April showers got the best of us at Woodhaven, so we should have some great May flowers coming our way! May is here and for many of our veterans and their families, we will honor those men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Woodhaven will be hosting our annual Memorial Day Flag Dedication and Ceremony on Monday, May 29th at the Lakeview Building. I wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to the members of the American Legion Post 453 in Amboy, Illinois for the support they have given Woodhaven over the years at the Memorial Day Flag Ceremony.
This is also the time of year we reflect on the second anniversary of the tornado that struck Woodhaven. We have accomplished a lot towards getting Woodhaven back to normal, but there is still work remaining. The trees planted in late 2015 and early 2016 appear to be budding quite nicely. Many thanks to our volunteers who helped staff in the planting endeavors.
The first day of summer is right around the corner; be mindful of weather patterns. Keep your weather radio in working order and we would like to see everyone switch from the text alert system, to the new Woodhaven Lakes app for notifications. In order to unsubscribe, reply to or text the alert number(317-800-7269) with “STOP.” You will then receive a confirmation text. With the Woodhaven Lakes smartphone application, you can receive push notifications by going to your settings, and allowing notifications from the app. Please call the Association Office if you have any questions.
Stay safe, stay alert, and have a great camping season!
I wish you all a Happy Easter. The Spring Fling weekend is fast approaching and I hope that many of our members drive out for the weekend to enjoy all the activities scheduled. Woodhaven will be hosting pony and wagon rides, a petting zoo, fishing tournament, open air market, and tree sale. This is a great time for all our children to enjoy our outdoor wonderland. The month of May is right around the corner, so I would like to recognize the pillars of our families by saying “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.” Thank you for all the hard work, multi-tasking and loving you put forth unconditionally.
At the Board’s March 27th meeting we discussed the meaning behind “closing out a permit.” When our ESAC inspectors mark a permit as “closed” it means the project is completed by the Property Owner or their contractor. The permit being closed out does not mean the improvement was inspected for compliance. As the Property Owner you, and I, are responsible for knowing where our lot lines are and that the shed, RV, or whatever we are placing will meet the setback. If you are planning to develop or place any improvements, the best practice for finding your setback lines is to have a plat survey, but that can be expensive. Check with ESAC first, ask them to help you in determining your best course of action.
Social media is a great way to get information out to a large number of people. As an Association, we must be careful that the message we send out is correct, or at least that we have done our due diligence in finding accurate answers. I am concerned that the expectation on the Association and Board Members is that our response should be immediate. When I am asked to look into a matter, I want you to know I will take the time needed to properly research your request. For Board Members participating on social media there are added challenges because we are, or should be, held to a higher standard. Yes we are also Property Owners and have the right to our own opinion, but we also have to be careful our messages avoid being misinterpreted. This is a subject the Board has discussed and will continue to discuss in the months to come.
I chose to run for a seat on the Board not for status, but as a way to assist all our owners in decisions impacting everyone collectively; and, I am sure my co-Board Members share this goal. As your Board of Directors, our decisions impact everyone and need to always be fair and impartial. With seven different personalities, our opinions can go in many directions. As long as we are respectful of each other, our staff and our membership, our diversity is a good thing for the Association.
I encourage all Owners of record to attend the Board meetings. The purpose of the meetings are for the Board to conduct the business of the Association; as Owners you can observe and hear first-hand what is being discussed; you can ask questions under Member Business from the Floor. Meeting dates, times, and locations are posted on our webpage calendar.
May God bless you and I hope you all have a great season!
Due to ongoing changes in the refuse industry, there are a number of items that have been defined as unacceptable material the waste hauler will not take. These items were designated as unacceptable for one of two reasons: either they are not accepted in the landfill for environmental reasons, or not accepted in the garbage truck for safety reasons. New nationwide restrictions have been, and will continue to be, instated. We will publish these changes as needed.
In order to give the Property Owners an option for disposing of some of these items, the Association has designated three dates when you can drop certain items off at the Maintenance Shop: Sunday, May 28th; Saturday, August 5th; Sunday, September 4th. The Maintenance Shop is located east of the Service Center on Woodhaven Drive.
Material we will accept MUST be generated from your lot; items brought in from off property will not be accepted. For those items not accepted by our waste hauler, or through this event, please check with your local and county authorities for disposal options. We have also included some resources in the list below.
You will be required to present your Property Owner pass before the material is unloaded. Contractors will not be allowed to participate in this event. Please refer to the materials list for limits and fees associated with certain items. Payment for items will be accepted as cash or check only at the Maintenance Shop.
The Association has the right to refuse any items and to close the drop off once we reach our capacity.
MATERIAL WE WILL ACCEPT
Appliances(white goods): refrigerators, freezers, ranges, water heaters, air conditioners, and humidifiers are all examples; 1 per lot
Electronics: laptops, monitors/keyboard; 3 per lot; $5.00 per item
Propane tanks: 20 pound cylinders only; 1 per lot
Concrete: we will only accept small amounts, for example, a wheelbarrow-sized load
Furniture: we will accept all furniture unless it is determined to be a health hazard; 3 per lot
Large – lawn mowers, grills, swing sets, patio sets, picnic table; 1 per lot
Small – lawn chairs, lawn ornaments, bird feeders; 5 per lot
TV: 1 per lot, $25.00
Microwave: 1 per lot, $5.00
Construction/demolition debris: we will only accept small amounts, for example, a wheelbarrow-sized load; limit 1 load per lot, or bring extra loads at a cost of $5.00 per wheelbarrow load. The material must be clean, no nails, spikes, staples, etc. Property Owners are required to obtain their own container from a waste hauler for construction or demolition projects generating larger amounts of debris
MATERIAL WE WILL NOT ACCEPT
Hazardous chemicals- paint thinner, turpentine, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, etc- contact your local recycler
Liquids of any kind- anti freeze, fuels, etc – contact your local O’Reilly’s, AutoZone, or car service center
Oils- motor oil, vehicle lubricants, cooking oils, etc- contact your local O’Reilly’s, AutoZone, Tire/Lube Center
Unsolidified paint – Oil based: contact your local recycler, Latex: cat litter or paint hardener to solidify (available at Woody’s True Value)
Tires – Tire Tracks, contact your local tire dealer
Batteries – Contact your local Radio Shack, Home Depot, Staples
Fluorescent bulbs – contact your local Home Depot, Lowes, or Battery Plus Bulbs center.
Any of the above items that are brought to the drop off will be marked by staff so their origin can be identified if found in an outlot or in or near a garbage container.
If you have any questions, you can contact Greg Dimmig at 815-849-5209.
Spring is here and Mother Nature is reminding us to keep safety at the forefront of our decision making when camping. The recent tornado that touched down in Ottawa/Naplate showed us that climatic changes are continuously happening in our area and prior preparation will help you overcome adverse conditions.
Woodhaven is gearing up for the last phase of the Family Center pool plan. This project involves the expansion of the pool deck area and replacement of the current drop slide with a Spectrum manufacturing slide and platform. The slide is a tubular wet slide that will give pool users a 40 linear-foot slide. A photo can be seen on page 4 We are also replacing the diving board and dive stand at Pool One.
Portions of our roadways suffered damage from truck traffic after our tornado. The cleanup efforts were ongoing for a long period and we are sending out to bid our 2017 road improvement project. This project encompasses a lot of the tornado affected roads along with areas of Woodhaven where culvert repairs and other projects affected the roadway.
I would like to thank all our Owners who came out for Cabin Fever weekend. Attendance was at an all time high with Mother Nature affording us some very nice weather. Staff excelled in the activities which were set up. Whether you participated in the poker walk, prize bingo, crafts or game challenges, it appeared that most everyone enjoyed the weekend. Some of our Owners participated in a chili cook-off at the Multi-Purpose Room. The 1st place winner of the cook off was Board Member Mike Weinstein.
Attendance at our Board meetings keeps improving and we hope to see more Owner attendance at our meetings scheduled at Woodhaven this season.
May the good Lord afford us a camping season full of great family moments and the time to enjoy our wonderland at Woodhaven.
Three segments of the snowmobile trails were prepared for resurfacing and will be closed until we receive another 3” snow fall. Below is a link to a map showing both closed and open areas for the near future. “Trail Closed” signs will be posted at the appropriate trail/road intersections. As of this afternoon, the National Weather Service is projecting 2”-3” of snow and sleet mix beginning Saturday. During the entire weekend and into the next week, significant excessive cold risk is forecasted. Should we receive 3” of snow the trails currently closed, will be opened. Copies of the map will be available at the Association Office(business hours), Front Gate, and Service Center.
When you are scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed you may have noticed that Live videos are becoming more and more common! We would like to utilize this tool to have a brainstorming session of sorts. Natalie, the Recreation Manager, will be chatting about entertainment and getting your input about new programs on Saturday, December 3 at 9:30 a.m. We’re hoping to talk for about 30 minutes and we would love if you would watch, comment, and contribute so that 2017 could include some of the programs you want to see! Please note, this is an online event, streamed directly on Facebook. If you do not have Facebook, and still want to send in suggestions, you may still utilize our usual forms of communication: Speak Up Sheet, email through website, send us a letter, or call!
If you don’t already “follow” us on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/woodhavenlakes OR search “Woodhaven Lakes” in the Facebook search bar. Look for the verified checkmark to ensure you have the right page.
October is upon us, which is a great time for planting trees! Planting trees is one of the easiest, most effective ways to positively change the environment. Trees are very important for many reasons: they improve the air quality, provide privacy, and increase property value. Trees prevent soil erosion and improve water quality in streams and lakes, promoting aquatic life. Trees also provide food and shelter for the birds, deer, rabbits and many other wildlife that we all enjoy watching at Woodhaven. Do you know trees can also reduce heart rate and stress? Tree make people feel good by providing a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Although we have planted thousands of trees to replace the trees we lost in the tornado last year, we have also lost trees due to diseases such as the Emerald Ash Borer and Oak Wilt. When choosing trees to plant, it is important to plant a variety of native species as to prevent the loss of many trees if disease should strike. The benefits of planting native trees should not be overlooked. Trees give more to us than we give to trees!
Please come in to the Nature Center and add a Fall leaf to the Reforestation Tree if you plant any trees this fall. Also, if you have any questions on how to plant a tree, mulching, or you would like a brochure listing my 10 commandments of planting a tree with some helpful tips, please stop by.
There have been sightings of this fuzzy little caterpillar, and a lot of questions about him. He dropped in on the Natural Crafting class, along with another, making its way into a property owners car, then into the Nature Center.
Halysidota Tessellaris, the Banded Tussock Moth, or Pale Tiger Moth, is from the Arctiidae family, also known as the woollybears, and are present from early summer to fall. Adult caterpillars are about 1 ½ inches long. They vary in color from yellowish and orange through dark gray. Extra-long ‘hair pencils’ of white, black, and/or orange occur at both the front and rear of the caterpillar. They feed on species of alder, ash, birch, blueberry, chestnut, elm, grape, hackberry, hazel, oak, walnut and many others.
When a major catastrophic event strikes a community, what most often emerges is a strong sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and compassion among community members. Such has definitely been the case at Woodhaven. But what also comes to light are areas in which need improvement so the community is better prepared for future emergency situations.
At Woodhaven, one of the things that became apparent very quickly last year following the tornado was a large number of Woodhaven’s original individual property addresses, which are the Section and Lot numbers, were deteriorated beyond readability or completely missing. This made it difficult through the initial search and recovery process for emergency responders to quickly and readily identify Sections and Lots.
When Woodhaven was developed back in the early 1970s, individual lot numbers were placed on the electric pedestals in 2-inch orange and black vinyl numbers with adhesive backing. As can be expected through 40 plus years of being subjected to Illinois weather, many are faded, deteriorated or missing altogether.
Yes, many Property Owners have beautiful, handcrafted signs indicating the Section and Lot, and those are great. But, when it comes to emergency situations, consistency is the key. Emergency responders need a consistent place to help identify properties and it has been determined the best place for this is where the developer placed the original property numbers—on the electric pedestals.
Woodhaven’s Communications Committee is asking for each individual Property Owner’s help. Please take a few minutes to check the numbers on your pedestal to ensure they are affixed to the pedestal; they are legible (from the road, if possible); and they are the correct identifying numbers. Many pedestals are located in areas on lots where numbers may not be seem from the road; however, it is still important for emergency responders walking the property to know they can still find a Section and Lot on the electric pedestal for easy identification.
If you find your Section and Lot numbers are missing from the electric pedestal or need refreshing, these 2-inch vinyl reflective numbers can be purchased at Woody’s True Value and at most hardware or home improvement stores. At Woody’s, the 2-inch numbers are .89 cents each and the 3-inch numbers are .99 cents each. Remember, the bigger the better!
One item of note, the developers did not place Section numbers on the pedestals, only Lot numbers. The Communications Committee is asking that Property Owners who refresh or replace missing numbers also include the Section numbers on the pedestals. This is especially important in areas where it can be difficult to determine what Section a responder is in.
For a nominal cost to each Property Owner, replacing the Section and Lot numbers on each property’s electric pedestals can go a long way in greatly improving emergency efforts and efficiency in future situations.
To encourage Property Owners to refresh their Section & Lot numbers on the electric pedestals, the Communications Committee is offering a prize raffle give-a-way to all who complete the project. To enter, simply send a photo of the newly refreshed numbers on your meter pedestal to firstname.lastname@example.org or post the photo on Woodhaven’s Official Facebook Page at Facebook.com/woodhavenlakes before October 11, 2016. One grand prize winner will receive a weather radio and 5 runner-ups will win a $20 Woody, Inc. Gift Certificate. Good luck and get out and refresh those numbers!
Since the number changed to our text alert system back in early May, we have received numerous reports of subscribers not receiving text alerts. To help identify any problems and provide feedback to our text alert provider, we will be sending out a test text alert on Friday, June 24 at approximately 1 p.m. to all subscribers. If you do not receive this test alert, please go here to fill out this brief form, including the cell phone number you are subscribed with along with your carrier information. This form is located on the “Contact Us” Page of the website.
We are hoping this information will help our text alert provider identify and correct any problems or issues with the system.