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Board Meeting

I found out that members attended last week’s board meeting that was listed as “CLOSED” and a work session in the calendar at the back of the Papoose. I understood that to mean the whole night’s meeting was closed. It was confusing.

Were answers given to the questions about complimentary drinks and dinners? Is the finance committee discussing whether or not to accept Mr. Murphy’s generous offer to audit the boardwalk club’s POS system? As a member who is unconvinced about several big expenditures approved by the board in 2013, I support auditing the POS system for two reasons.

First, in order for the food and beverage business to compete with either St. Moritz or Mohawk House, all of us are going to be asked to pay for the entire clubhouse to be modernized. Second, we are a homeowners association with a private lake, 25 miles of private roads and a dozen beaches. Isn’t that enough work for a group of volunteers to manage???

  • Jeannie Phillips says:

    This board schedules every other Board meetings as a closed working session. To me, this is overkill and only issues of the most sensitive nature (lawsuits, personal matters) should be discussed without membership availability. However, this is not technically illegal under New Jersey law – although it is discouraged. With that said, the Board is NOT allowed to legally ale any binding votes or make any decisions in closed session. They must come out of closed session and take a vote on the record. They have not been doing that according to the Board meeting minutes. So, for several meetings I announced I would stay and await for them to open the meeting back up for the vote. When I have requested it, it seems to happen.

    January 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm
  • Proper procedure says:

    I agree that every other meeting is too much for a work session. If they were productive I would say that schedule is working but if our common areas are any indication, it’s clearly not. And NO member should have to ask the trustees to follow proper procedure. I think a lot of us in Lake Mohawk just assume that the trustees follow proper procedure. But if we can’t even trust them to do so, then the problem with the board is even bigger than I thought.

    January 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm
  • RTM says:

    Well ,the Board just made a cruel and unanimous decision in closed session, that just came to light this morning. They summarily fired Larry Patton! I urge you all to attend the meeting on Monday evening-ask questions, and demand answers about Larry ,about the boardwalk club, about expenditures that are hidden from us, and about all the other issues that are eroding our rights in our own community, and devaluing our homes!

    January 16, 2014 at 11:04 pm
  • Proper procedure says:

    For what exactly does one fire a man who has demonstrated loyalty to our club for 20++ years, conducted himself ethically and professionally, and generated much revenue for our homeowners association???? Larry Patton made money for Lake Mohawk Country Club. We’re ALL going to have to live$$$$ with the choices our Board just made.

    January 18, 2014 at 4:33 am
  • upper lake neighbor says:

    Those who write here should get their facts straight before spreading rumors. The meeting on the 6th was open to all. Too bad few attended. The board had a meeting with the accountants prior to the general board meeting. This was closed to nonboard members.
    The board is aware of their expenditures and discuss these regularly at poorly attended meetings. The biggest expenditures are personnel. A dinner costs $10-15? Personnel cost upwards of $100,000.
    Do you want your roads repaired? Can this be done by saving $100 during the year? or by saving money by reducing ineffective personnel?
    The board has spent a lot of time discussing financial issues of the past. We need to allow them to get the club on tract. I believe they are working towards this goal.
    Come to the meetings and listen.

    January 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm
  • Upper Lake Neighbor says:

    FYI-the next meeting on 1/20 is listed as closed in the Papoose. There is an open session at the start of the meeting.

    January 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm
  • RTM says:

    Everybody come to the meeting Monday night and demand to know why , after 25 years of loyal , professional, and excellent service to us and his clients, Larry Patton was FIRED!!! Could it be tied to new management,the many questions that have gone unanswered, Ernie’s feckless leadership, and a board that is naive at best, and sadly disconnected , at worst? Not a word to the citizenry about this,just off with his head! Please bring a friend and get involved in what’s going on before our very eyes Viva bring all your friends!

    January 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm
  • Tomc says:

    In a recent post Larry Patton our devoted Food and Beverage manager was fired. Does anyone have any info on this. Why was this done was there cause, He devoted over 20 years to the club days and nights. Maybe we should dismiss our So called top notch assistant general manager. How come the comment about Larry’s dismissal was quickly removed from this site?

    January 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm
  • Be aware says:

    Sure ineffective staff take a good hard look at mark m. He has his own agenda does not look at for the best interest of the people. Let’s look at real finances employee costs how many events are club members versus outside friends of staff number of dinners served lunches. Me. Leo please do some investigation to prove us wrong. You were voted on to make a change please represent us well and hold people accountable. If there is nothing to hide we should be able to have full disclosure of books and pos readings.

    January 19, 2014 at 5:02 pm
  • Proper procedure says:

    According to the IRS, Lake Mohawk Country Club staff salaries haven’t been $100,000 since before 2004. A big change happened between 2007 and 2008. In 2007 the general manager was paid $142608 and other salaries were $121812. In 2008 the general manager was paid $151108, including $14000 in other compensation, and other salaries were $1.26 MILLION DOLLARS. Do those numbers include FRINGE BENEFITS?

    January 19, 2014 at 10:46 pm
  • Scooter says:

    I fully support the change in personnel in the catering operation, and I believe that more changes need to be made if this business is going to become successful again. The operative word really is, “if”, because there are no guarantees with competition the way it is. One only needs to take a look at past business practices and the complete lack of accurate reporting to see that changes were needed.

    I think management should have moved much more quickly with this and other changes. We need several more personnel changes VERY quickly and I urge the board to start a Human Resources Committee as many Boards do, to help evaluate staff and their cost effectiveness. This is a business and it needs to be run like one.

    I don’t wish anyone ill, and I hope employment is found quickly for anyone who loses their job.

    January 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm
  • dbm says:

    Big turnout at the BOT meeting tonight and some really good discussion with next steps clearing delineated. Lots of constructive comments and ideas to continue building and taking this fine community to the next level-not just naysayers interested in bringing it down with no purpose other than to complain.
    Just to let everyone know, meetings are 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month and there are two times during each meeting where members can participate, ask questions, make suggestions, etc. So for those of you on this board who don’t think there is a forum to make your voice heard (except for this anonymous blog that does not help to get anything positive accomplished), you are wrong…and there will be even more ability to communicate in the future…stay tuned. Hope to see you soon!

    January 21, 2014 at 2:59 am
  • Proper procedure says:

    For those of us who do not want to live in fantasy land:

    Marc 9, 2013 SPARTA — The three men who were injured in November when an exterior staircase collapsed at Lake Mohawk Country Club are suing, according to court documents. A lawsuit against the country club, filed in state Superior Court in Morristown, alleges that the collapse resulted in “sustained permanent personal injuries” and caused pain, suffering, disability and economic losses for the three men and their families. The incident occurred on Nov. 18 when the three men attending a party in the Papoose Room at the country club were asked by employees to exit through a rear door, according to the civil suit. The three men and others were on the outdoor staircase landing when it partially broke free, causing the men to fall about 10 feet to a garden area below. The men — Sal Perreca and his son Kiel Perreca, of Denville, and Daniel Komorowski, of Hackettstown — were injured “as a result of the negligence of the defendant,” the lawsuit states. Sparta police reported in November that Perreca and his son suffered possible leg fractures and back and neck injuries, while Komorowski had back and neck injuries. The lawsuit also states that the wives of Perreca and Komorowski — Frances Perreca and Nadine Komorowski — faced the loss of “care, comfort, companionship, service, advice, guidance, counsel and consortium” due to their husbands’ injuries. The three men and the two wives, all listed as plaintiffs, are seeking damages, interest and a return on the cost of the lawsuit. Robert Gallop, a Verona attorney representing the plaintiffs, did not return a call Friday for comment. Ernie Hofer, the Lake Mohawk Country Club general manager, said on Friday that he had met with an attorney, whom he would not name, on Thursday and a response to the allegations would be filed in court. “It will be handled in a timely manner,” Hofer said. “We are addressing all issues, and we want to get this behind us as soon as possible.” Hofer said the case is still in the discovery phase, and thus no court date has been determined, although he believes the matter will be resolved in three to nine months. The lawsuit, initially filed three days after the incident, also asked for injunctive relief, or a court-ordered protection so that the staircase could not be repaired, replaced or demolished until the plaintiff’s attorney and his agents had time to examine the staircase firsthand. This was filed in response to a New Jersey Herald article that was quoted saying the stairs would be rebuilt “probably next week.” When asked on Friday if the staircase had been rebuilt, Hofer said: “We have not rebuilt it. We are undergoing studies at this time.” The Sparta Building Department investigated the matter, but an engineer’s report could not be obtained last week.

    And how much was the fine levied on the club for having an emergency exit in disrepair? My guess – $0.

    January 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm
  • Follow The Money says:

    I want to thank Jane Murphy for her Letter to the Editor of the Sparta Independent for Thursday, January 30, 2014 entitled “Closed meeting betrays trust at LMCC.” The insider banquet pricing is just one of a growing number of documented examples of how upside down the priorities of these trustees really are and have been for many years. That is why they balk every time someone requests that they disclose the club’s audited financial statements in an annual report to membership.

    Lake Mohawk Country Club is declining in value because our common areas have been allowed to fall into disrepair or become so outdated that it looks like Laura Ashley vomited all over the clubhouse. And it’s those same trustees and officers who presided over this decline who call us “naysayers” and blame the late Fran Smith for our extreme state of distress. What is just is bad is that many members are either in denial or unaware of this.

    Too few members are active participants in the governance of our homeowners association. Too many members simply assume that the trustees know what they are doing and assume the trustees are spending our dues maintaining our common areas when a quick look around will disabuse them of that notion. I challenge anyone, especially the trustees and general manager/treasurer/secretary Ernie Hofer, to drive the length of Springbrook Trail, for example, and find conditions along that road anything but poor and unacceptable. Then go and compare Springbrook Trail to the roads outside the homes of the trustees.

    January 30, 2014 at 9:19 pm
  • Scooter says:

    I compared Springbrook to roads outside of Trustee homes. Have you? If so, you’d find that while Springbrook is in bad shape in many areas, overbuilt with houses and impervious surfaces, poorly constructed and crowded with cars parked on the street, that this is the situation on many Lake Mohawk Roads. This includes roads in front of the homes of several Trustees.

    What conspiracy theory is next? Beach Presidents get their lawns mowed by the Road Crew? My personal favorite was the “dam construction money, arbitrage theory”. That one wins the prize for top Wing-Nut.

    Yeah, yeah, I drank the Kool-Aid, I’m misinformed, I’ve heard it all. Get a grip.

    The roads are in bad shape all over the reservation and have been poorly maintained for many years now. The club house is a leaky mess with structural and electrical problems. Our outside professionals have been bilking us dry for years. In that regard we are a laughing stock and an easy mark amongst local professionals. (Thank goodness these services are finally going out to bid!!!) Several of our staff do not have the up to date business and communications skills needed to perform their jobs. And we still have no strategic plan. We’re planning to have a plan, but we don’t actually have one.

    That said, there is good progress being made on many fronts and the Board seems revitalized and focused on addressing the myriad problems facing LMCC. The fact is that they are all volunteers and while you may have disagreements with them, you have no right or standing in implying that their actions are improper or they get some favorable treatment.

    With the amount of crap these people have to take from all the soothsayers, ne’er-do-wells and chronic complainers, I’d like to see them get something for all their efforts besides grief and countless meetings. At least give them all parking spaces in the club lot, or free meals… Something other than the constant sniper fire. Many of them inherited these long standing problems and are trying to address them. Instead of trying to tear them down, try supporting them instead. The results might surprise you.

    February 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm
  • Follow The Money says:

    People made the problems we have in Lake Mohawk, Scooter, they did not just happen spontaneously.

    Those people are the long serving members of the board like Aldrich, Cronin, Dunn, Hofer, Hookway, Reinauer, and Wardell. Those seven people in addition to the ones we voted off i.e. Keefer and Wehmeyer are to blame for our roads and leaky clubhouse etc. Why do I blame them? Because they ran for the board, got on the board and were supposed to use our dues to get the job of maintaining Lake Mohawk Country Club’s common areas done. No one forced them to run for the board. And no one forced any one of them to stay on the board for as long as some of them have. They have demonstrated as a collective whole to be unable to budget money, unable to develop a strategic plan, unable to communicate with membership in a professional manner, and unable to maintain our common areas. So I am really perplexed by people like Scooter who seem to agree that everything is a mess but do not put the blame where it belongs.

    February 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm
  • Scooter says:

    Follow the money: There are always people to blame. There simply is no point to it. It serves no useful purpose and does not help any one of us. I prefer to be engaged and try to effect change where I can through my volunteer efforts. I prefer to encourage what I believe to be good decisions and discourage those I do not believe are in the best interests of the community. Sadly, I suppose that can be perplexing to some people. I find it to be a very effective strategy, and plan to stay on that course.

    February 11, 2014 at 2:31 am
  • Follow The Money says:

    Scooter: I would love to know what those good decisions are that you see the board making and that you encourage. I would like very much to understand your point of view because you are my fellow member, also in good standing I assume, and I see no reason why we cannot be neighborly.

    As for my opinion about the board, Einstein’s definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Year after year those decisions have been to “kick the can down the road” to borrow a phrase that has become ubiquitous in American politics. In 2013 those decisions included to hire three managers, I believe, for the boardwalk club/restaurant. Although I do not know the details of their salaries and fringe benefits packages, that money would have been better spent on preventing a second bloom in the lake or cleaning the beaches. But no, this board would rather spend our money like it is the roaring twenties or the bullish eighties. The long serving members and officers of our board including those voted out in recent years, kept dues ARTIFICIALLY LOW. And they admitted as much in past issues of the Papoose. How convenient for them when they wanted to buy a boat and live the Lake Mohawk lifestyle. How convenient for them while they had young families. That is greedy, snobbish and unfair.

    February 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm
  • Dick Majors says:

    To Scooter and others that want to help to make a change for the better in our community (rather than just live in the past and blame others):
    1. There is a new venue to understand what is going on in our beautiful Lake Mohawk…it is this Sunday, 2/15 from 3-4 at the Clubhouse (these communication meetings will be every other month) Hear all the updates on where the future is for the Reservation. There will be an opportunity to see the beginnings of a long over due strategic plan that we all know we need. And the Members are asked to be a part of the solution and volunteer to help steer our direction.
    2. Also a big meeting on March 1 from 9-12 for those who really care and want to do something to change, not just complain.
    Hope to see those who want to be part of the solution at both meetings. And, “Follow the Money”, you would certainly be welcome to offer construction solutions with assistance in implementation rather than just blame.

    February 13, 2014 at 3:29 am
  • upper lake neighbor says:

    I hope all of you who complain on this blog will make an effort to assist with change! I, too, recognize that we live in a beautiful community that requires each one us us to participate in being a solution to some problems that exist.
    I hope “follow the money” will identify him or herself and maybe run for the board that they currently dimiss!

    February 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm
  • Scooter says:

    Follow the money: Greedy, snobbish and unfair? You must not know any of the people you are talking about at all. That is patently unfair and innacurate.

    I somehow doubt there is anything that I, or anyone else could tell you that would help you understand my position. We start from a vastly different premise.

    February 14, 2014 at 3:44 am
  • Bob Atkinson says:

    Follow the Money: It is interesting (refreshing?) to see you suggest that dues have been kept artificially low over the past years. But to then suggest that the Board did so for their own selfish reasons borders on the absurd. Rather, from my own, relatively short, experience on the Board, my observation is that the long-serving Board members kept the dues low (and still do) out of deep concern that many of our members can’t afford higher dues. I hope that you are willing to use your influence to encourage other members to approve a dues increase. And BTW, if dues are artificially low now, what do you think a reasonable, prudent dues level would be?

    February 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm
  • Viva la blog says:

    Mr. Atkinson:

    You have been one of the most vocal trustees on this blog and I thank you for sharing your perspective.

    Some of your suggestions, however, concern me. A few examples. You suggested that members who have not paid their dues be kept from driving on our private roads. You have recommended sending a work crew to houses that look shabby or are in foreclosure to spruce them up and bill the property owner for such services.

    How exactly do you propose to keep anyone from driving on our roads? And with what authority could the club send the crew and bill a member? Perhaps you were not being serious when you said those things?

    I have also heard from several of my friends and neighbors that an accountant who lives here has offered his services to the finance committee but has been ignored. Is that true? I have also heard some unkind things said about Mr. Curras who ran for the board last year and seemed to me to be quite earnest and committed to getting our roads fixed.

    The board must learn how to do more with less. The solution is not to just keep raising dues and special assessments but rather for a budget to be developed around what needs to be done and for a timeline to be developed that makes sense.

    We have serious problems in this community and it all will not be fixed in one year. Yet there are some things that can be fixed this year such as preventing a second bloom and preventing the beaches from becoming contaminated again. And none of this work requires a facilitator, mission statement or any of that corporate mumbojumbo. Whereas volunteers can do some of this work, the majority of it is heavy or specialized and can only be done by paid professionals. We must stop complicating matters and wasting precious time holding meetings. We need action and we need it now.

    February 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm
  • PWD says:

    HAVENS; Weekender | Lake Mohawk at Sparta, N.J.
    By LAURIE LICO ALBANESE
    Published: July 5, 2002

    NEARLY hidden in an otherwise nondescript area of the northern New Jersey hills, Lake Mohawk is a novel chalet and cottage community only 50 miles west of the George Washington Bridge, but light-years from Manhattan’s hectic metropolis.

    Built on 2,300 acres, with four-mile-long Lake Mohawk at its center, this community offers a life of peaceful pleasures: motorboating across the lake for ice cream on a quiet evening, ordering a home-brewed beer sampler at Krogh’s pub, or watching the local water ski team practice flips.

    Homeowners enjoy boating privileges, a private boardwalk with lakefront dining, swimming at 13 beaches, fishing, use of the marina and year-round recreation.

    A Fanciful Spot

    A forerunner of contemporary planned communities, Lake Mohawk was established in the township of Sparta by Arthur D. Crane, a developer, in 1927. His company bought the land, dammed a stream and flooded Sparta Valley farmlands to form the lake. Crane modeled the buildings in the town center, White Deer Plaza, on Swiss architecture, and sold lakefront lots to wealthy New Jerseyeans looking for a rustic escape.

    The New Jersey Register of Historic Places labeled the overall style ”fanciful” when it awarded historic status to the town center in 1998.

    Today, most of Lake Mohawk’s 8,000 residents live there year-round. They call their community a ”reservation” and publish a monthly magazine called The Papoose.

    But the area has recently become popular with weekenders again. Snowbirds keep lake homes for summer living; Manhattanites make the community their primary residence and maintain small pieds-à-terre in the city; retirees buy lake houses with the grandchildren in mind.

    ”We had a place in the Hamptons for at least 10 years; we never went,” said Susan Schenker, a weekend resident who lives in Montville, N.J. But here, she said, ”I feel like I’m away but I’m not really away.”

    She and her husband recently bought a large waterfront property on the 25-acre Manitou Island, which is accessible via bridge from the lake’s west shore.

    European Cottages, Log Cabins

    Lake Mohawk’s 2,500 homes range from small Bavarian-style cottages and authentic log cabins built in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, to modern split levels, colonials and more luxurious homes on Manitou Island.

    Among the 40 or so available properties, a three-bedroom cottage with a lake view listed at $260,000 recently went into contract, and a large home on its own island, with 500 feet of lakefront, is listed at $995,000.

    One three-bedroom, three-fireplace home with hand-hewn wood beams and fieldstone floors, available for $425,000, embraces the sloping landscape — an 18-foot boulder serves as both the far wall of the living room and the floor of a second-level patio.

    Eating, Playing, Shopping

    Everything from ice cream to fine French food can be found in the White Deer Plaza business district. The country club offers members lakefront dining in the summer months, Ristorante Il Porto on the boardwalk is open to the public, and Krogh’s, a local brewery, is a popular meeting place. Boaters can dock at the boardwalk.

    Winter months bring lake skating parties, and the Fourth of July is celebrated with barge-launched fireworks. Golfers may join the private Lake Mohawk course, or use nearby public fairways. Tennis is also available. The Mountain Creek ski area is a 30-minute drive north, in Vernon.

    In the Sparta town center, which does not attract many weekenders outside the Lake Mohawk area, there are more restaurants, small businesses, a grocery store and a movie theater. There are several antiques stores on Route 15.

    Join the Club, Please

    Membership in the Lake Mohawk Country Club is compulsory if you own a home here. The club is a nonprofit association charged with maintaining the area. Lake Mohawk homeowners pay a one-time initiation fee of $600 and $555 in annual dues. Membership is open only to homeowners. In addition to caring for the castle-like building where club offices are housed and banquet rooms operate year-round, the club maintains the 800-acre Lake Mohawk and two smaller lakes, and 30 miles of private roads.

    The club recently received awards from two government agencies and a business group for innovative environmental programs that keep the lake clean.

    February 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm
  • upper lake neighbor says:

    Sometimes you throw out ideas to see what sticks. Brainstorming can be effective. When it gets down to the nitty gritty of how and who and how much, the ideas may get thrown out.
    I was at a meeting when an accountant offered his “services.” He was asked to come to the finance committee meetings but declined “I am not a joiner.” Free services are great, but one look is not going to fix a problem either. And one person is just one person. The committee has to come to some kind of consensus.

    February 17, 2014 at 11:50 pm
  • Bob Atkinson says:

    Viva la Blog,

    I’d be happy to chat with you on the matters you raised. Please give me a call when it is convenient. 908-447-4201.

    Thanks

    Bob

    February 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm
  • PWD says:

    Thanks, Upper Lake Neighbor, for answering my question. That “I am not a joiner” mentality may come from attending meetings that are not productive. My old boss used to say that everything important comes out during the first 45 minutes of a meeting. He would not stay beyond that because his time was too valuable and he had serious work to do. There are people who I call professional meeting goers and my personal experience with them has been that they love to be seen, love to join committees, love all the attention they get for giving their time but do very little work. I don’t know the accountant’s reasons for not wanting to join the finance committee but I do believe that some people work best alone and that ought to be accepted. We should not try to enforce a one-size-fits-all manner of participating. Some people also don’t have the time to attend meetings that typically take place at night when the leaders of the meeting have time.

    I was reading the archives of this blog and the very first post said: “This blog is for us to voice our opinions and perspectives on the issues that concern us in a factual and professional manner, with the goal of implementing real and meaningful change in our community.” As I read through the rest of the posts in the archives to get up to speed, I was shocked by the albeit few people who criticized others for posting data, sharing information and asking important questions because of the discrepancies between what they heard or read and what they saw or discovered when they took a closer look. I also found it unacceptable that someone not be forgiven for posting inaccurate data when, as soon as they were made aware of it, they fixed it and apologized.

    Most of the posts have been so very helpful to me to understand this community where we now live. But I certainly understand why many choose to not reveal their true names or run for the board. It doesn’t make their opinions any less relevant to me. But I wish those who criticize these people for speaking their minds and taking the time to join the conversation about what concerns them would spend less time trying to discredit and silence them and more time saying something meaningful that advances the conversation.

    Thank you for this excellent forum. I really appreciate it.

    February 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm
  • Scooter says:

    Its been a long time coming! Announcements from LMCC were printed in the NJ Herald yesterday seeking bids on Engineering and Legal services. I’d like to vent about our current Engineering Consultant, but suffice it to say we have needed to make this change for quite some time! I sure hope he’s eliminated as a possible candidate.

    February 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm
  • PWD says:

    I would like to publicly support Gregory Leo, the newest member of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Leo is getting blasted and yelled at by another trustee – Dunn I think is his name – for taking initiative and renovating our clubhouse without the permission of the Aesthetics Committee. I don’t know the specifics but isn’t it the Aesthetics Committee that allowed the clubhouse to become outdated in its decor and fall into disrepair in the first place?

    And now this Dunn fellow has the audacity to 1. criticize Mr. Leo; and 2. drum up support behind the scenes among members to vote for a motion that would “prevent somebody that has a financial interest in the Club from being on the Board of Trustees”?

    Mr. Leo is the owner of the Lake Mohawk Pool. So what? He saved that place from demolition from what I understand. Are Dunn and the Aesthetics Committee really so insecure about losing “power” that they will fabricate problems where there are none? That is foolish. Only fools behave that way.

    This motion ought not come up for a vote at a Board of Trustees meeting but rather be presented to membership for a vote at the next annual meeting. And if Mr. Leo is kicked off the Board by Dunn I will be greatly upset because Dunn would be putting his ego above the best interests of our club. Mr. Leo is an asset and Dunn would be wise to grow up, learn to work with different people and get things that are long overdue done.

    Can someone tell me how much longer this Dunn fellow has in his term?

    And thanks again for this great forum!

    March 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm
  • RTM says:

    It seems that “the times they are a changing” albeit slowly,but al least we’ve begun. Check out the entry of the Clubhouse.Will anyone really miss that Partridge Family wallpaper and those plastic plants? I believe Greg Leo’s company is renovating…a good thing. However the costs and the exact scope of the project are not known yet,but should be.At some point,I hope we can see that figure in print.

    March 13, 2014 at 12:06 am
  • Gregory G. Leo, Sr. says:

    Thank you for your support regarding the renovations at our Clubhouse. I am confident that we will bring some new life – and less water leaking – into the building! Many things were in disrepair, most notably all of our doors which are rotting to the core. My hope is for all of our members to be proud to once again of our wonderful facilities. HOWEVER – please do not blame Mr. Dunn for any obstruction in regard to either the renovations or my serving on the Board – he was not the individual who has brought up the issue (which I personally believe has no basis – we already have “conflict” provisions in our By-Laws). Mr. Dunn has also been highly supportive of the work going on.
    On another note, my company is not doing the renovations, as I cannot benefit in any way from the work (that would be a conflict) – I have lent my finest two Master Carpenters to the Club and they are on the Club payroll – zero dollars comes to me. The benefit is that the Club will pay zero overhead or profit that any contractor would be entitled to.
    Our Capital Improvement Committee has oversight of this work, and we hope to do more for less money

    March 13, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • PWD says:

    Hi RTM! I’ve been hearing the horror stories about the old decor. Some of the posts about it are hilarious. It seems to me that the Board of Trustees hasn’t been forthcoming about expenditures for a very long time. And that’s a real shame because it reduces their credibility. When members who want to be kept informed and who want to be treated as shareholders are kept in the dark, they lose trust. Stephen King wrote “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” Loss of trust is not good for anyone. When I meet Mr. Leo I will thank him for his initiative and for standing up for members who have been waiting so patiently for the Board to do something about the clubhouse.

    March 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm
  • Jeannie Phillips says:

    A motion to change the by-laws to add additional conflict provisions was made from the floor by Will Hookway, an LMCC member, not any of the board members. I cannot tell you who seconded the motion.

    It was explained to me at a board meeting shortly after the annual members meeting that the by-laws committee is compelled to review and consider the motion. It is likely that a by-law change adding the additional conflict language will be put forth to the members for a vote. Interested to learn more? Call Debbie Hookway, she heads the by-laws committee and will happily explain the process required when a motion is made from the floor.

    Mr. Leo – thank you for using your resources to reduce the total cost of repairs to the membership.

    March 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm
  • PWD says:

    I am really very disappointed in the Trustee’s Corner Financial Update. Telling members that to get more information about operating budget and balance sheet we have to sign a non-disclosure agreement is absurd! We are entitled to this information and it is very unprofessional to be treated in this manner. I am a member of other clubs that really are luxury and I get an annual report in my complimentary copy of our magazine. I don’t have to beg to get information to which I am entitled as a dues paying member. Requiring members to sign non-disclosure agreements is ridiculous. How is anyone going to know which member leaked a document if that were to happen? Are you going to put detectives on “the case” or ask police to dust for fingerprints?

    The Financial Update didn’t say whether rental apartments are breaking even or not. Do we have subsidized housing in our private community? Where are these rental properties? How many rental units are there? What do they cost us to maintain? Landlords know the answers to these questions and we, the members, are the collective landlord and we have the right to know.

    Non-payment of CAM as the reason why our roads haven’t been paved is hard to believe. These roads look like they haven’t been milled or repaved in more than a decade. Members who don’t pay their dues aren’t going to and Lake Mohawk Country Club is unlikely to be the first, second or even third creditor in line if they do sell. So if they sell and there is little to no money left for LMCC then what? A collection jar at happy hour?

    I’m concerned. I recognize that some of the trustees really do believe things are great or getting better but that is not what I see in the real world.

    And thanks again for this forum. I hope more people are reading it.

    April 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm
  • Robert Atkinson says:

    PWD:

    If you have some comments or questions about my article in The Papoose, it would be better to contact me directly: that’s why my e-mail address ratkinson@lakemohawkcountryclub.com is included in the article. I glance at this blog once every few weeks so it isn’t a good vehicle for getting information or responses to your concerns. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks.

    Bob Atkinson

    April 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm
  • Dean Reinauer says:

    Communications committee meeting Sunday April 27th 3pm-4pm. Mohawk Room,
    LMCC clubhouse. The Board of Trustees would like to review some of the key items they have been working on for the last several months:
    1)update on the Reserve study
    2)RFPs(requests for proposals) for Legal Services and Engineering Services
    3)Timetable for the completion of the Upper Lake Dam Project
    4)2014 Beach Tag policy
    5)Update on Strategic Plan:
    a)Lakes (Quality management)
    b)Roads
    c)Clubhouse and boardwalk
    d)Rental properties
    e)Lake Mohawk Pool
    6)Finance committee update
    7)Capital Improvement committee update
    8)Personnel changes
    9)communications committee update
    a)LMCC members website
    b)Electronic voting
    The Communications committee looks forward to seeing you at meeting- and please bring a few friends too! These town hall meetings are scheduled every other month. Come and get answers to your questions in person.
    Hope to see you there.

    April 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm
  • Bob Atkinson says:

    Dear Administrator:

    Why wasn’t my response to PWD’s April 15 message posted? I received a message acknowledging receipt saying it was waiting for your moderation. I don’t want PWD to think I have ignored the comments. You can contact me at ratkinson@lakemohawkcountry club if you’d prefer to contact me privately rather than posting a response (although all readers might appreciate a summary of your moderation policy).

    Thanks

    Bob Atkinson

    April 26, 2014 at 8:20 pm
  • Robert Atkinson says:

    Dear Administrator,

    I submitted two posts and in both cases received a notice that they were awaiting moderation before being posted. However, neither has been posted leading me to conclude that you have rejected my comments. If so, could you let me know why? The first non-post was a response to PWD’s comments about the article I wrote for The Papoose about the 2014 Budget. The second asked why the first hadn’t been posted. I thought that one purpose of this blog was to facilitate communications between the Board and members.

    Thanks.

    Bob Atkinson

    May 7, 2014 at 1:00 am
  • Baffled says:

    How many administrative people and assistants are now working full-time at the club? I am particularly concerned by the number of new names I see in catering. How many people does it take to run catering in a building with one ballroom and a handful of meeting rooms? I am also very concerned that the GM lacks the necessary qualifications and experience to manage the day-to-day operations of a homeowners association. And I haven’t seen the GM at an event yet. Where was he on Sunday for Taste of the Boardwalk? How many hours is this guy working? How many assistants does he need? I just don’t understand the rationale of the board members who voted for all of these personnel changes. Now that the clubhouse is starting to look decent, when are our roads and storm drains getting fixed? What is it going to take to get some dues money thrown at our infrastructure? When is the fundraiser for all the potholes that need fixing? Where is the money from all these happy hours going?

    And to the board members who read and post on this blog, please recognize that members who post questions on this forum do so because they want answers to be transparent and available for all members. I greatly appreciate it when board members take the time to collect their thoughts and compose an article for the Papoose. Follow-up questions are fair and ought to be addressed in order to advance the discussion among all interested parties.

    May 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm
  • Scooter says:

    To Baffled: You ought to go to a Board meeting. Your questions are all reasonable and I’m sure you’d get the answers you seek. I also feel pretty confident now that we finally have some new blood on the board and in management, that you’d be pretty pleased with the answers. Also, you might want to contact the new club manager, Mark Musilli and speak with him directly. I have. I think you’d find it a breath of fresh air.

    May 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm
  • Baffled says:

    Thanks, Scooter. I work nights. When are board meetings? Nights. That’s why I want to see a section in the Papoose that reports back to all members. When trustees or the GM have to write something down it’s more thoughtful and carries more weight. So if all this fresh blood is really so great they should put their initiatives and progress in writing.

    I heard from a guy at the club that the ballroom is getting carpeted. Why carpet a room where food and drink are going to be spilled? Grease stains are hard to remove even from the best commercial carpeting unless it is cleaned right away and every time. I hope that carpeting the ballroom is just a rumor and that the ballroom is really getting an elegant new wood floor. There isn’t a single color scheme or party theme that would not work with a wood floor.

    May 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm
  • dbm says:

    To Baffled and others who have questions about the LMCC:
    You do not have to attend each board meeting to stay informed and share ideas. There are now LMCC meetings where all members are invited and they are every other month on Sundays. The next one is June 8 at 4pm to 5pm. Then the next two are scheduled for August 10 and October 12. These are announced in the Papoose as well.
    AND, there are emails going out to all LMCC members reminding them of this meeting and others. If you are not getting them, you need to make sure the club has your email address. Call or visit the office to get on the distribution list.
    The agenda for the June 8 meeting:
    • UPDATE ON RESERVE STUDY
    • INTRODUCTION OF OUR NEW CLUB COUNSEL
    • STATUS OF ENGINEERING RFP
    • STATUS OF UPPER LAKE
    • REVIEW OF STATEGIC PLAN
    • REVIEW FINANCIAL STATEMENTS INCLUDING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
    • ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
    • LAKE MOHAWK PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
    • COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE UPDATE
    • ANNUAL MEETING
    The meeting is moderated by Greg Yuskaitis, Board President
    Hope to see you all there. This is just one of many new initiatives being developed by the club to make it a better living experience here in Lake Mohawk.
    Also, the members section of the website has meeting notes that respond to all of Baffled concerns. So there is plenty of lines of new communication to get the answers you need.
    So, if you are a LMCC member, get on the email distribution list and join the members website to find out all you are missing.

    May 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm
  • upper lake neighbor says:

    One more area where info can be found: lakemohawkcc.com, register as a member and you can see minutes are posted from previous BOT meetings (board of trustees tab). It is a little awkward, but the information is there. So you will see that carpeting in the ballroom is not a rumor. If you compare the LMCC ballroom to other event spaces, all are carpeted-I guess spilled drinks are not so much of a problem.

    June 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm
  • RTM says:

    Time to start paying attention neighbors, and read in between the lines….
    Let’s get this blog going full force again,before the annual meeting. There are many issues that threaten our financial well-being,and the board seems held hostage by one or two self serving individuals.

    June 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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