Greetings and Happy New Year,

Here is a recap of the events of the calendar year just ended, with a look forward to the new year.

At the annual meeting on December 5, Frank DeSteno announced that he was ending his tenure as board President. Here is a list of some of the things Frank did over the past two years:

First, under his leadership, the entry way remediation project was completed and paid for. This was a big job, including removing the palms, leveling the surface, repairing the irrigation and electrical systems, planting three new palms, and then doing the final plantings. Frank was able to find affordable contractors. With Craig Rapihana’s help, the fill-in plantings on the island were done within the remainder of the budget.

Second, Frank hired a contractor to paint the perimeter wall, which involved spray washing, repairing cracks, sealing, priming, and adding two final coats of paint. The final touch came when Thomas Ruthz volunteered his time to paint the lettering and the butterflies. Overall, comments have been complimentary. This project has nearly depleted the wall painting reserve account, so that the account will need to be replenished before the wall needs to be painted again.

Third, Frank hired a new landscaping business, with the help of Nick Stine. Our former landscaper did not always complete the work or did the work poorly. So far, Peacock Landscaping is doing a good job and we have renewed their contract for 2024.

Fourth, Frank had the storm water retention system inspected, approved and permitted, so that no further action will be needed on this until 2028.

Fifth, Frank approved the placement of two new “No Trespassing” signs in response to homeowner complaints that strangers were coming onto their properties to fish in our ponds.

Finally, and probably most importantly, Frank accomplished everything on budget, even as the cost of most things went up. While we did have an increase in dues last year to pay for everything, our dues this year went down, as Frank had predicted.

As Joe Stewart said at the annual meeting, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Frank for his two years of service. He stepped in after the untimely and unexpected death of Gary Walsh and accomplished a lot. We will miss him and his leadership. Thank you, Frank.

At the board meeting following the annual meeting, Nick Stine was elected to replace Frank. The board has pledged to give Nick their full support. Under his leadership, we hope to be more proactive in keeping our neighborhood looking attractive and appealing. The first meeting of the new board is currently scheduled for March 27th.

The rest of the board is comprised of Joe Stewart, vice president, Nancy Woodrow, treasurer, Mary Lynn Endter, secretary, with Vivia Martin and Craig Rapihana as directors. Nancy, Vivia and Craig’s terms will end in December 2024. Please keep that in mind if you have an interest in serving on the board in 2025.

As for me, I will be working earnestly on rewriting our governing documents, with the help of Nancy and Gina Palanzi. My goal is to have them ready for homeowners approval at the annual meeting in December 2024. I have agreed to be on the board for two more years. If anyone would like to take over as secretary after that, just let me know.

Please feel free to contact me at my personal email with any questions or concerns:

Thank you, and again Happy New Year.
Mary Lynn
January 08, 2023

P.S. Don’t forget to pay your dues no later than January 31st.