The Association Manager is a year round, part-time employee and is assisted by a part-time assistant. All other required work needs for ONA are met on an as needed basis or by contract, which are competitively bid. Currently we have contracts in place for pool maintenance, ground maintenance, and clubhouse cleaning. Bookkeeping and legal expenses are incurred periodically throughout the year. Additionally, through the summer swim season, we employ lifeguards and gate monitors.
Because of our many different responsibilities to our members, the services we choose to provide and limited money with which to operate, we rely heavily on volunteers to get much of the work done. Some work done solely or mostly by volunteers includes: Beautification Committee; the children's Halloween and Christmas parties; minor repairs to the facilities; research for projects. The swim team, which is affiliated with ONA but run independently, also relies on volunteers for its management.
The Olympia Neighborhood Association owns and maintains a 140,000-gallon pool, a 1,250-sq. ft. clubhouse, two enclosed tennis courts with lighting, and a picnic/playground area. . The pool generally opens in early May with Open House festivities. The pool is open weekends through Memorial Day, and then is open Tuesday through Sunday from Memorial Day till mid August. The hours are 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. The pool operates on a limited schedule from mid August through Labor Day. Special events are periodically held during the summer months. The Association also sponsors a children's Halloween and Christmas party each year and Easter Egg Hunt. The clubhouse and the pool can be rented separately or together for private parties and gatherings. The clubhouse can be rented at any time of day, seven days a week. The pool can be rented any day during non-pool hours, except Monday from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 am, and renters are required to hire ONA lifeguards. ONA members pay a reduced fee for facility rental.
The Association operates on a January 1st through December 31st fiscal, budget and membership year. Membership fees are due by January 1st of each year, and the membership is valid through December 31st of that year. Late fees and interest are assessed to mandatory dues 30 days past due as stipulated in the by-laws. There are different categories of membership. Mandatory members are those residents whose homes were built after May 1991, and they are required to join the Association. Other Olympia/Olympia Hills residents who wish to have full use and privileges of membership can join as Voluntary members. The annual dues for these two types of members are $265.00. When the Association began, a limited number of Lifetime memberships (25) were sold. These are no longer offered. The Board has authorized a limited number of Facility Use Associate passes for $365.00 for non-residents of Olympia/Olympia Hills. All fee amounts are subject to change with Board approval. ONA also offers a Voluntary to Mandatory Incentive Plan to those who would like to become a mandatory member of the Association by offering the homeowner either one year free membership (refunds cheerfully given for assessments already paid) or $100 off each of the next three years membership assessments. The choice is yours. This plan rewards homeowners for making their property a part of the mandatory association, and is a benefit to the Association, as that particular property will thereafter be a mandatory part of the Association.
The Association manager is Ray Jansure, AMS, (659-6105) and his office hours are listed in the Newsline and in the answering service message. The assistant manager is Paula Burrow.
Restrictive covenants (restrictions) are the "rules" of the subdivision. Restrictions are intended to outline what is and is not permitted in the subdivision so that each resident's rights and property value is protected.
Restrictions are recorded before the sale of the first lot in any subdivision unit and when a person purchases a lot/house. The purchasers, in effect, recognize the restrictions and "covenant" with their neighbors to abide by the "rules".
Restrictions can be enforced through the legal system by the developer, another lot owner, or the neighborhood association. Any person found by the court to be in violation of the restrictions can be made to remedy the violation and pay court costs, attorney's fees and damages.
Every home/lot owner should read their restrictions, know and abide by the "rules", and be a good neighbor.