2015 Parkshore HOA Annual Meeting – Saturday February 7, 2015 Orange Township Hall
Trustees in attendance
Also in attendance : Steve Ginter – Treasurer
The meeting began at 10am and was attended by 8 homeowners in addition to the trustees.
Steve Ginter began by reviewing the financial report. The 2014 budget was able to cover the work on the retention pond, tree replacement and painting supplies in addition to regular maintenance without any increase in dues for 2015. Steve explained that the budget for 2015 projected a year-end balance about $3,000 lower than 2014 because of the expected expense from the electrical work that will need to be completed on the lighting at the entrance. Frances passed around the burnt electrical plugs that resulted from the aging wiring at the entrance. The wring and lighting at the entrance needs to be replaced as a safety hazard. The new lights will be LED and are expected to save money because of lower electrical usage and longer life of the bulb.
Dale covered the renewal of the landscaping bid. The company kept the cost the same as for 2014 making them the lowest cost provider.
A homeowner asked about paving on Waukegan. Frances recommended that homeowners contact the Orange Township Commissioners and file requests. She and Carol Conklin described how it took three years to get action on Buckman , which included taking pictures, going to township meetings and email and calls to the Commissioners.
Frances also contacted the township regarding the change in trash collection after several questions from homeowners. Rumpke will no longer offer separate pick-up of yard waste. It will be collected with regular trash and will not be recycled so there is no requirement to place it in the specific yard waste bags as of January 1, 2015.
One homeowner inquired about how to obtain additional recycling bins. These can be picked up at the township hall and are free. There is no limit and they now come with a lid. The old bins however, are not recyclable but can be dropped off there as trash.
Two homeowners complained about unsightly trash bins being left in front of their neighbor’s homes several days after collection. The trustees explained that trash bins must be put away within 24 hours of collection or a fine of $25 per day will be assessed. These types of violations can be submitted to any trustee via the Parkshore HOA website address who will contact the Management company for review and action.
There were two positions up for election. Dale Conklin and Michel Peirce. Dale announced he would step down. Dale served on the board for several years and was actively involved in securing bids that helped significantly reduce costs in maintenance. The trustees would like to thank Dale for his many years of service.
Michael Peirce indicated his interested in staying on. A homeowner nominated Michael Peirce, the motion was seconded and a unanimous vote in favor was received. A request for any additional nominees to fill Dale’s position was made. A homeowner nominated Michael Henn, the motion was seconded and the vote was unanimous in favor of Michael Henn for the second seat. Welcome Michael Henn!
The floor was opened for questions and a homeowner indicated that she had discovered that in the wooded area behind Highgate/Waukegan she found a spot with extensive trash, bottles of alcohol and a chair. She said it looked like kids may be using it as a sport for drinking. We will alert the Sheriff.
She also indicated that a friend in another community down the road, warned her about magazine sales scams that were hitting several neighborhoods. She said to be on the lookout for door-to-door sales.
The HOA usually holds a wine party sometime in March or April and is still looking for a volunteer to host this event. All paper products are provided by the HOA and each person who comes brings an appetizer and beverage to share. If you are interested, please contact any trustee via the Parkshore website.
Michael Peirce shared that he is creating additional painting kits for mailboxes as nice weather will be coming soon. The winter takes a toll on mailboxes and it was observed that several are in need of repair and/or painting. The paint for mailboxes is a custom color and is supplied free of charge by the HOA. If you need a kit, please email one of the trustees. Painting and maintenance of the mailboxes is the responsibility of each homeowner.
Finally the board thanked Kathleen Peirce for the work she did to improve the Parkshore HOA website.
Meeting adjourned at 10:35 am.