In Words and Pictures:
Why the Master Association and North Association Hate Each Other

The "Master Association" through their spokesperson Nick Pargett sent a letter to all homeowners explaining why Master Association has deposited checks that were payable to others.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPIN. Sit down before reading.

PEOPLE: WAKE UP!

This is the same type of financial shenanigans that had the Master and North associations suing each other a few years back. Does anyone care? It only costs homeowners money to pay for the petty antics of the board members and their property managers, one of which seems to be overly involved in the associations.

LYING BY OMISSION: This letter omits that the association's treasurer resigned over this. BONUS: A (former) board member with integrity.

This letter contains so much horseshit that we couldn't hold all editorial comments until the end.

 

EDGEWATER ISLE MASTER ASSOCIATION
P.O. BOX 871
BELMONT, CA 94002

April 25, 2008

Dear Members,

A letter was recently distributed by a homeowner to members regarding the matter of two checks totaling $16,000 sent from the North Association to the Master Association. Much of the information is not accurately represented and we would like to clarify this matter with the members.

For several years, a recurrent pattern has existed regarding the North Association issuance of checks to the Master Association for assessments and onsite maintenance services. Often, checks the Master Association receives from the North Association are made payable to an incorrect payee. AND YOU DEPOSIT THEM ANYWAY?

Pargett Association Management worked for several years to try to resolve the problem with the North's management company, THIS PROBLEM IS NOT DOCUMENTED ANYWHERE IN MEETING MINUTES but the issue kept recurring, so it became normal practice to deposit checks from Edgewater Isle North that were erroneously made payable to an incorrect payee. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING! This was considered necessary to expedite receivables to the Master Association in order to pay bills in a timely manner.

To illustrate this issue and to address the specific $16,000 instance mentioned by the homeowner, Edgewater Isle Master Association received 4 checks in January 2008 from Edgewater Isle North Association, as follows:

Check 1810, Payable to "Edgewater Isle North" in the amount of $596.16
Check 1819, Payable to "Edgewater Isle Master Assoc" in the amount of $596.16
Check 1823, Payable to "Edgewater Isle North" in the amount of $14,000.00
Check 1824, Payable to "Edgewater Isle North" in the amount of $2,000.00

Checks, 1810 & 1819, in the amount of $596.16 each were applied against Edgewater Isle Master Association invoices for the North Association's share of MXXXXX's onsite maintenance services.

Checks, 1823 & 1824, in the amount totaling $16,000 were applied against an outstanding invoice in the amount of $16,548 for costs incurred by Edgewater Isle Master Association to uncover 17 of the North Associations sewer cleanouts so that routine maintenance of those cleanouts could be performed by the Master Association. HAD THE NORTH ASSOCIATION AGREED TO PAY THESE COSTS? OR DID YOU JUST SEND INVOICES WILLY NILLY AS YOU DO? A statement reflecting this past due balance was mailed to Edgewater Isle North Association on December 22, 2007, and when these 2 checks were received in January, they were applied against this invoice.

Enclosed are copies of these checks. The signatures and account number have been redacted for security purposes.

Several weeks later (3/14/2008), Nick Pargett received a call from the North's management company informing him that check numbers 1823 and 1824 were mailed to the Master Association in error and that they were supposed to be payments to the North Association's reserve account. Unfortunately, there was nothing on the checks that clearly indicated this. YES THERE WAS: THE CHECK WAS NOT PAYABLE TO YOU.

Upon receipt of this information, Nick Pargett contacted members of both the Edgewater Isle Master Association Board as well as the Edgewater Isle North Association Board. He attended a meeting of the North Association Board stating that the funds could be returned upon receipt of a written statement of the error and demand for payment, as is consistent with good business and accounting practices. THIS IS TOO FUNNY LOL!!!. MORE PLEASE.

After a short delay, a letter was received from the North Association's attorney and the issue was resolved with all parties working together to correct this error as expeditiously as possible. READ: THEIR LAWYER WAS GOING TO SMACK US INTO NEXT WEEK.

The Board would like to thank homeowners for their concern in protecting their homes and investments. READ: WE ARE TRYING TO SAVE FACE HERE.

Regards,
The Board of Directors
Edgewater Isle Master Association
Barbara Finnegan, Jim Newell, and May Nichols

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EDITORIAL COMMENT: What a pile of horseshit. You seriously defend the practice of depositing checks where you're not the payee? Isn't that illegal?

AND: How about SIGNING YOUR NAMES? Or at least listing your names, "Board of Directors?" This hiding behind the "Board of Directors" moniker is absurd. Boards used to accept responsibility and SIGN THEIR NAMES to letters.