2003

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January 9th, 2003
Homeowners Meeting at the Social Hall

Area 1 and 2 at 11:00 am.
Areas 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm.
Area 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm.

These are notes from the 7 pm. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Three newly elected members of the Executive Board were sworn in by Wanda Rudary.
Jim Carr, Trustee Area #3
Brenda Kocevar, Treasurer
Bob Noel, Trustee Area #4
Other newly elected officers were sworn in at the earlier meetings.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Political Action: Lee Aldrich, Chair
1. Committee members met with Township Trustee Martin Strelau and newly elected State Representative Tom Patton to “get acquainted” and discuss issues important to Columbia Park Homeowners’. Anyone interested in knowing the details of the meetings may contact Lee at 427-9722.
2. Summary of election results comparing Columbia Park voters to voters in the Olmsted Township are available.
3. Para-transit problems: If you have difficulty scheduling a ride for your Doctor appointments, please let Lee know so he can follow up.
4. The PAC Committee is open to suggestions from Homeowners’ regarding any issues important in our community.

Membership Committee: Ann Palmer, Chair (Chuck Palmer reporting)
750 Homeowners’ have joined for 2003 representing 517 homes or 50% of the homes in the Park. If you haven’t payed your dues for 2003 as yet, you may drop off $5.00 at the Palmer’s residence at 21 Periwinkle. Chuck will be at the Social Hall from 9am to Noon on Friday, January 10th, to accept dues.

Records Committee: Chuck Palmer, Chair
If you are a new Homeowner that moved into the Park during the last 6 months, please notify Chuck so that our records can be updated.

Ho/T News: Duane Frayer, Chair
The Newsletter will be published monthly to assist Homeowners’ with being better informed. Volunteers are still needed for delivering the Ho/T News. If you would like to volunteer, please call Duane at 235-4413. Thank you.

Food Bank: Mary Kubat, Chair (Frank Pojman reporting)
Thanks to all of you that brought donations to today’s meeting.

Snowbirds: Pat Patterson called from South Carolina to wish everyone a “Happy New Year”. The weather is not as nice as Florida but better than what we have here.

Treasurer Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Report will be submitted to Skip Weithman, Association Auditor.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK

Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association applied for tax-exempt status and that has been granted.

Brenda Parker, Columbia Park Manager, is in Elyria Memorial Hospital. Please remember Brenda in your prayers.

WATER ISSUE
The increase in rates for water and sewer to Columbia Park Homeowners’ is being investigated by outside sources at present. Our appeal to decline Management’s application to PUCO is supported by: Dennis Kucinich, Olmsted Township Trustees, Ohio Consumer Council , Olmsted Falls Mayor Bloomquist Director of the Cleveland Water Department, Councilman Frank Jackson and Cleveland Mayor Campbell.

WATER BILLS
When you receive your water bill, check it for accuracy. One homeowner received a $1500 water bill when he had been out of his home for 2 months. His daughter hired a certified plumber who certified the home had no water leaks. Management accepted responsibility for the inaccurate charge.

FAIR DRUG PRICES
Petitions have been turned in and are currently being checked for accuracy. Once that process is completed, they will go to the Legislatures for action.

UNITED CHURCH HOMES

Mr. Engle, a former HUD official working on our behalf, met with United Church Homes and they are interested and will investigate financing purchase of the Park. In order to do this, they need financial information from Management, who at this time are refusing to share that information. If Management does not furnish this information, Mr. Engle will report that fact to the County Commissioners.

NOTICE TO LEAVE PREMISES
On the day before New Years Eve, several Homeowners’ received notices to “leave premises”. Management is legally able to do this if money is owed. If you receive such a notice for whatever reason, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME. The notice only means procedings are starting and you have time to settle the matter with Management.
Every Homeowner has a ledger on file in Syracuse. It is highly recommended that you pay your rent et al by check or money order. Never with cash.

8th DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS
The judges have made their decision. Their decision is in the process of being written which may take another few months. As soon as the writing process is completed, our lawyers will be notified.

NO BORDERS USA
There is now a local company that can assist you with obtaining medications from Canada with a savings of 30-85%. Their office is at: 30311 Clemens Road, Suite 200 in Westlake. Phone: (440) 617-0554. Internet: NoBordersUSArx.com
This is an active link and you can click on it to go there.
Frank will be in the Social Hall from 9am to Noon on Friday, January 10th with Brochures. He will also take photos for RTA passes. These passes are good in any city that has a mass transit system.

GUEST SPEAKER
Lynn Whelan, Deprtment on Aging
BENEFITS CHECK-UP
Presented a program to help find out “what’s available”? out there. This program is a “one-stop” shoppe. Up to now, finding out what programs were available and how to qualify for them whas a very tedious process. There is now a program available ONLINE called “BENEFITS CHECK-UP” that screens for all local, state and federal programs.

Cleveland has been selected to test the Program. The screening process takes 15 minutes. The results of the screening take 1 minute.

The screening is totally confidential with no identifying information required. It can be done: by mail, in person, by phone or by using a computer at your local library. The internet address is: http://www.benefitscheckup.org. Click on the link to go there.

Meeting adjourned at 8 pm.

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March 13th, 2003
Homeowners Meeting at the Social Hall

Area 1 and 2 at 11:00 am.
Areas 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm.
Area 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm.

These are notes from the 2 pm. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 pm by Frank Pojman. Rita Smith guided us in prayer. Jack Sadlon read ‘I am the Flag’ and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Frank called for a motion to suspend reading of the minutes of the January meeting. Motion made and seconded.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Report accepted and seconded.

By-Laws: Wanda Rudary, Chair (Frank Pojman reporting)
Copies of by-laws available for those interested in reviewing changes. Click HERE to read them.

Ho/T News: Duane Frayer, Chair
Applause for Duane and Lee Aldrich for the outstanding job they do with the Ho/T News.

Food Bank: Mary Kubat, Chair (Frank Pojman reporting)
Food items available for Homeowners’ in need. Please call Mary at 235-2550.

Water & Sewer: Bill Rudnickas, Chair (Frank Pojman reporting)
Remains in limbo. There will be a public hearing probably at the German Club

Political Action: Lee Aldrich, Chair
Cuyahog County Commissioner, Jimmy Dimora was scheduled to appear on Candidates Nites last fall at the German Club. He was unable to attend and was sent a letter by Lee Aldrich scolding him for not appearing. In response, Mr. Dimora invited members of council to meet with him on February 20th. A group of 12 council members went to the meeting at the County Administration Building. Issues important to us as Seniors and Homeowners’ were discussed. Auditor Russo will be sending his representatives to meet with us and explain the difference between the two methods of taxing Manufactured Housing. A real estate re-evaluation is coming in late Spring. An increase of 20% is expected.
The current Ohio law regulating the taxation of Manufactured Houses is unfair and needs to be changed. There are 1800 parks in Ohio. VISTA in Ohio is working to organize the homeowners in these parks.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK

Only Columbia Park Homeowners are permitted to deposit trash in the compactor. Contractors coming into the Park are not permitted to deposit items taken from homes into the dumpster. If you observe anyone using the compactor that isn’t a Homeowner, please note the license plate # and call your Trustee.

Frank read a letter he sent to Mr. Burnham at his home regarding some issues that have occured here in the park. Then suddenly,

At 2:44 pm. the phone in the Social Hall rang.
It was David Witt, our attorney.
The decision of the 8th District Court of Appeals was published.
WE WON !!
The original lawsuit brought by management was:
DISMISSED AND VACATED !!
HOORAY!! YIPPEE!! YAHOO!!

After much cheering and chattering, Frank resumed his announcements.

A Columbia Park Acquisition Team: has been formed.
The Team met on January 29th, with the goal of buying Columbia Park without using Eminent Domain. United Church Homes is ready to go. Financial data is still needed from Management. UCH will assist in setting up a co-op and manage the Park for 3 years.

March 6, 2003: Meeting with County Commissioners
County will try to force Management to the table.

Questions for Residents
On each table there are 4 questions posted. Please use the paper and pens provided to write your answers. They will be collected after the meeting or you may bring them to the Social Hall tomorrow (3/14) from 9am to 12 noon. The Social Hall will be open for those who need RTA bus passes, voter registration cards and/or PUCO forms.

The answers to these questions are what the County Commissioners want to know:

1) How has your life changed since you have a new owner of Columbia Park?
2) What concerns you the most about the future of Columbia Park?
3) How long do you want to continue living in Columbia Park?
4) If it were in your power, what is the one most important thing you would change about Columbia Park?

Meeting adjourned at 3:35 pm.

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March 17th, 2003

Court Decision Announcement

Hi Everyone,
It’s been a while, but was worth the wait. Who said 13 was an unlucky number? Well on March 13th, the 8th District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the good guys. I will have more to say after you read the statement from Mr. Foley.

Frank
Attached is today’s Court of Appeals decision (Case #CA-02-081092 from the week of March 13th)) in the Columbia Park manufactured home park rent strike case from last year. As you may recall, over 800 households in the 1060 unit, senior citizen manufactured home community began a rent strike in October 2001 because of a 20-25% rent increase at their park. A three day trial was held in January 2002, and a decision was made by Judge Comstock of the Berea Municipal court against the residents, stating that rent increases did not fall under the category of permissible reasons to hold a rent strike.

Todays decision throws out the Berea Court decision for the reasons that the landlords overplayed their hands when they originally filed suit to stop the rent strike.

The landlords in an attempt to scare off the residents filed an application for release of the money on deposit, but also filed individual damage claims against each rent striking household in the amount of $25,000, even though the Berea Court’s maximum monetary jurisdiction to hear a claim is $15,000.

The Appeals court ruled that even though they later dismissed these damage claims, they basically poisoned the well of the case, and that the Berea Municipal court had no authority to do anything in the case but to dismiss it once it was filed, which it did not do.

David Witt, Marty Gelfand (from Congressman Kucinich’s office) and I will be meeting over the next week with the residents to discuss next steps, but almost certainly, we will be demanding that all of the rent dollars collected by the Court during the pendancy of the rent strike, and which were released by the Court last winter, be returned to the Court forthwith from the landlords.

Mike Foley, Director, Cleveland Tenants Organization and co-counsel for Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association 216.621.1571

I’m back,
That kind of explains what happened and now the rest of the story. We are very happy with the decision and look forward to doing it all over again if that becomes necessary. Our members have indicated overwelmingly to go forward with this fight to prove our rent increases are unconscionable.

While waiting for the appeal decision these past months, the Association has been pro-active putting a plan together to purchase Columbia Park from our out-of-state landlords. We have organized a Columbia Park Acquisition Team, who have spent much time planning this goal.

Letters have been sent to all owners and legal counsel showing intent by Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association to purchase our community, their response has been, “it’s not for sale”. Although, one of the owners out of 7 did indicate he would look at an offer.

We have a plan in place with a partner. We have had discussions for financing. We have people to assist us with organizing our co-op. We have people to assist us in managing our community. “WE ARE GOOD TO GO”. All we need is a seller.

We NEED to do this, many residents have left their homes because they can’t afford to live here with fixed incomes and the average age of approx. 74+ years of age. Many have homes for sale. WE NEED TO HELP THEM. We do not want to be put out of our homes by some big land speculator to turn our community into something other than what it was meant to be by Gerald and Alice Brookins. This seems to be a growing trend happening in other states. We need to stop it in Ohio NOW!

Any further questions, E-mail to: ColumbiaParkHTA@webtv.net

Thank you,
Frank Pojman, President, Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association
440-235-0679, Leave message please.

NEXT HOMEOWNERS MEETING:
May 8th, 2003
Areas 1 and 2 at 11:00 am.
Areas 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm.
Areas 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2003

Area 1 and 2 at 11:00 am.
Areas 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm.
Area 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm.

These are notes from the 7 pm. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 11:00 am by Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer and an honor guard of Veterans entered with the flag followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Frank called for a motion to suspend reading of the minutes of the January meeting. Motion made and seconded.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Veterans Committee: Mary Jane Whelan, Chair (Frank Pojman reporting)
reported that 115 veterans who live in the Park have signed up with her committee to participate in an honor guard at all Association meetings.

Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Report accepted and seconded.

Ho/T News: Duane Frayer, Chair
Reported that any Homeowners that did not receive the latest issue of the Ho/T News can pick up a copy after the meeting.

Membership Committee: Diane Pojman, Chair
reported that we have 973 members. Membership is less than last year probably due to several deaths in the park, several moving out & those that have given up hope and no longer wish to participate.

Water & Sewer: Bill Rudnickas, Chair (Frank Pojman reporting)
Remains under investigation. No new news from the PUCO.

Welcoming Committee: Marion Wolfe, Chair
introduced new Homeowners attending their first meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK:

1) Homebound resident called the Office requesting assistance with taking trash to the dumpster. Was told that Management is not accepting any new requests. Frank wrote a letter to Mr. Burnham asking “why”. Office called stating that the resident will get his trash picked up. This is a service that we must pay for. It is not ‘free of charge’.

2) Homeowner with sewer problems since February. Office claims they were fixed. Office revisited the problem and it was resolved.

3) Courtesy Patrol: Most Homeowners would agree that the Courtesy Patrol is not being handled correctly and once the Park is acquired by the Homeowners’ that will change. Frank was approached by one of the residents on the Courtesy Patrol because of the very negative attitude of Homeowners’ toward the Patrol. The gentleman that came forward was very courageous in doing so. The gentlemen that work on the Courtesy Patrol do what Management tells them to do. If you feel you were harassed by a member of the Courtesy Patrol, please note the day and time and call your Trustee with that information.

4) Community Awareness Program
Olmsted Township offers this program to Seniors who live alone. They will call you every morning and if they don’t get an answer, they will send a patrol car to your home. At present, only 23 Columbia Park Homeowners’ take advantage of this program. If you’re interested, forms are available for signing up at the entrance to the hall.

5) Prescription Fair Price Act
PHARMA currently raising objections to the petitions collected thruout the State of Ohio. Dale Miller and 35 co-sponsors have introduced HB 166 to the Legislature which if passed will lower drug costs in the State.

6) Zoning Variance. (Pat Patterson reporting)
On April 16th, a meeting was held at Olmsted Township City Hall where Management representative, Gordon Adams and 2 attorneys were requesting a variance for expanding Columbia Park homesites to include the land along Creekside Drive which we commonly refer to as the landfill. Several residents from Cook Rd. opposed the idea. Engineering reports are not yet complete. Columbia Park currently has 43 empty lots, 27 empty homes and 60 homes for sale. Columbia Park Homeowners feel that before Management expands that the needs of current Homeowners’ need to be met. These needs include more exits from the Park as well as better roads inside the Park. Olmsted Falls mayor and Council members also attended the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for June 18th before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

7) County Involvement in Purchasing Park
The 165 responses to the 4 questions Homeowners were asked to answer resulted in many heart wrenching stories. The responses have been sent to Hugh Shannon, assistant to Peter Lawson-Jones and to Cheryl Wickersham of United Church Homes. The township trustees have also submitted a letter to County stating the need for private ownership of the Park. County is preparing to litigate if Management refuses to negotiate.

8) Appeals Court Case
Judge Comstock erred. David and Mike are considering our options. Homeowners’ will be called to meetings in approximately 2 weeks. They are in the planning stage at present but are tentatively scheduled for: Monday, May 19th at the German Club (MEMBERS ONLY) and Tuesday, May 20th (MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS) at the Social Hall. Times TBA. If Homeowners choose litigation, everyone can go forward. All Homeowners’ fall into one of 5 groups.

1. original court case participants
2. original court case and appeal process
3. disqualified during Berea Court hearing
4. fence sitters
5. new residents
Management had until 5 pm. today to file with the Ohio Supreme Court. No action taken.

Political Action: Lee Aldrich, Chair
What is a political action committee? It’s a committee that represents our interests by tracking helpful and harmful legislation.
We need allies. Looked to AARP for help but nothing. Looked to local officials for help. Homeowners’ attend township trustee meetings to become informed about the events taking place in the community. The PAC Committee worked on increasing voter turnout. 70% of Columbia Park Homeowners vote. Mike Foley of the Cleveland Tenants Organization applied to VISTA for volunteers to assist with organizing Homeowners in other Parks. Brook Park, our sister community is now organized. By the end of the year, the goal is to have 15-20 more parks thru out the State of Ohio organized into Homeowners’ Associations. The more organized we become the more influence we have on the Ohio legislature. We need commitment from members. At present, 5 million dollars has been allocated for a RR overpass in Olmsted Township. The Falls and the township can’t agree on where the overpass should go. That money may be lost! JEDD is currently being talked about. Bringing more industry and/or business to our community lowers our taxes. Residential development is a constant threat. Ryan Homes has plans for 650 homes to be built here in the township which could increase school enrollment by 500 children and thus increase our taxes.

A Community Forum 2003 will be held on Monday, June 16th, in the Middle School to discuss these issues. Local government and school officials will be present to address concerns of Homeowners in the community. Please plan to attend this important event being sponsored by the Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association.

Before the meeting was adjourned, Matt Norris, one of our Homeowners’ here in Columbia Park was presented with an Award for winning a Marathon in the 70+ class. Mr. Norris was very surprised to be singled out by Frank. We caught the moment in the picture  below.

 Meeting Day After will be held again tomorrow, Friday May 9th from 9 am to 12 noon. Voter registration, RTA passes & BordersUSA will be available. The Garden Club will hold their annual Flower Sale. Please support them by purchasing your plants from them.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

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Special Homeowners Meeting

Monday May 19, 2003

Area 1, 3 and 5 at 10:00 am.
Areas 2, 4 and 6 at 2:00 pm.
at The German Club

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 7:00 pm. in the Social Hall

These are notes from the 10 am. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 10:22 am by Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in a short prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Frank addressed the membership about ‘what brought us here’, ‘who we are fighting for’ & ‘why we moved here.

Pat Patterson reflected on the history of the Homeowners/Tenants Association which started in July of 2001 after management announced an unconscionable rent increase.

Marty Gelfand, Assistant to Dennis Kucinich, addressed the PUCO ruling and planned hearing. Click HERE to read Kucinich’s remarks.

David Witt explained our options followed by a question and answer period.

Pictures from the Monday 5/19 meeting at 10 am.

      

   

    

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June 11, 2003
Court Case Filed at Court of Common Pleas
Justice Center Cleveland OH

Today we begin to write a new chapter in the ongoing story of

The Columbia Park Homeowners’/Tenants Association

versus Columbia Brook Park Management, LLC.

Here is the “THE BUNCH ON THE BUS”

Not wanting to drive downtown, this group decided to “take the bus and leave the driving to us” routine. We drove up to the Park ‘n Ride on Great Northern Blvd. and I-480. Caught the 9:15 am. 75X bus which took us to West 3rd and Lakeside. All we had to do was cross the street and we were at the Justice Center.

Boarding the bus!

Ready to leave the station!

Lobby of the JUSTICE CENTER

Homeowners’ gathered in the Lobby of the Justice Center waiting for David Witt and Mike Foley, our Attorneys, to arrive!

              

     

Mike Foley, Marty Gelfand, David Witt and Frank

Mike, David & Frank

David & Frank

Walking from Lobby to Clerk’s Office

Walking from Lobby to Clerk’s Office

Frank, David and Mike with Clerk of Courts

David Witt signs Clerk’s Form

Celebration after Walking to Clerk’s Office

All over except the shouting. Time to go buy a hot dog and a pop from the corner vendor. Then back on the bus for the ride home. Thanks to all of those that showed up for what could have been an uneventful event. But it wasn’t thanks to YOU.

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June 18th, 2003
Olmsted Township Zoning Board
Olmsted Township Town Hall

Application to Expand Columbia Park

We came! They tabled it! We left!

Despite a moving plea from Frank Pojman, President of The Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association, to deny the variance, the Zoning Board voted unanimously to table the matter until the July 18th meeting.

The Applicants for the Variance never showed.  How did they know that their request for the matter to be tabled would be granted?  How did they know they didn’t have to be present for the ruling?  Why weren’t the affected partys notified?  Was a notice published in the paper and we missed it?  Hmmmm!  don’t you wonder what’s going on here?

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June 19, 2003
PUCO Hearing
German Club  Olmsted Township

Approval of An Application for:
Certificate of Convenience and Increase in Water and Sewer Rates
by Columbia Brook Park Management, LLC, Owners of Columbia Park

PUCO officials signing up those wishing to testify!
Marty Gelfand signing up!

PUCO officials. Scott and Mr. Steve Lesser

PUCO officials came to Olmsted Township today to explain the role & responsibilities of the PUCO in granting Applications for Certificates to operate as a Public Utility and to approve or reject applications for increases in water rates.

Columbia Brook Park Management, LLC applied for an increase in water & sewer rates of:

26% increase for water & 219% increase for sewers

The PUCO staff reviewed the application and relevant operating expenses submitted by the owners and recommend the following:
NO increase for water & 1.08% increase for sewers.
Along with a quarterly charge of $1.57 for meter reading.

Columbia Brook Park Management, LLC. has asked for an appeal of the staff report.  Today is a hearing.  The company is filing objections.  A judiciary hearing will follow.  The PUCO staff will be defended by the Office of the Attorney General.  The Ohio Consumers’ Council may also intervene.

PUCO Officials answered Homeowners’ Questions before taking Testimonies.

Testimonies Taken by PUCO Officials

Several Homeowner’s gave testimony.  Their names and statements are part of the public record but will not be posted here.

Charles Wyse, Assistant to State Representative Tom Patton, expressed Mr. Patton’s support of Columbia Park Homeowners’. He thanked the PUCO officials for holding the hearing in  Olmsted Township and expressed Mr. Patton’s full support of the PUCO findings.

Ryan Lippe, Ohio Consumer Council, endorses the efforts of the Columbia Park Homowners’ and supports the decision of the PUCO staff.

Marty Gelfand, Staff Counsel for Dennis Kucinich, gave PUCO officials a review of what has happened so far.  Respectfully requested that PUCO officials NOT grant Columbia Brook Park Management, LLC a Certificate of Convenience to act as a public utility and expressed full support for the staff report and the increases they recommended.

Karen Straka, Olmsted Township Trustee, stated that the Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association has the full support of the the Township.

Pictures of Homeowners at the Meeting.
     

      

Meeting adjourned at 3:00 pm.

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July 6th, 2003

Columbia Park ~ First Annual Flea Market

Buyers and Sellers meet to once again prove that an old saying is true . . . . .
“one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”.

      

      

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Thursday, July 10th, 2003
Homeowners Meeting at the Social Hall

Area 1 and 2 at 11:00 am.
Areas 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm.
Area 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm.

These are notes from the 11 am. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 11:00 am by Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minutes of the May 8th meeting were read by Marie Lansky. Accepted as read with no additions or corrections.

Three new Columbia Park Homeowners and members of the Homeowners/Tenants Association were introduced.  
We welcomed Bob Walleck; 13 Oak, Lee Mawry; 1 Cherry and Mr. & Mrs. Larry Cluck; 19 Parkway.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Report accepted and seconded.

Ho/T News: Duane Frayer,  Thanked those Homeowners who volunteer to deliver the Ho/T News for their dedication and timely delivery of the Newsletter.

Membership Committee: Diane Pojman,  reported that we have 1011 members representing 708 houses.

HTA/Bake Sale: held at the Columbia Park First Annual Flea Market on Sunday, July 6th. Biff Whittaker reported that there were more sellers this year. Wanda Rudary reported that $164.51 was raised for the Homeowners Assn. Pat Patterson’s brother donated $117.00 to the Homeowners Assn. which represented half the proceeds of his sale.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK:

1) Park Management has mailed newly revised copies of the Park Guidelines to Homeowners’. If you haven’t received your copy yet, look for it to be coming soon. They will be enforcing the ‘clean-up’ of carports.

2) County Commissioners letter sent to Park Owners requesting they meet with The Columbia Park Homeowners’/Tenants Association and Cleveland Tenants Organization was read aloud by Frank.

3) County Acquisition Team: David Rhines chaired the meeting attended by Frank and Pat Patterson on Thursday July 3rd. The response from the Park Owners was good although Ken Burnham still insists our facts are wrong. A meeting between the Homeowners/Tenants Association, Cleveland Tenants Organization and Columbia Brook Park Management LLC is scheduled for August. Both sides will present a list of negotiable items.

4) “Freetimes” Website
Click “http://www.freetimes.com/issues/1111/news-columbia.html” to read an article written by Tom Kondilas about Columbia Park.

5) Variance Update
The Olmsted Township Zoning Board will hear the Managements request for an additional 34 homesites along Creekside on:

Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 7:30 pm. at the German Club. Please try to attend so the hall will be packed.

There are 2 petitions that require your signatures. One is for the Variance. The undersigned respectfully request that the Olmsted Township Zoning Board DOES NOT grant Columbia Brook Park Management a Variance which would permit them to build an additional 34 homesites along Creekside.  The SECOND petition is for the PUCO. The petition respectfully requests thats the PUCO does NOT issue a Certificate of Convenience to Columbia Brook Park Management LLC.

Ann Marie Doneghan, Councilwoman from Olmsted Falls, sent a letter to Martin Strelau, Olmsted Township Trustee (that Columbia Park Homeowners’ helped to get elected) recommending a “NO” vote. The buffer plan offered by developers is ‘not acceptable’ to the Olmsted Falls Homeowners whose homes abutt the newly planned additional homes along Creekside.

6) Trustees</B>. &nbsp;All Trustees now have an assistant.
Area 1: Linda Hes (235-5663) will assist Biff Whittaker (235-9020)
Area 2: Bunny Ney (235-1068) will assist Betty Gorman <235-1259)
Area 3: Bob Hyduck (235-4224) will assist Don Wasserman (235-0520)
Area 4: Pete DeLaat (235-3634) will assist Bob Noel (235-61
Area 5: Chuck Bohland (235-7761) will assist Jim Carr (427-8009)
Area 6: Lou Rienerth (235-2849) will assist Ken Miller (235-9360)

7) Common Pleas Court Case:
Columbia Park Homeowners’ vs. Columbia Brook Park Management LLC. 675 households represented in lawsuit filed at Common Pleas Court. It is currently pending placement on court docket.

8) PUCO
The next hearing is scheduled to be held in Columbus on July 31st at 11 am. The address for the PUCO is: 180 East Broad Street in Columbus. A caravan of cars filled with Homeowners’ who wish to attend the hearing is in the planning stages. Please let your Trustee know if you plan on going. The Ohio Consumer Council has recommended “denial of the Certificate of Convenience” requested by Management.

9) Cleveland Tenants Organization
“Best and WORST Landlord” Contest. Applications are available for nominating Columbia Brook Park Management, LLC as the WORST landlords. We hope they are the WINNERS!!

10) Volunteer Needed
Let’s get some national exposure. Anyone interested or willing to contact the Networks (ABC, CBS, NBC &amp; CNN) for some coverage of the Columbia Park story, please contact Frank Pojman at 235-0679. Lakewood citizens whose homes are threatened by the attempt of the city officials to take their homes for development were able to get national coverage. Mike Wallace will broadcast their story on 20/20 in October. The Columbia Park story surely deserves the same type of coverage.

11) Bus Trip to Rochester
The Homeowners/Tenants Association is planning a bus trip to Managements home base in Rochester, New York. The cost will be in the $25-30 range and will take approximately 14 hours. No date has yet been set.

12) Cell Phones for Seniors
This new program encourages those with cell phones to donate their old cell phones to Seniors. All cell phones can be used to dial “911” as long as the battery is kept charged.

13) Meeting Day Afterwill be held again tomorrow, Friday July 11th from 9 am to 12 noon. Voter registration and photos for RTA passes will be available.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 pm.

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July 16, 2003
Olmsted Township Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting
7:30 pm. on Wednesday July 16, 2003
At the German Club

Well, we did it. The Olmsted Township Zoning Board of Appeals made the right decision last night in front of a packed house of Columbia Park residents at The German American Club in the township. They ZBA <strong>denied the application for an expansion variance</strong> to construct an additional 34 home sites when there are about 60 empty lots, 60 vacant homes and as one real estate person in attendance advised approximately 100 homes for sale. These are people who had or have to leave that could not afford to live there.

Not only did the counsel for the out-of-state landlords show up 12 minutes late, but showed up by himself and tried to explain why five other people were out of town on more important business and tried to convince the ZBA that this happens all of the time in his business.
This was the third time an attempt was made by the owners to get another extension. This seems to be a pattern for the way these owners like to do business.

One of the other turning points was the issue of Judge Frank Gormans’ decision in the Common Pleas Court case of Gerald E. Brookins vs. Robert A. Venefera Case No. 74-936310 on December 14, 1987 when the previous owners wanted to go from 820 homesites to 1,096. Judge Gorman further ordered, adjudged and decreed the following items:

#1) Homes in the community are not to exceed 1,096 homes under any circumstances.

#2) The plaintiffs at some time in the future (not 16 years) need to create, construct and install a roadway ingress and egress from Columbia Park to Cook Rd. on the south side of the community.

#3) Any future homesites are to have buffer zones on homes that parallel to Fitch and Cook Roads to be approved by the Olmsted Township Trustees.

#4) All future homesites are to be at minimum of 350 feet from Fitch and Cook Roads.
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#5) An amount of $15.00 is to be given to Olmsted Township before any new homesites are to be developed.

These owners need to be accountable for Judge Gormans’ rulings. This is just another positive step going forward to purchase Columbia Park by the Homeowner/Tenants Association. We need to control our own destiny, not the people from New York. We have been trying to bird dog every step the out-of-state landlords make.

Another issue has risen, when new leases were sent to residents last weekend for the year 2003/2004 for another rent hike of $14.50 or approx 5.5 to 6%. A provision denoting Columbia Park as a 55 and over community some how disappeared from our lease that was in there from past years. All residents were advised to hold off signing their leases until this can be rectified by the owners.

Now, on a positive note, Homeowners will be off to Columbus on July 31, 2003 in an attempt to get the water certificate denied by the PUCO. UNITED WE STAND ! ! ! ! ! !

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Homeowners Meeting at the Social Hall
Thursday, September 11th, 2003
Area 1 and 2 at 11:00 am.
Areas 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm.
Area 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm.

These are notes from the 2 pm. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 2:07 pm. by Frank Pojman. Rita Smith guided us in a short prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Our thanks to the Olmsted Township Safety Forces for joining with Columbia Park Veterans to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of the September 11th Attack on America.

Honor Guard:
Norb Fox, Fire Lt. Lavelle, Acting Chief Minek, Ptl. Dieckman & Ted Fink at the 11 am. and 2 pm. meetings.

Honor Guard at the 7 pm. meeting.:
Norb Fox, Ofcr. Gary Wilson, Acting Chief Minek & Ted Fink

Acting Chief Minek offered words of encouragement to the membership and called for a moment of silence to honor those that had died that day.

Our Legal Team arrived and were presented with Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association polo shirts which they graciously accepted. &nbsp;<b>Mike Foley</b>, Cleveland Tenants Association Director, informed us of legislation regarding Manufactured Housing that is currently before the Ohio State Senate.

Senate Bill 102 will put the control of mobile home park regulations in the hands of park managers, mobile home sellers and mobile home manufacturers. The passage of SB 102 would deliver a severe blow to park homeowners and tenants.

Please write our Ohio State Senator Robert Spada and request he vote “NO” on Senate Bill 102. Mike also updated us on our Court Case. &nbsp;&nbsp;No further details regarding what Mike had to say will be published here so as to protect our privacy. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Area Trustee for additional information.

Secretary: Minutes of the July meeting were read by Marie Lansky. Accepted as read with no additions or corrections.

Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Report accepted and seconded.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Ho/T News: Duane Frayer, Chair<br>Thanked the 55 Homeowners who volunteer to deliver the Ho/T News for their dedication and timely delivery of the Newsletter. &nbsp;If you don’t receive your copy of the Ho/T News by the 9th of each month, please call Duane @ 235-4413.

Membership Committee: Diane Pojman,  Reported that we have 1036 members representing 776 houses.

Food Bank: Mary Kubat, Chair
Thanked Homeowners for their generosity and assured us that 10 Homeowners here in the Park are very grateful for our donations. She reminded us that the names of those who get assistance are strictly confidential and requested that we call her (235-2550) if we know of anyone who needs help.
She also thanked Park Management for their offer of space in the office for the Food Bank. Due to the fact that she needs access to the food on a 24/7 basis, she was not able to accept the offer at this time.

Sunshine: Marsha Noel, Chair
Reported that 26 cards have been sent since July. Please call Marsha (235-6113) or your Area Trustee if any of your neighbors are sick or have died.

Snowbirds: Phyllis Scorzino, Chair
Reported that new forms for our Snowbirds are now available. Please include your return date, if possible.

Political Action: Lee Aldrich, Chair
Introduced Township Trustee Candidate, TED FINK, who just happens to live in Columbia Park. Ted not only introduced himself to the membership but also explained that his philosophy of government was based on his core values of Honesty, Integrity and Commitment. If elected his goal will be to: “return control of the township to the people who live here!

Nominating: Wanda Rudary, Chair
Announced that Officers &amp; Trustees will be installed at the 7 pm. meeting in November
President: Frank Pojman
Vice President: Pat Patterson
Secretary: Marie Lansky
Assistant Secyretary/Historian: Betty Gorman
Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar
Area 1 Trustee: Linda Hes replaces Biff Whittaker who resigned.
Area 2 Trustee: Bunny Ney replaces Betty Gorman
Area 3 Trustee: Don Wasserman &amp; Bob Hyduck
Area 4 Trustee: Bob Noel &amp; Pete DeLaat
Area 5 Trustee: Jim Carr &amp; Chuck Bohland
Area 6 Trustee: Ken Miller &amp; Bob Reinert

VIAL OF LIFE
This is a program designed to make vital information about persons living in a household available to emergency rescue teams, should this be necessary.

How Does It Work?  The form inside the Vial is completed with information about an individual which would be necessary in an emergency. The form is then re-inserted into the capped vial and placed in the refrigerator. An identification sticker is placed on the outside of the refrigerator door to indicate the presence of the Vial. Emergency services are alerted to look for the Vial of Life when they enter the home.

For Whom? The Vial of Life is helpful for older and handicapped persons, especially those who are alone or who are often alone in the home. You MUST update the information in the Vial everytime your medications are changed or your Health Status changes. Our thanks to Bill Rudnickas for introducing us to The Vial of Life Program and to Southwest General, Lakewood and Fairview Hospitals for supplying the Vials.
FUND RAISER * * * * SHIRT SALE

Tee shirts, Golf shirts and Sweat shirts with HTA logo.
If you missed the chance to order yours at today’s meeting, please call Brenda (235-9195) Norb (235-1376) or Wanda (235-8544) for information regarding colors, sizes and prices.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK

1) Karen Straka, Township Trustee, was acquitted in the Berea Municipal Court of any and all charges brought against her by the township. The Homeowners’ Association received a ‘thank you’ note from Karen for their support and attendance at her trial.

2) Township Trustees Meeting</b>. Frank thanked the Trustees and Olmsted Township Police Department for patroling the Park during the August 14th Blackout and for their maintenance of the Community Awareness Program. He encouraged Olmsted Township employees to work with Karen to improve the Township and to enforce Judge Gorman’s Court Order to provide an entrance/exit to Cook Road.

3) Meeting with Park Manager: Frank and Pat met with Brend Parker, Park Manager. Management is in the process of implementing an Emergency Evacuation Plan. Additional amenities in the planning stage are: a doggy run where the Trolleyville tracks are and a golfing green! Other issues discussed were: the installation of speed bumps, no plastic bags in the yard waste dumpster and the availability of space in the Office for the Food Bank.

Day After Meeting will be held again tomorrow, Friday, September 12th from 9 am to 12 noon. Voter registration and photos for RTA passes will be available along with order forms for HTA Shirts and Vial of Life information.

Next Homeowners Meeting
November 13, 2003
in the Social Hall at
11 am., 2 pm. and 7 pm.

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Homeowners Meeting at the Social Hall
Thursday, November 13th, 2003
Area 1 and 2 at 11:00 am.
Areas 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm.
Area 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm.

These are notes from the 2 pm. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 2:05 pm. by Frank Pojman. Rita Smith guided us in a short prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Secretary: Minutes of the September meeting were read by Marie Lansky. Accepted after correction of Judge’s name to Burnside.

Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Report accepted and seconded.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Nominating: Wanda Rudary, Chair
Announced that Officers & Trustees will be elected at each meeting and installed at the 7 p.m. meeting. Nominees were introduced and elected unanimously by members present.
President: Frank Pojman
Vice President: Pat Patterson
Secretary: Marie Lansky
Assistant Secyretary/Historian: Betty Gorman
Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar
Area 1 Trustee: Linda Hes replaces Biff Whittaker who resigned.
Area 2 Trustee: Bunny Ney replaces Betty Gorman
Area 3 Trustee: Don Wasserman &amp; Bob Hyduck
Area 4 Trustee: Bob Noel & Pete DeLaat
Area 5 Trustee: Jim Carr & Chuck Bohland
Area 6 Trustee: Ken Miller  Bob Reinert

Ho/T News: Duane Frayer:
Thanked the 55 Homeowners who volunteer to deliver the Ho/T News for their dedication and timely delivery of the Newsletter. &nbsp;If you don’t receive your copy of the Ho/T News by the 9th of each month, please call Duane @ 235-4413.

Membership Committee: Diane Pojman, Chair,   Reported that 650 members have payed their dues for 2004.

Snowbirds: Phyllis Scorzino
Please inform Phyllis of the date you leave & your return date, if possible.

Food Bank: Mary Kubat
Thanked Homeowners for their generosity and assured us that 10 Homeowners here in the Park are very grateful for our donations. She reminded us that the names of those who get assistance are strictly confidential. If you or someone you know is in need of this service, please put your name or their name on one of the slips of paper that are on each table. Please deposit the slip in the money can after the meeting.
Cash donations of $241 have been collected and will be used for soap, paper products and cereal.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK

1) Eleven (11) members of United Church Homes toured Columbia Park. Eight (8) of them are on the Board of Directors which will vote on the Columbia Park proposal in November. They will send a “letter of intent” to the Cuyahoga County Commissioners regarding their intent to partner with purchase of the Park.

2) Frank congratulated and introduced Ted Fink, Township Trustee-elect. Ted thanked the Homeowner’s for their support in the election.

3) Campaign Mailing by Tom Bush.
Frank pointed out that the literature he sent contained untruths & misinformation. The PAC Committee is not confrontational to the Park Owners. “Friends to elect Ted Fink” worked on the campaign, not the PAC Committee.

4) Letter from Mr. Burnham
was included with Park Newsletter without permission of the individuals it was addressed to. Burnham’s letter is in answer to the meeting between Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association, Columbia Brook Park Management and the County Commissioners.

5) Questionnaires</b> Frank assured those that have submitted their questionnaires that they will be held in strict confidence. Asked for permission to share the questionnaires with members of the Executive Board for sorting and grouping responses. Granted by raise of hand vote.

6) Mike Foley is pleased with the response of Columbia Park Homeowner’s regarding House Bill 102. Those who have not yet written or called our State Representative in Columbus can pick up a flyer with instructions after the meeting.

7) &nbsp;Olmsted Township is in the process of setting up an Emergency Response Team. Brenda Kocevar and Frank are the representatives from Columbia Park.

8) &nbsp;Grand Pacific Junction will once again be offering FREE Thanksgiving Dinners. They will deliver to individuals or groups of individuals. They will also provide FREE transportation up to the Grand Pacific Junction hotel for diners. Please call Michelle at: 235-4777 to make arrangements.

Day After Meeting will be held again tomorrow, Friday, November 14th from 9 am to 12 noon. Voter registration and photos for RTA passes will be available along with order forms for HTA Shirts, Living Wills and Vial of Life information.

Next Homeowners Meeting
will be in January 2004
in the Social Hall at
11 am., 2 pm. and 7 pm.

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Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association BY-LAWS

1. Name: The name of the organization shall be:

a. Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association.

b. The official mailing address of the Association will be the home address of the presiding President.

2. Goals: of the Association are:

a. to represent the collective interests of the homeowners/tenants of Columbia Park.

b. to maintain the park as a Senior Community.

c. to work toward keeping good relations between management and homeowners.

3. Membership: A voting member of the Association shall be any member who:

a. is a resident of Columbia Park.

b. who is a paid-up member.

4. Meetings:

a. will be held bi-monthly (6 meetings yearly) at the Social Hall or other location on the second Thursday of the month pursuant to Robert’s Rules. Times will be posted for all future membership meetings.

b. Decisions of the membership will be made by a majority vote of the members present with due consideration for the development of consensus positions (discussion) before a vote is taken.

c. Special membership meetings may be called by the President and/or the Council.

d. A quorum for a membership meeting shall be a minimum of 25 members present.

e. The members may consider any item of business that may come before them in a regular or special meeting.

5. Executive Board: shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and six (6) Trustees elected by the Association membership. The duties of the officers are as follows:

President: will convene and chair meeting of the membership and the Council and act as a spokesperson for the Association. Be aware of all bylaws. Can appoint committee chairpersons and be considered a member of all commit-tees except the Nominating Committee.

Vice President: will carry out duties of the President in his/her absence and assist President as needed. Vice President will assist Treasurer in his/her absence or emergency situation.

Secretary: will keep records and minutes of all meetings and maintain the correspondence of the Association. Copies of minutes shall be given to President and Vice President.

Assistant Secretary: will assist the Secretary as needed and keep attendance of Council at all meetings. Will also serve as Historian.

Treasurer: will maintain accurate records of monies in a ledger; collect dues from the Membership Committee and report, in writing, a financial statement and itemized account of all income and expenditures at the Council and regular membership meetings of the Association. Copies will be given to the President and Vice President.

Purchase Request Form for advances for the amount over $150 from the Association funds must be submitted for approval by Council. All other expenditures require a voucher and receipt.

Trustees (6): shall be elected to represent the best interests of the members of the Association and shall be selected from all sections of Columbia Park.

a. An Assistant Trustee will be appointed by the Trustee or Executive Board and will be considered a member of Council.

An emergency decision requires a majority vote of the Executive Board.

6. Council: shall meet on the first Thursday of each month.

a. shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and six (6) Trustees elected by Association members. Assistant Trustees and Committee Chairpersons will also be considered members of the Council.

b. The duties of the council are:

1. to organize and conduct meetings of the members and to carry out the decisions that the members make at a regular or special membership meeting.

2. to determine policies and activities of the Association.

3. to receive periodic reports from the Association committee chairpersons.

c. Decisions of the Council will be made by a majority vote of the members present with due consideration for development of discussion before a vote is taken.

d. A quorum of 25% of the Council members and a majority of the Executive Board are required before the Council can make a decision.

7. Nominations and Elections: The Nominating Committee shall consist of a minimumof three (3) members.

a. The Association shall elect the Executive Board from among the members of the Association. Officers will be elected for a one (1) year term and serve not more than two (2) consecutive years in the same office unless vacancy cannot be filled.

b. Nominations to Executive Board positions will be held at the membership meeting in September of each year with the nominee’s consent. Any member of the Association may nominate any person for an officer position as long as that person has been a member for at least one (1) year.

c. Elections will be held at the November meetings with installation taking place after the 7:00 p.m. meeting. Officers’ terms begin in January after installation.

d. Election will be conducted by written ballot if more than one person is nominated for any given office. If position is uncontested there may be a show of hands to elect. If ballots are used, they will be counted by a Tellers Committee of three (3) chosen by the Nominating Chairperson. After count has been conveyed to the membership the ballots will be destroyed.

8. Dues:

a. The Council may establish a dues structure for the Association.

b. Annual dues for all members of Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association shall be $5.00.

9. Vacancies on Executive Board:

a. Officers may be removed from their positions by a majority vote of the members at a regular or special meeting if members are given notice of the issue at least 48 hours before the meeting.

b. In the event of a vacancy on the Council, a replacement will be selected by voice vote at the next general meeting to fill out the remainder of the term of that position.

c. A vacancy occuring among the officers-elect before they take office will be filled by nominating and electing again at the next membership meeting. The President can select a replacement in the interim.

d. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, this vacancy shall be filled by the Vice President subject to the approval of the members.

e. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Treasurer, an audit shall be made of the records and completed within 15 days after receiving the records. A written report shall then be submitted to the Executive Board and the records transferred to the incoming Treasurer.

10. Audit:

a. An annual audit shall be made of the Association’s financial records by an Audit Committee comosed of 2 or 3 members appointed by the Audit Committee chairperson with the Treasurer in attendance.

1. The audit shall be completed within thirty (30) days after the close of the fiscal year ending December 31 and the records transferred to the incumbent Treasurer.

b. Recommendations by the Audit Committee Chairperson may be submitted to the Council for approval.

c. Final balance sheets and statements shall be submitted to the Executive Board. Approval of audit will be conveyed by the Treasurer to the Council at the February meeting.

Original adoption by Membership: August 3, 2001

Approved by Membership: August 23, 2001

Revised: March 1, 2002

Approved by Membership: May 9, 2002

Revised: February 13, 2003

Approved by Membership: March 13, 2003

*~* 2003 ends *~*

 

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