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WCA Establishes Chess Program; Shifts Fall Garage Sale Date

The April 10 meeting of the WCA Board saw directors establish a new program and cast a divided vote on rescheduling the fall garage sale due to Yom Kippur.

Chelmsford Voting Member (VM) Bill Dennis began the session by commending the Westchase Community Association (WCA) and Greenacre Property Management. “I have noticed a big difference in the neighborhoods now that Greenacre has been going around checking on the neighborhoods more,” he stated. “I’d like to thank them for doing a good job.”

WCA President Nancy Sells was absent from the meeting.

Director Joe Odda reported that there had been a temporary setback for a proposed dog park on vacant land next to the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Hillsborough County representatives had originally told Odda and the WCA Dog Park Task Force that the county owned the land. Recently questions have arisen about whether the county or the library owns the land. Odda said a county lawyer was looking into the matter and county representatives were developing a list of alternate locations.

All directors voted in favor of appointing Shawn Yesner to the Swim and Tennis Committee as a neutral member. The committee is supposed to be made up of five members: two from tennis programs, two from swim programs and one neutral person. WCA Vice President Ken Blair said the board needed to determine what made a person a neutral party. Director Joaquin Arrillaga made a motion that the neutral participant be defined as someone who is not (nor has any family member who is) an active participant in an organized swim or tennis team. All directors voted in favor.

Director Dyan Pithers said she had not been able to attend the last Swim and Tennis Committee meeting but that it had been brought to her attention that there was a problem with players from other communities taking the spots on Westchase United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams that should be going to Westchase residents. She suggested that something needed to be done to make sure the captains of the Westchase USTA teams were adhering to Westchase association rules. Directors agreed to ask Tennis Pro Roberto Calla to make sure each captain receives a packet including the WCA rules for tennis teams in addition to the USTA information. Directors also stipulated that residents have a preregistration period where they can get spots on teams before nonresidents.

All directors voted in favor of allowing “We’re Here to Help,” a local nonprofit whose mission is to mentor economically and academically disadvantaged college-bound students, to use the Swim and Tennis Center’s activity room for a luncheon for students, parents and board members.

WCA Manager Debbie Sainz reported that the association sent out 1,770 deed-restriction violation letters to homeowners during February and March. Pithers said she had received a complaint from a resident who received three violations, which were all mailed out separately. She asked if the violations couldn’t be sent together to save money on postage. Sainz said she would check to see if that could be done.

Sainz also reported that the storage room at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center has started separating from the rest of the building. Sierra Construction is coming out to look at the problem.

Documents Review Committee Chair Dale Sells reported that at their April meeting Westchase Voting Members approved sending proposed amendments to the Westchase Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCRs) and Bylaws out to homeowners for polling. Residents should have received the revised documents by mid-April and are asked to return them by May 20. Proposed amendments to the Westchase Single Family Residential Guidelines are being reviewed by the WCA’s attorney and will be presented to VMs at their May meeting.

In other actions, all directors voted in favor of suspending the use rights of owners who are delinquent in their annual assessments. Directors also unanimously voted to start a new chess program at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

Sainz reported that the association had received a request to change the date of the fall garage sale because it fell on the same date as Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, considered the holiest day of the year by observant Jews. Board members voted 4-2 with Dyan Pithers and Joe Odda casting the dissenting votes to change the date of the fall garage sale from Oct. 4 to Nov. 1. Pithers said she felt it was unwise to make changes of established events based on a religious calendar. Odda felt it was unwise to hold the garage sale the day after Halloween.

Percy Legendre, a representative from the WCA’s accounting firm, Bashor & Legendre, LLP, reviewed the WCA’s 2013 audit for board members. The WCA has revenue of approximately 1.9 million dollars from assessments, World of Westchase advertising, and program fees. The WCA’s expenditures are approximately 1.8 million dollars. Residents can request the full audit from the WCA. All voted in favor of establishing a separate line item in the budget to hold a quarter of the association’s operating expenses in reserve.

The next WCA Board meeting is scheduled for May 8 at the WCA Offices at 10049 Parley Dr.

By Marcy Sanford


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