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), 50 to 60 ft right of ways along the roads, and the gazebo area within Driftwood. 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. Melrose also has a vehicle policy that must adhered to by property owners and their guests. 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 and Member Services.
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.
President: Bill Bower
Vice President: Carl Easterling
Secretary: Larry Dessem
Treasurer: Todd Norris
Members At Large:
Board Administrator – Aaron Crosby, email@example.com
Architectural Review Board
Chairman Andy Mason Phone 843-842-3441
Mary Beth Veidt
The Board contracts with vendors annually to provide garbage disposal and landscaping. The Board also addresses a variety of issues which may affect the property owners, such as the CBRA insurance concerns and beach re-nourishment.
The Board communicates periodically through newsletters and written messages from the Board president. This redesigned web site is an attempt to greatly improve communication.
The Property Owner’s Association contracts with local providers to supply you with the following services as part of your annual POA fees:
The POA Board has signed a contract to provide trash pick up services. All trash/garbage is to be placed in bags inside a garbage can. You do have to place your trash container(s) at curb side, and you must assume responsibility for returning your container(s) to your house within a reasonable amount of time. Your trash will be picked up on Mondays and Fridays. No contractor debris will be collected. If you are not a full time resident of Melrose, please call Casey Scott at Dolphin Shared MGMT Services at 843-422-8226 to let him know when you will be in residence.
All roads within Melrose, other than those owned by Red Fish Holdings, are maintained by the POA. This includes root management, storm water drainage and road repair.
Landscaping of Common Grounds
Property designated as POA common area is maintained and landscaped.
Property owners may keep at their residence personal electric vehicles typically categorized as golf carts (two to six seat) or low speed electric vehicles. All vehicles must be approved by the Melrose POA.
All vehicles operated on the roads within the Melrose POA shall be operated by drivers who possess a valid driver’s license. Drivers are expected to obey all posted regulations including speed limits.
All personal electric vehicles shall have a fixed or flexible windshield, headlights, taillights, brakes and vehicle identification numbers and a top speed as set by the Board of Directors.
Personal vehicles (property owners or guests) with a primary power source of a combustion engine are prohibited in any form unless specifically approved by the Board of Directors.
Vendors may drive a motor vehicle to a home-owners property in order to conduct business between the hours of 7AM and 7PM Monday through Saturday. Vendors may drive a motor vehicle to a home-owners property in order to conduct business between the hours of 9AM and 7PM on Sunday provided such business will be conducted inside and does not produce noise that would disrupt neighbors.