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You can find valuable resources on our website's Documents page.  
Are you interested in learning about our lakes or how to reserve the Park Pavilion? Want to check out the Resident Directory? Maybe review 17 years of board meeting minutes?
The documents page has a wealth of information for our community!
 

   Upcoming Events   
LAIA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30PM at Virtual via Zoom
Regular monthly meeting of the Loch Alpine Improvement Association (LAIA) Board of Directors. Please email board@lochalpine.org if you are interested in joining the meeting.
LAIA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, November 11th, 6:30PM at Virtual via Zoom
Regular monthly meeting of the Loch Alpine Improvement Association (LAIA) Board of Directors. Please email board@lochalpine.org if you are interested in joining the meeting.
LAIA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, December 9th, 6:30PM at Virtual via Zoom
Regular monthly meeting of the Loch Alpine Improvement Association (LAIA) Board of Directors. Please email board@lochalpine.org if you are interested in joining the meeting.
LAIA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, January 13th, 6:30PM at Virtual via Zoom
Regular monthly meeting of the Loch Alpine Improvement Association (LAIA) Board of Directors. Please email board@lochalpine.org if you are interested in joining the meeting.
LAIA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, February 10th, 6:30PM at Virtual via Zoom
Regular monthly meeting of the Loch Alpine Improvement Association (LAIA) Board of Directors. Please email board@lochalpine.org if you are interested in joining the meeting.

   Board Journal   
Board Bulletin Sept. 5, 2020
Posted on Sep 5th, 2020
Trash Collection September 9
Due to the Labor Day holiday, GFL trash collection next week will be one day later than the usual collection day.  Trash, recycling and yard waste will be picked up on Wednesday, September 9. Trash and recycling containers and yard waste should be put out at the street no sooner than Tuesday next week.  
 
Non-residents Taking Advantage of Loch Alpine
Over the past few months, there has been an increase in the number of non-residents using the parks and lakes of Loch Alpine without the company of residents. They are taking fish from our lakes and visiting our parks, sometimes after dark. On a couple of occasions, late-night disturbances in the parks have awakened residents, who called the Sheriff’s Office to investigate the disturbances.
 
Sometimes, when a car without an LA windshield sticker is parked next to our lakes or parks, a volunteer may place a notice on the windshield with this message. Sometimes, the Sheriff’s Office will respond to calls about non-residents at the lakes or parks. We ask of all residents:
  • Put an LA windshield sticker on each of your cars, including your at-home children’s cars. This will help others to identify your cars as “resident” to Loch Alpine. If you need stickers, they can be obtained from Select Community Management by email or phone.
  • If you are aware of individuals disturbing the peace at our parks or lakes, particularly after dark, call 911 and ask the Sheriff’s Office to investigate. 
We certainly welcome guests of our neighbors. But interlopers who are not guests should not be using our lakes and parks which are maintained by your assessment dollars. 
 
What’s in a Sign? A lot.
When purchasing a home in Loch Alpine, homeowners must sign a copy of the Restriction Agreement (RA), which addresses 21 aspects of living here. Whether or not we have read this document (or read it carefully), we have all agreed to abide by its contents.
 
Every month, LAIA’s management company assists the Board in identifying and informing residents when they are in violation of some part of this agreement. The most common of these violations is the posting of signs that aren’t allowed by the RA.  There are only two types of signs Loch Alpine residents may post on their properties for public viewing: (1) Signs may be posted to advertise a property as for sale or for rent (size limitations apply), and (2) For any home under construction, the contractor may post a sign -- but only during construction. No other signs are allowed, including signs of a personal, political, or business nature.
 
The Board of Directors respectfully asks members of the community to honor this restriction. Limiting signs to only what’s allowed puts us on firm ground legally (especially important in view of the current lawsuit about the former country club property) and also adds to neighborhood aesthetics and helps promote good relationships.    
Board Bulletin August 24
Posted on Aug 24th, 2020
Tree and Shrub Trimming
Planned for September, many trees & shrubs along LA streets will be trimmed back from the road edges and overheads (by LnJ Landscaping.) This has not been done for several years and is in obvious need in many locations for better safety along the road shoulders (to provide a 5 ft street "safety edge,") good visibility at curves and intersections, proper overhead clearances for large truck passage, etc.
Vegetation along all streets has been inspected and areas in need are designated on a work map (accompanying) to guide the contractor; trees and shrubs infringing into the roadside "shoulders" and over the roads will be addressed. Pedestrian street safety and vehicle visibility are main concerns; however, good trimming method and the maintenance of good vegetation "appearances" will be observed. This work is being done only on (and over) LAIA property. We know that most home- owners enjoy taking care of the off-street areas in front of their homes themselves. A Road trim map can be found here.
We now suggest that those preferring to do the necessary trimming and maintenance work at streetside -- to "brush-back" for safety -- should get to the task as soon as possible.  Please address concerns to the Grounds Committee Chair, Bob Sendra, robertsendra4746@comcast.net.
 
GFL Trash Talk
Loch Alpine Members should become familiar with the GFL Environmental regulations regarding what will not be collected to eliminate material left behind. Trash and recycle containers and yard waste may be placed at streetside no earlier than the afternoon prior to pickup; empty containers must be removed soon after pickup, not to remain at streetside past the collection day. Removal of containers from streetside during absences must be arranged by the Member for the appearance of the community. Please remember that GFL starts picking up early (7 a.m.) and trash should be at roadside by then.
 
Loose Dogs Violate Leash Law
Thank you for keeping your canines confined to your yards.  Roaming dogs can create mischief with other loose dogs, as well as make children and pedestrians anxious or scared.  And thanks for keeping your dog on a leash when you are walking around.  Michigan law requires all dogs over 6 months to be on a leash at all times if they are off of their own property.  Michigan law also requires all dogs over 6 months to be licensed annually. Licenses may be obtained on-line from Washtenaw County.   Residents should call 994-2911 or 911 to report a loose dog.  Call at any time, and provide the address where the dog resides. County Animal Control officers will follow up with a warning and/or ticket.
 
And thank you, dog walkers who bag your dog’s poop instead of letting it lie where Fido puts it. But, it doesn’t count if you leave the bag behind for someone else to pick up. You’re just adding unsightly waste to your dog’s waste along the road.
Thank you for helping keep our neighborhood safe and clean!
 
Loosestrife on the Loose, Too
To interested and concerned Loch Alpine naturalists, the invasive loosestrife is making a resurgence along waters in Michigan after so many worked diligently to pull it all out years ago. The Lakes Committee now asks your help to keep the (unfortunately beautiful) invasive from taking over areas along the Loch Alpine lakes. Please look for it on your walks and pull from the roots; it must be put in a secured plastic bag and put in the trash, not yard waste.

Community Connection
Pet Photo Contest!
We know you have them, and we know you love them!
Send us your favorite photo of your pet for the Winter Blues Pet Photo Contest. Let's get though the long winter months with some great pictures of our favorite pets!
Send contributions to chair-communications@lochalpine.org.
 
      
 

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The Loch Alpine Award
LOCH ALPINE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION LOCH ALPINE AWARD
 
The Loch Alpine Award was established by the Loch Alpine Improvement Association to recognize a person or persons who have demonstrated Exemplary efforts, Commitment and Dedication to the Loch Alpine Community.
 
In 2020, two members of the community were recognized:
  • Sue Inderhees and her family have lived in Loch Alpine since 1997. As a Mom's Play Group member, she became active in neighborhood social affairs, managing the Christmas season luminaries as an annual fundraiser for the playground initiative. For the past 15 years, Sue has been the coordinator/manager of the annual Loch Alpine Neighborhood Yard Sale. With her help, the advertising and finances are placed, the Members informed, and Boy Scout Troop 477 connected to collect the unsold left-overs for their benefit rummage sale. Thank you, Sue, for your wonderful service and for keeping our homes and garages neater, cleaner and better organized.
  • Linda is a long-time resident who raised a family here.  She served on the Board of Directors several years ago, and was elected last year for another term on the Board.  Her knowledge of law and litigation has been invaluable to the Board during the lawsuit over the country club property.  Someone who can engage with our attorneys and interpret pleadings and briefs! In addition, Linda joined the Grounds and Communications committees, making contributions such as editing and refining the Loch Alpine welcome packet for new homeowners. Thanks to Linda as she transitions to a life in Oregon to be near her family there.
The Loch Alpine Improvement Association is proud to have honored recipients of the Loch Alpine Award since 2001 (prior to 2013, the award was designated the Sendra Award). 
 
The previous recipients can be found here.