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Indian Hills Property Owners Association




APRIL 21, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 3:05 by outgoing President, Kathryn Elms with 30 to 35 in attendance.


Minutes from the annual meeting of 2011 were read by Sec'y Lois Murphy and approved on a motion by John Vanvig, seconded by Russ Schad.


Kathryn introduced the members to the current officers and directors.


Mark Barnett provided the treasurer's report in Dave Oram's absence.  The report showed a balance of $8062.85 as of December 31. 2011.  Duane Hardesty provided a letter of certification for the annual financial report and in it noted there had been one internal accounting control material weakness.  Two checks had been transacted with only one officer's signature instead of the required two.


As there were no floor nominations the slate of officers and directors were approved by acclimation on a motion by John Vanvig, seconded by Mary Schad.  Officers for the coming year will be John Vanvig, President; Kathryn Elms, Vice President; Mark Barnett, Treasurer; Lois Murphy, Secretary.  Directors are, in addition to the officers, Marilyn Berry, Ted Cottrell, Keller Suberkropp, Lisa Barnett and Russ Schad.


Neighborhood Watch Committee report was provided by John Vanvig who introduced the committee members who were present.  He noted the committee has organized a brush pickup, erected signs at the major entries to Indian Hills and partnered with Neighborhood Alliance to remain in contact with the entire Grant County community.  He also asked more people to join the committee which needs block captains to build better structure and noted as he is now President, he needs someone to take over his responsibilities as committee coordinator.  He noted he is very proud of what the committee is doing and noted he has contact cards for Under Sheriff Flamm plus cards for a neighbor with a tree trimming service who will offer 20% off his services to residents of Indian Hills.


John also provided the Social Committee report.  He noted we have lost Karyn and Harry Kellerman but have gained Lisa Barnett as the new committee chairperson.  The annual yard sale will continue as will the Christmas decoration contest but the pot luck dinners are going to be re-evaluated for effectiveness and purpose.  He noted more committee members are needed and that one does not have to be a board member to join.  New ideas are needed.


Guest Speaker Gary Benavidez provided a number of very helpful brochures and information on remaining safe during the coming fire season in this fire dependent eco-system.  Gary started working fire management for Grant County in 1995 and is now the Fire Management Officer for the county.  He provided insight into the Quail Ridge fire of last year and carefully reviewed the "Ready, Set, Go" brochure to improve and enhance protective measures for everyone living in a fire active zone.  He stressed that most homes which are lost to fire are the victims of embers rather than the actual flames and prevention methods should be directed toward eliminating fuel for embers.  Finally, he graciously offered to come and do a property safety evaluation for anyone wishing him to do so.  To reach Gary call 574-2417.


Kathryn thanked Gary and his wife, Loretta, for their time and valuable information.

After noting that sewer lines are going on the city side of Blackhawk and Half Moon Circle as part of a mine settlement, she asked if there were audience questions.  As there were none the meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m. on a motion by L. Murphy and A. Resnicke.


A social followed the meeting and was well attended by those wishing to get to know their neighbors and to have an opportunity to chat about common issues over food and beverages.


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