Below is an email from Harlen Springer, posted with his permission. It is very important that to be heard in this matter by the Washington County Board, they must receive your written input by March 16th. Snail mail only, no emails. If you have a question for Harlen, fill out a contact form and I will forward it to him. Continue reading Morrison Street barricade
We are a nation of laws. From the Federal level to the state, local, and even our HOA. As rules and laws are developed, they start with an idea to make our community better (the spirit of the law). When the ideas are memorialized in writing, the words give us clear instructions for enacting and protecting them (letter of the law). Laws and rules are abolished or modified when they are obsolete (don’t leave your horse on Main Street after sun down) or society’s needs change (don’t block the electric car charging station). It is the citizens’ duty to know and obey the laws and the government’s duty to uphold the laws.
Now, I said all that to say this, the law exists to make us better. It dos not exist just to be enforced. For example. Driving your car over certain speeds is dangerous, so speed laws were written. They are enforced to make the roads safer. Depending on the conditions, most traffic cops write citations for more than 10 miles per hour over the limit. The fines increase the faster you go. The fear of financial penalty will make you drive slower and thus safer. Now imagine if every car going more than 1 mph over the limit was stopped and the driver cited. The letter of the law allows for this but the spirit of the law does not.
As we draft new rules or enforce existing ones, I would like us to focus on the spirit of the law as we consider the letter of the law.
The Board of directors met at the clubhouse February 9th and discussed the following topics: end of year financial statement, landscaping issues, maintenance of entry railings and Forest exterior doors, Clubhouse reservations, and a system for the pool that would monitor and/or adjust the chlorine levels.
Year end financial statement: We finished the year in the black. One of the budget items was deferred until this budget year (plant replacements) . Still, revenues exceeded expenses.
Landscaping issues: The Board agreed to a three year plan for tree pruning (funded from reserves). This was recommended by the landscaping committee. Also, a large broken tree behind 10152 SW Windwood Way will be removed on Feb 16th. Landscapers will be at the clubhouse on the same day trimming trees. A proposal for fixing a drainage issue near 10198 SW Morrison was approved.
Exterior doors: Some of the Forest doors are in need of repair or refinishing. We have been unable to make contact with the original vendor. The same vendor who recently painted our homes was hired to repair one door on Taylor. The Board also tasked another vendor to repair one door on Windwood and one door on Morrison. The work on these two doors is pending warmer weather.
The Board amended to Clubhouse Reservation Policy by removing the clause that limited the user to the lower level.
Repair work to some entry railings will be done in the next few weeks (weather permitting).
For more details, see TM’s site or contact your favorite Board Member.
I would high recommend checking out Nextdoor.com This is a good way to stay connected to your neighbors in the West Haven neighborhood. You will have to use your real name and they will verify that you live in the community you are trying to join.
The landscape committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at the clubhouse. The next meeting is 600pm, February 18th, 2015.
The HOA Board met on January 12, 2015 at the Clubouse.
March 9th, 2015, 600pm at the PKW Clubhouse. 10353 SW Taylor St.
After the meeting, join us downstairs for an informal gathering. (BYOB).