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HIGHLAND LAKES

CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
September 2017
Next Board Meeting:
September 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
at 7:00 p.m.

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Flu Vaccine Clinic


page 2

Shrub Removal Request


Form
pages 16-17

Phragmites Article
pages 18-19

Karaoke Party
pages 20-21

20th Annual Leidel Court


Backyard Party
pages 22-23

Womens Club
page 26

Mark your calendars!!

Pool Closing Party


September 3

Flu Vaccine Clinic


September 16

20301 Silver Spring Drive Northville, MI 48167


Phone: (248) 349-4006 Fax: (248) 349-8821
Website: www.HLCA.us Facebook: www.facebook.com/hlca.mi
FLU / PNEUMONIA
VACCINE CLINIC
Saturday, September 16, 2017
noon - 1 p.m.
The Visiting Nurse Association will administer the lu vaccine
in the Clubhouse Highland Room.

Costs are as follows:


Flu shots: $25 - $35
Pneumonia vaccine: $210 (subject to change)

There is no charge for Medicare B Participants. In addition


VNA Caring Home Support Accepts: Medicare Advantage,
Health Alliance Plan (HAP), Priority Health, and Health Plus
of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, and
Total HealthCare. If the insurance company declines the claim
you will be responsible for the bill. Please remember to bring
your insurance card, medicare cards, and picture ID.

Questions can be directed to the


Clubhouse ofice at 248 349-4006.

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Highland Lakes
Management Section
Highland Lakes Board of Directors

Guy Balok, President


Michelle Todorov, Vice President
Sandy Nolan, Secretary
Ann Creviston, Treasurer
Kathleen Connor, Director
Margaret (Peggy) Zonca, Director
Kathy Baldwin, Director
This section of the Herald contains minutes of the Board of Directors meetings
and management information. This section is the official medium of communica-
tions of the Association as prescribed by Board Resolution R-6, March 22, 1976.
We recommend that you not only read but save this section of the Herald for future
reference. Resolutions and Regulations approved by the Board become part of
your Association By-Laws.

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HIGHLAND LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION DIRECTORY
20301 Silver Spring Drive, Northville, MI 48167
Phone: 248-349-4006 E-mail: clubhouse@hlca.us
Fax: 248-349-8821 Web: www.HLCA.us
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Guy Balok, President................... 734-667-3507 Margaret (Peggy) Zonca, Director.248-348-5283
Michelle Todorov, Vice President...248-380-1611 Kathleen Connor, Director............248-207-6417
Ann Creviston, Treasurer..............248-894-4961 Kathy Baldwin, Director.............. 248-974-6688
Sandy Nolan, Secretary............... 248-349-3587

PERSONNEL
Joe Poma........................................Property Manager Guinevere Eatmon........Senior Receptionist (Notary)
Emily Lutzenkirchen.....Publications & Records Assistant Alexis Jackson......................................Receptionist
Sharon Englund.......................................Bookkeeper
COMMITTEE INFORMATION
COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON PHONE BOARD LIAISON
Clubhouse Barb Balok 734-667-3507 Sandy Nolan, Kathy Baldwin &
Ann Creviston

Court Liaison Joel Lutz 248-349-6782 Peggy Zonca & Sandy Nolan

Engineering Tom Werner 248-349-4459 Kathleen Connor & Peggy Zonca

Community Social Brad Todorov 248-380-1611 Guy Balok, Kathy Baldwin, Sandy
Nolan & Michelle Todorov

Finance Joyce Elvy 248-349-1747 Kathleen Connor & Ann Creviston

Grounds Joel Lutz 248-349-6782 Kathleen Connor & Peggy Zonca

Herald ----- ----- Kathleen Connor, Guy Balok, &


Sandy Nolan

Ecology Cathy Watkins 248-765-2327 Guy Balok & Michelle Todorov

Pool Rosemary Campion 248-349-8227 Guy Balok, Kathleen Connor,


Cheryl Huizing 248-231-7603 & Sandy Nolan

RV Hugh Battley 248-349-4841 Michelle Todorov

Tennis Carol Shields 248-305-7123 Michelle Todorov


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
After Hours Emergency ...................................................................................................................248-349-4006
Northville Township Police-Non-Emergency .................................................................................248-349-9400
Northville Township Fire Department ..........................................................................................248-348-5807
Northville Township Police and Fire Emergency ........................................................................................... 911
After Hours Maintenance Emergency ..........................................................................................248-349-4006
Assessment/Billing Inquiries .....................................................................................................248-349-4006
Consumers Power Company .......................................................................................................800-477-5050
DTE-Electric Company ...............................................................................................................800-477-4747
Hazardous Waste Information .....................................................................................................734-326-3936
HLCA WOW! Account Rep (Bob Sivori) ........................................................................................248-808-9872
WOW! Sales & Support .............................................................................................................1-866-496-9669
HLCA AT&T Account Rep (Denise Smith) .....................................................................................810-265-4946
AT&T Sales & Support (Phone or U-Verse) ..................................................................................800-288-3466
HLCA Comcast Account Rep (Erin Timmermann)..............................................erin_timmermann@comcast.com
Web site ......................................................................................................................................www.HLCA.us
Association Facebook Page ..............................................................................................facebook.com/hlca.mi
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Highland Lakes
Herald

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the Highland Lakes Condominium Association, serving all
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residents, groups and organizations.
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Gloria Janks construed as representative of the general membership of
Ilio Alessandri the Association.
Barbara Evans
Marty Tingstad The Herald welcomes comments, suggestions and articles
Beverly Dudley from its readers. All material submitted for publication
in the Herald must be true, factual, and newsworthy. The
editor reserves the right to withhold items from publication
pending verification of facts. In some cases where items
are of a critical or controversial nature, the editor reserves
the right to solicit comments from those with opposing
viewpoints.

Materials submitted for publication are to be given to the


receptionist in Highland House. All materials submitted
must be signed, but signatures will be withheld upon request.
Communications to the Herald should be in writing. No
material will be accepted for publication in the upcoming
issue after the 20th of the month.

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MANAGEMENT REPORT
TO: Board of Directors, Co-Owners RE: Property Managers Report
FROM: Joe Poma, Property Manager DATE: August 21, 2017

1. Clubhouse Renovation: Phase #1 of the clubhouse renovation is drawing to a close. The building is now handicapped
accessible, including automatic doors with remote access, a ramp opposite the newly remodeled kitchen and an accessible
bathroom. The entire clubhouse can be accessed using this ramp; access to the main lounge via the ramp and access to the
billiard room through the Highland Room. We are also re-configuring the chair storage room to a more practical location off
of the Highland Room to make set-up for parties and rentals easier. The back half of the building incorporates a modern and
hardwood floor look, with dual paint treatments in the hallway and bathroom. The kitchen has granite countertops, new cab-
inets, a few new appliances and LED lighting throughout. A new drop ceiling replaces the worn, yellowed one that preceded
it. Two more phases or years, follow this portion and are funded at $200,000. By the time you read this, I am sure that most
of the work will be complete, but please stop by and check out the progress on our main building and gathering area.

2. Security Survey: As of August 17th, we have 102 residents that would be willing to fund the presence of a professional se-
curity company, while 130 have said no (44% yes, 56% no). It was much closer than I thought it would be, but Im thrilled
that so many residents are turning in their surveys. We are at the same level of response that we would get during a general
Board election. If you havent submitted your survey, please continue to do so. Within the last week, I have read at least 3
articles discussing the epidemic of wheel thefts throughout metro Detroit. The word is that due to advancements in vehicle
anti-theft features, it is far easier to steal the tires and rims than it is to take the entire car and thats why its happening.
Remember that if they cant find your wheel lug-nut lock, you will most likely end up with a broken window unless theyre
after something else. More than anything, law enforcement is saying that many of the thefts can be avoided by keeping
the vehicle in a well lit area (turn the porch lights on, park near a street lamp), and report any noise that you hear. You may
be surprised at the number of residents that refuse to call the police because they are afraid of being wrong when they hear
something going on outside.

3. Asphalt & Concrete: The asphalt program this year was a logistical nightmare, but its over for now. I realize that unlike
past projects, there was a shortage of parking, roads that were impassable and some delay in finishing the work, but there
were also different circumstances. In prior years, the Association has used a budget of about $200,000 to re-surface two
courtyards and do extensive concrete work in another two. Most of the time, these courtyards were spread out and on oppo-
site sides of the property. What we had starting this year was something like the roofing program where we are trying to fit
the entire property into a 6-year program and like roofing, the priority of the asphalt replacement was based on findings done
by a consulting company; in this case, core sampling done by an engineering firm. The fact that we re-surfaced 6 out of the
10 parking lots in one small corner of the property was no mistake; those were listed as the worst and had to be done during
the first year. When six courtyards almost next to each other have to find alternative parking, Crystal Lake Drive and the
lawns surrounding it become a traffic jam and one huge parking lot on common element. A smaller challenge was waiting
for the weather to cooperate and deal with residents that were leaving on vacation. The budget this year was $482,000 and
next year it will be $600,000. Now that we are beyond year one, I would like all residents that had to deal with the issues
attendant with the replacement program to step back and take a look at your new parking lot. Based on what they are telling
us, we will not have to do this work again for another 10-20 years. I will also take this opportunity to tell residents that are
having their courtyards done in the future, that its a small inconvenience for the overall return. We have 38 courtyards left
as part of this project. Based on the core sampling, some are grind and re-cap and others are complete tear-outs. As the
parking lots are re-surfaced, we are following behind the asphalt crew with our own staff and re-numbering all of the parking
spaces after they are striped. I have received some questions over the years about the quality of the concrete being used and
for that matter, the reputation and quality of the contractor. All of our contractors are highly reputable in the industry and
handle projects that far exceed anything we have here. They are held to the same stringent guidelines with their product as
municipalities would demand and in the past, we have had companies perform hammer-rebound tests and lab analysis to
determine strength and composition of the mixture. With that being said, I have spoken to more than one contractor in the
industry and if you have ever felt that concrete poured 20 years ago may be crumbling, while concrete poured 100 years ago
is still there, you are correct. We are told that environmental regulations have removed certain ingredients to the concrete
mixture, and it is mainly a product of the cement that is supposed to hold everything together. If you feel that the parking
space numbering and striping used on the county roads last a few years when they used to last 10, you are again correct; we
are told that regulations have removed pigments and materials that made this paint more reflective and durable. The contrac-
tor is applying these products in accordance with standards in the industry, so there is no watering down of the mixture,

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MANAGEMENT REPORT
TO: Board of Directors, Co-Owners RE: Property Managers Report
FROM: Joe Poma, Property Manager DATE: August 21, 2017

but rather a removal of elements that used to be there. When we drilled concrete plugs out of the clubhouse back hallway to
install the handicap ramp, the plugs came out dark and full of a noticeable amount of gravel, whereas modern concrete looks
chalky and although it has the same stone content, the strength isnt what it was decades ago. As stated previously, chips
and cracks in concrete and most all, blow-outs of sidewalk expansion joints are caused by upwelling of water, inadequate
drainage and a subsurface of a former gravel pit that is not conducive to so much as planting of a tree. We have a wide
variety of things working against us, but I can at least put your mind to ease that a contractor is not one of them. Since we
are done with year #1, the core results would suggest that the following courts may be up for replacement next year, but it is
still far too early to be certain based on budget and market conditions. Next summer, we may likely do the following:

Dearborn Eddington
Hayes Ironwood (concrete moved this up)
Lehigh Lyric
Madison Queen Anne
Windsor

As we go about the project, I am conscious of those courtyards that are in need of patching and parking space numbering.
We will do these in the short-term pending work on the entire courtyard in the future.

4. Watercraft: The Association will begin confiscating watercraft that has not been registered for 2017. Please make sure
that if you did register, your sticker is placed in a spot that is easy to see by staff.

5. DTE Cable Installations: Construction projects always seem to happen at the most inconvenient time and in the case of
the DTE work being done along Crystal Lake Drive, it happened at the same time as the asphalt project. Over the last 10
years, residents have continually dealt with power outages; sometimes a couple in one week and for days at a time. The
underground electrical feeds for Highland Lakes are 25-40 years old and have periodically failed, along with the aging
electrical boxes serving as junction points for our power supply. As with anything else, the situation is being resolved but
the inconvenience associated with it seems temporarily worse than the original problem. DTE is installing 4-6 conduit
and piping underground cable along their easement circling Crystal Lake Drive. This is something that is within their right
to do, along with the placement of some unsightly 6 x 6 x 6 utility boxes near the entrances to courtyards. They plan on
landscaping these after the completion of the project to camouflage them as best as possible, but they are big. Originally,
the property had 8 smaller boxes along the roadway, and they are now scaling them back to 4, but they are larger. The good
news is that the new cable will provide years of service and will minimize your power outages, but the landscape is being
torn up and we are dealing with occasional sewer back-ups and excavations caused by boring equipment hitting the under-
ground sewer lines. By next spring all should be back to normal. If you are wondering why the boxes are so close to the
street as opposed to an area tucked away in a backyard, thats because they have to remain within their easement otherwise
they are on our exclusive common element; there appears to be no right answer when it comes to utilities.

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Clubhouse Committee MEETING DATE: August 7, 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: Betty Parzych GUESTS PRESENT:
Barbara Balok, Chairperson Ray Parzych Sandy Nolan, Board Liaison
Elaine Anderson Guy Balok, Board President
Rosemary Campion Ann Creviston, Board Liaison
Mary Lou Levine Kathy Baldwin, Board Liaison
Judy Nakdimen
Joyce Elvy
Cheryl Huizing

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. E cigarettes and Tobacco Products. Agreed to recommend adding e-cigarettes to smoking language in Rental
Rules and Regulations and in the Co-Owners Manual.

2. New Business. Agreed to use remainder of 2016-2017 budget to replace the microwave oven and dishwasher in
the Clubhouse kitchen.

3. Library Maintenance. Scheduled 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26, to re-shelve books.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: 1. Change number 10 of Rental Rules and Regulations from: No smoking is
permitted in Highland House. To Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted in Highland House. All disposable smoking
materials must be extinguished in receptacles provided for that purpose before re-entering the building.
2. Change Section 9. Recreational Facilities of the Co-Owners Manual from Smoking is not allowed in the Clubhouse. Com-
mon smoking areas are immediately outside the outer front doors and the north side door. All smoking materials must be
extinguished in receptacles provided for that purpose before re-entering the building. to Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not
permitted in Highland House. Smoking areas are immediately outside the outer front doors and the north side door. All dispos-
able smoking materials must be extinguished in receptacles provided for that purpose before re-entering the building.

NEXT MEETING:Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Submitted by Judy Nakdimen

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Court Liaison Committee MEETING DATE: August 3, 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: Carolyn Toyer GUESTS PRESENT:
Joel Lutz, Chairperson Stanley Savitskie Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison
Diane Pittaway, Co-Chair Tom Werner
Barb Adams, Secretary
Mike Baynes
Barb Evans
Daniel Long

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:

1. We have decided to have the annual Potluck Dinner Meeting on October 5th. Stan will be in charge as usual. He will be con-
tacting Court Liaisons to inquire what they would like to prepare for the meal. Barb Adams, Barb Evans and Diane will work
together to make decisions on what else needs to be done.

2. Daniel Long from Itham Ct. attended and introduced himself. He is the new Court Liaison. Welcome to Dan and thanks for
volunteering to represent Itham Ct.

3. A new survey regarding hiring additional security to attempt to thwart the recent car theft incidents was included in the
August Herald. The previous attempt to have the surveys returned did not yield enough responses from the co-owners.

4. Communication awareness is important for all to keep in mind. If we see something that doesnt look right, we need to con-
tact the police. We all also need to be aware of our surroundings in order to protect our community.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: none

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Submitted by Barb Adams, Secretary

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Engineering Committee MEETING DATE: August 15, 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Thomas A. Werner, Chairperson Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison
Joe Poma, Property Manager

MODIFICATION REQUESTS REVIEWED:

1 Unit 32 Windows (3)/Storm Door ED-7 6 Unit 604 Egress Window


Installation by: Home Depot Installation by: Superior Glass Block & More Inc.
Meets HLCA Requirements Meets HLCA Requirements
Notes: Notes:

2 Unit 88 Entry Door ED-4/Storm Door SD-1 7 Unit 674 Insulation Blown In
Installation by: Home Depot Installation by:
Meets HLCA Requirements Does Not Meet HLCA Requirements
Notes: Notes: No contractor listed, can not make hole
on outside of units per bylaws
3 Unit 149 Storm Door SD-1
Installation by: Home Depot 8 Unit 686 Satellite Dish
Meets HLCA Requirements Installation by: DIRECTV
Notes: Meets HLCA Requirements
Notes:
4 Unit 288 Doorwall PD-1
Installation by: Wallside Windows
Meets HLCA Requirements
Notes:

5 Unit 490 Furnace 85%


Installation by: Polar Bear Heating & A/C Inc.
Meets HLCA Requirements
Notes:

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: To approve modifications #1-6 & #8, reject #7

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.


Submitted by Tom Werner, Chairperson

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Pool Committee MEETING DATE: August 8, 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Rosemary Campion, Co-Chair Joe Poma, Property Manager
Cheryl Huizing, Co-Chair Guy Balok, Board Liaison
Elaine Anderson, Treasurer Sandy Nolan, Board Liaison
Barb Balok
Mary Gonzoles

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Pool: B&B fixed the sand issue in the large pool. The baby pool has a faulty computer and possibly a marcite issue.
It was suggested that the pool remain open a week or so after labor day with shortened hours. Joe said he would need to check
the budget and also see if any lifeguards would be willing and able to continue working.

2. Pool Loungers: Please do not drag the loungers on the cement. Loungers have been refinished and this will scrape the paint.
If anyone is unable to lift it to move it, please ask one of the lifeguards for assistance.

3. Pool Terrace Hours: Joe clarified that the terrace is open to residents even when the pool is closed, when the clubhouse is
open. He will check the lifeguard manual to see if anything states the contrary. If it does, the lifeguard manual will be changed
to reflect this policy.

4. Hot Dog Daze: Hot Dog Daze was July 8th. It was moved outside due to the remodeling of the kitchen. It was a nice day and
everyone enjoyed the made in Michigan products.
The last Hot Dog Daze of the season will be August 12th from noon - 2 p.m. and will feature chili dogs.

5. Karaoke Party: The party was July 22nd. After the threat of rain passed, the weather turned out great. There was plenty of food
and dessert for all. A special thanks to Jimmy Johns for donating two trays of subs for this event! There were some who sang,
some who danced, and some who swam. Everyone enjoyed the music provided by Jim & Rhonda Niner.

6. Pool Closing Party: The pool closing party will be September 3rd at 4 p.m. Please bring a dish to share.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: none

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.


Submitted by Rosemary Campion, Co-Chair

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Ecology Committee MEETING DATE: August 8, 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Cathy Watkins, Chairperson
Diane Pittaway
Judy Nakdimen
Sharon Smith
Mike Baynes

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Discussed creating a plan for the circular area at Valiant Ct. A meeting will be set up with the with the interested co-owners
to go over plan. Plants will be purchased from Ecology budget.

2. Discussed removing buckthorn near Crystal Lake area as next project.

3. Purchased a new wheelbarrow to move mulch and plants.

The path is done and our planting approach is to work out from the path to the lake and to the asphalt path. We are planting
a combination of plugs and larger plants and trees. If you are enjoying these new refurbished woods and would like to make
a contribution, we welcome those who would like to spend an hour or two planting. We are working on Tuesday evenings
from 4- dark, followed by refreshments and some wine. If you would like to help, but are not available on Tuesday, contact
an ecology committee member and we can be available at other times.

Thanks!! And I hope you are all enjoying the woods area!

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: none

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Submitted by Cathy Watkins, Chairperson

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Grounds Committee MEETING DATE: August 14, 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Joel Lutz, Chairperson Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison
Judy Alessandri Guy Balok, Board President
Barb Balok Joe Poma, Propety Manager
Judy Nakdimen Sandy Nolan, Board Secretary
Sue & Morgan Thompson
Betty Parzych
Ray Parzych
Rosemary Campion

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Discussed maintenance issues in Carmen's Corner: grass and buckthorn growing in area and within some of the perennials.
May have to dig out some of the plants to get rid of the invasive and then replant the perennials. Committee members will
handle the maintenance of this area.

2. Committee voted to have Sue and Morgan Thompson maintain the 8-Mile entrance landscaping. Discussed moving some
of the plantings to alleviate developing crowding as the plants are maturing and solve the effect of lack of sunshine evenly
across the landscaping.

3. Property Manager is meeting with zoning variance board August 16th regarding locating of the new 7-Mile entrance sign
and brick base requirement.

4. The Cleveland Pears have developed a rust condition on their leaves. Will investigate the significance this has to health of
these trees.

5. Will treat the grass area of the east side of the 8-Mile entrance with something like Weed-Be-Gone as the weeds are now
greater than the grass in this area.

6. Committee was pleased with how the Zinnias worked out in front of the Highland House sign, but the potentilla and core-
opsis at the ends of the sign not so much.

7. Recommendation made to add additional soil around sign as very hard ground was hit when planting there this spring.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: None.


NEXT MEETING: Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Joel Lutz, Chairperson

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Tennis Committee MEETING DATE: July 23, 2017
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Carol Shields, Chairperson
Earl Smith

1. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
Condition of the two courts:

Courts remain unchanged over the last year except for the following:
Motion by Earl Smith, support by Carol Shields to repair the cracks in both courts. Cost should be less than $1,000. Motion
Approved.

Courts remain playable; therefore, we hope the repairs would be done in the late fall or next spring.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: To repair cracks in both courts for no more than $1,000.
NEXT MEETING:
Submitted by Earl Smith
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HIGHLAND LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
SHRUB REMOVAL REQUEST FORM
Fall 2017
Deadline for removal requests is Monday, October 2nd.

All requests must be approved by a Grounds Committee


representative and must be submitted in writing to the Clubhouse
office. This program will take place during the weeks of October 23 -
November 3, 2017. (weather permitting).

NAME UNIT #

ADDRESS

CONTACT NUMBER(S)

GENERAL LOCATION OF SHRUB TO BE REMOVED

The Association will bear the cost for the removal of the shrub(s) and recommends that the
co-owner purchase and plant a replacement shrub or some other attractive landscaping.
According to the Co-Owners Manual, SHRUB REPLACEMENT policy, Co-owners are
reimbursed $10 per shrub, up to two shrubs per year, for replacement of dead or diseased
shrubs. Please refer to Co-Owners Manual for complete details.

PLEASE SEE OTHER SIDE


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SHRUB REMOVAL
INFORMATION
Because Highland Lakes is 45 years old, many of our
shrubs and bushes are overgrown or are in poor
condition. It has customarily been the practice that,
unless the shrub or bush is dead, the Grounds
Committee will not approve its removal. This policy
has been modified somewhat, to allow for the removal
of overgrown shrubs and bushes or those that are in poor condition.
There are conditions to be met however; these conditions are outlined
on the Shrub Removal Request Form on the other side of this flyer.
The time established for the Fall 2017 Shrub Removal Program is during
the weeks of October 23-November 3.
Requests must be submitted to the Grounds Committee NO
LATER THAN OCTOBER 2, 2017 so that the Committee has ample
time to review the request. The Committee has a mail box in the
Clubhouse office. Be sure the form is completely filled out.
The Association will bear the cost for the removal of the shrub(s) and
recommends that the co-owner purchase and plant a replacement shrub
or some other attractive landscaping. The Association will reimburse
you up to $10 toward a new shrub.
If such removal will necessitate a landscape plan, you must submit that
plan, along with a Grounds Request, indicating what you are putting in
as a replacement and a representative of the Grounds Committee will
inspect the planting. Please be aware that this program will only take
place during one week in October or November, weather permitting.
Please Note: Patio shrubs and bushes are not covered for removal, they are the
Co-Owners responsibility. This program only covers the bushes on common grounds.
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Phragmites

Phragmites australis (frag-MY-teez), also known as common


reed, is a perennial, wetland grass that can grow to 15 feet in height. While Phragmites
australis is native to Michigan, an invasive, non-native, variety of phragmites is becoming
widespread and is threatening the ecological health of wetlands and the Great Lakes coastal
shoreline. Invasive phragmites creates tall, dense stands which degrade wetlands and coastal
areas by crowding out native plants and animals, blocking shoreline views, reducing access for
swimming, fishing, and hunting and can create fire hazards from dry plant material.

Invasive Phragmites can be controlled using an integrated pest management approach which
includes an initial herbicide treatment followed by mechanical removal (e.g., cutting, mowing)
and annual maintenance. For large areas with dense stands of invasive Phragmites, prescribed
burning used after herbicide treatment can provide additional control and ecological benefits
over mechanical removal. Early detection is key to preventing large dense stands and is also
more cost efficient.

Great Lakes basin wide Phragmites information through the Great Lakes Phragmites
Collaborative (GLPC) is available at: http://greatlakesphragmites.net/. The GLPC is a
regional partnership established to improve communication and collaboration and lead to more
coordinated, efficient and strategic approaches to Phragmites management, restoration and
research across the
Great Lakes basin.

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Chemical Treatment: For inland areas (including lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, ditches, wetlands, etc.), a
permit is required to treat invasive Phragmites using herbicides if the plants are in standing water at the
time of treatment. Some small backyard ponds may be exempt from permitting requirements,
depending on their characteristics. For shoreline areas along the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair, a permit
is required to chemically treat any plant located below the ordinary high water mark, regardless of
whether there is standing water or not. The MDEQ's Water Resource Division has created a general
permit category for this type of activity, which allows property owners to request authorization for
control of invasive or non-native species through a simplified permit process.

Mechanical Treatment: Mechanical treatment (i.e., mowing) of invasive Phragmites is recommended


after chemical treatment (at least 2 weeks after, for maximum effectiveness of the chemical treatment),
to remove dead stems and promote native plant growth. Mowing is the most commonly used method
for mechanical treatment, particularly on privately owned, or smaller properties. If mowing is used as
the mechanical treatment method, the vegetation cutting should be conducted only in those areas
where invasive Phragmites is present, avoiding adjacent wetland areas where native species are
dominant. In wet areas, mowing invasive Phragmites as mechanical treatment is most often done in the
winter when the ground is frozen, which provides better and safer access to these areas, as well as
minimizes impacts to small animals and native plants. Mowing invasive Phragmites as mechanical
treatment does not require a permit, except in the St. Clair Flats, from the State of Michigan, but special
care should be taken to avoid significant rutting or displacement of soil, which does require a permit. For
more information on mechanical treatment of invasive Phragmites, please contact the Water Resources
Division at 517-284-5473.

Tilling or disking of plant roots and soil is not an effective mechanical treatment method for invasive
Phragmites. These activities promote the spread of invasive Phragmites, as the broken rhizomes and
seeds are dispersed and sprout new growth.

Prescribed burning is another very effective method of mechanical treatment of invasive Phragmites
after chemical treatment. This method is typically used on very large sites, and in more rural areas.
Prescribed burning does not require a permit from the State of Michigan, but often does require
approval from the local unit of government. Some municipalities require additional approvals for
certain activities, such as controlled burns. Please contact your local authorities for more information.

Article Submitted by Cathy Watkins

Information by Michigan DEQ


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Karaoke
Party
The karaoke party was a huge success. Jim-
my Johns at 7 Mile & Haggerty has been
generous to Highland Lakes donating trays
of subs for this party along with the pool
opening party and gift cards for the Christ-
mas party. There were also bowls of macaro-
ni salad and two beautifully decorated cakes
from Costco. The terrace looked festive with
its lighting and decorations. Several party-
goers took their place under the tent and
shared their singing talents with everyone.
Others took advantage of the perfect weath-
er and took a late night dip in the pool. The
Pool Committee did a great job coordinat-
ing the event!

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Submitted by Sandy Nolan

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20th Annual Leidel Court
Backyard Party

Who would have thought that you could celebrate sum-


mer for 20 years? Its unheard of and a rst for Highland
Lakes where the folks on Leidel Court and their friends
and families enjoyed their backyard party on July 29,
2017.

The weather was warm and beautiful. The food was deli-
cious. It was a fun afternoon made perfect by several
Leidel Court families who came to meet with the new
co-owners along with neighbors from other courts and
previous Highland Lakes residents. Sorely missed was
Kathleen Connor who in the past has always written this
article. We look forward to her attending next time.

The party was a success again due to the efforts of


Barbara Adams, Kelly Wysocki, Mike Baynes, and Art
Baynes. Art created the invitations, distributed them,
and used his camera magic with his son Mike so we
could view these pictures in the Herald.

Everyone brought their special dishes. Barbara Adams


made the best deviled eggs in honor of Joy Gaskin who
made them for years.

The deer that visited us last year did not show up this
year but we had plenty of Canada geese who thankfully
stayed down near the shore of the lake.

A 21st party is questionable but who knows what next


year will bring?

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Photo &
Copy:
Art Baynes

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Sue Tocco............................ 348-3396 Daniel Long................734-245-6191
Norwood
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Brad Todorov.........................380-1611 Debra Behrmann........734-934-0625
Oakland
Andover Kenyon Earl Smith.......................349-6478
Pam Takacs...........................374-0864 Elizabeth Dombles..............Unlisted
Old Bridge
Aqueduct Lagoon Linda Tomica.................. 349-6107
Cheryl Eberwein...................767-1068 Marchelle Brotz...........517-525-1661
Pond
Bryn Mawr Lehigh Diane Pittaway............... 347-1078
Robert Gorczyca............734-751-7828 Lela Lutz............................349-6782
Queen Anne
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Sue Misiulis...........................344-4949 Dianne Hartman.................229-3884
Richards
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Sandy
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Janice Booher (B 88)..............344-4229 Seabrook
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Hayes Carolyn Toyer.....................348-9745
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September 2017
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pool Closing Labor Day Yoga 9:30 a.m.
Yoga 9:30 a.m. Ladies
Party Clubhouse Womens
Pinochle
4 p.m. open noon - 9 Clubhouse Club noon
Comm. 7:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m.
p.m. Yoga 6:00 p.m.
Court Liaison
Comm. 7:00 p.m.
10 11 Yoga 9:30 a.m.12 13 14 15 16
Grounds Comm. Engineering Ladies Yoga 9:30 a.m. Flu Clinic
7:00 p.m. Comm. 3:00 p.m. Pinochle & 6:00 p.m. noon - 1 p.m.
Pool Comm. 12:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Ecology Comm.
7:00 p.m.
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Yoga 9:30 a.m.
Finance Comm. Yoga 9:30 a.m. Ladies & 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Pinochle
Board 12:30 p.m.
meeting
7:00 p.m.

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Yoga 9:30 a.m. Ladies Yoga 9:30 a.m.
Pinochle & 6:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.

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