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Mill Creek Manor Pool Petition

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There has been much talk about a pool in our subdivision over the years. However, owner response has not been sufficient either in favor of or against it to proceed. The Board is looking for a transition point from which the pool discussion can end and they can begin to explore other uses for the lot. The annual meeting is that transition point. The Board will be making a recommendation to the owners as to the final determination of the common area at the annual meeting. This is our last opportunity to make the pool a possibility. The Annual meeting will be held on April 3, 2017 (Beulah Ralph Elementary School, 6:00 p.m.).

Simply, the Mill Creek Manor Homeowner's Association (HOA) does not have a budget that can sustain a pool. The addition of a pool would require a lead time of at least two years due to the necessity of changing HOA restrictions, collecting a special assessment, developing the plan, and constructing the pool.

If there is sufficient support, each lot would be subject to:

  • One-time special assessment estimated at $975. This will be used for the down payment for design and build-out of the pool. This amount will be billed to owners once 80% of owners agree to endorse the pool.
  • Estimated HOA dues of $350 annually (they are presently $150, an estimated increase of $200); comparable to similar subdivisions with pools in Columbia.

These are estimates based upon 2016 construction pricing and maintenance costs; exact costs cannot be determined until the time that final bids are received/contractor selection is made.

The Mill Creek Manor Homeowner's Association Board does not endorse the pool, but does support those residents taking the initiative. It is up to lot owners to make the decision. The Board will move forward with a pool if at least 70% of the lot owners are in favor of the petition. Please note, if more than one person actually owns the lot, we must hear from each owner. The high quorum is necessary as the addition of a pool would require modifications to the HOA rules. Restrictions typically require affirmation by 60% of lot owners to make a change. Our HOA's lawyer suggests endorsement by at least 80% of lot owners as it is more restrictive than existing covenants.

Mill Creek Manor has 267 lots, with an average of two owners per lot (534 owners). Therefore, this petition would require 374 affirmative signatures (70% of 534 owners) to proceed.

We hope that this has provided sufficient information. Of course, if you have any questions, please contact Anthony at Diversified Management Company, 573-445-2050.

Thank you for your feedback so that we can best represent the view of our ownership!

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