CDD OVERVIEW FOR Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Westchase Community Development District (CDD) supervisors are discussing a tentative spending plan that projects a 7.62 percent increase in operations and maintenance spending. The plan, which may see adjustments at the CDD's July and August meetings, is slated for final approval on Aug. 6.
The June 4 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) saw resolution of a years-long process to address a Westchase neighborhood’s leaking gas lights and attendance by a number of Stonebridge residents concerned over nearby developments that could significantly impact them.
Kicking off the heart of their 2014 budget season, Westchase CDD supervisors passed a tentative, high-watermark budget that will focus their discussion in upcoming months. The accepted tentative spending plan suggests that most homeowners may see operations and maintenance increases of about one to three percent this year.
During their April 2 meeting, Westchase Community Development District (CDD) supervisors discussed items they would like to see included in their upcoming 2014 budget, beginning Oct. 1. Manager Andrew Mendenhall informed the group that they must adopt a preliminary, high-water mark budget at their May meeting. That preliminary budget’s assessments will then be submitted to Hillsborough County for inclusion in property tax trim notices this fall.
The March 5 meeting of the Westchase CDD saw a bank that owns property at the back of Stonebridge again request that it be granted access to it through that gated neighborhood. Shelli Bushway, Vice President of Tiger Investment Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Florida Capital Bank, appealed to supervisors for access at the March session.
At their Feb. 5 meeting, Westchase Community Development District supervisors addressed a handful of issues, from a proposed volleyball court and a kickball league to noise complaints about the Movies in the Park.
The first CDD meeting of the new year saw a new but familiar face added to the CDD board. Meeting on Jan. 8, CDD supervisors interviewed two additional candidates for a vacancy created by the November resignation of Greens resident Ernie Sylvester. Interviewed by CDD supervisors were Kingsford’s Susan Edgerley and Radcliffe’s Keith Heinemann, both of whom had previously served as CDD supervisors prior to the October 2011 merger of the two Westchase boards. The two joined former CDD Supervisor Bob Argus and former Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Joe Payne as potential candidates for the position.
The final CDD meeting of 2012 saw the acceptance of CDD Supervisor Ernie Sylvester’s resignation and a board that deadlocked on his replacement. The meeting also saw supervisors again address a Stamford's resident's demand that the Westchase Community Association's (WCA) popular Movies in the Park, held in Baybridge Park, be ended there because of its noise levels.
Landlocked Landowner Demands Access through Stonebridge; CDD Supervisor Sylvester Delays Resignation
The Nov. 13 meeting of the Community Development District (CDD) brought news of a temporarily rescinded resignation and a bank’s demand that it be allowed to access property through the gated community of Stonebridge.
A remarkably brief 45-minute meeting of the Community Development District (CDD) on Oct. 2 dealt largely with housekeeping and old business. Only three residents of the district were present, including two candidates vying for retiring Supervisor Bill Casale’s seat in November’s General Election.
Westchase street flooding, the WCA’s use of a drainage canal and incorrect CDD assessments were major topics tackled by CDD supervisors at their Sept. 11 meeting.
The Aug. 8 meeting of the Westchase CDD saw the passage of a budget that reflects no assessment increases and envisions no major capital improvement projects in the coming year. The only resident appearing to address supervisors on spending issues was Bennington VM David Love. Love’s neighborhood is currently working to update its Westchase Community Association (WCA) mailbox guideline as part of a process that will see the neighborhood’s white mailboxes replaced with black metal ones – similar to those in Harbor Links/The Estates, West Park Village and Radcliffe.
Gathering on July 17 to reconvene a meeting continued from Tuesday, July 10, supervisors of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) continued discussions about a West Park Village alley depression and street flooding in West Park Village and Harbor Links.
The topics tackled of the July 10 meeting of the Westchase CDD seemed highly appropriate given that one of the most powerful thunderstorms of the summer raged throughout it.
While their nearly three hour June meeting saw nearly a dozen different topics of discussion, Westchase CDD supervisors used the session to nudge forward several old agenda items rather than tackle new ones.
Three months of debate regarding the Westchase Soccer Association’s impact on parking within Glencliff came to a close at the May 1 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD). After hearing nearly two hours of discussion from residents and supervisors on both sides of the issue, CDD supervisors voted 4-1, with Supervisor Bill Casale in opposition, to renew the soccer association's exclusive right to use Glencliff Park fields for its 11-week fall season. The four hour meeting also saw supervisors adopt a preliminary budget for 2013 to establish a high water mark for county property tax notices.
Banking, irrigation and holiday bonuses were the topics of discussion at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD). Opening the meeting with an overview of their banking services, a trio of officers from Jefferson Bank made a pitch to the supervisors for the district’s banking business. Currently with SunTrust, the CDD in recent months has explored other banks in an effort to lower fees.
At their November meeting CDD supervisors expressed interest in exploring a Distributed Antennae System, which would alleviate the need for a cell phone tower within Westchase.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, marked a historic day for Westchase. After more than two years of preparations, a merged Westchase Community Development District (CDD) board of supervisors came together for the first time.
Passing a handful of final motions at their final meeting on Sept. 13, the CDD East agreed to be absorbed by the CDD on Sept. 20, eleven days earlier than anticipated. With the passage of a final motion and two resolutions – all effectively transferring property, contracts and outstanding bonds on the CDD East to the CDD on Sept. 20, the CDD East will cease to exist.