COVID-19 Amenities Update – May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update on Amenities – May 27, 2020

The pool is opening this weekend on Friday, May 29th!!!

Please read the Boards email below about the handling of Covid-19 during the 2020 pool season. If someone does not receive CCHOA email they need to contact Shirley at shirleycchoa@gmail.com to update or provide your email address. It will be the resident’s responsibility to adhere to the following to be able to use the amenities. If you have any questions send an email to centennialcommoner@yahoo.com

Dear Residents,

The CCHOA Board has worked with our attorney, Splash and CMA along with advice from our insurance company to integrate best practices from the State of Georgia and CDC guidelines at the pool. These guidelines are in everyone’s best interest for safety of the community and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You and your family use these amenities at your own risk and your compliance to these guidelines will determine the safety of your family and other residents and guests.

View Detailed Instructions 

Here are the guidelines for a safe summer, please read through carefully:

POOL USE

In order to protect the HOA from litigation, it has been highly recommended to ask every user of the amenities to sign a waiver for their family and guests (guests must have their own signed waiver). You can download the waiver below. Simply fill this out, print, and drop off at the HOA mailbox at 5247 Centennial Hill Drive by the garage. The HOA prefers this waiver at least 2 days prior to your using the amenities in order to activate your key. You cannot bring a waiver to the pool and expect to be admitted.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING/COVID-19 RULES

  1. Every user of the amenities must have already signed and submitted their amenities waiver. The HOA prefers this waiver at least 2 days prior to your using the amenities in order to activate your key. You cannot bring a waiver to the pool and expect to be admitted.
  2. No more than 36 residents and guests will be allowed in the pool area at any given time.
  3. Only 6 people allowed per address unless the immediate family size dictates a larger number. This will allow other residents to enjoy the pool. We are recommending that residents limit their time to 2 hours (especially if pool area is full) but stay no more than three hours. Again this will allow for more use by others. Please be respectful of others wanting time at the pool.
  4. A Splash pool monitor may be sitting at the entrance gate as they have done in the past checking the resident in by asking your address and how many are attending. The monitor will not have the authority to let anyone in that does not have an activated key.
  5. The grills will be closed. Only finger foods i.e. snacks will be allowed and only at the lounge areas. No food around the pool. Drinks are allowed but only at the lounge areas per the pool rules. We discourage sharing of food, drink or containers other than with the immediate family. There will be two hand sanitizers, one located on each side of the pool gate.
  1. Only chairs, small tables, umbrellas and lounge chairs are set out in the pool area. All large tables and additional chairs have been cordon off and are not to be used. This will prevent the opportunity of crowds forming in tight areas. Lounge Chairs are currently spaced at 6 feet apart and when you’re done please move furniture back to its original location. Chairs are spaced around the pool for easy distribution to areas of need. At the entrance by the pool monitor station will be a couple of spray bottles containing environmentally friendly solution that kills many viruses including COVID-19. These are for pool users to spray their chairs. Once material has dried or 10minutes have passed the chair is safe to sit on. Spray the umbrella rope and pin item if using.
  2. Pool toys, items that are played within the pool should be used by the immediate family and not shared. We encourage frequent hand washing or hand sanitizer use.
  3. Splash will continue to clean and maintain the pool accelerate the cleaning of bathrooms; straighten the pool deck, and empty trash per contract.
  4. Our resident pool volunteers will be arriving at the pool @ 8:30 AM to spray all umbrellas, chairs, tables and lounge chairs with disinfectant solution mentioned in item 5 above. Therefore the pool furniture will be sanitized when opened. We recommend you spray the furniture again if you feel the need to.
  5. Signs will be posted around the pool to remind everyone of 6 feet social distancing in and out of the pool. Masks are CDC recommended out of the pool but are not mandatory. NO MASKS IN THE POOL!

Standard pool rules are posted on the bulletin board and at the entrance way into the pool. Additional COVID-19 pool information and rules will be posted at the entrance and other areas around the pool.

Remember DO NOT ENTER THE POOL AREA IF YOU ARE SICK

If you do become infected with the virus and have been at the pool please notify CMA, Melody Daniels @ 404-835-9201 or mdaniel@cmacommunities.com

Basketball Court Use
  1. Signed waiver is required. One signed waiver includes all amenities.
  2. You will need to coordinate your play with Chuck Whitaker @ 404-934-5023 at least 2 hours before wanting use of the court. Preferably 24 hours.
  3. Immediate family play only.
  4. Signs will be posted at the entrance of the basketball court to remind everyone of 6 feet social distancing and the COVID-19 rules for the basketball court use.
  5. Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  6. Remember: DO NOT ENTER THE BASKETBALL COURTS IF YOU ARE SICK
Fitness Room Use

 

The fitness room is closed until the CDC relaxes current guidelines.

Playground Use

 

The playground is closed until the CDC relaxes current guidelines.

Thank you for helping us make Centennial Commons a safe place to enjoy! CCHOA Board

Thank you for helping us make Centennial Commons a safe place to enjoy! CCHOA Board

COVID-19 Amenities Update – April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update on Amenities – April 27, 2020

The Georgia Governor has reduced restrictions in the state as of April 25 & 27. The Board wants to update all of you on what that means for our subdivision.

Fitness Room – The ability to use fitness facilities is directed towards large fitness facilities. There are 16 requirements that have to be met in order to open and stay open. Our partners, CMA, and their legal representatives have advised us to not open as we could not meet these requirements. If we are unable to meet all of those requirements allow the use of the facility our insurance carrier would not cover our liability. Therefore the fitness room will remain closed.

If the restrictions become manageable in the future and we can maintain our insurance coverage we will open ASAP. Currently, we have two broken treadmills and are working on getting those repaired before opening. Also, we plan to deep clean the facility, including the restrooms before opening those areas.

Pool – We have received better news regarding the pool use. Most health officials agree that the spread of the disease in the pool is greatly diminished. But we still have the social distancing issue to address when the pool is allowed to open. Currently, the dates being discussed are mid-May or Memorial Day weekend. The Board is much more optimistic about the pool opening versus the fitness room.

As we await the word to open we are authorizing Splash to fix and repair the pool as needed and to perform the maintenance required for the pool to be ready for Cobb county inspection. We anticipate this will be completed by the first week of May.

When we do open there is a high probability of additional restrictions that will be placed on those that want to use the facility. These restrictions will not be negotiable. Our ability to stay open will require all participants to abide by the rules. When we know anything further, we will provide the homeowners with that information.

Clubhouse – Clubhouse rentals are closed until further notice. Any rentals that are currently on the calendar will be assessed as they get closer to the date of the rental. Any checks that have been submitted will be destroyed unless the resident provides other instructions. If any resident wants to cancel, notify us by emailing centennialcommoner@yahoo.com.

Playground – We have not been advised when this will be open for use.

Tennis & Basketball Courts – We will continue to allow the use of these facilities for family members only that live in Centennial Commons as long as they call ahead (at least one hour) to Chuck Whitaker 404-934-5023. Chuck will unlock the gate for your play. Remember, only one family at a time at each facility.

Thank you,

CCHOA Board

Letter From the President (April 2020)

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE IN THE KNOW!

Email: centennialcommoner@yahoo.com

As I write this letter, almost 2 months from the last one, I’m shocked how much has changed in a short period of time. We have a deadly complicated virus running among us and our governments are restricting everything we do. This is certainly a time for prayer and reflection on our lives and how we can make things better at a very difficult time in our day to day existence. I see numerous Facebook posts that are offering help to anyone that needs it. Many are walking around and being friendly to those that they don’t know. Also, residents have asked that we do something to lift up our spirits. That has spawned the Celebration Sunday which will run through the month of April. We are blessed to have a wonderful community. 

The Board held a social distancing meeting on April 7, 2020, at the poolside. We needed this meeting as many things had accumulated since our Feb. meeting, let alone the virus issues. We will note the issues discussed in this newsletter.

I hope by the next newsletter we will be discussing our same old stuff! Watch for email blasts and Facebook posts from the Board for any crucial information. I ask for your patience with the Board as this is all new for us as it is to everyone else. I can assure you we don’t want to close anything down, as we realize that our amenities could be the only way for some to get relief from the monotony of sheltering in place, but the Board does have to listen to our government and partners who recommend or mandate certain requirements to keep everyone safe. So when you see, read or hear of things being closed know we do this for the safety of our residents and to comply with edicts from experts.

I so hope you and your families are doing well and continue to keep everyone safe.

Thanks for reading,      

Don Roach, President

COVID-19 News

All amenities are closed at the current time including the playground. Exclusions are the basketball and tennis courts.

Basketball & Tennis Courts

Immediate family residents (those that live together under one roof) can use the courts by calling Chuck Whitaker 404-934-5023. Only one family per court at a time. Please give Chuck an hour’s notice before requesting to use the court. Chuck will meet you and unlock the door to the court you want to use. When finished make sure you close the door and ensure it latches.

Playground

Because of the inability to clean after use at the playground, we need to close this amenity. A sign will be posted at the sidewalk leading to the playground. We cannot lock the playground down so we need the residents to honor the request not to use. Thanks.

HOA Activities

All future HOA activities have been postponed until further notice. The Board will continue to meet in person when needed but these will be done with current restrictions in mind. Hopefully all this will be over sooner versus later.

 

Other Updates

Assessment Fees

The board understands that the longevity of the Corona Virus may be financially affecting some of our residents.  Over the past week, the Board met to discuss this issue and directed our secretary to communicate with both CMA and our Attorney for direction as to what options we had to help our residents. We were informed that legally, we cannot waive any monthly assessment fees for any reason.   Therefore, for those residents having difficulties maintaining their monthly assessment fees, the Board highly recommends you contact our CMA representative, Melody Daniel @404-835-9201 to pursue a financial arrangement. The Board will review all arrangements presented by CMA for approval. We hope this will lessen the amount of financial distress on those residents in need.

Financial Report

The Board has decided with these uncertain times we will be postponing any costly projects for the near future. We will address them at a later time. Even though we have a very decent reserve we don’t want to be dipping into it unless absolutely necessary. Our budget is based on 294 out of 300 homes paying dues for 12 months. If that goal is not hit for very long, we may have to go to the reserve budget to cover monthly expenses. So we need to be prepared for different scenarios if this continues for much longer than anticipated.

Pool Opening

Cobb County has an executive order in place barring the opening of community pools.

We received this notice from SPLASH:

COVID-19 Guidance for Swimming Pools

“While Governor Kemp’s current Executive Order is in place, CDPH will follow the state Environmental Health office’s recommendation that swimming pools not be allowed to open until the order is lifted.  There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through properly disinfected swimming pool water; however, the virus can be spread in this environment through person-to-person contact and contact with contaminated surfaces.  The Center for Environmental Health will continue to schedule and perform conditional opening inspections which will allow compliant pools to open once the Executive Order is lifted. If state guidance changes during the duration of the Executive Order, those conditions will then apply to pre-approved pools.”

SPLASH and the HOA are preparing our pool area and pool as in the past so it is ready to open when the order is lifted.

Celebration of Life Contest

The subdivision was encouraged to light up the mood around our neighborhood with lights and decorations for the month of April. The social committee will award the best 3 decorated homes. Unfortunately, storms suspended the judging by a week. The judges will be out on Saturday, April 18, to determine the winners. Please leave your lights on until 9:30 that night. Thanks and good luck.

Landscaping News

Front Entrance

The front color (flowers) has been selected by the landscaping committee and will be planted soon after the irrigation system is activated and working properly. In addition, a couple (3) trees will be planted in the open space up on Centennial Hill Drive. These projects were already in progress and had to move forward.

Mowing has begun and the lawns will be scalped to allow more sun into the lawn. Please keep decorations out of the lawn area. With the heat returning the weed spray will have more of an effect on these pesky plants.

Please do not call Kathy Andregg for landscaping issues in 2020. 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. Once the issue is resolved we or 4 Seasons will notify the resident of the correction or action taken. Remember, if you deal directly with 4 Seasons we cannot follow up as we have no knowledge of your issue.

Upcoming Turf Treatment

Tru-Green is scheduled to do another turf treatment on or about April 18, Saturday. This will be a liquid pre and post-emergent weed killer.

For those of you that have already signed up for backyard turf treatment applications through 4 Seasons, all you need to do is ensure that your side gate access to your backyard is left open on April 18 so Tru-Green can get back in there. If you haven’t already gotten on that backyard turf treatment list and would like to get your backyard treated at the same time as the front and side yard, you must call 4 Seasons and ask to get on the list. It’s too late to sign up for the April 18 treatment but you can get on the list for future treatments that cost $16/treatment.  There are typically 6 of them throughout the year. The contact person is Linda Lane at 770-452-4455. The homeowner is billed directly from 4 Seasons for this backyard treatment.

Help Keep Our Neighborhood Clean

Many of our residents like to walk in the nice weather.  We are looking for volunteers that would be willing to pick up debris and trash when you see it.  The HOA will provide trash Grippers for anyone who is willing to volunteer.

SPLASH is hiring!

Our board received this notice from SPLASH if anyone is interested:

If you know of anyone that is looking for a summer job and likes being outside around a pool, Splash may be the perfect fit for them!

Some quick facts about working for Splash as a Lifeguard or Pool Monitor:

  • No previous work experience is required
  • Employees must be at least 15 years old
  • We teach two American Red Cross Lifeguard certification classes per year for anyone that wants to become a Lifeguard
  • All employees’ starting pay rate is above the minimum wage
  • Lifeguards have a higher level of responsibility and training, therefore have a higher starting pay rate than Pool Monitors
  • Employees work on average 20 hours per week, but we are flexible. We have some employees that work closer to 40 hours and others that work less than 20.
  • More than 75% of our summer staff works for us for multiple swim seasons

404-643-3310

Thanks for reading!

Don Roach, President and the Board of Centennial Commons, Directors, Chuck Whitaker, Amenities, Bill Drake, 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

SEPTEMBER 2018 – President’s Letter

SEPTEMBER 2018 – President’s Letter

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

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