Letters to the Editor – May 2017

Calling all stand-up paddle boarders
Three years ago, I lost both my parents to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Since then, Lake Quivira has also lost Paul Brown, Chuck Averill and Pam Van Saun to this hideous disease. Maybe you know others who have been affected by this disease as well. What does that have to do with stand up paddle boarding?
The Longest Day, is a fundraising event to show our love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to raise funds to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Will you please join me?
I would be very grateful to anyone who has a SUP to join me. Would you also be willing to share your board with anyone who does not have one and would like to try it? We will be meeting at the yacht club pavilion on June 17 at 11 a.m. If you would like to participate, please give me a call or text at 913-231-6659, or email me at jbiron@kc.rr.com
~Teresa Biron

0517 seasonal decor 2House Committee says thanks to Garden Club
Spring made its appearance inside the Clubhouse with vining hydrangea topiaries, vases topped with cherry blossom branches and a garden box brimming with yellow tulips.
The House Committee gives a heartfelt thanks to the Garden Club for providing the funding to purchase this beautiful seasonal décor. Thanks are also extended to Peggy Hughes who donates her time and artistic skills to create and freshen the arrangements throughout the year.
“The staff has so much gratitude for all that the Garden Club does,” said Clubhouse Manager Mark Allen. “Their efforts make the Clubhouse an even lovelier place than it would be on its own. We were especially appreciative of the beautiful flowers and decorations for Spring.”
To help keep the décor looking its best, the House Committee asks the community to please contact Peggy Hughes before adjusting any of the arrangements.
Lake Quivira continues to be a special place to live and play because of the generosity and hard work exhibited by so many of our members.
~Anne Simms

Help your community: Learn all about
the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees. . .

Two water quality, county-sponsored events are coming up that may be of interest to our residents. Using native landscaping can help our city stay in compliance with the education component of our MS4 water permit from the state.
~Jamie Pribyl, Coordinator for City compliance with Illicit Discharge Ordinance

(1) Landscaping for Rain, Butterflies, and Pollinators with Rain Gardens and Native Plants
Wednesday, May 17, 6-8 p.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library
Workshop by David Dods, Environmental Scientist, Native Plant Enthusiast, and Local Rain Garden Expert
Learn about the multiple benefits of native landscaping and about cost share opportunities in your city.
Questions?  Contact Heather Schmidt at heather.schmidt@jocogov.org or 913-715-8302.

(2) Native Plant Sale at the Shawnee Mission Park, Theater in the Park Pavilion, June 3, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Residents can talk to native plant experts who can help them choose what will work in their landscape.

Quivira Marketplace – May 2017

1978 BOSTON WHALER with damaged hull and a well maintained, runs good, 2002 Tohatsu motor for sale.  $1500 OBO, dock #253, 913-710-4743. 5/17
2009 BENNINGTON 2277 RBR with a 2010 Merc 25HP 4 stoke. Maroon in color with cream interior. Front has two chaise lounges with captain on one side and seating around table on the other side,  very low hours.  Length -22’ 6”, Deck Length – 21’ 11, Deck Width – 8’ 6”, Pontoon Diameter – 25”. $17,500. Call Leon, 913-238-5364.
2014 CLUB CAR ELECTRIC GOLF CART for sale: $3,600, 913-488-7111. 2014 CLUB CAR GAS GOLF CART for sale: $4,400, 913-488-8798.
2014 G3 20 FT. PONTOON FISHING BOAT with 25HP Yamaha motor in excellent condition. Trailer available. Best offer over $10,500.  816-868-9507. 5/17
BABYSITTER/PART-TIME SUMMER NANNY: Soon-to-be 15 yr old available.  Please email stacymotsick@gmail.com to inquire.
BOAT COVERS, BIMINIS,  UPHOLSTERY AND MORE–KEILMAN KUSTOM CANVAS: 816-694-6254. Visit my website Keilmankustomcanvas.com. Call for free estimates. 11/17
BOSTON WHALER FOR SALE: Two stroke Johnson outboard comes with the boat, however, it needs a new lower unit (approximately $400). $2000 or best offer. Contact Colin Ashby at 913-302-3400 or colin.ashby6@gmail.com. 5/17
GW INVADER FOR SALE: This is a fantastic GW Invader Boat, fast and strong Suzuki 25HP that can pull an adult, runs well and has had regular maintenance. Trailer, Skis and Boat Cover included. Asking $2,200. Call 913-553-7023. 5/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 12/17
HOUSECLEANING: V’s CLEANING has been serving the Johnson County area since 2002! LQ references provided, licensed/insured. Contact Virginia Burnham for your quote today! 913-271-3181 or vrstewartop@hotmail.com 9/17
PERSONAL CONSIERGE: 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 member? I’m here to help! Call Elizabeth, 913-907-6157. 6/17
PIANO TEACHER COMING TO LAKE QUIVIRA: Are you ready to take piano lessons? I have over 20 years of teaching experience and am looking to add both children and adults to my studio. The best part is, I will come to your house! Call for prices and schedule. Suzanne Lee-Hern (Bob Lee’s daughter) at:  913.461.4008.
PIANO TUNING, $110: Call Bob Lee, 913-488-5807. 12/17 5/18
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years experience. Fully insured. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495.
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 – April 2017

Two Past Q Inc. Presidents share thoughts about choosing a new General Manager

By Larry Meeker and Leon Rieke, Past Presidents, Quivira, Inc.
The most important decision our Board will make this year is the choice of a new general manager. It is not an easy decision given the scope of the job. Few, if any, candidates will have experience in all the areas they will be charged with managing. Hence, the challenge will lie in prioritizing the skills where the Board opts for experience and trusting the candidate can learn the other skills.
As we often like to say, “Quivira is a unique community.” Part of that stems from it being both a gated community and a country club. Some of us like to think of it as a community with country club amenities. Even compared to other communities/cities, Quivira is unusual with its far higher than average level of volunteerism and associated clubs/organizations. Thus, it is not surprising that residents play a strong role in community matters. Just try to find another city in the metro area that achieves even half our voter turnout in government elections!
At the same time, we are a country club with valued off-lake members who contribute not only to our sense of community, but also to our financial well-being. Were it not for being a gated community where homeowners are required to be country club members, we would be two separate and distinct entities, a city and a country club. Instead, we have a combination home owner’s association and country club we call Quivira, Inc.
Not to be overlooked in all this is our City, which was formed so Quivira could retain its unique identity. Its primary services include enforcing building codes, maintaining roads outside Quivira, Inc. boundaries and providing police protection for residents. Although the job of Quivira, Inc. General Manager does not encompass any city responsibilities, it is essential for this person to be knowledgeable of city governance issues so residents can get the most from the Quivira, Inc./City of Lake Quivira relationship.
Since Quivira, Inc. first opted for a general manager position in the late 1980s, our general managers have come to the job with either city experience or country club experience and then set about learning the other part of the job. City managers bring strength in budgeting, money management and people skills. Their experience with roads, parks, policing and municipal amenities provides a sound basis for coordinating activities with our city, managing many of our assets and learning new jobs like golf course and clubhouse management.
In contrast to city managers, whose job it is to serve geographically defined residents and nourish community, country club managers run a business in a competitive world. Their job is to sign up and serve a membership from a much broader region without regard to political boundaries. Hence, their success is defined by membership numbers and how one competes with other clubs.
The Quivira, Inc. General Manager job clearly requires many skills and, most important, the ability to understand the tradeoffs between community and amenities that keep us in that sweet spot of being “unique.” It’s that sweet spot that gets residents to support a basket of amenities, many of which they may never use or, at best, see themselves using at a later stage in life. It’s that vision of living in a lifestyle community that compels them to put community over their own personal interests.
Our experience with these matters as past Presidents of Quivira, Inc. suggests it will be better to start with an individual with city management experience—preferably with a master’s in public administration—and let them learn the country club side of our operations, rather than vice versa. They are more likely to understand our “unique” situation at the outset and put our amenities in a community context going forward. Furthermore, we have excellent staff who manage the clubhouse and golf course, our primary country club amenities.
Regardless of who is hired, we all owe it to the new General Manager to help them understand the attributes of our community that keep new generations of residents seeing us as “unique.”

Fifty-year resident offers kudos for Quivira trails and trailblazers

My family and I have really been enjoying walking the Quivira Trails. What a great amenity for the Lake. We can get out and enjoy the natural beauty of our community. I have been living at the Lake for fifty years, and I believe that the trails are one of the most enjoyable and pleasant features that has been developed.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the members who obviously put in a lot of hours of hard work designing and clearing the trails.
I can’t help but compare these great additions, which cost us nothing, to adding expensive structures which will cost the membership a significant amount of money and will detract from the natural beauty of the property. The trails were by far the best addition.
~Frank Brown

Golfer waxes poetic over Blue Flag privileges

Due to some interim health issues I have qualified to use a golf cart blue flag to allow me to be on the fairways instead of being restrained to the golf cart paths. I have enjoyed saving the steps to allow me to continue to play. In fact, I have enjoyed the Blue Flag privilege so much that I am enclosing this “Ode to the Blue Flag.”
~Bob Lee

Ode to the Blue Golf Course Flag

Oh how I love my blue flag!
On the golf course it’s a reason to brag;
I can drive with freedom, no concern for direction!
Simply drive to the ball!
Second shot over,”let’s move on Rover,”
No steps to be taken at all!
When we get to the green
I can get closer it seems!
Having the privilege of Old Blue
We can usually play through!
Old Blue and I make up a twosome,
We can usually play through some,
No one seems to care.
Looking forward to the season
Which seems overdue,
I’ll appreciate it with joy,
As long as I have Old Blue!

Quivira Marketplace – April 2017

1990 SUNCRUISER 20 FT. FISHING PONTOON with 2010 25HP Evinrude motor. Docksite #118. Call/text 913-706-3410. Make offer. 4/17
BOAT COVERS, BIMINIS,  UPHOLSTERY AND MORE–KEILMAN KUSTOM CANVAS: 816-694-6254. Visit my website Keilmankustomcanvas.com. Call for free estimates. 11/17
ELECTRIC CLUB GOLF CART FOR SALE FOR $2200: Barely used since full set of batteries replaced. If interested, please email vickyfullen@gmail.com. after April 10.
FOR SALE:  1998 SUN TRACKER PARTY BARGE with 2 Stroke; 25HP by Mercury Motor. $3500 obo.  Includes cover; lily pad, life jackets and anchor. Becci Blaesing, 913-441-6308.
GW INVADER FOR SALE: Fast and strong Suzuki 25HP, runs well, regular maintenance. Skis included. Trailer included, Boat Cover included. Asking $2,900. Call 913-553-7023. 4/17
HOUSE CLEANING, ALSO PET, HOUSE TENDING IN YOUR ABSENSE: 20 years experience, residential & commercial, Q references. Burma Mealor, supervisor. 913-579-4730. 12/17
HOUSE FOR SALE: 326 LAKESHORE WEST. Lakefront opportunity to build or remodel. $400,000. Docksite #130 directly across the street. Floating dock and 2014 22’ Suntracker are negotiable with sale of the house. Contact Larry at 913-962-6450.
HOUSECLEANING: V’s CLEANING has been serving the Johnson County area since 2002! LQ references provided, licensed/insured. Contact Virginia Burnham for your quote today! 913-271-3181 or vrstewartop@hotmail.com 9/17
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
KING SIZE, FOUR POSTER CHERRY BED FRAME with rice carved design. Frame only, no mattress. $400. Contact 913-558-4932 to view at LQ. 4/17
LAWN SERVICES FROM LQ TEENAGER: If you are needing your lawn mowed this season, I have a few openings left, so please let me know if you are interested. I will mow, trim and blow grass clippings at a very reasonable price Please call Tyler Claiborne at 913-232-1456. 4/17
PERSONAL CONSIERGE: 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 member? I’m here to help! Call Elizabeth, 913-907-6157. 4/17
PONTOON FOR SALE: 1995 SUNTRACKER PARTY BARGE. 21 ft with 2007 Mercury 25HP motor.  Stored off site during winters and engine maintained.  Call Bret 913-449-7241 $950. 4/17
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW WASHING: Over 40 years experience. Fully insured. Free estimates. Gene Jackson, 913-593-1495.
WILL DELIVER FLYERS to Quivira black boxes $40. Cooper Seglem. Please call or text 913-980-1887 or 913-980-4581

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.