Wristbands and Car Registrations

 We are sending you a copy of your wristband/car registration form from last year. Please review, update and initial this form. In order to ensure that we have your wristbands and car decal/tag packet ready ASAP, we need this completed form returned to our office (N551 Wishing Well Lane, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538) by May 15, 2016.

Please return the form initialed, even if there are no changes. We will only make packets for those who return the form on time. If we did not have a form previously on file for your site, we sent a blank registration form with some basic instructions.

If you turn your form in early, we will be preparing packets as we receive them and you may be able to pick them up at the lodge before the meeting. Please allow us one week to get them ready.

Spring Meeting

The Spring Meeting is at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 21, at Fort Atkinson High School Auditorium, 925 Lexington Blvd, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.

This is an informational meeting that is open to seasonals and site owners (no one under 18 is allowed). It is is not a business meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to review improvements that have been completed or are planned. We will also review any changes in rules, policies and procedures.

The meeting will be conducted in an orderly fashion with no tolerance for outbursts or interruptions. Our goal is to relay as much information to you as possible in a pleasant environment. Much information and many changes will be presented. Please try to attend so that you can hear the information first- hand; everything that will be presented is very important for you to know and understand.

Golf Cart Registration

Wow, how confusing this has become.

Let’s begin by reminding everyone that the fee to register each golf cart each season is $20. If you have three golf carts, your registration fee would be $60.

So, how will the discount program work this year? First off, I would like to thank all the people who are switching to the new 4″ numbers and rear
plates. You are helping us solve a problem, and therefore you will get
$10 off of your registration. All of you who will be registering your golf cart(s) before Memorial Day weekend are also helping us solve a problem and you will also get $10 off your registration. So, if you upgrade to 4″ numbers and rear plates, and register your golf cart before Memorial Day weekend, you will get free golf cart registration ($20 off).

If you do one or the other, your registration fee would be $10, and if you do neither (and you are not required to have the larger numbers this season) your registration fee would be $20 per cart.

More On the 4″ Numbers and Plates

The guiding principle behind the park seeking this change is that your numbers are able to be seen clearly from a distance. This means that if you have a rear seat, which you must have in order to have more than two people in a cart, then even when your rear seat is fully occupied your numbers must be clearly visible from a distance.

We know that not everyone will be able to place a plate on the roof (some of us don’t have roofs on our carts, me included). Many carts have rear seats with footrests (which is a possible requirement for safety in the future) and some of those have a grab bar on them (another possible requirement for safety in the future), so mounting a number plate in one of these locations is a possible option for you.

Golf cart inspection will again be handled by Tom (from the Advisory Group) and Shelly (one of our managers) this season.

They will evaluate what you have and/or discuss possible options with you. The goal here is to solve a problem and work with everyone to find a solution that works for you as well, rather than simply dictate a “One size fits all” policy.

Please remember why we are changing the golf cart rules in the first place. We are responding to multiple requests from campers, who have requested that golf carts be easier to identify. We are responding to you. Every year we field numerous complaints about people speeding on golf carts, going around speed bumps, driving on lawns to avoid speed bumps, etc. Almost without exception, when I ask for the cart’s numbers, the response is “I couldn’t see it.”

We need you to help us identify these people so we can solve the problem of people abusing their golf cart privileges. Don’t forget that we have a radar gun, with a speed readout display, that we let people use. It can help carts know they are speeding by indicating their speed, or it can be used to catch speeders. To date only one person has helped us by using it, although a second person has agreed to help this year. Let me know if you would like to give it a try. We want to solve the problem. You want us to solve the problem. We need your help to solve the problem.

New Stuff This Year?

Bringing a trailer into the park?
As a general rule trailers can only be brought into the park Monday through Thursday. We do not want a trailer being delivered on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays due to the congestion and numerous activities.

In addition, we must know when you are expecting a trailer to be delivered. You should fill out a “Lot Improvement” form in the office so we can mark the lot to make sure you are compliant with the 5 feet from the lot line, back & side lot lines rules, in accordance with all park and county rules. Fire code requires structures to be 10 feet apart to prevent fire from one structure from spreading to another, and therefore we must mark your lot before you bring a trailer in, even if you pulled it out for the off season and are just bringing it back.

We have several people who haven’t followed this guideline so far this year. A letter will be going out to those people, who will unfortunately have to move and reset their trailers. Failure to comply will result in a fine.

Buying a new trailer?
Spring is one of the times people think about buying new trailers. I would like to give you a few things to think about based on what I’m seeing with park models and lodges (as opposed to travel trailers or 5th wheels). Your unit should have an underbelly, which is a barrier on the bottom of your trailer designed to keep things from entering your trailer from beneath. These barriers can be plastic or metal. You should strongly consider getting metal. Raccoons can get through the plastic, and the average repair cost for this sort of invasion is typically more than $2,000. Your trailer generally will have plastic ductwork, as opposed to metal, and the animals will destroy it.

Another thing to consider is whether during the installation of the unit the dealer had to puncture the underbelly, to plumb for a holding tank or add wiring for a heating/cooling unit. We have seen situations where the unit had a metal underbelly but the dealer cut a hole in it and didn’t seal the hole up. Planning on putting a holding tank under your trailer? Because they are building taller units, road clearance can pose a problem. What some manufacturers are doing now is putting smaller diameter tires on the unit to make sure they don’t have clearance problems. The potential problem with this is that you may not be able to get a larger holding tank because it will no longer fit under your unit (as required).

Related to this is how the holding tank is plumbed. We have always recommended that the drain piping and gate valve be placed on the bottom of the tank, as opposed to having your tank pumped out from the top. If you pump out from the top you will need to put a 90 degree fitting on the top of the tank and that adds another 6-8 inches, or more, of necessary under the unit clearance. This is definitely a problem if your unit has the smaller wheels. Dealers appear to be ordering holding tanks from whoever is cheaper rather than what is best for you, so you might not want to buy your holding tank from the dealer you buy your unit from. We have also found that pumping out from the top of the tank doesn’t empty the tank as much as from the bottom side. Over time this build up of solids could result in an odor problem that will be hard to get rid of.

Deck rules
We mention this now as a lot of you are thinking about and/or building decks. We will be adding to our rules this year. The park must adhere to all state and county guidelines. All decks must be compliant with Wisconsin building codes: (SPS 321.04). Failure to comply will result in a fine.

They mostly involve rules for stairs and handrails. Guardrails must be installed on the entire deck if ANY part of the deck is more the 24 inches above grade, even if a screened-in porch is placed on deck. Guardrails must be at least 36 inches above the floor of the deck and made so as to prevent a 4-inch sphere from passing through. This also includes the space between the deck and bottom rail of guardrail. Stairs must be at least 36 inches wide with 8-inch or less risers and a minimum tread depth of 9 inches. Stair flights with more than 3 risers must have handrails on both sides and made so as to prevent a 4-inch sphere from passing through. The area formed by the tread, riser and bottom rail must prevent a 6-inch sphere from passing through. Handrails must be at least 30 inches but no more than 38 inches above the nose of the treads and must be able to withstand a 200 pound load applied in any direction.

Rope, cable or similar materials used in handrail or guardrail infill must be strung with maximum openings of 3 1/2 inches with vertical supports a maximum of 4 ft. apart.

Shed Rules
Have you noticed that some people are not following the shed rules, especially as regards size and color requirements? We have. Conversations have already taken place concerning making the necessary changes to what has been built in the past couple of years. We are requiring two people to remove their non-compliant sheds by Memorial Day. We will be sending out letters to others requiring them to bring their shed into compliance. Please note that ONLY 1 SHED is allowed on a lot. This is a County rule, which is why it is one of our rules. Failure to comply will result in a fine.

We will be making one change to the rules regarding sheds this year. We will now allow metal roofs, similar to what we have been putting on park buildings, as long as they are aesthetically pleasing (dark brown, of course).