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The Summer of Discontent and the Troubles at Oakmont articles all spoke to the times when residents were bitterly divided over projects that lay before the association board, a body of seven members, charged with making final decisions in our village of some 4800 people. 

From surveillance cameras, to business center on the greensward, to pickle ball courts behind the Berger Center, clashing voices were heard, president and manager resigning and attorneys fired. Tempers flared, accusations exchanged, and in one sorry instance a death threat delivered.

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At today’s OVA Board meeting the Aid for Sub-Associations Committee (ASAC) delivered a major report to the Board and the community. The committee is comprised of four representatives of different sub-associations plus OVA Board liaison Steve Spanier and OVA Management liaison Kevin Hubred, and is chaired by Jeff Young.

The ASAC was tasked by the OVA Board with researching the needs and concerns of Oakmont’s sub-associations, determining how best to address their needs and concerns, and reporting back to the Board with recommendations. Today’s report represents a tremendous amount of work performed by the committee since its formation in February. You may find the full 34-page report here.

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This is for those of you who may not have decided how to vote yet, and who ask the very good question, “What is going to happen if we say NO to the large dues increase? Aren’t we giving up control of the property forever?”

Background: The Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Board of Directors wants to increase our dues starting in 2020 from $150/couple/month to $196/couple/month, in order both to acquire the OGC property and to enable execution of their planned contract with Advance Golf Partners (AGP). The vote is required because the proposed 31% increase in dues exceeds the 20% legal threshold for dues increases without a membership vote.

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Michael Connolly’s incisive reporting in the Oakmont Observer on the June 25 OGC Purchase Townhall has exposed issues critical to informed voting that is available nowhere else. OVA Town Hall on the OGC Purchase.

Perhaps most important, a huge ambiguity in the Board’s presentation regarding the apparently contemplated lease agreement — that not all but “most” of the operating risk would be shifted to a proposed lease partner — was brought into sharp focus in Connolly’s questioning of Ken Arimitsu, the Board’s expert consultant. Arimitsu said that the first $500,000 in projected annual deficits from the purchased OGC — which he expects to continue for up to 10 years — would be the responsibility of OVA, not the leaseholder. Some shift!

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At the June 25th OVA Workshop regarding an OGC  purchase, 4 options were presented:

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Shut down some OGC operations
  3. Operate as now, using a management firm
  4. Operate similar as now, with a Net Lease Partner

Option 4 was discussed in depth with details given by Ken Arimitsu, OVA Broker. I asked the following questions about Option 4: 

Ken, you said that one million dollars will be needed for upgrades. So, OVA is responsible of bringing the buildings up to code before the lessee?

Director Kendrick: The million dollars is from the lessee, not from OVA. They are putting that up.

The lessee is putting one million for us (OVA) to do the upgrades?

Director Kendrick: Right, they are putting it up for the buildings.

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An Oakmont Forum Report

On Wednesday, June 12, a President’s Message entitled Social Media Survey was posted on the Oakmont Village website, and an on-line Nextdoor OVA/BOD Discussion Group Survey went live. In order to bring some reality to the discussion of this Nextdoor group, statistics were compiled on all topics originated in that group for a period from May 15 – 31, with replies through June 9. This period was chosen to be recent, with active discussions on-going, but not contaminated by the latest discussions, which are largely focused on the OVA “Nextdoor OVA/BOD Discussion Group Survey”.

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