without permission.  Then received a call from the office that the passenger of the truck raised the gate to enter the community.

2/18

  • Received a call from a member on Shawnee stating someone cut a tree down on Big Bear and took the wood

2/21

  • Received a call from Cencom stating two deputies went through the gate with their lights and sirens on activating the emergency opening of the gate and needed to reset the entrance gate.
  • Received a voicemail at 10:02 PM from a member saying there was a car with loud pipes going up and down the street running around in the driveway.

2/22

  • Received a call at 10:35 AM form a member saying a four-wheeler turned into a driveway of an unoccupied home, they had permission to be there.

2/23

  • Received a call at 3:15 PM from a member to check and see if anyone was in their driveway.

2/24

  • Received a call at 7:01 AM reporting there was a tan car on the dam at 5 AM and still in the neighborhood. 

2/25

  • Received a call at 11:07 AM from a member that their house alarm was going off and to go check the residence. 

Spring is here and that means warmer weather is near.  Here are a few rules you may need a refresher course on:

  • All watercraft must have 2020 boat stickers and lot numbers, you can purchase these in the office.
  • Lake speed limit is 40 MPH during the hours of 10 AM-6 PM until Memorial Day weekend
  • Golf carts, ATV’s, and UTV’s must display lot numbers on the front and rear of the vehicle
  • All drivers of golf carts, ATV’s, and UTV’s must be licensed drivers and show proof if security would ask

ALL RULES ARE SUBJECT TO RECEIVE A CITATION IF NOT FOLLOWED. AFTER THREE CITATIONS YOU WILL BECOME A MEMBER IN NOT GOOD STANDING. PLEASE FOLLOW ALL RULES FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY

While driving in the community please obey the 30MPH speed limit.  We will be experiencing more people on roadways walking, jogging, bikes, etc… We want to make sure that all members and guests remain as safe as possible, and this starts with you! 

HELP WANTED

With Memorial Day coming soon, we are looking to add to our security team.  We are hiring gate guards and lake patrol; weekends and holidays are a must.  If you, your children, grandchildren, or someone you know might be interested, please call the office to set up a time to pick up an application.  Pay will be decided on qualifications and experience.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

We are looking for members who would like to volunteer some of their time to help us remind members that they need to purchase their watercraft stickers before they launching their watercraft into the lake.  Volunteers would be assigned to specific launch areas at specific times as we start the new boating season.  Please email Koren McGinnis (bod.kmcginnis@ilpoa.org) if you would like to volunteer your time.

Building Permit Reminders – April 2020

The following information was provided by John Richmond, ILPOA Building Permits Chair. If you have any questions regarding Building Permits please email John at bod.jrichmond@ilpoa.org.


Springtime usually brings optimistic plans from our members for building, improving and adding or replacing structures at the lake.  In the near term, because of the wicked virus spreading so rapidly, some projects may be put on “hold” but will certainly be resuming when the virus has subsided.

One of the common requests for building permits has been for storage buildings or garages.  In some cases, an old worn out shed will be replaced with a new, well-built shed.  Other instances may be a new garage where there was not one before.

One important feature in our Building and Use Restrictions document (the Warranty Deed) that should not be overlooked is, in addition to a residence, only one other structure may be built on the property.  That may be a garage or a shed, but not both. 

Paragraph 2 of the Warranty Deed states, “Not more than one single-family dwelling house…on anyone lot, nor more than one other building for garage or storage purposes…”  If you have questions about any plans you may be contemplating, please contact the Building Permit Chair, John Richmond.

Water Leaks & Culvert Maintenance – April 2020

The information below was prepared by Gary Campbell, ILPOA Roads & Maintenance Chair. If you have any questions regarding Roads & Maintenance please email Gary at bod.gcampbell@ilpoa.org.


It appears Spring may be here and two areas I see as issues are:

  1. There are quite a few water leaks lately, seems we experience quite a bit of that when the pipes expand and contract during temperature changes from winter to spring.  I spent half a day driving around the lake on Friday, 3/13/20 and identified 15 leaks.  Remember, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to call the water company to report leaks and it seems that the squeaky wheel gets taken care of first.  The City of Cuba or ILPOA has nothing to do with the water company.  I did make a list of my findings that day and sent some to the water company, and the response I received was that they intend to fix all leaks in April.  Keep calling them to get updates on your particular leak and if that leak is causing road damage, you might stress to them the urgency needed. The phone number to call is (866) 747-0493 or (314) 736-4672. Thank you.
  2. I want to remind all property owners who have culverts under your entry drives are your responsibility.  I ask you to please inspect your culverts to ensure they are clear of debris and leaves to allow a proper flow of runoff during rainy weather. It doesn’t take long for them to get blocked and this could potentially cause a more significant issue and potentially costly repair for you. Given the current situation, we want to work with you. Our bylaws stipulate that you have 30 days to comply once we send you a letter. Since many may find themselves temporarily out of work if you receive a letter and are unable to comply for any reason (Physical restrictions, financial reasons, etc.) let us know so we can work to assist you. I have asked the maintenance department to survey the community for areas of concern and I will be sending letters per Section 26 or our Rules & Regs.  This requirement is important to prevent road degradation and possible flooding of neighboring property.

I ask that we all be diligent in responding to these particular areas as soon as possible. Again, if you find yourself handicapped in any way, please contact me online or leave a message with Michele at the office. 

Thank you,

Gary Campbell

Chair Roads & Maintenance, bod.gcampbell@ilpoa.org

Roads & Maintenance April 2020 Update

The following Roads & Maintenance update was prepared by Gary Campbell, ILPOA Roads & Maintenance Chair. If you have any questions you can reach Gary by email at bod.gcampbell@ilpoa.org.


  1. The donated Patrol boat has been repaired by the Marina and will be ready to go into service.
  2. We have looked into Containment tank requirements to provide a measure of safety for our gas/diesel tanks. Ken Saake has graciously offered a 700 gal containment tank and some fuel to help in the normal costs associate with our maintenance requirements. Thank you, Ken.
  3. 3/18 Josh Davis provided materials and some labor toward redoing the venting at Community Ctr. Our hope is this will help keep our pancake cooks and others using the griddles at the Community Center from overheating. Thanks, Josh.
  4. There are quite a few water leaks lately, seems we experience quite a bit of that when the pipes expand and contract during temperature changes from winter to spring.  I spent half a day driving around the lake on Friday, 3/13/20 and identified 15 leaks.  Remember, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to call the water company to report leaks and it seems that the squeaky wheel gets taken care of first.  The City of Cuba or ILPOA has nothing to do with the water company.  I did make a list of my findings that day and sent some to the water company, and the response I received was that they intend to fix all leaks in the month of April.  Keep calling them to get updates on your particular leak and if that leak is causing road damage, you might stress to them the urgency needed. The phone number to call is (866) 747-0493 or (314) 736-4672. Thank you.
  5. We are also out identifying ILPOA association culvert issues and will attempt to start replacing those that are most severe as soon as the weather cooperates and more pressing issues are behind us.
  6. I want to remind all property owners who have culverts under your entry drives, that you own those. I ask you to please inspect your culverts to ensure they are clear of debris and leaves to allow a proper flow of runoff during rainy weather. It doesn’t take long for them to get blocked and this could potentially cause a more significant issue and potentially costly repair for you. Given the current situation, we want to work with you. Our bylaws stipulate that you have 30 days to comply once we send you a letter. Since many may find themselves temporarily out of work if you receive a letter and are unable to comply for any reason (Physical restrictions, financial reasons, etc.) let us know so we can work to assist you. I have asked the maintenance department to survey the community for areas of concern and I will be sending letters in accordance with Section 26 or our Rules & Regs.  This requirement is important to prevent road degradation and possible flooding of neighboring property. Thank you.
  7. We are currently out doing potholes, repairing docks, preparing for buoy placements, clearing brush on some of the ILPOA properties, clearing leaves from culverts that are ILPOA owned, etc
  8. We have also identified funds for the Tennis court repair and will be facilitating that once the weather warms just a bit (To allow the epoxy to cure properly). And we will be developing one of the courts into a pickleball court.
  9. We are also currently evaluating potential options for ensuring individuals are kept from trying to illegally use the dam for off-roading. The DNR frowns heavily on damage to the backside of the dam caused by individuals running up and down the dam. I ask everyone to help us police this. If you see or hear anyone on the dam with a 4-wheeler or motorbike, notify security right away.
  10. We are also very pleased to have Matt Eaton back on board. He has been busy doing maintenance and preventive maintenance on our equipment and restoring them so that we will be ready for the upcoming season.
  11. I have been exploring speed control options for the community including speed humps and radar signs. More exploration needs to be done. I have a few communities to touch base with who have put into place these options and we want to check the effectiveness of the same and some of the pitfalls or obstacles they may have encountered.
  12. The Booster Club covered the cost of a new salt spreader and that was a huge help in keeping the roads safe and free of ice in the last couple of snow events. Thanks, Booster Club!
  13. The guys installed LED bulbs at the community center to brighten things and cut costs. A LED bulb uses about a tenth of the energy. 10 – 60-watt bulbs would cost about $105 per year where the equivalent in LED lighting would run about $10 annually. You might consider upgrading if you haven’t already done so.
  14. The guys have also installed new street signs and signage at the office in their spare time.
  15. They installed cable and no trespassing signs to restrict entry to off-road vehicles from trail road.
  16. And finally, we continue to have gate issues. One of these is the exit gate hanging open. If you fail to heed the stop sign and closely follow another car out the gate, it causes the gate not to trigger properly. Please get in the practice of stopping at the stop sign (Both on entry & exit), even if there is no other vehicle in front of you. This will alleviate a lot of issues.
  17. I support our constitution and the right to freedom of speech, but I am dismayed with individuals who utilize that freedom to constantly portray negative messages without having taken the time to get the whole story. Case in point, when I joined the board, I made a commitment to improving our pothole situation. I asked the guys in maintenance to put 2 or 3 days every week, if possible, to repair potholes in hopes we would be a little further ahead at the end of the week. This alone is a huge task for the size of our workforce to maintain our 15.25 miles of road, even if this were the only job they had. Add in rain, snow, inability to get and apply asphalt patch in the winter and past degradation, it becomes really difficult. Then, we add in all the many other areas requiring time and attention, such as equipment repair, periodic maintenance, gate repairs, sign placement, buoy prep & placement, culvert replacement, mowing, and the list goes on. I ask you to consider finding a positive format & method to convey your message and to take time to thank the maintenance guys for the significant accomplishments they do for our community. I think if you take a drive around you will find an overall improvement in the pothole situation and yes we still have lots to do. It did not occur overnight and won’t be fixed overnight but we will continue to fight the battle!!
  18. Also, keeping you safe is our first priority. If you see anything that may be a safety hazard (Including potholes), please take the time to stop by the office to fill out a Work Request form. And along these same lines, dam closure is a necessary evil to ensure your safety. Please be patient and we will attempt to minimize the length of the closure. Thank you!
  19. Thank you all for your patience, help, and support to make this community better! Y’all have a great Spring & Summer at the lake!!

GARY CAMPBELL – ILPOA ROADS & MAINTENANCE CHAIR

New Guidance regarding Covid-19 from Governor Parsons (3/20/20)

JEFFERSON CITY — The Order includes new measures to protect the health and safety of Missouri citizens and frontline workers.

“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, this is a critical step in protecting the health and safety of Missourians,” Governor Parson said. “I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for all citizens to practice social distancing and abide by this order, which is backed by intense deliberation and knowledge.”

The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, finding it necessary to protect public health and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, pursuant to the authority granted under section 192.020, RSMo, hereby orders the following:

  1. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people. For purposes of this Order, “social gatherings” shall mean any planned or spontaneous event or convening that would bring together more than ten (10) people in a single space at the same time.
  2. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this Order.
  3. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance.
  4. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, schools shall remain closed. This Order does not prohibit schools from providing child care and Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify. Teachers and staff may enter the building as long as they follow the directives set forth in this Order. 

This Order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including maintaining at least six feet (6’) of distance between all individuals that are not family members.

For offices and workplaces that remain open, individuals shall practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this Order will expire.

Local public health authorities are hereby directed to carry out and enforce the provisions of this Order by means of civil proceedings.

The Order will take effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, March 23, 2020 and remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 6, 2020 unless extended by further order of the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with said extensions not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-02.

“This is a serious time for our state and nation, and we must continue taking all steps necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Parson said.  “The more people reduce their public contact, the sooner the virus will be contained and the sooner we can overcome this challenge.”