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WCA Board Hears Noise Complaints; Approves Tennis Tournament

At the November Westchase Community Association (WCA) meeting directors heard complaints about noise and approved a tennis tournament.

Their discussion over the estoppel fees charged by their management company, Greenacre Properties Inc., however, continued for the third straight month without a clear decision. 

Several West Park Village residents told directors that they were concerned about the noise level from Seafood Exchange, the new restaurant in the Westchase Town Center. They said that noise had been an issue with many of the previous tenants, which had bands play on the patio or played loud music over the patio speakers. They asked directors to come up with an immediate short-term solution but said that there needed to be a long-term solution as well. “It’s not about the management company,” said one resident. “It is the fact that a bar/grill is not suitable for the location.”

The other resident said that she could not block the noise out even when she turned her television up and said that you could often hear the thump from the music in the alley behind her townhome as well as the townhomes behind hers. Board Vice President Rick Goldstein said that he had talked to Hillsborough County and relayed the issue and that they were supposed to be calling him back with possible solutions. [Editor’s note: While the WCA has deed restriction enforcement power over association homes, its authority does not extend over commercial properties. Thus, the association traditionally works with county agencies to address resident complaints about commercial properties.]

Goldstein also reported that road construction on Linebaugh Avenue was supposed to be completed by February 2018. In the shorter term, the next phase of the project to replace an 18-inch reclaimed water line would include construction at the intersections of Linebaugh Avenue and Gretna Green Drive and Linebaugh Avenue and Montague Street.

Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz reported that annual assessments were sent to households earlier in November and that the West Park Village pool was operating on winter hours. She said she would be getting bids for painting the facilities and replacing pool chairs. Board President Ruben Collazo commended Program and Facilities Manager Kelly Shires and his crew for replacing straps on the chairs so that they could be used for several years but agreed that it was time to replace them.

All directors agreed to table a Shires homeowner’s appeal for 60 days while the homeowners wait for approval and permits from the county.

All agreed with Board Secretary Keith Heinemann’s suggestion to appoint Jeffrey Seligsohn to the WOW, Inc. Board of Directors.

All voted in favor of giving year-end gifts to association staff and non-staff.

After hearing more information from Westchase residents Eric Pogue and Sean O’Donnell about a Westchase Charitable Foundation tennis tournament that Pogue has proposed to bring to Westchase, directors voted 4-2 in favor of allowing Pogue to proceed with planning the program. The motion allows alcohol only at the gala event for two hours, permits use of the Westchase logo for one time and appointed Goldstein and Director Ashley Wait as liaisons between the board and the event organizers. Arrillaga and Heinemann cast the dissenting votes. Arrillaga said he was against the event because he didn’t think the facilities should be blocked from resident use for that period of time and added that he did not like the precedent it would create.

Director Wait, however, responded, “How many times have people asked to do these types of things? If it has never happened, it is very unlikely that it will happen again.”

Directors approved Goldstein’s motion to allow the Westchase Seniors Tennis Program to reserve Court 8 in West Park Village on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9 – 11 a.m. Director Brian Ross asked Goldstein how he had come to the decision when there had been a complaint from a resident about the standing reservation (that resident also asked how they could get the same treatment). Goldstein asked, “Have we fallen so low that we’re going to listen to someone who is jealous of 80-year-old tennis players?” He said it would be nice if people were more concerned with helping others than tearing down a group.

Directors once again began discussing the estoppels issued by Greenacre Properties, Inc. (GPI) and once again agreed that they needed more information before making a decision. Estoppels are requested by title agents on behalf of home buyers to ensure that titles of purchased homes will be transferred free of liens, judgments and fines and to ensure association dues and capital contributions are paid in full. All voted in favor of Director Ross discussing the matter with legal counsel to see how much their fees would be if his firm handled the communication. Subsequently Collazo will meet with Greenacre representatives to discuss the matter.

By Marcy Sanford

Posted Nov. 15, 2017

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