February Board of Directors Meeting Minutes here
February Treasurer’s Report here
APRIL 2017 Sea Breeze issue is now available online. Enjoy!
ICE-EATER REMOVAL PARTY – Saturday April 1, 10 a.m. Until…
Volunteers are needed for the annual Ice-Eater Removal (Work) Party at the Marina! Please come down and help haul out, clean and store the ice-eaters that we placed around the Marina to keep the facilities ice-free. Help is needed to haul the 21 ice-eaters out of the murky depths to the two power-washers that will be on hand to clean the machines. The ice-eaters will then need their lines and power cords wrapped up, and loaded onto vehicles for storage at the community center site.
Many hands make light work! Please volunteer an hour or two of your time so we can make all the slips available for returning boats!
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, at 10 a.m. SEE YOU THERE!
Marina Nautical Yard Sale – Clean out your boats, garages and attics and bring your boat related treasures to the marina for our Nautical yard sale. Any nautical related item is fair game. The sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 from 8 am to noon. Space is on a first come-first served basis. No reservations are required. Residents are responsible for cleanup of their area. Please take home your leftovers. Don’t leave unsold items at the marina. Set up of your tables should be as much on the grassy area as you can get, we want the parking lot to be as clear as it can be. If you have any questions, please email Donna Shuman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voice mail at 410-263-4456.
2pm, all ages welcome. Free/no charge.
Members of the Hillsmere Garden Club will speak on a variety of topics such as deer-proofing gardens, herb gardening and how to attract wildlife and butterflies. The audience is welcome to bring their gardening-related questions.
HSIA will hold a Special General Meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 7 PM in Key School’s Katharine Hall.
This meeting is being held for to allow additional community feedback regarding the Community Center Committee’s presentation from the March General Meeting.
Please come with an open mind, and remember that this is preliminary. There has not yet been a community vote on the community center.
Notice of Change to Marina Rules & Regulations Concerning Late Payment of Slip Fees
The HSIA Board of Directors has approved a change to the Marina Rules and Regulations, effective February 1, 2017, concerning incentives/penalties for late payment of slip fees. Revised Rule 5.3 now reads as follows:
5.3.1 Slip holders may receive a discount, if any, set annually by the HSIA Board, if fees are paid in full, with all required documentation, within 15 days of the date of the invoice.
5.3.2 Slips holders may be subject to a late payment penalty, if any, set annually by the HSIA Board, if fees are not paid in full by March 1, or other payment terms have not been arranged with the Chairperson of Piers & Harbors.
Section 5.3.1 was already a part of the Marina Rules and Regulations. Section 5.3.2 is new, and provides for a late payment penalty if slip fees are not paid by March 1, or other payment terms have not been arranged.
For Calendar Year 2017 the HSIA Board approved a late payment penalty of $50.
The purpose of the late payment penalty is to encourage current slip holders to either pay their slip fees by March 1 or make arrangements for other payment terms with the Chair of P&H by March 1. While most of the 124 slip holders do make timely payment, every year about two-dozen or so slip holders forget to pay or put off payment for some reason. That means the Slips Committee cannot know with certainty which slips will continue to be occupied and which slips will be vacant and available to those on the Slips Waiting List. Extraordinary amounts of time and effort are expended trying to track down the late-payers and determine their intentions. That delays the work of the Slips Committee in re-assigning vacant slips to existing slip holders and to those on the Slips Waiting List.
Slip Holders: please make your Slip Fee payment by March 1, 2017, or if you need to arrange different payment terms contact Steve Vanderbosch at: email@example.com
Join us at Key School (the “Barn” 2 nd floor), on Saturday, February 25, for our annual Hillsmere membership day. Stop by between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to renew memberships, pick up car and trailer stickers, purchase boat ramp keys, pay for slip rentals, dinghy rack rentals, boat park storage, pool membership and more. Many board members and chairs will be available to answer questions. You can also learn more about other Hillsmere clubs and committees. Please join us at Key School, in the “Barn” building off of Carroll Drive.
Photocopy of ALL registrations required: HSIA will give you one sticker for each vehicle and trailer registration you provide along with your membership form. Please attach your photocopy to the 2017 HSIA Membership Form and bring it with you on Come & Get It Day. Or, you can personally show us your registrations that day only.
Slip Renters – Please remember to bring the slip invoice 2017 HSIA Marina Boat Slip Permit, and HSIA membership form to Come And Get It Day, or return all in the mail. You MUST submit all supporting documents listed on your invoice, along with slip payment. PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.
For Slip Renters: Marina Boat Slip Permit Required – All slip renters will receive a Marina Boat Slip Permit along with their invoice. This Permit MUST be completed and returned with slip payment and all supporting documents, including the invoice.
Piers & Harbor Waiting Lists – In order to remain on any piers & harbor wait lists, all residents MUST PAY annual dues. A one-time, non-refundable fee of $100 is required to be added to the slip waiting list. The fee will be applied to your slip rental when you are assigned a slip.
Pool Early Sign-Up Incentives – The pool is excited to offer incentives for pool memberships purchased on or before Come And Get It Day as follows: Family memberships will receive 2 seasonal guest cards and Adult memberships will receive 1 seasonal guest card. Again, this is for memberships purchased on or before Come And Get It Day! Please see the 2017 Hillsmere Pool Membership Form. All pool members MUST also be current members of HSIA and submit an HSIA membership form.
Come And Get It Day is a Hillsmere tradition that saves our community association time and money by reducing mailing costs. Please complete the membership form in this issue and bring it with you to The Key School on February 25.
Can’t make it to Come And Get It Day? No problem! Simply download and print out a membership form, complete and mail it, along with your payment and photocopied registrations, to HSIA, P.O. Box 3485, Annapolis, MD 21403. Your stickers and keys will be mailed to you. Please allow a few weeks processing time. Questions? Call the HSIA 24-hour voice mail at 410-263-4456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org