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    The Villages of Oscoda is located near the Lake Huron shoreline of Northeast Michigan. With Lake Huron, the Mighty AuSable River, VanEttan Lake, and the Huron National Forest surrounding the Villages, it is a four season recreational wonderland! The area also offers Medical and Dental services close by as well as restaurants, a public library, churches and many other local attractions.


It is the Mission of The Villages of Oscoda Homeowners Association, through its Board of Directors, to:
Treat its members fairly in accordance with the Covenants and Architectural Review Standards
Promote the aesthetic beauty and functional value of property within the As
sociation while being sensitive to the needs of all residents
 Promote the welfare and safety of all residents in the Association
Provide a forum in which
all residents can interact and share their ideas and opinions
Provide all residents with professional governance that wi
ll reflect positively upon The Villages of Oscoda and the surrounding communities




BOARD OF DIRECTORS



BALLOT RESULTS




During the Annual Co-ower's Meeting held on Saturday, July 21st, the


Board Treasurer, JoAn Nink, informed members that the Association had


negotiated a new 3-year Rubbish Removal contract with Waste
 
Management for 2018, 2019 & 2020.  In the new, we switched from


Straight-Number billing (based on the total number of units in the


Association) each month to Seasonal-Occupancy billing, which adjusts the


total number of units based on changes due to seasonal vacancies.  This


change in the new 3-year contract has resulted in a future savings to the
 

Association of approximately $90,000 over the 3-year term of the contract.



It's now even more important to remember to let the office know when you


will be leaving for an extended period of time and when you will be


returning.  It will be helpful for the office staff to have as accurate numbers


as possible for billing calculations which will in turn, help the Association


to control costs and save money.



Please remember to keep the following guidelines in mind:




1.)  Place trash out by the curb as early as possible on the day of pick-up to

      assure it gets picked up.  (There is a 6 bag and/or trash can limit per week


      as
well as a maximum limit of 50lbs. per bag or can).
 


2.)  Black bags seem to attract less animals and birds than the white bags, but

      remember that if an animal gets into your garbage, YOU are responsible and


      required to clean up the garbage!
 


3.)  Please store your trash cans out of view either inside your garage or shed


      after the garbage is picked up.
 


4.)  Trash pickup is for RESIDENTS ONLY!
 


5.)  If you need to call for a special pickup of larger items or furniture, call



      800-796-9696.
 


Because Monday, September 3rd is Labor Day, trash pickup will be on



Tuesday, September 4th.





NEW PROCEDURES FOR SEWER REPAIRS



The Association now has a new Service Agreement with Oscoda Septic to handle


all sewer back-up issues for the Villages of Oscoda.


If you experience a sewer back-up:



1.)  Call the Water Department and ask them to send someone out to check the "main" sewer collection line. 


Water Dept. main line:  989-739-7532    After hours Emergency ONLY:  989-362-1430


2.)  Call the office (989-739-4915) to report the sewer back-up.  The office will contact Oscoda Septic.       


They will come out to resolve the problem and they will bill the Association directly.


3.) For after-hours or weekend emergencies (when the office is closed) call Oscoda Septic Directly at:           


989-739-0000


4.) If it is determined that the back-up resulted from:                                                                                


a.)  Flushing items that shouldn't be flushed (i.e. cigarette butts, feminine products, wet wipes, etc.)


b.) If inappropriate items sent through the garbage disposal.                                                       


c.) If the back-up occurs in a sewer line or part of a sewer line for which the Association               

is not responsible to maintain,


the cost of the repair will be charged back to the co-owner(s).



5.)  It can be costly to clean and replace items destroyed when a back-up occurs.  You may want to contact your

insurance company and ask if you have sewer back-up protection/coverage.


You can find your copy of the "New Sewer Back-up Procedures" and"What Goes Down The Garbage Disposal"


in the April/May Newsletter on page 7 & 8.



FREE Refrigerator Magnets


with phone numbers to call in the event of a sewer backup


is available at the office for homeowners and tenants.





GOOD NEWS FOR 2018!!!


The Villages of Oscoda


monthly Association dues will remain at $58.00 for the year.




(Check out the Association's newsletter, The Village Chatter, for more details.)




ACC COMMITTEE NEWS

THE  ACC MONTHLY MEETINGS  ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE 

2ND AND 4TH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH 

FROM MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER AND

ONCE PER MONTH ON THE 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

FROM OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR ACC REQUEST FORM IS

THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE MEETING DATE .


THE NEXT ACC MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR

THURSDAY, August 9, 2018

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ACC REQUEST FORMS IS

FRIDAY, August 3rd.

Reminder:  All changes to outdoor lighting must be approved by ACC, according to Bylaws. Article VI, Section 1 (f)  "All outdoor lighting shall be aesthetically pleasing and harmonious with the existing Condominium Project and subject to ACC approval."


A Reminder to all Co-owners who are leasing their units.


Per Article 1, Section 4(a)(viii) the Board of Directors has the authority to make rules and regulations in accordance with Article VI and Article VII of the by-laws.
Article VII, Section 25 gives the definition and explanation of leasing units. It also states that

             "Notice of any lease, together with such additional information as may be
required by the Board, shall be given to the Board by the Co-owner within
ten (10) days of execution of the lease.  Such Co-owner must make available
 to the lessee copies of the Condominium Documents..."

The board feels this is a very important part of the requirements

of Co-owners who are leasing their units.

On November 10, 2015, the board of directors voted unanimously to place fines on any
Co-owner who fails to submit a Rental Packet and accompanying lease for their units within 10 days
of the execution of the lease. The fine schedule will go as follows:
The Co-owner must submit the
Rental Packet and lease for the unit within ten (10)  days of the execution of the lease or 
a $25.00 fine will be assessed to their account.

Should the Co-owner fail to submit the Rental Packet and lease
within 30 days after the lease has been executed, there will be an additional $25.00 fine
and will continue to accrue a $25.00 fine every 30 days following that until the rental packet
and lease has been submitted.  The Co-owner will have an opportunity to a hearing with the
Board of Directors at the next regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting, should the co-owner
wish to dispute the fine or to explain why the Rental Packet and/or lease was not submitted
within the required time frame.



                                                                                                                                  ByLaw Change Committee 2017



In 1997, The Villages of Oscoda Owners’ Association was established by the developer, Aspen Square Management (Aspen),
which in turn, contracted Northern Michigan Realty to sell the homes that Aspen had renovated.  Aspen also developed a set
of Bylaws that favored their interest in order to secure sales.


Now that the Association is an owner-focused establishment and Aspen
is no longer associated with the Association,
the Bylaws need to be stream-lined,
removing all references to “Developers rights” and to make the
governing documents more homeowner focused.
 

Since the Bylaws have never been updated since operational control was turned over to the homeowners in 2005,
 the
Bylaw Change Committee has been working diligently
to update our governing documents in order to make them more clear and easier to understand and to bring the Bylaws in-line with
newer changes in State & Federal laws as well as changes to the Michigan Condo Act over the past 12 years. 
Please watch your mail for important updates to the Bylaws and future meeting dates. 


Your approval vote…when the time comes…will be critical.


  The Bylaw Change Committee has completed making the revisions and necessary update following the
recommendations of the Association's attorney.  A draft of the revisions has now been turned over to
the Board of Directors for review and approval.  Once the Board is completed with that, they will
forward it to the attorney once more for final confirmation that everything is legal.

Once we have a final draft, it will be ready for the Co-owners to review prior to voting on the new Bylaws. 
There will be several meetings scheduled at various times for homeowners to discuss and ask any
questions they may have.  Our attorney has agreed to be present at some of those meetings to explain
the necessary changes and address any legal questions that co-owners may have. 

It is important to remember that a ballot NOT turned in is a NO vote





ACTIVITIES AT THE VILLAGES OF OSCODA, HOA CLUBHOUSE:

Mondays - Euchre - 12:30 p.m. 

Tuesdays & Thursdays - Exercise Class - 5:30pm - Summer Only
Wednesdays - T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) - 9:30 a.m. 

Fridays - Pinochle - 12:30 p.m.



The Board of Directors approved a new complaint resolution procedure. The procedure and form is available to view and print under "Main Pages" and "Association Forms " on the website. Also, hard copies are available to pick up at the HOA office. Also if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss anything with the Board please call the office. If you have any questions, please call the office.  


Here is a link to assist you in making sure you have enough homeowners dwelling insurance coverage. The Board of Directors will be changing the standard that all multi - dwelling units must have at least $113.00 per square foot for replacement coverage on your unit, depending on your upgrades. This change will go in effect in January of 2016. Although $115-$150 is recommended. If you have additional structures, like a garage, remember to add that to your policy also. Single Family Dwellings must submit proof of insurance on any shared dwellings. Click on this link for more information - https://homeownersinsurance.com/homeowners-insurance-calculator.php



Please remember to send all emails to:
office@voohoa.net
If you would like to have the monthly newsletter e-mailed to you,
send us an email with your name, address and e-mail address and we will add you to our list! It's that easy!



We have WiFi available at the Clubhouse. We also have a PC desktop computer for the homeowners to use out in the clubhouse. Any resident who would like to use it, check in at the office for a password! There is also a lending library as well as books, puzzles and games for the kids. Come in and check it out!

For a listing of any homes for sale on the realestate multi-listing go to http://realestate-mls.com and click on Iosco County. They are listed in alphabetical order by city. All homes listed with a realestate agent are listed here. Some of the homes that are for sale by owner are listed on the homeowners forum.

Please make sure you are putting your garbage out in cans or at least use black trash bags,
since the critters and birds like to get into the garbage when bagged using white trash bags.
All trash must be put out to the curb by 6am Monday morning.


If any homeowner would like to schedule an activity at the Villages of Oscoda, HOA Clubhouse, just call the office (739-4915) or stop in. We have a calendar in the office already started with activities listed on it for anyone to join in. Come on in and join in on the fun!


Please feel free to visit the Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.oscodachamber.com You will be able to see what all is going on in the Oscoda/AuSable area!


Iosco County Commission on Aging offers many services and activities. If you want information regarding their services, which include homemaking services, respite care, home delivered meals, and personal care, call them at the Oscoda office at 739-3781. These services are available to residents of Iosco County who are at least 60 years of age. No income eligibility is required.

For Sale Signs:
The Board of Directors and the ACC has authorized the use of "For Sale" signs to be placed in the units. There are guidelines to be followed which include a standardized sign and registering your unit at the HOA office. For more information, contact the office or you may view the guidelines within the "FORMS" module.


                                               

 

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