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COVID-19 Update (4/22/20)

Fellow Lake Saginaw Members,

After our last email regarding the shutdown of the beach and lake in total, we were asked specifically about boating and fishing.

We contacted our SHBC legal counsel and we are happy to report that boating and fishing will be allowed with the following restrictions:

1. You must be a member in good standing (meaning you’ve paid your full active and inactive fees).

2. If you are boating, and if you store your vessel at the beach (dock/rack), you must have the most current boat sticker (2019 sticker) on your boat/canoe/kayak. If you bring a vessel to the lake it must be removed after use and not left on the grounds. IMPORTANT: We will be removing any boats/kayaks/canoes that are on lake property without a proper sticker, or not in the proper rack spot. This notice will serve as warning that you have two weeks from today to remove any boats/kayaks/canoes that are not properly documented with an appropriate sticker. This includes ‘stacking’ multiple boats/kayaks/canoes in the boat racks. If it doesn’t have an appropriate sticker, and/or is not in the proper rack spot, it will be removed.

3. Observe proper social distancing rules per NJ State guidelines. Do not gather in groups of 10 or more (anywhere on the grounds including the boat dock) and maintain a six-foot distance from others at all times.

4. The beach is still closed, absolutely no swimming or gathering.

As we continue to monitor and discuss how we will operate during this period of ‘stay at home’ and ‘social distancing, we also welcome feedback and questions from our members.

But please follow the guidelines we’ve set forth. It is not up to any single member to determine what they can and can not do. If you are unsure of any situation please ask (just respond to any of our emails).

We will modify these rules as necessary moving forward.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

SHBC/Lake Saginaw Trustees
John Scherr, President

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COVID-19 Update (4/16/20)

Fellow Lake Saginaw Members,

We hope you are all healthy and managing well through these crazy times.

We don’t have any positive news for you at this time.  As of now the Sussex County Board of Health has closed all recreational bathing for a yet unspecified amount of time.

While we continue to plan for the upcoming season, we are all still under the Governor’s ‘Stay at Home Order’. We are waiting further guidance from the CDC, OSHA, our state leaders, and our local Boards of Health before we make any final decisions regarding the beach and lake opening this season.

So for now, the beach and lake are closed to everyone. That means no one is allowed on the beach or allowed on the lake (even if you are alone).

For now, Reservation members are still responsible for the annual maintenance fee of $50. If you are a Reservation member and have already paid this maintenance fee, thank you. We still have bills to pay to just maintain the lake whether it is used or not. If you have not yet made this payment please do so as soon as possible.

There will be a number of questions regarding the active member fees. Some of you have already paid those. Since we are not sure if and when the Lake will open, we will be considering a number of possible actions (including but not limited to full or partial refunds). Again, until we know if we can open the Lake, we do not have a set answer here.  We will keep you updated, but rest assured that we as Trustees are in the same position as you, and we are also not willing to pay an active member fee if the Lake cannot be used (or would expect some sort of refund if a partial season is allowed).

We also know that many of you have suffered job losses or a decrease in hours worked. If you are in this situation, hold on to your active member fees for now. Even though you are still responsible for the $50 annual maintenance (Reservation members only), you are always guaranteed an active membership at anytime you join.

A number of seasonal members have similar questions. Any refunds or partial refunds would apply to your situation as well. If you have yet to pay, and were a member last year, your spot will be held on ‘the list’ and we will notify you if and when we open again.

We’ll keep you updated as best possible moving forward. As you have seen, there is a great deal of information to consider. But until we get the go ahead from the board of health and state leaders, we’re closed for now.

Stay healthy, stay home.

Lake Saginaw/SHBC Trustees
John Scherr, President