WHAT’S NEW IN THE VILLAGES?
New Leasing Committee
By now, you should be aware that the Rent Ratios (also known as Rental Caps) and corresponding “Hardship Clause” have been removed from the proposed Bylaws, and will be voted on separately at a later date. In order to work out the issues that the landlord-owners and resident-owners have with the Rent Ratios and leasing guidelines, the Board is creating a LEASING COMMITTEE. We are looking for volunteers to help identify and address these issues and create a document that the homeowners and the landlords will all agree to.
Contact the office for more information or to sign up.
The 23rd Annual Community-wide Yard Sale
As a precaution, and in compliance with the MDHHS guidance for gatherings & social distancing, the Association will not be sponsoring the Annual Community-wide Yard Sale for 2021.
WE WILL HAVE THE EVENT LISTED AND ADVERTISED WITH THE OSCODA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 4th, 5th & 6th
FOR RESIDENTS WHO MAY CHOOSE TO HAVE ONE ON THEIR OWN THAT WEEKEND.
A REMINDER THAT YARD WASTE PICKUP WILL BE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 3RD ON THIS WEEK
BOARD NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Nominations for the Board of Directors’ election begins April 1st. There are 2 open seats to fill on the Board.
To be eligible to run, you must;
1.) Be a Homeowner in the Villages;
2.) Be a member in good standing (i.e. account paid in full, and no unresolved violations); and
3.) submit a Candidate Profile with a brief Summery of your
background and qualifications to the office on or before Friday, May 21st.
If you would like to observe a monthly meeting to see what you could be doing, contact the office in advance to let us know that you would like to attend.
We still need to pass the Amended and Restated Consolidating Master Deed & Bylaws!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to take a vote last year, but our HOA desperately needs to update our governing documents.
Ballots will be sent out mid-June and the voting period will close at the end of the Annual Meeting of Co-owners on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
The Board would love to hear from you!
We have a short time before the meeting to resolve any issues you may have concerning these governing documents.
So, to help us understand and share information, we are launching our
Facebook Group page on February 1, 2021.
The Villages of Oscoda HOA
All homeowners are invited to join, to voice their opinions, and post helpful information and fun pictures.
Look for The Villages of Oscoda HOA on Facebook in February
COVID-19 PREVENTION PLAN
Pending any specific mandates by government agencies, the Clubhouse will remain closed until further notice.
However, the staff is currently working inside and is able to accommodate all the needs of our members by way of phone, email and with the use of the pick-up/drop-off boxes at the Clubhouse.
TO DROP OFF PAYMENTS OR PAPERWORK, PLEASE UTILIZE THE DROP BOX LOCATED TO THE LEFT OF THE FRONT DOOR WHEN FACING THE CLUBHOUSE (FOLLOW THE BRICK PATH).
ALL ASSOCIATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE, www.voohoa.net, CLICK ON HELPFUL INFO, ASSOCIATION FORMS.
ASSOCIATION DUES IN 2021!!!
The Villages of Oscoda monthly Association dues will remain at $60.00 per month
(Check out the Association’s newsletter, The Village Chatter, for more details.)
Monthly Board of Directors Meetings
Due to the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO), the monthly Board of Directors meetings will continue to be held remotely until the EO has been lifted.
You can attend the meeting as an observer from your computer or by phone.
Simply contact the office to let them know you would like to attend the Board meeting. You will be sent an email containing a link to join the meeting. The email will also include a phone number to attend the meeting by phone.
We hope everyone is continuing to stay safe.
**WASTE MANAGEMENT CHANGES**
It was brought to our attention today that Waste Management has implemented new guidelines regarding trash pick up due to Covid-19.
Until further notice only items sealed inside a bag will be picked up. The bag must be tied or otherwise sealed to keep items completely contained. Loose items such as boxes will not be picked up unless they are sealed inside a bag. The limit of 6 bags, less than 50 pounds each is still in effect.
While it is unfortunate as well as frustrating that we were not informed of this change in advance, in light of Covid-19 it is an understandable precaution as Waste Management works to protect their employees.
They also stated that there will be no special pickups until further notice, so items such as appliances, furniture, etc., should remain out of view until restrictions have been removed and you are again able to call for their removal.
We want to thank everyone for your understanding and patience as we all work together to get through this safely and see the end of Covid-19.
We will inform you of any changes as we are made aware.
As circumstances are changing daily please check back regularly.
A Reminder to all Co-owners who are leasing their units.
Per Article 1, Section 4(a)(viii) the Board of Directors has the authority to make rules and regulations in accordance with Article VI and Article VII of the by-laws.
Article VII, Section 25 gives the definition and explanation of leasing units. It also states that
“Notice of any lease, together with such additional information as may be required by the Board, shall be given to the Board by the Co-owner within ten (10) days of execution of the lease. Such Co-owner must make available to the lessee copies of the Condominium Documents…”
The board feels this is a very important part of the requirements of Co-owners who are leasing their units.
On November 10, 2015, the board of directors voted unanimously to place fines on any Co-owner who fails to submit a Rental Packet and accompanying lease for their units within 10 days of the execution of the lease.
The fine schedule will go as follows: The Co-owner must submit the Rental Packet and lease for the unit within ten (10) days of the execution of the lease or a $25.00 fine will be assessed to their account.
Should the Co-owner fail to submit the Rental Packet and lease within 30 days after the lease has been executed, there will be an additional $25.00 fine and will continue to accrue a $25.00 fine every 30 days following that until the rental packet and lease has been submitted. The Co-owner will have an opportunity to a hearing with the Board of Directors at the next regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting, should the co-owner wish to dispute the fine or to explain why the Rental Packet and/or lease was not submitted
within the required time frame.
Do you have enough dwelling coverage?
Here is a link to assist you in making sure you have enough homeowners dwelling insurance coverage. The Board of Directors has set the standard that all units in multi – dwelling buildings must have a minimum of $113.00 per square foot in dwelling coverage on your unit. This change went into effect in January of 2016. If you have additional structures, like a garage, remember to add that to your policy also. Single Family Dwellings must submit proof of insurance on any shared structures.
NEW PROCEDURES FOR SEWER REPAIRS
The Association now has a new Service Agreement with Oscoda Septic to handle all sewer back-up issues for the Villages of Oscoda. If you experience a sewer back-up:
1.) Call the Water Department and ask them to send someone out to check the “main” sewer collection line. Water Dept. main line: 989-739-7532. After hours Emergency ONLY:989-362-1430
2.) Call the office (989-739-4915) to report the sewer back-up. The office will contact Oscoda Septic. They will come out to resolve the problem and they will bill the Association directly.
3.) For after-hours or weekend emergencies (when the office is closed) call Oscoda Septic Directly at: 989-739-0000
4.) If it is determined that the back-up resulted from:
a.) Flushing items that shouldn’t be flushed (i.e. cigarette butts, feminine products, wet wipes, etc.)
b.) If inappropriate items sent through the garbage disposal.
c.) If the back-up occurs in a sewer line or part of a sewer line for which the Association is not responsible to maintain, the cost of the repair will be charged back to the co-owner(s).
5.) It can be costly to clean and replace items destroyed when a back-up occurs. You may want to contact your insurance company and ask if you have sewer back-up protection/coverage.
FREE Refrigerator Magnets
with phone numbers to call in the event of a sewer backup is available
at the office for homeowners and tenants.
RUBBISH REMOVAL GUIDELINE
Please make sure you are putting your garbage out in trash cans with lids or at least use BLACK trash bags. The critters, birds, and other wildlife are attracted to the white trash bags and will tear into those bags and spread the garbage throughout the neighborhood. All trash must be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. Monday morning
Please keep the following guidelines in mind:
Place trash out by the curb as early as possible on the day of pick-up to make sure that it gets picked up.
There is a limit of six (6) trash can and/or trash bag limit per week as well as a maximum limit of 50 lbs per bag or can. YOUR GARBAGE CAN OR BAG WILL NOT BE PICKED UP IF IT IS OVER THIS LIMIT.
Black bags seem to attract less animals and birds than the white bags.
If an animal gets into your garbage, YOU are responsible and required to clean up the garbage in your yard and your neighbors.
Let’s all work together to keep our community a beautiful place to live and visit.
We have WiFi available at the Clubhouse. We also have a PC desktop computer for the homeowners to use out in the clubhouse. Any resident who would like to use it, check in at the office for a password! There is also a lending library as well as books, puzzles and games for the kids. Come in and check it out!
If any homeowner would like to schedule an activity at the Villages of Oscoda, HOA Clubhouse, just call the office (739-4915) or stop in. We have a calendar of Events in the office with fun activities listed for anyone to join in. Come on in and join in on the fun!
ACTIVITIES AT THE VILLAGES OF OSCODA, HOA CLUBHOUSE:
Mondays – Euchre – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays – Chair Yoga – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays – T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – 9:30 a.m.
Fridays – Pinochle – 12:30 p.m.
Iosco County Commission on Aging offers many services and activities. If you want information regarding their services, which include homemaking services, respite care, home delivered meals, and personal care, call them at the Oscoda office at 739-3781. These services are available to residents of Iosco County who are at least 60 years of age. No income eligibility is required.
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