The Westside Board is recycling talent.
Active volunteer Mercedes Herdrich has served on the Finance Committee, Judicial Panel, Beacon Ridge Committee, Safety and Security Committee, and Boat Registration Committee.
And now, she'll serve on the Board as the Treasurer of the Seven Lakes West Landowners Association [SLWLA].
The SLWLA Directors voted during its regular Tuesday, February 25 meeting to add Herdrich to the panel and appoint her Treasurer.
Prior to her retirement in 2001 Herdrich's career was in finance. She will fill the position left open by Don Freiert, who had acted as the interim treasurer after Dale Erickson’s resignation.
After the Board voted to appoint her, Herdrich presented the Treasurer’s report, noting that timely collection of dues continues to be a challenge. Currently, 54 delinquent accounts owe the Association a total of $36,595.
Just as they fill the Treasurer's slot, the Board finds itself without a Secretary. Due to time constraints and work commitments, Secretary Brian Benjamin has resigned.
“We are sorry to lose Brian from the Board and wish him the best,” said Director Ed Cockman. The position is now open; volunteers are being sought.
Seven Lakes West on Ice
Southern snow days are rare and natives know to snuggle in and not to venture out. Vice President Bruce Keyser suggested that transplants from North of the Mason-Dixon, accustomed to extensive snow removal infrastructure, might be wise to learn to adapt.
Keyser reported that the sensible majority of the community weathered the storm well and heeded the State of Emergency declared by County officials.
“I have encountered a number of winter storms, including the twenty-two-plus-inch storm of the century," Keyser said. "The one thing I learned early on is, in the South, you prepare and hibernate until the storm is over and Mother Nature returns things to normal.”
The SLWLA contract for snow plowing services aims to clear Longleaf Drive, as well as the entrance exit roads (Lakeway and Gateway) for safety and emergency needs.
“To be honest," Keyser said, "we were not thinking of providing our residents with the ability for general transportation — rather the ability for emergency vehicles to get as close as possible to our members, if needed.”
Time to register your boat
Preparing for warmer months, boat owners are encouraged to return their boat slip contracts by March 3. All boats must be registered with a green 2014 Lake Auman decal by May 1.
The ebb and flow of the Board's deliberations over maximum boat lengths has finally been anchored with a unanimous vote. The maximum allowable length for sailboats and pontoon boats is 24 feet overall. For other power boats, the maximum is 23 feet.
The Association invested $5,000 in stocking bait and sport fish, with the help of the Lake Auman Sports Club, at various locations to help sustain, feed, and populate the lake for sport fishing.
Fish large and small need good habitat. The Sports Club placed forty recycled Christmas trees under docks to provide hiding spots.
Pat on the Back for Volunteers
A volunteer recognition reception will be held on Friday, March 21 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Great Room of the West Side Park Community Center. The event is open to all community volunteers.
The Association's Annual Meeting will be held on March 16 at 2:00 pm in the Great Room.