Saturday, July 14, 2012

Playground Voting Results

The Timbercrest community was asked to vote on having a playground installed in the community. This vote was a preliminary vote to determine if we should move forward with requesting more estimates, engaging Mantua township for zoning regulations, etc after rough estimates valued the project between $30,000 - $40,000.

78% of the community voted no, striking this project request down.

Regarding the voting, I just wanted to share these facts:
  • In total, 43% of the community voted on this project.
  • The last community vote, which had a mail flyer hand delivered to each home associated with it, only had 26% of the community actually vote.

I want to thank the residents who requested this project for having an interest in improving the community and for being involved. Please don't be discouraged. I also want to thank every member of the community who voted without issue for giving community leadership insight into the overall opinion of the community allowing us to make an informed decision about the future of this project.

In the coming months, as more projects are suggested and sent out for vote, please remain engaged and allow us to have an active dialog with the residents. Encourage your neighbors to join the ongoing discussions via the following tools:
  1. Our Community Social Media Site: Nextdoor Timbercrest
  2. Please keep your information (especially email) up to date via our Resident Registration Form

Additional Background Information:

Here is some of the data I included on the voting form, I wanted to keep it here as well:
  • Insurance fees will NOT go up due to the playground.
  • Landscaping fees WILL go up, but the price has yet to be determined (based on final layout and mulching requirements).
  • Even if the community votes yes, the final plan needs to be presented to Mantua Township and approved by a special zoning comittee.
  • Will there be a dues increase?
    In the short term? No - the decision to move forward with the playground is not directly tied to an immediate dues increase. BUT consider the following...
  • The playground will consume about 1/3 of available association funds.
  • The community raises about $26,000 per year in dues. Our current expenses are about $24,500 per year.
  • It would take 26 years to recover the costs of the playground at our current fee structure.