Our HOA Board here in Muirfield just had our regular meeting this past week, and here are some items of possible interest…
The Directors are considering allowing composite slate and cedar shake roofing replacement, providing it meets exacting standards for appearance and durability. Board members and staff have toured properties using some of these newer materials in Granville, New Albany and other locations. A decision is expected next month.
Our grounds workers have been busy sanding 330 pool chairs and loungers, painting those, and replacing 18,200 feet of vinyl strapping. Doing the work in-house saves the Association about $45,000.
The Columbus Water Department has changed standards and is now requiring a second backflow regulator at the Glick Pool, costing us about $2,500 in unexpected expenses. Again, we will do the installation in-house, saving much.
The Board discussed postings on NextDoor.com re: streetlights and dogs. Streetlights are all owned by the City or AEP, and the Muirfield Association has no authority, or costs, in that area. Please respect your neighbors and pick up after your dog, keep them on leashes or in close proximity to you and under strict voice control in all times off your property. Dog issues "dog us" with continual complaints.
The Muirfield Social Activities Committee Chair Ray DiRossi reported on the tremendously successful Breakfast with Santa event, attended by over 420 residents. Several events for the Muirfield Empty Nester group have been planned for upcoming months, thanks to EN Chair Charlie McDowell and team. A schedule may be found on our website, www.muirfieldassociaiton.com
Civic Action Committee Chair [and Board President] Bob Fathman reported that the Ohio Supreme Court this week threw out an appeal from a non-Muirfield homeowner on Glick Rd, who for years has refused to sell an easement right for a multi-use path crossing his property, blocking completion of the path. The issue now goes back to Delaware Common Pleas Court to determine the value of the easement that Dublin will pay him. We are hopeful the final link will be added soon. The Village of Shawnee Hills has plans to complete a stretch from Dublin Rd. to the O'Shaughnessy Dam, just as soon as Columbus completes some sewer work in the area. That part could take a couple of years, but then we will finally have a major east-west route from Deer Run Elementary and Avery Rd. all the way into Powell. Deep thanks and congrats to City Engineer Paul Hammersmith, our City Administration and legal team, for relentlessly pursuing this goal in the face of many obstacles, with support from the Muirfield HOA's Civic Action Committee.
General Manager Walter Zeier gave a year-end report from the Design Control Committee showing that 528 residents submitted plans for upgrades or additions, and 488 of those were approved, a 92.4% approval rate. The Board continues to encourage residents to improve their properties, and agreed to sponsor a new "Update Your Muirfield Home" free seminar which will be organized by Muirfield Association Board Director Paula Linehan. Stay tuned for an announcement.
Director Tom Oleksa, Chair of the Nominating Committee, reported that all three incumbents whose terms are up in April are re-running for their seats. An announcement about how to run for election will be sent out by the end of the month. Resident Andrew Graham has announced that he plans to run.
Plans for the Association Annual Meeting are being developed. The meeting will likely be moved this year to the Muirfield Golf Club Pavilion, and availability of dates is being explored. Details and a “save the date” will be issued as soon as the mid-April date and time are nailed down.
Both of us wish you a safe and warm winter.
Bob Fathman, President, Board of Directors
Walter Zeier, General Manager