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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.

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board President Joaquin Arrillaga said that the Enclave’s VM had missed all of the meetings this year. VM Bill Dennis (Chelmsford) asked, “Do they have an alternate?”

Arrillaga stated no and VM Carlos Quiros (Villas of West Park Village) said, “I don’t believe we have a choice based on the documents. They are clear. They say ‘shall be’ removed.”

When VM Patrick O’Brien (Glenfield) asked what the advantage of removing someone was, Arrillaga responded, “Some time ago, we had high absences and we can’t vote on things that require a quorum.”

VM Ruben Collazo (The Shires) added, “The community benefits from making these kinds of moves so that others can be represented properly.”

The vote for removal was unanimous.

In short order VMs also voted unanimously to approve amendments to the Westchase-wide guideline for exterior home colors and a Chelmsford-specific guideline permitting bronze screen enclosures.

Following up on VMs’ April meeting, where Brandon Osowski, a Robinson IB student, presented his idea for a Disaster Action Team, Collazo provided an update on the matter. Collazo reported that Osowski couldn’t attend the evening’s meeting because of graduation events but they were putting together a presentation which would be e-mailed to VMs next week to distribute to their villages to generate involvement. They are now calling the group the Neighbor Response Team, which seemed more appropriate because the idea is to get a team of residents together who will respond to a disaster with food, water, supplies, medical skills, etc. Collazo said the initial meeting will occur in July and take approximately 90 minutes to two hours. It will be held at the UTB Regional Library or the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

After Collazo’s update, Arrillaga turned VMs’ attention to the New Westchase Owner’s Brochure. He said that VM Cynde Mercer (The Bridges) and her team had completed the final version, which VMs had in their packets. Holding up the trifold pamphlet, Arrillaga said, “This is the final version. It looks great. Kudos to Cynde and everyone involved.”

The final agenda item involved consideration of a five-foot aluminum fence around a piece of property next to the fire station and behind the tennis courts. Staff hopes the summer camp program can use the area since they are losing the sand volleyball area to new tennis courts. Arrillaga explained that the summer camp kids needed an outside area to run and play. The area had already been cleared of debris but a fence was needed to keep the children safe from the street and keep dogs out. Alternate VM Dyan Pithers (Single Family Homes of West Park Village) suggested, “I think we need a comprehensive plan for what we would want to do with the space.”

VM Gerald Pappa (The Greens) added, “How about putting in bocce ball courts? Why not take this opportunity to make another unique feature to Westchase?”

Arrillaga said the fence would cost approximately $3,500. He asked for a straw vote for the fence’s approval and the vote was unanimous in support.

During the open discussion part of the meeting, Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Joe Odda provided an update on the county’s transportation plan. He reported that many Westchase residents have attended the community meetings to make clear their priorities for the new plan. O’Brien added, “I attended one of the meetings and I was impressed. They really want to know what you would want done and ideas on how to fund it. It’s good what the county is doing. Sandy Murman was there and I spoke with her briefly.”

Arrillaga said that he was told that Westchase was the only community that has come forward to express its concerns and that Commissioner Murman called the community “exceptionally well organized and focused.”

Odda agreed, saying, “The culture of this community is civil. We are not jumping up and down screaming. We try to work reasonably and they respect Westchase.”

Odda said that after the county announces its preliminary findings from the transportation meetings on June 11, another 12 community meetings will be held in August and September to identify those road construction projects that will be financed if a proposed half cent increase in the county’s sales tax is approved by voters in November 2016. When the meeting dates and locations are released, they will be published in WOW and on WOW Online (http://www.WestchaseWOW.com).

Arrillaga concluded by requesting volunteers to assist WCA Director Keith Heinemann, who will be chairing the Nominating Committee, which seeks candidates for the WCA Board. Quiros and VM Bill Dennis (Chelmsford) quickly volunteered.

VMs adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

By Brenda Bennett

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