Fall Greetings Neighbors,
The HOA Board has been very busy the past few months reviewing bids for projects and we’d like to take a moment to update you on details about our annual meeting, provide info on annual assessments (dues), and note several exciting improvements to ponds (aerator installations) and landscaping (finish Phase 3 trees) we have approved. As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can reach us directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
First, our annual meeting will be held at Johns Island Public Library on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 6:30PM. Homeowners will receive a mailing in the next few weeks from MJS regarding our upcoming annual meeting and elections, and collection of assessments (dues).
Second, the Board has approved the collection due date for assessments to be moved from January 15th, 2020 to March 1st, 2020. The association is currently in good financial shape and we felt that everyone would appreciate collection of dues a bit past the holiday season. Assessments will remain the same at $450 for the year.
The Board has approved the installation of aerators for long pond on Fishbone, and the two ponds behind the houses on main loop of our community. These aerators were nearly half the cost of fountains, and should require much less annual maintenance while still achieving our desired results of less algae growth and mosquito control. These aerators will be connected to the recent electrical meters you may have noticed installed at the ponds. When the work is completed, we’ll see about gardening around these meters to conceal them more.
We have been researching solutions for the two ponds by the mailboxes. There is difficulty with getting an electrical meter installed at one of those locations, and solar equipment would likely be necessary. Since that is an entry to the neighborhood and enjoyed by all, small fountains are still being considered, and we want the two adjacent ponds to have the same look. Because solar equipment carries more cost, we hope to address the two ponds by the mailboxes in the future fiscal year.
We have also approved a new pond maintenance contract with a different company. Once this contract begins, we’ll have two instead of one monthly visit, which will include much more detailed services algae, aquatic plant, and insect control, and trash/debris clean up.
We have also approved the installation of trees between the sidewalk and the curb for the remaining homes in Phase 3 on Fishbone Dr. that did not receive them from Mungo. Our landscaper will install 30-gallon, single trunk Crape Myrtles (one per lot). We’re excited to see these beautiful native flowering trees as we (slowly) drive down Fishbone!
We’d also like to remind everyone that once trees are installed between the curb and the sidewalk, the care of the tree is then the homeowner’s responsibility. Proper tree care includes watering (especially during hot, dry droughts), a mulch or pine straw base, and pruning any low growth “suckers”, and wispy/dangling upper growth.
Finally, now that the grass is dormant you’ll see our landscaper focusing on the previously neglected pond banks. Weeds will be removed and sweet grasses will be trimmed down so that next year they’ll have beautiful new green growth.
We are thankful for such wonderful neighbors all working together to maintain our beautiful community. We wish everyone the happiest of Thanksgivings and upcoming holiday season!