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2019 Beaver Lake Annual Election Results

Ballot Candidates
Dale Long 308
Andy Kayhanfar 305
Ron Reineke 182
Andy Warren 175

Russ Parmer 1
Bill Haney 1
Steve Lusso 2
Eric Stockwell 1

Ballot Information

Total # of Proxies counted: 605
Total # of walk in ballots: 33
Total # of ballots counted: 638
Total # of proxies & ballots not valid: 29

The two candidates elected were Dale Long & Andy Kayhanfar

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The Distinguished Old Retired Men's After Noon Tea (DORMANT) Club met at the Hy-Vee Market Grille located in Plattsmouth Ne. for breakfast and cards on Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

The following 18 members are listed below in alphabetical order.

Barrett, Bill
Carter, Jerry
Croasdale, Rick
Cronick, Bob
Drey, Rich
Fries, Tyrone
Johnson, Bill
Jones, Pat
Koester, Norm
Lamb, Elbie
Lamoureux, Phil
Larsen, Ed
O'Brien, Dan
Russell, Ron
Smith, Mike
Waters, Paul
Whitmer, DeWayne
Wimmer, Bill

The club normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month for celebrated dining. We meet at the Hy-Vee Market Grille in Plattsmouth. The next meeting will be in three weeks on 28 May 2019.

There are 46 active and 32 inactive members in the DORMANT club. Membership is not limited to Murray/Beaver Lake; we have members from Union, Plattsmouth, and Bellevue as well so please spread the word.

New applicants can call Rick Croasdale at 402-781-4606 for information, send an email at, or just show up at the meeting. The dues is $1 per lifetime to help pay for get well cards etc.

Rick Croasdale
Chairman, Secretary, Coordinator, Treasurer, Social Director, Member, and Gofer.

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The remaining fishing tournaments are posted below:

May 11 - Carp
May 18 – Bass
Jun 1 – Bass
Jun 8 – Kids Derby
Jun 22 – Wiper
Jul 13 – Member Fish Fry
Aug 16 – Evening bass
Sep 7 – Bass
Oct 5 – Crappie
Oct 19 – Bass
Nov 2 - Crappie

Instructions will be posted for the above tournaments as they arrive


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04/26/2019 - BLA LOTS FOR SALE


3,000.00 272 2609 Jefferson Rd
3,000.00 273 2611 Jefferson Rd
3,000.00 813 2111 Beaver Lake Blvd
3,000.00 839 1916 Murray Rd

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Saturday, May 18 / 8 am to 5 pm
Parking Lot at the end of Weeping Water Ct.

PENDING AVAILABILITY - The Association is providing dumpsters for free disposal of unwanted materials. This is open to Beaver Lake Property owners only. We will also take metal products for recycling.
No types of batteries or fluids allowed – ie: oils, fuels, cleaning agents, poisons, and etc.

If no dumpsters are available, we will reschedule the event.

Regardless, there WILL be an ELECTRONICS recycling area available from 9 a.m to 12:00 p.m at the Beaver Lake Maintenance Shop located at 2910 Murray Rd. The Electronics recycling is sponsored by the Keep Cass County Beautiful program. All electronics will need to be taken to this area. A list of items that they will take is listed on their flyer on the Keep Cass County Beautiful Website:

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04/09/2019 - BOAT RAMP HOURS
Boat Ramp Hours

Now through April 28, 2019:
Friday – Noon to 6:00pm
Saturday/Sunday – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Summer Hours starting April 29, 2019:
Monday to Friday – 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday/Sunday – 9:00am to 7:00pm

(All Hours are Weather Permitting)

*Reminder – make an appointment and see Officer Becklun’s News Article if you need a Wake Surfing Sticker

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Beaver Lake Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) that stole a Dewalt 6000 Watt portable generator and a Dayton 2” trash pump with a 5HP Honda motor. The equipment was stolen Saturday night March 24, 2019 from the storage trailer at the Water Treatment Facility. If you have any information please contact the Beaver Lake Security office at 402-235-2243 or the Cass County Sherriff’s Dept. at 402-296-9370.

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Beaver Lake Association Security Office

To: X
From: Officer Jim Becklun
Date: 1 March 19
RE: Wake surfing boats

As the weather warms in the next month and boat stickering gets underway I wanted to address new rules for wake surf boats. Only boats that were registered last year will be given a wake surf sticker for this year, the stickers are $50.00 and the boat is considered a primary vessel. To qualify as a wake surf boat, the vessel must have an inboard prop location, stern drives and outboards do not qualify. Other indicators will be directional fins under the rear swim platform and factory ballasts. Also, boats cannot exceed 8800 lbs. in total weight. If you have an inboard motor and do not practice surfing you only need a standard primary sticker for $30.00. Wake surfing boats must stay 200’ from shore and are not allowed in the SW cove. Wake surfing is prohibited before 0930 in the morning.
Residents wishing to obtain a sticker for wake surfing must contact me for a boat inspection while the vessel is out of the water. Office # (402) 235-2243, cell # (402) 616-1491.

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02/06/2019 - HIGHWAY 75 UPDATE
Hello Beaver Lake Neighbors and Members,

I have received questions from Association members regarding the US Highway 75 Murray-Plattsmouth Project S-75-2(1072) Control #: 21209 expansion to 4 lanes. Governor Ricketts announced in early December 2018 that this Project was selected to receive a competitive $20 million federal grant to assist in funding the project. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. The Governor’s full announcement is at the first link below.

After corresponding with Sarah Soula, Public Involvement Manager, Nebraska Department of Transportation, she conveyed to me the following information on the status of this Project:
- The project status and construction is tentatively planned for fall 2021.
- We can anticipate a public meeting being held prior. Once a date for the meeting is scheduled, (she is anticipating the end of 2019), notification will be sent out.

Although schedules can change, the good news is that the Project is funded for construction, and transition from planning to construction of the Project continues. You can follow the Project status on second link below and review the documents from the public meeting that was held in 2017. I suspect these documents will be updated as the public meeting gets closer the end of this year.

Bill Barrett
Beaver Lake Board of Directors

Previous information:

According to the preliminary plan briefed several years ago, the project could have started in the fall of 2018 if funds were available, but scheduled to start in 2020 and be complete in 2023 sometime. The projected cost was $43,140,000, but that may have changed since then.

For reference, the project is titled S-75-2(1072); C.N.21209.

You can find more info at these links. Just copy them into your browser.


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There will be ONE Boater Education Class offered by Beaver Lake for the 2019 season.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 8am until 1pm – Beaver Lake Clubhouse

Cost: $10.00

Call the Beaver Lake office to register: 402-235-2241

Boating Safety Courses teach students how to safely operate a motorized boat while following all rules and regulations. Topics covered include navigation and safe operation, Nebraska laws, and emergency preparedness.

Anyone born after December 31, 1985 is required to successfully complete a Boating Safety Course and possess a course certificate while operating a boat or personal watercraft. Certificate is good for life.

OR, online classes are offered through the Nebraska Game & Parks Website:

You must be at least 14 years of age to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska.

Submitted by the Beaver Lake Security Office

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Hello Friends and Members of Beaver Lake. Happy New Year! I am writing this to raise your awareness on an issue. Are you paying too much sale tax for your on-line/mail order purchases that are delivered to your address at Beaver Lake?

Recently I discovered changes in how some sellers are now charging more sales tax than required by the State of Nebraska. Since the enactment of the new Sales Tax Law for on-line/mail order purchases, Nebraska now requires the collection of State Sales Tax, which is 5.5%, and Local Rate Area Tax, that can range from 0.5% to 2% (or a total tax ranging from of 5.5% to-7.5%), depending on the municipality/city or address your item is being delivered to. Please note that Beaver Lake is not associated with a Municipality or City Local Rate Area.

Ok, so why could this be an issue or concern? It is only a few cents, right? Well, imagine sellers are applying a State Sales Tax on a product and let’s say the seller also applies the Plattsmouth City Local Rate Area Tax to your order (1.5%), to an address here at Beaver Lake. Guess what, you are paying 21.4% more tax than you are required (7% vs. 5.5%). Our rate here at Beaver Lake is outside the Plattsmouth City Local Rate Area. So, imagine if you purchased a large item for $2,000.00. Your sales tax should be $110.00. If you are being charged the Plattsmouth City Tax you would pay $140.00, or $30.00 more than required. If you are building a home and purchasing major products like appliances, or other items being delivered to a Beaver Lake Address, just do the math and you can see overcharging of Sales Tax can quickly add up. Now multiply the overcharging to all those residents who don’t know about the overcharging. Surprise!!

As a member of the Beaver Lake Board of Directors, and local resident, I have spoken with the Nebraska Department of Revenue, Senator Clements and Businesses about this issue. The Department is reviewing their procedures, and Senator Clements is also looking into this issue. But ultimately it is the Businesses who are responsible for collecting the correct Sales Tax; if they have the right information or applying the Law correctly. Some Businesses are collecting the sales tax properly. Other businesses are adding the Local Area Rate Tax to the State Sales Tax incorrectly. It is not clear why. Perhaps those businesses are using the Plattsmouth Zip Code and leaving it at that. Instead, they should check the actual address the product is being shipped and delivered to. Whatever the situation, I want to ensure our members and residents are informed.

If you want to verify how much sales tax you should be paying, the NE Dept. of Revenue has a very easy Tax Finder on their web site (link below). Just input your address and see what comes up. I bet if you live or have a residence here at Beaver Lake it will say 5.5%. An additional link is also provided to the Local Rate Area Tax.

In conclusion, review your on-line/mail order purchases before you hit the process button and check your sales tax closely. You may get a 21% sales tax surprise. If you have an issue, contact the Business Customer Service you are ordering the item from. If the issue continues, contact the Department of Revenue and report the Business that is overcharging sales tax. You would be surprised how rampant this has become with the recent Supreme Court decision allowing States who are now able to collect sales tax from businesses selling on-line/mail order products.

Bill Barrett
Beaver Lake Board of Directors

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Attention Property Owners Who Lease and Lessees:

If you are leasing a property at Beaver Lake this season, you're required to come to the BLA office with your lease before stickering your vessel(s). Your current lease needs to be on file at the office every year prior to visiting the boat ramp and stickering your vessel.

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If you have a request to submit, there is a form in the handbook, section VI D, along with instructions for request processing.

If you have a complaint about something, word it as a request with any possible solutions you may have to mitigate it.



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From time to time, we all find ourselves in an urgent situation where there is no one around who can help. Our Neighbors Helpers was organized several years ago by Dianna Bodnar, and several other caring members of Beaver Lake to be there for you as a last resort.

For example:

Suppose you have an illness that prevents you from mowing your lawn to avoid a fine, or removing the snow from your driveway so you can get to the doctor, or even picking up groceries if you can't drive and nobody is available, please contact us and we can help you out.

Also, if you have an important doctor's appointment that you must keep and your ride has cancelled on you--we can take you.

There are many reasons why you may need assistance like this so please don't hesitate to ask by contacting either Paula or me at,, or 402-781-4606 so we can arrange assistance for you.

Unfortunately we are not set up or equipped for a permanent/continual and non-urgent or profession type service which can be done by a local business or your family such as lawn service, plumbing, electrical, or landscaping etc. nor can we guarantee we can fulfill every request since it depends on our capabilities, timing, and availability of our volunteers. We will, however, make every effort to respond and fulfill your request when called upon.

If you would like to be included on our volunteer list and help your neighbors, please contact us at the email/phone above and bless you for doing so.

Paula and I are getting on in years and would like to know if anybody would like to take over management of this excellent service to our community. If so, please email me or contact one of us at the number listed above.

Thank you.

Paula and Rick Croasdale

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Please view this short "Silent Invaders" Zebra Mussels 2013 and this more comprehensive Silent Invaders Episode 2: Zebra & Quagga Mussels to learn more.

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Now that it's finally getting warm enough to enjoy our lake, we need to increase our awareness about Zebra Mussels and other invasive species preventing them from contaminating our lake.

They are in the Missouri River so if you have taken your boat to the river, or to any lake, be sure to sanitize it before bringing it into Beaver Lake.

Other reported lakes around the area which have been known to have Zebra Mussels are the Base Lake at Offutt, Lake Zorinsky, lakes in Minnesota, and a few zebra mussels have even turned up in Iowa's Great Lakes according to Mike Hawkins of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, but that doesn't mean an infestation is imminent there. Reports are that the Base Lake in Nebraska still has them, but they have been eradicated from Zorinsky at the great effort of draining their lake.

Constuction barges used to build and/or repair our seawalls are especially susceptible to transporting the mussels to please check with your contractor and warn him/her to be sure to sanitize his/her barge before bringing it into our lake and doing your project.

Please go to the other news articles down on the list which provide sites to find further information.

Also, please ensure your boat live wells and bilges are clean to help prevent the spread of Asian Clams, another invasive species which plagues Nebraska lakes.

Take care and have a great, Zebra Mussel free season.


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The Ladies Auxiliary has updated their phone directory of Beaver Lake Members who approved their names and numbers to be included.

If you live at the lake, the Ladies Auxiliary already delivered one to your home.

If you want extra copies, they are available at the office for small fee.


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Thank you, everyone, for doing your part to keep Beaver Lake free of zebra mussels.

There is no known safe, permanent, and cost-effective means of eradicating the zebra mussel once it enters a river or lake. That makes prevention vital.

BLA officials cannot monitor every boat launch. We need every member to continue to help prevent contamination of our lake by taking personal responsibility in these ways:

* Keep your own craft clear of zebra mussels.
* If you see a concern, speak immediately to the person involved. (Repeating gossip after the alleged incident to third parties is not useful ̶ and vague suspicious cannot be investigated.)
* Report problems to the office along with facts and details.

The Board continues to monitor research and news, and we will let you know about any new information.

Please watch for a more thorough article about this important issue in your Winter newsletter.

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Golf Car, ATV, & UTV Licensing

In accordance with the Covenants established herein for Beaver Lake Association, the use of Beaver Lake roads shall be restricted to licensed motor vehicles and licensed operators. Golf cars, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Utility Vehicles (UTVs), herein referred to as GAUs, shall be considered to be licensed when a member is issued and displays a current BLA GAU registration sticker on their GAU. To obtain a registration sticker for a GAU, a member in good standing must comply with the following regulations:

1. Registered owner shall provide proof of vehicle liability insurance (carried with vehicle).
2. Operator, minimum of 16-years old, shall have a valid state driver's license.
3. Vehicle shall have functioning headlight and taillight plus rear-view mirror.
4. Vehicles with gas engines shall have functional muffler in good working condition that reasonably abates engine noise.
5. Helmet use required on ATVs and UTVs without a roll bar.
6. Three-wheeled ATVs and UTVs are not allowed.
7. GAUs are not allowed on access areas or community lots except on paved or gravel parking surfaces.
8. Registered owners lot number shall be conspicuously displayed using three-inch numbers affixed to the license plate on the rear of the vehicle and shall remain readily visible. Lot numbers shall also be visibly displayed on both sides of the vehicle. License plates will be purchased at the Beaver Lake Association office.
9. Once a sticker is obtained it must be displayed at all times next to the lot numbers on the license plate on the rear of the vehicle. Stickering and violation rules as for boats shall apply.
10. State, county, and BLA driving rules of the road shall apply.
11. Members found in violation of rules shall be subject to liquidated damages the same as state-licensed vehicles and operators according to the BLA Handbook and/or state law.
12. BLA license (sticker) renewal shall be obtained annually by a member in good standing. Renewal can be accomplished by mail or in person. If renewing by mail, send current proof of insurance, name and lot number along with a $30 fee to the Beaver Lake office and a new sticker will be mailed. Vehicle license stickers are due January 1 of each year.

For your initial sticker, you must contact Sgt. Remus at 402-235-2243 to schedule a licensing of your GAU. Please make sure that you have proof of liability insurance and your lot #s on both sides of the GAU prior to setting an appointment. Bring $30 and a 3rd set of lot #s to put on the license plate. All rules pertaining to the use of GAUs as well as the fine schedule can be found in the Beaver Lake handbook (Section VI) on the Beaver Lake Website (

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Beaver Lake Association now offers members a way to receive timely email notifications about important matters such as wake restrictions.

Opt in to our notifications list and be ready to receive official announcements in your email.

It's easy! Subscribe using the Email Signup link found with the Administration links at the left side of the page.

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Flags will be raised for safety reasons at two (2) locations:
Boat ramp
Lot #14 end of Rock Creek Road

The flags are as follows:
Yellow color No Wake
Red color Lake is Closed

This article is described in the Beaver Lake News/Winter 2016 edition page 8.

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Request a Clubhouse or Pavilion Rental via the BLA Website!

Click on the CALENDAR link on the left hand side of the Beaver Lake Association Website.

At the bottom of the Calendar Page, Click ADD EVENT

A new window will pop up. Please fill out the following:

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: Enter your email address so we can contact you with questions and/or confirmation.

TITLE: Enter your First & Last Name, Your Lot#, and either Clubhouse or Pavilion Rental

**Pavilion 1 is on the west & furthest from the Clubhouse, Pavilion 2 is in the middle, & Pavilion 3 is closest to the Clubhouse.

DESCRIPTION: Enter the type of event you are hosting.
**I.E. Birthday, Baby Shower, Wedding Reception, Family Reunion, etc.

(Background Color & Location: Please ignore these)

DATE: Click on the calendar square just to the right of the date & pick which date you are requesting.

TIME: Enter the time of your event.
**When you rent the Clubhouse or a Pavilion, you have it for the whole day, but security needs to know what time a majority of your guests will be there.

CATEGORY: Click the scroll bar on the right to pick Clubhouse, Pavilion 1, Pavilion 2, or Pavilion 3.

Ignore the last three options, and then click SAVE at the bottom of the page.

An email will be sent to the Beaver Lake Association Office to review and approve or deny the event.

Please allow 3 business days before a return email will be sent to the address listed in the request.

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The link below provides on-line training for invasive species, including the Zebra mussels. You'll have to cut (ctrl C) the link from below and paste (ctrl V) into your browser to get to the site. Sorry, confict between our site and UNL.

We really need to be aware of these pests and the harm they could do to a great lake like ours so please reserve a few moments to take the course and then follow the instuctions needed to help keep our lake free of them.
Also, the other links provided in the news article lower on the list provides further information as to the problems these critters would cause if we become infested.



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The long awaited Beaver Lake contour maps are now available.

You can purchase a 2'X3' laminated copy for the low price of $10.

Maps are available at the BLA office, Beaver Lake Marina, and Beaver Lake Liquor.

They will also be available for sale at the Fishing Club meetings on the first Thursday of the month or you may contact Dan O'Brien at 235-3371.


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Below are links to various Zebra Mussel documents and information including the report from the Base Lake cleanup.

These critters can take over the lake and destroy all habitat for fish, plants, and the eco system in general. We cannot afford to do what the Base Lake did, nor is it even possible.

We must be sure to clean our boats with 140F degree water or above before we launch a boat in Beaver Lake if it has been in other bodys of water. Live wells, water intakes of outboard and inboard motors, the bilge, etc. must be throroughly washed. Just use common sense and help protect our beautiful lake from these invasive animals.

Here are the links.

From Virginia
Boat Cleaning
YouTube Video
Missouri River Info
Base Lake Briefing
Executive Summary
Zebra Mussel Report


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I'm sure we've all see all the dying pine trees around the State, but there is a prevention step you can take providing your pine tree hasn't shown any symptoms yet. The disease is probably Pine Wilt and the following article has information about it.

You really need to cut down the dead pines and haul them away to prevent spreading of the disease. Don't use them for firewood.

Here is the article.

Pine Wilt Information


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08/27/2009 - OAK TREE PROBLEMS?
I'm sure you've noticed some of the Oak trees around the area are browning and dropping their leaves early this year as they have from time to time in the past. Seems worse this year and it can't be for lack of rain. The universities in Nebraska and Iowa are researching the problem, but so far have not released their results. Here's what I know about it so far.

It could be urban stress, Oak Wilt, Anthracnose, or a mutation of a fungus called Tubakia--or something else.

Stress on Oak trees plays an important role in slow death. If you built a home around an Oak tree, it could take from 8 to 10 years so for the stress to show up. They just don't adapt to construction, fill dirt, or tampering too well--they grow too slow. Heavy machinery driving around the tree or any fill dirt can cause root damage and the tree to go into a slow, irreversable decline. Some don't care which is strange, but there is a treatment for urban stress called Cambistat. It's a liquid that you put around the base of the tree flair and it slows the growth of the canopy for 3 years which allows the roots to catch up and heal somewhat. Also, drilling a lot of holes around the tree's drip area and filling them with compost will help losen the soil and provide space for the roots to grow. I drilled about 1400, 2" wide holes and used the growth slowing solution two years ago, but so far, no luck.

Oak Wilt is a problem in the area, but Burr Oaks are somewhat resistant. They can be treated with a fungicide called Alamo after you determine you have wilt, but it requires a macro infusion into the tree flair and is costly. Red and other types of oaks are much more susceptible to Oak Wilt and have poor results once oak wilt is diagnosed. Only a sample sent to the labs at the University of Nebraska can tell what you have for sure. The Extension Office can also help.

Anthracnose is a fungus that isn't too dangerous to the trees and can be treated by spraying in the spring; however, anything that causes the leaves to drop early takes energy from the tree so it may not come back as strong next year.

Tubakia is a fungus that, from what I'm told, is becoming a problem in Nebraska and Iowa. Tubakia normally feeds on dead leaves etc. but seems to have mutated and is now attacking live Burr oaks. This weakens the tree and will eventually kill it. There is no cure as of yet, but the universities are looking into it and I'll report the findings when/if I get them. There is a spray for the regular Tubakia but must be done in the spring. Call your tree surgeon.

Anyway, please do a computer search for Oak Wilt, Tubakia, etc. and find a good tree surgeon to see what can be done for your problem. You may find the people in Minnesota that I've talked with and spent a lot of money with over the years.

Rick Croasdale

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Pay your BLA bills automatically with the Automatic Withdraw program.

We now have the capability to do automatic withdraw from your checking account to make payments. If you are interested please fill out the form below and attach with a voided check. If you have any questions please contact Beaver Lake Association Office: 235-2241 our business hours are 8:00am- 4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Debit Authorization

I (we) hereby authorize Beaver Lake Assoc., hereinafter called COMPANY, to initiate debit entries to my (our) account indicated below and the financial institution named below, hereinafter called FINANCIAL INSTITUTION, to debit the same to such account for (Application). I (we) acknowledge that the origination of ACH transactions to my (our) account must comply with the provisions of U.S. law.

(Financial Institution Name) (Branch)

(Address) (City/State) (Zip)

______________ ______________Type of Acct:____Checking___Savings
(Routing Number) (Account Number)

This authority is to remain in full force and effect until COMPANY has received written notification from me (or either of us) of its termination in such time and manner as to afford COMPANY and FINANCIAL INSTITUTION a reasonable opportunity to act on it.

________________________ ________________________
Print individual Name) (Signature)

#_____________ ________________________
(Lot Number) (Date)


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