The Medford Lakes Colony Office is Located in Demby Annex
Demby Annex is in the back of Vaughan Community House
Office Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(closed for an hour during lunch)
Artwork by Laker Marlene Janet/Blue Iris
A MESSAGE ABOUT COLONY MEMBERSHIP TAGS & ENFORCEMENT
As you've likely noticed, our town - and our membership - is changing. The past few years have seen a large number of new, mostly young families move into the Lakes and join the Colony, and we enthusiastically welcome them all!
One of the natural by-products of this social shift is that it takes a while for everyone to recognize all the "new faces", and some folks (both old and new) may not be aware of the rules and efforts the Colony puts in place to keep things clean and safe for everyone. You invested a lot of money and resources into being a Colony member, and your board is always looking for ways to stretch those resources to maintain and protect the things we all love such as beaches, lakes and parks.
With more folks enjoying Colony amenities more often, we are experiencing a large increase in trash and in non-members trying to exploit our facilities. These issues, if left unchecked, result in unpleasant, unsanitary and sometimes dangerous conditions, and you as a Colonist have every right to expect such issues to be addressed.
The Colony has implemented an aggressive effort to keep things safe and fun, and we want to explain it here so everyone's on the same page. We are enacting NO new rules, but we are enforcing existing rules to a degree that is necessary. We're also reminding all Colonists of your ability to help with the effort, although there's no requirement for you to do so.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ASSIST? Basically, just understand the rules.
#1- PLEASE WEAR YOUR BEACH TAGS, and purchase guest tags for all of your guests at all times. The Colony spends thousands of dollars a year on tags and boat stickers, and we need to use them. If your tag is clearly visible, you likely won't be approached more than once, if at all. Remember you must accompany your guests at all times, and you may not give your friends the tags of family members...you need to get them a real guest tag. You also need these tags for use of parks, playgrounds and lakes (including fishing). We have hired both adult and teenage tag checkers who will be checking 7a to 9p, please be polite to them and know they are protecting YOUR children, property, property value, and more.
#2- HELP US MONITOR BUSY AREAS IF YOU'D LIKE. The Colony Board and membership is made up of 100% volunteers. We've already heard from dozens of Colonists who want to help, and that's not surprising given the positive, responsible nature of our town. Soon we will have T-shirts and buttons that identify members in good standing who are helping patrol the beaches, and these will be free upon request. For now, please send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also offer guidelines on how to interact in a non-offensive, friendly, yet effective way with non-members who try to access our facilities.
#3- In extreme situations, we recommend that members avoid any confrontation and contact the Colony office 654-7747 or Medford Lakes Police 654-2156. Feel free to take a phone pic from a safe distance or take whatever notes you can that may help later.
#4- TRASH: PLEASE PACK IN AND PACK OUT. The trash cans at the beaches are intended for isolated cups, wrappers and water bottles, they are not intended for full meal trash or pizza boxes, etc. PLEASE take all of your trash with you when you leave, this will keep things clean and sanitary.
To some these efforts may sound a bit heavy-handed for such a small friendly town, but considering the many serious issues we have been facing they are necessary to keep things safe and fun. We anticipate there will be predictable blowback on social media from non-colonists who object to not having free access to our facilities or not having our paid lifeguards babysit their kids this summer, but that's not going to change our enforcement efforts. Our responsibility is to you, our membership, and that responsibility goes into every decision made by your Colony board. We have issued friendly warnings over the past several weeks, but starting Friday 6/16 the increased enforcement policy will go into effect.
Please continue to forward any suggestions or comments to the office at email@example.com, and THANK YOU for being a part of the Colony.
-Medford Lakes Colony Board
COLONY POSITION ON SHORT-TERM HOME RENTALS IN THE LAKES
The Colony is aware of a recent increase in short-term home rentals within the Borough. Some of these rentals have resulted in stolen property, trespassing, public drunkenness, loud recklessness, significant rental-home overcrowding and other issues affecting both adjacent private properties and the Colony's lakes & beaches. In response, the Colony Board recently sent a letter to Borough Council in support of their efforts to either sharply regulate or ban the rental of private homes for less than 175 days.
As of today (2/15/17) an ordinance is still being discussed, and public comment is invited at all public Borough Council meetings. It is important to note that the final ordinance may be more or less restrictive than what is currently being proposed, and your Colony Board will continue to monitor any new developments.
While the Colony feels this is currently a borough matter (some Lakes properties and residents are not Colony members), the board remains ready to revisit any Colony regulations – or propose new ones – as may be required to maintain safety and enjoyment of Colony facilities by our dues-paying members. The text of the Board’s letter to council is attached, and we invite Colonist comments either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at any regularly-scheduled public Colony meeting.
Click on image above to open Medford Lakes Colony Letter to the Borough regarding Borough Ordinance 639.
Our Board of Directors (all volunteers) for 2017:
President, Dennis O'Neill,
Vice President of Finance: Kathy Canum,
Vice President of Property: Marcus Gaysek,
Vice President of Recreation: Angela McCrum,
Vice President of Social Activities: Mary Ann Meehan
Treasurer: Dave Karbasian,
Recording Secretary: Brent Blanchard,
Financial Secretary: Kathy Canum,
Immediate Past President: Kent Hardwick.
Directors: Rachael Urban, Deidre Kempf, Steve Warren, Greg Coolidge, TJ Jedwabney, John Tursi, Joe Rea, and Bob McEntee.
Ockanickon Canoe Carnival Float
Happy New Year Canoe Drop
Thank you Madd Paddlers for a great way to welcome 2017
We continue to have an issue with alcohol on Colony beaches. There is NO ALCOHOL allowed on any beach or Colony property at any time (without state permit and insurance cert). Police will be called and summons issued. We need your help in enforcing this. Thank you in advance.
All laws of the State of NJ and the Borough of Medford Lakes must be followed.
The Medford Lakes Police have full authority on Colony Property.
A few rules being highlighted here:
Please wear your Colony badge on Colony Property.
Do not feed the ducks and geese to avoid beach closing.
Do not rake leaves, grass clippings etc. into the lakes.
Keep the beaches litter free – please take your trash home with you!
Do not walk your dog on the beach.
Do not fish off of the Colony docks or within the swim area.
No alcohol is allowed on Colony property.
Please do not block driveways or gates to resident’s homes when parking.