Author: Katia Hatter

The boat ramp will be closed on Wednesday, June 29 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm to clean up the trees that have fallen in the lake. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause

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(All dates and events are subject to change.  Please check our website, www.tiptonlakes.com prior to each event.) June 3-4, 2022 – Tipton Lakes Annual Garage Sale Friday 8-4 pm, Sat 8-2 pm.  Call the Association Office no later than May 27 to include your address on the Garage Sale ad. June 18, 2022-Fishing Clinic 9:00-11:00 am  Bring your young children or grandchildren ages 6-12 for this fun fishing clinic. The objective of the Clinic is to have a hands-on experience where the children can learn to tie a fishing knot, bait their hook with crickets or worms, touch fish that…

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The video of the TLCA Virtual Annual Meeting, which was held on April 18, 2022, is now available to view. Visit our Annual Meeting page to view the video. Thank you to all those who joined us virtually. If you have questions, please call the Association Office at (812) 342-8522.

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Tipton Lakes Community Association has hired an outside contractor, Columbus Security, to provide periodic security for the remainder of 2021.  The Security guards will be in uniform but in unmarked vehicles.  They will be on the property at random days and times to monitor the common areas for use by non-Tipton Lakes Members.  If you are visiting a common area, you may be asked to provide proof of residency.  Our goal is for this not to be an inconvenience but rather a protection of the assessments our Members pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the common areas. Please contact…

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The ten items listed below are a friendly reminder of often over-looked rules or maintenance items within Tipton Lakes. Exterior changes to your home require a design review application. The form is available at the Association Office or via the Internet at www.tiptonlakes.com. Complete the form and attach photos, scale drawings, and sample materials as required and described as part of the application process. Trampolines require a design review application. The application must show the equipment in the back yard and not visible from the street or the lake.     Inside storage during off-season months is strongly encouraged. The form is…

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2022 Annual Meeting The 2022 Annual meeting was held virtually on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Please watch the recording below and direct any questions to the Association office at (812) 342-8522.  https://youtu.be/uaa0b8QnZFA

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Tipton Lakes Community Bylaws (Amended and Restated on July 27, 2020)

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At the December 6, 2016, Columbus City Council meeting, city officials voted to approve changes to the rules concerning abandoned, inoperable and oversized vehicles parked on public property. The changes state that recreational vehicles, buses, boats and non-motorized vehicles, including those that are hooked up to a truck, car or other vehicle meant to haul, cannot be parked on any city street, sidewalk, public right-of-way or alley. The ordinance does allow for boats or RVs to be parked on a public street next to a person’s residence if the parking is intended to prepare for planned trips, vacations or unloading…

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At the October Columbus City Council meeting, the council passed an amendment to the city’s animal ordinance that will allow residents to have up to four chickens within the city limits. Tipton Lakes has specific rules with regard to animals, therefore this amendment does not apply to our community. The Association’s current rules and regulations do not allow farm animals, livestock or poultry of any kind to be raised, bred or kept on any lot or in the common areas. Customary household pets such as dogs and cats may be kept as long as they are not kept or bred for any commercial purposes and do not create a nuisance. Please remember to…

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When the driveway and walkways are coated in a thick blanket of snow, it is time to get a shovel out for what some consider to be a dreaded chore. But before you tackle the first snowfall of the season, take some time to read these safe snow shoveling tips to help avoid any potential injuries. Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. So, as winter gets underway, the following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel snow. • Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as…

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Tipton Lakes residents enjoy a well maintained system of pedestrian paths for walking and running. However, many residents still prefer to run and walk in the streets for a variety of reasons. For those that walk or run in the streets please make every effort to do so in a safe manner by wearing high visibility clothing and always travel in the opposite direction of the vehicle traffic. Residents are encouraged to use the pedestrian paths whenever possible to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. If biking within the community, please consider the following four rules to reduce the risk of you or someone else getting hurt. 1. Yield to pedestrians – If you come up behind people…

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Aquatic vegetation has many benefits as it can provide cover for fish and wildlife, food for waterfowl, can reduce erosion, and even increase water clarity. However, if not properly managed, aquatic vegetation can sometimes create problems. This is especially true when it comes to invasive plant species. Some problems caused by aquatic vegetation include restricting navigation by tangling in props (especially in a lake that only allows electric motors), creating dense mats that are difficult to swim or fish in or around, providing a place for non aesthetically pleasing filamentous algae to grow, clogging intakes, and providing habitat where mosquito larvae can survive. When vegetation causes these problems it is often considered a nuisance. The level of nuisance is…

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Tipton Lakes Neighborhood Association offers our residents the opportunity for a FREE listing of their items for sale in our official print newsletter, Tipton Talk, and online. This is for resident items ONLY – businesses specializing in items for sale are encouraged to consider a listing in our Vendor Directory. Items for Sale June 2014 Kimball Console piano with bench, walnut finish.   Excellent condition. Price: $500 Contact: (812) 342-1696 Location: Turtle Bay cluster Duffy Electric Boat 16 foot length, blue and white interior and exterior.  Includes matching Pacific trailer (from Duffy factory) for easy storage and launching and full…

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Tipton Lakes Community Association has developed several Design Review Guidelines to allow for preservation of property values and aesthetics while also allowing individual homeowners to make changes or improvements to their homes. The documents below outline those guidelines.  Should you need additional information or have questions, please contact the TLCA Office. TLCA Design and Maintenance Guidelines (PDF) TLCA Fence Guidelines (PDF)

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Section 3.02(iv) of the Association’s Declaration provides, “Another purpose of the Association is to regulate design and construction throughout the Common Area and Properties during the initial development stages and afterwards, in order to promote a high quality, aesthetically pleasing, architecturally sound environment and to generally maintain and enhance property values throughout the Properties.” The Design Review Committee initially reviews all new home plans and all exterior changes/modifications after initial construction. This committee consists of Tipton Lakes Community Association Members and staff. To aid the Design Review Committee, the Design and Maintenance Guidelines have been developed and adopted by the…

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Each Owner of any Lot or Living Unit in Tipton Lakes is responsible for paying to the Association assessments on his respective property to help fund the Association’s operations. Assessments are a charge on the Lot or Living Unit, are a continuing lien upon the property, and are the personal obligation of the Owner. The Annual General Assessment is applied uniformly to all Lots or Living Units. The General Assessment funds the administration of the Association and the maintenance and operation of the Common Areas and recreational amenities which all Tipton Lakes residents enjoy. Annual Cluster Assessments are established for…

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N. Enforcement Everyone is asked to cooperate with Association personnel or other members in their efforts to enforce these regulations. Those who violate these Rules and Regulations may be fined or have their privileges reduced or revoked.  

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M. Ice Sports ALL ICE SKATING, ICE FISHING, SLEDDING AND OTHER RECREATIONAL SPORTS AT TIPTON LAKES ARE STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE ASSOCIATION DENIES ANY AND ALL LIABILITY. DUE TO THE INHERENT RISKS INVOLVED ALL ACTIVITIES ON THE ICE ARE DISCOURAGED. FOR ALL MEMBERS’ SAFETY, ICE FISHING MUST BE MARKED AFTER USE. ICE FISHING IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE MARINA AREA.

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L. Aquatic Weed Control TLCA has chemical aquatic weed control services performed in the lakes and ponds. Chemical applications are dependent on good weather. Buoys are placed in the lakes to signify the chemical applications. One early season application recommends a 1-week suspension of body contact with treated water and suspension of drinking the lake water. Subsequent monthly applications recommend a 24-hour suspension. When possible, chemical application dates will be posted in advance at the Marina and in Tipton LifeTM. See the Marina Guide (published annually) for planned application dates.

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K. Use of Lake Water No owner of any Lot or Living Unit or other Member or guest may use the lake water for watering lawns, bathing or feeding pets, or any other such use. This is to maintain lake levels and to prevent harm or damage to pets or landscape materials due to aquatic weed control chemicals.

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J. Association Office/Marina Parking The parking area at the office/marina is intended for use only while the member is using the facility. Overnight parking or storage of trailers is prohibited in the parking lot or the city streets near the area. Parking adjacent to the boat launch ramp is permitted while launching a boat or if a member is properly licensed to use the accessible parking area.

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I. Marina Party Reservations 1. Members interested in reserving space at the Marina for a party should contact the Association office. Rental fees are reviewed annually and published in the Marina Guide. 2. A reservation for a party does not include exclusive use of the area; the Marina is always open to all members during normal operating hours. By making reservations ahead of time the staff can reserve picnic tables and grills to adequately accommodate member parties, and help coordinate any special needs. 3. Members are encouraged to reserve space at the Marina as much in advance as possible. 4.…

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H. Swimming SWIMMING AND DIVING ARE STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK. Swimmers should be aware that canals are shallow and therefore diving and jumping from bridges is strictly prohibited. While at the Marina beach area, children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by a person at least 16 years of age unless a written parental permission slip is on file at the Association Office. Groups larger than 10 individuals should make a reservation in advance. Large inflatable aquatic equipment such as water trampolines, temporary swimming platforms and slides are not permitted on docks or in the lakes.…

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G. Fishing Purpose The lake system at Tipton Lakes has been professionally stocked with bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. These regulations are intended to maintain a healthy, desirable fish population and a recreational opportunity for Tipton Lakes residents. Your Driver’s License or picture ID serve as Your Permit Since Tipton Lakes is private, State of Indiana fishing licenses are not required. The lakes, however, are open only to Tipton Lakes Community Association Members, and their bona-fide guests. Fishing will be allowed as further provided herein. a. Four guests may accompany each Member while fishing. Groups larger than four guests should…

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F. Boating a. Electric motors only are permitted. Use of gasoline or diesel engines are prohibited except Association or the Association’s vendor service boats. If a gasoline or diesel motor is secured on a member’s boat, it must not be operating. b. Boats may not exceed a maximum 18 feet. Although no height restriction is imposed, Members are advised that the maximum height passable under the Barrel Arch Bridge over the East Canal is 21 feet. c. Boats may not exceed 10 mph. d. Any boats left in the lakes or on the Lake Property or Common Areas are left there…

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E. Boat Docks Boat docks constructed by Members from their own lakefront lots must be approved by the Design Review Committee. Specified Dock Rules and Regulations and/or Guidelines are available upon request.

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D. Boat Registration/Identification Registration  a. Each row boat, canoe, sailboat, paddle boat, pontoon boat, kayak, etc. kept on, located on or in use on the Lakes, Common Areas or Lake Property must be properly registered annually by the appropriate Member at the Association Office b. Registration information will include at a minimum: Member name and number Lot or Living Unit identification Make, type and length of boat Boat serial number or state registration number Sticker number issued Proof or evidence of ownership Photo of boat c. Members registering boats are required to sign an agreement to operate their boats within…

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C. Identification Requirements Members a. When on or using the lake and/or Marina facilities, Members should carry a valid Driver’s License or picture ID b. When a Member-family is together, only one Member of that family need carry a valid Driver’s License or picture ID. 2. Guests Guests using the lake and/or Marina facilities should be accompanied by their Member hosts. Unaccompanied family members are permitted in member’s properly registered boat.

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B. Lake and Marina Operations The Marina Area will be available for use as described on the following pages, as posted at the Marina office and publicized in Tipton LifeTM, the Marina Guide, and the Association’s website. All members have unrestricted hours of access to the lakes. Members accessing the Lake Shore Common Areas are restricted as defined in Section G Fishing. Members enjoying unrestricted hours of access to the lake will conduct themselves in a manner that is not disruptive to other members. The Marina is staffed at specified times as published in the Marina Guide. Hourly rental…

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A. Purpose In order to ensure the safe and orderly use of certain portions of the East, North and West Lake Properties and Common Areas by the Members, these regulations establish restrictions and guidelines for those same areas. These regulations may be extended, amended, or replaced at any time by the Board and they will remain in full force and effect until amended or terminated by the Board.

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Download a copy of the TLCA Rules and Regulations (PDF) The rules, covenants, and guidelines of Tipton Lakes Community Association are designed to help protect and enhance property values by maintaining high quality standards throughout the community. The rules, in their entirety, are included in the green book of Association documents.  More information is available by clicking on the summary of interest below. A. Purpose B. Marina Area Hours C. Identification Requirements D. Boat Registration/Identification E. Boat Docks F. The Lakes G. Fishing H. Swimming I. Marina Party Reservations J. Association Office/Marina Parking K. Use of Lake Water L. Aquatic Weed…

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The policy-making function of the Association is headed up by its Board of Directors. The Board consists of nine homeowner Directors. Directors serve three-year staggered terms. The Officers of the Association are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. All are elected by the Board to serve one-year terms. In order to aid the Board in the performance of its functions, a committee system has been established by the Board. An ad hoc Elections Committee is periodically established for the orderly supervision and administration of Association elections. The Design Review Committee aids in the establishment and maintenance of high quality design…

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The Association is organized and operated under a hierarchy of legal documents designed to ensure the creation of a high quality living environment at Tipton Lakes. These documents also provide for the proper management and maintenance by the Association long after the Developer’s work is complete. The Declaration of Covenants serves as the “constitution” or “charter” for the Association. It is the enabling document for its creation and governance and all the other documents build upon it. It is designed to be inherently flexible in order to serve the Association well even under changing economic and social conditions, while at…

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Thinking about making a change to the exterior of your home?  We can help you with our Design Review Process.  Learn more about how our process works, improvements that are included and how to apply for approval. Why do I need a design review? Design Review Guidelines TLCA Design Review Application Form (PDF)

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