LEHA MEETING SUMMARIES
(for minutes, see the Meetings page)
New plowing contract approved. Interest in more canoe and kayak storage on the common lot. Three LEHA officers were elected: Tom Jenkins, president; Sandy Rioux, vice president; Taylor Jenkins, secretary. See minutes.
Richard Hicks was elected as LEHA treasurer. Our association is preparing to collect a substantial debt for dues, interest, and fees owed by the owner of lot 24. See the 2017 minutes.
Information was shared about an interest group of people from around the pond who are concerned about the water levels, See more information here.
Joe Longtin and Carmen Anastasie were re-elected as president and vice-president. Liz Hicks was elected as secretary. The bylaw change proposed last year was adopted (see new version).
A new float will be purchased for use at the Common Lot swimming area.
At our meeting on 7/25/2015, last year's by-law amendment proposal was changed. The membership approved of the changed proposal, which will be voted on for adoption at the 2016 meeting. Section 6 is the new language. Section 5 is included for reference.
Proposed Revision of Article II of the LEHA By-Laws: (Addition of Section 6 and renumbering of subsequent sections)
Section 5. In the event of default by any member in paying to the Association the Annual Property Maintenance Charge, such charge shall become a lien upon the member's property as provided in each member's deed to his/her property. Each unit owner in default shall be obligated to pay interest compounded at 18% per annum on such common charges from the due date thereof as determined by the Association, together with all expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the Association in any proceedings brought to collect such unpaid common charges. Furthermore, each unit owner in default shall not be entitled to make any improvements to Lake View Estates property. Unit owners in default who do make improvements to Lake View Estates property shall be subject to legal actions as determined by the Association, together with all expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the Association in any proceedings brought to enforce this requirement. In addition, a unit owner in default shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Association unless the unit owner brings the charges current prior to the meeting.
Section 6. The Lake View Estates Homeowners Association(LEHA) Board, after consideration of the severity of a violation of the LEHA By-Laws/Deeded Restrictions/Policies, may issue a notification of the violation to the offending member and allow the member 30 days to correct the violation. Notification of the violation shall be posted on the offending member's lot and shall be sent by regular and and certified mail to the address of the offending member as listed in the tax records of the Town of Fayette, Maine. If, after 30 days, the violation has not been corrected, the monetary penalty, determined by the LEHA Board, ranging from $5.00 to $50.00 per day shall be assessed by the LEHA Board and the assessment shall become a lien on the property. All terms and conditions applicable to a lien assessed under Article II, Section 5, with the exception of the interest charges, shall be applicable to this section as well. The lot owner may appeal any penalty at the next LEHA annual meeting. At such annual meeting, the members in attendance, both in person and by proxy, may modify or nullify the assessed penalty by a majority vote. The determination of the appeal by the membership at such annual meeting shall be final.
Bear sitings continued last season, so take appropriate precautions, e.g., do not leave food outside, keep trash secure, and be especially careful to keep the common lot tidy.
Treasurer Kathie Jameson discovered that LEHA is required to file taxes! The association had never been notified of the need to file taxes. The board has paid back taxes, and next year we should not owe anything.
The hill on Shore Road will be getting some repairs.
Our new plowing and sanding contract has been signed with Gary Potter.
The following by-law proposal for change was approved:
If the board or the membership determine a violation has occurred, notification of the violation and 30 days to correct the violation shall be given by the Board. If after 30 days the violation has not been corrected, the following range of monetary penalties shall be assessed by the Board and act as a lien on the property: from $5.00 to $100.00 a day. The lot owner may appeal any penalty at the next annual meeting. The determination of the membership at the annual meeting shall be final. Notification of the violation shall be given in the following manner, by regular and certified mail at the address listed in the tax records of the Town of Fayette, Maine, and posted on the offending lot. Enforcement of any such lien for monetary penalties shall be enforced in the same manner as liens for road association dues under Section 5 of these by-laws.
A vote requiring a 2/3 membership approval will take place at the 2015 annual meeting.
At our meeting on 7/27/2013, we approved putting another change before the membership: to amend our by-laws to make an exception for the one-third quorum rule, in cases when any changes in the maintenance fee might be considered.
We welcome Kathleen Jameson to the board of directors. Kathie has agreed to serve as our treasurer.
Also at our last annual meeting, members noted that the speeding issues that were a problem in past years have been greatly reduced. No complaints have been made to the board recently. This is a positive indication that as a community we can be responsible in our driving habits. Let's keep it up so that we can avoid the dreaded speed bumps in the future.
BASIN, DAVID, & TILTON PONDS ASSOCIATION
After a period of inactivity, the BDTPA has been reactivated. Members of LEHA should consider joining this environmental advocacy group.
“BDTPA works to improve the water quality of the ponds and their total environment. The association also educates and informs landowners, their guests, and other interested individuals on issues of water qulity, invasive plants, and other environmental and safety concerns.” (BDTPA mission statement)
The BDTPA is now involved in working with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to address the issues regarding the dam and impoundment area in recent years at the north outlet of David Pond. Find out more at bdtpa.org.
RECYCLING & TRASH
Starting July 1st, 2016 Fayette residents made the switch from Jay Transfer Station to the Readfield Transfer Station . All household trash and recycling will still be collected at the common lot, with the exception of bulky waste, demolition debris, and brush which can be brought to the Readfield Transfer Station by Fayette residents.
Lake View residents will continue to follow the guidelines for recycling and trash disposal found at the Eco Maine website. A sign has also been posted at the common lot for your convenience. Please observe the signs on the bins at the common lot. Members are responsible for hauling bulky waste items to the Readfield facility on their own.
Please note, Lake View trash/recycling pickup is on Wednesdays.
Apparently Great Pond and Long Pond are experiencing Eurasion Milfoil, and the Belgrade Lakes Association is working to eradicate it.
Stay informed of the precautions all of us at Lake View Estates need to take to protect David and Basin Ponds.
Read about Pleasant Lake Association's SUCCESSFUL efforts to permanently eradicate Eurasian Milfoil near Casco Bay. See their association link and several other environmentally concerned groups on the Local Resources page).
CHECK FOR TICKS!
University of Maine tick identification information
More from the CDC on Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus
Learn about the environmental impact of fireworks on our local environment.
GAME WARDENS ON DAVID POND
Game Wardens do patrol David Pond. Remember, tickets can be given on the water for infractions, such as lacking personal flotation devices while boating on the pond. The wardens are also concerned about observation of the headway buoys and of all the no wake zones, located within 200 feet of the shoreline. Please refer to The Guide to Maine Boating Laws.
“Watercraft may not be operated at a speed greater than headway speed while within the water safety zone (see definition on page 5) or within a marina or an approved anchorage in coastal or inland waters except while actively fishing. “Headway speed” means the minimum speed necessary to maintain steerage and control of the watercraft while the watercraft is moving. The operator of any watercraft must operate at a reasonable and prudent speed for existing conditions and regulate the speed of a watercraft so as to avoid danger, injury or unnecessary inconvenience in any manner to other watercraft and their occupants, whether anchored or under way. The operator must consider the effect of the wash or wave created by their watercraft to waterfront piers, floats or other property or shorelines.”
RESEARCH ON BASIN POND
Bates College is located just south of “the lakes region” in south central Maine. Bates has undertaken projects with students in courses and thesis research on many lakes ranging from coastal “isolation basin” lakes that were formerly depressed below sea level to density stratified lakes that contain laminated sediments that archive high resolution sediment records. Two current projects underway are on Basin Pond in Fayette and Round Pond, Chain of Ponds Township.
These ponds are unique–preserving detailed paleoenvironmental records with annual resolution in finely layered deposits, similar to tree rings.
If you see equipment deployed in the water, please do not disturb it.
photo: Carter Kindley and Carrie Harris at Basin Pond, Fayette Maine with surface core of laminated lake sediment.