Memorial Day Events

Indian Hills Lake – 2019 Blessing of the Boats
Sunday May 26th – 5:45 PM

Boat Parade Details Start time – 5:45 PM In front of the beach Location -Boats will line up in front of the beach, take a short trip to the dam and arriving at Cove 7 to receive the blessing.
2019 Theme – Remembering the brave men and woman who gave their lives, to keep us safe and free. Wave your branch of service and the Stars and Stripes Proudly..
We will be awarding a gift certificate to The Lakeshore Marina for best decorated boat

May 2019 – President Update

Thank you to everybody who was able to attend the quarterly meeting on April 13. We had good attendance and a very supportive membership that attended. I apologize I could not be there but was told by many of you that the board did a great job presenting and informing the membership around our 2019 strategic initiatives. Summer is right around the corner and the team is busy at work. Below is an update on some key issues going on in our community. 

Lawsuit 

The plaintiffs’ attorney made a motion for a change of judge that was awarded by the courts. Otherwise, no change from our last update. The next hearing date has not been set, but we expect it to be sometime in early to mid-summer. We will keep everybody posted as we receive more information. 

Speeding 

Speeding continues to be an issue in certain areas of the neighborhood. The speed limit in our community is 30 MPH, and we have repeatedly asked everybody to please abide by the speed limit. We have been talking about this problem for way too long and unfortunately, we are not seeing an improvement. We have been looking for options to help and will be implementing the following in the next 30 days. This is a TEST. If it works, it can be expanded. If it does not, other options will be looked at and tried. The primary goal is to TRY to remedy the concerns, and not just sit back and do nothing, and be proactive so no one gets hurt. 

  • Two speed barriers will be installed on Lakeshore between the entrance and the bridge.
  • Barriers will have proper signage, per our insurance company and placed in strategic locations
  • These barriers can be removed and replaced in targeted areas of the community

Sadly, this could be simply avoided by everybody abiding by the speed limit, but we feel the risk is just too high to not take additional measures. 

Animal control 

We want to bring to the members attention the continued challenge that we have with dogs going after/biting members. Unfortunately, we have had some recent events of members/renter’s dogs that were not properly contained or leashed going after innocent members walking by. We are asking everybody that owns a pet to ensure that pets are always contained on their property or on a leash. We are asking all members/renters to be responsible for their pets and know the rules of the community (ILPOA Rules and Regulations section 11). If the rules are not followed, the member will be responsible for all accrued charges. 

Employee operations 

For last few months we have been trying to hire additional security employees for roving patrol, gate operations, and lake patrol. If you know somebody that would be a good fit and has experience, please ask them to consider joining our team and reach out to the office. 

Dam Road 

The road over the dam has been plagued with potholes, leading to concerns regarding the long term impact, and possible damage that could result to the top of our dam structure. After consulting with DNR, seeking advice from a qualified engineer firm, and careful consideration, a decision has been made to replace the Dam Road. The reason for doing the repairs now are twofold: 

  • Be proactive in our maintenance, and not allow the road to get to the point where further damage is caused, leading to higher expenses.
  • The funds to work on the road have been put aside due to the proactive thinking, in establishing the Dam Escrow fund. Funds will not be needed from the general fund and will not have an impact on other priorities. 

Multiple quotes for this work were received and reviewed, with N.B West being chosen to do the work. N.B West is a highly respected company and was recommended by multiple professionals and members. We do not have the exact time of when this will take place, but we will communicate as soon as we do. 

Cove 9 bridge update 

As mentioned in the quarterly meeting the bridge committee recommended that we move forward with Cochran as the engineering company to design the bridge. In our April meeting, the board approved this recommendation. Please see the bridge committee’s communication regarding the details of that decision page 4. We are currently finalizing the contract and expect to have it signed by the end of the week. 

Bridge Closure (May 8th) – The Cove 9 bridge will be closed all day on May 8 to install a rock blanket to reduce the scoring/undermining of the structure. We will re-communicate disclosure prior to May 8 and is subject to change based on weather. 

Important upcoming dates

Quarterly members meeting – July 13 At 9:00 AM in the community hall 

Booster Club Family Day Reunion June 15th @ 10:00 am until 2:00 pm – Community hall Men’s Club Pancake Breakfast – May 26th@ 8:00 am – Community Hall

Thanks 

Mark McLean-ILPOA President

May 2019 – ROADS AND MAINTENANCE

Hats off again to our Maintenance crew as they (as well as numerous volunteer members) successfully moved the underutilized Star Dock from its former location on the west side of the lake, all the way to the south end of the lake at Cove Nine. If you haven’t seen the new improved location and the refurbished Star Dock, take a look at it when you can – you will be very pleasantly surprised. 

The Maintenance crew has been busy filling potholes around the Community and adding rock to some of the washed out shoulders on the roads. Now that grass growing season is here, they have to run to keep up with that responsibility as well. Give them a friendly wave when you see them, but please do not stop them from their progress as they have very tight schedules. If you notice an issue that needs repair, please fill out a Maintenance Request form at the Office. That way we can keep track of them and do our best to get them completed. 

A tip of our caps to the Booster Club who has donated funds for street signs (to be installed soon by generous volunteers); also for funding a new weed trimmer and backpack blower; and for reimbursing us for the installation of the new water softener at the Community Center. Additionally, they have funded two new tires for the Red Maintenance truck and tires for the oil spreader. And, with input from numerous lake members, there was need for reduced driving speeds, especially along stretches of Lakeshore Drive. A new set of street barriers will be placed on Lakeshore Drive or elsewhere as needed before the summer season. The barriers will include signage warning drivers of these barriers. Please observe the warnings – both pedestrians and drivers should be aware of each other – especially along those dangerous stretches. 

John Richmond & Pat Leahy Roads and Maintenance Chair and Vice Chair

May 2019 Treasurer’s Report

As discussed at both quarterly member meeting this year, one of the goals is to make the financial updates easier to understand and provide a clearer picture of the current and long term financial position of the community. Going forward, we will no longer be publishing the balance sheet as the monthly financial update. Feedback received was that it was confusing, hard to understand, and generated more questions than answers.

If you would like to still like to see the basic accounting financial reports, they are published monthly and will continue to be at ILPOA.ORG. They are located under the financial section, and monthly reports that go back to June of 2017 are available

2019 Identified Operating Needs Break Down


The “operating needs” show what the anticipated need is to maintain the community for the year, excluding capital and long term needs. Simply put, “it’s what we need to spend to keep the place running day to day.” The last column shows the estimated change from what was actually spent in 2018.

The estimated operating income for 2019 is $382,770. This is an estimated number that assumes all anticipated funds will be collected. The definition of our operating income amounts to the funds that we should be able to count on for a given year (dues, boat stickers, interest income, ect). I realize that this is not the traditional definition, but it is what I will use going forward to help clarify our numbers.

My plan for future Smoke Signal updates is as follows:

  • Monthly, report on anything that is outside of normal operating expenditures
  • Quarterly, report progress against the operating needs, and show what the actual spend is against the estimates above.
  • Quarterly, report funds that the community has in savings, restricted funds, CD’s, ect.

As stated above, full financial reports are always available on the ILPOA website. If there are any questions, please feel free to send me a note at bod.srockafellow@ilpoa.org.

Scott Rockafellow– Treasurer

Indian Hills Bass Club

Indian Hills Bass Club Mission Statements

  • Promote the sport of fishing and improve skills as bass anglers
  • Enjoy the sport through friendly competition
  • Encourage boating safety
  • Stimulate awareness of conserving our natural resources through catch and release to promote full adherence to all conservation codes
  • Maintain a friendly rapport with lake community property owners
  • To use bass fishing as a means to developing lasting relationships

Indian Hills Bass Club Rules & Regulations

  • $20 members fee (ages 15 & under, wives/girlfriends are free)
  • $35 entry fee per tournament
  • Membership fee and $5 of entry fee will goes towards the Fish Off
  • Must fish five (5) tournaments to fish the Fish Off
  • All disputes must be made before scales are open
  • Obey the run times (10 a.m. – 6 or 7 p.m.)
  • Mandatory live well heck before start of each tournament
  • Five (5) fish limits, 12” minimum length
  • Weighing in one (1) dead fish is a one (1) pound deduction of total weight
  • Only one (1) dead fish allowed at weigh in
  • You must have an aerated live well
  • No getting out of boat to retrieve your bass
  • No culling at boat ramp when boat is in water

GOLF CARTS, ATV’S, & OTRV’s

SECTION 10, GOLF CARTS, ATV’S (All-Terrain Vehicle) and OTRV’s (Over the Road Vehicle). (changed 2016)

A. Other than daylight hours, the golf cart, ATV or OTRV must have and use lights, front and rear, red brake lights and turn signals.

B. The golf cart, ATV or OTRV must observe all traffic laws on the roads.

C. The driver must be of legal age and show proof of driver’s license, if requested by a Security Officer.

D. The golf cart, ATV or OTRV will not be allowed to carry more than it has seats for. (No standing or more than three (3) passengers in a bench seat).

E. The golf cart, ATV or OTRV Must be driven on the right side of the roads and move over when other vehicles need to pass.

F. Three (3) inch high lot numbers are required on front and rear of the golf cart, ATV or OTRV.

G. Golf carts, ATV’s and OTRV’s are only permitted to be driven on roadways and are not to be driven through members property or on unpaved/un-graveled association property that is not owned by the driver or owner of said vehicle.

Fishing

SECTION 8. FISHING. Missouri State Fishing License is required by law in addition to the following restrictions:

A. Fishermen, who are not Members, must be accompanied by a Member or have a guest card.

B. No live fish may be used as bait. Minnows are permitted; however, any species of goldfish, koi or carp are not allowed. (changed 2017)

C. Fish may be taken by rod, pole or line with not more than three (3) rods, poles or lines per person and not more than three (3) hooks per rod, pole or line. Any other method such as jug, trout line, throw line baiting of lake, etc., is not allowed.

D. Daily creel limit shall be as provided by the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

E. As a safety measure, to provide a safety zone for protection of persons (especially children) that are swimming, diving or floating around or off a lakefront private dock, it is essential that fishermen shall not anchor or park their boats any closer than twenty-five (25) feet to the dock.

Indian Hills fishing Regulations and Limits

 To protect our investment in this fishery we have made some changes to the length limits on largemouth bass. Please make sure you are following the new regulations.

  • Indian Hills fishing regulations
  • BASS SIX (6) *Over 10” (Slot Limit) * Under 12”
  • Largemouth bass under 10 inches & over 12 inches must be released unharmed
  • CRAPPIE (15) *OVER 9”
  • BLUE GILL (20) * OVER 6” (ALL SPECIES OF)
  • CHANNEL/Flathead CAT (10)* OVER 15”

WATERCRAFT RULES & REGULATIONS

Operation of Boats

  • No one under the age of 14 shall operate any motorized watercraft.  Proof of age may be requested by Water Patrol
  • All watercraft, except sailboats, must travel counter-clockwise at all times
  • All coves are considered “No Wake” zones
  • Travel counter-clockwise at all times, except when picking up a fallen person
  • Recommend following all Missouri Water Patrol Rules

Speed Limit

  • Boating speed limit 40 mph
  • No Wake Time Memorial Day through Labor Day: 7 p.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • No Wake Time After Labor Day: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Required Items

  • Must have a Coast Guard Approved life jacket for each person
  • PWC drivers and passengers must wear Coast Guard Approved life jacket at all times
  • Watercraft operating after dark must have proper running lights

SKI, TUBE and Wakeboard Safety

  • Boats pulling skiers, tubes, wakeboards, etc. must be equipped with a rear-view mirror or have at least (2) occupants
  • No more than three (3) skiers or wake board riders and no more tubers than the rated capacity for such tube
  • A rectangular orange or red flag, at least 12 inches x 12 inches, must be displayed when the person is in the water before or after being towed. The flag should not be displayed while the motorboat is engaged in towing but should be displayed again when the towed person enters the water. PWC and moored or anchored motorboats are exempt from this requirement.  Wake surfing is prohibited
  • All tow ropes must be 50’ long

DOCKS & BOAT LIFTS

Dock & Boat Lift Requirements

PRIVATE DOCKS. Members shall affix their lot numbers in three inch (3”) high numbers to their docks facing the lake and easily visible to the Water Patrol. Members are responsible for keeping their docks in a safe and secure manner. If, in the opinion of the Board, a violation is observed, the owner will be given thirty (30) days’ notice to correct this problem. If the violation is not corrected after the notification period, then a citation will be issued and additional citations will be issued every thirty (30) days thereafter pending further action by the Board. Also, the maximum length of the dock into the lake as measured from the Normal High-Water Line (identified as full pool at the outlet structure) shall be no greater than thirty-six (36) feet. There must be a one hundred (100) foot clearance between the end of the dock to the opposite shore line and edge of the dock must be a minimum of ten (10) feet from the adjacent side property line.

BOAT/TRAILER PARKING AT ILPOA DOCKS AND LAUNCHING AREAS.

  1. Watercraft and other vehicles must be properly parked to allow access to the launching ramps
  2. Parking will be limited to a daily basis for those intending to launch their boat or other watercraft and remove them the same day.
  3. The area is not available for winter storage.
  4. The parking area immediately to the north of the Marina is limited to Members only and may not be used for boat repair or boats awaiting service at the boat repair shop.
  5. Day Use Docks. Members in good standing may park at designated ILPOA Day Use Docks (5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) on a first come, first serve basis. ILPOA Day Use Docks are subject to one (1) motorized boat per Member. Non-motorized boats, sailboats and paddle boats are not allowed to be parked at ILPOA Day Use Docks. ILPOA Day Use Dock spaces cannot be reserved. The slip closest to the ramp at each of the ILPOA Docks will be reserved for boat launching and boat take out only and will have a maximum time usage of fifteen (15) minutes. Any boat left in a Day Use space after 10:00 p.m. shall be subject to a twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day dock rental fee.
  6. Lease of ILPOA Docks. The Board of Directors shall lease selected ILPOA Dock Space to Members by use of an annual lottery. No more than sixty percent (60%) of the available ILPOA dock spaces shall be leased and the remainder shall be ILPOA Day Use Docks except for two (2) spaces in Cove Number One for use by the ILPOA Water Patrol Boats.
  7. The Board of Directors shall establish the Lottery System and all necessary policies and procedures at the Board of Directors meeting held in January of each year. (Example: The first name drawn will choose the first dock space, etc.) This system, along with applicable deadlines for Members to submit their name to be considered in the lottery, the date of the lottery drawing and the deadline for successful Members to select their dock will be published in the January and February Smoke Signal.
  8. Leasing of the docks shall commence on April 1st until March 31st of the following year
  9. Collection of Fees: The fee shall be the same as the Marina charges. All annual dock lease fees collected by ILPOA shall be used for either dock maintenance or for new dock construction in that order. Any monies left at the end of each fiscal year shall be placed in the Lake Dredging Fund.

No fires allowed for cooking or other purposes at the ILPOA dock areas.

NO WAKE ZONES

  • NO WAKE ZONES: All coves are considered “No Wake” zones for that area marked by ILPOA buoys located at the entrance to the cove(s).
  • COVE BUOYS. No wake buoys are located at the entrance to all coves except Cove Eight (8) and Members shall maintain minimum speed in order to create “no wake” while leaving or entering a cove.
  • SPEED LIMIT. Boating speed limit of forty miles per hour (40 mph) will be from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting the first Tuesday after Labor Day through the Thursday proceeding Memorial Day. Other times, the speed shall be a maximum of five miles per hour (5 mph) with minimum wake.
  • When the spillway is closed a “NO WAKE” shall be put in effect. (added 2015)