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WCA Board Addresses Roads, Developments and Check Approvals

At their April 14 meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board discussed Westchase’s roads, a proposed nearby apartment complex and board check approvals.

Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Chair Joe Odda asked the board to take a formal position on decisions that the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) would be voting on in April. The decisions include the adoption of the county’s transportation plan projects, adoption of a Mobility Fee Ordinance Amendment, and the placement of a sales tax referendum on the general election ballot. Odda said, “The sales tax ordinance is particularly critical in that if the referendum is approved for November and it passes, it would mean funding for projects included in the Community Transportation Plan.”

All directors voted in favor of Odda’s motion to encourage the community to tell the BOCC they are in favor of the Transportation Plan Projects and that they would like to be able to vote on a referendum concerning a sales tax ordinance to fund improvements to Hillsborough County roads.

Board Vice President Brian Ross said that he was personally opposed to a request by a development company to increase the number of units allowed per acre on a parcel facing development on Thomas Ranch Lane. (See story, page 26) He asked if the board should take a position on that project and begin communicating with the BOCC. All voted in favor of Ross’ motion to oppose any increase in units allowed to be built on the property.

Continuing his GAC report, Odda said that an Interlocal Agreement Task Group (IATG) had been formed to explore an interlocal agreement with Hillsborough County allowing a Westchase government entity to pave the community’s roads. Odda stated he would meet with the county on April 22.

Arrillaga reported that members of the GAC had met with David Weekly homes to express concern about lack of parking at the company’s planned townhome development in West Park Village (WPV). He said that the developer did not seem receptive to their concerns but was told that the Westchase Voting Members might be more receptive to the company’s request to join the WCA if parking concerns were addressed.

All directors voted to suspend the facility use rights for homeowners who had not paid their annual WCA fees.

All voted to give association managers the authorization to approve roof modifications. Directors also voted to appoint John Oros to the Document Review Committee.

Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz reported that since the association was no longer building new QuickStart Courts at the Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway, the United States Tennis Association had reduced the amount of the grant they were giving the WCA to $5,000 instead of $10,000.

She also said that while directors had approved the purchase of a new AC unit for the WPV office, she was able to find a company to fix the unit.

Addressing Teresa Trubilla’s resignation from the WOW Board because she was moving, WCA Directors voted to appoint Greens resident Carolyn Reynolds to the vacancy.

In December Arrillaga and Board Vice President Brian Ross disagreed about the approval of checks and Greenacre Properties management policies regarding check approval and disagreement resolution. Directors scheduled a meeting for April 20 (after WOW’s deadline) to resolve the issues and policies. Ross said that he might not be able to be present at the meeting. He presented his ideas of how the situation could be resolved but said he was open to any good ideas.

Directors voted 5-0 (with Brittany Riefler abstaining) to approve Arrillaga’s motion that in the event that two board members disagree on an approval, that the one who disagrees has to be one of the signatures on the check or the board itself would approve or deny the check at their next meeting. The board president, vice president, and treasurer have the authorization to approve and sign checks.

After the board tackled matters related to tennis courts, Arrillaga said that Tennis Pro Roberto Calla had asked another tennis instructor to come help with the kids’ classes and had added socials. “We talked to him and told him all the complaints that we’ve heard and he is trying to address everything.”

Turning to fines for unresolved deed restriction violations, all directors voted in favor of Ross’ motion to suspend fines for 31 homes where the owners had corrected their violation and impose the maximum fine and suspend facility use for 15 homes where the violations had not been corrected. All also voted in favor of his motion to suspend the fines for 10 homes but reinstate the fines and suspend facility use if violations are not corrected by May 16. Further, directors voted to table five violations until the next meeting to give residents the opportunity to consult with the association manager on how to obtain full compliance. Violations included the wrong type of grass, missing numbers on mailboxes, and discolored sidewalks, driveways, and fences.

Directors voted in favor of Arrillaga’s motion to impose a $1,000 fine and suspend facility use for a homeowner who had removed a palm tree and had not replaced it or made a request from the Modifications Committee.  Ross abstained due to a conflict.

Arrillaga said that Google Fiber had approached the WCA asking for permission to install in Westchase; however, the WCA does not have the authority to grant them permission.

Director Rick Goldstein was absent from the meeting.

The next board meeting is scheduled for May 12, 7 p.m., at the WCA Offices at 10049 Parley Dr.

By Marcy Sanford

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