SIPOA Executive Director’s Report, September 30, 2016

The following is an operational summary of our activities in August and early September.

Pete Pelay, G4S Security Account Manager, left G4S for employment with another company. Jennifer Miller has been appointed as Account Manager.

Lake House & Community Center:
The Beach Award Celebration/Sock Hop on August 26th was very successful. Many people attended the afternoon beach activities of kite flying, corn hole, and bocce ball, and the food truck was a big hit! The sock hop was also well attended. Many people have asked that we make Beach Celebration Day an annual event!

ARC Activity:
New Homes Applications Pending = 17
New Homes Approved, not yet started = 7
New Homes Under Construction = 17
New Homes Complete YTD = 10

Repair & Maintenance Projects:
Maintenance Projects Approved in August = 43
Maintenance Projects Approved YTD = 445

Operations & Maintenance:
The tropical storm on September 2, 2016 was less severe than forecast. There were a few downed trees, little rain, but due to the nature of the debris, which included small branches that weren’t bagged, the cleanup took longer than anticipated. We will continue to remind owners to bag their yard debris as our regulations require, and also to remind contractors that they can’t leave debris curbside.

In anticipation of the storm, we decided to use this event as a practice drill and lowered the lakes, prepared the generator to run the Admin Office if necessary, arranged for street cleaning the day following the storm, monitored weather and road alerts and had security officers on standby for downed trees or other emergencies. Fortunately the storm did little damage, but each exercise is a learning experience.

The Audubon International Sustainable Communities Committee has been meeting to work on Phase 2 of the certification process. They will be holding several community forums to receive owner input on specific focus areas during the next two months. We hope to have the Audubon International program director at the November forum. Please watch the e-blast and Tidelines for the dates and times.

From September 14th – 18th the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Large Scale Managers Annual Conference was held in Charleston. Participants from large scale communities in the US, Australia and Dubai toured Daniel, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. On September 16th, 140 managers toured the Lake House, Beach Club and Island House, and attended lunch and educational sessions here. Many participants told me that Seabrook was the most impressive of the three communities they visited – and this is a tough group to impress! Many thanks to the SIPOA staff, who all came together to organize the event and welcome the guests, our Lake House volunteer tour guides Janet Gorski, Julie McCulloch, speakers Tim Kana, Steve Hirsh, Janet Gorski, David Allen and Ron Ciancio, and bus captain Katrina Burrell for making the day a success.

Heather Paton
SIPOA Executive Director

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