Friday, May 1, 2009

FVCSA Board of Directors Meeting

The FVCSA Board of Directors held its monthly meeting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 28, at The Smith House. Discussion included the following:
  • Elliott Eisenberg has resigned from the Board because he and his family are relocating and his home is for sale. Under the Association's By-Laws, the remaining 6 Directors will choose a replacement to serve until the next election in the fall of 2009. Elliott also served as Treasurer, so the Board will be selecting a Director to succeed him in that role.
  • Before the meeting, the Board met in executive session with Wilkin & Guttenplan, the Association's auditors, to review the audit of financial statements for the 2008 fiscal year. With Elliott's resignation, the Association's Vice President Av Magram reported on the meeting. He said that in their discussion with the Board, the auditors commented that the Association should update its policy on long term capital reserves and increase reserve funding. Av noted that there will be a meeting at The Smith House on May 5 at 7:30 pm to discuss the Association's reserves policy with all of the parcel chairs and parcel finance chairs.
  • There was a very lively discussion about the Landscape Committee's recommendation that Brickman not apply pre-emergent weed killer or fertilizers in the Common Area. The Board adopted the Committee's recommendation by a vote of 4 in favor to 1 opposed, with 1 abstention.
  • By unanimous vote, the Board approved a proposal made by Director Mari Molenaar for development by AtHomeNet of a new community website, at a first year cost not to exceed $960, and $840 per year for subsequent years, to be paid from the General Fund Operating account.
  • By unanimous vote, the Board tabled a proposal by the Landscape Committee to approve plantings at both detention basins by landscaper Forever In Bloom, at a cost not to exceed $3,990. The Board will consider this proposal further after our primary landscape contractor Brickman completes work on a proposed master landscape plan for Princeton Landing.
  • By unanimous vote, the Board rejected a proposal by the Landscape Committee to approve the collection and transfer of pine needles to areas along the Loop Road by landscaper Forever In Bloom at a cost not to exceed $1200 to be paid from the General Fund Landscape Other account.
  • By unanimous vote, the Board approved the appointment of the Felsen Insurance Agency as the Association's insurance broker, effective on the execution by FVCSA of a "broker of record" letter. The Board noted that the Association has terminated its risk consulting agreement with ICA Risk Consulting, at a cost savings of $1500 per month.
  • By unanimous vote, the Board approved for the 2009 season a "pool exchange program" allowing residents of Parcel 1 to use the pool at The Smith House and allowing residents of all other parcels to use the pool in Parcel 1, on the same basis as in past years (i.e., with no change in cost allocations to any of the parcels.)
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will take place at 7:30 pm on May 26, 2009, at The Smith House. All members of the Association are welcome to attend.


jonathan Latimer said...

I find one of the items reported in these notes from the Board meeting disturbing. At the recommendation of the Landscape Committee, the board voted not to apply pre-emergent weed killers or fertilizers to the common areas. This action is very likely to cause a deterioration in the look of the PL landscape, reducing the community’s appeal and consequently its property values. It will also end up costing us more in maintenance fees because the growth of weeds and other undesirable plants, such as crabgrass and poison ivy, will not be prevented or inhibited. Instead, these pests will have to be dealt with after they have become established, which is much more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. All in all, not a good idea.

On the other hand, the Board was completely right in rejecting the Landscape Committee’s proposal to spread pine needles on the loop road. Pine needles are notorious for bringing in unwanted insects and plant seeds. And needles are not as effective as mulch in controlling weeds. They just cover up the problem until it becomes really serious.

Mary Beth Dixon said...

Jonathan - Research shows that property value increases when more people are civically involved. Part of civic involvement means attending meetings and voicing your opinion. As residents, we have a monthly opportunity to make our voice heard to the board. If you are are really disturbed, why don't you attend the board meetings regularly? I attend. And I voiced my support to follow landscaping's recommendation. When I moved into Princeton Landing a year ago, I was drawn to the development because the information about it led me to believe it was environmentally focused. I was horrified when I attended my first board meeting and came to learn that toxic chemical were used on the grass. I walk my dog in the neighborhood, and don't want her getting sick from the pre-emergent. I also see people fishing in the canal and don't want them poisoned because of the runoff because people are afraid to try something new. There are people in our development who know how to seed properly and create beautiful landscaping without toxic chemicals. The health and environmental costs are too high for us to continue using toxic chemicals.

Karen Stray Nolting said...

Just an editorial note: Jon Latimer is a former member of the FVCSA Board of Directors. When he was on the Board, he was liaison to the Landscape Committee. He has also been Parcel 1 Landscape Chair. He resigned from the Board 4 years ago for health reasons.

Jon has edited more than 50 gardening books and was co-author and editor of over 20 nature guides. Before moving to Princeton, he was Reference Publisher at Houghton Mifflin where he worked with Roger Tory Peterson and other eminent science writers. He was also Publisher at Golden Press where he produced the Golden Guides and Golden Field Guide series.

Jon contributes to this blog from time to time as our Nature Guide. I am Jon's co-author on children's and adult field guides and co-editor on gardening books.