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Ocean Pines Briefs

(Nov. 5, 2015) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a public meeting at the community center on Oct. 28:
GM report
General Manager Bob Thompson provided an updated timeline on the new Manklin Meadows racquet center.
He said the association recently received the final design drawings and would release a request for proposals for construction by Nov. 15. Bids are due back by Dec. 15 and should be reviewed by the directors during the December board meeting.
Construction likely would begin in January with a finish date of April 30, 2016.
Major amenities
Thompson said golf and aquatics finished ahead of budget in September, while net revenues at the yacht club also finished above budget.
According to Thompson, the yacht club’s five-month profitable streak is its first. The facility finished $11,735 over budget for the month and has shown a $145,669 year-to-date improvement over the previous fiscal year.
Golf finished $20,131 over budget for the month and aquatics was $25,691 ahead of budgeted numbers for September.
No new parking lot
The directors voted unanimously against a proposal by a local developer to convert a property near Nicholas Lane to a parking lot.
According to Board President Pat Renaud, Robert Douglas contacted him about building the lot, which would have been adjacent to Nicolas Lane and across the street from a shopping center. Originally zoned wetlands, Douglas had obtained a variance from the county to build a 30-space lot.
Tabled item
A motion to approve 2016-17 budget guidance, drafted by Tom Terry, was tabled.
Following more than 40 minutes of discussion, Dave Stevens made the motion to table, suggesting the directors continue the talks during a special session to be announced later.
The budget guidance follows recommendations from the Budget and Finance Committee. Terry introduced the motion during the previous board meeting last month and invited the directors to submit suggestions to his draft. Stevens said he sent three specific suggestions, but Terry said he received them too late for inclusion.
A previous item of contention, the notion of so-called “rollover” items in the budget, was removed entirely from the language.