- On October 5, 2020
By Mike Moran | Email
Now that was one quick summer!! While it was a very unique pool season this year, we definitely had a very successful summer at the Fox Point pool. I want to thank Criss, Seth, and all that helped with the pool including all of the neighbors that were very patient and compliant as we worked through the many challenges in opening the Fox Point Pool in 2020. To my knowledge, we did not have any reported health issues associated with the pool this season which is a tremendous success for Fox Point!!
Again, thank you to all who were patient and helped us work through the season. The board is busy working through the 2021 proposed budget and will have it posted for all in the December 2020 newsletter. It will be approved at the annual Fox Point Homeowners meeting in January of 2021.
At this time, we are in the beginning phase of planning for our annual homeowners’ meeting and board elections in January. As in the past, we will send out mail-in ballots to all homeowners prior to the meeting and there will be an opportunity to vote in person. Lynn Douglas was appointed Chairperson of the 2021 Nominating Committee. Please contact her if you are curious about running for election to fill a board vacancy.
Fall is the most beautiful time of the year in Fox Point as the changing of the colors and the sunsets over Lake Louise are unimaginable. Take a few minutes this fall to enjoy the beauty of Fox Point.
By Rena Slovick Email
Fox Point Annual Golf Outing
Mother Nature had it in for us a couple of weeks ago and our golf outing has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 10th. The event was previously sold out, however, due to the date change we have had some spots open up! Please check the sign-up genius below and join us for some fall golf fun!
Fox Point Garage Sale
Marie Kondo has nothing on our own Mark Villalovos. Huge Thank You to Mark for planning & promoting this year’s socially distant annual garage sale!
We’re on the Gram!
We heard that’s what all the cool kids call it and we didn’t want to be left out. Our handle is foxpoint_barrington. Give us a follow and send us some photos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep a lookout on the Website Events Calendar, Nextdoor, or via Email for continued Social Updates! A lot can happen in-between newsletters.
By Margaret Graff | Email
As neighbors may have noticed, there has been much utility work going on along Lake Cook Road outside of Fox Point and into the south side entrance. This is a part of Nicor gas main modernization project that impacts Main Street between Ela and Route 14.
Jay Beverly, Engineering Inspector, has successfully coordinated the removal of all of the yellow and white high-pressure main markers in the coming days along Lake Cook Road except for one on either side of Flint Creek and one on either side of Ela Road, which has been deemed necessary for safety purposes.
Per Village officials, the original timeline had the project being completed at the end of November. There has been no communication from Nicor about any potential delays.
By Jay Roberts | Email
Happy Fall everyone!
Hope you all are enjoying the beautiful weather!
This month, I do not have any new updates for the monument walls. As a board, we’ve decided to again take a step back and give this some more time. There is a possibility that this project will be pushed back yet again, to next year. Once we removed the dirt at the foundation, it was then that we realized the true extent of the damage. Right now, I’m in the process of gathering more information regarding all the options that we may have. The stumbling block right now is…. if we keep the brick walls, part of the brick walls, go to a completely new look, and how do we keep the look and make it symmetrical. There are a lot of moving parts to each option that need to be considered. As always, look for updates each month.
Later this month, we will be completing the final phase of our cul-de-sac project. This was a 3-year project that will wrap up this year. The objective was to update the landscaping and to add some color to those areas. The timing of implementation will hopefully coincide with some rain so that those areas can be ready to show for spring.
Also, we will be doing some mums out by the main entrances! Those should be getting planted any day now. They were a big hit last year and looked great during the fall season.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know
By David Jobes | Email
Boat crib: This month we finished up the boat crib ‘repair’ project. Many of you may know there is a longer-term boat crib “replacement” on the project slate, but this was a repair of the existing structure. We had unsafe conditions for persons and products, so we had many of the boards replaced. We now have a sound structure. The hope is we get a few more years of life with this repair.
Longer-term, the boat storage structure will change to a more modular design. But we want to put new fill down at the boat launch area to raise the elevation. Adding the fill brings in more cost and complexity so we want to get this project well defined before we move ahead with the boat crib replacement.
Creek maintenance project: This is the 50/50 grant project approved by the Lake Co Stormwater Management Commission in early 2020. COVID 19 has slowed the project. We are in the permit portion of the project and hope to get through the permit soon. The actual construction portion of this project might be pushed into 2021.
Fishing report: from word-of-mouth mostly . . . us anglers have had a rough season. The ice fishing was slow last winter, and it stayed the same through spring and summer. We did stock last fall and also this spring. Lake Louise usually has decent fishing, but we know the high algae can affect oxygen levels. All it takes is one or two days of exceptionally low O2 and the fish kills will happen. We are in communication with IL DNR fisheries biologist, who knows Lake Louise quite well. We think this low O2 was part of our problem. The high spring rains were right on top of the spring fertilizers/herbicides most of us put down on our lawns. We are chalking this poor fishing to the weather events. The HOA continues to stock and will do so again this fall. We will keep our fingers crossed for better catching in the months ahead.
Algae bloom: Lake Louise has highly organic sediment and it is a shallow lake. So, when we get waves and carp stirring up the water column, and combine that with some sun, we get algae. The lake as almost no in-water plants to soak up the nutrients so we end up with algae blooms. We had high algae counts all summer. To get our algae numbers down we need to remove more carp, remove the rich sediment (dredge), reduce fertilizer and herbicides, and get our sediment retention pond emptied so it can trap incoming sediment more effectively. The Lake Committee has numerous projects on the slate addressing these issues. Some are ready for Board input/edits. We hope to have more water quality projects funded in the years ahead.
2020: No doubt this is the busiest year on the Lake in many many years. If you have not been on the Lake lately or have not been to the boat launch area, please take a moment and enjoy this beautiful season. The new native perennial garden is looking great and I am sure we will have an explosion of color in spring 2021. Thank you to all who have helped with the watering and support.
By Criss Chang | Email
This summer’s pool season by the numbers.
- 10,000 individual pool attendee check-ins
- 1,100 unique neighbors registered in the system
- 25 Pool Watch staff employed for the summer
- 0 days closed due to operations or inspection failures
- 0 incidents of COVID-19 transmission
Looking back on the past few months, the number one concern and priority in operating our pool was ensuring the health and safety of this neighborhood. During this pandemic, we are relieved that there were no reported cases of COVID-19 by any of the lifeguard staff or pool attendees. It’s fair to attribute this outcome to the implementation of the new rules including social distancing, mask-wearing, temperature checks in addition to the regular cleaning and sanitation by the lifeguard staff. Without the cleaning efforts by the Pool Watch staff and your cooperation and patience, we would not have been able to have a pool season this year.
The other top priority as stated in my first newsletter post back in January is still the health and longevity of our pool facility. We have already begun and will continue to work to complete a comprehensive maintenance log and inventory of key parts to keep the pool running long-term. Our pool system has numerous components that require maintenance and replacement on a regular schedule, and we are taking a proactive servicing approach from the filters and pumps to the exterior paint and pool deck furniture. This is a key priority to protect our investment, reduce expenses, and keep the pool operating uninterrupted for many years to come.
We don’t know if we will be facing similar challenges next pool season, but we plan to cut down on the paperwork and use of cash and operate in a digital format going forward. This means membership verification, check-ins, consent and permission forms, payments and communications will be digital as a first option.
A few final mentions to the individuals who played a key role in the 2020 Fox Point Pool season:
- Valerie Chang, for proofreading, listening, debating, and support
- Fox Point Board, for perspective, probing questions, guidance, and support
- All 25 of the Pool Watch Staff, for providing a safe and secure experience day after day
- Seth Gering, Pool Watch Head Manager for your knowledge that was critical to getting the pool open on short notice and keeping it open without interruption
- Kyle Powal, for finding and researching the Omnify site which enabled us to manage capacity and communications
- Mike Moran, for his leadership and the many communications he made to ease the minds of neighbors during times of uncertainty
- All of you neighbors, for your unity, adaptability and willingness to work together, for the good of this community
- Swim Team Committee for their efforts in continuing with the swim program and having the flexibility to make the best of the situation
By Mark Johnson | Email
Just a brief note that I hope everyone is still enjoying the use of the courts while the weather remains warm.
I’ll make updates on Next Door to provide guidance on when the nets and windscreens will be removed and that will likely be towards the end of October to early November.
Please reach out and let me know if you have any questions.