Happy Halloween Centennial Commons!
Please remember when you are driving home from work or driving in and out of the neighborhood that there will be small children out and about! We want everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween!
Most trick-or-treaters begin around 6pm and shouldn’t be out past 9pm. (It is encouraged that you turn off your porch lights if you are not participating in handing out candy and do not want visitors ringing your doorbell.)
***Parents – watch your children! Children – Watch for cars! Drivers – watch your speed and watch for pedestrians!***
Just a few safety tips to keep you and your family safe*:
ALL DRESSED UP:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
- Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
CARVING A NICHE:
- Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
- Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.
HOME SAFE HOME:
- To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
- Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween.
*2017 American Academy of Pediatrics
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Board met recently to plan the 2018 budget. During this meeting, it was determined that our current revenue is meeting our needs. So, there will be no increase in the monthly fees in 2018!
What was determined though, was the need for a better breakdown of expenditures for not only the Board but for the homeowners to easily see where our monies are going. As it is now there are a smaller number of subtitles where the money is being spent and these are not descriptive enough to understand what the expenditure really was. Why is this important? If you are trying to build a history of expenditures you need to know what a reoccurring cost is so you can build this into your operating or capital/reserve budget.
Thanks to our new finance guy, Bob Weber, we are building this information into next year’s budget. He will also build a better documentation of our reserve funding and expenditures on our assets.
Our finances determine the strength of our community, yet it can be very tedious to handle and certainly not exciting to discuss or explain. Bob has dived right into this and has identified some shortcomings we have and devised various fixes to make it better. Thank you, Bob!
As always, I hope you can make the open association meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month @ 7 PM where the Board explains all the issues facing the community. If you can’t make the meeting it is important for you to read through this newsletter as it contains many of the areas that are covered at the meeting. Thanks for reading.
Don Roach, President
The developer’s proposal to build a pipeline across our property at the front of the subdivision has been reviewed and edited by our attorney. The developer has agreed to the contents of that revised documentation. The Board then approved the lawyer revised easement agreement. The Secretary and I signed the agreement the week of Oct. 9th. The agreement states that our HOA will receive $5000.00 for the easement rights, and $20,000 will be held in escrow for one year after completion to provide funds to the HOA if the work across our property is not satisfactorily completed.
Work on the new subdivision is planned to begin November 1. The easement work may include some partial lane closures at the entrance to our community.
As you are aware the cable/phone company AT&T is laying fiber throughout our community. We have had questions on who to contact if there are issues with the work being done. The number is 855-520-1757.
Board Election January 2018
The current Board Members are planning to return in 2018. This is good news for the HOA as this is a hard-working group. I say this not to discourage anyone from running but to inform the homeowners of the current Board members intentions. If you determine that you want to become a Board Member, fill out the forms found under the document tab on our web site Centennialcommonshoa.org. Send the completed forms to Melody Daniel at CMA firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the mailed ballot in December. There are no term limits in our covenants which can be bad or good depending on your view. Our history has been that most of the homeowners do not want or have the time to be on the Board. The good part being we are fortunate we have a few that are willing to put in the time and effort to make us a great community.
It is important that we have a full board of 5 members (especially for voting) to make decisions in running the community. We do have various committees that require your help if you’re interested, such as social, pool and landscape. We can always use help in those areas and if you have a skill that we can use such as electrical, plumbing, or carpentry that would be very beneficial too.
We have had some comments/inquiries about various violations that have or are occurring in the community. There is a belief that the Board is responsible for handling these indiscretions. That is an incorrect thought. Per our contract with CMA, they handle all violations for the Board. If you have a concern you need to contact CMA, not the Board. Also, you have to be specific, not general in your concern. You will have to identify the homeowner who is committing the violation (your name will not be divulged). CMA cannot send a violation letter if they don’t have an address to send it to. Pictures do help!
Most violation processes work as follows:
- Make a complaint to CMA at email@example.com and CMA will investigate
- Homeowner is sent a letter notifying them of the violation, stating they must correct/cease such violation
- If the homeowner does not take action within two weeks, another letter will be sent stating fines will be imposed if the violations aren’t corrected. (names are never divulged as to who is reporting the violation)
- The last step if the violation isn’t corrected (and in some cases, the action that needs to be taken may be postponed due to circumstances), is sending a letter notifying the homeowner that after 10 days of the date of the final letter, a $25 a day fine will be incurred until the violation is corrected.
Oct 25/ 26 will be our next lawn treatment. For those of you that have your back lawns treated, ensure your gates leading to your backyards are unlocked. Our mowing crews will be removing leaves, trimming trees and bushes and other hand types of work as the grass goes dormant. Mowing will continue just not weekly. With all the flags planted around the community, the crew is having a difficult time mowing. 4 Seasons will be resuming mowing on October 23 throughout the subdivision but won’t be cutting off much grass and that should still allow ATT to follow their ground spray markings as guides rather than the flags. New plantings at our entrance will be installed October 23.
The pickleball group is playing on Saturdays at 9 AM. You can find out more about this group on our website. You can email Bob Dougherty @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. New players are welcome.
Bunco 6:30 PM
Bunco is a simple dice game that is played once a month on a Saturday at the clubhouse. Based on your luck on rolling the dice determines if you’re a winner. You rotate from table to table changing partners and we take breaks between the 4 games to socialize. We bring a dish to share with those playing and socialize between 6:30 and 7 PM. At 7 PM, we start rolling dice. If you’re interested in some fun and a chance to get to know some neighbors, bring $5 a person, your favorite dish and your own drinks to join in the fun. Watch the bulletin board, the Facebook group, and the website at the entrance for the dates. We usually finish around 9:30 PM.
In the walkway to the fitness room a bookcase is full of books. You may take a book to read or you may leave a book for others to read. Feel free to use this trade-off. Tracy Gibson is the owner of this process you can contact her at email@example.com.
Thanks for reading,
Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons
CENTENNIAL COMMONS NEIGHBORHOOD BUNKO NIGHT
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 6:30pm- 9:30pm at the Clubhouse
We welcome everyone, especially all the newbies to the community! Bunko is for female and male alike, and fun is to be had by all. It is an easy, fun, and social dice game for groups. Don’t know how to play? No worries! We will teach you.
What do you need to bring?
- Yourself and your spouse or neighbor if you wish
- $5 to contribute to the prize fund (yes there is a prize for the winner!)
- A snack to share
- Your own beverage (Yes, alcohol is permitted. Drink responsibly!)
Don’t forget…we will teach you how to play, and it is easy to learn.
Come and meet your neighbors this Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6:30! Look forward to seeing you there!
Cycle Works is doing a major overhaul of current Cherokee and Bartow county routes starting the 1st week in October. This change has occurred due to tremendous growth in the area.
They have been notifying customers via letter and email blast. New pickup day for Centennial Commons will be Friday.
We now have a Free Book Library in the main clubhouse building. It is located in the hall that goes to the fitness room. Feel free to take a book or two (or more!). Just remember to replenish when you are done.
Right now we are actually over capacity, so feel free to snag several, but we do need to make sure it stays stocked, so please return when done and add more as you can. Currently, it is about 50% Children’s books and 50% adult books (several different genres). Go take a look and get in some reading time this weekend!