2/22/18: President's newsletter (click here)
Includes past issues.
The next meeting of the Board of Governers will be held Monday, March 26, 7:00pm at the Burr School library.
3/1/18: At the Febrary BOG meeting, due to recent resignations, Sheri Berger was elected to the position of Financial Secretary, and Lori-Ann Hoberman was elected to the position of Recording Secretary. In addition, Victoria Nicholson was elected to fill Sheri Berger's seat on the board. In previous meetings, Cindy Porriello and Carolyn Chalifoux were elected to fill two vacancies on the Board of Governors. All will serve until the Annual Meeting in May when regular elections by members will occur.
The lake will be allowed to refill starting March 15th. This will allow for making repairs to the dam and for the start of some stump removal.
Stickers to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Hidden Lake Association are available for purchase. They are available in different sizes. Click on the picture to visit the website.
11/6/17: Contact Form/Boat Sticker Request (click here) Included in the annual tax bill mailing was a note from president Jay Cassella that included a request of how members would like to be notified of Association news or "doings." Included is a form to register your boat, canoe, kayak, etc. as part of the new boat registration program. The Association decided at the Annual Meeting that 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.
11/1/17: The lake is being lowered to allow for work by the Town of Haddam on the causeway. At the last Board of Governors meeting, the lake committee recommended to the Board that the lake be lowered to approximately 25 feet from the shoreline from November 30th until March 1, 2018 to allow for freezing of shoreline weeds. The Board approved this measure as a first step in a developing plan to help control lake weeds. The snow plowing contract with Langer Landscaping was also approved.
The Board of Governors meetings are held on the last Monday of the month in the Burr School library starting at 7:00pm. Members are invited to attend.
The Annual Meeting was held on May 21, 2017 at the Town Hall Annex on Turkey Hill Road, next to the old jailhouse. Jay Cassella was elected as our new president, and Dale Fiore was elected as our new vice president. Thanks to Laura Jenner and Cathy Serino for all their years of service. Laura will remain on the board as past president.
We are also on FaceBook. Click the link to get there: https://www.facebook.com/hiddenlakect
Boats on the Beaches
There are a number of boats, paddleboats, kayaks, and canoes, that have been left on the beaches. Although this is permitted by our bylaws, some of these boats appear to have been abandoned, or are damaged such as they are not functional. Some are collecting standing water which allow moquitoes to breed. Others may not belong to Association members.
At the 2017 Annual Meeting, members decided that all boats, canoes, kayaks, etc. must be removed from beaches by December 1 and cannot be returned until April 15. Anything remaining on the beaches after December 1 will be removed by the Association and disposed of. A notice concerning the requirement of boat stickers will be mailed with the tax bills.
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.
The septic pumping list for the year July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 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, 2018. Just a reminder that the Association does not pay for septic tank pumping required for any reason between Association-required pumpings.
Concerning motors on the lake
Reminder: Motorized recreational vehicles, including snowmobiles, jetskis, or boats, kayaks, canoes, etc. with any kind of motor (example: gas and electric) are not permitted on the lake. 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:
Motors. A friendly reminder
that use of any motors on boats, canoes, jetskis, or other recreational vehicles such as
snowmobiles in the winter, is prohibited.
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, or an electrical engine,
whether of portable type or built-in, is prohibited. This shall not prohibit the
use by the association of any power engine in a utility boat or a police boat.
Lycott Environmental 2014 Year-End Report concerning aquatic plant management is available in PDF format on the Meeting Minutes and Lake Report pages.
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) at Burr Elementary School at 7:00 pm during the school year. The BOG does not normally meet during the month of December. Meetings are subject to cancellation or date changes depending upon BOG members' availability to meet a quorum. Meetings during the summer are usually held at BOG members' homes. BOG meetings are open to HLA members. 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.