The approved budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 is now available on the Annual Meeting page of this website (see For Members Only link above. Contact us if you need the password).
The next meeting of the Board of Governors is scheduled for Monday, March 29, 2021.
Vice President Opening: Our recent vice president, Dale Fiore, has sold his property and therefore the office of vice president is now vacant. According to the bylaws, the Board of Governors may vote to fill the position until elections at the next annual meeting. If anyone is interested in running for this position, please Contact Us prior to the next BOG meeting in January. More information to follow soon.
Q&A: Nick McMahon from The Pond & Lake Connection, our contractor for lake weed management, attended the last ZOOM meeting of Board of Governors. He answered questions submitted by members of the lake committee and BOG, and HLA members who attended the virtual meeting.
Lake Lowering: The valve at the dam has been closed and the lake is back to its normal level. After consulting with Nick McMahon from The Pond & Lake Connection during the last ZOOM meeting, the BOG decided not to keep the lake lowered during the winter. The current bylaws call for the lake to be lowered in the fall on even years to allow for cleanup and maintenance of lakeside properties.
8/14/20: Results of the Special Meeting of the Hidden Lake Association held on Thursday, August 13, via ZOOM: Members present at the special meeting held on August 13th unanimously approved the allocation of $25,000 from the general reserve to be used for road drainage work. An estimateof $35,000 was provided by County Hill Landscape & Excavation of North Haven (CLICK HERE for the estimate). It was announced at the meeting that the contractor had lowered the estimate to $33,000 providing that alll of the work was done at one time. It is estimated that it should take 3-4 weeks to complete. The additional funds ($8,000) will come from the 2020-2021 budget that was approved by the Board of Governors on June 15th. At the time of the special meeting there were no other estimates available, although it was reported that a member is seeking a quote from another firm.
7/4/20:Results of the June 29th Election Meeting held via ZOOM:
President: Jay Cassella
Vice President: Dale Fiore
Secretary: Lori-Ann Hoberman
Treasurer: Robert Kiehm
Financial Secretary: Sheri Berger
3-year Board of Governors Term: Heather Edelson (Term expires 2023)
Continuing on the Board of Governors is Lloyd Pearson (past president), Cynthia Poriello (term expires 2021), and Victoria Nicholson (term expires 2022).
7/3/20: President's July 2020 Newsletter (Click Here)
(Note: opinions expressed in the President's Newsletter do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Board of Governors.)
Beavers: Several beavers have taken up residence in a lodge located on the shore at West Cove near Hidden Lake Road. Nearby neightbors have complained that the beavers have been felling some trees and shrubs over the last few months. The Board of Governors has decided to take up this subject at the Annual Meeting scheduled for May 17th. It is hoped that the semi-annual lowering of the lake in Octboer may force the beavers out of their lodge and cause them to relocate. The only other solution, if we want to remove the beavers, is to hire a licensed trapper between December 1st and March 31st. We have been told that relocating beavers is not an option, so if they don't leave on their own, they will have to be trapped and exterminated. In the meantime, to protect your property, here are several links to explore:
Beaver Lodge in West Cove
New Storage Shed: A new storage shed was installed during the fall to store various items used in the maintenance of the lake and beaches. The shed measures 14' x 20' and is located on West Shore Drive on Association property.
New Storage Shed
The Members Only Pages are password protected. The following pages listed under the Members Only tab on the menu bar are password protected: Minutes, Annual Meeting, Taxes, Lake Report, Septic Pumping, and Safe Deposit Box Documents. The password has not changed and a username is no longer required. HLA members and residents who do not have the password to access these pages, please CONTACT US. In your email, please include the property owner name, property address, and your name and address. Upon verification that you are an HLA member, we will email you the password to access these pages.
CAES Survey: The 2018 Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station survey of Hidden Lake weeds is available on the CAES website link. A copy of the reports for both 2018 and 2005 in PDF format is available for download from this site. CAES 2018 Survey
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, 2019 - June 30, 2020 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, 2020.
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 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 (and the Old Town Hall when the Annex is not available to us). 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, CONTACT US.