Fox Point Update: July 2021 Edition
- On July 8, 2021
By Margaret Graff | Email
I hope this note finds everyone enjoying the summer weather, Fox Point amenities and outdoor spaces at your homes.
The board sometimes gets asked about what our role is for the association. As a self-managed board, the Fox Point Homeowner’s Association’s (FPHA) primary responsibility is oversight of Fox Point assets – financial, land and amenities. Lately, we’ve received questions about how this oversight transcends to the personal property of Fox Point Homeowners, so I wanted to take this opportunity to shed a little light on that for all.
Our bylaws do provide some general guidelines, procedures, and rules for homeowners.
BUT ultimately each homeowner is responsible for their own property – whether that is lawn care, home maintenance, or improvement projects.
In 2015, the Board approved a set of “Good Neighbor Guidelines” to aid homeowners on how best to address concerns that they may have with neighbors directly. Please review those Guidelines HERE.
In addition to these guidelines, we also defer to the Village of Barrington for codes, rules – and enforcement. If you have an issue or a grievance, the village has an anonymous digital form you can file electronically. An example of this form is HERE.
Part of what makes FOX POINT such a great place to live is the neighbors – and we do hope that everyone takes the time to get to know their neighbors – this is what makes Fox Point more than a neighborhood – it makes us a family and a community.
We hope that you will consider joining our next Board meeting via zoom – on Monday, July 19th @ 7pm. Continue to enjoy your Summer!
By David Jobes | Email
PHOSLOCK UPDATE: With the warm weather over the last several months I am hoping everyone has had a chance to come out and utilize Lake Louise. We are experiencing a much-improved condition to the lake compared to the last several years. The water is becoming clearer with less algae growth and no occurrence of the blue-green algae as in the past. Hopefully, this is a direct result to the decision to apply Phoslock to the lake as well as other maintenance we apply on a regular basis, such as the weekly reviews of the lake and pond water conditions and taking samples for testing if needed.
THANK YOU, PLANTERS: We are also starting to see plant life take root in various parts of the lake as well, thanks to everyone who is doing their part in planting and maintaining native plants at and near the lake. This helps with controlling runoff water and erosion.
FISH RESTOCKING: In June we had a successful carp harvest, removing approximately 60 from the lake. The removal of carp helps keep the lake clearer so plants can grow and allow game fish to repopulate the lake since the carp are not eating their eggs. As I mentioned in prior newsletters, we have a vigorous fish restocking program. Earlier in the spring we restocked the main lake with largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie.
The Lake Co. Stormwater Management grant we won in 2019 to stabilize and maintain the creek was put on hold in 2020 due to Covid. We are in discussions currently to determine when we can begin this project as well. Stay tuned for more communications in the months ahead.
BOAT RACKS: If anyone needs to inquire about space on the boat storage racks, please send me an email that includes your name, address and type of boat you would like to store. Lately, we have noticed a few boats left on the grass area next to the lake instead of stored on the boat racks. As a reminder, we need to keep this area safe and fun for everyone to use, so we will remove any boats that are not properly stored.
We would really like to have another fishing derby this summer and are looking for volunteers to manage the event. If interested, please send me an email.
LAKE RESOURCES: Lastly, we take part in the Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watershed Partnership and they publish some interesting articles on how all of us can do things to help protect our water system. You can check out their articles and learn more about the organization HERE.
Look forward to seeing everyone on the lake!
Safety & Welfare
By Abe Ryder | Email
This month, I wanted to start out with something different and express my thanks to you, our neighbors. Thank you to those who have reached out to me inquiring on how to get the yard lamps lit and thank you to those who are driving safely in the neighborhood obeying the stated speed limits or going slower.
A few reminders for July: 1) my plan is to once again take an inventory this month on the yard lamps during the evening hours and report out on our progress to get those lit and 2) please be especially conscientious that you may need to slow down even further when approaching and going by the boat docks and pool areas. There are many children and adults in the areas enjoying our lake with fishing, boating, and other activities. At the pool, swim lessons, swim team, tennis, playground fun, and other summer fun activities are fully in gear meaning more people crossing the streets to and from the pool area.
Thank you for keeping our neighborhood safe.
By Rena Slovick | Email
Fox Point Adult Social
The torch is lit and it’s time to party like it’s 2019 again. In the spirit of the Summer Olympics, we’re getting together for some friendly mingling mixed in with backyard competition! We’ll play some bags, cup pong, tennis/paddle, maybe some relay races?!? The possibilities are endless!
On Friday, July 23rd opening ceremonies will begin at 7:00 pm. Dinner will be provided by Primo’s Woodfired Pizza Ovens. Beer & Wine will be served.
While we’re not sponsored by Ralph Lauren, feel free to dress to impress & represent your favorite country. This event is for Adults 21+ only. Sign up TODAY – HERE.
It’s All in the Hips – Fox Point Annual Golf Outing + “Dinner Only” option!
Channel your inner John Rahm at the annual Fox Point Golf Outing! Save the Date for Saturday, September 11th at Palatine Hills Golf Course! Choose from 18 holes, 9 holes or dinner only.
Tee off times are as follows:
18 Holes: 1:00 pm
9 Holes: TBD
Your registration fee covers golf, a cart, prizes, and a buffet dinner afterward.
Please RSVP by Saturday, August 28th. When you sign up, please indicate the names of those you wish to be paired with. Sign up HERE!
It’s Not a Cup, It’s Actually a Tumbler
Jealous of your Neighbor’s sweet Fox Point Yeti Tumblers? Fear Not! I’ve got them literally pouring out of my guest room!
Save the Date: Fox Point Annual Garage Sale will be Saturday, September 18th, 2021 from 9 am – 3 pm
By Criss Chang | Email
In early June, we entered Phase 5 and IDPH removed capacity restrictions. In response to this, we ended the pool reservation requirement, allowed guests back to the pool and reinstated awning rentals for parties. This return to normal included the swim team hosting its first home swim meet in 2 years with great success, thanks to the Swim Committee, coaches, lifeguards, volunteers, and families. Swim lessons for the little ones are also in full swing, with the largest participation with over 30 swimmers. And early morning adult lap swim hosted by Barrington Masters is keeping the pool an active venue from dawn until dusk.
In the coming weeks, the pool check-in process for OPEN SWIM will revert back to the Omnify system and we will move away from the current handwritten process.
- All attendees must be entered into the Omnify system, including residents AND guests.
- To avoid delays at check-in, be sure to complete the one-time setup in Subscriptions under Fox Point Resident
- Guests should be entered as Family Members, where they will be identified as fee or non-fee paying
- Daily guest passes should be purchased using the Omnify Subscriptions page
- A QR code will be posted for self-check-in. Just scan the code posted at the front desk and check you and your party in
For information on how to navigate the Omnify app, please follow this LINK to the instructions on how to:
- Create an Omnify account
- Add Family Members (includes resident family members, non-resident family, nannies and guests)
- Subscriptions (Fox Point Resident, Daily Guest Passes and Awning Rentals)
By Mark Johnson | Email
I hope everyone is having a great summer!
TENNIS LESSONS: We’re about a month into the summer lessons and it seems the kids and adults are having a good time with the lessons and cardio programs. Special shout out to Becky Ostergaard for rallying a group to form an adult beginners class Wednesday at 11am. There’s still room in the class if there are others that are interested.
PICKLEBALL! We’re hoping for a one-day pickleball tournament for July 10th. If you haven’t already, check Next Door for further updates.
TENNIS EVENT: Also, keep your eyes open for updates in July regarding the Fox Point v Biltmore tennis event scheduled for September. Once the date is locked in, I’ll post a heads up to allow for personal schedule planning.
By Mark Villalovos | Email
July is here and the sun is out! I wanted to echo Margaret’s sentiments and reiterate that now that restrictions are lifted, there’s no better time to renew old friendships and perhaps begin new traditions of gathering with your neighbors. We’ve heard stories of “Fridays on the Island” (cul-de-sac island), rotating “Sunday Cook-outs” and “McGonigals Mondays” where neighbors gather semi-regularly. Don’t forget to share some photos on Nextdoor or our Facebook page and show off the new “Fox Point Normal”.
Speaking of Awesome Neighbors, be sure to let your neighbors know if you’ll be out of town so they might look in on your place, watch out for your pets, or be aware of any house-sitters that might be temporarily staying.