April Letter From The President

It is amazing to realize that the water is about to be turned on in the park for another season! Soon, members will be working on their sites and trailers to get things cleaned up and ready for summer, and we are grateful to those who are so diligent in making and keeping their sites and personal properties looking so neat and orderly.

There have been numerous renovation and construction projects in and around the park, so I invite you to take a ride and check them out. To name a few: the new pavilion at the Flea Market, the renovated area in the Retail Building where Park and Garden is located. The renovation at CC 12 has been completed, as well as a number of interiors having been repainted.

Plans for the new building on the north shore are coming along well. The Construction Committee continues to meet every two weeks with the Architect to approve or request changes to the plans that are expected to be completed and ready for bid invitations in July or August. We will have copies of the drawings available at the Board Meetings as well as at the Face to Phase meetings.

Please take the time to read the department articles that are written by each of our Managers, they are doing a great job with each area, and we are blessed to have such dedicated people on our staff.

Just a reminder that there will be two special information meetings regarding a program we are seeking to make application for, with respect to our Public Safety/Security Department. These informational meetings will introduce you to what exactly (Public Act) PA 330 is and why we are seeking this certification. The Board has chosen to hold one meeting on Friday, May 10th at 7 pm in the core area pavilion, and a second meeting on Saturday, May 11th at 10 am. Please put these dates on your calendar and plan to attend.

As you may have been informed; Sandy Pines is revising the Golf Cart Registration Program. This will be a program that will provide a transition time until August of 2020. More details are on our website along with FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), however, one of the Safety and Security Committee Members, Steve Deyarmond or Keith Garvelink from Public Safety, will be available at each of the Face to Phase meetings to take questions as well. Please check the website calendar for the F2P dates and times and come to be informed.

As I write this article in mid-March, I noticed this morning that water is spilling out of the dam overflow. The lake has never been full this early according to Ben Fifelski, our Maintenance Manager. With continued melt and spring rains, you can be assured that the lake will be full when you return to the park this year.

Due to some concerns with boat traffic, beach erosion, fish health, plankton, and zooplankton, as well as water quality, we undertook a search for a firm or University with expertise in such research studies. Based on recommendations from highly respected persons in lake sciences industry, we have contracted with a firm from the Grand Haven/Spring Lake area that specializes in the lake, watershed, shoreline erosion and fishery science research, by way of the collection of data.

Subsequent to the 2019 study, the expectation is that we will be provided a full report of the data pertaining to a number of areas, along with options and a plan for mitigation that may help us keep our lake and its ecosystem healthy for years to come.

It is my expectation that we will have the report by July or August this year. If you recall, about five years ago, we had the lake and fishery evaluated in a similar manner, however having been approached by several members expressing their concerns as mentioned above, we thought it best to err on the side of caution regarding this very important amenity. Other than our membership, the lake is our most valued asset, therefore we are taking proactive action in having this asset evaluated again, in a more data-based way.

Finally, I simply want to mention that April is also the month that Christians will celebrate Easter, and for those of us who have put our Faith and Hope in the One and Only Savior, Jesus Christ; Easter is a day we celebrate the most Wonderful Gift one can receive by Grace. Alone, through Faith Alone, In Christ Alone. If you are one that celebrates this day, I hope you are fully blessed in your celebration. If you are questioning what this is all about, please find someone that can explain the simple Plan of Salvation to you. Be Blessed.

“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.” Billy Graham

Thank you for the privilege of serving Him, by serving you in the place we call Sandy Pines!!

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