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Board Bulletin May 23
Posted on May 23rd, 2021
Road Maintenance on May 26
The following roads in Loch Alpine will be chip sealed on Wednesday, May 26:
  • Aberdeen Drive
  • Fairway Drive
  • Midway Drive
  • Whitman Circle
  • Lane 7
According to the contractor the roads can be driven on once the chips are put down. Car traffic actually pushes the chips down into the base material to set up a hard surface. This work will be done early beginning on Wednesday morning, weather permitting. The slurry sealing will occur approximately two to three weeks after the chips are laid. More information on the slurry sealing portion of this project will be available soon.  Here’s what you need to know about chip sealing on Wednesday:
  • Our contractor, Highway Maintenance, will apply a layer of chips to the roads mentioned above.
  • This work may start as early as 7 a.m. and should be finished by afternoon.
  • No vehicles should be parked on any of these roads on Wednesday.
  • Residents can drive on the chip-sealed surface as soon as it is put down.
If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Brian McCall, LAIA Roads Committee chair, by email at mccallbrian@msn.com or by phone at 426-4546.
Loch Alpine Bulletin - April 28, 2021
Posted on Apr 28th, 2021
NEWS
 
LAIA annual assessment invoices were mailed out in early April. if you haven’t received yours, please contact Angela Webb at Select Community Management, (734) 663-1900.
 
Leash Dogs in Loch Alpine
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Garlic Mustard Pull Date May 8
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Lakes Treatment Schedule
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Please Remove Yard Signs
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Annual Meeting Summary
Posted on Mar 24th, 2021
The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Loch Alpine Improvement Association was a virtual success.  Approximately 100 member households logged onto the online webinar meeting.  LAIA Board President Brian Daugherty hosted the meeting with the assistance of the other officers and directors.  Treasurer Lucy Cohen reported on the Association’s budget and finances, explaining the reasons that the annual assessment should remain $775, as it has for the previous three years.
 
While the webinar format was not conducive to interactive participation for all attendees, members did have the opportunity to submit questions for the Board and committee chairs to answer.  
 
The absentee votes and proxies were tallied and the results announced to the members present:
  • The annual assessment of $775 was approved.
  • Candidates elected to the Board of Directors are Bob Sendra (incumbent) and new directors Allison Bishop and Bryan Cole
The Board is grateful to all the candidates for their interest in serving the Association.
 
The annual Loch Alpine Award for exemplary volunteer service to the community was awarded to Sheila Waterhouse for her work chairing the Communications Committee over the past few years.  (See more details on the Loch Alpine website home page.)
 
Selected by a random number generator, the two winners of the drawing for a 50% reduction in their annual assessment are Ken and Renee Durrant (lot 263) and Werner and Andrea Lueken (lot 138).
 
Summer fireworks display date is June 26, rain date 6/27.
 
The Association, no longer publishing a paper copy resident directory, maintains its current directory (by lot number and by last name) in the Documents section of the LAIA website.
 
We are looking forward to the next Annual Meeting in person -- with coffee and cookies.
Board Bulletin March 19
Posted on Mar 16th, 2021
We Need More Ballots by March 22 to achieve the required quorum for the meeting!
 
Please Vote Now, Everybody
The Loch Alpine Improvement Association Annual Meeting is March 24, less than two weeks away.  This year’s meeting will be held online only and all voting completed by absentee ballot.  All absentee ballots must be received by Monday, March 22.  We need your absentee votes, or proxy, to reach meeting quorum requirements.  If we do not receive enough ballots (or proxies) for quorum, the meeting will be suspended until the needed number of ballots is attained -- thus postponing the vote count for the annual assessment and Board candidates.
 
The absentee ballot and meeting materials are in the Annual Meeting packet that was mailed to you.  Ballots may be dropped off at one of three Loch Alpine officer addresses listed on the ballot; or sent by fax to (734) 663-0809, or scanned and emailed to Select Community Management at management@thecondopros.com.
 
To join the online meeting:
  • Use this link to register for the annual meeting:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3c7-2aSESG6g49QdI17vMg   After you complete your registration, you will receive a message from AASA with a Click Here to Join link. This is your individual entry link to join the meeting on March 24th.  The message will also include a phone number you can use to dial in to the meeting for audio access only (for those without access to a computer or other device).  This link can only be used for meeting access by one device, so please don't forward your individual entry link to others.
  • Between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, open the AASA message and click on your link (or dial the phone number) to join the meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. 
Please review your Annual Meeting packet beforehand and have it handy during the meeting, as there will be limited information shown on the screen during the meeting. If you have not received your Annual Meeting packet, call Select Community Management at (734) 663-1900 or login to the Documents section of this website to access the meeting materials and a copy of the ballot.
 
Yard Waste Pick-up Starts April 6
Seasonal weekly yard waste pick-up will begin Tuesday, April 6. Be sure your material is placed street-side no later than 7 a.m.  Yard waste may be placed in large, craft/paper bags or loose in your own, reusable container with a "yard waste" or "compost" sticker on the container (available from GFL or Scio Township).  Please do not tape yard bags -- fold them closed or leave them open at the top.  GFL will also pick up properly bundled branches no thicker than 3 inches in diameter tied in bundles no greater than 4 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter.  
 
For a better looking Loch Alpine, please remember that yard waste is placed out, as with trash containers and other collectables, no sooner than the day before trash pickup day; and empty containers are to be removed that day. Thank you, from LAIA Grounds Committee. 
 
Community Yard Sale Postponed
Due to ongoing concerns about outdoor gatherings and public health into the spring, the LAIA Board of Directors and the event coordinator have determined that the annual Loch Alpine Community Yard Sale should not be held in May.  We are hopeful that the event will be rescheduled for sometime in late summer or early fall.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Board Bulletin March 2
Posted on Mar 4th, 2021
LAIA Annual Meeting March 24
Mark your calendars… Loch Alpine’s annual meeting for Association Members will be held Wednesday, March 24, beginning at 7:30 pm. Look for your LAIA Annual Meeting packet in the mail. Due to continuing public health restrictions on indoor gatherings, this year’s meeting will be held online only and all voting completed by absentee ballot. The link for registration is in the information packet, and can be found on the 2021 Annual Meeting page in the Documents section of this website.
 
The Annual Meeting packet includes your Absentee Ballot with Proxy option, as well as the agenda, summary budget, candidates for Board of Directors, year-end reports from LAIA committees, and more. This year, the proposed annual assessment is $775.00, the same as it has been for the last three years. There are three openings for directors. Please read the meeting materials before casting your votes for the assessment and Board candidates. (Casting your vote puts you in the pool for one of two 50% waivers off your annual assessment!) Also, the committee reports will provide good information on all the important work done for your neighborhood by resident volunteers.
 
All ballots must be received by March 22. For your convenience, ballots may be mailed to Select Community Management; or scanned and emailed to SCM at management@thecondopros.com; or sent by fax to (734) 663-0809, or dropped off at one of three Loch Alpine officer addresses listed on the ballot. If you have not received your Annual Meeting packet, contact SCM at (734) 663-1900 or login to the Documents section of this website to access the meeting materials and the ballot.
 
LASA Contact Information
A number of Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority customers have questioned their most recent billing, following the installation of new water meters in their homes. LASA has been replacing old water meters to upgrade the metering system and to obtain more accurate records of water usage.  Questions or concerns about your water bill, usage records, or the installation of a new meter should be directed to LASA. See the LASA page in the Water/Sewer section of this website for important and useful information and contacts.
 
Progress on the B2B Trail
Washtenaw County and partners continue to plan and build out sections of the Border to Border (B2B) Trail, a network of non-motorized pathways connecting cities, parks, and many destinations throughout Washtenaw County. The next section of the B2B underway will connect the Dexter-Huron Metropark trail end at Zeeb Road with Delhi Metropark, where a portion of the trail was completed last fall. 
 
This is of particular interest to Loch Alpine because the trail will run along the south side of Huron River Drive from Zeeb to the Delhi Metropark. There are crosswalks planned to connect the trail to The Preserve and Loch Alpine where the neighborhoods connect to Huron River Drive. Brush and tree clearing was to begin in February -- the work has to be done prior to March 31 to comply with regulations from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Michigan DNR regarding federally protected bat species (they are not currently roosting). Construction is anticipated to start later this year, finishing in 2022. This will complete the link between all three Metroparks within Washtenaw County. For more information about the project, click here.
Board Bulletin January 29
Posted on Jan 29th, 2021
GFL Rate and Billing Cycle Change
GFL advises that all Loch Alpine residents (including those in Webster) are now on the Scio contract billing cycle and rates. The new quarterly cycle starts with Jan/Feb/Mar (Old cycle is Dec/Jan/Feb). Residents are now receiving a bill that includes a discount credit for the months already paid (Jan/Feb), plus the new lower rate for March. Note also that seniors may request a further discount. Contact GFL customer service if you have questions.
 
Public Information Meeting regarding Border-to-Border Trail projects
Monday, February 1, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86959262637
To join use a web browser to visit zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following information: Webinar ID: 869 5926 2637
 
This public informational meeting will discuss an upcoming Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) project between Zeeb Road and Delhi Metropark in Scio Township. The meeting will be virtual via Zoom and will consist of a presentation followed by a question and answer session.  This proposed trail project begins at the corner of Zeeb Road and Huron River Drive and ends in Delhi Metropark (1.1 miles), joining two recently completed sections of B2B Trail. The trail is on the south side of Huron River Drive and within the road and railroad rights-of-way before crossing the Huron River with a single span pedestrian bridge and entering Delhi Metropark. The project vegetation removal will begin in February or March 2021 to comply with environmental regulations.  The actual trail construction is anticipated to begin in the summer/fall of 2021. The trail work includes grading, vegetation removal, paving of an asphalt trail, construction of retaining wall, a pedestrian bridge, restoration and planting, and other related improvements. Construction is expected to be completed in 2022.
 
Board Bulletin January 12
Posted on Jan 12th, 2021
Scio Publishes GFL Service Details 
In its latest newsletter, Scio Township published some Frequently Asked Questions about its new service contract with GFL Environmental, now the exclusive waste and recycling hauler in the township.  The information includes details about the new residential collection rate, which will apply to all Loch Alpine households, and how residents 65 years and older, or a disabled veteran, can apply for a 5% discount on the collection rate. There also is contact information for GFL customer service questions and complaints. 
 
LAIA Seeking Candidates for Board
The LAIA Board of Directors manages the assets and finances of the Loch Alpine community for the Members. Directors and committees volunteer their time and skills to keep the roads in good condition, the lakes clean, parks and greenspaces attractive, social events happening, safety and communication proactive.
 
Directors serve a 2-year term of office. Candidates are elected (or re-elected) and announced at the March Annual Meeting. This year, there are 3 Director openings to be filled.  As the LAIA By-Laws specify that 2 candidates should be presented for each opening, we are encouraging LAIA Members to consider running for the Board.
 
We hope you’ll consider -- it may be your time to help manage our unique neighborhood. Many of you moved into Loch Alpine just a few years ago, or longer.  You may have ideas to make the community more welcoming and active for residents young and old.  Please contact the Board at lochalpineboard@gmail.com to inquire about serving your community. Thank you!
Board Bulletin November 27
Posted on Nov 27th, 2020
Yard Waste Pick-Up Extended to Dec. 15
There is still time to rake!
GFL, the exclusive waste hauler for Scio Township, has advised us that the final yard waste pick-up for Loch Alpine this year will be Tuesday, December 15. (This extends the final pick-up three weeks beyond the November 24 date previously announced.) Yard waste should be properly bagged or bundled at streetside early that morning. Please do not place yard waste at the street after December 15. It will not be picked up, and it cannot remain at the street.
 
PLEASE, NO TAPE on yard waste bags. The use of masking tape, plastic packing tape, and even duct tape has been observed. The Board has received the following information from GFL: “Yard waste paper bags should not be taped closed as this material is processed with the biodegradable bags. The tape is not degradable and contaminates the process.” Yard waste bags (paper only) should be either folded closed or left open at the top. 
 
As part of your fall clean-up, please remove and dispose of leaves and debris from ditches and also clear as much debris as possible from culverts adjacent to your lot. This will help control surface water flow and prevent water from backing up onto the streets--especially problematic in freezing conditions. The Board and our entire neighborhood thank you. 
Board Bulletin November 5
Posted on Nov 5th, 2020
Staying Safe on Loch Alpine Streets in Winter
The LAIA Roads Committee and winter roads maintenance contractors urge residents to observe the safety guidelines below.
  • Pedestrians are strongly urged to wear some reflective clothing and/or wearable lights to make themselves (and their dogs) clearly visible. This is especially important during hours of darkness and in heavy snow. Since the drivers who plow our roads must concentrate on the road surface in front of their trucks while also driving safely, such enhanced visibility is very important.
  • It’s also especially important in winter (and throughout the year) for pedestrians to walk on the left side of the road that has you facing oncoming traffic. By observing this rule, pedestrians are in a far better position to keep themselves safe.
  • Any resident who hires a private contractor to clear their driveway of snow should instruct the contractor that removed snow should not be plowed into an adjacent neighbor’s driveway or left in the street.
  • Owners who wish to protect their grass from plow blades may want to place reflective marker ‘sticks” about twelve inches back from the edges of their front yards.
Ditches and Culverts
Keeping Loch Alpine ditches and culverts clean, which is the responsibility of individual residents, benefits the entire community by allowing correct storm water flow and keeping debris from washing into the lakes. At times in the past, debris in ditches and culverts has also caused water to back up onto the streets--especially problematic in freezing temps that cause icy and dangerous conditions for drivers and pedestrians. As part of your fall clean-up, please remove and dispose of leaves and debris from ditches and also clear as much debris as possible from culverts adjacent to your lot. The Board and our entire neighborhood thank you. 
 
Board Bulletin Sept. 29
Posted on Sep 29th, 2020
Halloween During the Pandemic
In keeping with guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Loch Alpine Board of Directors is not scheduling a neighborhood trick-or treat nor sponsoring any Halloween activities, and recommends against trick or treating from door to door this year, which is among the activities the CDC considers as “high risk.” Also included in the high-risk category are “attending crowded, indoor costume parties, visiting indoor haunted houses or going on hayrides or tractor rides with strangers.”
 
This doesn’t mean, however, that children (and big kids alike) can’t celebrate Halloween at all. Among activities the CDC identifies as low-risk activities are carving pumpkins and decorating one’s home, outdoor scavenger hunts, virtual costume contests and hosting a movie night with household [or pod] members. The CDC also describes moderately risky activities, with more information online: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.
 
Another important piece of CDC guidance is not to use a costume mask as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it meets the same standards, and also not to wear a costume mask over a cloth mask, which can make it hard to breathe.  The LAIA Board asks everyone to make the health and well-being of our community a priority in making decisions about Halloween and other upcoming holidays. Together, we can protect ourselves and each other during this challenging time.
 
Water Meter Replacement to Begin in October
Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority (LASA) has contracted with PMI to install new water meters in every home served by LASA. The new meters will provide more accurate readings of water usage, and they will be read remotely from outside. You will be receiving a flyer in the mail from PMI , asking you to call them and set up an appointment date and time for the new meter installation. You must be home to let the contractor in the house. The time required in the house is 15 to 20 minutes. Another 15 minutes outside the house to set up the antenna (in the same location as the current outdoor transmitter). Please make sure you respond to the flyer and call PMI to set up the installation appointment.  Please refer to the Water/Sewer section on this website. Click on the FAQ for more information.
 
Safety & Security Committee Needs a Few Good People 
The LAIA Board of Directors is looking for a few people to revitalize the Safety & Security Committee. The members of this group serve as a contact for residents to report concerns about traffic safety in Loch Alpine, the use of our parks and grounds by non-residents, and any other matters related to safety and security. This includes activities that occur on Ann Arbor Country Club property. Committee members keep the community informed about safety and security topics, and they call law enforcement to ask for assistance and information. Residents are encouraged to call 911 directly to report suspicious activity in Loch Alpine.  To volunteer or learn more, write to safety@lochalpine.org.    
 
LAIA Website Registration and Password Help
The LAIA website is full of useful and important information about our community. Some of the website pages are password protected, accessible only to Members who have registered accounts on the website.  
 
To create a new Member account on the LAIA website, a resident should click on the Register link at the top right corner of the main page, and then fill out the registration page and click Continue to complete the registration process. Once you complete your submission you will see a page that states: Your Registration is Complete. Your login details will be emailed to the email address you provided, once your account is approved by the [website] administrator.
 
For members who have forgotten their account or password, they can go to the Login page and click on the Forgot Password or Forgot Username links.
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.
Board Bulletin July 22, 2020
Posted on Jul 22nd, 2020
GFL Transition Update
The batch exchange for the 21 owners who signed up will occur tomorrow, July 23. They have been notified individually. If you are NOT part of the batch exchange please move your containers away from the street, so the driver doesn't remove them in error.
The GFL "transition" period has ended. Scio Township has passed a waste hauler vendor ordinance, but has not yet signed a contract with GFL (or any other hauler); so LAIA residents are operating as independent subscribers and should contact "Customer Support" for questions and needs. 
Some collection details:
  • GFL collection in our neighborhood starts around 7 am, the route is flexible so no exact time per street is dependable
  • Large items should be put out at the road the night before or very early on collection day
  • GFL waste and recycling carts must face the street and be slightly spaced to allow the mechanical arm to get in and lift the can
  • Please, no car parking around waste and recycling containers on Tuesdays.
Members of the Grounds and Roads committees are meeting with a GFL site supervisor to discuss and brainstorm ideas for eliminating damage to the road surfaces. This will likely entail a need for support from residents, so look for information in future bulletins on ways we can help.
 
Next Lakes Treatment July 23
July 23 is the next scheduled treatment of our lakes to control algae and aquatic weeds.  
Minimum 24-hour no swimming in the lakes -- people and pets. Keep your pets from drinking lake water for 14 days following treatment.
Please also refer to the notices posted around the lakes and on many mail-posts for important details. Treatment details can be found on our website. If you have neighbors who don't use internet communication, kindly share this information with them. Future treatment dates are August 12 and 27, depending on weather.
 
Lakes E. coli Tests
Lakes Committee volunteer Cynthia Walton completed lakes sampling for E. coli bacteria on a clear, sunny July 14. The results show that Loch Alpine lakes are safe for swimming, fishing and boating:
  • Upper lake at Rock Park -- 16 (parts/100 milliliter)
  • Lower lake at East Loch Alpine boat storage -- 6
  • In Boyden Creek (adjacent to Bridgeway Drive) -- 520
The acceptable level of E. coli is determined by risk analysis based on statistics to protect human health. Drinking water should have no E. coli after treatment. E. coli levels at designated swimming beaches should not exceed 88 per 100 milliliter (mL) in any one sample, or exceed a three-sample average over a 60-day period of 47/100mL. Recreational waters that are not designated beaches should not have more than 406 E. coli/100mL in any one sample, or more than 126/100mL in a 60-day, three-sample average. Occasional higher numbers are not unusual, particularly after storm events and where urban or agricultural runoff occurs. These levels are generally not considered unsafe unless investigation indicates the source to be sewage. Source:  http://eai-labs.com/services/recreational_water.html
GFL Recycling Container Swap and Return of Unwanted Containers
Posted on Jul 12th, 2020
In response to a number of owners who emailed me that they did not want the 96 and 65 gallon containers delivered by GFL, preferring to either obtain a smaller recycling bin or use their own containers, the LAIA Board has arranged a one-time batch exchange and/or take-back event. This exchange is limited to trading the large wheeled 65 recycling container for an 18 gallon bin and/or have one or both containers taken back.
 
If you wish to participate in this batch exchange, then reply to secretary@lochalpine.org with your choice(s) of:
  1. Exchange the GFL 65 gal recycling container for a 18 gallon recycling bin (with no wheels or lid)
  2. Give back the 65 gallon recycling container.
  3. Give back the 96 gallon trash container
No other options are available as part of this exchange. Once I have passed on the list to GFL, I will contact the owners who reply with the anticipated delivery/retrieval date.
 
Dave Stockson
GFL Update
Posted on Jul 6th, 2020
The Tuesday trash, recycling, bulk item and yard waste pickup by GFL last week appeared to occur with relatively few problems.  We pointed out some misses to the drivers and they responded very quickly.  Given that we started the process of engaging GFL five weeks ago with the expectation that we might not have service until July 28, last Tuesday’s pickup was a welcome relief to the volunteers who oversaw the process.  Some important details:
  • Recycle container exchange:  Several owners inquired about trading their 65 gal recycle container for a smaller 18 gal open bin. 
  • Use of non-GFL bins:  Several owners inquired about using their own non-GFL bins or just leaving bags at the curb and also about returning their containers if they are able to use their own bins. 
  • Trash container exchange:  A few owners inquired about exchanging the 96 gal trash bin for a smaller wheeled bin. 
Case for using GFL 95 gal waste containers:  While owner provided containers are ok, GFL obviously prefers that residents use the provided containers.  GFL notes that the supplied containers are mated to their trucks and provide important benefits.
 
Additional benefits for using GFL 65 recycle gal waste containers:  While owner provided recycling containers are OK, GFL obviously prefers that residents use the provided 65 gal recycling containers for important reasons.
 
How to sign up to exchange your lidded recycling container for an 18 gal bin (and/or have your 96 gal container removed if you decide to use you own container):  During the weekend of July 11-12, Dave Stockson will send out an email request to compile a list of names, with the intent of forwarding the information to GFL by Thursday July 16. If technology cooperates, you will only need to reply to the email with your pertinent information.
If you wish to exchange your lidded recycling container for an open 18 gal bin (or have either GFL container taken back), watch for and reply to the email that will be sent at the end of next week.
 
Phase out of LAIA board liaison:  All residents should have an account number and should be able to contact GFL directly for support and questions about their accounts. 
GFL Update, Lakes Treatment
Posted on Jun 28th, 2020
GFL Transition Process as of June 28
This is an update on the commencement of service with GFL Environmental, the new waste and recycling vendor for all homes in Loch Alpine:
  • GFL has completed the container delivery to residences.
  • All Loch Alpine residents have been automatically subscribed, with accounts established. Invoices began arriving this Friday.
  • GFL has set us on a quarterly cycle starting with June, July, August. This is different than we originally reported and was done to capture June 30 at the most favorable rate for LAIA. The invoice amount is $50.83. Payment is due July 12, 2020. Future invoices will be $75.
  • GFL will pick up garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk items on Tuesdays starting June 30.
  • If you have not received your GFL containers send an email to Dave Stockson (secretary@lochalpine.org), who will relay it to our GFL transition contact. We are under the impression that everyone has their containers at this time.
  • If you have not received your GFL invoice by July 1, send an email to Dave Stockson (secretary@lochalpine.org), who will relay it to our GFL transition contact. 
If Waste Management has not retrieved your WM wheeled container(s), you should contact WM directly (please don't contact the Board of Directors or a member of the Board):
  • By chat: www.wm.com
  • By email: CustomerService_MIOHIN@wm.com
  • By phone: 866-797-9018
A number of residents have indicated preference for 18 gallon recycling bins instead of 65 gallon recycling carts.  Dave Stockson is talking to the GFL transition manager about this topic and a possible batch exchange for the limited number of interested residents. More information will follow later next week.
 
Next Lakes Treatment
July 7 is the next scheduled treatment of our lakes to control algae and aquatic weeds. Minimum 24-hour no swimming in the lakes -- people and pets.  Keep your pets from drinking lake water for 14 days following treatment. Please also refer to the notices posted around the lakes and on many mail-posts for important details. Treatment details can be found on our website.  If you have neighbors who don't use internet communication, kindly share this information with them.
 
Board Bulletin April 30
Posted on Apr 30th, 2020
Please keep off Loch Alpine playground equipment and Park Pavilion, and exercise caution in using the playing fields. By maintaining proper social distancing guidelines we all help reduce the spread of infectious disease.
 
LAIA Dues Extension
 
Thanks to everyone who has already submitted their annual assessment. As a reminder the Board extended the payment due date to May 31. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Angela Webb, Select Community Management, at awebb@thecondopros.com.
 
 
Yard Waste Pick Up to Start April 29
Posted on Apr 18th, 2020
Waste Management has sent the following communication to its customers:
Effective the week of April 27, yard waste collection services will resume on your normally scheduled day.  
 
For Loch Alpine, the first yard waste pick-up will be Wednesday, April 29.  Please do not place yard bags by the road until the day before the scheduled pick-up.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Waste Management:
By chat: www.wm.com
By email: CustomerService_MIOHIN@wm.com 
By phone: 866-797-9018
Board Bulletin: April 4
Posted on Apr 6th, 2020
New LAIA Board and Committee Leadership
At its transition meeting on March 30, the LAIA Board of Directors made the following decisions:
  • Officers elected for the 2020-2021 fiscal year are Brian Daugherty, President; Glenda Haskell, Vice President; David Stockson, Secretary, and Lucy Cohen, Treasurer.
  • David Navarre accepted reappointment as LAIA representative to the Board of Directors of the Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority (LASA).
  • Board Director Dino Anastasia was reappointed as LAIA webmaster.
Committee appointments are:
  • Architectural Control Committee – Board Director David Stockson, Richard Reichman, Jim Schulz (the ACC will select its chair at its next meeting)
  • Communications – Sheila Waterhouse, Chair; Dino Anastasia, Board Liaison
  • Grounds – Board Director Bob Sendra, Chair
  • Lakes and Dams – Bob Sendra and Peter Logan, Co-chairs
  • Roads – Brian McCall, Chair; Bob Sendra, Board Liaison
  • Safety and Security – Board Director Roger Fraser, Chair
  • Social – Katie Roycroft, Chair; Glenda Haskell, Board Liaison
  • An ad hoc Legal Committee was approved for the ongoing litigation between LAIA and A2C2 Partnership, with Peter Logan named as Chair; Brian Daugherty, Board Liaison.
The new Board agreed to continue regular monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 pm, at Webster Township Hall.  Due to current restrictions of public meetings, the next monthly meeting of the LAIA Board of Directors will take place via tele-conference on Wednesday, April 8. Residents who wish to submit questions to the Board for the meeting, or who desire to be included in the tele-conference should contact the Board at lochalpineboard@gmail.com.
 
New LASA Operator
F &V Operations and Resource Management, Inc (FVOP) is the new contract operator for the Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority (LASA) as of April 1. The partnership ushers in a new era of customer service for LASA water and sewer users. More information about the change in LASA operations can be found on the LAIA website, in the Water/Sewer section, by clicking here. This page includes the following important new contact information:
 
Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority (LASA)
827 N. Zeeb Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Ph: 734.369.9400
•         Email: LASA@fv-operations.com
•         Water or sewer emergencies (backups or leaks) call 517.715.9739
•         Non-emergencies (next business day response) call 517.715.9739
•         Account Management/Billing (office hours M-F, 5-8 p.m) 734.433.0835
 
Clean Up After Fido
Please properly dispose of your pet's waste and waste bags. Don’t leave bags by the road.  We're all outside a lot more now and we all have to do our part to clean up after our pets. Thank you!
 
 
Board Bulletin: March 28, 2020
Posted on Mar 28th, 2020
Annual Meeting Results
On Wednesday evening, March 25, the Board of Directors convened, via teleconference, the 2020 LAIA Annual Meeting.  Usually our annual meetings are a grand gathering of Association members, as much a social occasion as a business meeting.  This year’s meeting, due to the prohibition of public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, was a sad exception.  The Board is extremely grateful for the Members’ understanding and cooperation to allow us to proceed with a “closed” meeting and continue the business of Loch Alpine.  But we missed you.  Especially, we thank the 211 members who submitted their votes on Board candidates and the annual assessment with absentee or proxy ballots.  This more than fulfilled our quorum requirements of 160 members by “…presence, by proxy, or by written absentee ballot.”  And here are the results of your votes:
  • The 2020-2021 assessment of $775 per Category A (house) lot was approved 208 to 3. 
  • Incumbents Lucy Cohen, Brian Daugherty and David Stockson were re-elected to the Board of Directors for another two-year term.  Glenda Haskell was also elected to a two-year term.  Welcome Glenda!
  • Winning by random drawing a 50% waiver of their annual assessment are lot 111, Eileen Bond and Lucinda Orwoll, and lot 368, Bob Shuchman.
We appreciate Jonathan Rodgers and Joseph Neely for their willingness to be candidates for election to the Board.
 
Finally, the annual Loch Alpine Award for exemplary volunteer service to the community was given to each of two remarkable individuals: Sue Inderhees and Linda Goldberg.  See accompanying article about them and the Loch Alpine Award on the home page of this website.
 
Thank you again, Loch Alpine, for helping us to move forward through a very strange, anxious and hopeful time.  Let’s hold strong and healthy together, and make next year’s annual meeting a real celebration!
 
Yard Waste and Large Items Pick-up Suspended
From our carrier Waste Management: “Effective immediately, we are temporarily suspending the collection of bulk waste, e.g., furniture, mattresses, appliances, toilets. Additionally, we will be delaying the start of our yard waste collection season. Furthermore, all solid waste should be bagged tightly and placed in a Waste Management or personal container at your curb.  Waste Management will continue monitoring the nation’s and state’s response to this public health emergency. When the situation normalizes, we will return to regular service. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and solidarity and we apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause you.”
 
Please do not leave yard waste bags or bundles at the street. It may be weeks before they are picked up, and meanwhile they should be stored along the side or behind your houses.  Please help keep Loch Alpine’s “curb appeal” looking good.
 
Playground Germs
Local municipalities have closed off children’s playground equipment because they may transmit the COVID-19 virus.  Think about it… swings, slides, climbing bars and ladders handled by many, many different children have surfaces that can transfer the virus from one child to another to a family in the course of a few days.  Loch Alpine asks parents and youngsters to practice caution and hygiene during this infectious time.  Please avoid using Loch Alpine park playground equipment.
 
 
 
 
Board Bulletin: March 5, 2020
Posted on Mar 5th, 2020
Annual Meeting Reminder
LAIA Annual Meeting is Wednesday, March 25, at Webster Township Hall. Sign-in starts at 7:00 p.m., the meeting will convene at 7:30. All association members should have received the Annual Meeting packet, which includes the formal notice and meeting agenda, the proposed budget for the fiscal year April 2020 – March 2021, brief bios on each of the candidates for the Board of Directors Committee reports, and the absentee/proxy ballot. 
If you have not received your Annual Meeting packet, call Select Community Management (734) 663-1900 or email secretary@lochalpine.org.
 
A Fish Story
The results are in for the Loch Alpine Lakes Fishing Survey, which was promoted to the community in December and January. There were a total of 20 respondents from all over the neighborhood and with varying experiences and opinions about fishing on our lakes. 
The collective responses will help determine whether there is a need to improve fish management in our lakes, such as restocking or habitat changes to support feeding and spawning. 
To read the responses to the survey, please click here.
 
LASA Changing Plant Operations
After several months seeking a new systems operator, Loch Alpine Sanitary Authority (LASA) will enter into a contract with F&V Operations and Resource Management, based in Grand Rapids, effective April 1. 
LASA contact numbers for emergencies and billing will remain the same until further details are communicated from LASA. To learn more about F&V Operations, please see the website at www.fv-operations.com. 
The Board is very appreciative of the many years of dedicated service from Magnum Plant Services Manager Dan Geyer and LASA Plant Operator David Ruhlig!
 
Farewell Linda, Hail Dino!
Longtime Loch Alpine resident Linda Goldberg resigned from the Board of Directors last month preceding her move to Oregon to enjoy much more time with her grandchildren. We are happy for her, but her intelligence, expertise in legal matters, assistance with the Communications Committee, and her pleasant company shall be missed. 
At the February Board meeting, former director and past president Dino Anastasia accepted appointment to the Board to fulfill the remaining year of Linda’s term. Thank you, Linda and Dino!
Board Bulletin: January 27, 2020
Posted on Jan 27th, 2020
 
Annual Meeting Reminder
The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Loch Alpine Improvement Association will be held on Wednesday, March 25, in Webster Township Hall. Association members will receive by mail an Annual Meeting packet at least 20 days prior to the meeting, in accordance with LAIA By-laws. The packet will include the formal notice and meeting agenda, the proposed budget for the fiscal year April 2020 – March 2021, brief bios on each of the candidates for the Board of Directors (there will be 4 openings on the Board this year), Committee reports, and the proxy ballot for members’ votes on the forthcoming annual assessment and for Board candidates. All members as of February 18 in good standing (paid up on the current annual assessment) are urged to participate and vote. 
Questions can be directed to Secretary@lochalpine.org.
 
Still Time to Cast
If you didn’t take the Loch Alpine fishing survey a few weeks ago, take heart – the online survey will remain open until February 7. For members who fish in our lakes, your input will help us learn more about the amount of fishing activity on Loch Alpine lakes, perceptions of fish population and diversity, quality of fish catches, and the balance between “keep” or “release” of fish caught.
If you fish in our lakes, occasionally or often, please click here to take the survey. Individual responses will not be shared. Biggie-that-got-away stories will not be believed.
 
  
Safety and Security Update
If you can’t use your garage and you park your car(s) in your driveway overnight, please remember to take valuables out of the car, or hide them from sight, and lock your car doors. Conceal the garage door opener in your car to prevent a thief from using the opener to access your home. 
For those who install shoulder stakes to help keep our snow plows on the road along your lot, it is helpful to install stakes at least 12 inches in from the edge of the pavement, and pushed 3 – 4 inches into the ground to help them stand up to snow and ice spray from the plows. Stakes with reflective tape also make it easier for drivers to see them in the dark.
 
 
Litigation Update
Nothing has changed since our last update on the litigation between A2C2 Partnership and LAIA about the golf lots. June 8 has been set for the jury trial. The trial will be open to the public. The Board will continue to provide information to the community as trial preparations proceed.
External Structure Requirements
Posted on Sep 10th, 2019
The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) would like to remind owners that in keeping with the LAIA Restriction Agreements (RA's) all home remodeling additions, including decks, above ground patios and fences, and the installation of play structures, gazebos, hot tubs, and other recreational structures may be permitted following the proper application for ACC review (as to location and setbacks, materials, nuisance) and then Board approval prior to construction. Note that detached structures on LA lots are not permitted, and that all above ground structures, such as sheds, gazebos, hot tub enclosures and the like must be attached or directly adjacent and architecturally "tied-in" to the house.
The ACC has recently updated their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which resides on our LAIA website's Document Section along with the ACC application materials.
Reminder: Garbage Vendor is Waste Management
Posted on Sep 10th, 2019
LAIA is under contract with Waste Management for our garbage and recycling services. They are the only waste hauler authorized to service our neighborhood. There has been some confusion from Scio Township about a mandatory residential contract with GFL, which has not yet been negotiated. Loch Alpine's contract with Waste Management continues to July 2020, and will remain in effect for the contract period, regardless if Scio reaches an agreement with GFL.
This serves as a reminder to residents to work with Waste Management and do not contract with other garbage services. And Waste Management is obliged by contract to serve Loch Alpine residents. We want only one waste and recycling hauler in order to control traffic, noise and curbside containers on our street.
Scio Trash & Recycling Notice
Posted on May 29th, 2019

Very recently, Scio Township residents living in Loch Alpine received a “Trash & Recycling Service Questionnaire” from the township manager, giving notice of the township’s contract with GFL Environmental USA. The questionnaire asks for information from residents about their current trash and recycling service, as well as other information. This has caused some confusion for residents who know that Loch Alpine has a service agreement with Waste Management.

 

Loch Alpine's contract with Waste Management continues to July 2020; therefore, Loch Alpine will not be changing service to GFL at this time.  The Scio Township manager knows this and agrees that our contract with Waste Management will remain in effect for the contract period.  Further, there is the possibility the LAIA Board will renew with Waste Management next year, because the Scio contract with GFL does not apply to the Loch Alpine residents in Webster Township. We want only one waste and recycling hauler in order to control traffic, noise and curbside containers on our streets.  The Board will continue to explore the best option in the months ahead.

 

We believed we had the township manager’s agreement that the questionnaire would not be sent to Loch Alpine residents because of the confusion it would cause.  Apparently not.  In the meantime, you can either ignore the survey, or send it back that you have a contract with Waste Management until July 2020.  The township and GFL know that they have to stay out of Loch Alpine for trash service -- at least until July 2020.

Lakes Treatment Notice
Posted on May 3rd, 2019
Every year our lakes are treated for algae and milfoil to maintain appropriate water quality.
 
Our treatment season begins in May and may continue through October depending on the treatment program that has been selected.  The pond will be evaluated at the beginning of each treatment to assess growth patterns as well as target weeds, and will be treated accordingly.
 
Included in the notification is a sample of the yellow posting signs installed around the shoreline, which includes a list of potential water treatment products and their corresponding swimming and water-use restrictions. These signs should NOT be removed until all restrictions have expired.
Notification on the treatment can be found on our website here.