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LEISURE TIMES
NEWSLETTER OF LEISURE LANDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Spring OF 2003
Leisure Lands Community Association Inc.
100 Leisure Lands
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
570-223-1473
You may send suggestions for the newsletter by e-mail to the editor Gary Whepley

A Message from the President

The Board of Directors hopes that everyone had a safe and enjoyable winter and we share your relief that it’s finally over. It has been a rough winter for our roads, as you may know by now. However, due to everyone’s commitment to pay the road assessment in a timely fashion, our Road Committee should have funds available to make the necessary repairs. I am sure that everyone is aware of the increase in the road assessment although many of you may not understand why it was done. We, the Board of Directors, felt that an increase was warranted in order to have enough funds to maintain the roads and make improvements to the most heavily traveled sections. However, we did not think it was right to increase the assessment when there were several residents that owed the Association hundreds of dollars in past fees. Thanks to successful legal action, we were able to recover nearly all of the money owed to the Association.

While this was very helpful, it merely postponed the inevitable. With the increased amount of traffic due to the increased amount of full-time residents, our roads now require maintenance and repair far more frequently and at an ever-increasing cost. Moreover, the severity of this past winter, and the subsequent thaw, require more extensive repair than anyone could have imagined.

We are committed to maintaining and improving the condition of the roads in our community and we will repair the damage done by the severe winter. If every resident and property owner pays his or her fair share, we will be able to honor that commitment. It may seem otherwise but Leisure Lands still has some of the most well maintained roads in the area. Let’s all work together to keep it that way.

Mike Rutherford

 President LLCAI


Treasury Report, by Larry Krieger

The Planned Community Act 180 was passed into law in December of 1996. Since then, owners of property, in communities, are required to purchase a resale certificate. Resale certificates are obtained and issued by the association. This certificate allows the community association to collect:  back dues, assessments and/or late fees, from property owners. These charges are collected at the time of the real estate closing, when refinancing or with court action. Those property owners who have not paid their fair share of these assessments are now doing so.

I am also pleased to announce that since Act 180 became the law; our community association has collected well over $12,000 dollars in back charges. The reason is due to better enforcement, by obtaining a resale certificate package, which includes the by-laws, rules & regulations, deed restrictions, financial statement and current budget. Currently the charge for this resale certificate is $100 dollars.

Our community association started court action early last year to enforce collection of non-payers. This program has collected over $4000 dollars in arrearages and had judgments placed on several individuals who had ignored their obligation. To the members of our community, that has supported the association, we say “Thank You”.

Larry Krieger, Accounting


Road Report

Well at least the winter is over. We made it. Unfortunately the roads did not fare as well. As soon as the ground dries up and all the run-off is gone we will be starting work on some well needed repairs. Miller Bush has already started filling in some holes temporarily and will make them permanent once we have the better weather.

Please have patience and if you have a major problem that needs our immediate attention please call us or drop us a line and we will see that it is taken care of.

We also have been going around replacing broken street signs and straightening others up. Again if you have one please contact us

Road Committee—100 Leisure Lands—East Stroudsburg, Pa. 18301—223-1473.

Bill Bennett, Road Master


Your Board

 
Mike Rutherford President
Don WatsonRobert Aikens Vice President
Don Watson Director
Lisa Ogden Director
Charlie Maroni Director
Charles Lichtenstein Director
Mike Catania Director
Janet Pouch Recording Secretary
Larry Krieger Treasurer

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY NEWS & INFORMATION

I am pleased to report to all of you that I have recently been selected to serve on the Planning Subcommittee for our township. I have attended many of their meetings previously and have been very vocal on technical development issues.

I have also been asked by our President to provide the members with some information. Specifically on how the increased development in this area concerns Leisure Lands. Therefore, I will outline some of the major issues and periodically report on progress of the planning subcommittee.

  • School taxes will likely continue to rise. As an example the Monroe County Planning Commission reports that "The Water Gap Preserve Development by LTS Builders would cost the East Stroudsburg School District almost $200,000 more every year than the tax revenues generate".
  • Ninety-One homes are planned just up the road from us, across from Flagstone Farms. That means (91) wells and (91) septic systems, additional school taxes and increased traffic on Coolbaugh Road.
  • Additional developments are planned for Coolbaugh Road South of us and across from the Crown Point Development. It will be increasingly difficult to get around in this area.
  • The Marshall's Creek By-Pass will also open up Route 402 by dumping more vehicular traffic near the intersection of COOLBAUGH RD. and RTE. 402. This area is targeted for major changes such as: traffic lights, Village Centers, Gas Stations and who knows what else at this point in time?

     What can we do? What can you do?

The most important thing to do is register to vote. Vote for local candidates and find who they are and what they stand for. Mr. Wayne Bolt lives right here in Leisure Lands. Go to a township meeting and meet him. He will be thrilled to see you!

Attend meetings in the township. Find out what's going on - you live here!

I also need members to attend township meetings and write down that they are from Leisure Lands and are Potential voters when the time comes for a changing of the guard.

THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

 Chares Maroni, P.G. Governor Signs New Act

On December 9, 2002 Gov. Mark Schweiker signed the following act of interest to the community:

Act 152 of 2002 (H.B. 152) amends the state Vehicle Code to add provisions dealing with abandoned vehicles. This act takes effect February 7, 2003.

The act increases the penalties for abandoning a vehicle on public or PRIVATE PROPERTY from $50 plus costs of disposal to $500 plus costs for the first offense, $1,000 plus cost for the second offense, and a misdemeanor of the third degree plus costs for a third or subsequent offense.

Police officers or municipal personnel who have been designated by ordinance to enforce the abandoned vehicle provisions must complete a state Department of Transportation abandoned vehicle information report before the vehicle may be towed by a licensed salvor. PENNDOT must then inform the owner or lien holders of their right to request a copy of the report and to have a hearing before a civilian officer or employee of the municipality where the vehicle was abandoned. If it is determined that the vehicle was not abandoned, the owner may retrieve the vehicle with 48 hours without paying any fines.

Lakeview Pool and Country Club                                                                     Advertisement

The Lakeview Pool and Country Club will be conducting a membership drive in the coming months. Please keep an eye out for our newsletter for more information. We look forward to seeing you for the drive.

Our dining room remains open all year round with seating starting at 7:00 p.m. keep your eyes open for out specials. Look for our Sunday morning breakfast. Signs will be posted at the club with the date (usually once a month).

Bar hours remain the same until the start of the summer schedule:

                                                Friday        6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

                                                Saturday                    1 p.m. to 6 p.m. & 7:30 to 1 a.m.

                                                Sunday       1:00 p.m. until ??:??

Lakeview Pool and Country Club is not affiliated or associated with LLCAI.


Letter from the Editors

Recently we have seen some changes taking place in and around the community. New buildings going up. Additions being made. People moving in. People moving out. Change is inevitable. It is something that we must live with and learn to handle. As a small community it should be our goal to live in peace and harmony with one another. A simple hello or good morning. A phone call to a neighbor to see if anything is needed from the store. Any little act of kindness, a nice word, a pleasant greeting or any thing to show that you care. This is your community. Lets pull together to make it the show place of the Pocono’s. With all that is going on in the world we sure as well can live in peace.


The following is an excerpt from the burning regulations of Middle Smithfield Township. Each newsletter we will try and print something of interest to the community.

94-1 Prohibited acts; exceptions

  1. no person or persons, firm, association or corporation shall set or maintain any fire upon any of the        

streets, roads, sidewalks, alleys or public lands in the township or burn or cause to be burned thereon any rubbish, leaves or any other kind of substance, nor shall nay such person or persons set or maintain any fire or burn or cause to be burned any substance or material of any kind out of doors anywhere in the township, except between the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, or between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, or between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. There shall be no burning on the following legal holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

  1. The following are exceptions to the above prohibitions:
    1. Campfires and bonfires for recreational facilities related to their operations
    2. Any fire set to prevent or abate a fire hazard, when approved by the DEP and under supervision of a public officer.
    3. Any fire set for the purpose of instructing personnel in fire fighting , approved by DEP
    4. Any fire set for the prevention and control of disease or pest when approved by DEP

Comments of the Editors are in no way connected with LLCAI or Lakeview. Remarks here are strictly from the editors.


Advertisements in this newsletter are strictly that. They are paid advertisements by the people in the ad or their companies. They are not to be considered related to, paid by, endorsed by or supported by LLCAI, their committees or this newsletter.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

The Independent Bikers of PA is having its second annual KidsPeace Christmas in July Toy Run on Saturday, July 19, 2003. KidsPeace is a nationwide center for kids overcoming crisis’s and The Independent Bikers of PA wants these kids to have Christmas in July. Last year, our toy run was a big success and over 130 kids received gifts and had their pictures taken with the bikers, riders and car drivers that attended.

We are planning to leave from Lakeview Pool and Country Club in Leisure Lands at 12:00 noon and will ride to the KidsPeace facility in Bethlehem, PA. All vehicles are welcome to join us for the ride. Afterwards, we will have a party at the Clubhouse with free music and food as well as fundraising events. If you can’t join us but would like to help, donations will be accepted at the Clubhouse before the ride. Donations of new toys, games, etc. should be appropriate for children between the ages of 6 and 15 and marked for Independent Bikers of PA.

Plan to join us to make this year an even bigger success for these wonderful children. For more information, contact Owen at 570-223-9934 or Pat at 570-223-1635.