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Saturday, July 30, 2016

DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR QUARTERLY WEDGEFIELD WRAGG? DIDN'T LEARN ANYTHING OF REAL SUBSTANCE? WHY?

I received my Wedgefield Wragg, yesterday, as I was preparing to head to town.  By the time my family handed me lists, keys, etc., I had read the Wragg.  Where's the content - valuable information -real updates?  For the most part, the publication was a waste of space.

I'm not criticizing the editor, the person who put it together, because you can only work with what you've got.  I served as editor of the Wragg for about 3 1/2 years, as a community volunteer.  During that time, I saw 4 different board administrations, but the development of the Wragg was the same throughout that period.  I'd be notified in advance that it was time to get another edition out.  The entire board would be notified of the schedule, including deadlines.  Each board officer, and committee chair would be asked to submit a report by a deadline. If I wasn't receiving reports from certain committee chairs, the president got involved.    All reports to me were typed as written.  A draft Wragg would be sent to every board member for review, and comment.  Did each of the reports represent the actions of the board?  Often, reports were edited, and changed.  The final copy, prior to delivery to the printer, was reviewed by the board one last time.   There was often so much information that the printer, and I would discuss how small we could make the print, and make it readable by the average member.  Often, we would have to add more pages.  No more!  

Our governing documents require that the Wragg go out quarterly.  This is a good board's opportunity, to provide information to every member.  Many of our members aren't at meetings, and this permits a quarterly update, an opportunity to share with all,  the undertakings of the board.  Apparently very little has been done, according to the Wragg.  Really, very little in real administration, has been done from the board table, and the undertakings of the board under, and behind the table won't be written about in the Wragg.

We did learn a few unintended things through omission, if you are an observer of this board's game.

*DRAINAGE:  Our drainage chair reports "All major drainage projects have been completed along with the three sinkholes which occurred after the heavy rains.  All projects came in under budget.  After the last sinkhole was repaired, the contractor notified WPA that the original galvanized steel pipes which are approximately 40 + YEARS OLD ARE DETERIORATING and will need replacement over the next few years.  THE RESERVE ACCOUNT for drainage will not provide for this project.  The overall scope of the project should be evaluated by an experienced contractor/engineer to determine the extent of the required repairs and the order in which they will be performed.  Future assessments and their allocations to reserves will have to be reviewed."  Here is what we learn here by omission.  If you don't attend meetings, go to the office to review documents, and learn for yourself, they'll just keep you in dark, about key important items.  When bitten in the butt, you'll pay - "FUTURE ASSESSMENTS AND RESERVES WILL HAVE TO BE REVIEWED."  Go back to the blog, shift through the articles, and you'll find, that the drainage chair, and our president, have told us for years that they didn't need to pay engineers because between them they had the EXPERTISE.  Your entire "cohesive" (a word this board likes to use in describing themselves) board sat back and voted time after time for projects that popped into the drainage chair's head, failed to follow the reserve study that we paid for, which recommended several times that this board get engineering support, and professionals to handle their bid process, contract development, and project oversight.  In addition to that the drainage chair, who was also the treasurer, played with the reserve study recommendations of fund assignment percentages for reserves.  We have had several half assed projects that ate up our funds, without following a comprehensive plan.  So members, as a resident recently wrote to the blog regarding the isolation canal meeting, "Bend over folks, you and your wallet are about to get screwed"  It should be noted that the drainage chair/treasurer recently resigned, and this was his last report.  Just maybe you would have begun to question, if you had attended meetings, vague as they are, and researched in the files in the office .

*WATER AMENITIES:  I'm not going to pull the language of the report in.  It has little substance.  Briefly, we're told who will tow boats for the landing area, and we need our stickers on cars parked at the landing.  Here is what we learn here, if we have been paying attention.  The committee did not want to report on the meat of their work for the last several months - getting quotes, and bids on a maintenance dredge, and preparing to launch a meeting for some canal lot owners (They haven't even invited all of them).  According to what was stingily announced at the board table during the July board meeting, the Wragg had not yet, gone to press.  Don't you think that it would have been important to notify the ENTIRE association that a meeting of canal lot owners was going to be held?  By the way, I don't believe that the water amenities committee did not have a date until that evening.  As a past editor of the Wragg, I know that that information could have been inserted.   This is just plain old don't tell them, we got this, as in I'll wash your back, you'll wash mine.

VICE PRESIDENT REPORT:  We'll pull a few things from the report.  Direct quotes will be underlined, and in quotation, because I'm going to skip some of the unnecessary fluff.  "There have been some questions regarding the state of the golf course and pool."  Yes, there have been questions from the floor, during the resident comment section of the meeting.  The part that interests me the most is, "There is currently no consideration for the WPA to take over control, operation or purchase of either the golf course or the pool."  It should be understood that I'm not advocating for any of this, except that I do believe the community should be called together to discuss how they feel, and what might be done, because we have no assets left in anyone's back yard, - functional canals, or golf course.  Additionally, people have had genuine questions, and concerns about property values, and unfulfilled promises, at sale.  What is more important, our vice president tells us there is no consideration.  That is the clue.  How is it that he can say that?  When did the board discuss it at the board table presenting the problems, possible solutions, get resident input on a critical issue with information meetings like the illegal canal information meeting, and when did they vote no action?  I've either been at the meetings, listened to the tapes, or reviewed the minutes, and nothing has been handled from the board table in our behalf.  Yet, a proclamation is made by our vice president/legal chair, as though it is gospel, and he gets to decide. I guess either the entire board doesn't proof the Wragg, or they just continue to allow things to happen, and play dumb to honest, open governance, in our decaying community.

Perhaps, you should consider running for board, and help make Wedgefield a community to be proud of physically, ethically, openly, and honestly.

  

Friday, July 29, 2016

THE PLOT THICKENS ON THE CLOSED CANAL MEETING

The article will be short, but not so sweet.  The isolation canal lot meeting that violates good governance, WPA governing documents, and ignores information sharing to all residents, with board, and committee present, grows darker.  There appears to be an attempt to keep some canal lot owners in the dark.  As a canal lot resident, I received my invitation earlier this week, dropped at my door.  I've received notice from some canal lot owners who live out of state, who have received their invitation/notice via mail.  Yet, after posting my invitation notice on the blog, I've received word from 3 canal lot owners, who live here, that they haven't been noticed at all.  This whole meeting, and the way it has been set up is a mess - legally, and ethically!  Stay tuned, if possible your board, and committee is taking this governance to a new low.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

A VIEW FROM BEHIND - ANOTHER RESIDENT WRITES ABOUT THE CANALS, AND MEETING

The Wedgefield Examiner has received another email regarding the canals.  As always, I've removed their name.

If you would like to share your letters to the board, or just write the blog, here is the address:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com

HERE IS THE EMAIL:


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

HERE IS THE INVITATION TO THE CANAL MAINTENANCE DREDGEING MEETING - WHILE IT IS EVERY MEMBERS BUSINESS, LESS THAN 1/5 OF THE PROPERTY OWNERS GET INFORMATION THAT IS A CONCERN TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE WEDGEFIELD COMMUNITY


This invitation, admitting less than 1/5 of a community, at a time when every one is concerned, flies in the face of good governance,  our governing documents, and community!  Your Water Amenities Committee has obviously been working under the table in secret, rather than from the board table.  Recently, a resident wrote the following to the board:

"I want to express my concern about the canal lot owners meeting, this meeting should and must be opened to all WPA members as we are a community group and the canals and golf course affect all of us. If the meeting was a meeting to discuss the purchase of the golf course, would it be fair to only invite golf course lot owners? The canals and water access should concern all members, It should be there option to attend or not.  I try to listen to all of your meeting recordings online to keep abreast of what is happening in the community. Prior to this meeting notice the water amenities comm. has not mentioned a dredge in over two years in their reports, But it seems things have been going on in secret there and not being reported. This is not the way an organization should be run."

That says it all!  Wake up Wedgefield, and write your board.  Do not call the board, write them so that there is a record.  You are welcome to share your letters, or concerns on the blog by emailing:  wedgefieldexaminer@yahoo.com.  We'll remove your name, and any information in the email that could indicate who you are.

HERE IS THE INVITATION:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ANOTHER LETTER TO THE BOARD, COPIED TO THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER. WILL YOU WRITE THE BOARD, AND SHARE IT WITH THE BLOG? IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WRITING THE BOARD, AND BEING TARGETED, OR MISTREATED, WRITE THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER, WE'LL SHARE IT, AND PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY. IT IS TIME TO CARE, SHARE, AND GET THE WORD OUT

Here is the member letter.  As always, names, addresses, have been removed to protect the writer.  After reading the member letter, you'll note that The Wedgefield Examiner has responded to the writer (see below).  That doesn't indicate agreement by the member of my response.  It is simply my response.

Subject: canal meeting
To: wedgeassoc.com@frontier.com
 
Dear Board of Trustees,
                
                    My name is (removed) and I am the owner of the lot at (address removed). I purchased this canal lot three years ago with the hope of building a home in this lovely community. I live in the state of (removed) and have watched my property value sink over that time. My property is now up for sale without any interest from the public.    
                  My purpose for writing today is two fold. I want to express my concern about the canal lot owners meeting, this meeting should and must be opened to all WPA members as we are a community group and the canals and golf course affect all of us. If the meeting was a meeting to discuss the purchase of the golf course, would it be fair to only invite golf course lot owners? The canals and water access should concern all members, It should be there option to attend or not.  I try to listen to all of your meeting recordings online to keep abreast of what is happening in the community. Prior to this meeting notice the water amenities comm. has not mentioned a dredge in over two years in their reports, But it seems things have been going on in secret there and not being reported. This is not the way an organization should be run.
                  Secondly, yesterday I discovered a several pictures of my lot on the wedgefield  blog. I do pay the WPA to have my lot mowed, and was surprised to find my lot being used to show bad lot conditions. Please correct both of these situations.
Thank you

MY RESPONSE TO THE WRITER:

WHY HASN'T ANYONE FROM THE BOARD, OR THE WATER AMENITIES COMMITTEE, CALLED ON THE OBVIOUS, AND PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO THE CANAL MAINTENANCE DREDGING?

Wedgefield members, why when all Wedgefield assets canals, golf course, and general maintenance, are all at risk, is the board, and Water Amenities Committee, rushing to act now?  The run up to the maintenance canal dredging, is secret - ONLY canal lot owners, promotes division in the community, and is tangled with suspicious legal moves, as to who would have to pay.

Canal lot owners paid the unbelievable sum of over $160,000 for the permit that allowed the first dredging, and included a maintenance dredge.  It was expensive, hard fought, and expires in 2019.  You can easily understand concern for letting it expire, and not getting the full benefit of the permit terms - another dredge.  The canals are in bad shape.  Storms, extreme flooding, have expedited the silting.

There is a common sense action that would slow the train, consider every land owner, and give members a chance to weed through the legal, unscrupulous twists, and manipulation of this board.  The answer is painless.  SEEK TO LEGALLY EXTEND THE PERIOD TO MAINTENANCE DREDGE ON THE CURRENT PERMIT.  It is legally acceptable, but must be filed within a certain time frame, specified in the current permit.

In the mean time, as gracious as the invitation is to attend the canal lot owners meeting is, I will not attend this - illegal meeting of the canal lot owners, board, and Water Amenities Committee  in August.  It is about time that we are ALL, or none, until this board steps up, and does the right thing.  There is a practical solution to the current terms of the permit.


Monday, July 25, 2016

ANOTHER LETTER FROM A MEMBER

Here's another letter to The Wedgefield Examiner from another resident.  I've removed the name, and street address to protect the owner.