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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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 

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