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Friday, January 23, 2015

AS PROMISED, DID WE GET A COMPLETE WATER AMENITIES REPORT DURING THE JANUARY WPA BOARD MEETING? THE ANSWER IS NO!

The Water Amenities report was provided by it's chair, John Walton, with board member, McMillin chiming in.  Walton made a motion to add C. Carrol, J. Cristello, D. Hastings, L. McMillin, A. Anderson, K. Johnson to the committee.  Motion passed, unanimously. 

Walton, then went on to say that the first project of the year, would be a card reader for the landing.  Between, Walton and McMillin it was reported that there were two vehicles at the landing on a Saturday, neither having the appropriate stickers, and one possessing a landing card, not his, and he would not identify the resident, who had loaned it to him.  McMillan, reported that he called the police, and that they came. Both intruders were told that they would be towed, if it happened again. 

I attended the meeting, and waited for Walton to explain why the junk pictured below, was allowed at the landing.





This mess, was never brought up.  Why, when we had such detail with the incident of the two men?  Why was it there?  Who put it there?  Did the board have a project that they failed to tell us about?  Was it just another cover up, your board allowing a favored resident to haul his junk to a common area of the association?  Why would it be important anyway?

I believe that it was never brought up because your board only spends time reporting what they think will make them look like hero's who are hard at work in your behalf.  I believe, just like the dock from the landing that was said to be unrepairable, then hauled into the canals, and not talked about, until another board member, insisted, that they aren't bringing it up, because they wouldn't look good.  We now have a board, that doesn't have one member, who questions and brings things out in the open at the table.  I don't believe that they have a WPA project, but I do believe that once again, they may have a favored resident, that has a project in process, and they are allowing them to use it as a temporary dumping ground.  This particular committee, appears to love salvage, with ideas to use old stuff, save money, somewhere else, whether it be for the WPA, or themselves.  Far out?  I don't think so.  We have many of the same players on the Water Amenities Committee, who were on board during that ridiculous dock saga.  More confirmation needed?  Take a ride by board member, McMillin's house.  He has, what appears to be, some of the vary items in the picture, piled on his lot.

Why is it important?  I'll be brief here, but it defies open, fair, governance, by this board.  More will be covered on the subject as we make observations, about the January WPA Board Meeting.  It appears to be same old, same old, except there isn't anyone at the board table, with enough integrity to question.



Sunday, January 18, 2015

HAS THE WEDGEFIED LANDING BECOME A DUMPING GROUND? WHERE DID THIS CRAP COME FROM?

Today is a beautiful sunny day! It is one of the first we've had, and a great opportunity to head down, and sit by the water at the Wedgefield landing.  It isn't so beautiful down there.  Our board either has another project, and haven't told us about it, or perhaps they are allowing someone to use it for a dumping ground, for their project.  We don't know, but with so many homes for sale, and the landing often mentioned in the real estate ads, wouldn't you think that the board would think twice about allowing this mess.  Whose mess is it?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

JANUARY 14: TWO ARTICLES WERE ADDED TODAY. KEEP READING, THE SECOND ARTICLE SENDS CONGRATS TO THE BOARD, AND BOARD MEMBER MC MILLIN

QUESTIONS ARISE AS I REVIEW MY WPA ASSESSMENT AND MY GEORGETOWN COUNTY REAL ESTATE AND PERSONL PROPERTY TAX INVOICE. ONE IS CLEAR, THE OTHER NOT. WHY WOUD YOUR BOARD GIVE BENEFITS TO SLACKERS? PERHAPS, YOU SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PERK, I GOING TO STARTING THIS YEAR.

During the past week, we began to review and pay the new year expense - taxes, and our Wedgefield Association assessment.  The two invoices lay side by side. I took time to review the information, provided on both.

Georgetown County Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Notice Provides:

*Total amount due
*Due date - Jan 15
*Penalty Schedule
   -Amount due after 1/15
   -Amount due after 2/15
   -After 2/16 "Placed in execution with additional costs added"

Wedgefield 2015 Assessment Provides:
   -Amount due
   -Due date 1/31  (NOTE: As required by our by-laws, they are due 30 days after issue.)
   -They do wish you a Happy New Year, but, unlike Georgetown County, they fail to tell you when late fees apply.

Our Georgetown County tax invoice is very clear as to what and when penalties will apply.  Our Wedgefield assessment invoice could be vague intentionally, leaving us to believe that we must pay by January 31.  Yet, in reality, unpublished, or detailed on our invoice, THERE WILL BE NO FINANCIAL PENALTIES, UNTIL MARCH 1.  In fact,  your board again discussed the value to residents of giving this extra time opportunity, again, at the December board meeting.  Yet, they don't publish this fact on their invoice, perhaps because they count on most of us doing the right thing. One, if not two of them, mentioned that they appreciated the extra time.  When asked what the disadvantage of not paying by January 31 was, one of them stated the resident wouldn't be in good standing, and couldn't vote.  It was then further stated with some what of a laugh, that residents really didn't have anything to vote on, until the annual meeting, which takes place in November.  BOARD, YOU ARE RESIDENTS, WHO RECEIVE INVOICES JUST LIKE THE REST OF US, WHO DO HAVE REASON TO VOTE AT EVERY MONTHLY BOARD MEETING.  If you don't pay by January 31, who will insure for the residents, that you have a right to vote at the February WPA Board Meeting?

Have other boards done this?  Yes!  This board however, has laid claim to cleaning everything up.  They have made great use of the policy manual, which they are constantly changing to suit themselves.  They congratulate themselves on the collection of old accounts.  They have spent considerable amounts of our assessment funds on legal fees, for collection of past due accounts.  I don't find a problem with that, as long as we are truly cleaning up the past due account mess.  I do find a problem with them encouraging late payments to deviants.  If that weren't the case, they would have published the date late fees apply, so we all could take advantage. 

I've been aware of the late fee schedule, because I attend board meetings.  I've always paid my assessment by January 31st.  This year, I'm waiting until the last day of February.  You should consider doing the same thing.  Why?  The board is charged with following our governing documents, and making decisions in the best interest of the association, with fairness to all residents, rather than special interest.  Let your board experience the residents all enjoying the benefit, of their decisions.








CONGRATS TO THE WPA BOARD, PARTICULARLY TO GROUNDS CHAIR, MC MILLIN!!!!!!

The Georgetown Times, January 14, newspaper, page 7, contains the following ad:

"WEDGEFIELD MAINTENANCE CONTRACT
 
ACCEPTING BIDS FOR UPCOING GROUNDS
MAINTENACE CONTRACT TO BEGIN 3/1
CONTACT WPA OFFICE (546-2748) TO ARRANGE
MEETING & TOUR OF PROPERTY.
ONLY SEALED BIDS IN WRITING, HAND DELIVERED
OR MAILED, ACCEPTED NO LATER THAN 2/12.
NO FAXES OR EMAIL"
 
For the first time, in a long time, this ad appears to be the first step, in a legitimate request for proposal process!  Let's hope that there is a written specification packet, available with the tour mentioned above. For right now, thank you board, and board member Mc Millin.  Congrats, on what appears to be the first step in a job well done.