Association Update – December 31, 2018

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC.
UPDATE – DECEMBER 31, 2018

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish everyone good health for the new year and hope your holidays were enjoyable.  Here’s a brief end-of-the-year update:

1.  Road Work:  The week before Christmas, during a brief break from the rain, we had road work performed on the beach side of Poplar Drive as well as had all the entrance ways leading off of Lighthouse Blvd. to the various cross streets reworked and pot holes filled in, etc.  Additionally, Board Member Matt Lehtonen is in the process of filing those pesky pot holes on the side streets.

2.  Dues Collections:  Since the Annual Meeting in August, Board Members Carol Booker, Larry Hultberg, Trish David and I have worked aggressively to collect outstanding 2018 dues as well as collecting dues for 2015, 2016 and 2017.  I am pleased to announce that we have been successful in reducing our 2018 delinquency rate to 10 percent, from 42 outstanding property owners down to 17.  This is the lowest delinquency rate on record!

This year, we have collected over $6,200 in outstanding dues for this same four-year period.  Part of this success is due to the fact that we continue to file suit in Maryland Small Claims Court.  Over the past 45-days, we have filed 11 suits totaling over $9,000 in delinquent fees. We have already settled out-of-court with four property owners and collected over $2,200.  For those that still have not payed, we have trial dates scheduled for January thru March 2019; we also anticipate filing additional suits in the spring.

3.  Audit Committee:  Again this year, Ted Hernandez will be conducting the 2018 audit in March.  We are looking for two volunteers to review the draft audit report prior to being submitted to the membership for approval.  If you are interested in participating, please contact me.

4.  May Membership Meeting – Mark your calendars for the next membership meeting which is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019 starting at 10 am.  More information to follow.

Again, happy New Year!

Paul Plattner
President

Fall Association Meeting – August 25th

Dear Cove Point Beach Property Owners:

Please join us on Saturday, August 25, 2018 for the fall meeting of the Cove Point Beach Association, Inc. to be held again at the Southern Community Center.  Refreshments will be served at 9:30 am and the business meeting will begin promptly at 10 am.  Please remember that only active Association members may speak at an Association meeting, which means that you must be current with your Association dues.  So if you haven’t paid your dues, please do so immediately.

Attached for your review are the following: 

Draft Minutes from the May 2018 Association Meeting
2019 Proposed Budget and Allocation Budget
Absentee Ballot for Board of Directors

For those who will vote via an absentee ballot, your ballots must be received not later than August 15, 2018.

I look forward to seeing you at next month’s meeting.

Sincerely,

Paul Plattner
President

Fall Mtg 2018 – Part 2

PayPal Issues

If you tried earlier in the week to use the PayPal link on the Association’s website to pay your 2018 dues, try again as the link is now working.
Best,
Paul Plattner

Pay Dues Online!

It’s a fast and easy way to pay dues. Click here to pay.

Spring Meeting and Association Dues

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SPRING MEETING and ASSOCIATION DUES

Association Members: It’s that time of year, so mark your calendars for our Spring Association Meeting scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10 am at the Southern Community Center. Your new Board of Directors has been busy so come and hear what’s going on.  Doors open at 9 am, come early, help set up and introduce yourself to a Board member.

We have a couple of activities planned over the next few months to include the annual beach clean up on SaturdayMay 19that 1 pm.  Think about volunteering for one of our community projects or being a board member.  We’re having fun, so join us!

The 2018 Association dues are due June 1 and the Dues Invoice is available here.  We need everyone to pay their dues and support our ongoing community projects.  If you have already paid your 2018 dues, thank you and ignore this invoice.  If not, you can pay by check or via PayPal (it’s only $5 more to cover the PayPal fees.)  Instructions are provided below.  Also here is the 2017 Audit Report for your review.

I look forward to seeing all of you next month.

Paul Plattner, President

CPBA, Inc.

HOW TO PAY DUES ONLINE

  1. Visit www.covepointbeach.com
  2. On the navigation bar, select “Association” and select the drop down “Association Dues”.
  3. There are two options, select either Association or Undeveloped.  Click “Add to cart”.
  4. Select “view cart”.
  5. Review your order and select “proceed to checkout”.
  6. Fill in your billing details and select “proceed to Paypal” at the bottom of the page.
  7. You’ll be transported to a secure Paypal log in page.  You can choose to use/create a Paypal account OR select the bottom button option labeled “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”.
  8. Make your selection for processing payment.  If you select “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”, you’ll input your credit card details on the next page and submit payment. You are not required to create a Paypal account to pay your dues.
  9. Paypal will email you a receipt.

Tanker Offshore

Received this 10 minutes ago.

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Good afternoon Paul and Dan,

We have been informed that the U.S. Coast Guard has directed the LNG transport ship that’s scheduled to take on LNG from our facility to anchor overnight tonight offshore from your communities.

The ship is expected to arrive after sundown tonight, set anchor in the USCG-designated area, and depart around sunrise tomorrow for our offshore platform.

We have been reassured that this is not going to be a routine activity. We have been told that this action is related to the security screening process that’s part of the Coast Guard’s security program for LNG transport vessels.

I’ll keep you advised if we learn of any change in plans.

Thank you.
Karl

Karl R. Neddenien
Maryland Media/Community Relations Manager
Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG Business Center
Please note my new address and phone number
80 Anchorage Lane
Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-326-5729
Mobile: 804-317-5267

Tanker anchored off of Cove Point

I JUST RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING EMAIL FROM DOMINION…

Good morning, Paul.

Alan Spahr was kind enough to provide your email address so that I can share some information about the ship that’s anchored offshore right now. You may wish to share it with the members of your Homeowners’ Association.

An LNG transport ship has received authorization from the U.S. Coast Guard to set anchor offshore from the Dominion Energy Cove Point (DECP) LNG terminal pending berthing at the terminal’s offshore platform.

The ship’s arrival is related to the final commissioning process for the DECP liquefaction process. Production of LNG began in late January.

Please consider me your point of contact with the Cove Point LNG terminal and let me know of any issues, concerns or suggestions you may have.

I look forward to meeting you some day.

Thanks.
Karl

Karl R. Neddenien
Maryland Media/Community Relations Manager
Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG Business Center
Please note my new address and phone number
80 Anchorage Lane
Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-326-5729
Mobile: 804-317-5267

Cove Point Beach Association – Update – Oct/2017

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC.

UPDATE – OCTOBER 22, 2017

On behalf of your recently elected Cove Point Beach Association, Inc. (CPBA) Board of Directors, we want to introduce ourselves and let you know what we have been working on since the fall meeting and election was held.  Listed below are a few highlights:

1 – Election: Six new Board members were elected (*) and three Board Members continue their terms of office.  They are:

  • Paul Plattner, President *
  • Larry Hultberg, Vice President *
  • Shawn Carroll, Corresponding Secretary
  • Trish David, Treasurer *
  • Mark Rokala, Corporate Secretary *
  • Carol Booker *
  • Fay Fratz
  • Matt Lehtonen
  • Tony Pompa *

2- Thank You: We want to sincerely thank those long-serving Board Members who recently left the Board…Alan Spahr, Nip Ritter, and Wayne Shipp.  Without their dedication and service Cove Point Beach would not be the great place that it is.  Thanks for all that you have done. As there are only three Board members from the previous Board, the new Board members are on a quick learning curve and we thank all the folks who are sharing there time to educate us and get as moving in the right direction.  A big thank you also goes to Marti Leland who led the Nomination Committee and got enough candidates so we once again have a fully staffed Board of Directors.

3- Committee Appointments: The appointment of five committee chairs have been made and we are looking for volunteers, in good standing, from the community who desire to serve as co-chairs and members on these committees.  The Committees and Chairpersons are:

  • Beach – Shawn Carroll
  • Hospitality – Larry Hultberg
  • Membership – Trish David
  • Roads – Matt Lehtonen
  • Security – Tony Pompa

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please let us know.

4- Regular Communications: As your new Board moves forward, it is our desire to keep our community informed.  One of the first things we are working on is revamping  the CPBA website and establishing an e-mail system for the Board to use to communicate with our members .  As you see from this email, I’m using a Cove Point Beach email address…you can this address to contact me president@covepointbeach.com.  We will be establishing new email addresses for the other Board officers as well.  Additionally, we are identifying several priorities for the Board and the community to work on.  Possible priorities under consideration include:  enforcement of the parking rules for non-resident parking on the roads at the beach walkways; springtime beach and road cleanup; updating the CPBA phone directory; and planning appropriate summertime community activities.  We will keep you posted as to our progress.

In closing, as we move forward we want to hear your ideas on how to make Cove Point Beach an even greater community to be part of.  To accomplish this, we do need volunteers to assist us.  So, if you are interested in being involved as a member on any of the Board committees (see item #3 above) and or volunteer for any of our community projects and activities, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Paul Plattner

President

Info Needed to Access the North Beach

As many of you are aware, there have been some problems recently related to property owners and/or their guests accessing Dominion property (i.e., the north beach north of the no trespassing sign) as well as Dominion employees accessing CPBA property (i.e., our private roads). In order to address these problems and identify solutions, Lauren Kabler and myself met with Mike Frederick, V.P., LNG Operations, several weeks ago to discuss and establish mutually agreeable ground rules for accessing each other’s private property, as described below.

Before accessing the north beach north of the no trespassing sign (north beach), you should notify Dominion security. You may do so by calling 410-286-5130. If you do not notify Dominion security prior to accessing the north beach, you will likely be approached by a member of Dominion’s security staff and be asked to verify that you are a property owner and/or guest of a property owner.  Specifically,  Dominion has requested that we not walk in any of the restoration areas (clearly marked with signs) located north and south of the solid stone wall. Additionally, please avoid walking above the high tide line and in the dunes, and restrain your dog from doing the same. Our efforts in this regard will help reduce significant negative impacts to this sensitive ecological coastal resource. The north beach is home to dune stabilizing vegetation that includes Ammophila breviligulata, Distichlis spicata, and Spartina patens as well as rare plant species like Ammania latifolia and Carex hyalinolepis. Several turtle species, including diamond back terrapin, and the puritan tiger beetle are also found in this beach ecosystem.

Dominion will continue to access Poplar Drive as part of their security patrol. Dominion will also access other CPBA owned roads periodically to repair fencing, replace signage and remove trees falling from Dominion property onto CPBA property.  However, Dominion will not access other CPBA owned roads, for this work or any other, without first notifying CPBA. Upon notification by Dominion, CPBA will notify the community via the CPBA website at:  http://covepointbeach.com/ .

It is our desire that by establishing simple ground rules related to accessing each other’s private property we can avoid problems in the future. It is often said that fences make good neighbors. These ground rules are an attempt to avoid having to put up any more “fences.” They also enable, despite any concern some of us may have related to the Dominion expansion, the continuation of the cordial and neighborly relationship our community has had with Dominion for decades.

Sincerely,

CPBA Board