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December 8, 2017 – Merry Christmas!

“The world is run by those who show up” -Anonymous

What? Annual Colonos assembly;

When? Dec. 9, 2017 @ 9:30 a.m.;

Where? The Dreams Hotel

Notice: The hotel says that due to high occupancy, parking will be  at a premium and encourages residents to walk or bike to the assembly. 

Assembly Preview:

When it comes to taxes and fees,
what goes up …keeps going up

Colonos proposes 4 percent fee increase

By Staff
Scientists tell us, in theory, what goes up must come down. They obviously excluded taxes and fees in their assessment as Puerto Aventuras residents face a proposed 4.10 percent hike in Colonos fees at the Dec. 9 assembly (tomorrow) at 9:30 a.m. at the Dreams Hotel.

If approved, the fees will have resisted the law of gravity for six years, although this year’s extra bite is the second lowest of those years. Voters approved a 10 percent hike in 2013, then 8 percent in 2014, on to only 2.63 percent in 2015, followed by 8.56 percent in 1n 2016, then 9 percent in 2017 when voters agreed to substantially support Transformar Educando in the poblado.

The fee hike, if the budget is approved, represents a 2018 budget of $1,605, 167 or, adding $63,153 to last year’s budget of $1,542,004 in US dollars.

Four residents request time
to present issues of concern

According to the annual report, three residents will be given 10 minutes each to expound upon various topics. One more will get 30 minutes, 10 minutes each on three topics.

A one-man crusade for modification of land usage (zoning) and lack of enforcement of the municipal building codes will continue from previous years in the person of Octavio del Rio.

Sally Wood Evans will propose modification of the rule governing payment of maintenance fees for town houses. Eduardo Said will comment on the status of the land that was to be used for the second nine holes of the golf course or a public park.

Thierry Defauw has three views to share. One is about who can enter through the PA gates and should fees be charged. Second is to enclose all electrical high-voltage boxes to prevent damage and injury and last, clear up whether Phase 4 is  part of the  Colonos or not and if not, why are owners there paying fees?

Decide if valid reason to fire
the volunteer Colonos chair

While developer and Fideicomiso Roman Rivera Torres is expected to outline his previously written reasons for seeking the resignation of Colonos chairman Jorge Kaufer, it will be up  to voters who attend the assembly to decide whether there is any cause to do so. (See previous Pelican issues for background).

The developer has also called for the resignation of Colonos GM Armando Rincon, who cannot be fired by voters, but only by the board that Kaufer chairs. It is said, however, that if Kaufer is voted out, a new board with different leanings could possibly consider Rincon’s departure.

Tomorrow’s  assembly (Dec. 9 at 9:30, at the Dreams Hotel) offers a rare opportunity for voters themselves to actually settle some serious issues by the democratic vote.

What will voters choose to do
with a dandy $200,000 USD?

That amount was appropriated by last year’s assembly for improvements to the main gate grounds and building, which is owned by the Fideicomiso. A separate feud led to a demand by the Fideicomiso for the Colonos to relinquish gate control back to the Fideicomso.

That resulted in a protective withdrawal of the improvement funds by Colonos until the Fideicomiso  signed a 10-year contract guaranteeing Colonos gate control in return for spending  the public’s money on improving Fideicomiso’s property.

Voters again will exercise the power of the vote when the question is presented at the assembly to choose between three alternatives:

One is to spend public money on the project regardless of who controls the gate and without any legitimate, long-term guarantees over control of access.

Two is to place the funds in an investment account and begin the gate project if and when a long-term free-use contract is signed by the Fideicomiso, thus guaranteeing the investment.

Three is to return the money to whom it belongs, the fee payers, and appropriate funds for the gate at a future assembly if voters still think it is necessary to improve the gate.

Voters can decide whether
to open gates to Taema   

Taema is a large, emerging housing development across the highway that wants its residents to have free reign of the Puerto Aventuras resort for a $77 annual fee and to also use the resident gates to move freely in and out of the resort.

The agreement was quietly signed last year and discovered recently by resort residents who were infuriated by the lack of concern for them and the problems of already inadequate resort infrastructure, they said.

The agreement was lobbied in the Colonos by the Fideicomiso and quietly signed last year by Fideicomiso and the Colonos board.

The board has since apologized to residents and has admitted that signing the agreement was a mistake made without considering density and infrastructure impact. The board now wants voters to decide whether the agreement should remain or be canceled

The Roundup…

The 58th murder of the year in Solidaridad attributable to organized crime was reported in the Puerto Aventuras poblado late Wednesday morning at a site between Viveros,  the main road,  and Guayaba Streets. The victim, believed to be a former municipal official  according to identification found at the scene, had been shot twice in the chest.

Centro Maya accident – A woman. 30, suffered a fractured leg and other injuries when she tried crossing the street at an entrance to the mall Wednesday and was struck by an approaching vehicle she evidently did not see. Police are urging caution to pedestrians in busy traffic areas to be doubly alert as activity increases during the tourist/holiday season…

The Mail Bag…

Boaters, marina take positive steps forward

Dear Editor: 
I am pleased to report that on Dec. 6, 2017, the five boat-owning companies representing some 25 commercial vessels gave me a document containing a well prepared and comprehensive offer for presentation to Arq. Roman Rivera Torres, Fideicomiso of Puerto Aventuras resort, relating to their longstanding dispute with the Fideicomiso subsidiary that operates the two marinas in Puerto Aventuras.

Arq. Roman interrupted his very busy schedule and agreed to meet with me that same evening. He took delivery of the offer and said it would be considered by the Fideicomiso and its legal advisers.  He also informed me that I can expect a counter-offer  by the close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for consideration by the commercial vessel owners.

You will recall that there had been a breakdown in the negotiations between the parties since March 2017. I therefore wish to thank all concerned for renewing their efforts to resolve this dispute, which is at the core of so many of the issues currently dividing our community, such as the control of the main gate, security, resignation of Colonos board members, etc.

Although it is far too early to anticipate the outcome of these efforts, we should nevertheless view this as a welcome positive step forward in the right direction.

Signed/Angelo Mouzouropoulos
(Ed. Note: Mr. Mouzouropoulos has volunteered his time and talents to assist the parties in taking promising steps forward.)

 Making Christmas bright

Dear Editor:
I would like to comment on an article that Mr. Moore commented on in the most recent issue of the Pelican free press. Many years ago when I was in grade 2 or 3 we were taught by a nun whose name was Sister Mary Daniel.

She too was deeply offended by those who abbreviated the word Christmas. She insisted we write it out in full. So I did that for the next 50 years or so and still do. However, I was telling this story to another nun, Sister Eileen, at a little Christmas get together a few years ago.

Sister Eileen told me a story that doesn’t change the way I write Christmas but it does change the way I view it when I see it written as X-mas.

Apparently, the Greek symbol for Christ is X and I think it also has a shepherd’s staff running vertically through it as well but that isn’t shown very often. Sister felt that most, and perhaps all, were not trying to aggravate me in any way by what appears to be eliminating Christ in Christmas but are rather just using a symbol for Christ. I thought it was a nice explanation and was a help to me and I hope it is to you as well. Merry Christmas to all,
Signed/Jim Morrison.

What’s Happening ?

The annual Colonos employee party for some 42 employees will be held in a poblado location on Friday, Dec 15 and the colonos is reminding residents it appreciates gifts, or cash donations to buy gifts, for the employee raffle, a highlight of the annual event. The gifts can be left at the Colonos office during regular working hours and can include household items and gifts for children and that families can enjoy together.

Recycling will be held at the skate park on Dec. 15.

Paamul Services to Others Committee’s (PSOC)  annual Charity Garage Sale will be held at David’s Store at the 307 entrance to Paamul on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.  This event will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until mid-afternoon.  Have fun shopping and knowing  you are helping provide basic needs of residents in our villages. currently Chumpon, in Quintana Roo, Santa Clara, Kulunche and San Pedro in Yucatan state…

Time for “Friendly Feud” following a contentious general assembly Dec.. 9 will be launched as a regular feature at Latitude 20 Restaurant and Bar on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the poblado community center. Bring your own boxing gloves…

The 10th annual road race is on tap for Jan. 21. Runners can get more information at the Colonos office or its website by clicking on the Colonos logo in the upper right-hand corner of this page…

 

The rules we live by…or not!

(Page 15 of 22, unedited)

CHAPTER XII

OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLIES OF ASSOCIATES

ARTICLE 38.- The General Assembly of Associates is the highest controlling body of the Association. General Assemblies may be either Ordinary or Extraordinary, Ordinary ones to be held at least once a year and the Extraordinary ones whenever  so required, and they will deal with the following issues:

  1. Election of either a President or a Board of Directors and a Vigilance celebration of the Assemblies.
    Committee;
  2. Presentation of the activities program;
  3. The annual income and expense budget;
  4. General Balance sheet and Income and Expenses Statements corresponding to the fiscal year ending, its discussion and approval if such is the case;
  5. The report of activities;
  6. The approval of the assessments proposed by the Board of Directors, and the moratory interest;
  7. The approval of the internal rules and regulations of the Association.
  8. The expelling of any associate and the exercise of the actions stated in article 13 of these bylaws.
  9. The execution of actions of ownership over any goods:
  10. The agreement on and approval of thee fees to be paid the President or the members of the Board of Directors.
  11. The Extraordinary Assembly:

a). The execution of actions of ownership over any Real-Property of the Association;

b).  The   reports  and opinions of the Vigilance Committee;

c).  The  issue  of the internal rules and regulations of the Association. as well as modifications there to;

d). Modifications to the Bylaws;

e).   Modifications  to the Deed of incorporation; and

f).   The dissolution of the Association. (To be continued)

 

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