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March 27th, 2020
Updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic and community news
Mission Bay and Mission Bay Preserve neighbors,
Gov. Steve Bullock has issued a statewide 'shelter in place' directive for all Montanans, effective at 12:01 am on Saturday, March 28th. The directive will stay in place for two weeks, through April 10th. The basics of a shelter in place order during the coronavirus pandemic are clear: stay at home. There are exemptions only for essential activities.
For more information, here is a link to current updates and information resources on the coronavirus pandemic:
Our Mission Bay Clubhouse will continue to be closed during this time and the HOA Office is now included on this list. We will continue to work from home and may be contacted from Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at email@example.com, cell/text 406-871-1829.
We will continue to work on spring projects, community landscaping, and upcoming events. The Mission Bay Real Estate portion of the office will be open by appointment.
Also, if community residents need assistance for any reasons of health and/or safety, please don't hesitate to call.
Stay safe, everyone!
Your Steering Committees and Boards will meet on
Monday, April 13th, to discuss a potential re-opening date
for the Community Center.
Second Quarter Dues Statements
Dues statements will be sent next week for second quarter as usual. If you have questions regarding your statements, please call us at the contact information above and we will get back to you with any information you require. Dues payments may be mailed as usual: if you would like to drop off your payment at the center, please do so in the locked silver metal box at the right of the front door of the Clubhouse. This is a secure box and checked regularly.
Several residents have asked about the requirement for dues payments during this time. Keep in mind the club house is closed for the health and safety of our community in the face of the pandemic, and we are all contributing together towards that essential goal. Your Boards of Directors have the community's best interest at heart and have prepared the enclosed comments for the community regarding these concerns.
From Mission Bay & Preserve Boards of Directors:
Dear Mission Bay and Mission Bay Preserve Members,
We have recently received an inquiry as to the possibility of refunding a portion of our member HOA dues for the non-availability of the club house.
The joint Boards recognize the growing severity of the pandemic and economic situation but do not think it a prudent action to reduce our dues for the period of time the club house is closed. Our reasoning follows:
--The clubhouse costs about the same to own and operate whether it is used or not.
--We have recently addressed and rejected the issue of members only paying for activities they participate in or services that they use. Opening this Pandora’s Box would lead to the demise of our HOA. It would not only be next to impossible to administer, but it would be in breach of each of our understandings as to our costs and benefits as we bought into Mission Bay. Even if you don’t avail yourself of any of your HOA benefits, you still have the intrinsic value of HOA membership attached to your property as you sell.
--Finally, we have closed the club house for the health and safety of our community in the face of the pandemic. We are all contributing to this essential goal.
It is our intention to continuously evaluate the situation and open things up as soon as possible. In the meantime, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in the interest of your neighbor’s welfare.
Mission Bay Board of Directors
Mission Bay Preserve Board of Directors
March 24th, 2020
a special letter to the community regarding the coronavirus pandemic, from your Boards of Directors
Dear Mission Bay and Mission Bay Preserve neighbors,
Now that cases of the COVID-19 virus have been reported in both Missoula and Kalispell, it is only a matter of time before the first cases appear in Polson. Indeed, since someone can be infected and infect others up to 14 days before they display any symptoms, it will likely be in Polson before we realize it, if it is not already here.
Now is the time to be particularly vigilant in looking after each other. Most of us in our community are considered at higher risk for developing serious symptoms, which can lead in some cases to death. We must do all we can to minimize this very real threat.
The single most important action, to protect yourself and your neighbors, is to avoid social contact with others except for urgent and essential things like grocery shopping or doctor appointments. The sobering reality about this virus is that it spreads exponentially: 1 infects 3, who then infect 9 more, and then 27, and so on. Conversely, if you take yourself out of that chain, you have potentially prevented the infection of 3, then 9, then 27, and so on.
This is why the places now experiencing this exponential spread are urging—and in increasing numbers of places, requiring—people to avoid all but emergency social contact. Those places around the world that took this step early are faring better than those that waited until the exponential growth had already taken off. Notice how the advice from the medical experts moved very quickly from avoiding groups larger than 50, to avoiding groups larger than 10, to keeping at least 6 feet distance from individuals, to sheltering in place. Nothing short of complete social distancing can stop the virus’s exponential spread.
We have been very fortunate in Polson, so far, in avoiding this world-wide pandemic. But we cannot let this lull us into complacency now it is at our door. Let us learn from the experiences of other places, and act now to minimize any social contact other than for urgent and essential trips.
And, at the same time, let us all think about our neighbors who might be at higher risk. When you need to go to the grocery store or pharmacy, call a neighbor and see if you can pick something up for them. If you do, be sure to leave the package at their front door and avoid any face to face contact.
Sheltering in place can be very difficult emotionally. We all need social contact, particularly when we feel threatened. So call your friends and chat, or use social media, or send funny stories by email. We are hearing of groups of friends using Zoom to have virtual get-togethers online (https://zoom.us).
Does sheltering in place mean we can no longer walk around our neighborhood? Some places in the throes of the epidemic have already banned this. Until we are given more guidance by local, state or national leaders, you need to use your own best judgement according to the essential need for social distancing.
Our neighborhood is such low density that we can often walk without encountering anyone else. And if we do, there is plenty of room to keep at least 6 feet from others. But it is vitally important to keep this distance. We have noticed groups out in our neighborhoods congregating closer than 6 feet. Also, walking with others not in your household raises the risk of losing this social distance. We have seen groups start out with 6 feet between them, and then periodically and inadvertently crowd much closer together. Once the virus is among us, these reductions in social distancing are likely to result in spreading the infection more quickly.
Here is a useful way for judging what is safe or not. First assume that you already have the virus and don’t yet know it. Would you want to infect your friend or neighbor, especially one who is at risk and could potentially die? And second, assume your friend is already infected. Would you want to be standing that close to him or her?
These are scary times. But in the face of adversity in this state and country, we have always pulled through by remaining vigilant and working together. Here in Mission Bay and the Preserve, we live in the greatest community of people on the face of the earth. Let’s look after each other in this crisis, and plan on a blow-out party at the clubhouse when we have beat this virus!
Mission Bay and Mission Bay Preserve HOA Boards of Directors
March 17, 2020
Information regarding the Mission Bay Clubhouse Closure
during the coronavirus pandemic
For our Mission Bay and Mission Bay Preserve community members.
An update on the impact of the coronavirus (COV-19) and measures to be taken within our community
For all Mission Bay and Mission Bay Preserve Community Members,
The good news… it has been a winter with just about no snow. The bad news…unless you have been asleep or on a retreat with no cell service the past few weeks (sounds pretty good!) you can’t help but know how our world has changed with the threat of a new pandemic hanging over all.
Today, we are living through a tough macro environment with the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVD-19) pandemic, which is unsettling and concerning for all. Our heartfelt thoughts go to those who have been impacted by the virus. The Mission Bay and Preserve Boards of Directors and Steering Committees met this morning to address the potential serious concerns from coronavirus as they relate to this community and employees. During this meeting the group voted to take prudent steps to protect the safety and well-being of all. Your safety is our priority.
Effective immediately, we will be closing the Mission Bay Clubhouse to all activities, both private and MB scheduled meetings. This includes meetings in the great room and the use of the workout room, equipment, and showers. Our HOA manager and accountant will continue to have office hours to keep the community up and running financially and deal with on-going business, but will not hold any meetings. If a community member has a special need to meet regarding Mission Bay business activities or concerns, please contact the HOA to schedule a conference call, or, in extenuating circumstances, to hold a one-on one meeting. We will do our best to assist in helping with any situations.
Accounting – firstname.lastname@example.org
HOA Manager – email@example.com, 406-871-1829
To protect our clubhouse and associates, we have implemented enhanced and more frequent sanitizing measures at our Community Center and offices and are working to ensure that our associates are taking all necessary precautions, washing their hands more often and staying home should they feel ill.
The Clubhouse will remain closed through April 13th, when the joint Steering Committees and Boards will meet again to make decisions concerning the Community Center re-opening date and communicate this update to all community members.
We want to personally let you know what steps we are taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and suggestions to safeguard everyone within our community. These suggestions are followed by a link to recommendations from the CDC (Center for Disease Control):
Practice heightened hygiene. Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizers.
We highly encourage social distancing and no shaking of hands.
Work from home if at all possible.
Sanitize access points, handles, remotes, continually used surfaces on a frequent schedule.
Federal and state level information changes hourly and with each day. We are closely monitoring the advice provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), WHO (World Health Organization) and local government officials to ensure all are kept informed and to provide further guidance.
Follow the recommendations from the CDC attached below. This link provides information on how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you are sick:
There are New Messages and Updates on the Financial and Meeting Minutes pages
Meeting Minutes: Steering Committee Meetings through January 2020. Annual Meeting minutes through December 2019.
Financial Information: 2018 Year-end Financial Reports, Approved Budgets for 2020, Slides from Dec 2019, June 2019, General Meetings, Slides from December 14, 2019 MB & Preserve Annual Meeting
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