Fox Point Update: September 2022 Edition
- On September 4, 2022
By Abe Ryder | Email
Greetings Fox Point Neighbors,
School is back in season! Wow did that summer go by fast! That also means that pool season will be coming to a close – our last hurrah is Labor Day weekend and then we will have to wait until next May.
As past Fox Point Presidents have acknowledged and recognized those who have made pool season possible, I will maintain the same tradition. First and foremost, THANK YOU to Criss Chang, our Fox Point Board Pool Chair, for his dedication. Like the rest of the Board Members, Criss is a volunteer and has done a tremendous job, yet again this year. Besides the regular monitoring of mechanics in the offseason and continuing to improve the reservation system with Omnify, Criss oversaw the installation of two new heaters as well as navigating other repairs required to get the pool in good working order for the season. Secondly, we would like to thank our partner of many years, Seth Gering of Pool Watch, who oversees staffing and pool operations. And finally, thank you to our lifeguards.
Other back-to-school reminders will be highlighted in Board reports from Bill Graf (watch the speed please), Mark Villalovos (plan ahead for upcoming road construction), and Rena Slovick (back-to-school means back-to-more social activities). Make sure you check out the entire newsletter for other great reports from our Board Members.
Lastly, as we approach fall, we start to recruit volunteers for the Fox Point Homeowners Association Board. We have 4 seats to fill starting in 2023 and are seeking interested homeowners to apply for a Board position. Steve Kipferl has been appointed as the Nominating Committee Chair and will lead the recruitment effort. Should you be interested, please reach out to Steve or me directly.
Our next Board Meeting will be in person on Monday, September 19th @ 7 pm at the Village Church. As always, we encourage homeowners to attend our monthly Board Meetings. We welcome ideas, suggestions, and feedback as we all have a vested interest in this community we call home.
All the best.
By KYLE POWAL| Email
Budget season is around the corner and this year will challenge your Board as we face market conditions not experienced in 40 years. In the US, the inflation rate was 8.5% for the twelve months that ended July 2022. This is slightly down from a 9.1% high in June. As an HOA, we are experiencing rising costs across all facets of our community. Vendors are implementing fuel surcharges and costs of parts and labor are escalating.
It is never an easy decision to increase the annual assessment. A lot of time and thought has gone into alternative solutions around expense management. For example, last month Abe outlined a few projects that homeowners volunteered to complete which resulted in thousands of dollars being saved. Thank you to everyone involved! We encourage homeowners to continue donating their time and talents for other money-saving projects. The Board invites homeowners to attend our monthly meetings (always on the third Monday of each month) to discover opportunities to become more involved. Enjoy the rest of the summer and we hope to see you soon!
By Rena Slovick | Email
Thank you to everyone that came out to Corks on the Courts! It was such a fun ladies’ night out before the start of the school year!
Fox Point Campout
Thank you so much to our campout chairs Horace & Tiffany Seely-Brown, Mark & Ellen Trandel, Mike & Nikki Dimucci, and Brett & Steph Koenig for your patience and quick pivoting with mother nature. We were still able to run campout scenario #2 and everyone had a blast! I’m so grateful to this crew for bringing back this event. They officially get to retire so it’s up for grabs next year! Kudos also to the Pohls for letting us “borrow” their taco truck.
Fox Point Garage Sale – September 10th
The Fox Point Annual Garage Sale will be Saturday, September 10th, 2021 from 9 am – 3 pm. Please fill out this form and email a copy to Susan Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to participate! More details in Mark’s Civics Update
Please reach out to either Mark Villalovos or Christine Algard with any questions!
Fox Point Golf Outing – October 8th
Grab your favorite foursome for the Fox Point Golf Outing. We will once again be tee-ing off from Palatine Hills beginning at 12:30 pm! 18 holes, 9 holes, & dinner-only options are all available. Registration includes golf, a cart, range balls, & prizes! There will be prizes for Best Dressed this year!
Dinner will be at Moretti’s this year following the Golf Outing – If you’d like to join us, please pay in advance on the Signup Genius!
By Mark Villalovos | Email
There are hints of leaves beginning to show off their Autumn beauty, so you know what that means…YES! The annual Fox Point Community Garage Sale is almost here! This year it will be Saturday, September 10th. This is the day hundreds of cars will be driving around our neighborhood looking for great deals on the stuff you no longer need. This event will be advertised on Facebook, NextDoor, five major Garage Sale websites, and on Craig’s List. The turnout is always fantastic and it’s a great way to teach your kids about business.
Here are some tips to host a successful Garage Sale:
- Start early! Begin gathering items you think will sell and stage them in one place in your garage or spare room.
- Price everything. Clearly marking your items will give your customers a place to start negotiating from – and they will try and talk you down – so price accordingly.
- Use tables, racks, and other fixtures to showcase your items to keep them organized.
- Place larger items closer to the street. There are dozens of homes participating, so make your stuff look attractive as possible to passing customers.
- If you’re selling electronics, people will want to verify they work, so run an extension cord from a garage plug ready to demonstrate your goods.
- Save those plastic bags from the grocery store so your customers can take home loads of your stuff.
- Spend a little time cleaning up those old items to earn top dollar.
- Spread the word! Share the fact that you’re having a Garage Sale on Saturday, September 10th on your personal Facebook page, Instagram, and Nextdoor, and Tweet about it to help spread the word!
Thank you to Mike Moran, Village Trustee and former Fox Point Board President and Board member, for providing these updates which may impact getting around town this month.
Hart Road Bridge Replacement: This week Lake County Department of Transportation began pouring the bridge deck and continues with retaining wall construction. This project is currently ahead of schedule and the contractor is anticipating reopening the roadway ahead of the November 4th deadline. As work continues to progress additional information regarding an updated timeline will be provided.
Main Street Resurfacing and Sidewalk ADA Work: The Illinois Department of Transportation currently has three separate resurfacing contracts underway on Main Street. Together, these contracts will result in the full repaving of Main Street between E. Hagers Bend Road in Barrington Hills and Quentin Road in Deer Park. Main Street will remain open throughout this work with flaggers directing traffic, but there may be delays associated with lane closures during milling and paving operations. Please allow for additional travel time.
By Andrew Shwarz | Email
“It’s been a beautiful summer in Fox Point, thanks in part to the many exterior updates to the homes in our neighborhood.
Thank you to all the homeowners who have engaged the Architecture Committee for partnership in their exterior home renovations. There have been over a dozen projects reviewed by the Board this year, and each has been approved because of the diligence and planning of your neighbors. As a reminder, it is paramount that all applicable projects are permitted by the Village and that you have discussed all major exterior work with your neighbors… ideas central to a neighborly and orderly community like Fox Point.
Should it be helpful, here is Barrington’s Village Code regarding General Regulations and the use/appearance of properties. If you have any questions, please reach out!”
Safety & Welfare
By Bill Graff | Email
Well, as I’m writing this article, I can see the neighbor kids walking to school, FALL IS HERE! With that bold statement being said, two important things come to mind as an FP resident, speed limits and lighting your gas and electric lawn lanterns!!
First, let’s start with the speed limit! As a reminder, it is 25 MPH! Now that we have even more kids going to school with parents, their dogs, their bikes, their siblings, etc. we need to be extra cautious about obeying our speed limit of 25 MPH. This one item of safety needs to be practiced at all times of the day and night and practiced daily. Thanks for letting me share this PSA with all my neighbors!
Second, hard to believe, but the days are getting shorter, and lighting our neighborhood is even more important. Many of you have asked again for the vendor that a lot of us use to light and maintain our lamps, or even transition them to electric. The vendor is Fox Lighting and the proprietor is Steve. Steve’s number is 847-691-9182.
Please add lighting your lanterns and obeying the speed limit to your back-to-school list of things to do, it helps all of us!
By Steven Kipferl | Email
Calling all Fox Point neighbors! Reminder to come out this Saturday from 8 to 11:30am for the carp derby! We will have prizes for first place by weight! Bring all of your carp to the dock for weigh ins. We will have the weigh in at the boat dock at 1130 sharp! Hope to see you there!!
Lake quality continues to fluctuate with the abnormally dry summer that we’ve had as well as high heat. Recently the water is stabilized due to the cooler temperatures although we continue to maintain the high standard that we set this year at the beginning of the year.
We had aerators repaired in The Point area and we have had Eutrosorb bags installed in the small pond area as well. We are looking forward to a beautiful fall out on the water as summer comes to an end. Hope to see you all out there. As always please let me know of any concerns or ideas you have for the lake.
By Criss Chang | Email
As we approach the end of the summer pool season, let’s look back on the programs that made this a great summer in Fox Point.
We are so proud of our young swimmers that competed in the Fox Point Swim Team events. Thank you to the coaches and volunteers that ran the swim committee for the past 3 years. It is their effort and dedication to this program that helped produce memorable experiences for parents and children. And a warm welcome to a new swim team committee that will be taking over next year.
Swim lessons for children ages 3-7 had over 20 children participate, despite the narrow time window available for this program, it continues to provide little ones with beginner-level swim experience and exposure to prepare them for a more advanced swim, such as Fox Point Swim Team or general safety and confidence for play at the pool.
Master’s morning swims were well attended by Fox Point residents and provided a close-to-home opportunity for lap swimming to those early risers. The program runs the entire pool season. If you didn’t get a chance to try it out, we intend to have this opportunity for early morning pool use again next year.
Open swimming occupied the majority of swim time and pool attendance was back to pre-pandemic levels. Birthday parties, extended family, and non-resident guest visits were all contributors to a busy and active pool.
Please enjoy the remainder of the pool season as the pool will close after Labor Day. And consider all the volunteers, lifeguard staff, and maintenance workers, that have put in so much effort to make our pool a wonderful place to play.