07/31/2007 (10:18 am)

Whew!

Filed under: HOA ::

So our newsletters hit mailboxes yesterday, and if you’ve taken a look, you’ve seen four or five places where we stamped our new web address.  Turning to your computer, you came to see.  See what, exactly?  Not much, until now.  And candidly, still not much.  But hang on  — we’re gradually getting the hang of this thing, speaking of hanging.

 As you’re probably aware, serving with the homeowners’ association is completely voluntary.  Unlike Congress, your beloved board doesn’t get to vote itself regular pay raises.  Nor do we throw money around for professional site development.  This is your president’s O-J-T for a number of other sites he wishes to develop for actual revenue-producing purposes.

 If you’ve ever taken a look at our previous site, you’ll probably agree that this is already an improvement.  Here’s what to look for in the near term …

1) A continuation of the newsletter article regarding property and paint variances, including a color picture of the house that was discussed therein (as soon as I learn “FTPing” graphics and documents from my office to the site host.

2) Sidebar postings of our constitution, bylaws, architectural standards and such, where they’re more readily accessible.  Sometimes we get calls: “How do I obtain an architectural variance?”  They too will be posted on the site.

3) Better means of contact.  We’ll add e-mail forwarding capabilities to make it far easier for homeowners to communicate to the appropriate persons.  Questions about a bill or statement?  Before long you’ll more easily know where to turn.

4) Better means of communication.  We’ll be able to provide you more frequent and hopefully useful communication, vs. a quarterly newsletter as our main voice.  Hard to know for sure, but we estimate 80% of our homeowners are online, whether at home or work.  We DO know for sure that whatever the percentage actually is, it increases each year.

5) Better discussion, and hopefully better community.  When we figure out how to enable the comments section, we’ll have the capability for an online community forum.    Hopefully every reader will find the discussion interesting and informative.

 More later.  Please check back often.  It’s my intent to get more content posted every day until we achieve our vision of what this site can be.