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HIGHLAND LAKES

CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
November 2018
November 2018

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Snow Removal Handicap/


Disabled Request Form
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Snow Removal FAQ


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What’s Cooking?
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Fireplace & Chimney Cleaning


Policy
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Don’t Flush Those Wipes!


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Trash Talk
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Clubhouse Library Notice


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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
Clubhouse interior renovations resumed in mid-September.

The Saunas, Fitness Room and the Billiards Room will remain open.
Entry to the clubhouse will be restricted to the side door only. Our
Office Staff will be occupying the Highland Room.

The forecasted date of the reopening will be sometime after


December 1st. Watch the Herald for updates.

No open Board meetings are scheduled during this time. If you have
any questions please contact Joe Poma, the Property Manager, at
248-349-4006.

This short-term inconvenience will result in long-term benefits.


Your patience is appreciated.

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Highland Lakes
Management Section
Highland Lakes Board of Directors

Guy Balok, President


Michelle Todorov, Vice President
Margaret (Peggy) Zonca, Secretary
Ann Creviston, Treasurer
Michael Baynes, Director
Sandy Nolan, 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 Sandy Nolan, Director................. 248-349-3587
Michelle Todorov, Vice President...248-380-1611 Michael Baynes, Director..............248-826-9435
Ann Creviston, Treasurer..............248-894-4961 Kathy Baldwin, Director.............. 248-974-6688
Margaret Zonca, Secretary.......... 248-348-5283

PERSONNEL
Joe Poma........................................Property Manager Alexis Jackson......................................Receptionist
Emily Lutzenkirchen.....Publications & Records Assistant Terry Duke............................................Receptionist
Sharon Englund.......................................Bookkeeper Aishia Anderson...................................Receptionist

COMMITTEE INFORMATION
COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON PHONE BOARD LIAISON
Clubhouse Barb Balok 734-667-3507 Sandy Nolan, Michael Baynes, Kathy Baldwin,
& Ann Creviston

Court Liaison Joel Lutz 248-349-6782 Peggy Zonca, Michael Baynes, & Ann Creviston

Engineering Tom Werner ----- Guy Balok & Kathy Baldwin

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

Finance ----- 248-349-1747 Guy Balok & Ann Creviston

Grounds Joel Lutz 248-349-6782 Guy Balok, Sandy Nolan, Peggy Zonca, &
Michael Baynes

Herald ----- ----- -----

Ecology Cathy Watkins 248-765-2327 Michael Baynes, Peggy Zonca, Michelle Todorov,
& Guy Balok

Pool Rosemary Campion 248-349-8227 Guy Balok, Peggy Zonca, & Sandy Nolan
Cheryl Huizing 248-231-7603

RV Hugh Battley 248-349-4841 Michelle Todorov

Tennis Carol Shields 248-756-7066 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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the Highland Lakes Condominium Association, serving all
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Ilio Alessandri the Association.
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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.

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issue after the 20th of the month.

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HIGHLAND LAKES CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION
Committee Meeting Minutes Approval - October 15, 2018
Attendance
The following Directors were present: Kathy Baldwin, Guy Balok, Sandy Nolan, Peggy Zonca,
Michelle Todorov, Michael Baynes and Ann Creviston. Also present were Joe Poma, Property
Manager, and Emily Lutzenkirchen, Publications & Records Assistant.
Due to the Clubhouse renovations there was no public meeting in the month of October. The following
are Committee meeting minute approvals.

The following minutes were approved during the cut buckthorn from the area east of the macadam path
Executive Board meeting: that goes behind the beach area. All in favor. Motion
passed.
Approval of Minutes:
Board Action: Motion by Ann Creviston, support by Board Action: Motion by Michelle Todorov, support by
Kathy Baldwin, to approve and file the minutes of the Ann Creviston, to table the recommendation regarding
September 17, 2018, executive session of the Board Liz Gannon applying treatment to buckthorn until Joe
of Directors. All in favor. Motion passed. gets a clearer picture. All in favor. Motion passed.
Financial Report: Grounds Committee: (page 15)
Board Action: Motion by Peggy Zonca, support
by Sandy Nolan, to approve the financial report of Board Action: Motion by Michelle Todorov, support by
October 15, 2018. All in favor. Motion passed. Peggy Zonca, to accept the Grounds Committee report
dated October 8, 2018. All in favor. Motion passed.
Clubhouse Committee Report: (page 11)
Board Action: Motion by Peggy Zonca, support by
Kathy Nolan, to accept the Clubhouse Committee
report dated October 1, 2018. All in favor. Motion
passed.

Court Liaison Committee Report: (page 12)


Board Action: Motion by Ann Creviston, support by
Sandy Nolan, to accept the Court Liaison Committee
report dated October 4, 2018, and the recommendation
to put some kind of sign by the recycling bin that says
“Cardboard Only”. All in favor. Motion passed.
Engineering Committee Report: (page 13)
Board Action: Motion by Michelle Todorov, support by
Ann Creviston, to accept the Engineering Committee
report dated October 10, 2018, and to approve
modifications #1-7. All in favor. Motion passed.

Ecology Committee Report: (page 14)


Board Action: Motion by Michelle Todorov, support by
Kathy Baldwin, to accept the Ecology Committee report
dated October 9, 2018, and the recommendation to hire
Davey Tree for one day (quote for $3,000 per day) to
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MANAGEMENT REPORT
TO: Board of Directors, Co-Owners RE: Property Manager’s Report
FROM: Joe Poma, Property Manager DATE: October 15, 2018

1. Clubhouse Renovations: We are on track to complete the clubhouse renovations sometime in December.
Right now, the main lounge and front offices have been reduced to the bare frame and electricians have up-
dated the lighting and wiring. We are hoping the rentals of the clubhouse will be available to residents again
in January or February, as will the availability for parties hosted by the committees.

2. Asphalt & Concrete: The Association is aware that several of our courtyards have faded parking space
lines and numbering. In an extreme situation, we will paint these prior to the commencement of the project
next year or if a given courtyard is not scheduled for at least two years, provided the paint is so faded that the
space cannot be identified and there is no snow on the ground. We are reluctant to paint otherwise because it
will look uneven and detract from the visual aspect of the property. Fortunately, most of the courtyards that
have the badly faded paint are on schedule for next spring.

3. Snow Removal Policy: The snow removal policy approved by the Board and supported by the majority of
co-owners has been included in this newsletter. As I have stated in previous years, the policy has struck a
balance between what residents feel is a needed level of service with control of expenses. The basic standard
for weekend clearing of snow is 4” and if the snow is falling heavily, maintenance may wait until it slows or
stops. If the staff reports to work at 4am during a heavy snowfall, it is likely that some courtyards will not be
cleared by the time residents go to work. Along with that frustration is an understanding that there is a large
property to clear and we do our best to ensure that the roads are open and spaces are cleared as soon as pos-
sible. Our added benefit this year is the robocall system and the front office will be making use of it through-
out winter by notifying residents when it is time to move vehicles out of the courtyard. If all residents coop-
erate in a timely manner, the courtyard can be cleared within 15-20 minutes and vehicles can be put back.

4. Watercraft Removal for winter: If you have not already done so, please remove any watercraft you have
on the lakes. Watercraft must be stored on the available boat racks and preferably covered for the winter.
If you do not have a cover, I would recommend storing the watercraft upside down so the snow, ice or any
water accumulation will not ruin it. If there is insufficient space on the storage racks, watercraft should be
placed in your patio area. No storage is permitted on the grass.

5. Winterization of Condominiums: Winter is fast approaching and you are likely done using the outside
water spigot. Remember to turn off the valve in the basement so the pipe does not freeze. After the valve
in the basement is turned off, open the outside valve and let any remaining water drain out. Also remember
to replace your furnace filter at least every 90 days to improve the air quality in your home and replace the
smoke detector and thermostat batteries. The outside dryer vent should be checked for any obstructions and
the lint screen and venting should be cleaned regularly. If you are planning on traveling for the holidays or
otherwise leaving for more than 2 days, it’s always a good idea to shut of the main water supply in the base-
ment or at least shut off the water pressure to the 2nd floor, if applicable. If a pipe or supply line bursts in a
1st floor wall, it will flood your basement, the carpeting and a portion of the drywall. If it bursts on the 2nd
floor, it will likely cause the ceilings to drop and require a substantial replacement of all of the walls, carpet-
ing, furniture, countertops, and cabinets and maybe even require mold remediation. Pipe bursts on upper
floors can cause $50,000-$75,000 in damage within 30 minutes. The most common cause of these floods is
the $5 toilet supply line or the lack of adequate heat that causes a bathroom faucet supply line to freeze.

6. Clean Fireplaces: It has been roughly 7 years since the Association sponsored a mandatory fireplace inspec-

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MANAGEMENT REPORT
TO: Board of Directors, Co-Owners RE: Property Manager’s Report
FROM: Joe Poma, Property Manager DATE: October 15, 2018

tion and cleaning of all fireplace units throughout the property. It takes less than one year for birds to build a
nest in the chimney cap capable of causing a fire. All fireplaces and chimneys should be cleaned on a yearly
basis and a visual inspection alone is not sufficient. Although natural gas fireplaces are somewhat safer than
wood burning units that operate at much higher temperatures, they are still prone to failure due to age, sepa-
ration of chimney sections, rust and foreign material in the chimney or cap. Wood burning fireplaces pro-
duce creosote that lines the inside of the chimney with a barely visible film that retains heat like a charcoal
briquette. The elevated temperature causes the metal to warp, buckle or separate and may also cause the
inside of the chimney to catch fire (thermal shock). Heat transfer through the chimney sections causes the
surrounding wall or roof decking to catch fire and very often, fire will shoot out of the chimney like a rocket
engine. If you have never replaced your fireplace, it is made out of metal and between 42 and 47 years old.
These considerations are what make me worry during every fall or winter holiday. Even more so, the resi-
dents that fail to clean their fireplaces prior to use every year are likely not reading this report anyway. If
you are reading it, it is critical to understand that with every fire in your fireplace, comes the realization that
you share the building with 3-8 different homes, families, children or those that may suffer the consequences
over a lack of preventative maintenance. What follows are some interesting facts about our fireplaces:

• Natural gas fireplaces operate between 1200-1500 degrees Fahrenheit. With the venting and air flow
around the grate, the typical grate temperature is about 1000 degrees and surrounding air temperature is
often at about 800.
• The charcoal or hot embers of a wood burning fireplace can reach 2,012 degrees.
• What separates the temperatures listed above from the wall cavity and rooftop decking is a thin,
double walled, stainless steel lined chimney that is 4-6 inches thick. Most of that thickness is insulation
between two sheets of metal that are less than ¼ of an inch each.
• The fireplaces at HLCA are Heatilator Mark 123 models that were discontinued in 1989. Repair
parts, other than chimney caps, are no longer manufactured and are mostly unavailable unless there is old
stock.
• Once converted to natural gas, a fireplace can never be a wood burning fireplace again due to the fact
that there is a hole in the refractory or side of the unit. Filling the hole with cement or metal does not make
it safe as a wood burning appliance. If the gas line was originally run through the floor of the fireplace, it
is considered an unsafe violation because hot embers or heat can escape through the bottom of the fireplace
and set the floor on fire. American Gas Works LLC can re-route a gas line through the proper side knock-
out plate and plug the hole in the floor refractory. They will also install a new code-compliant floor shut-off
valve. Their number is (734) 757-5344 and they have repaired dozens of units in Highland Lakes.
• Maintenance of the heat rating for our fireplaces requires that no glass doors are installed and that
the venting on the fireplace remains unobstructed by drywall or anything else. These fireplaces rely on cold
air from the living room to lower the temperature in the firebox and carry heat up the chimney. As stated in
previous management reports, blocking venting or covering the firebox opening with doors of any kind is the
equivalent of putting a blanket over your car radiator and disabling the fan.
• Highland Lakes has had several fires throughout its history; in every case, more than one unit was af-
fected. Over and above the danger to the residents living there, the property loss is staggering. If the entire
roof does not ignite, the smoke damage alone to neighboring units is over $100,000 per unit.
• An eye opener: When Dr. Flue inspected the roughly 610 fireplaces at Highland Lakes between 2010
and 2012, they found damage due to wear, rust, separation, overheating, metal fatigue, lack of chimney sup-
ports, dents, bent flanges in chimneys and similar issues. The situation was bad enough where the Associa-
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MANAGEMENT REPORT
TO: Board of Directors, Co-Owners RE: Property Manager’s Report
FROM: Joe Poma, Property Manager DATE: October 15, 2018

tion had to decommission 102 fireplaces, many of which were imminently dangerous and could have caused
a fire at any moment. There were a couple of units where the chimneys were completely disconnected in the
wall and perhaps the only reason why the building had not burned down was because the co-owner never
used the fireplace. When we re-roofed the property, there were buildings that had scorched and blackened
plywood roof decking from chimney fires that were occurring unknown to the resident and in many cases,
the decking was not further away than the code-mandated three foot clearance to combustibles. I suppose I
could go off on a tangent here about leaving towels near your stove (that’s happening too), but you get the
picture and the same rule applies wherever there is a flame.
• Creosote cleaning logs are not a substitute for “sweeping” and inspection, although a fireplace log of
this sort is certainly preferable to tree logs or standard firewood.

On the more expensive end of ensuring safety is installing a new fireplace. The Association permits the
installation by going through the Engineering Committee with the fireplace alteration packet. Inexpensive
electric fireplaces that still look quite real can be sleeved into a decommissioned fireplace. Natural gas units
can range from $3000-$6000, while wood burning units have a much broader range. I have seen elaborate
stone work fireplaces in the community that were very expensive to install. Of course, if the initial inspec-
tion report for your fireplace on file with the Association states that it is usable and in acceptable condition,
you can have it inspected and cleaned going forward. Admittedly, it would be perfect if residents chose to
burn a nice votive candle arrangement in the firebox, but exercising safety when having a controlled fire
in your condominium is the bare minimum. If you are planning on using it, you must have it cleaned and
inspected first.

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Clubhouse Committee MEETING DATE: October 1, 2018
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Barb Balok, Chairperson Guy Balok, Board President
Yvonne Wilson Ann Creviston, Board Liaison
Betty Parzych Peggy Zonca, Board Secretary
Ray Parzych Sandy Nolan, Board Liaison
Rosemary Campion Kathy Baldwin, Board Liaison
Thomas Werner Michael Baynes, Board Liaison
Joe Poma, Property Manager
Art Baynes

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Renovation Update: Blinds for the Billiards Room have been ordered and should be here in two weeks. New equipment
for the Fitness Room has been approved by Board and ordered. New round folding tables have been ordered.

2. New Business: It was decided that with the new library design, puzzles and board games will not be stored or supplied by
HLCA. Any resident wishing to use board games must bring their own. The possibility of a small rug sized area to be kept
in our library for use by young children should be asked of our designers.
It was also discussed that a blurb be in the next Herald stating during construction of our Clubhouse Library, we are un-
able to accept donated books or file returned books. Please hold onto your borrowed books and return when our Library
re-opens.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: None

NEXT MEETING: Monday, November 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


Submitted by Barb Balok

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Court Liaison Committee MEETING DATE: October 4, 2018
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Joel Lutz, Chairperson Barb Adams Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison
Diane Pittaway, Co-Chair Liz Oliver Guy Balok, Board President
Sharon Smith, Secretary Kathy Baldwin, Board
Judy Nakdimen Michael Baynes, Board Liaison
Stan Savitskie Ann Creviston, Board Liaison
Barb Balok
Tom Werner
Dianne Hartman

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:

1. Secretary position: It was voted to appoint Sharon Smith as committee secretary.

2. Recycling reality and proper trash removal: Discussion was held regarding both issues with several ideas suggested for
improvement. It was questioned why we need three pickups per week of recyclables when the only recyclable that is
being recycled at this time by Advance is cardboard.
Diane Pittaway restated the purpose of the recycling/trash subcommittee. It is to come up with solutions for improving the
education of residents in proper trash removal.
Judy Nakdimen submitted the next in a series of notifications for the November Herald called “Trash Talk”. The intent this
month is to encourage residents to put large items out as close to the pick up dates as possible.
Action(s)/Recommendation(s):
Kathy Baldwin will submit a work order to have the cement blocks removed from trash corrals.
A recommendation was made that the board approve a “Cardboard only” sign be placed near the recycling bin to remind
residents.
Trash Talk for November Herald was approved.
Further discussion of recycling and trash removal will be continued in future meetings.

3. Herald Delivery: All courts were covered this month.

4. Pot Holes (Lehigh Lane): It was reported that there are potholes needing to be filled on Lehigh Lane.
Action/Recommendations: Kathy Baldwin will check with management.

5. Mann Court sign: It was reported that a large bush was blocking the sign at Mann Court. Maintenance has started the fall
shrub trimming.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: Approve a “Cardboard only” sign be placed near the recycling bin to remind
residents of what is acceptable to recycle.

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


Submitted by Sharon Smith, Secretary

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Engineering Committee MEETING DATE: October 10, 2018
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Thomas A. Werner, Chairman Guy Balok, Board Liaison
Kathy Baldwin, Board Liaison

MODIFICATION REQUESTS REVIEWED:

1 Unit 8 Egress Window 4 Unit 149 Railings


Installation by: Wallside Windows Installation by: Novi Fence
Meets HLCA Requirements Meets HLCA Requirements

2 Unit 36 Storm Door SD-2 5 Unit 311 Railing


Installation by: Home Depot Installation by: Waynecraft
Meets HLCA Requirements Meets HLCA Requirements

3 Unit 84 (3) Windows & Entry Door ED-5 6 Unit 350 Entry Door ED-1 & Storm Door SD-2
Installation by: RG Creations Installation by: Home Depot
Meets HLCA Requirements Meets HLCA Requirements

7 Unit 538 Doorwall


Installation by: Wallside Windows
Meets HLCA Requirements

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: To approve modifications #1-7


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Submitted by Tom Werner

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Ecology Committee MEETING DATE: October 9, 2018
MEMBERS PRESENT: GUESTS PRESENT:
Cathy Watkins, Chairperson Guy Balok, Board Liaison
Diane Pittaway Michael Baynes, Board Liaison
Yvonne Wilson Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison
Judy Nakdimen Joe Poma, Property Manager
Sharon Smith
Richard Wilson

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Ecology meeting started with a summary of the woods project to date. In the last two years we have had Davey Tree remove
thick dense stands of buckthorn, opened views to the lake and created a path to move through the space. We have created
native plantings to show how natural woods should be. We plan to complete this area by next year.

2. The second part of the meeting was a discussion on how to proceed going forward. There were three questions discussed:

First question related to the allocation of resources between the woods area or the more visible common areas especially
under pine trees. The Ecology Committee thinks that buckthorn removal should not be an either/or proposition but a long
term sustained program to eradicate buckthorn. Our committee addresses the woods and the Grounds Committee the other
common areas. We hope to work together. Having successfully controlled the spread of garlic mustard and phragmites, this
removal of buckthorn is doable. Buckthorn is a serious environmental hazard. The state of Michigan has it listed as #4.

Second question was regarding the scope of the problem. The plan for the woods is further along than the other common ar-
eas at this point. We discussed mapping other common areas and creating an approach for this. The area of the woods that is
most invaded with buckthorn was clarified and is the area we are working on. This will be a multiyear issue and solution but it
is expected that once the major buckthorn is removed from the woods area it will be manageable by the Ecology Committee.

Third question related to why Davey Tree was recommended. They were recommended after receiving four quotes. They
were the most knowledgeable, cheapest and most organized, and Highland Lakes already has a working relationship with
them.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: Hire Davey Tree for one day (quote was $3,000 per day) to cut Buck-
thorn from the area east of the macadam path that goes behind the beach area. The Ecology Committee will mark
the trees to be removed and Liz Gannon will follow behind to treat the cut trees. Davey Tree is recommended based
on the result of four quotes previously submitted to the Board.
NOTE: Separate from this proposal is work being done by the Grounds Committee regarding other common areas.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


Submitted by Sharon Smith

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HIGHLAND LAKES COMMITTEE REPORT
COMMITTEE: Grounds Committee MEETING DATE: October 8, 2018
MEMBERS PRESENT: Richard Wilson GUESTS PRESENT:
Joel Lutz, Chairperson Yvonne Wilson Guy Balok, Board Liaison
Judy Nakdimen Sandy Jarvis Joe Poma, Property Manager
Barb Balok Sandy Nolan, Board Liaison
Earl Smith Kathy Baldwin, Board
Sharon Smith Michael Baynes, Board Liaison
Judi Alessandri Peggy Zonca, Board Liaison

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED:
1. Last month the committee decided to add some hydrangeas to the east side of the 8 Mile entrance landscaping to match more
of what the west side landscaping looks like. Judi proposed this month that rather than purchasing additional plants, lets
transplant some of the hydrangeas from the west side to the east side, transplanting the ones that are directly in front of the
sign as they are growing to a height that is obscuring the sign's words. Sandy seconded the proposal and it was unanimously
approved.

2. Saturday, October 10th, at 10 AM, committee members agreed to meet at the Highland House sign to pull out the annuals
growing there. Earl will pick up the pulled plants and take them to maintenance's trash bin.

3. The crabapple trees on the 8 Mile entrance islands appear to be at the end of their life cycle. Removing them will have to be
scheduled next year. Might be a project that maintenance can handle. Generally thought that we should not put in anything
as a replacement but grass.

4. Trees planted to screen out industrial property behind Ironwood Court are not doing well. Need to investigate a solution.

5. Maintenance cleared out the old plant growth in the Valiant Court planting island and laid sod over the area.

6. We had 18 shrub removal responses.

7. This committee has traditionally not had any meetings after October till the following year's April. Because there are items
that should be dealt with prior to April, (like pruning tall grasses and hydrangeas, garlic mustard pull and such), Joel asked
if we could start our meetings in March next year. Committee members agreed.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BOARD: none

NEXT MEETING: Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm


Submitted by Joel Lutz, Chairperson

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Snow Removal Request Form
Handicapped/Disabled List – If you are in need of special attention with snow and ice removal, as
a courtesy, the Association maintains a list of those Co-Owners and residents that need this service,
forms can be obtained at the Clubhouse office.

You must complete and return the Special Attention Form along with a copy of your handicap
sticker that is displayed in your car. (We will make the copy for you.) Anyone with a permanent
handicap plate will of course be on the list. However we will still need a completed form on file and
we will need to know if this condition is a temporary or permanent condition. Additionally, those
residents with permanent handicap plates will need to provide a copy of their vehicle registration.

We cannot guarantee that Maintenance will be able to provide this special attention for every
snow event; however, we will make every effort to do so.

If you are requesting this special service, please fill in the information below.

Check the box below that applies to you:


† Co-Owner is disabled
† Co-Owner is disabled and employed full-time or part-time.
† Co-Owner is disabled and has regular scheduled doctor appointments,
therapy sessions, chemotherapy treatments etc.

Please describe:

Date: Unit #:

Co-Owner Name:

Address:

Phone(s):

Please fill out the form completely, explaining your disability and your reasons for requesting that
you be placed on the Disabled List

Residents who meet the above criteria and provide a doctor’s note stating your disability will have
the snow cleared away from their porch and sidewalk first, and within snow policy parameters.

November 2018

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During the weekend, how much snowfall is required before maintenance will be called in?

Removal
Snow
Answer: 4 inches or more measured in more than three areas on the property.

Why does my court seem to be last during the recent snowfall?


Answer: To attempt to bring some semblance of fairness, the starting point of snow
removal efforts change each time.

Why does it seem to take so long to clean my parking spaces?


Answer: Maintenance depends on the cooperation of the Co-Owners to empty the courts of cars
before plows can safely plow the spaces. The plows cannot fit in between parked cars.

Why did Maintenance leave a small amount of snow on the sidewalk this time?
Answer: Leaving a small amount of snow provides traction to more safely walk.

Why does the Association have an adopted snow policy?

F
Answer: (A) To keep our Co-Owners informed of what to expect from the Association
(B) It is required as part of our Risk Management procedures.
How long should it take Maintenance to completely finish snow removal efforts?

A
Answer: 48 hours or less depending on the weather and the amount of snow.

In what order, and when, is snow blowing and plowing handled?

Q
Answer: FIRST DAY SECOND DAY
1 – Streets 5 – Approach Walks
2 – Clubhouse 6 – Porches
3 – Main Sidewalks 7 – Parking Spaces
4 – Centers of Courts (Only if courts are clear of cars)

S now R emoval P RoceduRes


1. NoRmal sNow eveNts:
• 1 ½ - 4 inches - Clearing will begin during normal work hours following the established Snow Policy.
2. laRge sNow eveNts:
• 4 inches or more - Maintenance will begin clearing main sidewalks and traffic lanes during the snow event. If
necessary, they will continue the removal effort until 10:00 p.m. The next morning they will begin a second clearing
effort and start sidewalks and courts until they are cleared, or until 8:00 p.m.
• 4 inches or more – Maintenance may clear on weekends, nights, and holidays following the Snow Policy depending
on forecasted conditions. Day 1 Start times may vary and may work up to 12 hours.
3. sNow emeRgeNcies/BlizzaRds:
More than 10 inches - Efforts will be focused on keeping main roads, traffic lanes and main sidewalks open to emergency
traffic only. Once those elements are clear, work may begin on approach sidewalks and courts. Maintenance will work
up to 14 hours per day, until the roads, courts and walks are clear. Contractors may be called in if necessary. The priority
treatment of the handicapped list will be suspended during these events. Exceptions for emergencies will be handled
on a case basis.
** Handicap list will be suspended during blizzards and large snow events.
4. PaRkiNg sPaces: After the primary snow removal efforts are completed, maintenance will begin clearing parking spaces if cars are out of
the court. Management encourages Court Captains to facilitate the removal of cars and contact the Clubhouse to advise when their court is
clear and management will then contact maintenance to begin plowing the parking spaces within that court. If maintenance is ready to plow
a court, the Association may also contact the court captains to facilitate the movement of parked vehicles.
5. oveRall goal: The Association shall have the sidewalks, courts (not parking spots), and roads, clear within 48 hours
of the cessation of a snow event.
6. HazaRdous coNditioNs: During the winter, the weather conditions favor the potential for slippery
sidewalks, porches and roads. Please use due care and caution during this time of the year and
keep a supply of ice-melter, which is available at the Clubhouse, at your home for your use.

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Mystery Fruit Pie

2 pkg refrigerated pie crusts 3/4 c. plus 2 tsp. all-purpose flour


2 12-oz. pkg. frozen unsweetened Grated peel of 2 oranges
raspberries, partially thawed 1 tbs. ground cinnamon
1 20-oz. pkg. frozen rhubarb, 1 egg beaten with 2 tbs. milk
partially thawed 2-1/3 c. sugar
4 c. diced peeled cored pears (about 3 medium)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Let refrigerated pie crusts stand at room tem-
perature 15 to 20 minutes. Combine raspberries, rhubarb, diced pears, 2-1/3
cups sugar, 3/4 cup flour, grated orange peel and cinnamon in large bowl. Mix
gently. Unfold 2 pie crusts and press out fold lines. Sprinkle each crust with
1 teaspoon flour; spread flour over. Place each crust, floured side down, in a
10-inch-diameter pie dish. Divide fruit filling between crusts. Press out fold
lines in remaining 2 crusts. Arrange atop pies. Fold edges of top crusts under
bottom crusts. Press edges together and crimp. Cut eight 1-1/2-inch slits in
each top crust, radiating from center. Brush pies with egg glaze. Sprinkle with
sugar. Bake until golden brown and filling bubbles, covering edges with foil
after 30 minutes, about 1 hour Cool completely.

Submitted by Judy Nakdimen

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Highland Lakes Condominium Association
FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY CLEANING POLICY
(Short-Form)
Issued and Passed by the Board of Directors: October 1, 2005

The National Fire Protection Association (N.F.P.A.) cites one major cause of home heating res
as a lack of regular cleaning and resultant creosote and nesting material build-up in wood-burning
devices, associated chimneys and connectors.
Highland Lakes Condominium Association, in the interest of reducing the likelihood of res resulting
from improperly maintained replaces and chimneys, requires that all replaces and chimneys be
inspected and cleaned by a qualied, licensed and properly insured contractor on an annual basis.
This policy, as approved and adopted by the Board of Directors, is mandatory for all units containing
a replace.
Responsibilities:
Highland Lakes has adopted a Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning and Inspection Policy. The Association
shall be responsible for publishing co-owner notication in the Herald and making this program mandatory
for all units containing a replace.
Owners are responsible for ensuring access to each replace and chimney in accordance with normal
Association procedures, scheduling the annual inspection and cleaning, maintaining the replace and
appurtenant hardware and responsibly using the replace as designed.
The contractor shall diligently perform all duties per N.F.P.A. and building codes. The inspection and
cleaning report shall disclose in writing the name of the owner, street address, unit number, date of service,
name of technician, ndings of the inspection, description of the service provided and conrm that the
replace and appurtenant hardware and chimney are safe or unsafe for normal usage. A copy of this report
shall be given to the owner and a signed true copy to Highland Lakes. Further, if the replace is found
unsafe, the contractor shall red tag the unit and immediately notify the Property Manager or Maintenance
Superintendent, and the owner of the unit.
The owner(s) of each condominium unit shall be responsible for the cost to inspect, clean, and maintain
their unit’s replace, ue and chimney. Repairs to the replace, rebox, rebricks, ue, and chimney up to
the point of the rooine shall be the sole responsibility of the condominium owner. Repairs to the chimney
roof enclosure, screen and/or vent pipe above the rooine shall be the responsibility of the Association.

Notes:
1) A full-copy of the Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning Policy is available free of charge, at the clubhouse, to
any co-owner or occupant.
2) Fireplaces and wood burning appliances are used to a greater extent during the winter months or colder
weather. This is the time when res typically occur due to a failure to clean and inspect. HLCA is advising
all residents of this issue. Your own inspection of your replace and the ability to see daylight as you look
up the chimney is not a sufcient determining factor that the replace is t for use. Creosote, ash deposits,
nesting material, etc. may be bound to the inside walls and look like the wall itself. A qualied professional
must do the work.
3) HLCA has business cards at the ofce for resident-recommended contractors that have done work here for
years. The price for the work is somewhat nominal.
4) Any questions should be directed to the administrative staff.
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South Carolina officials warn about ‘flushable’ wipes
after sending divers into ‘raw sewage’
Officials with the Charleston Water System in South Carolina were caught in a smelly situation
last week. They had to send scuba
divers roughly 80 to 90 feet down
into “raw sewage” Thursday to
clear heaping piles of wipes that
clogged the system.

The Charleston Water System


shared pictures of blackened masses
on Twitter, warning residents wipes
don't really disintegrate, though the
packaging may claim they're
“flushable."

“You know wipes clog pipes, right?


If not, baby wipes clogged a series
of large pumps at our Plum Island
Wastewater Treatment Plant on
Thursday afternoon,” the
Charleston Water System wrote on
Twitter, adding “we worked 24/7 to
get them out.”

Divers swam through “wet/raw sewage" in "complete darkness," using their hands to find the
source of the obstruction.

“As we expected, they came up with these large masses of wipes in their first two loads, with
more to come,” officials with the water system wrote, adding divers also removed a baseball and
a “big piece of metal."

“Don't flush stuff like this,” officials warned. “Joking of course, but you should only flush #1,
#2, and toilet paper.”

“How many showers would one have to take to feel clean after this mission?” one man asked.
“The folks who carried this out are remarkably dedicated.”

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The Charleston Water System responded by saying the divers are hosed down with “straight
bleach” before they are able to remove the dive suit.

Unlike toilet paper, wipes have trouble breaking apart after they are flushed, causing serious
damage to city sewer systems, The Atlantic reported in 2016. The issue prompted one Minnesota
city to file a lawsuit against major consumer goods companies, including Procter & Gamble, in
2015, according to the publication.

These wipes aren’t just impacting sewer systems in the U.S. A 2017 study reported by The
Guardian found blockages cost the U.K. more than $130 million each year.

By Madeline Farber | Fox News


Source: https://www.foxnews.com/science/south-carolina-officials-warn-about-flushable-wipes-
after-sending-divers-into-raw-sewage

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Outside the Corral
Monday or Thursday Only

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During construction of the Clubhouse
Library, we are unable to accept books
(donated or returned). PLEASE hold
onto your borrowed books and return
them when our library re-opens. Thank
you for your patience during this
period of renovation.

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Yoga Enthusiasts Not Deterred by Clubhouse Renovation

As many of you have noticed, the club-


house is being renovated and the multipur-
pose room, the former location of Yoga
classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, is being
used as office space at this time. Thanks to
the leadership of Yvonne Wilson we have
continued our fitness classes, during fair
temperatures, outside on the patio. A few
loyal ladies have even tried the exercise
class in the Billiard room and hope that
soon we will have a newly renovated club-
house and the Yoga classes will return to
the Highland Room.

Submitted by Marianne Brandt


and Yvonne Wilson

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Nov. 2 - First Friday Experience Downtown Northville


Nov. 2 - Children's Christmas Workshop Registration Begins
Nov. 6 - Teacher Professional Day, No School for Northville
Nov. 11 - Veteran's Ceremony, 11AM-2PM
Nov. 16 - Holiday Lighted Parade, 6:30PM
Nov. 16 & 17 - Holiday Home Tour
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Nov. 18 - Victorian Christmas Cream Tea
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Highland Lakes Women’s Club


SAVE THE DATE:
The next get-together will be
$25 due in
November 1, 2018 at noon
Steve & Rocky's November, make
43150 Grand River Ave checks payable to
Novi, MI Highland Lakes
Arranged by Darlene Sattler Women's Club
December 6, 2018 at noon
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146 Maincentre
Northville, MI
Arranged by Peggy Zonca
For further information about the Highland Lakes Women’s Club, you can contact
Bev Dudley at (248)349-4139 or leratcat@aol.com
All adult female residents of Highland Lakes are invited to meet with us!

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HIGHLAND LAKES HERALD AD RATES
The Highland Lakes Herald is distributed to 691 homes. All advertising accepted on a prepaid bases.
New ads will be charged set-up fee as per the schedule below.

FLYERS - Let us insert your pre-printed flyers or brochures into the Herald:

JUST $50 PER MONTH


PLUS PRE-PAY FOR 4 MONTHS AND GET A MONTH FREE!
- Please provide us with 725 copies of your flyer for each month we insert. -

AD SIZE 1/8 PAGE 1/4 PAGE 1/2 PAGE FULL PAGE


3-3/4 X 2-1/2 3-3/4 X 5 7-1/2 X 5 7-1/2 X 10

MONTHLY FEE
(Add $25 Set up fee for new ads) $15.00 $25.00 $40.00 $65.00
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$165.00 $275.00 $440.00 $715.00

THE HERALD DEADLINE IS THE 20TH OF EACH MONTH


Make checks payable to Highland Lakes Condominium Association.
For more information, contact Emily in the Clubhouse / email emily@hlca.us

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Highland Lakes Court Liaisons
NOTE: ALL AREA CODES ARE 248 UNLESS INDICATED OTHERWISE

Anchor Ironwood Neptune


Tracey Green........................321-4614 Barbara Balok.............734-667-3507 Lucy Curtis (B33)..............349-0301
Mary Kay Wimsatt (B34)...767-9846
Althea Itham Elizabeth Oliver (B35).......880-2637
Sue Tocco............................ 231-8960 Daniel Long................734-245-6191 .
Norwood
Amboy Juliet Stan Savitskie .............. ..946-4338
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
Earl McShane.................810-923-3210 Marchelle Brotz...........517-525-1661
Pond
Bryn Mawr Lehigh Diane Pittaway............... .347-1078
Robert Gorczyca.............734-751-7828 Lela Lutz............................349-6782
Queen Anne
Dartmouth Lehigh Lane Kathy Baldwin..................974-6688
Agnes Valle............................305-9695 Dianne Hartman.................229-3884
Colleen Pilgrim................734-292-6885 Richards
Leidel Mike Baynes....................826-9435
Dearborn Barbara Adams..................982-8247
June Macveigh.......................348-0113 Sandy
Lilac Beverly Brenner...............348-2982
Dorothy Gay Barbara Evans...................348-3087
Gayathri Rao.........................344-8791 Savoy
Longwood Jason Kraska.....................unlisted
Eddington Jim O’Connor.....................344-6600
David Duey.....................586-996-2098 Schoolhouse
Lyric Leslie Wilcox.......... .........449-6726
Farragut Minda Commire.................701-0004
Beverly Dudley.........................unlisted Seabrook
Madison Andrea Valle.....................819-0704
Hayes Judy Nakdimen.................344-0336
D. & G. Loudy (B 30, 31 & 32) Valiant
..................................................349-3308 Malvern Ilio Alessandri ................ ..449-6959
Steve Sapp (B 28 & 29) Viviana Lande ...................320-0691
.......................................734-512-6890 View Point
Inlet Mann Stanley Roberson.....734-674-3600
Betsy Byrne...........................207-6221 Sharon Smith.....................348-0706
Whitman
Irongate Barbara Evans.................348-3087
Diane Butkowski....................982-2689 Mariner
Douglas Perrin....................Unlisted Windsor
Tom Werner.....................349-4459

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November 2018
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1 2 3
Court Liaison
Comm.
7:00 p.m.
Women’s Club
noon

4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Daylight Clubhouse
Savings Ends Comm. 7:00
p.m.

11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Ecology Comm. Engineering
Veterans Day
7:00 p.m. Comm. 7:00 p.m.

18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Finance Comm. Thanksgiving Day
6:00 p.m. Clubhouse Closed

25 26 27 28 29 30 1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Clubhouse
Court Liaison
Comm. 7:00
Comm.
p.m.
7:00 p.m.

CLUBHOUSE WINTER HOURS


Monday - Friday......................9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday................Noon - 9:00 p.m. Sunday..............Noon - 5:00 p.m.