Welcome to another day in paradise. Not just another day, but “oh, what a night” we had on September 1. I was awakened at 1:30 am to the sound of big drums overhead. Yes, the thunder was a mighty roar, and I had to jump to the window to see what might transpire. And to my amazement it was a spectacular light show, one that left the special effects of film movies on the cutting room floor. You just can’t beat Mother Nature sometimes; it leaves us breathless. After watching this magnificent light show for over an hour, I once again reminded myself this is not only another day in paradise, but you can’t beat the stellar nights either thanks to our lucky stars, thunder, and lightning.
As you know, the Board has been investigating the pros and cons of a bulk cable contract for the HOA. The survey is complete with 85 percent of residents who responded wanting to move forward with a five-year contract for cable TV and/or Internet services. Currently, not only are we investigating an Internet/TV option, but we are also investigating an Internet-only option. The latter option would mean the HOA would provide an Internet-only plan, and residents would then pick their own TV plan and purchase that service directly from a provider. There are positives and negatives to both options, but the survey showed that 77 percent of you want the cable TV plus Internet plan over the Internet- only plan.
The Board will finalize contract negotiations with both Spectrum and Frontier to reach a conclusion about which plan will be offered to residents for an official vote. Without an acceptable contract that protects the HOA from future liability, it would be difficult for the Board to move forward. Although both plans will save residents money, we can’t endorse any plan unless the HOA is protected against future financial liability. The protection of the HOA must take priority over the individual savings from any plan given the five-year commitment.
The vote that will be coming will be in the form of a ballot, which will be sent to each home the same as we do for the Board elections. Please be watching for this ballot and get it back to us ASAP.
We also recently sent out a survey about the overseeding of the rough areas of the golf course. The past few years we have not overseeded the rough areas – the edges of the golf course – only the fairways. This causes the outside edges of the golf course to be brown in the winter while the middle of the fairways remain green. Many of you have requested that we go back to overseeding the entire golf course so that the entire golf course would be green all year round.
The cost for doing this work is about $7 per month per home. The survey sent out simply asked if you would like to have the entire golf course green in the winter knowing it will cost an additional $7 per month in the monthly dues. As of the date of this article, 79 percent of you don’t want to overseed the entire golf course but would rather save the $7 per month in dues. The Board will be using this information as we plan for next year’s budget.
Keep in mind the final budget for 2020 will be voted on by the Board at its October meeting. Comments and suggestions are always welcome, so get them to us before that date. You can also attend the Board’s last budget meeting on October 23, at 10 am, if you would like to make any comments.
Please enjoy your day, and never forget – It doesn’t get any better than this!