The inconvenient truth for the 75% who don’t know what is happening Part 1

At the November board meeting board member David Singer commented about severe budget issues facing the TLPOA.  What he didn’t mention was all the money past boards have wasted and continue to waste on major projects that only a small number of property owners use. He didn’t mention that we would have been in much better financial condition if the money had been used more wisely.  Instances of some of these projects are as follow.

New AC unit for Lakeview Lodge, 50K plus many more thousands to keep it running.  The unit has been a lemon since its purchase and now management, after only 3 paltry years of use, wants to replace it with a unit  5 to 6 times as expensive. Remember, this unit was bought without going through bidding procedures as outlined in our Bylaws.

New watering system at the Silver Golf Course.  The old one was working fine but we just had to have a new one because the old one surely was going to break someday.

New convenience centers at Cayman.  These were needed but due to poor design the shower stalls tend to flood the inside of the buildings. We think that whoever reviewed and approved the specifications for these buildings should have been canned a long time ago.

Can we ever forget the boro fiasco.  

The Ski Lodge was another financial nightmare.  Not only did the former “renter” not pay his bills on time, (the TLPOA had to actually threaten to take him to court many times) he had very favorable terms which were well below the going rate for such an establishment in the DuBois area all the while the he was competing with TLPOA eateries financed by property owners and these TLPOA eateries are big money loosing establishments to begin with.  To add insult to injury the TLPOA had to bail the former “renter” out of his tax bill of over 50 thousand dollars to just get our (TLPOA) liquor license back.

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Legal Fees Going Through the Roof

Legal fees paid by the TLPOA are very high and they seem to be escalating every year with no end in sight.  Some property owners have openly questioned what appears to be a runaway legal fee train. Our question is why can’t management make a decision without running to an attorney?

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Board member faux pas

It has come to our attention that at the last board work session the board Vice President made some irresponsible comments regarding what the TLPOA pays our employees. If anyone who was at the meeting would care to give us a first person update, we would appreciate it.

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Ski Lodge Board Working Group

We would like to call attention to a forward looking idea that board member Steve Tuller has talked about numerous times over the years. He feels that it would be in the best interest of the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association to develop an over 55 senior living community. The community could incorporate condominiums or large apartment complexes. What better place to start than by tearing down the Ski Lodge and constructing    a 25 to 40 unit apartment building with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms.  Wise developers usually have most of the apartments sold before ground is broken. We think that this idea merits strong evaluation by the board.  What do you think?

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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

To all our readers, may you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  TLT

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – A PROCLAMATION

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all
Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

GO. WASHINGTON.

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Board appears to ignore TLPOA policies again.

Board president George Cobert read a letter at the Monday board meeting that attempted to explain away the recent controversy involving property owners witnessing dangerous driving by a security guard. It appeared that all the board members were not aware of the letter or that a letter was going to be read. If this letter from an attorney was not authorized by the board, then the cost for its development needs to be paid by those who ignored policy A-48 that spells out the procedure for engaging an attorney.

We have our suspicions as to what is going on here. What do you think?

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Lake Contamination update

On October 10th, 11th and 12th we had a three part editorial regarding lake contamination from synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and the resultant algae blooms. Our major concern is the contamination caused by the chemicals we use on our golf courses and the chemicals property owners use on their lawns. To the best of our knowledge the board hasn’t taken any steps to mitigate the situation.

Following is part of an article taken from ABC News, written by John Flesher and Angeliki Kastanis of the Associated Press.

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Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned.
A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it.

Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lightheaded, nauseous. By the next morning he was too dizzy to stand, his overheated body covered with painful hives. Hospital tests blamed toxic algae, a rising threat to U.S. waters.
“It attacked my immune system and shut down my body’s ability to sweat,” Steele said. “If I wasn’t a healthy 51-year-old and had some type of medical condition, it could have killed me.”

He recovered, but Lake Erie hasn’t. Nor have other waterways choked with algae that’s sickening people, killing animals and hammering the economy. The scourge is escalating from occasional nuisance to severe,widespread hazard, overwhelming government efforts to curb a leading cause: fertilizer runoff from farms.
Pungent, sometimes toxic blobs are fouling waterways from the Great Lakes to Chesapeake Bay, from the Snake River in Idaho to New York’s Finger Lakes and reservoirs in California’s Central Valley.
Last year, Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency and beaches were closed when algae blooms spread from Lake Okeechobee to nearby estuaries. More than 100 people fell ill after swimming in Utah’s largest freshwater lake. Pets and livestock have died after drinking algae-laced water, including 32 cattle on an Oregon ranch in July. Oxygen-starved “dead zones” caused by algae decay have increased 30-fold since 1960, causing massive fish kills. This summer’s zone in the Gulf of Mexico was the biggest on record.
Tourism and recreation have suffered. An international water skiing festival in Milwaukee was canceled in August; scores of swimming areas were closed nationwide.
Algae are essential to food chains, but these tiny plants and bacteria sometimes multiply out of control. Within the past decade, outbreaks have been reported in every state, a trend likely to accelerate as climate change raises water temperatures.

“It’s a big, pervasive threat that we as a society are not doing nearly enough to solve,” said Don Scavia, a University of Michigan environmental scientist. “If we increase the amount of toxic algae in our drinking water supply, it’s going to put people’s health at risk. Even if it’s not toxic, people don’t want to go near it. They don’t want to fish in it or swim in it. That means loss of jobs and tax revenue.”

Many monster blooms are triggered by an overload of agricultural fertilizers in warm, calm waters, scientists say. Chemicals and manure intended to nourish crops are washing into lakes, streams and oceans, providing an endless buffet for algae.

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Questionable comment:

A reader sent us three messages referencing last week’s board work session. They said that acting president Richard Whitaker, when referencing our bylaws indicated that the bylaws were written a long time ago for dysfunctional boards and that they are an inconvenience and that we should see about changing them.

We hope that Mr. Whitaker reviews the tape of the meeting and clarifies for the property owners what he meant. We would also like to tell Mr. Whitaker that the bylaws are the most important legal documents of any corporation, association or partnership and are there to protect the property owners, shareholders and members, not to make it easy for the board. Our bylaws govern how the TLPOA operates and contain the information needed to run our POA as a business.

Speaking of the board and meetings, the November meetings have been moved up a week so this month’s board meeting is tonight instead of next week. We noticed that there is an executive session listed before the regular meeting starts but no agenda. We believe this has to be an oversight because this current board is priding itself on transparency.

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Weekend Edition, November 17, 18 &19. 2017

Security Building

The on again off again New Security Building for the front entrance is once again off again until spring. Our chief concern is that we are not only spending a lot of precious money having the building redesigned from the redesign of the redesign of the original design but that somewhere in the mix we are anticipating a new gate system to replace the no gate system. Due to weather and poor decision making capabilities by the board we may have a new front entrance and gate system sometime in 2025.

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Road Paving

Road Paving

Many residents wonder why the TLPOA waits until November to do road paving. We are aware that Aqua is doing a lot of line replacement but this waiting until late fall has happened too many times in the recent past. If anyone has a background in paving would they be so kind as to send us their opinion as to why.

Also, has anyone noticed the bags of garbage accumulating on the right side of the road going back to the 19th hole?  Looks bad.  

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Update on Grants

Update on Grants

At the November board work session, TLPOA General Manager Shirley Elmore had great news for property owners when she announced that a seven thousand five hundred dollar ($ 7,500) cash matching grant had been received from the Clearfield County Tourism Bureau for web development.  The TLPOA awarded a contract a few months ago to Omni Management Services for development of a new website. We thank management and staff for this great news.  

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UPDATE ON GOLF PRO VAMOOSE

Mr. Jude Lander, former Director of Golf at Treasure Lake submitted the following comment to us regarding our editorial titled “Golf Pro Vamoose”.  We feel it is important enough to warrant being our editorial for today.  We thank Mr. Lander for his comments  and hope that management realizes that sometimes the greenest grass is right under your feet.

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As a PGA Golf Professional, a current resident since 1997 and a former Director of Golf at Treasure Lake I may be able to shed some light on this subject. Let me start off by saying the golf industry as a whole is struggling at the moment across the country BUT…Treasure Lake can and will continue to grow. Many factors play a role in golf being down:

1) Economics – people just don’t have the funds
(Rates and Membership structure must be consistent with your demographics)
2) Time – People do not have 4 ½ to 5 hours to play golf anymore
(Busy lifestyles, so this is where the PGA Professional has to be innovative and create programs to fit the patrons)
3) FUN – *this is the KEY…people play golf for fun (Have to make it fun for all skill levels and create “new golfers” which is bonus revenues and future of the club. How? Many ways, through instruction/lessons, programs, events that include social aspect as well, and MORE I could go on)
4) Innovative – This is where you keep things fresh. (PGA Professional must stay ahead of times with everything from Merchandise-Marketing Ideas-Golf in general and most of all realize PEOPLE/members change and you have to keep ahead…be flexible and willing to try new things – some fail and some stay strong…and a few of my implementations are still going strong at the Lake!)
5) Golf Courses – Gold & Silver are hands down best in the our area (WE MUST keep golf courses in A1 condition to stay competitive and on top. When your conditions deteriorate, the golf course in general will fail across the board. It affects all departments. Let me also state that Doug Adams and his crew do an amazing job…thank you)

Now back to the original golf pro “VAMOOSE” – I can not speak on why the recent pro left but 3 in 3 years does not look good for Treasure Lake. I will say that in the golf business there are many reasons for leaving such as a better opportunity somewhere else, not a good fit, location, simply don’t like it or family pressures. Numerous factors, BUT let us not put all blame on OMNI for these last pro’s departing. We all make mistakes and in the hiring process sometimes you miss and sometimes you hit a home run. We all have made mistakes but that is how you learn and GROW…move forward don’t focus on the negatives! Good people are hard to find and may be right under your nose.

Treasure Lake has everything it needs to be successful:
1) Outstanding Board of Directors who have a vision, intelligence and the desire to make this a wonderful place to live with keeping the amenities exceptional.
2) People of this community – We have the nicest people here in Treasure Lake who will continue to support the amenities and such but WE have to create an atmosphere that is family oriented and welcoming to newcomers. We have over 3500 homes here in Treasure Lake, which means we have a lot of people who need to be welcomed to the golf courses…the gold is sitting in our yard and we only have to figure out unique ways to mine it. We have the local surrounding community as well  and drawing them into an atmosphere that is magnetic…it can be done with a clear vision and a strong passion!
3) Gold & Silver Courses – finest 36 holes in the area! PLUS the best-golfing members I have ever been around at any golf club in my life. They have passion and love for their golf courses like no other.

Treasure Lake’s next PGA Professional must have vision/passion/strong family values and a love for Treasure Lake. They must also have the tools to succeed: adequate staff and training (service is everything), support from management, resources, and “Target Marketing” is crucial.

Let me apologize for me going on and on about Treasure Lake but as you can see I have the vision, ideas, passion, and love for Treasure Lake.

Thanks for reading,

Jude Lander, PGA Professional

*A huge THANK YOU to anyone that worked for me while I was Director of Golf at Treasure Lake. I would love to name all the names but I think people are tired of reading my reply here but please realize that I treated all of you as my family and have the utmost respect for every one of you. Thanks again for your commitment to me and Treasure Lake.

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Update on “Hot Potato”

We have been informed that Jessica Copenhaver, a property owner in good standing, who filed a complaint with management regarding unsafe driving by a TLPOA Security officer, spoke for approximately 15 minutes to the board and property owners in attendance at the conclusion of Monday’s work session. (1)

Jessica was very concerned that her complaint has been swept under the rug and that her witness’s verbal statement had been changed by the TLPOA general manager to reflect a much less serious complaint. Acting board president Dick Whitaker (board president George Cobert was ill and we wish him a speedy recovery) offered to act as a go between between management and the property owner. While Mr. Whitaker’s offer seems designed to assuage the situation, we have to ask, why is an individual board member meddling in a management/property owner problem? Where does the board member get the authority? We pay management and the management firm very good assessment dollars to handle these situations in a professional manner.

(1) Everything that Jessica said is on the tape of the meeting and if any property owner is interested in reviewing in order to have a clear, in-depth understanding of her complaint, they should tell management that they would like to review the tape. Management will direct you through the procedure.

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Time to show some appreciation

We all know that the “LVL” is a money loosing albatross of an amenity around the necks of approximately 90% of the property owners (the other 10% use the facility on a limited basis) and despite all the great projections put forth by management and the consultants with the crystal ball, nothing is going to change.

With this in mind we would like to offer a suggestion to the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association, Inc. board of directors. Throw a banquet, say prime rib and another choice along with all the fixings for all those people in the community who perform the everyday tasks that we have become so accustomed to receiving without giving a second thought to the individuals who provide these services. Let each person bring their spouse, a friend or a parent. There are 4 groups that you can start with but we are sure that you can expand the list. Start with the Sandy Twp. VFD, the Sandy Township Police, the local ambulance services and the Treasure Lake security department. These men and women will never become millionaires doing what they do but we could never get along without them.

A one time end of the year thank you to these fine individuals will demonstrate in a small way that we do don’t take them for granted, that we realize their importance and what they do to make Treasure Lake what it is.

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