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General Meeting Minutes Oct 12 2013

posted Nov 11, 2013, 7:24 PM by David Harris
Meeting minutes are also available for download from the Archives.
Annual Meeting 

The Annual Meeting of the Richmond Property Owners Association was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the pool.

Board President Ola Anise called the meeting to order, introduced  board members  and welcomed District Three County Commissioner Jerry Car. He thanked everyone for their support and said he always enjoyed riding through Richmond because it is such  a great neighborhood.

He then went on to say there is a lot going on in West Mobile and it is becoming a “hot spot” in the county. In fact, he added, the entire county is benefitting from some new business ventures as well as the continued success with established companies including::

AIRBUS is a massive complex where the first plane built there is expected to roll out in 2015. Once this happens there will be “lots of money” coming  into Mobile from ancillary businesses that will move to the area .

BAYER , a company that produces herbicides , will generate billions of dollars in construction costs as it builds a plant here.

MOM AND POP businesses are still the backbone of the community and account for considerable economic impact.

A SOCCER COMPLEX with 13 fields will be built by the county on McDonald road at a cost of 3 ½ million dollars.

Carl added that District Three is working hard to address litter problems, clean up right of ways and deal with the proliferation of signs put up at intersections and nailed to trees, etc.

During the question and answer  session he was asked about building more parks, addressing road problems and easing congestions on heavily traveled roadways. He explained that the county does have a seven year plan but must work within budgetary restrictions. “Costs keep going up but taxes remain the same”.

In conclusion he was asked about the possibility of closing Richmond off from Saddlebrook  and said that would not be possible since public roads cannot be closed off. Everyone in attendance thanked him for his participation and the efforts he is making to improve things in District Three.

Efforts are underway to separate Richmond from Saddlebrook and show they are two different and distinct neighborhoods. David Harris will be researching what is required for the installation of two Richmond Subdivision monuments at the Saddlebrook entrance.

Ola then began the business part of the meeting with a discussion of the 2014 budget.  He said the POA is fiscally sound and the bank balance at the end of September was $33,053.49

He also said dues will be the same for 2014 and added that the POA is willing to work with homeowners  who may need to split their dues into more than one payment. To do this they must contact the POA to make arrangements. Residents who fail to pay will be sent to our attorney for collection. Even if someone is in arrears and  moves from the neighborhood they are still liable and will also be sent for collection. This past year, because of such efforts, arrearages of nearly $10,000.00 were collected.

Ola pointed out that two line items totaling $14,000.00 had been left out of the budget. These were for landscaping and pool upkeep. Further allocations, which may or may not be needed, included $10,000.00 for improvements and $3,000.00 for unexpected expenses.(Note: Anyone wishing a complete copy of the budget, 2013 expenses and the 2014 “wish list” should contact  )

After more discussion about budget particulars, the 2014 budget was approved.

Discussion then moved to installing a digital camera system at the pool to monitor activities. There have been ongoing problems with vandalism ,spray painting, destruction of property and jumping the fence. Mike Grisham, who has researched the project, pointed out that such a system was recommended by the Mobile Police department and could be installed for a cost of $3,200.00. Everyone agreed that this should be done and Mike was asked to make arrangements for the installation.

Another project that has generated much discussion is the creation of a playground across from the pool area. Jennifer Mills has researched the cost of the project and the type of equipment  that would be installed. Although everyone agreed the playground would enhance Richmond, many were concerned about the cost of equipment,  potential liabilities, vandalism and increased cost of insurance. General consensus was that we should not attempt to move forward on the project at this time.

Millie Wright went over the most common violations of the neighborhood covenants which focused on problems with mailboxes, garbage cans, basketball goals, boats visible from the street, out buildings and fences. She urged everyone to become familiar with the covenants and contact the POA with specific questions regarding them. The covenants, restrictions and limitations of Richmond can be found on our website at

After answering a few more general questions about the neighborhood, Ola concluded the meeting and thanked everyone for attending