Community Update for October 2020

Category : General

I hope that everyone has adjusted back to their winter routine now that schools have started again.  While the summer season has ended, there are still some important activities happening at the Lake right now.  Please review the announcements below and reach out if you have any questions.

Water Shut Off Extended

Since COVID concerns are still present and the weather is cooperating, the water shutoff has been rescheduled from the original date of Oct 25th to the new date of Sunday, Nov 8th.  I will reassess the weather forecast next week and send out an update on Nov 1st confirming our shutoff date and arranging volunteers.

Off Season Usage

As a reminder to those planning to stay in camp after the water shutoff, the “90 day rule” (Corp Lease – Section C, 5.b) has been suspended for the 2020-2021 off season due to the pandemic.  However, you still must notify the caretaker and the board of your plans (an email to Brian and me will suffice).


Brian and his family have moved into the cottage (Camp 58) after completing several upgrades.  Thank you to the Williams family for all their work to enhance the cottage and transform it into their new home.  Brian sent out a questionnaire a few weeks ago to help with his planned patrols during the off season.  Please send the completed form back to Brian so he can properly care for your camp over the winter.

Dam and Spillway

Please be sure to review the materials posted to the Estling Web Site regarding the evaluation of the Dam and Spillway by NJ DEP, NJ Transit, and Estling Lake Corp.

Committee Sign Ups

Thank you to all the volunteers that have registered for 2021.  There is still time to join a committee, so if you haven’t done so yet, please visit our sign up page and add your name to the list.  The sign up list will be closing October 31st.

Joint Ownership Applications

For those that are considering joint ownership, please submit your applications immediately as the process must be fully executed prior to 1/1/2021.  Any applications that are unable to be completed by 12/31/2020 will be cancelled and joint ownership will not be issued.  Our dedicated volunteers are working hard to complete these applications in a timely manner, but there are many steps involved and each application brings its own unique challenges. Contact Nadine to begin the process.


The recycling dumpster will be removed for the winter so please drop off your items prior to Wednesday, 10/28.  After that date the container will be removed and you will need to utilize the Denville Recycling Center at 140 Morris Avenue, Denville. They are open Mon-Fri, 7-2:30, Sat 8-2, Sun 10-2.

Dam Committee – Lowering the Lake

Category : General

We received our permit to lower the lake 3’, allowing the town to repair a broken water pipe below our spillway. We will open the valve 9/24 and anticipate closing it 10/1. This is HIGHLY dependent on the weather but pencil in dock repairs and shoreline maintenance beginning 10/1.

Advisory: Utility work scheduled for Estling Lake Rd beginning 9/8

Category : General

On Tuesday, September 8th, Gray Supply will begin utility work on underground natural gas lines along Estling Lake Road from Route 53 to the railroad crossing. As a result, Estling Lake Road will be shut down to one lane of alternating traffic between approximately 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. Residents and other traffic entering or exiting the area should expect delays. Police Officers will be on site to assist and direct traffic. The work is expected to last for at least a week.

Notice of Lake Lowering

Category : General

A message from the Dam and Spillway Committee:

As requested by Denville, we have applied for a permit to lower the lake up to 3’ during the last week in September. Indian will be lowering its lake as of October 1. This will allow for the repair of a large broken water line that runs across Indian where our spillway ends. So, if you have been considering dock repairs this would be a good time to do so. It is also a good time to clean up the shoreline.

Important Information for Estling Lake Annual Meeting

Category : General

Thank you to all that attended our Town Hall meeting yesterday.  We had a lot of participants and a good interaction between presenters and campers.  If you were unable to attend the meeting, please visit our website to review the materials from the Town Hall and the 2020 information packet so that you are prepared for a virtual annual meeting (note, Chuck’s slides are not in place yet but will be there shortly).

If you have questions about how the virtual annual meeting will operate, please reach out so that you are prepared to fully participate in discussions and voting.  Bonnie D. (Camp 19) has offered to provide in-person technical assistance and training for anyone who would benefit from some one-on-one instruction.

While the meeting officially starts at 8:00 PM, it is highly recommended that you join early (as early as 7:30 PM).

  • Voting shareholders are required to join via a computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone with a camera so that the secretary can visually and verbally confirm your attendance.  All other participants will not require a camera unless you are a director or an officer making a report.
  • A “dial in only” option is available, but those without a computer will not be able to see the presentation, will not be able to ask questions, and will not be able to vote.
  • When joining the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room until the host approves you to join.  You do not need to take any action to be added, the host will automatically be notified that you have joined and are waiting to enter the meeting.
  • Once you have joined the meeting, you will need to connect to the audio either using your phone or computer.
  • After being connected, the host will automatically mute your audio and turn off your video so that there isn’t any background noise while the meeting is in progress.
  • You will not be able to unmute your line, so if you have questions, you must submit them using the chat feature of Zoom.
  • If you haven’t used Zoom before, here are some videos to help you get started:


Men’s Club Social/Meeting

Category : General

All  Men, Come join us for the one-and-only 2020 Men’s Club Social/Meeting – Saturday August 22, 10:00 am on Camp 64 deck or lawn. Coffee and donuts served.

We’ll start with a little social time. We’ll end with a little business.
We plan to keep our 6′ distance, but bringing a mask along never hurts. I would like a headcount; please RSVP to Glen.

See you there,

Annual Meeting of Estling Lake Corporation 2020

Category : General

The information packets for this year’s Annual Meeting of the Estling Lake Corporation have been distributed.  This year, because we have a different mail distribution system, the packets have been placed in the individual mail folders at the mail distribution box near the Estling Lake Athletic Field.  The meeting will be held at 8 PM on August 21, 2020 via the Zoom platform.

The packets include the official notice of the meeting, a letter from the President of the Corporation, a list of stockholders, the minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting including Committee Reports and the proposed budget for 2021.  Also included are the proposed changes to the Lease and Bylaws.

The packet information will be posted on the Estling website:

Because of the pandemic some stockholders are not in camp this year and may not be able to pick up their packets.  If you cannot access the packet through the website and need to have your hard copy mailed to you, please let me know and I will mail it out.

Self Quarantine and Guest Policies

Category : General

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by NJ Governor Murphy individuals traveling to or returning from states on the NJ Quarantine List are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.  Individuals should leave the place where they self-quarantine only for medical reasons, food or other essential items.  Consistent with this advice and for the continued protection of all community members, individuals traveling from or returning from the states on the Quarantine List are not, at any time, permitted on the beach or athletic field “complex” before their 14-day quarantine period is over.  Social distancing is always a requirement on common property.  Following the advice from the NJ Department of Health, it is not necessary that other household members who did not travel from an impacted state self-quarantine.  If you arrived in NJ from a state on the Quarantine List before that state was added to the list, you are exempt from the above restriction.  See below the Quarantine list as of July 21st.  See for more details and any updates.

Alabama (added 6/24/20) Alaska (added 7/21/20) Arkansas (added 6/24/20) Arizona (added 6/24/20) California (added 6/30/20) Delaware (re-added 7/21/20) Florida (added 6/24/20) Georgia (added 6/30/20) Iowa (added 6/30/20) Idaho (added 6/30/20) Indiana (added 7/21/20) Kansas (added 7/7/20) Louisiana (added 6/30/20) Maryland (added 7/21/20) Mississippi (added 6/30/20) Missouri (added 7/21/20)Montana (added 7/21/20) Nebraska (added 7/21/20) Nevada (added 6/30/20) New Mexico (added 7/14/20) North Carolina (added 6/24/20) North Dakota (added 7/21/20) Ohio (added 7/14/20) Oklahoma (added 7/7/20) South Carolina (added 6/24/20) Tennessee (added 6/30/20) Texas (added 6/24/20) Utah (added 6/24/20) Virginia (added 7/21/20) Washington (added 7/21/20) Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)    

On a related matter, the current beach guest policy is that each camp may have up to 2 guests of the same household occupying the space around a single flag, the camper who invited the guests occupying the area around a separate flag.  This has been amended to allow 5 guests of the same household around a single flag.  This policy, like the ongoing requirement to socially distance on the beach, is 24/7. 

We have been very fortunate to date to avoid a Covid19 incident at Estling.  May this continue!

Estling Lake Wine Fundraiser – Last Week to Order

Category : General

This is the last week to order your Estling Lake Wine Glasses.  If you would like to place an order, please click on the link below and submit your order form by August 1, 2020.  We anticipate orders will be ready about 2 weeks after this deadline date pending product availability.

Ladies Club – Order Form for Wine Glasses

On behalf of the Ladies Club, thank you for your support!

Updates: Tennis Court, Brush, Recycling

Category : General

Lot’s of news to share this week.  And don’t forget there will be another Virtual Town Hall next week on Wednesday 7/29 at 7:30 PM.  More details to follow in a future email.

Tennis Court

It was a long journey, but the newly resurfaced tennis court is ready for use.  We now have a modern court that is ready for recreational and competitive play.  Thank you to the members of the committee (past and present) that helped us to get here.  As a reminder to the community, we need to take care of this investment to get the maximum life out of the new surface.  While the manufacturer estimates resurfacing needs to be done every 5 – 8 years, I expect we can double that lifespan by properly caring for the court. Here are some tips from the manufacturer that we should all follow to keep the court looking great:

  • Dirt accumulates in standing water, leaving stains and piles of debris. Remove water from birdbaths as often as possible
  • Use only non-marking tennis shoes on the court surface
  • No bikes, roller blades, or skateboards
  • No chewing gum, food, or drinks (other than water) on the playing surface
  • Do not drag chairs, benches or other items over the surface
  • Use pads underneath chair legs or equipment that is on the court
  • Keep grass and any other vegetation trimmed and away from the court surface

It’s up to each of you to be caretakers for the court!


On the tennis court you will notice new, yellow lines inside the main court that are used for Pickleball.  Not familiar with this sport?  The USA Pickleball Association describes it as “a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Fun, social and friendly. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.”  If you want to learn more about the rules or watch instructional videos, take a look at the materials on the USA PA website.

Tennis Backboard

Thanks to Marg, Alf, Carol and Dave for giving the backboard a facelift.  The paint is still curing but it will be ready for use on Saturday.

Brush Pickup

Thanks to Ben and his team of volunteers that cleaned up vegetation and brush from along the road.  Should you have additional brush that you need picked up or removed, the Town of Denville provides a curbside pickup service later in the year.  Brush must be tied in bundles (6’ maximum length) and will be picked up between 9/16 and 12/31 and then again from 4/1 through 6/15.


Even though our occupancy is lower than past years, the recycling container has been filling up quickly (too much shopping on Amazon???).  Please take the time to break down and flatten your boxes and do not leave any materials outside the dumpster.  The container is typically emptied on Wednesdays every week so schedule your trips to the dumpster accordingly.  An alternate option is to drop off your recycling at the Town Recycling Depot.  Just remember that the Town requires materials to be separated (Paper/Cardboard vs. Glass/Metal/Plastic). For next season, we will work with our vendor to either have a larger container delivered or to have multiple pickups during the week.  However, we expect this will come at an additional cost.