Strawberry Point Bluffs – Voting on Dues Change Notice

Important Notice from your HOA board – We need your vote on a dues change

As we discussed at our annual HOA membership meeting in April to be able to properly fund our homeowners association we need an increase in our annual dues. With the two insurance policies we pay for each year (liability for the park and directors liability) and a few other annual fees we incur we use up about 80% of our annual dues without even contributing anything to our park property or spending anything to benefit our neighborhood. Assets at the park need annual maintenance and we need to be able to replace items when needed. We also need to be able to pay for legal fees when needed to uphold and defend our HOA building and use rules.

Back in 1973 the developer had set the dues at $30 per year. Based on inflation $30 in 1973 would equal over $170 in 2019 dollars based on inflation.

Your HOA board is asking for your vote to increase our dues to $125 per year effective with our dues payable next year. With our dues at $125 per year we would have proper funding each year to be able to run our HOA. Just like our own individual households the association needs proper funds to be able to pay its bills and be able to operate. As you know board member positions are volunteer. We need volunteers for our board each year to help run our association, and our board needs to have adequate funding to run the association.

You can download an absentee ballot here. We ask for everyone׳s participation in this very important vote.

We have a special meeting scheduled for July 16, 2019 at the Hamburg Township Senior Center at 7:30pm. Meeting attendance is not required for you to be able to vote. The meeting will be available for questions and discussion concerning this change in dues.

Thank you for your support

Your HOA Board members,
Marge Anders (313) 402-6240 margeandres@aol.com
Jim Dwyer (586) 899-4195 jimmarydwyer90@charter.net
Beth Freiberg (810) 923-1389  mbethf@gmail.com
John Greko  (717) 254-9170 john.greko@gmail.com
Craig Haitz (313) 909-9055 c.a.haitz@gmail.com
Frank Nelson (248) 767-3389 franklyours582003@yahoo.com

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Boards of Directors & Park Committee Members – 2017-2018

Strawberry Point Bluffs

President: Craig Haitz
Vice President: Jim Dwyer
Treasurer: Frank Nelson
Secretary: Beth Freiberg

Member at large: Laura McGinity
Member at large: Marge Andres

Strawberry Hill Estates

President: David Walmroth
Vice President/Secretary: Corinne Kass
Treasurer: Craig Mestach

Park Joint Access Committee

President: Craig Mestach
Vice President: Marge Andres
Secretary: Sean Kass
Treasurer (and Park Key keeper): Irene Gauthier

Estates representative: Kris Bellinghausen
Estates representative: Scott B.
Bluffs representative: Laura McGinity
Bluffs representative: Craig Haitz

Association Addresses

Strawberry Point Bluffs
PO Box 612
Hamburg, MI 48139-0612

Strawberry Hill Estates
PO Box 833
Hamburg, MI 48139-0833

Strawberry Point Bluffs – Special Meeting on July 13, 2017

Update Message

Posted July 16, 2017

Strawberry Point Bluffs Homeowners
Special Association Meeting Follow Up

Thank you to all who were able to attend the meeting last Thursday July 13th. To update those who were not able to attend there is not a need for any special assessment at this time, as insurance will be paying our ongoing legal costs. It was also discussed that trial is currently scheduled to begin the week of August 21st.

 

Your HOA board members

Beth Freiberg, Jim Dwyer, Laura McGinity

Frank Nelson, Marge Andres, Craig Haitz

Original Message

Posted June 17, 2017

Strawberry Point Bluffs Homeowners Association
Special Association Meeting
Thursday July 13, 2017 at 7:30pm
Hamburg Senior Center

 

The Board of Directors of the Strawberry Point Bluffs Homeowners Association requests your attendance at this meeting to discuss the current ongoing lawsuit that is in process with our association. The key topic will be a special assessment needed to help cover legal costs of this lawsuit.

We do plan to get more information to you prior to the meeting date.

Your current board members:

Beth Freiberg,   Jim Dwyer,   Laura McGinity,   Frank Nelson,   Marge Andres,   Craig Haitz

 

www.strawberryhillestates.org

Estates Annual Homeowners Meeting – 2016

Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association
Annual Meeting Announcement

Your attendance at the annual meeting is appreciated. One-third of the Members in Good Standing is required for a voting quorum.

Subject: Annual Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hamburg Township Senior Center

Agenda: See attached: SHEHA Invite – Annual HOA Meeting 2016

 

Dues Reminder: Payment of last year’s (2015) dues is required in order to be able to vote. Dues for 2016 are $75, and required by June 1st. Please make checks payable to Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association and mail to the below address. If you have any questions about your dues, contact treasurer Craig Mestach at 734-417-9224.

Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association
P. O. Box 833
Hamburg, MI 48139-0833

Boards of Directors, Park Access Committee Members for 2015/2016

The Board Members for the 2015-2016 term are:

Strawberry Point Bluffs

President:  Craig Haitz
Vice President and Treasurer:  Dave Swanson
Secretary:  Carla Dalrymple

Members at large:

Laura McGinity
Steve Scheuring

 

Strawberry Hill Estates

President: David Walmroth
Vice President: Mary McLaughlin
Treasurer: Craig Mestach
Secretary: Mary McLaughlin

The Park, Joint Access Committee

Estates representative, Committee Chair: Mary McCaughlin
Bluffs representative: Steve Scheuring
Park Treasurer and Park Keys: Irene Gauthier

Bluffs Annual Homeowners Meeting – 2014

STRAWBERRY POINT BLUFFS

SUBDIVISION HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

2014 ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Annual Meeting of the Association will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hamburg Senior Community Center. There are no new business items to discuss.  Please see the Agenda below for more information.

Please keep in mind that it takes a minimum of 25 households to establish a quorum.  Your attendance is needed, and will give you an excellent opportunity to meet with your neighbors and to voice any concerns or suggestions you may have.  Please mark the date for the meeting on your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there.

NOTE:  The Board is in need of new members.  The current Board has many members that have held these responsibilities for several years now and it is time for other members of the Association to step up and take responsibility.  The order of replacement based on longevity is as follows:  Tricia Erskine, George Rogers, Don Houston, Leonard Dorazio, Tracy Uguccioni, Christopher Brehm.

Your Annual Dues Statement is enclosed.  Please remit your dues promptly.  The current dues are $50. At this time the Board does not see any need for a special assessment. The Access Committee has requested that the dues be increased by $50.00 to support improvements to Strawberry Park.  If you feel inclined to help with this please make a voluntary contribution and the proceeds will be given to the Access Committee and we will recognize your generosity.

 

AGENDA

Call to order
a. Roll call of members present
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasure
Report of the President
Old Business

a. Funding improvements at Strawberry Park
b. Deeded rights to the park
c. Need for new Board members
New Business
a.
Any business that may come before the Board
Adjournmnt

 

Election of New Board Members:

The Board currently consists of six members.  Three members must be lakeside property owners and three must be non-lakeside property owners.  We have six current and potential members and will need to vote.  We will take nominations from the floor.

 

Name Position Side Term Expires
George Rogers President Non-Lakeside 2013
Don Houston Vice President Non- Lakeside 2014
Tracy Uguccioni Treasurer Lakeside 2014
Leonard Dorazio  Secretary Lakeside 2014
Tricia Erskine Trustee Non-Lakeside 2013
Christopher Brehm Trustee Lakeside 2014

 

Standing Elections:

We welcome the nomination of any community member that would like to join the Board for the 2014-2016 term.

 

Estates Annual Homeowners Meeting – 2014

Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association
Annual Meeting Announcement

Your attendance at the annual meeting is appreciated. One-third of the Members in good standing are required for a voting quorum.

Subject: Annual Meeting
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hamburg Township Senior Center

Agenda:

  • Roll Call of the Membership (President)
  • Minutes of 2013 Meeting (Secretary)
  • Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer)
    • Accounts report and dues payment summary
    • Legal fee payment from lawsuit report
  • Report on vote for Beach maintenance
  • New Business
    • Other topics as raised by the membership during the meeting.
  • Election of Directors
    • Please contact Mary McLaughlin (734-646-5363 or memc@ieee.org) in advance of the meeting to nominate someone for a Director position. Process is described at: www.strawberryhillestates.org. Note: Advance nomination is required in the bylaws and must be received 15 days prior to the meeting. Please call Mary if you have questions.
    • Current Directors and respective Board Officer positions; all have been re-nominated:
      • Treasurer – Craig Mestach
      • Vice President and Secretary – Mary McLaughlin
      • President – David Walmroth
  • Close

 

Dues Reminder: Payment of 2014 dues is due prior to the meeting start in order to be able to vote. Dues are $75, and mailing your payments to the address below in advance is appreciated. Please make checks payable to Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association and mail in to the below address. If you have any questions about your dues, contact Craig Mestach at 734-417-9224.

Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association
P. O. Box 833
Hamburg, MI 48139-0833

Boards of Directors, Access Committee members – 2014/15

The board members for the 2014-2015 term are:

Strawberry Point Bluffs

President, Dave Swanson – Lakeside
Vice President, Del Law – Non-lakeside
Treasurer, Tracy Uguccioni – Lakeside
Secretary, Carla Dalrymple – Lakeside
Trustee, Tricia Erskine – Non-lakeside
Trustee, Don Houston – Non-lakeside

Strawberry Hill Estates

President, David Walmroth
Vice President, Mary McLaughlin 810.299-2222
Treasurer, Craig Mestach 734.417.9224
Secretary, Mary McLaughlin 810.299-2222

The Park, Joint Access Committee

Bluffs representative, Del Law
Estates representative, Mary McCaughlin
Park Treasurer, Lori Lawrence
Member-at-large, Cheryl Houston

Access Committee Report and Plan – 2013, UPDATE June 21, 2013

Neighbors:  The Parks Committee has worked for a year and a half to come up with a budget and plan that meets the maintenance needs at the beach and that answers the concerns of our neighbors.

We have reduced the annual fee significantly from what we had originally envisioned:  to $50 per year per household per year.  We have increased the pontoon fee to $450, payable in two installments.

We know there are some passionate voices in favor, some passionate voices still against, and many people who are relatively neutral.  We want to hear from everyone, not just the particularly vocal voices.

We want the *DEMOCRATIC PROCESS* to prevail in terms of moving forward. Please cast your ballot on whether you will support the $50 increase in fees to support the park, or not.

THE PROCESS:  The Estates will vote at our meeting on 6/25 or by Proxy for people who can’t attend the meeting.  The Bluffs Association is not having a meeting.  Bluffs homeowners can still vote on the Association fee increase of $50.  We hope you do so either by dropping off your ballot or by stopping by the Estates meeting on 6/25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.  There are vote forms on the sign on the road and one can be brought to you by sending an email to the Parks Committee.  Proxies and ballots can be dropped off at 10630 Indianola or 10727 Strawberry Hill Lane.

Thanks,
The Park Committee

 

===== Archived message from May 21, 2013 follows =====

The Park Committee has worked very hard taking input from everyone,
getting quotes for expenses and doing many iterations of the budget.  We
appreciate the many encouraging comments that helped us as we continued
in the work to keep our neighborhood beautiful.

SUMMARY:  There is a new budget online.  The ‘short story’ is that we’re
asking everyone to approve a $50 increase in the Association dues
targeted to our beach for deferred and ongoing maintenance reflected in
the budget.  We will increase the pontoon lottery to $450, with the
option for the winners to pay part at the lottery itself, and part in
August.  The pontoon slips are not at the cost of a full marina since we
do not have marina amenities (security, lights, etc.)  Also, the
resolution for vote will be very specific on managing the funds
including transparency in the budget preparation and reporting on
expenditures.

COMPARISONS:  A number of people asked what other neighborhood
associations pay.  Attached is information for 28 local subdivisions.
The average is $219 a year.  If the 1 most expensive and 1 of the least
expensive are excluded, the average is $185 per year.  Portage Lake has
a common beach much like ours with a boat moorings, lakefront and
non-lakefront houses, and there, off-lake homes pay $225 annually and
lake-front pay $200.  They don’t have a pontoon lottery.  So our
proposal is *FAR* below the average Association fee, and our pontoon
owners pay more.

VOTING:  The Estates Association in the neighborhood will vote tomorrow
at our Annual Meeting.  The Bluffs will need to schedule a vote, so we
will ask the Bluffs board president to do so.  More on that process later.

****ESTATES RESIDENTS*****

Please try to attend the meeting so we can record your vote.  If you are
unable to attend, you just need to give your proxy to someone else.

The Park Committee is happy to answer any questions.  (Except Jeff White
whose wife is having a baby *today*!)

Mary Eileen McLaughlin
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Park Budget, v21, June 2013 – SPREADSHEET

Park Budget, v21, June 2013 – PDF FILE

 

Brief History Plan – 2013
Detailed Beach History and Plan – 2013
Access Committee Role and Responsibilities

Average Association Fee.DPF

 

 

Estates Special Meeting – 2013 (re-scheduled Annual Meeting)

 

Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association

Annual Meeting Announcement – Special Meeting

 

Your attendance at the annual meeting is appreciated. One-third of the members in good standing are required for a voting quorum. We were people short of a quorum for the meeting scheduled on May 21, and we are required to re-schedule it as a Special Meeting.

 

PLEASE ATTEND OR SIGN A PROXY.

A Proxy form is attached.  If you are unable to attend, please sign

 the form and send it with the person attending who is your proxy.

 

Subject:        Special Meeting for Annual Meeting

Date:              Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Time:             7:00 to approximately 8:30 p.m.

Location:      Hamburg Township Senior Center

 

Agenda:  

  • Roll Call of the Membership and confirmation of quorum  – President Dave Walmroth
    • Please sign in by 7:00 PM – with Treasurer, Craig Mestach
  • New Business – VP and Park Committee Representative, Mary McLaughlin
    • Vote to increase annual association dues to provide targeted funding for beach deferred and future maintenance in accordance with beach budget v.21 and other documentation on website.  (If you do not have web access, please notify Jeff White at 616-821-1252.)  The Motion is attached and will be read at the meeting.
  • Minutes of 2012 Meeting (VP and Secretary, Mary McLaughlin)
  • Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer, Craig Mestach)
  • Other new business as raised by the membership during the meeting.
  • Election of Directors
    • Craig Mestach, Mary McLaughin and David Walmroth have been nominated as Directors.  If you wish to nominate another individual please contact Mary McLaughlin (734-646-5363 or memc@ieee.org) 15 days in advance of the meeting to nominate someone for a directors position.  Process is described at: www.strawberryhillestates.org.
  • Close

 

Dues Reminder: Payment of 2013 dues and legal fee share (if unpaid) is due by June 1, 2013. Dues are $75.00, payable to Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association.  Mail to SHEHA, P.O. Box 833, Hamburg, MI  48139-0833. If you have any questions about your dues, contact Craig Mestach at 734-417-9224.

===== MOTION and PROXY VOTE documents follow =====

MOTION:  The Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association and the Strawberry Point Bluffs Homeowners Association dues will increase $50 annually ($4.16 per month) per household, and these funds will be targeted to the Park, payable as described in the respective Bylaws for Association dues.  The dues increase is contingent upon:

  • Both Associations approving the dues increase.
  • Pontoon slip donation increased to $450 annually.
  • The initial working budget for the park being Budget v.21, and the budget for the park will be updated annually by the Strawberry Lake Joint Parks Committee.  Reporting and expenditure processes are described in the Committee’s Roles and Responsibilities which has been approved by the Boards of both Associations.
  • Required legal approval (permits, etc.) will be obtained for any maintenance and/or improvements planned.
  • The Parks Committee will set an operating reserve (savings) for future maintenance to be approved by the Boards of both Associations.  When the current bills and operating reserve funding amounts are covered by the dues, the targeted increase in dues will not be collected from the homeowners until the budget and reserve amounts fall below a positive balance.

____   Yes, I support an increase of $50 annually

____   No, I do not support an increase of $50 annually

PROXY FORM

Strawberry Hill Estates Homeowners Association

Strawberry Point Bluffs Homeowners Association

 

I hereby authorize _________________________to serve as my proxy and to vote on my behalf at the Special (or re-scheduled Annual) Meeting on Tuesday June 25, 2013.  I authorize my proxy for ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

____   This proxy is a GENERAL proxy for all matters voted upon at the above referred meeting.

____   This proxy is a SPECIAL proxy for only the matter of an increase in Association dues.

 

 

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Printed Name

Address: