Effective 7/1/2021, the below fee structure will be in place for violations on the lake that include speeding, or not having an observer during activities that include pulling a person. This could include skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, etc.
I will be doing my annual spring announced community inspections the week of May 24th. The goal of the inspections is to review property maintenance and compliance with the community rules and regulations. Below are a few items that typically result in a letter.
- Tallgrass or weeds throughout the property.
- Debris piles in the yard or driveways; especially piles that have been in place for an extended period of time.
- Disabled vehicles, vehicles with flat tires sitting in driveways, disable golf carts or mowers parked in the lawn areas. All items that create an eyesore.
- Line of sight issues along road right-aways.
- Building issues such as gutters sections unattached to the roof, fences falling down, siding hanging off the house, etc.
- Property Eyesore ( Property eyesores are of the opinion of the Property Manager.)
- Non-compliance with parking.
- Non-compliance with signs. This is probably the item that most become frustrated about and tend to not follow. Please review the sign rules and regs. Please review the school support signage regulation as stated in G3. See pg 3 of the Rules and Regs. for all signage rules. https://choctawlake.com/governing-documents/
- Note that the last day of classes for London is May 28th. School signs up during my inspection week will not be considered in violation. Please note that signs are to be removed after school is out of session.
The letters will include a timeline to correct the violation. To save time, you may receive your notice via email. The goal is to resolve the issue, not to issue fines. I am open to allowing more time to fix if needed, but it must be an agreed-upon timeframe that is reasonable. If that agreed timeframe is ignored or taken advantage of, then I will have to issue fines per the rules and regulations.
Please feel free to spread the word to your neighbors and friends.
This week we look at the regulations for open fires. The CLPOA open fire rule is a state of Ohio law. Like all state laws, residents in private communities are note exempt from state laws.
The open fire rule tends to bring frustration. I feel that frustration can be avoided if the simple rule is understood. Below is the rule as defined in the CLPOA Rules & Regulations.
To me, it really comes down to common sense. I love the definition below.
If you are sitting around a typical social fire ring, there will be no issues. It’s very obvious if one is having a fire to get rid of debris from a tree or landscape project. It’s even more obvious when there is a huge cloud of black smoke that you can see from across the lake because one is burning construction material or other abnormal items.
Be safe and have fun socializing around a campfire. Choctaw Lake is a great place to have campfires under the stars. It’s not a great place to have illegal open fires. Your neighbor’s house is not that far away from your fire. You will be frustrated when patrol or the fire department shows up at your property when you try to get around the open fire law.
Click the link below to review the Ohio EPA Open Burning Regulations. The document is very clear and informative. I would like to call attention to the top two rows in the chart on page 2 of the two page document.
MAINTENANCE OF PROPERTY (Effective August 14, 2018)
Property owners shall maintain the exterior elements on their lot(s) in a manner, or standard, that reflects favorably on the neighborhood and doesn’t negatively impact property values.
(1) Property owners shall not permit any item to remain on their lot(s), which is so unsightly,
deteriorated, or rusted, as to constitute, in the opinion of the Property Manager, an eyesore.
(2) No trash, debris, or discarded material, which creates an eyesore, hazard, or nuisance to the
neighborhood shall be permitted to accumulate on any lot.
(3) The exterior of all structures (including houses, garages, sheds, boathouses, gazebos, and pergolas)
shall be maintained in a condition that doesn’t detract from the neighborhood.
(4) Driveways, whether concrete, asphalt or gravel, shall not be allowed to fall in disrepair. Repairs
should be made as needed, and weeds shall be kept under control. Owners of lot(s) with gravel driveways
shall maintain their driveway free of ruts and/or mud that would constitute an eyesore, and/or allow dirt
to track out on the roadway.
This email is to give everyone a heads up that boat patrol will be checking for ID’s and boating safety certificates this weekend. Please be sure to have both on you at all times when boating or jet skiing.
I am directing the boat patrol staff to randomly stop jet skiers and boats throughout the weekend. Our staff will be respectful to you, please return that to them as they will be doing their jobs. This should be a very quick stop if you are already compiling with the requirements.
If you do not have your ID or boater safety certificate on you, you will have the opportunity to go home and produce both items. Boat patrol will follow you to your place and wait in the water off the shore. Once these items are reviewed by boat patrol, you can go back to your activities. If you can not produce either item, you will not be able to drive the watercraft on the water per the CLPOA Rules and Regs. Please note that anyone 38 years of age, or less, is required to have a boaters safety certificate per State law. This is also required per the CLPOA boating rules. If you are over 38, you are not required to have the Safe Boating Certificate.
Moving forward, you may be asked to provide this information more than you have in the past. This announcement is to prepare you that the checking of ID and boater certification will be much more widespread this weekend.
Below is a few of the boat rules that must be followed. The entire list of boat rules can be found at https://choctawlake.com/governing-documents/boating-rules/
(2) Anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 is required to take the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Safe Boating Course before operating a motorized watercraft on Choctaw Lake, and persons violating this rule shall be subject to a $50 fine (Effective 17 Jan 1996). Anyone who is stopped by a law enforcement officer or the CLPOA Boat Patrol on the waters of Choctaw Lake must produce a Safe Boating Certificate within 72 hours after being stopped.
(3)Personal Watercraft (i.e., Jet Ski, Wet Jet, Wave Runner, etc.):
(a)Children under 12 years of age may not operate a personal watercraft.
(b) Children between 12 and 16 years of age may operate a personal watercraft if a supervising person of 18 years of age or older is aboard the personal watercraft. The supervising person must hold a Safe Boating Certificate if the person was born on or after January 1, 1982.
Please note that state law is that anyone born after January 1st, 1982 is required to take the boater safety course before operating. This means that if you are 38 or younger, you need to take have this certificate.
Below is a link to take the course for free.
CLPOA Property Manager