As of March 1, 2016, the Lake Arrowhead Village surrendered to the Arrowhead Lake A s s o c i a t i o n ownership of 37 of their slip rights, after 3 years of refusing to pay their dock fees, late fees, transfer fees and interest totaling over $87,000 owed to the ALA. The Village chose to keep only 2 docks and dock rights to accommodate The Arrowhead Queen and for the McKenzie Water Ski School. Now, the Village has the contractual obligation to pay ALA for only 2 docks annually. ALA filed a lawsuit against the Village for their delinquent dock fees, but both parties came to an agreement without incurring court costs. The Village reportedly paid ALA $70K and surrendered 37 slip rights and docks to the Association. Though ALA gave the Village permission to utilize the junked 38 slip Yacht Club dock back in 2013, the Village never had any rights to these slips. Since its relocation to the McDonald’s area, the dock has posed a problem for all concerned, even though the Village got the benefit of its use, ALA members complained about the dock being in bad condition and the Village failing to properly maintain it. A big issue for the Village now, is that they have chosen to surrender their 37 dock rights along with the physical slips, and now, it appears that the value of their property has declined by several hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is difficult to put a valuation on a commercial slip right as they can't rent the slip overnight per ALA rules. There is also the loss of valuable assets to the Village when it surrendered their physical docks, as large multiple docks can cost over $200,000. Documents from the Village's recent refinancing indicate that they claimed to own 49 slips, while according to a reliable source, the Village has had only 39 slip rights since 2009 after they surrendered 10 slip rights back to ALA, ironically, for nonpayment of dock fees. A big issue for ALA is that now that they have possession of all the Village docks, the recent Member Advisory Ballot made it clear that their Boating Members voted 2-1 overwhelmingly that they didn't want to pay for the Village Docks operation and maintenance. The question now is how will ALA pay for all the newly acquired Village Docks, their associated costs and loss of dock revenue from the Village? It does not appear that there are funds allocated for this new expense in the 2016/17 Operating Budget which was just approved by the ALA Board in a 4-3 vote at the February 20th ALA Special Board Meeting. Additionally, as part of the same 4-3 Board vote, ALA members are going to be hit with a 15% increase in dock, overnight boat, beach club, general membership fees and $200.00 increase for Day use boat fees within a $4.2 Million Dollar Operating Budget, putting ALA in the red in the amount of $118,000.00 starting their fiscal year as of April 1st, 2016.
MacKay Park Gets Tree Planting
On Saturday, August 29th, MacKay Park received a huge donation of 70 trees from the Arrowhead Lake Association D e m o n s t r a t i o n Garden located at Tavern Bay Beach Club. Jack Cooperman, ALA GM Jim Grant along with many volunteers including our own Supervisor Janice Rutherford help in the process of planting all of these young trees. The trees will be irrigated with non-potable water throughout their first two to three years during the summer months, and then they will stand on their own from that point forward. The addition of these trees will provide needed shade in the warm months, a barrier to the wind in the cold months, and a pleasing view year round to the visitors of the park. MacKay Park was opened in July of 2013 in honor of Audrey MacKay and her grandson Jeremiah, who died tragically in the line of duty as a detective with the Sheriff’s Department.Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club Fleet Review and Boat Parade