Wednesday, April 27, 2016

(Quick) Update from Receiver

Quick Update

1) We started towing cars from the club house parking lot

2) Pool repairs are progressing as planned

3) The large pond fountain is under repair

4) Owners can call the tow company to have cars towed from their assigned spot but must give their name and some other info to the driver. 

5) Landscape clean up continues over the next few weeks

6) There is no date planned for the election yet

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Update From Receiver

The following information was provided to us by HHSG with instructions to post it for all Cedar Run residents/owners:

  1. We are collecting quite a bit of money from the delinquent accounts lowering the AR balance weekly.
  2. There are only four parking spots not rented for the year.  89, 150, 168 and 175.
  3. I encourage owners to stop by and read or pick up the FRR report. (which can also be downloaded HERE)
  4. Spring cleanup by Landscape Concepts will be done in a the next few weeks.
    • Trees are being planted by mid-April
    • Plow damage to the grass will be repaired after April 15
    • We are mulching the tree rings but not the large maples.
    • Pond fountains will be installed in April
    • Spring flowers will be installed in mid-April
  5. Pool passes will only be issued to residents that are up to date on their assessments.
  6. Towing continues, however we’ve had very few tows in the past few weeks.  People are following the rules.
  7. Security cameras were updated and the system upgraded in the past few weeks.  The cameras were damage by a few teenagers last week.  We have them on camera and the film has been turned over to the police.  Receiver will press charges as soon as the vandals are identified.
  8. The office hours at the club house are Monday  and Wednesday 3:00 – 7:00 pm and Friday  1:00-4:00 pm
  9. The office staff is creating a standard operating procedure manual in order to provide continuity of operations to the new Board.
  10. Election of a new HOC  board is planned for May 2016.



**UPDATE Additional comments below in response to recent owner comments UPDATE**

Good questions are put forth via this blog.  I will answer a few of the points raised. 
  1. Trees are going in where they were removed unless it was not prudent from a landscape perspective to reinstall at the same location.
  2. The tow company will tow cars if they are in your spot or blocking your driveway. 
  3. Call the tow company if you see an issue.  They will come out at some point.  However they are not waiting for calls so they will get there as soon as the can.
  4. I’ve asked the tow company to increase the patrolling on the weekend.  They have confirmed they will be there more often.
  5. Grass seeding will be after the 15th. Too early will waste the HOC's money if there is a freeze.  BTW its snowing today :)
  6. Parking is a problem, I understand that.  I'm not authorized to overturn a program of this magnitude. As I've explained to numerous people the new board can change that program after the election.
  7. Street repairs are very expensive.  I will be doing some repairs in the next two months but they are limited in scope. 
  8. There are other management companies that are viable options for the Board to select after the elections. The selection process should be very deliberate.
  9. Spring Clean up begins next week weather permitting
  10. The fountains are in as expected
  11. The planter has been repaired
  12. The fence has been repaired
  13. Security camera's are repaired

Finally, the majority of calls we get here at HHSG are from people who are behind in their assessments.  My staff here can answer most of the items mentioned above with a short email or a pone call.  Leave a message if you go to voice mail please.  Or email the Homeowner Services Department at hsd@hhsg.net.

Also FYI, we have English, Spanish, and Russian speakers on staff.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cedar Run Update - Election Ordered for May; Receiver's Report Available

We're Getting Closer.....
On February 25th, 2016, the Honorable Judge Garcia issued a Summary Judgement that included an order to conduct Cedar Run's election for an entirely new board of directors (twelve in total).  This election will be scheduled sometime in May of 2016, although an exact date has not yet been established.  More details should be available after the next hearing on 3/17.

This long-awaited election will be a great milestone for Cedar Run and opportunity for the community to heal after years of turmoil.  It will be a chance to get some much needed closure and a chance to start anew with a responsible board and management.


Bogus Bylaws Officially Void
It should come as no surprise, as the judge has made his stance quite clear on the matter of the Sher/Shaw groups "2012 Bylaws", but they have now been officially declared as void.  The original, "1972 Bylaws" will govern the election.

Again, it was clear from the very start that the Bogus Bylaws would never hold up in court.  However, the Shaw sisters (attorney's Anne & Caryn) have been fighting and trying to find an argument (more like grasping at straws) to justify these Bogus Bylaws for almost two years.  While none of their arguments had much merit, Judge Garcia still gave them a chance to make their case.....many times.  Should the Shaws appeal this decision, they will have quite an uphill battle if they intend to show they were treated unfairly by Judge Garcia.

Click HERE for a copy of the court's orders.


Receiver's Report
The Receiver's seventh report, as presented to the court is now available by clicking HERE.
A financial report for Cedar Run, dated 12/31/2015 was also presented in court.  An excerpt from this report, containing a basic financial summary can be found by clicking HERE.

Please note that we did not post the complete financial report, because it contains some sensitive homeowner information.  Although this is a public document that anyone could theoretically obtain at any courthouse, we did not want this information posted on this public website.


Please email us at restoreCR@gmail.com if you'd like a copy of the complete financial report.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Update from Receiver

We received the following update from the receiver regarding collections and parking.
 

Legal Collections
The Receiver has initiated  legal collection activities on over 40 owners that owe significant back assessments.

Collections began after notification of outstanding balances were provided monthly from Nov, Dec and Jan.  10 Day notices were issued and finally the delinquent accounts were  turned over to an attorney for collection.   Once an account is turned over to the attorney we no longer accept payments to the lock box nor will we discuss any delinquent accounts.  All correspondence must be sent to the attorney.  All costs associated with legal collections are assessed back to the unit owners accounts.

Parking/Towing
Over 170 parking spaces have been rented for the year, the remainder are in the process of being offered to people on the waiting list that is posted in the club house.


The above was quoted directly from the receiver.  Please contact HHSG for any questions or clarification.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wheeling Police Giving Presentation for Cedar Run Residents

Apologies for the day-of notice, but we have been informed that the Wheeling Police Crime Prevention Division will be giving a presentation this evening at the Cedar Run Clubhouse.

It will take place at 7:30PM

All residents and owners are welcome

The topic will be how to call & interact with police and how to properly file a police report.  There will also be an open forum after the presentation where everyone will have the chance to provide feedback and ask questions.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Updates from Receiver (HHSG)

Staff at Heil, Heil, Smart & Golee have reached out to us and provided some updates on some pertinent issues for Cedar Run

The following information has been quoted and/or paraphrased from the correspondence that we've had with the receiver.



Snow Removal
  • In light of the precipitation on 12/28, LCM (Landscape Concepts Management) has been instructed to throw salt and to be on standby for downed trees/limbs due to high winds.

Parking

Clearly an imperfect solution but the only solution until a new board is elected.
  1. Towing has begun for specific issues (blocking dumpster, hydrants, yellow curbs).  Two cars were towed as of December 22nd.
  2. We have been calling people that had spots in 2015 but have not reregistered for 2016 to give them a final chance to renew their spot and prevent getting towed.
  3. Owners who were delinquent on their assessments were not given a parking space for 2016.
  4. Many people had special “deals” with the Sher/Shaw group, but those have not been continued.  Rules are being applied equally to all owners/residents as stated under the existing parking program.
  5. Starting December 23rd, available spots are being assigned to owners on the waiting list.
  6. Cars without stickers will start getting towed soon.
  7.  More aggressive parking patrols will begin after the 1st of Jan.
  8. The goal is not to tow cars but to apply the rules as stated and change behavior.
  9. ***UPDATE 1/11/2016*** - Towing for vehicles without proper stickers has now begun.
Financials
  1. The FR&R report (aka the Frost report) will be available in Spanish soon.
  2. The FR&R report is being used to settle outstanding balances for homeowners.
  3. Numerous owners are now entering the collection process and will be turned over to a collection attorney in early January of 2016 if they haven't made arrangements to settle up by then.
  4. ***UPDATE 1/11/2016*** - 10 day notices for delinquent owners have now expired. Delinquent owners are being turned over to an attorney for collections.
Swimming Pool for 2016
  1. The pool is scheduled to be open 28 May thru 4 September.
  2. Contracts are in place for Life guards and the opening/closing of the pool as well as weekly maintenance.
  3. Extensive pool repairs are planned for 2016 (signed contracts for the pump room and getting estimates for the pool itself)
Maintenance
  • We are working on a new sign for the Cedar Run entrance.  The sign was hit in an accident and destroyed.

Once again please understand that the above information above came directly from HHSG.  Any opinions expressed do not represent the opinions of the blog editors or contributors.

We do, however, appreciate the efforts of HHSG to reach out to directly to us  to provide this update.  Whether it's via this blog or otherwise....whether it's good news or bad news, most homeowners would agree that more communication is desired.

For an official answer to any questions or concerns about the above information, you will need to contact HHSG directly.  Posting in the comments section will not guarantee that your question/comment is received or addressed..

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cedar Run Accounting Report Now Available!!

SEE THE REPORT THAT THE SHER/SHAW GROUP DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE!!

Cedar Run homeowners recently received a letter from the receiver (HHSG), indicating that the report from the accounting firm Frost, Ruttenberg, & Rothblatt (FR&R) is now available to all homeowners.  This report (referred to in court as 'The Frost Report')contains an analysis of the Cedar Run HOC financial records going back from 2011 through early 2015.

The Sher/Shaw group has been FIGHTING DESPERATELY FOR MONTHS to keep YOU from seeing this report!
(see the 11/4/15 hearing transcript for the final stage of this battle along with judge's decision)

There are two main components to the Frost Report:

Body of the report
About 27 pages that explain and summarize FR&R's findings and methods used to come up with their findings.

Exhibits
Over 3000 pages of contracts, bank records, invoices, receipts, and all other backup material referenced in the body of the report.  It also includes reconstructed ledgers that FR&R created since the Sher/Shaw group had no real financial system in place.


How to obtain copies of the report

As stated in HHSG's letter, printed copies of the body of the report (27 pages) may be obtained at the Cedar Run clubhouse (in English only for now). Electronic copies can also be requested by emailing hsd@hhsg.net.

OR

You can view and download the English version right here on the blog.  Click HERE
(Spanish version to be posted when available)

The exhibits (3000+ pages) can be viewed in person, at the clubhouse by any homeowner.  We are still trying to get clarification on exactly how this will be handled, but we believe that it will require an appointment.


What's in the report?

We'll post a more detailed summary and analysis of the report at a later date.  But here are just a few highlights:

  • $168,920.55  paid to Robert Sher & Jack Shaw since they took over Cedar Run
    • ($103,479.98 to Robert; $65,440.57 to Jack)
  • $218,105.04 in legal fees paid out to Shaw Legal Services through February of 2015
    • (That may not include what was paid out to them after February of 2015, which is over $20,000)
  • $35,462.52 paid to board members
  • $27,395.58 in debit card transactions with NO RECEIPTS OR BACKUP DOCUMENTATION
  • $18,817.86 in reimbursement checks payable to Robert Sher with NO RECEIPTS OR BACKUP DOCUMENTATION
  • $167,905.92 in delinquent assessments that were never collected
    • (about $107,000 may now need to be written off as noncollectable, bad debt)
  • $43,833.91 paid to settle unnecessary, frivolous lawsuits with vendors.
  • $10,147.86 in loans given out to Zac's Landscaping with no evidence of it being paid back or any agreement to pay it back.
    • (plus $2000 of homeowner funds given to Zac's to purchase a snow plow with with no requirement for Zac's to pay it back)
  • Countless examples that show a clear pattern of utter incompetence, lack of organization, and irresponsible handling of the association's finances.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth breakdown of the Frost Report's findings and what these findings mean for Cedar Run. For now, please encourage your fellow homeowners to obtain their own copy of the report and read it thoroughly.

Spanish version of the report will be available soon for download/distribution to Latino homeowners.

The Frost report is the first real dose of transparency that we've seen in over THREE YEARS!


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