Loch Alpine Notices

LAIA Board Meeting

When: 7:00 PM, April 13, 2016
Where: Webster Township Hall
Contact LAIA President
Peter Logan (president@lochalpine.org) for more information.

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Documents related to the AACC can be accessed here: AACC Preservation, Sale & Development Information

The Loch Alpine Award

The 2016 Loch Alpine Award was awarded to Katie Roycroft for her service as chair of the Loch Alpine Social Committee.

A complete list of award winners is avaialble here: Loch Alpine Award.

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Thursday
Apr282016

LASA Water Main Replacement Update 4/28

Questions about this project should be directed to Ted Erickson, (734) 657-4925TErickson@processresults.com

Service connections on Northgate are complete. It appears that St. Andrews and Holly Way will be complete by the end of the week as well.

The new water main will be tied in at Joy and Northgate on Friday. This will necessitate interrupting water service to the homes on Northgate between St. Andrews and Joy.  The service interruption will begin sometime after 9:00 am and last a couple of hours.  We will coordinate the exact timing with the affected residents.  Water will be back on by 5:00 pm.

Installation of service lines has begun in the Greenook/ Dawson/ Huron Ct area. They are installing the service pipe under the roads ahead of the tie in crew. The actual service transfers in this area will begin early next week.

If there are interrupted irrigation systems or dog fences, please let us know. We have heard from several residents and have developed a list for repair.  We want to make sure we address all such matters.

Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority

Wednesday
Apr272016

Loch Alpine Garage Sale - May 21, 2016

The Loch Alpine Garage Sale has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016. If you would like to register for the garage sale but did not receive a flyer, click here: Garage Sale Flyer.

Wednesday
Apr272016

Loch Alpine Board Bulletin - April 27, 2016

In this Issue:
  • STOP THE GARLIC MUSTARD INVASION
  • LAIA ANNUAL ASSESSMENT
ENLIST NOW: LAKES COMMITTEE CAN USE YOUR HELP TO ELIMINATE THE INVASIVE GARLIC MUSTARD!
Join your Loch Alpine neighbors for quality time with nature and garlic mustard pulling.
 
SATURDAY, MAY 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon 
Meet at the Playground Park Pavilion
 
Bring gardening gloves and yard waste bags, something to drink and your own refreshment.
WHY WE SHOULD CARE: Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant over-running many of our common areas and yards. It's aggressive, pushing out (and toxic to) native plants and wildflowers. NOW is the proper time to pull it out – before it flowers, produces seeds and spreads. It must be removed from the ground, not left as it will seed out after pulling.
The Lakes Committee has identified several common areas where garlic mustard is growing right now that we can work to clear.
Here's what the plant looks like in early May:
 
If you see it in common areas or in your yard, please pull it out and bag it!

THANKS FOR YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY
 
Thank you to all residents who have already paid their LAIA assessment.
 
Select Community Management mailed invoices soon after the assessment of $725 was approved at our March Annual Meeting. If you have not paid as of yet, in order to avoid
monthly late fees, please make sure your payment is received by May 1, 2016.
 
If you did not receive an invoice, or have any billing questions, please contact Select directly.
 
If anyone needs a special payment plan to meet their assessment obligation, these can be requested either through Select Community Management or the LAIA Board.
Friday
Apr222016

Roundabout Survey

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is seeking feedback from local citizens on how to improve roundabouts from a safety standpoint and through driver education. Perhaps you and others have seen the article on MLive or around social media. We were hoping you could share the above web link with your residents to help us attain our goals. We are looking for recipients who sit on both ends of the roundabout opinion table to respond. We will be sharing our results with the Federal Highway Administration. Although the questionnaire was created for local users, we desire to have anyone submit a response.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
Mark McCulloch

Mark McCulloch |  Senior Project Manager
Washtenaw County Road Commission  |  555 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
Direct: (734) 327-6679 | Main: (734) 761-1500 |  Fax: (734) 761-3737
www.wcroads.org

 

Monday
Apr182016

CANADA GOOSE NEST & EGG REMOVAL

LOCH ALPINE LAKES NOTICE                            

CANADA GOOSE NEST & EGG REMOVAL TO BEGIN SOON

It has become necessary to reduce the amount of goose droppings in and around Loch Alpine lakes and commonly used paths, parks and streets, and make LA properties more “user friendly.”  The  Association Lakes Committee and Board have decided to use the USDA/DNR managed program of both Canada goose nest and egg removal and, if deemed necessary later in season, a  goose round-up and removal.  One LAIA Director, along with our selected vendor, have attended USDA/Michigan DNR training and received the permit for the goose nest/egg removal that will be done solely by the vendor, the GooseWorks Company.

NOTE: this program is for Canada geese only; swans will not be involved in any way.

The goose nest/egg removal will be done at both lakes, on LAIA lake lot property only, on a vendor determined and managed schedule beginning very soon. 

Some details of the USDA Nest/Egg Removal program:

  • Canada goose eggs are laid between approximately March 15 and April 7, 4-8 per nest.
  • Nests are identified by 1) a pair of geese standing around, 2) one goose on a nest, 3) one goose standing guard; geese are scary but not dangerous, they don't bite.
  • Observed nest locations will be noted for GooseWorks.
  • Eggs must be well into the incubation period before removal will be successful; taken out too early, more are laid; GooseWorks will schedule our areas sometime within the USDA recommended April 16 - 30 period: during the week, during the day.
  • Only warm eggs (from incubation) will be collected and taken away, nests broken up.
  • All required reporting will be completed by the vendor.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO HARASS THE GEESE AFTER EGG REMOVAL TO CONVINCE THEM TO MOVE AWAY BEFORE MOLTING BEGINS.  AFTER THAT THEY WALK AROUND FOR WEEKS WAITING FOR THEIR NEW FLIGHT FEATHERS.  TAKE YOUR DOG FOR A WALK IN THOSE AREAS TO MOVE THE GEESE AROUND A BIT AND MAKE THEM FEEL UNWELCOME.

Goose Round-up procedures:

  • If the Association and vendor determine that further action to reduce the population this year is necessary, Gooseworks will file for a “goose round-up” permit by May 27.
  • The birds are gathered by GooseWorks, removed and taken to northern Michigan areas.

About Canada goose populations:

  • In 1918, the Canada goose was determined to be extinct.
  • After a resurgence (somehow from extinction or poor inspections back then,) by 1946 there again were 50,000 in the US, 2500 in Michigan.
  • By 2000 the population was measured at 325,000 in Michigan, 83% in SE Michigan.
  • The Michigan DNR goal is 175-225,000 (with northern habitats overrun, the nest/egg removal program was expanded).

LAIA Board Director Bob Sendra