HOA Education Spotlight

An occasional presentation by the YLOA Communications Committee to help residents understand their community and what makes it a place to love where you live.

Feb. 12, 2021

DORs and bylaws
Every lot/homeowner should have a copy of the YLOA bylaws & DORs (Declaration of Restrictions).   These documents are included in the escrow package when you purchase your lot/home. 

If you do not have these important documents, you can get them here:

• YLOA Bylaws

• YLOA Declaration of Restrictions

What is the difference between DORs and bylaws?

DORs are the rules of your neighborhood. They describe the requirements and limitations about what you can do with your property. The goal of the DORs is to protect, preserve, and enhance property values in the community.

Bylaws are the written rules agreed upon by the people in charge of an organization to formalize how decisions can be made and business conducted. It is the main governing document for a nonprofit corporation.

Like the Constitution, bylaws deal with governing issues such as: organizational purpose, board structure, officer position descriptions and responsibilities, terms of board service, officer/board member succession and removal, official meeting requirements, approved business activities, membership provisions, quorum percentages, voting rights and privileges and other issues that are part of management. 

Jan. 12 board videos, highlights

View Jan. 12 YLOA board meeting


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• Presidents’ comments by Sandy Eigenman.
• Budget position for restaurants during the pandemic so far.
• Discussion of ECC work on guidelines for accessory dwelling units.
• Board voted to approve dates for 2021 board election. The annual election will be Sunday, July 11 with a continuation session set for one week later. Marie Touitou was named inspector of elections.
• Discussion of proposal for auctioning off old road signs. 

View Jan. 12 YSPUC board meeting


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• Water bills will be going out to customers via email with a target start date in March. General Manager Jonathan Penrose provides a brief demonstration and explains a number of improvements this will bring for customers as well as for YSPUC. Those who wish to keep getting mailed bills can do so. More details will be forthcoming.

 • Proposed YSPUC budget for 2021.

Thank you, everyone

President comments (given at Jan. 12 YLOA Board meeting)

Welcome to 2021!

I thank all of the YLOA & YSPUC managers and staff, and our General Manager Jonathan Penrose, for all their dedication and hard work during some very unsettled and difficult months.

Sandy Eigenman

And thank you to our YLP community for your understanding of the challenges and your patience with unexpected interruptions and closures.

And also a big thank you to the board. As volunteers this board has given, and will continue to give many, many hours of their time devoted to various duties required of a board member. The job sometimes comes with criticism and sometimes that criticism is levied based on assumptions and without full knowledge or understanding of information and facts. It’s not always easy to duck from those blows.

It is my belief that every member of this board takes their responsibility as board members seriously. Each member comes to the board with a different set of experiences and perspectives. Careers were different, families different, life experiences different.

Volunteers planting what became the native-plants Salvia Creek Garden.

Board members are not experts in all things HOA. We very often depend on committees to help. Most committees include board members as well as community members which helps to expand the scope of experience and expertise which is invaluable when considering implementing suggestions.

When an item comes before the board it has most often been vetted through a committee. Committees are made up, once again, of volunteers.

YLOA committees do a lot of leg work and research, they hold many and often long meetings and discussions, they write up reports and proposals to the board. Committee chairs keep a committee on task and moving forward.

An item before a committee might be simple and require a two hour meeting or an item might be very, very complex and require extensive research, consulting with experts and many, many months of meetings before recommendations are brought to the board for consideration. Committees provide a valuable service to the board and to the community.

Volunteers constructing a new outdoor kitchen.

There are statistics about the monetary value of volunteering but truly what is the value of volunteering? It is not all about the dollars. We can add up hours but not a dollar value.

Volunteering is about giving, contributing, and helping our neighbors and the community at large. It is working to make a meaningful contribution to a better community.

I would like to thank each and every one of the community members that gives their time to a committee to help further the work of the board and improve YLP. And to all of the board members who in addition to the many hours spent on board work also chair one or more committees, thank you!

One last thank you goes to the other many community members that volunteer in so many ways to make YLP a great place to live.

If you are interested in finding out more about YLOA committees, check out the ‘About Us’ section here at yosemitelakespark.org.

Sandy Eigenman
YLOA President

Dec. 8 board highlights

View Dec. 8 YLOA board meeting

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 • Effect of pandemic and lockdown orders continues to have a major impact on staff and operations. No staff members have yet reported covid positive.
• General manager and assistant reported discussing the status of the large YLP sign at Highway 41 and Yosemite Springs Parkway with the property owner. The YLOA board will consider its options going forward.
• Update on pipeline work and Fix Our Stuff projects.

• ALSO: Elections Committee for 2021-22 named — Directors Kathleen Miller and Sue Beck and former director Rebecca Brannon. 

View Dec. 8 YSPUC board meeting

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 • General Manager Jonathan Penrose addressed a question about why Blue Heron Lake is so low presently while golf course lake level was restored by a special water well connection.
• Progress in reducing unpaid water bills has been set back by state request to utilities to halt shutoffs during the pandemic. Call YSPUC if you need help with making payments.
• Discussion of changing YLOA rules that prohibit water tanks on private lots.

Assessing YLP’s roads

From Jonathan Penrose
YLOA/YSPUC General Manager

Our roads assessment has been completed. This is an important part of our overall roads plan, as it allows us to prioritize the most appropriate and cost effective treatments based on road conditions and to measure our progress over the several years it will take to bring the roads to the quality we wish.

Overall, the current serviceability of our roads network is somewhat better than we anticipated. Dark green reflects roads in ‘great’ shape, light green indicates roads that are considered to be in ‘good’ shape, yellow equates to ‘fair’ shape, orange indicates ‘poor’ shape and ‘red’ roads are considered ‘failed’.

We will use this information, combined with the status and state of our water pipes, to develop a strategic infrastructure plan that maximizes the value of our future investments.

Golf etiquette

By KEN SOUZA, YLP Golf Course Manager

Our play at the course has increased, and we have  a number of new golfers, and a few veterans who could use a refresher course on Golf Etiquette, and the Dress Code. I have attached an article that does a good job of covering the “10 Fundamental Golf Etiquette Rules.”

From etiquettescholar.com:

10 Important Golf Etiquette Rules

Golf is a courteous game. Most golfers appreciate the rules and established etiquette on the course. Sadly, because of disregard or obliviousness, etiquette violations remain. Everyone has committed a breach of golf etiquette at some point, but fixing this situation is easy – it’s simply a matter of understanding proper golf etiquette.

Here are the 10 manners of golf etiquette that are commonly violated…

I. Avoid Being the Slowest Player

Assess the pace of your play frequently. If you are persistently the slowest in your group, you need to speed up your play. Urge everybody in your group to move rapidly so that you are directly following the group in front of you multiple times that include early and later in the round.

Until you arrive at the green, if you are ready, hit the ball even if you aren’t away. At the tee and on the green, be ready once it is your turn. If you lose a ball, do not search for a maximum of five minutes.

II. Don’t Lose Your Cool

Never throw a club, use profanity or sulk around the course. It’s extremely bad etiquette.

III. Be Reliable

If you have a golf date, keep it. A last-minute decision to do chores or go shopping when you have agreed to play is disrespectful and show very poor manners.

Be there for any tee times. If you have a lesson, be there early.

IV. Fix the Ground

Fix ball marks with a pocket knife, tee, or other tool. Replace divots or (if you have a seed packed on your cart) reseed.

Use a bunker rake. Level the area completely with no furrows.

V. Keep Quite

When another player sets herself until the ball is in the air, keep still! Distracting movements is every poor golf etiquette.

An absolute rule of golf etiquette on the putting green is never strolling through another golfer’s line of play (even with spikeless shoes). Before walking on the green, note the location of all players’ balls and stay out of their lines.

Stand in the appropriate place and stay silent. Stay diagonal or directly across from any player setting up. Keep off the line of play, both beyond the hole and behind the ball. Keep completely silent as another golfer is hitting a shot.

VI. Use the Golf Cart Carefully

Because golf carts are everywhere, golf cart etiquette is very important. Leave as few traces as possible when using a cart. Repair turf as needed. Stay away from areas that are wet or have seen heavy traffic.

VII. Dress Sharply

Dress the part. Dress sharp and don’t arrive on the golf course in a t-shirt and backward ball cap. Displaying proper golf etiquette by dressing appropriately shows you respect the people you are golfing with and the course.

VIII. Turn Off that Phone!

Make sure your phone is turned off, or at least silence the ringer. If you must call someone, proper golf etiquette dictates that you distance yourself from other golfers. Keep the conversation as short as possible.

IX. Be Helpful

Watch for balls that are lost and track poor shots so that balls don’t get lost. Help by picking up any clubs dropped on the fringe of the green or any dropped headcovers.

X. Keep Learning!

Golf etiquette includes many more etiquette rules not covered here, such as putting a flagstick down gently, making sure spike marks are tamped down before leaving a green, letting other golfers play through, etc. Stay observant and considerate. Practicing proper golf etiquette is well worth the effort.