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LCA Board Meeting

Posted: May 22

The next regualar meeting of the Lakes Community Association Board of Directors will be May 24 at 7 PM in the Beach and Tennis Club. All Lakes residents are encouraged to attend. The agenda is available here.

Boat Ramp Pump Station

Posted: May 22

The installation of the Lakes' first lakewater irrigation system pump station has begun.

Marine Park Pump Pulled

Posted: April 27

The lake circulation pump in Marine Park has been pulled and is being examined after it stopped working this week. That pump feeds the waterfall in East Lake and it will be returned to service as quickly as possible.

LCA Board Meeting Wednesday

Posted: April 25

The next regular meeting of the LCA Board of Directors will be held Wednesday, April 26 at 7 PM in the Beach and Tennis Club.

All Lakes residents are encouraged to attend. The agenda is available here. See you there!

Police Activity

Posted: April 23

This morning the body of a deceased apparently homeless woman was found near one of the office buildings on Lakeshore Drive. No indication of foul play has been found by Tempe Police.

At this time, there is no connection to any homeowner or resident in The Lakes and there is no reason to feel any concern or danger for Lakes homeowners.

Lakes Open House with Kolby Granville

Posted: April 9

There will be a Community Conversation with Tempe City Councilmember Kolby Granville in the Beach and Tennis Club on Tuesday, April 25 from 6 to 8 PM. Councilmember Granville held another such meeting at the Lakes in October of last year.

All residents are welcome to attend the open-house forum. From the invitation, "You only need to bring your ideas, thoughts and suggestions for a better Tempe." Call the Councilmember at 480-350-8816 if you have any questions.

An Egret Has Landed

Posted: April 9

A new egret sculpture has been installed in the median at Lakeshore and Sandpiper Drives across the the Beach and Tennis Club.

The project was financed with a matching grant from the city of Tempe Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program as well as as generous donations from Lakes residents. The egret stands twelve feet high including base.

The last stage of the installation will include purchasing landscape materials for the median which will be completed soon.

LCA Board of Directors Executive Session

Posted: March 26

There will be an Executive Session of the Lakes Board of Directors Tuesday, March 28 at 6 PM in the Beach and Tennis Club. The agenda is posted here.

McClintock Drive
Street Configuration
Public Meeting

Posted: March 23

You may have gotten a notice on your door recently from the city of Tempe. If not, this post will give you some information of local interest.

From the city of Tempe's announcement of two public meetings for the purpose of gathering feedback concerning the traffic configuration of McClintock Drive:

The city of Tempe is hosting public meetings to get your feedback on proposed design concepts for configuring the current street design of McClintock Drive. The meetings will provide a brief project overview and you'll have the opportunity to provide input and ideas on the alternatives as well as to speak to staff emmbers... Since making changes to McClintock Drive, the city of Tempe has been collecting data and feedback from the public.

In 2015, McClintock Drive was reconfigured to include bike lanes and reduce traffic lanes. The two meetings will give Lakes homeowners a chance to speak to staff members and ask them questions. The future configuration of McClintock Drive might have further impact on traffic around the Lakes.

These meetings are open to the public and I urge Lakes homeowners to consider attending either or both to gather whatever information is available and to provide their ideas on the McClintock Drive configuration.

Further information on the project is available online at tempe.gov/mcclintockdrive.

Spring Break Lifeguard Hours

Posted: March 3

Spring break is next week, March 6-10, for local schools and we are expecting good-to-wonderful weather. In that regard, we will post lifeguards at the pool all week long and on the following weekend.

Join us!

Come out and enjoy the pool. The new deck looks wonderful, the pool is at 84℉ and delightful.

Lifeguard Hours
Monday 3 PM - 7 PM
Tuesday-Sunday 11 AM - 7 PM
Spring Break
March 6-12

LCA Annual Meeting

Posted: February 10

This is a reminder that the 2017 LCA Annual Meeting will be held next Tuesday night, February 14 at 8 PM in the Lakes Beach and Tennis Club. At the Annual Meeting, the results of the current LCA Board of Directors election will be announced.

This is a meeting of the homeowners, not of the board. All Lakes homeowners are encouraged to attend.

If you have not yet mailed your ballot, do not mail it now. You must bring it yourself to the Beach and Tennis Club between the hours of 6:30 and 8:00 PM on the night of the meeting.

The first meeting of the members of The Lakes Community Association was held February 8, 1972 and has been held on the second Tuesday in February at 8 PM ever since.

Pool Re-Opening

Posted: February 2

The pool will be open for business again Saturday morning, February 4. The ramada is still awaiting city of Tempe inspection before we can advance to the next stage of its completion.

Come enjoy the new pool deck and the pool which is at 83℉.

Christine

Car Break-Ins: Update

Posted: January 23

I just got a call from the Tempe Police department telling me that last night they caught the person they believe is responsible for the car break-ins that we have had around the Lakes. But as always, I want to remind everyone to lock your cars and report any suspicious activity to Tempe police.

As I get more information on this situation, I will relay it to you all.

Christine

LCA Board Meeting

Posted: January 21

The next regular meeting of the Lakes Board of Directors will be Wednesday, January 25 at 7 PM in the Beach and Tennis Club. All Lakes residents are encouraged to attend. The agenda has been posted.

Lakes Irrigation Workshop

Posted: January 19

There will be an open workshop regarding the Lakes irrigation project and water management at the Beach and Tennis Club Tuesday, January 24 at 7 PM. The workshop will be open to all Lakes residents.

Budget Meeting Canceled

Posted: January 17

The Budget and Finance Committee meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. Be sure to attend the January Board of Directors meeting next week, January 25 at 7 PM in the Beach and Tennis Club.

Car Break-Ins

Posted: January 14

There has been a large number of car break-ins in our community over the last two weeks. The thieves are targeting unlocked cars and picking locks of locked cars. They seem to be taking garage door openers and anything that appeals to them.

Please report any car break-ins or attempted break-ins to Tempe Police; even if nothing was taken but the car was tampered with. Tempe non-emergency phone is 480-966-6211.

Please be advised that Tempe Police are very aware of the rash of break-ins, are giving us extra patrols and are focusing extra attention on the Lakes car break-ins.

As always, be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Tempe Police.

Thank you.

Christine

Golden Algae Treatment

Posted: December 30

We recently detected signs that a golden algae outbreak was in progress in our lake. Dr. Amalfi, our lake specialist, was called to perform the test necessary to confirm the presence of the golden algae and the tests were positive.

Algaecide was ordered immediately and we will begin its dispersal Friday morning, December 30. You'll see us on the lake all morning long and you'll see the lake turning blue with the chemical treatment.

We will also continue to scoop dead fish daily until the situation has improved.

Re: Recent Police Activity

Posted: December 13

I received the following communication from a spokesperson for the Tempe Police Department:

Dear Lakes Neighbors,

Tempe Police responded last night, Monday, December 12, to investigate the whereabouts of a missing adult male who lives in the area and had not reported to work. No obvious signs of foul play were found at his residence and the search and investigations operations continued through today.

Last night, the lake and surrounding area was searched by boat, and MCSO dedicated their helicopter in response to Tempe PD’s call for assistance.

Today, the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Dive Team was requested to deploy and engage in search and recovery operations at the lake, where the missing adult male now has been located deceased. No indications of foul play have been found by investigators.

The investigation remains open and active; additional information is not yet available for release.

Molly Enright
Tempe Police Department
Community Affairs/Constituent Issues

Pool Area Progress

Posted: December 1

The pool area renovation is well underway and has been proceeding on schedule. After removing the deck we found that much of the electrical and plumbing was badly in need of replacement. That extra work is being done this week.

Some of the coping stones bordering the pool will need to be reset and re-grouted. The surface of the coping stones has also deteriorated so they will be resurfaced with an application of epoxy paint. The resurfacing will be done in the next couple of weeks just before the pavers are installed. We are still aiming for completion by the end of December.

Q&A with Councilmember Granville

Posted: November 17

On Monday, October 24, Tempe City Councilmember Kolby Granville came to the Lakes for a open Q&A session with Lakes residents. After brief opening remarks, Granville answered questions on a number of areas of interest; financial management, street maintenance, traffic engineeering, waste and bulk trash removal, airplane noise.

Attached are the questions and answers from the meeting. I hope you find them interesting and informative.

LCA Board Meeting

Posted: November 14

The next regular meeting of the Lakes Board of Directors will be Wednesday, November 16 at 7 PM in the Lakes Beach and Tennis Club. The agenda is here and, as always, all Lakes residents are encouraged to attend.

Pool Area Update

Posted: November 4

The first phase of the pool area renovation is complete. The the concrete, the pool deck, and the northside ramada have been all been completely removed and the project is on schedule.

Kolby Granville to Meet
The Lakes

Posted: October 17

On Monday, October 24 from 6 to 8 PM, Tempe Councilmember Kolby Granville will conduct a Question and Answer meeting in the Lakes Beach and Tennis Club.

All Lakes residents are encouraged to attend the event to listen, to question, and to discuss any issues of concern for the city and for the Lakes.

Pool Closing for Renovation

Posted: October 15

On Monday, October 23, the pool will be closed as we will begin the renovation of the pool deck and ramada.

Thank you for your patience during this Beach and Tennis Club improvement.

The Jacuzzi will remain open.

Clubhouse Renovation Underway

Posted: September 28

As the center point of Lakes community activity, the Beach and Tennis Club gets a tremendous amount of daily use. The wear and tear of that activity means that, on average and in line with the Reserve Study, we recarpet and repaint the entire building roughly every five years to keep our Clubhouse fresh and updated.

Along with the interior of the Clubhouse, we plan to update the pool area as well. We will remove the entire cool deck and replace it with attractive, low-maintenance pavers and rebuild the ramada to include lights and fans.

Now that the high summer season use has dropped off and before the holiday season begins, it is the perfect time to get these projects underway. I am aware that there will be some inconvenience for homeowners, but I promise to keep all these projects on track to minimize the interruption of use.

Please be patient while the Clubhouse gets a new look that will keep it fresh and up to date and help to maintain the overall appearance and value of The Lakes.

Interior Clubhouse painting has begun and will continue for the next couple of weeks. When it is completed, the new carpet will go down which should take approximately one more week.

I will keep all areas of the Clubhouse open, but the gym and the LCA office might have to be closed during the renovation for a very short time. I will keep homeowners notified of the dates.

Granada Lakes Apartments Development Announced

Posted: September 20

A number of projects were reviewed and approved by the LCA Board of Directors at the August board meeting. The projects were all planned in accordance with the LCA Budget and the Reserve Study. The first project to begin is repainting the Beach and Tennis Club interior and new carpet throughout.

Granada Lakes Apartments Development Announced

Posted: September 2

Granada Lakes Apartments at Lakeshore Drive and Rural Road is planning to add 18 units in the east side of the property.

A neighborhood meeting will be held on Wednesday September 7 at 6 PM in the Beach and Tennis Club to show the plan/design and answer questions. The meeting is open to anyone in the neighborhood interested in this upcoming development.

Lakes Board Meeting Change

Posted: Friday, August 19

The next meeting of the Lakes Board of Directors has been changed to August 31 at 7 PM in the Beach and Tennis Club.

The meeting is open to the public and all Lakes residents are welcome to attend.

Update:

Click here to view the meeting agenda.

City Sets Neighborhood Meeting with LGE/LCV

Posted: Monday, June 6

It's been a little while since the last meeting with the city of Tempe about the upcoming development at Lake Country Village shopping center.

At that last meeting, city officials promised to let me know as early as possible when the next meeting will be so that I could spread the news to the Lakes in time to get lots of attendance from Lakes homeowners.

This afternoon, as promised, Shauna Warner called me to say the meeting date has been chosen. The meeting will take place Wednesday, June 22 from 5 to 6 PM at the Tempe History Museum in the Community Room.

The meeting will be an open house review of a proposed 48,000 square foot project for restaurant, retail and theater space along Baseline Road.

As Lakes homeowners interested in the proposed commercial development at LCV, you will soon be receiving cards and emails with the information about the meeting. You can also view the card here.

No News Is Good News

Posted: Sunday, May 29

In the two weeks since my last update, there were no dead fish picked up on the lake. Which is good news. The warm weather which has also arrived is detrimental to the growth of golden algae, so we are hoping that the grave danger of another bloom has passed.

Christine

Golden Algae Update

Posted: Sunday, May 15

Yesterday's fish roundup was the smallest to date and hopefully it indicates that the golden algae bloom has finally abated. I will continue to monitor the lake daily for any change for better or worse and will keep the Lakes community posted.

I have spoken to many in the community during my rounds on the lake, on dry land, and in the LCA office and I appreciate the patience and support shown. Thank you.

Christine
 

Golden Algae Update

Posted: Tuesday, May 10

A day after adding another dose of copper sulfate, we are seeing another large number of dead fish. We netted fish all day today and we see that most of the fish are of the carp variety whereas the first days were mostly bass, catfish, and bluegill.

We will continue to remove the dead fish daily and hope that the chemical treatments are having the desired effect on the golden algae.

Golden Algae Update

Posted: Sunday, May 8

Early observation indicates that there is another bloom of golden algae in progress in the lake. A small number of dead fish have been spotted in a few spots Sunday and I've decided to add another treatment of copper sulfate to control the algae as soon as possible starting Monday morning. We feel that the two copper sulfate treatments will control the golden algae growth until warmer weather kicks in which also reduces golden algae growth.

In the meantime, we are going to sweep the lake to collect fish every day and we hope that the Lakes community will bear the inconvenience for a short time because there will probably be more fish through the next couple of days at least.

Golden Algae Update

Posted: Wednesday, May 4

Dr. Rick Amalfi of Aquatic Consulting and Testing, Inc., the Lakes aquatic consultant, drew water and tested the lake again this morning after last week's bloom of golden algae and has given us the good news that, because of the swift action taken, our lake is clear of the toxins that result from that algae bloom.

I can tell you that, as always, I am constantly on the watch for any development that would bring harm to the lake, our biggest asset. We had a treatment in place less than 24 hours after the first indication of a problem. Had that not been the case, I am positive we would have had a much more difficult and expensive situation on our hands.

Golden Algae Update

Posted: Monday, May 2

For anyone who doesn't already know, we had a fast attack of golden algae last week, but an equally rapid response seems to have limited the fish kill to less than what we feared. I had heard that other lakes in the Valley had been attacked recently by golden algae and the Lakes has had golden algae before.

Detected on Tuesday, we added a dose of chelated copper sulfate on Wednesday to kill as much of the golden algae as possible. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we removed a large number of dead fish and by Monday morning we see almost no dead fish. We are not out of the woods yet as we know, and we would expect to see some fish die in the upcoming days.

We are doing our best to stay on top of this by sweeping the lake daily to monitor the progression and to remove dead fish. As always, I will keep you abreast of the situation in this spot.

Steps Taken to Control Algae Bloom

Posted: Tuesday, April 26

The photos below were taken on the morning of April 27, less than 24 hours after the first indication that golden algae had started a bloom in the lake. In the photos Dr. Amalfi and I are distributing chelated copper sulfate through the lake. As I said before, we have caught this bloom very early and, in treating it so quickly, we expect to have a minimal fish kill.

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Golden Algae Detected in the Lake

Posted: Tuesday, April 26

This morning I verified a sighting of small fish dying along a bank in the lake. I immediately called our lake specialist, Dr. Rick Amalfi, to do the testing necessary to determine the presence of golden algae. Dr. Amalfi confirmed this afternoon that we do have a very early stage of a golden algae bloom in progress.

Tomorrow morning Dr. Amalfi and I will distribute algaecide throughout the entire lake to combat the golden algae bloom. We have caught this bloom very early. In treating it so quickly, we expect to have a minimal fish kill.

I will keep everyone posted of the status of the golden algae bloom.

Beehive Removed

Posted: Sunday, April 15

The bee colony near the northeast corner of Lakeshore and Westshore has been removed. The colony was identified and taped off Friday afternoon and was removed in the night-time hours of Saturday during which the bees were less aggressive than during daylight.

Swarming Bees: Caution

Posted: Friday, April 15; 2 PM

A very large colony of bees is swarming at the northwest corner of the intersection of Rural Road and Lakeshore Drive. Lakes management immediately marked off the area to protect passersby and called experienced bee handlers who have already surveyed the site and are in the process of removal.

I will keep you posted about the situation here, but until such time as the swarm has been made safe, I advise everyone to stay clear of the immediate area.

Spring Fling Postponed for Better Weather

Posted: Thursday, April 7

Maybe we can't read a weather map or make accurate predictions like the the guys on tv (sigh), but we can get them on the phone (yeah, we did) and ask them for the bird's eye lowdown on whether the Spring Fling should go on or not and the consensus is that Sunday is going to be rainy (probably) and muddy (definitely). So, the Activity Committee has decided to postpone the Fling until Sunday, May 8, which is Mother's Day, but the park is booked up solid until then which only gives everyone more time to find shoulder pads and Ray Bans.

Lake Closed for Cleaning

Posted: Thursday, March 31

Veteran residents of The Lakes know that one day each year our lake is drained, scrubbed with very stiff brushes and refilled with fresh water. We will begin draining the lake at midnight tonight and expect it to be empty by about noon. At that time, Lakes residents are free to inspect the lake for one hour looking for cell phones, fishing lures, and missing children. If all goes according to plan, the lake will be full again by midnight and open to boaters.

Thank you for your patience.

LCA Board Meeting Date Change

Posted: Friday, March 18

The next regular meeting of the Lakes Board of Directors has been changed to Wednesday, March 30 at 7 PM in the Beach and Tennis Club. All Lakes residents are encouraged to attend. The agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting.

City of Tempe Bulk Pickup

Posted: Thursday, March 3

The next city of Tempe bulk pickup will be Monday, March 14. Lakes residents may begin putting out bulk trash which will go straight to the landfill and green organic trash which will be composted when possible. Read more about the Tempe bulk trash program here.

When putting bulk trash out for city pickup, please don't put the trash out more than 4 days before pickup, don't put the trash in front of someone else's house, and try to keep your trash tidy because tidy trash is happy trash. lol.

Clubhouse Parking Lot and Boat Ramp Open

Posted: Wednesday, March 2

The Clubhouse parking lot and the Sandpiper boat ramp got an asphalt slurry reseal Monday and Tuesday, but are again open for business. Thank you for your patience while this maintenance project was carried out.

Aloha Comes to The Lakes

Posted: Saturday, February 13

Lakes residents might have seen something truly unusual this morning when the Na Leo 'O Ke Kai outrigger canoe club (Na Leo) launched some of their boats on our lake as part of their spring season practice. The club normally practices and holds their own regatta in Tempe Town Lake which is beginning a dry-down before getting a new dam. The team used our lake previously when TTL was under construction after a catastrophic dam break a few years ago.

The team will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at at 5:45 PM and Saturday mornings at 9:30 for about six weeks. Get your cameras ready; the sight of Hawaiian outriggers in Tempe is impressive.

As their website says, the Na Leo 'O Ke Kai outrigger canoe club brings the spirit of aloha to Tempe and we like to think we have reciprocated with the use of our lake. To learn more about the club and see some beautiful pictures of the team in action, go to their website at outriggeraz.com/.

Community Manager's Annual Report for 2015

Given at the Homeowners Meeting February 9, 2016

Every day as Lakes Community Manager, I work to maintain the level of excellence in the operation of the Lakes that is expected by Lakes homeowners. I oversee projects that will contribute to the overall beauty of the Lakes while keeping the physical operation running efficiently and reliably. Trees are trimmed; walls and fences are painted before they become an issue; common area docks that give homeowners access to our biggest asset are well-cared for; graffiti is painted over before anyone knows it's there. Reserve projects are completed in a timely and budget-wise manner.

It is a point of pride for me that I drive and walk the property daily and I take pride in knowing the condition of every corner of The Lakes so that I can keep it well maintained in a timely manner. The Lakes is a beautiful community and I am proud to play a part in it.

2015 was a healthy year financially with the least amount of delinquent assessments in eight years.

Our community is now looking better than it has in years and, as always, my priority is to improve The Lakes property to keep our property values high. I continue to look for ways to increase the efficiency of the operations in The Lakes.

I would like to review some of the projects accomplished in 2015:

Beach and Tennis Club Parking Lot: The existing asphalt was completely removed down to the sub-grade. New asphalt was applied over 6 inches of compacted ABC. The new parking lot provides a fresh improved look to the Beach and Tennis Club.

McClintock Well Pump: A new vertical line shaft turbine pump was installed; electrical box upgraded; electric motor was repaired. This pump will enable us to use our ground water instead of SRP water to fill the lake and for planned future irrigation of our common areas.

Village Landings Wood Structure Repair: This is the last portion of the wooden structure and pilings around the lake needing repair and sealing to insure its maximum life.

Playground: All the playground structures were replaced with updated ADA compliant pieces. The new playground adds a fresh new look to the Beach and Tennis Club and has been met with many compliments from families.

Whaler's Way Pump: A variable frequency drive (VFD) was installed to improve energy efficiency and control cavitation.

Parking Lot Lighting: Additional lights were added to the north side of the parking lot for improved safety and illumination.

Lake Dye and Algaecide: Dye and algaecide were added to the lake to control the growth of blue-green algae and darken the lake color.

Signage: New signs were installed around the Beach and Tennis Club and in common area parks and finger parks.

Landscaping: Our greenbelts are green and well maintained and trees are healthier than ever; our flower beds are beautiful thanks to Redwood Landscaping whose entire staff is courteous and pays great attention to detail.

Tree Trimming: We continue to trim and maintain over 500 trees to keep them healthy and attractive. The many trees that contribute to the beauty of The Lakes require great care and attention.

Repair and Painting of Common Area Walls: Many community walls were repaired and painted.

Metal Fence Paint and Repair: We continued maintenance and painting of many of the deteriorating metal fencing around the Clubhouse and common areas.

Community Docks: All common area docks were repaired and re-stained.

Electrical: The Clubhouse and many common area electrical systems were worked on to bring them to code.

Clubhouse Operation

The Lakes Beach and Tennis Club had a very busy year in 2015. Clubhouse Manager, Craig Whatcott has done a superb job of overseeing the day-to-day operation of our Clubhouse. Our facility is looking beautiful and well maintained and is definitely being used more than ever before. We had many individual private parties utilizing our Multipurpose Room, Adult Lounge, Large Park, and Kids Park bringing in revenue of $10,000. Along with these private parties, we had over 80 Lakes events and activities sponsored by Lakes clubs and committees. Our Clubhouse staff should be commended for their hard work and commitment to service to The Lakes community.

In Summary

From the Beach and Tennis Club facility to the common area parks to our lake, The Lakes community is looking better than ever. Befitting the value we place on our lake, we continue to very closely monitor the health and status of the lake, our greatest asset.

As is apparent from the wide variety of water fowl and aquatic life, our lake continues to be healthy and provide beauty and value to our community and recreational enjoyment for our homeowners.

We should be proud that The Lakes of Tempe still holds a position as one of the premier residential communities in the East Valley.

Kids Cove Ceremony

Posted: Wednesday, February 4

Our newly renovated Kids Cove Playground is now open and has met with lots of positive comments from parents, grandparents, and kids. The equipment is more interactive and everybody loves the bright colors.

There will be a Grand Opening Celebration of the playground on Monday, February 15 from 11 AM to Noon. Refreshments will be served. Get together and meet new neighborhood friends and enjoy our new playground.

Tempe City Council OK's
LCV Plans

Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2015

At the Tempe City Council meeting held on December 17, 2015, the council voted unanimously to accept the settlement offer from JLB, the apartment complex developers on the Lake Country Village land. We were informed that the remaining five-acre parcel facing Baseline is being purchased by LGE Design to develop retail and restaurants.

Attached is the most current plan for the Lake Country Village Shopping Center including designs by LGE for the five acres. They are currently in negotiations with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to build a theater. In the packet, you can see other projects that LGE has built around the Valley.

Update:
Lake Country Village

Posted: Tuesday, December 15

This is a reminder of the upcoming and final hearing of the Tempe City Council on December 17, 2015 at 6 PM to authorize the execution of the settlement agreement and all related documents concerning the Lake Country Village Shopping Center.

Hearing Location

The hearing will be held at 31 E. 5th Street in Tempe at Tempe Municipal Building, Council Chambers at 6 PM.

Lakes homeowners, your input is greatly needed. Please take the time to attend this meeting and voice your thoughts, opinions, and visions.

Christine

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at the LCA office at 480-838-1023 or email me at ChristineB@thelakesoftempe.com.

Update:
Lake Country Village

Posted: Monday, November 30

I have received the following information from Tempe Deputy City Manager Steve Methvin concerning the development of multi-family housing on Lakeshore and the commercial parcel along Baseline in Lake Country Village Shopping Center.

The city of Tempe has announced a schedule for the proposed settlement agreement with acceptance of public comment, which I hope will include input from the Lakes community, prior to project commencement.

Please be aware of the next steps in the process regarding the Lake Country Village property.

Lake Country Village Shopping Center was posted with the public notice signs last week and the attached card was mailed out to the notification area.

According to Mr. Methvin, "Terms of the settlement agreement will be posted on the city's website by the afternoon of December 1. The first hearing will be December 3. Please note that no action will be taken by the city Council at this meeting, but public input is encouraged. The second public hearing on December 17 will be for action on the possible settlement agreement and also includes the opportunity to provide public comment.

"If you are unable to make the hearings, you are able to provide input, which will be entered into the public record, by emailing the city at planning@tempe.gov."

Hearing Location

The hearings will be held at 31 E. 5th Street in Tempe at Tempe Municipal Building, Council Chambers at 6 PM.

Lakes homeowners, your input is greatly needed. Please take the time to attend these meetings and voice your thoughts, opinions, and visions.

Christine

Lake Gets Final Algae Treatment

Posted: September 30

Over the weekend, the lake got the second half of an algae treatment previousely voted by the Lakes Board of Directors. This final dose was blue dye only and is intended to block sunlight from reaching existing blue-green algae and, by reducing the amount of sunlight received, will slow down its growth.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at the LCA office at 480-838-1023 or email me at ChristineB@thelakesoftempe.com.

Lake Gets Additional Algae Treatment

Posted: October 3

At the direction of Dr. Rick Amalfi, the Lakes aquatics consultant, we will be adding a dose of algaecide and dye to the lake this week to combat a recent bloom of blue-green algae. The treatment was voted by the Lakes Board of Directors at the September board meeting.

The algaecide will cause an immediate algae reduction and the dye, by reducing sunlight, will slow down future algae growth.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at the LCA office at 480-838-1023 or email me at ChristineB@thelakesoftempe.com.

LCA Board Meeting
Date Change

Posted: August 18

The LCA Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 has been changed to Monday, September 28 at 7 PM. The agenda will be posted Thursday, September 24.

Meeting Scheduled for Lakes Residents, Property Developers, City

Posted: September 13

At the August 26 Lakes Board of Directors meeting, we hosted a presentation by city of Tempe representatives and the developer of the proposed apartment complex at the Lake Country Village Shopping Center. Lakes residents got answers to many questions, but other questions and concerns were brought up which needed further investigation and clarification.

As a result of the August 26 meeting and input from the Lakes residents, there will be an additional meeting in an informal open house format with stations positioned around the room and no formal presentation so that our residents and surrounding neighbors could have the ability to speak directly with all parties involved with this project.

The meeting will be Wednesday, September 16 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Community Room of the Tempe History Museum, 809 East Southern. Further information is available on the Community Manager Report page.

Comment cards will also be available for visitors to submit remarks. Residents are invited to stop by the Lake Country Village Community Open House anytime between 7 PM and 8:30 PM to talk with representatives from JLB (the multi-family developer), LCV Property (property owner) or the city.

Site Plans for Proposed Apartment Complex

Posted: August 21

The next regular meeting of the Lakes Board of Directors will be Wednesday, August 26 at 7 PM. City of Tempe representatives and the developer of the proposed apartment complex at the Lake Country Village Shopping Center will attend and will answer questions from the Lakes community. Please read the agenda here.

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JLB Partners has provided me with the new master plan and site concept for the proposed apartment complex which varies from their last plan. Please view the latest plans here.

I hope to see lots of Lakes residents at the upcoming Board Meeting.

Lifeguard Hours

Posted: July 30

A lifeguard is provided at the Beach and Tennis Club pool Monday through Friday from 4 to 9 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 9 PM through the month of August. Come enjoy the pool during our hot summers and take advantage of the safety provided by our Red Cross Certified Lifeguards.

When a lifeguard takes a short break, all children under the age of 14 years that are not accompanied by an adult in the pool must exit the pool until the lifeguard returns.

LCA Board Meeting

Posted: June 23

The next regular meeting of the Lakes Board of Directors will be held Wednesday, June 24 in the Lakes Beach and Tennis Club at 7 PM. All members of the Lakes community are encouraged to attend.

Parking Lot Finished

Posted: June 3

After a couple of minor hitches during the demolition and surfacing of our newly paved parking lot, the project is finished and the lot is open for use.

Cracks in the old surface which allowed water penetration for years and recent unseasonable rains extended the project beyond the timeframe we expected, but we have taken all the recommended and necessary measures to protect our investment. The foundation was improved, a good surface was applied, and we now have a lot that should withstand decades of harsh Arizona weather.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this project.

Parking Lot Progress

Posted: June 1

Here's the latest update on the parking lot: the new asphalt was poured Friday; striping took place Monday morning. The parking lot will be ready for use bright and early Wednesday morning.

Parking Lot Progress

Posted: May 21

Due to cracks in the surface of the old asphalt which allowed water to penetrate into the soil for many years and the rain we have received since the project began, the association is following the Alpha Geo Technical Engineering recommendation to add a soil stabilizer and a layer of Geo Grid and to allow additional drying time before the new asphalt is placed.

The schedule for completion of our parking lot is as follows: new asphalt will be poured Friday, May 29; striping will occur over the weekend; and the parking lot will be ready for use Monday, June 1.

Our decision is based on getting full value for our new parking lot. To get our money's worth, we'll do what we have to do to start with a proper foundation, which in this case means well constructed and dry.

No one is happy that the project has been extended; not the LCA, and certainly not the construction company which has had crews and machinery idle due to heavy rains in April and May.

Let me assure you all that there is no lackadaisical attitude toward the completion of the project. The parking lot will be finished when we have enough dry days to be absolutely sure that the lot we build will deliver the best long term performance.

Thank you for your patience.

Water Irrigation Study Shows Promise

Posted: May 13

The report from Coates Irrigation Consultants shows promise in an area which is certain to undergo great change for The Lakes in coming years.

Lakes Special Board Meeting

Posted: May 11

There will be a special meeting of the Lakes Board of Directors Wednesday, May 13 at 7 PM in the Lakes Beach and Tennis Club. The subject of the meeting will be the parking lot.

B&T Club Parking Lot Closure

Posted: April 28

Our parking lot project is well underway, but due to moisture beneath the old asphalt and the two rainy days that followed, the project has been delayed until the soil is completely dry. Although this is an inconvenience, we want to make sure that the area is in optimal condition when the new surface is applied.

B&T Club Parking Lot Closure

Posted: April 23

Early excavation of the parking lot shows that the earth below the asphalt is much wetter than was expected. The condition of the substrate means that the the next phase of the project will be delayed a couple of days.

The Beach and Tennis Club is open normal hours while the project is going on although all parking will necessarily be at the large lot across Lakeshore. Please cross at Sandpiper or Steamboat Bend and use caution crossing the street.

Please also walk carefully while making your way on the sidewalks around the parking lot.

B&T Club Parking Lot Closure

Posted: April 20

The Lakes Beach and Tennis Club parking lot will be closed to all automobile traffic from Tuesday, April 21 until Sunday, April 26. The sidewalk will be open for foot traffic, but no automobiles will be allowed to enter the area. The lot will be demolished, repaired, and repaved.

Watch this space for progress reports.

Mosquito Fogging Tonight

Posted: March 19, 2015

The Lakes will be the focus of a mosquito fogging event by the Maricopa Environmental Services department scheduled for March 20 between the hours of midnight and 5 AM as long as weather conditions are acceptable.

The Maricopa County ES routine trap site monitoring in the Lakes has observed an above-threshold population of adult mosquitos that triggered the fogging. The placement of this area on the fogging schedule was learned of only today.

Break Ins Reported

Posted: March 19, 2015

There were two break-ins in the Lakes in the past two weeks. Both took place in the afternoon when the houses were empty.

I cannot over-emphasize the importance of being aware of who is going in and out of our neighborhoods. We need to watch for any kind of unusual or suspicious behavior and report it on the Tempe PD non-emergency phone 480.350.8311.

Community effort

Every home in the Lakes should consider taking part in the Neighborhood Block Watch program. There is a Neighborhood Watch group and a Block Captain for every street in the Lakes. Stop in or call the LCA office at the Beach and Tennis Club and get the name of your neighborhood Block Captain and when they will meet next. Neighborhood Watch doesn't require a lot of time and you'll see how effective our awareness can be in reducing crime.

From the city of Tempe website, 'you and your neighbors can make crime prevention part of every person's daily routine, just by watching out for each other. Your job is to report suspicious activity to police. It is their job to handle the crooks.'

Annual Report

Homeowners Meeting

Congratulations, New Board

On Tuesday, February 10, the annual meeting of the Lakes homeowners was held in the Lakes Beach and Tennis Club. At the meeting, the results of the LCA Board of Directors election were announced. Three candidates were elected to fill three vacant positions. Please read the complete results on the LCA page where we have posted the full lineup of the 2015 Lakes Board of Directors. We wish them good luck.

At the Homeowners Meeting, I delivered my annual report to the board, highlighted by the announcement of an $81,000 operating surplus. Our community is looking better than it has in years and, as always, my priority is to improve The Lakes property to keep our property values high. Please read the full report on the Community Manager page.

Thank you and congratulations to all the homeowners who attended the meeting.

Algae Control Planned

Posted: January 11, 2015

This week, Dr. Amalfi from Aquatics Consulting will be applying an additional application of copper sulfate algaecide to help control the dominant blue-green algae and should also minimize the mustard-like swirls floating on the surface of the lake.

Lakes Town Hall Meeting

Posted: January 8

Bring Your Ideas

On a topic I first mentioned in November in my Manager's Report and in the Lakes Log, we are planning a town hall meeting Wednesday, January 21 at 7 PM to hear and discuss your ideas for the Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program.

The program was created to invest in resident-initiated projects that will enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods. One hundred and fifty thousand dollars has been allocated for grant proposals. The maximum individual grant amount is $10,000 and must be matched by at least one half of the total project cost.

General guidelines for funded projects include environmental benefits, such as water and/or energy conservation; enhancement to the aesthetics of the neighborhood; security lighting; landscape and beautification.

All Lakes Residents are Invited

The Lakes Association would like to take advantage of this opportunity to improve our community with funds made available through the city of Tempe program. Community participation is vitally important for the development of a project that will enhance the Lakes neighborhood.

The ideas and forward vision of the Lakes community will help us define the project that will utilize the neighborhood grant money for the best benefit of the Lakes community.

I hope to see you all there.

Read more about the Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program.

Tennis Courts Open

Posted: December 30

The tennis courts have been resurfaced and are open and ready for business.

Tennis Courts to be Resurfaced

Posted: December 10

Our tennis courts will be closed for resurfacing beginning Thursday, December 11. The job is expected to take 10 days, but if there should be any change in that schedule, I will keep you advised in this spot.

Proper upkeep is key to keeping our community looking its best and we apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to our dedicated tennis players. Thank you.

Happy holidays!

Strength Equipment Being Installed

Posted: October 30

New strength equipment and a new floor are being installed in the Gym area of the Beach and Tennis Club this week. The installation should take less than ten days. During the installation, the other part of the Gym is open for member use.

The completion of the installation will be posted here and if there is any delay, I'll post that info as well.

Algae Control Planned

Posted: October 21

Tomorrow, Dr. Amalfi from Aquatics Consulting will be applying the first of two light applications of copper sulfate algaecide each covering one half of the lake at a time 4-7 days apart. This is to help control the dominant blue-green algae and should also minimize the brown color of the lake.

Mosquito Situation

Posted: October 3

There has been much talk around the community recently about the mosquito population and what The Lakes needs to do in response. Some homeowners have asked about insecticide fogging and mosquito-eating fish in particular. I have been looking into the mosquito situation and I'd like to share some of what I've found.

Yes, we seem to have had a lot of mosquitoes this year, and not just in The Lakes; it has been all over Tempe. The city of Tempe is also dealing with the aftermath of recent storms and has written on the city website referring to mosquito situtation, "There are no Town Lake mosquito test results before or since the Sept. 7-8 storm that show either a higher-than-normal level of mosquitoes for monsoon season or the presence of West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes." View the source here under "Mosquitos".

Insecticide Fogging

First off, areas of Tempe were fogged on Saturday, September 27 after our biggest storm and that included The Lakes specifically. There is currently a Vector Control mosquito trap on Driftwood Drive right in the middle of our community. Vector Control puts them out and then collects them. If there are enough mosquitos present in our traps, they will fog again. I have requested to have another trap set at The Lakes Clubhouse and have been placed on the schedule to have the traps set.

Mosquito Larva Eating Fish

I called Dr. Amalfi, The Lakes' water quality expert, regarding the Gambusia fish, commonly known as the mosquito fish. The onset of cooler weather in and of itself will reduce the growth of mosquitoes eliminating the need to stock a huge number of these fish to attain the same goal. Dr. Amalfi does NOT recommend putting them in our lake not to speak of how many we would need for a lake our size.

What You Can Do

As responsible neighbors, we need to take the time to survey our individual properties emptying unused pots, buckets, and anything else that that collects rain water. These vessels still hold water from our recent storms and that is where mosquitoes are breeding. Encourage your neighbors to do the same.

We have had very little standing water in the streets from the rain because the drainage system on our streets is actually very good. Mosquitoes breed heavily in the shallow, still water typically found in our back yards not in deep, moving lakes. All our lake circulation pumps are on and we do have water movement.

As always, I will continue to monitor the lake and our community in all aspects and I appreciate the input of all community members.

Christine Baldanza
Community Manager

LCA Board Meeting Wednesday

Posted: September 21

The next regular meeting of The Lakes Board of Directors will be Wednesday, September 24 at 7 PM in the Clubhouse. All homeowners are encouraged to attend.

Tempe Encourages Residents to Prepare for Potential Flooding

Posted: September 15

From the city of Tempe:

"With Hurricane Odile predicted to bring heavy rains and potential flooding to the southwest this week, Tempe encourages residents to take precautions and be prepared. Flash floods can come rapidly, occurring within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall."

This information bulletin was sent to me by the city of Tempe in advance of the storm expected to hit the Valley as soon as Tuesday night. I recommend that Lakes homeowners read the information carefully.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the city for updates and information at 480-350-4311. I also urge you to share this information with neighbors and friends to make sure that all are aware of the impending event so that all prudent precautions can be taken.

Storm Aftermath

Posted: September 8

While the Sunday night/Monday morning storm didn't cause much actual damage, it did raise the level of our lake by a whopping 13 inches in about 12 hours. That's an increase that would normally take most of three days when bringing in water from SRP. It was truly an unprecedented event.

Not all the water fell directly into the lake, of course. You might have seen water flooding into the lake through many of our parks and finger parks. The system of gutters and gulleys that returns rain and irrigation runoff to the lake is a cost-saving design feature of The Lakes and helps us maximize our water use. I am acutely aware of the value of water to our community and am on the constant watch to protect our biggest asset.

Nowhere did the water level rise above the lake wall, but there were a few docks partially under the water line. I have therefore opened the outflow gate to bring the water level down a little. Btw, it comes in much faster than it goes out, so I'll monitor the lake level very closely and act accordingly.

Lake Wall Maintence in Progress

Posted: September 4

You may have seen men on a flat-top barge poling around the lake this morning. For the next few days, we will have a crew of lake wall specialists going around the lake inch by inch examining and making some inevitable repairs to our biggest asset.

To make the maintenance a little easier, the lake level has been allowed to drop a bit, but will come up again when it's done.

Mixed Waste Pick-up in June

Posted: August 8

The next city of Tempe bulk trash pick-up will be on June 9 and will be for mixed waste; i.e., green and non-green. Remember not to put anything on the curb prior to the weekend and if there's a mess left after the pick-up, do your duty.

Water Coming In

Posted: June 3

We're adding water to the lake this week so boat owners should anticipate a change and keep an eye on mooring lines.

Pool Open

Posted: May 9

The pool's cool deck has been repaired and the pool is open for business. Thanks to all for the minor inconvenience so that the pool could be made ready for the hugely busy summer season ahead.

Pool to Close for Tuneup

Posted: May 5

Big season coming up

The pool will be closed Wednesday and Thursday May 7 and 8 so that we can make repairs to the cool deck and will reopen Friday, May 9. If there is any change to this schedule, we will post the information here. Thank you.

Summer Plants Going In

Posted: May 2

Nice plants seeking nice homes

The cool weather plants in the common areas at the entrances to The Lakes are being replaced with plants that are more appropriate for summers in Tempe. Nearly all the old plants have been removed and the soil is being amended and made ready for the next combinations. The watering systems in the beds are also getting a regular exam to minimize unnecessary use since we are all very aware of the value of water to our community and the importance of keeping a vigilant eye on its use.

All that remain are the geraniums and most of them are in pretty good condition. Geraniums transplant fairly well and can give anyone the satisfaction that every gardener feels after saving a doomed plant. Until they are all gone, and it's first come first served, homeowners may carefully remove any of the geraniums they think they can handle in their own homes. Only geraniums and only during this transition period.

Help yourself. Be careful. Good luck.

Caution: Fish Survey in Progress

Posted: April 30

In the interest of maintaining a healthy lake, our biggest asset, we are currently conducting a survey to ascertain the general population and health of the fish. Nets have been placed to humanely catch a sampling of fish in various places.

The nets will be in place from 4:30 PM April 30 until 6:30 AM the following day. Please do not disturb the nets or the fish and be careful navigating the lake until Thursday morning.

Lakes Community Association Board Meeting

Posted: April 23

There will be a regular meeting of the LCA Board of Directors this Wednesday, April 23 at 7 PM in the Clubhouse. The agenda is posted here and all Lakes residents are encouraged to attend.

City Bulk Trash Collection

Posted: April 3

This is a reminder that the next city of Tempe bulk trash collection will be on Monday, April 14. This collection is for green waste only. City guidelines for this type of waste are posted on the LCA page as well as the Tempe website.

Collections designated as green are for compostable yard waste only. However, there are several types of yard waste that are not allowed even in a green collection: oleanders, palm fronds, grass, weeds. Check out the information on the LCA page, the Tempe website. and if you still have any questions, call them at 480-350-4311.

Lake Level to Rise

Posted: April 1

We're adding water to the lake, so boat owners should keep an eye on mooring lines. We'll also be irrigating the Southshore lawns very soon. The add will probably take four days or less. Thank you.

2014 Reserve Study Published

Posted: February 28

An HOA's reserve study is one of the prime indicators of the general health of the association. The 2014 Lakes Reserve Study is available on the Document Download page. There you may view the documents online or you may download them for later viewing on your computer.

Board Report Project List

Posted: February 27

These items highlight the projects covered in the February LCA Board Meeting.

Board Meeting Tonight

Posted: February 26

The February Lakes Community Association Board of Directors meeting is tonight. All homeowners are encouraged to attend and take part in managing our community. All LCA board meetings begin at 7 PM on the fourth Wednesday of the month except for July and December.

Lake Update: It's Beautiful!

Posted: February 6

As anticipated by The Lakes' aquatic environmental consultant, the color of the lake has changed with nothing but the even hand of Mother Nature herself. No dye and no algaecide has been added to the lake; the algae is accumulating green chlorophyll and the color is the commonly expected blue-green.

In response to the change to our lake's appearance over the past month or so, some residents have gone to the Internet seeking information and have been circulating an email containing some alarming statements confusing the lake's appearance with its health: "Do not get lakes water on you and don't let your animals in the water as they drink it and that's more toxic! Do not eat any trout for sure!"

Read the response

I want to reassure the community that The Lakes has used a top aquatic environmental consultant for quite some time. A response from Dr. Rick Amalfi from Aquatic Consulting and Testing, Inc. to the alarming email is attached here and I urge everyone in the community to read it. In it, Dr. Amalfi describes specific types of algae present in our lake and what possible impact the algae might have on fish, fowl, and humans. In fact, it has always been the policy of The Lakes and it is posted in all parks that swimming is not permitted in our lake.

Aquatic Consulting and Testing, Inc. sends a technician on-site every month to test the lake at several locations at several depths to obtain a complete profile of our biggest asset. The December 29, 2013 report specifically addressed the brown color and gave what we believe was a scientifically supported diagnosis that our lake was healthy.

Nonetheless, when the lake first began to change its appearance we requested that the testing frequency be increased. Further testing confirms the initial report and Dr. Amalfi has written an additional report in response to the latest rumors.

I urge any Lakes resident who still have doubts about either the health of the lake or the seriousness with which we take the responsibility of maintaining our biggest asset to read the report and address any questions to me, Christine Baldanza, Community Manager, or to our Board of Directors President, David Kemper.

I assure the community that regular testing will continue and that, should the need arise to add either dye or toxic chemical algaecide (which will probably kill all the algae in the lake rendering it sterile and thus a poor environment to support fish and fishing), then we will do so. Again, if you have any questions or comments, please address them in person or via email to the Lakes people in a position to disseminate complete and accurate information rather than passing incomplete information via rumor and innuendo.

Thank you.

Christine Baldanza
Community Manager

Email from Dr. Rick Amalfi,
Aquatic Consulting and Testing, Inc.

Received: February 5

Christine:

I have read the e-mail in question and I am very concerned that this information will cause undue and unsubstantiated fear in the community. This e-mail assumes that the Microcystis that we have seen in the lake is dominant (in large concentrations) and is a toxin producer. The internet is a wonderful source of information, but one must be careful not to assume everything presented (generic information) is applicable to every situation. It is likely the information found was on Microcystis flos aque or M. aeruginosa, toxin-producing species linked to many harmful algal blooms and adverse effects.

As far as Microcystis presence in your lake, the following points are relevant. First, Microcystis is not and has not been the dominant species in the lake. Microcystis was the alga making the swirling patterns on the lake surface a month or two ago. It has been found only at the surface and was not even present in the routine algae monitoring samples we collected from the lake at 0.5 m depth. Second, not all Microcystis species can produce toxins. We have no evidence that the Microcystis we have seen in the lake is a toxin-forming species. Finally, Microcystis has been present in your lake at various times of the year for many years, and I am not aware of any ill effects ever reported.

Microcystis is very common at various times of the year in many lakes in central Arizona. In fact it has even been found in Lake Pleasant; a drinking water supply reservoir. Other lakes include municipal park lakes and HOA lakes. Should the mere presence of Microcystis or other alga with a toxin-producing species warrant the warning described in the e-mail, nearly all urban park fishing lakes should be vacated, Cosmos Dog Park lake (where dog swimming is allowed) should be closed, and many HOAs should prohibit any contact with their lake water. Even Salt River Lakes (Canyon and Roosevelt), where fishing, swimming, and boating occur, have algae that belong to toxin-forming groups. A similar event and reaction occurred many years ago when a University professor, new to Arizona, found Microcystis in a park lake. After he called a meeting with Arizona Game & Fish, ADEQ, and several consultants, he dismissed the incident as an unfortunate over-reaction to a normal situation for a central Arizona urban lake.

As far as I know, the only documented cases of algal toxicity in Arizona have been related to golden algae (Prymnesium parvum). Golden algae toxins (prymnesins) have no effect on humans or pets. Cylindrospermopsis racibirskii has also been suspected of producing a toxin leading to a fish kill in northern Arizona, but the toxicity was not confirmed. There have been reports of individuals that are sensitive to blue-green algae, experiencing allergy-like skin irritations after swimming in waters with high concentrations of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria).

My advice to your residents would be to exercise reasonable and normal care and caution as you would with any lake or pond. When dealing with an open body of water that is not filtered or disinfected, avoid ingestion and avoid contact with open wounds. Wash with soap and water after contact; there are bacteria and other microorganisms in the water. Although I believe the lake would meet the State regulations for full body contact, I would not recommend swimming (for humans or dogs).

Birds/duck waste and runoff are constant sources of bacteria to the lake, factors I am much more concerned about with regard to swimming. As far as fish consumption, most recent research indicates that, even if the water has an active toxin producer, some of the microcystin toxin accumulates in inedible portions of the fish (e.g., liver) and most is excreted by the fish. Fish with short residence times (like seasonally stocked trout) would have even less uptake of any potential toxin. The toxin, therefore, appears to have minimal human health risk and especially if the fish are not consumed on a regular basis (NOAA Center for Great Lakes and Human health).

Dr. Rick Amalfi
Aquatic Consulting and Testing, Inc.

Lake Report

Posted: January 7

Even though our lake environmental consultant, Dr. Frederick Amalfi at Aquatic Consultanting and Testing, Inc., tests our lake regularly to insure that our biggest asset is always healthy and well-maintained, we have asked for a new round of tests and analysis in view of the latest visual change in the lake.

His report states the reason for the color change and tells us that the lake is in a healthy state. Always aware of the value of our property, I will continue to monitor the lake for changes and will take whatever additional steps are necessary to insure its value in our community.

You may read Dr. Amalfi's report here.

Pool Temperature Stable

Posted: December 18

The pool heating situation has been resolved and the temperature is stable at the targeted 83°.

Happy Holidays

Posted: December 5

We wish our Lakes friends and neighbors all the warmth and happiness of the season and a new year rich with blessings.

LCA Workshop

Wednesday, December 4

The LCA Baseline, Westshore, and Security Committee Workshop will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2013. You may view the agenda here. All Lakes homeowners are welcome to attend.

Winter Storm Raises Lake Level

Posted: November 22

I have been watching the rising level of the lake today after our overnight rain and since the forecast calls for even more rain throughout the weekend, I have decided to release a small amount of water to make sure that we have somewhere to put it. It's surprising how much water funnels down the roads and gutters in our community and into our lake. We'll begin to see the water subside by Saturday, but boat owners should keep an eye on mooring lines at all times.

The lake is truly our community's largest asset and I assure everyone that I keep an unrelenting eye out for its health as well its water level. Thank you.

Lake Level to Rise

Posted: October 29

The last stage of the lake wall repair at the Watershed restaurant will be finished in the next week. Water is again being brought into the lake to bring it up to its normal level. Boat owners are advised to keep an eye on mooring lines so that boats will be allowed to rise with the water level.

LCA Board Meeting

Posted: October 22

Don't forget the LCA Board meeting Wednesday night. A healthy turnout indicates a responsible and interested community. Here's the agenda.

Lake Level to Rise

Posted: October 14

The lake wall repair project is finished and we are filling the lake back to the normal level. Thank you for your patience.

Lakes Log Update

Posted: October 1

The October Lakes Log will be delivered Thursday afternoon.

Lake Wall Repair

Posted: September 30

The lake level is dropping to facilitate a lake wall repair project near the Watershed restaurant. The repair will begin once the water level clears enough of the wooden boards. Until the repair is finished, boat owners should keep an eye on mooring lines, making sure that boats are allowed to lower with the water level without putting undue stress on docks. We'll keep you all aware of progress of the repair in this spot. Thank you.

Lakes Log Update

Posted: Tuesday, September 3

Due to the Labor Day three-day weekend, The Lakes Log will arrive Thursday, September 5.

Temporary Pool Closure

Posted: August 26

Due to the dust storm and heavy rainfall, the pool will be closed to stabilize the chemicals and for cleaning. We expect to have this work completed by 2 PM Wednesday. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

LCA Board Meeting

Posted: August 26

All Lakes homeowners are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the Lakes Board of Directors Wednesday night, August 28 at 7 PM.

Lake Level to Rise

Posted: August 16

We're adding water to the lake, so boat owners should keep an eye on mooring lines. We'll also be irrigating the Southshore lawns. The add will probably take four days or less. Thank you.

August Bulk Pickup is Strictly Green

Posted: August 6

According to the new city of Tempe bulk trash pickup policy, only green waste will be collected during the month of August. The neighborhood collection will take place during the week of August 11 through 17. The policy definition of green waste is outlined on the city website.

The next green waste pickup will be in October; the next mixed waste pickup will be in November.

Swim Team Relays Saturday Morning

Posted: July 26

The Lakes Swim Team Intrasquad Relay and Team Party will be held Saturday morning July 27. The Pool will be closed for the races and for the cleanup that must surely follow. Expect the Pool to be closed until 1 PM. Thank you.

No Board Meeting in July

Posted: July 23

There will be no LCA Board Meeting in July. Please disregard the notice in The Lakes Log. The next meeting of The Lakes Board of Directors will be August 28 in the Clubhouse.

Lake Level to Rise

Posted: July 23

We're adding water to the lake, so boat owners should lengthen mooring lines. We'll also be irrigating the Southshore lawns. The add will probably take four days or less. Thank you.

Tuesday Swim Meet Preparation

Posted: July 11

For Tuesday's 5 PM swim team meet, the pool will be closed at 2:30 PM so that we can prepare the area for the influx of swimmers and guests at a home meet. Afterward, the pool will be closed for the rest of the night for clean-up and will open bright and early Wednesday as usual.

No Curbside Bulk Trash Pickup in July

Posted: July 5

With all the changes taking place in the area of bulk/mixed/green trash pickup by the city of Tempe, I want to make one more reminder that there will be no curbside trash pickup of any kind by the city in July.

There will be a green waste pickup in August between the eleventh and the seventeenth as defined by the city and as explained on the city website.

Special Board Meeting

Posted: June 29

There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of the LCA Wednesday, July 3 at 7 PM in the Lakes Clubhouse. All homeowners are invited to attend. The agenda is posted on the LCA page.

Northshore Intersection Open

Posted: June 18

Northshore Drive at Lakeshore Drive is once again open for business. Let's hope it stays that way.

Northshore Intersection Closed Again

Posted: June 18

Well, it was open for a while, but the mopping up revealed an issue or two that needed further attention, so Northshore Drive is again closed at Lakeshore Drive. The latest word, which is always subject to revision when it comes to real-life, is that it will be open Wednesday, June 19. Watch this space.

Lakeshore/Northshore Intersection Open

Posted: June 18

At long last, the intersection of Northshore and Lakeshore is open. With coordinated effort by SRP and the city of Tempe each with their own jurisdiction, their own property, and their own easements, the huge hole left by a water main break has finally been repaired. There will probably be some additional cleanup in store, but at least local traffic can get back to normal and we'll make sure that the area is put back to proper condition.

Saturday Swim Meet Preparation

Posted: June 14

For Saturday's swim team meet which begins at 7 AM, the pool will be closed Friday night at 7:30 so that we can prepare the area in advance. We'll close the pool Friday night for only three Saturday home meets this season.

The pool will close at 2 PM for mid-week meets that begin at 5 PM. Following mid-week meets, the pool will remain closed for the rest of the night for clean-up.

Pool OPEN!

Posted: June 13

Our pool is open!

Pool Update

Posted: June 9

The work on the pool is nearly done and the pool should be open for Homeowners' enjoyment by Thursday, June 13.

Graffiti Alert

Posted: February 21

The graffiti that showed up in The Lakes through the night will be taken care of by the end of the day today. If you think there is some graffiti that might not have been noticed, please call the LCA office at 838-1023 and we'll make sure it is taken care of ASAP. Tempe PD has also been notified.

Lakes Office Manager
Karen O'Carroll Leaving

Posted: January 30

Karen O'Carroll, our Office Manager for over ten years, is leaving us Friday.

Please join us Friday, February 1 at 4 PM in the Multipurpose Room for a farewell get-together to thank her for her many years of dedicated service to The Lakes community.

Revised Architectural Rules Released

Posted: January 18

The latest Architectural Rules revised as of January 2013 were just released and are available for reading and downloading on the Document Download page. You can also read and download the Architectural Application which must be completed and approved prior to any home improvement in The Lakes.

Pool Renovation Has Begun

Posted: January 17

The pool is officially closed. The water has been drained and the hard work begins. I'll keep you updated here of the renovation progress.

Plunge Preparation

Posted: January 3

The Lakes Womens' Club is hosting this year's Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Tempe's Adapted Recreation Program on Saturday, January 12 starting at 8 AM. We will allow the pool to reach positively polar condition by shutting off the heat starting Tuesday, January 8.

Pool Renovation

Posted: January 3

In the week immediately following the Plunge, we will begin the pool renovation. Since it will be completely drained for the work, we will not reheat the pool following the Plunge. The target date for completion is March 8 and I will keep you posted of the progress of the pool in the Community Manager's Update. Here's hoping that the work will go smoothly. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Fall Update

Posted: November 8

Despite the reality of the daytime temperatures lately, autumn is either right around the corner or it's here already. Parks, finger parks, and the common areas have been seeded for winter ryegrass and are coming in beautifully. The Lakes looks GREAT in winter.

Our landscapers, Redwood Landscaping, will be putting in the fall variety of accent flowers early next week. Redwood is also responsible for the beautiful ryegrass making The Lakes so pretty.

The lake, btw, is being kept low to facilitate a lakewall repair and as soon as it is complete, we will be raising the lake level. Until then, keep and eye on your mooring lines and keep your fenders square. I will notify you when the job is done. Thanks.

Clubhouse Parking Lot Closed for Repair

Posted: October 19

The Clubhouse parking lot will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Octobert 22 and 23 for asphalt resealing. With a little patience, we will see the parking area looking in tip top shape by Wednesday.

Clubhouse open for business

The Clubhouse will be open for business as usual under the normal operating hours throughout the repair.

Parking across the street

Please park in the lot across the street where there is plenty of space and cross the street carefully.

As you approach the Clubhouse, please walk on the sidewalk. Please do not walk on the newly laid asphalt until it has cured.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the lot will be open Wednesday as usual. If there is any change in this schedule, it will be announced in this spot.

Thank you for your patience during this project which is being done to keep The Lakes Clubhouse and our community looking good.

Lake Level to Rise

Posted: October 6

We're adding water to the lake again after letting it drop to accommodate a repair to the wooden structure under the Lakeshore bridge. This addition will raise the lake a good bit, so boatowners should remember to keep an eye on mooring lines and boat fenders since a boat can get hooked under its dock in some cases. The water should be coming in until roughly Saturday, October 13.

Pool to Open

Posted: September 21

Work on the underground leak has been completed on schedule and will allow the pool to open tomorrow, Saturday, at the normal time.

We're sorry for any inconvenience.

In about two weeks, the pool will necessarily be closed for two days for the application of cool deck over the affected area.

Pool Closure

Posted: September 18

The Lakes pool will be closed Thursday and Friday, September 20-21 for the repair of an underground leak. The work should be completed by the end of the day Friday so that the pool can be opened Saturday morning as usual. If there is any change to this plan, the status will be posted here.

We're sorry for any inconvenience.

Lake Wall Repair

Posted: September 15

The lake level is being allowed to fall slightly by normal evaporation to allow a repair to be made to the lake wall. Boat owners should keep an eye on mooring lines during this period. Watch this space for further updates on this project.

Life Guard Hours Change

Posted: August 3

With schools in session once again, The Lakes lifeguard coverage will be Saturday from 1 PM until 8 PM and Sunday from 1 PM until 7 PM until further notice.

Lake Level to Rise

Posted: June 20

We're adding water to the lake, so boat owners should lengthen mooring lines. We'll also be irrigating the Southshore lawns. The add will probably take four days or less. Thank you.

Swim Meet Pool Closings

Posted: June 10

For Saturday's swim team meet which begins at 7 AM, the pool will be closed Friday night at 8 PM so that we can prepare the area in advance. We'll close the pool Friday night for only three Saturday home meets this season.

The pool will close at 2 PM for mid-week meets that begin at 5 PM. Following mid-week meets, the pool will remain closed for the rest of the night for clean-up.

Check the Swim Team or the Lakes Calendar for dates. Go Snakes and Minnows!

SRP Construction on Lakeshore Drive

Posted: June 7

SRP has informed The Lakes and all residents along the immediate affected area of an SRP construction project to upgrade the electrical service system in part of our Lakes neighborhood. As stated in the announcement, this project will enable SRP to continue providing safe and reliable power to your home.

The project involves the replacement of old and damaged underground power lines along South Lakeshore Drive between East Baseline Road and East Sandpiper Drive and a small portion along South Lighthouse Lane. The construction will begin soon and is expected to be complete by the middle of August. Residents along the construction area have been notified directly by SRP with this letter and map of the area. We urge all Lakes residents to read the letter and perhaps plan to use other entrances and exits to The Lakes for the time being.

At this time we can only guess about the degree of disruption this will mean for The Lakes, but we are confident that we can all adapt to the situation and that, come August, we will have gotten through it intact.

If you have any questions about this upcoming project, please do not hesitate to call the Clubhouse.

Lake Level Rising

Posted: May 23

The lake level will begin rising today. Boat owners are advised to lengthen mooring lines.

Pool to Close for One-Day Repair

Posted: May 22

The Lakes Pool will be closed for one day, Wednesday, May 23 to make repairs to the pool deck in anticipation of the heavy summer usage. The Pool will not open at all Wednesday, but, barring unforseen developments, will open bright and early Thursday morning as usual. If there are any changes to this plan, we will keep you informed in this spot. Thank you for your patience.

Attention Boat Owners

Posted: May 9

Over the past two nights, several boats have been hot wired, taken out on the lake, vandalized, and set adrift. It is recommended that all Lakes boat owners take whatever steps are necessary to secure their boats.

I have already alerted Tempe police and have asked for additional patrols though The Lakes at night, but if you see any suspicious behavior, please call Tempe Police at 480-966-6211. If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call The Lakes office at 480-838-1023.

Lake Level Rising

Posted: April 18

We're adding water to the lake, so boat owners should lengthen mooring lines. We'll also be flooding the Southshore lawns to chase away the last of the winter blah. The add will probably take four days or less. Thank you.

Spring Break Lifeguards

Posted: March 13

The weather is terrific and we're seeing lots of Lakes homeowners using the Pool. Come join your friends and neighbors enjoying Lakes Living.

Lifeguards will be on duty this week during Spring Break each afternoon from 1 to 5 PM. Beginning this weekend and through the remainder of the season, lifeguards will be on duty Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

Lake Level Rising

Posted: April 18

We're adding water to the lake, so boat owners should lengthen mooring lines. We'll also be flooding the Southshore lawns to chase away the last of the winter blah. The add will probably take four days or less. Thank you.

Jacuzzi Open!

Posted: March 16

The Lakes Jacuzzi has been repaired and is open for business!

Spring Break Lifeguards

Posted: March 13

The weather is terrific and we're seeing lots of Lakes homeowners using the Pool. Come join your friends and neighbors enjoying Lakes Living.

Lifeguards will be on duty this week during Spring Break each afternoon from 1 to 5 PM. Beginning this weekend and through the remainder of the season, lifeguards will be on duty Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

Jacuzzi Repair Near

Posted: March 12

The Club Jacuzzi should be open for use by Thursday evening, March 15. Watch this spot for any change.

Jacuzzi Still Closed

Posted: March 8

The Lakes Jacuzzi is still closed due to a malfunction in the heater. If there is any change in the situation, it will be posted here.

Jacuzzi Closed

Posted: March 6

The Lakes Jacuzzi has been closed due to a malfunction in the heater. The repair won't be completed until Thursday afternoon, March 8. If there is any change in the situation, it will be posted here.

Lake Level to Rise

Posted: February 21

We're adding water to the lake, so boat owners should lengthen mooring lines. The add will probably take four days or less. Thank you.

Board Election

Posted: February 15, 2012

Congratulations to the newly elected Lakes Board members, Nils Kindgren, Dave Smith, and Jay Williams.

I have posted the annual report I gave at the annual Homeowners Meeting at the Community Manager's Report.

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