ROTONDA MEADOWS/VILLAS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING
DECEMBER 14, 2016
The duly noticed Board of Directors’ meeting for the Rotonda Meadows/Villas Conservation Association was held on Wednesday December 14, 2016. The meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. Directors present were Noel Andress, John Brandenberger and Peter Traverso. Also present were Association Managers Dianne Beymer and Tim Freeman, Andre deQuervain and Tony Fiore from Fiore Construction and five members.
A quorum of the Board was present so the meeting could proceed.
The order of business was suspended to allow Fiore Construction to address the Board. Andre deQuervain presented revised plans for the house they had originally proposed building as a model, but now have a buyer who owns four lots on Blue Hen. The Board reviewed the plans, and discussed the changes.
Prior to the Board voting whether or not to approve the plans, Noel Andress opened the discussion to the members present. The owners who live nearby think the house will not fit in with the other homes in the neighborhood. Mr. deQuervain said it would bring people and interest to the area. Peter Traverso said he was not sure it would help Meadows/Villas. He feels it is a radical idea and cannot support it. Noel Andress also said he cannot support the concept and will not jeopardize the future of Meadows/Villas by allowing the controversial design. On a MOTION by Peter Traverso, seconded by John Brandenberger, the Board voted unanimously to deny Fiore Construction’s request to build a home with a flat roof.
Mr. deQuervain and Mr. Fiore exited the meeting at 12:25 p.m. and the order of business resumed.
On MOTION by John Brandenberger, seconded by Peter Traverso, the Board agreed unanimously to approve the Minutes of the November 16, 2016 Board Meeting as submitted.
The checkbook, bank statements and Trial Balance reconcile. Expenses are in line with the budget with the exception of Legal, which exceeded the budgeted amount due to expenses related to the power and paving projects. This line item was increased on the 2017 budget to allow for continuing legal expenses associated with these projects.
Deed Restrictions: None
FPL Project Update: Tim Freeman spoke with Derek Rooney, who explained progress on this issue is slow at the County level, but did get some new information. He said the County attorney’s office is stonewalling the association. Janette Knowlton continues to reference the former opinion that states an MSBU can’t be created for power because the County doesn’t own the entity (FPL). Derek Rooney will keep working on this issue; he wants proof of the opinion as he has never seen it. The Board needs to get the support of at least three commissioners.
Mr. Rooney said the County attorney’s office is responsive on the MSBU split and they’re already working on it. The Board wants the scope of the MSBU expanded to include power (streets, drainage and power).
Road Paving: Tim Freeman is keeping in touch with MSBU advisor Tara Musselman regarding splitting the Meadows/Villas MSBU into two separate MSBUs.
Water/Sewer Connection Fees: Table until other issues have been resolved.
Election of Officers: John Brandenberger proposed the following slate:
Noel Andress President
Peter Traverso Vice-President
John Brandenberger Secretary-Treasurer
On a MOTION by Peter Traverso, seconded by John Brandenberger, the Board agreed unanimously to elect the slate of officers presented.
Fiore Construction Proposal: Discussed above.
Tim Freeman presented proposals from Jim’s Complete Lawn Service for trimming palms at the entrances ($625) and top dressing mulch and fertilize palms ($1,720). On a MOTION by John Brandenberger, seconded by Peter Traverso, the Board agreed unanimously to trim palms, top dress mulch, add Epson salt and fertilize palms at entrance.
Rotonda Sands was going to take the palms that need to be removed along Gasparilla Road, but couldn’t reach an agreement with them. Tim Freeman said he can get West County to remove them for a reasonable fee, but Kenny Anderson is out of town; when he returns, Mr. Freeman will address it with him.
John Brandenberger asked for an update on illegal activity on the lakes and other areas. Tim Freeman said Deputy Burke is putting together a map of the area and deputies are patrolling more frequently. Off-duty deputy patrols have been very helpful, and arrangements will be made for patrols over the Christmas holiday. Tim Freeman advised owners present to call the Sheriff’s office to report shooting in the area.
A Department of Defense contractor asked for permission to conduct radio frequency testing in Meadows and Villas. They will be driving around in cars with balloons on top.
Payables: Payables were reviewed and checks signed.
Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at noon.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.