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PLPOA to hold orientation and board meetings

PLPOA will hold an owner’s orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse.

The meeting is open to new owners, old-timers or any owners who would like more information about their property owners association.

Presentations will be made by the various departments — Department of Property and Environment, which not only does the maintenance on association-owned buildings such as the clubhouse, administration office and the recreation center, but also watches over the lakes and fishing, does noxious weed spraying and fire mitigation; the Department of Recreational Amenities, which operates the recreation center; the Department of Covenant Compliance, which processes all building applications and handles covenant violations; and the Administration Department, which takes care of accounting and administrative functions.

The board of directors will be in attendance, along with members from our various committees. There will be short programs presented by each of the departments and the board. Come and learn about the operations of the association and your rights and responsibilities as a member.

Tonight, the PLPOA board of directors will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. PLPOA members are encouraged to attend, to bring to the board their concerns and suggestions and, in general, support this group of volunteers who have chosen to donate their time and talents, and put themselves on the line to lead this association.

All meetings of the association board are open meetings. Owners who wish to address the board are encouraged to do so during the public comments section of the agenda at the beginning of each business meeting.

You will get the best response if you put your questions or opinions in writing prior to the meeting. This isn’t mandatory, but it helps you and the board. Some issues may require a little research by the general manager. Also, the board can serve you better if they have time to consider your concern.

As a courtesy, the association asks that you phone and let the general manager know that you wish to address the board. This allows the association to notify you if a meeting is canceled for any reason.

Plan your remarks to last no longer than three minutes. Board members enjoy visiting with property owners; however, the meeting agenda is always very full, and the three-minute limit ensures that all business gets conducted. This doesn’t mean big issues can’t be presented. If your concern requires more time, please summarize it in three minutes, and the board will add it to the agenda for the next meeting.

Don’t expect an immediate response. Board members do not act independently. All issues require discussion and sometimes a vote. Sometimes an immediate answer is possible, but it’s just as likely that you won’t get a response until after the meeting.

If you need information, call the general manager. The purpose of the public comments segment of all board meeting is for property owners to share opinions and concerns with the board. Property owners seeking general information (like a status report on a project or the board’s position on an issue) can get a more immediate answer from the general manager.

Stocking report

The four Pagosa Lakes were stocked this week with an assortment of rainbow and cutbow trout, which should make for some great fishing opportunities this fall.

Lake Forest was stocked with 1,500 pounds of 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout; Village Lake was stocked with 1,500 pounds of 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout; Lake Pagosa was stocked with 2,000 pounds of 12- to 14-inch cutbow trout; and Hatcher Lake was stocked with 750 pounds of 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout.

The fishing has been outstanding the past three weeks on all four lakes, especially on flies and lures. Fall is one of the best times of year to get out and enjoy the lakes and some of the best fishing around.

Fishing permits are available at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center and at the administration office in Vista.