The STARLIGHT MESA ANNUAL MEETING was held at La Canada Country Club
on November 16, 2011.
Trang Tran, President, opened the meeting by acknowledging the passing
of long-time Mesa resident, Jinny Williams, wife of Porter Williams.
Treasurer Debra Grubb was pleased to announce that there would be no dues
increase in 2012. She reported that most residents were paying their dues
on time, except for one resident whose home might soon be in foreclosure due to
non-payment of dues for two years.
Joe Bergen gave a maintenance report. The re-plumbing of park
irrigation systems continues to achieve water conservation. In light of
the increased water rates which we're all experiencing, this conservation has
kept the Mesa water bills steady for the last two years and the budgeted
amount for water is being reduced in 2012.
Due to the Hillside Maintenance Policy initiated by the Board several years
ago, the cost for brush clearance has decreased. Hillside areas
that have been planted are performing well and water requirements of those areas
are reduced, as planned. The remaining portion of the hill around the pool
will be re-planted this winter.
Joe Bergen reported that he is experimenting with three different
substances to repair the hillside culverts, and will determine which one is best
to continue using.
Joe expressed a desire to make the Mesa known for being a family- and
kid-friendly place to live. He felt the more that is achieved, the better
for all of us in terms of quality of life and home value. Along those
lines, he suggested renovating the Children's Park in the coming year.
The new Board will decide whether to replace the underground plumbing at
the pool or re-surface the tennis court. Joe suggested that the tennis
court be done in 2012 and the pool plumbing in 2013. Both projects are
contained in the five-year plan with the 2010 Reserve Study. Both projects
can be accomplished without a special assessment if done in consecutive
Joe spoke of bigger projects, such as installing solar panels near the
tennis court to generate electricity. He suggested that volunteers from
outside the Board could help research and decide larger projects such as
Adrian Oesterreich, of Cardinal Management, counted the ballots and
announced that the 2012 Board members will be Trang Tran, Joe Bergen, Tina Blum,
Chari Gilmore and <redacated>. Their individual duties will
be decided at their first meeting.
There were several questions asked by homeowners:
--Steve Boulanger remarked about the condition of the gazebo. Joe
replied that the Board was aware of the need to improve it and the new Board
will take that under consideration.
--Glenn Cunningham noted that in the past the Board has appointed a
committee of volunteers to consider improvements, confirming Joe's
suggestion. Glenn also remarked that years ago volunteer parties would
gather to do work. Perhaps something like gazebo improvement could be
accomplished by resident volunteers.
--Joe Stitick had a question about the Mesa Reserve Account. Joe
Bergen replied that it is adequate to take care of projected
improvements, such as tennis court resurfacing in 2012 and pool deck resurfacing
in 2013. He also said that it was being funded as suggested in the
2010 Reserve Study. The Mesa has always had a reserve fund that was not
very high in dollar amount, but adequate to deal with emergencies. If the
current plan is followed, after the five years it will be approximately 90%
Please go to our website, http://www.starlightmesa.org/
, to read
Joe's full report, as well as Minutes from the monthly Board meetings
and newsletters sent by the Mesa Secretary.
Muriel Horacek, Secretary