What does it mean that Hidden Harbour is a “private community”?
Similar to a condominium Hidden Harbour Homeowners’ Association (HHHA) owns the roads & the lakes, which are not public, but private. The lakes, beaches, picnic areas and adjacent natural areas are for use by residents only.
Are there fees required to be paid by residents?
Yes. Fees are billed semi-annually to provide funds to maintain and improve the common areas including the roads, streetlights and lakes. HHHA also provides refuse and yard waste pick up as well as snow removal and salting of the roads.
What are the lakes used for?
Swimming, fishing and boating. No gas-powered boats are allowed. Most residents have pontoon boats with electric motors, canoes, kayaks, rowboats or sail boards.
What is the code to the Baja Gate?
Access to the baja is available only to Hidden Harbour residents (with the exception of Plat VII) and their guests. This code is changed about once a year. The current code may be obtained from the Lake Association.
How can I find out more information including the amount of the association fees?
Email Erin Osstifin, Property Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
What days are refuse and yard waste pick up?
Refuse and yard waste can be combined and are picked up on Friday. This service is included in the Association fees. Recycling pick up service, on Thursday, can be contracted by the resident directly with Republic Waste, 1-800-234-3429.
Republic Waste observes these six major holidays: New Years, Memorial Day, July 4th., Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If one of these holiday falls on a weekday then pickup is a day late (Sat.). If it falls on a weekend then pickup is on time (Friday).
Yard waste pick up is from the last Friday in April to the Friday before Thanksgiving. At other times yard waste can be combined with refuse in an emptiable container.
What are common prohibitions enforced by HHHA?
- Use of phosphorous fertilizer is prohibited.
- Plantings in the common areas, including in front of the sidewalks, is prohibited.
- Parking is allowed on 1 side of the streets. Please obey posted signage.
- All dogs must be leashed.
- No fences in the rear yards of homes on the lake.
- All improvements to a home or other structures must be approved by the Architectural Control Committee, which is constituted by the HHHA Board of trustees, as well as applicable Lucas County & Township zoning rules & building permit requirements.
- No structure is permitted outside the building line of each property.
- No RVs, vans, commercial vehicles, motor or mobile homes or trailers may be parked in the community unless completely enclosed in a garage.
What does the “infrastructure reserve fee” pay for?
The “infrastructure reserve fee”, billed semi-annually with the operating fee, is to build a long-term fund for the major repair and replacement of infrastructure owned by HHHA such as the streets known as E Shoreline Dr., North Moon Lake Dr., N Shoreline Dr., East Cove Harbour Dr, N Cove Harbour Dr, West Cove Harbour Dr and portions of Hidden Forest Dr., lights, sewers & drainage systems and entrance sign.
The infrastructure reserve funds are to be accumulated and invested separately and are not available for operating expenses or improvements.
The amount of the fee is determined, in part, from information and recommendations in a Reserve Study the Board completed in 2007 and subsequent reviews and updates.