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Jun 2019

Silver Ridge Park West Board of Trustees Meeting - April 8, 2019

Call to Order:  President Michael Pelonero called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  The meeting was held in accordance with the SRPW Governing Documents and Roberts Rules of Order, 11th Edition, and was recorded.
Pledge of Allegiance: Was led by President Michael Pelonero.
Opening Prayer:  Was led by Jack Easson.
Roll Call of Officers and Trustees: Lorraine Barbalinardo and Bernie Ernst were excused.  All other Officers and Trustees were present.
Correspondence: We received a request for a donation from the Manitou Park Volunteer Company No. 1.  Jack Easson made a motion to donate $50 to the fire company which was seconded by Lore Hultz.  All were in favor; motion carried.    We also received a thank-you letter for our donation last month to the Holiday City – Berkeley Volunteer First-Aid Squad.
Minutes of Preceding Meeting: March 11, 2019 Board of Trustee Meeting minutes:  Requested a motion to approve the March 11, 2019 Board of Trustee Meeting minutes as presented. Motion was made by Harry Walker to accept the minutes as presented and seconded by Rosemary Bahooshian. All were in favor; motion carried.  
Treasurer’s Report:  March 2019 Monthly Cash Disbursements/Cash Receipts Report was read by Lorraine Romero; she then read the bank accounts balances.  There being no questions the Treasurer’s Report will be filed in the library and printed in next month’s Sentinel.
Trustee Reports
Section 2:   Joe had nothing to report. 
Section 3:  Kathleen had nothing to report.  
Section 4:  Jim Egan had nothing to report.  
Section 5:  Harry reported a problem on Ely Court with underage people living in the house; Mike responded that this issue is being addressed.  Harry also reported that someone has been placing their trash on the common ground and another instance where someone must be moving or cleaning out and has placed a large amount of trash including a mattress on the curb; Berkeley Twsp. has been made aware of this.
Section 6:  Carol had an issue on Martinique and Northumberland that was taken care of.
Section 7:  Mary reported all is quiet.
Section 8:  All is quiet per Lore.
Section 9:  Rosemary also reported that all is quiet.
Section 10:  Jack had a complaint about a dog not being on a leash on Langley Road, which was reported to the office.  The next day the complaint was withdrawn by the caller.
Section 11:  Elizabeth received a complaint about a home under construction for quite a long time now but the back of the home has not been cleaned up during this time.  The construction is still on-going and Mike will call them.  Elizabeth also received a call about a homeowner who is rumored to be moving and intending to rent the home; Mike reminded her that we don’t deal with rumors.   There is also a home for sale with an illegal shed; Mike responded that the shed will be coming down before the sale is complete.  There is another problem with storing a snow plow and ski jet in a driveway; Mike will call this homeowner when he receives the address.
Mike informed Jack that the problem on Herald Court has been addressed and should be taken care of within sixty days. 
Committee Reports:
Architectural Control:   Letters were sent out to homeowners regarding three illegal sheds, including one that is for sale; the homeowner has assured us that the shed will be removed. 
By-Laws:  The attorney has sent us the completed drafts of the Covenants and Restrictions and the By-laws.  They will be distributed to the Trustees for their review this week. 
Codes:  We took care of the sheds.
Common Grounds and Forestry:  We continue to spend quite a bit on trees.  We have had several calls regarding branches on common grounds.  When we go to check it out, we are finding neatly piled branches that we have to pay for removal.  In case you don’t know and if you can, Berkeley will pick up branches with the garbage if they can be tied up into small bundles.
Recreation:  Barbara Padellaro reported that the Food Bank Bingo was held yesterday.  It was well attended; participants brought two food items for the Food Bank which resulted in a full food pantry.  We also raised $243 in donations for them.  Barbara also reminded everyone about the trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on June 12, 2019 at a cost of $107.  Included in this price is your ticket to the show (Over the River and Through the Woods), lunch, dessert and your transportation there. We still have tickets available; contact Paula or Barbara if you would like to reserve a ticket.  Also, the Rec Committee is also planning a Night under the Stars to be held in September. 
Unfinished Business:  
A Candidate’s Night was held on Monday, March 25, 2019, for all candidates running for office, who introduced themselves and gave a brief synopsis of their qualifications.
It was thought that some of our bus riders wanted to go to the Manchester Shop-rite which was built into the new bus schedule after we negotiated for an extra half hour at no cost with the bus company.  We come to find out that the bus riders prefer to go to the World Class Shop-rite on Route 37 instead of Manchester; we will revising the bus schedule and eliminating the Manchester stop.
Joe McCurnin reported that the Men’s Club had the Elvis Show on March 31 which was very successful.  The Men’s Club is also sponsoring a bus trip to Caesars’ Place in Atlantic City on April 18th; this was originally scheduled for April 8th but due to Trolley Tours buses going out of business, we had to get another bus at an increased price.
Pat Chicarelli reported that the Women’s Club went to the Ocean County Vocational School for a very nice luncheon on April 2, a Mother’s Day tea is scheduled for May 1 and lunch on the River Lady will be held on June 4.  They are working on organizing a Comedy Show for Saturday, September 21, as a fund raiser for the Women’s Club as well as the program activities for the next year.
New Business:
Ballots for Officers and Odd numbered trustees were sent out to all homeowners and are due back by 12 Noon on Friday, May 3, 2019.  In-person voting will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 12 Noon.
We belong to a coalition of 8 other fifty-five and over communities that provides us with information on situations that affect our age related communities.  Right now there is a bill being proposed in the Assembly of NJ State, bill 5046, which would create a task force to study the laws governing common interest communities regarding how they conduct their business so the State can try to take control of the associations.  The State tried to do this approximately 11 years ago and they’re trying again.  We are totally against this bill.  
There was also a court case involving the Board of Realtors where a flipper represented them because they allege we won’t sell to people under age 55. This is why I left the Candidates Night to attend a Council meeting regarding this case.  This case went to court the next day and the judge ruled in our favor.  These communities were established for ages 55, and if the flippers and realtors are allowed to sell to those under 55, we would no longer receive our senior benefits nor be able to afford the taxes since most of us have less and a limited income.  This is not the end of it.
Articles for the Sentinel were due Friday, April 12, 2019.
Rummage sale drop-off dates are Monday through Thursday, April 22 – April 25, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  The Rummage sale will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  The kitchen will be open for breakfast, lunch and take-out’ coffee, tea, soda, water will also be available.
Absentee ballots will be available April 29 through May 3, 9:00 AM – 12 Noon, in the office.  In-person voting will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 12 Noon. Robo call sign-up continues. We continue to be in need of volunteers.
Good & Welfare: 
A homeowner asked a question about either Architectural Control or Forestry; John Celifarco is under the weather right now so Mike is handling any issues. 
Another homeowner had a question about sheds.  Mike explained that shed sizes are not included in the new by-laws but will come under Rules & Regulations after the new by-laws are put out for a vote.  She asked if it was pre-mature to request homeowners to take down illegal sheds.  Mike reminded her that they would be in violation of the by-laws currently in effect.
Another homeowner asked about “stored” things around a house, such as ladders, snow plows in driveways, cars parking on stones or between houses, etc.  Mike responded that this will all be addressed in the new Rules & Regulations.
Another question was asked regarding when the Rules & Regulations would be distributed.  Mike responded that they have to be drafted, etc. but after the by-laws are passed by the homeowners.  When are these new by-laws going to be distributed was another question.  The response is shortly; we now have the completed draft and we will have to get them printed once they are presented and approved by the Board.  When these documents are distributed to the homeowners, the homeowner will be responsible to pass them on to a new homeowner when they sell.
A homeowner had a question about a ballot that was resolved.
A homeowner asked who our association attorney is.  Our association attorney is Michael Beck, who belongs to a group of attorneys.
Another homeowner went back to the court case about selling to persons under age 55.  He said that there are a lot of senior communities here in New Jersey and why are they picking on us.  Mike responded that they were not picking on us; we belong to the coalition and one of our members was chosen.  We support the members of our coalition.  
President Pelonero requested a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Kathleen Cuttingham made a motion to adjourn; Jack Easson seconded the motion.  All in favor; motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:11 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Rita Palacios
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