The Annual Bass Lake Property Owners Association (BLPOA) Meeting and election of officers will be Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 9:00AM at the BLPOA Community Center.MEMBER DUES MUST BE PAID BY JULY 1, 2017 IN ORDER TO VOTE. Membership cards will not be available at the Annual meeting.
The regularly scheduled BLPOA meetings will be held at 9:00 AM on the following
Saturdays: March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, and August 19, 2017. Additional meetings may be scheduled. All meetings are held in the BLPOA Community Center.
THE BASS LAKE FESTIVAL – will be held again during the last full weekend in July;
July 28, 29 & 30, 2017. The committee is dedicated to the Mission of the Festival:To showcase the beauty and diversity of the lake, promote local businesses, provide family entertainment and build community spirit within and outside Starke County. Check the festival website www.basslakefest.com regularly to stay updated with the latest news and information.
Also included on the website are entry forms for the various events and activities to be held which may be downloaded and mailed to:
Bass Lake Festival Association, Inc., P.O. Box 455, Knox, IN 46534.
Volunteers are always needed, and the committee can use your help no matter how large or small. Please contact Tabitha Dillner for further information:
Tabitha Dillner / President Bass Lake Festival Association
BOATING EDUCATION AND SAFETY CLASS
A Boater’s Education and Safety Class will be offered at Koontz Lake on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00am to 5:00pm CST. The Class will be held at the Koontz Lake Club House located at 10870 E. Cherokee, Walkerton, IN. Online pre-registration is requested in mid-May and can be done at: https://www.register-ed.com/programs/indiana/104-indiana-boater-education/agency:25
This class is supported by the BLPOA. Please contact Board Member Aileen Collura (708 912-4038 / Aileen.Collura@yahoo.com) for additional information and/or questions.
THE ADOPT-A-BUOY PROGRAM
THE ADOPT-A-BUOY - this program adds buoys to areas of the lake to give our membersmore shoreline protection. Adopt-a-buoy volunteers place buoys out approximately 350 feet from the shoreline. At the end of summer they take their buoys out of the water and store them for the season. Remember the BLPOA buys the buoys; however, if you adopt a buoy, ‘you put it in, you take it out.’ Please contact Rick Anderson (574-772-6208) if you no longer want your buoy or if you would like a buoy and would like to become a “caretaker”.
NOTE: The DNR does not control the shoreline buoys, but will assist us whenever possible.Any persons using the lake for recreational purposes should be aware they can be ticketed whenever or wherever the Officer believes they are disobeying the law and rules of the lake, no matter where the buoys are placed. Copies of the Rules of the Waters are available at the Bass Lake Marina or on line at the DNR website - www.IN.GOV/DNR
We continue to do what we can to keep our lake property protected. All volunteers donate their time, gas and cars to patrol our roads. We have several cars patrolling the Bass Lake area and making security checks on senior citizens living alone. Any suspicious activities are reported to the Sheriff’s Department. This is a year-round patrol that strives to keep your property safe while you are away. However, we are always looking for additional volunteer drivers, especially during the winter months. If you are interested in helping or have any questions, please call Ron Vendl at 574-772-2580, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Neighborhood Watch meetings are usually held on thefirst Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the BLPOA Community Center, unless that Monday is a holiday. Please see the website under Neighborhood Watch for this year’s meeting dates
The Bass Lake Conservancy District (BLCD) owns and operates the sanitary sewer system that provides service to homes within the District. It also manages the Lake Pump, and works together with the IDNR on matters concerning weed control. The BLCD meets the third Monday of the month at the BLPOA Community Center. Meetings begins promptly at 6:00 PM (CST). Visit their website at
The BLCD’S sanitary system use ordinance PROHIBITS sump pumps and other clear water sources from being connected to the sanitary sewer system. Homeowners who are found to have these illegal connections can be fined up to $1,500 per day. Therefore, in order to protect the integrity of the BLCD sanitary sewer system, individual sewer connection inspections can be conducted by the BLCD at any time without any notice.
PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH: diapers, depends, cleaning wipes, baby wipes, feminine items, or any toweling material. Some cleaning and baby wipes state they are bio-degradable, but they don't break down before burning them reaching the pumping stations. This can be a very costly repair due to clogging the pumps and possibly up. In most cases it is possible to discover where these items originate. A home owner will be held responsible for any damage/repairs to the pumping system as a result of negligence.
ONLY FLUSH TOILET PAPER AND HUMAN WASTE PLEASE.
If you have any questions regarding the sanitary sewer system please call the Bass Lake Conservancy District at 574-772-2974. For emergencies only, call 574-806-1707.
The Bass Lake Property Owners Association wish to inform you of rules and regulations concerning the operation of golf carts at and near Bass Lake. These regulations are determined by the Starke County Commissioners ordinance 2013-1021. A full set of the regulations can be viewed by going to the web:starkecountysheriff.com, click on Reports and Permits, click on Golf Carts, click on Golf Cart Ordinance. You can also access the ordinance from the BLPOA Website(WWW.INBASSLAKE.COM) click on the Golf Cart Ord. Tab.
We are emphasizing only those that have been noted to be in violation:
1. Golf carts must have been granted a permit by the Starke Co. Sheriff’s Department and the permit posted in a clearly visible area on the golf cart. These permits are issued annually.
2. Operation is limited to county roads with a posted limit of 35 miles or less. Carts may NOT be driven on any state highway.
3.GOLF CARTS MAY NOT BE DRIVEN BY ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 16
AND THE OPERATOR MUST POSSESS A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.
4. No person may operate a golf cart on any county road between sunset and sunrise unless the vehicle is equipped with two (2) operating headlights and two (2) operating brake lights visible from a distance of 500 feet.
5. Golf Carts shall yield the right-of-way to faster moving vehicles, and shall not obstruct the flow of traffic, pulling off to the right to allow faster moving vehicles to pass.
6. The number of persons traveling in a golf cart shall not exceed the number of adult persons for whom seating is provided in the vehicle.
Any act or omission constituting a violation of this ordinance, including any failure to comply with or to maintain compliance with any of its requirements, constitutes an ordinance violation. A person convicted of violating this ordinance shall be subject to a fine not to exceed TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00) per violation. Each day that any of the provisions of this ordinance is violated constitutes a separate offense and violators shall be fined an additional fine not to exceed $25.00 per day plus court costs.
These regulations will be enforced and we encourage you to educate your families and guests to avoid any violations.