May 2019 – President Update

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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. 


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 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


Mark McLean-ILPOA President