Lake Hayward


Welcome to Lake Hayward
2014 Season

Latest news:

Are you paid up or overdue on your Association taxes? Click here to find out.

Click here to fill out our event recap form.

Click here for an IRS 1099 form.

Click here to learn about the pilot suction dredging project at Second Beach.

Click here for updates to the POALH rules and regulations.

Click here for photos from the June 21 Aquatic Plant Workshop.

Click here if you're a waterfront homeowner interested in learning about weed and muck removal.

Click here for our updated Memorial Fund donation policy.

August 30, 2014
President’s Message: Thanks for a great season

For the final edition of this summer-season newsletter, I am really at a loss for words. I understand this is hard to believe! So I am closing with the assurance that the board will stay the course, follow through on important initiatives and keep in touch in the offseason.

You will see in the “Save the Date” section on Page 3 that I have scheduled two town hall meetings for next year for an opportunity to gather and have open discussions less formal than our regular association meetings. I will continue to keep you posted on the activities of special committees and welcome your continued comments and questions.

My personal thanks to each member of the board and chairs of special committees for serving with passion, humor, and patience.

The best is yet to come!

Also, there has been some talk amongst some year-rounders and locals to plan for a final pot luck later in the fall. If you think this is a good idea, please write to a member of the board or check in at

Tax interest adds up

We know that tax receipts this year are impressive. For you stragglers, look at how quickly interest can add up over time. Waiting to pay your taxes means more money out of your pocket.

Do the Math

• Taxes due July 1

• July 30: Grace Period ends.

• July 31: 1.5% interest assessed.

• Aug. 1: Additional 1.5% interest assessed for August.

• Sept. 1: Additional 1.5% interest assessed for September.

For each subsequent unpaid month, an additional 1.5% interest will be added the first of the month for a total of 18% per annum. Please note that partial payments are applied to interest first and then principal. Statements of accumulating balances will not be sent out monthly. As a courtesy this year, September statements will be mailed to past due members. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Armstrong, tax collector.

Watch your email for further information. (If you are not on our email list, please send your contact information to

Second Beach launch dredging project set to start (Oct. 2014)

POALH signed the contract with All Habitat to suction dredge the boat launch area at Second Beach, with prep work expected to begin quite soon.

Please note that the cabling system used to guide the dredge machine will be in place for about 10 work days, weather permitting, and will restrict access to the boat launch during the week. However, the cables will be moved out of the way so that the boat launch will be available for use on the weekends. We expect the work in the water to take place in November, but possibly later as weather/equipment/and other variables affect the timing. Please plan your use of the boat launch accordingly.

The geotube dewatering bags and other assorted equipment will be on the Second Beach area for many weeks. All Habitat will level the parking area some so that the dewatering bags have a very level surface - this is a critical component. The All Habitat equipment will be removed at the completion of the project. However, the dewatering bags will stay in place until the sediment inside is dry enough to be hauled away, the timing of which is also dependent on the weather.

We do not expect the suction dredge work to be a quick process. There are many variables to contend with when working outside in the water and with lots of equipment. The ultimate limiting factor working this time of the year is ice on the lake. We look forward to a much-improved boating channel access when the project is completed.

Click here to read the 2014 Lake Quality Committee report.

Click here to read the 2013 year-end report (pdf) from Aquatic Control Technology concerning the treatment of Lake Hayward for invasive weeds.

Other items of interest:

• To make sure you receive your Spring packet and other POALH communications, please fill out the POALH information sheet and mail to POALH, PO Box 230, Colchester, CT 06415

• Are you receiving East Haddam alerts? If not download the Everbridge sign-up form

• Do you have special needs emergency personnel should know about? Please download and fill out this form

• To request extra police patrols by the Town of East Haddam download this form


Questions or comments for the Board or POALH staff? Please email us at, drop us a note at the walk-up mailbox at 83 Wildwood Road or mail us at POALH, PO Box 230, Colchester, CT 06415
Important numbers and links:

Connecticut Water Company: 800-286-5700
2013 Pavilion registration form
Report boating violations to the DEP.


Weed Treatment:
Download the 2013 Weed Control Report (pdf) for Lake Hayward.
 Yard & Garden Tips:
For garden tips, visit the following:
Organic Gardening Online
Home and Garden Education Center - UCONN's Cooperative Extention System.
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