All owners of properties subject to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Melrose Homesites, dated January 9, 1987 and amended in 1994, are automatically members of the Property Owners Association. The purpose of the Association is to ensure the preservation and maintenance of all MPOA Common Areas. These Common Areas include all MPOA roads (which are private roads) and 50 to 60 ft right of ways along the roads. The MPOA is also responsible for the maintenance of utilities in these right of ways that are not maintained by a utility company, such as storm sewers. The MPOA also works to protect property values and promote the common good of the Melrose Homesite properties and their owners. The MPOA removes downed trees and brush-hogs undeveloped lots to keep them from becoming overgrown with brush that is unsightly, as well as a fire hazard.
All property owners are assessed annually to fund the services provided by the MPOA. Currently Undeveloped Lots are assessed $800 annually and Developed Lots are assessed $1000. Developed Lots are assessed at a higher rate because they utilize more services. These rates are very modest in comparison with fees charged by other HOAs in the area.
The rights and responsibilities of the MPOA, its governing Board and the individual property owners are outlined in the 1987 Melrose Homesite CC&Rs, the 1994 Waiver, Release and Amendments to the CC&Rs and the MPOA Bylaws. These documents can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
The Association is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, with each director serving a three-year term. Each year three Directors are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting of the Melrose Property Owners Association. In addition to the MPOA Annual Meeting, the Board meets monthly via telephone conference call. The minutes of all meetings are kept on file and available for viewing in the Members Only section of the MPOA Website.
There are two standing committees: Finance and Infrastructure. The Finance Committee prepares and reviews budgets and has recently been addressing Economic Development as well. The Infrastructure Committee is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of all POA property, including the roads, road easements and signage. It also monitors the condition of lots to assure they are well kept and do not contain any safety hazards. Non-standing Committees currently include Collections, Member Services and Driftwood POA area.
The Board appoints the members of the Architectural Review Board annually. The ARB is tasked with ensuring that the construction of new homes and modifications to existing homes meet construction standards that have been established to promote the preservation of property values .The Architectural Review Board guidelines can be found in the ARB section.