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May 18-19, 2018

 
Regarding Bishop/Millay Cul-de-sac Island Maintenance

The following statement is by RVHA board members Craig Chamberlain, David Eisenbacher and Stephen Hatfield:

The Raintree Village Homeowners Association (RVHA), by agreements with the City of Troy, is responsible for maintaining the four private parks in the subdivision, the detention pond, two entrance medians and seven cul-de-sac islands. The agreements are the Subdivision Open Space Agreement and the Street Island – Cul-de-sac Island Development Agreement. The annual assessment for each Raintree Village homeowner pays for these maintenance costs, as well as administrative costs and liability insurance.

The new subdivision, Raintree Village on the Park, will use RVHA’s detention pond. Prior to using the detention pond, the developer, Mondrian Properties, commissioned a Bank Erosion Investigation Report, prepared by the engineering firm PEA, Inc. of Troy. The report states that the pond banks have receded about six feet over the last 40 years and offers two options to address the erosion. The preliminary cost opinions are $50,000.00 and $120,710.00. RVHA has started to reserve funds in preparation for these expenses. Homeowners attending the May, 2018 RVHA meeting expressed concern that the rate of erosion is increasing.

RVHA recognizes the need to maintain the pond, parks, and cul-de-sac islands, but also recognizes the need to prioritize maintenance given limited funds. RVHA has sought ways to reduce the maintenance costs of the cul-de-sac island at Bishop and Millay. The matter was an agenda item for the May 14, 2018 RVHA meeting as was announced publicly on RVHA’s Facebook page. At the meeting, the RVHA board decided to plant Vinca minor (“creeping myrtle”) as groundcover on the island. When it fills in, the myrtle will provide a green cover that is salt-tolerant, crowds out weeds, and recovers from being trampled on by cars and trucks that occasionally go onto the island.

A homeowner attempted to transplant myrtle from her garden but was unable to extract whole plants, so RVHA approved the expense of $126.94 for the purchase of 72 Vinca minor plants at Lowes. Volunteers planted the plants on Memorial Day weekend and started weeding the island. The plan was to get the island fully weeded and then apply Preen to prevent the emergence of new weeds. A call for volunteers to help weed the island was met with a limited response.

On June 24th, 2018, a homeowner living near the Bishop/Millay cul-de-sac island notified RVHA by email that she had removed the myrtle plants, applied weed killer, and would spread mulch. The removal of the myrtle plants had not been presented to the RVHA board for a vote, and the RVHA board considers this a loss of $126.94 of an approved expense. RVHA welcomes and encourages volunteer efforts but holds that volunteer actions should be consistent with plans as presented, discussed, voted on and approved at RVHA meetings. The statements and actions by this homeowner indicate that she has taken it upon herself to maintain the island.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the RVHA is Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 7:00pm at a location to be determined and announced closer to that date. All Raintree Village homeowners are invited to attend.

The annual election of officers is December 10th, 2018.

A complete accounting of RVHA’s expenses as reviewed by a CPA can be found in the 2017 Review Report and Financial Statements.

Annual RVHA Dues increased to $27 per year

Prior to 2017, RVHA spent each year about the same amount it collected from the 810 homeowners paying the annual assessment, which has been $26 since 2007. Due to increased expenses and expected costs for pond bank restoration the board voted 2 to 1 at the December 19, 2017 annual meeting to increase the annual assessment from $26 to $27. In accordance with the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, RVHA can increase the annual assessment by at most 5% per year ($1.30 on a $26.00 assessment) without a vote of the membership.

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Raintree Village 2018 Assessment
Raintree Village is a deed-restricted community. All Raintree Village homeowners are automatically members of the Raintree Village Homeowners Association and are legally obligated to pay an annual assessment as outlined in Article IV, Section 1 in the subdivision Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions filed in 1975 with the Oakland County Register of Deeds (Liber 6445, Pages 310-311).

The assessment for 2018 is $27 and is due May 31, 2018. Send your check payable to:

Raintree Village Homeowners Association
P.O. Box 99033
Troy, MI 48099

to avoid having late fees and legal costs added to the amount you owe.
The RVHA Voicemail is
248-988-0180

If you have a question or problem for the Raintree Village Homeowners Association, call anytime day or night.

This telephone number is an unattended AT&T voice mailbox. Messages are recorded for later replay. This telephone number does not ring to anyone's home, so you will never get a "live person" to talk to.

The messages are checked weekly. Please leave your name and telephone number if you want your phone call returned.

Come to our Monthly Meeting!
The regular monthly Raintree Board Meeting is held on the second Monday of the month from September through June. All are welcome to attend. We meet at Baker Middle School (located on Torpey Drive off Rochester Road) in room 108.

Our next Raintree Board meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on September 10th, 2018.

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