2008 Annual HOA Meeting by liwenting


									Russlen Farms Annual Home Owners Meeting
Salem Public Library
Sunday, March 2, 2008

The meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m. by Joe Thomas. Several questions were
asked by home owners while reviewing the budget, including the following:

      Question: When did Graham/Thomas begin paying the $1,000 monthly lease
       payments for the Sales Office rental in the clubhouse?
       Answer: It was either November or December. Betty Gray will check and correct
       the budget to reflect the actual payments.

      Question: Does the Board get quotes on landscaping?
       Answer: Yes, Betty Gray has already obtained two landscaping quotes and will
       get a third. The Board will determine who is selected as the landscaping
       company, keeping cost and quality in mind. Note: Joe Thomas reimbursed the
       HOA $3,000 for the mis-communication with the landscaper that resulted in the
       excessive weed retention work performed last summer.

      Question: Does the clubhouse have programmable thermostats – this is a good
       way to conserve energy?
       Answer: Joe Thomas will check and install programmable thermostats.

      Question: Why are we paying for snow removal when Roanoke County provides
       this service?
       Answer: We hired Turfmasters for snow removal as an added benefit to our
       home owners because if often takes the county several hours after a snowfall to
       plow. We will immediately stop using Turfmasters and rely upon the county.

      Question: The cable bill ($112.68) looks very high, what does it include?
       Answer: We will review the cable bill in detail and make any necessary changes
       to our cable subscription so that we are only paying for basic service.

      Question: Do the Villas have a separate maintenance program?
       Answer: Yes, there is a separate maintenance plan for the Villas. We are looking
       into having a separate home owners meeting for the Villas’ residents.

      Question: How many houses are part of the HOA?
       Answer: 118 homes at this time.

      Question: How often will the annual HOA fee be reassessed?
       Answer: Each year the Board will assess the fee after the budget is prepared. It
       is important to keep in mind that we have to start planning for reserves so that we
       can pay for building and equipment replacements (i.e., pool pump and heater).

      Question: How many additional house fees are included in the HOA budget for
       Answer: We assumed 10 additional house sales as part of the budget. This is a
       conservative number and if we sell more houses, we will have more revenue that
       can be used for reserves.
   Question: The phone bill seems high, what does it include?
    Answer: Joe Thomas commented that all utility bills will be reviewed in detail by
    the Board and necessary adjustments will be made.

After the question and answer session, a motion was made and seconded to
approve the 2008 HOA budget. The budget was approved by a majority of

Survey Results
Joe Thomas reviewed the results from the home owners survey. Here are the

1. Are the pool and clubhouse hours adequate?
    Yes: 36       No: 5
2. The water temperature of the pool is:
    Too cold: 19 Too hot: 0    Just right: 19
3. How do feel about the maintenance and cleanliness of the pool and
    Clean: 27     Average: 10 Needs improvement: 0
4. Does the exercise equipment meet your needs?
    Yes: 31       No: 8
5. Should the clubhouse reservation policy be changed?
    Yes: 2        No: 28

After reviewing the survey results, the following topics were discussed:

   We are going to keep the pool rules the same for now based on the survey
   We have about $3 million in liability insurance for the pool and clubhouse.
   The pool chemicals are checked 3 times per week. We are going to add a
    bulletin board by the pool for updates.
   For the 2008 pool season, we will begin requiring swim pants for all children in
    diapers based on situations that occurred last year.
   We are not going to reduce the age requirement for children to use the exercise
   If a street light is out, call AEP to repair. Please make sure you place your trash
    can in your garage and do not allow loose trash to fly around the neighborhood
    on windy days.

Construction Update
 River Oaks II is nearly completed. River Oaks III is being reviewed by the bank
   and county.
 Woodhill is under construction and additional recreation areas may be added.
   Additional villas are also being considered for Woodhill.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

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