Westchase Board Addresses Resident Complaints; Votes to Hold Summer Camp

The Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors heard questions and grievances from residents during the open forum of their March 11 meeting.

A West Park Village resident said that her mail carrier was not able to deliver her mail because the mailbox was routinely blocked by parked cars. She said she was not the only resident on her street who had the problem and that one neighbor had told her he was parked in front of her house because otherwise he “would be blocking his mailbox.” Director Jim Brinker said he would help her find a solution to the issue.

A Greens resident told the board that one of the homes on her street had multiple big violations and that she and her fellow neighbors did not understand how those were allowed while they were getting notice for smaller violations. Westchase Community Association (WCA) President Shawn Yesner said he did not think there were big violations or small violations—just violations—but added that the house in question had received nine violation notices and that it was his understanding that the homeowners were working to fix them. Later in the meeting Community Association Manager Debbie Sainz reported that 759 violation letters were sent out to Westchase homeowners in February.

Bridges Voting Member Dawn Gingrich had questions for the board about a neighbor’s violation and the number of signatures needed to begin a Neighborhood-Specific Guideline amendment process. Yesner told her that the WCA legal counsel was looking into both issues.

Directors approved requests for two estate sales with the understanding that the sellers follow the WCA’s sale rules.

Board Vice President and WOW Member Heather Greeley-Hessefort nominated Harbor Links residents Sarah Crisafuli and David Vail as new members to the WOW Board and reappointed current WOW Board President Jon Stein. While this will increase the number of WOW Board members from five to six, Greeley-Hessefort said the WOW Board bylaws said there had to be a minimum of five members but did not specify a maximum number. She added that both Crisafuli and Vail were such strong candidates that she wanted to include them on the board.

Directors gave two residents more time to correct their violations and waived 90 percent of the violation fines for two residents since their violations had been corrected but the association had incurred legal fees during the notification process.

Directors voted 4-3 in favor of WCA Treasurer Dale Sells’ motion to replace the two-inch piping at the pool at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway with three-inch piping to improve cooling and heating efficiency. Directors Eric Holt, Keith Heinemann and Yesner cast the dissenting votes with Holt saying he thought the WCA should wait to replace the pipes until they had to replace the heater/cooler. Sells said, “My perspective is I like to do things that are preventative and not wait until it becomes an issue and I think there is a benefit to the increased efficiency.”

All directors voted in favor of holding summer camp at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard and asked Facilities Manager Kelly Shires to begin developing guidelines and a plan for safety protocols. All also voted in favor of installing a mini split air conditioning unit in the tennis cabana building at the facility.

Directors denied a resident’s request to install a food collection box at the association office on Parley Drive. They said they would be supportive of food drives but did not think a collection box would be beneficial. They also denied a resident’s request to refund money for private tennis lessons they were not able to take before former tennis pro Roberto Calla stopped teaching for the WCA. Sells pointed out that the association’s policy said that if the resident/non-resident had participated in 25 percent of the lessons/program, no refund was to be given. The resident in question had used half of the lessons. Directors also thought that since the lessons were purchased in June of 2020, there was plenty of opportunity for the resident to schedule the other two lessons before Calla left at the end of the year.

Directors adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

The next WCA meeting will be April 8 at 7 p.m.

By Marcy Sanford

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