Golf Pro and Golf Course Superintendent explain ballot items to authorize funding of course maintenance – Letter to the Editor

The Lake Quivira golf course is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful properties in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The combination of topography, spectacular views, stately trees and high standards of maintenance combine to offer Lake Quivira members and guests a truly exceptional golfing experience.
In order to continue to meet the expectations of Lake Quivira golfers, annual routine repairs and maintenance projects are necessary. This practice has been both supported and funded with the approval of Lake Quivira members for the past 25 plus years. With an aging infrastructure such as ours, addressing and funding our needs is becoming more of a challenge. But we must continue the upkeep of our golf course, one of our most important assets of Lake Quivira.
With the authorization of our membership, the expenditure from the Long Term Capital Asset Reserve will fund the following golf course projects in 2017:
Turf Conversion Areas. We are in the 4th year of our turf conversion project in the rough. We have been converting warm season (i.e. Bermuda grass) to a Bluegrass/Fescue mix for better playability and aesthetics. Areas on holes 3, 5, 9 and 11 are next on the list.
Cart Paths. Like our Lake Quivira roads, our cart paths are showing their age and are in need of replacement. This money will be used to repair/replace the cart path on #14.
Walls. Several stone walls have failed, are a safety hazard and are in need of replacement. At the top of our list this year are the walls around #13 pond and the retaining wall behind #5 green.
Bunkers. We are in the final phase of our bunker repair project. A bunker has an expected shelf life of six to ten years, and the golf course staff has been repairing a few bunkers each of the past five years. The repair work includes restoring bunkers to original grade, replacing the drainage system, installing new bunker liner and filling with high quality sand. The result is a more playable, lower maintenance bunker. This money will help go towards completing the remaining bunkers on holes 11 and 18.
Irrigation. Replacement of our old, worn out irrigation system in 2007 enabled us to be more efficient and effective in covering our turf. But while the new system is a vast improvement, it falls short in areas surrounding most of our greens. As we convert turf in needed areas, we must first provide irrigation necessary for establishment of healthy turf. The main areas of concern are around the green banks, areas where our golfers expect great turf conditions.
We understand the water feature left of 15 green is a concern. The golf committee is working hard to come up with a sustainable solution to this problem. We have contracted with CE Golf Design, who did the design work for #2, to provide conceptual drawings for the project. Looking forward, we will be providing more information as the plan is fully developed.
We hope you will continue to support our efforts to provide a golf course maintained at the highest of standards. A golf course that offers a fun, yet challenging experience for players of all skill levels. A golf course set in a beautiful natural environment that provides our golfers an experience unlike any other. A golf course we can all be proud of.
Thank you!
~Jeff Eldridge, CGCS Golf Course Superintendent
~Tom Aikmus, PGA Professional
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Restriction Committee considers truck assessment to offset repaving costs – Letter to the Editor

In the last five years, membership has voted in favor of spending between $65,000 and $200,000 annually to repair and repave a portion of our roads. Through dues, foundation members fund these projects. In 2016, we spent $118,000 to repave Hillcrest East (east of Pawnee).
A dedicated group of five individuals within Restrictions Committee have taken-on responsibility of creating a “Roads Impact Fee” schedule to create revenue from heavy trucks sharing our private roads. Their goal is to partially-offset annual cost of repairing and repaving roads.
Restrictions Committee’s currently proposed fee schedule would charge an individual foundation member $40 per each three-axle truck using our roads to transport their materials in or out of Lake Quivira for their project. See an example, below. Fees could double for larger complete tear-down and new-build projects. Fees would be much smaller for landscaping and dock site projects:

Proposed truck assessment fees for hypothetical large home expansion project
Type of Truck (Qty trucks) @ $40 each Combined Fees

Excavating machinery (8) $320
Dump trucks demolition (8) 320
Large dumpsters (8) 320
Dump trucks excavated earth (100) 4,000
Dump trucks gravel (40) 1,600
Cement mixers (40) 1,600
Concrete pumper (1) 40
Lumber or structural steel (6) 240
Crane/rigger (2) 80
Drywall (4) 160
Roofing (4) 160
Total (221) $8,840

After observing three large home building projects, I am of opinion that homeowners/homebuilders should be charged these proposed fees on a per truck basis because heavy vehicles create significantly more damage, wear and tear to our roads and road beds than smaller delivery trucks or personal vehicles. Personally, I am not in favor of an alternative flat-fee, nor any percentage-based fee based on building permit stated-values. However, I suspect Restrictions Committee is willing to negotiate.
I encourage you to obtain a copy of Restrictions Committee’s latest recommendation to the board of directors. If you feel the same way I do, ask board members to endorse and implement a “Roads Impact Fee” schedule.
~Bruce Braun

Quivira Marketplace – March 2017

FOR SALE: 1978 BOSTON WHALER ‘02: 25HP Tohatsu motor, well maintained, runs good.  View on dock 253.  $3,000 – call/ text 913-710-4743. 3/17
GW INVADER FOR SALE: GW Invader, fast and strong Suzuki 25HP, runs well, regular maintenance. Skis included, Trailer included, Boat Cover included. Asking $3,500. Call 913-553-7023. 3/17
GW INVADER: This boat started out at Lake Quivira and wants to come home. $2500 or make offer. 913-707-7805. 3/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 12/17
IT’S SPRING TIME: Ready to clean beds, put on mulch and more. Call Gabe for free estimates, low price and work guaranteed. Now I have openings to mow yards with commercial mowers. Gabriel Silva, 12 years experience in LQ. References on request. 913-217-5408. 4/17
LOVE THE SOUTHWEST? Impeccably maintained town home, Biltmore area near Scottsdale, AZ. 2 bedrm, 2 ba, newer AC and water heater, double carport, oversized rooms, vaulted ceiling, private back patio, minutes to amenities. Contact Tracy Williamson, Contigo Realty, 602-818-1481 tracynaz@yahoo.com 3/17
PERSONAL CONCIERGE: Need help with managing your home while you’re away, waiting for service personnel, helping with an event, organizing your office or caring for furry family members? I’m here to help! Call Elizabeth, 913-907-6157. 3/17
PONTOON BOAT- 2007 ODYSSEY 20 FOOT PONTOON FISHING BOAT: Very nice 9 passenger pontoon with fishing seats up front and livewell. It has been completely reupholstered 3 seasons ago. It also has a new stereo, speakers, depth/fish finder and mahogany table. I put a very low hour, Mercury 4 stoke motor on it when I brought it to the lake 3 years ago and a new prop last season. Fires up right away and runs great. $8500 Contact Scott Harvey, 913-710-0577.
WANT TO RENT: Garage space for Model A Ford. Infrequent access required by lake resident. Call Dave, 913-593-3746.
WANTED: Dock wanted for Dock Sharing Arrangement. Call 913-593-3890. 3/17
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581

Letter to the Editor – Former residents enjoy keeping up to date through The Quiviran

Dear Leanna,
As you may recall, we lived at LQ four times since 1975 and raised our three children there. It was a wonderful experience, and we continue to take The Quiviran to keep in touch.
Reading through your last issue prompted me to send along my congratulations and appreciation for the job you and the staff are doing.
The publication is well written and full of news from the Lake. It brings back many, many good memories, and I wanted you to know how much your efforts are noticed and appreciated!
Our best to you all, and keep up the great work.
~Brent and Sharon Cotterman

Letters to the Editor – Member believes ‘will of the people’ was bypassed in recent hire

To all,
The reason I took the time and effort to black box the lake regarding budget issues was because I felt if the board knew what the desires of the majority of members I spoke to actually were, they would listen and react accordingly. I received dozens of calls, e-mails, and was stopped numerous times around the lake thanking me for speaking up.
Rather than listening to the majority via vote, we got a letter from the president basically stating his vision for LQ was the best one, and the reason the vote didn’t pass was we were misinformed or not intelligent enough to understand the complex issues of governing our country club community.
Right or wrong, I feel the president’s/board’s jobs in their elected positions are to represent the will of the people, in this case, the members.
If the majority of members feel it’s fiscally irresponsible to create a near six-figure position (with taxes and auto) to police us, then the president and board should listen to the majority, even if they’ve convinced themselves they’re right.
In no way did it represent us to spend money that was not already budgeted, and then try to bully us to cover the cost in the new budget – telling us we’re basically screwed and going to lose current services because there is no longer funding for them.
I’m hoping this is not the intent, but it is definitely what’s happening.
Thanks for your time, and Happy 2017, everyone,
~Bob Borberg
PS Pat – I like what I know of you as neighbor and dock neighbor, voted for you, like your wife and kids, and am not singling you out. You simply have the good fortune of being the Pres. in the President’s Letter. You are welcome to make the other board members who believe in this take their fare share. Thanks
Regards,
~Bob

Marketplace – February 2017

FSBO – 575 LAKESHORE DRIVE EAST: Updated mid-century modern, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Call Mike, 913-284-6044. 2/17
GW INVADER: This boat started out at Lake Quivira and wants to come home. $2500 or make offer. 913-707-7805. 3/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20+ years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 12/16
NEED TO RENT A DOCK: Call Lance, 913-238-1578. 2/17
WANT TO RENT: Garage space for Model A Ford. Infrequent access required. Call Dave, 913-593-3746.
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.

Letters to the Editor: Thanks to the community for. . .

. . . helping make Christmas bright

By Ellen Kelley with Bridget Vani
It’s a wonderful Christmas story. This year, Lake Quivira adopted a family in need so that they could enjoy a nice holiday season. We adopted a contractor a contractor who has worked on many of our patio and dock projects, walls, yards and many other small jobs at the lake for several years now. He’s also raising two beautifully well-behaved boys who are so deserving. The contractor been down on his luck lately so timing couldn’t have been better.

We collected gift cards and generous donations and Bridget Vani and I had the privilege of presenting him with “a gift-card Christmas tree” and a Christmas card from all of us that left himspeechless. We also accepted their grateful hugs on behalf of all of you!
As is the case so often, Lake Quivira stepped up to help others in need and Bridget and I are honored to live in such a generous community.

. . . giving the warmth of 800 coats

By Teresa Biron
Thank you, Quivirans, for your generous response for donations of warm coats for Cross-lines. Your outpouring of financial gifts and gifts of coats was very heartwarming!
Through your support the Lake Quivira Ministry was able to provide over 800 coats for their Christmas store. Over 600 homeless and extremely needy families had the opportunity to come to the Cross-lines Christmas store to select one of the wonderful coats for each one of their children. What a joy for them!
Our heartfelt thanks to all of you in the Lake Quivira community, as well as our off lake members, for helping make this a warm and beautiful Christmas for so many families in need. Your gracious generosity is deeply appreciated.
With warm gratitude,
~The Lake Quivira Ministry

. . . contributing over $10,000 to The Salvation Army

By Corky Nason
On December 8, 2016 the Lake Quivira Men’s Fellowship Group rang bells for the Salvation Army at the clubhouse and the gate. Please pat yourself on the back because we’ve had another very successful day of ringing bells. The total amount collected was $10,094. This is the second year in a row when our collections have been more than $10,000 and your thoughtfulness and charity is greatly appreciated both by our group and by all the people in need who are helped by the Salvation Army.
The following Quivirans participated: Jim Wright, Bob Lee, Frank Brown, Corky Nason, Jerry Baird, Gerry Watts, Gene Koski, Harry Stewart, Joe Bartels, Mark Bainbridge, John Calvert, Leo DeSpain, Kevin Griner, Chuck White, Bruce Rimbo, Steve Sestak, David Lockett, Mark Logan, Ron Chapman, Ray Ansari.
If you see any of these gentlemen during this Christmas season, please thank them for their hard work and many hours of standing out in the cold.
The Lake Quivira Men’s Fellowship Group meets the second and fourth Friday each month in the clubhouse at 7:30 AM. We would welcome any of the men at the lake who would like to participate in our various activities. I think you would find our Bible studies both interesting and very educational.
Thank you once again for your generosity.

Mark Bainbridge (left) and Joe Bartels
Mark Bainbridge (left) and Joe Bartels

 

Kevin Griner (left) and Leo DeSpain
Kevin Griner (left) and Leo DeSpain

The Quivira Marketplace – January 2017

FSBO – 575 LAKESHORE DRIVE EAST: Updated mid-century modern, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Call Mike, 913-284-6044. 2/17
GW INVADER: This boat started out at Lake Quivira and wants to come home. $2500 or make offer. 913-707-7805. 3/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENCE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 12/16
NEED TO RENT A DOCK: Call Lance, 913-238-1578. 2/17
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Ouivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.

In light of failed ballot items, member addresses importance of maintaining golf course – Letter to the Editor

To my fellow Quivirans:
After attending the November 21 Special Membership Meeting of Quivira and subsequently learning of the ballet results, I must admit I am disappointed in myself for not speaking up for two ballot items that were not approved and are very important to me, disappointed in the community for not realizing how important these two items are to the success of the community, and the Board for not taking more time to explain the true importance of these two ballot items to the community. I am talking about ballot items 6 and 7, both of which pertain to the golf course.
During the meeting, the importance of the preserving the lake to the condition it is today going forward was discussed at length. It is a prime factor in attracting new Foundation members to the community. Another prime factor in keeping and attracting new “Foundation” and specifically Country Club members is our golf course. The superintendent, Jeff Eldridge, addressed the meeting attendees and explained ballot #7, the immediate need to renovate #8 green and the reasons why. The green was unplayable for some time this year due to improper conditions to maintain proper root and grass growth and will continue to be an issue going forward. By not passing this ballot item and addressing the situation now, this green will constantly be a time and money drain to try and keep it “playable” going forward. In addition, normal maintenance and upkeep of our golf course is necessary to keep it in the wonderful condition it is now. Ballot #6 addressed this situation directly in upkeep of cart paths, tee boxes, fairway contouring, roof repair to the restroom on hole #13, additional irrigation and pond rehabilitation. Without maintaining what we have, deterioration will occur and again end up costing us more in the future. The end result by not approving these ballot items will be a golf course that does not measure up to the rest of the courses and clubs in the city.
So what does this mean? By not approving the expenditures necessary to fix and maintain the golf course to the condition it has been brought to in recent years, we are making a serious mistake. We are not only jeopardizing our ability to recruit new members (for which we hired a “Marketing Manager”), but also jeopardizing our ability to retain the members we have today. Can we afford to lose the monthly dues and clubhouse revenue these Country Club members provide? Will our home values be maintained if the course conditions deteriorate? What are we saying to our current Superintendent and Golf Pro staff—would you want to continue to work for, or apply for an open position at a community that will not support the maintenance and upkeep of the golf course?
I do not know how we fix this situation, but will be asking a lot of questions in the near future to find some answers. I would ask each member to do the same. We must do everything possible to increase the value of our investment in Lake Quivira, which in my mind is maintain/improve the golf course and maintain/improve the lake. At this point, only the lake is being preserved.
~Thad Millard

Quivira Marketplace – December 2016

FALL IS HERE! Call Gabe for gree estimates to clean flower beds, rake, blow and pick up leaves. Also winterization irrigation systems. Call 913-217-5408. LQ references. 12/16
GW INVADER: This boat started out at Lake Quivira and wants to come home. $2500 or make offer. 913-707-7805. 3/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 12/16
WANTED: PEACE ON EARTH. . . good will toward men.
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Ouivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please Text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581.