|Coggins, Gwynn & Andy||Submitted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 |
Dear Bluewater Bay Board Members,
This is another one of my letters that does not show up on your website, the page Contact Us has not worked for many months.
I would like to have this letter posted on your website, so other BWB residents can chime in if they wish:
Would you please bring this letter to the attention of the Board members before your next meeting.
1. Board meetings held in the morning on work days and at supper hour at other times seem designed to specifically make it impossible for anyone who lives in Bluewater Bay to attend. Is there any possibility of changing Board meetings to the evenings?. ie. After 7 pm?
2. Parks for outdoor lovers (and I am one of them) are wonderful, but not a necessity, especially in these economic times. Please delay park improvements (notice I did not say maintenance) until the economy is in better shape. Also please take advantage of the local garden club volunteers.
3. The idea of a 5-year Master Plan for Bluewater Bay seems like a way to entrench the ideas of the existing board members, and not leave any creative room for future citizens or board members. I am opposed to a 5-year Master Plan. Goals for the next 5 years might be a way of dealing with this issue for those who are determined to put their ideas forth now.
4. The suggestion of more sidewalks for Bluewater Bay as a whole is a very poorly-thought-out idea. The cost of digging up everyone's boulevards, getting the phone, cable, water and sewer lines all dug deeper, driveways being damaged, would be a ruinous cost to locals – no matter whose pocket the funds came out of. Please DO NOT put that in the goals for the future.
5. Instead of sidewalks, we would very much like to see white, flourescent lines painted along the edge of the roads so night drivers can see where their lanes are. At least three times a week, my husband, I and our dog have to scurry deep into the boulevards after dark to avoid being run over by drivers who don't know where their lanes are. This is a very poorly lit area.
6. Another benefit the white lines would hopefully have is that neighbors would stop parking their vehicles on our boulevards and smashing our underground water system sprinkler heads. (Which we have clearly marked, by the way, with 10 inch pipes containing a bright flower.)
7. The communication between the MSBU and the residents could use a lot of improvement. Despite letters that I have written to your website (which seems to be the only means of communication from us to you – and you don't even have the courtesy to list your email addresses to make that possible), the last letter to MSBU that appeared on your website from a resident was dated 24 May. Where are the other letters we, myself included, have written and why do we get no answers?
8. We have very strong feelings about this "new updated look" some directors are discussing. We happen to love the existing decor of Bluewater Bay. The problem is that no one on staff is ever asked to clean the entrance signs and the stack blocks. PLEASE CLEAN THEM.
9. My husband and I use a pressure washer to completely clean our sidewalks and driveway annually. This is a job that is certainly not done annually in Bluewater Bay. Why not?
10. And who is making all the decisions about floral arrangements? They seem to get changed awfully often. What happens to the flowers/shrubs? Some are still in good shape, and since our dollars paid for them, we would like to get some of them.
11. Another thing our dollars paid for is the beautiful (although very dirty) stack blocks in various places throughout Bluewater. There is talk of these blocks being removed. We don't want this to happen, but it it does, please make them available to local residents.
12. We really want communication about what is going on in Bluewater Bay. There used to be a newsletter that was delivered to residents. Presumably the website is taking its place, but how are new residents, and there are many, supposed to find your website?
13. It appears that Jerry Zivan is the Covenants Coordinator. How much is he paid for this? According to the Bay Beacon, he said he only attempts to enforce any issues about unsightly premises if he is specifically requested to do so by a neighbor. A couple doors down from us, there has been a car up on blocks for about 15 years. Those same people have a half-finished back fence and they let their two dogs out occasionally and they attack runners, bikers, people with strollers and other dogs on the walking trail behind Caribbean Way between Bluewater Bay Blvd and Bay Blvd.
14. That walking trail is SO APPRECIATED by the residents of Bluewater Bay, that even those from the other side of Highway 20 come to use it. The very narrow paved path is regularly cleared of branches and leaves, but unfortunately there is no upkeep for the many almost falling trees beside or hanging over the path.
Since all of us want Bluewater Bay to look as attractive as possible, may I suggest a "contest" for the well-kept properties? The prizes could be simple, inexpensive 5" x 7" plaques of mirror, with the prize wording engraved on each plaque. There could be many prizes: best kept rental yard, best residential property, best commercial site, and others. Then these could be divided into districts and people would learn Pride of Place.
We thank you for the good job you do, but would appreciate two-way communication.
Response: Thrusday, Sept 19, 2013
Thank you for the report. We will make every effort to correct the problem.
The website does not provide a "chat" room. The best way to forward your ideas is attending a board meeting.
1. Usually, we have 30 or 40 people attend our meetings. Many years ago an alternating schedule was developed to allow community members to attend the morning or evening session. We will be glad to bring this issue up at the first meeting of 2014, for consideration. The 2013 schedule has already been published.
2. Bluewater Bay has no public parks except for one small area in the Woodlands which is not maintained by the MSBU. The garden club helps select and maintain the flowers on Bluewater Boulevard and Bay Drive. A member is generally in attendance at meetings.
3. All great communities benefit from long range plans. It is the fiduciary responsibility of the MSBU Board to insure the community is well maintained and the beautification plans are established. The Board welcomes all ideas from the community.
4. One of the main requests in the last few years, from residents, was the lack of the sidewalks in Bluewater Bay. It is a pedestrian safety issue. In collaboration with the County the areas designated as the most in need of sidewalks have been addressed. Planned sidewalks do not impend on private property but are restricted to County right of ways under the authority of the MSBU. No resident driveways fall into this category.
5. This is an excellent idea. The roads are the responsibility of the County and we can certainly address the issue with the appropriate person.
6. The unassociated area roadways are the responsibility of the County and there is no ordinance prohibiting street parking. If someone is parked on your property, contact the Sheriff's Department.
7. We agree, there needs to be a clear line of communication with residents and the MSBU board. Going forward we are committed to answering correspondence in a more timely fashion. Please be patient as we make changes.
8. Our community is very unique and updating the signage and landscaping is prudent to maintain property values. The Board sought bids for quarterly cleaning of the signs, curbs and monuments within Bluewater Bay. Some cleaning has already taken place.
9. See the answer above.
10. The MSBU has a landscape contract which includes the planning of seasonal color. The Board members and garden club help with selections. It may be possible for residents to have the discarded plants. However, it may create problems determining who will receive the plants. Something to consider.
11. The blocks are remaining. Cleaning and sealing are underway.
12. We have discussed several options for communicating with residents including Social Media. This is a work in progress.
13. Mr. Zivan was one of the original developers and still holds the authority to enforce covenants. He is not paid by the MSBU or anyone for that matter. However, there is no mechanism in place to pay for legal options. Notification of violators is done but no further action is taken. This does not fall under the responsibility of the MSBU.
14. This very issue has been discussed and measures are being taken to address the safety issue of falling trees.
15. One of the items under consideration is the use of volunteers to handle some of the issues. Your idea is great. Would you like to volunteer?
|Kenney, John & Agnes||Submitted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 |
Board Members, As the MSBU is responsible for the upkeep and beautification of Bluewater Bay, we were wondering if you have any concerns about the 317 FT CELL TOWER to be erected on the Recreation Services - boat storage property on Bay Drive. A tower of this magnitude certainly is not going to enhance the beautification of this area.
It is bad enough that the Magnolia Course has closed down. Now, Recreation Services is looking for a change to the Bluewater Bay DRI to obtain variances to allow for the lease of this land for the cell tower to be built. It is time to stop these changes which are detrimental to the area!
This is an important situation that should be discussed at your meeting on Sept. 10 as the first Public Meeting addressing this is Sept. 17 at 8:30am at the County Commissioners Offices on Lewis Turner Blvd.
We certainly would like the MSBU Board to support us in opposing variance approval for this cell tower to be built.
Response: Monday, Sept 9, 2013
Your email has been forwarded to the MSBU's Board of Directors. If you would like to address the Board directly the next MSBU Board meeting will be Sept. 10th, 5:30 p.m. at the Regency Inn.
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