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2020 Bayles Lake Organizational Chart-Website Copy-7-2-20


2020 September Agenda Outline


2020 Lake Calendar and Event Schedule-REVISED-August 6


Rules and Regulations 1-15-20


2020 Bayles Lake Auxiliary Program and Telephone Directory Booklet


2020 Homeowner Assessment Resolution


2019 Homeowners Association Dues Explanation


2019 Midwest Grows Green-Guide


IEPA Drinking Water Quality Report-2019


IEPA Drinking Water Quality Report-2018


Complaint Form-2018


Bayles Lake Realtors-Homes For Sale-March 1 2019


Bayles Lake Suggested Sellers Checklist-7-19


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2020 PDC Lab Report on Lake Water


2019 PDC Lab Report on Lake Water


2018 PDC Lab Report on Lake Water


Welcome Information 5-1-20


2018 Boat Digest-Rules and Regulations


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August 26, 2020


Gene Miller Announces his Retirement


Gene Miller, Bayles Lake Homeowners Association Security Officer has announced he is retiring this summer, effective September 25, 2020. The Board of Directors, regrettably, has to seek a replacement for this important position.


Gene has been our Security Officer since 2017.  He has been a trusted voice at our board meetings for three years.  His sense of humor, positive attitude and helpful nature will be a tough act to follow.   Fortunately, he will be able to help train a new Security officer for us.


If you have questions or know of anyone that might be interested in this position, please have them contact a member of the search committee.

  •  This individual must live at Bayles Lake.
  • This is a 12 month, part-time but active position. 
  • Salary rate and benefits to be determined.

There will be a search / interview committee selected.  This information will be posted on the website.


Interested residents must complete and submit an application to Administrative Assistant Rod Cardinal by September 25, 2020.  Interviews may be conducted before September 25 but there will be no selection before September 25.




Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Bayles Lake Homeowners Association (BLHOA) President, performs safety related duties, is part of our neighborhood watch program and works to ensure the safety of lake residents and their guests.  Performs security duties for the protection and preservation of the lake, parks and roads. Assists Iroquois County and Illinois State officials in providing security for the same.

  • Patrols Bayles Lake property on daily basis during those times most appropriate to check safety / security so that Bayles Lake residents and guests conduct themselves in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the BLHOA.
  • Responds in timely fashion to resident safety/security concerns or complaints regarding BLHOA Rules and Regulations and takes appropriate action to resolve valid issues.
  • Advises lake residents and guests of violations of the BLHOA Rules and Regulations and takes appropriate action to resolve such violations, including using violation form.
  • Directs unauthorized visitors to leave the lake area. In those situations where unauthorized visitors fail to comply, consults with the County Sheriff for appropriate follow up.
  • Patrols the lake waters, during the boating season, to ensure residents and authorized guests are fishing and boating in accordance with BLHOA Rules and Regulations and pertinent State Law.
  • Will assist Maintenance / Grounds with the removal or unwanted or destructive animals from BLHOA property or, if necessary, coordinates such activities with Iroquois County officials.
  • Attends regular meetings of the BLHOA Board of Directors or attends Special Board meetings upon request, and reports on safety / security activities or incidents.  Makes recommendations and suggestions to the Board, intended to enhance the safety / security of Bayles Lake and its residents.
  • Distribution, Collection and Custodian of all keys and locks will be the responsibility of the Security Officer.
  • Observe all Lift Stations emergency / warning lights and report problems.
  • Observe the East and West Well House buildings and around the outside of each building area and report problems.
  • Performs other duties of a related nature as directed by the President of the BLHOA Board of Directors such as, but not limited to recovering loose boats, opening and closing the maintenance property when necessary, assisting with storm damage or control, participating in lake sponsored activities as requested, removal of unauthorized signs, enforcement of weight limits, notifying building permit inspector of violations.
  • Reviewed / Revised 2020

Search Committee


The search and interview committee is listed below.  This information will also be posted on the website.

Closing date will be September 25, 2020.


Stephen Hennessy, Home: 843-754-3917            David Harlow

stephenrhennessy@gmail.com                                 dhvest @gmail.com

806 Pacey Drive, Loda, IL 60948                         496 Rulison Drive, Loda, IL 60948


Rod Cardinal, Home: 217-386-2873


424 Wolfe Drive, Loda, IL 60948




Date:      July 25, 2020


John Chaddock has been selected to work for the Bayles Lake Homeowners Association as our new Maintenance and Grounds Supervisor, effective July 6.


John has lived at Lake Iroquois for nine years.  He is originally from Houston.  His wife is from the Gibson City area and her family has farmed throughout the area for many years.  They have five children and wanted them to be closer to his wife’s family and that was a big reason for them moving to Lake Iroquois.  His wife is a special education teacher with the Paxton school system.


John is retired from the airplane maintenance / mechanic industry.  After his move to Lake Iroquois he worked in that industry in Danville until their family began to grow and the travel became too much.  He has worked as “Mr. Mom” with the family, he has run his own landscape business and pest control business and he has worked in the Paxton and Gibson library system.


He enjoys working outdoors and would like to find a more permanent job doing maintenance and grounds work.  With his busy family he is looking for a job with some flexibility and he is looking to be a leader and part of our team.


Bob Siddall will be meeting with John on a weekly basis throughout July as we begin to make the transition. Rod Cardinal will also be helping John on various projects around the lake as he learns about our community.


We know that John is looking forward to starting his new job.  After July 26, if you are around the lake stop and say hello to John Chaddock.



June 18, 2020


JULY 2020


JULY 3, Bayles Lake will host a community event, music begins at 7:30 p.m. and our “Fireworks Show” begins at 9:00 p.m. from Newell Dam.  Enjoy our spectacular show from your boat on the lake. (FYI-July 5 is the rain date, same timeframe)


JULY 4, “Music on the Lake - Part 1”, community event, 1:00 p.m-3:00 p.m. with the gifted "The JMT Trio".  Enjoy an awesome music show from your boat on the lake, near the dock at 1004 Parker Terrace.


JULY 4, “Music on the Lake - Part 2”, community event, 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m. with legendary "The Fairchild’s".  Enjoy our fantastic music show from your boat on the lake, near the dock at 340 Kaufmann Drive. (If it rains, they will move to the Robinson Pavilion, same time.)


JULY 4, Bayles Lake Auxiliary will host a new community event, “Light Up Your Boat Parade”, at 8:30 p.m. Decorate your boat with lights for an evening parade around the lake.  Bring snacks and beverages if you are interested in tying up afterward at the north end of the lake.


JULY 5, “Music on the Lake - Part 3”, “The Bygone’s” to play Bayles Lake.  Katrina Cheney and Bill Dick, 518 Sunrise Drive, are hosting a lake-front party on Sunday, July 5, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and invite the Bayles Lake community to float over to their boat dock area and share in the music of The Bygone’s.


JULY 11, Bayles Lake will host a community eventGreat Clean Up Day, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.  The dumpster’s will be at the Maintenance Shed at the north end of the lake.


JULY 14, Bayles Lake Auxiliary will host a "Brunch / Meeting”, at 11:00 a.m. at the Robinson Pavilion at Healey Park.  This is a catered event with a featured speaker.  Details to follow.


JULY 28, Bayles Lake Homeowner's Association, Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at the Lakeview Country Club.



June 5, 2020


Bayles Lake Maintenance and Grounds Supervisor Position Announcement


Bob Siddall, Bayles Lake Homeowners Association Maintenance and Grounds Supervisor has announced he is retiring. 


The Board of Directors, regrettably, has to seek a replacement for this position.  Fortunately, Bob will continue to work with us until a new person is hired and he will be able to help train a new Maintenance and Grounds Supervisor for us.


If you have questions or are interested in this position or know of anyone that might be interested in this position, please have contact a member of the interviewing committee, listed below.


General information:

  • Living at Bayles Lake is preferred.
  • This position may be considered a full time and active position March 1 to November 30, paid monthly. 
  • Approximate hours are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 
  • From December 1 to February 28, when work around the lake is more infrequent, the hours may be reduced.  This may be related to hydrant flushing, storm damage, water line breaks, sewer issues, etc.
  • There is some flexibility in this position. 
  • Hourly pay rate is $15.00 / per hour
  • For a copy of the job application and a listing of the duties and responsibilities please contact a member of the interview committee.

The interview committee is listed below.  This information will also be posted on the website.


Closing date will be June 23, 2020.  Interviews maybe conducted before the closing date.


Allan Lee, Home: 815-735-8663


105 Northshore Drive, Loda, IL 60948


Stephen Hennessy, Home: 843-754-3917


806 Pacey Drive, Loda, IL 60948


Rod Cardinal, Home: 217-386-2873


424 Wolfe Drive, Loda, IL 60948



NOTE: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 not all scheduled meetings and sponsored activities of the BLHOA Board and Auxiliary may happen as planned. In the event of cancellation, an email will be sent to the to all residents that have an email address recorded with the BLHOA Treasurer.



Road Weight Restrictions Letter from Central Illinois Disposal


January 13, 2020




Dear Central Illinois Disposal Customers,


The Bayles Lake roads are posted with weight restrictions January 15-April 15. 


Due to these restrictions we cannot travel the roads with our regular sized garbage trucks. Therefore, we will be using a smaller truck with packer system to pick up your garbage during this time frame. 

  • This change requires more time to pick up your garbage*; therefore, your pick-up time will be earlier.
  • Please place your garbage in the 90-gallon tipper cart we provided and have your garbage out by 7:00 a.m. to ensure pick up.

*NO large pick up items, NO remodel / construction materials and NO large clean up piles during this time frame due to the size limitation placed on our equipment.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 217-379-3309.


Thank you for your cooperation.



Road Weight Restrictions


As a reminder to all lake residents during the late winter / early spring time there are road weight restrictions in place, January 15-April 15.  They are posted at most entrances to Bayles Lake. 


Road Weight Limits


January 15-April 15


All vehicles 6 Tons.


If you are anticipating any major projects during this time frame, that will require heavy trucks, please contact Gene Miller, Bayles Lake Security or the board president.


Garbage Pickup: Due to the weight restrictions they now have a smaller truck with packer system that will be picking up your garbage during this time frame, January 15 through April 15, 2020.





FIRST DAY OF WINTER REMINDER:  The extreme winter weather conditions, strong winds, persistent ice and repeated snow events, continue to present significant challenges to snow plowing operations around Bayles Lake.


If / when another round of severe winter weather gets ready to impact Central Illinois, please be careful when traveling to and from this area. Take the proper precautions to address the potential for variable conditions. Portions of our roads may remain slick during freezing temperatures.


At times our snow plowing crews may put down a mixture of salt, sand, and ice melt in affected locations and may continue to apply this mixture in critical areas such as curves and main intersections.  The salt / ice melt components of this mixture are minimal because of melting and rain eventually washes it into the lake.


Please use caution when walking or driving at Bayles Lake as extremely low temperatures can limit the effectiveness of salt, sand and ice melt.


Snow is to be plowed and ice treated on roads by 6:00 am or four (4) hours after reaching the accumulated depth of two (2”) inches whichever comes first. 


Wait to clear your driveway.  To reduce the chances of having to shovel more than once, wait to clear the end of your driveway until your street is plowed from side to side.  Snowplows may inadvertently plow snow from the road into your driveway.


Our snow plowing crews will work as quickly as practical to expedite plowing and keep the roads open and accessible for all of our residents, however in a major snow event, the perimeter road will be cleared first followed by the inlet roads.





Illinois Officials Caution Residents Recreating in Illinois Lakes or Rivers to be Aware of Blue-Green Algae


SPRINGFIELD - As temperatures begin to rise, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health are reminding residents to be cautious if they are planning activities on Illinois lakes and rivers, now and throughout the summer. Water conditions are ideal for blue-green algae growth. Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in lakes and streams. Rapid growth of algae is referred to as a "bloom." While most blue-green algae are harmless, some can produce toxic chemicals that cause sickness or other health effects in people and pets, depending on the amount and type of exposure.


Sensitive individuals, including young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are most at risk to adverse health effects attributable to algal toxins. Individuals are most often exposed to algal toxins while swimming or participating in other recreational activities in and on the water. The most common routes of exposure are direct skin contact, accidental ingestion of contaminated water, or accidental inhalation of water droplets in the air. Symptoms of exposure to algal toxins include rashes, hives, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, or wheezing. More severe symptoms may result from longer or greater amounts of exposure.


People who plan to recreate in or on Illinois lakes or rivers this summer are advised to avoid contact with water that:

• looks like spilled, green or blue-green paint;
• has surface scums, mats, or films;
• is discolored or has green-colored streaks; or
• has greenish globs suspended in the water below the surface.


People are also advised to keep children and pets out of the water. Do not allow pets to drink from the water and do not allow them to lick their fur after swimming in water containing a blue-green algae bloom. If you or your pet has contact with water you suspect may have a blue-green algae bloom, rinse off with clean, fresh water as soon as possible.


Activities near, but not in or on a lake or river, such as camping, picnicking, biking, and hiking are not affected. With all activities, wash your hands before eating if you have had contact with lake water or shore debris.


If you are concerned you have symptoms that are a result of exposure to algal toxins, contact your health care provider or call the Illinois Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. If your pet experiences symptoms that may be a result of exposure, contact your veterinarian.



FIREWORKS: Bayles Lake Community Fireworks Show


The Bayles Lake community is reminded that the 2020 fireworks show will be Friday, July 3 (July 5 is the rain date).  The show will start at 9:00 p.m. The launch site will again be from Skyline Drive / Newell Dam at Bayles Lake.


Homeowners will receive a letter in April, asking for donations.  Your donations will drive the length and quality of the show and we hope that we will again have high participation from all homeowners.


All donations may be sent to: Bayles Lake Fireworks, Federated Bank of Loda, P.O. Box 305, Loda, Il 60948.


Last year, it was fun and amazing to see so many families and boats on the water on both lakes and so many families hosting social events.  Everyone enjoyed the sights and sounds of the celebration. It turned out to be a great family event and we are excited to present the show this year.


In case of inclement weather, check www.bayleslakehoa.com



Complaint Form


The Board of Directors and Bayles Lake Security have created a Complaint Form. This is another way to communicate with us and to continue to try and make the unique Bayles Lake community the best in east central Illinois.


You can find this form on the Bayles Lake website www.bayleslakehoa.com and you can print off a copy from that site.


Residents that do not have a computer / printer can contact Bayles Lake Security genemiller742@gmail.com, 217-979-2581 and we will make sure you get a copy.



Per our Rules and Regulations, families that ride any of the following items at Bayles Lake must comply with...



  •  Homeowners must have an identification number (address number) not less than three (3) inches high affixed to the vehicle in a visible location near or on the rear of the vehicle.
  •  A red or orange flag must be affixed to the vehicle and extend above the vehicle on a rod for safety purposes.
  •  These vehicles shall not be operated or driven upon or across private property and shall not be operated or driven in parks when the ground is soft. No ATV’s, dirt bikes, go carts, mopeds, snowmobiles or golf carts shall be operated or driven upon the frozen lake.
  •  The use of Bayles Lake Homeowners’ property for the operation of these vehicles is restricted to use by homeowners, tenants, family or guests of such. All other operators of these vehicles will be requested to leave and if they refuse will be subject to being charged with trespassing.
  •  All safety precautions are to be observed when riding these vehicles on Bayles Lake Property. Operators are required to obey all “rules of the road”. Reckless operation of any of these vehicles on lake property may result in the temporary or permanent suspension of the individual’s right to operate a listed vehicle at the Lake.
  •  These vehicles may not tow persons on skates, skate boards, bikes, etc.
  •  These vehicles, when operated after dark, must have operational front and rear lights.
  •  Minimum age for unaccompanied children driving these vehicles is 13. Although strongly discouraged, younger children are allowed to operate these vehicles if accompanied by a BLHOA member with a valid driver’s license.
  •  BLHOA member and / or owner of vehicle is responsible for any and all injuries or damages sustained by these vehicles while on BLHOA property.
  •  Home / Lot Owners are reminded that that these vehicles are required to be covered with an individual liability policy when operated on BLHOA property.


Pam Zajec is the contact person regarding reservations for the Robinson Pavilion.  Please call 630-901-3104.


Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act Information has been added to our Links-Archives Section


Boat Docks at Lakeview


This is a reminder that the two boat docks at the Lakeview Country Club can be used by our residents to boat over to the club for dinner or golfing.


In 1997 the Bayles Lake Auxiliary raised money and with the help of many of the Bayles Lake residents and the BLLOA Board, built the two boat docks on the south Bayles Lake shoreline at Lakeview Country Club so that our residents could boat over to Lakeview.


This is a fun way to go to the golf course or dinner and we hope that many of you will do this.


Message Center:

We have added a “Message Center/Information Board” at the east and west main entrances, the north Golf Drive entrance and Country Club Lane.  This will allow residents to post signs for lake events such as concerts, family reunions, weddings, graduations, etc. instead of tacking a sign to the posts.



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