Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Personal notes of June 20 Board meeting


Open Forum consisted of a request for changes to the garage sale hours and putting in a rain date, better coverage and reporting on specific topics during the meeting, hosting an AQUA ICC meeting on the rate request, and comments the Outpost rebuild is coming in too high of a cost.

The AQUA update. No rep attended but there will be an informational meeting held June 27th (a Tuesday) at 6 p.m. In the Rec Center. The meeting will explain the infrastructure improvements here and the reason for the rate increase filing.

Finance Commission reports our standing at the end of May is Operating Cash of $1,988,224.80, Operating Investments of $400,185.16, Reserve Investments $3,726,503.20. Total Investments $4,126,688.36 and Total Cash $6,124,688.36.
We are currently under budgeted expense by $40,845.70 and over revenue budget $9,567.29, meaning we came out “to the good” by $56,576.92 at the end of the first month of the fiscal year. Savannah Oaks numbers are not included due to a problem with our accounting software.
Accounting adjustments for May equal $902.68. Write offs for the month are $112.23

Lake Management indicates there is a lot of algae and floating weeds on the lake that is being skimmed by the EcoHarvester. Chemical treatment has begun as well to regain control. The lake biologist has cautioned about treating too much for weeds and destroying the desirable weed beds with the invasive type. Bob Muchos will be taking Tom Pinkowski sr's place as chairman of recreational use of the lake.

May 15th Events report says Lunch with the Easter Bunny had 64 attendees, 31 were kids. The Fourth of July celebration (on July 1) is pretty well set with the band booked, fireworks contract signed, and parade invitations sent. The June 5 meeting report says Mary Gerard went over the plans for the Vino/Vintage and handed out volunteer shirts. The decision was made to leave the garage sales the same way they have been held in the past. (Changes had been considered) Further discussion of the Fourth of July celebration. Parade line up plans are being set and Kathi is looking into a 50/50 raffle with half the proceeds going to next year's fireworks fund. Lake and Links is still somewhat short on specifics but the highlites are in place. Events will handle the horseshoe tournament Dandy Donuts is sponsoring. Dandy Donuts will also be hosting a "Pasta 'Preciation" event September 30th for first responders and their families.

The Golf Commission tells us the May 27th tournament had fourteen teams participating. The new driving nets should be operational soon. May was a problem with weed spraying on the course due to wet conditions but the weed spraying is ongoing. There will be no August tournament set.

The Rec. Commission had no meeting

The Roads Commission had no meeting but Randy Budreau updated the board on the status of the culvert replacement on Candlewick Drive by Savannah Oaks. It is still in the planning stages. The road overlay should be going for bids soon and there are plenty of contractors needing work right now so the timing may be good.

The Golf Course report shows the mowing has lessened due to the hot weather but of course that means watering has increased. Wetting agent was applied. The irrigation system is up and running. Some spots must be hand watered.

The Outpost rebuild was again discussed. Rich Witt indicated we have the drawings for the proposed rebuild and as soon as the blueprints are available the plan is to go out for bids.

New East Gate signage. All the necessary permits were in place but the county decided the sign needs to be downsized or pay for a varience request so the board agreed to a slightly smaller sign with the same appearance. The time frame for completion will now be pushed back some.

Savannah Oaks clubhouse reports their new pizzas are going great. I mentioned last time that I have tried them and they are good! Twelve kids are involved in youth league. Ten ladies are in the new ladies league. Bags league now has ten teams. July 3 there is a golf tournament at 9 a.m. with a $25.00 entry fee that includes nine holes and lunch. July 15 will be the popular "Pub Trivia." It starts at 8 p.m.

There was a first reading of the policy change for lake horsepower limit. It is proposed to go from 75 h.p. To 90 h.p. This will be published in the Candlewick Paper then go for an up or down vote at the next Board meeting.

There was a first reading of a policy change regarding citations for businesses called in by property owners. First reading only, then published, then an up or down vote at the next Board meeting.

The AQUA proposal for a rate increase was discussed. Randy Budreau indicated he will head the plan for a possible ICC hearing and talking points to mitigate the proposal.

The second reading of the policy change was held regarding rental property restrictions. The Board voted to accept the restated policy.

An offer was made to purchase two Candlewick Association owned lots. The Board agreed to negotiate the price because the bid was considered too low.

A resolution was passed to replace some of the equipment in the work-out center as budgeted. This is funded by replacement reserves.

A resolution was passed to replace the HVAC rooftop unit on the Rec Center. It no longer is functional and will be replaced using replacement reserves.

A resolution was passed funding repairs to two of our communication towers. When the cables were replaced some upper sections were found to be deteriorated and needed replacing. Funded from operating.

Be sure to watch for official minutes printed in your Candlewick Paper.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Candlewick Kid's Fishing Tournament

Barb Appelhans was kind enough to send these pictures so all of us who didn't make it can see the excited goings on. Tom Pinkowski Sr. spent a lot of time getting this put together. He is a nice guys who gets joy out of the kid's smiling faces. Who had the most fun?.... Tom or the kids!
I am not sure of the names of the winners but they had a great time.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Survey results

May 16, 2017 personal board meeting notes


Open Forum consisted of testimony asking for higher horsepower on the lake, fundraising activities, the possibility of boat trailers parking on the grass, vacant lot mowing complaints, and in general spending more money on amenities.

The AQUA update indicated we have a new rep, Beth Penisis. She has EPA experience prior to this. AQUA plans to have a town forum soon to explain their proposed rate increase. There may be an ECC hearing as well.

Finance Commission reports our standing at the end of April is Operating Cash of $1,665,449.76, Operating Investments of $400,181.87, Reserve Investments $3,807,082.96. Total Investments $4,207,264.83 and Total Cash $5,872,714.59.
We are currently under budgeted expense by $412,201.00 and under revenue budget $86,657.49, meaning we came out “to the good” by $325,554.35 at the end of our fiscal year.
Accounting adjustments for April equal $450.00. Write offs for the month are $2,765.29

Lake Management indicates there was discussion after property owner requests about raising the horsepower limit on our lake to 90 from 75. The final vote was to recommend to the board to leave the limit as is.
Egg addling is done for the year and it was commented how many fewer nests there are now than when this started years ago. The project is working well! Saturday morning, June 3, there will be a free boat safety inspection for those interested. It will be by the Rec Center and those participating will receive a sticker for their boat indicating the inspection was passed. The same day will be the Bass Tournament. The Kid's Fishing Tournament is planned for June 11th.
The concept plan for the area above "The Dip" is continuing with a new twist. Not a lot of information available yet but my understanding is it is a deep rooted plant to be used and "floating Islands." Don't ask me.... more information to come. It is supposed to be quite effective and a reasonably priced alternative to a lot of excavation work. Still developing.
The EcoHarvestor lift arms do not appear to be strong enough to lift the weight of the cutter wheel so the current plan is to beef up the arms or use a smaller fabricated wheel to avoid damage to the arms again. The machine can be run as a skimmer without the wheel and we will be doing no weed cutting for some time so running it that way is also an option. So far no hydraulic motors have blown since getting it back from the manufacturer but we are not pleased with their work quality so we are going to modify the machine ourselves as necessary in an attempt to make it more durable and effective. Norm Pierce has been looking at it to make recommendations going forward along with our Maintenance Department. Thanks go to him for his important input.

Events had no report

The Rec. Commission says fitness and yoga classes are cancelled until fall. Summer camp enrollment is slow but it is still early. Preschool and after school are about done for the year. Only three new dog tags have been sold for the dog park this year so far. The pool is almost set to go. There will be a summer biggest loser contest due to popular demand.
Moving the sand volleyball, bocce, and horseshoes to Friendship Park is under discussion. The pergola by the Rec Center is being replaced by Crimson Valley Landscaping.

The Roads Commission's meeting was cancelled but road work is to begin shortly after school is out for the summer to avoid conflict with school buses. Microsurfacing, patching, and crack fill will be first. Request for bids are going out for the resurfacing aspect of the project.
Shoulder work will continue as well.

You may have noticed the new Candlewick Bioswale signs going up. This serves the purpose of letting visitors as well as residents know these are not simply areas left unmown, but are part of a lake project.

The Golf Course report shows we are into the season of mowing and maintaining the course. Weed spraying continues and sand traps are being worked on to make them better playing surfaces.

The Outpost rebuild was again discussed. The property owner survey results were reviewed. Rich Witt brought information to the board about a rebuild using the existing structure but replacing the roof profile, removing the old siding to insulate and rewire then replacing it with new siding. Interior renovations, new windows, and more would also be included in the proposal. It would be an attractive, functional building and come in close to the amount budgeted in reserves. Your Board agreed to pursue this option, getting specifics necessary for bidding, putting it out for bids, and getting this show on the road after over two years of information gathering. We want this to move A.S.A.P.

New East Gate signage proposals were discussed. Your Board voted to contract with Image Signs for the new entrance sign. It will be large and eye catching. There will be a light house on each end of the sign and the lighthouse tops will be illuminated just like real lighthouses. You will be impressed as will all visitors. It is expected to be in place in three to four months barring unforseen circumstances. This will make a great first impression for our community.

After discussion regarding the horsepower limit on our lake the board decided to increase the limit to 90 horse to facilitate boats that can no longer be purchased wtih 75s.

Discussion was also held regarding citations being issued to property owners when businesses they call in violate the rules of Candlewick Your Board decided to work on new rules to be discussed at the next board meeting.

There was a first reading of a rule clarifying and restating the stipulations in place and disallowing short term rentals. There will be no action until it is published in our paper and voted on by the board

Savannah Oaks clubhouse reports their new pizza is getting a good reception. (It is good. I have tried it.) There are 36 participants this year in men's league. Everyone seems happy with the new hours. Don't forget the May 27th tournament at 9 a.m.

A zoning change was submitted for the area next to the Dollar General starting across from Candlewick Boulevard. I will post the specifics later this week if you are interested.

A resolution was passed to purchase a replacement vehicle for Public Safety since the old one has seen it's better days. Funds will come from replacement reserves.

A resolution was passed buying a new LED message board for the West gate since it is already budgeted and the one currently there is pieced together from old parts and could again fail at any time. The cost is covered in replacement reserves.

A resolution was passed replacing the old maintenance boat that has been used for weed spraying with a small pontoon boat with a new motor and a boom sprayer to more effectively handle the necessary lake weed control. This will be funded by the replacement reserves.

A resolution was passed using budgeted replacement reserve funds to replace five picnic tables and four benches.

Be sure to watch for official minutes printed in your Candlewick Paper.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Weed treatment phase 2 and Pelicans

Thank you Barb Appelhans for the pictures for the readers to view!

Clarke Aquatics was out today treating the rest of the lake for weeds. This is treatment for the half of the lake not hit two weeks ago. It takes a couple weeks for full results so hold on!

The pelicans didn't seem to mind. Barb thinks they came in to ride out the evening storm.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Dale Mediema Sunday Smile

 An elementary teacher was teaching the children about whales, when a young girl raised her hand. and explained that she learned in her Sunday school class, that a man named Jonah had spent some time in the belly of a whale. The teacher replied that there was no way that could be true, because even though the whale is a huge creature, it's throat was very small, and there is no way something as large as a man could fit down it's throat. The little girl thought for a moment and said "Well, when I get to Heaven, I'll find Jonah, and ask him if it's true". The teacher smiled and said "but what if, you know, Jonah went to Hell?"  The little girl quickly replied "Well, then YOU ask 'em"......

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Skimmer is out on the lake again

Sonny has it out cleaning up the algae again. Now if it keeps running and the treatment does it's job we should have the lake looking good again by the end of May. If it is windy don't expect to see it out there. We are going to treat this like a baby to avoid further problems. The Ecoharvester is very hard to control in the wind and we don't want it blowing into the shallows.
Thanks to Barb Appelhans for the picture

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Here goes nuthin"

Thank you Barb Appelhans for the pictures!

Clarke Aquatic employees are out on our lake treating for weeds. It takes around ten days to get the full effect from the treatment and only half the lake is treated at a time. In a couple weeks the second treatment will be coming going along the dam and the north side of the lake. The Marina, Beach, Dip, and Fisherman's Cove side of the lake are done. It had better work. I can't even get my pier in this year. Hopefully our boat will be in by June. This Milfoil is bad stuff but going forward we should be on top of it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 18 Board Meeting Notes


Open Forum consisted of complaints about the shortened Savannah Oaks Clubhouse hours and allowed boat motor size (wanting larger motors allowed). The decision was made later in the evening to allow later hours if there are sufficient numbers of patrons to stay open. Larger boat motors were first not allowed at all, then it was decided they could be used here if they used only trolling motors, next if they went only at idle. Now they are wanting to go the speed limit. Do you see any pattern here? The current limit is 75 horse. The Outpost was discussed as well. An idea was put forth of ways of funding using donations, buy a brick, etc as sources. Long range planning was suggested since we no longer have a long range planning commission. Possible partnering with other entities in a regional plan.

The AQUA update indicated they are going for another rate increase. The filing will be for a 13% increase but they know going in this will not happen. (This is the way the game is played. They go in purposely high and the ruling body cuts it back, indicating how well they are watching out for the rate payers. It is a joke in my opinion.)

The dues reduction raffle drawing was held with 5 winners receiving a credit of $562.00 from their dues. The winners are Dave Rasonova, Placo, Tamera Wyman, Tyler Ramsey, and Frankie Sierra. CONGRATULATIONS!

Finance Commission reports our standing at the end of March is Operating Cash of $1,080,205.95, Operating Investments of $400,178.58, Reserve Investments $3,796,449.66. Total Investments $$4,196,628.24 and Total Cash $5,276,834.19.
We are currently under budgeted expense by $187,496.17 and over revenue budget $101,538.22, meaning we are “to the good” by $289,034.39 fiscal year to date.
Accounting adjustments for February equal $450.00. Write offs for the month are $86,045.04 (some year end accounts clean up)

Lake Management indicates Clarke Aquatics is still on schedule with starting the weed treatment the end of April or first of May. They found the Milfoil we have is a hybrid so we know what we are dealing with. In discussions with Joe Rush (biologist) it was determined we should also use a chelated copper solution to knock the algae from the weeds for better absorption of the chemicals used in the treatment. This will cost about another $2,500.00 but to get the weeds under control it will be a small price to pay.
The skimmer was picked up this Monday after repairs and maintenance. It will not be used for weed cutting at the present due to the upcoming chemical weed treatment. It will be used for algae removal as needed.
Egg addling started April 8th, with 8 nests found containing 33 eggs, meaning 33 less resident geese in the future. More discussion on invasive species affecting our lake and the importance of not allowing this to happen with boats coming back from other lakes carrying the material. A concept plan development is still in the planning stages, looking toward a vegitative plan to filter nitrates from the runoff before entering our lake. Tom Pinkowski Sr. is putting together plans for the Kid's Fishing Tournament. He is seeking donations of time and money needed to put on the event. Fish shocking is scheduled for the last week in April to see what our stocking needs will be for the upcoming year as well as the general health of our fishery.
There was much discussion on allowing higher horse motors to run at normal speed on our lake rather than just at idle. Research will continue on the topic and there will be further discussion at the May meeting.

Events tells us the Easter Bunny lunch went over well. Vino and Vintage already has 30 vendors signed up. There will be a volunteer sign up sheet at the next meeting. Kohls in Rockford and Machesney park have approved the event and if they get five volunteers from each store a $500.00 donation will be given from each. (Way to go Mary!) Fourth of July planning is starting with the band being selected and the fireworks contract being set.

The Rec. Commission says youth Karate numbers have been holding steady with the adult classes increasing. Pub Trivia had 19 participants.

The Roads Commission recommends contracting with Schmitt Engineering for services regarding some necessary culvert replacements. The proposed paving this season will be a 2" overlay Candlewick Drive from Briarcliff to Rockaway plus two patches and one overlay section on Candlewick Boulevard. Microsurfacing is set for to begin June 5th with the crackfill accomplished prior to the microsurfacing.

The Golf Course report indicates a pre-emergent crabgrass preventer has been applied to handle the problem we had with it last year. The course is looking good, a little wet, but very playable. Sand traps are smoothed and all is ready.

The Outpost rebuild was again discussed. Our General Manager wrote a series of simple questions that will be part of an on-line survey as well as published in our upcoming paper to get a handle on the preference of the property owners regarding how they would like to proceed with the project. The board reviewed the questions for non-biased framing and authorized the survey. The project if built with an added pavilion will go well over budget so before possibly proceeding it is important we have the P.O.s input.

New East Gate signage proposals were discussed. Information was received from Image Signs. Signs Now declined to give an estimate and ShawCraft asked for payment to design suggestions. The Image Signs information was passed along to the board for review. Image Signs constructed the Savannah Oaks sign. No action at this time but the board needs to be in the loop as we proceed. We expect to have a solid proposal at the next meeting.

Savannah Oaks clubhouse is now open with an new oven, painting finished, tile replaced, and all cleaned up for the new season. A new pizza will be tried this year that they say is comperable to Pizza Hut pizza. Men's league starts May 4th. May sixth will feature the first tournament. Ten a.m. Shotgun start, $25.00 entry fee. Two person scramble. May 25 will start youth league sign-ups with a tentative start date of June 8th. May 27th will be the Memorial Weekend tournament with another 2 person true alternate shot, $25.00 entry fee, and a nine a.m. shotgun start. New driving nets are planned for May purchase. Another attempt will be made to start a woman's league this year. Sign up sheet will be in the club house.

The Caledonia Road clean up is scheduled for April 25, next Tuesday. Want to help? Meet at the West gate at five p.m.
Candlewick Clean up Day will be April 29th (rain date the 30th) and help is always appreciated. Just show up at the rec center and we will have the bags and hopefully enough grabbers. Want to start Friday? The Rec Center will have what you need.

A resolution was passed funding the use of a copper chemical mix along with the proposed weed control chemicals to aid in absorption and better results.

A policy change allowing disabled folks to fish without a Candlewick permit had it's second reading and passed.

A resolution was passed retaining our current legal council for another year.

A resolution was passed regarding replacing the Pergola at the Rec Denter with what should be an almost maintenance free aluminum frame, vinyl exterior unit. This is a reserve funded item.

A resolution was passed to purchase a road shoulder retriever to be used in house with our ongoing roads projects. The retriever will help with the shouldering of the roads, diminishing the amount of water seeping under the roads causing damage. Funded from reserves.

A resolution was passed hiring Schmitt Engineering to handle engineering work for two culvert replacements. This is a reserves funded expense.

For any reading this and not understanding what reserves funding is, that term indicates monies have been added yearly to the replacement reserves fund to use to replace things we have already added as they wear our or need replacing. Your dues normally have already covered those expenses to a great degree or completely. It is planning ahead.

Be sure to watch for official minutes printed in your Candlewick Paper.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Just look at all of them!

Thanks to Barb Appelhans for the picture of a flock of pelicans. It seems there are more every year. I love living where there is so much wildlife.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Easter party fun at the Rec Center

Thank to Barb Appelhans for the great pictures. Looks like they had a lot of fun.
The Easter Bunny ( Gigi Burke)

Lots of music too!

Plenty of good food for all

FIND THOSE EGGS! Good turnout 

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Thank you Barb Appelhans for the pictures to share.  Ken

Bonfire and food, yes... 50 degree water I think not. That's just me though.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Congratulations Dandy Donut Lakeside

Click on the following link. Some serious work went into this event. Dan and Mary, this is the way to market our community!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 Board meeting personal notes


Open Forum consisted of a gentleman who felt I had mis-characterized him during the annual meeting. If that was the case it was unintentional. Most of the rest was support for going with the $419,000 plus Outpost rebuild.

The AQUA update indicated not much new happening during the winter but they had money put away for manhole work in the areas we do our road project. Pat Wren gave the report.

New officers were elected. The results follow...
President Ken Dillenburg
Vice President Rich Witt
Treasurer Jeff Lutzow
Secretary Randy Budreau
Randy Budreau was appointed to the ECC as a new member.

Finance Commission reports our standing at the end of January is Operating Cash of $1,040,865.57, Operating Investments of $399,593.84, Reserve Investments $3,804,751.75. Total Investments $4,204,345.59 and Total Cash $5,245,211.16.
We are currently under budgeted expense by $174,575.44 and over revenue budget $87,298.89, meaning we are “to the good” by $261,874.33 fiscal year to date.
Accounting adjustments for February equal $92.86. Write offs for the month are $69,738.16 for the Boone County owned lots.

Lake Management had a presentation from Clarke Aquatics about the upcoming Milfoil treatment plan. This as well as the skimmer update can be found on this blog down a couple posts. Egg addling will start April 8th. Volunteers needed. Show up by the Rec Center at 9 or slightly before. A sub-commission will be formed to help with the kids fishing tournament this year. Concept plan for above the dip is coming along slowly.

Events asks the board to set up a booth during the Vino and Vintage event and if the board members would man it. I indicated could not help man it but the bosrd authorized it and some members plan to help. Kathi Smith was elected Chair of the commission with Pat Bartels vice-chair and Mary Gerard secretary. Valentine Bingo had 75 participants. Dandy Donuts sold food and donated all proceeds to the Fireworks Fund for the Fourth of July. (Very generous) Lunch with the Easter Bunny tickets are now on sale.

The Rec. Commission says they are having problems with instructors being present as needed for the fitness classes. Karate remains popular and after school runs 12 to 21 kids. Bunko is April 15th Pub Trivia is March 25. Biggest Loser has 28 signed up. Polar Plunge is April 1st at 6:30 p.m. (Fitting it is on April Fool's Day!)

The Roads Commission indicates the decision was made to patch Candlewick Boulevard this year instead of overlay so both inbound and outbound can be done the same year. Roads being given microsurface will be patched before microsurfacing. McClure Engineering is to indicate what is needed for the culvert replacement by Fishermen's Cove.

Communication Commission reports they are still working on the "Anything that Floats" race. The first promotional newspaper ad of the year will appear April 7th.

The Golf Commission had no meeting, no quorum established.

Public Safety says the stop signs at the gates will remain. There will be a drug prevention presentation by Sergeant Dave Dammon of the Belvidere P.D. April 13th at 6 p.m. In the Rec Center.

The Outpost rebuild was again discussed. No firm plan as of this date.

We are waiting for more information from Shawcraft Signs regarding costs and possible proposals for a new East Gate sign. A meeting was also held with Image signs and we are waiting for proposals from them, probably ready for discussion at the April meeting. They built the Savannah Oaks sign.

Savannah Oaks clubhouse is of course currently closed, no report.

A resolution was passed contracting with Turf Maintenance to again handle the contracted grounds maintenance this year.

A resolution was passed authorizing inspection and repairs on our tower guy wires by Prime Time Audio/Video. The tower in Maintenance is missing wires as well as the same situation at the South gate. All of our towers will be inspected and repaired as necessary. This is a liability issue, stability is a must.

A reso was passed hiring McClure Engineering for oversight of our road project this year.

The Boone County Arts Council thanked us for sponsoring the Music in the Park performance upcoming later in the year by the Rec Center.

Be sure to watch for official minutes printed in your Candlewick Paper.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Board meeting of March 21 agenda

Ecoharvester (skimmer) update

Our skimmer is still at the manufacturer. Besides a very high setting on the hydraulic pressure on the left side there are also two arms that need replacement, one broken. It will be repaired, then water tested, then we pick it up, hopefully with the major problems solved. I am guessing another two weeks because the arms must be fabricated. We will need this machine if the algae bloom problems Clarke Aquatics predicted from their treatment come to pass. We are spending some money on this machine, but we want it running and doing it's job. Compared to the over $4,000 we are paying just for lab testing to find the specific genetic makeup of the Milfoil in our lake we will live with it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Clark Aquatics.... Lord help us!

This is not our lake but it is Milfoil infestation

Lake Management hosted the Clark Aquatics presentation of March 14th. Some sounded good, other aspects were disappointing.
Weather permitting the first application will be at the end of April or beginning of May. It will be in two parts, half the 104 acres coverage first then the other half later. Assurances were given that they would treat the close shoreline, not only the easy to treat deeper water. They will be using Dyquat, the same chemical we have been using in-house. Dyquat is being used because they have not yet determined the genetic structure of the Milfoil and until that is accomplished.. and that will take weeks in a lab.... they don't know what will be best for our specific type, (probably hybrid).
We were forewarned to be patient, this will be a long term thing and as the weeds die they will be fertilizer for algae, meaning probably serious algae blooms. Bottom lining this, we will be paying for these treatments for many years to come. This first treatment if memory serves was $40,000.00 (around $17.00 of each of your dues) and as I said, much more to come. We have no choice if we want the lake usable.
The Milfoil was brought into our lake most probably by a boat carrying some from another lake. It spreads like wildfire. Our current infestation took about two years and we are packed with it. Any part of the plant that is cut from the main stalk will re-root and grow a new plant. This is terrible stuff! It reminds me of the way Creeping Charlie spreads in a lawn.
Clark has worked on several other lakes, including Lake Carroll, which is another association based lake in Carroll County.
The way these association expenses keep mounting it makes me feel like throwing up my arms and saying "I give up!"


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Congratulations to all


Chuck Corso 323 votes, three year term
Gary Kurpeski 309 votes, two year term
Sarah White 263 votes, not a bad vote total

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Savannah Oaks will be opening for the season before too long so it is time to fill staff positions.
Club House Manager, Bartenders, Cart Attendant, and Course Ranger.

The pool will be needing a Pool Manager, Life
Guards (must be certified), and Check in attendants.

Maintenance will need general summer help.

Public Safety is taking applications for Lake Patrol and Gate officer.

Apply for all positions at the main office. Don't wait, these positions will fill.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Sunday Smile from Dale Mediema

 In a Detroit church one Sunday morning, a preacher said, "Anyone with "special needs", who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front by the altar." With that, Leroy got in line, and when it was his turn, the Preacher asked, "Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you?" Leroy replied, "Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing."  The preacher put one finger of one hand on Leroy's ear, placed his other hand on top of Leroy's head, and then prayed and prayed and prayed. He prayed a "blue streak" for Leroy, and the whole congregation joined in with great enthusiasm. After a few minutes, the preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked, "Leroy, how is your hearing now?"  Leroy answered, " I don't know. It ain't 'til Thursday." Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves.... For we shall never cease to be amused

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

And down she goes again

The skimmer was out on a trial run today and it took just over an hour for the same pump to blow as always. Maintenance said it also might be a cotter pin (they call it a key) but they don't go without some serious stresser. The same side as last time blew.
Back in the shop to continue to try to nail this down before the algae and weeds really start to take off.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Personal meeting minutes from the board meeting of 2/21/2017


Open Forum consisted of Bonnie Marron with a request to keep the Savannah Oaks clubhouse open later than the current plan for weekends.

The AQUA update indicated they will probably be putting new mains at James and Cornwell plus possibly Galahad and Squire. They are still negotiating with Poplar Grove on an agreement to obtain water from them into our system if another well problem arises in the future. AQUA also intends to change out another 1200 meters.

Finance Commission reports our standing at the end of January is Operating Cash of $1,094,429.71, Operating Investments of $520,723.01, Reserve Investments $3,675,984.20. Total Investments $4,196,707.21 and Total Cash $5,291,136.92.
We are currently under budgeted expense by $154,656.55 and over revenue budget $83,213.75, meaning we are “to the good” by $237,870.30 fiscal year to date.
Accounting adjustments for January equal $124.89. Write offs for the month are $42,486.57

Lake Management asked the board to change the guest fishing permit to match state regulations for legally blind and disabled, not to need a guest permit if they have a state disabled card. Resolution first reading, no action.
Clark (weed control) will make a presentation at their meeting in March. No new fish structure was added this winter. The limit for keeping Northerns went from one to two for residents and one for guests. Frankly, I wish there was a limit of about 10 under sixteen inches. We are being overrun with these. I guess state law dictates, which is ridiculous since we paid to stock the pike.

Maintenance has reversed the orientation of the hydraulic pump that keeps failing on the Ecoharvester to see if that helps. All failures have been on one side of the machine. There are two pumps. They also have changed the axles from on side to the other to see if that causes the pump that has never failed to do so. If it does that should mean it is a problem in the drive axle. It will be tested as soon as the lake is open. I know, more info than needed!

Events tells us Kathi Smith will remain the chair for the commission. Breakfast with Santa was a success. Lunch with the Easter Bunny is in the planning stage. Garage sales advertising and logistics were discussed and are on track.
Vino and Vintage-Dandy Donuts was discussed. Mary has some sponsors already on board and is waiting for more responses. Help will be needed to make this a successful event.

The Roads Commission indicates they would like to pave Briarcliff to Constitution and the East Gate area from '76 to the first Lamplighter Loop. Proposed micro-surfacing will be Constitution from Candlewick Drive to Gables, Candlewick Boulevard, Redman, Drury, and Marquette from Gables to Benedict. An engineer will be coming out this month to look at a couple culverts and give recommendations for remediation. Discussion was held on the purchase of a road shoulder retriever. No decision at this time.

Communication Commission reports the Boone County Magazine will carry our ad again this year. Our ads in the Daily Herald will be starting again April 7.

The Golf Commission had no meeting

Public Safety is considering recommending removal of stop signs at the East gate. I personally feel this will be a danger and would be a mistake. Our Public Safety Chief will be working to make the information about how to contact the front gate for assistance easier for residents.

The Rec Commission announced fitness classes are offered on an 8 week basis at a cost of $30.00. Karate is averaging 15 youth and 5 adults per class. After school is running 8 to 21 kids daily. Preschool has 7 enrolled. January had 20 attend for Bunco.
22 people signed up for "Biggest Loser." Pub Trivia had 6 teams.

The Outpost rebuild was again discussed and another town hall will be held March 12 to get input from the community. It will run 1 to 3 p.m. More info to come.

Shawcraft Signs provided a basic design suggestion for a new entryway sign for our main gate. Shawcraft will be ontacted with a request for a more striking entry sign. Their curreent proposal was o.k. but did not present the striking first image we are looking for. Back to the drawing board.

Savannah Oaks clubhouse is of course currently closed.

The board discussed the current campfire rules at the request of a property owner who feels the health issues from the smoke are a concern and outdoor fires should be eliminated. The board discussed the issue and decided the current rule is sufficient.

The board publicly thanked Rich Witt for cleaning litter from both sides of Caledonia Road from Dawson Lake Road to Kelly road. This is a board project but Rich took it upon himself to handle it. Another good neighbor was also thanked for the efforts of her family. Nancy Wieczorek decided it was time to handle the litter problem at our South gate and cleaned the litter, changing it from an eyesore to a pleasure to behold. I have to note, in this small amount of time litter is again appearing in those locations. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE????

A resolution was not passed to replace the worn carpet with tile in the office in the Rec Center. The issue will be revisited at a later date.

A resolution was passed contracting with Tallgrass for stewardship of our bioswale plantings for another year.

A reso was passed contracting with Kutchins Robbins and Diamond to handle the Candlewick audit this year.

Announcement was made of the special Board meeting March 7th for final passage of the 2017/2018 Candlewick budget. It contains a $24.00 increase in yearly dues.

Be sure to watch for official minutes printed in your Candlewick Paper.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


 The company handling the lake weed control spring spraying will be at the next Lake Management meeting.
Let's hope the treatment is very effective or we will have one rough summer!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Well folks, they are still there

 Our end of the lake is now open and the weeds are thick as heck. The mild winter has given us no help in that respect. My understanding is the folks who will be performing the professional spraying this spring will be at the next Lake Management meeting to explain how this will be handled. I hope to make it and maybe you should as well if the weeds are worrying you as they do me.
 Still not confirmed they will be at the meeting but that is what I was told.  Ken

Saturday, January 28, 2017

February 5th, can you spare two hours? (Starts at 1)

This is the day of the candidate's forum. Come to have your questions answered by the candidates so you can make a good selection of the people you wish to have make the decisions for Candlewick. It will last about an hour... then comes the....
This should take about another hour. Take a look at how your dues are being spent and get your questions answered. The budget actually came out a lot better than I anticipated but it is still good to view the final results.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Savannah Oaks changes

These are the plans for the coming season regarding the clubhouse. The decision was made we are not operating a bar, it is just a convenience for the golfers.

The clubhouse will close one half hour after golf is over.
Clubhouse hours will coincide with the golf season.
The food menu will be simplified and condensed.
Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be only the good sellers to control inventory.
Tobacco products will be eliminated.
The "chip" program is discontinued.

These changes are to stem the losses we have been taking in the clubhouse operation yearly.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Another interesting statistic

 The only logic I can see in this is my last name being Dillenburg, which is German. Otherwise why would anyone in Europe care about the blog? These stats are this month through the 17th.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Board meeting of January 17, 2017

Open Forum consisted of Noah Currier from Wounded Warriors mentioning ABC has been filming the Wounded Warrior program including the new facility at Candlewick. It is to air in April and should be good publicity for Candlewick. He said they need to put hard flooring in the facility and do some bathroom remodeling for handicapped access so anyone willing to help should contact him.

The AQUA update indicated they are in the process of planning for next year's main replacements. The new well will not be built and will mean a huge savings. Instead they will be using a connection with Poplar Grove if there is a failure again where water can be sent to us, avoiding the last problem we had.

Finance Commission Finance Commission reports the budgeting process is in high gear with the proposed budget about set to go for the next fiscal year.
Our standing at the end of December is Operating Cash of $1,080,327.64, Operating Investments of $520,651.14, Reserve Investments $3,669,888.50. Total Investments $4,190,539.64 and Total Cash of $5,270,867.28.
We are currently under budgeted expense by $143,367.07 and over revenue budget $69,991.91, meaning we are “to the good” by $213,358.95 fiscal year to date.
Accounting adjustments for December equal $479.78. Write offs for the month are $327.01

Lake Management reports Wendler Engineering has the engineering report almost finished regarding the possible settlement/retention area between Caledonia Road and the "dip." Clark estimates we will need to treat about 104 acres to get control of the Milfoil in the lake. Further treatment will be necessary. Additional limbs will be added to lake structure if available.

Events cancelled their meeting.

The Roads Commission discussed the areas for work in 2017, possibly continuing the two inch overlay on Candlewick Drive from where it ended in 2016 and extending another mile. Discussion was held about which is better, microsurfacing, chip/seal, or slag. No final verdict yet. A suggestion was made to purchase a shoulder retriever.

Communication Commission cancelled their meeting.

The Golf Commission cancelled their meeting.

Public Safety had a meeting but Val Alt was injured in a fall outside and the meeting was stopped at that point to give her aid. Nothing of substance had been discussed prior.

The Rec Commission meeting was cancelled.
It was decided the punch cards used in the Rec Center will be discontinued but of course the outstanding cards will be honored.

The Outpost rebuild was again discussed with further study looking for a less expensive option.

A meeting was held with ShawCraft Signs to indicate our preferences regarding a new East Gate entry sign. The old one is in bad shape, is placed too far from '76 for viewing, and is dated. The representative is to report with proposals for a new, modern, striking sign to represent our community. It is time to upgrade our curb appeal.

Savannah Oaks clubhouse will sport less hours next year and a less extensive food availability. We lose money every day the clubhouse is open and we must stem the bleeding as much as possible. The clubhouse is for the convenience of golfers and is not to be a neighborhood bar. New hours and food availability will be published here soon for your perusal.

Savannah Oaks reports Pub Trivia had a good turnout Dec. 10th. Pub Trivia will be at the Rec Center for the winter. The New Years Eve party had attendence of about 50. The clubhouse is now closed for the season.

A resolution was passed moving the 401K plan from Alpine Bank to Principal Financial. This was due to the fee structure at Alpine.

A resolution was passed contracting with Clarke Aquatic Services to treat approximately 104 acres of the lake to control invasive weed species plus obtain and have a lab identify specific species to have proper chemicals used. The cost for this will be $39,165.00. This is not in our budget but is a necessary expense to control the unexpected milfoil population. Another budget buster!

A reso was passed to replace the two rusting metal doors in the Pool House at a cost of $4,647.19. This is coming from our replacement reserves so no budget problem here.

Be sure to watch for official minutes printed in your Candlewick Paper.

I am sure some are wondering

Monday morning was the last chance to turn in a candidacy statement for the board election. There are two seats available and we have three candidates running. Chuck Corso, Gary Kurpeski, and Sarah White have turned in their paperwork (Listed in the order they turned in information). Be sure to read the February paper to see their views on Candlewick and remember to attend the candidate forum to hear them field questions. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

I am amazed.

As I published the board agenda I decided to take a look at the page views. Since I stopped almost all posting I expected to have a very small number. Look below! Why? I haven't a clue but thanks for the interest.  Ken