The meeting was called to order by President Gary at 7:00 PM. Present were: Dave Martin, John Horn, Al and Margaret Cleveland, Gary Van Horn, and Robert English. Herb Jolliff and Alan Wright were out of town this evening and did not attend. Approximately 20 neighbors from the airpark were in attendance as guests this evening.
SECRETARY: The draft minutes for the July meeting have been on the website for members to view. Margaret moved to approve the minutes as posted, and Dave seconded. All approved by voice vote.
QUESTIONS FROM RESIDENTS: John Horn spoke regarding the proposed taxiway assessment initiative which is being considered for the IAHA ballot. The vote is to decide on a dues assessment increase to pay for a proposed taxiway repaving project, up from our current maximum of $100.00 to a maximum of $350.00, and if it does not pass then the dues remain the same and the Board waits until something happens to the taxiway system that requires repair at that time. There were many questions from the neighbors in attendance, and the Board members were able to answer them in turn, including whether the grinding procedure is truly necessary and how rapid to make this proposed dues increase. Thanks to John Horn, Gary Van Horn and Dave Ullman, everyone in attendance had a document that featured logical questions about this issue and their answers. After all questions had been asked, Gary called for a brief recess; this lasted about 15 minutes.
After the recess, Dave had a possible motion for the Board to consider, regarding a survey (rather than a ballot measure) which would divide the proposed initiative into two questions; one is whether there should be a dues increase, and the other is whether the assessment would be an additional $250 per year or a one-time assessment of $2,500.00. There was lots of discussion around the timetable of this survey, and whether including a survey with the yearly ballot was too confusing. Dave withdrew this motion, and the Board decided that the survey would be sent separately from the yearly ballot, allowing more time to gather data about the proper way to deal with this taxiway repaving project. The proposed ballot measure discussed earlier in the evening will not be in the ballot this year.
TREASURER: A history of the accounts held by the Board during 2016 was passed around, which included all deposits and withdrawals for the year. It did not include receipts for social events such as the Ice Cream Social; these receipts have not been given to Margaret. Liens were put on a few properties this year, and all but one paid their homeowners dues when the liens were filed.
ARCHITECTURE: Dave spoke of the Richardsons who purchased a lot on Luscombe which is at the end of the taxiway. The house and hanger plans have been approved.
MAINTENANCE: The mower has been taken apart for service now that the wet season is upon us. The top end of the motor is OK; the engine noise is still elusive. Some taxiway weaknesses have been noted for shoring up at a later date, and some drainage issues in various places has also been noted. Lynn McDonald has done some good work getting rid of the moles up until now, and Al will be asking Lynn to come back in to take care of some more of those pesky critters.
PRESIDENT'S REPORT: Gary summarized the email motions which had taken place between the July meeting and today; the maximum expenditure for consultation regarding the proposed marijuana plant on Stryker of $1,000 was approved by vote of 6 ayes and 1 nay; and the motion to gather information from Independence City Records regarding the building permits for said marijuana plant, for a maximum expenditure of $500, was passed unanimously by email vote.
GOOD OF THE ORDER: Margaret is putting together the address list for the 2017 neighborhood directory, and is still in need of some correction in data for that directory, so anyone who has had a phone number or address change should contact her.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:17 PM. Next meeting is the yearly membership meeting on December 4, a Sunday at 2:00 PM, with the next board meeting being January 26 of 2017. Respectfully submitted by Robert English, secretary.