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Report to the Community-February, 2024

Board of Directors, Lake in the Clouds

 

Dear LITC Members,

 This month’s Board Meeting was held on February 1, 2024, attended by Charlie Schaffer, Pres., Phil Barrow, VP, Joan Griffin Treasurer, Bill Scott, Susan Kirstein and Joyce Torrey, Sec.   

Joan Griffin, our Treasurer reports that we ended the year in fairly good shape financially, considering how much of our funds are now tied up waiting for work to begin on our PennDot- mandated entrance upgrades.    This winter has been pretty snowy so far, so our plowing and cindering expenses will be higher than last year’s, but barring any other major emergencies we should be ok.

Panther Trucking had some family illness, meaning that despite working non-stop, it has taken longer than usual to clear and cinder our roads.    You may have heard that one of our garbage collection companies had a truck stuck on Crest Hill.   A tow truck got it out, and we are looking at ways to lessen the chances of things like that happening on Crest Hill and some of the other trouble spots that are the (only) downside of living in the mountains.

The Lake in the Woods dam inspection report was satisfactory except for one item:   the state wants us to mow the edge of the wetlands across the street from the dam.     Susan Kirstein has agreed to take over management of reporting and record keeping for that dam. 

On the social and recreation side, Joan reports that the lakes will be treated by Aquatic Environmental this June, and she will be getting a bid for adding shiners.  The Spring General Meeting will be May 4th, and the picnic will be August 10th. 

As he does every January, Charlie has begun searching for a lifeguard for summer 2024.  Finding a lifeguard is becoming more and more difficult, as we simply cannot compete with the salaries offered at all the water parks, resorts and private clubs in the Poconos.  We are not mandated to have a lifeguard, and at some point may have to forego this extra amenity.  Meanwhile if any of you know of a young person who is, or is willing to become a lifeguard, please let Charlie know asap.

Stay warm and safe!

Joyce Torrey, Sec.

Board of Directors

Report to the Community-January, 2024

Board of Directors, Lake in the Clouds

 

Dear LITC Members,

 This month’s Board Meeting was held on January 4, 2024, attended by Charlie Schaffer, Pres., Phil Barrow, VP, Bill Scott, Al Sicignano, Susan Kirstein and Joyce Torrey, Sec.   

An important announcement:    I’m happy to report on the appointment of Susan Kirstein to the Board of Directors.  You may remember that Susan was on the ballot in our election last October, and though she was not elected at that time, she did receive the “next most votes”; so when Carol Shumway retired from the Board last month Susan was asked to fill that vacancy.  We welcome her, and know she will bring a great deal of value to our community.

There is never much activity I can report on this time of year—but since I can’t get out of my driveway on this very snowy Sunday morning, I’d like to use this space to clear up some confusion and concern about a comment I made in last month’s report.

First, just to be sure you are all aware of it, there are many things that are discussed at Board meetings that are considered confidential and will never be reported on here.   If you were to visit a meeting you would be invited to bring up any issues that concern you, and you can stay while the committees make their reports.   But then the Board goes into executive session and you would be asked to leave.   Executive session is used to discuss the issues of individual members such as rule violations, requests for exceptions, neighbor to neighbor disputes etc.

In last month’s report I made the comment that “…Board members cannot be expected to confront illegal or potentially dangerous situations”, and suggested that in such situations, the appropriate action would be to call the police.   This comment caused concern among some of our members especially those who are not here full time, wondering if we have had robberies or break-ins, and I apologize for that.    The genesis of that comment falls under executive session rules, so I can’t tell you what sparked it.   I can tell you that it was nowhere NEAR as serious as my comment made it sound, and that we really do live in one of the most beautiful, peaceful places around here. 

Once again, I apologize.  And if you LIKE snow then I hope you are enjoying today.

 

Joyce Torrey, Sec.

Board of Directors

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