2018 Annual Meeting Minutes:
Hackert Lake Association Annual Meeting
July 21, 2018 Amber Township Hall
Meeting convened: 5:05 pm
Forty-six (46) members in attendance. President John Ochs welcomed everyone and extended a sincere “Thank You’ to Matt and Jennifer McMellen for their offer to host the Annual meeting at their home on the lake.
Due to inclement weather, our meeting venue was changed to Amber Twp. Hall.
John introduced our Board Members: VP Ed Sanders, Secretary Linda Ochs, Treasurer Sandi Steckel, and Directors John Barbrick, Rick Ruba, Cathy Iteen, and Bob Haupt (absent today.)
Ed McCarthy recently resigned from his Director’s position and John thanked him for his years of service. Current Board Members have agreed to remain.
John and Linda Ochs are resigning from their long time positions.
John announced that Kevin Kalmbach has volunteered to function as the new President, and his wife, Debb, is willing to function as Secretary.
Kevin spoke to the group about his decision to serve as the President.
John Ochs made motion to accept Kevin and Debb as President and Secretary.
Rick Ruba seconded. Motion unanimously carried.
Sandi Steckel is resigning from her long time position as treasurer. John made motion
that Cathy Iteen be accepted to replace Sandi as Treasurer. Dan Bradshaw seconded. Motion unanimously accepted.
The group enthusiasticly welcomed Kevin, Debb and Cathy to their new positions.
John welcomed all, reminding everyone that Hackert Lake Association was established 34 years ago, in 1984. All attendees introduced themselves in turn. Of note, were new riparian members: Erin & Kathy Doan, and Greg & Karen Zischke.
Secretary Linda Ochs offered to read the minutes from the July 21, 2017 annual meeting.
Linda explained that in recent years, the minutes have been accepted by acclamation.
Linda stated the Minutes are posted on the HLA website, hard copies are available on request, or she would be happy to send via email upon request.
Paul Schultz made motion that minutes be accepted by acclamation.
Bruce Schultz seconded. Motion carried.
All were reminded that Ed Sanders and Rick Ruba serve as our Water Safety Patrol.
Rick recently was advised by marine deputies, that if anyone observes someone NOT following the rules or endangering the safety of others . . .to call 911, get the MC# off of watercraft, and if possible take a video.
Dr. Mike McKinney of WSCC spoke about our annual Water Quality Study performed by WSCC. Mike spoke highly of a newly hired Botanist, named Paul Bilinski. Dr. McKinney’s comments regarding our lake study results were very positive. He spoke about ammonia levels which are indicative of no algae, nitrate levels, phosphate levels, water temp, PH
levels, etc . . .overall we have a very healthy, very CLEAR lake, with a water temp usually very close to air temp.
Sandi Steckel presented her Treasurer’s report: Current membership of 70, with current balance of $6313.36.
John made brief comments regarding the LIB (Lake Improvement Board). He described purpose and identified who sat on LIB.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 pm., after which all enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Marcia Sadler. Five(5) door prizes were awarded:
#1- $25 GC from Grassa’s Market
#2- $25 GC from Cottage Works plus gift item from store
#3- $25 GC from Applebees Restaurant
#4 & 5 - Beautiful framed pictures hand painted by Sandi Steckel
Linda Ochs, Secretary
January 2016 Hackert Lake "Lake Lines" Newsletter
(includes a message from HLA President, John Ochs)
A Note about Annual Dues
We are proud the Association’s dues has remained the small amount of $20 all these years. We spend your money very carefully. We have averaged over seventy (70) members for many years now. Many members also choose to make a donation with their dues, for both of which we are very thankful.
As a member of the Association you gain our efforts on your behalf. There is influence in numbers; we have a relationship with the DNR, DEQ, Amber TWP., and Mason Co. in a way an individual doesn’t. We can serve as a resource to our members. We are always available to our members to answer questions, provide information, and act on their behalf. You are better off as a member than on your own. If you haven’t joined in the past, please rethink your position and give us a chance.
We solicit dues early each year, but it can be paid anytime. Send your check to: Sandi Steckel, HLA Treasurer, 1628 Chillberg Rd., Scottville,Mi. 49454 and, THANKS !
Oak Wilt Issue on Hackert Lake (click here)
2017 Annual Meeting Minutes