Board Meeting Highlights, May 9, 2017

Report of the Bylaws and CC&Rs Committee

The board has not completed their review of the report.  Their plan is to collect and compile their individual comments and get back with the Committee when that is done.  As a result there was no specific feedback on the five proposed changes.  There was, however, discussion on the process suggestions made by the Committee with the following results:

The idea of a separate information-only meeting to review and discuss the proposed changes with all members was supported.  The Board agreed that it also makes sense to have a waiting period between the time final wording is settled and the vote to approve (or not) is taken.  The Board asked for the Committee’s ideas on what should happen if the informational meeting provides input that makes significant changes to the proposed changes.  Similarly the Board asked for the Committee’s ideas on what should happen if floor amendments are made at the meeting where the vote is to take place.

The current thinking of the Board is to hold the vote on the five proposed changes at the next Annual Meeting as there is nothing in the proposed changes that requires immediate attention.  Several Board members noted that the informational meeting will need to be held sufficiently in advance of the Annual Meeting to allow for the waiting period (currently proposed to be 14 days) and any contingencies such as legal review or rework that may be necessary given the results of the informational meeting.

Design Committee

Tim Callahan reported success in getting Comcast to fix the mangled metal box that has been an eyesore on Sunflower Drive for the past many months.

Replacement of outside lamps and repairs to shutters continues to be problematic and Tim reviewed the current thinking of the Design Committee on these issues.

Tim also shared with the board a draft of a letter to be used when the Design Committee determines a member is not maintaining their property in accordance with the required standards.


The Annual Picnic will be at the home of Susan and Charlie Wier, September 23, 2017, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Possible topics for the next Newsletter include the picnic, the Drainage Committee, outside light fixtures, power washing and the password for the HOA website.

The next board meeting was scheduled for Tuesday July 18, 2017.

What do you think about Tiny Homes?

Nik Summers wants to know!

red tiny house

Nikolas Summers of Indiana University is conducting a survey to assess Neighborhood attitudes towards Tiny Houses.  Want to voice your opinion?  You can, at:

[link to survey]

Need more information to help you decide?  Please read on.

What is a tiny home?  Definition:  Small, mostly stand-alone, structures, typically between 100 and 400 square feet, on wheels or foundations, that are intended for permanent occupancy, and that include working bathroom and kitchen amenities .  [Click here for additional background information on tiny homes]

Looking for Bloomington specific information on Tiny Homes?  Visit [Developing and Implementing an Affordable Housing Strategy for Bloomington] and scroll down to item #2 under the heading “The City Administration’s Affordable Housing Strategy Going Forward.”

Want to reach out to Nik directly, please see contact info in [email from Nik].

City to Prune Neighborhood Street Trees This Year!

Sycamore on Southern Edge

Earlier this week neighborhood resident Carol Wise attended two evenings of training provided by City Forester Lee Huss.  As a result she is now one of several volunteer City of Bloomington Tree Rangers.  Any questions about trees?  Please consider Carol as a resource.

During the training Carol learned that Lee Huss will be trimming the trees along Countryside Lane later this spring.  Carol says, “We are so fortunate  to have this certified arborist do that for us.  We won’t even have to clean up the branches he removes.  Several days following the pruning, the trimmings will be picked up and taken away by the City.”

The north side of Sunflower Gardens, Countryside Lane, is part of many school bus routes. For safety reasons the City makes an effort to keep those streets from getting overgrown.