23 attendees + board
Called to order at 7:01 p.m.
- Finance – We have money. Money market has been opened to 1.8% money market savings. Had excess cash from the last few years; certificate of deposit opened on 12/7, 2.45%. Our dues are covering us; we’re in good shape.
- A little high on printing costs and postage this year. Normally we don’t have two meetings a year. Had some entrance lighting repairs, put back into 2019 budget.
- We still have $4500 of delinquent dues. Jones Obenchain sent out 7 demand letters last year. Two paid and five will have liens put on them.
- What are bank fees for? Paypal (takes $3.20 off of $100)
- 347 invoices, but a couple of houses have more than one lot. Receivables at $8,775. Only 64 people have not paid. We have the attorney starting liens for $2625. Have one house under foreclosure. Kids already called and said he’s not paying it. Can’t put lien on foreclosure. Two at five years and one at six years delinquent. Can check tax records to see where owners are living. People don’t contact her to say they’re moving on.
- Aviva motioned to accept budget, not sure who seconded (John?).
Covenants, Restrictions, and Architecture Report
- Four shed approvals and one large landscaping project. Smaller issues resolved with a couple of phone calls. Hampton & Ridgemoor, wrecked car parked on street in cul de sac. Tim says we might have some leverage. Sherriff can check numbers plate. Sometime just a letter will suffice.
- Two cars have been parked on grass for a long time. Can we do anything about that? Starting to look like a junkyard. We need people to levy fines, etc. Could become a full-time job. Asking for compliance, in most cases, has been pretty good. Parking on grass is not something we’d normally ask for. John would prefer it not be put on website. Just contact us.
- We have the option of sending an official letter from an attorney. By covenants they are obligated to pay legal fees. At what point do you put legal fees on, etc. Public shaming? J
- Mark – Nothing in covenants that generally speaking, prevents someone from parking on their own grass. You can’t put a fence in your yard without approval but you can park your car on grass. Closest thing you have is a nuisance. A barking dog could be a nuisance. What about a diesel engine running for 45 minutes at 3:00 am?
- Do we go to neighbors when approving an architectural project? Usually ask if they’ve talked to their neighbors.
- Any consideration to person on Lincroft who’s had shingles on roof for years? Probably a nuisance. Also just raked their leaves into the street! We have no jurisdiction there.
- Some neighborhoods have covenants where if you don’t mow your lawn, they’ll mow it for you. And charge you. House on corner of Baywood & Gumwood (back door falling off). They’ve completely redone it … fixed siding, windows, etc.
- When is the burn amnesty? This weekend. Xmas ornaments … can we do better next time? They did better this year! Ended up buying ornaments without Mark’s permission.
- Called county – Receptive to fixing potholes. Except for Hampton, the road doesn’t even exist anymore. We’re at the bottom of the list. County owns it, we can’t fix it ourselves. Can we do a petition? Road is crumbling. Andy Kostielney said they only do two miles of roads every year?
- Fogeley landscape – They have trucks and leaf grinders to pick up leaves. Maybe county arrangement for leaf pickup can be contracted out someplace else? Best we could have gotten would have doubled or tripled our dues just for leaf pickup. Not every landscape company will pick up leaves. Those that do the bulk leaf pickup when county took up contract, pretty much everyone sold their equipment to Greenworld and got out of business. Juno doesn’t do it, Michiana Recycling will accept bagged leaves for free, only two, I think.
- Anything we have to use as leverage to get leaves off of street? I think we as a community should look at alternatives, options. Talk to other neighborhoods and see what they do. We can’t rely on government much more. Important that we start petitioning the county and state … road is down to base and you’re not repairing it??? Needs to be reiterated that nowhere in covenant does it say we will pick up leaves. How can we help ourselves?
- Think the fee was $100 to get leaves removed 30 years ago. Think it’s still $100. This is just a moot point. Does it require a certain percentage of homeowners to approve increase in dues to cover leaf pickup? No one’s going to approve that. 10% don’t pay right now. We don’t know until we try. 2/3 of all lots only to change covenants and restrictions. Different percentage to raise dues. When new board is elected, get some firm decisions.
- Get together with neighbors and get group rate. Think Abraham has been out this week picking up leaves?
- Harold – AEP never tells Harold when they replace a light; he has to go over and look personally.
- Clay Township would like to engage more with homeowners associations for things like safety, smoke detectors, etc. Engagement between fire departments and communities prompted this.
Garage Sale Update
June 21-22. Posted on website. Will do some advertising on internet, SB Tribune, put ad in new Granger Living magazine.
Nominations and Election of New Board Members
- Motion to open floor for nominations for two open board positions: Just board positions. Tim nominates his friend Ali (sitting next to him). Any further nominations? Evie Nickison. Harold nominates Evie. John seconds. Motion to close nominations? We got three! Tim Woods, Evie Nickison, Ali Wojarda. Harold motions to vote all three in! All in favor!
- Retiring Spot
- Talboom has 3-year contract. Not sure where they are in their contract. Main entrance maintained by country club. At least it doesn’t have a fence.
- Michelle would love to see all the stone walls at entrances cleaned up and power washed. Might have to be someone who has their own water source.
Meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.