An Update from the President
Dear Bretton Woods Community,
The annual elections for the HOA Board of Directors were held on September 19th and I am pleased to welcome Danielle Grochowski, Condo 2 President, as our newest Board Director. She replaces outgoing Board Director, Peter Haustein, from Condo 2, who has chosen to enjoy retirement after serving for the past three years. Welcome, Danielle, and thank you, Peter, for all your contributions!
As of October 1st, the new HOA budget has come into effect for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. During the Board’s open meeting last month, residents expressed their concerns regarding the $57 per month increase in HOA common charges. It’s essential to understand that the HOA Board consists of nine members and one administrator, all of whom are homeowners in this community and are also affected by this increase. While no one is pleased to see such an increase, it’s important to recognize that rising costs are a reality affecting not just us but the world at large. Factors such as increased postage, water, electric, fuel, minimum wage, and raw materials (just to name a few) have all contributed to this budget increase.
It’s worth noting that out of the $57 increase, $35 will be offset by the new Optimum contract, which should result in a significant reduction in residents’ Optimum bills. This means that the net increase in HOA common charges is $22. While this is still a considerable amount, it’s essential to remember that the Board has limited control over the external factors causing these increases.
Furthermore, it’s important to understand that the HOA charges all 1,022 homes equally, so the $57 increase applies to every resident, regardless of their condo type or unit size. However, individual Condos may also have their own budget increases, which could further affect the overall costs. These increases are typically proportional
to the size and type of the condo unit.
Shifting our focus, the new roads in our community look fantastic, and after years of planning and months of work, we can finally enjoy the benefits. It’s worth noting that opinions vary regarding the speed humps. Interestingly, some residents initially supported their installation to address speeding concerns but are now raising issues about them. It’s a reminder that it’s challenging to satisfy everyone’s preferences.
Unfortunately, despite the addition of speed humps and signage, there are still instances of speeding between them. It’s important to recognize that changing people’s behavior and ensuring compliance with the law is a complex challenge. Instead of directing complaints to the Board, it may be more effective to engage with neighbors who may not be following the rules of the community. Let’s work together to create a safe and enjoyable living environment for all residents.
It appears that there is some confusion among residents regarding what responsibilities are handled by the HOA versus the individual Condos. I understand that this can be quite complex. However, I strongly encourage everyone to stay well-informed by actively participating in our community communication channels.
To ensure clarity, please take the time to listen to our blast calls, stay updated through Facebook, read the newsletter, attend your individual monthly Condo Board meetings, and join us at the open HOA Board meetings. This proactive approach will help you gain a better understanding of how our community functions and what falls within the purview of the HOA versus individual Condos.
Before we conclude, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our dedicated staff members for their exceptional efforts. I want to recognize the significant contributions made by our maintenance team in assisting with the roadwork, our front desk and office staff for their invaluable support in coordinating the fiber upgrade, and our pool staff for their diligent work in ensuring the safety and comfort of our community members during these warm months. Your hard work is truly appreciated.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween!