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Van Buren Point Association
Van Buren Point, NY
Van Buren Point is a unique experience affording tranquility and serenity within a private community amidst beautiful natural surroundings. This is attested to by the fact that its summer residents return year after year; many who came first as renters were so attracted that they have subsequently become property owners. Primarily, Van Buren Point is a family resort and its uniqueness rests largely in the relaxed and safe environment for children.
Please be aware that there was an incident on orchard where several teens tried to break into a storage shed. The boys were relatives of residents on Orchard and the police were called as a result. Additionally, to the east of the bay they have been reports of drug activity and individuals have come onto point property for no good and police were called to investigate. Also, someone or more stole a swing from the gazebo park and vandalized the yellow swing set in that park.
For those who may not know: The town of Portland is undertaking data collection to bring information about all parcels within Portland up to date. The hope is that more accurate information about properties in the town will be collected and serve as a base for property assessments. Various people who could do so have been attending the town council meetings to learn about this process over the past couple of years, but especially last summer. There will be a meeting at the Community Center on July 26 at 10 am with the representatives from the firm that has been hired to do the data collection. Then, later on August 13th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, the town council will hold it's regular meeting at the Community Center.
The Van Buren Point Association, Inc. By-Laws, updated to reflect revisions made by the membership on August 31, 2013, are available here.
Joe Hilger reports that the application for the 2015 Chautauqua County Occupancy Tax grant has been filed. To provide a better understanding of where the funding has gone, he has provided a 10 year History of the tax funding which was taken from reports prepared by the Department of Finance. The Director of Finance received a copy of these documents including the comments.
Summer 2014 News from the Women's Association
Summer is coming! Monica Graham announces activity plans for this Summer in the annual letter from the President of the Women's Association. The Women's Association has also released the detailed 2014 Events Calendar (updated May 19) and a flyer about Book Talks at the Pavillion that are planned for this Summer.
1) Materials located at the entrance area and the chippings at the recycling area are for the "exclusive use" of the VBP maintenance (unless signage posted states otherwise). Last year road milings housed there were taken and just recently (after dark) someone helped themselves to a quantity of soil. The soil housed there is used to fill in low spots around the point and/or to repair damage caused by plowing so we need the material. It is not proper or fair for individuals to help themselves to materials that the entire membership has paid for.
2) Over the years persons have taken on the responsibility of sprucing up different areas of the point. The flower gardens, community center and the new pavillon are just a few. The problem comes in where people have used beach stones to outline their work and the stones are adjacent to the mowing areas. The stones are constantly falling or get moved into the mowing area and ocassionally are not seen or noticed until the mower blades strike them. Once struck they become dangerous projectiles which cause damage to the mower, structures (windows), nearby vehicles and most importantly individuals. Tom is requesting that this practice cease as we are placing ourselves in jeporady for litigation, especially for the persons who placed the stones there initially.
3) Please be aware and cautious when you are around maintenance persons who are doing their work. We don't have eyes behind our heads so we can't see you sneaking up from behind us while we are on the tractors. We would strongly encourage you to be cautious around us while we are mowing or weed trimming as objects may be thrown from the machines. We try to be as observant as possible and cease what we are doing until you safely pass but some are too impatient and we don't have a chance to stop.
Thanks for your understanding and assistance.
Tom, Bruce and Bill
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