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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.

The monthly meeting started with VMs’ quick, unanimous approval for Glencliff’s Roof Guideline Amendment, which allows villas in Glencliff to replace tile roofs with either tile or specific types of asphalt shingles. With this final approval, the rule becomes official for that neighborhood.

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board President Nancy Sells, who chaired the voting members (VMs) meeting, then announced that two individuals had stepped forward to fill two vacant VM seats. Patty O’Brien volunteered for Glenfield while Trish Lewandowski volunteered for Woodbay. The new VMs were unanimously voted in. Michael Borisow, who is on the board of the Worthington Condominium Association within West Park Village, also took his place in the VM seat for that subassociation.

VMs then discussed removal of three absent VMs per Article III Section 3(b) of the Westchase Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs). Sells said that she had checked with WCA Attorney Jon Ellis, who was present at the meeting, and told that VMs could, under the documents, remove the habitually absent VMs of subassociations. Sells reported that three neighborhoods have had absences for several months in a row – The Enclave, Arlington and the Classic Townhomes associations. When Don Costello (Stamford) asked if the WCA had tried to contact the missing VMs, Kathy Carlsen (Glencliff) responded that she had tried to contact them via e-mail. When VMs voted on the successful removal, Costello cast the only vote against the action.

WCA Director Joe Odda then updated the group about the WCA’s work on the Citrus Park extension. Odda said the board asked him to assemble an advocacy group for winning funding for the $50 million Citrus Park extension, which would connect Sheldon Road near the mall to Countryway Boulevard just north of the library. Odda reported that Hillsborough County is going through a decision-making process to approve hundreds of needed road projects. Odda stated a one percent increase in sales tax was discussed as a possible way to fund the projects and would attract additional state and federal funding. Odda explained that the county will survey the community through a professional group next. Odda asked VMs to help grow the Westchase advocacy group, which he stated would be needed to lobby neighbors to support a referendum on the additional sales tax. He asked anyone interested in helping to e-mail him at joeodda@hotmail.com.

VMs adjourned at roughly 7:30 p.m. to prepare for the association's annual meeting and WCA Board elections.

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