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Thursday, May 30, 2019

May 2019 Board Minutes


Kensington Estates Board Meeting
May 29, 2019
The KE Board meeting was held at the Plainfield Library on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
All Board members were present, as well as Susan Keene and Larry Edwards from PSG. Four KE residents also attended.
The meeting was opened with the Pledge to the American flag. There were no previous minutes read as our last meeting was the Annual Meeting 2018 in the fall.
Old Business
                  FINANCIAL REPORT—Susan Keene, PSG
·       Susan gave the financial report in detail, and the report has been entered into the KE financial binder.
·       As of April 28, 2019, the Checking Account balance was $28,700; IU Credit Union Savings $50.00; Edward Jones $122, 084.09. She said that our EJ account had done well, making $621 in interest at this point. Several KE residents have prepaid their monthly fees and that information has also been filed.
·       Mowing bill has yet to be presented and paid.
·       She said that we were in good shape budget wise.
       MAINTENANCE REPORT—Larry Edwards, PSG
·       The largest recent job was spreading mulch throughout the neighborhood. Any additional mulch needed will be laid when the shrubbery is trimmed the second week in June.
·       Clearing the drains was a project that was done recently that was a major task.  Several drains had no end caps, making it necessary to locate the drain pipes, and adding caps for easier cleanout in the future. Three remaining clogged drains are under sidewalks/drives and they remain to be addressed.
·       Several homes had fascia that needed to be re-nailed or replaced. That job was also completed.
·       Soil/seeding of areas where trees had been removed was also addressed.
·       Mowing company was told to do mowing whatever day it was dry, if Friday wasn’t feasible.
·       Larry suggested that some Board members accompany him on a neighborhood walk-around to identify concrete work that was needed and to inspect recent concrete work that had been completed. He mentioned that contractors, concrete and others, were only interested in doing a significant amount of work at one time. Otherwise cost could be prohibitive. Russ said we could do a walk-around in the next week. Larry said that after the information was gathered, bids would be let for the projects needing to be done.
·       In regard to the brick veneer that is falling off the porch stoops, he said that if the integrity of the porch stoops and steps were acceptable, then this was considered an esthetic issue and would not be addressed due to the cost and the likelihood that this would be an ongoing issue due to weathering, moisture, etc., as had been told to us by various contractors in the past.
Russ said that this, too, could be assessed on the walk-around.

MAILBOXES—Russ
·       There was discussion among Board members and Larry about the cost and installation of new mailboxes. (Larry said that most posts were in good condition, and any that needed to be replaced could be taken care of when mailboxes were changed.)
·       Jim reported that the cost of large package-size aluminum mailboxes from Otto (Larry said that most communities that he worked with used this company.) would cost $6,900; this includes tearing out the old and installing the new. This would be approximately $107 per house, with any new posts being extra.
·       Russ instructed Larry to give us a cost-per-house amount if the project was undertaken by PSG.

New Business
PARK BENCHES—Russ
·       There was considerable discussion on the possibility of installing two park benches at strategic places in the neighborhood to give residents a place to rest or visit on their walks. We would want benches that required no maintenance.
·       Russ suggested that we table the decision to purchase benches at this time and assess the residents desire at the Annual Meeting 2019.
REPLACEMENT TREES—Russ
·       It was suggested that we purchase 12 or more trees to be planted this fall. Presently we have $3,800  budgeted for this project. Larry said that last year’s tree replacement project came to $50 per tree and $150 for planting. He suggested that we use Blue Ridge Farms (Formerly Hobbs Nursery). Trees increase our property values.

GARAGE DOOR PAINTING—Jim and Russ
·       Some residents have expressed their desire that their garage doors be painted. It was discussed that this had been a project that we knew would need to be dealt with soon, as this is the responsibility of the Association.
·       Larry was directed to get bids for the painting from Brandon at PSG and from another company.
·       The doors facing the west sun are in the greatest need presently.
VENTS—Terry and Larry
·       After discussion it was decided that vents on KE homes would be left closed, with the homeowners opening them if they desired. This will save money and Larry said that since the walls were insulated, it really wasn’t necessary.
RESIDENTS REQUESTS
·       Written request: Norma Garner requested that she be allowed to add a retractable Sunsetter awning over her patio. Request granted. Request will be filed.
·       Written request: Susan Poland stated that she wanted to add a rail to her front porch, in keeping with the others in the neighborhood. She also requested to add a deck on the back of her house with materials that had been used by other neighborhood residents. These requests were granted. Russ instructed Larry to take down the small dead trees that she requested to have removed when he was next in the neighborhood. Her requests will be filed.
·        Russ said that the trees that were a safety issue along the entrance to KE could be trimmed by the neighbors, though it was really the domain of the Saratoga Association.
COMMENTS FROM RESIDENTS
·       In regard to residents who were asking that fees be lowered by tightening the budget, Larry Edwards stressed the need to always be looking ahead for the next roof replacement which could cost $700,000. After discussion, it was pointed out that the budget could be tightened in a few places, but that any money saved should be applied to our long-term savings. Keeping the fee the same, while putting more in savings seemed to be a good idea.
·       Susan mentioned that we need to see a financial report before paying the Saratoga Association the required yearly fee of $1,200.

The meeting was adjourned.
Linda Rasner, Secretary to the Board

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mow Schedule

Attention Owners: Classic Lawn Care out of Mooresville are your new landscape providers for the community. Your mow day will be on Friday each week weather permit. If you have any questions or maintenance concerns please contact the management office.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

May Board Meeting

Our next board meeting is scheduled at the Plainfield Public Library on Wednesday, May 29th, at 10:30 a.m.  We will be upstairs in McMillan Rm. A.

Monday, March 4, 2019

March Board Meeting

There will not be a Board meeting during the month of March.

Friday, November 2, 2018

October 2018 Board Minutes


Kensington Estates Annual Meeting Minutes*
October 20, 2018
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
The meeting was called to order by Russ Warren, Board president, followed by the pledge to the American flag. The minutes of the 2017 annual meeting were read by secretary, Linda Rasner. Linda Lee’s motion to accept the minutes with Russ Warren’s second to motion was approved.
Larry Edwards of Property Services Group addressed the work that had been completed in the neighborhood this past year, being the first year that they were employed as our management service. He mentioned future projects as well. His comments are addressed as follows:
·      Drainage concerns were addressed. Many homes’ drains were clogged, drain boxes broken, and drains locations hidden. These issues were addressed to prevent further damage to driveways, sidewalks, and porches. Drains were repaired and many were buried. PSG will continue burying the drains over time.
·       Expansion Joints in many driveways that were cracked have been filled to prevent breakage of driveways. This process will continue (60% done to date) as more caulking material becomes available for purchase.
·      Concrete repair/replacement of front steps (those identified to date) will be undertaken in the fall. This will be an ongoing process through the year.
·      Crawl space inspections found that most of the homes’ crawl spaces were dry with no significant problems overall. Those with sump pumps were checked and a report was given to each home owner. Any broken drain lines to the exterior were repaired.
·      Roof repairs were addressed. Valleys that don’t have proper slope had to be replaced with plywood. There remains flashing and sheeting work continues to be done. Efforts will be made to match colors of the vinyl as the product has naturally faded since original construction. Sheet metal work should be done by the end of the year.
·      Trees removal was completed, and the areas reclaimed.
·      Trees (12) were planted; Chanticleer Pear Trees and Red Maples. There are plans to do more in the future. The trees were obtained from Hobbs’ Nursery and were obtained at a good cost. PSG was pleased with the quality.
·      Kensington Estates entrance sign was painted, along with installing light boxes at the site.
·      Mailbox posts were painted as needed and the bases were wrapped with a protective material to prevent mowing damage.

Terry Abner’s concerns about his ongoing issue with repairs related to roofing was addressed by Larry and Russ. Larry will personally inspect these issues.

 OLD BUSINESS
Financial Report was presented by Susan Keene of PSG. Since October has not ended, figures were given as of September 2018. She said there were no cash flow problems, no accounts receivable problems, and that we were in “good shape.” We were able to make our scheduled monthly deposit of $3,300 to our Edward Jones Reserve Account, which to date amounts to $96,011.47. The Credit Union requires a Savings Account which contains $50.11 and our Checking Account to date has $20,233.47. Several residents have paid ahead their monthly fees. Our net worth is $136.241.29,
Regarding the 2017 budget, she reported that over budget items were additional driveway concrete and expansion joint repairs and additional tree removal.
Referring to the financial spreadsheet prepared by Don Owens, Russ stated that since 2015 our Edward Jones funds, have shown a net gain of $5,000. He emphasized that we have invested in “safe funds.” He showed some general projections of the amount of reserve funds we would need in the future to replace roofs, etc. He stated that we were on the right track and needed to continue to remember the necessity of saving for the future to offset any special assessments.
NEW BUSINESS
Pond Maintenance (periodic drain clean out) will be done by PSG in the future. We thank the KE residents who have undertaken this job over the years.
The Proposed Budget for 2019 was presented by Susan Keene, PSG. She explained any changes from the 2018 budget. There were no questions. The budget was approved after a motion by Phil Dungan and a motion second by Kathy List.
Outgoing Board member Carolyn Buzash Craig was presented a gift from the Board in recognition of her many years (11) of service to the residents of Kensington Estates as Board treasurer.
By acclamation, the following were approved as Board members for the coming year:
Russ Warren, Linda Rasner, Vicky Wilson, Jim Turpin, Terry Kennard
The meeting was adjourned after a motion by Phil Dungan and seconded by Lisa Abner.

Submitted by,
Linda Rasner, Secretary to the Board
*These minutes are not official until approved by the membership at the 2019 Annual Meeting.
They are presented currently for your information. Subject to change.

Monday, September 24, 2018

September 2018 Board Minutes


Kensington Estates Board Meeting Minutes
September 17, 2018

The meeting took place at Plainfield Library at 1pm. Russ led the pledge to the American flag. Board members present were Russ, Carolyn, Vicky and Linda Rasner. Linda Lee was unable to attend.
Minutes of the June 18 meeting were read by the secretary, seconded by Carolyn, 2nd by Vicky.
Susan Keene of PSG read the Financial Update which is attached to these minutes.
Russ discussed the present budget and noted that we do have $3,000 in funds earmarked for fall planting of trees to replace some of those that had to be removed. He also stated he was pleased with the growth in the Edward Jones account, and thanked Don Owens for his continuing work with reporting in detail this account.
Updates from Property Service Group—Larry Edwards
·       Driveway Expansion Joints Caulking—To prevent water and ice damage in our driveways, caulking with silica sand and self-leveling caulk had begun in the neighborhood and would continue.
·       Drainage pipes were to be buried to prevent the lawnmowers from hitting and damaging them.

·       Barker’s Concrete company will be repairing and laying concrete steps as have been identified and sent by PSG to KE Board for their go-ahead.

·       Larry reiterated how he arrived the jobs he thought needed to be done. Every job that needs to be done was first presented to the Board president who shared the information with the other Board members. PSG does NOTHING in the way of repairs that has not been approved by the Board. This is in exception to small repairs that are submitted to PSG by homeowners.

·       Mailbox posts need to be secured for future installation as the need arises. There was some discussion as to the best place to procure these, as they are expensive.

·       Snow Removal—There was discussion as to whether Darrell could continue “calling the shots” as to when snow removal was necessary, as directed by the Board, as he has done for fifteen years, or was it now necessary for Darrell to wait for a call to be directed by PSG. Board members said that we had always erred on the side of caution, as we served an older neighborhood and safety was our greatest concern. PSG calls the snow removal services at 3” snow depth, while KE practice has been to have service at 2” snow depth. There was no decision made. Tabled.

Preparing for the Annual Meeting
·       Susan presented to the Board her suggestions for the coming budget which she had based upon projected maintenance issues needed in 2019 and work that had been completed in 2018. The Board will meet and study her suggestions and be ready to present a proposed 2019 budget to the KE membership at the Annual Meeting this fall. The Board will meet September 28 at 1pm to prepare for the Annual Meeting, tentatively slated for Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 1pm.
·       Russ reminded that membership present that several Board positions would be open for election as the majority of the present Board would no longer serve. The process for submitting your name for election will be contained in the membership packet that will be distributed to residents ten days prior to the Annual Meeting, as required by the By-Laws.


Comments and Concerns from the Kensington Membership in Attendance
·       QUESTION: Does PSG take bids from vendors before a project, such as concrete work?
ANSWER:    We do take bids to a degree. Among all our properties we manage, we have taken bids and have a pretty good idea of who consistently comes in with the best price and quality work.”
·       QUESTION: Will the gutters be cleaned this fall?
ANSWER:     Yes.
·       QUESTION: What is the procedure for complaints of dog barking incessantly in the neighborhood?
ANSWER:     Resident should call PSG, and a letter will be sent to the owner. If the problem continues, PSG will make a call to Animal Control, and that office will talk with the owner.
·       QUESTION: What about the overgrowth of branches, etc. along Saratoga Blvd sidewalks.
ANSWER:  The Saratoga Association is not taking care of this issue. If voluntary trimming takes place, PSG offered that their employees would pick up the debris if it were piled up. Just let them know where and when.
·       QUESTION: After a heavy rain, the pond looks unsightly. Can volunteers help clean this up?
ANSWER: Absolutely. Volunteer neighbors are the best kind. (It was mentioned that a couple of different residents who live adjacent to the pond, regularly have assumed raking, cleaning debris, etc.)
·       STATEMENT: Residence at 5733 KWS needs some long overdue, properly repaired metal overhang work, i.e. nailing and caulking, as well as new fascia.
REPLY: Address was noted, and information recorded by Larry Edwards.




Russ moved that the meeting be adjourned.



Submitted by,

Linda Rasner, Secretary to the Board

Monday, September 17, 2018

June 2018 Board Minutes


Kensington Estates Board Meeting Minutes
June 18, 2018
 1 p.m.

The meeting was held at Plainfield Library. All Board members were present as well as Susan Keene and Larry Edwards from PSG. Several residents were also in attendance.
The meeting was opened with the pledge to the American flag.
Minutes were read and approved by the Board.
Financial Report: Susan Keene (PSG) distributed the printed financial reports (attached). KE net worth was reported as $116, 685.40 to date. Russ moved to accept the report which was 2nd by Carolyn. To date we are within our budget, being over in some areas and under in others.
Old Business:
·         Larry Edwards (PSG) reported that PSG would undertake all shrub trimming in the neighborhood, as Bulldog Lawncare did not wish this job. Any shrubbery that residents do NOT want trimmed, will be left as is if the “Do Not Trim” sign is posted for the trimming crew. All bushes around the perimeter of each residence may be trimmed if the owner so desires. This is a change from past years.
·         Crawl Space inspection that was recently completed, revealed no significant problems. Any problems noted were reported in writing to the homeowner. This service was appreciated by the homeowners. This inspection will most likely be done every few years.
·         Painting of doors is being done by Brandon from PSG.
New Business:
·         It was suggested that “Do Mot Mulch” and “Do Not Trim” signs should be distributed at the Annual Meeting in the fall so that those residents leaving for the winter could post them prior to their leaving.
·         There was discussion concerning homeowners who had replaced mulching areas with rock. It was stated that to prevent rocks being thrown by lawn edging, rock areas should have a significant edging material; this is usually done when the job is completed by professional lawn crew.

The next meeting will be will be September 17, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Plainfield Library.
Russ moved that the meeting be adjourned; 2nd by Carolyn.

Submitted by,
Linda Rasner, Secretary for the Board

Friday, June 1, 2018

May 2018 Board Minutes


Kensington Estates Board Meeting Minutes
May 17, 2018
The May meeting was help at Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library at 1pm. All Board members were present; several KE residents were in attendance. The meeting opened with President Russ Warren leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes of the last meeting, December 11, 2017, were presented and accepted by motion (Russ) and seconded by Vicky Wilson.
Property Services Group: Larry Edwards of PSGG gave a maintenance/repair update:
·      Downspout pipes unstopped and cleared. New drain boxes installed where necessary.
·      Mailbox posts and some boxes will be replaced.
·      Reported roof leaks were referred to a roofing company for repair.
·      Goal is to check under each house by the first of June. Winter weather did not permit this job to be done when it was first planned.
·      Repair large driveway cracks will be repaired.
·      A few trees and stumps remain to be removed.
·      All residences mulched per resident instructions.
Tree Committee: Russ Warren will be joined by Neal Hollingsworth, Gerald Russell, and Don Owens. These residents will “walk the neighborhood” to determine placement of new trees. The trees will be planted as money allows and in places to make the neighborhood aesthetically pleasing in addition to shade provided. Currently there is no plan to place a tree in each resident’s yard due to financial constraints.
Shrub/Bush Trimming: Later in June when new growth has taken place, shrubbery will be trimmed by Bulldog Lawncare since it is presently in Darrell’s contract to trim. By acclamation it was decided that any shrub/bush in a resident’s yard may be trimmed, not just those in the front. If the homeowner does NOT want a particular shrub trimmed, they are to place a “DO NOT TRIM” sign in the corresponding window(s). One sign is provided by the Board and copies may be made. Larry Edwards, PSG, will inform Darrell of these changes.
Note: The lawn mowing/snow removal contract will be signed in September, rather than in January as has been done in the past. This change will make the budget easier to plan for the next year.
Painting of Doors:  It was determined that all exterior doors (not just the front doors) are the responsibility of the Association to maintain in repair and paint. Door painting also involves painting the trim work. Brandon, PSG, will begin painting in the near future. At some point garage doors will be addressed. The established color(s) will continue to be used.
Flower Planting Reimbursement: It was agreed upon that Jane Teliha be reimbursed for her expenses in planting the entry way to Kensington Estates. We appreciate Gloria Ellis and Jane helping to make our neighborhood look attractive. Go Volunteers!
Work Orders: Larry Edwards, PSG, reminded residents to call PSG or contact online to refer maintenance needs to Brandon so that nothing will be overlooked. If you think something HAS been overlooked, please call again.
Meeting was adjourned.                                   Linda Rasner, Secretary for the Board

2017 Annual Meeting Minutes


Kensington Estates Annual Meeting Minutes
 October 14, 2017 
The meeting took place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Library.
A quorum was present, having 48 of 65 homes represented by at least one owner.
President Russ Warren led the group in the pledge to the United States flag, followed by a welcoming statement. He commented that it was encouraging to see such a large turnout.
Secretary Linda Rasner read the minutes from the 2016 annual meeting. Motion to accept the minutes as read was made by Linda Lee, 2nd by Neal Belton; motion carried.
Russ Warren shared the Board’s accomplishments of 2017, focusing on the dead tree and stump removal, the reclaiming of these areas; and the recent concrete work that had been done that replaced several sidewalk panels that were damaged due to tree roots, in addition to some driveway aprons.
Treasurer Carolyn Buzash presented the financial report, stating that there were no outstanding debts and that we had kept very close to the proposed budget for 2017. The special assessment of $30/month/per home was used to “pay back” the Edward Jones account that was “borrowed from” so that all roofs could be finished early. The biggest spending this past year was for tree project and concrete work. Presently there is $74,000 in our reserve, not including October’s deposit. It was reiterated that the Special Assessment was used only for roofing. We were pleased to have received a 7.65% on our investment fund. Barb Baxter moved to accept the financial report, 2nd by Phil Dungan; motion carried.
OLD BUSINESS: Russ told about the tree removal project, the mailbox repair and replacement, the concrete work, and painting. Some front doors and outer trim has been done, with more to be done as weather permits. Painting from this point forward will be done by Property Services Group. There was discussion that garage doors need to be soon.
 Russ reported that there were 12 ask trees left in the neighborhood which had been treated for several years at the homeowner’s expense.  Additionally, he said there are 10 trees remaining between the sidewalks and the road. He entertained a discussion of the homeowners’ opinions of whether these trees should be removed NOW at a cost of $350-$400 per tree to prevent future sidewalk damage. If we leave them for now, we will be paying for future concrete work. An UNOFFICIAL vote indicated that homeowners would prefer removing the trees now, before sidewalks were damaged.
There are 8 original mailbox posts that will be replaced. Those repaired/replaced that have flaws will be addressed. After this project is finished in the coming year, all homeowners will have a ‘new’ post.
NEW BUSINESS: Included in this fall’s packet to homeowners was a sheet prepared by Russ as he interpreted the Bylaws, indicating what was the responsibility of the homeowner and what was the Association’s responsibility when it came to a home’s maintenance. After discussion it was agreed by all present that the Bylaws could be interpreted in different ways by different people. It was further discussed and agreed upon that we needed once and for all to have an attorney study our Bylaws and arrive at some legally binding conclusions for everyone’s sake. Terry Abner moved to proceed with clarification of the Bylaws via an attorney, 2nd by Don Owens; motion carried.
Carolyn and Russ stated that the proposed budget for 2018 was drawn by Kensington Estates Board and Property Services Group (PSG) as they will be our maintenance managers beginning November 1, 2017. There were very few changes in the budget categories and in the amounts proposed in these categories. The monthly HOA fee will be $180.00, of which $8.00 is included as the management fee for PSG. One area of change is Administrative Costs, as PSG will receive all KE monthly fees. PSG will also develop a website for Kensington Estates. Information for residents, newsletters, forms, and contact capabilities will be available once the website is developed. Due to privacy issues, some information will not be available online.
Property Service Group representatives Larry Edwards and Susan Keene were introduced. Mr. Edwards discussed how the maintenance of Kensington Estates would take place and the process his employees would follow when they came into the neighborhood. He informed us of the guidelines that we would follow when requesting maintenance work, and he explained the process PSG follows as our management company.
Ms. Keene explained how the automatic payment process could be initiated if they chose to do this and assured all homeowners that the remaining 2017 payments (Nov and Dec) could either be sent to PSG or IF sent to Carolyn, that would not be a problem and she would deal with anything that arose in this regard.
After Russ explained that after hiring PSG to be the property managers for Kensington Estates, Board members would serve in an advisory capacity only. Meetings would probably be quarterly, not monthly. Linda Lee volunteered to serve on the Board, bringing the number to five Board members. She was accepted by acclamation.
Phil Dungan moved that the meeting be adjourned. He was met with no resistance, and the meeting was adjourned!

Submitted by,
Linda Rasner, Secretary for the Board