The Landings Management Association, Inc.

Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting

December 7, 2006


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, Don Smally, John Newcomer and Fred Stanyer constituting a quorum. Also present was George Niel of Argus Property Management, Inc. Irwin Starr of The Landings Eagle and several 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 November 2, 2006 Board Meeting


On a motion by Richard Bayles and seconded by John Newcomer the minutes were unanimously accepted.


President’s Report:


The President reported that Mr. Morris developer of Phillippi Landings, had contacted him to report that a clean up was underway on the Southside of The Landings around the County Park.


The President asked Richard Bayles about a request from a LHA member concerning “Green Landscaping”.


He reported the resident was working with the County about a program, that educates about and recommends the use of, ecologically sound fertilizers and pest control products. It was decided to put this issue on the January 2007 Agenda and that all of the Association’s 20 Presidents should be urged to attend.


The President then opened a discussion about the Eagle’s Nest area.


Don Smally reported that he had received the study of the area from Minder & Associates, which was approved at the November Board Meeting. This plan will enable the Association to now seek bids to correct the drainage problem. He also reported the study also provides the information necessary for the Association to apply for a County Grant to help pay for the project. Director Fred Stanyer suggested that a professional grant writer should be consulted. No action was taken.


The President said that the grant applications should be the responsibility of the Drainage Committee.


It was then decided to expand the Drainage Committee with someone who would be able to help with the grant process.


Larry Fleming a member of the Drainage Committee said that when the Eagle’s Nest project would move into the landscaping phase that he would help with the writing of that grant application.


 Landscaping report:


Fred Stanyer reported that new flowers have been planted and the Holiday lights have been put up. He also reported that attempts to reach Mr. Norris of Sarasota County Schools, regarding the landscaping issue on the south side of Landings Blvd outside of the main gate were unfruitful.


Treasurer’s Report:


The Treasurer said that his report was attached to the October 31, 2006 financials, previously distributed to Board members. John Newcomer then made a motion seconded by Bill Whitman to approve the Treasurer’s report, motion passed unanimously.


The Treasurer, made a motion to approve the Smith Barney Resolution, establishing new signatures on the account. Dee Ricapito seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.


Safety and Security Committee:


Bill Whitman reported that all of the gates are now working properly and that the curb painting has started.

He also reported an occurrence at the main gate, which is under investigation.


Roads and Drainage Committee:


Don Smally reminded the Board that Minder & Associates should be given the 2007 road-paving plan to do the engineering during January and February 2007 so that Mariotti could start the paving in April 2007. He also advised the Board his replacement should be chosen as soon as possible.


Lakes Committee:


In Jerry McFadden’s absence the President gave the lake report: He reported that Lake 1 is now completely cleaned and Lake 3 has been sprayed for algae.


Nature Trail:


There was no report.


Public Relations Committee:


Dee Ricapito reported that the hidden driveway sign that was requested has been erected. She also reported she is making plans for the Newcomer Party.


Old Business:


No old business discussed.


New Business:


Irwin Starr reported that he would be conducting some new traffic patterns at the North end of the Landings with the use of traffic cones, which will not have any financial obligation to the Association. After a discussion the Board did not express any objections.




The meeting on a motion by Richard Bayles and seconded by Dee Ricapito was adjourned at 7:47 PM.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 4, 2007.


Respectfully submitted,



George Niel, Acting Secretary