Parking of Automobiles in Garages and Drives

From Steve Tsapatoris, property manager.
Date February 17, 2016.

The restrictive Covenants of the Gates Homeowners Association provide that the first two (2) automobiles owned or used by the owners or residents of the dwelling shall be parked in garages. Garages shall not be used for storage or for any other purposes or uses which would result in the garage being unavailable for the parking of vehicles therein.

  1. Effective immediately the Board has voted as a Rule and Regulation that if the Owner/Resident has a 3rd vehicle it must be parked in Owner/Resident’s driveway behind their garage. If there is no space available behind the garage, the 3rd vehicle can be parked on the street. Any additional vehicles must be parked in the over-flow parking area adjacent to the gated entrance. Visitors’ vehicles may be parked in the street for no more than a 24 hour period or a 48 hour period over a weekend. The time restriction in the preceding sentence shall not apply to relatives of the Owners or Residents of the dwelling. Violation of these Rules and Regulations may result in fines against the Owner and/or towing of vehicles that are parked in violation of the Rules and Regulations, at the Owner’s expense.

2016 Annual Meeting Minutes

Held on January 28, 2016.

Mr. Warner Johnson called the meeting to order and introduced himself and Steve Tsapatoris, All the homeowners present introduced themselves. Mr. Johnson reminded the group the Association is currently under developer control and the developer, Duckworth-Morris Realty, appoints the Board of Directors, which is Mr. Johnson, Joe Brown Duckworth and Bill Morrow.

The homeowners present were provided with a copy of the Gates of Wellington 2015 actuals and 2016 budget. Mr. Johnson then stated he would go over the 2015 actuals and discuss 2016 budget. Mr. Johnson reminded everyone that The Gates of Wellington and the Ridges of Wellington share the expenses for the upkeep of the entrance from Rice Mine Road to the Gates Guardhouse and the entrance to the Ridges. He stated that $10,325.00 had been budgeted for the entrance upkeep and $11,637.44 had actually been spent, 50% of which was paid by the Gates Association. Mr. Johnson stated that the reason we were slightly over budget was because we had re-landscaped the entryway, removed some dead trees along the roadway, and re-painted the entryway signs. Mr. Johnson said that $50,080.61 had been budgeted for the common areas for 2015 and $47,221.10 was actually spent. Mr. Johnson stated that all budget items were in budget range with the exception of the general maintenance, which there was an increase due to the repaving project in the alleyway, the gate being damaged as well as operating issues with gate, and installing a new security system in the guard house. Those expenses were pulled from the reserve which kept the common area within budget. Mr. Johnson reminded everyone that the second section of the budget was the direct costs that occurred only if a house existed. The costs were not incurred if it was on a vacant lot. He said the Association budgeted $66,612.60 on these items and actually spent $66,668.67. Mr. Johnson stated the only major expense for 2015 was that the Terrace Homes were painted, which the expense was pulled from the painting reserve keeping direct cost within budget. Mr. Johnson stated that the insurance on the Terrace homes decreased from $10,983.00 to $10,668.00 due to the fact the insurance carrier had deemed the last two Terrace Homes on St. James Landing that are actually detached would not be included in the renewal of the insurance policy, reducing the Terrace home coverage from fourteen to twelve under the new policy. Mr. Johnson further stated that with this being the case that we had to create a third pay fee scale labeled on the budget as Terrace Homes without insurance. During the renewal the insurance carrier also raised the fee to cover the increase in value as well as the increase in the cost of the construction/material expense. With all that being reported the Association is budgeting $66,297.60 on said items for the direct cost to the homeowner’s. As a result of the change the increase is set to take effect March 1, 2016 and will be as follows:

Terrace Homes with insurance would increase from $243.00 per month to $261.00 per month. The Terrace Homes without insurance would be 177.50 per month and the Courtyard Homes would remain the same $142.00 per month.

Mr. Johnson pointed out that the Association currently had $398.81 in cash in the Trust Account and $13,578.82 in the Fence and Guard House Reserve, $20,416.12 amount in the Terrace Home Reserve and $51,209.60 in the Paving Reserve.

Mr. Johnson then asked all homeowners present if there were any other questions or concerns within the Gates of Wellington.  There were a couple homeowners’ with questions which were pertaining to; the paving condition of the roads, the gate system, and the parking regarding the rules and regulation on parking on the roadway. Mr. Johnson stated that the developer Mr. Duckworth was in the process of selecting additional board members from the Association to make decisions on addressing these issues. Mr. Johnson further stated that an attorney was hired to advise the board on the articulation of the parking rules and regulations.

Mr. Johnson then asked all homeowners if there were any other questions or concerns within the Gates of Wellington, and no one responded. Therefore, with no further business the meeting was adjourned

Signed Steve Tsapatoris, Property Manager

A signed PDF copy will be made available shortly. 

Colony Point Alleyway Paving Project Rescheduled

Dated March 11, 2015.
From Steve Tsapatoris, property manager.

The paving project in the Colony Point alleyway has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Once the project starts it will take three days and there will be no access to the alleyway. Therefore we are asking homeowners affected by this to park on the front street. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact me at 205-345-1810.

Colony Point Alleyway Paving Project

From Steve Tsapatoris, property manager.
Dated Thursday, February 12, 2015.

The paving project in the Colony Point alleyway will begin on February 24, 2015. Once the project starts it will take three days and there will be no access to the alleyway. Therefore we are asking homeowners affected by this to park on the front street. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions please contact me at 205-345-1810.

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

Meeting held January 29, 2015.

Mr. Warner Johnson called the meeting to order and introduced himself and Steve Tsapatoris, who is a new Property Manager with Duckworth-Morris Realty.  Mr. Johnson explained he had hired Mr. Tsapatoris to help him during the past year and if anyone needed assistance they could contact Steve as well as himself.  All the homeowners present introduced themselves.  Mr. Johnson reminded the group the Association is currently under developer control and the developer, Duckworth-Morris Realty, appoints the Board of Directors, which is Mr. Johnson, Joe Brown Duckworth and Bill Morrow.  Mr. Johnson also made a point to thank Bill Morrow for his service to the Association and encouraged the neighborhood to thank him as well.

The homeowners present were provided with a copy of the Gates of Wellington 2014 actuals and 2015 budget as well as the entrance upkeep 2014 actuals and 2015 budgets.  Mr. Johnson reminded everyone that The Gates of Wellington and the Ridges of Wellington share the expenses for the upkeep of the entrance from Rice Mine Road to the Gates Guardhouse and the entrance to the Ridges.  He stated that $10,325.00 had been budgeted for the entrance upkeep and $9,914.70 had actually been spent, 50% of which was paid by the Gates Association.  Mr. Johnson said that $50,080.61 had been budgeted for the common areas for 2014 and $41,580.01 was actually spent and that the number was deceiving because of some monies pulled from the Reserve to cover other expenses.  If those monies had not been pulled from the Reserve, the Association would have ended up on budget.  Mr. Johnson stated that all budget items were in budget range with the exception of the grounds, which there was a slight increase due to the increase of fertilization and weed control.  Mr. Johnson reminded everyone that the second section of the budget was the direct costs that occurred only if a house existed.  The costs were not incurred if it was on a vacant lot.  He said the Association budgeted $63,580.00 on these items and actually spent $74,859.10.  Mr. Johnson stated some of this was due to the addition of a Courtyard home and a large repair and an insurance increase in the Terrace Homes.  He said $7,586.30 had to be spent due to a leak that occurred over a long period of time on the common wall of a Terrace home and was not reported by the previous owner.  The Association documents make this repair the responsibility of the Association.  He pointed out that the Association budgets $1,800.00 in repairs on the Terrace homes each year and that the Terrace homeowners for many years had been consistently under budget in this expense category.  The unspent money had been paid into the Association’s account all of these years.  This year the Terrace homes were over budget and recouped some of the extra funds they had paid in over the years.  He also said the insurance on the Terrace homes increased from $9,810.00 to $10,983.00 for the year.  The insurance premium increase was the primary factor in the Terrace homes’ fee increase.  Mr. Johnson reported that the Association is budgeting $66,612.60 on said items, so the net result is a slight increase on the Courtyard Homes and an increase on the Terrace homes.  The increase to take effect March 1, 2015 will be as follows:

  • Terrace Homes would increase from $234.00 per month to $243.00 per month.
  • Courtyard Homes would increase from $140.00 per month to $142.00 per month.

Mr. Johnson pointed out that the Association currently had $361.84 in cash in the Trust Account and $16,347.95 in the Fence and Guard House Reserve, $19,441.47 amount in the Terrace Home Reserve and $67,244.43 in the Paving Reserve.

Mr. Johnson reminded everyone that since the neighborhood Streets were not City streets, the Association is responsible for the paving of the streets.  He stated that he had received a new bid this year from a company called Asphalt Restoration Company that had located 21 problems within the asphalt in the Gates of Wellington.  The repair cost would cost $17,180.81.  After that process it was also recommended that the entire neighborhood be seal coated to prolong the life of the asphalt repair.  He also received a bid from a company called Asphalt Consultant, Inc. and Seal Coat Stripping.  The total bid was $21, 394.18 for a total cost of $38,574.99.  This process having the Restoration Company and the Sealing Company would extend the roadway life of approximately 10 years before having to resurface the roadway in the Gates of Wellington.  After a long discussion, a motion was made, seconded and passed by the Homeowners present to proceed with the Restoration Company to complete the alleyway, and after that section was completed, it would be determined how to move forward thereafter

Mr. Johnson then asked all homeowners present if there were any other questions or concerns within the Gates of Wellington, and no one responded.  Therefore, with no further business the meeting was adjourned.

Signed Steve Tsapatoris, Property Manager

You can see the signed PDF here

Exterior Parking

As people move in to the Gates, we would like to remind everyone of the rules on exterior parking. Everyone has a double garage and you are supposed to park your first two cars in the garage. If you have a third car, you can then park it in the driveway but not on the street.