Class and handout by; Mark Bigaouette # 59. I have been here every winter since Feb. 1997, when my parents bought the house. ( both have passed away, and my brother Dean and I own the home now ) I do not represent the Association board, or any committee. Most of these groups will have upcoming meeting to explain about who they are and what role they play here at Meridian Manor.
(Minor editing done 5/2013 by J Ingram.)
1st building here was the office, now house # 108 ( opened spring of 1997 )
2. Phase one has all the manufactured homes, they arrived by truck (some from California). They came with siding and asphalt roofs; a tile roof, and stucco was put over that. They have 2 by 6 inch construction with double roofs, and walls. The county considers these manufactured homes as “trailers” - so they pay a lower property tax. (Call it anything you want, just lower my taxes.)
3. Since the start of MM the manufactured homes have had less problems with termites.
Clyde Barney our developer, being a Mormon, is why we have such wide streets - it is a tenet of the Mormon faith, that the streets have to be wide enough to turn a wagon in.
Not many of the original manufactured homeowners from phase one are still here, about 30 ? I call these residents “pioneers” = they went through heck for this community.
The first stick built home in MM was built in late 1999.
Every Activities director we have had has left a mark on our community. Harold # 62 bought a lot of the book shelves for the library. For the first bunch of years, the current exercise room was the computer room, like a private club, and locked up all the time. The exercise room was in the current card room, we did not have a separate card room.
The billiards room sat mostly unused for many years, the library was always the library. (all these rooms started out completely empty !) Volunteers have done and continue to do lots for your community, please offer to help continue this progress !
This explains why “phase three” was called “White Dove Ranch” - Kaufman homes choose not to use the name Meridian Manor, everyone now lives in Meridian Manor. In the end we are not your typical cookie cutter development, and have quite a variety of homes ( good !) All the drama and trouble we had - is history now ( but makes for some great stories ! ) no worry now, everything is good, we have a great community.
9. Skirmishes: The first owner of house # 55 ( Gene & Pegs house now) had several "run ins" with the developer. He was quite shrewd, every time he went to the office with a issue, he made Clyde sign and date a paper that he was there for at that date and for that issue. ( he forgot to build his garage larger ) When the owner threatened to go to court, the developer bought him out. This is the only home with a large shed in the back yard ( it is stuccoed and has a tile roof).
10. More About Phase 3: The developer planned to separate phase 3, and sell it as non-55 +, This is why he built the North exit, put up the wall between phases 2 & 3, etc., He invested all that money, then he went to the city, which turned him down, and told him to stick to his original plan. What really doomed his plan was that we would have had younger people, kids in everything, and the big issue was where was the run off water going to go ??? ( in phase 1 & 2 ), He even was going to put a iron fence across the streets leading into phase 2 from phase 3.