WILLOW LAKE HOMEOWNERS NEWSLETTER
JULY 2017 VOL. 17 ISSUE 7
THE GOOD NEWS!
The air conditioning in the clubhouse has been repaired. A new ice-maker has been ordered and, fingers crossed, it will be here in time for the TRIAD picnic.
Our picnic (aka Summer Bash) is being held by ELS on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from Noon-3:00 pm for the residents (no guests) of Willow Lake Estates. It would be appreciated if you could call the office and let them know you are coming. They don’t want to run out of food and they really don’t know how much to buy! In the past the ELS Management Picnic has always been during the week when a lot of people are at work.
The seawall repair has been scheduled and Kristal and a representative of the seawall company have taken a walk around the seawall to determine which area is in greatest need.
Preparations are being made by the paving company to resurface Tollview, Melbrooke and Candida (Tollview to Northshore) Roads, fill in the potholes in the community, and repair two sewers.
Bids to replace the two fountains for Willow Lake and Lake Lena have been received and are being processed, with installation very soon!
Willow Lake has been treated for the third time this year which is all that the government allows but the lakes are looking very good. Swimmers have been enjoying the water and the beach.
THE BAD NEWS
The “To Do List” for the maintenance workers is not getting any shorter.
The dock still needs to be painted. The walkway and stairs to the life vest storage unit are being replaced.
The plumbing on the vacant lots will be covered. The ELS homes that need to be power washed will be scheduled by maintenance. The vegetation around those homes will also be scheduled for trimming or removal. Eleven street lights have been repaired, two more are in process. Several lights on the walkway to the lower level of the clubhouse, on the bridge, and in the clubhouse library have not yet been replaced.
Unfortunately, the four maintenance workers we have are also responsible for repairs on the 129 homes ELS in its wisdom (greed/bad judgment) have chosen to rent rather than sell.
This is a plea to you and your guests: please, please, please be courteous, thoughtful, and considerate as you would have others do to/for you!
Make sure the paddle boats are returned to the pier and tied up securely. Don’t leave them on the beach!
Just a reminder: Be sure you and your guests take a shower before entering the pool. The handicapped gate is for use only by those that are truly handicapped. All others are to enter through the pool house. Guests under 18 years of age are allowed in the pool between the hours of 11:00 am-1:00 pm only. No one in diapers is allowed in the pool. Do not eat or drink in the pool or pool area! Food, drinks, drink containers, glass containers/bottles or ALCOHOL are NOT allowed in the pool or pool area. There is a separate area for that. These are safety issues for you, your guests’ and other residents’ physical well-being. We point out these issues because they are required under State and Local laws. Elgin is monitoring the pool and if we do not comply they will close the pool. Please be adults about these issues, respectful of other residents and comply with the law to keep our pool open. Do not “borrow” the tables or chairs at the pool and remove them from the pool area. Do not hoard a table and chair by the pool while you are eating/drinking/schmoozing in the picnic area or have gone home for “just a minute”! Take your stuff with you. Pool hours are 10:00 am-8 pm. Swimming alone is not recommended.
THE SCORE CARD
New home sales = 0.
Used home sales = 3.
Resale homes = 3.
Lease-to-own contracts = 3.
Sales to Investors = 0.
Conversion to Own = 1.
Total occupancy is 545 of which 129 are renters and 409 are homeowners. There are 7 abandoned homes, 29 vacant lots and 34 homes owned by ELS of which 8 ELS houses are for rent and 2 are for sale and 8 are handyman specials.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
- ATTENTION VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II, KOREAN WAR and VIETNAM WAR
Every World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran in Chicagoland is invited to travel with Honor Flight Chicago to Washington D.C. for a day of honor and remembrance at no charge to the veteran. An application can be viewed on line at www.honorflightchicago.org and mailed to: Honor Flight Chicago, Attn: Veteran Application, 938 West Montana Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614 or fax it to: 773.289.0909. If you are not a veteran you can help provide the best possible experience for our veterans by volunteering to help with: pre-flight operations, fundraising, special events, and office assistance (data entry, clerical work, etc.), phone calls and mailings, the Locate a Hero Campaign to reach veterans who have not flown with Honor Flight and more, as well as spending flight days at Midway International Airport. If you are interested, go to the website, download a volunteer application and submit it.
- HORSESHOE, BOCCI BALL OR SHUFFLEBOARD ANYONE?
If you are interested in any of these games, contact Glen Hantsman at 847-421-5789. He is organizing team events for residents who enjoy playing these games or are interested in learning how to play and have fun.
Krystal is looking for ideas for future activities at Willow Lake. If you have any suggestions for fun events that can be held here, or if you have any interest in being part of an Activity Planning Group, let Krystal know.
- GARDEN CLUB
The Garden Club meets at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of every month. They also take field trips to various horticultural locations and events to get inspiration.
- Neighborhood Watch
A recent incident shows the importance of a Neighborhood Watch in our community. Recently, a woman in the community was awakened at 3:00 am by a tall man with pants but no shirt, socks or shoes. She immediately called 911 who dispatched a police car to deal with him. By the time they arrived he had disappeared. Later that morning he was found sleeping in someone’s car. Since he was very confused, the individual asked for his wallet, learned his name and address and took him home. It turns out, the man who is a resident woke up, left his house, got lost and didn’t know how to get home. Thanks to the resident for getting him home safely.One of the important things that a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain does is try to establish a connection with their neighbors, so they can help if the need arises. Personally, as a single female with no immediate family in the area, I am grateful to have my neighbors check on me so that I don’t lie on the floor for several days after a fall or heart attack unable to reach a phone to call for help.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday, July 22, 2017 Summer Bash Picnic from Noon-3:00 pm behind the Clubhouse.
Saturday, July 22, 2017 July Dance Party – Celebrating Baseball from 7:00-10:00 pm at the lower level of the Clubhouse.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm, ELS will again host the TRIAD Picnic here at Willow Lake.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – National Night Out sponsored by Neighborhood Watch. If you want to participate and have a party on your block with your neighbors, contact Lorry Davis at 630-269-1096 or check out the Neighborhood Watch on Facebook.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – The Fall Senior Safety Academy presented by TRIAD will be held at the Senior Service Associates Bldg., 205 Fulton St, Elgin. Sign up beginning Sept. 1, 2017 by calling the Elgin Township at 847-741-2045. Learn about mobile integrated healthcare programs and asset protection for those 55 and older. FREE coffee and refreshments beginning at 8:30 am and FREE lunch at 11:30 am!
Willow Lake Homeowners Association Board
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, kudos,
call a Board Member to talk about it.