|Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018|
Master Association Notes:
- Verizon Update-Conduit install is complete at all villages. Network creation is 52%. ONT’s installed at 30%. So far 80 owners have transitioned to Fios. The Board of Directors voted not to pay for battery back-up. The $39 charge will be the owner’s responsibility.
- Walking Trail – Completed from Inverness to the Club and Zephyr.
- Wall/Fence on RT 532 – New fiberglass fencing is replacing the chain-link fence. The additional 88 feet from the East Gate to Inverness is now complete and looks much better.
- Main Swimming Pool – Upgrades to be made include a new circulation pump, Krystal Krete quartz aggregate wall and bottom and a new pool cover for a total of $88,000.
- Exterior Wall Renovation – The shabby exterior walls around the Mill will be renovated over the next few years. A sample of the cleaned up wall can be seen on both sides of the North Gate. They have been sandblasted clean and the mulch below them is now a rubber product that should keep the bottom of the wall clean. J & R Roofing will also begin replacing the wooden shingles on the top of the masonry sections.
- Board Spending Limit – the BOD proposed changing their spending limit without the Village Presidents’ approval from $25K to $60K. The Presidents’ voted to keep the limit at $25K.
- Wood Shop – Expansion will be made with a 1000SF addition to square off the building. The space will be used for classes and a paint booth. The total is $160,000 of which the Wood Shop will pay $60,000.
- Greenhill Sewer Board is the name of our Mill-owned sewer system. Newly elected members are Ted Sikorski, Zephyr, John Babiec, Yardley and Eileen Hotte, Glenwood. The Mill’s sewer charges are half of what we would pay if we didn’t have our own system.
- Future Expansion Planning – The BOD is weighing the requests for additional space for some of the amenities. The Pool and Ping Pong groups need more space and the Sports Group committee would like to see an exercise center in the Mill, as we are the only 55+ facility within a 25 mile radius without one.
FRANKLIN VILLAGE NOTES
- Financials (Jay Harter) – End of year financials have not been received yet but Jay is not expecting any surprises.
- Architectural Requests have been approved for an additional exterior electric outlet and a Bluebird house. Also approved is an awning for 567.
- Snow removal – Even though December was cold and snowy the snow expenses were within the 2017 budget. Council has asked HMLD to be judicious with the spreading of snow melt pellets. They will try to only spread them on the first foot or so of our porches to allow people to step over them and not carry them into the house. Hopefully this will work.
- Leaf Removal – Due to the late December cold and snow the final leaf removal process will be delayed until somewhat warmer, dryer weather.
- Pool Walkway Railings – DiStefano will be quoting an added railing for the pool walkway for safer entry and exit.
- Window Caulking – We are accepting bids to re-caulk all windows in Franklin in 2018.
- Termite Inspection – The termite inspectioin/remediation policy is being rewritten per Council’s decision to pay for inspection every other year.
- Damaged Siding Repair – The corner board at 587 and the bottom panel of the garage door at 521 will be replaced.
- Franklin Fees – 85 of our 86 owners are current with the fees.
- Verizon – As one of the first villages converted, we now have Fios available to every home in Franklin. A number of owners have converted early to capture some additional savings. The final conversion to the Verizon Program will begin in March. Verizon can convert 125 households per week so it will take approximately 14 weeks to convert all the homes in Hersheys’ Mill.
- Walking Trail – Ed McFalls asked Council if the MA could offer FV a “sweet deal” if they were to add a trail on Chandler behind Franklin, knowing that we rejected that idea a few years ago. Council voted only to look a proposal which would have included info on which trees on Chandler would eventually have to be removed at our expense. Unfortunately, they marked trees so Arader Tree Service could quote them and there was a feeling that this was a done deal. Council is still against the trail and reaffirmed that with a unanimous vote at the last council meeting.
REMINDER – Next Village Meeting – Tuesday 2/27/18 7PM at the Community Center.