Residents are hopeful new directors of the Timberwood Park Owners Association Inc. will push for more transparency, including keeping members updated about a $1.5 million clubhouse replacement.
Yet, not all neighbors are pleased with the planned project, with some still voicing disapproval.
While resident Cindy Griffin is a dissenter to the endeavor, she said some of the recently elected board members — such as Paul Rutkowski, the new treasurer, secretary and liaison for the Architectural Control Committee — seem communicative and open to neighbors’ concerns.
“We have a long way to go, but progress is being made,” Griffin said. “It (clubhouse) is on hold, but will no doubt be coming into being in the near future.”
During the association’s recent first meeting of the year, Rutkowski provided a report outlining the group’s finances, and status of the controversial structure.
“The clubhouse build has been slowed a bit due to permitting and other issues — permits with the city, permits with the county and the fire marshal,” Rutkowski said, “but the plans are still to tear down the old clubhouse and build a new one. The plans are still good.”
The session also featured other newly elected officers, including President Karen O’Neil and Vice President Chris Martinez.
Last year, TPOA announced the results of a yes or no vote on the clubhouse initiative. According to officials, of 1,197 ballots cast, 789 favored the project, and 408 opposed it. However, critics were unhappy with the process, and felt the board didn’t operate with enough transparency.
An evaluation of the old clubhouse by a previous board deemed it unsalvageable “based on the building’s aging and outdated infrastructure, and the community’s desire for much more space,” according to the association’s August newsletter.
Griffin said she’s hopeful the new leaders will thoroughly examine the project to analyze its economic feasibility. In addition, legal challenges could have an impact, she added.
“That totally depends on how things start settling out as changes are made and we continue to fight for constructive, transparent decision-making on behalf of all property owners,” she said.
During the meeting, Rutkowski outlined a proposed 2019 spending budget for the association of $976,660, including expense changes, additional clubhouse costs and payments not previously accounted.
This year’s budget, presented by former directors to members last October, was set at $765,000 in expenses.
The association collects assessments of $217 annually from about 2,600 members, according to figures.