Amended and Restated Declaration Clarifications

Below is the text of an e-mail sent to all Meadowbrook homeowners regarding some clarifications for the Meadowbrook Amended Declaration. The document and ballot can be downloaded by registered users by going to the ‘Resources’ tab at the top, selecting ‘Documents & Forms’, then clicking ‘Password Protected Documents’ and finally ‘Amended and Restated Declaration’. Thank you!

 

Residents,

This e-mail is meant to address all major concerns that were repeatedly raised by homeowners in response to the HOA sending out the Amended and Restated Declaration for homeowner approval.  

Below is a list of concerns and responses to them.. Please also find attached another copy of the Amended and Restated Declaration, as well as a copy of the ballot. If you’d like to resubmit a ballot with a changed vote, just sign and send that in and it will be counted in place of any previously received.

1.) Will there be any loss of services?

All homeowners at all unit types will continue to receive the same services that they already receive. Many residents were concerned that the townhome residents were going to lose grass cutting and landscaping services, but that is misinformation – Article IV, Section 6 clearly defines grass cutting and landscaping as a service provided for by townhome assessments.

2.) Is the HOA increasing the amount charged to buyers upon the closing of a sale?

The amount charged to buyers at resale will stay the same. The HOA collects a capital contribution fee that is equal to 12 months of the previous year’s master assessment. All owners pay the master assessment each month in addition to any townhome or carriage home assessment. The master assessment is currently $49.50, so buyers pay a $594 ($49.50 x 12) capital contribution fee at closing when they purchase in Meadowbrook that funds the reserve account. All buyers also pay for two months of dues up front at closing.

 

3.) Why is there a contradiction in two different sections of the document over whether or not townhome and carriage home owners are allowed to construct a shed?

As sent to homeowners, sub-section (ii) on page 14 provided that single family homeowners are permitted to construct sheds that meet the provided guidelines, whereas sub-section (iii) on that same page read “sheds shall be constructed, erected or placed upon a Lot with a Carriage Home or Townhome Unit.”. This is purely a typographical error, as it was supposed to read “NO sheds shall be constructed”, and it has been corrected on the attached version. This e-mail constitutes notice of the correction, and all homeowners without an e-mail address on file with the HOA will receive a mailing containing this notice.

4.) Why should I vote in favor of this document?

First and foremost, this Amended and Restated Declaration is much easier to read and understand than the decades old document that it is replacing, and will help residents understand their HOA better. Additionally, as many homeowners are aware, there were issues with the shed amendment to the original document, in that it provided for sheds of only a certain size that proved difficult to obtain. This Amended and Restated Declaration does not specify a size. Outdated use restrictions have been changed or eliminated, including a rule that previously forbid the hanging of laundry of Sundays. The maximum fence height has been raised from five to six feet, in a move that will satisfy many homeowners who have inquired about building a taller fence. The Board also clarified that the HOA will be responsible for the repair, replacement and maintenance (excluding snow removal) of all sidewalks fronting Meadowbrook Drive, as the wording was previously ambiguous.

The HOA Board, and many of your neighbors, would greatly appreciate a vote in favor of this Amended and Restated Declaration. If there any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office.

Thank you all, and have a great day.

Pool Pass Day

Pool Pass Day will be Saturday, May 15th. Registered users of the site can download the pool pass form and all other pool info by clicking the ‘Documents’ tab.

Spring Garage Sale

The Meadowbrook spring garage sale will take place on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22. It will start at 8 AM and last all day. Masks will be required and we ask that guests observe social distancing. Hope to see you there!

Sidewalk Snow Removal

Management has been made aware of several complaints regarding sidewalk snow removal on Meadowbrook Drive. If you own a property that has a public sidewalk on Meadowbrook Drive, you must remove the snow on that sidewalk within 48 hours of a snow event. This makes the sidewalks safe for all residents to use. Failure to do so could result in a $25 fine from the HOA.

Gutter Cleaning

Residents of townhomes and carriage homes, please be aware that gutter cleaning will take place next week, around 12/21/20. You will see crews on the roofs of the buildings at this time.

Thank you!

Litter

Residents,

Please make sure you are removing any litter that accumulates in your yard.

During the landscaping season, TurfMaster’s crews generally remove any litter they come across. However, since the landscaping season is over, this is the time of year we generally see an uptake in litter and garbage throughout the community. This is to serve as a friendly reminder that you will be responsible for removing any litter during this time.

Thank you for doing your part to keep Meadowbrook and our environment clean!

Recycling

Residents, please review the flyer in the link below that details what can and cannot be recycled at Meadowbrook.

Thank you.

MB Recycling Flyer

Fall Garage Sale CANCELLED

The August garage sale has been cancelled.

The next Meadowbrook Garage Sale date will be announced in early 2021

Garbage and Recycling Collection

Good morning everybody,

Since we continue to have complaints, I want to remind everybody of the following:

Garbage containers are to be placed out no earlier than 5 PM on the day before pickup. They are then to be removed promptly on the day that the garbage is picked up. I understand that many residents are at work during the day, but please try to get them when you return home. We cannot have them sitting on the sidewalk and street for days at a time after pickup. If you are going out of town, please ask a neighbor to take care of it for you.

Thank you so much and have a great weekend!

Clubhouse Closed until 2021

In Executive Session after last night’s HOA meeting, the Board, acting on the guidance of their attorney, decided to close to clubhouse at least through the remainder of 2020.

If you have a rental scheduled, our clubhouse manager Lori will be reaching out to you.

Thank you for your understanding.