Flooding Update


Our crews and some volunteers have been working since this morning to clean up the hay bales, logs, debris, etc. THANK YOU SO MUCH to the folks that have been helping us all day do that. And thank you to everybody staying off the lake so that cleanup can safely happen quickly. From Cove 5 north looks better than the south side of the lake. We are going to stop our cleanup operation from 6-8 tonight to allow members on the lake for a few hours. THIS MEANS ABSOLUTELY NO WAKE. And also, please stay out of Cove 7. Those poor folks are still cleaning up from the tornado, now this. We will reevaluate the whole situation in the morning. The lake will close down again after 8 pm. Of course, no parade tomorrow night. EVERYBODY, PLEASE CHECK THE ELECTRIC TO YOUR DOCKS!!!!We also ask that all members keep their vehicles/cars/side by sides, etc out of the coves. It is mucky and we’re leaving huge ruts. We’ve also had a lot of reports of snakes. Two times today, that Cove 9 bridge was closed…….We will be inspecting it for damage as soon as we can. What kind of fun do you wanna gave next weekend???? – lol!

Mary Beth


We have had some significant flooding at Indian Hills. Cove 9 Bridge was under water for about 2 hours and now the water has receded and the road is currently open. Right now, the lake is closed until further notice for safety reasons as many watercrafts and debris are floating loose. We are currently experiencing more rain so it is possible the situation could worsen. We will keep you advised as changes happen please check the social media sites for immediate updates.

Mary Beth Huffman, ILPOA Board President

Exit Gate


If you have noticed, the exit gate has not been working for a few days.  The reason is because the loops that activate the gate are located in the asphalt pavement.  Pavement so thin that the loops are finally at the surface and have been broken by the traffic.  The solution to this problem is to pour concrete in the area and put the loops in the concrete.  But until we can bid that process out and find the money to do this, we have a temporary solution:

The stop sign has now moved closer to the gate.  And the “loop” to trigger the opening of the gate/arm is now VERY CLOSE to the gate.

STEP #1:  STOP at the NEW stop sign.  AGAIN, STOP at the STOP sign! (It is amazing how many folks do not obey a simple stop sign).  Wait for the person in front of you to get through and the arm to come back down.

STEP #2:  Slowly pull up CLOSE to the gate.  It will trip the loop and you will be able to proceed through the exit gate. 

There are no longer any loops located on Seminole.  Folks exiting from Seminole need to proceed to IH Drive to trigger the new loop.

Attached is what the signage looks like and a map of the process.

Booster Club 2019 Recap


2019 started out on a very sad note for the Booster Club as we lost our beloved leader, Larry Eberle.  But the members of the club rallied together and we made a conscious decision to honor dear Larry by making it the best year ever – and we came through in a big way!!  

Our spring membership drive was wildly successful, we took in over $26,000.  Contributors to the membership drive receive the coveted “Love the Lake-Moving Forward” tee shirt – this year in gray.  It is amazing to see how many of those shirts are around-both the previous years in red, blue and now gray!

Dale and Kathy Bailey and team have taken hold of our winter Buncos.  It is always a fun time – and often comes during a good time to get out of the house!  They are planning another one for this winter, keep an eye out for the date and join us.  

We partnered with The Lakeshore Marina and the DuBois/Brakefield/McGuirk family for an outdoor concert in the spring.  Gavin M played for an excited crowd on a great evening.  A perfect example of a family getting together, planning and executing an event for the good of the community!  Hope to do something similar again in 2020.  

Our Annual Family Reunion exceeded all expectations.  We tried a few new things that ended up being great ideas.  One was an “on-line” auction.  Many members joined in the fun to bid on some unbelievable items donated by our members.  In addition, the Ladies Auxiliary donated and worked an Ice Cream Social on Friday evening to kick off the Reunion.  Members came to the Community Center and enjoyed ice cream while checking out the silent auction items.  We had fire truck rides and a pumper, water races and games for the kids to experience.  We also experimented by taking credit card payments for the auction, something that worked out very well.  We ended up grossing over $10,800 for the Family Reunion!   It was so well attended, there was hardly room in the Community Center at times – even with the Blues Parade going on!

Among other things during the year, we finished up 2019 with two very successful events.  The Thanksgiving Dinner and Holiday Light Contest were AMAZING!!  Both free events aimed toward bringing our community together and both filled the Community Center with members.   The potluck Thanksgiving dinner brought out the unbelievable cooking skills of so many of our members!!  And the Christmas Holiday Lighting Contest brought out more holiday spirit than we’ve seen in Indian Hills.  We’ve heard loud and clear that folks want to see both of those events back next year!  

The premise of The Booster Club is that we work hard and have fun at the fundraisers, then the Booster Club Members discuss and decide how that money is spent in the community.  This has been the most successful year we’ve experienced by far and as Ed Hitzeman likes to remind us:  we have raised more than over 10% of what the Association  takes in!  Below is the list of items that was voted on and paid for by the Booster Club in 2019:

New Street Signs, Stocking the Lake, New Tires for Maintenance Vehicles, Installation of a Water Softener at the Community Center, Upgrade of the Electronic Sign, New Backpack Blower and Weed Eater, Speed Signs/Barricades, Water Patrol Boat Refitting, New Brush Hog, Mobile Radios, Security Cameras, Snow Plow, Thanksgiving Event Expenses, Christmas Event Expenses, Landscaping at Front Gate, Repair Corporate Seal Embossers.  

Please consider joining The Booster Club.  Our meetings take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:00 am at the Community Center.  We have some exciting things coming up in 2020, including the First Indian Hills Golf Tournament.  THANK YOU to all members who support the Club, whether it be in person or financially!

Personally, I was honored in early spring when the Officers of this club contacted me to become the President of this wonderful organization.  I thoroughly enjoyed leading this incredible group of Booster Club Members who are committed to making our community better.  We enjoy every moment of planning and executing our events with our fellow members and it proves what Indian Hills is all about.  As I transfer over to President of the Association, Beverly Campbell has stepped up to become President of the Booster Club.  I am confident that 2020 will surpass the incredible 2019 that we just completed!

Mary Beth Huffman

Exit Road Detour

We have worked carefully to create a safe separation of the exit road using safety cones in order to allow both incoming and outgoing traffic for our members and guests.  Unfortunately beginning on 10/24 we began to lose safety cones either through theft or running over them and not taking the time to reset them back where they belong.  Today we observed that on the straight stretch of the road we were down to two safety cones and had to send Roving Patrol to replace the safety cones.

It is unfortunate the people have so little disregard to the safety of our members, guests and vendors that they either steal or run over the cones placed to divide the exit road into two lanes.  This may not seem like a big deal but it cost $20 per cone to purchase new cones and when you are trying to cautiously spend the limited budget we have, it adds up.

Here’s the ask …. 1) Please reduce your speed significantly when you are either entering or exiting the community when traveling through the detour area, 2) If you knock over a cone, we understand it happens, but please place it back in the right space and 3) if you see someone take a safety cone make a note of the car and report it to security.

It’s really sad that we have to bring this up but apparently common sense and respecting community property is not understood by the small minority who are once again costing you/our association.


Booster Club Update

Our September meeting on Saturday was unbelievable.  If you ever need a lift, just join this positive, happy, determined, FUN group of people!!  Our meetings are every third Saturday of the month, 9 am at the Community Center.  Here is what we got coming up in the future, mark your calendars!

Saturday, November 23, 3 pm we will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving meal at the Community Center.  The Booster Club will provide the main course, tea and water.   If you can, members to bring a side dish/dessert to share with the group. Please tell your neighbors that may not have communication.   More details to come!

Boy, are we excited about this!!  Indian Hills holiday light/decoration contest on December 14.   There has always been kind of a small rivalry throughout the neighborhood, let’s make it official!   Many ways to join in the fun.  Decorate your house and vie for bragging rights for different categories.  Be a viewer/voter, leave from Community Center for a drive around to see the houses.  Come back to the Community Center with your votes and enjoy the party.  Refreshments, pictures with Santa (pooches too!), music, etc.  Some donated decorations will be available for those who’d like to participate and don’t have the “stuff.”  We will have a box in the Marina for donations for small gifts, etc for stocking stuffers for the kids.   Some other surprises for the kids are being looked at, too! Mary Barbara Fitzgerald is leading this event, get with her at mb.fitzgerald@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate in the planning.  But be sure to get that date down!

Golf Tournament
2020 is going to bring another new, exciting event.  The first annual Indian Hills Golf Tournament.  We are beginning the plans for a tourney at Cuba Lakes, followed by a dinner/silent auction/entertainment for participants as well as for the non-golfers!  Co-chairs Tom McClard and Mary Beth Huffman are looking for volunteers to help, please let us know if you would be willing to serve on the committee.  (Eberle boys, FYI, this does NOT relieve your responsibilities for the Family Days Cuba Cup on the ball field -lol!)

Family Days
Then our growing, ever-popular Family Days!  Set on Fathers Day weekend this is June 20th in 2020.  Already talking about festivities – some new ideas to be sprinkled in with the old.  

As you can see, we have some exciting events coming up designed to bring the community together on a regular basis.   Please plan on supporting us in these activities.  And if you can volunteer for anything, please do.  Phone/email below.  You will find it to be a very rewarding experience!

We discussed how we are all so excited for all the work going on at the main entrance!  We will be looking at contributing to that effort in some way-maybe some landscaping when the construction is complete.  That’s what we do – have fun raising the money and then deciding as a group where those funds are used!  Join us!

Mary Beth Huffman
President – Booster Club

314-713-2172/ mbhilpoa@gmail.com

Exit Road Concrete Work

You will soon notice some changes at the exit gate this week that will enable us to keep our community safe, allow for quicker exit from the community and address people driving into the community through the exit gate.  This enhancement to our exit gate security is a direct result of listening to the feedback of our members.

New Gate Arm:  We will be adding a new gate arm to the back side of the exit gate (DD side) while also removing the spikes to make for a quicker exit from the community.  The new gate arm technology will respond better to all vehicle types including motorcycles for reliable operation.

Exit Gate Spikes:  When the exit gate spikes are removed for the new exit gate arm they will be retained for potential use in other areas of our community.

New Concreate Surface:  There will be two new areas of concrete.  One will be on the DD side of the current exit gate approximately 20’ wide by 25’ deep.  The other area will be at the exit right at DD.  The culvert pipe underneath has outlived its useful life and will be replaced.  That area will be approximately 30’ wide and coming back almost 60’.

I would like to thank John Richmond and Pat Leahy from the Board who have worked together in leading this project.  They both commit so much time to our community while balancing full-time jobs outside of the community.

Work should start Wednesday July 10 or Thursday July 11 for the concrete and the new gate arm should follow after that.  We will have a detour that will lead you from the exit side of the road through the visitor side of the entrance gate.  Also notice we will be leaving all the gate arms up during this time since there will be no way for guests to call in to the members since that will be used for a temporary exit road.  Please NOTE the entrance road will have to be used for entrance AND exit onto DD.

Mark McLean

ILPOA President