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Dear Landowners,

On September 14, 2020 we sent an email discussing the challenges the LOA is facing with addressing the needed maintenance and repairs to our aging and under maintained recreational facilities given the amount of funds remaining from our low annual maintenance fees after operational expenses are paid.

We also noted that we recognize that property values within a community are most likely negatively impacted if recreational facilities are poorly maintained and that not having a particular type of recreational facility may be more favorable to perspective home buyers compared to those that are run down poorly maintained.

The Westwood LOA Board of Directors asked to hear from you, the members of our community. We wanted to hear your suggestions regarding possible ways to cost effectively address the aging and under maintained recreational facilities in Westwood while keeping Westwood a community that offers a lot to its landowners. This is your community and it is your money that will be spent to address this aging problem.

The email address, suggestion_box@westwoodloa.org, was set up to collect your suggestions. We noted that your suggestions would be collected through October 31, 2020 and that we would provide a report on the submitted suggestions.

We reminded those that attended the September 19, 2020 Annual Meeting and the October 8, 2020 Regular Meeting about the opportunity for members to submit their suggestions to suggestion_box@westwoodloa.org.

The purpose of this email is to report back to the members of the LOA on what was submitted to suggestion_box@westwoodloa.org during the 47 days suggestions were being collected.

A total of 26 emails were received during the 47-day period.  This is a disappointing response given Westwood is a community of over 2100 lots.  

Many submitters provided multiple recommendations.  However, given the overall low response we unfortunately do not have any suggestions that represent a significant portion of our community.

The emails were divided in to three main categories:

  1. Specific suggestions and questions regarding recreation area improvement. These are summarized in Table I below.
  2. Budget & maintenance fees responses and suggestions for raising money.  These are summarized in Table II below.
  3. Non-Recreation area improvement responses. These are summarized in Table III below.

While the response was low and does not represent a significant portion of our community, some good and interesting suggestions and ideas were received.

The Board thanks everyone who took the time to share their thoughts on this important topic. We will continue to keep you informed as we plan to address the issue of our aging and under maintained recreational facilities.

Table I
Recreation Area Improvement
Specific Suggestions and Questions

Number of
Members

All pools and parks should be properly maintained as they are a staple for neighborhoods.

1

Replace tennis courts with new courts and upgrade all recreation areas.

1

Recommend first improve the recreational facilities on Westwood North Drive since this is the most visible and most utilized with the residents. This should be followed up with improvements in sections 1 and 2 also.

2

Check into turning one side of the basketball court pavilion into a tennis court/pickleball court.  Then turn the tennis courts into something else.

1

Tennis courts not the highest priority

1

Tennis court use is minimal. Replace one or both sets of tennis courts with: Alternative Use
Mini-golf course

1

Walking trail

1

Indoor or outdoor batting cages

2

Skate park

2

Neighborhood clubhouse – Could lease out to make money

1

Grassy field to play with picnic tables. For example: football, kickball, soccer, or kids’ baseball game

3

Neighborhood workout facility

1

Pavilions with tables which could be reserved by landowners for events with a deposit and fee

1

Dog park

3

Splash pad

2

More things for younger children

1

A place where residents can meet, chat, and create a sense of community.

1

no specific suggestion

2

If the basketball court and tennis courts are removed, then what do we do with this relatively small area?  It is not large enough for a ball diamond and I don’t think the neighborhood homes nearby would appreciate the noise from a skateboard park.

1

Amenities should be made available for all residents.  If certain individuals chose not to use them then that is their own decision and should not take away the opportunity for others who enjoy outdoor recreation.

1

Need ramps to facilitated access onto the mulched playground areas at the parks

1

Locked fences needed around tennis courts to prevent surface being ruined by skateboards, etc.

1

Convert Reserve A in Section 4 into a lake with park and walking area.  Rain water could be diverted to it.

1

The benches and tables in the parks are worn but as long as they are not broken or present a hazard their repair or replacement could probably be delayed for a couple years.

1

Pools need plaster repair and the tiles need to be cleaned or replaced.

1

Pavilion rooftop need to be cleaned.

1

Need to know how often facilities are being used.

3

Do we really need three pools?

1

Anytime something needs repaired we should be able to give that job to one of Westwood’s residents if at all possible.

1

Give landowners several options to consider with a range of financial
commitment options.

1

Stager repairs of next several years.  For example, 5-year plan to tackle the numerous projects.

2

Investigate opportunities for “sweat equity” from residence that own/have access to needed equipment to lower cost and help restore a little pride in the community.

1

Will resident be asked if these improvements are wanted?

1

 

 Table II
Budget, Maintenance Fees Related Responses
and
Suggestions for Raising Money

Number of
Members

Should have attached copy of annual budget and expenses so members could review them to see how funds are being spent.

1

Needs to be stricter enforcement in collecting “dues” (fees).

1

Support increasing fees (gradually) to meet needs of improving recreation facilities.

3

I do not think the LOA is spending our money correctly. If repairs have not been made in years then there should be plenty of money saved.

1

We are not in favor of raising our HOA “dues” (fees). One of the things that attracted us to the subdivision was the low rates. Manage the money better.

1

Business should have to pay much more yearly than residential properties. Yes, we pay less than some of the area subdivisions but that is because we have more residents and we have less extras than they do. No street lights, no sidewalks, skinny roads, many roads that flood and many other things.

1

Don’t want fees to go up.  Just want current collections to be spent wisely and effectively.

1

With the LOA “dues” (fees) now being $200 for those residents whose “dues” (fees) are not frozen I do believe we should not be offering less in the way of recreational facilities.

1

You could/should have been increasing the maintenance fee every year up to 10 percent with the exception of the fees that are frozen for the seniors.

1

Maintenance fees should be based on the size of the lot and not the same fee each lot regardless of the size.

1

What are you proposing as the financial solution?  A one- time assessment per parcel to collect the cash needed?  An increase in maintenance fees, and defer the construction until the cash is accrued? Financing the construction for how many years at what APR?  Other?

1

What if we do a fundraiser?
Organize a fundraising committee?

  • Art Festival
  • Beer Festival
  • Chili Cook-off
  • Gumbo Cook-off
  • Food Truck Festival
  • Auctions
  • Raffles – Get vendor gift cards, then sell raffle tickets through the email list
  • Tennis Event
  • Basketball Event

Ask for Donations. Set up a GoFundMe?
Sell coupon books.
Allow Owners to purchase an annual pool pass for extended family members.
Prioritize the pavilion to accommodate hosting the above suggestions.

1

 

Table III
Non-Recreation Area Improvement Specific Responses

Number of
Members

More concerned about community flooding.

2

Need speed bumps on the roads to help reduce speeding

1

Fence height needs to be 8 feet for residential lots and not just for lots with businesses behinds residences.

1

Sincerely,
Westwood LOA