Happy Holidays from LPA!

As I look out my office window, it seems more like September than December. The weather’s been so nice that my kids were getting worried about Santa’s arrival. I explained to them that Santa’s sleigh has landing gear which functions as either a wheel or a ski. (We had recently watched the Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska where the bush planes use this feature. Crisis averted.)

Work has been good at LPA with the Board wrapping up their 2011 business last Tuesday. The 2011 year will soon be in the books up with LPA performing modestly better than budget. Along those lines, the 2012 budget has been approved with project specifics to be ironed out in the next couple of months.

Here’s an update on some of our plans.

Marina Slip Expansion and Boat Storage – The LPA Board recently approved the addition of 24 new slips at the LPA marina. These will be added onto the existing, west set and will extend the structure farther south. These additional stalls will provide convenient lake access to offshore members and will also serve as a recurring source of revenue for the association. Contact Coulter’s Panorama Marine at 755-2920 to reserve your spot today. Space is limited.

The LPA Board has also approved the construction of an additional boat storage building. This will be erected next to our existing building on Tieble Road and will allow the marina to serve additional members who desire one-stop winterization and storage services.

Goose Deterrent – LPA spent the late summer and early fall experimenting with a goose deterrent system at Boulder Beach. The system periodically broadcasts goose panic calls, making the birds uncomfortable in that area. Goose droppings on the beach itself were drastically reduced at a low cost, and with no physical harm to the animals. We will be installing these at Shady and Sunset Beaches next year which will help to keep the sand and adjacent water cleaner than it would otherwise be.

Maintenance – The warm weather has allowed our maintenance department to make significant progress on roadside vegetation control. Many dead trees and overgrown areas were cleaned up with the stumps also being ground. Stumps were also removed at the LPN and LP West Golf Courses which will eliminate time-consuming obstacles for our mowers. This was a good project of opportunity as our crew was not occupied with the expected task of snow removal.

Water Department – The water plant project is completed with only a couple of punch-list items remaining. Staff will continue to fine-tune our water treatment process and is very pleased with how the plant project came together.

Increased water hardness is an unfortunate element of our new system at this time. As discussed early on, the benefits of Jordan Aquifer water are accompanied by a harder finished product. LPA has reviewed in-plant water softening options and will explore this as a potential addition to our existing system. For now, LPA members are advised to re-calibrate their water softeners to adjust to the new blend.

Dam Inspection – The LPA Dam is scheduled for a routine inspection this spring. Engineers will inspect the spillway and dam gate to ensure everything is in good repair. We expect some maintenance recommendations for 2013 and continue to pursue a pro-active approach to preserving this critical asset.

LP West Golf Course – The LP West Golf Course will again offer promotional rates to new members. If you didn’t take advantage of last year’s promotion, then here’s your chance to join the course at a significant discount. All salesmanship aside – this is one heck of a bargain!

Family – $275.    Couple – $230.    Single – $150.    Student – $40.

Silt Basin Plans – LPA and LP RIZ worked together this summer/fall to acquire property rights for two, important silt basins. The first basin will serve the Burchfield Cove area which requires frequent dredging. This is a crucial structure for us as the existing basin serving Burchfield Cove no longer has sufficient storage to accommodate dredging.

The second basin site will serve the Helen’s cove area. As with Burchfield Cove, the existing basin space for this cove has been exhausted. Both basins are in design phase and will be constructed based upon feasibility and permitting.

LPN – LPA will be working on the LPN this summer to chip away at maintenance issues, such as siding and windows. We continue to believe this building is a core asset of our association and want to better it a little each year. We are committed to pursuing this as an ongoing effort and appreciate your continued support of LPA’s wholly owned subsidiary.

In closing – Thanks to all of you for your support throughout the year. As I’ve said before, the greatest thing about Lake Panorama isn’t the Lake or the Golf Courses … it’s the PEOPLE. Take a few moments this season to wish your neighbors a Happy Holiday Season and remember the importance of a strong community.

May your days be merry and bright,

John Rutledge

GM – LPA

Did you know? – The 1954 classic White Christmas is essentially a remake of the 1942 film Holiday Inn?  If you’re a fan of White Christmas, then treat yourself to the original (Holiday Inn) starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. In my personal opinion, Holiday Inn is the better movie of the two.

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