Locust Lake Village is a four-season community with an elevation of 2,060 feet. We are comprised of 600 properties and as of the end of 2013, 1,030 homes been constructed. Employees include a Community Manager, a five-member Administration Department, a nine-member Security Department, and a five-member Maintenance Department. We have a nine-member Board of Directors who are elected by the membership and it is their job to oversee most all aspects and affairs of the association, which includes creating committees as needed. These committees serve in an advisory capacity only. We offer scheduled activities from our Recreation Director throughout the year with something for everyone.
|About Our People
Dan Dougherty Jr.
A message from the Community Manager:
I want to start this Christmas message by thanking all the Locust Lake Village volunteers that have worked so
hard this past year. From the members of the board to each committee member a heartfelt thank you for a job well
done! Locust Lake Village enjoyed another great year, thanks to your efforts.
The recreation events this season were a huge success due to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers. Our
board steered us through the pitfalls of managing our community, leaving us in a strong position heading into a
new year. All our committees have contributed to this success, and my gratitude is beyond words. Locust Lake
Village is a better place thanks to your efforts!
The board recently passed a budget for the new fiscal year. I am
pleased to announce that despite rising costs for insurance, electricity, supplies and just about everything, we have
not raised the assessment for 2017. A lot of work goes into keeping costs down while maintaining the landscape
and infrastructure of Locust Lake Village. I feel the staff and the board have done an excellent job of this, and I am
proud to be a part of that effort.
As we reflect on the past year, I also want to thank the staff who worked side by side with the volunteers to shape
and contribute to the success of the Village. My thoughts turn to your contribution, and I would like to say thank
you for your dedication and support. There are only a few days left until we come to the end of 2016. The success
and achievements that we have accomplished will be history and the challenges of a new year will begin. Over
the past two years, there has been a tremendous influx of new property owners, and there is no reason why that
trend should not continue. With this influx, the village will need to adapt to the changing demographics of these
new members while still maintaining the core values that are the foundation of this community. This can only be
accomplished with our continual commitment to open lines of communications between the staff, the board, and
the property owners.
We will continue our efforts with the weekly e-blast and there will be five issues of the Villager in 2017. We are
going to do our best to add to the excellent work that Ray DiSandro started with the Village website. We ask you,
the property owner, to please stay informed by using the information we send you, signing on to the website and
by offering positive and constructive feedback even when the subject is negative in nature.
Finally, I would like to share my five simple New Year resolutions. These are my resolutions as your community
manager, and I state them here so that you all can call me on it if I don’t keep them. I would love some company
working on these resolutions so feel free to take them as your own. I do not mind sharing.
1. At all times be civil in my communications, whether verbal or written. Let’s stop yelling at each other.
2. Remember, there are two sides to every story. I will not assume what I was told is gospel truth until I know
both sides of what happened or what is said. Make decisions and opinions based on the whole story, not just
someone’s interpretation of what happened or what was said.
3. Say NO to rumors and gossip. Someone always winds up getting hurt even with the most innocent of stories.
4. Don’t assume a negative when someone presents an idea, suggestion or concern. Think of it as an expensive
bottle of wine that needs to breathe after it’s open. Listen completely, take a moment to let it breathe in your
mind and then give an opinion if one is requested.
5. This year I plan to have a more positive focus on life, no matter what is going on around me, to concentrate on
past successes rather than past failures, to seek the next action steps needed to build on those past successes
and to create new ones. To find ways to help each member of the staff, volunteers or anyone who interacts
with Locust Lake to have a fulfilling experience and be part of these successes.
Note: You will see it has nothing to do with exercise, dieting or refraining from any adult beverages. I want to be a
better person, not dull and miserable.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your holiday celebrations be very special times
and create fond memories that last forever.
Positively working for you,
Daniel T. Dougherty, Jr. – CMCA, AMS
Chairman - Board of Directors
A message from the Board Chairman:
The budget approved by the LLVPOA Board of Directors for 2017 is $1,840,176.73. The approved budget is an increase of $53,828.34 or 3.01% more than we budgeted in 2016. However
the 2017 assessment for a house on one lot will remain at $1,281.84, there is NO
INCREASE in the base annual house assessment. I realize many will stop reading the letter at
this point, but tradition dictates a longer letter.
Why is there no
increase in individual dues? We are starting to
recover from the economic downturn of 2008. We have had many homes that
went through the foreclosure process and are now being occupied by dues paying
owners. There is a diligent mindset by
our entire staff led by Dan Dougherty, our Community Manager that strict fiscal
controls are adhered to for all spending. Staff members Mary Marucci and
Kathleen Benner have achieved a 194% success rate in the collection of long-term
past dues. Nicole Hill, our recreation department head has achieved much
success in getting better prices from our
food suppliers and working with Carrie Pohl and the recreation committee have
brought many additional venues that were financially and socially successful. The
Security department led by our Security Chief, Andy Gross has deployed
additional security cameras to complement and improve the security monitoring
of our homes and community assets. Last, but certainly not least, Shawn Heller
our maintenance department head along with Bob Sweeney our maintenance
supervisor have effectively controlled over time while improving Village
maintenance. There were no home runs here, but a lot of solid single hits as the
whole staff working in conjunction with their respective committee members and
the many, many volunteers to function as one large cohesive community that
controlled our expenses resulting in no increase in individual annual homeowner
dues. In 2016:
· Our application for renewal as a Gold Star Community was
approved which improves home value.
· We contracted a replacement reserve consultant to review
and confirm our replacement account
· We began work on the overdue Chalet parking lot improvements.
· We replaced one ranger security vehicle and one
maintenance pickup/plow unit
· We purchased a new portable welder for maintenance
· Had a fish survey conducted for our lakes
· Replaced the grille at the chalet
As always, I extend my sincere gratitude to those Finance Committee members led by Bob Dilullo. Our treasurer,
Vince Moderski, along with several board members, our Community Manager Dan
Dougherty, Kathleen Benner, our staff accountant and Mary Marucci, our staffmember worked in unison with the Finance Committee. They have presented to the Board a
realistic, fiscally responsible budget that maintains Locust Lake Village as a highly
desirable Pocono destination.
As always, on behalf of the entire Board of Directors andthe LLV staff, we extend our sincere holiday wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! Cheers! Will Robinson - Chair, LLVPOA Board of Directors
Thank you for your continued support.