Board Updates

3804 Chinaberry Update
6/18/2020

To our Bluff Creek Estates neighbors,

We understand your frustration over the length of time the construction is taking at the corner of Lacewood Drive and Chinaberry Drive, as well as the numerous safety and health concerns at the site.  One of our own Board members recently righted the overturned portable toilet to its upright position, after the builder failed to do so in a timely fashion.  This site has been one of the Board’s top priorities since it became clear in early 2016 that the project was not on schedule.  With the assistance of Community Association Management, we have been in frequent contact with the property owners and their series of builders, along with structural engineers, City inspectors, legal consultants, and our Ward 6 Member of the Columbia City Council, Betsy Peters.  We and the property owners are quite aware that this is well beyond the tolerated time frame for such construction.

Several of our Board members met with Councilwoman Peters and City of Columbia representatives on June 12, 2020, after another on-site City inspection of the property.  The case has been referred to the City Prosecutor's Office for further action, and the first priority is to address the numerous current and chronic exterior concerns.  We ask for your patience while we continue to communicate with our future neighbors and other parties to facilitate the completion of this home as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Your Board of Directors, Bluff Creek Estates Owners Association



3804 Chinaberry Update

We understand your frustration over the length of time the construction of the home at 3804 Chinaberry is taking.  This has been one of the Board's top priorities since it became clear in early 2016 that the project was not on schedule.  With the assistance of Community Association Management, we have been in frequent contact with the property owners and their builders, along with structural engineers, City inspectors, legal consultants, and our Ward 6 Member of the Columbia City Council.  Several incremental steps of progress have happened as a result of our efforts, but we and the property owners are quite aware that this is well beyond the tolerated time frame for such construction.  The building continues to maintain a current City permit.  We ask for your patience while we continue to communicate with our future neighbors and other parties to facilitate the completion of this home as soon as possible.  

Sincerely,

Your Board of Directors, Bluff Creek Estates Owners Association


Old 63/Chinaberry Roundabout

Many homeowners inquire about the ownership and lack of maintenance of the Old 63/Chinaberry roundabout, so we wanted to take this opportunity to offer clarification.  The roundabout is owned by the City of Columbia as part of their "Adopt-A-Spot" program.  

The City has struggled to find and retain a group to Adopt the roundabout since that time and does little to keep it presentable.  We encourage everyone to contact the City of Columbia regarding the condition of the roundabout.  

Leigh Kottwitz, CVA Neighborhood Services Manager – 874-7504

If you are interested in adopting the roundabout or know a group/business that is, the following link provides information about the area and how to express interest in volunteering:

https://www.como.gov/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/aasb-program/aasb-sites/ 

Lake Condition
Updated 9/19/2019

It has been expressed by numerous members that the health and appearance of the lake are a high priority for the membership.

Each year we battle algae and other flora growth on the lake, and each year the growth and the necessary treatments change, as weather is one of the biggest factors.  To date in 2019, the Association has spent $7,860.00 on treatments and an additional $937.50 operating/repairing the fountain, which is roughly 20% of the overall budget.  This season we performed a Sonar treatment to control the submerged weeds, which can work for a year or more.  Previous years we've spent $5797.85 (2018), $1899.72 (2017), $4709.36 (2016).

We are currently reaching out to the University of Missouri for guidance on the lake maintenance to be sure we are using effective and efficient products while working within our budget.