Highlights from Thursday Night\'s Annual Meeting, 9/18/14
Posted on Friday, September 19 @ 22:07:40 (1 reads)
Announcements THANKS!: We had record attendance and the largest number of votes in the community's brief history. Thanks to all of you who participated and/or voted.

CONGRATULATIONS: Bill Rowe and Bob Sheesley were re-elected to the Neighborhood Board. We congratulate them and thank them for their continued service to our community.

COMMUNITY PLAN: The NB is about to start a three year plan for the community. It will include the development of a list of possible community enhancements, a process to prioritize the enhancements, and a plan for implementation. In the near future, we will address the first step of the process, the gathering of possible enhancements. At that time, you will be given many more details and an opportunity to let the Neighborhood Board know of your ideas for potential future enhancements.

FINANCIAL UPDATE: We are fully reserved. Despite the extraordinary expenses in the first quarter (largely for unbudgeted snow removal and the damage at the Community Center), our Year-To-Date Revenues slightly exceed our Year-To-Date Expenditures. In other words, we are "living within our budget." Another major part of our solid finances relate to the fact that we no longer believe we will be assessed almost $25,000 for the Impervious Surface Tax. We have been accruing for this tax every month, so not having to pay it is a significant reason our Cash Flow and Finances have withstood a number of unbudgeted expenses. NOTE THAT THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE HAVE AN EXTRA $25,000 TO SPEND HOWEVER WE PLEASE. Not having to pay a $25,000 expense simply improves our current overall financial position as well as the outlook for the rest of the year.

PUTTING IT ALL IN CONTEXT: The Board understands that many owners' primary concern is keeping dues to a minimum. And, we respect that position. The NB will provide every opportunity for people to express their opinion...whether it is to support new initiatives...or to do no enhancements in order to keep the dues low. The Board Members do not advocate any particular position on this (or any) issue: OUR ROLE IS TO REPRESENT THE WISHES OF ALL 321 OWNERS. Trying to blend the often differing perspectives of so many people is obviously a challenge. The plan that is ultimately developed will represent the wishes of all owners to the best of the Board's ability.

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER: The 2015 budget process has just started. The NB has already received requests for specific expenditures. We will have the PRELIMINARY budget to you in 4 to 6 weeks. In November, at the next Open Meeting, all owners will have an opportunity to comment on the budget before the NB votes on it. It is far too early to have an idea of the 2015 dues. What we can say is that the Board will do everything in our power to keep the dues as low as possible while complying with all regulations, providing a safe environment, and representing the wishes of all 321 owners.

There were many other areas of discussion, including many great questions from the floor. We will let you know when the minutes are posted to the web site, which will provide more details from the meeting. Once posted, we encourage you to read the minutes. Thanks again for your interest and participation.

The Neighborhood Board
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Crab and Chicken Feast: Sunday, Sept. 28th
Posted on Wednesday, September 17 @ 23:05:28 (4 reads)
Announcements Reminder: The Crab and Chicken Feast is on Sunday, the 28th. Peggy James works hard to plan events that people can enjoy.

As has been mentioned, volunteers are needed to make any event possible. Here are three ways you can help on the 28th:

-- Six people to each cook one dozen ears of corn in their home and bring the hot corn to the event.

-- Five people to be at the Community Center at 1 pm to help move tables and chairs to the pavilion, set up decorations, etc.. This should take less than an hour.

-- At least one person to provide a van, SUV or truck to help move the supplies from the Community Center to the pavilion. Even if you are unable to help with the lifting, Peggy could certainly use your vehicle!

Please also note that some help will be needed after the event to take down the decorations and return the supplies to the Community Center.

Typically, people are willing to stay as an event ends to help with the post-event work. It is the pre-event work where Peggy needs assistance.

If Peggy does not have sufficient volunteers by the end of our Annual Meeting this Thursday, she will have to cancel the event.

If you can help, please let Peggy know ASAP, so she can plan the coordination necessary to make the set-up run smoothly.

Here is an opportunity to help with an event that brings our community together...without having to commit more than an hour of your time. Please consider volunteering. Thank you!

The Neighborhood Board
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Reminder: Annual Meeting This Thursday, 9/18
Posted on Tuesday, September 16 @ 12:16:18 (5 reads)
Announcements Reminder: The Annual Meeting is this Thursday, at 7 pm at the Howard County Conservancy. While we hope you attend, it is vital that we have sufficient votes to meet the requirements for a quorum. Failure to have a quorum will mean we can not hold the vote, which will have a negative impact on the Neighborhood Board's ability to make decisions.

Please vote by fax or email before the meeting, send your ballot with someone who is attending the meeting, or (better yet) bring the ballot and stay for Thursday's meeting.

Thank you!

The Neighborhood Board
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Bocce Ball Enhancement Request
Posted on Wednesday, September 10 @ 14:13:42 (12 reads)
Questions Please see the new item on the Documents page, under the General heading entitled Bocce Ball Enhancement Request. Your input is requested.

The Neighborhood Board
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Neighborhood Board Bi-Weekly Report: 9/5/14
Posted on Friday, September 05 @ 22:19:47 (9 reads)
Announcements The September 5th, 2014 Neighborhood Board Bi-Weekly Report is posted as well as emailed to WWE owners. To view the report on the website, please click on the Documents link and then Neighborhood Board Reports.

The Neighborhood Board
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Bocce Ball Schedules and Standings
Posted on Friday, September 05 @ 12:12:21 (5 reads)
Announcements Updated Bocce Ball Schedules and Team Standings are now also listed on the Main Menu under the heading Bocce Ball.
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Minutes of the July 17th Neighborhood Open Meeting Are Posted
Posted on Monday, July 28 @ 21:08:48 (12 reads)
Announcements The minutes from the July 17th Neighborhood Board Open Meeting are posted on the Documents page under Neighborhood Association Minutes.
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New Community Directory Posted
Posted on Thursday, July 17 @ 21:32:28 (30 reads)
Announcements Two updated versions of the Community Directory have been posted to the Documents section of the website.

In addition, a new document has been added outlining the process of adding new entries to the Directory as well as updating existing entries.
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