Blue Water on the Bay
On behalf of your Board of Directors, I welcome several new homeowners and would like to provide everyone with a community update as well as some clarification of condominium rules and issues.
We hope your enjoying the exceptional summer weather we are experiencing at Bluewater on the Bay!
The operation of our condominium is governed by a Board of Directors as required by the Condominium Act of Ontario. The Board of Directors is elected by the community to oversee the daily functions and financial responsibilities of the condominium. The Board of Directors is also charged with the responsibility of upholding the directives in our condominium documents.
Bluewater is a vacant land condo and as such has roads, infrastructure and a clubhouse with pool as it’s common elements. The homeowners own their home and the land on which it sits. There are restrictions in our Bylaws, rules and covenants that are registered on title and legally binding owners on what changes and additions to the exterior of their home and property are permitted. Before you make any changes, please consult with Proguard. There are also rules and regulations we all follow.
The Board of directors has hired a registered condominium property manager (ProGuard) who are responsible for maintaining the property as well as overseeing contracts for grass and snow. Proguard has a staff that are eager to help homeowners with any questions on procedures, issues, or where to find forms. You can also ask any Board member for assistance with condo rules or procedures.
1) Although we have enjoyed Bluewater as a safe community things can happen. About 8 months ago we had a potentially serious attempted home invasion. Police do regularly patrol here and are fairly quick to respond but as we are a condominium of nice homes we seem to attract occasional persons with no business here. We have installed an infrared (works night and day) camera aimed at our entrance as a community security measure. Should it be necessary, images of cars and plates can be given to police. These images are automatically erased every week.
2) We have been getting complaints from homeowners about non-residents use of our water access at the clubhouse, as well as at the two walkways to the marsh and wetlands. You may have noticed new signs posted at these locations. These are intended to minimize the intrusion of many non resident persons parking in our private lot, leaving garbage and dog waste or simply hanging out. This sign is not intended to prevent Bluewater residents using this access point to launch paddle boards, kayaks or similar non motorized craft. The Board has obtained permission from the town that this kind of activity by Bluewater residents is acceptable. The two walkways are designated by the town as MAINTENANCE ACCESS ONLY. For those residents unfamiliar with the issues at Bluewater about access to and use of the waterfront, please be advised that the Town of Wasaga Beach owns the waterfront and the land directly in front of Bluewater is designated as a provincially significant “coastal marsh and wetland”. The environmental impact study done prior to the development of the Bluewater condominium community states that no waterfront development or human intrusion should be permitted. Originally the Shorelane Trail was intended to run along the beach in front of all the Bluewater homes. The environmental impact study recommended to eliminate the trail to reduce human intrusion into the wetlands. Following an incident of unauthorized work at the waterfront by a resident, the Town of Wasaga Beach threatened to erect a signed fence along the entire waterfront. Your Board, thru negotiation with the town, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority ( NVCA), and Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) was able to defuse this issue and received permission to use the clubhouse water access solely for the purpose of launching non motorized craft, as well as maintenance and
removal of the invasive Phragmites weed. Should any homeowner wish to view the directive that came from the town please contact ProGuard.
3) Phragmites removal day Aug. 11 was a fantastic success. 32 participants, including 2 members of NVCA, worked hard and managed to remove a significant amount of the invasive weed. The pile at the clubhouse looks similar in size to the nearly 6,000 lbs we removed last year. Thank you one and all for your time and effort. We can make a significant difference to the health and appearance of our waterfront! Please note that the pile is not a waste dump and only Phragmites should be added to this pile. The town works dept. will remove the pile after it dries.
4) The community has been replacing street lights as they burn out with efficient LED units from Philips. Due to the cost we typically replace lights in groups of 3 as the old sodium bulbs burn out. Philips commercial lighting has had a backlog but finally shipped spares to us so we have repaired current burn outs in the last few days.
5) Most of you have probably noticed the new illuminated replacement signs at our entrance monument rocks. We have also installed an LED bollard light to mark the start of the median. Additional LED enhancement lighting is planned for the trees in the median.
6) The Social Committee is a diverse group of 10-12 community volunteers who work hard planning activities and events for the whole community. BBQs, music events, golf, poker, fund raising for local charities are a few examples. Please contact Proguard or a committee member if you have any ideas for enhancing the community or events you would like to see happen. A new community website is currently being developed.
Bluewater SCECC #367