Board of Directors Jeff Carlson, President Brent Moore, Vice President
News From Your POA Board President—Jeff Carlson
Jack Sharlow, Treasurer Darrell Scanlan
SPRING - 2014
Cheri Sperling Nancy Tressa
Summer Greetings to all of our Padre Isles Property Owners!
Stan Hulse Staff Maybeth Christensen Executive Coordinator
Lisa Underbrink Office Manager
Lori Stevens Administrative Assistant
Sam Anderson Regulatory Support
Inside this issue:
News from your POA
City of Corpus News
As we move into longer days, better weather, and summer vacations, please take a moment to review your hurricane preparedness and evacuation plans. Now is a great time to look over that old boat trailer that never gets used and make sure it can safely take your boat off the water as well as off the island and far inland, if necessary. There is nothing worse than the thought of your trailer breaking down and clogging up an already jammed evacuation route towards safer areas inland, putting others behind you at greater risk. Also, I want to say thank you to TxDot for all of their hard work reshaping our Island turn lanes, repaving our roads and getting ready for our many summertime visitors. While some may lament the inconvenience the past couple of months, the work will pay dividends for years to come. Our Island population is growing by leaps and bounds and I want to extend my gratitude for those who participated in our Annual POA meeting in March and provided feedback on whether the Board should look at the feasibility of a PIPOA community center and expanded headquarters building to better serve the owners and our Island groups and organizations. Based on the overwhelming positive response, the Board has formed an advisory group to conduct additional research, study options, evaluate costs, determine benefits and risks, and report on their findings and recommendations. Additionally, we are continuing to work closely with the City on bond-funded improvements as well as other long-term enhancements to Billish Park. It is the goal of the Board to have Billish Park become a well-used, family-friendly, “signature” park on the Island and we are grateful to our City Council representative, Colleen McIntyre, and the City Parks Department for their partnership and enthusiastic support. Lastly, please be good neighbors and tone down the high volume “security” lights shining across canals and open water into your neighbors’ backyards, decks and bedrooms. Add a motion detector or lower wattage bulb and angle the light strictly onto your property. What you consider “security” is actually causing great harm to your neighbors’ quality of life. Intelligent folks should be able to recognize what a nuisance these lights can be without the POA imposing restrictions on them. Please help us avoid that scenario by fixing your lights. Until next time, be happy, be safe. Remind others about our “No Wake” zones!!
2014 ANNUAL MEETING About 150 residents attended the March 9 annual meeting of the Association. TxDOT reported on the the repairs on PK22/361. State Rep. Todd Hunter updated us on various State issues including Windstorm Insurance. Stan Hulse and Cheri Sperling were re-elected to the Board and our Auditor reported the Association is in very good financial condition. The discussion of whether PIPOA should build a Community Center was started with attendees providing written comments. If you did not attend and have questions, just stop by or call the office. The Board met after the annual meeting and reelected Jeff Carlson, President, Brent Moore, Vice President and Jack Sharlow, Treasurer.
COMMUNITY CENTER The chart shows that 72% of the people providing comments on the Community Center at the Annual Meeting were in favor of building, 19% said no and the remaining 9% were neutral as they had questions before they could make a decision. The suggestions for what should be included in the Center included meeting rooms, kitchen facilities, a large dining space, workout space, pool table and ping pong. A swimming pool was also on the list; however, the cost to maintain a pool makes it cost prohibitive. The Board appointed sub-committee will be contacting architects to see if they are interested in designing the facility as well as being the project manager. There will be another public meeting to get additional input when there is a plan.
Are you for the POA studying the need for a Are you for the POA studying the need for a "POA - Island Community Center"? "POA - Island Community Center"?
No No 19% 19%
Neutral Neutral 9% 9%
Yes Yes 72% 72%
BILLISH PARK The public forum for Billish Park improvements was attended by about 50 residents. The consensus and thus the direction to the Parks Department was to spend the money creating a pond, using that dirt to build a berm along Gypsy, plant trees and native grasses on the berm and establish a multi-use field. The field would be grass over substantial new soil with an irrigation system. If there was enough money, decomposed granite would be installed in the infield area of the baseball/softball field. Those improvements will total the amount included in the bond funds. Residents felt it was important to get a good base and were willing to look at other ways to finance the playground improvements and shade structures.
The 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt was another great success! Thanks to the Island Kiwanis Club and the folks from Keller-Williams, this event gets bigger and better every year. The Easter Bunny and Big Bird again made appearances for pictures and fun. Hopefully, next year’s event will have no stickerburrs!.
July 4th We had a great Island Blast last year and with the support of Island residents, a repeat is set for this year. Festivities include the boat parade in the south channel as well as fantastic fireworks display which will be shot off from the City’s wastewater treatment land at the end of Whitecap. Contributions are still welcome and can be made out to IF Island Blast and sent to our office at 14015 Fortuna Bay Dr. Our Island neighbor, Jerry Watkins, is the chief organizer of this fantastic event.
NEWS FROM YOUR POA by Maybeth Christensen, Executive Coordinator
As President Carlson says, the Island is growing ! With growth and change, there are always some growing “pains,” but we continue to work to make them as painless as possible. We welcome our new neighbors! Our Architectural Control Committee has started as 5 Star Builder Award program to recognize those builders who follow the rules and really work to maintain a clean site and be a good neighbor. We are working at updating our website. It was started almost 10 years ago and technology has improved to the point where we actually might be able to do the updating instead of sending it on to someone else. I think you will like our new look. I am sure you have noticed the new fire hydrants and the newly painted ones. We have been working on getting that done for quite some time. Unfortunately, it took a fire for the fire department to determine we had many non-functioning hydrants. The Padre Island Dog Park is now in the fund raising mode. If you have some expertise in that area, or would like to help your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Just email me (email@example.com) or give me a call and I will pass the information along to the committee, or visit their website—PadreIslandDogPark.com for more information. We are working on finally cleaning out the culverts under Encantada. The Board authorized the funding for the work at the April Board meeting. We are also working with the City to see about installing a larger box culvert which would greatly improve the water quality in that canal.
Padre Isles Property Owners Association 14015 Fortuna Bay Drive Corpus Christi, Texas 78418 Phone: (361) 949-7025 Fax: (361) 949-7026 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: padreislespoa.net
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