Emerald Lakes Board of Directors Open Meeting July 24, 2021
by Kathy Leslie-Whelan
Meet the Candidates was held this morning at 10:00 AM. The open meeting was held right after and was called to order at 11:35 AM. Six board members were present. Steve Kavanagh was absent. Assistant General Manager Nicole Clemens was also present. After the pledge of allegiance, Dave Borsos, President started his message by stating that we are in the height of summer. He also recognized the three members of the board that are currently running to maintain their seats. They are Chris Claude, Steve Kavanagh and Buz Whelan. The annual meeting will be held on August 21st on the Community Center grounds. If you cannot attend you are encouraged to vote by proxy votes. Your ballot goes directly to our outside accountant. In addition, all votes count towards quorum. Borsos stated that the fishing rodeo was a success. 34 kids participated and caught 88 fish. He thanked Pat and Eric Bergstrom for organizing the event and all the members that participated to make this event successful. Every child walked away with a prize. Borsos also thanked Wal-Mart for the hot dogs and buns and juice boxes, Emerald Lakes Association for the ice cream, Pocono Boat House for the fishing gear donations and the toys that were donated by the Borsos family.
Buz Whelan made a motion to accept the June’s 2021 minutes. It was seconded by Bill Baehr and passed unanimously.
Bill Baehr gave the Treasurer’s report. He stated that for the month of June the Association operated within budget. Operating costs were $158.8K and are within budget. Receipt deposits were $178.8K. Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) collections were $22.8K year to date and are on track to exceed the budgeted amount. Permits were $3K. Public Safety citations were $2.4K. Compactor card revenues were $2K. Rental income was $9.8K. Reserve income was $131.5K. Incomes of dues to date are at 63.17% for a total of $456.9K. This figure includes dues income, prior year’s dues, dues interest, dues late fees, payment plan income and collection fees. The amounts of dues billed are $2.3M. Delinquency collections for June are $13.2 K under special plan collections, $12.2 K under Sunrise Collections and $2.5K under attorney collections.
Bob Leon made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report. It was seconded by Ange Noonan and passed unanimously.
Under New Business
- A vote/resolution #0724-2020-01 was passed on updated Rules and Regulations. The motion was made by Bill Baehr and seconded by Bob Leon. It passed with 5 yes votes and 1 absent member.
- Discussion on the ELA Newsletter boxes at the mailboxes started but will continue at a later date. The discussion included sending the newsletter out electronically and procuring or building boxes to be placed at the three mail stations and compactor.
Under Old Business:
- The indoor and outdoor pools are open and things are going well. The attendants are scanning IDs at both pools. Currently the indoor pool is heated to 82 degrees for the water and 84 degrees for the air. The outdoor pool is heated to 82 degrees.
- The work at the dams has been completed. Leaky valves were repaired at Mountain Top Lake and Pine Tree Lake. The valves will be opened quarterly to see that they are operational.
- Clover Bridge repairs will commence hopefully this summer. The guardrail designs are in for approval/permits. The bridge is currently safe but there is an issue that will be corrected before a problem can occur.
- The work at the Community Center is moving forward. There are still issues with getting materials. Changes are being made to make it more user friendly for all.
- Paving started about 1 month ago. Bowstring and sections in the Estates are completed. Speed bumps are the last item on the list and will be installed at Main Beach and the outdoor pool.
- The fishing rodeo was a success. All fish were catch and release. 13 pool attendants were hired for the summer. Two have left already so we are down to 11. 4 of the attendants plan on working all year round.
- With the new rules implemented by the General Manager we are spending less money at the compactor.
- The research is ongoing to identify an individual/firm as a website designer.
Due to the fact that no committees have met since the last Board of Directors meeting, there were no committee reports.
Bob Leon stated according to Zillow this morning 15 homes are available for sale. 1 home has been on the market for more than 289 days and 12 for fewer than 90 days. The price ranges from $200K to $900K.
Bill Behr commended Darryl Gamble and his staff for getting the two pools up and running.
Chris Claude stated that there is a lot of work going on behind the scene on the pools. Currently, there are talks with staff at the Y to start swim classes for kids.
Kathy Leslie Whelan stated that she wanted to give a shout out to Cathy Borsos for her volunteering at the fishing rodeo. She helped by cutting up the worms for the kids.
Three (3) new members were welcomed to the Community.
Chris Claude made the motion to adjourn. It was seconded by Buz Whelan and every other board member present. Meeting adjourned at 12:15 PM.
Reporters Note: I write these reports based on notes taken during the meeting. I get no special consideration or cooperation from the board. I try my best to report accurately, but occasionally mistakes will be made. I invite correction and have no desire to intentionally mischaracterize any comments or actions.