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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.

At the meeting VMs also voted unanimously to give their final approval of the new Berkeley Square exterior paint palette and were reminded to make their nominations for the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award. 

Their main agenda item, however, was their review and discussion of the Owner Manual created by the Rental Committee.  The Rental Committee was created at the April Voting Members meeting, where concerns were brought up about rental properties within Westchase.  The committee has been meeting and offered several suggestions including the preparation of a short manual that the Westchase Community Association (WCA) could hand to new residents when they move into the community.  The manual would contain links to the World of Westchase as well as the WCA and CDD Web sites. VMs aimed to have it also contain other information pertinent to new residents. 

The Bridges VM, Cynde Mercer, who chaired the Rental Committee, suggested creating the document at the October Westchase Voting Members meeting and several VMs voiced their support for using it to welcome new residents and provide them information.  Mercer reported that the PDF document is undergoing final tweaks and then will go to the WCA Board for approval. 

VM Carlos Quiros (Villas of West Park Village) requested some rewording to the section that described what a VM does and what a board member does.  Quiros said that he simply wanted the verbiage to match the wording in Westchase’s governing documents so as not to confuse new residents. Quiros’ suggested modifications have been provided to Association Manager Debbie Sainz, who will then give any final changes to Mercer. 

Next, Voting Member Mary Mirk, (Berkeley Square) expressed concern about residents’ ability to use the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s pool for lap swimming.  Mirk said that currently the swim team uses all of the lanes of the pool from 3-7:30 p.m. every night of the week and Saturday mornings.  She said that while residents can use the West Park Village pool from 3-8:30 p.m., the pool off Countryway Boulevard is more convenient for Berkeley Square residents.  She said, “We pay money to use the pools. We live in the area. It is inconvenient to go to the other pool.”

Mirk also said that parking at the other pool has been difficult when she visited.  Mirk recalled that the board had previously kept at least one lane open for lap swimmers and she felt that could be a viable solution.  Stating she simply wanted to keep one lane reserved for lap swimmers, she noted, “I am not opposed to the swim team.”

A vote to have the board consider the issue ultimately failed. Mirk said she is not planning to pursue the issue further at this time, but thought some residents may want to take it to the board. 

The last item of the night was a question from VM Don Costello (Stamford) whether the legal work for the WCA would be put out for bid. The association’s 6-year-old legal contract, which recently saw fees rise 12 percent, became an issue leading up to the September board elections. While Costello was informed that the work would be put out to bid, a majority of WCA Directors voted to kill a motion to rebid the contract at that board’s Nov. 13 meeting. 

Because there was no reporter present at the November VM meeting, WOW’s coverage above was compiled after interviews with the WCA president, the association manager and a few VMs who participated in the session.

By Brenda Bennett


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