2005

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Thursday, January 13, 2005
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 p.m. meeting.

Guests: Russ McPherson, Lois McPherson and Jim Demetrius: Officers of AMHRO
The meeting was called to order at 11:00 a.m. by our President, Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Secretary: Frank called for a motion to suspend the reading of the November 2004 Homeowners/Tenants meeeting. So moved and seconded.

Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. 2004 audit is completed and report is ready.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Political Action (Taxes): Tom Treadway, Assistant Chair
Homeowners who filed for a reduction in real estate taxes last March have received letters of response from the County Auditor’s office. There is a work session scheduled next week for those who would like to apply for 2006. Auditor’s office coming next month.
Also announced that Rose Mary Wettach, thanks homeowners for their cooperation with the recycling campaign. Proceeds will benenfit the Park.

Food Bank: Mary Kubat, Chair
Thanked those who donated and those who deliver food to recipients. Mary announced she would like to start another program: Visitors. She’s recognized the need of some in the park who just need “someone to talk to”. If you are interested in becoming a Visitor, sign-up sheets were available at the front table.

Random Acts of Kindness: Mary asked if JoAnn Phillips was present at the meeting. She wasn’t so Mary went out to tell us that JoAnn, when driving on Flagler, spotted a resident who had fallen down. JoAnn stopped her car and assisted the fallen person to safey. Thanks to JoAnn for her Random Act of Kindness.

Bus Trip:
We’re going to Windsor Casino on Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 2005. Fee: $25.00 and get $20.00 back. Leaving the German Club at 7:30 a.m. Everyone 21 years and over is welcome on this trip. For more information, please call Mary Jane: 427-1685 or Marion: 427-9512. Reservations must be payed for by Feb. 6th. All proceeds from the bus trip benefit H/TA.

Raffle tickets for 2 free tickets for the trip were sold by Bill Kubat. Drawing will take place after the 7 p.m. meeting. Winner does not need to be present.

Ted Fink: Township Trustee & Homeowner
Acknowleged the snow removal problems in the Park over the Christmas holidays. Assured homeowners that in the case of an Emergency, township officials will do whatever is necessary to get Emergency Vehicles into the Park.

Membership Committee: Diane Pojman, Chair
670 Homeowners’ have joined for 2005. If you haven’t payed your dues for 2005 as yet, you may deposit your dues in the dropbox at 87 Periwinkle.   You may also pay your dues at the Social Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 14th.

Ho/T News: Duane Frayer, Chair
Announced that past issues of Ho/T News are available to anyone who wants one. Thanked those who deliver the Ho/T News to every home. Volunteers are always needed to replace one of the regulars . Sign up sheet at the front table. Duane formally announced his resignation as Editor of the Ho/T News. No replacement was announced.<br>
Duane’s new responsibilities will be as Frank’s replacement on the Renaissance Task Force.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Water & Sewers:
To facilitate communication with management regarding water/sewer issues, a new form has been generated that allows you to put your problem in writing. Management has 10 days to respond. On the 11th day, call the PUCO.

Interrogatories:
Thanks to all of those who answered the questions and returned them. However, 150 interrogatories have not been returned and this may result in those homeowners being dropped from the court case.

Snow Removal:
After receiving many distrssing phone calls from Homeowners over the Christmas holdiay week-end, Frank sent an email to Brenda on 12/27 regarding the unsafe driving conditions in the Park. No answer from Brenda.

Social Hall
The “open” hours of the Social Hall have changed. Several homeowners showed up at the Social Hall at 9 a.m. for blood pressure checks by the Fairview Park Nurses. The hall was locked. The park website states that one of the amenities is the Social Hall being opened from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Frank emailed Brenda Parker regarding the confusion and inconvenience to homeowners. In response to the email, the sign at the front of the park was changed to 10 a.m. Too late for those who were there at 9 a.m.

Prescription Drug Bill
Brenda Kocevar updated Homeowners on the fate of petitions signed several years ago so that a fair drug bill could be put on the ballot. In order to avoid such action, PHARMA (the pharmaceutical companies lobby group) agreed to a compromise. A prescription card called: BestRX is now available to low income and persons 60 and over. This card is even better than the Buckeye Card. No details as to how to get one were available at this time.

Association of Manufactured Home Residents in Ohio (AMHRO)
Russ McPherson: President;
Jim Demetrus: Vice President;
Lois McPherson: Secretary
Brenda Kocevar: Treasurer

The newly formed State Association officers were introduced by Russ along with a brief summary regarding the need for a state organization and how AMHRO was organized.

He explained that it is difficult if not impossible to start anything without money, people and time. In appreciation for the contributions of Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association, Jim presented Frank with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Jim Demetrius, AMHRO’s Vice President, explained that the State Association’s GOAL was to change the public’s overall opinion of “Trailer Park’s” thru education which would result in profitable manufactured home parks filled with happy residents.

The MISSION of AMHRO is:
to educate and advise each resident of their rights &amp; priveleges;
to educate the members to be an organization that will serve to raise the standard in their communities;
to educate the residents in how to protect the security of their home;
to promote the well-being, health, safety and general welfare of each resident;
to be an organization that will use all of its resources to educate in making changes that affect manufactured housing; and
to serve as a channel and source of information to educate each resident.

The VISION of AMHRO is to be an advocate that will help make changes for all manufactured home residents to help them to enjoy the quality of life they deserve by persuing justice for them.

Future plans include:
1. establishing relationships with legislators who don’t live in manufactured homes and are not aware of the problems and
2. publishing a website.

To join AMHRO or volunteer to help, please e-mail Russ at: amhro1@yahoo.com or call him at 440 235-9279 before 9:30 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

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Thursday, March 10th, 2005
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 p.m. meeting.

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Matthew Wayne, Medical Director,
Eliza Jennings Group
Ted Fink, Olmsted Township Trustee

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by our President, Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Secretary: Frank called for a motion to suspend the reading of the January 2005 Homeowners/Tenants meeeting. So moved and seconded.

Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions.

New H/TA members: Mr. & Mrs. Ed Hoover of 43 Periwinkle were intoduced and welcomed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Political Action (Taxes): Tom Treadway, Assistant Chair
For homeowners who are eligible and have the necessary forms filled out, the Board of Revision will be here to collect those completed forms on Monday, March 14th at 10 a. m. in the Social Hall. If you moved into the park in 2004 and have received a Property Tax Bill, you can also file now. The deadline for filing is March 31st. Any questions, call Tom at 235-7326.

Food Bank/Visitors Committee: Mary Kubat, Chair
Thanked homeowners for their generous donations to the food bank. Announced that she has a supply of dog food available to anyone who needs it.
Visitors. The group is now organized and ready to visit anyone in the park who would like someone to talk to.

Bus Trip: Wanda Rudary
HT/A realized a profit of $1572.00 from the Windsor Casino bus trip. Thanks to Mary Jane Whelan and all her helpers for a job well done.

Ted Fink: Township Trustee & Homeowner
Stated he has been unfairly accused of bias by some people. Explained that there are 8 Homeowner Associations in the Township . Assured homeowners that he represents everyone equally.
Asked for questions regarding EMS runs coming from the Park. If you want to go to Southwest General Hospital, EMS will now take you there. Although the Township is now billing for EMS, there should be NO out-of-pocket expenses for those who use EMS. The Township will not bill individuals – only insurance carriers.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

AMHRO
Frank reported for Russ McPherson, State Association President, who is currently on vacation. April is Fair Housing Month. A general meeting in Zanesville is planned.
Russ had an interview with the Administrator for the Health Department for a position on the Advisory Committee for Manufactured Homes and he has been appointed to that position.

Water Line Break
Thanked Township Trustees Ted Fink and Karen Staka for their involvement and concern during the recent water line break and loss of water supply into the Park.

Fun Nite – 911 Issue
EMS was delayed responding to a emergency call from the Social Hall on Fun Nite due to a faulty emergency gate. Brenda Parker was notified and the emergency entrance gate is being left open until it can be repaired.

Social Security Issues: Brenda Kocevar
The Committee that organized to work on the Prescription Drug Bill has now changed their attention to the Protecting Social Security Issues by opposing any privatization schemes.
Question: Do our members want H/TA to work on these issues? Members voted “yes”. Brenda Kocevar, Linda Hes and Nancy Harber will represent H/TA on the Committee.

Guest Speaker
Dr. Matthew Wayne, Medical Director, Eliza Jennings Group
Dr. Wayne announced that within in the next 3 to 6 months, the Renaissance will open a Primary Care Office to serve the residents that live there.

As a geriatrician, he explained that his approach to patient care can best be described as: understanding what it takes to make you feel good. He also believes in using Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists for patient care.

Once the Primary Care Office is established, the Renaissance plans to offer their services to the community-at-large. In order to anticipate the level of need and/or interest, a questionnaire from the Renaissance will be included in the Ho/T News distributed in April. Please answer the questions and return the questionnaire in the envelope provided.

Meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005
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 p.m. meeting.

Guest Speakers:
Mike Stoller, Coalition to Protect Social Security
Mike Foley, CTO, Director
Marty Gelfand, Administrative Assistant to Dennis Kucinich

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by our President, Frank Pojman. Chuck Palmer guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Our new Social Hall flag was donated by Dennis Kucinich.

Secretary: Minutes approved and accepted as read. No corrections or additions.

Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Political Action (Taxes): Pat Patterson, Chairman
34 homeowners who filed for a revision of their property taxes received a favorable reduction. On average, homeowners realized an annual savings of $665. An additional 119 applications have been filed by homeowners who are eligible for a reduction. Thanks to the County Auditor’s Office, the Board of Revision and Park management for their co-operation.

Food Bank/Visitors Committee: Mary Kubat, Chairman
Thanked homeowners for their generous donations to the food bank. Announced that she has a supply of insulin syringes (U-100) available to anyone who needs them. Please call Mary at 235-2550.

Health Fair: Duane Frayer, Chairman
A Health Fair will be held in the Social Hall on August 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Approximately 30 health care agencies will be here as well as Government agencies giving you the oppurtunity to gather a lot of information all at one time. Admission is FREE! There will be door prizes.

Volunteers are needed for setting up the Social Hall and baking for the Bake Sale. We are also in need of golf carts to shuttle homeowners to the Social Hall. Parking at the Social Hall will be limited. Anyone who can volunteer some time, please write your name on the sign-up sheet. More details to follow.

School Board
There are 2 openings on the School Board. The Superintendent wants to know what it would take to get Columbia Park homeowners to support an increase in the school taxes.

AMHRO
Brenda Kocevar announced that AMHRO is accepting individual memberships for $10.00 per person. The annual meeting is scheduled for September 24th at the Holiday Inn at West 150th and I-71. The cost of the meeting is $20.00 which includes your lunch. You will receive the quarterly publication, ‘The Resident Adviser’ with your membership. You can visit the AMHRO website @http://www.amhro.org/ where you will find much valuable information as well as an online membership application, rent survey, message board and mailing list.

Eliza Jennings Survey
The response from homeowners to the survery was amazing. 621 surveys were returned and the survey results are currently being analayzed.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Saturday, Frank was a speaker at a gathering on Public Square to protest State and Federal Budget cuts.

The empty lot at the corner of Peach & West is deplorable and has been for 3 years. It’s the worst street in the Park.

Gate onto Fitch Road is still broken.

Owners coming to town. Emailed them requesting a meeting without Brenda present. NO RESPONSE.

Owners have realized a profit of $3,255,120.00 just from the rent increases they have imposed since buying the park.

Rents have increased almost $100 with the new owners.

Asked for a break in rent increases in 2004. We not only got an increase but a real estate tax pass-through.

Tri-City Senior Center needs more members. See handouts on the table for all the activities they offer.

Catherine Ensign running against Judge Comstock in November. Let your conscience be your guide on this one.

Ray Wahl (helped our homeowners during Berea Court trial) running against Tim O’Malley for Clerk.

Rosie Wettach still collecting aluminum cans and newspapers. Bins have been moved to the Social Hall while yard waste container is in the dumpster area.
Proceeds from the aluminum cans and newspapers are not going to H/TA or the park. They will be used for people in the park in need of funds. Rosie is in the process of applying for non-profit status.

Mike Foley announced he will continue to be our attorney in the upcoming court case but plans to run for State Representative in the Fall elections.

Guest Speaker
Mike Stollar, Coalition to Protect Social Security
Stated he is a economist by profession speaking to us today regarding the non-existent Social Security crisis.

&bull; Social Security is a success story.
Without Social Security 48% of Seniors would be in poverty.

Administrative costs for Social Security are only 1% making it a very efficient system.

Social Security benefits are the only source of income for approximately 1/3 of our seniors.

Social Security benefits represent 1/2 of their income for approximately 1/3 of our seniors.

Social Security benefits represent less than half of their income for 1/3 of our seniors.

Social Security benefits are essential for seniors. The average person is better off to take benefits at age 62.

Social Security is not meant to be a pension. It is an entitlement. The benefits you receive are not based on what you put in.

A pension can be left to your children. Social Security only goes to spouse.

Privatizing Social Security would mean:
* higher administration costs
* risk of investing poorly
*huge loss if/when market periodically crashes
*Social Security monies are held in a Trust Fund.

Currently, 170 billion dollars more goes into the Trust Fund than what is payed out.

Trust Fund money is invested in Government bonds.

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that by 2052 there will be no money left in Social Security.

Medicare/Medicaid are a much more serious problem NOW.

The Federal government can’t go broke – they print the money.

Send postcards to your Senators and tell them not to approve President Bush’s efforts to privatize Social Security.

Questions taken after presentation.

Guest Speaker
Marty Gelfand, Administrative Assistant to Dennis Kucinich.

Bush is trying to dismantle Social Security and change it to a welfare program. Social Security is about all of us. Social Security is insurance not an investment. Representative Kucinich is working to keep it that way.

Guest Speaker
Mike Foley, CTO Director and Attorney for Court Case
Check the docket of our pending court case and you will find 56 entries documenting the activity related to the case.
Our landlords have filed a motion for summary judgment which states they should win based on law.

Homeowners are filing a motion for summary judgment which states that based on the evidence we should win.

There should be a decision by the end of the summer on legal issues.

For more information regarding Mr. Foley’s presentation or if you have questions, please call your Area Trustee.

Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

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Thursday, August 11, 2005
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 p.m. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by our President, Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer followed by Norb Fox leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our new Social Hall flag was donated by Representative Dennis Kucinich.

Our President, Frank Pojman called for a motion to suspend reading the Minutes of the May meeting and the Treasurer’s report. Motion made, seconded and passed by majority voice vote.

Frank announced that Mike Foley, Marty Gelfand, and Township Trustees Karen Straka and Ted Fink were at our earlier meetings but unable to attend this one due to prior commitments. Pat Patterson gave report on what Mike Foley said to the membership regarding our:

COURT CASE
* Landlords attorneys filed for a Summary Judgment requesting that the case be dismissed.
* Homeowners attorneys filed an answer to Summary Judgment.
* Landlords attorneys filed an answer to our answer.
* Homeowners attorneys filed an answer to their answer.

Pre-trial hearing will probably take place in October at which time Judge Burnside will rule on the landlords Summary Judgment and our responses. If she rules in the landlords favor – case will be dismissed. If she rules in homeowners favor – trial will start in early January.

Our expert witness has submitted all of his reports to our attorneys and he has found some significant deviations from the norm regarding our level of rent increases.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Health Fair: Duane Frayer, Chairman
Health Fair will be on Monday, August 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Social Hall. 25 agencies have booked tables. Duane asked for volunteers to drive visitors from Plaza parking lot to the Social Hall. If you are able to volunteer, please call Duane at 235-4413.

Food Bank/Visitors Committee: Mary &amp; Bill Kubat, Chairman
Thanked homeowners for their generous donations to the food bank. More homeowners are requesting assistance and the demand could increase with the new rent increase. Announced that she has a supply of insulin syringes (U-100) and Ensure available to anyone who needs them. Please call Mary at 235-2550.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nominations for officers will be taken at the September homeowners meeting. Volunteers are needed for the Nominating Committee.

Golf Outing is on Sunday, September 11th at 2 p.m. at The Links. A 9 hole scramble with 4 members on each team. $32.00 per person includes golf, golf cart and luncheon at 5 p.m. For non-golfers, luncheon is $11.00. Please make your reservation by September 4th by calling Ken Miller at 235-9360.

Gate onto Fitch Road is still broken. Marty Gelfand will look into whats causing the delay of a repair/replacement. Safety issues remain the biggest concern because of unauthorized vehicles using this entrance.

Rosie Wettach still collecting aluminum cans and newspapers. Requested volunteers to form a committee to decide how the proceeds should be used. Marty has done a great job in removing plastic bags from the containers.

Repossessed homes are coming into the Park.

Rents have increased to over $100/month from 2001-2006.

From September of 2001 to September of 2006, owners will have collected $22,887,948.00 for lot rents. That’s twenty two million, eight hundred eighty seven thousand, nine hundred forty eight dollars.

Why another rent increase? When will it end? When will there ever be a waiting list to get in? instead of a waiting list to get out? When is ENOUGH . . . ENOUGH? Time to hear from our members.

Several suggestions came from members including a repeat rent strike and eminent domain. Frank announced that at the 11 o’clock meeting there was a motion made for our Council to explore the possibility of a repeat rent strike.

Members at the 7 p.m. meeting were given the oppurtunity to vote on the motion resulting in all yay’s with no nay’s.

Council will discuss the motion and announce their decision at the September.

A rent deposit requires a 30 day notice to owners before it can begin. In the meantime, petitions objecting to the latest increase were passed out for members to sign.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005
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 a.m. meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 11:02 a.m. by our President, Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Secretary: Jean Katitus read the minutes from the August meeting. Minutes approved and accepted as read with the following additions; Results of voice vote of motion for council to explore another rent strike: at the 11 a.m. meeting there were 36 nay’s, at the 2 p.m. meeting there were no nays and at the 7 p.m. meeting there were no nays.

Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions.

Frank had our two (2) new members introduce themselves. The association welcomes Julianne Malicki of 16 Pageant and Mr. Kelley of 9 Michael.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Health Fair: Duane Frayer, Chair
The Health Fair was held on Monday, August 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Social Hall. 24 Health Care agencies provided information to the approximately 200 homeowners that attended. There are handouts available on the front table for anyone that needs them. The Health Fair Committee thanks the Olmsted Township Trustees for providing a shuttle bus and the local merchants who so generously donated door prizes.

Food Bank/Visitors Committee: Mary & Bill Kubat, Chairman
A food collection will be held at the November meeting. If you receive a turkey for the holidays that you don’t plan to use, please let Mary know by October. 7 turkeys were given out last year.
Mary announced that she has insulin syringes and needles available to those that may need them.

The Friendly Visitors are visiting 4 homeowners at present. If you know of any homeowner that may benefit from the food bank or Friendly Visitor please write their name and address on the slips you see on each table and place them in the Coin Bank.

Tax Committee: Tom Treadway, Chair
Announced that the Auditor’s Office is reviewing the claims filed in March and determinations will be announced to Homeowners sometime this month. If you haven’t applied yet please do so now.

Snowbirds: Phyllis Scorzino, Chair
Reminded Snowbirds to please register with her before leaving for the winter months.

AMHRO: Brenda Kocevar reminded Homeowners that our State Association will hold it’s annual meeting on Saturday, September 24th from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at the intersection of West 150th and I-71. Cost is $18.00 per person or 2 for $35.00 which includes program materials, morning and afternoon snack and luncheon. There will be 8 speakers and reservations must be in by September 10th.

Membership: Diane Pojman, Chair
Memberships renewals are starting this month. Dues remain $5.00. Frank read a letter from one of the new members. She has decided to join the Homeowners Association because she feels some services should be included in the rent we pay, namely: water and sewer, lawn maintenance and snow removal.

Nominating Committee: Dick Lewis, Chair
Nominations for Officers for the year 2006

Pres: Frank Pojman/ RoseMary Wettach nominated by B. Gorman with a second from R. Mercier
Vice Pres: Pat Patterson/ No nominations from the floor
Secretary: Jean Katitus/ No nominations from the floor.
Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar/ No nominations from floor
Asst. Secretary: Pat Bittner declined/
Marge Lechner nominated by Ellie Batt.
Area 1 Trustee: Linda Hes/ No nominations from floor
Area 2 Trustee: Bunny Ney/ No nominations from floor
Area 3 Trustee: Ann Palmer/ No nominations from floor
Area 4 Trustee: Bob Noel/ No nominations from floor
Area 5 Trustee: Jim Carr/ No nominations from floor
Area 6 Trustee: Ken Miller/Tom Treadway nominated by Ellie Batt. Declined.

Elections will be held at the November meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rent increases: The latest rent increase represents an increase of over $110 a month since the new owners bought the park. When the membership was surveyed at last months meeting regarding what they thought should be done about rent increases 3 suggestions were made; 1) a rent strike, 2)emails to the owners, and 3) petitions to the owners.

Pat Patterson reporting:
The Executive Board of Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association met with Kurt Stewart, Mike Foley and Marty Gelfand to discuss and explore another rent strike.

They were advised that based on the Safety Issues that remain unresolved in the Park there are grounds for a rent strike.
The broken back gate remains the Primary Safety issue. Secondary issues include a second entrance in and out of the Park and buffer zones as specified in the Judge Gorman’s 1987 court order.

Does membership want a rent strike?

Hand vote taken and counted which resulted in an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote. A motion was made by one of the members to proceed with rent strike action followed my a second to the motion.

Pat announced that it is up to each homeowner to decide if they wish to participate. Signing the petition being passed around will serve as a 30-day notice to owners. No signatures will be accepted after October 1st.

Olmsted Township Trustees adopted a resolution to bring owners into compliance with the 1987 court order and Township lawyers will be filing suit.

Another issue that was discussed was eminent domain. Pat announced that Jimmy DiMora, Cuyahoga County Commissioner, has requested a meeting with Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association officers to discuss this issue.

Golf Outing:
Ken Miller reports there are 46 reservations for the luncheon following the golf outing at The Links on Sunday. One more golfer is needed for the 4 man teams. The luncheon will be hosted by Ann Palmer this year.

Local Elections:
Karen Straka and Martin Strelau are running unopposed for Trustee in the November election. There is also a renewal levy on the ballot for police and fire.

North Olmsted Community Center:
Lunch is available on Tuesday and Thursday for 75 cents at the Community Center. A movie follows lunch on Tuesday and live entertainment follows lunch on Thursday. Lunch is served at 11:50 a.m. Reservations are required.

Meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005
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 a.m. meeting.

Election results:
Frank Pojman 377 votes
RoseMary Wettach 75 votes

The meeting was called to order at 11:02 a.m. by our President, Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer with a special intention for Linda Hes and Diane Pojman, both of whom are seriously ill. Before the Pledge of Allegiance, Frank did a short presentation on the meaning of Veterans Day, asking all the veterans at the meeting to stand and honored them with a round of applause.

Secretary: Jean Katitus read the minutes from the September meeting. Minutes approved and accepted as read.

Treasurer: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Nominating: Dick Lewis, Chair
Voting for the office of President of H/TA will close at 7:30 p.m. and the ballots will be counted. Any remarks written on the ballots will invalidate them and they will not be counted.

Ho/T News
Dick also announced that Pat Lewis, Ho/T News Route Co-ordinator needs volunteers.

Food Bank: Mary & Bill Kubat, Chairman
Thank you for the food items you donated. No free turkeys this year but the Food Bank will purchase them at a reduced price for Homeowners in need. Mary announced that she has Depends, Ensure, Boost, alcohol swabs and some insulin syringes available to anyone who may need them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
HOMES FOR SALE: Renee Musat, of Russell Realty, is one of the major realtors selling homes in Columbia Park. To counteract the negative impression of some prospective home buyers, Frank has provided Renee with a list of accomplishments of H/TA to encourage others to purchase homes here.

On October 13th, Mike Pochatek, a Columbia Park homeowner, was honored on the occasion of his 100th Birthday at the Olmsted Township Trustees meeting. The NEW Olmsted Township Police Chief, Charles McNeely was also sworn in. Frank introduced the Chief to H/TA members.

Chief McNeely gave a brief history of his experience and accomplishments. He plans to attend as many Homeowner meetings as he can. He thanked homeowners for their support of the Police and Fire Department at the voting booth. Mary Kubat asked the Chief for assistance with setting up an Evacuation Plan for Park homeowners and offered to serve on a Committee if one is formed.

Communication with Management:
Frank announced that the signage issues he addressed with management has been answered. The Guidelines prohibit the displaying of political signs in yards and/or the windows of homes. The owners have decided to leave the Guidelines unchanged.

Wellness Committee:
The Renaissance is doing a feasability study regarding the building of their Wellness Center. Proximity to the facility seems to be an important issue since people won’t travel more than 6 minutes to any health facility. Whether or not residents of the surrounding communities use the facility, Columbia Park residents will probably be included.

Rent Deposit Action:
The back gate has been repaired and may be used by safety forces and select personnel ONLY. A special meeting will be held on a date to be announced for the 432 Homeowners participating in the rent deposit action.

Mike Foley:
On November 19th, Mike will announce his candidacy for State Representative. Frank suggested a fund raiser for Mike’s campaign. Mike has supported H/TA since the beginning and supporting him in his campaign would be a good way to thank him.

National Memory Screening Day:
Testing will be done at Brookside Estates 15435 Bagley Rd. on Tuesday November 15th from 10 to 3 and 6 to 9. No reservations are needed. For more information, please call 440. 887.1125.

Meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

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