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POOL OPEN THIS WEEKEND!

Hi all! We are excited to let you know that we are opening the pool for the season! We will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-8:00. We will be open each Saturday and Sunday through the month of May, and on Memorial Day.

Beginning June 4, we will be open every day from 1:00-8:00.

We have some new sports equipment upstairs so when it is available we are opening the gate for you to enjoy.

Please let Kerry know if any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

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UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Hello Neighbors,

Our next Board Meeting will be held Monday, May 9 at 7:00 pm at the clubhouse. Please see the agenda below:

Montevideo Improvement Association
Board Meeting Agenda
Monday, May 9, 2022, 7:00 pm

  1. Review and approve February meeting minutes.
  2. Reintroduction of Board Members.
  3. Community welcome & feedback.
  4. Beautify San Jose Presentation.
  5. New equipment available for use.
  6. State of the Facilities.
    1. Unfortunate pool leak.
    2. Poolhouse remodel update.
    3. Fencing and gate update.
  7. Fourth of July Plans.
  8. Any Other Business.
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Montevideo Meet & Greet with Matt Mahan

Would you like to know more about Mayoral Candidate, Matt Mahan?

Matt Mahan will be at our Club House on May 2 at 7pm for a meet-and-greet for our neighbors to get to know him and learn more about his campaign for Mayor.

This is not a political event or a fundraiser for Matt’s campaign. This is simply an opportunity for Matt to meet neighbors. He wants to hear from all of you, regardless of who people might support in the race.

Although an RSVP is not required to attend, you may do so by clicking here. If you would like to provide a light refreshment, please email Kerry at clubhouse@miahomeowners.com

Any questions regarding Matt or his campaign, please contact adrian@mahanforsanjose.com

Please note that this is an informational meeting only and the MIA Board is not endorsing any mayoral candidates.

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Now Accepting Summer Lifeguard Applications!

If you are interested or know someone 15 years old or older, who is an experienced swimmer and likes to be outdoors in the summer who is interested in being a lifeguard this summer, please submit your application here.

If you have questions about the job, please email poolmanager@miahomeowners.com.

  • Applicants will need your Lifeguarding certifications and may require a valid work permit
    • American Aquatics & Safety Training 2-year Lifeguarding certification
    • American Aquatics & Safety Training 2-year First Aid and CPR/AED certification.
    • In accordance with State of California law, a valid California Work Permit is required at time of appointment for candidates under the age of 18 who have not graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate of proficiency
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April 1 -Happy Hour

Montevideo’s First Friday Happy Hour falls on April 1 this month, which also happens to be National Hospital Admitting Clerks Day, as well as National Trombone Players Day, National Sourdough Bread Day, National One Cent Day, and of course, my personal favorite, National Edible Book Day!

Whether or not you are a hospital admitting clerk, or a trombone player, or a bread aficionado, join us for Happy Hour 5pm to 7pm on Friday April 1, 2022 at the clubhouse to enjoy some edible books and some trombone music.

Bring something to share. Bring your family.

See you Friday.

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LIFEGUARD JOBS FOR SUMMER 2022

Hello Neighbors,

We are getting close to the summer pool season and will be looking to hire lifeguards to work this summer. Soon we will have an application ready to send out to interested applicants, then we’ll interview and fill the positions. If you know anyone who is interested in applying for a lifeguard job at the Montevideo pool this summer, have them reach out to Kerry Smith at poolmanager@miahomeowners.com.

Thanks!

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Message from the Piranhas Swim Team Board

Hi MIA Homeowners,

The Piranhas Swim Team Board is working behind the scenes to get things up and running for our 2022 Piranha swim team season. We will begin to interview for coaching positions this week. We have a sizing kit coming to help people determine suit sizes. And apparel is being set up in the online portal.

However, thus far we have not received enough registered swimmers to be able to participate in the league swim meets. We are at risk of not being able to have a team this year. We love our Montevideo Piranhas and want to see it succeed but we need more swimmers and families and volunteers in order to make that happen. 

We understand that this year many families may be looking forward to traveling and may be hesitant to add swim meets to their summer plans. We have been talking about how best to handle this. The league sets requirements for our swimmers to attend three or more of the regular season meets in order to qualify for Champs. We are required to host meets and staff meets with volunteers, so if we don’t have enough families there to sign up for the volunteer shifts, it is just an impossibility to move forward as part of the league.

We have set a date of April 1 to close registration. We will assess at that point if it is possible for us to continue with our swim team season. So if you are planning on swimming with us, please register by April 1. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to hear from you. (mtvdpiranhasboard@gmail.com)

Thanks,
The Montevideo Piranhas Board 

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President’s Letter

Hi everyone, I’m Tom the new HOA community President. I’ve lived here for almost 5 years since I arrived from the UK with my wife Andrea, and daughters Sophie and Charlotte.

The concept of an HOA, with a shared space and joint responsibility, is not something we get much in Britain. It’s a great idea. Here in Montevideo, we are blessed with a wonderful space, complete with a community hall, and a pool.

But the reality is that after so many years, and like many of our homes, these shared facilities need some attention.

I’ve heard that many years ago, an attempt was made to improve these shared spaces, but that the idea of an assessment on each homeowner caused the community some heartache.

Let’s not do that again.

Our funds look much more healthy than they did back then.

Your board’s ambitions, whilst still high, accept that great things take time and that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

But, there’s a decision that we all need to make soon, together.

The pool leaks… which is really unforgivable in this day of water drought. The pool decking is crumbling and is a danger to toes big and small. The plasterwork will also need renewing in a year or two. We need to spend a lot of money (at least $500k) to address all of this.

We already have much of that money. We could start the work next year, and the board has an obligation to do this, to maintain the facilities of the HOA for the benefit of all residents.

However, there’s also interest from some fellow residents in the Community to take this opportunity to be bolder. Addressing the shape of the pool, making it more appropriate for lane swimming, and also making it available throughout the year.

A more traditional, rectangular pool would be more easily rented out when the Community doesn’t need it, which gives us an income stream to fund the costs of a longer opening season (it would cost us around $30-40k each year to open our current pool all year round, covering gas, water, electric, and pool servicing costs). I’ve heard that local swim clubs pay around $5k/month to rent a pool.

Let’s not beat around the bush. It’s still an expensive undertaking. Initial quotes to remove our existing pool and replace it with a new rectangular pool are around $1M.

Considering the condition of the pool as it is now, and with loan rates still near their historic lows, we have an opportunity to take that step.

With that in mind, the members of your board carefully developed a plan that allows us to borrow for this big ticket item, and use our current funds to address the other areas of the site that need attention. The loan would be paid back over as short a period as we can afford, but probably around 10-15 years.

If we get your approval, then we’ll instruct architects, contractors, banks and any other required parties to help us start this work in the fall of 2023.

If we don’t, we’ll get on with the required repairs to the existing pool, on around the same timeline. Either way, we’ll be investing in the long term future of the pool soon.

We’ll aim to make the pool more accessible to all, albeit without formal lifeguard coverage outside of the historical summer season. Note the ongoing costs of doing so are not insignificant if we are bearing them ourselves, as mentioned above.

The Poolhouse remodel is already out with the city for a permit. The fencing replacement (which will also include keycard access to the site during reasonable hours) is currently in the bidding stage. A clubhouse remodel is planned and will happen when we have the money.

We need your help to guide our efforts. Over the course of the summer, we’re going to be formally asking you these two questions:

1) Should the board explore options to change the shape of the pool while investing in needed repairs?
2) Should the board limit funding to only be by dues collection while undergoing repairs?

We need your feedback, support, and most importantly your direction. So, please send your feedback, thoughts, ideas, etc to the board at Board@miahomeowners.com. We’ll post all questions and responses here for everyone to read. We’ll also be arranging a formal poll of all householders in the coming months.

Either way, the future looks bright at the MIA,

Your President, and Board

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Join us for our MIA Happy Hour – March 4 – Bourbon and Beignets

Join us on Friday, March 4 2022 5PM-7PM for MIA’s March Happy Hour.

Bring something to share, your favorite bourbon or other libation, or just come to hang out with your neighbors for a couple of hours.

There will be activities and fresh cooked beignets for the kids (and adults who love fried dough).

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Board Meeting 2/8 Slideshow

Hello neighbors! We had a wonderful turnout at our Annual Board Meeting last night. It was fun to see so many Montevideo residents. Below is the slideshow that was shared in the meeting. Watch for a survey soon; we want to get input from everyone about the direction they’d like to see us go with taking care of our shared property. Thanks again for the support last night!

If you didn’t make it to the meeting, you can look over the slideshow below and feel free to email board@miahomeowners.com with any questions or to volunteer to get involved! We will gather any questions received from residents and share the questions and answers in a future post on the website. Stay tuned!

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ANNUAL BOARD MEETING THIS TUESDAY

Happy Monday, neighbors! We would like to invite you all to our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 8th at 7pm at the Club House.

Montevideo Improvement Association
Annual Board Meeting Agenda
February 8, 2022, 7:00 pm

  1. Review and approve November meeting minutes.
  2. Introduction of Board Members.
  3. Community welcome & feedback.
  4. Financial Update.
  5. State of the Facilities.
  6. Survey Results.
  7. Remodel Plan for 2022 & Future.
  8. Any Other Business.

If you have anything you’d like added to the agenda, please email us at board@miahomeowners.com.

Thanks so much!

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First Friday Happy Hour – Feb 4th

Hello Neighbors!  Happy Hour at the Clubhouse is back!  Please join us this Friday 2/4 5-7pm for some drinks, snacks, and good conversations.  Our theme for the night will be Wine Tasting. Please bring a bottle of wine to taste and/or a snack to share.  Dress warm as we will be outside.  There will be kid activities so the whole family is invited!

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HAPPY HOUR THIS FRIDAY

Hello Neighbors! 
Just a friendly reminder that this Friday (11/5) is our monthly happy hour. One minor change is that we will be meeting at the pool instead of the clubhouse. Come hang out with your neighbors, bring a drink or snack to share and enjoy! We will be there from 5-7 pm. Spread the word! Looking forward to seeing you!
Let us know if any questions, 
Kerry, Paul, and Brandon

Also, remember to register for our Diwali Celebration on 11/13!

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DIWALI CULTURAL FESTIVAL DETAILS

Hi neighbors,

The Diwali Cultural Festival, being held November 13, from 3:00-7:00 is coming up soon. The planning committee is working hard to make this a fun and exciting community event for our residents.
(Please note that it is for MIA residents only.)

If you plan on coming to the Diwali Cultural Festival, please visit this link to RSVP and order food. Vegetarian and chicken options are available for $10 per meal.

Volunteer to help with this event–click here.

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SPONSORS NEEDED FOR THE DIWALI CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Calling all MIA resident-owned businesses. Fantastic opportunity to spread the word by being a sponsor of the first ever MIA Diwali Cultural Festival.

Sponsorship Details:
Display your banner at the event (Sat Nov 13, 2021, MIA Clubhouse)
Mingle with community members/pass out business cards
2 free food tickets
Sponsorship Cost: $200
Contact ashwinideo@gmail.com for more information

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AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBHOUSE IS BACK!

Join us for the Montevideo After-school Clubhouse!  

The clubhouse grass area will be open from 2:30-4:30 Wednesday, October  20, for parents and children (parents must stay) to pop by and do a Halloween craft, play a game, or just hang out. Everyone should wear a mask while at this social gathering. This is open only to Montevideo residents. 

Any questions, contact Paul Sims: palexander.sims@gmail.com

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SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars! Save the date! The First Annual Montevideo Diwali Cultural Celebration is coming up on November 13 from 3:00-7:00 pm at the clubhouse. Delicious Indian food will be available to pre-order. There will be music and dancing and fun for all ages. More information coming soon–including links to purchase food and a sign-up to help with the event.

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OKTOBERFEST POSTPONED

Due to extenuating circumstances, MIA will need to postpone Oktoberfest this year. We are sorry for the inconvenience and the late notice. So many of our friends and neighbors in Montevideo have been eager to find ways to come together, so we are sad to have to do this.

We look forward to hosting many social events and activities, like the Community Happy Hour tomorrow from 4:00-6:00 at the clubhouse.

Stay tuned for information about Oktoberfest, and we hope to see you tomorrow!

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UPCOMING SOCIAL EVENTS…

Mark your calendars! There are two fun Montevideo social events coming up.

THIS FRIDAY, October 1
Please join us for an impromptu Happy Hour at the clubhouse from 4:00-6:00. Please bring a drink to share.

Light snacks will be provided, but extra food is always welcome.

Kids are also welcome.

We are looking forward to seeing our neighbors and catching up. It has been way too long!

Questions or comments, email Kerry at kywes68@gmail.com.

NEXT SATURDAY, October 9
Montevideo residents, join us for MIA’s 2021 Oktoberfest Celebration.

Saturday, October 9, 4:30-7:00 pm.

$28 per person; $5 for kids under 13.
Payment via Paypal to swksmith@pacbell.net.

Enjoy beer (& wine), brats, sauerkraut, kartofelsalat, pretzels, and dessert. Hotdogs and other kid friendly food will be served too.

Lederhosen and Dirndl optional; masks preferred.

Beer & Wine provided by the MIA.

If you’re interested in volunteering or would like more information, email the board or Paul Sims at oktobermonteval@gmail.com.

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MONTEVIDEO AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBHOUSE

Announcing the Montevideo After-school Clubhouse!

The clubhouse grass area will be open from 2:30-4:30 on Wednesdays, starting this week, for parents and children (parents must stay) to pop by and do a craft, play a game, or just hang out. Everyone should wear a mask while at this social gathering. This is open only to Montevideo residents. What a great opportunity to use our common area to foster community and get to know our neighbors better!

Any questions, contact Paul Sims: palexander.sims@gmail.com.

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CALL FOR INVOLVEMENT

Hello, neighbors!

After working as Montevideo’s pool and clubhouse manager for over 20 years, Peggy Samson is resigning. A huge thank you to Peggy for all the hours of hard work she has put in keeping our pool running and our clubhouse rentals going strong.

At this time the MIA board is looking to hire a new pool and clubhouse manager. This is a paid position. The job includes hiring and managing lifeguards for the pool, overseeing clubhouse rentals, managing the gardener, pool service, and cleaning service. As well as troubleshooting any issues that arise with the property.

We also have an opening or two coming to the board in the coming months. 

And we’d love to have more people join us on committees. We currently have a Facilities Committee that is working on plans to update and improve the pool-house and clubhouse as well as replacing the fence. We would love to start up a Social Committee to oversee activities to get our neighbors gathering in a social capacity. And if there are other ideas from members who would like to start other committees, we’d love suggestions.

If you have an interest in any of these roles (pool & clubhouse manager, board member, committee member, or other) please fill out the google form at this link

Please note, we’ll be reaching out to and interviewing any candidates who are interested in the paid position in two weeks. So please fill it out by September 12 if this is a position that interests you.

Thanks!
The MIA Board

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POOL HOURS FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER:

The pool will be open the following hours for the rest of Summer 2021:

Tuesday, August 10–1:00-8:00
Wednesday, August 11-Friday, August 13–4:00-8:00
Saturday, August 14 & Sunday, August 15–1:00-8:00

The pool will be open weekends only after this week. Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-8:00.

Labor Day weekend (including Monday) will be the last weekend the pool is open for the season.

Please remember that we are currently limiting guests to 5 per resident family. If you bring a guest, check in with the lifeguards and pay the $2 per guest to them. Thanks!

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Fourth of July 2021

Thanks to everyone for their support of our Montevideo Fourth festivities. Thanks to all those who volunteered and helped make the day great. Thanks to all of our amazing race and parade participants.

PARADE RESULTS:
First Place – Montalban Dr.
Second Place – Lower Puerto Vallarta Dr.
Third Place – Upper Puerto Vallarta Dr.
Fourth Place – Montevideo Piranhas Swim Team

RACE RESULTS:
Click here to see the results from the Nick Olson Four on the Fourth.
Winners in each age group will receive a gift card, so if you won, feel free to contact us with the best way to get your prize to you. (board@miahomeowners.com) We will also raffle off a prize to one other runner from each age group.

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FOURTH OF JULY. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.

Hello, Neighbors!

We are excited for the events on the Fourth of July!

(Link HERE to parade and race maps.)

Here’s the schedule for the day:

8:00 am – Four on the Fourth Run bib pick-up in pool parking lot

8:30 am – Four on the Fourth Run begins

10:30 am – Floats arrive on Monteval Lane  

11:00 am – Introductions and Parade starts

11:30 am – Volunteers for BBQ report to clubhouse to begin cooking

(We need more volunteers! Sign up HERE.)

12:00 pm – Pool opens

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – BBQ service for those who purchased food 

1:00 pm – Race/Float winners announced (this will also be listed on website)

5:00 pm – Pool closes

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SAVE THE DATE! 7.4.21

FOURTH OF JULY 2021

We are happy to be able to hold our annual 4 on the 4th Race, Neighborhood Parade, and BBQ at the Clubhouse & Pool again (with some basic health/social distancing restrictions as required by State & County directives). A newsletter with all of this information will be sent out soon, but we wanted to get this information out now on the website.

4 ON THE 4TH RACE

We will have our four mile race the morning of the Fourth. It will be a pre-registration only event this year. We ask that entrants mask when meeting at the start and finish, but masks can be removed for the run. The cost to participate is $5 per runner.

Click here to sign up for the race.

(A sign-up form will be included with the upcoming newsletter, so if you wish to sign-up via paper form, you can wait for the newsletter.)

PARADE THEME: Essential Workers

This global pandemic has helped us all realize with greater depth how much we depend upon essential workers in our community. Let’s celebrate all those who we couldn’t live without in our Fourth of July Parade this year. 

Click here to sign up for the parade online. Or email board@miahomeowners.com and tell us your parade entry name, a contact person and contact information for your group.

BBQ AT THE CLUBHOUSE & POOL

We will be offering a BBQ on the lawn at the clubhouse and access to the pool for residents & their guests who RSVP and order ahead of time. NO EXCEPTIONS OR DAY-OF ORDERS. RSVP and payment for BBQ order is due by June 27. To RSVP and order, fill out the form at this link and pay via PayPal as directed on the form OR you can wait for the paper order form which will be included on the newsletter coming out next week.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Click here to sign-up to help with this event.

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CHEF’S NIGHT OUT TUESDAY, JUNE 1.

Hi, neighbors,

The swim team is having a Chef’s Night Out fundraiser Tuesday, June 1 at Chipotle at 1110 Blossom Hill Rd. Chipotle will give the team 33% back of the proceeds between 4:00-8:00!

Take a night off of cooking dinner: order on the Chipotle app or at chipotle.com, and use promo code: 26FGJR6. Or show the flyer below (printed or virtual) if you go in person to have them apply your purchase to the fundraiser.

See the flyer here for more details.

Thanks for supporting our community swim team!

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CHEF’S NIGHT OUT

Hi, neighbors,

The swim team is having a Chef’s Night Out fundraiser today: Thursday, May 20 at Blaze Pizza in Almaden Plaza. Blaze will give our team 20% back of the proceeds between 5:00-8:00 using our fundraiser code.

Take a night off of cooking dinner, order on the Blaze Pizza App or blazepizza.com, and use promo code: 1058A.

See the flyer here for more details.

Thanks for supporting our community swim team!

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MONTEVIDEO PIRANHAS SWIM TEAM

From the Montevideo Piranhas Swim Team:

We are happy that we will be able to offer a swim season 2021! This season will be a practice season, no meets, and will be an opportunity for swimmers to strengthen their strokes and stay fit. And, hopefully, to have some (safe) social interaction and community!

Registration is open. Visit https://www.teamunify.com/camp to sign up.

The season will run May 17-July 16. (Afternoon practices May 17-June 4; morning practices June 7-July 16.) The cost for the season is $300 per swimmer.

In full transparancy, we must meet a minimum number of swimmers in order for the season to go forward.

Please note: due to safety protocols, we do not anticipate having coaches in the pool; consequently, younger swimmers must be completely water safe (able to swim a complete lap unassisted) in order to participate this season.

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REMINDER: DUES DUE!

Hello, Montevideo Residents!

This is a friendly reminder that MIA Homeowners Association dues must be paid by January 31, 2021; late fees will be charged after that date.

The invoice can be paid in one of the following ways. Please remember to write your account number from the invoice on your check.

1. Mail payment directly to Heritage Bank
Montevideo Improvement Associationc/o Heritage Bank
PO Box 11014
San Jose, CA 95103-1014

2. Mail or drop off payment to our clubhouse mail slot
Montevideo Improvement Association
1585 Monteval Lane
San Jose, CA 95120

3. Online payment to Heritage Bank
If you wish to sign up for electronic payments visit www.hbcpay.com. The service is free if you connect a bank account, however, credit cards and debit cards will incur a convenience fee. To sign up homeowners will need the following information:
Client ID: 1061
Association ID: MIA
Account number: (their account number, from invoice)
Email address: (their email address)

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MIA DUES PAYMENT INFO

Happy New Year, Montevideo Residents!

Invoices were mailed in early December and came in a large envelope along with the 2021 MIA Budget. The payment was due on January 1, 2021; late fees will be charged after January 31, 2021.

The invoice can be paid in one of the following ways. Please remember to write your account number from the invoice on your check.

1. Mail payment directly to Heritage Bank
Montevideo Improvement Associationc/o Heritage Bank
PO Box 11014
San Jose, CA 95103-1014

2. Mail or drop off payment to our clubhouse mail slot
Montevideo Improvement Association
1585 Monteval Lane
San Jose, CA 95120

3. Online payment to Heritage Bank
If you wish to sign up for electronic payments visit www.hbcpay.com. The service is free if you connect a bank account, however, credit cards and debit cards will incur a convenience fee. To sign up homeowners will need the following information:
Client ID: 1061
Association ID: MIA
Account number: (their account number, from invoice)
Email address: (their email address)

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UPCOMING MIA BOARD MEETING 11/8 at 4:00pm

We will be holding a Board Meeting on Sunday, November 8 at 4:00 pm.

We are meeting at this time to allow us to meet outdoors behind the clubhouse before the sun goes down. We will maintain physical distancing and wear masks to promote safety for all our neighbors. We invite any and all neighbors to join us for this board meeting to share insights and ideas.

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NOTE FROM THE BOARD

Hello, Neighbors!

Hoping you are all healthy, happy, and staying safe.  With the new normal of COVID in place, we wanted to thank you all for your patience and understanding.

As the MIA Board, we are always open to and appreciate any community input. We urge you to get involved with our amazing neighborhood. We have a Facilities/Improvement Committee that is always welcoming new members. If you happen to have a committee or neighborhood event idea, please let us know.  

At our last Board Meeting, we discussed our finances as well as the future of the facilities, pool repairs, and updates needed. More in-depth information can be found on our website under the Board Meeting Minutes tab.  

Our pool and lap swim will remain open throughout the month of October, with limited hours. We are hoping that we will be allowed to open the clubhouse for rentals very soon. We will advise the community as soon as we are able.

We have completed the required Reserve Study and are waiting for the final report from the Reserve Study Company.

Our next meeting is to-be-determined. We will post the date as soon as possible and we invite all our neighbors to join us. (It will be held outside, physically-distanced, with masks, of course; we want to keep everyone safe.) We would love to meet and talk to those we have yet to have the pleasure.

Have a great day,
Kerry

Kerry Smith – President
Brent Neitzel – Vice President
Laura Buchanan – Secretary
Ron Blumstein – Treasurer
Sarah Mettler – Member at Large

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LAP SWIM SEPT 28-OCT 2

Hi, neighbors. We have adapted the schedule slightly to match the demand for lap swim.

Please note that lifeguards check the schedule 24 hours before and if there is no one signed up they will not plan on being at the pool. Make sure you are signed up at least 24 hours before a slot so the lifeguards can plan accordingly.

Click here for the link to lap swim sign-up September 28-October 2.