Welcome to the New Holly Lake Voice Pembroke Pines Community Website

For 2 years until January 6, 2017, Holly Lake Voice was the only forum available to its residents to present concerns and debate affairs in our community of over 560 mobile homes. Proudly independent of any interference from its Homeowners Association (HOA), the former site came under attack for revealing wasteful projects by the Board of Directors, serious deficiencies in lawn and legal services, and gaps in municipal services. Homeowners each pay $768/unit annually to their Association and more in property taxes for PPines security patrols and code enforcement by police. Former software and anonymity for its 65 members allowed trolls to disrupt productive conversation. The new Voice will follow rules similar to the NextDoor.com blog to which 110 Holly Lake residents now belong. Everyone can view this site to find current information not available from the Association’s neglected hollylakehoa.org site. The new Voice is the only secure website dedicated to long-term nonpartisan advocacy for Holly Lake residents.

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Holly Lake Pembroke Pines Board Meeting

Just in case you missed it….

At the board meeting on Sept 06 the board discussed eliminating back yards from cutting, meaning everyone will need to cut their own back yard. Terry Moody, who suggested it, said having back yards included in cutting resulted in too many complaints for her to deal with. The other board members thought it was a bad idea and discussion ended with no action taken. At the Oct 04 meeting, after announcing that Brightview had quit after only one cut stretched over 12 calendar days, the Board president again blamed desperate homeowners for delaying lawn crews. She wanted to stop backyard cuts for any member with a fence. The Board replaced Brightview with Tropic Star, a smaller lawn service that admitted it would need 3 days to finish at $4,000/cut, less than Brightview. This may be a solution, if Tropic Star announces which home sites will be serviced on each day, so that residents need not keep gates open and pets inside for more than a single assigned cut date. Tropic Star began on Monday Oct 08 but did not finish until the next Monday Oct 15. Its crew was polite and efficient. Report immediately any bad service or skirting damage to Kathryn Sajdak, Next Gen manager – 954-349-8777. At the November 01 Board meeting, Terry Moody moved to give Tropic Star a $2,800 hardship bonus and then proposed that rear fenced yards must be mowed or not at all, a penalty for overgrowth. But some residents had fences built by their adjacent neighbors, not by choice. Any 6-foot privacy fence hides unsightly items from public view, so what problem is our president trying to solve? We are into dry season with monthly cuts. December’s is scheduled again for a 3rd Monday, always a bulk trash pick-up day, and may continue for 2 more days. Why can’t Tropic Star organize our home sites into 3 or 4 groups by address, so that we residents know exact date to clear trash and keep gates open to backyards?

At the Oct 04 meeting, the Board voted to hire L&J Property for 3 days/week at $850/month for clean-up. Contract was rescinded at Nov 01 Board meeting in order to give maintenance job instead to Terry Moody’s most vocal political supporter. The Board approved purchase of additional garbage cans for pool areas. Meanwhile, pole-type waste baskets to reduce litter in our parks were bought a year ago and still have not been installed. The clubhouse bus stop shelter, torn down 11 months ago, has never been replaced. Five park benches paid by 2017 Board are also in storage. Delays of 10+ months continue on covering the clubhouse pool equipment and fixing magnetic locks. Until Nov 26, clubhouse gym & sauna were closed to homeowners who pay their fees “due to vandalism.” The new high-res cameras can identify teen intruders who use parents’ cards to invite their pals into our rec hall, but the alleged damage has yet to be identified, so no fines can be imposed on parents. Landscape sprinklers were turned off as dry season officially began on Oct 15 and now continue on 40% of schedule needed to protect shrubs against cold. As of Dec 16, gym & sauna were closed again. For reasons unexplained, the club house pool had a 12-inch drop in water level, and the family park pool remained closed. Preserving Association assets and amenities is any Board’s FIRST legal responsibility.

The November 1st Membership meeting featured Nominations for the 2019 Board. At first, president Moody tried to roll over her 2018 Board by declaring lack of quorum. When Ed Batten presented 33 eligible limited proxies to achieve quorum, she claimed that they were “presented late.” Next Gen accepted and vetted them, so that nominations continued. Homeowners on recorded deeds nominated themselves or were nominated in person. Besides the 5 officers of 2018, all who want to continue in the current posts, Ed Batten stood for president, Nikki Cohen and John Chaves for vice-president, Louis Rivera for treasurer, and Julie Brito for corresponding secretary. Treasurer Wyant checked her books to determine if any nominees owed money to the Association, so that they could pay before Nominations Meeting was adjourned, in order to qualify per FS 720.306 (9-b). Candidates Batten, Rivera, and Brito were told that each owed modest fee balances. However, when all 3 offered to pay immediately, Next Gen refused to accept their payments, contrary to law and the Board officers’ fiduciary responsibility, simply because its staff is “not insured to accept cash.” The decision eliminates campaign competitors for current officers Moody, Wyant, and Badin. Last year, for far larger debts, president Moody demanded that Trisha Cogan be given 5 extra days to pay. Trisha will be seated unopposed for 2019. Except for vice-president, the other 4 officers were ready to enjoy an engineered roll over.

Unfortunately, the Aged accounts used in good faith by treasurer Wyant are not final. Next Gen’s own accountant closed members’ accounts of October 11 days later on Nov 11, after all adjustments. Those closing balances are opening balances for Nov 01, day of Nominations , and showed two rejected nominees with positive balances: Batten for $47 and Brito for $40. Logically, they could not have accrued debts exceeding these credits to the Association by 6 pm the next day. Rather than notify Batten and Brito of the prior error, Next Gen did nothing. Ballot packages were not mailed until Nov 14. Next Gen had 3 days to request bio’s and place these nominees on the ballot to challenge Terry Moody and Maricarmen Badin. As for Trisha Cogan, she was 3 months in arrears, but was not on the ballot anyway, because she had no opponent. She was ineligible; per our Bylaws, her vacancy will need to be filled by a special election.

Although members did not vote to adjourn, president Moody opened her monthly Board meeting. Next Gen presented a 2019 draft budget that the Board approved 5-0 without input allowed from the floor. Terry Moody then moved to pay new lawn service Tropic Star an extra $2,800 for first 2 tough cuts. Without revealing details to challenger nominees, Board also passed new rules, already discussed at Special Oct 15 Board meeting for 2018 Elections campaign. Next Gen mailed out absentee ballot packages by Nov 18 without the rules. Annual Election only for vice-president was scheduled for after Board meeting Dec 06.

At its Oct 04 meeting, the Board authorized an ad hoc Elections Committee and called for volunteers among homeowners who are not running for office, in order to formulate procedures for the 2018 elections. Instead, on Oct 15, the Board itself became the “Elections Committee” and adopted procedures similar to those used last year. The Board then voted to deny homeowners the right to vote by electronic means, a legal option passed by the 2017 Board to reduce costs and guarantee tamper-proof results. E-voting improves turn-out by absentee owners, those who work at night, caregivers and the chronically ill, who could vote more securely from their own homes. Only 26 homeowners opted-in for the debut month November 2017; of these, 13 or 50% voted, far better than Holly Lake’s 20% general turn-out. However, of these 13, 12 voted for Terry Moody’s opponent.

As in 2016 with its Nominations Meeting, Terry Moody and Next Gen used lack of quorum at December 06 Annual meeting to halt vice-president vote count. The Association’s attorney told attendees that only 32 ballots had been received or voted at the meeting. Perhaps, as alleged last year, some absentee ballots were incomplete and the instructions by this same attorney too confusing. Only 38 or 5 % are needed for quorum. But the envelopes were never counted in front of the assembly nor examined to determine if Next Gen had conveyed all absentee ballots to the meeting.

The December Board meeting that was announced in E-blast, on website calendar, and street billboards for the same time was never convened, even though a quorum of 5 directors was present to conduct the Association’s business. Our Bylaws require the Board to hold a meeting every month to attend to the needs of our 785 members. Terry Moody said that directors had nothing to discuss, despite the many problems enumerated above on this page. Apparently, Christmas party time was more important to the 2018 Board; critical repairs and access to amenities can wait until 2019. As Tony Migiliore declared, “I’m finished for the year!”

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