Here’s a recap of Tuesday’s POA Board meeting


The biggest stories out of Tuesday night’s regular session Board meeting were the goodbyes offered to General Manager Chris Mitchell and Member Services Director Susanne (Cordeiro) Webb, whose last days on the job were this week – along with announcements about the upcoming alum treatment, a final decision on the new Dog Park, the status of the Solar Project and a decision that needs to be made about the Indian Beach stage.

As has been announced for several weeks now, Chris resigned his position serving the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association, effective September 8, to pursue a new career opportunity. He has worked for the Association since 2011 and has served as General Manager for more than three years.

On August 26, 2016, the Association received long-time employee Susanne Webb’s resignation as Director of Member Services. Susanne will be leaving to pursue a new opportunity, effective September 9. She has been an invaluable asset to the Association since 2005, and will be greatly missed.
The Association Management developed a succession plan almost two years ago. In transition of duties, the following staff will assume the following roles effective September 12:
William (Cory) Gorham will oversee Member Services and Community Patrol. Cory has worked for the Association for more than four years and will continue to maintain customer focus in his new duties.
Cheryl Mitchell will oversee Planning and Compliance. Cheryl has worked for the Association for more than 10 years. She has played an important role with the Architectural Control Committee, as well as working with the City of Canyon Lake’s Planning Department.

In a presentation at Tuesday’s Board meeting (and again Wednesday for City Council) Mark Norton, the Water Resources and Planning Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA), announced another alum treatment is scheduled for September 26 to 30. Monitoring will take place beforehand to assure weather and water conditions are conducive to a successful treatment.

Alum treatments first began in Canyon Lake in fall 2013. Norton demonstrated through charts derived from official tests that the alum treatments have been successful in the Main Lake. The use of alum is not as successful in the shallower, stagnant East Bay coves.

He also discussed the closure of Canyon Lake to bodily contact for a few days in August due to the presence of toxins released by blue-green algae. He explained the tests used to determine the presence of the toxins and the fact that this has been an issue for a number of Southern California lakes after the prolonged drought.

In the business portion of Tuesday’s meeting, also known as “Board Action Items,” one of the items discussed by Operations Director Mike Morrow is the need to either refurbish the stage at Indian Beach or to remove it.

Mike noted that the age of the stage is unknown, but a Reserve Study in 2014 showed that the stage had exceeded its “useful life” of 25 years. The stage is constructed of wood and is continuously requiring repairs. A total of $14,150 is set aside in Reserves for refurbishment; however, he notes, “There has been some concern that the stage is no longer used that much and is an eyesore. Staff is requesting that the Board make a decision on whether they would want staff to invest Reserve money to refurbish the stage or demolish it.”

The Activities Department provided a list of clubs and groups that have used the stage. Now the Board requests that members weigh in on this subject by emailing

In other Board Action Items, the Board approved a contract with Willdan Engineering Services for the Parking Lot Pavement Management Program, with funding to be drawn from the Road Reserve. The engineering firm will determine a strategy to prepare bid documents and assist with the management of the project to repave Canyon Lake Dr. North, from Vacation to Cove View, as well as all parking lots within the gated portion of the community.

This led to a discussion of the Solar Project, which has been under review since last year and is about to begin. Solar panel structures are scheduled to be installed at some of the parking lots.

Finally, with several Dog Park advocates wearing red shirts speaking out during the Member Comments portion of the meeting, President Bruce Yarbrough announced that a decision had been made to abandon the previously-announced location at the back of the East Port launch ramp parking lot. He then announced that a portion of the grassy area at East Port Park soon would be fenced off for the Dog Park.

Advocates welcomed this decision as most of them already take their dogs to this location. Current rules state dogs must be on leashes in that location; however, the new park will offer the opportunity for dogs to run off leash within a fenced area.

The Board reminds members that they are urged to respond to the Long Range Plan Survey at Thus far, only five percent of the membership has responded to this important survey.

POA Couples Class

A class for couples, “Who am I with you?” – a two-day seminar – will be held Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesday, September 21, 6 to 9 p.m., at the East Port Park Activities Building. Presented by Joan Kowal, the class is about “discovery.” She says, “Spend two days getting to understand who you are and understanding who your significant other is. Then explore how this new found knowledge can bring your relationship to an empowering working relationship.”

For more information, contact the Activities Department at 951-244-6841, ext. 618.

Long Range Plan Survey

The Facility Review Committee recently conducted a series of workshops to gauge the community’s interest in future community enhancements as part of a proposed “Long Range Plan.” The purpose of this survey is to allow residents an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas for amenity enhancements.

Now that the workshops have ended, a survey has been posted at (and is available in paper form in the Member Services Office) asking homeowners to vote for the top five enhancements they would like to see on a Long Range Plan (one survey per tract and lot).

Main Gate Signage

Proposals are coming in to the Association for new Main Gate signage. Several concepts have been proposed thus far and are posted under “Projects” at Members are asked to email their thoughts on these concepts to or call 951-244-6841, ext. 210.

Fall Pool Hours

Fall pool hours are now in effect. The pool will be open 7 a.m to 8 p.m. The pool will be closed Friday afternoon and evening, September 9, for the Travel Club dinner-dance.

At the Lighthouse

Many people are remarking that new Director of Food and Beverage Mark Scheck and Executive Chef Tony Sasaki are starting to “turn things around” at the Lighthouse Restaurant, Bar and Lounge. Together, Mark and Tony have more than 40 years combined experience in the business of hotel and restaurant management. Lighthouse hours are:

Monday through Thursday: 5 to 9 p.m.

Friday: 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday Dinner: 3 to 8 p.m.

The Bar and Lounge will remain open for one hour after the restaurant closes; however, the kitchen will be closed so food service will not be available.

The new menu can be seen online at

Darryl Worley Concert

The Association’s “Concerts at the Lodge” series is excited to introduce its next concert starring country music artist Darryl Worley on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now for purchase at the Members Services office (credit card transactions only) during normal business hours, or by visiting

VIP tickets are $55 per person, which includes express entry with preferred seating closest to the stage and a private VIP bar. VIP Members will be automatically entered in a special VIP-only drawing for a chance to win an autographed poster board signed by Darryl Worley. General Admission tickets are $30 per person. In addition to the concert, the Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar will be offering a special country-themed buffet.that will replace the normal dinner menu.


The final Flick-n-Float of the summer is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 at the Lodge pool. Guests are invited to bring a small float or beach chair to watch the movie, which is scheduled to start at dusk (approximately 7:15 p.m.). Snacks will be available for purchase at the pool snack bar.

Yoga by the Lake Class

Instructor Doona Choi offers a unique Vinyasa-style class that focuses on strength, flexibility, balance and breath. Donna says “Yoga by the Lake” is ideal to help with weight loss, stress reduction, mind body awareness while helping people heal injuries and enhancing sports performance and everyday life.

The class will start Tuesday, September 20, and will be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Holiday Harbor and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at Sunset Beach. A participant’s first class is free; then will be $35 for five classes or $60 for 10 classes. Sign up at Member Services.

For more information, contact the Activities Department at 951-244-6841, ext. 618.

POA Exercise Classes

Classes can be purchased at Member Services or the Pool Office. Instructors cannot accept payment. To learn more about each class, visit

  • Water Aerobics meets Monday through Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the pool. Cost is $2 per class or $25 per month for unlimited classes.
  • Canyon Lake Fit Camp meets Tuesday and Thursday at 7 a.m. at Holiday. The class is $99 per month; first class is free.
  • Funk Fitness meets Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m., and Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m. All classes meet at the Lodge. Class punch cards are $35 for five classes; $70 for 11 classes.
  • Zumba meets Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Holiday Bay Room. Cost is $35 for five classes; $40 for 10 classes.
  • Evening Yoga meets Monday at 7 p.m. in the Holiday Bay Room. Cost is $25 for five classes; $40 for 10 classes.
  • Morning Yoga meets Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Sunset Beach Room at the Lodge. Cost is $25 for five classes; $40 for 10.
  • Line Dancing – Beginning meets Tuesday at 2 p.m.; Intermediate meets Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Holiday Bay Room. Cost is $20 for five classes; $40 for 10.
  • Dancercise meets Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Pool View Room at the Lodge. This class is free.



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