Cost figures vary for Treasure Lake venture
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
How much has Treasure Lake spent on its initiative to become a borough?
Property owner Cheryl Gray asked that question at the January Treasure Lake Property Owners Association meeting. Gray said at Monday's work session that she did not receive an answer from the board of directors or management but did get a letter saying the amount was $327,000. The source of the letter was not provided. She asked if that amount is correct.
TLPOA General Manager Jeff Schlaack said he did not have the exact amount.
Later, under property owner comments, Steve Tuller said since an answer was not provided regarding expenditures for the borough, "So you don't want the people to know you spent approximately $225,000?"
Gray asked what the PAC website link on the TLPOA website was, if the TLPOA sanctioned or endorsed it and what if others want to link their websites to the TLPOA site?
Director Chuck Huddy said the TLPOA did not sanction the PAC website.
Tuller commented on the order of items on the agenda, saying property owner comments were listed on the agenda before the business items. He said it is difficult to comment on business items before they have been discussed and also pointed out that committee minutes are not available to property owners until after they have been accepted by the board. By then, he said, it may be too late to comment on them or have them corrected.
Director Richard Partington discussed paying off two five-year loans that are due in 2013. He suggested paying off a $68,000 loan for accounting software and a $145,000 loan for golf equipment. The payoff amount would be $72,100 plus interest and would save the TLPOA $2,400.
Barb Sager chairman of the Cayman Committee and secretary of the Cayman Campers Club, was not a happy camper.
She said they received a call from the new POA recreation director saying the Camper's Club will be charged to use the lodge or pavilion and that several of its scheduled activities have been canceled.
Sager said the club has hosted all the campground activities by raising money through events with very little help from the POA. The money raised was used to buy tables, chairs, kitchen equipment and other items.
"As most of you are aware, last year was an extremely unproductive year for Cayman Landing with the loss of the lodge and pool and these charges are going to make a bad situation worse," she said, adding that if the charges are put into effect, the club is prepared to let the POA take over the activities at the campground.
Sager also asked that board members volunteer for a work group to help the campground.
Partington said when the fees and charges schedule was discussed, rental fees were taken out "to give management the opportunity to wheel and deal and this was not
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intended to give management the OK to do what they want to who they want." He said "this may have been a misjudgment on someone's part but it is wrong and we shouldn't do it. Someone overstepped their authority. I don't intend to let it drop. I intend to get answers."
Director Dan Flanders said, "You may not like it but we gave management the authority to set rates." He pointed out that there are two entities - the Cayman Committee and the Cayman Campers' Club. The club is a corporation and a private group. It has fund raisers that benefit the club and is separate from the POA. He said they have done good things but are a private entity.
Sager said the money the club raises is used for the campground to buy equipment for the Cayman Lodge, pool and playground. She said they also donate money to groups like the fire company.
In other businesses, the wildlife committee report showed 151 deer harvested; 148 anterless and three bucks.
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