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AOCA Notes

February 2008

Alliance of Community Associations begins second year

     The Alliance of Community Associations or AOCA began its second year of operations with the election of officers. For 2008, the officers are John Crerand, President, Jerry Goldberg, Vice-President, John Dublanica, Treasurer, and Linda Lambert Secretary. There are currently seven member communities in the AOCA: Conashaugh Lakes, Gold Key Estates, Crescent Lake, Traces of Lattimore, Tanglwood Lakes, Pocono Mountain Lake Forest, and Marcel Estates.

     The goal of the AOCA is mutual support. Working in conjunction with these communities from Pike and Wayne Counties, monthly meetings find information exchanged, strategies developed for confronting common issues, advice for member associations on thorny problems, legislation awareness affecting community associations, among other topics. 

       Examples of the above at a recent meeting included discussion of what role AOCA should play in the emerging Gateway Community Project effecting communities in Dingmans Township where a developer has proposed using a community lake for the discharge of treated sewage. In this situation, the AOCA is working with the Dwarfskill Coalition to prevent the discharge.  Also noted are proposed utility rate increases for water and power in Palmyra (Pike) Township having impact on Tanglwood Lakes and other communities in that area. With this issue, the AOCA decided a letter writing campaign to local state legislators could be effective. 

      President Crerand of Conashaugh Lakes also informed membership of Department of Environmental Protection requirements regarding dam maintenance and the potential cost impact of DEP regulations. Crerand noted that the new DEP requirements are excessive leaving communities powerless.  Results can be costly to a community association having a lake as a prime amenity.  

      The next meeting of the AOCA scheduled for 6:30 March 12 at Marcel Lakesí recreation room.  Among the goals for 2009 is membership expansion, attendance at various community association meetings to explain AOCA, and continued identification of mutual concerns for the membership.

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