River Pines is a beautiful 96 acre community of 355 single-family condominium homes consisting of 110 detached units and 245 units in three- and four-unit buildings. The site is located in Farmington Hills, MI at the intersection of Nine Mile Rd. and Drake.
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From the President
- April 20, 2016 –
Greetings, River Piners. At the Board meeting yesterday, contracts for staining entry door porches were approved. As usual, roughly one third of our units will have their entry porches stained this year. Like last year, the work will be split between two contractors. We also approved the purchase of a new second-hand golf cart for our maintenance man; the existing cart, after quite a few years of use, was in need of a repair that was too expensive to be justified.
Also at yesterday’s meeting, the Board reviewed some revisions to the rules and regulations regarding use of the common element, and reached sufficient agreement that the revisions will be summarized in the next issue of our newsletter and then presented at the Spring Association meeting. We’ve also completed a more thorough description of the procedures to be followed in dealing with suspected violations. An important step in this regard is the creation of a Compliance Committee, which will be tasked with evaluating reported violations and which will make the decision as to whether a violation exists. And while we were at it, we took the opportunity to update a few other policies in which some aspects were either unclear or out of date. Your next newsletter will have the full story.
- March 11, 2016 –
Greetings, River Piners. Your Board met on March 8th, and at that meeting approved a new three-year management contract with McShane and Associates, pending our lawyer’s review. Staying with the same firm implies some level of satisfaction with performance, but both the Board and McShane are looking forward to finding additional improvements in what we do and how we do it.
One effort at improvement which will be undertaken soon is a clarification of some parts of our Handbook. The rules regarding acceptable use of the common element, as well as the procedures that are followed in the case of a rules violation, need to be clearer to allow fair implementation. This isn’t a question of making rules more or less restrictive, but of making the description practical and less ambiguous. The goal is to introduce the revised Handbook sections in the next edition of the newsletter, and to discuss it at the Spring meeting.
At least one co-owner got the impression that our snow removal during the storm of February 24-25 was not as good as it should be. I can say that because I’m that co-owner. We did report our dissatisfaction to the contractor, and noticed some improvement with the succeeding snowfalls.
Around River Pines
- Ice Dams – As we move into February and March, this is the time we see ice dams form on some units. The freezing and thawing weather causes this condition and it can damage the roof of your unit and cause leaks. If you see heavy icicle’s building up around your gutters, give Bob Goodman 248-756-3888 or Greg 734-323-7594 a call and let them know.
- Snow Season – 1/6/16 Remember, the snow season is here so please don’t park on the street when we have snow storms and park your car in the garage so we can clean the driveway effectively.
- Annual Meeting – The 2016 River Pines Annual Meeting will be held on September 21, 2016 at the Costick Center. We will be electing new board members. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
- Board Meeting – The next Board meeting will be on May 24th, after which we resume the fourth Tuesday schedule.
- River Pines Breakfast – The next River Pines breakfast is scheduled for Saturday May 14th, 10:00 am at Kerby’s Coney Island 21200 Haggarty Road. See you there.
- 2016 Spring Information Meeting This meeting will be on May 18, 2016 at the Farmington Hills Costick Center. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend and find out what’s going on in River Pines.
River Pines is managed by McShane & Associates, Inc. and handles the day-to-day administration of the association. Most of your questions or concerns can be handled by contacting their office.
In a condominium association, the Board of Directors establishes the policies, sets the budget and then directs the management firm to carry them out.
Annual Meeting of the Members
The Annual Association Meeting is held in September of each year at the Farmington Hills Costick Center on 11 mile road. Prior to the meeting we will let members know how many board seats are up for election and other issues that may be considered.
Living in River Pines
“Just wanted to share our thoughts about the professional job that Pasko & Tony and their crew from American Euro Painting, Inc. are doing. They spent several days scraping the entire units, caulking, and replacing wood before ever starting to paint. They are methodical, neat,and very hard workers taking great pride in their workmanship. The quality of paint being used gives a rich appearance, especially the front door and garage. Read more from neighbors