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CARMELA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Annual Meeting of Member Meeting
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – 1:00 P.M.
Following are the meeting minutes detailed by Len Wahlert, Carmela Homeowner. Final (official) minutes will be communicated by Desert Management Representative, Carrie Gordon-Dearth.
If you have concerns with FINAL minutes, you can direct your concerns to Desert Management and the HOA Board.
Damian Cano, of Village Properties, indicated that he had no changes to report from DEVELOPER UPDATE section of the meeting minutes. Damian did indicate that recent real estate industry has reported positive changes in real estate values. As a result of these positive indicators, Village Properties, “may” be selling their ownership sometime in 2013. Damian went on to say that any new building would probably not start until 2014 if the sale were completed.
Homeowner, Barb Pye, asked if there would be a requirement or commitment by the new owners to maintain the Architectural Design of the current homes in Carmela. Both Damian and HOA Homeowner Board Member, Kathleen Fitzpatrick indicated that the La Quinta City community/development approvals require a continuation of current “elevations” of established homes. Our integrity of design would probably be maintained.
Financials for Carmela: All bills are being paid on time. There are some excess funds that are being returned to the Carmela HOA Reserves. There are currently 61 homes in Carmela.
There has been a change in our Association Manager representing Desert Management. We were introduced to Bonnie Hagerman’s replacement at this meeting. Bonnie is retiring from Desert Management this month. The new Association Manager is:
42427 Rancho Mirage Lane | Rancho Mirage , CA 92270
Tel: 760.862.1202 | Fax: 760.862.1210
Email: email@example.com | www.desertmanagement.com
Carmela Residents look forward to working with Carrie and we wish Bonnie a great retirement.
Committee Reports –
Architectural/Design Review – Ron Fitzpatrick
Ron wanted to reinforce the requirements of completing and getting approvals prior to work in the “common areas” of homeowners yards. Replacing plants in the common area; or changing the landscape and addition of steps require approval prior to any work being done by the homeowner or being contracted with an outside provider. The Carmela CC&R’s Section 5.3 clearly defines the process. I’ve attached a current copy of the CC&R’s to this report.
It was also agreed that notices will be send to homeowners that have not completed required landscaping in their backyards; as required by the CC&R’s. The situation of non-compliance by Carmela Homeowners can no longer be ignored. Reminder letters will be send out to the appropriate homeowners.
Ron also indicated that recently replaced trees by Rancho Santana along the backside of their property adjoining Carmela’s properties are still causing problems with droppings of seeds, leaves, and blossoms into Carmela yards, pools, and spas. We are requesting a letter be drafted from Carmela HOA to the Rancho Santana HOA – Board to replace these trees with either Palm trees or other varieties of trees that will reduce/eliminate the problem. Potentially there could be a “shared cost” between the HOA’s or homeowners to accomplish this task.
As we discussed the general appearance and maintenance of Carmela homeowner, Orrin Vincent, gave a vision of a long term commitment to maintaining and improving the look of Carmela. Orrin’s comments were tied to the improving real estate values, the pride in ownership, and the continued support of the reputation of Carmela as a prime community in La Quinta and the Coachella Valley. We can all help to promote the perception and reputation of Carmela. One of the areas Orrin addressed was the park/catch basin. What can we do to improve this area to enhance Carmela? A great and robust general discussion pursued around the vision of the future of Carmela. Obviously we will need additional monies to do anything dramatic; but the concept was well received as a starting point. One suggestion proposed would be to secure design ideas of what we could do to enhance the park area. This will be an on-going discussion by the HOA and the homeowners. Thanks to Orrin for this input and suggestion/vision of the future.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick reminded us that anyone draining their pools/spas must insure that the pool maintenance companies drain the pools/spas into the sewer drains and NOT INTO THE STREETS. The street drains go directly to the PARK/CATCH BASIN. This procedure is NOT allowed by the HOA or the City of La Quinta.
The recent “wind-event” that saw the loss of so many trees in Carmela was an additional “hit” on our costs of $3,100. We discussed the time it took to complete the cleanup and the process of supervision of this event. There was a strong request made by Kathleen Fitzpatrick to insure that Desert Management would monitor any future events with on-site visits and clear direction made to any contractors involved in future cleanups.
We all owe a strong debt of gratitude for the slings and arrows that Ron Fitzpatrick takes as the chairman of the Architectural/Design Review Committee. Who else wants this job? Ron protects all of our values and maintains the consistency of Carmela as it relates to our homes and design.
Committee Reports –
Landscape – Isabel & Jerry Zamora
Isabel and Jerry wanted to confirm that monies remaining in the budget for new plants and trees need to be spent by the end of December. This was confirmed by the HOA Board. Monies in the budget for this are NOT carried over to the next year’s budget. We all want to thank Isabel and Jerry for all the work they do on behalf of Carmela homeowners. This is a thankless job and they do a fabulous job for all of us.
Landscape Maintenance Contract:
Carmela has made a decision to terminate the contract with NISSHO on 1/31/13. A list of new landscape companies were reviewed by the Board. A selection of a new company will be made shortly.
Carmela Gate Proposal:
Jim Lamb spoke to our group on the required maintenance and design change that will be required to help eliminate the continued problems with wind events and damage to our entrance gates. The long and the short of this discussion is the requirement to change out the wood and replace with iron slats that will allow the wind to go through the gates. Our current gates act as giant sails and we all know how severe the wind can be and the effort that the motors and support equipment much endure to function. Carmela HOA has had continual problems with maintenance and repair of these gates for years. Jim presented a realistic proposal of a one-time $14,000 charge to redesign and replace the wood with iron pickets. Concerns were raised over the design and a strong desire to maintain the Architectural/Design integrity of our community in the front gates. Jim indicated that keeping – even portions of the existing wood – would cause continued problems and maintenance costs.
The decision was made to move forward with the changes to eliminate the problem. The gates involved are the main entrance to our community off Monroe. The back gates off Avenue 53 are still the responsibility of Village Properties.
We want to thank the Carmela “Gate Keeper” Jim Montgomery for his years to service to the “gates” and becoming the Carmela expert on this subject. Talk about a thankless job!!!!! Well done Jim.
It was a pleasure to have new home owners, Carol and Gary Bolinger at our meeting. Thanks for coming.
Next Meeting Date –
Thursday, January 24th at 1:00 pm in the Carmela Park Area