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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-11-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 THE VALLEY 7 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A condo development known locally for representing the height of idyllic living is in turmoil, with residents there seeking major changes in its management and expressing a lack of confidence in financial decisions being made. Three movements within the Louisquisset Condo Association, where condos surround lush golf fairways and greens, are seeking a new path forward for the resi- dential development, with 200 or more residents joining together last Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Knights of Columbus Dillon Council on Douglas Avenue for a meeting to dis- cuss protecting their interests. Residents at 1 Overlook Circle are calling for an audit of all money spent by the condo association, a complete overhaul of the associa- tion's bylaws, and a revamping of the association's board of directors, among other changes. Topping the list of concerns here is a new plan to invest $14 million into a seven-year vinyl siding project residents say isn't needed and could cost them some $25,000 per unit. This is the latest in a string of what they're calling poor financial decisions that are leaving them asking whether the board of directors can be trusted. Board member Sean Greenfield said Monday that he's not sure why there's a belief being spread that there are a lot of issues at the condo development. There are 409 fami- lies represented at the Louisquisset Condominiums, he said, and "I don't think you're ever going to satisfy 409 people." Those 409 families represent more than 700 residents in this exclusive collection of condos located off Angell Road near the Lincoln town line. Asked specifically if the vinyl sid- ing project will move forward despite intense opposition, Greenfield said, "I'm unable to answer if it is or it is not." Board Chairwoman Cheryl Hodgdon, who is the target of wide- spread criticism from condo owners, did not respond to requests for com- ment. Calls to Great North Property Management, which runs the facility, also weren't returned. Asked to indicate if they would like to see new leadership on the condo board, nearly everyone in the room last Wednesday raised their hands. Many hands also went up multiple times as residents were asked if they want to see the association's bylaws changed, whether they believe the board structure should be revamped, and whether they would be willing to serve on any number of committees that make recommendations to the board. Areas of concerns presented in a PowerPoint presentation during last Wednesday's meeting included: • Lack of objective, complete infor- mation about important decisions • Lack of communication • Delayed work orders • Substandard performance on work orders • Safety/health concerns • Landscaping issues • Building 2 and its assessment • Deteriorating appearance of com- munity • And diminished common areas, such as the loss of the development's restaurant. Condo resident Karen Bell, whose effort to bring about change seems to be gaining the most traction and who led much of last week's meeting, emphasized to The Breeze that she's not seeking a board position of her own, but said operation of the condo devel- opment surrounding the Louisquisset Golf Club needs changes badly. "It's kind of a special and unique place," she said. "A lot of people are recognizing that maybe it's their responsibility to step up and help Uprising at Louisquisset Condos as residents protest decisions By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Nearly all residents who attended last Wednesday's meeting on the future of the LOUISQUISSET CONDOS raised their hands when asked if they thought it was time for new leadership. See CONDOS, Page 13 Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Donors Tickets: $75 per person; $70 each for tables of 10-12. Purchase tickets at cumberlandedfoundation.org or on the CEF Facebook page Gala proceeds benefit district students through grants and scholarships, with nearly $10,000 awarded to date. The Cumberland Education Foundation Invites you to our 2nd Annual www.cumberlandedfoundation.org Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Kirkbrae Country Club, Lincoln Dinner, Dancing, Entertainment and Auction Winter Gala Best Wishes to Students, Faculty and Staff For a Successful 2018-2019 School Year! Tickets on sale Monday, October 15

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