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This month's Regular Session Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 9, has full agenda. The Board will be discussing important issues ranging from announcing information about an upcoming Special Meeting/Workshop related to Signs and Flags, various project updates, the approval of new rules pertaining to the North Ski Area, parking reforms, the introduction of new rules related to the campground, and the review and approval of the 2021-2022 Annual Budget and related annual assessments. As the Board finishes up on its 2020-2021 goals, it continues to seek meeting the expectations of our diverse membership.
The ongoing discussion related to the number, location, and content of political signs, flags, banners, and posters in the community setback will continue on March 23 at a Special Meeting/Workshop with the community. This week the Board received a petition requesting that the proposed amendments be put to a "proper vote". While California law specifically states that rulemaking is the sole responsibility of the association board, the law permits such a petition to be used to reverse a rule change when signed by 5% of the members owning separate interests. The Board recognizes the spirit of the petition and proposes an expanded process to allow more community input. The Special Meeting/Workshop on March 23 will focus on specific changes to the rules that seek a middle ground amongst the strong feelings for and against the changes that have been suggested. Further, the meeting will likely be followed by a new proposal in April with the potential for approval in May. A new set of suggestions will be included with the agenda package. Click here to sign up for agenda notices.
The design for the development of Sierra Park North (located off of Vacation Drive) is complete. The City of Canyon Lake approved the building permit, and the project is about to go out to bid. Renderings of this full-service park that includes a pump track will be presented and endorsed by the Recreation Committee. The money needed to complete the entire project is in the Capital Improvement Reserve. The Board expects to approve beginning the first phase of the project in the coming weeks, and if approved by the membership during the annual election, complete the full build-out this calendar year. This project has been in development for over five years and represents a significant addition to our amenities that supports Canyon Lake's youth.
The Board will vote on the proposed new rule related to protecting the community's slalom course, observation towers, and docks. Additionally, the Board is requesting formal guidelines related to the safe use of the area, including the backwater. This has been a very contentious issue that has generated many conflicting demands by three Canyon Lake communities, the water skiers, the wakeboarders, and the wake surfers. On the one hand, there has been a strong call for unlimited access to the area, regardless of the damage that may be caused. On the other hand, there is an insistence that the Canyon Lake POA has a duty to protect its amenities and assure their continuous use. One of the Board's stated principles is to preserve and protect the commonly owned facilities.
One of the Board's goals for this year was to refine the process for developing the Annual Budget and dues assessment that supports efficient department operations, justifies contributions to the reserve accounts and supports the five-year budget plan. The process was formalized in a Board-approved Budget Model and implemented over the past six months, and it was reviewed and amended at the Budget Workshop in February. It resulted in the four Board actions items listed on the March 9 agenda:
As previously reported, The Board is faced with increases in the normal operating cost and the long-term demand on the Road Reserve, and the need to consider the impact COVID-19 has had on our members.
The Board meeting will be held by Zoom next Tuesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. The Board Meeting Agenda will be available online at www.clpoa.com/watch. Please take the time to review the material in preparation for the discussion we will have on the issues and the opportunity you have to contribute. The Board wants your help to find a middle ground on all these issues that will preserve and enhance the peaceful enjoyment of the property and continue enhancing the quality of life and sense of community for everyone.