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WCA Board Adopts 2018 Budget

At their Sept. 14 meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors voted to approve the association’s 2018 budget, which includes a $13 dollar increase in the annual assessment.

The increase is due to increased payroll costs for employees, who are needed to check residents in at the swim and tennis centers now that use of the hand-scanning system has ended. Directors noted that many residents had voiced their support for the new employee-run check-in procedure. (Click here to view the budget.) The board's approval of the budget kicked off a 10-day review period during which time Westchase Voting Members (VMs) can review and potentially reject the budget. Should VMs take no action, the budget would become the official 2018 budget for the association on Sept. 17.

Turning to other matters, Director Brian Ross asked that an approval for an estoppel certificate resolution be pulled from the consent agenda for discussion. He said that he had concerns that the agreement, which would have Westchase’s management company Greenacre Properties (GPI) issue the certificates, would make them $100,000 or more each year. Ross wondered if it could be handled by current WCA staff. WCA President Ruben Collazo said that the WCA received 25-30 requests a month and did not know if that would put extra stress on Westchase office staff.

GPI Vice President Marlene Shaw said that not all the fees for the estoppel certificate went to Greenacre. She said that the collected money was used to pay fees for attorneys, document preparation and accounting. “On the surface it could seem like a simple process, but there are many different complexities,” said Shaw.

Collazo suggested that maybe Greenacre could provide an extra person once a week to handle the inspections for the certificates. Ross pointed out that the management company was already obligated to do many of the tasks associated with the certificates. Directors agreed to table the vote to next month to have more time to discuss options.

Directors also unanimously voted to adopt Duncan, the Southeastern Guide Dog statue in West Park Village, at a cost not to exceed $500.

Government Affairs Committee Chair Rick Goldstein presented the board with Hillsborough County’s road repaving schedule. (See page 41.) Roads in all non-gated neighborhoods in Westchase outside of West Park Village will be repaved between October and May. Work will start in October in Glenfield and should end in May 2018 with Montague Street in West Park Village. (See page 41 for the list and rough schedule.) Collazo thanked Goldstein for his work and said he would also like to recognize former Director Joe Odda as instrumental in starting the project. Director Joaquin Arrillaga added that Dereck Sams and the residents of Radcliffe were the ones who initially expressed the need for road improvements to the WCA and county.

Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz reported that the estimated year-end surplus would be $59,155.

Westchase Field Manager Doug Mays asked the board for permission to tap the West Park Village swimming pool’s electrical box to power a nano-bubbler in the canal next to the pool. He said the bubbler would produce oxygen in the canal that would stay in the water longer, resulting in cleaner water and healthier plants and fish. All voted to approve his request.

Ross thanked Mays for all his hard work for the community and Director Chuck Hoppe inquired about fishing in the ponds. Hoppe said he knew it wasn’t permitted but wondered what people should do if they saw someone fishing or net casting. Mays said the district policy was no fishing in the ponds. He said that if someone saw suspicious looking people fishing or people casting nets into the ponds, they should call the non-emergency sheriff number or the CDD office. He said that if it is after-hours, they can call the emergency CDD line. He stated there is usually a deputy who can come quickly to ask the people to leave.

Director Forrest Baumhover thanked Mays for the CDD’s help with after-school traffic in Kingsford. Mays said that they had received many complaints from residents about parents blocking driveways and parking so that no one else can get through. He said they were good residents to put up with it.

Hoppe said he wished there was more monitoring of speeding on Linebaugh Avenue around Radcliffe. Mays encouraged him and all concerned residents to call the CDD office if they saw a problem in their neighborhoods.

By Chris Barrett, Publisher

Posted Sept. 15, 2017

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