Reminder: we have our HOA meeting scheduled for this Saturday at 10 am. The meeting is being held at Montgomery Financial at 11022 Nicholas Ln Ocean Pines MD.
At this meeting, Bob Mitchell and John Ross from Worcester County and John Salm from JW Salm Engineering will go over our water options for county water and they can answer questions about our current water situation as well as our future with county water or not.
I strongly recommend attending this meeting and being open minded to the petition for county water. By signing the petition you are under NO OBLIGATION. The petition simply gives the county our support so they can move forward with applying for grants and putting together the final proposal for everyone to review. This is at no cost to us and we can still decline or accept their final proposal.
Although I'm not 100% in favor of county water, I will be signing the petition. In my opinion, we currently have the attention of the county and MDE. Because of the recent water issues we have a fair shot at getting grants and/or funding to help with this project. Since we are under no obligation and there is no cost to the community by signing the petition. We absolutely should give them a chance to show us what they can put together for us.
In addition, if we do not move forward we will have additional expenses to maintain and file for the proper discharge permits for our existing system. John Salm can provide additional info and answer questions about these expenses.
I hope everyone is able to make the meeting and I'm available by phone anytime for questions.
St Martins by the Bay Home Owners Association
Saturday August 12, 2017 at 10 am
Montgomery Financial Services
Board Meeting Agenda
1. Call to order: Justin
2. Public water: John Ross, Bob Mitchell, John Salm
3. Secretary's Report: Janie
Please read minutes. Adjustments can be made, however to save time they will not be read
out loud prior to approval. !
4. Treasurer's Report: Barry
a. General Account !
b. Dock Account !
c. 2017 HOA dues status
5. Legal update on delinquent accounts: Justin
6. Dock update: Craig
7. Pool Issues: Janie
Non resident usage, hours, closure date, backwash, annual party
8. Parking Bumpers for Parking Lot A: Buddy
9. Weekly Rentals: Justin
10. Garden Maintenance: Janie "
11. CD from First Short Federal: Barry, Mike
13. Next meeting date: October 14, 2017
14. Adjourn !
! Denotes Motion Needed
Dear St Martin by the Bay Home Owner:
As you may be aware, your Board has been discussing the option of public water for our community for almost a year. In the last few months, we have had some problems arise with our water system, specifically well pump failure, lightning hitting the well pump controller, and a clogged egress drain from the pump house. Consequently MDE and the County have become involved. Also, we have contacted John Salm, a local engineer familiar with water supply systems. All have recommended that we pursue the process of connecting to the public water system. This process takes several years and includes a construction and implementation charge plus an annual charge for the water once the system is operating.
Since we would be connecting to the Ocean Pines system, we would have to run pipes from Beauchamp Road to the vicinity of our swimming pool. This distance increases the construction/implementation cost, but the system does include eight fire hydrants, which will improve our fire protection and may decrease our insurance rates.
Currently as a home owner you pay approx. $483 for water in your annual HOA dues. This money is intended to cover daily usage and a reserve fund to assist with any major failures, e.g., the $6000 cost of the new pump last spring. While this amount appears significantly less than the cost of a public system, please remember our water system is over 30 years old and of the age where regular repairs can be expected. We will most likely need to increase our maintenance budget. The age of our water system is the main reason the County, MDE, and the engineer recommend that we investigate public water.
The implementation and construction for public water will cost each lot owner a one-time fee of around $10,693. Based on an average usage of 200 gallons per day, annual charges for water once the system is operating, would be $250 per lot. The implementation/construction cost can likely be financed with a low interest (1.75 to 3%) government loan paid over 20 to 40 years. For instance, if one uses an average amount of water, with a 20-year loan at 1.75%, one would pay approximately $880 per year. Roughly $380 more than one pays now…. $31 a month more for quality water that will always be available.
To move forward on public water the County requires a petition signed by 67% of the property owners (39 out of 58). This petition is not binding nor does it obligate any owner to any cost at this time. Its sole purpose is to express to the County our interest in public water.
The Board of Directors have scheduled John Salm and County officials, John Ross and Bob Mitchell, to attend our Board meeting on August 12th. They will give an informal presentation and answer your questions and concerns. It is imperative that we know your thoughts on this issue.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send your questions and/or concerns to: firstname.lastname@example.org or put them on our website.
Hope to see you at our Board meeting at 10 am on August 12th at Montgomery Financial Services, 11022 Nicholas Lane, Ocean Pines, MD 21811(next to the bike shop, across from Taylor’s).
St. Martin's by the Bay Homeowners' Association
Unfortunately, our well pump that was just replaced in April is not pumping. I’ve contacted Atlantic Well Drilling (company that installed the well in April) and requested emergency service/repair and they will be here tomorrow morning around 10 am. I’ve reached out to other companies in the area and due to the weather conditions, no one can be here any faster than Atlantic. So at this time, you can expect to be without water until tomorrow afternoon or early evening. Unfortunately, I can only speculate and provide you with my best guess at this time. It is impossible to give you an exact time until Atlantic is onsite and accessed the problem. I will continue to update everyone as soon as I have more information.
Please see attached Boil Water Notice that will be necessary even after water is restored until we have been able to test the water for bacteria.
St. Martins by the Bay Homeowners Association
ETA: SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Dear St Martin by the Bay Home Owners:
The Board has a request from the owner of town house unit number 8, Riverside Drive, to
change the color of the exterior trim on his building from brown to white or off white. And
perhaps to change the exterior color from tannish to one of the Caribbean colors blue, green,
yellow, or pink.
To help us appreciate what these colors may look like mixed in with our current colors, we have
created "mock" pictures and put them on our web site for you to see. The Board has made no
decision about this request or considered paint color guidelines at this point. Before we do that,
and since this color change may affect all of us, we are most interested in your thoughts and
Please call or email any board member with your questions or comments or use the comments form below to add to this discussion.
What Townhomes would look like if trim was changed on one or two homes - TRIM WOULD BE AN OFF WHITE (It was hard to get the exact coLor in the renderings)
A huge "Thank You" goes to community members Buddy Dukes, Joleen Killinger and Jane Stopford.
Through volunteer work the 3 were able to prep the pool area for its opening on Memorial Day weekend. They worked together to drag out and set up furniture, power wash and scrub down the restrooms so the pool would be ready to open next week! If you see these 3 around the community please extend your thanks for all of the hard work.
Slips will be reserved for these previous resident renters until May 5th.
Deep Slips: $700 + $35 water/electric = $735 Total
Deep Slips: $800 + $35 water/electric = $735 Total
We have 4 slips that are non residents from last season. The price this season for non-residents has been raised by $100.
We have 2 new community members that would like slips this year and have already provided payment.
Some non community members will most likely loose there slips this year.
Private home owners have first dibs on the slips until May 5th.
Full payment is due no later than MAY 5th as stated on the website.
After May 5th, empty slips will be available for rent to qualified non residents.
Boat parking for residents is provided in the area behind the tennis courts.
No parking is permitted on the reserve septic field.
A valid sticker must be on each trailer.
$50 per year per boat
Mail payments to:
St. Martin’s By the Bay Homeowners’ Association
P.O. Box 1404
Berlin, MD 21811
You can drop off payments to Craig or Mike as well at:
11311 Marina Drive #46
Berlin Md 21811
11311 Marina Drive #50
Berlin Md 21811
To a good friend. Your selfless dedication to make our community a more beautiful place and caring attitude to help others are true virtues that not many people have. You are an inspiration to those around you. We will miss our daily visits, conversations, and your never ending concern for what is best! A true VIP in the St. Martins Community. You will be dearly missed and never forgotten. We wish you happiness and healthiness on your new journey.
Dick and Bob would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended the party, thought and well wished were deeply appreciated!
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