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6996 South SR 10
Knox, IN 46534


Bulletin Board

Environmental Clean Up Weekend TBD

At the time of this printing, we are unsure of the exact dates of the County

Environmental Clean-up Weekend. We have been informed that it will be either

June 10 & 11 OR June 17 & 18. Therefore, our Annual Bass Lake Environmental

Clean-up Weekend dates will be adjusted accordingly to correspond with the

County dates, once they are determined. All residents are urged to pick up trash

roadside and/or lakeside for 100 yards on either side of their property. This cleanup

effort on our part will help beautify our lake area and show our pride in our

homes and property. The BLPOA will provide a large dumpster at the BLPOA

Community Center and on the east end of Prairie Avenue near McGrath’s Storage

units at the north end of the lake. These dates coincide with the Starke County

Environmental Collection Event that takes place at the County Highway Garage

on 250 N, west of U S Highway 35 north of Knox. In the past, the County has

accepted Tires, Appliances, and Electronics (TV’s and Computers) on the Friday

of Clean-up Weekend from 2:30 to 5:30 PM and they accepted Tires, Appliances,

and Electronics (TV’s and Computers), Household Hazardous Wastes and Expired

Medications from 8:30 AM to 1 PM on the Saturday of Clean-up Weekend. Please

note that Household Hazardous Wastes and Expired Medications were only

collected on Saturday.


Contact any Board member for additional information.


BLPOA SOCIAL COMMITTEE – Events that are currently scheduled for 2016:

Welcome Back! – Saturday May 21st Complimentary Coffee and Donuts duringthe
    membership and golf cart registrations 9:00 am – Noon

Ice Cream Social – Saturday June 11th Lots of games, raffles and ICE CREAM!
11:00am – 1:00 pm

Complimentary Coffee & Donuts – Served during the Annual BLPOA Meeting
    and election of officers

Soup Social & Scarecrow Contest – Saturday October 22nd 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Contact Mary Topelian (361-290-2457 / mjtopelian@att.net) for additional information or to volunteer to help


Payments may be made at the BLPOA Community Center on the following Saturdays:

BLPOA personnel will be available between the hours of 9:00 AM – Noon (except June 4th)

May 21 (donuts and coffee will be served)

June 4 (1/2 hour following the BLPOA Meeting)

June 11

June 25

Fees include Membership – $40.00, Garbage – $95.00 ($75.00 for any additional home)
Laminating garbage sticker– $1.00 ea. Mailing - $4.00 (member.card, garb.sticker & directory)

ALL DUES MUST BE PAID BY JULY 1, 2016 to avoid garbage pick-up termination – if terminated, a $40.00 reinstatement fee will be charged

Annual Meeting Scheduled for July 11th

The Annual Bass Lake Property Owners Association (BLPOA) Meeting and election of officers will be Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 9:00AM at the BLPOA Community Center. MEMBER DUES MUST BE PAID BY JULY 1, 2016 IN ORDER TO VOTE. Membership cards will not be available at the Annual meeting.

The regularly scheduled BLPOA meetings will be held at 9:00 AM on the following Saturdays: March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, and August 20, 2016. Additional meetings may be scheduled. All meetings are held in the BLPOA Community Center.


THE BASS LAKE FESTIVAL – will be held again during the last full weekend in July;

July 29, 30 & 31, 2016. The committee is dedicated to the Mission of the Festival: To showcase the beauty and diversity of the lake, promote local businesses, provide family entertainment and build community spirit within and outside Starke County. Check the festival website www.basslakefest.com regularly to stay updated with the latest news and information.

Also included on the website are entry forms for the various events and activities to be held which may be downloaded and mailed in to:


Bass Lake Festival Association, Inc., P.O. Box 455, Knox, IN 46534.

Volunteers are always needed, and the committee can use your help no matter how large or small. Please contact Tabitha Dillner for further information:


Tabitha Dillner / President Bass Lake Festival Association





A Boater’s Education and safety Class is being offered by the DNR on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 9 AM to 5 PM for any BLPOA member, family and friend at the BLPOA Community Center. Lunch is provided. Online pre-registration is requested in mid-May and can be done at: https://www.register-ed.com/programs/indiana/104-indiana-boater-education/agency:25

This class is supported and sponsored by the BLPOA. Please contact Board Member Aileen Collura (708 912-4038 / Aileen.Collura@yahoo.com) for additional information and/or questions.


THE ADOPT-A-BUOY_PROGRAM was set up to add buoys to areas of the lake to give our members more shoreline protection, but it needs your cooperation to be successful. If you are an adopt-a-buoy volunteer, PLEASE CHECK THE BUOY ANCHOR CHAINS AS SEVERAL WORE THROUGH ALLOWING BUOYS TO BRAKE LOOSE LAST YEAR. After inspection, plea e make sure you place the buoy out approximately 350 feet from YOUR shoreline. At the end of summer take it out of the water and store it for the season. Remember - if you adopt a buoy, you put it in, you take it out. Please contact Rick Anderson (574-772-6208 / barefootrun@mchsi.com) of any changes so he can enter it on our records. If you no

longer want your buoy, please let Rick know as we have a waiting list of volunteers that are interested in being “caretakers.”


NOTE: The DNR does not control the shoreline buoys, but will assist us whenever possible. Any persons using the lake for recreational purposes should be aware they can be ticketed whenever or wherever the Officer believes they are disobeying the law and rules of the lake, no matter where the buoys are placed. Copies of the Rules of the Waters are available at the Bass Lake Marina or on line at the DNR website - www.IN.GOV/DNR



Neighborhood Watch is a year-round citizen patrol by a small group of property

owners who volunteer to assist our local law enforcement agencies in trying to

keep your property safe. We meet monthly, usually on the first Monday of the

month at 6:30 PM at the BLPOA Community Center, unless that Monday is a

holiday. In that rare event, the meeting is the next day (Tuesday). Our first meeting

for 2016 is on April 4.


Our meetings usually last no longer than a half hour and we have had the Chief

Detective (one of the K-9 Officers) from the Sheriff’s Department in attendance at

almost every meeting this past year. We are a very small group and are always

looking for additional drivers to assist us in patrolling the lake. Drivers sign up

for one week a month and are requested to make two rounds during their week as

their schedules allow. All drivers donate their time, gas, and cars to patrol our



If you are interested in helping, or have any questions, please call Ron Vendl at

574-772-2580, or vendlr@yahoo.com for more information.

Bass Lake Conservancy District

The Bass Lake Conservancy District (BLCD) owns and operates the lake pump and the sanitary sewer system that provides sewer service to your home. The BLCD meets the third Monday of the month at 6:00 PM in the BLPOA Community Center. Visit their website at www.BLCD-IND.ORG


The BLCD’S sanitary system use ordinance PROHIBITS sump pumps and other clear water sources from being connected to the sanitary sewer system. Homeowners who are found to have these illegal connections can be fined $1,500 per day. Therefore, in order to protect the integrity of the BLCD sanitary sewer system, individual sewer connection inspections can be conducted by the BLCD at any time without any notice.


In the past, the Conservancy District has had problems with homeowners flushing items such as diapers, depends, cleaning wipes, and heavy toweling material down toilets. The lift stations are unable to pump these items to the treatment plant. As a result, pumps are clogged and damaged. Please DO NOT put any of these items down the toilet. In some cases it is possible to discover where these items come from. PLEASE FLUSH ONLY TOILET PAPER AND HUMAN WASTE. A home owner will be held responsible for any damage/repairs to the pumping system as a result of negligence.

If you have any questions regarding the sanitary sewer system please call the Bass Lake Conservancy District at 574-772-2974. For emergencies only, call 574-806-1707.


The Bass Lake Property Owners Association wish to inform you of rules and regulations concerning the operation of golf carts at and near Bass Lake. These regulations are determined by the Starke County Commissioners ordinance 2013-1021. A full set of the regulations can be viewed by going to the web: starkecountysheriff.com, click on Reports and Permits, click on Golf Carts, click on Golf Cart Ordinance. You can also access the ordinance from the BLPOA Website(WWW.INBASSLAKE.COM) click on the Golf Cart Ord. Tab.

We are emphasizing only those that have been noted to be in violation:

1. Golf carts must have been granted a permit by the Starke Co. Sheriff’s Department and the permit posted in a clearly visible area on the golf cart. These permits are issued annually.

2. Operation is limited to county roads with a posted limit of 35 miles or less. Carts may NOT be driven on any state highway.


4. No person may operate a golf cart on any county road between sunset and sunrise unless the vehicle is equipped with two (2) operating headlights and two (2) operating brake lights visible from a distance of 500 feet.

5. Golf Carts shall yield the right-of-way to faster moving vehicles, and shall not obstruct the flow of traffic, pulling off to the right to allow faster moving vehicles to pass.

6. The number of persons traveling in a golf cart shall not exceed the number of adult persons for whom seating is provided in the vehicle.

Any act or omission constituting a violation of this ordinance, including any failure to comply with or to maintain compliance with any of its requirements, constitutes an ordinance violation. A person convicted of violating this ordinance shall be subject to a fine not to exceed TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00) per violation. Each day that any of the provisions of this ordinance is violated constitutes a separate offense and violators shall be fined an additional fine not to exceed $25.00 per day plus court costs.

These regulations will be enforced and we encourage you to educate your families and guests to avoid any violations.



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Bulletin Board



Payment of Dues and Trash  Fees

Annual BLPOA Meeting

Social Committee Events

Bass Lake Festival

Boating Education & Safety Classes

Adopt-A-Buoy Program

The Neighborhood Watch

Bass Lake Conservancy District

Golf Cart Permit

Attn. Golf Cart Owners

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