2024 Board of Director Election Voting
Lot owners who have paid their 2023 LSPOA dues are entitled to one vote per lot, for which dues have
been paid, in the 2024 Board of Directors Election. Vote using the Lake Sherwood Property Owners Association 2024 Board of Directors Election online ballot by clicking https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GL5LLQ8 or obtain a ballot to print by clicking LSPOA 2024 Board of Director Ballot. Ballots are due by August 19, 2023. Election results will be announced at the August 26, 2023 General Membership Meeting. 2024 Directors take office on January 1, 2024. Be active in your LSPOA organization by voting! Thank you!
Independence Day Celebration Volunteers Needed
The 2023 Independence Day Celebration will be held on July 1, 2023. Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. A signup sheet is available at the Sherwood Lodge. Please sign up to help out in the event. Grab a bit of food and drink while you are there too!
August 26, 2023 General Membership Meeting
Posted June 13, 2023
Please attend the Lake Sherwood Property Owners Association Labor Day Weekend General Membership Meeting. The meeting will be held on August 26, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Lodge and via Zoom. Following the meeting please enjoy the Customer Appreciation Event at the Sherwood Lodge.
Below is an agenda for the meeting, minutes of the May General Membership Meeting, and the Zoom link should you wish to join the meeting remotely.
Lake Sherwood Alum Treatment for Algae Control
Posted June 13, 2023
64,845 gallons of alum was successfully administered to Lake Sherwood the first week in June. The barges spraying the alum were too large to apply the alum in the narrow fingers of the lake, yet the alum will disperse to these areas. Clarity has increased yet the alum will take a period of time to complete its work.
Lake Sherwood Algae, Fish Die Off and Goose Roundup
Posted June 13, 2023
Mats of thick algae material is coming into the lake. This is filamentous algae, a single cell alga that reproduces and join into long hairlike strands or colonies that grow toward the water surface. The strands form large mats that trap gases and float to the surface. Harvesters are removing these mats.
The harvesters will run on 4 hours days until the weeds get heavy when they will move to 8-hour days. The harvesters are restricted to weed removal in five feet or greater depths.
A Goose Roundup will be held on June 19, 2023. Eighty six were counted on the three lakes.
Dead fish have appeared on all three lakes. The DNR microbiologist has determined the kill is a bacterial infection that can cause spring/summer fish mortality.
Columnaris is a common and widespread bacterial disease of freshwater fish caused by the bacteria Flavobacterium columnare, which can cause yellow-brown or white lesions on the skin, fins and gills of fish.
Columnaris outbreaks are a normal occurrence, especially in late spring and early summer when the water is warming up.
Outbreaks and the intensity of outbreaks varies from year to year depending on the timing and intensity of the spring warm-up.
Fish species that we have seen die from Columnaris in Adams County waters include bluegills, pumpkinseeds, crappies, bass, catfish and bullheads.
Die-offs are selective and don’t wipe out populations, these fish kills are typically not significant.
The columnaris bacteria does not infect humans or other animals.
Since all wild fish can harbor other bacteria and parasites harmful to humans, anglers are always encouraged to thoroughly cook their catch, never consume fish you find dead or dying, and follow the Center for Disease Control’s food safety guidelines.
Lake Camelot, Lake Arrowhead, and Jordan Lake all had reported dead fish within the same week. These dead fish were reported after the hot weather we had with a quick warm-up. Bacteria bloom + aggregated fish stressed from spawning = Columnaris outbreak and fish kill.
Looking at the past fish kills for Lake Camelot, a fish kill was reported on June 12, 2017 and May 31, 2018; both of those events were from Columnaris. Similar timing with this year’s reported dead bluegill.
2023/24 School Year LSPOA Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023/24 School Year LSPOA Scholarship recipients. LSPOA is proud to acknowledge and support the accomplishments of the following students:
Autumn Knoop, granddaughter of John and Diane Betz, who plans to attend Wake Forest University.
Ava Endres, granddaughter of Gerald Klahn, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rebecca Tran, daughter of Jayson Tran, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sylvia Lindloff, granddaughter of Jack and Gerri Lindloff, who plans to attend the College of DuPage.
Dues are Due!
Please help the Lake Sherwood Property Owners Association to meet its mission by paying your $100 annual dues!
Paid dues earn Lake Sherwood lot owners membership voting rights in LSPOA endeavors. They also provide financial support for LSPOA’s activities that meet its purposes to preserve, maintain and improve amenities of the Association, the value of Lake Sherwood property, the water quality of Lake Sherwood and the ability of Members to enjoy their property. These activities provide:
A volunteer LSPOA Board of Directors composed of Directors from subdivisions that meet monthly, continually engage in LSPOA activities, and are resources to lot owners on amenities and lifestyle on Lake Sherwood.
Facilitation of the operation and maintenance of the Lake Sherwood Lodge and its grounds.
A resource to lot owners on local and state laws that assist in meeting LSPOA’s purposes and monitoring adherence to those laws. For example, Town of Rome Building and Zoning Ordinances.
Newsletters to keep property owners informed of community topics.
Participation in environmental, conservation and fish habitat programs including DNR Healthy Lakes, Fish Sticks, and Firewise USA Grant projects; and water testing for algae and e-coli.
Annual scholarships for Member families.
Close relationships with the Lake Sherwood Tri-Lakes Management District representative, Town of Rome Board, and Adams County Board.
Boat access to gas service.
Family recreational activities that include the 4th of July Celebration and Lake Sherwood Fisheree.
Support of community needs and events.
For LSPOA Members Only
Reduced rental rates for use of the Sherwood Lodge lower level and outside grounds
Seasonal boat slip rental
LSPOA Covenants and Protective Restrictions Rescinded
In November, 2018 an owner of a Westwood Shores lot began a quest to build a commercial storage facility. The lot was governed by LSPOA Covenants and Protective Restrictions which restricted lot use to single family residential purposes. LSPOA took actions to enforce this covenant restriction. On June 10, 2020 LSPOA received a Notice and Demand letter from the owner’s attorney that provided information and citations to law raising serious doubt regarding LSPOA’s ability to adopt, record and enforce Lake Sherwood covenants and restrictions and threats of legal actions against LSPOA. Primarily the letter alleged that because the original covenants and restrictions established by the Lake Sherwood developer, N.E. Issacson, did not contain a clause explaining how restrictions could be continued after they expired on July 1, 1999, by law the restrictions replacing them must have been approved by 100% of the Lake Sherwood and Westwood Shores lot owners. They were not.
LSPOA worked with its attorney on the situation. The attorney recommended that we settle with the lot owner because he felt LSPOA would not win a case in court. The court battle would have been very costly considering legal fees and financial awards to the owner should the owner win the case, which was likely.
Settlement documents in response to the Notice and Demand Letter were developed and accepted by the LSPOA Board of Directors and the LSPOA Members in a manner required by the LSPOA By-laws. These settlement documents released LSPOA of any liability and required recession of the Lake Sherwood Covenants and Protective Restrictions. Therefore, Lake Sherwood lots are no longer governed by any LSPOA covenants and protective restrictions. The Town of Rome, Adams County, and the State of Wisconsin have various regulations that continue to assist LSPOA to meet its purpose. This purpose is: Lake Sherwood Property Owners Association, Inc. is an organization formed to represent property owners in the subdivisions (additions) of Lake Sherwood. The By-laws governing this organization are written to ensure the Association conducts business and undertakings of the Association in a proper and orderly manner and to assure that all Members of the Association are adequately represented and receive fair and equal treatment in these undertakings. The purposes of the business and undertakings of this Association are to preserve, maintain and improve amenities of the Association, the value of Lake Sherwood property, the water quality of Lake Sherwood and the ability of Members to enjoy their property.
LSPOA is a very active organization in pursuit of this purpose. It diligently works to:
· Represent Lake Sherwood lot owners through a volunteer LSPOA Board of Directors composed of Directors from all subdivisions that meet monthly, continually engage in LSPOA activities, and are resources to lot owners on amenities and lifestyle on Lake Sherwood.
· Operate the Lake Sherwood Lodge and maintain the LSPOA amenities for the pleasure and enjoyment of property owners and the community.
· Communicate important information to lot owners through newsletters, a website, emails, and letters.
· Be a steward of Lake Sherwood and its surrounding properties by engaging in environmental, conservation and fish habitat programs including DNR Healthy Lakes, Fish Sticks, and Firewise USA Grant projects; as well as water testing for algae and e-coli.
· Be a voice for Lake Sherwood lot owner interests in Town of Rome, Adams County, Tri-Lakes Management and other governmental influences.
· Provide recreational opportunities for lot owners such as the LSPOA Fisheree and 4th of July Celebration and the many opportunities provided at the Lake Sherwood Lodge.
· Actively participate in community needs, activities and endeavors as a responsible community member.
· Assist in educational endeavors of Member families through annual scholarships.
Your continued support of LSPOA and its endeavors is imperative and appreciated by all who benefit.
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