Notice of Special OVCA Board Meeting on Sept. 24

                                    Oronoque Village Condominium Association
                                           Special Meeting of the Board of Directors
                                                 Thursday, September 24, 2020

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Oronoque Village Condominium Association is called for the purpose of reviewing and voting on the proposed Altice Cable Contract subject to approval by the Association’s legal counsel.

Date:  Thursday, September 24, 2020

Time:  3:30 p.m.

The meeting will be a GoToMeeting

The order of business will be:

Call meeting to order

Roll Call

Open Forum

Discussion and motion regarding the approval of the Altice Cable contract subject to approval by  the Association’s legal counsel


 Lee Shlafer,  Secretary, OVCA



Note: Open forum questions may be submitted to the Business Office through Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  Closing forum questions may be submitted to the Business Office through Friday, September 25, 2020.  The Business Office will issue the Go-To-Meeting link on September 24th prior to 5:00 p.m.






2020-2021 Approved Budgets

Below are the Board-approved budgets for 2020-2021 for OVCA and OVTD along with the schedule of common charges and the mill rate, which are effective as of July 1, 2020.

The approved budgets indicate a decrease of .11% for OVCA and an increase of 1.37% for OVTD, respectively.

Fred J. Rodriguez
Executive Director – CMCA, LCAM

Please Click Here to View the 2020-21 Approved Budget

Please Click Here to View the 2020-21 Approved Common Fees

Please Click Here to View the 2020-21 Approved Mill Rate

We have received numerous inquiries from unit owners expressing concerns related to the variance between their last year’s district tax and their current year’s district tax.

This change is a result of the Town of Stratford’s property revaluation. Whenever property revaluations occur, the unit owners’ percentage of ownership is reallocated based on the assessed value of their properties, in relation to the total assessed values of the Village. The result of the revaluation is that the unit owners’ shares of the total tax budget change accordingly.

In explaining the calculation of the quarterly Tax District payments among the various unit owners, one should note the following:

The 2020-2021 budget, as passed, is $1,901,993.00. This represents a 1.37% increase of $25,797 versus the 2019-2020 budget of $1,876,196.

The latest revaluation for 2020-2021 resulted in an assessed value of $140,133,910 as compared to the previous period where Oronoque’s assessed value was $144,835,530.

To better understand your tax calculation, it is advised to take your assessed value of each year and divide it into Oronoque’s total assessed value for that year; multiply that percentage by the total budget of that year to get your annual tax liability.

OF $109,130.00 – UNCHANGED

2019-2020 – $109,130 divided by $144,835,530 x $1,876,196 results in an annual tax liability of $1,414.65.

2020-2021 – $109,130 divided by $140,133,910 x $1,901,993 results in an annual tax liability of $1,481.65.

This example illustrates that the annual tax liability for this unit owner increased $67 or 4.7%, not 1.37%, although the owner’s assessed value remained unchanged.  Invariably following a revaluation by the Town, the unit owner’s percentage of ownership increased while other unit owner’s percentage of ownership may have decreased.

If you need to research assessed values, you can do so at Vision Appraisals of Stratford ( Search by unit number and street name.  The system does not recognize unit letters, so leave that off.

We hope that this helps in the clarification of the process.



Pruning Information & Maps

Our pruning cycle will get underway on Monday, June 22, beginning on the Northside, weather permitting.

Please refer to the maps below to see where and when work will be taking place throughout the community.

Click here to see the Northside Pruning Map

Click here to see the Southside Pruning Map

We will be utilizing the same contractor as last year, Lemos Landscaping. The maps are attached to this email and are posted on the home page of the OV website (

This year, once again, we will be using pink ribbon to identify the specific shrubs residents do not want pruned by the contractor, along with Amber reflectors to signify “no pruning” of the entire foundation area on that given unit.

Reflectors will be installed by our staff on the exterior of the unit when requested via work order or by phone. The pink ribbon will be distributed to residents to tie-off on shrubs they do not want pruned.

Ribbon distribution will be somewhat different this year as the offices are closed off due to social-distancing guidelines.

We are asking residents who are requesting ribbon to call our offices at 203-375-8853(Maintenance), 203-377-5313 (Business) or email

We will place 6 feet of ribbon in a plastic bag with the unit number and deliver the ribbon to your OV black mailboxes for pickup.

Thank you.

Mark Rhatigan
Director of Maintenance Operations

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Notice of Clubhouse Closures Beginning Monday, March 16

Dear Residents:

In consideration of the recent health concerns related to COVID-19, and following the current best practices in place, we are temporarily closing the Clubhouse facilities to residents as of Monday March 16, 2020; our Business Office and Facilities Department will remain operational during this period.

We advise residents to direct your inquiries to OV staff members via telephone or email to restrict physical contact as a precautionary measure: 

Business Office: (203) 377-5313 or

Maintenance Office: (203) 375-8853 or

We realize that this significant inconvenience is problematic for many of our Villagers. However, we believe that it’s best to err on the side of caution, especially during this time period.  

We want to reiterate that if you have concerns of any specific nature, albeit your own health worries or the anxiety of possible exposure, you should follow the recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control.

We will continue to monitor the circumstances related to this situation and will advise you accordingly as information becomes available. 

We hope that this measure will be short-lived so that we can return to our standard operations in the Village.

In the interim, we also ask that you continue to take the necessary precautions and obtain information that is currently provided by local, state and federal agencies.

We have included some helpful links below.

Connecticut State Department of Public Health

Town of Stratford Corona Virus Update

Town of Stratford Information on Corona Virus


2020 Employee Holidays

2020 Employee Holidays

The Business and Maintenance Offices will be closed on the following dates during the upcoming year:

New Year’s Day,  Wednesday, January 1
President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 17
Good Friday, April 10
Memorial Day, Monday, May 25
Independence Day, Friday, July 3
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7
Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12
Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27
Christmas, Friday, Dec. 25

OV “In Tribute” Book

The library at NCB houses more than novels, biographies, puzzles and paperbacks. It is the location of the stately Oronoque Village “In Tribute” Book, which sits on a pedestal against the far right wall. The book has a solemn purpose: it recognizes treasured residents who have passed away.

The In Tribute Book was initiated in 2012 by the Memorial Plaque Committee, consisting of Mel Holson, Linda Libertino, Jim Manzolli, Barbara Minoff, Loretta Sills and John Staley. This ad hoc committee was charged with creating a way in which departed residents can be publicly honored by their loved ones.

Inclusion in the In Tribute Book requires a contribution of $250 or more to Oronoque Village. Contributors are allowed one page in the book to include photos and/or text honoring their deceased loved ones.

For more information on the In Tribute Book, please email or call the Business Office at 203-377-5313, ext. 3.

Currently, the book recognizes:

Laura (Schachter) Diamond

Villager Deadline Dates

The Villager is published twice monthly, on the 1st and 15th when possible.


Deadline for Jan. 2, 2020 is Dec. 13, 2019 at noon.

Deadline for Jan. 15 issue is Jan. 2 at noon.

Deadline for Feb. 3 issue is Jan. 21 at noon.

Deadline for Feb. 17 issue is Feb. 4 at noon.

Deadline for March 2 issue is Feb. 18 at noon.

Deadline for March 16 issue is March 3 at noon.

Deadline for April 1 is March 19 at noon.

Deadline for April 15 is April 2 at noon.

Deadline for May 1 is April 20 at noon.

Deadline for May 15 is May 4 at noon.

Deadline for June 1 is May 19 at noon.
Deadline for June 15 is June 2 at noon.

Deadline for July 1 is June 18 at noon.

Deadline for July 15 is July 2 at noon.

Deadline for Aug. 3 is July 21 at noon.

Deadline for Aug. 17 is August 4 at noon.

Deadline for Sept. 1 is Aug. 19 at noon.

Deadline for Sept. 15 is Sept. 2 at noon.

Deadline for Oct. 1 is Sept. 18 at noon

Deadline for Oct. 15 is Oct. 2 at noon.

Deadline for Nov. 2 is Oct. 13 at noon.

Deadline for Nov. 16 is Nov. 3 at noon.

Deadline for Dec. 1 is Nov. 18 at noon.

Deadline for Dec. 15 is Dec. 2 at noon.


Welcome to Our Newest Residents

Gary & Cindy Katz, 74B Dakota Lane

Richard & Patricia Mangiamele, 123A Cayuga Lane

Ioan & Cornelia Tarnoski, 774A Pootatuck Lane


updated 9/14/20

Trash & Recycling Pickup Holiday Schedule for 2020

Trash & Recycling Collection Holiday Pickup Schedule for 2020:

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1 – will delay pickup to Thursday, Jan. 2

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 – will delay pickup till Thursday, May 28

Independence Day, Saturday, July 4 – No change in pickup schedule

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7 – will delay pickup to Thursday, Sept. 10

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26 – No change in pickup schedule

Christmas, Friday, Dec. 25 – No change in pickup schedule



Dog Owners Must Follow Village Rules and Town Regulations

Oronoque Village allows its residents to own pets, with a limit of one pet per unit. However, there are specific guidelines that pet owners must follow. Below is a clarification of the Village rules that must be followed by dog owners.


1.  One pet is permitted per unit.

2.  Pets must be leashed when outside.

3.  Pet waste must be picked up.

4.  Pets may not be left unattended when outside.

5.  Pet owners must maintain control of their pets.

6.  Pets are not permitted to cause an ongoing disturbance.

7.  Pets (excluding properly identified service dogs) are not permitted in the clubhouses, swimming pools, gym, racquet sports courts  or other facilities.

8.  Pets (animals) may not be raised or bred in or out of any unit in the Village.

9.  Cats may not be let out to roam.

10. Pet owners must not permit dogs to walk on plants and should be mindful of other residents’ privacy when walking near units.


1.  Residents who have issues with pet behavior or with animal cruelty should contact the Town of Stratford Animal Control Department.  Residents should also alert the Business Office that this action has been taken.

2.  Dog owners who use expandable leashes should insure that their pet does not cause a problem to an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian.

updated 10.19.19