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PLPOA board sets 2012 budget, assessment

The PLPOA board adopted the 2012 budget and set the 2012 assessment at its Dec. 8?meeting.?

The total budget is $2,053,936, which represents a $70,944 decrease from 2011, and the annual assessment will remain the same at $200.

The actual budget is smaller than 2011. The number of units paying assessments is less. This is the fourth?year in a row that assessments have not increased.

The board took steps to provide more transparency in financial planning; $14 dollars of the assessment covers the cost of those that do not pay.

The recreation center contributes a net income which decreases the amount of dues by $8 for each member.

The fishing program provides a net income over the cost of stocking the lakes and helps offset other costs of maintaining our community assets.

The board is thinking long term to ensure the repair and replacement costs of our community assets are properly funded. A contingency amount is included in the event economic conditions deteriorate.

Center activities

The Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center is a happily busy hub these days, selling 2012 memberships and enjoying the smiling faces and rosy cheeks of our active members.

The memberships available are the single, couple and family memberships for Pagosa Lakes property owners and their renters. For renters, proof of rental is required. For guests of property owners, there are sponsored guest punch cards.

Please allow me to address this to parents of school-age children. It’s not uncommon for teens wanting to get into the recreation center to do so by forcing entry through use of a friend’s membership card, sneaking past the front desk or through other creative means. Please, if it is important to your child, help him or her to purchase a pass — something they can use throughout the year in a safe, healthy environment with their friends. It will be a gift that could help guide your child on a positive track through the rest of his or her life.

2012 fishing permits for lakes Hatcher, Pagosa, Forest and Village will also be on sale at the recreation center and the PLPOA administrative office starting Sunday, Jan. 1.

The Winter 2011 PLPOA Newsletter is available to view online by?going to www.plpoa.com.? Hard copies are available at the PLPOA Recreation Center and the temporary administration offices at 46 Eaton Drive. The association will continue to produce a quarterly newsletter for property owners.? The difference is that only two newsletters will be mailed annually, saving the association approximately $5,000 per year.? As always, the summer issue with the ballot will be mailed to property owners, along with a second newsletter.

Racquetball tournament

Pagosa’s success is becoming the norm rather than the exception among the recreation center’s racquetball competitors.

The High Altitude Racquetball Shoot-Out this month confirmed success in many different divisions. Local veteran player Chris Smith celebrated his birthday during the tournament with a victory over his doubles partner, Todd Ormonde, in the open division. Unfortunately, Chris and Todd could not go on to win the open doubles due to an injury that Todd sustained in the singles match.

B.J. Jones took third in the open division with a win over Dave Miley from Farmington, N.M. In the elite division, Jacob Ormonde outlasted Blake Brueckner to take another 1-2 Pagosa finish. Blake had just finished a long three-game victory to win the A division over Jones.

Another 1-2 finish for Pagosa: Esmeralda Berrich and Jack Abels played and won the A doubles division, while former Pagosa resident Ron Stickler and partner Jon Gustafson claimed second in the men’s “C” division. Esmeralda and Chris Smith came within one point of winning the mixed doubles division.

In his first tournament, Lars Schneider took third in the men’s C division. Sullivan Smith, one of Pagosa’s youngest players, battled to take first in the men’s “D” division. In the novice division, Pagosa grabbed first, second and third with Lois Darcus, Claudia Matzdorf and JoAnn Howell bringing home the honors. Kudos to Claudia and JoAnn for playing in their first tournament.

Overall, there were 20 local players and 12 from elsewhere.

Holiday

PLPOA administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the new year. The recreation center will not be closed. We will observe the new year with our members as they launch 2012 with sundry resolutions.

Also, I wish to announce that Santa is real! I came home from work on Friday night to find two bags of white chocolate truffles hanging from the gate post.

A very happy New Year to all of you.

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