March 5, 2020 at 5:45 pm #3298Dan CohenKeymaster
Dear Tower Shores Homeowners,
Spring is around the corner and we are gearing up for another beach season. The Tower Shores Beach Association (TSBA) has been hard at work in the off-season. We are making good progress on our major goals for this Board year. In conjunction with the Atlantic Watergate community, we are funding a re-build of the Dune Road beach cross-over that will be available to all homeowners. Construction will begin this spring.
At our last Board meeting, we approved a new 3 year contract with Republic as the current contract expires at the end of May. Republic has worked with our community for many years and is the only vendor interested in providing trash services to our community. Unfortunately, their original proposal called for a 19.1% first year increase for the services covered in the current contract. As trash expense is the biggest line-item in our budget (approximately 39%), this would have posed a significant financial increase for TSBA. Instead, we decided to move from 3 trash pick-ups in the summer months to 2 trash pick-ups (Monday and Friday) which lowered the first year increase to 6.2%. Much thanks to Miles Weigold for working with Republic on this contract.
At the March Board meeting this Monday, we will continue to discuss the work of our Dune Committee. A proposal by the Woods Hole Group, described in an earlier TS web post, will be on the agenda. It would provide an engineering and scientific based analysis of our beach and dunes and provide direction on what we might do to protect and strengthen them. You can review the documents by logging onto the Tower Shores web site, click “Homeowners” then click “Dunes Protection”.
We will also begin reviewing updates to our by-laws and covenants recommended to us by a committee working this winter. The goal is to clean them up and make sure they comply with current law. Any changes would have to be approved by the homeowners at the annual meeting.
At our remaining meetings, the Board will spend time getting ready for the upcoming beach season, including the hiring of a summer beach manager and readying the beach for the summer. Beach fencing needs to be installed and any weather related damage to dunes, dune grasses and beach cross-overs will need to be repaired. We need to decide what direction we want to head in around our current rule about dogs on the beach. Finally, we need to approve a budget for the upcoming year.
Once again, Eric Venit has agreed to head up our annual meeting/elections committee. He is actively looking for people interested in running for the 5 open Board seats that will be up for vote at our annual meeting. Let him know directly if you are interested. You should receive notification of our annual meeting (May 24 at the Bethany Beach Library at 12 noon) in mid-April. We have decided to distributed the bulk of the materials via email so look for that as well.
All of these very important issues will be discussed at the next board meeting, this coming Monday, March 9 at 7:30pm. The dial in number will be posted shortly on the Tower Shores Web Site, log in and scroll to the bottom of the homepage. All homeowners are urged to attend the board meeting to keep informed, and participate.
So much to do in the next few months!
Ken Hunter, TSBA President
From The Tower Shores Communications Committee:
Coming soon to the Tower Shores Web Site:
Windmill Proposal – the latest information about the plan to build windmill power generators off the Delmarva coast. This page will have links to the official plan, plus information from citizen groups both for and against the plan. The purpose of this page is to provide as much information possible to the Tower Shores community on this important issue.
Tower Shores Elections: There are 5 open board seats, all candidate bios will soon be posted on the web site. Meantime, we are still in need of candidates. Click “Contact” on the web site to learn how you can run for the Tower Shores Board.
Back by popular demand, “A Tower Shores Moment of Zen”. Do you have a short “moment of zen” video? Click “Contact” and learn how to share it with your neighbors.
Think Tower Shores, Think Beach!
March 5, 2020 at 9:59 pm #3299Jean KrafftParticipant
I understand and the amount of work involved, Miles, especially. But… I think it is a real mistake to only have two trash pick ups a week in the summer. Between the number of people on vacation and the heat, trash piles up. Please reconsider this two times a week plan. Surely people can pay more for a clean and clean smelling community. I think we need the three trash pick ups.
March 6, 2020 at 4:32 pm #3303Janet MandelParticipant
Thank you for all you do! Although the rate increase is high, our trash pickup is a necessary expense for the community. I too believe it will be a mistake to go from three days to two days. Last year, even with three days pick up, we witnessed overflowing trash cans, extra bags laying on the street, and those bags lying around are being picked apart by birds. On one occasion, our neighbors guests had started using our trash cans and recyclable bin for their overflow, which was completely unacceptable! Additionally, the excess waste laying around will invite more feral cats, mice, rats and the occasional fox who visits the trash cans. I too hope you will reconsider for the sake of keeping our neighborhood clean and beautiful.
March 13, 2020 at 3:53 am #3389Jody HoffmanParticipant
I would like to add to the trash discussion. I rent my home in the summer and trash is a big issue. I would pay more dues to have trash picked up 3x week. The tenants would have more opportunities to get the trash out. If they miss the scheduled 2x week pick up, the trash is overflowing, waiting for the next pick up. Can we get recycled items picked up more than once a week?
Thank you for your work on this problem.
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