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By-Laws of Meadowlake Farms Civic Association, Inc.






The name of this corporation shall be Meadowlake Farms Civic Association, Inc.




The principal address of this Corporation is P.O. Box 103, Franklin, Michigan 48025-0103.




To supervise, control and enforce the land and building use restrictions, covenants and conditions as set forth in Restriction Agreement dated February 29, 1952, recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds, Oakland County, Michigan in Liber 2853, Pages 522-528, applicable to “Meadowlake Farms,” a subdivision in Bloomfield Township in said county and state.


To own and dispose of real estate and other property within said county and state.


To take such measures as may be determined advisable by the Board of Directors for the care, maintenance and improvement for the care of the subdivision, including roadways within and adjacent thereto, and of adjacent property, for the preservation of the general character of the neighborhood.


To promulgate such rules and regulations covering the use of Meadowlake and Anchor Isle and other outlots within the subdivision as will promote the best interests of all lot owners.


To take such other action as may be beneficial to the subdivision and its inhabitants and which may contribute to the general welfare of all owners therein.




The record owner or owners of any lot in the said subdivision and their spouses are eligible for membership. To become members, an initial fee of $35.00 per family shall be required, plus payment of annual dues as set by the general membership at a regular meeting (see Article 10). Payment in full of dues for each year thereafter shall entitle the member to retain membership in this Corporation. Membership cards may be issued by the Treasurer, who shall maintain a current roster of all members in good standing.


Effective in the fiscal year 1996-1997 (calendar year 1997), membership of record owners of any lot is mandatory.





Meetings of the Corporation and of the Board of Directors shall be held at such places as may be designated by the Board of Directors.


The regular Annual Meeting of the membership shall be held during the fourth quarter of each year at a time and place to be selected by the Board of Directors.


In addition to the regular Annual Meeting, additional meetings of the membership shall be held as may be determined by the Board of Directors and like notice thereof shall be given as provided for notice of the regular Annual Meeting.


The order of the business at the Annual Meeting shall be as follows:


Reading of the Minutes of last preceding meeting.

Report of the President.

Report of the Secretary.

Report of the Treasurer.

Report of the Committees.

The election of Directors.

The transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting.


Roberts’ Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the procedure at all meetings of the membership.



Quorum – Presence in person or by proxy of not less than 20% of members of this Corporation shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the membership.


At any meeting of the Board of Directors, a majority of the Directors, but never less than five (5) in number, shall constitute a quorum, and each Director present shall be entitled to one (1) vote.


At any meeting of the membership, each member shall be entitled to one (1) vote in person or in proxy, except that each household shall be entitled to only one (1) vote. Absent members may vote by granting their proxy authorization, in writing, to a member who will be present at the meeting.



The government of the Corporation shall be vested in a Board of Directors consisting of not less than nine (9) and not more than fifteen (15) persons, to be elected by the membership. The membership, at its regular Annual Meeting, shall determine the total number of Directors to serve for the coming year. Each Director must be a member in good standing of the Corporation. 


At least ten (10) days in advance of the regular meeting of the membership the President shall appoint a nominating committee of three (3) members, who shall submit to the membership at such meeting a slate of nominees containing not less than twice the number of names as there are Directors to be elected at the meeting. In addition, further nominations may be received from the floor. Directors shall be elected by written ballot and shall serve for a term of three (3) years or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. The Directors so elected shall be divided into three (3) groups and shall serve in staggered terms so that approximately one-third of the Directors will be elected each year at the Annual Meeting.


If any vacancy occurs in the Board of Directors between the regular annual meetings of the Corporation, such vacancy shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Directors present at a meeting of the Board.


After the election of Directors at the annual meeting, the Directors shall meet and elect the following officers, each of whom shall be a Director: A President, one or more Vice-Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held by one (1) person. The term of each officer shall be for one (1) year or until his successor is duly elected.


At the expiration of the President’s term of office, he shall become an ex-officio Director until the close of the next annual meeting of the membership.



President - It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Corporation and Board of Directors, and at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation Membership shall present his report. The President shall appoint and be an ex-officio member of all committees, all appointments to be subject to the approval of the Board of Directors; shall sign all written contracts and obligations, and shall perform such other duties as are incident to this office.


Vice-President - The Vice-President, in the absence or disability of the President, shall have the powers and perform the duties of the President and such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.


Treasurer - It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive and keep account of all money received and to deposit the same in the name of the Corporation in such bank or trust company as may be designated by the Board of Directors, such money to be withdrawn as the Board may direct; shall report to the Board at each regular meeting thereof and present to the membership a complete report for the preceding year at the Annual Meeting thereof; and shall disburse the funds of the Corporation by checks countersigned by the President or Vice-President, or as the Board may by resolution direct. He/she shall maintain a current roster listing the names and addresses of all the members of the Corporation entitled to vote.


Secretary - The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Corporation and Board of Directors; shall conduct the correspondence of the Board and the Corporation; issue all notices and announcements relating to the affairs of the Corporation; make a report to the members of the Corporation at the Annual Meeting; and perform such other duties as are incident to the office as prescribed by the Board of Directors.


Meetings of the Board - The Board of Directors shall meet at such time and places as the President may determine. Special meetings may also be called upon request of three (3) Directors. Notice of all meetings shall be given to each Director not less than three (3) days in advance of the date set for the meeting.


Duty and Power of Directors – It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to care for the property and interests of the Association and to determine policies for the conduct of its affairs consistent with such specific instructions as the Board may receive from the membership. The Board shall have the power to raise and expend funds to promote the welfare of the Association and to employ all such means not in conflict with these By-Laws or with the laws of this State as it may deem proper and expedient to secure the objects for which the Association is organized.




The Fiscal Year of the Corporation shall be the calendar year from January 1 through

December 31.



Annual dues of shall be set by the membership at the regular Annual Meeting, and they shall be due and payable on July 1 of each year. The Treasurer shall bill each member accordingly. The annual dues, effective January 1, 2003, are $250.00.


If a member becomes delinquent in the payment of annual dues for a period of more than ninety (90) days, he shall be deemed to have surrendered his membership with all its rights and privileges.


Pro rata adjustments of dues may be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors for those members whose memberships do not coincide with the fiscal year of the Corporation.


Effective in fiscal year 1996-1997 (calendar year 1997), membership and dues were made mandatory for all record owners of any lot in said subdivision.




These By-Laws may be altered or amended at any regular Annual Meeting of the membership or at any special meeting of the membership called specifically for such purpose. The notice of any such special meeting shall include a copy of any proposed amendment.


Meadowlake Farms Deed Restrictions

In order to control the recreation facilities on Outlot C consisting of Meadow Lake and Anchor Isle in said lake, the following rules and prohibitions in the nature of easements to be granted as an appurtenance to individual lots and restrictions on the use of the said Outlot C are imposed as follows: 

To erect and maintain dock extending from shoreline a distance not greater than necessary to provide docking facilities for boats not more than 14 feet in length.

To permit fishing at all reasonable times on Meadow Lake between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

A right of way as shown on said plat shall be maintained for the use in common of all lot owners in said subdivision for access to Anchor Isle and Meadow Lake.

No boat or water craft propelled by any internal combustion engine or form thereof shall at any time be permitted on Meadow Lake.

No boats, canoes, rafts or other floating conveyances shall be kept or maintained for the purpose of hire on Meadow Lake.

No boathouse shall be erected on any lot in said subdivision. A boat shelter or boathouse may be erected by the grantors on Anchor Isle for the purpose of housing boats of owners of lots in said subdivision.

No dock shall be constructed of solid materials so as to stop circulation of shore water. 

It is hereby declared that the following general restrictions are covenants running with the land binding on the heirs, legal representations and assigns of the grantors and the grantees of all individual lots in said Subdivision, their heirs, legal representatives and assigns for the time limited in this instrument. 

I. TYPE OF BUILDING. No building shall be erected, altered or used on any lot in said subdivision (except as may be hereinafter stated) for any purpose whatsoever other than: 

One single detached dwelling occupied by purchaser, his lessee or guests, and for single residence purposes only.

Other buildings incidental and accessory to a country home, the use of which is restricted and defined as follows: 

1. Garage to be used to house automobiles of the purchaser, his lessee or guests and for the use of which no charge is made; living quarters for the servants of purchaser, his lessee or guests may be placed over the garage. 

2. Guest house for the use of guests only and not for rent. 

3. Greenhouse for use only in connection with the family residence. Any use for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited. 

4. Walls, fences, tennis courts, garden house, tea house and other similar and unobjectionable appurtenances for a country home. 
5. A stable to house horses for the private use of the owner only may be erected on a parcel or lot or combination of adjoining parcels or lots having a total area of not less than three acres.

The purpose of these restrictions is to limit the use and occupancy of any one single lot to one single family with their necessary servants. No owner of any lot shall lease less than the whole of any premises. Leasing or sub-leasing of any part thereof is expressly prohibited. In no case shall a temporary structure be permitted. 

II. ANIMALS. No animals shall be kept or maintained on any lot excepting household pets for use by the owner and members of his family in residence. No animals shall be kept on the premises for any commercial purpose. Household pets shall have such care as not to be obnoxious, or offensive on account of noise, odor or unsanitary conditions. This paragraph does not apply to horses referred to in #5 of these restrictions. Animals may be declared a nuisance and must be disposed of within 30 days if so requested in writing by the grantors or their duly authorized representative. 


Main Residence. The main residence, including all porches or other projections thereof, shall be set within lines to be approved in writing by the grantors or their duly authorized representative.

Garage and Other Buildings. No garage or other buildings incident and accessory to the main residence shall be erected closer than 10 feet from any lot boundary line, and the location of all such buildings on any lot shall be subject to the approval in writing of the grantors or their duly authorized representative. 


The minimum cubical content requirements for residences, exclusive of garages, shall be as follows: On Lots 1 to 43 inclusive of said subdivision, 16,000 cubic feet; on Lots 44 to 98 inclusive, 137 to 139 inclusive, and 140 to 154 inclusive of said subdivision, 20,000 cubic feet; on Lots 113 to 136 inclusive of said subdivision, 25,000 cubic feet; Lots 99 to 112 inclusive, 35,000 cubic feet; providing however, on Lots 99 to 112 only, not more than 12% of the total cubical contents shall be assigned to garage space in computing minimum cubical requirements.

The cubical content shall be computed shall be computed on the following basis: The cubical content of the actual space enclosed within the outer surfaces of the outside walls and contained between the outside roof and bottom of first floor joists or floor slab. Bays, oriels, dormers, chimneys, pent house and enclosed porches are to be computed as part of the total volume, but the cubical contents of garbage shall not be included in any case excepting for Lots 99 to 112 provided in paragraph 1 above. 


The plans and locations of all buildings, water tanks, walls, fences, docks, rafts, or any other structures, including any plans for major grading of lots for planting, driveways, and walks must be approved in writing by the grantors or their duly authorized representative before the beginning of any construction work thereon, and any plans so approved must be strictly adhered to.

Sand lime brick, poured concrete, concrete blocks or cinder blocks or bricks shall not be used in any structure or wall on the subdivision unless properly covered with paint to give a sightly appearance. 

VI. TREES. No trees six inches or more in diameter shall be removed or cut without the consent of the grantors or their duly authorized representative. 

VII. SEWERAGE. All sewage shall be disposed of by septic tank or other sanitary methods approved by Michigan Department of Health or by such public body as may succeed to its duties and functions. The design of every septic tank and its appurtenant drainage system shall be approved in writing by the grantors or their duly authorized representative as to location, design and construction. No sewage effluent from septic tanks, garbage or other refuse shall be permitted to enter any lake, canal or connecting waterway within the subdivision or bordering thereon.

VIII. SIGNS. No signs, posters, billboards or advertising of any sort shall be erected or displayed within the subdivision or upon any buildings or fences therein except one “for sale” sign which may not exceed three square feet in size to be erected on any one parcel or lot; provided, however, that subdivision sales signs of larger size may be erected and displayed by the grantors or their duly authorized representatives.

IX. EASEMENTS. The following easements for utility purposes are reserved by the grantors over the side six feet of each lot in said subdivision and an easement of 12 feet in width the center of which is located 24 feet from the rear lines of Lots 13 to 19, both inclusive, 99 to 103, both inclusive, 107 to 112, both inclusive, and an easement over the rear six feet of all other lots in said subdivision not abutting said Meadow Lake, and an easement of six feet over the road side of all lots abutting on Meadow Lake, together with a proper easement for access thereto for the purpose of installing, maintaining and repairing said installations for utility purposes. No lot owner shall reserve or grant any easement, right of way in, upon, under or over his/her lot for conduits, poles, driveways, pathways, or for any other purpose without the consent in writing of the grantors or their duly authorized representative.

X. GARBAGE AND REFUSE. Refuse, ashes, garbage and debris of any kind shall be cared for in such a manner as not to be offensive to neighboring property owners. 

XI. BUILDING DESTROYED BY FIRE. Any building on any lot, which may in whole or part, be destroyed by fire, windstorm or other type of damage must be rebuilt or all of the debris removed and the lot restored to a sightly condition in keeping with the other lots within a reasonable time. 

XII. ALTERING SIZE OF LOTS. No lot shall be subdivided or in any respect reduced in size by any method whatsoever, excepting that any lot may be divided in not more than two fractional parts, and each fractional part together with the whole lot on which it abuts shall be used as one unit, and all restrictions herein contained shall apply thereto as to a single lot. Lots may be enlarged by the consolidation of two or more lots in their entirety under single ownership and if developed as a unit all restrictions herein contained shall apply as to a single lot. 

XIII. VIOLATIONS. In case the said premises or any part thereof shall by the acts, consent or neglect of the purchaser, his heirs, personal representatives, or assigns, cease to be used or maintained for the purposes permitted by these restrictions, or to be used for any purposes inconsistent therewith, or if the restrictions herein contained are violated in any manner whatsoever, than the grantors, their heirs, personal representatives, or assigns, shall have the right to enter upon the above described land and to remove therefrom all objectionable structures, or to evict from said premises any tenants or occupants of the said premises occupying same in violation of these restrictions.

XV. FORMATION OF A LOT OWNERS ASSOCIATION At any time after the sale by the grantors of ¾ in area of said subdivision (execution of a land contract constituting a sale for the purposes of this paragraph) the grantors may appoint and constitute an association of lot owners to exercise all rights, privileges and duties of supervision and control in connection with these restrictions which are reserved herein to the grantors and upon the execution and recording of appropriate instruments of appoointment by the grantors, the said association shall thereupon have and exercise all rights reserved to the grantors, and the grantors shall be fully released and discharged from further obligations and responsibilities in connection therewith; providing always that the grantors shall upon the formation of said association convey to said association all interests reserved heretofore in the grantors in connection with said subdivision.

XVI. The foregoing restrictions shall be covenants running with the land and shall be operative until January 1, 1985 at which time such restrictions shall be automatically extended for successive periods of 10 years unless changed after January 1, 1985 in whole or in part by a vote of 2/3 of the owners of lots in said subdivision. Any change shall be submitted in writing and signed by 2/3 of the lot owners and shall be recorded in the Register of Deeds Office in Oakland County, Michigan and when so recorded shall become binding on all lot owners in said subdivision.

Each restriction herein is intended to be severable and in the event that any one covenant is for any reason held void, it shall not affect the validity of the remaining covenants and restrictions.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein set forth, the covenants, conditions, reservations and restrictions herein set out are declared to be binding on the grantors, their heirs, personal representratives, successors and assignns, together with all purchasers of lots in “Meadowlake Farms” Subdivision, their heirs, personal representative, successors and assigns.
Georgia E. Goode hereby consents as one of the proprietors of said plat of “Meadow Lake Farms” to the reservations, conditions, prohibitions and restrictions contained in this instrument as applied to said subdivision. 

Dated: February 29, 1952 Georgia E. Goode. 

Between Agreement

George W. Smith and Dated March 23, 1956

Elizabeth Shaw Smith, his wife Acknowledged March 23, 1956

First parties Recorded April 24, 1956

And Liber 3518, Pages 7-8

The Detroit Edison Company,

New York Corporation, and

Michigan Bell Telephone Company,

And Michigan Corporation 


Architectural Guidelines

Tips on expediting architectural and building plan approval:

1. Present complete copy of plans to immediate neighbors and others in line of sight.

2. Contact Board architectural representative. Present signed plans to Board of Directors for approval.

3. Submit plans to Township.




Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 October 2009 )
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