2006

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Thursday, January 12th, 2006

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 7:00 p.m. meeting.

Guest speakers:
Chief McNeely: Olmsted Township Police Department
Russ McPherson: AMHRO President

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by our President, Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer with a special intention and moment of silence for Linda Hes who died on December 30th, 2005. Brenda Kocevar remembered Linda and mentioned how much time and devotion she gave to H/TA.

SECRETARY: Jean Katitus  Frank called for a motion to suspend reading of the minutes. Motion made and approved.

TREASURER: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report and announced that Gretchen Lucas will be the new auditor. No corrections or additions.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

NOMINATING: Dick Lewis, Chair  Brenda Kocevar reporting for Dick.

The By-Laws for 2006 have some changes. Brenda highlighted the changes that have been made. Copies of the new by-laws are available for members to read.

Ho/T NEWS: Pat Lewis, Chair  Brenda Kocevar reporting for Pat.
Brenda announced that if you got your Ho/T News from Linda for delivery, please let Pat know who you are. If you would like to volunteer to deliver the Ho/T News, please let Pat know. We are also in need of someone to make coffee before the meetings and to sell the 50/50 raffle tickets at the meetings.

FOOD BANK: Mary & Bill Kubat, Chairman
Thank you for the food items you donated. The recipients of your generosity are very grateful. Mary announced that Ohio has 5.4 million dollars to help with heating bills. Applications are available from Mary after the meeting.
Announced she has an Amana microwave available for anyone who could use one and also has some colostomy supplies available.

A special ‘thank you’ to RoseMary Wettach for the $160.00 donation to the Food Bank from her re-cycling program.

CHIEF MC NEELY: Olmsted Township Police Department
Introduced himself and invited members to visit the newly constructed police facilities.
Evacuation Plan: Announced that along with himself and a representative from the Fire Dept., the Police Dept., and Mary Kubat from Columbia Park, work would start on an Evacuation plan for Columbia Park.

Police Patrols: Police patrols in the Park dropped off in November but have increased to a total of 39 so far in January. After meeting with park management, police will now start enforcing speed limits and stop signs. They will not initially issue tickets but will issue warnings. No fines will be charged.

RUSS MC PHERSON: AMHRO President.
The Association of Manufactured Home Residents in Ohio represents manufactured homeowners in Columbus by attending hearings and meetings that affect manufactured housing homeowners. They also help other communities to organize Homeowner Associations. They publish the Resident Advisor 4 times a year which is mailed out to members. You can visit their website at http://amhor.org/.  Jim Demetrius, AMHRO Vice President has been appointed to the newly established Ohio Manufactured Home Commission. Russ encouraged all members of Columbia Park Homeowners/Tenants Association to join AMHRO. Membership is $10.00 per person.

Laws to protect manufactured homeowners in Ohio are very weak or non-existent. Ohio needs laws that protect homeowners, such as:
* multi-year leases
* right of first refusal
* relocation fund if land use is changed
* fair buy out laws
* fair mortgage rates
* ability to get equity loans
* ability to get reverse mortgages
AMHRO is here to serve – we need your help.
Please fill out a copy of the survey on your table.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK

WHAT CAN THE ASSOCIATION DO FOR YOU?
What are your concerns? vacant homes? street light? tree limbs? living trusts? Medicare Prescription plans? Let us know what we can do. One homeowner requested more handicap parking spots.

COURT CASE:
Our Court Case is at a standstill. Judge Burnside was supposed to make a decision on the Summary Judgement presented to her. She has been contacted by our attorneys regarding when her decision will be coming.

RENT DEPOSIT ACTION:
On hold at present and if it goes forward it won’t be until August.

WATER RATE INCREASE:
There are rumors of a water rate increase. Chuck Palmer is checking into the matter.

BUS TRIP:
February 14th, 2005 to Mountaineer Casino.
$25.00 per person and get $5.00 for food and $5.00 for slots.

TRUTH COMMISSION:
Frank will testify at the Truth Commission on Saturday, January 14th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral.

EXERCISE CLASS:
Helen Malechar has an exercise class in the Social Hall every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. All Homeowners are invited to join.

CONGRESSMAN KUCINICH:
The Older Americans Act that promotes benefits to older Americans is coming up for a vote. Please ask the Congressman to re-authorize the bill.

Meetin adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006
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 11:00 a.m. meeting.

Guest speakers:
Lt. Minek: Olmsted Township Police Department
Nick Schrader, Executive Director F.I.R.S.T.

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 of the January 12th Homeowners meeting. Duane Frayer submitted a correction; AMHRO is the only association in Ohio that represents manufactured home owners. Correction made and minutes were approved.

TREASURER: Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Approved and accepted. Reprted that the Mountaineer Bus Trip arranged by Mary Jane Whalen netted the association $520.00. Thanks to Mary Jane et al and those who went on the trip.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

FOOD BANK: Mary & Bill Kubat, Chairman
Announced that a volunteer is need for the 50/50 raffle. Thank you for the food items you donated. The recipients of your generosity are very grateful. Mary announced that she has handouts regarding the Food Stamp program regarding how to qualify for assistance.<br>
Announced that one of our homeowners has a 30″ electric range for sale for $20. If you need a stove, call Mary.

LT. MINEK: Olmsted Township Police Department
Introduced himself and explained that Chief McNeely was unable to meet with us today due to previous commitments. Patrols in the park have increased and officers are observing compliance with stopping at stop signs and speeding.

ERIC SCHRADER: Executive Director, F.I.R.S.T.
Introduced us to a NEW public transportation system for 60+ persons that is available not only for doctor appointments but also for shopping, hair appointments, eating out or just about any other activity you might need a ride to.

The program is made possible with local, county, State and Federal funds. Reservations are made thru calling their Call Center at 1-800-983-4782. Requests are handled on a ‘first come-first serve’ basis and may be made 7 days in advance. Mr. Schrader explained that fee’s are based on your destination and range from $1.00 to $3.00 each way. Handouts containing detailed information about the program and a registration form were handed out at all meetings.<br>Registration forms may be placed in the ‘drop box’ at 87 Periwinkle or mailed to F.I.R.S.T. 26272 Butternut Ridge Rd. North Olmsted OH 44070.

If you have a neighbor who is unable to attend our meetings, please let them know that F.I.R.S.T. is available to them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK

RENT DEPOSIT ACTION
Homeowners who are in the Rent Deposit Action met on February 9th and voted unanimously to postpone any further action until August. The trolley tracks are being removed and a new entrance/exit may be coming.

COURT CASE:
The Court called for a meeting with attorneys on February 9th regarding the Summary Judgment Motions. The Judge asked for a discussion between partys to negotiate a settlement. Our lawyers will meet with the Executive Board to discuss the details of the negotiation.

FRIDAY MORNING:
Frank announced he will not be at the Social Hall tomorrow. He will be attending a Senior Summit at Representative Kucinich’s office. Information and handouts will still be available for anyone who needs them.

ST. IGNATIUS SCHOLARSHIP RAFFLE:
Bill Kubat announced that the prize is $50,000 and if the winner is from the park the Homeowners Association would receive the $5000 seller reward. The drawing will be held on Tuesday, March 14th.

AREA I ASSISTANT TRUSTEE:
Judy Hughes has agreed to serve as Assistant Trustee for Area I. Thanks Judy.

Meeting adjourned at 12:07 p.m.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006
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 notes are primarily from the 11:00 a.m. meeting with some additions from the 2 o’clock and 7 o’clock meetings.

Guest speakers:
Lt. Minek &amp; Sgt. Tkachik, Olmsted Township Police Department.
Marty Gelfand, Dennis Kucinich’s Administrative Assistant

Introduction & Welcome of New Members:
Arlene &; Dave on Corktree,
Don & Diane on Periwinkle,
Agnes on Pageant,
Pastor Tillett on Elgin Oval. Current membership is 679.

The meeting was called to order by our President, Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer with special mention for John Nary and Carol Reid followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

SECRETARY:
Jean Katitus read the minutes of the March Homeowners meeting. Minutes accepted and approved as read.

TREASURER:
Brenda Kocevar, read a letter from David Witt and the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Approved and accepted. Motion made to send a “thank you” card to David Witt. Seconded and accepted. Brenda reported on suggestions submitted by members.
Questions from the floor will be repeated before answering or person asking the question will wait until someone gives them a microphone.
Other suggestions regarding printing minutes and treasurer’s report for handouts at meetings was voted down at Council d/t printing costs.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

FOOD BANK: Mary & Bill Kubat, Chairman
Announced that a volunteer is need for the 50/50 raffle. Thanked members for their generosity and continued support of Food Bank. Using the cash donations you contribute, 14 canned hams were purchased from IGA and donated to recipients. Thank you very much.

SNOWBIRDS
Phyllis Scorzino has moved out of the Park. Pat Miller has accepted the position of Snowbird Chairman.

PUCO: Chuck Palmer
Reported that the water rate increase was appropriate per PUCO and that the sewer charge during the summer months will not be waived.

WELCOMING: Pat Savage
Reported that she visited the homes of 52 new homeowners.

LT. MINEK: Olmsted Township Police Department
Addressed concerns mentioned by Homeowners at March meeting.

Icy roads will improve per his conversation with Brenda Parker. Park employees notified that they will be ticketed for speeding and ignoring STOP signs in the Park. Patrols will continue. Ash Drive residents complaining of heavy traffic and speeding.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FRANK

COURT CASE: Pat Patterson
Reported on the progress of our Court Case. For further details or if you have any questions, please contact your Trustee.

THE LINKS
Deb Hiller has given permission to Columbia Park Homeowners to walk the cart paths of the closed section of the course which is located on the South side of John Rd. You must sign a release acknowledging that walkers will not hold Eliza Jennings liable. Dog owners may walk their dogs as long as you clean up after them.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)
All volunteers need to attend a meeting on Wednesday, May 17th at 6: 30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls City Hall.

AMHRO
Annual Meeting will be held on Sept. 30th at the Holiday Inn on Royalton Rd. (Rt. 82) in Strongsville. AMHRO needs members and all homeowners are encouraged to join. The membership fee is $10.00.

Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.

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Thursday, July 13th, 2006
Homeowners Meeting at the Social Hall
at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

These notes are primarily from the 11:00 a.m. meeting.

Guest speakers:
Lt. Minek, Olmsted Township Police Department.

We welcomed 7 New Members at the 11 o’clock meeting and 5 new members at the 7 o’clock meeting. Frank also introduced Dolly Semonco who has lived in the park for 47 years !!!

The meeting was called to order by our President, Frank Pojman. Pat Bittner guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Frank read a letter from Renee’ Musat of Russell Realty telling us about an airline flight where she witnessed the return of a soldier killed in Iraq. There was not a dry eye in the hall after listening to her sad story.

SECRETARY:
Jean Katitus read the minutes of the May Homeowners meeting. Minutes accepted and approved as read.

TREASURER:
Gretchen Lukacs, reporting for Brenda Kocevar, read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Approved and accepted.

FOOD BANK: Marge Lechner reporting for Mary & Bill Kubat, Chairman
Announced that in addition to canned goods and paper goods, our members have donated over $3000 in cash donations which was used to purchase turkeys, hams and gift certificates for recipients. Thank you and God bless you for your generosity.

Ho/T NEWS: Duane Frayer announced that we are still in need of volunteers willing to deliver the Ho/T News each month. Most routes have only 15 houses and they try to give you a route as close to home as possible. Please use the sign-up sheet to volunteer.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Marge Lechner reported that HTA will be hosting an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 20th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Social Hall. Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased from your Area Trustee. Donations are $2.50 before August 20th and $3.00 at the door. Please join us for some dee-lishous ice cream and fellowship.

“SHOP FOR A CAUSE”: Pat Patterson reported that Kaufmann’s is changing it’s name to Macy’s. To celebrate, Macy’s is sponsoring a “SHOP FOR A CAUSE” on Saturday, September 16th. Tickets will be $5.00 per person and in return you receive discounts on the items you purchase that day. Local restaurants will be handing out free samples. Sounds like a wonderful oppurtunity to save some money, eat some great food and have fun.

GUEST SPEAKER – LT. MINEK: Olmsted Township Police Department
Addressed concerns mentioned by Homeowners at May meeting. Homeowners continue to complain about:
* cars not stopping at Ash & Parkway
* park employees speeding down Ash after work
* bicycles & golf carts not following traffic laws
* stop signs for side streets angled wrong

COURT CASE: Pat Patterson
Reported on the progress of our Court Case. For further details or if you have any questions, please contact your Trustee.

AMHRO:
Annual Meeting will be held on Sept. 30th at the Holiday Inn on Royalton Rd. (Rt. 82) in Strongsville. AMHRO needs members and all homeowners are encouraged to join. The membership fee is $10.00.

Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006
Homeowners Meeting at the Social Hall
at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

These notes are from the 11:00 a.m. meeting.

Guest speakers:
Mike Foley, 14th District Representative.
Jim Demetrius, AMHRO Vice President and Ohio Manufactured Home Commission Member

The meeting was called to order by our President, Frank Pojman. Ken Miller guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

SECRETARY: Marge Lechner, Assistant Secretary read the minutes of the July Homeowners meetings. Minutes accepted and approved as read.

TREASURER: Brenda Kocevar read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Approved and accepted.

FOOD BANK: Mary & Bill Kubat, Chairpersons
Thanked homeowners for their generous donations of food, money and prayers. Mary announced she has a collapsible metal shopping cart available for anyone who needs one. She also has lancets and insulin syringes available.
Thanked all of those who worked on the Ice Cream Social and announced that we make approximately $300.00 on the event.

PHONE COMMITTEE: Brenda Kocevar thanked all of those who volunteered in the reorganization of the phone committee.

“SHOP FOR A CAUSE”: Pat Patterson is selling tickets for Macy’s “SHOP FOR A CAUSE” taking place on Saturday, September 16th. Tickets will be $5.00 per person and in return you receive discounts on the items you purchase that day. Local restaurants will be handing out free samples. Sounds like a wonderful oppurtunity to save some money, eat some great food and have fun.

GUEST SPEAKER – MIKE FOLEY:Newly elected Representative of the 14th District.
Plans to introduce some new legislation to protect owners of manufactured houses. Some of the issues his bill will address are:

1) Tenants have the ‘Right To Organize’ without fear of interference or retaliation from park owners.
2) Increase enforcement of Health Codes by the Health Department by imposing sanctions in the form of fines if Health codes are violated and not corrected by park owners.
3) Taxation of homes frequently includes prep work, sheds, driveways, steps, patios and other accessories. These should be backed out of purchase price reported to the Auditor.
4) Right of First Refusal to residents if park is ‘for sale’.
5) Relocation assistance if residents are forced to move.
6) Rent control based on Federal standards of COLA.

Mike will present the initial draft of his bill at the AMHRO meeting on September 30th.

GUEST SPEAKER – Jim Dimetrius: AMHRO Vice-President and member of Manufactured Home Commission representing homeowners.
Last November, S.B. 102 was signed into law and a Manuafactured Home Commission was established in Ohio to regulate the installation of manufactured homes. The manufacture of homes is regulated by HUD standards but the installation of homes was not controlled by any standards. The commission is charged with setting up the rules, trainning the installers and enforcement of installation rules.
The commission consists of 9 members.
2 members are manufacturers
2 members are retailers/sellers
2 members are installers
These six (6) members were appointed by the Legislature.
Three (3) members were appointed by Govenor Taft. They are:
* a Building Standards member
* an Executive from the Health Department and
* a Homeowner who is Jim Demetrius.

The powerhouse in Columbus is OMHA (Ohio Manufactured Housing Association). They represent the business interests of manufactured housing and approved 7 of the 9 members on the Commission.

The State of Ohio had no State resident association until AMHRO was started 3 years ago whereas OMHA has a full time lobby in Columbus.

The Commission has established a free dispute resolution program that offers arbitration and mediation.

Manufacturers and retailers want happy customers and the Commission is a positive move in that direction.

AMHRO:
Annual Meeting will be held on Sept. 30th at the Holiday Inn on Royalton Rd. (Rt. 82) in Strongsville. AMHRO needs members and all homeowners are encouraged to join. The membership fee is $10.00.

COURT CASE: Frank Pojman
Reported that Common Pleas Judge Janet Burnside ruled in favor of the defendants motion for summary judgment which means there will NOT BE A TRIAL.

There will be a mandatory meeting for all plaintiffs in the case on:

Friday, September 29th, 2006
at 7:00 p.m. at the German Club.

For further details or if you have any questions, please contact your Trustee.

Meeting adjourned at 12:40 p.m.

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Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Homeowners Meeting at the Social Hall
at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Thanks to Jean Katitus for sharing the minutes of the meeting with us.

The meeting was called to order by our President, Frank Pojman. Norb Fox guided us in prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Boehm brought in the flag. He is in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame and spoke to homeowners on the importance of patriotism at this time. Mr. Boehm started the Singing Angels 42 years ago and sang “God Bless America” for us.

SECRETARY:
Jean Katitus read the minutes of the September Homeowners meetings. Minutes accepted and approved as read.

TREASURER:
Brenda Kocevar read the Treasurer’s report. No corrections or additions. Approved and accepted.

FOOD BANK:
Mary & Bill Kubat, Chairpersons
Mary thanked all of our homeowners for their generous donations of food and money. She also thanked the anonymous donor of 10 turkeys. Dinner is available at the Community Church in town for anyone who would like to come. They will deliver if you call the Church. Mary reminded residents that they must update their information at the office if there has been any changes. She also suggested we carry a card with this information when we go out. She also reported that the Memorial Fund was given money to be used for gift certificates for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Frank attended a summit meeting at Kucinich’s office on the auto industry moving to Canada. He wants to put a stop to this.

The Human Rights Campaign asked Frank to give a speech on the homeless and poverty. He gave a brief speech on the steps of Cleveland City Hall.

Frank reported that Renee Musat of Russell Realty was being harassed by a client. Asked homeowners to write a letter of support to Renee and put it in his drop box. He will see to it that she gets them.

There was a long wait for voting and Frank asked that we sign a petition asking the Board of Elections to provide mor voting machines as there were only 9.

This was the last meeting of 2006 and Frank asked the homeowners to acknowledge that the same people that started the Homeowners Association are still working for them.

Frank suggested that we change our meetings to 2 instead of the usual 3 on a trial basis. Homeowners at the 11 a.m. meeting felt it would be okay. Homeowners at the 2 p.m. meeting said they did not mind. Homeowners at the 7 p.m. meeting did not want their meeting time eliminated.

HOT NEWS:
Brenda Kocevar asked for more volunteers to deliver the Ho/T News. Frank said we have lost some volunteers and we really need people to help us.

COURT CASE:
Frank reported that George Cochran has presented a 25 page brief. The managers will have 21 days to respond.

SNOW REMOVAL:
Do not put yourself in jeopardy by asking anyone for a permit. If someone wants to shovel your snow call the office and they can send someone to check to see if they are ok.

*~*  2006 ends  *~*

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