Letter From the President – December 2019

Santa came to Centennial Commons on Dec. 8 and so did many children and adults with cameras!  Over 60 people attended and by appearances, everyone had a great time except for a few toddlers who weren’t real thrilled with Santa! A couple of tables were set up for the children to do crafts and a table of sweet snacks and drinks were close by. Thanks to Elaine Drake and her social team for planning and running the program. If you’re interested in joining the social team, contact Elaine through her HOA email @ cchoasoc@gmail.com

2019 is coming to a close and overall it has been a very good year for the community. Financially we are in good shape for many years to come barring any type of catastrophe. We had many volunteers step up and help us throughout the year which makes the Directors work much more manageable and enjoyable. Speaking of those interactions I personally have met some nice, hardworking residents who I might not have met if not for this HOA position. I feel blessed for those opportunities.

I would be remiss if I didn’t reach out to all of you once more to consider a position for the Board. We have a ballot of four volunteers currently. Our covenants say we need 5 and the work distribution quantifies a 5 director Board. Please contact us if you find you can provide that help to your community.  

As the year closes I do wish everyone good health, wealth, family and brotherly love for now and the future. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year. Thanks to all of you that support us and provide us with constructive feedback.

 Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of the letter and the information in it. We try to provide our homeowners who cannot make it to the open meetings the information they need to keep abreast of the activities that they pay for.

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President

News in the Neighborhood

Time To Think About Being A Board Member

The Board will be losing two very special people this year, Kathy Andregg, Landscaping Director, and Cindi Endsley, ACC Director. We need to have 5 directors so I’m asking and begging some of you to step up and help the community. We have help from many residents as volunteers but we need one more full-time director help now. We will try to find a fit for your skills so you will be comfortable.

Upcoming Social Events

New Year’s Eve Casino Party – Dec. 31, 2019, 7:30 pm

The White Tie vendor will be hosting our New Year’s Eve party for the second year in a row. We plan on having 4 black Jack tables up and running between 7:30 to 10:30 PM. The clubhouse will open at 7 PM for residents to arrive. A $5 per person charge will be collected at the door. We ask you to bring your drink of choice and a snack dish to share. The HOA will provide ice and ham plus paper plates and plastic ware. The casino event will end at 10:30 PM, and then prizes for the top two money winners and a raffle drawing for gifts will be held. Then we will watch the ball drop and have a toast for the new year with some fellowship immediately afterward. The festivities will end promptly at 12:30 AM.

Bunco Night – Jan. 11, 2020, 6:30 pm

Bunco is a dice game that is fun and easy to play. Bring $5 per person, a snack dish to share and your drink of choice. We have a social half-hour between 6:30 and 7 to meet and greet. The game usually lasts from 7 to 9 or 9:30 dependent on the crowd. Come meet your neighbors.

Game Day for the Ladies – Jan. 23, 2020, 12 pm (noon)

Elaine Drake, Social Leader, sets up a day once a month (Thursday usually) for the ladies to get together to chat and play games. Elaine normally posts the dates, times and particulars on Facebook. Watch the calendar on our website and Facebook for the next date. As info Jan. 23, 2020 is the next date at noon.

Attention All Homeowners who Decorated Their Homes for the Holidays

The Social Committee for the first year will be having a contest for the best Holiday decorated home. There will be a $50.00 Home Depot gift card to the winner. The social committee will decide among all the participating sub-division homes.
We will post the winner on the community bulletin board, Facebook Post and this newsletter. Good Luck!

Reminder

Please do not call Kathy Andregg for landscaping issues after the first of the year. All landscaping issues will be submitted to our email centennialcommoner@yahoo.com We will then forward to the 4 Seasons managers for attention and remediate action.

Annual Board Meeting Date – Jan. 20, 2020

January 20 will be our annual vote and meeting date. The clubhouse will be open from 8 AM to 6:45 PM to accept proxies from residents that didn’t send them via mail or drop them off at the HOA mailbox. We will have copies of the proxy there if you lost yours.

Annual Meeting Format

Just a reminder the annual meeting is an election meeting and usual Board business will not be done. The ballots will be counted by CMA and volunteers to determine first if we have a quorum and if so then we can continue with the election of Board members. Last year we had a Q&A session during the count of the ballots. Once the new Board is presented to the attendees the meeting will adjourn and the new Board will hold a brief executive session and determine the officer holders (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary). After which the responsibilities will be assigned (Landscaping, Amenities, Social and ACC).

New Webpage

A new webpage will be on our site before the year is out. Our Secretary Shirley Cox is working with Tracy Gibson to finalize this important resident page. Included on this page will be information on how to file a complaint with CMA or Cobb County and important phone numbers. Thank you, ladies, for your efforts in this project!

New Volunteer

Colin Ferguson has volunteered to be our communications person who will help the Board with issues that require interactions with city, county, state and police personnel, just to name a few.

We welcome Colin who has plenty of background and expertise in many issues that seem to affect our small area of Cobb and Cherokee counties. If you have an issue that you are not sure which way to go you can reach him by using our email centennialcommoner@yahoo.com We will forward the inquiry to Colin and he can address it with you. Thank you Colin!

Financial Information

Monthly fees will stay at the current amount of $87.50 for 2020. Remember you have to get your payment in by the 10th of every month or expect a $10 late fee. Our current income and costs for Nov. 30, 2019, are as follows:

Total Equity $473,582.73 of which includes Operating, Reserve, high-interest cash and a CD of $100 K.

Expenses $258,094.77

Admin – $34,742.61 – that is 13.5% of our budget costs, inclusive of legal fees and legal income

Landscaping – $145,836 – that is 56.5% of our budget costs, inclusive of aeration and pine-straw distribution

Recreation – $30,703 – that is 12% of our budget costs

Repairs & Mtce – $36,000 – that is 14% of our budget costs, inclusive of reserve spending

Utilities – $10779 – that is 4% of our budget costs

We plan on purchasing 2 to 3 CD’s of $100,000 in January of 2020 to increase our interest income.

Other News

Replacing the Spin Bike

The new spin bike is operational at the fitness room. Enjoy! The old bike was sold to a resident and the money was deposited in the general fund.

Rental Homes

We have 38 homes being rented in the community. 17 homes are owned by LLC and 21 are owned by non-LLC owners. Our maximum allowed rentals are 45 homes. Once we reach that maximum number, no more homes will be allowed to rent unless they can show hardship to the Board.

In Case You Missed It…

Bike Rack

If you haven’t noticed, we had a bike rack installed at the tennis court by the walkway to the playground. This will eliminate bikes or other wheeled items from being stored in the breezeway. Remember to lock your stuff at the rack to prevent theft.

Roofs

As I’m sure you’re aware of we’ve had problems with the roofing shingles that the original builder installed. Many residents have replaced theirs but there are many more homes that may need it to be done. The insurance companies and roofers are well aware of our issues so be careful with both. Review your insurance contract yearly as some insurance companies are writing in a different coverage for roofs that may raise your deductible for a replacement. Others are insisting on partial replacements (that most likely would be unacceptable to the HOA) or temporary repairs until what time the roof runs out of life and or they will only pay a small portion of the cost. Also, be very careful of whom you hire as some of these companies go out of business within one or two years and who would you go back against for poor workmanship if they no longer exist.

Tennis Court Usage

The tennis courts are made for playing tennis and pickleball. Any other activities can result in damage to the courts, nets, and fencing. Skateboarding and roller blades will result in damage to the surface. Additionally, proper footwear is required to protect the surface and the user. The costs to maintain the courts are in the thousands and therefore we need to follow the procedures for playing at the courts. Please respect this amenity.

Dog Feces

We have received many complaints regarding homeowners who walk their dogs and do not pick up after their dog. The residents have asked us to do something about this. As much as we agree that this is a very inconsiderate action, neither the board nor CMA has any recourse to this action without specific information.

In order to notify CMA to issue a violation, we must have either the dog owner’s name and/or address.  Also, if possible take a photo and include it, It would be helpful.  Just a photo by itself, without any other information, renders us helpless to pursue the homeowner. All names of those filing a complaint are kept completely confidential as we protect the privacy of our homeowners.

Parking

The covenants prohibit parking on the street. Consistent violators will be fined. Also if you’re unavailable to move your car at any time you are in violation of the fire code and could be ticketed according to Cobb County Police. Our streets are too narrow to allow parking in the street. If you need to park your car short term, try to park on one (right) side of the street. Don’t create a blockage (where two vehicles are face to face) on the road and be mindful of your neighbor’s ability to get out of their driveway.

Homeowners Must Be Present with any Visitors Using the Amenities

If you or your family bring or allows visitors to use the HOA amenities, some adults from your household must be with them continuously while they are using the amenities.  We have had numerous occasions of visitors who are unaware of our rules and become offended when we tell them to follow the rules and procedures. Please help us with this issue.

Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is the best and fastest way to get immediate information regarding the subdivision, i.e.; looking for recommendations on home issues, posting events in the community, lost dogs, found dogs, and yes, even our recent bear sighting! If you have not already done so, please go to CCHOA in Acworth on Facebook and ask to join the group. We need to remind homeowners that this page is not somewhere to post a personal grievance that you feel the board should handle.  The board does not handle the CCHOA business via FB. If you want the board to act on a complaint, make sure to send an email to centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.  Your email will be forwarded to the proper person to handle. (Make sure to take the time to read the conduct policy regarding all posts.)

Email

The other way to get information is to join our email list. You are getting this because we have your email information and can send you important information quickly. If your neighbor doesn’t know why they are not getting this, it’s because the Secretary, Shirley Cox, does not have their info. Tell them to drop her a line at shirleycchoa@gmail.com. And she will add you to our community email list.

Thanks for reading!

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons, Directors, Kathy Andregg, Landscape, Chuck Whitaker, Amenities, Cindi Endsley, ACC Coordinator and Shirley Cox, Secretary

 

Letter From the President – November 2019

Normally I wouldn’t be sending these out monthly but we had quite a controversial September. I quickly found out that many residents have varying ideas on our community and the Board’s work or involvement in being proactive or reactive. This is not a bad thing actually as the residents need to be concerned about how their Board functions. But if you are uninformed you may make statements that are not true or personal towards others.

But most of these things get started by some type of miscommunication and then just grow wildly. Unfortunately, the wording of the email blast that was sent to the homeowners led some to believe we had already hired the Sabens Group of (3) off-duty police officers to enforce our covenants and protect us from crime in 2020. It was corrected in an answer to a FB post but by then it was drowned out by all types of comments. This was not our intention, and we apologize for this error. However, on the bright side, it did prompt a record number of attendees at the September meeting as well as many emails with residents sharing their thoughts!

Many decided to come to the September open Board meeting (which by the way is the third Monday of every month @ 7 PM) and we had the largest crowd (30+) I’ve ever seen in the 7 or so years I’ve been attending the meetings.  I first explained how the Board and I came in contact with Mike Saben and the error on the email blast that stated we had already made up our mind on hiring the group. We had Mike Saben the founder of the group there to explain their role with HOAs and what services the group provides tp the communities they work for.

Afterward, we had a spirited debate about this subject and many more. Plenty of communication was shared which is a very good thing. A random vote was taken of the attendees for hiring the group and it was 17 for and 12 against (remember you can only cast one vote for each household). Certainly, that vote was a surprise based on Facebook posts. I’m hopeful that most of us that attended came away from the meeting much more informed than when we arrived. An email blast with the meeting minutes will be sent out by the time you receive this letter so read through it and if you have additional questions contact us via email or by attending the next homeowners meeting. There was an error on the blast that stated the percent of the vote was 70% vs 30% when actually it was closer to 60% vs 40%. My second error this year!

This Board will always keep you in the proverbial loop of all big things that are going on with our community. Thanks to all of you that support us and provide us with constructive feedback.

Please, when responding to the Board, be it email or Facebook posts, consider how you would feel if you received what you are sending. In many cases, I doubt that you would like what was written when it is worded in that way. Your words can make a difference in the wrong way. Many Board members have left and others that would be volunteers will not become Board Members because of the stress caused by some of the written vitriol that has been communicated to the Board. When this Board throws in the towel, you better have a plan in place or otherwise, it won’t take long for this community to degrade itself.

Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of the letter and the information within it. We try to provide our homeowners, who cannot make it to the open meetings, the information they need to keep abreast of the activities that they pay for.

 Thanks for reading,      

Don Roach, President

News in the Neighborhood

Time To Think About Being A Board Member

The Board will be losing two very special people this year, Kathy Andregg, Landscaping Director, and Cindi Endsley, ACC Director. We need to have 5 directors, so I’m asking and begging some of you to step up and help the community. We have had help from our volunteers, but we need full-time director help now. If you have some landscaping or supervising background, that would be helpful but not necessary. We will try to find a fit for your skills so you will be comfortable. If you’re interested, please find the form on the website and send it to CMA or to our email site listed at the top of the page. Also consider helping with our volunteer committees.

Upcoming Social Events

Bunco Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 @ 6:30 PM

Bunco is a dice game that is fun and easy to play. Bring $5 per person, a snack dish to share and your drink of choice. We have a social half hour between 6:30 and 7 to meet and greet. Game usually lasts from 7 to 9 or 9:30 dependent on crowd. Come meet your neighbors.

November and December Meeting Dates Combined

The November and December meeting dates have been canceled. One combined meeting will be held on December 9. The open meeting will begin at the normal time of 7 PM.

Attention All Homeowners Who Decorate Their Homes for the Holidays

The Social Committee for the first year will be having a contest for the best Holiday decorated home. There will be a $50.00 Home Depot gift card to the winner. The social committee will decide among all the participating sub-division homes.
We will post the winner on the community bulletin board, Facebook Post and this newsletter. Good Luck!

Game Day for the Ladies

Elaine Drake, Social Leader, sets up a day once a month (Thursday usually) for the ladies to get together to chat and play games. Elaine normally posts the dates, times and particulars on Facebook. Watch the calendar on our website and Facebook for the next date. As info, Dec. 5 is the next date at noon.

Other News

New Ideas

An idea at the September meeting from the crowd to the Board to lessen our workload was us to develop something that could be used by residents to fix issues. Our Secretary will be developing a page on our website which will identify concerns that have been directed to the Board that require either Cobb County Departments, CMA, police, etc. issues to handle. This will help to alleviate answering the same questions, provide phone numbers and educate our residents. This will help you to address your issues versus the Board being an intermediate between you and the problem solver.

Getting a Fire Department Inspection Approval

Recently we were notified by Cobb County Fire Dept. that we never received a final inspection on the added extension of our fitness room. The inspector inspected the entire facility and we found a few items that needed to be repaired or replaced. Most of the failures found were dated so we replaced with new. All the exits signs and floodlights were replaced. The entrance door was switched so it now opens out versus opening in towards the breezeway. This work has been completed and we will be notifying the dept. to give us a final inspection.

Rental Homes

We have 39 homes being rented in the community. Our max is 45 homes. Once we reach that maximum number no more homes will be allowed to rent unless they can show hardship to the Board.

Replacing the Spin Bike

At our Oct. meeting, the Board approved to replace the current spin bike at a cost between $1500 to $2000. The old bike will be sold to a resident before we offer it outside of the community.

Santa Coming

Santa will be at the clubhouse on December 8 from 2 to 3 PM. Santa’s helpers will be there by 1 PM for you to drop off a gift for your young one(s) if you want Santa to give them one while they are telling him what they want for Christmas. Bring your camera for some candid shots!

Landscaping News

We had our 5th front and side yard turf treatment for the growing season on September 18 and 19. The 6th and last one for the season is scheduled for November 6, and I believe it will be a liquid pre-emergent weed application. These turf treatments are at no extra cost to our residents as they are included in your monthly fee, but 4 Seasons does provide backyard treatments for $16.00/treatment as an additional cost to you. If you are new to the neighborhood and would like to get on the backyard treatment list for FUTURE applications you may call Linda Lane at 4 Seasons, 770-452-4455 to sign up.

The treatment of the fungus Spring Dead Spot took place on September 25. We have already planned a September 2020 application to the same areas as we did here in 2019 in anticipation that one application will not be enough. We will be on the lookout for any new spots that show up in later winter and early spring of 2020 to add to the list. 

The lawn maintenance crew will be doing the pruning of our shrubs over the next two months in between blowing and disposing of leaves. Shrubs throughout the subdivision have generally put on very little additional growth since our last pruning in late August/early September. Mowing is not going to be a high priority now so the crew should have more time to do the light pruning that needs to be accomplished at this time. I’d like to mention too that the crew is permitted to dispose of leaves and organic material in our wooded common property BUT not in the actual stream courses where the creek water is running. They are instructed to push the material over the break-in slope so that it is primarily out of view.

Our second and last application of pine straw to our front and side beds will likely be in mid-December after the last of the leaves have fallen and disposed of.

In Case You Missed It…

Bike Rack

If you haven’t noticed, we had a bike rack installed at the tennis court by the walkway to the playground. This will eliminate bikes or other wheeled items from being stored in the breezeway. Remember to lock your stuff at the rack to prevent theft.

Fining for Covenant Violations

The Board prefers to handle violations without fining. In fact, most cases are given many days to correct. But in some egregious violations, the Board can fine immediately and harshly dependent on the violation, safety factor and impact on homeowners. If we do fine immediately, you can request a meeting with the Board to explain your case and the Board may reduce, eliminate or leave the fine as is and will notify you of their decision in writing.

Garage Doors Open

I’m sorry we continue to preach about issues, but each one has its own importance. Leaving your garage door open while not using it or being in or around the garage or front yard leaves your home susceptible to crime.

Additionally, unless you have a beautiful garage it can be an eyesore. That’s why it’s in the covenants to keep your door closed. The Cobb Police department told us they have more home invasions by residents leaving their doors open than any other reason. Not to mention the vermin that can get in and cause havoc with your home. So please keep your door closed when the opening is not being used.

New Residents, Take Note! (from Kathy Andregg)

I have noticed that there are turf treatment signs out at a few resident’s homes during my walks around the neighborhood that do not coincide with our regularly scheduled treatments with Tru-Green through 4 Seasons. 4 Seasons subcontracts out 6 turf treatments during the growing season for your front and side yards so there is no need for a resident to hire a separate company to do your front and side yards. In fact, doing that can actually harm the health of your turf by doubling up on fertilizer and weed control that can weaken and kill your grass.

The 6 turf treatments that we get from Tru-Green are included as part of your monthly dues so they are already paid for. So save your money and let our neighborhood contract with Tru-Green do the work for you.

One other item I will mention, there we will be major changes to our front entrance landscaping in the next month to replace the 16-year-old, over-mature shrubs that we have out there right now and improve sight distance uphill on Woodstock Rd.

Complaints

I know we have addressed this before but bear with me as I try to educate those that may have not read down far enough to see my previous writings on this subject.

  1. The Board does not intend to be your intermediary in any of your disagreements with your neighbors. You need to resolve them if possible with the neighbor. If the offense is covered in the covenants, the violation will be processed through CMA. That’s why we pay for them. The Board has to live with those that live here. We do not take sides except the side of the covenants.
  2. If you are unsure of your available options you can submit your complaint via our website at https://centennialcommonshoa.org under “contact us” or write to us at centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.
  3. You may also contact Melody Daniels at CMA. Melodydaniel@cmacommunities.com. We do prefer you include the Board in your communications with CMA as we can help track the progress and ensure that timely actions are taking place.
  4. As soon as the additional page is up and running on our website, notification of violations and complaints will become easier for homeowners.

5. The Board does not do drive around to look for violations.  CMA does a drive-through twice a month.  But they will not see everything, nor do they know if a car has been parked for a long period of time. If you have an issue, you need to alert them as explained previously. Will it require some pictures, addresses, and information that only you are aware of? YES. So be prepared to provide that if you want resolution.

Roofs

As I’m sure you’re aware of we’ve had problems with the roofing shingles that the original builder installed. Many residents have replaced theirs but there are many more homes that may need it to be done. The insurance companies and roofers are well aware of our issues so be careful with both. Review your insurance contract yearly as some insurance companies are writing in a different coverage for roofs that may raise your deductible for a replacement. Others are insisting on partial replacements (that most likely would be unacceptable to the HOA) or temporary repairs until what time the roof runs out of life and or they will only pay a small portion of the cost. Also, be very careful of whom you hire as some of these companies go out of business within one or two years and who would you go back against for poor workmanship if they no longer exist.

Dog Feces

We have received many complaints regarding homeowners who walk their dogs and do not pick up after their dog. The residents have asked us to do something about this. As much as we agree that this is a very inconsiderate action, neither the board nor CMA has any recourse to this action without specific information.

In order to notify CMA to issue a violation, we must have either the dog owner’s name and/or address.  Also, if possible take a photo and include it, It would be helpful.  Just a photo by itself, without any other information, renders us helpless to pursue the homeowner. All names of those filing a complaint are kept completely confidential as we protect the privacy of our homeowners.

Parking

The covenants prohibit parking on the street. Consistent violators will be fined. Also if you’re unavailable to move your car at any time you are in violation of the fire code and could be ticketed according to Cobb County Police. Our streets are too narrow to allow parking in the street. If you need to park your car short term, try to park on one (right) side of the street. Don’t create a blockage (where two vehicles are face to face) on the road and be mindful of your neighbor’s ability to get out of their driveway.

New Violation Letter Verbiage Coming

CMA will be sending new violation letters with different wording in the letter. This wording has been approved by the Board so as to be more uniform and to be aligned with the covenants.

The gest of it is this, your letter will have the violation indicated, and it will give you 3 options and 10 days to notify CMA of your plan. The options are:

  1. Fix it and notify CMA when it’s completed before the 10 day period
  2. Plan to fix it and the date that it will be fixed outside of the 10 day period if needed, you need to notify CMA within the 10-day window.
  3. Contest it and ask for a Board Meeting, and notify CMA within the 10 days of your decision.

If CMA does not hear from you within the allotted 10 days another letter will be sent with the date the fine(s) have begun and they will continue until what time you notify CMA of one of the three items listed above.

We expect that this will bring about quicker resolutions, reduce additional letters, postage and other headaches caused by deferring violations with multiple notices. Once you’ve corrected the violation and you continue to violate the same offense at a later date that additional offense can be fined without a 10 day notice. This will be noted in the violation letter.

Homeowners Must Be Present with any Visitors Using the Amenities

If you or your family bring or allows visitors to use the HOA amenities, some adults from your household must be with them continuously while they are using the amenities.  We have had numerous occasions of visitors who are unaware of our rules and become offended when we tell them to follow the rules and procedures. Please help us with this issue.

Pickleball

The pickleball group had started back up playing with the warmer weather arriving but things sort of stopped because of a lack of players.  If you are interested in playing let us know at centennialcommoner@yahoo.com. A paddle and balls are supplied so all you need to do is wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

Instructions will be provided. They usually play every Saturday at 10 AM until June and then move the time back to 9 AM due to the Atlanta heat.

Volunteers

We are looking for resident volunteers for committees for the 2020 Season.  If you have a little extra time and would like to help, please email us at centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.

Tennis Court Usage

The tennis courts are made for playing tennis and pickleball. Any other activities can result in damage to the courts, nets, and fencing. Skateboarding and roller blades will result in damage to the surface. Additionally, proper footwear is required to protect the surface and the user. The costs to maintain the courts are in the thousands and therefore we need to follow the procedures for playing at the courts. Please respect this amenity.

Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is the best and fastest way to get immediate information regarding the subdivision, i.e.; looking for recommendations on home issues, posting events in the community, lost dogs, found dogs, and yes, even our recent bear sighting! If you have not already done so, please go to CCHOA in Acworth on Facebook and ask to join the group. We need to remind homeowners that this page is not somewhere to post a personal grievance that you feel the board should handle.  The board does not handle the CCHOA business via FB. If you want the board to act on a complaint, make sure to send an email to centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.  Your email will be forwarded to the proper person to handle. (Make sure to take the time to read the conduct policy regarding all posts.)

In-Home Businesses

There are certain restrictions in our Covenants for running a business out of your home.   Refer to Article 8.1 Residential Use for a detailed explanation.

Email

The other way to get information is to join our email list. You are getting this because we have your email information and can send you important information quickly. If your neighbor doesn’t know why they are not getting this, it’s because the Secretary, Shirley Cox, does not have their info. Tell them to drop her a line at shirleycchoa@gmail.com. And she will add you to our community email list.

Thanks for reading!

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons, Directors, Kathy Andregg, Landscape, Chuck Whitaker, Amenities, Cindi Endsley, ACC Coordinator and Shirley Cox, Secretary

 

New Pool & Clubhouse Rental Policy

Good afternoon,

At our past Monday’s board meeting, we had a lengthy discussion regarding clubhouse and pool rentals during the summer. The rental over this past weekend, prompted several complaints from residents regarding the parking of cars. Cars were parked on the street as well as down Centennial Commons View. Residents had a difficult time getting in and out of their the driveway, driving through the congested street as well as being able to park in the lot to use the pool.

Our first priority is to all residents, their safety and ability to use and enjoy their own amenities. With the increased number of residents now wanting to rent the pool in conjunction with the clubhouse, the board decided to limit the time this can be done on week-ends throughout the summer months , so as to not interfere with the majority of the homeowners. If this continues to be an issue, the pool will no longer be rented and the clubhouse rentals will be affected also.

Through summer months, Saturday rentals will not be allowed as this is the busiest day of the weekend and holiday weekends. The holiday itself will be eliminated from rental also. We’ve already seen an increase in the pool usage mainly due to more families moving into our community this past year. We’ve also seen an increase in non residents being invited to the pool over and beyond what is allowed. We are also witnessing more abuse of entry by residents opening the doors for those that do not have entry keys.

Because of these violations and increased usage of the pool we have initiated an attendance sheet that the pool monitors will be completing during their working hours. They will ask you for your street address number, family members at the pool, # of guests you have with you, age of the children that are with you and to look at your entrance key to get the 5 digit number from it.

For those who took the time to attend our monthly homeowners meeting, some of this was discussed.

Therefore, the rental hours are as such and future applications will be reviewed by the Board before approval based on the number of attendees.

Friday – Open for Rentals
Saturday: Closed to Rentals
Sunday: Open for Rentals from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Holidays: Closed for Rentals

Our amenities are paid for by all homeowners and are there for their enjoyment.
We welcome any comments regarding this topic and please take the opportunity to attend a general meeting. We hold them once a month and the date is posted on the board at the entrance.

APRIL 2019 – President’s Letter

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

It’s April already! I haven’t sent a letter out since December. Although it seems like a long time, we’ve only had one full meeting since our annual meeting in January. Also, we decided to move the March meeting due to members unable to attend. As of right now the April meeting is planned to be held at its normal date. Well it’s time I get you caught up.

We had a great time at casino night on New Year Eve. Over 50 participants attended the function and all seemed to enjoy themselves. Thanks to the Social committee for organizing and running the event.

We continue to see the homes in the subdivision selling quickly and for some very nice prices. Many of the homes are being sold to single family homes which work to keep the value of our home high. Our rental cap is very close to the limit of 15%. Once that is reached, we will not allow new renters until we have room.

The new coupon books have noted the final date for a payment in any month is the 10th. You must have your payment in CMA’s hand by that date or face a $10 penalty. The monthly payment is actually due on the 1st but you are given 10 days to get the payment in. Please make sure you are giving enough time for your payment to be received and avoid the penalty.

The rest of the information on our activities will be listed below for your reading enjoyment. Have a great spring.

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President

 

 

COMPLAINTS

I know we have addressed this before but bear with me as I try to educate those that may have not read down far enough to see my previous writings on this subject.

  1. The Board does not intend to be your intermediary in any of your disagreements with your neighbors. You need to resolve them if possible, with the neighbor. If the offense is covered in the covenants, the violation will be processed through CMA. That’s why we pay them. The Board has to live with those that live here. We do not take sides except the side of the covenants.
  1. We as a board, take seriously every complaint that is sent to us. Sending emails telling us that we have done nothing, is extremely offensive to those of us who are pursuing your complaint with diligence. Remember, the board is legally obligated to follow the rules of our covenants. Letters are sent, fines are issued and that usually will alleviate the violation.  However, there are times that these warnings are ignored the violations continue, and then need to be turned over to our attorney.  The wheels of justice turn slow, but they do turn!  Laws need to be followed, and unfortunately, time is not on our side.  The laws give the violator every opportunity to correct their violation.
  2. Telling us that you can do better than we can, or that the other Boards did much more or they did it better is not appreciated or helpful. If you have a good suggestion that’s fine, but if it requires plenty of work to accomplish it, I’d suggest you be prepared to get involved to complete it.
  3. The board members also have a vested interest in correcting violations. We live here too and our home values are affected as much as yours.

All of your Board members spend many hours volunteering their time to take care of your investment at no cost to the HOA.   Remember that when you decide to get on your high horse…

PROCESS:

  1. If you are unsure of your available options you can submit your complaint via our website at https://centennialcommonshoa.org under “contact us” or write us at centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.
  2. You may also contact Melody Daniels at CMA. Melodydaniel@cmacommunities.com. We do prefer you include the Board in your communications with CMA as we can help track the progress and ensure that timely actions are taking place.
  3. The Board does not do drive arounds to look for violations. CMA does a drive through twice a month. But they will not see everything, nor do they know if a car has been parked for a long period of time.

If you have an issue, you need to alert them as explained previously. Will it require some pictures, addresses and information that only you are aware of? YES. So be prepared to provide that if you want resolution.  Be diligent in your follow up of the complaint, as many of them will depend on your communications with the board and CMA.

Lastly, there are reasons that past Board members are no longer serving and one of them is they get burned out. I’m trying not to let that happen to this current Board. I hope you understand our stance on this.

Don Roach, President

  

Basketball Court Closing

Soon the basketball court will be closed for a week to maybe two weeks for renovations. There will be a sign posted at the entrance and the door will be chained and locked. Once we are aware of the work date to begin we will send out a Facebook post and email blast.

Upcoming Social Events

Bunco – April 13 and May 11, Bunco is a simple dice game and can be easily learned during the playing of the game. Bring $5 to play and a dish to share and whatever type of refreshment you’d like to drink while playing. Social time begins at 6:30 and the dice rolling starts at 7 AM. Come join them and meet other neighbors.

 Kids Egg Hunt – April 7th , 2 PM, The Easter Bunny will visit the clubhouse for pictures with the kids and then we will hunt for the eggs!

The pickleball group has started back up playing with the warmer weather arriving. A paddle and balls are supplied so all you need to do is wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Instructions will be provided. They play every Saturday at 10 AM until June and then move the time back to 9 AM due to the Atlanta heat.

New Game Day for the ladies

Recently Elaine Drake set up a day once a month for the ladies to get together to chat and play games. Elaine normally posts the dates, times and particulars on Facebook. Watch the calendar and Facebook for the next date.

Spring Garage Sale

Every spring the HOA will designate a weekend for a subdivision yard sale. We’d appreciate many of you to participate in this that are planning to have a garage sale as it brings traffic in to the subdivision one weekend out of the year versus many times a year. The thinking is the first weekend in May, May 3 & 4, will work for those involved to get the signs out, etc. Please plan accordingly although there will be plenty of communication before the event.

POOL NEWS

Splash has initiated the process of getting the pool ready for the upcoming swim season. As in the past, the pool will open the first week in May. The scheduled date is Saturday May 4. Let’s hope all goes well and we can open on the scheduled date. I will tell you, the water will be very refreshing those first couple of weeks!

Pool party summer dates will be June 15, July 13 and August 10. Save the dates for some family fun…

Entrance Overhaul

Soon we will begin replacing some overgrown and old bushes at the entrance of the subdivision. At our past few meetings the attendees thought we needed to spruce up our entrance and after some Board discussion we agreed that it was time for a fairly large overhaul. Obviously, this will require some money and we will pull the funds from our reserve account. Kathy and her landscaping team are working on the design and with our landscapers on the costs and work to be completed. Also a LED light will be installed at the pillar next to the clubhouse.

LANDSCAPING NEWS

The Bermuda grass has had a slow time “waking up” after so much rain and chilly night time temperatures. We’ve already had one turf treatment from Tru-Green to our front and side yards and the second one is due in mid-April and will be a granular pre and post emergent weed control application.

New Residents take note; I have noticed that there are turf treatment signs out at a few resident’s homes during my walks around the neighborhood that do not coincide with our regularly scheduled treatments with Tru-Green through 4 Seasons. 4 Seasons subcontracts out 6 turf treatments during the growing season for your front and side yards so there is no need for a resident to hire a separate company to do your front and side yards. In fact, doing that can actually harm the health of your turf by doubling up on fertilizer and weed control that can weaken and kill your grass. The 6 turf treatments that we get from Tru-Green are included as part of your monthly dues so they are already paid for. So, save your money and let our neighborhood contract with Tru-Green do the work for you.

One other item I will mention, there we will be major changes to our front entrance landscaping in the next month to replace the 16-year-old, over mature shrubs that we have out there right now and improve sight distance uphill on Woodstock Rd.

Other previous topics published but good information

Holiday Decorations:  Remember to put decorations in the pine straw. Decorations should be removed promptly after the holiday is over. Thank you.

2019 Year

We are looking for resident volunteers for committees for the 2019 Season.  If you have a little extra time and would like to help, please email us at centennialcommoner@yahoo.com

Roofs: As I’m sure you’re aware of we’ve had problems with the roofing shingles that the original builder installed. Many residents have replaced theirs but there are many more homes that may need it to be done. The insurance companies and roofers are well aware of our issues so be careful with both. Review your insurance contract yearly as some insurance companies are writing in a different coverage for roofs that may raise your deductible for a replacement. Others are insisting on partial replacements (that most likely would be unacceptable to the HOA) or temporary repairs until what time the roof runs out of life and or they will only pay a small portion of the cost. Also be very careful of whom you hire as some these companies go out of business within one or two years and who would you go back against for poor workmanship if they no longer exist.

Tennis Court Usage

The tennis courts are made for playing tennis and pickle ball. Any other activities can result in damage to the courts, nets and fencing. Skateboarding and roller blades will result in damage to the surface.

Additionally, proper footwear is required to protect the surface and the user. The costs to maintain the courts are in the thousands and therefore we need to follow the procedures for playing at the courts. Please respect this amenity.

In home businesses

There are certain restrictions in our Covenants for running a business out of your home.   Refer to Article 8.1 Residential Use for a detailed explanation.

Clubhouse Rentals Issues

We find that when there are children present at clubhouse rentals or when using the amenities at the clubhouse, they become bored and will entertain themselves either in the hallway or enter the fitness room when they are not of age. You the parent are responsible for their behavior. Please keep an eye on your children or your guests to make sure no one is injured or property is damaged. You the key holder will be held accountable.

Dog Feces

We have received many complaints regarding homeowners who walk their dogs and do not pick up after their dog. The residents have asked us to do something about this. As much as we agree that this is a very inconsiderate action, neither the board nor CMA has any recourse to this action without specific information.

In order to notify CMA to issue a violation, we must have either the dog owners name and/or address.  Also, if possible, take a photo and include it, would be helpful.  Just a photo by itself, without any other information renders us helpless to pursue the homeowner. All names of those filing a complaint are kept completely confidential as we protect the privacy of our homeowners.

Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is the best and fastest way to get immediate information regarding the subdivision, i.e.; looking for recommendations on home issues, posting events in the community, lost dogs, found dogs, and yes, even our recent bear sighting! If you have not already done so, please go to CCHOA in Acworth on Facebook and ask to join the group. We need to remind homeowners that this page is not somewhere to post a personal grievance that you feel the board should handle.  If you want the board to act on a complaint, make sure to send an email to centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.  Your email will be forwarded to the proper person to handle.

(Make sure to take the time to read the conduct policy regarding all posts.)  

Email

The other way to get information is to join our email list. You are getting this because we have your email information and can send you important information quickly. If your neighbor doesn’t know why they are not getting this, it’s because the Secretary, Shirley Cox, does not have their info. Tell them to drop her a line at shirleycchoa@gmail.com. And she will add you to our community email list.

Homeowners must be present with any visitors using the amenities

If you or your family brings or allows visitors to use the HOA amenities some adult from your household must be with them continuously while they are using the amenities.  We have had numerous occasions of visitors who are unaware of our rules and become offended when we tell them to follow the rules and procedures. Please help us with this issue.

 

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2018 – President’s Letter

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Ahh, the last letter of 2018, is that a good thing? The year has sped by quickly. Many of us are trying to get ready for the holidays. Hectic times this time of year. Luckily the HOA is in great shape and needs only fine-tuning before the New Year.

You should be receiving or received a mailing from CMA with the 2019 ballot, budget and CMA payment coupons enclosed. Review the budget and the ballot and please vote one of the ways listed in the mailing. We need 20% of the homes to vote to establish a quorum to proceed with our Board and 2019 Budget. We will have again, all-day voting at the clubhouse on Jan. 21, 2019 from 7 AM to 7 PM. You can drop off your ballot that day if you like, a Board member will be there to assist you in your voting or take your ballot. You will need to sign the sign-in sheet when you vote at the clubhouse.

There are very minute differences between the 2018 & 2019 budgets. The Board feels that our 2018 planning was close to the actual expenditures. We were under budget and that was good. So some minor tweaking with a little more here and a little less there and wallah we have our 2019 budget. The nicest thing about our budget is there will be no increase in the monthly fees!

I will let you get back to your busy schedules with a thought on what is becoming our most complained about issue, parking in the streets. If you need to park in the street make it a short stay and have your neighbors and emergency vehicles in mind in your placement of the vehicle. Expect to receive violation letters and fines if you can’t abide by those two items. Remember large vehicles and trailers are not permitted in the subdivision and any parking of them has to approved by the Board prior to and removed promptly after the allotted time allowed.
The Board wishes everyone a Safe and Joyous Holiday season and we look forward to 2019 with all of you.

Thanks for reading,
Don Roach, President

Open Board Meetings

The December Open meeting was held on Dec. 4. This meeting combined the November and December meetings together to better fit the Board members schedules. The regularly scheduled December 17 meeting is canceled. The next meeting will be Jan. 21, 2019 @ 7 PM. This will be our annual meeting where ballots will be counted by CMA and a resident volunteer(s) and announced if we have a quorum of votes. Once that is established the 5 Board members selected will go into executive session to select the Board Officers, (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Only emergency types of issues will be handled by the new Board if needed. The meeting will be adjourned and the new Board will select officer titles and those will be communicated to the residents.

Some Q&A will be discussed during the counting of the votes but the normal operation of an open meeting will not take place.

New Years Eve at the Clubhouse

New Years Eve Casino Night

What – Casino Games and Board Games and Celebration
When – Dec. 31
Time – 8 PM to Midnight
Cost – $5 per person to help cut the costs of raffle prizes and casino personnel.
Where – Centennial Commons Clubhouse
Bring – Your drink of choice and a snack to share with others. The HOA will provide a ham and buns.
Games – White Tie Casino will provide 2 Blackjack tables and a roulette table and dealers.
Other Games – not casino related will be played also i.e. rummy cube etc.
Each participant will be given the same amount of chips to gamble.

The games will end at 11 PM and prizes will be raffled off and award(s) for best gambler(s) luckiest person(s).

We will watch the ball drop on the big screen at midnight and smooch our favorite person and hug our neighbors (optional).

Clean up and conclusion of all activities shortly after midnight.

Come have fun and meet some neighbors

– CCHOA Social Committee

Landscaping News

4 Seasons will likely be blowing leaves into the third week in December ahead of the 2nd pine straw distribution scheduled to start the week of December 17. The yard crew will be here only a couple of days per week for the next 3 months.

The contractor for pine straw will be hauling the bales in multiple loads in stake-side trucks and off-loading them in piles along the roads. They may spill onto the edge of the roads or the sidewalks but they will get it cleaned up as they spread them out. They will tuck the straw into your beds after the applications. We ask that you be patient as they work thru this.

Our 1st turf application of 2019 will likely be a liquid pre-emergent for weeds and that won’t occur until February.

In other news we had a contractor remove four tall Arborvitae trees on either side of our 2 entrance signs and he removed a bush that was blocking our view of Woodstock Rd. on the uphill side as you leave the subdivision for better visibility and safety.

Roofs

As I’m sure you’re aware of we’ve had problems with the roofing shingles that the original builder installed. Many residents have replaced theirs but there are many more homes that may need it to be done. The insurance companies and roofers are well aware of our issues so be careful with both. Review your insurance contract each year as some insurance companies are writing in a different coverage for roofs that may raise your deductible for a replacement. Others are insisting on partial replacements (that most likely would be unacceptable to the HOA) or temporary repairs until what time the roof runs out of life and or they will only pay a small portion of the cost. Also be very careful of whom you hire as some of these companies go out of business within one or two years and who would you go back against for poor workmanship if they no longer exist.

Other Previous Topics (previously published, but good information)

Holiday Decorations: Remember to put decorations in the pine straw. Decorations should be removed promptly after the holiday is over. Thank you.

2019 Year: We are looking for resident volunteers for committees for the 2019 Season. If you have a little extra time and would like to help, please email us at centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.

In-home Businesses: There are restrictions in our Covenants for running a business out of your home. Refer to Article 8.1 Residential Use for a detailed explanation.

Clubhouse Rentals Issues: We find that when there are children present at clubhouse rentals or when using the amenities at the clubhouse they become bored and will entertain themselves either in the hallway or enter the fitness room when they are not of age. You the parent are responsible for their behavior. Please keep an eye on your children or your guests to make sure no one is injured or property is damaged. You the key holder will be held accountable.

Dog Feces: We have received many complaints regarding homeowners who walk their dogs and do not pick up after their dog. The residents have asked us to do something about this. As much as we agree that this is a very inconsiderate action, neither the board nor CMA has any recourse to this action without specific information. In order to notify CMA to issue a violation, we must have either the dog owners name and/or address. Also, if possible take a photo and include it, would be helpful. Just a photo by itself, without any other information, renders us helpless to pursue the homeowner. All names of those filing a complaint are kept completely confidential as we protect the privacy of our homeowners.

Facebook page: Our Facebook page is the best and fastest way to get immediate information regarding the subdivision, (i.e. looking for recommendations on home issues, posting events in the community, lost dogs, found dogs, and yes, even our recent bear sighting!). If you have not already done so, please go to “CCHOA in Acworth” on Facebook and ask to join the group.

***We need to remind homeowners that this page is not somewhere to post a personal grievance that you feel the board should handle. If you want the board to act on a complaint, make sure to send an email to centennialcommoner@yahoo.com. Your email will be forwarded to the proper person to handle. (Make sure to take the time to read the conduct policy regarding all posts.)

Email: The other way to get information is to join our email list. You are getting this because we have your email information and can send you important information quickly. If your neighbor doesn’t know why they are not getting this, it’s because the Secretary, Shirley Cox, does not have their info. Tell them to drop her a line at shirleycchoa@gmail.com. And she will add you to our community email list.

Use of Amenities: A homeowner must be present with any visitors using the amenities. If you or your family brings or allows visitors to use the HOA amenities, at least one adult from your household must be present continuously while the guest(s) are using the amenities. We have had numerous occasions of visitors who are unaware of our rules and become offended when we tell them to follow the rules and procedures. Please help us with this issue.

New Game Day for the Ladies: Recently Elaine Drake set up a day once a month for the ladies to get together to chat and play games. The first one was June 28 and I heard it was fun and a success. Elaine normally posts the dates, times and particulars on Facebook. Currently, there are no new dates for 2018. Watch the calendar for the next date.

Bunco 6:30 PM: Our next Bunco is Jan 12th. Please bring $5 to play and a dish to share and whatever type of refreshment you’d like to drink while playing. Bunco is a simple dice game and can be easily learned during the playing of the game.

Tennis Court Usage: The tennis courts are made for playing tennis and pickle ball. Any other activities can result in damage to the courts, nets and fencing. Skateboarding and roller blades will result in damage to the surface.

Additionally, proper footwear is required to protect the surface and the user. The costs to maintain the courts are in the thousands and therefore we need to follow the procedures for playing at the courts. Please respect this amenity.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!

Thanks for reading,
Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons

OCTOBER 2018 – President’s Letter

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

The Board is working hard to finish 2018 projects so we don’t have carryover expenditures into 2019. We have many budget items that carry financial implications every year. In addition, there are areas where we see a need for improvements to our landscaping and amenities that became obvious to the team in 2018. Three such items have come to our attention and I will note them as follows:

  1. Our pool has had an increase in usage year over year and the filtration system has had a hard time keeping up. The Board voted at the Sept. meeting to replace the current system with a larger more efficient system which will cost us about 5K dollars. We could have done a major overhaul at 10K but decided to make this a 2 step replacement as we see what the results are for the new filtration system. The second step can come anytime down the road dependent on our pool usage and results.
  2. Our pine straw distribution has remained the same for quite a few years. We have noticed the bales of straw are becoming smaller but the price has remained the same. The Board has two choices facing it for 2019 increase the amount of straw per household or maybe go with a colored mulch. Replacing the straw initially with mulch is very costly, 60K, but after the initial cost,  the year to year cost is basically the same. The Board has tabled this issue to be discussed at the October meeting.
  3. The basketball court is showing signs of age and will need a new paint job and some shoring up in areas where the ground is sliding or washing away.

As you can see we have some decisions to make going forward on keeping our community a favorite place to live.

Lastly, and I might add, disappointingly, we need to speak to the delinquencies that exist in our HOA. The Board has tried to be aggressive but yet understanding in these matters. We have tried to keep the cost of collections down by using a collection agency (GAR) instead of our legal team. But even with these measures, we have some homeowners who are about to reach 2 years in arrears. Normally, once the lawyers become involved we are close to beginning the process to foreclose. Our new POA rules allow the HOA to foreclose on these delinquent homes. That is a very costly measure for both parties, and if taken to a sheriff’s auction, the homeowner can be evicted from their home. We believe, and have been instructed by our legal team, it is the best way for an HOA to collect the monies owed at this point. Now I’m not naïve enough to believe those that owe us these amounts are going to read this and change. My purpose is to inform you of the decision making that goes on so when you see the legal costs rise in our budget expense you know what we are doing.

That’s enough comments from me. I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy to be living here in Centennial Commons! Until next time…

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President

 

LANDSCAPING

The last pruning of our shrubs should be done by the end of October. The 2nd dressing of pine straw will be done in December after the last leaf blowing effort.

Lawns:  Growth season is over and our lawns will be cut every other week.  Please remember to NOT MOW YOUR OWN FRONT LAWNS!  That is part of our HOA Covenants and the responsibility of our Landscaping Company.

Decorations:  Remember to put decorations in the pine straw. The covenants do not allow materials in the mowing areas. During mowing season, it is difficult to mow front lawns around an abundance of decorations.

Elections

The covenants allow one sign 2’ X 2’ to be placed in your yard (in the pine straw) 2 weeks prior to voting and must be removed immediately after the election.

The 2019 Year

We are looking for resident volunteers for committees for the 2019 Season.  If you have a little extra time and would like to help, please email us at centennialcommoner@yahoo.com   Also, if you would like to add your name to the ballot for the board, email Melodydaniel@cmacommunities.com

Legal

The board has decided to change our attorney firms.  Effective November 1st, Winter, Capriola Zenner will be representing Centennial Commons in all matters that will be ongoing into 2019. We will be using our current attorney firm for small and non-litigious matters until their contract is up at the end of the year.

Clubhouse Rentals Issues

We find that when there are children present at clubhouse rentals or when using the amenities at the clubhouse they become bored and will entertain themselves either in the hallway or enter the fitness room when they are not of age. You the parent are responsible for their behavior. Please keep an eye on your children or your guests to make sure no one is injured or property is damaged. You the key holder will be held accountable.

Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is the best and fastest way to get immediate information regarding the subdivision, i.e.; looking for recommendations on home issues, posting events in the community, lost dogs, found dogs, and yes, even our recent bear sighting! If you have not already done so, please go to CCHOA in Acworth on Facebook and ask to join the group.

We need to remind homeowners that this page is not somewhere to post a personal grievance that you feel the board should handle.  If you want the board to act on a complaint, make sure to send an email to centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.  Your email will be forwarded to the proper person to handle.

(Make sure to take the time to read the conduct policy regarding all posts.)  

Pool News

Pool season is closed.

Email

The other way to get information is to join our email list. You are getting this because we have your email information and can send you important information quickly. If your neighbor doesn’t know why they are not getting this, it’s because the Secretary, Shirley Cox does not have their info. Tell them to drop her a line at shirleycchoa@gmail.com. And she will add you to our community email list.

In-Home Businesses

There are restrictions in our Covenants for running a business out of your home.   Refer to Article 8.1 Residential Use for a detailed explanation.

Dog Feces

We have received many complaints regarding homeowners who walk their dogs and do not pick up after their dog. The residents have asked us to do something about this. As much as we agree that this is a very inconsiderate action, neither the board nor CMA has any recourse to this action without specific information.  In order to notify CMA to issue a violation, we must have the dog owners name and/or address.  Also, if possible, take a photo and include it with your request.  Just a photo alone, with no other information, renders us helpless to pursue the homeowner. All names of those filing a complaint are kept completely confidential as we protect the privacy of our homeowners.

Homeowners must be present with any visitors using the amenities

If you or your family bring or allow visitors to use the HOA amenities some adult from your household must be with them continuously while they are using the amenities.  We have had numerous occasions of visitors who are unaware of our rules and become offended when we tell them to follow the rules and procedures. Please help us with this issue.

New Game Day for the Ladies

Recently Elaine Drake set up a day once a month for the ladies to get together to chat and play games. The first one was June 28, and I heard it was fun and a success. Elaine normally posts the dates, times, and particulars on Facebook. Currently, there are no new dates for 2018. Watch the calendar for the next date.

Bunco 6:30 PM

Our next Bunco is November 10th.   Please bring $5 to play and a dish to share and whatever type of refreshment you’d like to drink while playing. Bunco is a simple dice game and can be easily learned during

the playing of the game. Nov. 10 is the next scheduled date. 

Tennis Court Usage

The tennis courts are made for playing tennis and pickleball. Any other activities can result in damage to the courts, nets, and fencing. Skateboarding and roller blades will result in damage to the surface.

Additionally, proper footwear is required to protect the surface and the user. The costs to maintain the courts are in the thousands and therefore we need to follow the procedures for playing at the courts. Please respect this amenity.

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons