BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Notice is hereby provided that a regular meeting
of the Board of Directors of THE RIVER WATCH HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC., is to be held as
DATE: Monday, July 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Tarpon Springs Community Center
400 South Walton – Tarpon Springs, FL
1. Establish Quorum and Proof of Notice: Present
Board: Ed Z, Frank H, Bill P, Mark R, Evelyn C. Property Manager: Sue
2. Call Meeting to Order: 7:02 PM
3. Minutes of Last Meeting:
June 15, 2014 – Mark Motioned to accept, Bill 2nd
4. Report of Officers
Treasurer’s Report – Mark Motioned to accept, Bill 2nd
4.1.1. Delinquency Update – One home,
we have started foreclosure process. Second home, process to be
started. One home making payments. TOTAL Delinquents (including these three) 9. ALL Delinquents EXCEPT the owner making payments are with the
IF the BANK forecloses, because of the “Safe Harbor Act” they only have
to pay 1% of the Original (verify with Sue)
4.1.2. Other Financial Info
How much is available for cameras? IF there are NO MORE expenses NOT already budgeted for, there is $10k
Budget Meeting to prepare for 2016 … use prior set-up, Sue to check with
Vendors for possible increases in 2016, build wish list expenses (cameras, website,
Either September meeting will be a week earlier or October meeting a week
later to build in the time needed for Homeowners to give feedback. Goal is APPROVE our 2016 budget at the October
5. Committee Reports/Violations Spreadsheet Update
Architectural Review Committee
5.1.1. Tin roofs – are they
allowed? Link to architecture review standard – no – must change these
to have a tin roof.
5.1.2. Architectural Review Standards were last updated in 2005. It may be time to look at current technologies and determine if it is time to
update our Standards?
5.1.3. Violators of our deed
restrictions, who flaunt them – attorney opinion: We can only do so much … and then we hit the wall of BAD
NEIGHBORS also buy into Deed Restricted communites.
When purchasing a home in a deed restricted community it IS part of the
purchasing agreement that you WILL abide by the documents. From
Evelyn’s understanding, Deed Restrictions only apply to those who seek to maintain and BUILD on what they
bought in the community FOR. (Verify with
We can fine up to $1,000. If
the home owner STILL will not comply we can go with mediation.
The cost of that is $3,000. This STILL does not mean the home
owner will comply.
Certified Letters cost $10.25
Beautification: Yard of the
Month/Quarter – Sign? Are we going to continue? Was there a benefit, since where it disappeared from is across the street
from a home that should be close to the fining? Mark had found
the sign. It disappeared again. Suggested to replace the sign and make a “spare” sign (NOTE: NO SIGNS ARE
IN OUR BUDGET)
5.2.1. Painting rear fence ~ Add this
to our October Community Work – Pot Luck – and Play Day.
5.2.2. Park / Playground – see also
6.3 (Playground Equipment) Playmart has stopped communicating with our Property Manager. Attorney is involved and
has sent a letter. Next recourse is money damages (we have to prove
our damages & cost to repair … then … we can sue. Eventually we
will be reimbursed for the attorney fees we MUST pay upfront.
The company told our Property Manager back when we had our first issue,
OUR playground set was part of the “DEFECTIVE Materials” they received.
Sue will contact another company to see what they can
5.2.3. Mulching and Planting – annual
mulching up front, along the entrance, playground.
5.2.4. River WATCH – view of the
river and pepper tree removal. ~ Add this to our October Community Work – Pot Luck – and Play Day.
Goals for the day (October): Paint the back fence and lift station,
remove pepper trees from our River View, other items as we find and THEN a Pot-Luck and cook-out in the
Watch for Community Newsletter (Cost .49 x 159 + copies … not in the
budget) Evelyn will update our Facebook Community page (free) and the website (CURRENTLY
5.2.5. Community Member said back in the early years of our community, RiverWatch
had a “Saturday Club” Members interested in starting up a Monthly “Saturday Club” Let’s Do
Violations Spreadsheet Update
5.3.1. How many
First? 3 Second?
13 Third? 12 Eight of the Twelve
are set for fining.
5.3.2. Fining Committee to be
scheduled. IF you are being fined, you will receive a certified (?
Crime Watch – PLEASE keep your vehicles and home LOCKED. People who have security cameras and you SEE something, PLEASE contact TSPD
as SAY something.
5.4.1. Tarpon Springs Police
Department NON-emergency number 727-938-2849
5.4.2. If you see something
suspicious call and needs to be addressed NOW call 911
6. Unfinished Business
Community Cameras – see 188.8.131.52.
Pasco Drainage – hurricane season is here. When is this slated to be done? No money for it now that they have collected all of the signatures
Playground equipment 5.2.2
Culverts need to be cleaned out and graded. Put into 2016 budget. Needs to
be done using surveys and elevations to draw water AWAY from the homes bordering the dry retention
Painting, stucco, upkeep of lift station – lift station to be added to
the 2016 budget. To Address paint during Our October “Fun
Island “No trespassing” Signs – volunteers to put up the signs – Make
this a winter project (water levels are usually lower)
Professional Community Website:
6.7.1. Cost $1,500 to
create. Then $15 – 20 monthly for “updates” (I think that would
probably be for the hosting … updates will STILL need to created by “one of us”)
6.7.2. Evelyn to bring suggestion to
Sign at 30 feet before STOP sign at the EXIT, warning Drivers of
Pedestrians and Cyclists, crossing the RiverWatch exit road at US 19. If there, then near the entrance also. Our community is an active community. Lots of children, walkers, runners, and cyclists. Encountering them outside our community should be a
6.8.1. Cost: No Cost Brought Motion:
Mark 2nd: Bill VOTE: Yes – 2
(Bill & Mark) No – 3 (Evelyn, Frank, Ed) STOP AT THE STOP SIGN. Do
NOT go THROUGH the STOP until you are SURE no one is going to cross the cross-walk.
Tree trimming and elevation – is numbering the trees
6.9.1.West wall (wall between Northern Tool and Riverwatch) Tree
Parking on our street: Width
of roads. All roads in Riverwatch are 20 feet wide. TECHNICALLY there should be NO parking on the road because there is NOT 20
feet of clearance with a parked car. Told that if we push the
“No Parking” the City of Tarpon Springs will install “NO PARKING” signs through-out our community at pre-set
distances, moving the sign so it is not in YOUR yard is not an option. It ALL keeps coming back to being GOOD neighbors and following the
Other Items Missed – Dues for 2016 – Community members pointed out it
looks like they will be going up – asked if we could change our dues from Annually to
Overwhelming agreement from those in attendance. Sue to ensure no issue by doing this.
7. New Business
Community members who are unable to come to the meeting being
7.1.1. Issues will be brought up by
neighbors, board members, property manager who CAN attend for those who cannot.
8. Adjournment – 8:22 PM Evelyn Motioned, Bill 2nd