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Notice is hereby provided that a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of THE RIVER WATCH HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC., was held as follows: 

DATE:    Monday, June 15, 2015 

Time:     7:00 PM 

Place:    Tarpon Springs Community Center  

               400 South Walton – Tarpon Springs, FL 



1.      Establish Quorum and Proof of Notice – Present: Bill P, Frank H, Mark R, Evelyn C and Property Manager Sue M.  (Ed Z  Arrived 7:20 PM) 

2.      Call Meeting to Order – 7:01 PM 

3.      Minutes of Last Meeting: 

3.1.   May 18, 2015 – (Evelyn to edit out 5.4.3 and add it to June Meeting notes) Mark motioned to accept, Frank 2nd  

4.      Report of Officers  

4.1.   Treasurer’s Report – Deferred Maintenance took a Massive hit.  Asked about possibly using a Liquid Duke Energy backed investment account During May meeting.  Sue collected information and ran it by the attorney.  Because the funds in the account are NOT insured and guaranteed, we are not able to utilize this type account. 

4.1.1.Delinquency Update – TEN current delinquent, five are one year only, of the five ONE is making payments – meaning we are down to five at multiple years delinquent.   ONE of which is due to be FORECLOSED on, if FULL PAYMENT is not received by 6/24/15.  Liens are to go forward on all other properties.  ONE Property, we are going to move forward with a Full Foreclosure Evelyn Motioned. Bill 2nd. (or is that the one on 6/24)  

5.      Committee Reports/Violations Spreadsheet Update 

5.1.   Architectural Review Committee – several active projects in the community.  Question if Tin Roofs are allowed.  Not sure if this is specified specifically.  To address at the July Meeting.  

5.1.1.  One home has erected a “pallet type fence” Contact with homeowner to be made.  Even IF they submitted an arch. Form – these type fences are NOT allowed.  From the conversation at the meeting, the Home Owner has said they will not comply?            Contact Attorney (NOTE: Home Owner – While the Association pays the cost of this upfront, these fees are added to your tab.  Can we charge the 18% on top of this?

5.2.   Fining Committee and Yard of the Month/Quarter 

5.2.1. Fining will be done of violators in July, if violations are not remedied.  Last month 31 violation letters were sent out.            For those violators who are due to be fined in July – they will be, if violations are NOT addressed.                 The process Property Managers need to go through in the deed restriction violation/fining process is a long, drawn-out process.  Violators are NOT being hit with fines “out of the blue”.  There is PLENTY of time to address issues or to put a plan in place.                 Community member asked if there was any correlation between home OWNER or RENTER and violations.  Sue said we do not know who is renting and who is an owner.  Working on trying to identify owners vs. renters.  Spreadsheet in progress.                 Members asked what can be done with the residents who appear to take joy in having a home that looks like a dump?  Sue said as long as they bring the property back into compliance, “the same thing all over again” is a new instance.  Sue to research if there is ANYTHING else we can do.                 Home Owner who lives next to a chronic violator who spends much time taking care of their property, has been infested with ants from the violator.  Do these homeowners have recourse?  

5.3.   Violations Spreadsheet Update – see 5.2.1 above 

5.4.   Crime Watch – Sign-up for newsletters with Jan at jan.causey@gmail.com
For updates and information: 
Tarpon RiverWatch Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/TarponRiverWatch?ref=hl  Tarpon Springs Police https://www.facebook.com/TarponSpringsPoliceDepartment?fref=nf   

5.4.1. LAST DAY of SCHOOL.  One of our children was being dropped off at his home, a driver was very much in a hurry and kept honking for the Bus Driver to MOVE.  When the bus driver started to continue (took the STOP sign down) the vehicle sped past the bus and flipped her off.            As the bus came around the corner a projectile broke through the bus window, narrowly missing one of FOUR witnesses ON THE BUS.            Added it here.   

5.5.   Car hit a woman on a bicycle at the exit of Riverwatch.   

5.5.1.The area up front has been cleaned up so it is easier to see pedestrians and bicyclists, walking, running, riding bike along US HWY 19 … the question on rather or not a sign should be erected to warn drivers.  Evelyn feels that puts US into a Liability issue.  Table for now.  Sue to research?  (NOTE: The STOP Sign at the exit is BEFORE we get to the sidewalk?) 

6.      Unfinished Business 

6.1.   Camera Proposal – Bids and Proposals are being gathered this month.  The camera committee asked what our budget is now for the project.  Un-sure at this time.  Because of the wall, the funds we DID have, have been tapped.  Long conversation as to how to proceed.  Get bids on each area.  Lease versus Buy.  Since the camera issue first came up, there have been several instances where the cameras may have assisted. 

6.2.   Pasco Drainage Project – homeowners (of affected homes) should be notified soon. 

6.3.   Playground – Equipment provider no longer answering the phone.  Equipment damage/deterioration.  Sue to talk attorney. 

6.4.   Culverts need to be cleaned out and regraded.  

6.5.   Painting Pump Station Walls – City is saying it is actually OUR responsibility.  Researching further.  It needs pressure washed, painted, and stucco needs refreshed.   

7.      New Business 

7.1.   Website – Ed wants a “professional website” Evelyn is against spending money on something ED himself says no one uses.   

7.1.1.Discussion ensued.  One member said they almost didn’t buy their home because TarponRiverWatch.com is just Evie’s blog. 

7.1.2.Two people at the meeting said they received a virus from the site.  Evelyn has gone through it, no virus. Evelyn contacted the vendor who hosts the server the site is on.  There IS NO virus.   

7.1.3.When surfing the Internet, it is IMPARETIVE to Have and USE Anti-Virus software. 

7.2.   Sue is a property manager of several other local communities.  This past week one of her other properties had a meeting that Officer Ulrich attended.  He told the community the Streets MUST have 20’ clearance (with a car parked) to allow street parking.  The roads of that community ARE 20’ NO Street parking.  (the asphalt of our streets are 20’ wide) 

7.2.1.This is the same person who said WE couldn’t stop people from parking on the road?  Sue to follow up with Officer Ulrich. 

7.3.   Home owner asked for a letter to be read at our meeting.   

7.3.1.Ed objected. If the home owner doesn’t attend the meeting, we shouldn’t read the letter. 

7.3.2.Sue said it was OK (before a discussion on reading or not started), she has talked with the Home Owner and worked through the issues. 

8.      If you have any issues or error messages – please e-mail them to me at TarponRiverWatch@Gmail.com 

9.      Adjournment 8:05 PM Bill Motioned Mark 2nd  


Notes By Evelyn 




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