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

SEPTEMBER 2018 – President’s Letter

Pool

I’m sending out September’s letter early as we just finished our August open and executive meetings. We had about 20 people attend and that includes the Board. We have 300 homes and represented at the meeting were about 15 homes. That’s only a 5% attendance, so it’s important that we (the Board) share the information discussed at those meetings.

The vitally important things facing the Board are our next year contracts for the pool and landscaping. Both of these will be reviewed by the Director responsible and then presented to the full Board for approval. Our 2019 budget can be formulated based on those large expenditures.

We just completed a reserve study, and although we are still sifting through all the information presented, it seems we are in a very good financial place for the next five years. Although the study does call for a $5 increase in the yearly fees five years from now. That would mean a .50 cents per month increase. As that date approaches, the Board in place at that time will have to make a decision if it is needed.

The Board is also seriously considering a new legal team for next year as we are not pleased with the results and cost of the current legal group.

A couple other agenda items will be developing a fine schedule along with punitive measures for those that do not follow the covenants and or our policies. Adding to that will be fine tuning our leasing program to address renters who are unable to handle living in an HOA community. This will include eliminating the homeowner or leasing company from renting in our subdivision.

All in all this year has presented no real big problems although landscaping has been problematic throughout the year. Most of this stems from being able to maintain adequate help. We have been told this is not just our issue but has affected many landscaping companies this year.

That’s an overview of what is going on and I will touch on some detailed information in the rest of this newsletter. Football season is here and I hope all of our teams do well. Enjoy the long fall season as I especially do in this area of Georgia.

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President

 

CCHOA Bear: Email from Resident

Today the board received an email from a resident on Centennial Commons Bend.  As we all hoped our community bear moved on, he/she has not.  Last night, she was able to snap a photo of him looking into

Backyard window.  Again, we emphasize to not leave bird seed or any other food out.  Make sure garbage cans are securely stowed away.  Beware in the evening hours.

Easement Update

As you can tell the construction has begun big time to the right of our entrance. The developer has taken down the clump of trees on our common property that was blocking our view to the right as you exited the community. That was a huge safety bonus for our subdivision. The 17 or 18 homes being built in the area will be priced above $300k and that should certainly raise our home values. They have completed tapping into our sewer system and this ended up being a non-event…

Pool News

Pool season is winding down. The pool hours changed after the Labor Day Weekend.  The new hours will be 9 AM to 8 PM.  Also, the lifeguards will no longer be available. The pool volunteers will test the water twice daily along with inspecting the pool at opening and closing times. The pool will close for the year on Sept. 30. I hope you were able to enjoy the pool this season.

Facebook page

A little more than half of our residents have joined our Facebook page.  This 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. (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.

Landscaping News

We have noticed a new weed called Dove weed in the yards along Centennial Commons View. We have directed 4 Seasons to spray this weed as they find it in the next turf treatment.  Unfortunately, this treatment will cause a temporary yellowing of the surrounding lawn but it will not kill the grass.  

Landscaping News – Broken Mantles in Lamppost

Several complaints have come up over the summer regarding the broken gas mantles caused by mowers hitting the lamppost. The best solution for this is to place garden rock or flowers around your post. If the mowers stay far enough away from the post they will not bump it. Also, there will be fewer complaints that the grass is too high around the posts. Be sure to fill out an ACC request before doing though so you can get approval for this work.

Landscaping News – Tree canopies

Some trees are so large; they are beyond what landscapers can do. 4 Seasons will trim up to 10-12 feet. Any additional thinning of the crown of the tree or removal of branches above the 10-12 feet limit is the responsibility of the homeowner.

Landscaping News – Shrubs

Many of the homes in the subdivision are now old enough that front and side shrubs are crowding out each other and causing some of those old bushes to die.  If you have this situation it is your responsibility to remove and replace these after getting ACC approval.

Landscaping News – Large Golden-thread False Cypress

Many of you have these large shrubs in your front yard and they may be looking very gangly with wild tops. 4 Seasons used to trim these as a matter of practice but about 4 years ago they discontinued that practice unless otherwise specifically and personally directed by the homeowner.  If you want them trimmed you must call our Representative Shawn Lesko at 404-822-5771 and make an appointment to meet with him to discuss your specific needs.

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.

The following are Previous News Articles but some have updated info,  you should review to stay informed…

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. Next date is Sept. 27.

Paper Delivery

There have been some complaints about the Sunday ad papers that are delivered. If you don’t want these ads delivered, call them (AJC) at 404-522-4141 and tell them you want to cease delivery. They will stop delivering.

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.

Changes in Renting the Clubhouse

A new rental form is on our website. A new Clubhouse Rental Form has been posted on our website for you to fill out if renting the clubhouse. Some holiday weekends that fall during pool season will limit the size of rental participants due to the need for parking spots for our residents. Be aware if you are trying to rent the clubhouse during those dates and have a large party function you will be denied a rental agreement. We will try to keep the calendar updated to indicate those days so you will be aware of them. Before asking to rent the clubhouse you should first check and see if it’s available on the calendar.

A few other changes include the hours to hold your event which will be a maximum of 6 hours. You will still be given all day access to set up and clean up but the event hours will be limited to 6 hours. Why? We have found events running long have built-in hazards especially if there are children and or alcohol involved. Children tend to get bored after a while and will create their own fun with whatever is available when other activities are not provided. Alcohol use after 6 hours is not safe for anyone and we don’t need the resulting problems that come with that. Additionally, when we looked at other community rentals they limit their times to 4 hours or less.

Changes in Renting the Clubhouse Cont’d

You must leave the clubhouse no later than 11:59 PM. If you overstay your time you could lose your deposit or be charged, at the least, another day rental.

Also, the furniture must stay in the clubhouse and not be put outside the clubhouse. The rolling chairs were purchased at over $700 apiece and we do not need them outside and being used as toys. If you are having participants i.e. young children you may want to use the fold-out tables and chairs for their use.

When you rent the clubhouse, you are responsible for the heating and cooling system.  Make sure to return to its original setting. If you change the temperature the system will accommodate your desire and eventually return to the settings we have established when not in use. If you change the temperature and hit “hold”, that temperature will continue until someone releases it. This causes an unnecessary cost to all of us because of the renter not releasing the hold. Your compliance in this is expected and could affect your $200 deposit.

Additionally, if you do damage to the facility we need to know immediately. If you don’t notify us we may not be able to repair the damage because of the amount of time that has elapsed, especially with stains. In those cases, you will be assessed the cost of either replacing the property or fixing it.

We believe these changes will preserve the investments we made in the clubhouse and will provide better guidelines to the homeowner renting the facility.

Pickle Ball

The pickleball group has suspended playing on Saturdays at 9 AM as they try to get more players. If they start back playing the new hours may be pushed back to 10 AM. You can find out more about this group on our website. You can email Bob Dougherty @ bobron6@bellsouth.net for more information. New players are welcome. Paddles and balls are provided.

Bunco 6:30 PM

Bunco will resume on Sept. 22. 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.

Free Library

In the walkway to the fitness room, a bookcase is full of books. The smaller one has children 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 tracy@ink-jam.com

 

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons

SEPTEMBER 2017 – President’s Letter

Gosh, where has the year gone? Summer is over and we are almost at the end of 2017. I do believe the years do go by faster as you get older! Many things have occurred since my last newsletter and we will try to bring you up to date on most of them in a page or two. I know many of you have busy schedules and can’t make the open association meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month so I try to bring the meeting to you through this newsletter. For the ones that do make the meeting, we appreciate your efforts, support, and participation at these meetings.

Don Roach,
President

Easement Update
The proposal has been counter proposed by our attorney and that’s where it stands. If we can come to an agreement soon then I expect work to begin really soon. I can’t say exactly as it depends on too many variables.

THE USE OF POOL AND OTHER AMENITIES
Our pool is closing Sept. 30 and we have some work to do to get it ready for 2018. This cost has not been estimated yet but should save our pump room from having to be replaced in the near future. We still are debating adding additional storage as our storeroom is extremely clogged during the winter months. Also after a discussion with Splash we probably will reduce our pool monitors from two a day to one a day, Monday through Thursday. Our lifeguards will still be on duty for the weekend but will be reporting later in the morning as the attendance isn’t there early in the day to warrant their presence.

New Board Members
This is the time of the year, if you’re planning on running for the Board, you need to contact CMA to fill out a form that will tell the community something about yourself and will get your name on the ballot. This form can be found on our website centennialcommonshoa.org  under the document tab.  As far as I know we do not have a vacancy but the residents decide who will be next years Board based on their votes. It is important to get your name on the ballot as I have never seen a write in get elected to the Board.

2018 Budget 
This is also the time of the year the Board has to get together to plan our next years expenditures. This can be a moving target but we try to base most of what we do on our past knowledge and what we can see that needs to be repaired or replaced. In 2017 additional monies went to security, emergency repairs to the pool, sewer pipe at the clubhouse, new chairs and painting of the clubhouse and bathrooms. Additionally we bought 2 new computers for the 2 positions that need them most the security position and secretary. I expect if our funding is there we will replace the carpet and some furniture in the clubhouse along with making needed repairs to the pool pump room and look at adding some storage. Of course we never know what will break and will need to be replaced. At the meeting each Board member will bring their wish list and we will finalize before sending it out to you all in December.

New Board Members
This is the time of the year, if you’re planning on running for the Board, you need to contact CMA to fill out a form that will tell the community something about yourself and will get your name on the ballot. This form can be found on our website centennialcommonshoa.org  under the document tab.  As far as I know we do not have a vacancy but the residents decide who will be next years Board based on their votes. It is important to get your name on the ballot as I have never seen a write in get elected to the Board.

2018 Budget 
This is also the time of the year the Board has to get together to plan our next years expenditures. This can be a moving target but we try to base most of what we do on our past knowledge and what we can see that needs to be repaired or replaced. In 2017 additional monies went to security, emergency repairs to the pool, sewer pipe at the clubhouse, new chairs and painting of the clubhouse and bathrooms. Additionally we bought 2 new computers for the 2 positions that need them most the security position and secretary. I expect if our funding is there we will replace the carpet and some furniture in the clubhouse along with making needed repairs to the pool pump room and look at adding some storage. Of course we never know what will break and will need to be replaced. At the meeting each Board member will bring their wish list and we will finalize before sending it out to you all in December.

Landscaping News
As the weather changes you will see less mowing and leaf removal. More yards will be receiving notices of needing to repair their lawns. Putting pine straw over the bare areas is not a fix. Please start planning on how you will repair your front yards. All changes do need to be approved by the ACC. This includes some residents who have removed their bushes and not replaced them.

Water Aerobics
The ladies are meeting at another pool to perform water aerobics. Anyone interested should contact Cathy Mattocks at mattockscathy@gmail.com.   Pickle Ball

The pickle ball group is playing on Saturdays at 9 AM. You can find out more about this group on our website. Practice has been erratic lately due to the heat so we can’t say definitively the days and times of practice. But you can email Bob Dougherty @ bobron6@bellsouth.net  and he can give you some answers.

The group is always looking for new players…

Bunco October 21, 6:30 PM
Bunco is a simple dice game that is played once a month 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 also bring a plate to share with those playing and socialize between 6:30 and 7 PM. At 7 PM we start the action. If you’re interested in some fun and a chance to get to know some neighbors then bring $5 a person and your favorite dish to share and your own drink and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President

And the Board of Centennial Commons

Pool Re-Opening Thursday / New Pool Hours

As you probably already know, the pool has been closed the past few days in preparation for and to assess any damages from the bad weather from Hurricane Irma. The pool WILL reopen on Thursday morning at 9 AM and will be open at that time until 7:30 PM daily after then. These will be the new hours of access until the closing of the pool on Oct. 1. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

AUGUST 2017 – President’s Letter

This has been the busiest year yet for the Board. We have managed to fix and repair so many things in our community along with managing homeowner yards and common areas. With the additional rains we have seen great improvement in our front yards. The community looks in great shape and that is a testament to all the Board members who help in making our community look good. Please thank them for their time as that is all they get for helping us.

Richard Green has been the Director of Finance since a long time ago. I’m not sure he can remember when he started on the Board! Richard announced at the July meeting he was stepping down to pursue personal goals of helping others in foreign countries and a new relationship. Richard, the Board and I thank you for all your time, effort and work in keeping our financial situation in such good shape.

Easement Update

A meeting was held with the developer, CMA and the Board on Aug. 15 and the following was discussed:

  1. The placement of the sewage pipe and the area of the common property it will displace.
  2. Agreement on monies that would be held in escrow until what time work was completed, and signed off on and all expenses have been paid.
  3. All expenses of project would be covered by developer.
  4. Legal to review covenants to ensure Board has authority to grant easement to Cobb County.
  5. Legal to review all documentation and advise the Board through this process.
  6. Developer expects construction and clearing of woods to begin shortly after Labor Day.
  7. No exact date on installation of pipe and what other alternate plans available in case of unforeseen issues.
  8. Inquiry to Cobb County of the ability of the current draining system to handle the water that will be added to our property due to construction and elimination of woods at the entrance of the community.

As I have said before this is a process that has to work its way through various county, legal and engineering requirements. It was on hold for months due to permits needed to begin and now that has been completed the developer is eager to move it along. We will keep you informed through the open meetings, emails or this newsletter on what is transpiring.

The Board voted to place Bob Weber in the vacancy until the January elections. Bob has previously been on the Board in many positions and has a wealth of knowledge of the community. My hope is that he will run again in 2018.

As I’m sure you are aware a solar eclipse will be occurring on our meeting date Aug. 21. Some of our Board members and you may be travelling to observe this event and will not be here. We have some issues that are ongoing but nothing that would warrant a mandatory meeting, besides the Board met on Aug. 15 to discuss the easement issue and handle some August business. With that said, we decided to cancel the August meeting and we will see you in September.

I do hope your summer was fun and eventful for you and your family.

Don Roach

President

THE USE OF POOL AND OTHER AMENITIES

The final pool party of the year is Saturday August 26. We will have Mikey the DJ there and provide the meat, rolls and condiments. There probably will be a mystery meat that some may enjoy. Thank your cooks and helpers as this is labor intensive and as I said before all they get paid is by a simple thank you. 

The pool will remain open through Sunday Oct 1. We would hope everyone will be responsible for this valuable resource. If not, we will close it earlier. We will have lifeguards on duty weekends through Labor Day. All other days or times when a lifeguard is not on duty are swim at your own risk. The pool committee is checking the pool twice daily making sure the chemical balance is correct and safe for everyone to enjoy. The committee would appreciate everyone’s help keeping the pool area clean and neat.  Please be sure to throw away yours and any other trash in the pool area, put the umbrellas down and secure them and straighten the lounge/chairs.

If you rent the clubhouse it does not give your guests the opportunity to use the pool. All rules apply to the pool which limits 4 guests per household unless you have Board approval for more. Anyone using the pool must have appropriate swimwear on before entering the pool.

Landscaping News

Our next front and side yard turf treatment by Tru-Green is scheduled for August 28. It will be a granular fertilizer and post weed treatment and Tru-Green will also be doing spot weed treatment as they run across them. Those of you that have had past backyard treatments at the same time as your front and side yards will need to circle the date on your calendar to remember to open or unlock your side gate to provide Tru-Green access. If you aren’t currently on 4 Season’s backyard turf treatment list it will be too late to get you scheduled for the August 28 treatment. However, you can get on the list for future treatments by calling the 4 Season’s office assistant Linda Lane at 770-452-4455 or emailing her at llane@4seasonslandscape.com and providing her the necessary information.

We discussed with 4 Seasons during our monthly landscape meeting the issue surrounding uneven grass cutting that many of you have observed recently. Starting August 21, 4 Seasons will be using the 36″ deck mowers rather than the self-propelled standard push mowers on all yards. The company felt that the larger deck will be more efficient at cutting the grass, reducing the left over debris and allowing the mower to provide a more even cut. The employees will not be allowed to ride on the back and WILL BE PUSHING THESE LARGE MOWERS. The President of 4 Seasons will be here on August 21 to oversee this, and he will also be dedicating specific employees to treating weeds that still have not been adequately killed in pine straw beds and along fences on your property. 4 Seasons was also instructed to ensure that debris gets blown away from the front porches.

Water Aerobics

Some ladies are meeting at 9 AM Monday thru Saturday at the pool to perform water aerobics. Anyone interested should just show up for some exercise and fun. Cathy Mattocks is the leader and you can email her at mattockscathy@gmail.com .  You will need to bring water noodles and if you have them water barbells.

Pickle Ball

The pickle ball group is playing on Saturdays at 9 AM. You can find out more about this group on our website. Practice has been erratic lately due to the heat so we can’t say definitively the days and times of practice. But you can email Bob Dougherty @ bobron6@bellsouth.net  and he can give you some answers.

The group is always looking for new players… 

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President

And the Board of Centennial Commons