Springfield Lake Shore Improvement Association
site is designed to offer information about the activities
of our organization and other organizations around Lake
Springfield. SLSIA exists to further
the education, civic and social interests of leaseholders
in the area of Lake Springfield in Sangamon County. The
objectives of this association shall be:
promote the preservation and beautification of Lake Springfield and
its marginal lands.
To promote safety
in the use and enjoyment of Lake Springfield.
To represent the
common interest of lease holders at Lake Springfield.
Dinner on the Waterfront at Island Bay Yacht Club
Saturday, September 19 @ 5PM
Mark your calendars and save the date
for the annual SLSIA Dinner On The Waterfront at Island Bay Yacht
Club on Saturday, September 19th starting at 5pm with cocktails
lakeside! Come join fellow SLSIA members for an Adult Only evening
of bountiful food, drinks, live band & dancing!
Cocktails at 5:00pm
Lakeside Dinner Buffet 6:00-7:30pm
Live Music provided by Out of the Woods 6:30-10:30pm
Cost: $35 per person which
includes a gourmet dinner buffet prepared by Island Bay's chefs, a
drink coupon & live entertainment.
Limited Seating is Available. Paid
SLSIA Members Only.
If you are not a member yet, it is not too late to join! Just go
to the SLSIA website: www.lakespringfield.org to complete your
application online. Sorry, but we will not be able to accommodate
meal reservations at the door, nor will we be able to offer
refunds for no-shows or cancellations.
Support the Central Illinois Food
Bank! That evening we will be collecting donations of
non-perishable food items for the Central IL Food Bank.
firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by September 16!
the Lakeshore Association President
Dear Leaseholders and Lake Friends,
Some of you could not attend the August 19th SLSIA board meeting.
At the meeting I read notes from the recent meeting with the Mayor
and many others regarding current leaseholder issues and have
included it below.
Garrett Deakin recently sent me an email regarding details of what
the lease reassessment would mean to him and another leaseholder.
It is also included below.
We now have an opportunity to meet with the Major’s office and
CWLP with strategic committee meetings and I am seeking members to
be part of this committee. Please notify me if you feel you would
be a valuable asset. I have added an extra SLSIA Board meeting to
be held Sept 23 at 6pm for the membership to attend and voice
their opinions. Thank you!
See you on the water,
Lin Vautrain, President
SLSIA/CWLP/Mayor Meeting Notes
August 13, 2015
Those attending the meeting were Lin
Vautrain, SLSIA President, Aaron Evans, SLSIA Vice President,
Garrett Deakin, SLSIA Past President, Alderman Chuck Redpath,
Mayor Jim Langfelder, Corporation Counsel Jim Zerkle, Deputy Mayor
Bonnie Drew, Doug Brown, Chief Utility Engineer, Ted Meckes, Water
Division Manager, Steve Frank, CWLP Supervisor, and Tracy
Johanssen, Projects Manager II, Office of Public Utilities.
Communication Issue: Everyone was in agreement
that communication between SLSIA and the City/CWLP should be
improved, and everyone was willing to work on this. We shared how
we communicate with lake leaseholders and discussed opportunities
for the City/CWLP to participate in that communication. Steve
Frank will continue attending SLSIA board meetings. The new Deputy
Mayor, Bonnie Drew recommended SLSIA link the city website to our
website. SLSIA may contact Mrs. Drew to schedule strategic
committee meetings with Mayor Langfelder.
Lake Lease Issues: The Mayor stated they need to
"rehash" the lease issue after hearing how the quadrennial
reassessments, as many as 5 in 20 years, could impact the existing
lease formula. CWLP indicated that they would work out an
acceptable lease formula at a subsequent meeting. No one at the
meeting knew or would offer an explanation as to why leases after
2007 cite to a September 4, 2017 rate renegotiation date. CWLP
indicated that they would be changing the new lease form that is
currently in use, but did not offer a timetable or the scope of
the changes. We will need to follow up on this issue.
CWLP’s proposed removal of the 100-foot prohibition against public
fishing/swimming along residential shorelines was discussed. CWLP
stated that the lake is public and therefore no restrictions can
be placed on the lake use. This is factually inaccurate, as
acknowledged by the Corporation Counsel. CWLP may draw reasonable
boundaries for navigation and may restrict fishing and other uses.
CWLP next stated that fishing cannot be restricted because it
violates the state law which says that fishing must be open to the
public for lakes stocked by IDNR. Corporation Counsel pointed out,
however, that IDNR is subject to Springfield home rule and cannot
override the City ordinance.
Mayor Langfelder agreed that a buffer is needed to be able to
exclude the public from in and around leaseholders’ property and
opined that a 35-foot restriction (being the same as the permitted
dock length) would be reasonable. CWLP did not argue that
Lake Safety: The decrease in staffing for the
police and security around the lake was discussed. The Mayor’s
office is going to look into the crime statistics in the area to
see if there is any indication that the decreased police presence
has had an adverse impact. Continued work on the SLSIA
neighborhood watch program and involvement with lake police was
Home Values: Nightly rentals on the lake were
discussed. CWLP indicated that leases were drafted in a manner
that does not effectively allow them to screen nightly rentals
(some more so than others). Zoning does not address this issue
either. A new ordinance will be discussed August 18 that would
require leases under 6 months in duration to be approved by the
Mayor’s office. Some were concerned that this may lead to a rubber
stamp procedure for nightly rentals. Guidelines need to be
established and followed.
Any complaints of unkempt lots by absentee owners should be
reported to the City, and the City will send an inspector.
Preventing the obstruction of view by new construction and
remodeling were discussed. CWLP indicated that this is addressed
in the 2014 land use plan. Some expressed concern that the
required set-backs in the land use plan were too rigid and that
obstruction of view could still occur due to the irregularity of
lots. CWLP emphasized the need for objective standards in
Neighbors do not receive notice of new construction unless a
variance has been requested. CWLP indicated that very few
variances have been requested. They said very few boat houses have
been built recently. Many landowners are opting for open air
covered docks instead.
Lake Maintenance: CWLP indicated that they would
be open to cost sharing for dredging but that no one has inquired.
Leaseholders in critical coves will likely need to submit a
proposal to CWLP.
CWLP acknowledged that it declined to cost share dredging for the
Yacht Club, but it will help build some culverts to prevent
sedimentation. CWLP reported that it has been actively repairing
culverts and collecting brush. CWLP did not offer any explanation
as to why large piles of brush left by Nelson (under CWLP
contract) were not picked up for several months. CWLP will report
on water depth and shoreline erosion at the annual meeting.
Notes Submitted To Board 8/19/15 by Lin Vautrain, Aaron Evans, and
EMAIL FROM GARRETT DEAKIN, PREVIOUS PRESIDENT, REGARDING
Thank you Alderman Redpath and SLSIA President Lin Vautrain for
setting up the recent meeting with the mayor to discuss lake
issues. We homeowners used to have these meetings frequently with
CWLP and the mayor, and they pay dividends for communication,
cooperation and understanding of CWLP and home owner issues. A key
issue we discussed was changing our 99 year lake leases to include
new language permitting "the City to reopen or renegotiate the
lease rate every ten (10) years". When the last lease formula was
revised by the Springfield city council 8 years ago, it was a
straight 99 year lease. There was no discussion or mention of
opening up our leases. Yet, the contract that was handed to the
homeowner renegotiating their lease at that time contained a
paragraph stating that the rent formula shall be subject to
recalculation on September 4, 2017. Apparently, home owners did
not read that contract or thought the 2017 date was a misspent
(2107). Whatever happened, under the new provisions, renegotiated
leases will be recalculated in two years and open to lease rate
changes every 10 years. This new language change could have a huge
financial impact on every leaseholder on the lake. Let me tell you
my concerns. The rent formula to be used in 2017 and every 10
years thereafter is based on the existing formula. If our existing
formula, which is based upon land assessments, is still in place,
quadrennial reassessments and township multipliers will make our
assessments to skyrocket. It is possible to have 3 quadrennial
assessments in 10 years and 5 or 6 in 20 years. CWLP acknowledged
this is a factor.
2005 was the base year for the existing rent formula & here are
two examples of this skyrocketing impact:
13 Cottage Grove: 2005 land assessment $21,361, 2014 land
assessment $34,131, Change $12,770 OR 60%
40 Bay Ridge: 2005 land assessment $48,326, 2014 land
assessment $84,134, Change $35,808 OR 74%
It is still two years until September 4, 2017, and this year,
2015, is a quadrennial assessment year. Those notices will be out
in another month or two.
If you now have a thousand dollar lease, it could be 60 - 75%
greater in 2017, or even more. Leases are once again heading to be
big bucks, perhaps approaching property tax levels. Additionally,
my concern is for selling our homes. Buyers may be turned off by
paying both high property taxes and skyrocketing leases.
Recommendation: In our meeting with the mayor, he
stated that on this issue that they need to "hash it out". I
recommend SLSIA appoint a committee to start looking at
alternatives to the existing formula, work with the mayor on this
and hash out a fair lease formula. 60% to 74% lease increases
every 10 years will kill home sales.
Lake Springfield Photography
The photo contest is
open to all SLSIA members!
Submit your favorite photo of Lake Springfield that captures
"What is Good About Living on Lake Springfield"
Email your entry to
email@example.com, to be published in the monthly newsletter.
Top submissions will be determined by a committee, and finalists
will be displayed for voting at the BBQ and Potluck at the Beach
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