editor1 on May 22, 2015

We have learned that former TLPOA Director Chuck Huddy passed away this week.

Huddy resigned from the TLPOA board of directors in February.

Our condolences to the Huddy family.

editor1 on May 21, 2015

Memorial Day weekend is near and guests will be visiting.

Warm weather also brings people who vacation and golf.

We have noticed that some properties are looking bad. Lawns have not been cut. Tree limbs from winter are in the front yards and properties are looking like the owners do not care.

You can’t overlook these properties they are located at the main intersection and on the main roads.

The condition of these properties makes the entire community look bad.

This is not fair to neighbors and others who take care of their properties and try to make them look nice.

We hope property control addresses these problems.

Maybe a solution would be to have maintenance start cutting the grass and clean up the areas and bill the property owners.

Does anyone have ideas on how to handle this problem?

editor1 on May 20, 2015

Cayman Campers Club Candidates Forum
The Cayman Campers Club will hold a candidates forum at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24 at the Cayman Lodge. All property owners are invited to attend.

TLOAG Candidates Forum
The Treasure Lake Owners Action Group (TLOAG) will host a candidate forum Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Treasure Lake Church in the Fellowship Room. Candidates for the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association Board of Directors and Property Owners are encouraged to attend and submit questions for the community. Candidates who wish to participate can RSVP to tloag2015@gmail.com. This forum will be moderated, time limits per response will be determined based on the number of candidates participating. Property owners can submit their questions at the door. Questions for the candidates will be read by the moderator. A committee made up of TLOAG members will meet and recommend 5 candidates to endorse.

Ladies of the Lake Candidates Forum
The Ladies of the Lake will hold a forum at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the Lakeview Lodge. Property Owners are invited to attend. Questions for the candidates are developed prior to the event.

editor1 on May 19, 2015

One of the topics at the general manger’s recent session concerned the condition of abandoned homes or homes that have not been completed.

General Manager Shirley Elmore said that Sandy Township will be demolishing an abandoned home in the future.

This is not the first time the township came in and cleaned up a home that was abandoned.

An update was also given on the so-called mouse-house on Treasure Lake Road.

She said there is an agreement with the owner that the house will be completed by the end of July.

Work on this structure has dragged on for more than 20 years.

As far as the mouse house being completed… time will tell. We are watching and waiting.

TLTAdmin on May 18, 2015

We went back to our favorite past director to get his take on the current financial situation at the lake. The following is the response we received once we sent the financial data for the fiscal year through March 2015.

The response:

It is a pretty sorry state of affairs when a property owner has to dig through information to come to a conclusion; especially if they aren’t familiar with all the information to begin with. The Year-Over-Year information should be very interesting to all property owners since the association is being managed by a third party (Omni) instead of a direct General Manager.

I’ll just run through a couple of the bigger items since there is always so much chatter about these anyway. Starting with the Lakeview Lodge (LVL), I compared Year-ending April 2014, with the last set of financials you forwarded. It isn’t pretty. I also took the liberty of looking at this year’s financials in the same way they looked at last year.

What you see below is that the loss for this year is already ahead of last years, with another month still to go.

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Here’s a simple way to think about the situation. If you go buy a hamburger at the Lakeview Lodge, they essentially send out your hamburger, and then take half of another hamburger (actually it’s almost two-thirds of a hamburger) and throw it right into the garbage. That’s how much of a loss is being realized. Every $1 of revenue at the LVL requires that $1.66 be spent; with property owners making up that difference.

Golf is the same situation. The loss for this year is ahead of the loss incurred last year with another month still to go.

 

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The suggestion by the Finance Committee during my last budget formulation was to scale back activities at the LVL in order to minimize some of these losses. Everyone can see that never happened. At one point, the losses at the LVL amounted to around $140,000 per year. But once the idea of running a restaurant out of there took hold, the losses kept mounting.

The first question everyone needs to be asking is what the hell is the Board of Directors doing? I’m pretty confident in saying that there are a few on there who either don’t actually read the financial reports, or don’t understand them even if they did.

The second question should be what benefit is being received by Omni? They brought in a third party to run the food and beverage under a contract with no measurables (Thank the board again), and the losses haven’t been reduced.

Likewise, golf. A third party was brought in under Omni, and the losses are ahead of last year’s. Maybe they can make it up through an outstanding number of rounds in April, maybe not.

But it’s really important for the property owners to keep in mind that it is their assessment dollars that are used to cover these losses. Also, every dollar used to cover these losses is one less dollar that can be used to pave roads or used on other projects.

editor1 on May 17, 2015

The Treasure Lake Property Owners Association will hold its May worksession at 6 p.m. Monday night. The May board of directors meeting will follow.

A question and answer session will not be held Monday.

The meeting change is due to the Memorial Day holiday.

editor1 on May 16, 2015

At the recent question and answer session the subject came up of loans and debt.

Property owners were told that one of the loans will be paid off  in July.

While this is good news, we believe the TLPOA could do better managing money.

During the budget hearings we did not hear anything about cutting expenses or ways to save money.

We did hear spend, spend, spend.

It appears to us that there is no limits to the spending for the recreation department, the Lakeview Lodge and golf courses.

We also recognize the need to maintain and operate these in a positive manner to protect our investment but we also recognize that we have a new driver called the “capital reserve study recommendations” that is driving board fiscal decisions with apparently no plan in place to measure management effectiveness.

editor1 on May 14, 2015

TLPOA General Manager Shirley Elmore recently hosted a question and answer session for property owners.

Questions for the session were submitted in advance. While some property owners may not like this method, it does give management time to research any questions that may be received so they can provide answers.

We have heard that the atmosphere for the session was more productive and friendly than the atmosphere at the question and answer sessions conducted monthly by the board of directors led by TLPOA Board President Chris Corcoran.

The monthly sessions have taken a combative tone and property owners are denied answers to their questions because Corcoran doesn’t like the question.

It may be more beneficial to have Shirley conduct the monthly sessions instead of setting the scene for hostile encounters between the TLPOA board president and property owners…where no one wins.

editor1 on May 13, 2015

We have learned that the special water committee will not be conducting a survey.

At the April TLPOA meeting, Director Joe Krill, chairman of the special water committee said they would not be conducting a survey because a letter from Aqua said that conducting the survey in its present format would have a detrimental and counterproductive impact on Aqua’s priority of providing quality water for Treasure Lake.

Krill said the water committee will have a completed report for the board to review at the next board session.

editor1 on May 12, 2015

Once upon a time the TLPOA was unable to collect delinquent assessments.

Then thanks to the former chief financial officer Dan Johnston things changed. Johnston was instrumental in starting a process to collect assessments that folks owed us.

At the April TLPOA meeting treasurer Dan Flanders said $26,000 was collected in prior year assessments in March and a total of $487,000 was collected in prior years assessments for the fiscal year.

We commend those responsible for this project.

editor1 on May 11, 2015

It the April TLPOA meeting, it was reported that the Easter events for the children were well attended as was the Easter buffet with 250 customers served. This was an increase of 25 percent compared to last year.

It was also announced there has been an increase in diners at the Lakeview Lodge. The first week of the new menu they served 32 people Wednesday and 50 people Thursday.

We are pleased to hear there has been an increase in the number of diners at the LVL. However, from the financial report, it appears we have a long way to go to break even.

editor1 on May 10, 2015

This is the time of year when people are outside enjoying the warm weather.

Many folks, walk, jog or ride bicycles.

We remind motorists to slow down and be alert for these people on the roads.

Let’s watch out for each other and have a safe summer.

editor1 on May 9, 2015

We learned that at the April question and answer session, a property owner asked about the contract terms for Omni and Skyline relating to the cost to property owners for their services.

Although, this occurred at the question and answer session, the property owner did not get an answer.

TLPOA Board President Chris Corcoran refused to answer the question and took an attitude when refusing to answer the question. He said he answered this same question 10 times and he is done.

editor1 on May 8, 2015

At the April TLPOA question and answer session, property owner Chris Miller asked who invited the attorney to the March 8 board of directors executive session.

He said they did not follow the policy, and whoever arranged for the attorney should be required to pay the bill and not the TLPOA property owners.

TLPOA Board President Chris Corcoran said if someone violated the policy, they will be held accountable.

In a recent email from the TLPOA the following information was provided: Motion to Approve Paying the Invoice from Young & Haros, LLC.  Mr. Moore made the following motion: Mr. Chairman, I move to authorize management to pay the invoice from Young & Haros, LLC for their attendance at the Special Board meeting on Sunday, March 8, 2015. The motion was properly seconded. The following roll call vote was recorded: Art Ardire-Yes, Chris Corcoran-Recused, David Distler-Yes, Dan Flanders-Recused, Carol Korthaus-Yes, Joe Krill-No, Alan Moore-Yes, and Toni Clark- Moulthrop-Yes. 6- Affirmative – 2- Recused. The motion  carried.

Note that Corcoran and Flanders recused themselves.  Interesting!

Director Larry Salone was absent and Joe Krill was the only no vote.

It is also interesting that the TLPOA board of directors used an out of the area attorney when we have a local attorney in our backyard.