As many of you are aware, we are nearing the end of April for the 2020 year, which will close out our Fiscal Year, which runs from May 1st through April 30th. This post is a reminder of some changes coming, as well as somethings to be handled.
First and foremost, if you have not paid your dues to date, there are approximately 3 days left to bring yourself current. It truly does help the community to continue keeping the roads clear during snow/ice events, as well as continuing to update our roads. We are working hard to ensure that we don't have to raise dues, by cutting costs in other areas and promoting some more efficient procedures to alleviate high overhead. Please bring your 2019/2020 annual dues current.
Second, on, or around, May 1st, Berkheimer will be mailing out your new dues statement, which will include 2 different options to pay. As we've stated earlier in the month, you will have the option to pay your annual dues in a lump sum, or pay your annual dues in 4 quarterly payments. We ask that if you can afford to do so, please pay your dues in a lump sum, however, we understand that there is a financial burden that has hit some of our members, following this pandemic that we are in.
On another note, in the coming months, we will have volunteers out working along roadways, for various duties, such as cleaning the trash, cutting trees and brush that are a hindrance in the winter months to our contractor. Under no circumstances should these volunteers be harassed by anyone. This community seems to have a lot of people who think things should be done their way, yet lift no finger to help. These are volunteers, not paid employees. They are putting physical effort into trying to keep your community clean, safe and as trouble free as possible.
Speed, is a hot topic, no matter who you talk to in this community. With warmer weather, comes more outdoor activities, such as walking and children riding their bikes. Please keep this in mind while traveling our roads. These roads, overall, are not very wide and with some of our blind curves, hills, etc. it's very difficult to see beyond a certain point. Therefore, drive cautiously. If it takes you a whole 10 minutes to get out of, or into, this community to your home, because you went the speed limit, does that 10 minutes truly change your life much? Not really, but it could certainly mean a life or death situation for others.
As the media has had a ton to say, the long and short of it is that we're still under a pandemic with most states trying to mitigate the spread with social distancing rules, closures for non-essential business, etc. Governor Wolf has put out a guideline to re-opening Pennsylvania, which I encourage you all to read. To access Gov. Wolf's statement, please click Here.
In relation to PMLE 5,6,7 affairs, the board is still working toward the goals set forth at the beginning of the year, in relation to reducing overhead, cutting costs and moving toward a much more streamlined environment. As stated previously, we've adopted a payment system for dues going forward, we've streamlined quite a few of our process' to promote efficiency and reduce over-handling. We've reduced some overhead costs, to have more of our money put to more work we need done, which should pan out for the 2020/2021 year. We've adopted practices in which we no longer forecast or project our future projects based on hopeful/expected dues collection, which is highly inaccurate. We now make decisions based on real dollars, which is why we encourage all of our members to pay their dues.
As a last plea, please keep in mind that PMLE 5,6,7 Community Association runs, completes projects and keeps the roads passable if members pay their dues. It gets work done, if members volunteer. The Association keeps dues low, if we get help, such as committee volunteers and board members. Please think about volunteering your time to continue to improve our community.
If you are interested in running for the Board, please provide your "bio" to PMLE's email address located on this very site, or use the Member Contact form. We need Board volunteers, always. All interested members running for the board, must be members in good standing and your bio should be received by July 15th, 2020. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email us, talk to a person already on a committee or a board member, or even use the Member Contact form on this very site. We encourage more participation, in general. We all have the same, or at least, similar goals in this community.
Stay safe, stay healthy and try to stay positive.
2020/2021 - Community Affairs
Good evening to all of our PMLE 5, 6, 7 members/neighbors. We hope that this message receives you in good health, safe and maintaining your sanity during these troubling times. We have a lot of announcements to get to and provide to you.
With a lot of uncertainty around us, The PMLE 5, 6, 7 Board of Directors has been monitoring the state of affairs outside of our little sanctuary (the mountain), at the township, State and even National level, with little hope for improvement, in the short term. In fact, we believe that once some semblance of normalcy comes about, our “new normal” may be drastically changed going forward. It is for this reason that the Board of Directors has been working tirelessly to change how we do business and perform day to day functions, as well as evaluate our annual dues collection and policies. So, while we outline some things that don’t necessarily affect you, overall, there are others that may very well affect you.
On a more personal note, we, as in the Board of Directors, hope that you can see we are here to work with you, make the right decisions to keep you, as well as ourselves, safe and healthy during this time, without adding undue, or unnecessary stress. We encourage you to use our website as much as possible for all informational needs. We will continually keep you updated right here, as the situation progresses, new information becomes available, etc.
At this time, we’d also like to thank some of our neighbors, personally, for their efforts to maintain our community. Special thank you goes out to Rob M. for brush and tree work that he’s done, as well as to Jennifer B and Tenley for picking up trash on a walk and to the neighbor we won’t name, who is filling potholes to help out the community. Its neighbors like this that keep our community costs low, while working to maintain our community’s natural beauty.
As always we welcome community involvement, by means of volunteering or running for a board seat. If any of these interest you, or now with the stay at home orders in place you can devote more time, please reach out to any board member asking your questions, or offering your assistance. If you want to join the PMLE 5, 6, 7 Board, please create a small bio about yourself and send it via email to any board member. This bio will go out with our voting materials, for all members to see. If you want to volunteer for a committee, please reach out to any committee member or board member to be signed up.
Finally, we end this long post, with the prospect that all of our PMLE 5, 6, 7 family/friends/neighbors stay healthy and well, stay safe and do our parts as best as we can to keep the community moving forward, while being neighborly and maintaining our sanity. Remember, if you need any assistance, please reach out to fellow neighbors and where appropriate, your board.
PMLE 5, 6, 7 Board of Directors
Kim W., Renee W. John B., Jay S. and Bob S.
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