Monday, November 16, 2009

Upcoming Association Meeting

Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:00pm. It will be held in the cafeteria of Hickory Woods Elementary. We need to elect a new president and vice president. There will also be an update on the Walled Lake Improvement Board. We have sent out a membership campaign flyer to all of our neighbors around Walled Lake and Shawood Lake. If you have access to either lake and did not receive the November flyer, please contact Beth Adams at

Minutes - May 2009

Lakes Area Homeowners Association Minutes
May 19, 2009
Hickory Woods Elementary

Officers in attendance: Greg Iszler, President, Jeff Laz, Vice President, Nancy Galloway and Judy Rae, Co-Treasurers, and Beth Adams, Secretary.

1. Called to order at 7:30 pm. 19 Residents in attendance.
2. Bank Balance $1,394.29. Membership at 80.
3. July 2008 Meeting Minutes posed on the website.
4. No one volunteered for officer positions. Will try again at the next meeting.
5. Street captains needed. Miki Larimer for Pickford and David Hultgren for Arvida.
6. Thank you to Larry Kern for his several years of attending to the Association buoys that are markers for the large rocks/boulders in the lake. It was noted to stay 100 feet away in all directions. Also noted that the ice freezing/melting and the wind can shift the locations of the rocks.
7. Lake Clean-up resources: Novi DPW 248-347-0454; Walled Lake DPW 248-624-4849; Duncan Disposal 248-437-8600; and Hornback Recycling 800-662-9361.
8. Summer Social Event: more information to follow.
9. Walled Lake Improvement Board: No notices will be sent out until the public hearings. Stay updated via the link on the LAHA website. Thank you to LAHA member, Dave Galloway for his effort and time on the Board.
10. Other items: Please do not use fertilizer by the lake. To help keep geese away,sSprinkle crushed red pepper on the grass while there is still dew on it, large quantities can be purchased at Oriental food stores.
11. Adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


We are proud to finally announce success on establishing a Lake Board to take care of the invasive weed problem on Walled Lake. On November 18, Walled Lake City Council approved the Lake Board resolution contingent on the Novi City Council doing the same. This past Monday, January 12th, after extensive research and consultation with experts over the last several weeks, the Novi City Council unanimously approved the formation of a Lake Board for Walled Lake.

Our deepest appreciation goes out, not only to Mayor Landry and the council members for their thoughtful and respectful consideration of this proposal, but to all of the volunteers and supporters who rallied to make this happen over the last seven months. We also remain mindful of the lakefront residents who may have hoped for a different outcome and were wrestling with concerns regarding this approach. What was emphasized repeatedly in the meeting on Monday was that the Lake Board is the ONLY way that the problems of the lake can be uniformly addressed and managed, and the ONLY way that specific questions about timing, treatment, and assessment can begin to be answered.

The next step will be for the City Councils to select their own representatives (one from each city) and begin reviewing submissions for the lakefront property representative who will sit on the Board. A subsequent Lake Board meeting (held in short order) will then begin the process of fielding a formal engineering study of the lake with which to solicit bids from multiple lake management companies.

We will keep you posted as the Lake Board activity progresses. There is a possibility that an initial "lite" treatment could begin already this summer but that, of course, is yet to be determined.

Thanks to this momentous decision, we can all look forward to a much improved lake lifestyle for many years to come.