Woodhaven Association Announces Retirement and Reorganization Plans

Woodhaven’s Board of Directors and staff would like to recognize and congratulate Karen Roche on her upcoming retirement as Executive Director effective June 1, 2019. Karen has dedicated 40 years of her life to Woodhaven Lakes, and has many accomplishments in her service to the Association, our Property Owners, Board of Directors and staff.

In 1979, at the age of 21, Karen began her career with Woodhaven as Recreation Programmer. Over the ensuing twelve years, Karen was promoted to Recreation Manager, and Recreation Director. Karen’s time with the Recreation Department helped lay the foundation for the multitude of recreational programs, events, services and amenities we all enjoy today.

Karen continued to rise through the ranks of Woodhaven, with time spent as Assistant General Manager, and ultimately landing in her current role as Executive Director in 1993. During that time, Karen worked closely with Charles Frazier, Board President, and Jeff Hickey, General Manager to develop a co-management structure for the Association which has worked effectively and efficiently for the past 26 years.

In her time as Executive Director, Karen was a leader in developing Woodhaven’s relationship with its current legal counsel Ward, Murray, Pace and Johnson. Karen helped navigate the Association through some extremely tumultuous times, including the residency lawsuits during the early 1990s. Karen was an integral member of the management team, along with Woodhaven’s Board of Directors and legal counsel, which helped negotiate and close the deal with Aqua America to purchase Woodhaven’s water and sewer operations. Karen was instrumental in directing and overseeing multiple Property Owner Committees and Boards through multiple updates and adjustments of Woodhaven’s governing documents, including successful revisions of Woodhaven’s Covenants and Restrictions in 1996 and 2016.

In the aftermath of the tornado in 2015, Karen calmly and confidently used her experience, knowledge, leadership, compassion and personal skills to help the Association successfully navigate through one of the most devastating and trying periods in Woodhaven’s history.  Her managerial skills and expertise were beneficial in directing staff, Property Owners and Board Members, and with coordinating outside emergency services from initial search and rescue efforts through cleanup, re-opening, rebuilding and reforestation initiatives.   

Karen’s tenure has also included the oversight, planning, coordination and construction or renovation of most facilities on property including the Family Center, both pools, Administration Building, Rec Plex Area, Pavilion, General Store, Lakeview Building and most recently the Nature Center/Bait Shop.

Though her contract as Executive Director will end May 31, 2019, Karen will continue in a supportive role through the end of this year. Through her 40 years of service to Woodhaven, Karen has always shown compassion and displayed respectfulness to Property Owners and staff, regardless of the circumstances. We are extremely grateful for Karen’s time and dedication to Woodhaven, and are happy to continue to call her part of our family.

Karen has played an integral part in assisting Jeff Hickey with the development and initiation of a succession plan for the Association following her retirement. Because of the strong leadership on our current management team, we have been able to promote from within, thus continuing to provide the same level of service and programs which have allowed Woodhaven Lakes to thrive.

Jeff Hickey, current General Manager of 26 years, will transition into the Executive Director role. As a contracted employee, he will continue to report directly to the Board of Directors. Joining the Management Team will be Amy Ackert, as General Manager of Administrative Services, and Randy Koehler, as General Manager of Member Services.


Amy Ackert has been our Human Resource Manager for 9 years, as well as manager of our administrative staff.  Amy will continue her HR responsibilities, while adding oversight of a number of departments on the administrative side of the Association.


Randy Koehler has been our Sales & Marketing, Communications, and IT Director for 22 years, managing Woodhaven’s marketing services, publications, IT staff, and our Real Estate Operations. Randy will continue to oversee Woodhaven Lakes Realty, Inc., Information Systems  as well as several departments on the member services side of the Association.

Notice to Customers/Users of Woodhaven Association’s Water System

Re: Notice to Water System Customers/Users
July 30, 2018


Levels of Total Radium, Above Drinking Water Standards

Our water system recently exceeded a drinking water standard on the water supplied from our Well #2 facility.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants.   Quarterly testing results from July 2017 (5.47), November 2017 (5.34), January 2018 (5.28), and April 2018 (6.22) show that our system exceeded the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for combined radium.  The standard for combined radium is 5 pico curies per liter (pCi/L).  The average level of combined radium over the last year is 6 pCi/L (5.57).

You do not need to use an alternative (e.g. bottled) water supply.  However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.  This is not an immediate risk.  If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets drinking water standards and has determined that Radium 226 and Radium 228 are of health concern at certain levels of exposure.  Some people who drink water containing total radium in excess of the MCL over many years may have increased risk of getting cancer.

Woodhaven’s water system receives its supply from two wells.  Well #1 is located at the Water Plant in Section 15 and is treated to reduce radium levels.  In February 2018 the results from testing showed combined radium levels of 2.04 pCi/L.  Well #2 is located behind the Nature Center in Section 15 and is blended with water from Well #1 during time periods when demand exceeds the capacity level of Well #1.  We are currently working with the Illinois EPA to resolve the radium issue at Woodhaven and will keep you informed of our progress.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who might not have received this notice directly (for example, guests, contractors, and other visitors to Woodhaven).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

For more information, please contact:            

Rusty Lindenmeyer, Director of Utility Operations
Woodhaven Association
Water System ID# – 1035100                            Date Distributed – July 30, 2018


Road Work 8/22/17

Paving work will begin today in Sections 22, 15, & 28. Each road being paved will be closed for a short time. Section 28 just had fresh oil poured and will be closed for about 2 hours as of 8:15 a.m.
Seal coat work will begin in Section 5 this morning at approximately 8:30(roads need to dry first).

Restricted Materials Processing Changes

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.

  • 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
  • Metals:
    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
  • 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.

Unacceptable Materials Drop-Off Changes

After two years of recovery efforts, we are scaling back our drop-off program to what it was originally intended for: disposal of items that were used at your Campsite, which are not accepted in the landfill or by our garbage hauler. When the drop-off program was started, we limited the quantity being disposed of to one pick-up truck, trunk load, or wheel barrel load per Campsite. After the tornado, the Board and administration wanted to help the membership in cleaning their properties by making the drop-off containers available whenever you needed, and for as much as you needed. In my opinion, this program was successful and made the disposal of debris happen much faster.

In addition to other items, we have accumulated approximately 1000 pieces of electronics, mostly TVs. The old tube TVs are no longer taken for scrap, they are not recyclable, and they can’t go to the landfill. Our collection has been generated from the Maintenance sponsored Material Drop-Off Program, abatements, and items left at Comfort Stations. Presently, we are working with our waste management company on a proposal to dispose of the hundreds of items currently being stored at the maintenance facility. Based on research and preliminary discussion with our waste hauler, the cost to dispose of these items is expected to be $10,000. Your cooperation in the success of this program is greatly appreciated.

Nature Center/Bait Shop Presentation Transcript

On Saturday, October 8 a presentation was provided to Property Owners to learn more about the Nature Center/Bait Shop facility and the why it is being recommended and proposed for replacement.  If you were unable to attend, the Powerpoint presentation used during the live meeting is provided at the following link: https://woodhavenassociation.com/nature-centerbait-shop-power-point-presentation/

IMG_4609     bait shop

Small, Simple Improvements Can Equate to Better Emergency Responsiveness

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.

Old Electric Meter Numbers
Original Section numbers located on an electric pedestal. The Section is not identified. 

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.

Refreshed Electric Meter Numbers
Pedestal with refreshed numbers and the Section Identified in the middle. The section numbers are 3-inch vinyl reflective and the lot numbers are 2-inch vinyl reflective.

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 administrator@woodhavenassociation.com 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!

2016 Board of Director Election Results

The official results are in of the 2016 Board of Director’s Election. There were 1,837 total ballots counted and the vote totals are as follows:

Ivan Martinez – 1,186
Laura Packwood – 1,072
Mike Weinstein – 975
Benny Olalde – 968
Dave Strutzel – 949
Charlie Muir – 799
Joan Dennis – 725

The top three vote-getters (Ivan, Laura and Mike) received a four-year term and Benny was elected to a two-year term.

All four candidates were sworn-in at the Board Meeting on Sunday, August 21.

Text Alert Test

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.

Thanks for your help!