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FOR YOUR ATTENTION REGARDING ICE ON THE LAKE - Reprinted Notice from IDNR:
 
* There is no such thing as 100% safe ice.
* New ice is usually stronger than than old ice.
* Avoid off-colored snow or ice. It is usually a sign of weakness.
* There could be pockets of thin ice or places where ice recently formed, so check ice thickness as you go out. This is especially true with the currents in Lake Colchester. (Throwing a large rock to test ice IS NOT A VALID METHOD FOR CHECKING ICE THICKNESS.)
* Never go on the ice alone. If the worst should happen, someone would be there to call for help or rescue.
 
HOA ASSOCIATION DUES NOTICE - 2020
Association Dues are $210 for 2020. These are due and payable in full not later than January 31, 2020. An invoice will be mailed by January 2, 2020. If you  have not received an invoice within five (5) days, please notify the Office @ 515-287-1804 and another invoice will be mailed.  Please note, however, that failure to receive the invoice does not alter the due date, or relieve the responsibility of on-time payment. Late fees will be billed on February 1, 2020. 
 
ANNUAL HOMEOWNERS' MEETING NOTICE:
The Annual Homeowners' Association Meeting will be held on TUESDAY, January 21, at 7:00 pm - at NEW LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH on Wakonda @ Elmcrest.
It is a very important meeting. Please make plans to attend.
 
 
Attention Volunteers:
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer on the Lakewood Board next year, please download the attached requirements and complete the attached application. Send to the Lakewood Office not later than December 1, 2019 for the nominating committee's review of your application. Interviews will be held for qualified applicants mid-December.
 
Notice to Lakewood Village Association Homeowners:
As a matter of best business practices, the LVA has been reviewing all organizational and business documents, including Covenants, By Laws and Articles of Incorporation with their attorneys and consultants over the past year.  Some housekeeping updates and changes are needed to bring those up-to-date and current with the current century. Some of the items have been identified are no longer realistic, viable or safe ways to conduct business for our Association or for you as homeowners.  
You will be notified soon of upcoming Informational Meetings, documents and notices so that you will be given ample time to examine the proposed updates and housekeeping changes. You will be given the opportunity to then vote on these necessary housekeeping updates. Over the next three months,  please look for these notices here, on social media and in your mailbox.  
 
Annual LVA Homeowner Assessments for 2020 will be invoiced on January 2, 2020 in the amount of $210. Assessments will be due and payable not later than January 31, 2020. Late fees assessed on February 1, 2020.
 
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.
 
 
2020 NON RESIDENT Memberships - $495 per calendar year. No pro-rations for partial year memberships. No Exceptions. 
 
2020 - MARINA RENTALS -  $250 per slip for the Season  (April 10 - November 1).
Agreements must be re-signed.  Marina Rentals for 2020 begin February 1, 2o20. All 2019 Renters have first rights to re- rent through March 31, 2020. Unrented slips will open to wait listers on April 1, 2020. 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
NCIS: Reprinted by Permission from Marketa Oliver - Norwalk City Manager on
 8-4-14 regarding the Norwalk Community Infrastructure project.)
 
INTENT TO ASSESS (Preliminary Assessment Schedule filed with Warren County for the NCIS Project)
Q: WHAT ARE THEY?  A: It is formal notification to anyone with interest in the property that there eventually will be a lien on the property for NCIS work.  The law requires the City to certify to the County after the Council adopts the Resolution of Necessity. The City is required by law to file the Resolution of Necessity and the preliminary plat and assessment schedule with the County. That then causes the County to make a note in the real property record so that if anyone is doing title searches, they can be aware that an assessment is forthcoming.  It protects the City and the potential purchasers of ground to let them know what is on the horizon (Iowa Code 384.51)
 
Q: WHEN WERE THE DOCUMENTS PLACED AND AT WHAT COST?  WHO BEARS THE COST? 
A: The preliminary assessment schedule was submitted to the County Treasurer. No fee was involved. There will likely be recording fees involved in recording the actual assessments when they occur.
 
Q: WHY ARE THEY PLACED?  A: State law requires the preliminary assessment schedule to be filed.  It is also a measure that protects the City and current and future property owners as it puts the current and any future owners on notice of a future lien.
 
Q:  WHAT IS THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT OF THE LIENS?  IF THEY ARE  NOT ACTUAL LIENS, WHAT IS THE POINT?  A:  Please note these are not "liens" as the property DOES NOT actually get assessed until the end of the project and all of the final costs have been documented. The point is to comply with State law and the point of the State is to protect all parties interested in the property by making everyone aware including potential buyers of the City's intent, so that no one can later say they were unaware.
 
Q:  WHEN WERE THE AFFECTED HOMEOWNERS INFORMED THESE WERE GOING TO BE PLACED?
A: They were informed throughout all of the pubic meetings we had, and through all the mailed notices that went to the property owners.
 
Q:  WHO DECIDED THESE WERE GOING TO BE PLACED IN THE TIMEFRAME THEY WERE FILED? COUNCIL, STAFF; WHO SPECIFICALLY MADE THIS DECISION?
A: These are filed after the Resolution of Necessity is adopted, pursuant to State law and Council direction.  The NCIS documents adopted by the City Council on March 6, 2014 gave direction that, "...the City Clerk be directed to file certified copies of the Resolution of Necessity and Preliminary Plan and Schedule of Assessments with the Treasurer of Warren County, and that the resolution hereinafter set out ordering the preparation of detailed plans and specifications and the preparation of the notice of hearing and notice to bidders and form of contract covering the 2014 Norwalk NCIS Improvements Project be adopted."
 
Q: IS THERE A LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO CLEAR THESE IF SOMEONE DECIDES TO SELL THEIR HOME?
A:  No. While it could be a point of negotiation between the buyer and seller, it DOES NOT have to be satisfied before selling the home.
 
Q: WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO REMOVE THESE?  WHAT IS THE COST?
A: These are removed if the City repeals the Resolution of Necessity or the project is completed and an actual lien is filed.
 
Q:  WHY WERE THESE PLACED WHEN THERE WAS NO ACTUAL WORK SCHEDULE TO BE DONE?
A:  The Resolution of Necessity and Preliminary  Assessment Schedule was filed pursuant to State law following the adoption of the Resolution of Necessity. This is not a choice on the City's behalf to do something extra. This is the process for special assessments.  Also, the work is planned to be done; the City simply does not have an exact timeline yet.  The City has not abandoned the project. Rebidding the project is in the works. The (affected) homeowners have all been sent correspondence updating them on the project's status.
 
 
PRESS RELEASE:  July 10, 2014
 
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.
 
Offering details will be available late in 2014.
CBRE Hubbell Commercial will market the property on behalf of the Sellers.  For more infomation please contact - Craig King, ALC, at 515-314-6904.
 
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.