The Cloister as A Business Operation


In early years management and bookkeeping for the Cloister at St Henry facility was simple, collect HOA monthly fees, pay bills relating to ongoing operations and pay the monthly Comcast fee.

But now we have two categories of expenditures, routine operating expenses and capital expenses(such as new roofs, street repaving, retaining walls and other repairs to our infrastructure) This leaves us with challenges in budgeting, and supervision and monitoring of outside contractors.

The value to The Cloister property is approaching Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000.00) The property was developed in 1984, some buildings are 32 years old with the newest building built 25 years ago. Original Cloister homeowners did not face expensive maintenance and repair projects  such as roof replacement, street paving,  and exterior repair and painting during the first 10 years of the life of the Cloister complex. Thus we relied upon unpaid volunteers from among residents.

Initially a small group of, sometimes reluctant, mostly inexperienced volunteers formed the Architectural Review and Maintenance Committee to manage the simple housekeeping matters. We have reached a critical point in  budgeting with management of large infrastructure maintenance and repair projects like jacking up and supporting an entire Cloister Condo building, replacing sunken driveways, rebuilding walls, and maintaining the storm water drainage system.

We home owners have been hit with huge monthly HOA fee increases. Yet we assume that management of this major facility can still be conducted with unpaid volunteers on what we call the ARMS Committee.

We are sadly mistaken……

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It is time that we reduce the responsibilities of the ARMS Committee and hire on-site management and monitoring for our large, expensive infrastructure repair and maintenance projects and capital spending. Or should we idly stand by while the ARMS committee attempt to manage a $50 million dollar facility and a one million dollar per year budget?

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Why I Like The Cloister Better Than Ashley Green


Before Rochford Construction finished the last few units in The Cloister they began construction in Ashley Green, a similar development in Bellevue behind the old Bellevue Library and the Fire station. Bonney and I spent considerable time looking at various condos in Ashley Green.

We discovered serious problems with some units in Ashley Green.

screenhouseOne Ashley Green owner had a modular screen porch put up in the back. The porch had been built directly on the dirt ground. The floor was rickety and would wobble when we walked on it through the rear door.. Arggggh!

Several Ashley Green units had cheap and shabby awnings over windows and entryways that made the entire area look like a worn out slum. We decided  that Ashley Green was neither a good investment nor a good place to live.awning

Altho it appears that we at The Cloister are subject to excessive control over what we can to around the exterior of our buildings……that control has resulted in a very attractive community.

I am concerned that one of the Cloister homes has a blue fabric awning over their entrance. Why didn’t they put something up consistent with the quality and architectural style of the homes at The Cloister?

Can this be the start of the deterioration of our community?

About Cloister HOA Board Member Elections


Each year for the years I have lived here, “The Cloister News” would give residents a list of persons running for seats on The Cloister HOA Board of Directors. vote UndecidedEach candidate would tell us such information like where they were born and raised, what schools they went to, and where they worked and what they did at work. But they seldom told us how they  would vote on such matters like HOA fee increases, what they would do to get more resident participation at board meetings, how they would make meetings more open. This does not allow us the opportunity to determine what they stand for before they get on the Board. Perhaps we ought to ask each candidate to offer a detailed platform as part of their statement concerning why he/she wants to be on the Board. Vague statements  do not allow us the opportunity to take an informed decision.

'We're a democracy here, as long as everyone votes in favour of what I want!'

Absentee Voting in Nashville


.Bonney and I vote by absentee ballot
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To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories:

  1. The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day;
  2. The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration;
  3. The voter’s licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician’s judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury;
  4. The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter’s county of residence;
  5. The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court;
  6. The voter is sixty (60) years of age or older;
  7. The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place;
  8. The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person;
  9. The voter is a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;
  10. The voter is a candidate for office in the election;
  11. The voter serves as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission;
  12. The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day;
  13. The voter or the voter’s spouse possesses a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or the voter possesses a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day, and has no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
  14. The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen.
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How Do Cloister Residents Feel About Speed Bump Additions and Extensions?


Most Cloister Residents are against additional speed bumps or extending speed bumps across the entire street….

Tear Out Speed Bumps at The Cloister

Tear Out Speed Bumps at The Cloister

Comments to Cloister Living Blog on Speed Bump Extensions and Additions

  • Additional speed bumps are NOT needed and is a total waste of money. Please spend our money more wisely.
  • Additional speed bumps is a huge waste of money. They are not needed. Please don’t spend our money this way.
  • More speed bumps are NOT needed!! Why is this even an issue, when David Floyd tells me “they have to be more stingy” with OUR monies!! I absolutely, think residents should be able vote on such matters!! I am not so sure that some board members have the best interest of “ALL” residents in mine! I hope the board will get their priorities’ in order!!
  • In the year and a half we have lived here, we have never observed any high speed traffic in our neighborhood. We do not think that additional speed bumps is a wise use of the limited Cloister funds.
  • I agree

Results of Recent Poll….

Poll Results About Speed Bump Additions

Poll Results About Speed Bump Additions  ….. 73% of those polled are against speed bump additions or extensions.