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WCA Board Grants Pool Vending Machines a Reprieve

Directors decided to give the pool vending machines one more chance at the April Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors meeting.

Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz presented directors with a proposal from Rolys Vending to take over operations and basic maintenance of the vending machines at the swim and tennis centers on Countryway Boulevard and in West Park Village. The vendor agreed to stock the machines, provide basic maintenance and give the WCA 10 percent of the proceeds from the machines. Board Treasurer Forrest Baumhover said that the machines were there to provide a service to the community and if an outside vendor could make it work, they were worth salvaging. He pointed out that currently the machines were usually broken because WCA staff was trying to maintain the machines themselves. “If it’s profitable, it will be a service to the community. If it’s not, we’ll get rid of them.” Directors voted to authorize Sainz and Baumhover to execute the contract with the vendor.

Summer Camp Director Garrett Lemos’ request to add an optional field trip to Busch Gardens for summer camp attendees was unanimously approved.

Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz reported that association programs had grossed $25,000 for the month due in part to families signing up for summer camp and private swim lessons.

All directors voted in favor of suspending the use rights of the WCA facilities for homeowners who were more than 90 days delinquent in paying their 2018 annual assessments until the assessment and fees were paid in full. The suspension pertains to owners, owner’s renters, guests and invitees.

All directors voted in favor of moving Phil Renaldi from an alternate member of the Modifications Committee to a full-time member.

All voted in favor of appointing Harbor Links Voting Member Nancy Sells, West Park Village Voting Member Mary Griffin, Harbor Links Resident Carolyn Rogers and Vineyards Voting Member Lynn Adamson to the ad-hoc paint palette committee.

Directors considered a request to extend the exception of the 50 percent WCA Member Rule on USTA Teams for the 2.5 and 4.0 level teams. Currently 36 percent of the members of the 2.5 team are Westchase residents and 24 percent of the 4.0 team are residents. Non-residents have to pay an additional $25 fee to use the courts during tournaments. Facilities Manager Kelly Shires recommended that the board extend the exception for the 2.5 team because the team is still new and was working to recruit new members. He said the 4.0 members had said that they were not going to pay the $25 fee and had begun using other courts outside of Westchase for their tournaments. Ultimately directors decided to extend the exception for the 2.5 team for another year and to take no action on the 4.0 team’s request.

Directors heard from a Woodbay/Bennington Resident who had some questions about how many plants she needed to plant as well as spacing of the plants. The resident had been working with Sainz but her first attempt to correct the violation had not been completely successful. Directors encouraged her to continue to work with Sainz and said that if the violation was corrected by May 8, the fine would be rescinded.

Sainz presented the board with bids to redo the WCA website but since the bids were not comparable, directors agreed that they’d like to go back to the drawing board and request more specific bids. Director Ashley Wait asked why the website needed to be redone if it was now working. Board President Ruben Collazo said the current website was old and outdated and not user friendly.

Ross told the board that he thought a bad precedent was set when the board president sent out a message telling residents that parking restrictions would not be enforced over Easter weekend. “At some point there is going to be some knucklehead as president and do we really want to set the precedent? I also felt it was unnecessary. The property manager knows her job.”

Ross added that he thought the board president did not have the right to lift restrictions and that he had exceeded his authority.

All WCA Board Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for May 10, 7 p.m. at the WCA offices at 10049 Parley Dr.

By Marcy Sanford

Posted April 16, 2018

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