Thursday
May162019

Hidden Lakes Update

Hidden Lakes Association

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It is time for an update!  The past few weeks have been busy as we are ending the school year and preparing for summer but also planning out the timeline for our park and improvements. 

Over the next few weeks, the focus will be on cleaning out previous materials that will be replaced and installing the new items such traffic bond for the parking lot and a final clean up of the beach to lay the new sand.  I am excited to share that new mulch was laid tonight in the playground area.  We opted to go with rubber mulch this year to have a bigger return on the investment since this lasts for many years.  Before and after pictures attached!

Please bear with us as we work on these projects. If you visit the park and something appears to be half done or a bit messy, it’s only temporary and is a sign we are between projects. Rest assured, this will not impact the ability to use the park. It is solely a heads up in case something appears messy at the time you are there.  On that note, the park is reserved this Saturday from 11-4pm for a resident event as well as May 27th from 10am-7pm.  Please respect the ability for any resident to reserve the park and plan accordingly in advance.  Also, consider your upcoming events and needs and let me know if you have a date you'd like to rent the park (huge perk!).

In addition to the items above, our little free library is almost complete, new signs for the park and lakes areas are in process for being installed and we are on our way to a swimmable beach area for the summer!

Lake maintenance has also begun.  You may have noticed today that the lakes look a bit yucky.  Lakeland is treating and this should clear up soon.  In addition, a few reports have been made for 2 beavers that have made a home in the lake and is eating away at trees.  They also can do major damage to the lake equipment.  I have been able to get live traps set at no charge while allowing us to remove the beavers within legal guidelines.  Hopefully this is resolved soon.  The live traps should be in by the weekend.

Please be thinking about the neighborhood rummage coming up June 27-29th. If you will be participating please send me confirmation as soon as you are able. I’d like to advertise a map again this year of all homes participating to drive traffic, especially to highlight homes not so obvious from the entrances to get a good traffic flow.  I'd also like to ensure we have enough participation to advertise it as a neighborhood rummage.  

Elite seems to be doing a great job managing our financials and administrative work. If you ever run into any issues please be sure to let me know.  Any checks mailed in were delayed in cashing not due to their delay but because the initial set up to get signatures in for the bank account and paperwork to have them set up properly was a lot of work.  We did not begin paying for their services until May 1st, so please know that so far they have been extremely accommodating and flexible to our needs.  The accountant has our financials from last year and is working to close them up for us.  This also has not been left to the side, it has been more of a matter of getting them the documents in person, which is back and forth to drop off (30 mins each way). 

Lastly- as I am preparing the Spring Gazette, let me know if you have a business or item you'd like to advertise.  I'd love to showcase anything you'd like for me to include as well as showcasing any businesses that a neighbor owns or is passionate about.  

More updates to come soon!
Stacie Manna, President

Hidden Lakes Community Association Board
P. O. Box 386
Mukwonago,WI  53149
http://www.hiddenlakesvernon.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/HiddenLakesNeighborhood
Wednesday
Apr172019

Park Cleanup and Easter Egg Hunt

The first park clean up will be on April 23rd at 6pm.  In looking at schedules, weekends were not lining up until we are well into May, which will be too late.  We may have to continue the cleanup on May 3rd, but will send out an email update after the 23rd to let you know.  An RSVP is not required to help, but it would be helpful to know in advance if you do plan on being there so we have an idea of how much work we can anticipate to delegate and accomplish that night.
I wanted to send out a quick update for this Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt.  In response to the desire to have more events that are available for any age, this year, we will be changing things up a bit and have a special visitor, the Easter Bunny!  The Easter Bunny will be at the hunt but also available for pictures in a sitting area.  This is not limited to kids!  Stop on down for a picture and bring your pets too, if you'd like!  We will get the picture and can either email you the picture, or you can leave your information for a 4x6 print that will get delivered to within the next day.  There is no charge for the picture, but we will have a bucket for donations of any denomination in which 100% will go to park improvements.
There is no need to RSVP if you will not be participating in the hunt but stop on down for your personalized picture.  We have 31 kids signed up already!  Hopefully the weather cooperates.  If we end up needing to cancel, I will send out an email and update the FB page.  In the event of a cancellation, I will still be down at the park with each child's basket to take home.
Have a great week!
Stacie Manna, President

Hidden Lakes Community Association Board
P. O. Box 386
Mukwonago,WI  53149
http://www.hiddenlakesvernon.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/HiddenLakesNeighborhood

 

Friday
Apr122019

Hi Neighbors

Hi Neighbors,
I apologize this communication is coming a week after the annual meeting.  In all honesty, I needed a mental break and time with my family at night as the preparation for this year's meeting was pretty intense, but totally worth it.  I promised that this year communication would improve and I stick to my word on that.  With our finances now being outsourced, the time is right to invest more in the things you can't put a price on and that is the value of sharing knowledge, communicating updates and doing everything we can within reason to continue to bring together ideas and solutions.  Attached is a copy of the powerpoint that was used as a guide for the meeting, for anyone that may have missed the meeting and would like to see the content, or for anyone that was there and would like to view again for content.
The annual meeting this year went very well, and the proposed budget was approved (totals- 46 approve, 5 oppose).  We will now have monthly financial statements to share out that will come from Elite and I am very excited to be able to closely manage this with Elite, instead of the management of it being done by volunteers.  We can do everything possible to do the financial work, but there is no denying that when it is volunteer and there are other obligations that are also on our plate, it just cannot get 100% focus.  I shared at the meeting that we understand why there is a lack of volunteers and I stand firm on that.  Its a lot of work and with careers and families, the time is hard to balance.  Many current residents have either served their time, or don't have the time.  And that is okay (well... just keep in mind Mike and Nico's terms are up next year and then I will need help if I cant bribe them to stay ;) ).  We will try the outsourcing this year and see how things go.  It may not be the permanent solution, but it is what we need for the time being.   One last update from the meeting- I shared at the beginning that my term was listed incorrectly on the notice.  Long story short, I needed to be re-elected this year.  I was elected in for another 3 year term and this will be reflected in the meeting minutes.
There are a few questions that arose at the meeting regarding the financials from 2018-2019 as well as auditing for the year.  I have not forgotten about this and it will be worked on.  My focus since the meeting has been to get Elite everything they need with accurate data so that they can jump in to get this year going, which will open up time to allow us to look at last year.  I was pleasantly surprised to see their letter come today with the invoice and see that the approach we took was worth it.  I felt relief :)
I have already seen a rise in volunteers and willingness to help where needed.  I cant thank those enough for their support and words of encouragement.  Our neighborhood is amazing and I will continue to showcase the good, because as a society I don't believe we do that enough!  Special thanks to Joe Schaub and Linda Lamp for the work they put in with us in advance of the meeting to help it run smoothly.  It was truly a team effort.
A few reminders:
-April 20th is the Easter Egg Hunt.  Right now we have 13 kids signed up.  If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends etc that want to participate please let me know.  All are welcome!
-If you have requests on information to be submitted for the Gazette, send them my way.  I want to share what you want to hear.  Quite frankly, having requests and recommendations helps me get them done faster since I am not starting from scratch or assuming (and then over thinking) what people may want to see or hear.  Do you have a business that you'd like for me to add?  See anything that your neighbors should be aware of?  Any pictures of your yard or big catches on the lakes?  Send my way!
-I have seen and also heard that there are a few vehicles still traveling at unsafe speeds down Hidden Lakes Drive.  I also witnessed this on Lakeview Lane and obnoxiously yelled to try to get them to slow down (not my best moment!).  Please Please Please be mindful of your speed and also ask anyone that is visiting your home to be careful.  With the corners we have and residents who are constantly out and about, I fear the day this speed and carelessness becomes tragic.  We have the opportunity now to control it.  I am going to refrain from continuing to ask to watch out for our children because the reality is it can be anyone.  We have to look out for one another and this is not safe.
-Our park is going to look beautiful after this season and the lakes will be more accessible for residents that live off the lakes.  Keep an eye out for updates and progress.  
- We had a generous $200 donation come in after the meeting from a neighbor who would like to purchase some of the supplies for the park.  We will keep the donor anonymous, but so appreciate this kind gesture.  Thank you.
At the meeting, a request was made to receive a copy of Elite's privacy policy in regards to online payments.  I asked for this and was informed that they do not have one due to online payments going directly through the bank and not to Elite.  Therefore, when you submit the online payment the bank is in immediate receipt of the payment and it never travels through Elite.  Hopefully this helps!
Thank you all.  I am so grateful for the amount of people who have reached out, shared feedback on the meeting and have been so supportive.  Whether you have said it, shown it, or just thought it, we feel it and it is energizing to have these unsolicited reminders that our community is a place to be proud of.
Here is my direct contact information should anyone need to reach me directly:
262.894.4528 ( I can reply faster to texts, but welcome calls as well )
*If you have neighbors who do not have email, please provide them my phone number in case I can help them with anything.  
Stacie Manna, President

Hidden Lakes Community Association Board
P. O. Box 386
Mukwonago,WI  53149
http://www.hiddenlakesvernon.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/HiddenLakesNeighborhood
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Sunday
Mar102019

Annual Meeting Notice April 4th 6:00 P.M.

H i Neighbors,
Historically, the annual meeting has been held around this time which is why I am sending out an email ahead of your mail packet.  This year, the annual meeting will be held on April 4th at 6:00pm.  In an effort to save on cost, the meeting will be held at the Mukwonago Library instead of Vernon Lutheran Church.  The library can host us free of charge and we appreciate the ability to do so.  Every dollar counts :)
The meeting is being held later this year due to a bit more planning than usual that needs to be done beforehand.  We have been in contact with many HOA management companies to get an understanding of how we can get the appropriate support from a financial standpoint while being mindful of our budget.  In addition, this year we need to ensure we have the appropriate planning done for the park, as it is in need of some love. 
As always, if you have any questions don't hesitate to let us know.  Otherwise, you can expect your meeting notice and information by mail over the next few weeks.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Stacie Manna, President

Hidden Lakes Community Association Board
P. O. Box 386
Mukwonago,WI  53149
http://www.hiddenlakesvernon.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/HiddenLakesNeighborhood

 

Friday
Oct192018

Trick or Treat October 28th 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Fall Fest to follow

 


     
Trick or Treat & Fall Fest is quickly approaching!  

Trick or treat is from 1-3pm on Sunday Oct 28th.  Please make sure to have your porch light on if you are participating ๐Ÿ™‚

Immediately following we will carry on our annual Fall Fest tradition in the park. Activities will include tractor rides, a bounce house and friendly neighbors.  We would love it if everyone could bring a dish to have some delicious food and snacks. Bring your own beverages!!

Lastly, we will be taking donations at fall fest to purchase a little free library for all ages!  I am very excited about this and look forward to creating a space for this at the park