Report on the OV Tax District Meeting of July 27, 2021
By OVTD President Linda Libertino
I want to thank all the residents who contacted me to say congratulations on my second term as president of the Tax District. I value your support. In addition, Tom Aubin was voted to serve as vice president, Jonathan Towle was elected as clerk and Tom Becker was elected treasurer. The three directors elected to serve three-year terms are Bill Tanski, Tom Becker and Dennis Caffrey.
This is our first in-person Tax District meeting in 18 months. Welcome back to the North Clubhouse! Thanks, Lee, to you and your OVCA team for opening the clubhouses and recreational facilities this year. It has been a very long Covid period.
Our proposed goals for this year will be:
Increased Communication – There is a definite need to make residents more aware of the benefits of having a Tax District, especially the enormous tax savings. Unlike the Condominium Association, the Tax District is legally exempt from conveyance tax, sales tax, real estate tax and taxes on equipment and vehicles. We intend to have articles on a regular basis in The Villager as to how OVTD positively impacts our community.
Road Committee Feasibility Study – We will investigate the possibility of completing the paving and repairs of all the necessary remaining roads for next year. This will include driveways, also, and the results will be announced to the Village.
Oronoque Lane Aesthetic Improvement – The curb appeal and safety on Oronoque Lane will be ongoing. I will continue to meet with Mayor Laura Hoydick regarding this project, which is important to the Village. Also, Fred and I will continue our dialogue with the country club as to the repair of its fencing, which needs to be done west of their maintenance building.
“Two Boards – One Village” – I will continue to meet with Lee to enhance our team effort for all the residents of Oronoque.
During the July 9 Tropical Storm Elsa, the Village received a tremendous amount of rain in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, our 50-year-old underground storm system is not capable of handling this type of a heavy rain event. When the flood survey and Village drainage issues were surveyed two years ago, it was explained by the engineering firm that our current storm water system is rated for a “25 year storm.”
Tropical Storm Elsa was comparable to a 75-100 year rain event, which caused major road flooding especially on the south side. Our underground drainage, culverts and various head walls would need to be expanded or altered to accommodate these types of storms.
I am pleased to report that our unaudited budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, shows a surplus of approximately $50,000. I want to thank Fred Rodriguez and Mark Rhatigan for their strong leadership and for accomplishing our budget goals. Their office staffs and the maintenance team should be highly complimented for their outstanding performances while the availability of staff has been so difficult to find and hire.
Again, we thank the residents for their patience during this serious labor shortage.
Following are my committee appointments for this year:
I made a motion for the Roads Committee to be chaired by Jonathan Towle and comprised of Bill Tanski, Pete Penny and Tom Aubin.
I made a motion for the Finance Committee to be chaired by Tom Becker and comprised of Ray Vermette, Maria Szalontay, Chas DiSenna and Jonathan Towle.
I made a motion for the Security Committee to be chaired by Dennis Caffrey.
I made a motion for the Tree Committee to be chaired by Dennis Caffrey and comprised of Nancy Blagys and Ann Gallo.
All motions passed unanimously.
Our Executive Director reported on the status of the Oronoque Country Club golf course potential sale by the current owners, CBigg. Fred stated that there are two separate parties who, currently, are showing interested in acquiring the golf course and dialogue is taking place. He hopes to see “some movement” within the next 30 to 60 days.
As a reminder, Ray Vermette has agreed to continue to serve as liaison to the OVCA Insurance Committee and Dennis Caffrey has agreed to serve as liaison to the Maintenance Committee.
I will close with a positive quote: “Two things you are in total control of in your life – your attitude and your effort.” I assure you that the Tax District directors are making every effort to manage the district affairs responsibly.
The next Tax District meeting will be held on Oct. 26.
Reports presented during the meeting are as follows: