Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Newsletter Online

The Thanksgiving edition, November 2008, MIA newsletter is now online.


  1. Anonymous9:05 PM

    I beleive we should re landscape the front of the pool area where coleman meets camden. Add a nice new " Welcome To Montevideo" Sign and new plants. and re paint the wood and the buildings. spruce up the pool area.

  2. Dan Migliore8:21 AM

    Dear Anonymous and Montevideo Residents:

    My name is Dan Migliore and I am a Montevideo resident on Puerto Vallarta. For the last year and a half, I have been working to continue the efforts to re-landscape the front area of our clubhouse by the corner of Coleman and Camden.

    Last year I submitted a complete proposal to the Keep San Jose Beautiful committee for consideration in partially funding this project. Since this is a Government funded program there are a number of strict and direct guidelines that need to met in order to be considered for eligibility.

    To make a long story short, we did not get approved last year for a number of public qualification reasons. With a lot of persistence and persuasion however I was invited to re-submit another proposal this year. Since funding was limited for the October ’08 proposal requirements, the Keep San Jose Beautiful Committee pushed the funding requests to Feb 2009.

    At this time, I have everything written up and modified to better position our association to ensure we meet all bid and funding requirements for the 2009 application. Assuming that funding will be available in the coming year, I am optimistic that Montevideo will win this funding request.

    I should have confirmation and more information by early spring and will pass along this information to the MIA board once received.

    Thank you for your interest in our community and our neighborhood.
    Dan Migliore

  3. Anonymous3:42 PM

    Where is the December newsletter?

  4. Hi,
    A December newsletter was not published. I usually don't write one when I don't have a lot of information to share.
    Robin Holm, MIA Secretary

  5. Anonymous3:33 PM

    Thanks for answering my question. I think you do a great job on the paper and look forward to it.
    Keep up the good work!

  6. Anonymous8:50 AM

    I am appalled that the current board will continue for another year. When I served on the board years ago we had term limits. Every year members had served their two years and left so that some members remained to lead the newcommers who replaced them. I think MIA homeowners will regret that this has changed. I think we need to go back to term limits so new blood comes on board. As it is I feel the pool is being opened to homeowners later and later and closed as soon as school starts again. The baby pool now houses barbecues and parties and the door to that area has been removed. I have seen adults sitting in that pool talking and in the large pool I sat waiting for adult swim last year only to watch a female lifeguard read a book without looking up once. There were two young girls in the pool at that time with 2 lawn chairs in the water. I went over to the lifeguard, interrupted her reading and asked why the girls were allowed to put lawn furniture in the deep end. She said they were "just chilling out". Later she did tell them to get the chairs out and went back to reading her book. I think we are paying lifeguards and they seem to think only small children can get into difficulties. I am a senior and have already suffered a severe concussion when I was hit in the water with a tennis ball thrown by teenage males. I do believe we are waiting for a serious accident to occur with barbecues being allowed in the pool area and the door removed where small children can fall into water without a lifeguard to see. If we are sued, I am sure we will find out at that time the such changes violate our insurance coverage for the Cabana. I would like to see who gets paid for what and how much. Years ago the Newsletter was done by the Secretary and we managed to print and deliver it ourselves. Now I understand this is done professionally and at a cost. What is done for seniors? What perks do the members of the board get for serving now? It used to be a free use of the clubhouse once for serving on the board and a restaurant dinner at the end of each year. Now it seems our dues are raised quite frequently and yet I do not feel we homeowners are given as many opportunities as say those given to the Piranas. (Yes I know we take a small cut of their profit but then the pool is heated earlier for them to practise and we no longer have any classes or swim lessons for our own "dues-paying" homeowners. Back to the reason for my letter, term limits, what happens if the entire board leaves at the same time? Who will there be to teach the new board members what to do and all the rules and procedures?
    Eleanor A. Trethowan

  7. To my knowledge, there is nothing in the bylaws about term limits. The MIA board is completely voluntary and not a single person showed any interest in volunteering this year. As a board member, I would totally support a more frequent turnover and introduction of fresh faces to the board.

    Eleanor, are you or anyone you know of interested in volunteering for the board?

    The newsletter is printed by a board member using her own equipment and not done professionally at any cost. It just so happens that Robin is an excellent graphic designer and makes it look professional.

    As for perks, there is only one. Each board member is entitled to one day use of the clubhouse per year.

  8. Tony Lombardo9:13 PM

    Mrs. Trethowan,
    I'm appalled that a person that has served on the board could write such a rude inconsiderate letter so full of just plain wrong information.I would think you might know of the time and effort it takes to keep up an aging property.I would also think you might know how a letter like yours can be detrimental to anyone interested in serving on our board.
    1.Pool access HAS NOT changed.(dependent on weather)
    2.Our BBQ's DO NOT violate our insurance coverage.
    3.The newsletter is done voluntarily.That means without cost.
    4.The only perk is one use of the clubhouse once a year. NO DINNER.
    5.Dues have NOT been raised for at least 2 years.
    6.For the last two years NOT ONE
    person other than the existing board has shown interest in being on the board.
    I'm proud of the work the current board has done.I don't need to list all the positive upgrades because they are quite apparent from the feedback we receive.

    Tony Lombardo MIA President


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