July 2021 Update:
Our roads and drainage system continue to deteriorate, and repair expenses continue to increase.
Points of Interest:
- As a gated neighborhood, we are responsible for the upkeep of our road system.
- Asphalt roads have an expected lifespan of 15-20 years.
- The current price of asphalt is roughly $2.00 per square foot.
- Resurfacing asphalt roads requires tens of thousands of dollars.
As a gated community, SOPOA is responsible for our road system. Without an increase in operating revenue, we cannot effectively maintain our roads and drainiage system. Our monthly and annual assessments support operating expenses and as expenses increase, our monthly assessments must increase to maintain the level of service to which we are accustomed.
Simple real estate research reveals Scenic Oaks Property Owner Association (SOPOA) annual and quarterly assessments are much lower than comparable neighborhoods. Our assessments are kept as low as possible thanks to volunteer residents who perform the functions provided to most HOAs by expensive external management companies.
Road Plan History
Our self-governing SOPOA benefits from a history of responsible budgeting which has allowed the SOPOA Board to plan periodic major improvements including building the neighborhood clubhouse, and funding major road maintenance projects about every four years.
In 2018, the SOPOA Board contracted with Civil Engineering Consultants (CEC) to obtain a professional survey of the conditions of our roads, many of them 40 years old and deteriorating at an increasing rate. CEC provided recommendations to help extend the life of our aging roads.
The 2019 proposed two-year plan would have provided SOPOA the ability to balance road maintenance expenses with current operating revenue. Assessment increases require a vote by at least a quorum of SOPOA members. A quorum was not achieved on voting day so there was no vote.
Many members of the Scenic Oaks community believe if more residents had participated in the 2019 vote, the proposed road plan would have passed.
We are now in a more expensive environment in which our current aging road surfaces will continue to fail before enough funds can be saved to resurface them. We have not yet addressed all the serious issues identified in the CEC report.
The additional funding required for minimal ongoing road maintenance (including patching, crack sealing and applying seal coat) outpaces the ability for our current budget to accrue necessary funds.
Our current alloted annual road budget was expended resurfacing Starling Drive and the cul de sac at Deerview and Limestone Ridge.
The best solution for our aging roads is correcting high priority drainage issues and prioritized resurfacing needs.
Increasing the monthly assessment by $20.00 is projected to fund about $150K per year for road maintenance. More annual funding requires a higher monthly assessment.
We are all fortunate to live in this wonderful neighborhood, and we all agreed to the covenants and restrictions required to purchase our homes.
We need to increase the monthly assessment and your input and approval is required.
Please update your contact information and assist in the governance and upkeep of our neighborhood by participating in monthly meetings and upcoming vote opportunities regarding monthly assessments and restrictions revisions.