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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. “It should not take more than a half hour,” Quiros said then.

Ellis seemed to follow the request, delineating solely VMs’ responsibilities. “Your primary job is voting – to elect and remove members of your board of directors. You pick the group that runs the community. You have the ability to recall all of the members of the board of directors or just some of them.”

Quiros responded to this, saying, “Yes, we elect the directors but then we don’t attend the meetings. It is not a responsibility of a voting member, but please do attend board meetings.”

VM Bill Dennis (Chelmsford) agreed. “I confirm what Carlos said. Years ago VMs were more active and did attend board meetings. I am not sure why they don’t attend anymore.”

Ellis responded by saying that perhaps VMs don’t attend because they have confidence in the board.

Following the training, Robinson IB student and Westchase resident Brandon Osowski presented his idea of having a Disaster Action Team to prepare for and react to disasters that might affect Westchase. Osowski said that he had worked with the Red Cross in Colorado after floods and also as part of his school-required community service project. He added that he now wanted to pursue the idea for Westchase. Osowski suggested a team of volunteers that would meet more frequently during hurricane season and discuss planning, gather nonperishable food and water supplies and develop a communication system similar to the Remind app used by some schools, which would alert residents of an emergency.

VM Ruben Collazo (The Shires) said, “I commend you. Thank you for being here. It’s not often to see a young person so involved in civic duty.” Collazo also volunteered to lead the new Disaster Action Team.

VMs’ next four agenda items, Westchase guideline amendments, were unanimously approved, including a color addition to the community’s trim palette and changes to security camera size rules. VMs also gave their initial approval to Castleford’s Storm Doors guideline and Keswick Forest’s Mailbox Guideline.

VMs adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

By Brenda Bennett

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