Spring Road Conditions

Happy Spring Cottagers,
We’re starting to see some signs of spring on Star Lake and unfortunately this also means spring road conditions. There’s a thicker ice/snow pack on Star Lake Woods and Morningside roads this year due to several thaw/freeze cycles we had this winter. Because of this, we’re experiencing icier road conditions, as well as seeing deeper ruts and potholes in the ice pack on the roads. These are the current conditions of the roads and they aren’t likely to get much better over the next few weeks or so as the ice melts and the frost comes out of the ground. Once the frost is gone, we hope for an uneventful spring with minimal flooding and no washouts and we can start to enjoy the cottage season. But until that time, if you’re planning a spring visit to the cottage, be aware of the unpredictable road conditions.
Director, Roads

Reminder: Please don’t Park on the Road

We hope you are enjoying winter cottaging.
This is a reminder that: “We can’t have vehicles parked on the road.”
Remember that an important benefit of plowing the road is to allow for the
access of Emergency vehicles. The road, of course, also needs to be clear
for the snow plow to get through.
Winter Road Committee

Thanks on Thanksgiving

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help clear the brush from the side of the road yesterday in order to make things safer for us all, including (but not limited to):

Bill Bergen
Brian DeWolf
Naomi DeWolf
Bryce Engelman
Jill Engelman
Brian Gee
Karen Gillies
Neil Gillies
Jim Kerley
Melaney Kerley
Alain Masson
Ann Masson
Brennan Palmer
Dawn Sendzik
Brian Sendzik
Harold Slater
Sara Slater
Brian Spiteri
Ralph Stone
Annie Stone
Ted Teetzel
*forepersons Efia & Ronan

**special thanks to Brian Gee who maintains three quarters of Morningside road all summer long to add to the safety of drivers and walkers.

Early Summer Update, Dates for the Annual Meeting & FUN Day

A note was just sent to our membership announcing the upcoming dates for our Annual Meeting and FUN Day. These can always be found in the side bar of the website.

DATES

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday July 21st at #115 Star Lake Woods Road

Our FUN Day will be held on the August long weekend, Saturday August 4th (Rain Date August 5th) at #110 Star Lake Woods Road

SAFE QUIET LAKES

We would like to remind cottagers to be aware of their wake when boating. Star Lake Woods Association recommends the Safe Quiet Lakes guide of: “SLOW DOWN, BOW DOWN”. Near shore (within 30m) speed should be a maximum of 10km/h to avoid large wake.

Please see the following two links:

WATER QUALITY TESTING

Our water testing program with the MLA, has begun. If anyone is a member of the MLA, please let us know as we get a discount for each member of our association who has joined. The cost is $120 annually, which includes their Advantage Card, giving you discounts at participating retailers.

You can see the results, in our post, here.

ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA

Below is the proposed Agenda for the Annual Meeting:
Opening Remarks
Treasurer Update
Road Update
Water Quality
Quiet Waters
Road Update
Agreement to the By-Laws Constitution *(See Funds Allocation Policy below)
Winter Roads** See note below

** It is proposed that the winter road become an official part of the Star Lake Woods Association. The fee structure would remain the same, but would run through the SLWA account and have separate book keeping. As this is a change in our Constitution, there will need to be a vote on this, which we will do by email, in the weeks following the meeting.

* the agreement to be added to the By-Laws will be as follows:

Funds Allocation Policy

Money collected from the members of the Star Lake Woods Association shall be kept in three separate (booking keeping) accounts for:
a) Star Lake Woods Rd/Hill Top Lane’s remaining funds
b) Morningside Drive’s remaining funds
c) Common expenses, including the common road to the “Y”, Water Testing, Social Events, Administration Fees, etc. and Reserve Fund Common Road (suggest a balance kept of $4000, 30% from Morningside, and 70% from Star Lake Woods/Hill Top)

The treasurer will work with the road manager to advise how much money is available for use on each section of road.

The road manager will work with the President and Vice Presidents from each side to decide on any projects to be done on a yearly basis.

TREASURER’S REPORT

A report from our Treasurer was also included with the email

ROAD UPDATE

Our roads held up very well though the spring thaw with no washouts or major repairs. The road has just been graded and we will be adding gravel to the main shared portion from Turtle Lake Rd to the ‘Y’, as we discussed last year at the AGM. We hope to have this completed before the July long weekend (weather permitting).

If you’re a member of the Star Lake Woods Association, and didn’t get the email, please check your spam folder. If you still have not gotten our email, please  contact us and let us know, and we can check that we have the correct email address for you.

Springtime! – Road Conditions at Star Lake

Happy Spring Everyone,

It feels like a long winter even if it was not a harsh one. We would like to advise all cottagers that with spring, brings spring like conditions. The frost is not totally out of the ground and the road is in spring condition – pot holes, sink holes, mucky and mushy in some cases.

 

A reminder to those choosing to travel on Star Lake Woods Road, Morningside Drive and Hilltop Lane do so at their own risk and responsibility. Until the frost has lifted, the road will change everyday. It has been in fairly good shape but with the warmer weather and rain, the road will reflect the weather conditions.

 

The road is flooded on Morningside Drive, where it normally floods. The water has definitely gone down since last week, but there is still water covering the road from #31 to past #33. We’re not sure how deep it is, but you could probably get through with a 4 wheel drive truck. This picture was taken while standing in 2  inches of water about half way to #31 driveway:

Morningside Flooding

 

If anyone has a concern about driving through with a two wheel drive please feel free to contact usand we will do our best to relay messages but ultimately, it is upon the cottage owners own discretion and judgement, not the responsibility or liability of the Association nor the Board of Directors.

 

Here is the state of the ice on the lake today, April 31, 2018:
Star Lake Ice - April 30, 2018