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HOA OVERVIEW FOR Saturday, January 20, 2018

WCA Board Touts Tennis Tournament Success and Resolves Estoppel Fees

January’s WCA Board meeting saw directors praise organizers of the Westchase Open and resolve a five-month discussion on fees surrounding estoppels.

WCA Board Removes GAC Member

At the December meeting of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board, WCA Directors Forrest Baumhover recommended that Community Development District (CDD) Supervisor Barbara Griffith be removed from the WCA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC).

Pet Complaints Common at WCA Manager’s Office

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and happy and safe New Year! By now you should have received and paid your 2018 annual Westchase Community Association (WCA) assessment notice of $275, due Jan.1, 2018. If you have not yet done so, please be sure to mail your payment with the coupon to the address noted on the coupon no later than Jan. 31 in order to avoid additional fees.

GAC Update: Parking, Traffic and Power Outages

With the arrival of a new year, I offer an end-of-the-year report of GAC’s activities for 2017. The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) was involved in 16 projects during 2017.

From the President, January 2018: WCA to Host Former Association Leader

A very special guest will come to visit us in January. The Honorable Daryl M. Manning of the Hillsborough County Thirteenth Judicial Circuit will be presiding over the Voting Members’ (VMs) January meeting.

Public Notice of Woodbay Guideline Change

At their Jan. 9 meeting, Westchase Voting Members will consider an amendment to rules governing Woodbay’s gutters and drainage. The potential change only affects rules in Woodbay.

VMs Learn of Coming Traffic Delays at Sheldon Road Intersection

Bridges resident Joe Odda, left, receives the 2017 Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award from WCA President Ruben Collazo, right.

The Dec. 12 Voting Members (VMs) meeting began with Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Chairman Rick Goldstein introducing county representatives. County staff detailed the upcoming River Oaks Wastewater Diversion Project, which will impact Westchase’s eastern entrance this summer.

WCA Board Hears Noise Complaints; Approves Tennis Tournament

At the November Westchase Community Association (WCA) meeting directors heard complaints about noise and approved a tennis tournament. Their discussion over the estoppel fees charged by their management company, Greenacre Properties Inc., however, continued for the third straight month without a clear decision.

WCA Directors Address GPI’s New Estoppel Fee

In October the WCA board again discussed a new estoppel fee requested from Greenacre Properties Inc., the WCA’s management company, for documenting the sale of homes. Westchase Community Association (WCA) Directors also addressed trash cans, tennis and the FreeBooters Krewe at their Oct. 12 meeting.

VMs Debate Metal Roofs and Flood Insurance

The Oct. 10 meeting of the Westchase Voting Members (VMs) saw neighborhood representatives open to discussing metal roofs but opposed to mandatory flood insurance.

VMs Elect Three to WCA Board

Winners of the Sept. 26 WCA Board elections: Greens resident Joaquin Arrillaga, Bridges resident Ashley Wait-Woodcock and Woodbridge resident Rick Goldstein.

The Sept. 26 annual meeting of the Westchase Community Association (WCA), previously postponed due to Hurricane Irma, saw a seat change on the Westchase association’s governing body. The annual meeting of the Westchase Voting Members (VMs), run by Nominating Committee Chair Keith Heinemann, saw five residents, including three board incumbents, throw their hats into the contest. Reelected to another two-year term were Greens resident Joaquin Arrillaga and Woodbridge resident Rick Goldstein. Joining them is newcomer Ashley Wait-Woodcock of The Bridges.

WCA Board Adopts 2018 Budget

At their Sept. 14 meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors voted to approve the association’s 2018 budget, which includes a $13 dollar increase in the annual assessment.

WCA Budget Workshop Projects $13 HOA Assessment Increase

The Sept. 5 Westchase Community Association (WCA) annual budget workshop combed through a draft of 2018’s $1.5 million budget prepared by Association Manager Debbie Sainz before landing on a new assessment for Westchase homeowners. At $275 the 2018 assessment represents a $13 – or 5 percent – increase over this year’s assessment.

WCA Board Addresses West Park and Bridges Complaints

During the resident forum of the WCA Board of Directors meeting, West Park Village resident Carlos Quiros asked the board to see what could be done about parking in his neighborhood.

VMs Discuss Start Times for Lawn Maintenance

At their Aug. 8 meeting, Voting Members tackled one Bridges' resident's complaint about lawn maintenance work being done early on Saturday mornings.

WCA Board Ends Hand-Scanner Entry System

If you want to go swimming or play tennis at a Westchase facility, bring your driver’s license with you. At their July meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors unanimously agreed to scrap the hand-scanners at community pools and tennis courts.

VMs Slate Budget Workshop for Aug. 29

Westchase Community Association (WCA) President Ruben Collazo kicked off the monthly Voting Member (VM) meeting by remembering Maureen Gauzza, who died July 3.

WCA Board Addresses Fines and Fence

At their June 8, 2017 meeting, the WCA Board addressed deed restriction violation fines and approved a new fence for an area of the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

WCA Treasurer Details Budget Process to VMs

The May 9 Westchase Voting Members (VMs) meeting had a short agenda, which resulted in a very short meeting. At the session WCA Treasurer Forrest Baumhover detailed the upcoming budget process to produce the association's 2018 spending plan.

WCA Board Hears Positive Audit Report; Considers Fine Appeals

At the May 11 WCA board meeting Shires resident Crystal Hopkins asked the board to consider waiving the rental fee for the activity room at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center. She asked to use it for an event her non-profit organization, Everly’s Angels, in October.

VMs Hear County Construction Updates; Address Swim Team Expansion

The April 4 meeting of the Westchase Voting Members (VMs) saw a visit from Hillsborough County staff and VMs expressing concerns about the expansion of the swim team.

WCA Board Honors Former Resident; Hears Opposition to Swim Team Expansion

WCA President Ruben Collazo, left, honors Mark Ragusa with the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award.

At the March WCA Board meeting directors awarded the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award and heard residents oppose last month's board decision to expand the association’s swim program.

WCA Board Gives Nod to Swim Team Expansion

The Feb. 9 meeting of the WCA Board saw directors vote to expand the TBAY Westchase swim team to a portion of the West Park Village pool. Kicking off the resident forum of the Westchase Community Association’s (WCA) Board of Directors meeting, Tanya Cielo and Wes Rogers, representatives of a local pest control company, addressed directors.

Oldsmar Mayor to Address Stadium Plans with VMs March 14

The Feb. 7 Westchase Voting Members (VMs) meeting saw advice from the sheriff’s office and an announcement that Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis would speak to VMs on March 14.

Homeowner Chided for Threatening WCA Board and Staff

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy attended the Jan. 12 meeting of the WCA Board after a resident, appealing a fine, threatened board members prior to the session.

VMs Approve Proposed Bylaws and CCRs Amendments

Before taking their votes on community-wide amendments to Westchase deed restrictions and Bylaws, Westchase Voting Members’ meeting kicked off their Jan. 10 meeting with two quick, unanimous, final votes on neighborhood-specific guidelines.

WCA Board Addresses Violation Fines; Selects Good Neighbor Award Recipient

In addition to reviewing violation fines, the Dec. 8 meeting of the WCA Board saw directors select Harbor Links/The Estates resident Mark Ragusa as recipient of the 2016 Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award.

VMs Approve New Guidelines and Hear Annexation Pitch

The Nov. 15 Westchase Voting Members’ (VMs) meeting saw the approval of a host of new guidelines for Westchase homes. Meanwhile, David Weekley Homes also pitched the Westchase Community Association’s (WCA) annexation of its new West Park Village townhome development.

WCA Board Hears Pitch for Swim Program Expansion

At their Nov. 10 meeting the WCA Board of Directors discussed the expansion of its swim program and the community’s 25th anniversary.

WCA Board Passes Budget with $262 Assessment

Finalizing their budget discussions, the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors passed a budget setting a $262 assessment for homeowners in 2017.

VMs Debate Fines and Religious Flags

Continuing their work on amendments to the association's governing documents at their Oct. 11 meeting, Westchase Voting Members (VMs) revisited their September decision to lift a ban on religious flags.

WCA Board Chooses Officers

The newly constituted WCA Board. Pictured are (l to r) Directors Brian Ross, Joaquin Arrillaga, Secretary Keith Heinemann, President Ruben Collazo, Treasurer Forrest Baumhover and Chuck Hoppe. Rick Goldstein attended the meeting by phone and was elected WCA Secretary and GAC Chair.

Meeting on Sept. 15 for its organizational meeting following the association’s annual elections, the WCA Board of Directors selected its officers for the coming year.

WCA Board Postpones Budget Adoption Until After Board Elections

The September WCA Board meeting found directors debating the association’s draft budget before tabling it until after this month’s board elections. At the heart of the debate were issues of budget surpluses and what levels of retained surpluses the association should maintain to protect itself from future shortfalls or natural disasters.

WCA Directors Fill Board Vacancy

Radcliffe’s Chuck Hoppe

Filling a vacancy caused by Director Brittany Riefler’s moving outside of Westchase, the WCA directors appointed Radcliffe’s Chuck Hoppe to the board at their Aug. 11 meeting. But prior to the board tackling its business, trees, parking, dog poop, and noise were on residents’ minds during the open forum of the Westchase Community Association (WCA)’s meeting.

VMs Discuss Proposed Rules Changes

At their Aug. 9 Voting Member (VM) meeting, VMs kicked of a months-long process that will rewrite Westchase rules for homes and yards by January.

VMs Make Changes to Proposed Westchase Rules Amendments

At their Aug. 9 meeting, Westchase Voting Members (VMs) took their first look at proposed Westchase rules changes offered by the association’s Documents Review Committee.

WCA Board Addresses Tree Rules; Revisits Rezoning Opposition

Glenfield Voting Member (VM) Patrick O’Brien spoke about his neighborhood’s troubles with oak trees at July’s resident forum. That forum opened the July Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors meeting.

VMs Address Plans for Budget, Board Elections and Rules Changes

Westchase VMs interrupted their typical summer break on July 12 to discuss some upcoming activities. Normally, no Westchase Voting Members meeting is held in July due to summer holidays but Westchase Community Association (WCA) WCA President Joaquin Arrillaga told the 25 VMs in attendance that they had to make a decision on when the WCA Budget Workshop could be held to ensure the highest attendance.

VMs Frustrated at Pet Waste Scofflaws

The June 14 Voting Member’s meeting began somberly with the group observing a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando shooting. After unanimously and quickly dispensing with their only agenda item – giving their first of two required approvals for an updated color palette guideline for the Villas of West Park Village – VMs spent the bulk of the meeting voicing frustration about residents who don’t pick up after their dogs.

WCA Board Maintains Facility Age Use Rules; Honors Longtime Committee Chair

WCA President Joaquin Arrillaga presents Bill Flood, right, with a Westchase medallion honoring Flood’s long service on the Covenants Committee.

At their June 9 meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors honored Bridges resident Bill Flood for his years of service to the Westchase community and kept their current age use rules for Westchase facilities.

WCA Board Votes to Support TBX; Hears Request to End Facility Age Use Requirements

Parking issues in West Park Village (WPV) and possible age discrimination at the neighborhood pools were brought before the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors at their May meeting.

VMs Vote to Back TBX Lanes; Discuss Code of Conduct

The May Voting Members meeting started with a presentation from TBARTA Executive Director Ray Chiaramonte, a Westchase resident, before turning to a review of the WCA's Code of Conduct.

WCA Board Addresses Roads, Developments and Check Approvals

At their April 14 meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board discussed Westchase’s roads, a proposed nearby apartment complex and board check approvals.

VM Calls for Censure of WCA Director

At their April 12 meeting, VMs were briefed on nearby housing developments and heard a VM call for the censure of a WCA director.

VMs Discuss WCA Repaving of Westchase Roads

At the March 8 Voting Member’s meeting, Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Joe Odda provided the group with an update on efforts to get the county to repave Westchase roads. Odda said that he had met with the Hillsborough County administration and Hillsborough Public Works to discuss alternatives to waiting years for the county to prioritize Westchase roads and fund their repaving.

WCA Board Defines Use of Tennis Cabana; Cancels Construction of Kids’ QuickStart Tennis Cour

Resolving months of discussion over the use of the Westchase Tennis Cabana, WCA Directors passed a motion to simply use the building as a welcome center on March 10. In a meeting that saw tennis players question existing court reservation rules, directors also voted not to proceed with the construction of the planned QuickStart tennis courts for kids, which had been part of the association’s original Master Plan of facility improvements. Board members also elected to explore the possibility of association repaving Westchase roads using an interlocal agreement with Hillsborough County.

Directors Address Improper Team Use of Tennis Courts

The February meeting of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board saw directors tackle a landscaping and drainage contract and address improper usage of Westchase tennis courts by teams.

VMs Tackle Mailboxes, Training and Road Repaving

For the first time in years, an initial approval vote for a mailbox guideline change caused some contention at the monthly Westchase Voting Members meeting.

VMs Discuss BOCC Road Repaving Rejection

Tackling their only old business item, Voting Members gave final and unanimous approval to a paint selection change for the Townhomes of West Park Village at their Jan. 12 meeting. Afterwards WCA Board President Joaquin Arrillaga announced that Westchase has a new community resource officer, Hillsborough County Deputy Hugh Alter. Arrillaga stated Alter had called him to invite the community for a Coffee with Cops meet and greet. It will be held at the Westchase McDonald’s on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited.

VMs Debate Yard Trees and Religious Flags

The Nov. 10 Westchase Voting Members meeting started with removal of a neighborhood’s Voting Member (VM) and its alternate before turning to a debate over WCA rules.

From the President, Sept. 2015: Swim and Tennis Committee Poll Needs Residents’ Input

I want to start giving a big thank you to Ken Blair and Dyan Pithers for their many years volunteering as part of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors. I also thank all the Westchase Voting Members (VMs) and board members for giving me the opportunity to work for Westchase another year.

WCA Board Names Officers and Presents 2015 Good Neighbor Award


The Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors welcomed two new board members at their Sept. 10 meeting and appointed officers for the new year. Directors also posthumously awarded the year's Good Neighbor Award to Glencliff's Kathy Carlsen. The award was accepted by her husband, Ken Morris.

VMs Elect Two Newcomers to WCA Board

VMs elected Greens resident Joaquin Arrillaga, Woodbridge resident Rick Goldstein and Berkeley Square

The 26 Westchase Voting Members (VMs) who cast ballots at the WCA’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, reelected a board veteran and chose two new directors to join the board. Reelected to the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board was Greens resident Joaquin Arrillaga. Joining him in filling out the three open seats were Berkeley Square’s Brittany Riefler and Woodbridge’s Rick Goldstein.

WCA Board Approves 8.8 Percent Decrease in HOA Assessment

At their Aug. 13 meeting, the WCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve their 2016 association budget, including a significant decrease in homeowners’ assessments. If VMs take no action to reject the budget within 10 days of the Aug. 13 board meeting, the new homeowners’ assessment for 2016 will be $291.

VMs Discuss Neighborhood Response Team

A their Aug. 11 meeting Westchase VMs reviewed rules for the association’s upcoming board elections and discussed a Neighborhood Response Team to address emergencies.

WCA Draft Budget Sees Proposed $21 Cut in HOA Assessment

Meeting on Aug. 11, nearly two dozen Westchase Voting Members (VMs) and Westchase Community Association Board of Directors reviewed and shaped a draft of the association’s 2016 budget. If adopted without change at the Thursday, Aug. 13 meeting of the WCA Board, Westchase homeowners will see a $21 decrease (a 6.7 percent decline) in their HOA dues to $298 in 2016.

VMs Remove Enclave Representative for Absences

The June 9 meeting of the Westchase Voting Members began with vote to remove an absentee VM from The Enclave. Under Westchase’s Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs) Voting Members (VMs) who miss three consecutive meetings or six meetings in a year can be removed.

WCA Directors Appoint Ruben Collazo to Board

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors approved a new tennis program and, breaking their May deadlock, appointed Shires Voting Member Ruben Collazo to the open director seat at their June 11 meeting. Board Vice President Ken Blair was absent from the meeting.

WCA Directors Deadlocked on Board Vacancy

WCA President Joaquin Arrillaga presents a Westchase medallion to longtime Modifications Committee Chair Jovanna Hoagland, who recently moved from Westchase.

On May 14 the majority of Westchase Community Association (WCA) Directors agreed that Washingtonia palms should be pruned in the spring and fall but could not come to a consensus about appointing a director to fill a vacancy on their board.

VMs Address Guidelines, Road Projects and Dog Park Plans

Twenty Voting Members (VMs) braved torrential rain to attend their May 12 monthly meeting, where they passed four rules changes. Making quick and unanimous approval votes for four guideline changes, VMs gave their final approval for new rules for Castleford storm doors, Keswick Forest mailboxes and Westchase homes’ external security cameras. They also offered their initial approval for the addition of a single color to the exterior color palette.

VMs Receive Training; Approve Neighborhood Rules Changes

The April 14 Westchase Voting Members (VMs) meeting began with WCA Attorney Jon Ellis providing the group with training. Ellis does this every year, sometimes taking up to an hour. At the March VM meeting, it prompted VM Carlos Quiros (Villas of West Park Village) to request that he simply detail VM responsibilities.

WCA Board Votes Honor WCA Director Carlsen and Oppose Montague Extension

WCA President Joaquin Arrillaga presents Ray Ramakrishnan with a Westchase Medallion recognizing his work with the tennis program.

At the April 9 Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Director meeting, directors voted to posthumously recognize former WCA Director Kathy Carlsen with the 2015 Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award and to oppose county plans to extend of Montague Street southward across the railroad tracks in West Park Village.

VMs Discuss Guideline Amendments and Notification Process

Twenty-one Westchase Voting Members (VMs) attended the St. Patrick’s Day VM meeting on Tuesday, March 17, where they discussed the proper process for submitting guideline amendments for public notice in WOW. The monthly meeting normally occurs on the second Tuesday of each month but was moved because it fell during Hillsborough County School District’s spring break.

WCA Board Handles Resident Fine Appeals and Tennis Court Usage Rules

Trash can troubles, tennis program growing pains, and a request for an extended POD stay were topics at the March 12 Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board meeting.

WCA Board Addresses Liability Wavers and New Bid for Tennis Cabana

Feb. 12 also saw WCA Directors hearing a series of homeowner appeals of fines for deed restriction violations. Opening the session, Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board Vice President Ken Blair presented Dale and Nancy Sells with the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor. February's WOW previously announced the award.

VMs Talk Guidelines and Transportation Issues

Gathering at their Feb. 10 meeting, 22 Westchase Voting Members (VMs) addressed neighborhood guidelines and transit issues. After the group quickly approved their only agenda item – final approval for the color palette guidelines for the Classic Townhomes, Traditional Townhomes and Townhomes of West Park Village, Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board President Joaquin Arrillaga asked VMs if they had any questions or comments.

VMs Endorse WCA Petition for Westchase Road Repaving

While the main focus of the Jan. 13 Westchase Voting Members meeting was community roads, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) opened the session by introducing their new District III leadership team.

WCA Board Debates Road Repaving Petition

The bulk of the Jan. 8 meeting of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors was dedicated to discussing the Government Affairs Committee’s road paving petition – and the extent of the WCA’s involvement in it.

From the President, January 2015: Resolutions, Assessments and Violations

Resolutions, resolutions, resolutions. OK, this year I will lose all those extra pounds and will exercise (My doctor is a resident of Westchase and will say, “Yeah, right.”). I’ll eat right and be a better father, husband and person, etc.

VMs Put Finishing Touches on Westchase Owners’ Manual

The Nov. 11 Westchase Voting Members (VMs) meeting saw discussion of a short manual providing Westchase newcomers an orientation to community rules.

WCA Board Moves Forward With Tennis Cabana Construction Contract

WCA President Joaquin Arrillaga honors former WCA President Nancy Sells for her previous service on the board.

The Nov. 13 meeting of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors saw the board approve a new project for the Tennis Cabana and defeat a motion to put their 6-year-old legal contract out for bid.

VMs Discuss Community-Wide Road Repaving Petition

The October Voting Member (VM) Meeting began with a presentation by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Ray Chiaramonte, a Westchase resident and former VM who is the Planning Commission and MPO Executive Director, stepped VMs through a presentation on the MPO’s 2040 plan, about which county residents were recently surveyed.

WCA Postpones Planned Tennis Cabana Construction

At the Oct. 9 Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors’ meeting, directors tackled legal fees and tennis leagues and decided to temporarily postpone construction of their planned Tennis Cabana.

WCA Board Names 2015 Officers

WCA Board members after their officer selection. Pictured, l to r, are Treasurer Dyan Pithers, Director Brian Ross, Vice President Ken Blair, President Joaquin Arrillaga, Director Joe Odda, Secretary Keith Heinemann and Director Kathy Carlsen.

The Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors held its annual organizational meeting Thursday, Sept. 11, to elect its officers and welcome new board members. Joaquin Arrillaga was elected WCA president and Ken Blair vice president. Keith Heinemann and Dyan Pithers were elected secretary and treasurer respectively.

WCA Board Tweaks 2015 Budget

At the Sept. 4 meeting of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors, the last meeting held before annual board elections, several voting members (VMs) were on hand to ask board members about the proposed 2015 budget.

VMs Address Glencliff Guideline, VM Removals and Citrus Park Drive Extension

The brief Sept. 9 Voting Members Meeting dealt with a Glencliff neighborhood guideline before turning to attendance issues and an update on WCA efforts to win funding for the Citrus Park Drive extension.

VMs Elect Two New Directors and Return Two Incumbents to WCA Board

WCA President Nancy Sells makes her pitch to Westchase Voting Members for reelection.

Reading the tea leaves of the 2014 WCA Board election, an observer might conclude Westchase Voting Members (VMs) were trying to send a message: let’s get back to basics.The election saw two challengers who emphasized traditional HOA responsibilities like deed restriction enforcement, financial prudence and facilities maintenance, running against four incumbents, who touted the board’s record and involvement in such things as lobbying for the funding of the Citrus Park Drive extension.

WCA Workshop Draft Budget Sets Assessment at $320

After two hours of combing through their spending plan, Westchase Voting Members and WCA Directors have pitched a draft budget that, if approved, cuts the Westchase HOA assessment by $2 in 2015.

VM Meeting Sees Input on WCA Plans for E-mail Contact List

The Aug. 19 meeting of the Westchase Voting Members (VMs) saw initial approval of a new roofing guideline for Glencliff and questions about the WCA Board’s plans for e-mail communication with owners.

WCA Draft Budget Keeps HOA Assessment at $322

In the days leading up to the WCA Budget Workshop on Aug. 19, the WCA released their draft budget. If approved without major changes, it would keep Westchase’s master HOA assessments the same.

WCA Board Tackles Communication, Transportation and Tennis Building Name

WCA President Nancy Sells, center, presents a plaque thanking the Costo Committee, consisting of (from left to right) Joaquin Arrillaga, Joe Odda, Sells, Darrick Sams and Jim Moloney.

The Westchase tennis program, the best way to reach residents through e-mail communications, and the possibility of Citrus Park Drive being extended were the main topics at the Aug. 14 Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors’ meeting.

WCA Board Awards Bid for Tennis Cabana Construction

Culminating a nearly two-year effort, directors awarded the $88,000 contract to Mangrove Construction. The June 12 Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board meeting began, however, with two residents heeding WCA President Nancy Sells’ call for volunteers.

VMs Pass Bulk of Document Amendments

The June 10 Westchase Voting Member (VMs) meeting saw 20 VMs taking their vote-casting role very seriously during their final approval of proposed changes to the Westchase documents. VMs needed to because, according to Association Manager Debbie Sainz, only 820 Westchase homeowners completed polls on proposed changes to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs) and Bylaws, representing just 23.5 percent of Westchase.

VMs Debate Proposed Document Amendments

A month before key votes on amendments to the Westchase documents, Westchase Voting Members began their debate. After opening the meeting with a request for additional volunteers for the Modifications Committee, Westchase Community Association (WCA) President Nancy Sells introduced Diane Berube, a resident of The Shires she invited to express her opposition to any new rules being placed on rental properties.

Public Notice of Westchase-Wide Guideline Changes

In addition to offering changes to the Westchase CCRs and Bylaws, Westchase VMs are considering amendments to the Westchase’s Single Family Residential Guidelines. If you read this article last month, the Documents Committee submitted some changes to the proposed Guidelines after the May meeting of the Westchase Voting Members. Changes of substance are indicated by italics in the summaries below.

WCA to Lobby for Citrus Park Drive Extension

With the Costco developer unwilling to accept long-term rules to minimize morning rush hour traffic at Linebaugh and Sheldon, WCA Directors have turned their efforts to lobbying for the Citrus Park Drive extension. The board’s May 8 meeting also saw directors vote to charge a $250 deposit (with $150 refundable) for all pool parties.

WCA Establishes Chess Program; Shifts Fall Garage Sale Date

The April 10 meeting of the WCA Board saw directors establish a new program and cast a divided vote on rescheduling the fall garage sale due to Yom Kippur. Chelmsford Voting Member (VM) Bill Dennis began the session by commending the Westchase Community Association (WCA) and Greenacre Property Management. “I have noticed a big difference in the neighborhoods now that Greenacre has been going around checking on the neighborhoods more,” he stated. “I’d like to thank them for doing a good job.”

VMs Send Document Amendments for Owner Polling; Debate Rental Rules

The April 8 Westchase Voting Members meeting started off productively with quick, unanimous votes for two neighborhood guidelines. VMs offered final approval of Kingsford’s mailbox guideline and initial approval of Berkeley Square’s exterior color palette. Following these two new business items, Westchase Community Association (WCA) President Nancy Sells turned the meeting over to her husband, Dale Sells. Chair of the Document Review Committee, Dale Sells went over revisions to the proposed amendments to Westchase’s Covenants, Committee and Restrictions (CCRs) and Bylaws.

VMs Hear Costco Presentation and Proposed Westchase Rule Amendments

March saw Westchase Voting Members hear a public presentation of the Costco project and proposed changes to Westchase rules. VMs, however, postponed a planned poll of Westchase homeowners regarding the rules changes for at least a month.

WCA Board Hears Costco Update; Decries WOW Coverage of Investment Properties

There was a packed audience for the February Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors’ meeting. Residents attended not to speak during the open residents’ forum, but to hear about the proposed Costco development at the corner of Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue.

Costco Developer to File Rezoning Request March 6

While it was announced in January that February would see a formal presentation by the Costco development team, February’s WCA meetings came and went without its appearance.

VMs Decry Delayed Self-Help on Abandoned Greens Home

On Jan. 14 Voting Members (VMs) gathered for the first time since September at a meeting that saw VMs decry the WCA’s failure to address an abandoned home in The Greens.

WCA Directors Name Stockbridge’s Joe Odda to Board

Joe Odda of Stockbridge

The resignation of Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Edward Santiago, who has moved to North Carolina, prompted directors to name a replacement at their January meeting. Named to the board was Stockbridge resident Joe Odda, who in recent years has chaired a subcommittee working to establish a dog park in or near Westchase.

Costco Seeks WCA Blessing for Store at Westchase’s Entrance

Garbage containers, tennis programs, parking violations and the construction of a Costco at Westchase’s eastern entrance were the hot topics at the Nov. 14 Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board Meeting. At the session directors also approved reducing the number of violation notices residents receive for deed restrictions prior to imposing fines from three to two.

WCA Nixes Westchase Soccer Registration at Swim and Tennis Center

At their Oct. 10 meeting, the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors voted to deny the Westchase Soccer Association’s (WSA) use of its facilities for soccer registration. The vote, occurring after the WSA has been using the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center for registration for more than a decade, came after Facilities Manager Kelly Shires stated there was not adequate parking space for registration.

Association Elections Return Three Veterans to the WCA Board

WCA Directors Joaquin Arrillaga, Dyan Pithers and Ken Blair.

Gathering for the Westchase Community Association’s (WCA) annual meeting on Sept. 10, Westchase Voting Members cast ballots for three open seats on the board of directors. In the shortest annual meeting in recent memory, three board veterans − Joaquin Arrillaga, Ken Blair and Dyan Pithers – were reelected when they ran without opposition.

WCA Board Approves 2014 Budget with $2 Assessment Increase

During the September Westchase Community Association’s (WCA) resident forum a Westchase resident asked the board to cut $70,000 from the capital improvement line of budget so that residents’ association fees could be lowered to $320.

Proposed 2014 WCA Budget Draft Contains $2 Assessment Increase

The 2014 draft budget that emerged from the roughly 90-minute Westchase Community Association (WCAO) Budget Workshop on Aug. 20 produced a projected assessment of $322. The amount represents a two dollar increase over the 2013 assessment. If adopted, it would be the first increase in the WCA assessment since 2008.

Westchase VMs Approve Three Guidelines

In a very brief meeting that preceded the Westchase Association’s Aug. 20 budget workshop, Westchase Voting Members (VMs) took their final votes on three amendment to Westchase and neighborhood-specific guidelines. In all cases, the 20 VMs present cast unanimous votes.