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WCA Board Addresses Fines and Fence

At their June 8, 2017 meeting, the WCA Board addressed deed restriction violation fines and approved a new fence for an area of the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

During the open forum of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board meeting, West Park Village resident, WOW Board Member, and former WCA Director Mary Griffith told the board that she wanted to thank WOW all the WCA volunteers who personally contributed to a food donation sent to her after her husband, Richard, passed away.

The formal board meeting started with appeals from two residents. A Woodbay resident who asked the board for more time to correct her violation at the May meeting reported that she had corrected the violation with a fence – which complied with Westchase rules – around her water softener. All voted in favor of Director Brian Ross’ motion not to impose the fine.

A Greens resident said she was at the meeting to appeal her violation for cars parked on the street. She said that the first violation had occurred in November when family was visiting for the Thanksgiving holidays, that the second one in March had been a mistake when her daughter parked on the street, and that the third notice was for a car that did not belong to her but to one of her children’s friends whom she had not realized had parked there overnight.

She said that since the third violation she had been extra vigilant about making sure neither her children nor their friends were parked on the street. She said that the Westchase community was amazing but that she felt like she was being pushed out of it because of parking and that it was a rule that needed to be addressed. WCA President Ruben Collazo told her that the board enforced the rules and did not have the authority to change them. He told her that the Westchase Voting Members (VMs) were the ones who could make changes to policies.

WCA Director Forrest Baumhover said that parking on the street was one of the most discussed issues during the last documents review and that the VMs decided not to make any changes. He added that while there were many people who wanted Westchase to allow street parking, many others had concerns about safety.

All directors voted in favor of Ross’ motion to table the appeal for 90 days and to drop the fine if the violation did not reoccur during that time. Baumhover recused himself from the vote.

Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz reported that there were only 42 homeowners in Westchase who had not paid their annual assessments. She said those homes would now begin incurring extra legal fees for collection. Collazo said that it pained him each year when homeowners were delinquent in paying their annual assessments because the $262 fee could quickly become more than $2,000 once the legal fees were added.

Radcliffe VM Eric Holt asked the board to waive the usage fee for the community room at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard for an event the Westchase Freebooters Krewe will be holding in July. He said the July 29 recruitment event would be a family friendly event open to all Westchase residents.

Collazo asked him if this would be the only request for the room or if there would be others. Holt said he could see the group asking to use the room two or three times per year. Ross said that he felt it was important to cultivate organizations such as this in the community and all board members voted for his motion to waive the fee for the event.

Program and Facilities Manager Kelly Shires presented an overview of proposed changes to tennis court usage rules. Ross asked Shires if there were any changes in the rules that could upset tennis players in the community. Shires said no and clarified that the changes were mostly word changes to clean up the document. All directors voted in favor of Ross’ motion to accept the changes.

All directors voted in favor of Director Joaquin Arrillaga’s motion to accept a $3,365 bid from McConnie Fence Company to build a gated fence around an area between the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center tennis courts and the adjacent fire station. The area to be enclosed is frequently used by the association’s summer camp.

All directors approved Collazo’s nomination of WCA Director Keith Heinemann as chair of the Nominating Committee, which seeks candidates for September’s board elections.

Arrillaga attended the meeting via phone. WCA Director Rick Goldstein was absent.

The next WCA Board meeting is scheduled for July 13, at 7 p.m., at the WCA Offices at 10049 Parley Dr.

By Marcy Sanford

Posted June 9, 2017

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