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Oquirrh Annie: Scrooge visits Daybreak?

By Scoop, on 24-11-2008 11:50

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Dear Oquirrh Annie, 

                I attended my first Daybreak BOD meeting this past week.  I must admit, my attendance was prompted by concern for a problem that impacts the area immediately surrounding my home and not concern for the community at large. After listening to all the issues in the community, I felt just a bit ashamed that I only attended to address my small problem.  Believe me, I won’t be that short sighted again!

 

   

                The reason for my letter to you Annie is I’m deeply concerned about the management of our community.  As I mentioned the BOD meeting was my first exposure to our HOA management, so I really had no idea what to expect.

 

   

                After listening to the rhetoric of how difficult it was to balance the budget, that homeowners would have to “go without” certain things, and that homeowners were expected to make up the difference for a 19% default on HOA/Telecommunications dues by increasing our payment by 10%, I began to have a few doubts about how capable our management team is.

 

   

                My doubts became certainty when it was announced that 4% raises would be issued to HOA employees.  What planet do these people live on?  My husbands company just laid off 20% of the staff with the potential for more employee cuts shortly.  He now does his job and fills in for two other former employees.  His benefits were cut and a raise is just a lovely, far away dream.  I know several families living in Daybreak in this situation and worse.

 

   

                So Annie, please help me make sense of how these people deserve a raise when it appears some of the management team aren’t doing a very good job and the people they want the raise from don’t have the money to support it.

 

 

  Sincerely,No Merry Christmas Here 

 

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Oquirrh Annie: The Broken Daybreak Dream

By Oquirrh Annie, on 10-09-2008 08:57

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Dear Oquirrh Annie,

     I’m disgusted, appalled, sickened, revolted, and on a good day, only dismayed with the Daybreak HOA and Kennecott Land.     

           

     I bought the Daybreak dream, sitting on my front porch, chatting with neighbors as they pass, enjoying a glass of iced tea while watching the sun set. My dream turned to an ugly reality and I haven’t sat on my front porch in two and a half years.  I don’t even like parking my car in front of the house because that would require me to walk by the horrible mess that keeps me from sitting on my front porch.             

   

     The first year we lived in Daybreak we found our home was surrounded by houses bought by an investor for rental property.  We really didn’t think about it until our first summer, when the landscape was left to rot and become overgrown. The drainage from the neighboring home flooded our backyard and eroded the area under our air conditioner. Trash and debris was left in driveways and yards.   The HOA promised to take action. They sent the owner letters and threatened fines.  No follow up and ultimately, nothing happened.  The HOA’s comment, “we don’t want to offend/alienate any of our homeowners”.  Well, they certainly did a good job of all that with me.         

       

     Year two, same thing, only the HOA didn’t take action. No letters were sent, no threats of fines, no follow up. I expressed by complaints to Kennecott Land who sent two of their representatives to my home.   We discussed the issue, they experienced the environment first hand.  We told them we wanted to sell our house because Daybreak was not as advertised. More promises made, things were going to change, not to worry, and everything will be straightened up with new incoming HOA management. Blah, blah, blah.  Guess what happened, NOTHING!  In fact less action than year one, if that was possible.        

         

     Third year, we are coming to the end of a summer exactly like the last two.   The “new” HOA management has had a year to take action.  NOTHING!  Kennecott Land has been in the mix for one year, more NOTHING!  I want to pull my hair when I hear the new Kennecott excuse, “we can’t clean up all the homes in foreclosure, it would cost the community a fortune”.  How is it that they don’t understand, after being told numerous times, the homes surrounding me haven’t been nor are they currently in foreclosure!  In fact the owner is very well off and can certainly afford to take care of his properties.                

 

 

     Meanwhile, I have a pocket full of promises and B***S*** from the HOA and Kennecott.  I can’t sell my house without taking a huge loss as the properties surrounding me look like crap.      

          

     I pay my HOA dues in full and on time, volunteer for the community when time allows, and pitch in to help neighbors when need arises. All actions that contribute to building community, one of the main pillars of the Daybreak Charter created by Kennecott Land.  So why is it, Kennecott and our HOA feel it’s appropriate to abandon a good homeowner when asked to enforce their own rules?  Seems Kennecotts sense of community ends when they cash the check for building lots.  

 

 

Sincerely Livin’ in the Trailer park

 

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