Village of Winding Trails 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes

January 28, 2021

Trustee Rick Pfarr opened the annual subdivision meeting at 7:05pm after determining that a quorum was established with 26 present eligible residents and 23 proxy votes cast. Due to the current pandemic restrictions the meeting was held by Zoom video conference.

Wildwood Police Officer Steve DeGhelder spoke first and updated the audience on local law enforcement efforts in the community. He said that he is pleased to note that there no illegal activity to mention in our neighborhood. He reported that Wildwood in general and our subdivision in particular are “very quiet” and “very safe.”  Based on his records search for the last six months, he said there have been no calls for law enforcement assistance in our area. He said that in surrounding areas there have been a few traffic stops, some residential security issues with unlocked cars and open garage doors, but nothing else to report. He said the residents of our neighborhood are attentive to personal security and this helps law enforcement efforts. In response to questions from the audience he said the police are willing to respond to noisy and speeding cars if they are called. He provided his contact information. His email address is [email protected] and his phone number is 636-458-9194.

Mayor Jim Bowlin spoke next, thanking the group for participating in the recent election and reelecting him for another term. He mentioned efforts underway by the mayor and the city council to update the 5-year strategic plan. He said this initiative is in three phases: establishing broad goals, determining funding sources to meet the broad goals and sub goals, and fine tuning the final product. The eight goals of the strategic plan (in priority order) are: grow the internet, financial resource development, watershed and erosion control, continuing public works projects, administrative improvements, economic development, fixing Lake Chesterfield, and advancing the greenspace. In response to questions, he mentioned that dealing with Caulk’s Creek is a priority and this is part of the ongoing watershed erosion task force. He invited residents to contact council members and him if we have thoughts about the order of these priorities. In response to questions, he said that residents should go to the City of Wildwood website for information on community events.

Wildwood Council Member Katie Dodwell then spoke.  She mentioned that she is running unopposed for her final term of office as a council member. She said there is not much to report this year due to the pandemic. She said the budget was recently approved and it is a balanced budget. She said new parks are not being planned this year and the focus will be on upgrading the existing parks and trails. She further described the work of the watershed erosion task force. In response to questions, she said it is difficult for the city to deal with leaves in the street but suggested that the trustees might address this. She invited residents who are interested in being more involved in community activities to contact her.

Next up on the program, Trustee Ray Edwards presented the Winding Trails Bath & Tennis and Village of Winding Trails (HOA) 2020 financial results and 2021 budgets. Winding Trails ended the year with a net balance of $5,781 and an ending operating cash balance of $34,581.  Bath & Tennis ended 2020 a net balance of $17,817 and ending operating cash balance of $38,124.  As of December 31, the Reserve stands at $140,276 with $5,000 to be dedicated to pool upgrades in 2021.  Conservative budgets are planned for 2021 in both the HOA and the Bath & Tennis accounts.  Annual assessments for 2021 will remain the same as 2020, i.e., $275 for Bath and Tennis and $110 for the Village of Winding Trails.  Overall revenue assessments are projected to continue on track in 2021 and expenses will remain carefully controlled.  During the budget discussion Ray mentioned that, due to the pandemic, work originally planned in 2020 for the cul-de-sacs was put on hold. This is now planned and budgeted for 2021. In response to a question, Ray mentioned that the website maintenance has moved from Richard Baricko to Dave Rosen-McGinnis and this activity will be shared by other volunteers in the future. Following Ray’s presentation Rick Pfarr moved to approve the 2021 budgets and Dave Rosen-McGinnis seconded the motion.  Upon unanimous approval, the 2021 budgets were approved.

David Rosen-McGinnis briefly presented the pool/tennis report and mentioned that in general things went well with the pool and tennis courts this past year. He noted that operating adjustments needed to be made to comply with county requirements during the pandemic, but these seemed to be well accepted. The sink hole that appeared in the parking lot last year has been abated and seems to be under control now. Dave said that he anticipates another positive year ahead with the pool, although it is planned that another trustee will take on primary responsibility in this area.

Trustee Rick Pfarr offered a brief update on neighborhood issues. He announced that he is retiring after 20 years as a trustee. Rick said that he plans to remain involved on neighborhood committees as time permits. Ray Edwards commended Rick for his service to the community and mentioned that the trustees will soon be presenting Rick with an award for his service.

Ray also commended our active residents who are doing so much to improve and maintain the quality of our neighborhood. These include: Jenny Reed, Vicki Marks, Sharon Hutson, Nan Trecker, Dana Fenster, Vicki Hashbarger, Lisa Horner, Linda Sherry, Laine Angelo for purchasing flowers, planting and watering at the pool, attending to the landscaping at the pool gate and sign, and caring for the front entrance. Additionally, Jenny Reed and Vicki Marks put up holiday decorations at the front entrance. Christy Ehrenreich as well as Nan and John Trecker led the effort to promote our Christmas Eve luminary displays. The trustees offered a special thank you to each of these neighbors who are serving on our behalf.

Following this, Ray mentioned that it is time to elect a new trustee. Since Rick Pfarr announced his retirement the trustees have been seeking volunteers to serve. Rich Gebhardt has agreed to do so. Ray nominated Rich for a term as trustee and Dave Rosen-McGinnis seconded the nomination. Upon receiving no other nominations, the vote was called and upon unanimous approval Rich was elected to serve another term as trustee.

There being no other business to come before the group a motion was made, seconded and approved to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Trustees

 

Ray Edwards                                      David Rosen McGinnis                       Rick Pfarr

552 Red Rock Drive                           1976 Still Creek Pass                         1916 Larimer Trail

[email protected]                 [email protected]              [email protected]

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