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Welcome to New GM, Bob Mariani

We wish to welcome our new General Manager Bob Mariani and his wife, Polly. By the time this prints, Bob will have been with us for two weeks, having started work on June 19.
Many of you met Bob and Polly at the Meet the New GM event last week, and Bob will continue to get out and about, as he has jumped right in to a heavy workload. Of course his first weeks will focus on becoming familiar with the community and his staff. Fred Peterson and I have quickly transitioned the GM responsibilities to their rightful owner.
We had a large turnout for the Meet the Candidates Night on June 21. There are seven candidates running for the two open positions. Those attending heard from each of the candidates, as they were peppered with member questions. The event was captured by the Channel 95 team and can be viewed by those who were unable to attend or by those who may simply want to review what was said again. Please note you can also access Channel 95 through the website.
Ballots were mailed on June 23 and are due back by 5 p.m. on July 28.
Those who follow the Board closely know that much work has been done to get our financial house in order while remaining focused on our aged infrastructure. Several challenges remain, however, including addressing the Unit 4 drainage issues. The Board will play a major role in determining the proper path forward on that and other issues. Please give serious consideration to those you wish to lead these efforts as you vote.
Speaking of Unit 4 drainage, we canceled a special meeting two weeks ago on the subject. The total project is broken into various segments. While we had received estimates of the total costs, the costs had increased when we received bids on the first two phases. As a result we went back to the contractors to discuss why and what could be done to lessen the costs while still meeting our needs.
We have now been back through the first phase, which involves a number of existing culverts. As soon as that analysis is finished, we will bring it back to the Board for approval.
The culvert work will be covered by our reserves. We need to get to work on these soon, as we already have a sink hole on the 15th hole and want to do repair work during the dry season.
The other phases are new work and will take a bit more time to get new bids. As you know, as part of this year’s budget, we began setting money aside to address these issues. But we won’t spend any until we can get a more definitive breakdown on the costs and timing of each phase.
Please vote and please say hi to Bob and Polly when you get a chance. — Mike Rodriguez, President LWA


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