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VMs Address Plans for Budget, Board Elections and Rules Changes

Westchase Voting Members (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) 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. The group agreed on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., which was one of two dates that were open. Arrillaga encouraged VMs to attend the meeting, where budget items are discussed in detail.

WCA Director Joe Odda, chair of the Nominations Committee, provided the group with an update on the nominating process for the WCA Board of Directors. He said that anyone who wishes to declare his or her candidacy has to have a 200-word biography and a picture to him by Aug. 10 at noon for publication in the September WOW. Four two-year positions are open and any WCA homeowner in good standing may run. He said, “As of now, we have three people running. An indication of a healthy organization is to have more candidates than seats open.”

Closing out the updates, Dale Sells, Document Review Committee chair, reported that his committee has six pages of proposed updates to the Westchase Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs) and Residential Guidelines, which contain rules for use of Westchase residential properties and the bylaws, which detail the association’s governance. The changes, Sells said, had been proposed by the Modifications Committee, legal counsel and Westchase’s association managers. Sells stated that the proposed changes were all to provide clarification and make things more understandable as opposed to making life more difficult for residents.

Sells then detailed the committee’s action timeline. By the Aug. 9 VM meeting, the committee will prepare the preliminary wording for each proposed change. At that meeting VMs will initially vet and discuss each change. Afterwards, legal counsel will review the changes and provide input. Sells explained, “Those will then be distributed at the annual meeting on Sept. 13 so you will have a full month to study them.”

Referring to the initial phase of gathering proposed changes, Sells said, “Look at those and see if there is something that you think should be considered. We would really like to close out this part of the process.”

Following some general discussion about aging driveways and issues with oak trees, including which are owned or maintained by the Community Development District (CDD), VMs adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

By Brenda Bennett

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