In an unexpected announcement during the Monday, December 6 Work Session of the Seven Lakes Landowners Association Board, President Randy Zielsdorf announced his intention to resurrect the Lakes & Dams Committee, a group he disbanded in April 2009.
In previous meetings, Zielsdorf explained that decision was based on his desire to shift responsibility for the monitoring, care and maintenance of the dams from volunteer to management’s supervision – in effect, swinging back the pendulum after the committee was created and provided exceptional proactive service following many years of deferred maintenance and what many characterized as minimal oversight by former manager Dalton Fulcher. Zielsdorf acknowledged that failure, but cited concerns that at least one committee member had been working with contractors on behalf of the Association in an inappropriate manner and that while substantial funding had been channeled into dam maintenance, he was not convinced that every expense was warranted.
Responding to criticism this Summer from former committee members, Zielsdorf agreed to a meeting in October between himself, Treasurer Denny Galford, Community Manager Alina Cochran, and several representatives from the former group. Discussions included a comprehensive five-year review of dam expenditures and joint approval of an eight item action list of regularly scheduled dam maintenance projects.
During Monday’s Work Session, Cochran noted that new information would require an adjustment to one of those items.
“There is some concern that mowing the grass when it has grown too long smothers the grass underneath,” Cochran explained.
Once mowed on a regular basis for aesthetics, over the last few years the grass on the dam faces has only been cut twice or thrice each year to prevent soil erosion. Cochran recommended that instead of limiting cuttings to a predetermined number, that the action item should be amended so that grass is mowed when it reaches a specified maximum height.
Following her report, Zielsdorf announced his decision to reconstitute the Lakes & Dams Committee and said he is seeking four interested individuals to serve. Specifically, he noted the committee would be useful in providing guidance for special requests related to the lakes that do not fall under already established committee interests of security, recreation or infrastructure. He anticipated an initial meeting in January and at least one more meeting prior to the new Board members being seated following the Annual Meeting in March.