Buffalo Point Cottage Owner’sMeetings Minutes

Buffalo Point Cottage Owners Association

Annual General Meeting

Middlebro Community Hall

May 17, 2015

1. Welcoming address by Lee Delorme BPOCA President

Lee welcomed approximately 180 cottage owners attending and thanked them for their support throughout the year in the litigation and mediation processes.

2. Lee asked if there were any required changes to the agenda.  There were no changes required.  Gisele Horvath made a motion to accept the agenda, seconded by Cecilia Meda.  The vote was unanimous to accept.

3. Litigation and  Mediation

Paul Edwards, legal counsel for Buffalo Point Cottage Owners Association gave an update on the litigation and mediation processes and how we got to the place we are at today. Members in attendance were given a two page handout which highlighted the litigation update by Mr. Edwards.  

Subsequent to the litigation update, Mr. Edwards lead the members through a four page document entitled, “Minutes of Settlement”. These minutes of Settlement (MOS) were the result of the latest round of mediation talks between the BPFN and the BPCOA. The MOS would essentially curtail all outstanding litigation actions by the BPFN, the BPDC and the BPCOA; the 2008 agreement would be replaced by a new irrevocable Taxpayer Representation Law (TRL); a three year agreement on budget amounts for 2015, 2016, 2017 and any financial damages owing to the BPCOA would be settled in an upcoming binding expedited mediation session in June or July lead by Arbitrator A. Peltz.  The irrevocable TRL will essentially enshrine the status of the BPCOA in law and include a dispute resolution option which will permit the BPCOA to challenge any excessive or clearly unnecessary annual increases in taxes and capital infrastructure expenditures by way of Binding Expedited Mediation (BEM). Both parties will be bound by the decisions of BEM with no further avenues of redress. 

Mr. Edwards advised the group that if the settlement offer is ratified, then it will be incorporated in a Consent Arbitration Award and filed in a Court of Queen’s Bench. 

Following his presentation, Mr. Edwards fielded questions from the membership.

4. Lee addressed the MOS and TRL and recommended acceptance.  Wayne Jackson made a motion to accept the MOS and TRL, seconded by Claude LeMay.   A vote was taken and it was unanimous to accept the MOS and TRL.

5. Gloria asked that the minutes of the AGM of 2014 be accepted as being posted on our website.   Karen Stang made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by 

Ross Adams.   A vote was taken it was accepted.

6. Veronica asked that the financial report be accepted as per the hand out.  Bruce Smyth made a motion to accept the financial report, seconded by Claude LeMay.    A vote was taken and it was accepted.

7. Lee asked for nominations for two or three members to replace executive directors wishing to step aside especially after the last three very demanding years. A replacement is also required for Mary Kwiatkowski, Chairperson, East Shore Membership Committee, who would like to step aside after 17 years of dedicated service to the BPCOA. No formal nominations were made but some interest was expressed for ad hoc committees like a budget committee.

8. George addressed the Annual Picnic saying that it had been decided not to have a picnic in July of this year as it would be too close to the Buffalo Days that BPFN has planned.  It was decided to look to the September long weekend for a possible picnic.

9. Miles spoke of the Middlebro Lunch Program giving details if seniors wanted to attend.

10. Lee declared the meeting adjourned.

 

 

Buffalo Point Cottage Owners Association

Annual General Meeting

Middlebro Community Hall

May 17, 2015

1.      Welcoming address by Lee Delorme BPOCA President

Lee welcomed approximately 180 cottage owners attending and thanked them for their support throughout the year in the litigation and mediation processes.

2.       Lee asked if there were any required changes to the agenda.  There were no changes required.  Gisele Horvath made a motion to accept the agenda, seconded by Cecilia Meda.  The vote was unanimous to accept.

3.       Litigation and  Mediation

Paul Edwards, legal counsel for Buffalo Point Cottage Owners Association gave an update on the litigation and mediation processes and how we got to the place we are at today. Members in attendance were given a two page handout which highlighted the litigation update by Mr. Edwards. 

Subsequent to the litigation update, Mr. Edwards lead the members through a four page document entitled, “Minutes of Settlement”. These minutes of Settlement (MOS) were the result of the latest round of mediation talks between the BPFN and the BPCOA. The MOS would essentially curtail all outstanding litigation actions by the BPFN, the BPDC and the BPCOA; the 2008 agreement would be replaced by a new irrevocable Taxpayer Representation Law (TRL); a three year agreement on budget amounts for 2015, 2016, 2017 and any financial damages owing to the BPCOA would be settled in an upcoming binding expedited mediation session in June or July lead by Arbitrator A. Peltz. The irrevocable TRL will essentially enshrine the status of the BPCOA in law and include a dispute resolution option which will permit the BPCOA to challenge any excessive or clearly unnecessary annual increases in taxes and capital infrastructure expenditures by way of Binding Expedited Mediation (BEM). Both parties will be bound by the decisions of BEM with no further avenues of redress.

Mr. Edwards advised the group that if the settlement offer is ratified, then it will be incorporated in a Consent Arbitration Award and filed in a Court of Queen’s Bench.

Following his presentation, Mr. Edwards fielded questions from the membership.

4.      Lee addressed the MOS and TRL and recommended acceptance.  Wayne Jackson made a motion to accept the MOS and TRL, seconded by Claude LeMay.   A vote was taken and it was unanimous to accept the MOS and TRL.

5.      Gloria asked that the minutes of the AGM of 2014 be accepted as being posted on our website.   Karen Stang made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by
Ross Adams.   A vote was taken it was accepted.

6.      Veronica asked that the financial report be accepted as per the hand out.  Bruce Smyth made a motion to accept the financial report, seconded by Claude LeMay.    A vote was taken and it was accepted.

7.       Lee asked for nominations for two or three members to replace executive directors wishing to step aside especially after the last three very demanding years. A replacement is also required for Mary Kwiatkowski, Chairperson, East Shore Membership Committee, who would like to step aside after 17 years of dedicated service to the BPCOA. No formal nominations were made but some interest was expressed for ad hoc committees like a budget committee.

8.      George addressed the Annual Picnic saying that it had been decided not to have a picnic in July of this year as it would be too close to the Buffalo Days that BPFN has planned.  It was decided to look to the September long weekend for a possible picnic.

9.      Miles spoke of the Middlebro Lunch Program giving details if seniors wanted to attend.

10.  Lee declared the meeting adjourned.

Buffalo Point Cottage Owner’s Association