4th of July Reminders

 

Reminders for our Members & Guests to Have a Safe Fourth of July Holiday

  • ENTRANCE GATE
    • We have employees and volunteers that will be assisting at the front gate this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Please be patient as we assist your guests with entry into the community.  Volunteers will only help them with using the Guest Directory.  If you do not answer your guests will not be allowed to enter.
    • Prepare Your Guests Before They Arrive
      • Make Sure Guests Have Your 4-Digit Code(s) – this will speed up the process from less than 30 seconds to several minutes:
      • Know When Your Guests Are Arriving – make sure you are in a place where you have phone/cell phone coverage so you can remotely open the gate when your guests arrive.
    • Exit Gate – Stop at the sign and slowly inch forward towards the gate to activate the gate sensor to open.
  • ILPOA Office Hours
    • JULY 3RD: The ILPOA Office will be OPEN on Friday, July 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. should you need to purchase watercraft stickers, guest cards, etc.
    • JULY 4TH and 5th: Office Closed
  • EVENTS
    • Boat Parade: Saturday, July 4th at dark we will have our Light Up The Night boat parade.  Light up your boats, docks, etc. and join us as we travel around the lake to see the lights.
    • Fireworks Displays: There is no formal display scheduled for the 4th weekend, however, many people will probably shoot off fireworks so there should be plenty to see. We believe Cuba will be hosting a fireworks display on Friday, February 3rd at dusk at Hood Park.  Check out Cuba’s Facebook page for details.
  • COVID
    • Social Distancing: please maintain at a minimum 6’ social distance wherever you are in the community including the beach.  Where it is not possible to keep the 6’ social distance we urge you to use a mask for the safety of your fellow members, family, and guests.
    • Please be Sensitive to Your Members Wishes: not everybody may feel the same way as you regarding COVID precautions. Ask before you shake hands or elbow bump, be aware of your social distancing, etc.
  • Boat Safety (violations could result in receiving citations)
    • Water Patrol: Water Patrol will be out and enforcing ILPOA Rules & Regulation. If you are found to violate rules and regulations you may be issued a citation(s).  Water Patrol will be courteous to you and we expect you to act the same.
    • Age to Operate Watercraft: You must be at least 14 years old to operate any motor-driven watercraft.  If Water Patrol stops you please be prepared to offer proof of age.  The best way to have your Boaters License with you.  If you are not able to provide proof of age you will be asked to leave the lake until you can provide proof of age.
    • Safe Distance with Shoreline: Boats must proceed at slow minimal wake speed within one hundred (100) feet of the non-motorized boats, swimmers, fishermen, and docks.
    • Safe Distance when Towing: Never tow closer than one hundred (100) feet to any non-motorized boat, object or person.
    • Rafts, Swim Mats, Floats, etc.: Members shall not leave non-motorized floating apparatus such as inner tubes, trampolines, slides, or other recreational floating devices in the lake overnight.
  • Use of ILPOA Facilities – When requested by Security, any person on ILPOA property shall be required to properly identify themselves by presenting their ILPOA Membership, Tenant or Guest card, and/or their driver’s license. Guest cards are available at the ILPOA Office for $5 each.  Security will be doing random checks during this holiday weekend.
  • Fireworks – Discharge of fireworks is limited to the week of July 4th in Indian Hills Subdivision. Fireworks shall not be discharged before noon nor after 11:00 p.m. in the Indian Hills Subdivision. Fireworks will not be aimed at or at a neighboring property.
  • Cove 7 – please avoid Cove 7 as members are still cleaning up debris from the recent tornado and docks are being checked to make sure there are no electric issues. If you are planning to anchor your boat to go swimming please use another cove.
  • Golf Carts / UTVs / ATVs
    • You must be 16 years old to drive a Golf Cart, UTV, ATV, etc. You may be asked by security to provide proof of age (Drivers License).
    • Please remind people to drive safely and do not overlead the vehicle beyond stated capacity.

ILPOA President’s Update – July 2020


The information below was provided by Mary Beth Huffman, ILPOA President. Any questions regarding the information provided can be emailed to Mary Beth at bod.mbhuffman@ilpoa.org. Any questions regarding the lawsuit can be directed to Chris Pinaire, ILPOA Legal Chair at bod.cpinaire@ilpoa.org.

Well, we are happy to report we not have had a documented case of COVID at Indian Hills and as of this date, only 11 have been reported in all of Crawford County.  Things are starting to open up in Crawford County.  But we must all be vigilant to keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy.  We were able to have our Board Meeting Friday, June 12 in the Community Center.  So glad to sit with my fellow board members, even if it was at a distance.  Our Quarterly Member Meeting is scheduled for July 11th, we are planning on doing that outside so that we can spread out.  Hope you will join us.  With COVID we are noticing that the lake is much busier this year – with vacations, sports, concerts, etc being canceled, folks are spending more time at the lake and each weekend seems like a holiday weekend.  With that comes a crazy busy lake – we must all learn to slow down, stay clear of the shore, and BE CAREFUL!  Often we find that members have not relayed the rules, etc to their guests.  That is your responsibility – please make sure that everyone knows how to operate the watercraft and that they know the rules.

A big storm (or small tornado?) hit IH on Saturday, June 27.  It had a distinct path through the southern end of the lake.  NOBODY was hurt and that is the most important thing!  Many members had quite a bit of damage, roofs, docks, boats, trees.  The Association also sustained some damage, we will be turning in a claim to our insurance carrier.  But as typical of Indian Hills, there was a outpouring of help coming from every direction.  

Community Center.  As previously reported, we have a committee that has volunteered to manage the Community Center.  Among other things, the committee was tasked with redoing the rental lease.  We were not able to cover our costs with the current lease, so the lease has been revamped.  Each rental will now have to pay a cleaning fee.  There are also new cancellation fees.  Go on-line and read the new lease.  The committee is having a hard time finding cleaning folks.  If you or somebody you know would be willing to clean the outside bathroom as well as the inside of the community hall, please contact me.

In mid-March, Board Member Bill Brummit resigned.  Per our governing documents, the next person in line, Dale Brunts was offered and accepted the position.  Dale assumed Bill’s roles as Chairman of Lake, Dam and Spillway and Nuisance Properties.

We will soon be asking the members to submit any by-law and rule and regulation changes they would like to see.  Forms for this will be available on the website as well as at the office.

Also, not too early to be thinking about running for the board!  Please join us – you’ll never have so much fun!  Seriously, the Association NEEDS folks to continue to take us on this path forward!  It is very rewarding to give back to the Community, please consider donating your time and expertise to Indian Hills.

Lawsuit – Of course, the biggest interest of the Community is the Lawsuit that Indian Hills Civic Association with the plaintiff’s Brunts, O’Fallon, Wideman, and Williams have brought against the Association.  The suit was filed in January 2019 and was revised numerous times by the plaintiff’s.  The trial took place on May 29, 2020.  It was declared that ILPOA has the right to assess its members for the cove 9 bridge design and build, fees for boat stickers, and fines and interest on past due fees.  To date, you as members of the Association have spent well over $30,000 to defend ourselves against the plaintiffs over the last 16 months.  These costs include attorney fees, our employee hours to prepare discovery items, copying costs, etc.  This number does not include the hundreds and hundreds of hours the board members have sacrificed in meetings, preparation, and travel to represent the association.  The plaintiffs continue to seek punitive damages as well as their attorney’s fees through Counts IV and V of their suit.  Our lawyer has called for a dismissal of these charges and the judge is currently considering the motion.  Unfortunately, we cannot give an estimate of the future costs that we will be forced to spend to defend The Association from these plaintiffs, but we will continue to update the Community as things progress.

Building Permits Update – July 2020


Information below was provided by John Richmond, Building Permits Chair. Any questions regarding Building Permits can be emailed to John at bod.jrichmond@ilpoa.org.

Building Permit applications continue to come in like a warm summer breeze through the window.  Businesses and individuals are opening up and getting out after the long Coronavirus “hibernation”.  Projects are underway, and other dreams are progressing from the back of an envelope to full-scale plans and drawings.  The permit process is not very difficult to complete as there are several pages to read and sign.

The forms you are signing are for the Building Permit Application itself; the Building Permit; the Building Permit Acknowledgement and Disclaimer (as it applies to our Building Code and Rules and Regulations); the Building Permit Information (i.e. list of projects needing a permit); a drawing or plan view (does not have to be professional drawings); and the current $400 Performance and Liability Bond, (aka Security Deposit).  Keep in mind there are a couple of other forms or permits needed IF your project is a water well, or new septic system.

When approved, you may commence your project, and upon its completion, please notify myself or the Indian Hills office and we can begin the process of returning your “deposit”.  As always, if you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me or in my absence, Jeremy Huguet, Building Permit Vice Chair, or our At-Large members, Tom McClard or Bruce Mueller.

Thank you!

Office Update – July 2020


The information below was provided by Don Kalista, ILPOA VP & Office Chair. Questions for Don can be emailed to bod.dkalista@ilpoa.org.


ILPOA Office Hours

  • We always get questions regarding when the office is open.  Michelle keeps the office hours updated on the ILPOA website at www.ilpoa.org. Click on Calendar & Office Hours and you can see all the updated information regarding ILPOA Office Hours, Meetings, and Events.
  • Remember, you can always use the office after-hours drop box any time the office is closed.  The after-hours drop box is located on the door that faces the exit road.  You can also direct your questions to indianlake@ilpoa.org.

Boat Registration:

  • All members are required to review, understand, and comply with all rules and regulations regarding registering and operating watercraft on Indian Lake.  If you violate our member approved rules & regulations you can be subject to citations, fines, or the inability to operate your watercraft on the lake.
  • When registering your boat at the ILPOA Office we will need your DMV registration and/or Title that provides the information we need to verify your watercraft meets length limits, number of qualifying watercraft, etc.  No stickers will be provided without proper documentation.

Dues & Assessment Payments:

  • Annual Dues: As a reminder, if you have not paid your annual dues (due March 1st) you are incurring a monthly late fee each month you are past due.  Per our governing documents if you have not paid your dues you are no longer a “Member in Good Standing”.
  • Assessment Payments:  As a reminder, now that Judge has ruled in favor of ILPOA all members are required to pay the Bridge Design and Bridge Replacement Assessments.  You can make your payments at the ILPOA Office (check ILPOA website for office hours) or by mail (17 Indian Hills Drive, Cuba MO  65453).

Financial Update – through May 2020


The following information was provided by Scott Rockafellow, ILPOA Treasurer. Financials are through May 2020 and June Financials will be available after they are approved at the July Board Meeting. Any questions regarding financials should be directed to Scott at bod.srockafellow@ilpoa.org.


Roads & Maintenance Update – July 2020


The information below was provided by Gary Campbell, ILPOA Roads & Maintenance Chair. Any questions can be directed to Gary at bod.gcampbell@ilpoa.org.


This month has been a busy month in the Roads & Maintenance department. With the increase in numbers here at the lake and a good amount of rain in May & Jun, it has taken a toll on the roads and made the job of staying ahead of the potholes (Approximately 26 ton of materiall just on White Fawn alone as an example) a real challenge. Add to that the challenge of keeping up with the grass cutting, trimming, maintenance to docks, and repairing our aging equipment, and our guys have been amazing. They deserve a big “Thanks”, but do it online, please.

In addition to those things mentioned above, the guys have been busy:

  • Repairing/replacing gate arms, stop signs that people back over, etc
  • Cutting/trimming trees & brush along roads and ditches adjacent to ILPOA properties
  • Repairs to/replacement of ILPOA culverts & ditches.
  • Repairing/rebuilding picnic tables.
  • Equipment repairs included major repairs to both lawnmowers (One being a major engine overhaul), hydraulics on skid loader, tractor tire replacement on Kubota, Hydraulic leaks on the tractor, drive shaft on Kubota tractor, gas tank replacement on Chevrolet truck, to name a few.
  • Retrieving stray buoys at the dam. We do have anchors, cable, and a plan to place buoys according to a previously agreed to map as soon as weather and workload permit. The replacement has begun, but as soon as they get placed, we have people moving them to where they think they need to be. Please leave them where they are placed!!
    • Note: Please stay away from the men when they are placing buoys, as they need room to maneuver and avoid making waves!!
  • Had an incident at cove 9 bridge. Joe took engineers out to inspect and they assessed the damage as cosmetics and the bridge safe to use.
  • With the many showers of rain, it has helped us assess drainage issues and we have worked to remedy any issues. Have a few others to remedy.
  • Spent time cutting down dead trees & brush on association property & the cleaned up around the coves.
  • Worked on donated patrol boats to install lights & siren. It is now up and running.
  • Cable installed at the top of the dam. We will be placing posts and cable at the bottom before the month-end.
  • I did a pothole inspection on all of Indian Hills (Three pages worth), and the guys fixed more potholes!!
  • Completed regulator and gas line replacement at the community center to bring that into compliance.

Thank you again for all your support! We will continue to try and get to community need as quickly as possible with our limited resources, material, men, and finances. Stay safe everyone!!

Lake,Dam& Spillway Update – July 2020


The information below was provided by Dale Brunts, ILPOA Lake, Dam & Spillway Chair. Any questions can be directed to Dale at bod.dbrunts@ilpoa.org.


I met with Rachel Carter from Ozark Testing on 6/19/2020. A total of 3 water samples were taken from the beach area.

  • Specific locations:  Beach by Corner Buoy, beach by Middle Buoy and Beach by Blue Buoy.
  • All tests conducted in June were significantly below water testing guidelines.

The buoys will be placed as soon as possible, it’s been a very slow process due to Covid and weather.

Water Test Results – June 2020

Any questions regarding ILPOA Water Tests should be sent to Dale Brunts, Chairman Lake, Dam & Spillway (bod.dbrunts@ilpoa.org)


All tests conducted in June were significantly below water testing guidelines

06/17/20 Legal Update from Mary Beth Huffman, ILPOA President

Members:

As most of you are closely following Case 19CF-CC00003 Indian Hills Civic Association with plaintiffs Brunts, O’Fallon, Wideman and Williams vs Indian Lake Property Owners Association (defendant), we have an update.

Last week, Judge Kelly Parker ruled in our favor to the legal portion of the case that included the Bridge Assessment, Boat Stickers, Fines and Interest.

Their attorney stated in court that the four plaintiffs are still seeking their attorney fees and punitive damages against your Association through Counts IV and V of the suit.  Our lawyer, Bianca Eden appeared in court today to plead a dismissal of those charges.  Judge Kelly Parker is taking this under advisement.

We are aware of the keen interest of our members wanting to move this community forward.  We will keep you advised as we learn information.

LOVE THE LAKE!

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

Update on Lawsuit from Chris Pinaire, ILPOA Legal Chair (6/11/20)

Fellow Members:

We have information we would like to share regarding case number 19CF-CC00003. In the case of Indian Hills Civic Association and plaintiffs Brunts, O’Fallon, Wideman, and Williams vs. Indian Lake Property Owners Association (defendant), the judgement on Count II Declaratory Judgement was as follows: 

  1. Annual Assessments declared under the BUR may only be amended by 2/3 of the property owners in writing and are the only assessments in which a lien upon real estate is applicable.
  2. The bridge design and construction assessments through our by-laws were passed in accordance with our by-laws  and were legal and within the powers of the board of directors. 
  3. Boat registration fees and fines provisions are not considered assessments and therefore valid under the rules and regulations of the ILPOA. 
  4. Interest provisions are not considered an assessment and therefore legal and within the powers of the ILPOA.

For Count III Injunctive Relief, Judgement was declared in favor of the Defendant, ILPOA.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or another board member directly should you have any further questions.

I am hopeful and optimistic that we can all move forward, together as ONE community. 

Love the Lake,

Chris Pinaire (cpinaire@ilpoa.org)

ILPOA Legal Chair