From the President…

Last month I talked about being away in warm weather locations, well this month I’ve been here along with you dealing with below freezing temperatures. I for one don’t mind the feel of winter during the holiday season it makes it more festive even without snow on the ground (yet).
As the year draws to its close it is a time to reflect on the past year and maybe start thinking about next year. Here at ParTerra I believe we had a very good year; we washed windows, coated the parking lot and resurfaced the decks that were overdue. We had very few setbacks like roof leaks and pigeons moving in, we had a few too many fire alarm system failures that caused us to wake in the middle of the night and join each other in the parking lot. On the positive side we under ran our budget continued to build our Reserve Account (even though it required that nasty “special assessment”). Sales increased during the year giving several the opportunities for others to move on to a bigger and better or more affordable housing instead of feeling “stuck” since 2008. The property looks very good; our landscapers continue to do a very good job, David keeps it clean by vacuuming the halls, dusting, cleaning inside windows and picking up outside after the few that tend to litter or leave dog waste. You must be tired of hearing us “hound” those that don’t pickup but it really is a careless act by the guilty. It has been suggested that we start charging a fee to dog owners similar to other community properties. We will discuss this at the Annual Meeting; speaking of the Annual Meeting I want to remind everyone ours is being moved to February instead of the usual January meeting. So please put February 19th on your calendars for the most important meeting of the year. Election for three board positions and the opportunity to talk about dog poop and other important issues. At this time we don’t have any Reserve Study items or repairs due next year so we will continue to grow our Reserve Account for future major items.
We have one more important bit of business to do for 2013 and that is to ratify the budget for next year. All owners should have received in the mail a copy of the proposed budget and adjusted maintenance fees that were approved by the board. The ratification meeting gives you the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns about the budget and possibly convince the board to change their views on certain items?
I will save next month to talk about how we can do better as residents and owners on a few serious items, but for now I want to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. Christmas is a special time of year to reflect on our lives and family and I hope the New Year brings lots of joy to each and every one of you. Since we all live under the same roofs we are a family and we should look out for each other with kindness and caring that we would our own flesh and blood.
Golf report this month – non existent, too cold, frozen greens and maybe I’m not as dedicated I should be?? This leaves me enough space to send out a special thank you to my fellow board member Kat Molik, Marnye Moore, Nancy Buergel and Mason Emanuel for their time and energy spent on board business. They are a special group of owners who dedicate their time to serve our community; they are a pleasure to work along side as we do our best to serve ParTerra. And to David Metz for being all we could hope for in someone that looks after our property, with a smiling face and willingness to try new things to learn his position and to continue to save us money by doing repairs and general work that we used to pay for at a high price.
Thanks for listening!
Ken Schoolcraft

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