SBIA Courts Restoration Project

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Vote closes December 17, 2017

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Dear 2017 SBIA Member,

After many years of patching and work-around fixes, the tennis and basketball courts are past repair and need to be replaced. At the 2017 annual end-of-year member meeting we discussed the need to resurface the courts, to restore their utility and the inherent value of the entire property. The attending members voted in favor of us establishing a committee and allocating funds to explore the viability of replacing the courts.

The committee (members are listed below) — comprised of five board members and five members-in-good-standing, with significant collective experience in such projects — has been working diligently to define the scope of the project, examine different options and determine the solution that best benefits our members. Below is our recommendation. Please review it carefully, then Click This Link to VOTE if you are in favor or not of the courts’ restoration project. (You will have the opportunity to provide feedback when you vote.)

What will the courts’ restoration project include?
The existing asphalt surface will be replaced with a post tensioned concrete product that is 1) a better solution for our unstable base, and 2) lowers maintenance and overall costs for the life (25+ years) of the courts. The solution will include:

  • one painted tennis court (with new net and posts),
  • two lined pickleball courts, and;
  • one basketball court (two commercial-grade, outdoor basketball hoops).

This project ensures the many Association activities and functions we hold throughout the Summer will be supported by the new facility.

What will it cost?
Based on our research, and estimates from multiple contractors, we have developed a not-to-exceed budget of $198,900 for the project. (See budget details at the bottom.) This includes the courts listed above, as well as other repairs and enhancements, including: new fencing, new electrical power/lighting, modern practice wall (to replace the deteriorating cinder block wall) that will double as a movie screen, replace or repair the shed, as necessary, and other improvements (e.g., drainage, landscaping). The budget also includes funds for additional engineering, legal or other professional fees, and contingency.

How will we pay for it?
We estimate at 2017 fiscal year end we will have just over $100,000 in the bank. $25,000 should be reserved for ongoing operating expenses, giving us $75,000 to allocate to this project. The remaining $123,900 would be financed through a 10-year loan.

Based on current membership levels (and recent yearly averages), to pay the cost of the loan each year membership dues would increase1,2 by the modest amounts listed below.

  • Full membership — $50 annual increase
  • Senior membership — $15 annual increase
  • Junior membership — $25 annual increase

We explored multiple options to pay for the project and believe this combination will have the least financial impact on you, our members.

When will it happen?
We expect the project to be completed in the Fall, 2018. But we will work hard to deliver the new courts as soon as possible. To continue making progress we now need your approval of the project.

Please Click This LinK to VOTE to restore this important neighborhood asset. The committee is confident once the courts’ project is completed it will be something we all will be proud of…and will add value to our individual properties, as well.

Sincerely,
Courts Restoration Committee

Jay Affanato
Ron Fernandes
John Hasson
Ryan Hutchins
Peter Lind
Michael McCarthy
David O’Keefe
Jamie Rome
Joe Santorine
Beth Tuleja

P.S. A survey plan of the proposed solution has been submitted to the Falmouth Conservation Commission for review. You are welcome to attend a public hearing on it, December 13, 2017. (Meeting starts at 7:00 PM.)

1 Membership levels may fluctuation in future years, which could impact the dues amount needed to pay our loan obligation.

2 Ongoing operating expenses in future years may necessitate other dues increases.

Summer 2017 Events & Activities

by Carolyn O’Connor Halloran

You can download the 2017 calendar of events here.

Enclosed is the calendar of events for 2017. Many of your favorites are back again this year, including: Illumination Night, Adult Social (Food Truck!) and the fishing and crabbing tournaments.  Join your neighbors and friends at these fun events.  See enclosed calendar for dates and times.  Some favorites and new activities highlighted below.

  • Association kick-off meeting: Saturday, May 27.  We will discuss association business and answer your questions.  All thoughts and feedback welcome. Meeting starts at 10:00 am at the courts.
  • Beach clean up: Saturday, June 24. We will begin at 9:00 am at the courts. The work generally takes a few hours. Any and all help is welcome! We will have clean-up crews for the beach and dunes, the beach entrances, courts, and select areas outside the courts.  (Rain date: June 25.)
  • Annual Cocktail Party: Saturday, June 24. Reconnect with old friends and make some new acquaintances at the first social event of the summer. This year, Allison and Ryan Hutchins will host the event at their home, 3 Hunt ST.  Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre or dessert.  Starts at 7:00 pm.
  • Cornhole Tournament: After a successful event last summer, the 2nd annual Cornhole Tournament will be held on July 15 at 5:00 pm at the courts. Prizes awarded to the winning teams.
  • Golf Outing: The 3rd annual member golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 4 at Falmouth Country Club. Please email Joe Keenan at keejoe@netzero.com if interested in participating, by May 27 so he can finalize tee times.  Details to follow, leading up to the event.
  • New Silver Hockey Skills: Back for the 10th season, Mike Walsh is once again offering a summer hockey camp. If interested, please contact Mike at mcw@proctoracademy.org. (This is not sponsored by SBIA but is available to our members.)
  • New Silver Gets Fit!: Back for a third year, a bootcamp style fitness program will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00-9:00 am, at the courts (and sometimes on the beach!). This is an adult bootcamp for association members, led by professional trainers. Starts June 26. Details to follow.
  • Senior Exercise Class: An instructor-led 45-minute exercise class geared towards seniors, will again be offered. Mondays and Fridays, 9:00-9:45 am, at the courts. Starts June 26.  Details to follow.
  • New Silver Beach Store: Show your New Silver pride with t-shirts, sweatshirts, flip flops and so much more!  New items we hope to offer include: beach bags, towels and sun protective swim shirts.  Hours of operation will be posted on the window.  Stop in for a special New Silver memento that will last a lifetime!

New Activities Designed for our Senior Members

We’re pleased to offer 2 new activities designed for Seniors to have fun while being active.  Give ‘em a try!

  • Pickleball: What is it, you ask? A fun paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.  The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn.  Join in on the activity that has become very popular for the 55+ crowd. Games will be held each Wednesday at 9:00 am on the tennis court. Never played?  No worries…instruction will be provided for beginners, by our own Karen Kullen. Everything you need to get started will be provided by the Association. For details and sign up time, contact Carol Garvey at: cgarv711@hotmail.com.
  • Weekly Seniors Walk: Many of you walk regularly. Now you can do it with other members. Organized group walks will allow you to get exercise AND socialize…win-win! Details of days and routes to follow.