Spring is here! Well, maybe almost here. It’s time for our spring cleaning. Due to the many requests from Owners, we have decided to have a Community Tag Sale on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Owners and residents may set up a table, with all their hidden treasures, in their driveway ONLY….not on the grass or in the street. We will allow parking on the right side of the street only and make Sandpiper Crescent a one way street for that time period, with applicable signs. There will be a nominal fee per participant to defray the advertising costs in our local newspapers. We will let you know how much when we know. The more people involved, the less the cost per person.

The Bulk Pick-up is scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2016 this year, so what you don’t sell and don’t want can be discarded then. The pick-up areas are the usual ones…in the parking spaces opposite 40 & 127 Sandpiper Crescent. They will be marked off the afternoon of June 5, 2016 so no one will park there. There are restrictions as to what can be discarded.

The following items WILL NOT BE PICKED UP: Batteries, Commercial items, Logs & Stumps, Concrete or cement, Hazardous Waste, Liquid Waste (oil based paint, motor oil), Propane Tanks, Sheetrock and Demolition Material, Tire rims or any item requiring more than 2 men to pick up.

The Pizza Party has been booked for Saturday, July 30, 2016, so save the date. More information will be given closer to the date.

Winter 2015-16 treated us in a rather kindly fashion resulting in limited damage repairs, although we do have one substantial sinkhole adjacent to the water main near 28 Sandpiper that will require some extensive work.

Our new Budget Year began April 1st and includes funding for resealing all the roadways in like manner as we completed all the driveway sealing in the spring of 2015. This will be done early in the week to avoid the heavier weekend traffic and requires a complete 24 hour shutdown while we pave half on day one and the other half on day 2. Parking lots will not be available until they are re-stripped, which will be done at the end of each day. Further information and scheduling will be sent via email. PLEASE make certain that Jennifer, at Palmer Management, has your correct and current email address.

All residential front beds, driveway strips, trees and common areas are being weeded as this is written, in preparation for the installation of our annual complimentary mulch applications.

The repairs of all remaining rear steps with Azek decking will be completed this year and will be scheduled in June. The project REQUIRES all unit owner’s patio that may have settled over time, to be in condition to accept the repaired set of steps that conform to code heights. Our Contractor, Jason, will be marking a line on the foundation wall that must match the height of the existing patio pavers. Patios that do not meet that requirement must be raised and re-set by the owner. This will complete the rear steps project on the Sandpipers. Next year in the summer of 2017 we will start the repairs and conversion of the Merwin & Seahawk porches to Azek.

Earlier this year, in response to the survey that the Committee set out regarding the annual geese invasion along the creek and pond areas, the Board “blocked off” previous nesting sites, laid a spray along the adjacent grassy areas that discourages their habitation and had nests removed. The project was limited in nature, but has abated most of the previous issues. A Program for restoration of the pond, including invasive plants is in the planning stage and will involve limited application this year.

As a reminder: ALL VEHICLES that choose to park overnight in ONE of our limited parking spots MUST have the Surf Village sticker permanently affixed to the REAR of the vehicle so that it can CLEARLY be seem from the road. If you do not have a sticker or changed vehicles, contact Jennifer at Palmer Management to update your vehicle records. Parking any vehicle day after day is in effect storing a vehicle, which is subject to towing.

Also, while Surf Village is dog friendly; allowing your pet to traverse onto and soil other people’s property, around mail boxes, street lights and along Merwin Avenue is not friendly. Please pick up after your dog at all times. Dogs are to be confined to the resident’s lot or on the “fire road” across the creek.


SVTA- Late Spring Newsletter






Driveway Sealing: The driveway sealing project will require all vehicles to be prohibited from accessing the driveway for a minimum of 48 hours and no vehicles can be parked on a driveway for 72 hours after your driveway’s sealing is completed. All driveways will be blocked by the contractor. The project will start at 76 thru 92 Merwin Ave and proceed to 10 sandpiper crescent and continue on the even numbered side of the street only until reaching 150 sandpiper. Street parking on the even numbered side will be permitted both days & nights after your driveway has been sealed. We suggest you park in front of your lot or in a parking lot. If you leave a vehicle in your garage you will not be able to remove it. Anyone driving on a sealed driveway before the contractor removes the tapes will be charged for the repairs.

On Tuesday June 9 and Wednesday 1oth the above process will continue at 4 thru 22 Seahawk court and proceed to 7 sandpiper & continue on the odd numbered side until reaching 149. Parking will then be permitted on the odd side in front of your lot.

We realize this necessary maintenance on our new driveways can be inconvenient particularly in areas with tight spaces and limited street parking.

We have planned the logistics of this event to avoid as much disruption as possible. We appreciate your cooperation.

Azek rear step replacement project: Jason has started; he will advise palmer management when there is a code issue because your patio has sunk and needs to be raised or is in dis-repair thus preventing him from installing new steps to meet current code. Patios are a unit owner responsibility. Jason advises that he will not be able to do any patio repairs or replacements this summer. Matt from Milford land has raised and installed patios here and is available. Contact jean at palmer or bill Dowd. As a guide only; matt will charge around $14 per foot…i.e. a 10 foot by 10 foot patio would cost $1,400 using your existing bricks. The cost would be $17 per foot using new bricks. Larger patios or using more exotic pavers would be priced accordingly. We expect to replace at least 50 sets of rear steps this summer. Upon completion of the original sandpiper rear steps; we will then start a conversion project of the Merwin and Seahawk porches to Azek

Irrigation: Fred has opened the system today; may 26 at 5am this morning. He wants the system to run a couple of days before re-setting zones and replacing heads or making any other repairs.

Power washing: once again we have had a successful completion of this project that we schedule every third year. For the future the board is considering to provide this service on a semi-annual basis.

Mulch project: this is the second year where we’ve mulched all the resident front lots in addition to all the common areas. The community looks great.


To: Surf Village Town House Owners                                                                                                                                                  June 14, 2019

From: The Board of Directors

Re: The process of voting to adopt revisions and updates to Town House Documents

The Association recently circulated a ballot form to Owners for the purpose of conducting a vote on adoptions of Amendments updating the Town House Community Documents.

The Board received a strongly worded correspondence from an owner expressing the opinion that (i) the 1983 Surf Village Declaration and Bylaws requires that a vote to amend them may only be taken at a meeting of the owners, (ii) a vote taken by ballot without a meeting would be null and void, and (iii) proceeding without a vote is somehow fraudulent and that the Board knew that they were violating their obligations.  It is apparent these opinions have been shared with some members in the Community.

In 2016 the Board engaged a noted expert in the law of community associations to advise them on the process of updating the Community Documents. The Attorney was selected in part because he served as a member of the Committee that developed the legislation that updated the Connecticut Common Interest Ownership Act in 2009 (“CIOA”). The Association’s Attorney strongly disagrees with the claims stated above.  He has advised the Board that the sections of the current Town House Declarations and Bylaws which make reference to a vote being taken “at any meeting” do not require a vote be taken ONLY at a meeting to the exclusion of the other means of action provided in applicable Connecticut law. The other voting methods permitted include voting by proxy or by paper or electronic ballot when a vote is conducted without a meeting.

The Board has acted in good faith and in reliance on the opinion and guidance of its Counsel.

Board Members have been advised that conducting the vote by ballot without a meeting is in compliance with the requirements of applicable Connecticut law and the Surf Village Documents.  The Association Counsel expressed his opinion that this ballot procedure would withstand a court challenge, should one be brought.

The matter of updating our documents is more important than a disagreement over the manner in which the vote is cast. The Board has elected on advice of Counsel, to provide a new ballot that includes a proxy to allow an Owner to vote at a meeting in person or by proxy. (This new ballot will be mailed separately from this notice) Approximately 20 of the SVTH Owners do not reside in the Community and many refrain from attending meetings because of the confrontations that often result.

The Annual Meeting is Wednesday, June 26th at the Club House at 7:00 PM. The Board has asked Attorney Ed Hill to be available at the meeting to answer questions from Owners; and he will be available either by video conference or skype. We encourage all Owners to attend this meeting.

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