Community Manager's Report

I am happy to report that our summer Sleepover, Kids Swim and Fun, and Swim Team programs were all big hits again this year. I want to thank our Lakes staff for organizing and facilitating the Kids Swim and Fun and annual Sleepover.

Thanks are also in order to the Swim Team coaches and all the parents who volunteered their time and effort to make this another successful Swim Team season for the Lakes Snakes.

With Monsoon season upon us, I would like to ask that everyone go out into your yards, front and back, and take a look at your trees. Are they resting or touching your roof or a neighboring roof? Are they hanging too low over the street or sidewalk? Are they hanging over your driveway or the driveway of your neighbor, dropping debris?

We all enjoy the shade that our beautiful trees bring to The Lakes Community, especially during these hot summer months, however, the summer months also bring thunderstorms and dust storms that blow your trees around. When your trees are overgrown and close to your roof line or the roof line of your neighbor, as the wind blows it can cause the tree to rub and cause roof damage. If you have large palm trees, look to see if there are dead palm fronds or dates hanging from the tree. These large, tall palm trees need to be trimmed at least annually and the dead fronds removed in order to avoid the debris that can fall in neighboring yards rather than your own due to their height. The dates can sprout in unwanted areas and can also cause pool pump damage.

One of the big focuses of our beautiful lake community is the tree lined streets and yards. Let’s all do our part with regular tree trimming and maintenance so that we can enjoy them without damage to our homes or unnecessary clean up.

Some of you may have noticed that our big American flag in front of the Beach and Tennis Club is missing. I am sad to report that our flag was stolen in the middle of the night. Fortunately, our surveillance system captured the thieves in action, red, white and blue-handed. Below are the photos taken from our cameras. If anyone recognizes the couple, please contact me immediately. I have filed a police report with the city and copied the entire incident on disc for them. Unfortunately, however, we have been unable to link the culprits to anyone in particular. The cost to replace the flag is $250 which I have already done, however, the lift to install the flag is a $350 rental. With the maintenance of the tennis court lights which is scheduled to be done in September, I will combine these lift projects to make the best use of our money and have the flag flying again.

Our Labor Day Potluck Picnic will be held Monday, September 4 at 5 PM. Enjoy music by the pool and the Lakes will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and lemonade. Bring a favorite dish to share at this popular and fun end-of-summer community event.

The Lakes has many community-oriented events scheduled as weather cools. Remember to keep an eye on the Lakes Log and our website, www.thelakesoftempe.com, for dates and details of upcoming events.

One of the best things about living in the Lakes is participating in these community events where we can get to know our neighbors and make new friends.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 480-838-1023.

Christine

Community Manager's Report

Christine Baldanza

August 2017