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May ARB meeting moved to May 21.

Please note that the ARB meeting, originally scheduled for May 28, is NOW MAY 21, still at the pool.

All who have business with ARB regarding something they have recently submitted, should plan on attending on May 21st, 5:30 p.m.


Playground-Lake Sawyer South

Playground Closed for Refurbishment

In our on-going efforts to maintain our community amenities in tip-top shape, we are having some extensive refurbishing done to the amenities at our Playground.

While we don’t have a specific timeline now, it’s possible that the Playground will be closed up to 6 months, in order to affect these needed updates.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may be for your family, but are certain the new updates will provide a more fun and more safe environment for your children. Keep an eye here on the website for any updates or completion dates.


Did You Put Your Cans and
Yard Waste Out Too Early?

Please be mindful to your neighbors and the Neighborhood guidelines. It’s unsightly to have Garbage and Recycling Cans on the street too long. Put them out no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on Monday Night, prior to the Tuesday Pickup.

And the same goes for your Yard Waste. Please don’t leave bags of yard waste or piles of branches on the street too long. Maybe your yard service leaves it on the street when they’re done. Again, it should be put out NO EARLIER than 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening before the Wednesday pickup. Oh, and don’t forget that branches must be BUNDLED together, not just stacked up.

Garbage cans in front of garage.

Nope! That’s Not Hidden. Please put inside Garage.

And, once the items have been picked up, be sure to bring your cans back in (out of sight) as quickly as possible.

Our Management Company will be monitoring the situation, and writing violations for those who are not complying with these policies, laid out in our documents.

Remember, these guidelines were established to help maintain an attractive appearance to our neighborhoods.

Remember, our Governing Document Declarations list this specifically, Article X, section 35:

“… Such containers shall be screened from view from outside of the Lot except when they are being made available for collection and then only for the shortest time reasonably necessary to effect such collection. …”

And we want to put our best foot forward, for those who may be considering becoming your future neighbors.


Recycling Tips

Waste Collection Tips

• Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
can injure waste workers and contaminate the environment.

• Check out the virtual celebration of over 30 years of recycling in Orange County,
and see what happens to your waste by watching the “Landfill Video Tour (in English and Spanish) :
www.ocfl.net/OCRecyclesDay.

TRUE OR FALSE:

Plastic bags can go in the recycling cart. –
FALSE:

Plastic bags and wraps should never go in the recycling cart. Visit BagandFilmRecycling.org to find a drop-off location near you.
For us, Publix would be the closest spot.

Containers must be washed before recycling –
FALSE:

A quick rinse or wipe is sufficient for bottles and containers to deter bugs.
Too much food or liquid can contaminate other recyclables like paper, Recyclables should be empty and dry before placing in the cart.

• It doesn’t matter what goes into the cart; it will all be sorted eventually –
FALSE
:
Too many unacceptable items can make the recycling load too contaminated for processing.
For example, “stringy things” like hoses and wires get tangled in the sorting equipment and shut down operations for hours, even days.

• If an item has the chasing arrow triangle symbol, it can be recycled. –
FALSE:

The symbol indicates the type or plastic resin used to make the item and not what goes in the blue lid cart.
Remember to “Think 5” and only place these items in the recycling cart:
(1) plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs #1 – #5, (2) metal cans, (3) glass bottles and jars, (4) cardboard, and (5) paper.

 


Putting Green Tips

Help Take Care of our new Putting Green

The Board of Directors would like to ask residents, their children, and their guests to be remember that the putting green area is just for putting.

 Please keep any overflow pool chairs off the green. It is not to be used for soccer or any other children’s games.  The surface was not built for that kind of use and it can be easily damaged.

We hope you’ll enjoy this new amenity we have for the community, but If you don’t have a putter and a golf ball you shouldn’t be on the green.


Storm Drain with LeavesStorm Drains are not made for Leaves

Leaves that are blown or raked onto the street can cause real harm – to our sewage systems and our lakes.

When leaves, grass clippings and other yard debris are blown onto streets, sidewalks and into storm drains, it eventually will make its way to our lakes. These materials add excess nutrients to the lake and cause water quality issues. Take care of your lakes by taking care of your yard debris.

If you have a yard service, be sure they dispose of your leaves PROPERLY.

Keep Leaves Off the Streets

  • Put leaves, grass clippings and small twigs or trimmings in bags. Solid Waste crews cannot pick up a pile of leaves without scattering them into the street.
  • NEVER blow leaves or grass clippings from your yard into streets, sidewalks or storm drains.
  • Street sweeping services are designed to handle natural leaf fall on public streets only. When leaves from the yard are blown into the streets, it disrupts this process.
  • Streets, sidewalks and driveways must be kept clear of all yard waste to prevent this debris from entering a curb inlet or storm drain. Assume that if your yard waste is on a paved surface, it has access to a storm drain!
  • When yard waste makes it through a storm drain and into a lake, it:
    • adds excess nutrients to the water, causing potentially-toxic algae blooms
    • reduces and degrades fish and wildlife habitats
    • decreases water recreation opportunities by degrading water quality

     

Read more about this at the Orange County Website.

If you see someone polluting, CALL 311 and report them.


Car blocking sidewalk

Don’t block the Sidewalk when you park.

In order to maintain the safety of our residents, and in accordance to local laws,
when you park in your driveway, be sure you DON’T BLOCK THE SIDEWALK.
Someone may be walking by and not see what’s coming around the car.
Or you may force someone to step into the street.

Section 316.1945 of the chapter of the state statutes that deals with motor vehicle law
says regarding stopping, standing, or parking prohibitions in specified places:
“Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device,
no person shall: stop, stand, or park a vehicle on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
on a sidewalk; within an intersection; on a crosswalk.”
Parking a vehicle on a sidewalk constitutes a noncriminal traffic infraction in Florida, which is punishable as a nonmoving violation.

Be courteous and park your car on the street (during the daytime) instead.


Annual Budget

The 2024 Annual Budget was reviewed and approved in December 2023.
CLICK HERE to get a copy of the Approved Budget.


Important Numbers to Know!

311

Call or use the App for code enforcement, violations/ordinances –
to report concerns that a deputy is not needed to attend to.

407-836-HELP (4357)

Goes straight to a deputy for assistance, but is not an emergency situation.

911

Call for emergency help.


Townhome Landscaping

The Board wants to remind homeowners/renters in the Townhomes
that there are to be NO personal plantings in the landscape.
Any personal plantings will be removed and discarded
and there will be no compensation paid back to the homeowners for the cost of the plants


Homeowner Landscaping Responsibilities

As a single-family-homeowner,
did you know you are responsible for the plants and trees in the Easement —
the area between the sidewalk and street?

Please be sure to keep the trees (particularly the Magnolias and Oaks)
trimmed appropriately, to be sure the sidewalk and the street  clearance  won’t hit any person or vehicle.

Lake Sawyer South Trees in Easement

Here are some examples of Easements that need some attention. If they look familiar, please put it on your TO DO list.

The following was recently added to our ARB Guidelines.
Remember, those not complying may receive notice of violation, which could lead to a fine or worse. Now, we DON’T want that, do we?

Landscaping of Easements

Area between sidewalk and curb shall remain sod and may not be replaced with ground cover, mulch, stone, pavers, concrete, etc. No shrubs or hedges may be in this area. Owners of Lots shall be responsible, at the Lot Owner’s expense, for the prompt removal and subsequent replacement of any landscape improvements within easements as may be required for access, installation and maintenance of utilities or other purposes. Plantings are not permitted in easements that will prevent maintenance of utilities or impede drainage. For the Pulte side of the development the magnolia or oak tree planted in this area is not be removed from the street side easement unless to replace a dead tree of the same type. For the Enclave side of the development one tree may be installed in the street side easement and must be a crepe myrtle or other approved tree. Corner Lots will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For the trees described above a mulch ring not to exceed 3′ in diameter may be installed. Flowers may be planted in the mulch ring but may not exceed 12″ in height. No landscape edging or borders may be used in this area.

NOTE: Homeowners are required to maintain all trees and keep landscaping on their property and the easements on the immediate front or side of the home from overgrowing and obstructing the sidewalk or street. Trees and shrubs will be trimmed as to not encroach laterally upon sidewalks or streets. Tree canopies shall be trimmed to a minimum clearance of six (6’) feet above sidewalks and ten (10’) feet above streets.

 


Amenities Survey Results

See the recap of our July 2020 Amenities Survey.

Lake Sawyer South Amenities Survey Results

 


Attention Homeowners in the Lake Sawyer South Community Association

(Berkshire Park, Berkshire Place, Enclave at Berkshire Park and The Reserve at Berkshire Park).

Please read this revised Covenant Enforcement Resolution and Policy statement from your Board of Directors. It outlines the Notice process and legal steps which will be taken if violations are not remedied.

This policy is in accordance with the Association’s governing documents and Florida statutes.


Do You Use Gmail?

Lake Sawyer South Newsletter - Q1 2023If so, you might be missing our great newsletters, chocked full of valuable information about our neighborhoods.Gmail logo

Sometimes, Gmail thinks our messages are “junk”, “spam” or “promotions.”

Even though they are not.

We’re actively working from our end, to try to resolve this, with a lot of backend gyrations.

What can you do?

One thing you can try is to move our newsletters from the “junk” or “Promotions” tab into your Inbox. Maybe Gmail will take a hint.

Or, you can find our newsletters right here on our website. Just CLICK HERE and bookmark our Newsletter page.

But we won’t stop trying to get the word out. Thank you for your patience.


Landlords & Tenants

All owners leasing property need to provide the Association with a mailing address to receive official correspondence.  Owners remain responsible for any covenants or architectural violations and are encouraged to provide copies of relevant documents to tenants.

Read More here.

 

 


Header Photo: Contest Winner, Paul LaRosa
Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

 

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