Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the POA and Easement membership and do I have to join the POA?
As an Easement member you are only allowed to bathe, boat and fish is the lake, rent the Clubhouse, and attend all UGLPOA events and functions.
While you don't have to join the UGLPOA, joining allows you to request a dock, swim at the beach by the clubhouse, obtain a discount on Clubhouse rentals, attend all UGLPOA events and functions, and be nominated (after being a member in good standing for one year) for election to the Board of Trustees.
How much does it cost to join the UGLPOA?
The annual cost to join the UGLPOA in 2011 is $240.75; $225.00 for dues and $15.75 for NJ Sales Tax. The annual cost can change from year to year based on the annually approved UGLPOA budget.
If I sell my property, does my POA membership go with the sale?
Membership to the UGLPOA is not transferable nor are refunds available to the old owner. The new owner must apply for a new membership.
How much are the annual Easement Fees?
Currently, the annual Easement fee for 2011 are $194.07. The annual cost could change year to year based upon the approved annual Easement budget.
How are Easement Fees determined?
The Easement Committee drafts a recommended Easement budget annually and this budget once approved by the Board of Trustees is presented to all members at the fall annual meeting. At this meeting, members will vote to approve or not approved the proposed budget. The budget once approved is used to determine the annual Easement Fee required to support it.
Why do I have to pay Easement Fee each year?
If you are a property owner, as shown on one of the various subdivision maps filed in the Passaic County Registrar's Office for the Upper Greenwood Lake development or the Mount Laurel Lake Estates development, you are required to pay annual Easement Fee per a 1988 Superior Court judgment. This judgment states you are obligated to contribute your fair share for the repair and maintenance costs of the easement to use Upper Greenwood Lake for bathing, boating and fishing.
Your property deed may not actually state you are part of the Easement but, if a deed search were to be done for your property the old deeds would reflect this verbiage. (for more information, see Upper Greenwood Lake Property Owners Association as shown on this web site)
Do I have to pay Easement Fee if I don't use the lake?
Easement fees are just like property taxes. The Easement Fee is required annually if you use the lake or don't use the lake. Easement Fees are associated with your property and are required for upkeep and maintenance of the lake. (see previous question)
How do I rent the clubhouse?
If you are a UGLPOA or Easement member in good standing, you can contact the UGLPOA Office at 973-853-4262 to see if it is available and the associated cost.
Can you rent the club house for a friend or family member?
If a member rents the club house for a friend or family member the member does not have to be present at the event. However,the contract for the clubhouse rental is between the "UGLPOA" and the "UGL member" in good standing. While they do not have to be present, they are responsible for any damages, cleanup costs, and associated fees.
How do I get a dock?
First,you have to be a UGL Easement and a POA member in good standing (all Easement fees and POA dues must be paid up to date). You must than complete a dock application (found on this web site) and submit it to the UGLPOA office. Once submitted your name will be added to the "waiting for docks" list and when a dock or dock space becomes availably you will be contacted by the Dock Committee Chairperson. To determine the availability of dock space, call the UGLPOA office at 973-853-4262. Our office manager will either put you in contact with the Dock Committee chairperson or have him/her contact you.
How big of a dock can I build?
Per UGLPOA Rules and Regulation, your dock cannot exceed 4 feet wide by 18 feet long. See the POA Rules and Regulations listed on this web site.
What type of materials may I use to build a dock?
There are no specific materials to be used in the construction of a dock. Wood or aluminum surfaces are the norm. If you chose to build with something else, it is recommended you contact the Dock Committee chairperson to be sure it is OK. (call UGLPOA office to contact chairperson)
If I have a dock, don't I own it?
No, you only own the wood or dock material used in the construction of the dock. The dock space is owned by the UGLPOA.
Can I dock a boat that is registered to me, but owned by a friend or family member?
No, the water craft must be owned and registered to the UGL resident, have a current NJ registration in the UGL resident's name and registered with the UGLPOA office.
Can I leave my boat in the lake overnight?
If you do not have a dock,you can temporarily leave your boat in the lake overnight only if your are a UGLPOA member in good standing and dock it at another UGLPOA member's dock. If you are an "UGL Easement member only", you cannot leave your boat on the lake overnight.
Can anyone boat or fish on the lake?
No. Only UGL members (Easement or POA) in good standing or their guests are permitted to boat or fish if the UGL member is present.
How many committees are there and what do they do?
See the "Committees" link on this web site for information on committees.
How can I join a committee?
There are a number of ways you can join a committee.
Attend a committee meeting. Time and place are listed on this web site.
Submit your name to our Office Manager and request he/she pass this onto the specific committee chairperson for the committee you wish to join.
Place your name on the "volunteer" form available on this web site or at the public meetings held in the spring and in the fall.
New members are always welcome and this is a great way to meet other lake people.
How do I get a list of current Board of Trustee members?
The list of current Board of Trustee members is listed on this web site.
Can I attend a Board of Trustees meeting?
Yes, you can attend but will only be allow to address the Board during the public portion of the meeting. We ask you to contact the UGLPOA Office ahead of time with the subject you would like to address. This will allow the Board to be better prepared with the information to resolve your request.
How do I get elected to the Board of Trustees?
You must be a UGLPOA member in good standing for one year. Your name may be nominated from the floor at the annual election for Board members. The candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the Board for a term of four years. Election of Board members happens every year and is done at the August public meeting. Five Board members are elected each year.
Does the lake association publish a newsletter?
Yes, two to three times per year. You will receive one automatically. Past issues are available on this web site. If you would like to contribute an article for the newsletter, please contact the editor or the UGLPOA office. Both numbers are listed on this web site.
When does the beach open and close and who can use it?
The beach can be used by UGLPOA members or their guests if the UGLPOA member is with them. Guests cannot be other Easement members.
It opens in late June and closes on Labor day. For beach hours, please contact the UGLPOA office at 973-853-4262.
How do I get a copy of the UGLPOA Rules and Regulations?
The most current UGLPOA Rules and Regulations are listed on this web site. They are also on the back of the lake map provided to all new members as part of the Welcome Packet, however, these may not be current due to revisions made during the year. If you are new to the lake and have not received a Welcome Packet please contact the UGLPOA office at 973-853-4262.
Who do I call in case of an emergency?
During the summer season,you can contact UGLPOA Security on weekends between 9am and 5pm at 973-666-1551. It is best, however, to always call 911 in case of an emergency. To report other problems or concerns, please call the UGLPOA office at 973-853-4262.
What are Parklands?
Parkland is a strip of land which runs around the lake. This property is owned by the Upper Greenwood Lake Property Association. It can not be used for personal reasons by members nor can it be sold by the Association. It is for the general use and enjoyment of all members. Access across Parkland cannot be blocked or fenced off.
If you are a lake front property owner, please check your survey to determine where Parkland start and where your property line ends.
Can I cut down the trees and bushes on Parkands?
While we encourage members to maintain Parkland (cut grass and keep clean), you may not, under any circumstances cut down trees, trim trees or remove bushes from Parkland. You must obtain permission from the Board of Trustees to remove trees, bushes, build bulkheads, repair docks and bulkheads, or change Parkland in any way. Any trees cut down without permission must be replaced at the owners/members expense.
If a tree is in danger of falling or has fallen, contact the UGLPOA office immediately at 973-853-4262.
Can I store or build any thing on Parklands?
You can not build anything on Parkland at any time. This includes decks, pools, beaches,etc. During the summer season you may not store, with the exception of temporary items such as chairs and tables, anything on Parkland. This includes storing power boats,water craft, and other types of vehicles overnight. In addition, you may not use Parkland as a staging area for construction materials and equipment to be used on your property. All of these will be removed at the owners/members expense.
During the off-season, we do allow, with UGLPOA permission, members in good standing to store their boats on Parkland. They must be removed by April 1st of the current year.
Can I launch a boat from anywhere on the lake?
All power boats or water craft must be launched from the UGLPOA launch area next to the clubhouse. Non-powered boats such as canoes, kayaks and rowboats may be launched from Parkland. All boats, powered or non-powered, must also have proper NJ and UGLPOA identification.