New Park Gate Lock

As many of you have noticed there is a new padlock at the entrance to the Park.  In order to re-lock it, your key must remain in the lock in the vertical position. Please remember to replace the chain and re-lock our Park every time you enter or exit. The key you already have will still work in the new lock.

Thanks to all from your JAC

key stays in until locked

SPBHA Dues Increase Results

Bluffs Homeowners – Thank you for voting
the proposal to change the annual dues has passed!

After the meeting on Tuesday July 16 we had 42 yes votes and 3 no votes. We continued to accept votes after Tuesday and now have 51 yes votes, a full 2/3 of our HOA members. The board planned to accept ballots through the end of July, as voting was not “closed” as of our Tuesday evening meeting date.

The new dues amount of $125 is effective with next year’s dues payment March 2020. Homeowners who want to take advantage of a dues price of $105 and prepay up to 3 years of dues can make out your check to SPBHOA and mail it to our PO Box 612 Hamburg, MI 48139. We plan to mail a letter out by the first week of August to make sure all HOA members are notified about this prepay option.

Thank you for your support
Your HOA Board members,

Marge Andres
(313) 402-6240

Jim Dwyer
(586) 899-4195

Beth Freiberg
(810) 923-1389

John Greko
(717) 254-9170

Craig Haitz
(313) 909-9055

Frank Nelson
(248) 767-3389


Notice – Nextdoor Scam

Estates and Bluffs Neighbors,
Last week you may have received a letter that looked like it was written and sent by George Rogers on Gallagher, suggesting that you enroll  in a “private – just for our neighbors” on-line network. The company that sent you this material is a for-profit nationwide marketing outfit that will collect and sell your contact information. Your inbox will begin receiving unsolicited sales material. In short – this is a scam.
George Rogers did not write nor send this letter. It was postmarked from Wyoming. The website it promotes is neither “private” nor “just-for-us.”

Strawberry Point Bluffs – Voting on Dues Change Notice

Important Notice from your HOA board – We need your vote on a dues change

As we discussed at our annual HOA membership meeting in April to be able to properly fund our homeowners association we need an increase in our annual dues. With the two insurance policies we pay for each year (liability for the park and directors liability) and a few other annual fees we incur we use up about 80% of our annual dues without even contributing anything to our park property or spending anything to benefit our neighborhood. Assets at the park need annual maintenance and we need to be able to replace items when needed. We also need to be able to pay for legal fees when needed to uphold and defend our HOA building and use rules.

Back in 1973 the developer had set the dues at $30 per year. Based on inflation $30 in 1973 would equal over $170 in 2019 dollars based on inflation.

Your HOA board is asking for your vote to increase our dues to $125 per year effective with our dues payable next year. With our dues at $125 per year we would have proper funding each year to be able to run our HOA. Just like our own individual households the association needs proper funds to be able to pay its bills and be able to operate. As you know board member positions are volunteer. We need volunteers for our board each year to help run our association, and our board needs to have adequate funding to run the association.

You can download an absentee ballot here. We ask for everyone׳s participation in this very important vote.

We have a special meeting scheduled for July 16, 2019 at the Hamburg Township Senior Center at 7:30pm. Meeting attendance is not required for you to be able to vote. The meeting will be available for questions and discussion concerning this change in dues.

Thank you for your support

Your HOA Board members,
Marge Anders (313) 402-6240
Jim Dwyer (586) 899-4195
Beth Freiberg (810) 923-1389
John Greko  (717) 254-9170
Craig Haitz (313) 909-9055
Frank Nelson (248) 767-3389

Continue reading “Strawberry Point Bluffs – Voting on Dues Change Notice”

Informational Meeting on the Chain of Lakes Improvement Project, June 17, 7-9 PM, Hamburg Township Hall

Attached is information on a meeting to be held at Hamburg Township Hall, June 17, 7-9 PM.  This will be your chance to meet the new lake scientist and the Water Resources team from Washtenaw County.  There will be time for questions.
HRCOL 06172019 Meeting Notice

Also attached is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the project.
Huron River Chain of Lakes Plant

Be sure to check the Washtenaw County website for other updates.Control FAQ 2019 06 06(

Notice: Strawberry Lake Treated for Weed Control Today – June 4th, 2019

The Washtenaw County Public Works Division has been requested by lake communities in northern Washtenaw and southern Livingston Counties to undertake a lake management program to control invasive weeds.

Strawberry Lake was treated today (June 4th 2019).

  • NO swimming for 24hrs
  • NO irrigation for 3 days.

This project will provide improvements to the Chain of Lakes by controlling invasive and nuisance weeds through the application of herbicides to the water and mechanical weed harvesting.

Full details can be found at:

The Aquatic Services treatment calendar can be found at:

Trash Pickup Information

Greetings Strawberry Point Bluffs and Strawberry Estates Homeowners!

Some neighbors have asked about competing rates for trash pickup. The Garbageman in Brighton offers special rates for our two subdivisions if 40 or more households sign up. If you wish to change to this service you would need to cancel your current service effective June 30, 2019 end of quarter, and sign up with the Garbageman in June to start pickup effective July 1, 2019. The phone for The Garbageman is 810-225-3001.

The rate we have been quoted for 40 households or more is as follows:

  • Quarterly Rate with cart rental $48.00
  • Quarterly Rate supplying your own cart $42.00
  • Recycling plastic large bags $10.00 per roll of 10 bags
  • Yard waste in Brown paper leaf bags $2.00 per bag.
  • Pickup is on Thursdays after 12 noon.

Services quoted are pickup for one trash cart plus up to 4 kitchen bags per week. Yard waste pickup is every other week April through early December. Call for your pickup.

I have had this service for the past few months and have had no issues. I have had no problem with getting them to answer the phone and give me information. The senior rate is $45.00 per quarter for regular customers with their own cart, so the subdivision rate is a little cheaper than the senior rate. I hope this is helpful to you and you are able to call the Garbageman for any other questions. We are trying to keep the truck traffic in our subdivisions to a minimum however prices keep rising so an alternative trash pickup service is being offered for subdivision rates.

Beth Freiberg, Secretary Strawberry Point Bluffs HOA

Notice: Park Reservation Requests

To all whom are not aware, an events calendar is available to all SPBHA and SHEHA members to view and submit online event reservation requests for our park.

These links are both available in the drop down menu under “Events” in the main top bar navigation. Please submit an event request if you are planning on having an event down at the park so other members can plan accordingly.

Thanks and have a great summer!