Accomplishments

Sara-Cam’s Accomplishments

Sara-Cam works tirelessly for homeowners all through the year, not just when it’s time to negotiate a new agreement with the Park, as you can see from these examples of Sara-Cam Actions & Accomplishments:

  • Sara-Cam ensures that Management’s responsibilities specified in each 3-year contract with the Park are carried out.  Twenty months into the last 3-year contract, Sara-Cam reviewed the contract and found many items that, although negotiated, had not been addressed by the Park. Sara-Cam’s BOD sent registered letters to Management outlining the conditions that still needed to be addressed in the remaining contract time frame, leading to better compliance by Management

  • For the contract 2017-2019, Sara-Cam negotiated for and the Park agreed to, among other things: lot rent savings per resident of $36 for the first contract year; expanded gate coverage after the office closes; an increase in grass mowing frequency; longer sprinkler watering times; renewed commitment to a minimal $65,000 budget for road repairs; continued routine mold inspections; and no cost tree stump removal from resident’s lots provided Management is notified of the need for this service by the resident’s filling out a work order before 12-31-16.

  • For the contract 2014-2016, Sara-Cam negotiated for and the Park agreed to: lot rent savings per resident of $144 over 3 years; written job descriptions for security personnel; expanded gate coverage; an increase in the budget for road repairs; mold inspections for the Auditorium and new guidelines for better maintenance of the pools

  • For the contract 2010-2013, Sara-Cam negotiated for and the Park agreed to: conduct weed control and lawn fertilization at least twice annually, with cinch bug and fire ant control; install pool night lights that meet Florida codes; maintain Park-owned homes up to Park standards for all homeowners; and create designated smoking areas at the pools, making most of the pool enclosures non-smoking.  Additionally, based on hours of research, lot mapping and records review, Sara-Cam successfully negotiated a lot rent reduction for 28 lots

  • Sara-Cam implemented an organized complaint submission and tracking system to ensure follow-up of resident’s complaints for which a Management response is long overdue; an electronic version of that complaint system was made available to members in 2015

  • Changes to the Park’s Rules and Regulations negotiated by Sara-Cam raised the minimum age of residents from 18 to 45, provided one person occupying the home is 55 years of age or older

  • Sara-Cam organized a Homeowners’ Emergency Action Team (HEAT) that provides emergency pre- and post-disaster assistance to residents; the organization details included funding for necessary equipment such as searchlights and hard hats; Sara-Cam also maintains a database of e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for contacting members in case of an emergency

  • Sara-Cam relayed homeowners’ dissatisfaction with cable TV programming offered by the Park; negotiations with Management led to a credit for the cost of cable TV service provided directly by the Park, which was discontinued

  •  Sara-Cam demands that Management explain to residents the impact of revised Park Rules & Regulations; as a result, Management issues a “Letter of Clarification” to explain the reasons behind rule changes that Sara-Cam contested

  • Sara-Cam lobbied for locks on the fitness center doors; locks were installed

  • Sara-Cam protested Management’s discarding our publication “Insight” from distribution piles in the Clubhouse; the Park agreed that we could leave copies of the newsletter for residents; Sara-Cam has since moved to publishing on-line at its website saracamhoa.com, which has a pass word protected members section

  • Sara-Cam donated a submersible pump to assist residents in clearing out standing water after severe rain storms

  • Sara-Cam lobbied Management for stop signs on 9 cul-de-sac roads; stop signs were installed

  • Sara-Cam lobbied Management for an increase in the number of security cameras; more than 20 cameras are now installed

  • Sara-Cam lobbied for installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in common areas and for training for residents in AED use; the Park has installed several AEDs and trained residents in how to use the devices for emergency treatment for life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and ventricular fibrillation

  • Sara-Cam lobbied the Park for better lighting on Camelot Parkway where large trees obscure existing lights; lower pole lights were installed along the length of this main street

 

Sara-Cam’s Negotiating Committee is currently working with Management using input from members regarding items (our “wish list”) to be covered by the 2017-2020 contract. 

 

revised 10-17-2016