Managing Our Parks and Lawns

At the board meeting on Sept 06, 2018 the board discussed eliminating back yards from cutting, meaning everyone will need to cut their own back yard. Terry Moody, who suggested it, said having back yards included in cutting resulted in too many complaints for her to deal with. The other board members thought it was a bad idea and discussion ended with no action taken.

At the Oct 04 meeting, after announcing that Brightview had quit after only one cut stretched over 12 calendar days, the Board president again blamed desperate homeowners for delaying lawn crews. She wanted to stop backyard cuts for any member with a fence. The Board replaced Brightview with Tropic Star, a smaller lawn service that admitted it would need 3 days to finish at $4,000/cut, less than Brightview. This may be a solution, if Tropic Star announces which home sites will be serviced on each day, so that residents need not keep gates open and pets inside for more than a single assigned cut date. Tropic Star began on Monday Oct 08 but did not finish until the next Monday Oct 15. Its crew was polite and efficient. Report immediately any bad service or skirting damage to Kathryn Sajdak, Next Gen manager – 954-349-8777.

At the November 01, 2018 Board meeting, Terry Moody moved to give Tropic Star a $2,800 hardship bonus and then proposed that rear fenced yards must be mowed or not at all, a penalty for overgrowth. But some residents had fences built by their adjacent neighbors, not by choice. Any 6-foot privacy fence hides unsightly items from public view, so what problem is our president trying to solve? We are into dry season with monthly cuts. December’s was scheduled again for a 3rd Monday, always a bulk trash pick-up day, and continued for 2 more days. Why can’t Tropic Star organize our home sites into 3 or 4 groups by address, so that we residents know exact date to clear trash and keep gates open to backyards?

At its Oct 04, 2018 meeting, the Board had voted to hire L&J Property for 3 days/week at $850/month for clean-up. Contract was rescinded at Nov 01 Board meeting in order to give maintenance job instead to Terry Moody’s most vocal political supporter. The Board approved purchase of additional garbage cans for pool areas. Meanwhile, pole-type waste baskets to reduce litter in our parks were bought a year ago and still have not been installed. The clubhouse bus stop shelter, torn down a year ago, has never been replaced. Five park benches paid by 2017 Board are also in storage.

Delays of 15+ months continue on covering the clubhouse pool equipment and fixing magnetic locks. Until Nov 26, clubhouse gym & sauna were closed to homeowners who pay their fees “due to vandalism.” The new high-res cameras can identify teen intruders who use parents’ cards to invite their pals into our rec hall, but the alleged damage has yet to be identified, so no fines can be imposed on parents. Landscape sprinklers were turned off as dry season officially began on Oct 15 and now continue on 40% of schedule needed to protect clubhouse landscaping against hot winds. As of Dec 16, 2018, gym & sauna were closed again; the club house pool had a 12-inch drop in water level, and the family park pool remained closed. So far in 2019, the gym and club house pool have been open, but pool card readers out of camera view were vandalized. Small children can open the gate, a cited code violation. Teens from outside Holly Lake use our pool. Preserving Association assets and amenities is any Board’s FIRST legal responsibility.

Turf is dormant during the dry season anyway, but on January 21st, members received a 2 pm notice that Tropic Star had begun its $4,000 lawn cut again on a bulk pick-up Monday. For residents who want their backyards cut, we hope that our Board will provide at least 4 days notice to “open gates and clear trash.” They did so for February’s cut with bilingual E-blast, but then reverted to “same day” notice for its two Wednesday cuts in March and again for April 10. Lawn cuts are scheduled weeks in advance; why not let residents in on the secret? Crews have been polite and efficient; please contact Next Gen immediately, if Tropic Star missed you or caused damage. It is liable per the lawn service contract.

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