2015 Annual Meeting June 2, 7PM, Freemason’s Lodge

Mailings are going out announcing Mountain Laurel Estates Homeowners Association’s annual Meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Freemason’s Lodge, 1515 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown (directly across the street from Mountain Laurel) on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00pm.  This annual meeting is required by our Bylaws.

Please plan on either attending or signing and returning the Proxy from your mailing.  You can place your proxy in the box located on the front porch of 32 Carrie LN or mail it to MLEHA, P.O. Box 487, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  If you plan on attending, please email President@MountainLaurelEstates.org to let us know you are coming.

The major agenda items to be discussed are:

  • Minutes from 2014 meeting (for a copy see: http://mountainlaurelestates.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Minutes-2014.pdf )
  • 2014-2015 Treasurer’s Report
  • 2015-2016 Proposed Budget
  • Old and New Business
  • Election of Officers

Please note that your annual assessment for the 2015-2016 year is due as well.  The assessment will remain at $180 and is payable by June 15, 2015.  You may bring the payment to our Annual meeting or mail it to MLEHA, P.O. Box 487, North Kingstown, RI 02852 (Make checks payable to “MLEHA” and be sure to include your address on the “For” line).  Payments postmarked after June 30th must include a $50 late payment fee.  Please send your dues in prior to the deadline.

The Board looks forward to meeting with everyone on June 2nd.

 

 

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Town Council Public Hearings on Rt 2/102 Development

The Town is having a public hearing tonight concerning development of the 2/102 intersection area.

The meeting announcement can be found by CLICKING HERE.

The meeting begins at 6 PM, but the 2/102 development issues will begin, by agreement, at 7 PM.

The more who show up to express concern, the better.

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2014 Sewer Project – Special Election June 17

The following note was received from the Town of North Kingstown:

Please see the attached “Sewer Fact Sheet” that provides a summary of the 2014 North Kingstown Sewer project. Please forward to your membership and encourage them to vote on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in the special election. The two polling questions are listed on the sewer fact sheet for review.  Although the proposed sewer area only impacts Post Road (north) and commercial properties in Wickford Village, support for the two questions is sought from all North Kingstown neighborhoods and registered voters.  Please note that the cost of the sewer project construction will be fully paid over 20 years by owners of properties serviced by the sewer system through assessments.  No other property owners, businesses or residents will be taxed for these costs.

Thank you.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Paige R. Bronk, AICP
Economic Development Manager

Town of North Kingstown
55 Brown Street
North Kingstown, RI  02852
pbronk@northkingstown.org
(401) 268-1572

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Annual Meeting Held Wednesday June 4

The Annual Meeting was held tonight with 9 owners present, and 37 owners represented by proxy.  Four officers from the 2013-2014 board were present.

A correction to the proposed budget was made (correcting the annual amount of street light rental), which resulted in an increase to both the general improvement and carryover accounts.  That budget was approved unanimously, and can be seen by Clicking Here.

The following list of officers were presented and voted in unanimously:

  • Bob Beatty – President
  • Steve Lukowicz – Vice President
  • Mike Rosendale – Secretary
  • Lynn Beatty – Treasurer
  • Peter Trask – Member at Large
  • Betsy Alexander – Member at Large

Minutes from the meeting will be posted online (see the “Meetings” tab).

The incoming board extends it thanks and appreciation to the outgoing board on behalf of the members of Mountain Laurel Estates for your years of dedicated service.

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Annual Meeting: Masonic Lodge 7 PM

Invitations to the Annual Meeting were Emailed and sent out by USPS early this week.  The meeting will be held at 7 PM at the Masonic Lodge 1515 Ten Rod Road.  Your attendance is requested as we will be electing a new slate of officers to take over stewardship of our neighborhood.

If you can’t attend, please get a proxy to Jerry Duffy (Jerry.Duffy@cox.net) before tonight’s meeting.  The proxy form can be found by Clicking Here and the proposed budget can be found by Clicking Here.

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Important Meeting Dates concerning Rt 2/102 Development

The following is a list of upcoming meetings concerning the Route 2/102 Development.  The underlined meetings are the most important to attend.  The board would appreciate it if homeowners would attend these meetings.  It has been well proven, in the past few years, that the Town Council and Planning Commission pays attention to items that draw large numbers of the public.  Without apparent public support strange things tend to happen.

  • Monday October 1: Town Council Meeting focusing on traffic and the rotary/roundabout idea
  • Thursday October 4, 7-10pm: Public Workshop 1 at Wickford Middle School (Stakeholder Group members should attend if they are able in listening mode.)
  • Wednesday October 10, 7-9pm: Residents Focus Group at Masonic Lodge (This is specifically for abutters and those in the local area)
  • Monday October 15, 7-10pm: Public Workshop 2 at Wickford Middle School (Stakeholder Group members should attend if they are able in listening mode.)
  • Tuesday October 16: Planning Commission Meeting on Rolling Greens Application
  • Thursday October 25, 6-9pm: SHG Meeting 4 (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend.)
  • Tuesday October 30: Planning Commission Meeting on Rolling Greens Application

 

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Upcoming Changes to Autumn Drive & 102/2 Rotary

For those of you curious about the work being done just outside the Autumn Drive entrance to MLEHA, Board member Peter Trask received details from RIDOT engineers and some site plans:

Concerning Autumn Drive Turn Lanes:

This project has been awarded to a Contractor who has begun preliminary work and expects to complete construction this fall. The work involves widening of Ten Rod Road to provide addition of left turn lanes to Ten Rod Road and upgrading of traffic signals to provide protected left turn phasing.

The left turn phasing was installed as a temporary measure until this widening project was ready.  As you know, it is only in 1 direction.  The new project will allow left turns to do so in the safety of a left turn lane (in both directions) which will not cause through traffic to negotiate a lane change to get around a left turning vehicle.  Also, the left turns will now be allowed only during a left turn phase.  In other words, the opposing traffic will stop for the left turns, and the left turns will not be allowed when the opposing traffic is moving.  This will eliminate the “double threat”, which is when a left turning vehicle thinks there is a safe gap in traffic only to find that another vehicle is in the outermost lane and hidden by a vehicle turning left in the opposite direction.

These improvements were intended to be included in the traffic signal installation, but the widening was delayed due to permitting.  As part of that permitting, the historical cemetery was considered.  The plans were sent to the Town for review, but a public hearing was not held.   All work is in the State’s Right-of-Way.

I understand your concern for speeding along this stretch of road.  I don’t think these improvements will increase speeding on the road, but rather will greatly increase the safety of those turning left at the intersection.

Lindsey M. Sasso
Customer Service
RI Department of Transportation

Concerning the planned rotary (roundabout) for Rt. 102 & 2 (by Oatley’s):

There is currently a roundabout proposed for the intersection of Ten Rod Road (Rt 102) at South County Trail (Rt 2) under question, however it is in the preliminary design stage. The roundabout is to be constructed under our Highway Safety Improvement Program. Intersections throughout the State are chosen for the program based on the number of accidents and the severity of the crashes. These intersections are studied to determine potential improvements that would reduce the accident rate.

The majority of crashes at this intersection are angle crashes with left turning vehicles being struck by opposing through vehicles. These types of accidents tend to be more severe. Roundabouts have been proven to improve safety by reducing the number and severity of crashes. Angle crashes, such as the ones happening at this location, are virtually eliminated. Vehicle speeds through the intersection are also reduced since roundabouts are designed to be traveled at around 20 to 25 mph, also helping to increase safety.

In addition, roundabouts have been proven to have other benefits such as reducing congestion by causing less delay, reducing pollution by having fewer stops and idling vehicles, as well as reducing maintenance costs throughout the life of the intersection.

Please note that roundabouts are nothing like the old rotaries such as the one that used to be at this location. They are much smaller in diameter and designed to be traveled at much lower speeds. A public meeting is planned for October 1 before the North Kingstown Town Council where we will present our plans, and also help residents better understand how roundabouts work, and the safety benefits that they produce. Residents will also be able to share their concerns with us at that time. The project design is at 30% which is the preliminary design stage so is not a “Done Deal” at this point and input is welcomed. The project is being presented at 30% design so that a certain level of detail has been achieved before presenting to the public.

Also, this roundabout is not estimated at $5.5 million to build as stated by the resident. The estimated cost at this time is approximately $1.3 million.

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Stakeholder Meeting Update

Fellow Home Owners,

The route 2/102 meeting schedule is listed below.  I want to direct your attention to the two public workshops – Thursday October 4 and Monday October 15-  and ask that you please consider attending one of them.  This will be your opportunity to weigh in on this process directly.  As I have said in the past, if you want someone from across town or the developers to have the final say in what this area will look like stay home and accept whatever happens.  If on the other hand you want to influence the outcome here is your chance.  Mark your calendars, plan on attending and let your voice be heard.

The developer has finally submitted a master plan for Rolling Greens and it can be found at this link: http://www.northkingstown.org/upcoming-projects  There will be an upcoming opportunity for the public to comment on this as well so stay tuned to the town website and these e-mails for updates as to where and when.  Finally, spread the word to your friends and neighbors not on this e-mail list and encourage them to send me an e-mail so I can add them to our list.  I would like to have all 84 households represented on this list.  If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me.  Regards.

Jerry Duffy, VP, MLEHOA

  • Stakeholder Group (SHG) Meeting Schedule, with a few other meetings of interest (Locations to be determined.  Timing may be adjusted if needed.)
  • Wednesday September 26, 6pm-9pm: SHG Meeting 3 (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend.)
  • Monday October 1: Town Council Meeting focusing on traffic and the rotary/roundabout idea
  • **Thursday October 4, 7-10pm: Public Workshop 1 (Stakeholder Group members should attend if they are able in listening mode.)
  • **Monday October 15, 7-10pm: Public Workshop 2 (Stakeholder Group members should attend if they are able in listening mode.)
  • Tuesday October 16: Planning Commission Meeting on Rolling Greens Application
  • Thursday October 25, 6-9pm: SHG Meeting 4 (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend.)
  • Tuesday October 30: Planning Commission Meeting on Rolling Greens Application
  • Wednesday November 7, 6-9pm: SHG Meeting 5 (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend.)
  • Thursday November 15, 6-9pm: SHG Meeting 6 Placeholder (Stakeholder Group members & alternates expected to attend. This meeting may not be necessary, or it may be a joint meeting with the Town Council.  More on this later, but for now please save the date.)
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Stakeholder meeting for route 2 and 102 intersection development plan

The first meeting of the stakeholder group will be held on Thursday, August 23, at 5:30 pm at the North Kingstown Senior Center.

An agenda and any informational materials will be posted in the next few days on the town’s calendar as well as on the following website:

http://www.northkingstown.org/visioning-process-routes-2-and-102

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jon

Jonathan J. Reiner, AICP
Director of Planning and Community Development
Town of North Kingstown
55 Brown Street
North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852
401-294-3331, Ext. 310
Fax 401-294-4052
jreiner@northkingstown.org
http://www.northkingstown.org

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Reminder – Lawn Watering Allowable Tuesday and Friday ONLY

Residents of Mountain Laurel Estates are reminded that during the months of July and August, watering of lawns using manual or automatic sprinklers is restricted to Tuesday and Friday ONLY. No watering of any type may take place during the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM. Flower and vegetable gardens may be watered by hand (hose or can) any day.

For more information, please see this link: Watering Information

A new tab has been added that will contain rainfall information in the future. Homeowners interested in water conservation may check this page for current rainfall information.

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