Message from the President of Lakeport Cluster

By Mary M. Sapp

Despite Covid-19, we’re finding ways to encourage community and to improve Lakeport. The neighborhood adapted and celebrated Halloween—see the Ripples article with photos of kids in costumes, adults promoting safe trick-or-treating, and decorations (including the skeleton at 11119 Lakespray that sported a new outfit each day—such as the Tooth Fairy ensemble at the right—thanks  to Mary and Bonnie Coogan next door). We also continue to get out to enjoy our special location, which allows us to stop and chat with neighbors (from a safe distance and preferably masked). 

A series of landscaping additions are in the works, starting with the liriope recently planted on the Lakespray hill, with more projects coming next month adjacent to Triangle Park, across from the brick Safeway wall, along the Sunrise Valley sidewalk, and on the property we own next to the RA path going to the pool. See the Landscaping article for more details and photos. Thanks to Landscape co-chairs Melanie Clement and Gail Pitches not only for soliciting and evaluating proposals but also doing some of the maintenance themselves (along with Rich Shelton, who deserves a major shout out for his ongoing removal of dead trees and recent stump grinding)—see the “Thanks to Our Volunteers” article for more details about contributions from them and others. 

Covid also required conducting our Annual Meeting via Zoom. It turned out that feedback was positive about the experience, and “in-person” participation was actually higher than last year. In addition, proxies were collected in “proxy boxes” located at three homes to supplement email collection, and we also had more proxies than last year. Owners elected new Board members, approved funding for repaving roads next year (not to exceed $156K), and heard about accomplishments during the past year (including the Community of the Year award, one of the pre-Covid happenings that now seems like ages ago). See the Ripples article for more details and the link to the PowerPoint from the meeting.

Please be sure to check out other articles, including one about two new RA services of interest to owners: a new RA Covenants portal, where you can see all of the RA applications and approvals associated with your home, and discounts at the Herndon Sherwin-Williams paint store.

Although 2020 has been challenging, it was great working with other members of the Board to carry out our responsibilities and have another productive year even without in-person meetings. I’m pleased that Paul Renard and Barbara Khan were re-elected at the Annual Meeting so this team can continue to address other projects next year, including repaving our roads. We certainly anticipate 2021 will be better than 2020 for all of us. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a good fall and a wonderful holiday season.

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