HOLA – Highlands Overlook Landowners' Association

Held at 11 AM at the HOLA Waterfront

Members present: 69

Board of Directors (BOD)

Present: Dave Douglas, Millie Hoekstra, Mary-Ellen Moroney, Brittany DiPompo Russell, Al Salvini, Rob Smith, Darren Winslow, Ed Zambraski, Jeff Zapolsky, Val Zapolsky

Absent: John Patriquin, Ann Arthurs, Dave Arthurs, Larry Malone, Ana Wetherill

Millie Hoekstra called the meeting to order at 11:10 AM


FYI –       HOLA has 7.5 miles of roads. Dallas Plantation has 8 miles of roads. HOLA has 256 properties. We are a community of our own. The Board Members were introduced and thanked for the many hours of volunteer work to get everything done and our community running smoothly. We have no employees.  Our community spans the four townships of Rangeley, Rangeley Plantation, Dallas Plantation and Sandy River Plantation.

              Anne Crump is retiring from the BOD.

Secretary’s Minutes from the 2022 Annual Meeting: No questions. No changes. Accepted by acclamation. FYI all minutes are posted on the HOLA website.  The minutes of the Board of Directors meetings for the past year were approved.

Road Commissioner’s Report (attached): Fidium (fiber internet) is done laying conduit, and the roads are graded, so now the shale and gravel will be spread on the roads over the next month. There were no questions. Advised that LUPC oversees the plantations. The STOP sign on the north end of Overlook Road is bent and needs repair. Dave will look into it.

Waterfront Committee Report (attached): There was a general round of applause for the new stairs from the aluminum dock into the water. There was a question about possibly having a cabana to change clothes in. The 100 ft. vs. full waterfront rights were discussed.

Committee Sign-Up List is available. Please sign up for any that interest you. You do not need to be a full-time resident to participate. Let Millie know if you are interested.

There is a new vector map of the HOLA properties available on the website. It is a work-in-progress.  A big “thank you” to Tim Johnson for his expertise and many hours.

Treasurer’s Report (attached): We are flush with funds due to many properties paying extra road fees for construction) and many people buying waterfront access. There are basically no changes to the budget proposed for the next year. There were no questions. The budget of $117,062 was passed by acclamation.

Assessors Report: attached. No changes. The fees will be the same as last year: $258 for a lot, $568 for a house plus (for both) $75 dues.

Nominating Committee (Ballot attached)

The slate for the Board of Directors was approved by acclamation. (Anne Crump retiring and Sam White joining.)

The slate for the Assessors was approved by acclamation.

Dave Douglas was approved for Road Commissioner by acclamation.

FYI the BOD meet every other month on the second Saturday at 9 AM.

Members to address the Board:

Kim Syrel (arborist) has worked with several property owners to improve their neighbor or their own views. She thanked them and offered to work with anyone interested.

Tim Johnson stated there were a couple of brush burning problems this summer. The Fire Chief was called to address the issues. Members were informed that a Fire Permit is required to burn.

FYI the Rangeley Transfer Station will accept any size brush/logs now from Rangeley properties. Members in the plantations should call their transfer stations regarding brush disposal.

Meeting was adjourned at 12:05 PM.

Next Annual Meeting for 2024 on Saturday of Labor Day weekend at 11 AM at the Waterfront.

Respectfully Submitted: Val Zapolsky, Secretary