MOUNTAIN VIEW IMPROVEMENT
October 12, 2010
*Due to the fact that only 18 households
are represented, all issues voted on will need to receive additional votes
by ballot to complete the business. Homeowners not in attendance are
receiving a ballot included with these Minutes in which to vote. (This will
be done via email or regular mail if an email is not available.)
Called to order at 6:45 p.m. in the conference room at the First National
Bank on Challis Road, Brighton. Present: Board members - Trish Petrat, Don
Merckling, & Sara Thomas. Members – Lisa & Chase Chapman, Sheila Czornij,
Bruce & Sandra Everett, Michele Ford & two of her sons, Ann Goldon, Renee &
Michael Green, Dan & Donna Kashian, Rebecca Krug, Darlene & Bill Lapham, Bud
Longfellow, Carl Mauch, Bob Reske, Dennis & Sherry Smith, Jack & Donna Swint,
Rick Thomas, Bernie Wilke, & Rick Zahler.
Welcome: Trish welcomed everyone in attendance. This year we had pizza and
pop to socialize a bit before the meeting. Everyone seemed very receptive.
Treasurer’s report: Sara gave a summary of the financial statement. Motion
made by Dennis Smith; seconded by Mike Green to approve treasurer’s report.
Passed unanimously. Discussion regarding the need to renew the CD in
February 2011. Motion made by Bruce Everett; seconded by Carl Mauch for Sara
to review interest rates at the time of renewal (including money markets)
and then to renew the CD up to a 1-year time frame or open a money market
account. It is also understood that $700 will be left in the checking
account. Passed unanimously.
Dues: Payable in the amount of $30 to “MVIA” and due by November 12, 2010. Please contact Sara by clicking here to send her an e-mail if you need additional information.
Sara stated that only one statement will be sent to residents this year
about the dues and that if they are not received in a timely fashion, a lien
will be pursued. She stated that she does not think it is reasonable that
several letters have to be sent as reminders. Residents need to be
responsible for getting the dues paid on time without coaxing.
Natural areas survey: Sara reviewed the proposal to get the surveyed corners
marked so we know exactly where the boundary lines are of the land that is
owned by the subdivision in order to know what is happening with it (for
example, if people are dumping) as well as to hedge against the long-term
potential for an adverse possession claim. Sara received a quote from B F
Thompson Surveyors as follows:
After looking at the aerial photos of the area and having some familiarity
with the Subdivision, it appears that we could relocate the corners of
"Mountain View Park", and set wood lath at any missing corners (=/- 1/2'
accuracy), for $800 and the same for Lot #5, but also set at least 2
intermediate points on the southwest and on the northeast lines for $500,
assuming this work could be done after the leaves have departed for the
season (October 15 -November 1 +/-). I am sure that you are aware but there
is a 66' x 190' ft. parcel between the park and Lot 2 that the LC Road
Commission most likely owns, or at least controls. It is public land but you
must leave it available for future public road purposes. We can relocate
those points for no charge at the same time, if you are interested.
Brad F. Thompson, P.E., P.S. #23828
B.F.THOMPSON, PC., 1520 Gulley Rd., Howell, MI 48843
Dan Kashian stated that he had already found the boundary points between his
property (Lot 1) and the “Mountain View Park”. Others mentioned that a group
could go out and, using a survey, possibly be able to locate the remaining
corners. However, after such a long time, it may be fairly difficult which
is why surveyors can be necessary since they have the equipment and
expertise (and authority) to interpret boundaries. Carl Mauch felt it would
be nice to have a set of goals for the neighborhood in terms of spending our
funds. For example, where would a survey rate on a list items that the
neighborhood could pursue. Motion made by Rick Thomas; seconded by Rick
Zahler to allocate $1,000 as a contingency plan but attempt to locate the
legal boundaries ourselves first. Yes: 14; No: 3. (Michele Ford left early).
Livingston County Road Commission: Reminder that lawn edges should be marked
at the street for the snow plows and to not put trash cans in the street on
snowy days. They need to be at the end of driveways off the road.
Yard waste drop-off: Genoa Township has two drop-off days – Sat., 10/23 and
Sat., 11/20 from 9:00 am until noon.
Nominations for new board members: Motion made by Bruce Everett; seconded by
Sherry Smith to keep current board. Passed unanimously.
Other: Road Commission service: Sherry Smith suggested that as many people
as possible call the Road Commission on heavy snow days in order to get
Neighborhood sign: Sherry Smith inquired about the proposed sign for the
entry way to the subdivision that had been discussed a couple years back. It
had been determined that due to Road Commission requirements, the sign would
have ended up in the middle of the Love’s side yard. Funds had been voted to
pursue it but never spent since it didn’t happen.
Visibility & sidewalk: Rebecca Krug expressed concern about the visibility
when pulling out of Catalpa Drive East due to the hill. Wanted to know if
there is anything we can do. The suggestion was made that maybe the Road
Commission could be approached to put up a sign stating “Hidden
intersection” to force oncoming traffic to be prepared to yield if
necessary. She also thought it would be nice to have a sidewalk between
Catalpa and the Grand Circles along Challis Road to connect the entrances
for people walking or biking. That would improve safety as well.
Suspicious vehicle: Dan & Donna Kashian reported a black car parked along
Grand Circle near their home and the Meffert home (historic house on
Challis). They walk their dog early in the morning and have seen a man
drinking beer in it a couple times a month. He doesn’t attempt to hide from
them. A pile of beer cans have been found in that location a few times. It
was recommended that they call the police the next time they see him. This
is a reminder to neighbors to be diligent about who is in the neighborhood
and to report anything suspicious activity to the authorities.
Holiday party: Sherry Smith suggested that the Association rent an
inexpensive hall to host a holiday get-together with everyone bringing
appetizers to pass so we can get to know each other, especially with some of
the newer folks that have moved in in the past few years. One possibility
mentioned is the Brighton Community Center. Don Merckling will also check
out the use of the Livingston Conservation Club in Hamburg since he is a
member. Sherry offered to coordinate and will get back to Trish with her
findings. Motioned made by Sherry Smith; seconded by Don Merckling to
allocate $250 for hall rental if the decision is made to move forward.
Roaming cats: Sheila Czornij expressed concern about the number of cats
roaming the neighborhood. Others have seen them as well. People are
encouraged to keep their cats indoors or under supervision when outside.
Sledding hill: Bruce Everett mentioned that the Township is building a
sledding hill at the Township Hall property on Dorr Road.
Adjournment - Motion made by Bernie Wilke; seconded by Rick Zahler to
adjourn the meeting at 7:53 p.m. Motion passed.
Sara E. Thomas
Mountain View Improvement Association