by Mike Conroy
Before the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Annual Meeting on March 25, a regular business meeting was held, at which a number of items were approved for the continual upkeep or future enhancement of Village amenities. This included plans for the Watkins Mill Pool site repurposing, pool furniture and chemicals and resurfacing tennis courts.
After many months of planning, research, feedback and community meetings regarding the repurposing of the Watkins Mill Pool site, the project is ready to move forward to the next phase. During the meeting, the Board authorized staff to prepare an RFP for the finalized plan. The RFP will look for a general contractor to manage the project and its complexities; the site will include an exercise track, outdoor exercise equipment, a relocated playground, lighting and shade structures, ADA accessibility and new fencing. Additionally, storm water management will need to be added to the site. The Board also reaffirmed an earlier e-mail vote for additional engineering work by KCI Technologies for $22,385, which was not in the original scope of the plan.
With the renovation of North Creek Pool underway, the need for new furniture for its completion is necessary. Four companies provided bids for the 125 chaise lounges, 100 chairs, 48 sand chairs and 10 ottomans; Florida Patio Furniture, Inc. was awarded the bid for $32,777.17, which will be paid for with Designated User Reserve funds.
In other pool maintenance expenses, a new contract for pool chemicals was on the agenda. Based on over 10 years of continued service to MVF and surround area pools, staff requested approval of a sole source bid for pool chemicals for the 2021 pool season. Amato Industries, MVF’s current provider has an excellent service record, and was again awarded a bid not to exceed $51,000 for pool chemicals.
Finally, the Board approved a bid to repair and resurface the North Creek Tennis Courts (the remaining courts that were not recently converted to Pickleball/Futsal courts). The tennis courts, which have a “ProBounce” surface, require a new fiberglass membrane in addition to paint and lines. All Pro Recreational Services was awarded the contract for $16,145.
Other Agenda Items
The Board accepted the 2020 Audited Financial Report, which had previously been reviewed by staff and the Audit Committee. The auditors from DeLeon & Stang provided an unmodified opinion, gave a favorable review of MVF’s internal controls and found no difficulties or material weaknesses.
Regarding committee matters, resident Beth Huessein was appointed to the Architectural Review Board (ARB).
Executive Vice President (EVP) Dave Humpton gave an update on development projects in the Village, saying the model homes on the Bloom MV project should be built by July 2021, with the sales to follow. He said there would be approximately 500 total homes over the 6 areas on the site, and a community park, including a dog park, would be part of the overall project. He noted the Lidl construction was going well, with the hopes of an opening in July 2021; plans for the second pad site are still undetermined.
Humpton said the Lakeforest Mall Master Plan would be going into a 60-day comment period and he was hopeful to have the new City Manager and Planning Director at a future Board meeting to review the plan for the site.
Humpton reported that MVF continues to follow updated COVID-19 guidelines from the county and state, with particular attention to those that affect recreation programming. A recent update allows for 50 people at outdoor gatherings, which opens some more programming opportunities for residents. He noted the complexity on keeping up with the changes and commended staff for working to make sure MVF met all guidelines.
In regards to legislation, Humpton noted the General Assembly session would be coming to a close soon. MVF is following a number of bills, none of which are a major concern or are opposed by MVF.
Following up inquiries from Residents Time during the February Board meeting, Humpton brought some information about the Airpark Liaison Committee back to the Board’s attention. After some brief discussion on the committee, the Board authorized the EVP to send a letter to the county council asking for reconsideration of the committee, given their long history and benefit to the community. The letter also asks for a review of the touch-and-go flights at the facility.
CFO Daniel Salazar presented the Treasurer’s Report for the year-to-date and the month ending February 28, 2021. He said overall results through the end of February were ahead of budget. Net Income was favorable by $70,000 due to lower-than-expected Personnel and Operating costs. Contributions to Reserves were made in accordance with the budget.
The Operating Fund was favorable to the budget by $22,000, mainly due to higher Disclosure Fees and the Capital Contribution Fee. Personnel Costs were favorable to the budget by $38,000 due to open full-time positions. Landscape and Maintenance fees were unfavorable to the budget by $12,000, mainly due to snow removal costs from winter storms.
The Balance Sheet continues to show MVF’s strong financial position with $11.2 million in Cash and Investments (1.5% higher than 2019). MVF reports $2.2 million in Undesignated Reserves. Accounts Receivable were reported at $220,000, with monies mostly due from the condominiums involved in the lawsuit. The Delinquency Rate was reported at 12.1% which is on par for the 5-year historical average for February.
The next MVF Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, as a conference call. Full meeting details, the meeting packet and/or participation instructions will be posted online at www.montgomeryvillage.com the week before the meeting.