Transformation Lighting Committee:
Minutes from the 2/8/17 meeting will be posted soon.
Eastport Civic Association:
If you’re interested in learning about our Eastport neighborhood here on the south side of Spa Creek, finding out about upcoming meetings, or joining the civic association, click here:
Planned Construction Projects:
You may have heard about planned development projects in the area, including the South Annapolis Yacht Center and the Eastport Shopping Center. You can click on this link to read about both projects, neighborhood concerns about the potential impacts, and opportunities to learn more or participate:
WHAT’S GOING ON AT SHEARWATER – Winter 2017
Judging from the temperatures outside and the dense fog this morning, I think Annapolis is finally edging into Winter. David Densmore, our Shearwater Dockmaster, has installed the de-icers, the marina is winterized, Tina Ligon has seen to it that the pool is closed, and the irrigation system is turned off.
At the first 2017 Condo Association meeting on Tuesday, 25 January, I gave a quick update on the status of the Transformation projects in our community. For those of you who could not attend, we’ve made the following progress -- out of the total of 30 projects:
- 7 projects are completed (including our beautiful new mailboxes & parking area)
- 16 projects are in progress (see some updates below)
- A total of 77% are either completed or in progress
That’s amazing progress in less than a year, thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who made this possible.
- Shearwater Lighting Project: the Lighting Committee, chaired by Sharon Hobson, has created a scope of work and a Request for Proposals to review all building, parking and landscape lighting throughout the community. They also researched lighting designers and conducted several reference interviews so the RFP could be sent out for bid. The selected company is developing an analysis of light placement, fixtures, brightness, etc., and will forward it to the Committee. They’ll review the report, get community input, and forward their recommendations to the Board.
- Onsite Person Feasibility Committee: John Schaake gave an update on the progress made by the committee investigating the feasibility of having a dedicated person onsite to handle maintenance, provide quality control for contractor work, and help coordinate onsite project efforts. The cost will be partially offset by savings in several areas of the expense budget. The Committee will continue to work with MMG to refine the scope, responsibilities and requirements of the position, investigate possible resources to find someone qualified to meet those requirements, review potential costs & cost offsets, and present a recommendation to the BOD for a vote to authorize the funds required.
- Grounds Contract: the Landscaping Committee did a walkthrough of the entire community in July, listing 110+ items needing attention (e.g. trimming, pruning, weeding, removal of dead bushes and ivy, etc.). This list was forwarded by MMG to the grounds maintenance contractor so the items could be addressed. When the committee did a second walkthrough at the end of October, fewer than 1% of the items had been addressed. Highlands indicated they would do this work during their November cleanup. MMG is awaiting the update from Highlands that the work is done, and then will review.
- Gutter Cleaning: MMG is getting bids from 3 companies for cleaning all gutters in the next few weeks, including minor repairs of gutters & drain pipes.
- Snow Removal: contract for this winter is being negotiated and will be similar to last year’s contract, with the addition of orange stakes to mark curbs & grass which will hopefully reduce damage to grassy areas and our new parking stops.
- Siding Repairs: North Arundel County has been selected to do siding repairs identified during inspections throughout the community, along with issues identified via work orders. Work will begin in the next few weeks.
- Unit Door Painting: per the Duty to Maintain amendment to the Shearwater By-Laws, painting the front door is a unit owner responsibility; many owners have done this already (the paint specifications are in the Architectural Guidelines document on the Shearwater website). MMG is obtaining bids from contractors for those owners who would prefer to take advantage of a bulk rate.
The Board has set up the schedule for 2017 meetings: they will occur on in January, March, April (Annual Meeting), May, July, September and November. The link to the schedule is posted on the ‘Home’ page of the Shearwater website, and was posted on the notice boards in early January.
Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy New Year!
A summary of project status is included below:
|Replacing & numbering of mailboxes
||Eric Petterson, MMG
|Parking lot repair, resealing, replacing parking stops, paining lines
||D, G, Q, Z
|Redesiging the kayak rack
||David Densmore, Marina Committee
|Repairing & repainting damaged siding & trim
|Updating all lighting on buildings, in parking areas and in landscaping
||B, F, K
||Sharon Hobson, John Schaake, Larry Birch, Theresa Wellman
|Investigating feasibility of an onsite maintenance person
||John Schaake, Phil Meredith, Larry Birch, Scott Ligon
|Evaluate consistent approach to unit maintenance and power-washing decks & timbers
||MMG & Board
|Evaluate approach for unit owner painting of front doors
||MMG & Board
||C, E, H, N, T
||Maryan Cummings, Sharon McInnis, Karen Van Evans, Cheri Hall
|Replacing all Shearwater signs
|Setting up a grilling & picnic site
|Investigating options for the racquetball/ community building
|Redoing/replacing the oyster shell paths
* Refer to the Transformation Project Listing (click the icon at the top of this page) for the descriptions for each project code
Click here to send a Work Order for basic repair
items (e.g. burned out bulbs, common area issues, leaks, etc.).
We suggest you follow up with a phone call as well.
Latest Shearwater Mark Online Now
The Fall 2016 issue of Shearwater's quarterly
newsletter is now online. You can
download the PDF version right here. Printed copies are no longer
available. If you would like your newsletter delivered to your inbox
immediately at publication, please send your email address to Metropolitan Management Group at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Back issues are on the Shearwater
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Message To New Owners and Tenants
Welcome to Shearwater
Whether you are a renter or an owner, we extend a warm welcome to you.
You can find a wealth of information about Shearwater on this website, including information about how to contact the property manager (Metropolitan Management, 1-410-508-3819); copies of association By-Laws, Rules and Regulations and other key documents; a list of reliable resources; information about the marina, dinghies and kayaks; answers to Frequently Asked Questions; and a wealth of other tips."
For a complete list of Shearwater Rules and Regulations, see the Metropolitan Management section of this website. There are a few
rules that may not be obvious but can go a long way toward being a good
neighbor. Most have to do with parking, trash disposal, and the marina.
Please make yourself familiar with the following rules, and take the time
to review the complete regulations on the website.
1. A maximum of 2 cars per unit may be registered with property
management using the
Parking Registration Form and submitting the required supporting
documents. The sticker must be displayed on the lower left corner of the
2. If you are a renter, the owner or you must submit a copy of the lease
along with the Parking Registration Form and the required supporting
documents for your car.
3 Parking is head-in only.
4 Guests must park in guest slots only.
5 Violators will be towed after a warning.
1. There are 2 dumpster locations; one next to the main entry gate off
Boucher and one near the Mitchell Street gate. Trash pickup is every
2. If the trash containers near the Mitchell Street exist are full,
please put the trash in the regular or recycle dumpsters next to the main
gate. DO NOT leave any trash on the ground.
3. All boxes must be first broken down and then put into the recycling
4. Please push trash bags toward the back of the dumpsters. If the areas
in back of the sliding side doors are full, lift the top and put the bag
toward the back of the dumpster. DO NOT leave any trash on the ground.
1 You must contact the dockmaster regarding use of slip, floating dock
or kayak rack. David Densmore,
2 Do not place a boat or kayak in the marina facility even temporarily
without contacting the dockmaster.
If you would like to be included in the community directory, email the
information to the website coordinator at
Shearwater Condominium Association Board
Reminder on Need for Permits
The City of Annapolis reminds owners who are
contemplating interior renovations to their condo unit, that a
building permit is required. Typically your contractor would apply
for this permission.
unit owners have experienced problems with their electrical panels
that could be hazardous. If you have breakers that constantly go off
or sparking, you should consider getting an electrician or home
inspector to look at your panel. It is believed that the problem may
be that some of the panels contain an aluminum bracket that is not
as safe as newer copper panels.
Some people think they're cute,
Some people think they're a pest,
Either way please don't feed them,
all that does is make one big mess.
Seriously, be considerate of your neighbors and don't feed