The results are in…
More than 2/3 of the units at East Bluff filled out the 2016 Survey. Read the results.
Parking, Absentee Ownership, and Budget Planning discussed at Sept. 13th Meeting
East Bluff residents gathered at the Library on September 13th for a mid-year meeting to discuss key issues facing the future of the community like parking availability, absentee ownership, and budget planning. The meeting provided an opportunity to see what concerns and hopes that we share with each other and brainstorm for the future.
President Wayne Davis began the meeting by presenting the results of the 2016 East Bluff Survey, which highlighted the proud history of East Bluff residents, the benefits of living at East Bluff, and the things that need improvement. Three volunteers collected responses from 102 residents (58% of the units), who said their major priorities are snow removal and painting/replacing the exterior siding of the units.
We talked about how difficult it is to maintain the exterior walls and foundations of buildings that have been subject to the elements for four decades, about finishing projects in a timely manner, and about clearly communicating work plans to residents.
A number of the 23 residents who attended said that availability of parking spaces was a major problem for their complexes. The survey results reinforced that parking was a major concern for those living in the 400s, 200s, and 500s. Some suggested better training of the parking coordinator and more harsh punishments for parking more than two cars in visitors stalls. Everyone agreed that in 1970, when East Bluff was built, families only had one car.
As the discussion continued residents voiced concerns about the appearance of the common areas, the need to regularly trim bushes, and monitoring “junk” in privacy yards. An Adopt-A-Spot program and kids trash pickup days were discussed.
Residents also discussed the problem of absentee owners, rental companies, and the percentage of the 176 units that are not occupied by the owner or their family—28%. The Board agreed to look at what other condo associations have done.
A few residents asked that the Board work to clarify the budget-making process before any decisions on increasing or decreasing fees in the future. The roof replacement project, which was successfully completed from 2010-2015, required an additional $50,000 per year in fees. That money is now available.
The Board is considering a winter budget-planning meeting to allow those who pay the fees to help decide how they should be spent.