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