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Thursday, December 18, 2014

THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER WILL RESUME PUBLICATION ON JAN 3RD.

BOARD MEMBER MC MILLIN HAS NOW ADDED SIGNAGE AND MACHINARY TO HIS adjacent LOT

The sign on board member McMillin's lot, truly details the state of affairs his cohesive fellow board members have allowed his ADJACENT LOT to become.  MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BOARD MEMBER MC MILLIN, AND HIS COHESIVE BOARD MEMBERS.  Potential buyers of 6 homes that are for sale, two of them listed for over a million dollars have to pass this mess.
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A QUESTION IS GENERATED FROM THE HIGHLIGHTS OF LAST NIGHT'S WPA MEETING

REMEMBER, THIS IS THE SECOND ARTICLE POSTED TODAY.

Last night, a resident asked why anyone would pay their assessment by Feb. 1, if there weren't any penalties until March 1.  I believe that it was Garrison who responded, and said they wouldn't be in good standing if they didn't pay their assessment by Feb. 1.  It was later stated that the problem with not being in good standing was that you couldn't vote.  Someone else added that residents really didn't have anything to vote on until Nov.  Garrison had stated earlier, that he has two lots and pays double what most of us pay.  McMillin has two lots, and DeMarchi may still have 2 or three lots.  Garrison said it was nice to have the extra time, for a lot of people.

The only residents who have the opportunity to vote throughout the year, are board members.  Will the board verify, prior to the February WPA Board Meeting, that ALL board members have paid their assessments?  If they haven't, are they allowed to sit at the board table in February?  WHY DON'T YOU ASK THEM?

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WPA DECEMBER 16 MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

The following information has been provided to the best of my ability, from my notes, taken during the December 16 WPA Board Meeting.  Please verify for yourself, by listening to the tape of the meeting provided on The Wedgefield Times, or the WPA website.NOTE:  I've had even less time for proofing.  Please ignore any poor construction.

Highlights will be provided after the pictures.  Why the pictures?  Even after the meeting, we are left with the following items hanging, and when you get into the highlights, you'll note that a new issue has been added to the mix, it appears to sooth and accommodate Board Member McMillin.  Board, is it really worth jerking the residents, and the integrity of the governing documents around for a man who is willing to do this to our community? 

 
Board, is it really worth it, to insult Wedgefield's children, adults with standards and dignity, with McMillin's crude/rude display?  Is it worth it to have this trash displayed to potential buyers who have to pass McMillin's home to view 6 homes that are for sale in Wedgefield?  Where was the speaker last night, who spoke about the Wedgefield Examiner, and property values, last spring?  Doesn't he care any more, or wasn't he asked to participate in speaking out against a real problem, because this dirt belongs to a board member?  If you go to the December 16th Sun Times newspaper, page 1, there is an article "Legislators pre-file three HOA bills", I suggest that you send these pictures, and other concerns to the legislators mentioned, AND the writer Steve Jones.  If you read the article, you'll note that Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors is very involved, so you might want to share the pictures with them to.
 
 
Yes, McMillin gets to continue with this, because your board rejected the second reading of his burning policy, but didn't bother to say that until new policy was written, and approved, that we would revert to "no burning, no exceptions!"  The board may be adding a new term to our governing documents regarding vacant building lots.  The new term, which will be discussed to accommodate McMillin's tastelessness, is adjacent.  McMillin is creating his burn fun park, on his vacant (not now) building lot, ADJACENT to his residence.  Why, Garrison declared he himself, is in the same position.  It will be up for discussion, haven only knows when, but it looks like another set up at our expense, for McMillin's demands, as was the change to burning.
 
 
Your board was so busy last night, preparing to accommodate McMillin, that they never brought up, the gate house fix/moldy mess.  The gate house, a prime feature, as you enter the association, has been on and off the table, as your board brings up one scatter brained plan after another, since October 2013!  Where's that resident speaker about property values, again???
 
MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
 
Seven board members attended the meeting.  McMillin and Johnson were absent.  Approximately, 12 members were in attendance. 
 
*Treasurer's Report:  We still have $63,000 in delinquent accounts.  2015 assessments will be sent out around Dec. 23.  There will be no capital improvements for 2015.
 
*ARC Report: There were several approvals.  It was noted that for the first time in several years, building plans have been approved for two spec homes.
 
*Legal Report:  6 foreclosures since Oct.  4 are paid in full.  The fifth has been foreclosed on by the bank.  Number 6 is proceeding.
 
The canal suit is still incomplete.  They are waiting for the judge on some monetary decisions.
 
President Walton was approved as a Legal Committee Member.
 
The by-law change approved at the annual meeting has been recorded.
 
*Finance Committee:  Peggy Phillips and Roger Armistead were approved as Finance Committee members.  Yes, your board did approve R.A., former WPA treasurer, who put forth several by-law changes in the past, and quit the board the day after they weren't approved.
 
Community Liaison:  The board received a letter from a resident who wants their canal assessment refunded.  The attorney suggests that a letter be sent to residents explaining the situation. 
 
It was stated that the board received one complaint about the Christmas decoration on William Screven (see above Santa picture). I've been told that there were several CALLS to the office.  Residents, put your concerns in writing, or your board won't count you in the discussion, because they really don't want to do anything about a fellow board member, no matter what he is doing to our community.  I understand your fear.  If you write the board, and McMillin gets upset, they may allow him to retaliate, without concern for our community.  My house number is painted on the mail box of his picture.  I wrote the board to complain about conditions on what is now called his adjacent lot.  Do I care about his obvious crude retaliation?  Not one bit.  I'm more concerned about or community, and will continue to question. 
 
* Drainage Report:  Al DeMarchi reported that the Wedgefield Drainage Project is nearly completed.  It seems they haven't ordered enough sod.  Three more units will be needed.  Well, we've heard more than once before that it had been completed.  Last month Garrison asked if they approved the funds requested, whether that would be the end of it????  In his usual cohesive form, Garrison didn't have any questions this month.  Additionally, but as usual, we weren't informed about the cost of the additional sod, and approval wasn't sought for funds, or explanation provided.
 
DeMarchi also reported that DHEC and the Army Corp. of Engineers, had paid them a visit, because a resident had contacted them.  Good. 
 
Grounds Report:  It was reported that there is more vandalism in the association.  In fact, one of the cement benches has been broken.  It will have to be replaced.  I bet that happens in far less time then it is taking the board to fix the gate house.  How much did all those benches cost, while they've been fooling around for a cheap, sometimes conflict of interest fix, on the gate house?
 
Diane Beason and Peggy Phillips were approved as members of the committee.
 
Compliance Report:
 
Garrison reported that all sections of the Policy Manual will be reviewed, again.  A motion was made to correct the area of the manual that covers when late charges will be applied to assessments.  The covenants call for assessments to be paid within 30 days.  Despite the fact that technically assessments are over due on February 1, no late fees will be applied until March 1.  Garrison went over the fact that this has been the history for several years.  I feel that it is about time we stuck to our originating documents.  Why, but I'm not surprised at anything anymore, do we assist delinquent behavior, and not award those who do the right thing? 
 
Barb Nichols and Peggy Phillips were approved as committee members.
 
New Business:
Cline requested that the Compliance Committee take a look at signs.  It was discussed that our paid staff person should be able to approve real estate, and other signs.
 
Resident Comments:  
 
A resident wanted to know why the tractor parked on a vacant lot had to be removed, because the lot owner, owned the property ADJACENT to the lot.  The discussion goes on, but first, the resident who asked the questions, is a dear friend of McMillin, who wants to use his ADJACENT lot for his foolishness.  Garrison feeds into it, saying he himself has an ADJACENT lot situation.  They'll look into it.  I'm sure they will for their own benefit, rather than the integrity and the true spirit intended in our governing documents.
 
A resident questions the board on potential money loss in not applying late fees as of Feb. 1. 
 
A resident discusses dumping occurring on vacant lots.
 
The meeting ends.  Your homework:  (1) Watch for the word ADJACENT in up coming meetings, because your board is probably about to change things to sooth McMillin.  (2) Read the article in the Sun Times, and start writing letters, and by all means send pictures.  (3) Get to the meetings, and ask questions during resident comments. 
 

 
 
 


Friday, December 12, 2014

HOW LOW WILL BOARD MEMBER MILLLIN GO? BASED ON THE CALLS I RECEIVED THIS MORNING, LOW ENOUGH TO OFFEND FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN , AND TO INSULT MOST ADULTS. WHY WOULD HE DO THIS? MAYBE IT IS A MESSAGE TO FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS AND OUR GOVERNING DOCUMENTS.

HERE IS MC MILLIN'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY, AND JUST MAYBE, TO THE BOARD, AND OUR GOVERNING DOCUMENTS . UPDATE:THIS BOARD MEMBER IS SO LOW, THE LOWEST ANY ONE CAN GET, THAT HE HAS CUSTOMIZED SANTA SH-TTING ON A HOUSE, WITH MY HOUSE NUMBER - 168!  ASK THE BOARD TO REQUIRE A FELLOW BOARD MEMBER FOLLOW THE GOVERNING DOCUMENTS, AND YOU COULD BE NEXT.
 
 
I drove in late last night, and this offensive picture (quite large), was hanging off the side of McMillin's house facing his lot which contains his burning pots, chairs, wood pile, and trailers, highlighted by a spot light.  I was tired and didn't really pay attention.  At 8:00am this morning, my phone rang with the first call of objection.  The caller stated we had children in our community, how could anyone think this was OK?  I advised the caller that McMillin appears to be on a mission to do what he wants to do, when he wants to, and that it could appear your board is willing to split hairs, regarding our governing documents, to remain cohesive.  Their - the caller's next move was up to them.  The second caller said, "wasn't McMillin the guy that made the offensive sign, displayed outside the WPA office, "SHOW SANTA YOUR JUGS"?  Yes, as I recall, he was. Your board allowed it.  They would have to have noticed it.  The third caller said, "I hope if a school bus driver picked up children, that they were smart enough to call the police".   The last caller said, "Please post it on your blog, but cover Santa's bare behind, it is offensive."  Can your BOARD MEMBER, MC MILLIN,  hang a Christmas message to the community on his home like this?  I don't believe there is anything in our governing documents that prohibits it.  It may speak to his regard for the community at large.  My advice, do what you need to do.  Contact the board, and see how soon you get a response.  Remember, some of you, just re-elected this champion of our community.
 
 
I, personally feel that this is his message to the board, and the governing documents, and that they may be reminding him, that he may be violating with his vacant lot, adjacent to his home.  If it is a message to his fellow board members, they deserve it.  Read Legal Chair/(NOW) COMPLIANCE CHAIR, GARRISON'S response to my complaints, posted on the blog, immediately following this article.  Garrison admits that the two other violations that I wrote the board about twice, with pictures, have been taken care of.  Wouldn't you think that your board would have talked to McMillin at the same time?  The issue on John Green which involved another board member, has been resolved.  Yet, with the situation at Mc Millin's, Garrison begins to split governing document hairs.  Garrison says, "If the boat and trailer is indeed on the vacant (as in unbuilt) lot, it does indeed need to be moved in accordingly.  I see no violation of the "burning pots' as they are clearly not being stored there per your letter, but rather have been in use.  In any event, defining what shall be allowable relative to burning as related to covenant #7 is, as you know, under review by the board.  I will tell you that I believe the proposed policy change now having had first reading is insufficient in definition and allowance and will suggest that it be reviewed and restructured, and that the present policy change up for second reading in December rejected."
 
 
Who brought the published burning policy - "no burning - no exceptions", up for change in October?  Mc Millin, because he already had invitations out to attend his bon fire, in his burning pots, on his vacant lot, for November 1st.  The board can't make a policy change, without two readings.  The second reading is going to be held in December.  Yet, Mc Millin burned many times in November, and your board says the pots aren't stored on the vacant lot, they are in use.  He'll live by any policy he wants, when he wants.  Remember, Board Member Cline, said "nothing was to be left on vacant lots," from the board table during the annual meeting. 
 
As to Garrison's written comments about boat and trailer.  He is maybe, intentionally confused.  I never complained about a boat and trailer, and I sent pictures TWICE, as to exactly what was on the lot.  There was no question.  Special treatment for a defiant fellow board member?  My advice if you have a vacant lot, is set up chairs, fire pit, and anything else you want.  Go sit in the chairs off and on, and move your trailer a little this way, and a little that way, and you should not only be home free, but have the advantages that BOARD MEMBER MC MILLIN has.  Why not?  This is his Christmas message to our community.
 



Thursday, December 11, 2014

I RECECIVE SOME ANSWERS REGARDING BURNING, VACANT LOTS, ETC., FROM THE WPA'S NEW COMPLIANCE CHAIR, - GARRISON

It has been a long day, and I've been out all day, so comments will follow in the next day or so.  Here's the word from the WPA's new Compliance Chair - GARRISON.  I guess our president decided, since he names the chairs, that the same individual chairing legal, can also chair compliance, without conflict of proper monitoring.  Here is the response.  PLEASE NOTE:  The correspondence arrived in one full page, and a few lines on a second page.  I've trimmed the top of the front page, and pasted the few lines from the second page on the bottom.  The original should be on file in the correspondence book at the WPA office, for your inspection.


 
 
 

 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A RESIDENT WRITES THE WEDGEFIELD EXAMINER ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS TREE AND TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE NEW FEATURE ADDED TO MY FRONT YARD. COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS TO THE WRITER ARE INCLUDED

The following email was sent to The Wedgefield Examiner, wedgefieldexaminerthe@yahoo.com .  As always, I have removed the resident's name.

 
COMMENTS
 
The Wedgefield Examiner has not discussed the ridiculous Wedgefield Christmas tree, despite the fact that four people have called me about it.  The calls varied.   The first, asked, " have you seen that little tree, or missed it because it is so small?"  The second long term, law abiding resident wanted to know if I would help him/her, send a message to the board.  They were going to prepare a huge card which stated, similar to your car side mirror - "THE OBJECT MAY APPEAR SMALLER THAN IT IS."  I wouldn't cooperate in placing the card in the circle after dark.  The third caller said, "who in their right mind, would place a WHITE tree out there?  Haven't they noticed the dingy, formerly white angel in front of the gate house?"  The last caller said that it made the place look like the trailer park we have become accustom to.  Their cleaning lady, who has worked in Wedgefield for years, has begun to talk about the rapid deterioration.   My advice to all, write the board.  I have left this issue alone.  It is a matter of taste, and with every other mess that exists here - tastelessness, mismanagement of our association and assets, and failure to follow our governing documents, it is the least of our problems.  I did drive over and take a picture for the blog.  Comments regarding the statement about my property, follow after the picture.
 
 
 
In regard to my yard being a mess, it stays.  I'd suggest that you dare to write the board and actually receive an answer.  If you drove by my house, you passed board member McMillin's new burning recreation, and storage area.  Please do the fair thing, and complain about him.  I just joined the recreation/fire club, because I'm tired of fighting with a board who won't hold their own fellow board members, to our governing documents.  Drive by often, and note that board member McMillin, seems to be thumbing his nose at attractiveness, property values, AND our governing documents, and is quietly supported by his fellow board members.  Go ahead, and write about me.  To my knowledge, I haven't broken any of our governing documents.  He has.  His is the bigger issue.  He was told by fellow board member Cline, during the Wedgefield annual meeting, that there wasn't suppose to be anything left on vacant lots.  Some of his stuff has been sitting there for over 6 weeks.  I wrote the board twice, with pictures as advised by Cline, and twice have been told that the issue has been turned over to Compliance Chair/Treasurer DeMarchi, and ARC Chair Johnson.  I'm still waiting for an answer.  Where's your board president, and the rest of the board?  It appears to be that they are right at McMillin's side, because he added another utility trailer to the vacant lot, in the last two day!  Will I write the board?  No, hell will freeze over and the devil dance on it, before I receive a legal, ethical answer.  If you write, ask that the entire board be copied, and note special attention to DeMarchi, Johnson, and Cline.  Why Cline?  She seemed to have the right answer during the annual meeting, but goes along with her cohesive board buddies, as it relates to following and enforcing, our governing documents.
 
ADDED INFO:
The junk look here is invasive, and grows.  Several months ago, I was working on a project for the blog, and for whatever reason, took another resident with pen and paper with me, and drove down every street in Wedgefield.  As we drove, I had my sidekick list every street, and note how many trailers, boats, etc. were on each street.  Do you know who had the most stuff in their yards?  Canal lot owners, particularly Water Amenities Committee and board members.  Some had 4 boats and trailers, and one had FIVE.  A few of these, don't even own all the boats parked here, there, and everywhere in their yard.  I've learned first hand over the years here, that in some cases, our residents  are parking non resident friends/family boats, that can't be parked where they live due to their HOA restrictions, yet, certain residents in Wedgefield will allow them here!  How can this be allowed, when we have condo residents, who can't park their boats in their yards, due to our restrictions?  Some of the boats were old, others have crab traps, pails, blue traps, etc., damaging the look of our association.  Why not take a drive and take a look at that?
 
In the mean time, this stays in my yard.
 

 
HERE'S MC MILLIN'S NEWEST ADDITION AND HIS BEATIFUL POT