25 November 2014
An ad hoc committee commissioned by the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors to study the community’s wants and needs for upcoming facility renovations uncovered Lake residents’ top five amenity picks: a dining facility, a fitness center, a pub, a banquet/reception area, and a picnic pavilion.
The Board has committed to completing some renovations to LMOA facilities, particularly those having to do with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. Still up for hot debate is exactly what renovations and construction will in fact take place, and the Board wanted the community’s feedback before making any decisions.
So the renovation/replacement ad hoc committee conducted two extensive surveys of the Lake Monticello community. The first centered on residents’ wants and needs for amenities; the second focused on how to pay for them. The committee also held four town hall meetings. It recently released its findings in a 153-page report.
Of course, the top five amenity picks aren’t shared by all Lake residents. For example, despite a potential fitness center’s popularity, the committee’s report says that the write-in portion of the survey contained “pervasive” comments that having a fitness center would constitute needless duplication, as three fitness centers already exist just outside the Lake.
And, as often happens, not all – or even most – Lake residents chose to participate in the surveys. Just over half of the 1,535 respondents to the first survey are retired, while just under half are working. Just under half had children under the age of 18 living in their home.