Happy May Day! Feliz Cinco de Mayo. April Showers bring May flowers. Mother May I? Well, that is all that I can think of for a string o f references involving May. So here is my May column
It Takes a Village!
Another Annual Work Party is in the books. This is one of my favorite Blue Ridge events. It is a real chance to meet some people you may not know and work beside your neighbors to make a real impact on the parks and community facilities that we all own and share.
There were work activities in all three major spaces: The Beach Park, Woodbine Park and the Club House/Pool area. There were a range of tasks involved: planting, digging, hauling, sanding, painting and serving a delicious lunch afterwards. And more than 50 people of all ages showed up to help. With ambitious plans, not everything got completed but there is a sense of accomplishment when you can see the results of something you personally did.
We need to thank Steve Brunette , our Grounds and Facilities Chair and Michelle Morgan, our Association Manager for organizing and getting everything in place for the day. Check-out Steve’s column for some well-deserved kudos to some individuals who took the lead on various projects. And thank you to all that participated!
If you were unable to join us, you can still contribute $25 to help defer some additional costs to finish up the work.
It Takes a Committee!
In my effort to keep everyone informed on the association’s planning efforts, here is an update on the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC). The committee had its first meeting of the year with some new members. The committee is chaired by Andrea Durbin , Treasurer and includes myself (ex officio) and Steve Brunette from the Board as well as community members; Jane Caron, Marilyn Ernst, Josh Findley and Tony Perucca .
After identifying a process and establishing the groundwork in its first year of operation, the primary objective of the committee is to annually review our reserve study and update the list and cost of capital projects for the next 3-5 years. This then feeds in to the annual budget to determine our yearly reserve contribution and work requirements.
Special Project for 2018/2019. The committee will examine our dues structure to make a recommendation on whether or not to migrate to a single set of dues where all residents would have access to the pool and tennis facilities. The primary reasons to consider this change are that Blue Ridge would save administration costs and that it would more equitably spread the costs of maintaining our facilities across all residents. Our set-up is also unique in the HOA world. The committee will estimate those costs and identify ways to improve administration. With a little less than half of Blue Ridge residents electing not to be CM+ members, the committee will also explore the demographics and rationale for that choice. The committee will get community feedback through surveys and possibly “town meetings” if there are compelling reasons to go forward. This effort may take a while with a goal of making a recommendation by September 2019.
It Takes a Swimming Pool and some sun!
May also brings on the opening of the pool (May 12th) and the launch of swim team. It is the time when we start seeing each other out and about more, both at the pool and at our parks. Kids have grown since last year. Some of us have hair that is a bit greyer. It’s all good! Hope to see you around!