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New: You can now check your HLA tax bills online just like your Haddam tax bills. Click here
Have a question about your tax bill? Contact our tax collector via email email@example.com
The lake is being lowered for lakeside cleanup as this is an even year. The lake committee recommended that the lake remain lowered throughout the winter until March 15th to help with weed control. It was the committee's opinion that the draw down last year was successful in limiting weeds this past summer.
A special meeting to consider a bylaws change to allow the use of electric trolling motors on the lake was held Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 at the Town Annex building on Jail Hill Road. The amendment passed, 53-14. Electric trolling motors are now permitted on the lake. Motors are limited to 55 ft-lbs of thrust and only sealed batteries are allowed for power. State law requires that vessels that have a motor must be registered with the DMV and display the registration numbers on the bow along with the current date sticker. The vessel must also display an HLA sticker on the bow.
The contents of our safe deposit box were retrieved from Citizens Bank due to its closing. It includes the original deed for the lake, clubhouse, beaches, roads and rights of way. Other deeds include tax sales by the Town of Haddam, and property transfers of lots to HLA. To view these documents CLICK HERE.
The next meeting of the Board of Governors will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Town Annex building on Jail Hill Road.
11/24/18: President's newsletter (click here) Includes past issues.
(Note: opinions expressed in the President's Newsletter do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Board of Governors.)
Click Here to see pictures of the 2018 Hidden Lake Tractor Parade
7/5/18: Tax bills have been mailed and are due by August 1. Late payments are subject to interest charges of 1.5% per month by state law, and the property is also subject to a tax lien, lien fees, and collection fees if required. If you have any questions about your taxes, you may contact our tax collector at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/1/18: Contact Form/Boat Sticker Request (click here)
All HLA members' boats on the lake must be registered with the Association.The purpose of the registration is to monitor boats on the lake and at our beaches. Boats left on our beaches that do not have a sticker attached are subject to removal by the Association. Click on the link above to obtain additional copies, which can be mailed to HLA, PO Box 401, Higganum CT 06441. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
The septic pumping list for the year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 is now available on the Septic Pumping page. Each homeowner is required by ordinance to have their tank pumped once every four years on the schedule determined by the Association. This scheduled pumping is paid for by the Association. Homeowners due to have their tanks pumped this year will receive a postcard in July notifying them to contact Cahill Septic Service to make arrangements. Failure to comply could result in a fine of $25 per day after June 30, 2019. Just a reminder that the Association does not pay for septic tank pumping required for any reason between Association-required pumpings.
Boats on HLA Beaches
From our Bylaws: Section 44. Only such owners not in possession of lake shore frontage may moor their boats at these beaches. Persons who are not owners of property or lessees of cottages by the Season or month, shall not keep a boat on the lake or store it on the land for use on the lake periodically. All boats at the beach or on the lake must have a Hidden Lake Association registration sticker attached.
Concerning motors on the lake
Reminder: Motorized recreational vehicles, including snowmobiles, jetskis, or boats, kayaks, canoes, etc. not permitted on the lake except that small vessels may use an electric trolling motor with a maximum of 55 ft-lbs of torque, powered only by a sealed battery, and must be registered with DMV and display the registration numbers, date sticker, and also the HLA sticker on the bow. The lake itself is owned by the Hidden Lake Association, Inc., and use of the lake by members of the association is subject to the bylaws. Please read below:
Section 41-A. The propelling of boats or other recreational vehicles (year-round) on Hidden Lake by a gasoline engine, Diesel engine, a steam engine, an alcohol engine, a kerosene engine, whether of portable type or built in, is prohibited.
The use of electric trolling motors is permitted, with a maximum of 55 lb. thrust and the Battery accompanying the electric motor must be a sealed cell system. This shall not prohibit the use by the Association of any power engine in a utility boat or a police boat.
A reminder that dogs and other pets are not permitted on the beach at any time, per our bylaws.
There have been reported incidents of non-members accessing the lake with kayaks, canoes, and boats brought in by car or truck. Besides the fact that these people are tresspassing on our lake, these incidents increase the risk of our lake becoming contaminated with invasive weeds such as Eurasian milfoil. Invasive weeds can take over a lake in a short period of time and are difficult and expensive to eradicate. If you witness an occurrence, try to obtain the registration number, vehicle description, and location, and notify the State Police that there are tresspassers on the lake (the lake is posted against tresspassing). We advise against confronting the violators yourself, based upon past experiences of some lake members. We would appreciate it if you would also notify the Association via the email link at the bottom of this page. Thanks for your help.
The Meeting Minutes and Annual Meeting pages are now password protected. If you would like a username and password to access these pages, please email the webmaster at the link shown near the bottom of this page. In your email, please include the property owner name, property address, and your name and address. Upon verification that you are a HLA member, we will send you the username and password to access these pages.
The Hidden Lake Association Board of Governors Meets monthly on the last Monday of the month (except May and December), 6:30 pm at the Town Annex Building on Jail Hill road. Meetings are subject to cancellation or date changes depending upon BOG members' availability to meet a quorum. If you would like to bring a matter before a meeting, or are interested in the time and date of a meeting, email us below.