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Monday, January 23, 2017

WHY COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BOARD, PARTICULARLY THE GROUNDS CHAIR, WHEN THE VACANT LOT NEXT TO YOU IS MOWED, AND LOOKS LIKE THIS? BECAUSE OF YOUR BOARD'S MADCAP DECISIONS! NO ONE AT THE BOARD TABLE QUESTIONED THE RIDICULOUS STATEMENTS OF THE GROUNDS CHAIR DURING THE JANUARY WPA BOARD MEETING. NO WONDER THIS PLACE LOOKS A MESS!

PLEASE NOTE:  Member residents if you have a comment, or concern - agree or not, you are welcome to write the blog at:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com  As always, I will remove your name - any identifying information, and publish it.
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The following is provided to the best of my ability.  I took notes during the meeting.  To confirm the information for yourself, please check for the recording at The Wedgefield Times website, when it becomes available.  The tapes of meetings were provided on the WPA website for years.  Your board no longer provides the tapes - another article.  COMMENTS will be provided in red at the end of the article.

HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE VACANT LOT NEXT TO MY PROPERTY, TAKEN THIS MORNING,  WONDERFUL!  NOT A THING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT, UNTIL YOU HEAR THE JANUARY GROUNDS REPORT!

It looks pretty good doesn't it?  It has looked this way since early December because it was mowed, and then went dormant.  Remember the word dormant.    The lot owner is a good neighbor. They contract, and pay a fee to the WPA to keep it mowed.  The WPA builds the mowing and associated revenues into the grounds contractor's contract.  Each lot owner who has purchased the services for grassy lots is to receive 4 cuttings.  McMillin, grounds chair, supervises the cuttings.

The lots under these contracts were left to grow to heights as high as five feet, as measured by myself, and reported in letters by other residents.  I took pictures of the one next to me, and several others in the community during the 2016 GROWING season.  A few residents, including myself, sent letters to the board.  Here are a few of those pictures for verification.

  

Now, to the irksome January 2017grounds report, given by McMillin.  He reported that everything was looking pretty good, and that these lots were DORMANT now.  Later, he went on to say that it was time to seek bids for the new grounds contract, and there would be some changes to the contract regarding vacant lots, and that the grassy lots would probably be the only vacant lots considered for the contracts, because these were the ones that people were most concerned about.  If you aren't aware, the WPA had contracts with owners of wooded lots, at a different fee.  As McMillin gets into discussion he reminds the board that there are still cuttings that have not been performed on the grassy lots in this last contract, but he is going to work them in between now, and the new contract start.  He has until the end of February.  Basically, McMillin is going to blow through the balance of the contracts, mowing lots that are dormant - don't need it, when he neglected them to 5 feet heights during the GROWING SEASON.  What kind of management is that?  Your board is charged with following the governing documents regarding the maintenance by property owners, to maintain a community standard!  We have none, but the games of this board!  Even when residents pay an additional fee, and contract to meet standard, your board fails them, and our community!  That board just sat there, and let it happen - AGAIN!  The other board members have been ignoring this kind of ignorant governance from each other to get the votes needed at the board table (when they bother to vote from the board table at all) for years!  Our community has finally reached such decay that it is hardly noticeable!

Think this is picky?  Hardly!  It speaks to not only what the board allows, but what you allow without question, and the will to make changes to bring our community back.  I use the term illegal, because it violates our covenants, restrictions, and by-laws.  When I used that term on even a more serious violation at the January board meeting, board member Anderson smirked, and told me "to call the police".  This board governs with favors to some, and penalty to those they don't like, all while flitting in, and out of our governing documents!

We'll stay with lot mowing.  Last fall McMillin announced at a board meeting that he had 5 lots bush hogged in a certain area that all belonged to one owner, and that he had sent the bill to the owner.  He further stated that he was sick and tired of hearing about those lots.  These lots are not under contract by the WPA.  Initially, I thought - GOOD.  Then I thought what kind of blatant inconsistency is this?  They don't maintain lots - grow to 5 feet - yet they use the governing documents when it suits them, to step in mow, and charge those who neglect as they are.  I took it a step further and drove over to see the 5 bush hogged lots.  They were mowed, but what was more concerning was that there was another set of multiple lots next to them, that were wild and high, and they hadn't been touched.  I'm not naming the resident of the set that were mowed, or the one whose lots were left over grown with no fines.  I have been following these things for a long time.  The second lot owner is a long time friend to this board and their moves, and motives.  If we had a decent, true to governing documents board (a few members who stood up for Wedgefield), I would ask where ARC, LEGAL, COMPLIANCE, AND OUR PRESIDENT WAS.  AS DEMONSTRATED SO MANY TIMES, THAT WOULD BE A WASTE OF MY TIME, AND EFFORTS!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

TWO ARTICLES WERE POSTED ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 21. STAY TUNED. WHEN YOUR BOARD WON'T TALK, THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER HAS TO.


WHERE ARE THE MINUTES FROM THE SEPTEMBER BOARD MEETING? THEY AREN'T POSTED ON THE WPA WEBSITE! THE BOARD ATTACKED ME AT THE JANUARY WPA BOARD MEETING CLAIMING THEY NEVER RECEIVED MY CORRESPONDENCE ASKING ABOUT THE WHERE ABOUTS OF THE SEPTEMBER 2016 MINUTES. MORE GOVERNANCE BY OMISSION?

PLEASE NOTE:  Member residents if you have a comment, or concern - agree or not, you are welcome to write the blog at:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com  As always, I will remove your name - any identifying information, and publish it.
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As noted in previous articles, I sent a email to the board on December 22nd, didn't receive an answer, published a article regarding that fact, received a nasty email from board member Anderson with no answer to my questions, and questioned the lack of response during the January board meeting, and was treated rudely by board member Anderson, denying there ever was a email.  When I returned home after the meeting I forwarded the December 22nd email to the board.  I had asked about the September 2016 meeting minutes.  They are the only minutes missing on the official WPA website.  Here is Anderson's response regarding the minutes, "September 2016 minutes are not posted because they have not been approved. I was absent from the October meeting so I am unsure as to why they are not approved but I will find out what is going on and get this resolved."

I suspect that the minutes haven't been posted because I spoke during the actual board meeting, in one of the two five minute speaker spots available to all residents under our governing documents.  I wrote my presentation, timed it prior to the meeting, was timed by the board, and got EVERY word written in the presentation read aloud, before the board called time, and provided a copy to the paid staff person to be included in the minutes.  In the past, the presentation has been provided in the minutes.  

I wrote a article immediately following the meeting on September 20, 2016.  The article included my presentation at the meeting.  I've reposted the September 20, 2016 article below.  I stand by my words posted then, and have additional comments today.  During this months resident comment section of the meeting when I expressed my concerns about a board failing to recognize a prior Wedgefield  ruling regarding a board's promise, and the validity of it under the current dredging, board secretary Cline, said she "didn't want to hear it", and president Walton shut the meeting down.  

Are the September 2016 board minutes hanging out in mid air because your board doesn't want my words presented on the record?  It is a strong possibility.  Can't wait to hear how this is handled.

HERE IS THE SEPTEMBER 20TH BLOG ARTICLE: 
Here is the presentation by myself, Madeline Claveloux, at tonight's WPA Board Meeting.  Every member has a right to write the board, and request one of the two 5 minute speaker slots, available at every monthly board meeting.  It is a timed presentation, and you are cut off at 5 minutes.  I've done this before, and the presentation has been included in the minutes for that particular board meeting, and noted as a resident's presentation.  I seriously don't know whether this board will provide the presentation in the minutes, or not - they appear to do what they want, when they want to, and if you aren't one of their favorites - they don't follow the same procedures they do for those in their favor.  It is a test.  Let's see what they do.

I did the best I could with 5 minutes.  I've supported - documented everything I said, in previous articles.  HERE IS THE PRESENTATION:


Madeline Claveloux, 168 William Screven. My presentation is:  “Wedgefield Crisis – Canal & Golf Course Properties, General Maintenance, and Concerns Regarding Actions of The Board, Particularly – Legal, ARC, Water Amenities and Compliance”. I’m hearing dissatisfaction from every type of lot owner, and the statement, “This isn’t what we were told when we were buying our home, on the canals, golf course, or in the condo area.”  Wedgefield is in a crisis when even the real estate listings have added the new term “buyer must verify”.  Take a ride from the front entrance to every corner of Wedgefield. Would you expect anyone to pay top dollar for your property?

At the same time, our board makes broad statements, on key issues, without discussion, or vote.  There is nothing in the minutes!

*From the Wedgefield Wragg: “There is currently no consideration for the WPA to take over control, operation, or purchase of either the golf course or the pool.”  When did they discuss it at a meeting?  You have asked for a meeting for residents to discuss the golf course situation.  Your board has ignored you. Yet, there was a closed meeting held on September 12 with a prospective golf course buyer. Why the secrecy?

*From the printed handout provided at the August Canal Lot Owners Meeting:  “We did this on May 12th 2016. We met with the president and vice president of the WPA to gather their ideas and support for the project.”  Later:
 “The WPA currently has $115,000 earmarked for dredging and by next year that number will be in the $135,000 range.  Once we have our funding in place the WPA will contribute their funding earmarked for dredging and then enter into a contract to dredge the canals.” YOUR BOARD, IN A PRIVATE, UNNOTICED MEETING, ON MAY 12TH COMMITTED UP TO $135,000 OF OUR WPA FUNDS – UNRESTRICTED FUNDS, WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT AT AN OPEN BOARD MEETING, AND VOTING, FOR EACH AND EVERY MEMBER TO OBSERVE IT! Please remember this unauthorized promise to pay, as we will address it later.


·      The board’s management according to our governing documents – the promise of Wedgefield, as it relates to Grounds, ARC, Compliance, and Legal – all of which impact our property values, has been appalling! Lots with weeds 5 feet tall, vehicles parked in vacant lots –the tractor, sheds placed on lots inappropriately and ARC, and Compliance ignoring complaints for over 10 months, etc.  Yet, your board sits silently by, while we re-up the grounds contractor’s contract, with an increase, and your board votes to approve, while it is reported that the contractor, now knows who the boss is!
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We’ll focus on the most egregious, the promise of the $135,000 to the canal lot owners. 
Almost everyone sitting on that canal committee, and those of you willing to write checks voluntarily, forget that we’d done that before.  We collected over $162,000 to secure the permit to dredge, and when we got to within 30-60 days of securing it, that board threw the canal committee off the board – shut down the process.  The only ruling by a judge ever directed at permit, or dredging came then.  The judge basically said that the board had promised, the canal lot owners had complied with the board’s conditions, and they needed to be allowed to continue securing the permit. 




Why would you trust this board?  Why would you impact the future of all of the lot owners in Wedgefield by letting them tell you that there is no other way?  I’ve checked the Legal, and Water Amenities Reports from 2013 through today, and there is no vote on the $135,000, no mention of any dredging.  Every time there has been a dredging, there has been a lawsuit.  Most sitting at the board table today, has either contributed to one side or the other in the last dredging lawsuits, or been deposed.  During the last lawsuit depositions, the opposing side carried in a big notebook that contained minutes from meetings where there were votes, information provided at information meetings to all residents, WPA written legal opinions, copies of checks written to WPA attorneys, etc.  Today, if the WPA was sued regarding the $135,000, the notebook would be empty, and you would be back to square one. This time the people who are urging you to do the wrong thing for Wedgefield aren’t looking out for anyone, at a time when all of Wedgefield is in trouble, and your board doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on.  If you have any questions, or comments, you can email me: Wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com, and I’ll be happy to answer them.  

THERE WON'T BE ANY MORE POSTING OF THE OFFICIAL WPA MEETING TAPES ON THE WPA WEBSITE! HOW DO WE KNOW? A RESIDENT ASKED. WHEN WILL YOU RISK ASKING QUESTIONS? IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE GET ANSWERS FROM THIS BOARD.

PLEASE NOTE:  Member residents if you have a comment, or concern - agree or not, you are welcome to write the blog at:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com  As always, I will remove your name - any identifying information, and publish it.
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The following is provided to the best of my ability.  I took notes during the meeting.  To confirm the information for yourself, please check for the recording at The Wedgefield Times website, when it becomes available.  The tapes of meetings were provided on the WPA website for years.  Your board no longer provides the tapes - another article.  COMMENTS will be provided in red at the end of the article.

During the resident comment section of the January WPA board meeting, a resident commented on the importance of the WPA website, and the fact that there were problems with it.  It wasn't an attack on the board, as he stated he knew they had been working on it.  He asked if the board would again, be posting tapes of the meetings.  One board member answered simply saying "NO".  The resident asked if the minutes would be available on the website.  The answer - YES, after they were approved by the board.  The resident went on to say something about the minutes being very brief.  Someone from the board responded - yes.

COMMENTS:
Once again, it appears that your board has made a decision without discussing it at the board table, or a vote.  This lack of discussion, or vote, at the board table is another in the pile of debris of disregard for the members of our association's right to know, and disregard for the intent, or any respect for the power of our governing documents. It is more in the board's grand scheme of cover up of their actions.  We are left with their abbreviated minutes, much left out by their authorship, and approval.

The tapes of the meetings have not been published for our review since July of 2015.  These tapes provided actual verification of their words - discussion, and votes.  We no longer have the ability to verify the content of their miserable, abbreviated minutes.  

Note that the board is so embolden by their self appointed grasp of power - self designed - a law onto themselves, that when asked about the recordings that they simply answer "NO".  They don't say that the board discussed it, when they discussed it, that they voted on it, and informed the membership.  That is the case in so many important decisions over the history of this board.  They have nothing to stand behind on record, because there isn't one, and it appears that they don't want you to verify that.

How important are the tapes - very!  Think about a very recent event - the dredging.  When board member Anderson sent a response to articles I had posted on the blog to when the board had addressed dredging, and the water amenities committee's work on the proposal in open meetings, Anderson wrote, "We began discussing this in April of this year and have had approximately one meeting a month ever since. These meetings have been reported at EVERY board meeting."  I went in and cut and pasted the water amenities report from January of 2017 on, from the official WPA minutes, and posted them on the blog.  There were no reports.  I had been at the meetings, and there were no reports, and I verified it for you with their brief minutes.  I've always advised you to go listen to the tapes, to verify for yourself. NOW, WE HAVE NO OFFICIAL BOARD RECORDINGS FOR YOU TO VERIFY THE BOARD'S LIES, WHEN EVEN THEIR MINUTES MAKE THEM LIARS. Board member Anderson attended the closed canal lot meeting last August where the following was reported in their handouts. HERE IS THE QUOTE FROM THE HANDOUT PROVIDED BY THE WATER AMENITIES COMMITTEE,  AT THE CANAL LOT OWNERS MEETING:  "Meet with WPA leadership and garner their support and find out what they expect in order to gain that support.  We did this on May 12 2016.  We met with the president and vice president of the WPA to gather their ideas and support the project.  They were receptive to our ideas.  The general consensus of this meeting was if the waterfront properties can privately raise the money needed, the WPA will contribute the monies set aside for this purpose in the reserves.  The WPA will allow the use of the WPA name, permit and will generally support the project so long as these contingencies are met.  The WPA is willing to allocate up to 1/3 of the total cost not to exceed the reserve funding already in place.  For the past 5 years the WPA has allocated roughly 15% of its yearly budget for canal dredging.  This money is already in place and our plan will NOT cause any rise in assessments or cost ANYONE not living on the canal ANY additional money."

A little further into the handout we hear what else the WPA is willing to do, and I quote:  "The WPA currently has approximately $115,000 earmarked for dredging and by next year that number will be in the $135,000 range.  Once we have our funding in place the WPA will contribute their funding earmarked for dredging and then enter into a contract to dredge the canals.  All of the permitscontracts, etc. will be in the WPA name.  The WPA will be the responsible party."  Go to the May 2016 board minutes.  Your board does not mention the May 12 meeting, let alone vote. 

I suppose that when I questioned this promise to pay, and the canal lot owners' reliance on it - they collected, and referenced a WPA court case where there was a RULING, by a judge, at the January WPA meeting, that your board doesn't want you to be able to listen to a tape of me stating it was illegal, Anderson telling me from the board table to "call the police", Cline attempting to silence me saying"they don't want to hear that", or president Walton pounding the gavel, and shutting the meeting down, blocking other resident comments.  

This board doesn't want you to hear what happens during the board meetings, doesn't want you to be able to verify, doesn't want you to hear another resident commenting, and you can't trust their minutes. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

RESIDENT SHARES LETTER TO THE BOARD REGARDING THE FAILED GOLF COURSE SALE

PLEASE NOTE:  Member residents if you have a comment, or concern - agree or not, you are welcome to write the blog at:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com  As always, I will remove your name - any identifying information, and publish it.
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As always, The Wedgefield Examiner has removed the name of the writer.  Here is the letter.

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Today at 10:58 AM


Please include this letter at your next board meeting

Now that the sale of the golf course has fallen through we face another summer of living in a jungle.  I’m asking that you all take some action to mow this mess 3 to 4 times.  Nothing elaborate, a bush hog job would do.  You don’t have any funding available in your budget to pay for this.  You might propose a voluntary donation from lot owners on the golf course similar to the funding provided by canal lot owners for canal dredging.  Not sure what the cost would be, but a $50 “donation” should provide $20k+ to get the ball rolling.  I’m sure most of the lot owners on the golf course would support this idea.  Please try to take a proactive “can do” approach and not think of reasons it can’t be done.  It means alot to keeping our community a decent place to live.  I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you all.

Please Note:  I would hope that if this effort is allowed that all members would be provided the information so that we are able to support it through contributions.  I'd would contribute.  The appearance of an overgrown golf course hurts all of our property values.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WHERE IS THE SALE OF THE GOLF COURSE? GARRISON GIVES A REPORT. THERE WAS ANOTHER UPDATE AFTER THE MEETING

PLEASE NOTE:  Member residents if you have a comment, or concern - agree or not, you are welcome to write the blog at:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com  As always, I will remove your name - any identifying information, and publish it.
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The following is provided to the best of my ability.  I took notes during the meeting.  To confirm the information for yourself, please check for the recording at The Wedgefield Times website, when it becomes available.  The tapes of meetings were provided on the WPA website for years.  Your board no longer provides the tapes - another article.  COMMENTS will be provided in red at the end of the article.

Garrison provided the golf course update in the legal report.  He stated that the board had been following the events related to the sale of the golf course.  The sale was in escrow in December, but it didn't happen - didn't go to closing.  Garrison had contacted Wolf (contact for the financial company holding the golf course property).  Wolf had failed to call Garrison back.  Garrison said that he had instructed the board attorney to be attentive to any petitions pertaining to changing the PUD.  He went on to say that while he didn't want to speculate, it was his suspicion that prospective buyers had tried to do things different than running a golf course.  He had heard anybody wishing to buy has wanted to build.  He went on to say that changing a PUD is a big deal.  Later, he said there was no real way to keep the Wedgefield public informed, except at monthly meetings.  Cline suggested that the board use the WPA website.

UPDATE:
From the board website:  "We have been advised that the purchase contract of the golf course has been canceled and it is up for sale again."

COMMENTS:  Wedgefield is in the same position we were in last summer.  The fact that the sale of the golf course fell through is not the fault of the board.  The facts are however, that the two biggest selling assets of our community are in poor condition.  Their decay directly impacts the values of our homes, and destroys the beauty of our community.  Additionally, our board fails to enforce restrictions on property owners, that result in the added look of decay in our community.  

Some will say that their is a board approved effort to dredge, and fix the canal situation.  Yes, there is but it is not a legal, in the best interests of the association.  It is a behind closed doors, no public board vote, or discussion, with no look to the future plan.  Last May, your board met in secret with members of the canal committee, and allowed and promised up to $135,000 of our WPA assessments for this dredge.  The board did not report the meeting from the board table in May, or June, and held a vote - that can only be called a farce, to attempt to cover themselves at the January meeting.

Wedgefield needs a board, particularly at this time, that governs openly, honestly, legally in the best interest of our entire community.    



JANUARY 18 - I RECEIVE AN ANSWER FROM ANDERSON

PLEASE NOTE:  Member residents if you have a comment, or concern - agree or not, you are welcome to write the blog at:  wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com  As always, I will remove your name - any identifying information, and publish it.
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I received a answer from community liaison, Anderson on 1/18/2017, to my email sent to the board on 12/22/2016.  I thank him for his answer.  I do not thank him, or the board for treating me like a liar, claiming there was no email - nothing to answer, during the January WPA board meeting.  When I got home from the meeting on Tuesday evening, I simply forwarded the original email.  I would have appreciated an explanation as to what happened.  I also forwarded a copy of a resident letter to the board that had been hand delivered to the office in December 2016, and had been shared with me.  This resident had written me later, and shared that they had not received an answer.  I removed the resident name from both of the emails, and sent them to the office on Tuesday evening.  You see, board member Anderson was not done scoffing, and treating me like a liar from the board table, after the meeting he came and stood in my face to tell me that they had no correspondence in the office - mine, OR THE RESIDENT WHO HAD HAND DELIVERED THEIRS!  Why remove the other residents name?  I do not wish that resident to be treated in the manner that I was treated on Tuesday evening.

I'm use to this kind of treatment by this board - in public - and in person.  Don't get your violins out, I'm willing to take their abuse to make my point, and will stand up and speak out when I know I have the facts.  You should be concerned that I am not the exception.  I've watched this board treat other residents this way from the board table - residents who questioned, and had the governing documents standing with them.  At times, over president Walton's long run in office, we have called the WPA office - the dead letter office.  I guess today, it can be called the lost and found.  What is more concerning in regard  to individual board members is that they sit back, and let it all happen, and don't stand up and question what is happening.  As to president Walton, the officer that controls the meeting, he is gutless, leaving him a co-conspirator, in this degenerate board's actions.  

My December 22nd letter was simple, contained no opinions, or accusations.  It was sent then to the same board email address that it was forwarded to on Tuesday evening.  My system would have notified me on the 22nd if it was unable to deliver it, and it didn't.  What did happen to the hand delivered letter?  Your board doesn't explain, instead they try to humiliate the individual.  They've failed.  I always consider the source, and make sure I have the facts.  This is the place where I live, and I am concerned about our governance.

HERE IS MY DECEMBER 22ND LETTER:






Adam Anderson <andersonbodyshop@gmail.com>
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Mrs. Claveloux,

There were 203 total votes in the 2016 election. The  September 2016 minutes are not posted because they have not been approved. I was absent from the October meeting so I am unsure as to why they are not approved but I will find out what is going on and get this resolved.

Adam Anderson
Community Liaison