The Landings Management Association, Inc.

Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting

March 1, 2007


Call to Order


Bob Capo called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Landings Racquet Club, 5350 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida.


Determination of Quorum


Present were Bob Capo, Dolores (Dee) Ricapito, Bill Whitman, Dick Bayles, John Newcomer, Henry Rhodes, Larry Spelman, Kathrine Leidel and Jerry McFadden constituting a quorum. Also present was George Niel of Argus Property Management, Inc., Irwin Starr of The Landings Eagle, Ben Mayne Chairman of the Landscape Committee and about seven homeowners.


Confirmation of Proper Meeting Notice


The notice was posted in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association and requirements of Florida Statutes.


Appointment of Acting Secretary


A motion was made and seconded to appoint George Niel as Acting Secretary for the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.


Approval of Minutes of February 1, 2007 Board Meeting and February 1, 2007 Organizational Meeting


On a motion by Dick Bayles and seconded by Bill Whitman the minutes were unanimously accepted.


President’s Report:


The President stated that the fence between The Landings and the car dealership has been softened as per previous discussions with the owner of the dealership.


Treasurer’s Report:


The Treasurer stated that there was an unexpected expense of $4,000.00 to update/repair the security system wiring. His complete report is attached as Exhibit “A”.


Committee Reports:


 Safety and Security:


Bill Whitman reported that he had contacted Bennett Security Equipment, Inc. concerning a service contract to maintain the efficient operation of the Association’s gates. He stated that the contract would cost $171.20 per quarter. After a discussion the Board approved the contract.


Bill Whitman also reported that he engaged a Traffic Engineer (at no charge) to evaluate the traffic flow around The Landings. The evaluation will occur on March 6, 2007 at 9:30 AM and anyone that would like to attend is welcome.


Bill Whitman also stated that the Association had some time ago purchased a “Radar Gun” and has full authority under the Association’s Documents to enforce the posted speed limits in The Landings and will be doing so in the near future.


A speed monitoring device as seen on the State Highways advising “Your Speed” is not available at this time.


Landscaping Report:


Ben Mayne reported that after an extensive evaluation, all but three of the Association’s 53 islands needed to be improved.


He stated that he is working with Merle Raber the Association’s landscaper and will be bringing to the Board in the near future a landscaping plan along with the costs of that plan.


He also stated that he had met with the “Nest” organization and they are helping with the landscaping plan and also investigating the possibility of any grant money that may be available.


Roads and Drainage Committee:

Larry Spelman reported that he had met with John Minder of Minder and Associates to get started on the engineering that will be necessary to start the 2007 paving between The Landings and Circuit City.


The Manager stated that he had one large pot hole on that roadway repaired but was holding off on the smaller pot holes because the roadway was going to be resurfaced in the near future.


A discussion then arose about the turning lanes, however no action was taken. It was decided to wait until the resurfacing was completed to determine if the turning lanes should be reconfigured.


Lakes Committee:


Jerry McFadden reported that during the last month he had no calls concerning the lakes and therefore he had nothing to report.


Nature Trail:


A discussion then arose about the condition of the “Nature Trail and the performance of the contractor now maintaining it. It was then decided to have Raber’s Landscaping give a bid on the maintenance of the “Nature Trail”. 


The trimming of some Mangroves that may only benefit one resident was discussed, however no action was taken. It was decided that the Board would need more information before taking any action.


Public Relation Committee:


Dee Ricapito reported that the “Newcomer” party was a huge success with fifty-one “Newcomers” attending. The Board and everyone present gave Dee a round of applause.


Kathrine Leidel reported that Earl Morgosh said he would carve another “Wooden Eagle” to replace the one that was stolen and she would like to place it on the west side of the gate house. After a discussion Kathrine Leidel was given the go-ahead with the project.


Old Business:


A very long and intense discussion then took place concerning the “Speed Bumps” recently installed by the Board, those

in favor would not waiver from their position and those not in favor would not waiver from their position.


Irwin Starr stated that in his opinion the issue was more of a communication problem than the “Speed Bumps” themselves.


It was then decided that the Public Relation Committee would write an informational article that Irwin Starr would publish in the next issue of “The landings”.


It was a consensus of opinion that a majority of the Board favored leaving the “Speed Bumps” in until the issue is ultimately resolved.


New Business:


There was no new business discussed.




The meeting on a motion by Henry Rhodes and seconded by Dick Bayles was adjourned at 8:25 PM.  The next meeting is scheduled for April 5, 2007 @ 7:00PM.


Respectfully submitted,



George Niel, Acting Secretary