Lake Owassa Community Association, P.O. Box 657, Branchville, NJ 07826 Phone: (973) 948-6866 between 9 AM & 8:30 PM LOCA Email: email@example.com
E-News - April 28, 2015
By now, all should have received the annual membership form. If not, contact the Lake Secretary at 973-948-6866.
2015 stickers should be on all boats by Memorial Day.
Reminder: For all motors over 25HP, make sure to attach a copy of your Insurance Declaration Page showing amount of liability coverage and watercraft endorsement. Minimum coverage acceptable is $250,000.
Return to LOCA before May 9 for review by the Boat Compliance Committee at their meeting on May 13. If the information is correct, stickers will be sent. You will have them in time for use Memorial Day Weekend, The next Boat Compliance meeting is after Memorial Day - May 27!
Save the Dates:
June 27-Buddy Bass Contest
June 28-General Membership Meeting
July 4-Boat Parade and Kids' Sunny Contest
July 11-LOCA Picnic
July 31-Golf Tournament
August 1-Sailboat Regatta
August 29-Wine & Cheese
August 30-General Membership Meeting
PLEASE CHECK THE NEW OWNER'S/RENTER'S GUIDE TAB FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
OWASSA PUMPING INITIATIVE
The Board of Governors appointed a Septic Pumping Committee to develop a voluntary plan for ongoing septic pumping for LOCA members. The Committee has held several meetings, reviewed educational material from Rutgers University, NJDEP, the U.S. EPA, the Sussex County Planning Division, as well as interviewing several septic maintenance experts in the area.
From the time the LOCA Bylaws were adopted, protecting our lake has been part of the Board of Governors’ ongoing responsibility to preserve our watershed for future generations. Recent Board actions to protect the watershed include the purchase and preservation of the Culvermere property in 2005 and the purchase of the Beardall Property in 2013. These significant actions involved the participation of members, friends of the lake, the State of NJ and the Green Acres Trust. In addition, COLA, the Coalition Of Lake Associations in our area of which LOCA is a member, has encouraged the individual lake associations to be proactive in lake conservation efforts. Regular septic pumping is an important part of overall watershed management. Green Pond and Lake Mohawk already have routine septic pumping. Culver Lake recently hired Princeton Hydro to study their watershed management, including a review of septic issues. Princeton Hydro has already recommended to Culver Lake that regular septic pumping is the most important and immediate action that a lake community can take to protect the water quality of its lake.
Regular septic pumping will:
· Protect Lake Owassa, the environment, and each homeowners property values
· Save money in the long run and protect our members’ investment in their septic system, which should be thought of as their most expensive appliance.
· Act as an insurance policy for our members’ $25,000-$40,000 septic system investment. Cost for pumping is about $200 every three years or less than $70 per year.
· Allow members to participate in group rates which would reduce the expense to individual homeowners.
More to come!
The Spring News Letter will contain all information and pricing necessary to take advantage of the Owassa Pumping Initiative. Further discussions will take place at the June Membership Meeting.
Co-Chairs: Cess Weintraub and George McGuire
All people (members, guests, and renters), ages 16 through 69, MUST have a valid 2015 NJ State Fishing License to fish in Lake Owassa.
Only boats registered to proprietary members and having proper LOCA stickers are allowed on LOCA waters.
No family members, guests, or renters are allowed to bring their own boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and put them in the lake.
CHECK THE MEMBER NETWORK FOR A NEWLY-LISTED HOME FOR SALE.
PHOTOS OF THE LONE WOLF MEMORIAL ARE UNDER THE PHOTOS TAB.
SUMMER 2013 NEWSLETTER IS ON THE WEBSITE UNDER THE MINUTES-NEWS-REPORTS TAB.
NEW APPLICATION FORMS FOR BOAT, DOCK, FLOAT, AND WATERFRONT RESTORATION UNDER THE APPLICATIONS TAB
CHECK THE NEW GARDENING/LANDSCAPING SERVICE BY ONE OF OUR NEW MEMBERS UNDER THE MEMBER NETWORK TAB. WE WOULD LIKE TO UPDATE THE MEMBER NETWORK. IF YOU HAVE ANY ADS UNDER THE MEMBER NETWORK THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE REMOVED, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org . Items for sale older than 6 months will be deleted from the Member Network page unless I receive an update from the interested parties.
Check the Map of Lake Owassa under the drop-down menu under the Home Tab.
CHECK THE "LAKE OWASSA NOSTALGIA" TAB FOR OLD PHOTOS AND NOSTALGIA!
SWIM FLOATS & RAFTS
Before you put your swim float/ raft in this year, please make sure your LOCA area number is visible on the raft/swim float.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THE "NICE RED/WHITE STICKER"!! You can paint it on or buy letters/numbers at Lowes/Home Depot. We just need to identify your swim float/raft, if it drifts away and we need to notify you.
We have had a number of floats that drifted away during the last season, and there is one that we need to locate it's home this Spring. Thank you in advance for your help. Ted Roman (Patrolman) 973-570-3786
Anyone wishing to have a bonfire/campfire needs to call the NJ Forest Fire Service and obtain the proper permits. These are free and are issued monthly. You may request as many months as you want at the same time. Each month has a different permit number. Either the day before or day of your bonfire you need to call and inform them. They will then have it on record in case anyone calls in that there is an unauthorized fire. The number to call for permits is: 973-786-6350. The permit will contain the number to inform them of your fire.
Reminder to our LOCA Members: No Motorized watercraft are to be on the lake after dusk, which is 1/2 hour after sunset!!
Please, check the daily sunset times and adhere to this By-Law. See page 16 of our By-Laws for detailed operating times.
Thank You-The Board of Governors
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! Other lakes in the area have been invaded by the Water Chestnut which can wreak havoc on the lake environment and balance of nature on a lake. There is a presentation under the LOCA WATER & SEPTIC tab or Click Here for complete information and photos on detection and advice on what to do and who to contact if you see it on the lake.
THE LOCA Store now has its own tab.
LOCA WATER STATS page now contains up-to-date water reports.
Check the LOCA WATER & SEPTIC tab for procedures regarding sampling, testing, and results reports for fecal coliform.
If there are any documents on this website in PDF format, you would need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you don't have it, please download and install Adobe Reader and try viewing the document again. This is a free download.
Check the Fishing Club tab for lots of updated information! The latest LOCA newsletters are now under the Minutes & Newsletters tab (password required).
The Sussex County Website has information on many topics such as West Nile Virus & Mosquito Control. Click Here to go to their website News Page.
IF YOU ARE A LOCA MEMBER AND HAVE A CHARITY, WALK-A-THON, SOMETHING TO BUY/SELL (e.g. BOAT, ETC.), OR SOMETHING FOR OTHER MEMBERS TO BE AWARE OF, ADD IT TO THE MEMBER NETWORK page. CLICK HERE TO EMAIL METHE INFORMATION TO BE ADDED.
At the last LOCA meeting, the idea was presented to set up a Member Comment page so that LOCA members could voice their opinions on issues affecting Lake Owassa and LOCA members so we're going to try it out. 1. As the website administrator, I will review all comments to insure there are no personal attacks, and that language is appropriate. 2. The Member Comment page is password protected for LOCA members only (same ID and password). 3. Please try to keep your comments brief. 4. In order to post comments on the page, CLICK HERE to email your comments to me. 5. Make sure that you put "LOCA COMMENTS" and your LOCA ID on the subject line of the email so that I will know the message is coming from a LOCA member and is not spam. 6. Send your comments either as text in your email or as a Word attachment. 7. Please be patient if you do not see your comments the same day. I will try my best to get your comments on the page as quickly as possible.
If you have any suggestions on how to improve the website or wish to add photos, committee news, events, etc., you can either email or fax me the information at (845) 610-3179 - please provide your name and phone number on the email/fax in case I need to contact you to clarify or ask questions about any submissions. I hope you will enjoy using the website. Sincerely, Gordon Shehab
You will need the user ID and password only for the Minutes & Newsletters, Member Comments, andPhone Contacts pages. The ID and password are the same that were on the old website. If you have forgotten them,click here to email meand I will provide them to you upon verification of your LOCA membership.
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