March 2019 Report to Owners
Spring is here. Spring Break is here. Spring fog is here. Spring birds are here. Hard to believe, but spring is finally here. And with it comes a renewed energy to get things done. Your Board has been busy mapping out the year and on-boarding a new management company. Below are updates on some key initiatives.
New Management Contracted
Spectrum Association Management is our new management company. After a careful review of five qualified companies, we signed a contract with Spectrum. Our decision was based on several factors, including the company’s local office in Corpus Christi, its management of Island Mooring’s HOA, and the fact it had the highest satisfaction ratings. Also, Spectrum’s cost is similar to what we have been paying. A special thanks to Lynn Powers, Debbie Kahanek and Susan O’Bryant for their work on vetting and providing final candidates to the Board.
Chris Veatch will be staying on as a Spectrum team member. Henry Stewart is our regional representative from Spectrum and will be actively involved.
All of us owe a debt of gratitude to Parkie Luce and Luce Properties for years of service to our community. Parkie’s dedication to the island and our members is greatly appreciated. Parkie will continue to be involved in island activities and provide homeowner support in any way.
Please Register Your Account with Spectrum
With the hiring of Spectrum comes a new portal where members can review their account, pay dues online, request a permit approval from the ACC and more. This Key Allegro Island website will remain, but all official documents and homeowner data will be moved to the Spectrum website in the coming weeks.
You can register your account by going to www.spectrumam.com/homeowner-account, click “Create Account” and use access code 8340800036.
A new compliance system is being implemented with the hiring of Spectrum to ensure we protect values and Deed Restrictions. Please know Spectrum will help in any way possible to support homeowners who may receive a compliance letter in the coming weeks. A major responsibility of your Board is to uphold the KACPOA covenants and ensure we protect your property values.
2019 Annual Meeting
We had a great turnout for the 2019 Annual Meeting held Saturday, February 23. About 150 homeowners attended along with the Board of Directors and special guests County Judge Burt Mills, Mayor Pat Rios, City Manager Kevin Carruth, Rockport Police Interim Chief Greg Fletcher, CID Commander Jerry Lawing, and Ward 3 City Councilman Warren Hassinger.
The Board and committees covered a lot of ground reporting on everything from our current strong financials to the construction of the new bridge to progress on a canal bathymetric study and the Public Realm committee update on island common rebuild. You can review a copy of the Keynote presentation here.
Rickey Williams, Ed Rainwater and Lynn Powers were re-elected to the board. New members include Brink Brinkerhoff, John Schwarz and Keitha Spiekerman. We welcome our newest class of board members and look forward to working together for our members.
Officers for 2019 include myself as president, Vice President Dudley McDaniel, Treasurer Lynn Power, , and Secretary Debbie Kahanek.
2019 KACPOA Major Strategies and Initiatives
- Transition to our new management company, Spectrum.
- Complete, along with the City of Rockport, the revetment project.
- Complete the Bathymetric Study and develop a long-range plan for failed bulkheads and canal dredging.
- Update the Master Covenant documents to comply with Texas Property Code and modern HOA community legal documents.
- Complete the first phase of the Public Realm plan to include all road islands and circles.
- Repair the Allegro House using the funds available from insurance proceeds.
- Develop a welcome packet for new residents.
- Using the learnings from Harvey, develop a Disaster Preparedness Plan.
- Develop a comprehensive security study and plan.
The KACPOA continues to have a strong balance sheet and the Board was able to balance the budget for 2019 without an increase in dues. Billing for 2019 dues will go out soon as we are still transitioning financial balances over to Spectrum.
Finally, we have progress on the Key Allegro bridge reconstruction. In late January, a critical meeting was called by local officials to set a path for rebuilding our bridge. TxDOT will take control of engineering, design and construction and will commit 90 percent of the funding, and the City of Rockport will commit the remaining 10 percent. The new bridge system will be built close to the same footprint of the existing bridge and will contain walk and bike paths on each side. The bridge will be near the same height and the channel will be widened to around 100 feet. TXDOT will construct the bridge in two phases. First, a new eastbound lane just south of the existing bridge will be built. Once completed, TxDOT will tear down the existing bridge and build the westbound lane, which will be connected to the new eastbound lane. Lighting for the bridge and access to Broadway will be decided at a later date. Special thanks to Board member Ed Rainwater for his diligence in working with local officials to advance the bridge project.
Master Covenant Advisory Committee Formed
At the March 9 Board meeting, a committee charter was approved for the development of a Master Covenant Advisory Committee that will advance the Master Covenant document. An information session is tentatively set for 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Allegro House, 29 Mazatlán. Interested homeowners are encouraged to attend the meeting. The KACPOA Board will not be making any decisions at this meeting. We will be presenting the current draft and reviewing the Master Covenant Advisory Committee roles and responsibilities.
Events Committee Forming
It’s time to start thinking about our spring and summer plans, including our favorite holiday on the island — the 4th of July. As we make plans for Key Allegro’s Annual 4th of July Celebration, we are asking for those interested in volunteering to let us know. The Board of Directors encourages community involvement and, quite frankly, we need you! We have agreed to form a working Events Committee for 2019 planning. Listed below are several key team leaders needed to make this and future events a HUGE success, if any of these sound like you, please email the events team at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 18 at noon.
This enthusiastic person will work with volunteers to brainstorm on fundraising opportunities and facilitate such things as raffles, sponsorships, merchandise sales and other areas.
This person will have exceptional organizational skills, can work with vendors to get bids, have the ability to envision space planning for Blue Heron Park, and work with volunteers to delegate and ensure that the event setup and take-down goes off without a hitch.
This person will work with their team to plan this year’s activities at the event and coordinate with other team leads on space and layout, as well as the chairman on budget. Last year’s activities included live music, games, bounce houses, dunking booth, etc.
This leader will create signage and traffic plan, golf cart parking areas, golf cart shuttle needs, coordination with Blue Heron neighbors, emergency plan, first aid booth and more.
Other volunteer needs include team members to assist the team leads in all of the above. Whether you have an hour or days to give, we can use your help to make this year a HUGE success.
Canal Bathymetric Study Approved
The KACPOA Board approved a comprehensive study of our canals to ensure we have good data to make future decisions on dredging, canal debris removal and bulkhead conditions. Bellaire Environmental (BEI) was engaged to complete the study, which included interval depth soundings of all canals, the collection of canal bottom soil samples, and reading of all bulkhead conditions. The study will be completed in the coming weeks. The report and findings will hopefully be available at the April Board meeting. A special thanks goes out to Dudley McDaniel, who has worked diligently on this and the revetment project that we all hope will finally start construction in 2019.
The Island continues to get better each and every day. It is great to see new home construction, remodeling, and new bulkheads being completed all across the island. Here’s wishing each of you a great spring season.