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.
NO SMOKING or ALCOHOL DRINKING on the beach.
AMENDMENT TO COLONY REGULATIONS REGARDING WATERCRAFT
The following amendment was formally adopted by the Colony at its regular June public meeting. It involves a series of new rules primarily regulating watercraft in excess of five persons. Please note Colony comments and reminders at the end of the amendment.
ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT
The issue of large paddle boats has been one of the most complex and difficult the Colony has faced in some time. The amendment your Board passed on 6/13/16 addresses all complaints the Colony has received over the past months, and adds a few items to provide additional safety. It also limits all watercraft to no more than eight persons.
The Colony Board would like to thank all 500 families who participated in the recent survey as well as those who provided comment at various meetings. Your opinions were all heard and carefully considered.
As our 4/12/16 report on the issue detailed, as a pure percentage there was clear majority Colonist opposition to the larger boats, and the Colony had enough reservations about safety to initially recommend to Borough Council they be prohibited altogether. Council voted down the measure largely on a technicality that the Colony could have easily modified, but some safety concerns were allayed during this timeframe. In addition, many survey respondents who cast disapproving votes also submitted comments suggesting “new rules” that could be interpreted as a condition of acceptance if enacted (enacting rules was also mentioned as an option in section G of the Colony report). In the end, your Colony Board made the decision they felt was best for all members, and we’re relying on our membership to adhere to the regulations that have been approved.
We realize this resolution will not please everyone, but this is what reasonable neighbors trying to find safe compromise looks like, and it provides a fair and equal opportunity for ALL members to enjoy watercraft up to eight persons so long as they operate safely and courteously. The Colony Board is available to any member at any time to discuss this issue further, and of course your Board remains prepared to revisit any issue that affects safety and/or our membership should it be warranted.
Thank you for your continued support,
Medford Lakes Colony
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO EXISTING COLONY REGULATION “USE OF THE LAKES”
(Page 3 of ML Colony regulations dated April 2016, Borough ordinance #213)
Owner or operator of watercraft rated in excess of five persons and other watercraft that require trailer egress to get on the lakes must coordinate with Colony and give minimum 24 hrs advance notice (to have Colony representative at beach at time of ingress and egress). All beach access needs to occur during off-peak beach usage hours and under direct supervision of a Colony representative.
Watercraft rated in excess of five persons will be kept at least 100 feet from all Colony beaches including designated swimming areas, such as but not limited to “Area 2” and “Area 5”, and 30 feet from the edge of any roped swimming zones and Colony docks regardless of whether swimmers are present. The exception is when a watercraft owner’s property exists within these boundaries, in which case operator must egress directly away from beaches/swim areas at all times when heading in & out while keeping appropriate lookout.
Watercraft in excess of five persons will not be used on Lower Aetna Lake on Canoe Carnival day/night, Mardi Gras day/night, or during any time camp is in session. Canoe Carnival Sunday is acceptable under normal rules.
All watercraft will be operated within the manufacturers’ rating (people / weight limits, etc.) and according to state boating laws, with no retrofitting of items not included with the original craft (slides, added decks, second levels, etc).
Watercraft in excess of five persons must be operated by a competent adult (18yrs+) at all times, or 16yrs if a current, valid State of New Jersey Safe Boating Certificate (or USCGA equal) in the operators name is provided to the Colony in advance. No operator shall be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or otherwise operating in an unsafe manner as determined by the Colony Board.
Electric or gas power generators, propane tanks, grills, or fire are not permitted on watercraft other than those items specifically approved by the Colony in advance for participation in the Canoe Carnival parade.
All watercraft on Colony lakes will be limited to maximum 8 persons or less, as specified in manufacturer’s certified capacity rating.
ALL COLONISTS ARE REMINDED OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. In response to comments made during recent public Colony and Borough meetings, the Colony would like to clarify the number one rule on all lakes in our town and all waterways worldwide: In every instance of possible contact or collision, the more maneuverable object must ALWAYS yield to the less maneuverable object. There is NEVER a case where a watercraft has right of way over a swimmer. There is NEVER an equal obligation for a swimmer to avoid contact with a watercraft. It is ALWAYS the responsibility of a watercraft operator to maintain a safe distance from disassociated swimmers anywhere, on any lake, at all times.
2. The Colony has the authority to enact stricter rules on watercraft – including prohibiting certain types of watercraft altogether – if in the Colony’s opinion a pattern of issues occur with any specific type of craft. The amount a Colonist pays for a watercraft does not factor into Colony decisions made in the name of safety or what’s in the best interest of the membership, so please keep in mind that purchasing or otherwise introducing any craft to our lakes is always done-so at the owner’s sole risk.
3. All watercraft owners are responsible for keeping their watercraft secure on their property when not in personal use to prevent unauthorized persons from using them.
4. Alcohol is not permitted on Colony beaches or the lakes or on watercraft without written pre-approval from the Colony as referenced in the Colony’s Property Use regulations.
The Medford Lakes Colony office is located in Demby Annex.
Demby Annex is in the back of Vaughan Community House.
Office hours Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed for an hour during lunch)
CRAFT PAVILION GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE! What better present for that long-time Laker in your family than to honor them with a donation in their name! ANY CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT will get you a Gift Cert! Just call the Colony office at 609-654-7747 and we'll get you one. THANK YOU!
Our Board of Directors (all volunteers) for 2016:
President, Kent Hardwick,
Vice President of Finance: Bob DuBois,
Vice President of Property: Dennis O'Neill,
Vice President of Recreation: Angela McCrum,
Vice President of Social Activities: Rachael Urban,
Treasurer: Dave Karbasian,
Recording Secretary: Brent Blanchard,
Financial Secretary: Kathy Canum,
Immediate Past President: Kristen Farr.
Marcus Gaysek, Mary Ann Meehan, Deidre Kempf, Steve Warren, Greg Coolidge, TJ Jedwabney, Ed Abert, and John Tursi