SEABROOK POINT PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting of July 14th, 2014
PO Box 13, Seabrook, SC 29940
Board members present: Al Truesdale, Gary Swank, Alan Daigle, Janice Powell, and Bob All.
Al Truesdale called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. at the home of Alan Daigle. Al then introduced the meeting agenda, which was accepted with some additions.
Minutes of the board meeting of March 17, 2014 were read and amended to note that it is the Roads Commission, rather than the ACC, that is short one person. The minutes were then approved.
Alan Daigle reviewed the financial statements for May and June, 2014. All past-due fees except for the Scott lien have been paid. The board approved the financial statements as submitted.
Preservative treatment of the dock- Bob All suggested that we consider a new product to treat the dock. It is a thicker coating, similar to that sprayed on truck bed linings. He also suggested that we might hire a contractor to apply the coating. Similarly, Lowe’s and Home Depot have also introduced similar heavy coating treatments for docks and weathered decking. The semi-transparent stain materials used in the past have cost about $100 for a five-gallon container. The new thicker coatings come in 3-gallon buckets and cost $100 per bucket. The thicker coatings cover less area but are supposed to last much longer. Gary Swank will investigate this issue further and report to the board.
An audit committee comprised of Patti O’Leary, Judy Swank, and Jane Rabon was selected to meet with Bundy Asset Management to audit the books for the SPPOA. However. The committee could not agree to meet before September, and Judy Swank had to withdraw from the group, due to pending surgery and rehabilitation, beginning in late August.
A motion regarding taxation inequalities, made by Jim Minor, was approved during the SPPOA Annual Meeting of March 31, 2014, as follows:
To move that the SPPOA Board obtain an opinion from legal counsel regarding any legal basis or recourse allowing the Association to pursue action against Beaufort County for the unequal taxation levied against properties within this district for fire district taxes, as compared to the rest of Beaufort County for similar services. Specifically, Tax District 100, the tax district for Seabrook Point, pays nearly twice the tax millage compared to other districts within the County for basic fire protection. And it is requested that the SPPOA obtain an opinion from legal counsel regarding any legal basis or recourse allowing the SPPOA to pursue action against Beaufort County for paying taxes for fire protection that is inadequate. Specifically, there are no fire hydrants located in Seabrook Point, and the Burton Fire District does not possess a tanker truck. We are paying taxes for a service that cannot be adequately delivered due to the lack of water.
Janice Powell recommended that we use Attorney Davidovic to handle this motion. Al Truesdale will contact an attorney to review this issue.
Proposal for dock gate and barrier construction: Bob All submitted preliminary quotes for both a boat ramp gate and for a community entry gate. Bob pointed out that if a community entry gate were approved, a dock gate would be unnecessary. No Board action was taken. Janice Powell stated that she would be willing in a preliminary manner to test the sense of the community regarding the installation of an entry gate (Please note that the topic of an entry gate is at a very elementary stage, and might never move any further. Any decision to move toward gate installation would require substantial community discussion and approval. Short of that the Board will take no action).
Fall Fling- the board decided to defer action until a later date.
Tree Canopy trimming- we need to raise the canopy height near the entrance to a minimum of 16 feet. Alan Daigle will call for some competitive bids from tree services to handle this issue.
Water project: Margaret Bukkosy has been instrumental in attempting to bring BJWSA water service and fire hydrant protection into the Seabrook Point community. The SPPOA Board of Directors thought it prudent not to voice a position regarding the effort, believing instead that the SPPOA membership should decide without reference to a Board opinion. BJWSA is mailing out a survey to determine the level of interest from SPPOA property owners.
The board then voted for adjournment at 8:05 p.m., there being no further business. The next meeting of the board will be on Sept. 22nd at the home of Bob All at 6:30 p.m.