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NOTICE OF ACTIVITY ON LAKE COLCHESTER:
The Lake Rec District has contracted with The Mapping Network to conduct  benchmarking siltation deposit studies to determine locations and depths of silt within the lake. This is being done to determine future needs and future projects for lake improvements.
The work will commence on Monday, April 5 at 8 am; and will continue until completed. Boats will be working within the lake, along shorelines and near private docks. Please be aware. If you have questions or concerns, please call:  515-287-1804.
 
THE LAKEWOOD OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK:  Thursday, April 8 through Tuesday, April 13.
During this time, regular OFFICE business activity will be delayed until Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
REALTORS & CLOSERS:  Please arrange for HOA Affidavits and other closing activity prior to that time.
Boats Registrations and Gazebo Rentals will not be available during that period.  Please take note and schedule accordingly.
 
 
 
NOTICE OF LVA REGULAR BOARD MEETING:    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30 pm - Luana Savings Bank Meeting Room, north entrance. 
Due to Covid distancing restrictions, room limit size of 15 guests will be available on first come, first serve basis.
 
 
ATTENTION:    Property Liens have been filed on unpaid 2021 Association Dues.
 
In order to have the lien released from your property, payment in full must be made for the delinquent dues, as well as, the legal and filing fees.   May 1, 2021, the LVA will proceed with additional Small Claims Court Actions against the liens.
 
Payment Methods:  Debit or credit cards are accepted for payment. On-line payments are NOT available. Debit or Credit Cards payments can be CONTACTLESS when processed by phone by calling 515-287-1804; or in person at the Main Office between the hours of 12 - 5 pm; M-F.
Checks and cash are accepted for payment. Checks can be mailed to:  Lakewood Office - PO Box 158; Norwalk, IA 50211. Payments can be made 24/7 in the front door drop box; or in person, at 8700 Sunset Drive; Norwalk, IA 50211. Exact change is not required; but is encouraged. 
 
Please include a copy of your invoice; or reference your invoice to assure proper crediting to your account for all payments.
 
Due to Covid guidelines, masks and social distancing are required in the Office. Phone payments by debit or credit card are encouraged; or checks via the front door mail slot, or by mail. 
 
 
MARINA OPENS April 2, 2021  Waiting List Members,  please contact the LVA Office to check availability.
 
 
HELP US CONNECT  WITH YOU
Please complete the Data Sheet that is enclosed with your invoice so we can send emergency or newsworthy notices and updates about the Lakewood Village Association!   We want you to be 'In The Know'; and the first to know. Staying updated as a homeowner/taxpayer is very important.  Even if you have completed the Data Sheet previously, we want to keep our records updated.  Please be so kind to complete them again, even if nothing has changed.
 
 
The LVA Board encourages attendance, when possible, to Board Meetings typically held on the third Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 pm. Meetings are held at the Luana Savings Bank at Wakonda and Hwy 28 Meeting room; north entrance; or at the Lakewood Office located at 8700 Sunset Drive; or may be held virtually.  Annual Homeowners' Meetings are held typically on the third Tuesday of January.  Due to declarations for social distancing, the Annual Homeowners' Meeting will be held at a time to be determined.  Target date for the postponed Annual Meeting is Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  (Notifications will be sent prior to the meeting.)
 
However, the LVA Board reserves the right to add, cancel, or reschedule, relocate meetings and formats (virtually); notwithstanding, informational, consultation, Executive Sessions for any reason deemed necessary by the Board.   Please check with the Office to confirm current scheduling. Courtesy notices are posted on the Office Door.  We encourage attendance.  
 
All watercraft on Lake Colchester need to be re-registered for the 2021-2022 Registration Period, in the amount of $10 per watercraft. This includes paddleboards, paddleboats, kayaks, rafts, canoes, boats, pontoon boats, and any other watercraft.
Boat Registrations will begin on February 15, 2021. NOTICE:  In order to register or re-register watercraft, a current IA Boat Registration (where applicable) will need to be presented.
 
 
Non-Resident Memberships will be available on a limited basis, first come/first served.  Non-Resident Membership 2021 Fee is $525 for the 2021 calendar year.
 
The LVA 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually, due to social distancing mandates for Iowa. The typical meeting date has been changed from January to May due to covid related changes.   It will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm.   Zoom invitations will be available upon request by emailing lakewoodoffice@yahoo.com, available by mid-April, 2021.
 
 
ATTENTION:   One of the Lake's circulators has been hit at a high rate of speed; and is seriously damaged.  If you have information or videos, please contact the LVA Office immediately at 515-287-1804; or email us at lakewoodoffice@yahoo.com and share your information.  Identities will be held in strictest confidence.
 
 
WATER QUALITY REPORT No. 1  - Please click here.
 
Lakewood Village Association is a PRIVATE association for MEMBERS ONLY. Anyone  who is not a member, or is not directly with a member as their guest, who is using these private amenities is subject to TRESPASSING charges being filed.   Members may not give 'permission' for others to use any of the amenities in their absence. Members need to be prepared to show identification to Patrol Officers. 
 
 
NOTICE:   The entire surface of Lake Colchester is a NO WAKE lake.  If you have watercraft registered on the lake, you signed an agreement that states you agree to the terms on the Agreement.
 
The DNR defines NO WAKE as follows:  "The operation of a watercraft at the SLOWEST speed necessry to maintain steerage, in no case greater than 5 mph.  This is to for safety of individuals in the lake; and to protect shorelines, as well.  The wake a boat creates will have an impact on the shoreline and on people's property and docks."
 
Please be advised:  This is the standard the LVA Patrols will use. No Exceptions. Loss of Privileges can result for the Violation of LVA Rules.  
 
 
NOTICE:   Jumping from the Shoreline and from floating fishing docks is prohibited.  Swimming outside of designated areas is prohibited. This includes staying INSIDE the buoys at the beach; or withing 20' of a pontoon boat.  In no case is swimming within or across the lake permitted.
 
 
 
 
 
THE LAKEWOOD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP APPROVED THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ARTICLES & BYLAWS on May 9, 2020.
 
 
 AMENDMENT TO ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION                  
 AMENDMENT TO BYLAWS                                                       
 
WHAT ARE THE BOUNDARIES OF LAKEWOOD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION?
 
 
Non-Resident Memberships for 2020 will cost $495 for physical year, January 1 through December 31, 2020.
 
REMINDER:   FIREWORKS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON ANY LAKEWOOD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION COMMON PROPERTIES, INCLUDING WITHIN or ON LAKE COLCHESTER. 
 
You are also reminded to be considerate of the Lakewood Noise Nuisance Ordinance. Please be mindful of courteous respect for all residents, respecting their rights for peaceful enjoyment of the lake and Common Properties.
 
Boat and Watercraft Registration for 2019-2020.  All watercraft on Lake Colchester need to be registered with new stickers for the upcoming two-year period to be on Lake Colchester.  If you already registered in 2019, your registered watercraft sticker is good through Dec. 31, 2020.  If you have never registered, or have new watercraft, PLEASE REGISTER YOUR WATERCRAFT immediately.
 
 
KEY FOBS A new electronic access system has been installed to enhance the privacy and security of our marina and lake.  Key Fobs have been issued and are User Specific  programed and coded for tracking purposes. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM loaning out your Key Fob to anyone!  Key Fob replacements cost $25.
 
 
 
ATTENTION:
Everyone knows that drinking or ingesting lake water is not a good idea. This is a reminder that there are many organisms, bacteria, little creatures and other chemicals (beyond our control) that populate any lake; and care should be taken to avoid drinking or swallowing the water should you choose to be in the water. If you or the family experience illness after swimming in the lake, you should immediately contact your health care provider and get checked out. It was recently brought to our attention that a resident suspects they became ill through inadvertently swallowing lake water. This emphasizes the need to both be careful, and contact your health care provider if you are not feeling well.
 
NORTH SHORE
 
Road Contractor's, Inc. announces that the 350-acre North Shore planned community project will be ready for developing to break ground in 2015 after the City of Norwalk has reviewed and approved the project's plans.
 
North Shore will be located on Lake Colchester adjacent to the interchange of Highway 5 and Highway 28 in Norwalk, Iowa.
 
Primarily a lakeside residential project, North Shore will include some commercial sites along Highway 28 and will feature over 500 lakeside home sites, about 500 townhome units, and a limited number of lake view apartments.
 
It is estimated that the total taxable value of the project will increase Norwalk's tax base by over $300,000,000.
 
North Shore will be sold directly to a developer for its improvement of vacant land for sale of developed lots and sites to individuals.
 
 
FAQ:   Will the North Shore Development be a part of the Lakewood Village Association, Inc.
 
Answer:  Yes, the area has been established and   is governed by the LVA Homeowner's (association) Incorporation Documents, By-Laws, and the Covenants for that addition & by the established taxing entity, Lakewood Benefited Recreational Lake District.
 
 
 
PLEASE NOTE:   Lake Colchester is a private lake amenity built for the enjoyment of Lakewood residents. Trespassing charges will be filed against individuals accessing any of the Common Properties, including the lake,  without membership. Members should be able to provide identification and proof of residence or a Non-Resident Membership card when requested by police or patrol officers. Patrols are in affect at this time and will be requesting identification. A member must be present with a guest at all times.