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Date: 2009-11-19 08:09:43
Stillwater update and Board Meeting

Stillwater Lakes Community Activists
November 18 , 2009
Issue #02

In This Issue.

CCPC v. SLCA Lawsuit (Top Story)
PUC Update
Website/Video Recording Lawsuits
Movie Night Update
Board Meeting 11/21/2009

Note: We are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the Stillwaterlakes Civic Association Inc. We are just a group of property owners in the community known as Stillwater Lakes trying to create an open honest transparent community.

November Board Meeting


Please mark your calendar for the Stillwater Lakes Civic Association (SLCA) board meeting on Saturday, November 21, 9:00 a.m. at the club house. As a property owner you will not want to miss this one. A lot has been going on, and I'm sure you will want an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, make suggestions and meet your neighbors.

Please attend the meeting on November 21, 2009 at 9 AM this Saturday in the clubhouse and let the board know what you think. And ask to see the new budget and why the legal expenses are so high (Jim Ott of Appletree says the average community's legal fees are $5,000. Ours are well over $60,000 and growing!).

CCPC v. SLCA Lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed against Stillwater Lakes Civic Association (SLCA) in the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County by a group that calls themselves the "Concerned Citizens of a Pocono Community"(CCPC). As you know, the Association's primary responsibilities are to maintain the common areas and manage the property owner's money. CCPC alleges that SLCA is failing on both these counts. The goal of the lawsuit is to force the board of directors to follow the governing documents. The lawsuit also brings cause of action against individual board members for breach of their fiduciary duties to look after the well-being of the association and for mismanaging owners' money.

Among other things, CCPC is alleging:

  • Improper Sale of Corporate Property
  • Improper Sale of Corporate Asset
  • Unauthorized Borrowing
  • Misrepresentations to Unit Owners
  • Invalid Security Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty

To learn more about this lawsuit, and CCPC's progress in getting our community back on the right track from a group of individuals that have put it into its current state, you can go to http://pahrc.org.

PUC Update
The Board, without property owner's approval, continues to spend your money on legal fees to prevent the Public Utillity Commisiiion from regulating our sewer system. Despite the fact that they spent $100,000 dollars of your money, again without owners' knowledge and approval, for an engineering company to do a special study required for the Association to either sell the sewer system (like they did the water company for less than its profits for one year, and giving Wilkins/NEPA Management almost half of the proceeds!) or provide wastewater services to outside entities. In my opinion, this is a way to cover up the gross mismanagement that caused the severe groundwater inflow and infiltration problems and deteriorating pipes and sewer lines that make our lots worthless.

On top of the legal fees and engineering costs, the Association already had to take a $1.5 million Pennvest loan in 2000 to expand the sewer system, and, according to a letter addressed to DEP, they still need another 7.8 million to upgrade the deteriorating pipes. Please attend this Saturday's November 21, 2009 Board meeting, and ask the board:
"Where did all the money from usage and standby fees go?
Why do property owners have no knowledge of this?
Why do property owners have to pay for the board and/or Management's misconduct? .... Read The Letter

Website/Video Recording Lawsuits Update

The Board continues to spend property owner's money to stop freedom of speech and the right for members to document board meetings. At a time when government agencies are passing Right To Know Laws aimed at preventing fraud and corruption, allowing all citizens to record any public meetings, our board is spending your money to stop it. We estimate that they are spending tens of thousands of your dollars to stop you from being informed, while not spending a single dime to pave a single road this year.

Please attend this Saturday's November 21, 2009 Board meeting, and ask the board, why are they spending so much money to stop your freedom of speech? What are they hiding that they would spend thousands to stop a property owner from recording a board meeting?

Please know that the only reason videotaping came about was because the Board would lie to the people, and then later deny what they said. Video tapes are the only way to document the facts (ask about two very different copies of minutes from the March 2008 meeting!). Just like Ron Kluge, President, stated he knew nothing about the airport expansion, yet voted on issues pertaining to it as a member of the Coolbaugh Township Planning Commission. Other members of the Commission stated that it was well known and that the expansion has been in the works for over 5 years, yet Kluge never informed the membership, and then denied any knowledge of the expansion. Is he lying or just stupid? You be the judge!


Movie Night Update

Many of you know through newsletters, flyers, and advertisements, that the Association started a Movie Night to raise funds to support the recreation committee. What you may not know is that the board opened the association up to huge liabilities by showing movies without purchasing a public viewing rights copyright.

Federal Copyright Law does not allow groups to show rental movies outside the home. Willful infringement for commercial or financial gain is a federal crime and punishable as a misdemeanor, carrying a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a $100,000 fine. Even inadvertent infringers are subject to substantial civil damages ranging from $500 to $20,000 for each illegal showing.

Protect yourself!!! Contact your insurance agent and ask about adding protection when your association is being sued (it costs about $4-12 per year).

Please attend this Saturday's November 21, 2009 Board meeting, and ask the board why they would violate Intellectual Property rights, risking jail time and large sanctions to raise a few dollars that should be covered under our dues? Why is the Board violating Intellectual Property Laws, Copyright Laws, and Trademark Laws, while suing others for trademark infringement for a non-trademarked name, costing tens of thousands of dollars ?

Board Meeting Saturday November 21, 2009

Voice Your Opinion! For most of us, our home is our biggest investment. Purchasing a home and accumulating equity during the life of a mortgage also makes this investment a valuable asset. Don't let the Board make your hard work worthless. Please attend the open meeting on November 21, 2009 at 9 AM in the clubhouse and let the board know you want answers.

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