Members come through for the pool season

May 24, 2018

 

The pool opens tomorrow – thank you DAVID HAMILTON

 

If you would have asked me back in February if we would ever have a pool opening again, I would have bet against it.

 

But, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of one member, David Hamilton, we will be opening tomorrow – ready for a busy Memorial Day at the lakes and the pool.

 

When I first started trying to get the pool prepared for this season we were having problems even getting a business to come to the site just to do a bid.  “Too far from KC”, they would say.  “No money for us on this project”, they would lament.  Finally, we got one company who was willing to come down and make a bid.  Knowing they would have no competition, they bid us high – almost $70,000.  I took the bid to the Board and they wisely rejected it and instructed me to come up with an alternate plan.

 

That resulted in a new round of bids that were much more reasonable, but still in the $20K to $36K range, except for two(2) bids from members willing to cut labor costs for our Association.   

 

I took one look at the numbers and told the lowest bidder, “when I see something that is too good to be true, most often it is – too good to be true”.  So, I asked him to come back to my office to look at the higher bids and tell me how he could do it for about $500.  “Simple” he told me, “we are doing all the labor for free, there are no travel and lodging costs and I can get the materials at dealer costs”.  You see, David was a former pool service company owner, now retired and he is a SVL member.  Still not quite convinced that we could be so fortunate, I ran the bid and the numbers by our Board Chair.  Indeed, it did seem to be a true, valid and serious offer. 

 

So, when you drop by the SVL Club House to swim or for any other reason, take a look at the pool and say a silent thank you to David Hamilton and the power and wonder of member contributions to this ‘low fee’ home owners association!  A great appreciation to those members who offered referrals and those that gave their own professional knowledge, all for the betterment of their community.

 

Richard C. Morrell

Association Manager

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Sugar Valley Lake Homes Assoc., INC

PO Box 247 

Mound City, KS  66056

Phone 913-795-2120

Fax 913-795-2883

Board of Directors Contact

Chair: Janet StClair Hays: janet@kmspa.kscoxmail.com

Vice-Chair: Bill LaPorte: wdlaporte@yahoo.com.sg

Director: Cory Schnabel: cory@kcinsured.com

Director: Loren Lance: spankysplace@hotmail.com

Director: Michael Barrett:  boothcrazy@gmail.com

Non-Board Positions

Association Manager: Steve Spencer: steve@sugarvalleylake.com

Treasurer: Karen Barrett: karen@sugarvalleylake.com

Snack Bar Manager: Brandy David: brandy@sugarvalleylake.com

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