Good Evening Members of Waterville Estates,
Once again, we hope this communication finds you, your family and friends healthy and well. The WEA board continues to work diligently to find a way to open the recreation center, following state guidelines and safety measures to protect our members, staff and financial security. We have looked at many different possible solutions to open in some form or fashion, but unfortunately at this point, there is no way to assure the stability of the Association from legal actions over the COVID pandemic. The Association, and subsequently, the BOD are not covered by insurance for actions brought due to viruses.
We have tried to find a solution working with WEVD, but that also has not given us a viable resolution. As of July 18, 2020, we have not been able to find a way to open the Recreation Center without a statement from our state or federal government that liability will be waived due to the pandemic or a vaccine is discovered. We will continue to work towards finding a solution, as there is no assurance that either of those options will happen in the near future. Please be assured that the Board of Directors has not stopped working to find answers for our community. We are in the process of improving communication between WEA and WEVD as well as getting information out to our members at more regular intervals.
There is one option we are currently discussing and considering proposing to our members. The WEA Board of Directors could send out a survey to owners posing the question of opening the recreation center if it is agreed upon by 60% of members to a special assessment should a lawsuit be filed. A survey to positively open would have to be followed by a mail in vote as we have not established electronic voting at this time. This would shift liability to all of us as community members. If the membership would agree to a special assessment should a lawsuit arise, the owners would accept the financial burden of defense against any lawsuits due to a virus.
While it is with a heavy heart that we report our current situation, we would also like to thank all of you for the patience that so many of you have shown. We trust that the majority of owners recognize that the board has no ulterior motives. Our goal is to ensure safety while providing services as soon as we are able to do so.
On a positive note, we have enjoyed seeing so many owners and families enjoying the outdoor amenities that our beautiful grounds provide. There is work currently taking place on a new trail (thank you Dave Ketchum and crew!) and there is a beautiful new swim platform that will be placed in the pond within the next few days, dependent on delayed deliveries. There is also a committee working on a sound budget for updating the locker rooms and committees being formed for many other projects in progress or on the docket for future work.
As a Board and as community members, we ask that we all do our best to come together as a cohesive group to work to better all of our experiences in the Estates. We truly are a unique community. Let’s come together to be the best village we can be, with beautiful amenities, top notch service and welcoming, friendly members.
Thank you for your continued support.
Written by Claire Denton
on behalf of
WEA Board of Directors
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