Hello and Happy March!
As our new Board settles in and officers transition, we want to keep you informed of our work behind the scenes. While Board meetings are open to all, Board members communicate often to keep things moving within the community. Most recently, we are working to reorganize ourselves in an effort to share the load and work to our individual strengths.
As stated earlier, the purpose of this Board is to maintain and improve our facilities. To that end, we have identified the major tasks that keep the community running, and have created committees. Each committee is headed by at least one Board member. It is our hope that residents will join us.
Below is a list of committees and a brief description of its responsibilities, followed by an update from our new treasurer, Keith Miller.
Executive (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer): oversight, strategic planning, organizational records, problem solving.
Finance (chair, Keith Miller, incoming Treasurer): budget, taxes, billing.
Architectural Review (chair Andrew Davis, Lynne Partridge, Craig Costantino, Keith Miller, Janie Stopford): waterfront, all buildings, construction requests and approval, curb appeal.
Boat Dock/Boatyard (chair, Craig Costantino, Bill Custead): dock maintenance, boat slip rental, boat yard registration.
Communication (chair Craig Costantino, Lynne Partridge, Janie Stopford): establish intra-community communication processes (web-site, email, minutes).
Lawn care (mowing), gardens, burn pile, septic field, pool, tennis courts (Janie Stopford, chair; Craig Costantino): monitor and contract for system maintenance; pool (set-up and close down, key distribution, maintenance/cleaning).
Driveway, dumpsters (Bill Custead, chair): gravel for driveway, monitor and manage dumpsters
Water supply and community septic ( chair) (Septic - townhomes and Section C [homes on Marina Drive]): Monitor, maintain, repair daily.
County Water Acquisition (Bill Custead, chair): oversee transition from current community well water to county water; communication.
Social/Sunshine Committee: plan community events, generate community spirit
If you are interested and willing to give a bit of your time to one of these committees, please let us know. We welcome the help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to communicate your interest to serve as a Resident Member of a committee!
We feel there are several advantages to dealing with a local bank run by local people. On March 2, 2022 all HOA fees along with 2 boat dock checks that were received by February 28th were deposited into The bank of Ocean City in our respective accounts.
We are researching a wide array of payment options that would insure accuracy and more security with our HOA funds such as payment by ACH and Mobile deposit capabilities. We are just beginning to do our due diligence on the options that are available. We want to carefully examine all needs of our community to offer alternatives if owners would like to take advantage of alternative ways to do their banking.
More updates in the near future when the transition has been completed.
On Behalf of the St. Martin’s By the Bay HOA Board,
Lynne Partridge, Chair