Shay Lake Association News
Hey, where did our summer go? Gone in a flash! After a cool, wet, and windy May and June we had much nicer weather in July and August. It seems to me there was more activity on the lake this year. We had many boaters, tubers, kayakers and jet skiers on our beautiful little lake. Now cooler temperatures have moved in and it is time for our lake to rest and rejuvenate. Boats are out of the water, docks have disappeared along with our seasonal friends and neighbors.
I would like to welcome and introduce our new board effective January 2020:
President- Andy Blackwell, 1st Vice President – Ron Trombley, 2nd Vice President – Henry Harris, Treasurer – Anna Blackwell, Financial Secretary- Dee Peet, and Recording Secretary to be appointed.
Through your memberships, contributions, and involvement, the Shay Lake Association has made some progress over the past few years. We have done our best to preserve, protect, and enhance this community. We are a private community of property owners surrounding Shay Lake – keeping it private is the responsibility of all of of the community members. Water access by easement is reserved for Shay Lake Association(SLA) members and their guests only. Trespassing on private property is prohibited by law. We ask everyone to respect the lake and the properties of our residents.
Many thanks to the very generous members who make monetary contributions in addition to their dues. Many thanks to those members who contributed their time and effort to make successes of our Clean Up Day in May, Meet and Greet in June, Pontoon Float Nite in July, and our Fish Fry Fundraiser.
We have quite a few new property owners in our little community. They probably don’t know us and we don’t know them – they probably don’t know each other. If you have a new neighbor or friend who is not a member please invite them to join us – to become members of the SLA. If our membership doesn’t increase we’ll have to start cutting back – drastically. Road Maintenance would be the hardest hit. I would hate to see that happen because we’ve spent a lot of money on them and they are in pretty good shape.. However, without maintenance it doesn’t take long for the roads to deteriorate. Please don’t let that happen. Our budget is based on a membership of 97 people. We have fallen short of this goal for several years now. The bulk of the budget goes to road maintenance. We need to seriously think of ways to raise money or increase membership. Some of you may remember our Shay Lake Dinner Dance that we used to host that was a solid fundraiser bringing in thousands of dollars for us. Eventually that event lost popularity and that income source was lost. We have not had anyone to step forward to head the Fundraising/Entertainment Committee in over five years. Are you willing to volunteer? Do you have any fundraising ideas? The Association needs your help!
This newsletter is full of many interesting articles. I hope you read all of them and consider how you could contribute your time, talent, and ideas to represent a proactive mindset rather than a reactive one. As an Association member you represent the bigger picture, the longer-term vision for Shay Lake. We would love to boast about a high water quality, stronger home values, and a truly unique community with excellent social activities. That said, the SLA must be open-minded, open-eyed, and proactive towards a better future for this very special place. I dare to believe that we all want to move in the right direction.
It has been my pleasure to have served as your President. This has taken commitment and hard work by the board members and committee members. The work of the association is truly a team effort and I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish to date. While there is still much to do, I believe we have direction and a plan for moving forward. We look forward to continued teamwork with the new board, committees, and members to continue to strengthen the lake community in which we live. It is all about community- we live and enjoy the privileges of a private area and its Lake Association that is proud to serve its members for the betterment of the entire community.
Garfield Hughes, III
If you have not realized it, your SLA Board is a volunteer working board. All officers are required to contribute to the overall growth and improvement of our community. Community volunteers are always needed to assist board and committee members with activities and projects meant to improve our community and benefit our property owners. Please consider offering to assist when you can to specific activities that could be made easier sometimes if the burden is shared.
Nine years ago the association hired Aquatic Nuisance Plant Control, Inc. from Schwartz Creek, Michigan to do a lake weed study and cost analysis for treatment. The weeds they identified at that time were Northern Milfoil, Horned Pondweed, Illinois Pondweed, and Phragmites. We could not afford the $20,000 price tag to clean up the weeds. Since that time the formation of the Lake Maintenance Coalition
occurred and they have been very active in monitoring the quality of the lake water and have been successful in treatment for weed control. Every treatment is very expensive project – totally funded by the Lake Maintenance Coalition. Their biggest fundraiser, and most popular event, is the Poker Run held twice a year. It takes a TON of work to organize and put on the event. We are so grateful to the Coalition for the work of their volunteers who selflessly offer their time to raise funds to keep the lake clean and healthy, What will YOU do to protect your lake next summer? Milfoil is a sneaky attacker, lurking beneath the water’s surface and growing unnoticed until they have infested acres of the lake. Given the opportunity to establish themselves, these weeds are nearly impossible to eradicate, cost thousands of dollars annually to manage, and can severely impact the health, beauty, and recreational enjoyment of the lake. The best defense is prevention and early detection. Effective prevention steps include following “Clean, Drain, and Dry” steps when boating and fishing. Also avoid excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens. They can wash off and pollute our lake. In addition lawn clippings and leaves can wash into the lake and add nutrients and organic matter to feed the weeds. Use organic mulch or safer pest control methods when possible, don’t use pesticides or fertilizers. Leaking and poorly maintained septic systems release nutrients and pathogens that can move into the lake. Inspect your system every 3 years and pump your tank as necessary. Keep bonfires at least 20’ feet from waters edge to prevent phosphorus runoff into the lake.
I encourage all community members to support the efforts of the Lake Maintenance Coalition to keep our lake healthy and beautiful. The SLA will continue to forge a strong alliance with the Coalition.
NO Dumping on Vacant Lots or Outlots
Your help is needed – someone has been dumping their yard waste on vacant lots in the community and on SLA outlots. Someone even dumped their yard waste at the rear of an occupied property. Please dispose of YOUR yard waste properly. DO NOT use these lots or other people’s property as your private dumping ground. Your neighbors will be very grateful. It is called RESPECT!
There are an increasing number of properties being rented around the lake. Renters are often not aware of association guidelines for use of the boat launch area or SLA properties – this can cause problems with neighbors or other property owners. Make sure your renters are aware.
If you receive a phone call from someone that acts like they know you, government official, company you do business with, a charity, or a family member that is hard to understand – DO NOT GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION TO-OR SEND MONEY.
Don’t just believe the caller is who they say they are; technology makes it easy for scammers to use local phone numbers and numbers you may know or think is familiar. Do not wire money or deposit checks into accounts that promise large amounts of money for a small processing fee. Phone scammers will offer free money prizes, they will want you to commit something right away without reviewing things, they will threaten jail or harm unless money is transferred to pay what is a fake debt. Please be cautious when anyone asks for money and or personal information. If you happen to fall victim to fraud call your financial institution’s fraud department and make a report, contact your local police department, and call one or all three of the credit bureaus(Experian, Transunion, and Equifax).
More and More of our residents were enjoying our beautiful surroundings exercising out of doors. A few tips from MDOT to review to avoid injury- some tips may seem obvious but all merit a moment to review.
Walk on a sidewalk or path when available(not much around Shay Lake)
If no sidewalk or path WALK ON THE LEFT SHOULDER, FACING TRAFFIC
Bicyclists must obey same traffic laws as motorists
STAY ALERT, don’t be distracted by electronic devices(texting while walking not advised)
Never assume a driver can see you – be visible day and night -this goes for dog walkers also.
Remembering our friends neighbors and loved ones we lost this year:
Steven – son of Rich and Cindy Kinel of Sucker Creek Road
Mother of Annie Medley of Jaywood Drive
Vickie – daughter of Maceo andAnnie Medley of Jaywood
Mr and Mrs Benjamin Cabbil of Pointe Court
Sister of Gwen Carmichael of Hillcrest Road
Ron Gibson – brother of Gary Gibson
Charles Watson of Birch Road
Ruth Watkins of Hillcrest Road
Joe Robinson – husband of Queen Robinson formerly of Helen Street
Doris Seigfreid – mother of Dale Seigfreid of Angling Road
A renewed Blight Project spearheaded by Dee Peet is off to a good start. Dee delivered 27 blight complaints to the Dayton Township Blight Enforcement Officer
in November. There have been several responses to his notification of intent to issue a violation. Stay tuned for updates. See attached form for your use.
Lawrence Currel celebrated his 90th birthday recently – wishing him many more
For your Reading Pleasure
I came across this article (published in Belt Magazine in May of this year)while surfing the web one day – it is a little Shay Lake story by writer by Bob Campbell. His family owned a house on the lake many many years ago. The title of the story is “The End of the World as I Knew It.” You can find the story and pictures at www.beltmag.com. Enjoy reading it………..
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