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

Last Pool Party of the Season!

WHEN:  Saturday, August 26th
TIME:     4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come join in the fun for the last pool party of the year.  The HOA will supply hamburgers and hot dogs and the gourmet chefs!  Bring a side to share and your beverage of choice.  REMEMBER……No Glass bottles!
There will be games for the kids with prizes, our DJ Mikey will again be playing our favorites and it should be another great pool party.

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Summer is here for sure! Hot and humid with storms in the afternoon makes the pool that more refreshing. I will write about a few reminders below to help us stay within the pool rules.

I heard (as I was not here) the pool party was a big success and the place was packed. That’s great and I hope those that attended were able to meet new homeowners they haven’t met before. This is what the party is all about, getting to know your neighbors. Next party is on August 26.  Hope to see you then….

We have a new website and a big thank you goes to one of our residents, Tracy Gibson, of  Ink-Jam Digital  who donated her valuable time to design this site on our behalf.  You can find all our community amenities, activities, forms and documents at centennialcommonshoa.org.

We have new pine straw distributed throughout the subdivision and it looks great.  Additionally, the bushes have been trimmed so the community looks fantastic (thank you Kathy Andregg). Homes are selling quickly and at good prices. 2017 has been a pretty good year for Centennial Commons!

Please watch your email and mailbox as there will be some very important information coming out about our future.

The board receives many suggestions as to activities and projects residents would like to see within our community.   As much as we would like to be able to act on all requests, it is impossible for us to do so.

We encourage all those who have ideas or projects, to pursue the leg work as far as the cost and also the care and maintenance, then present it to the board.   We encourage you to take the lead on your ideas!

Here’s to wishing you a safe and happy summer.

Don Roach

President

 

FINANCIAL

For those of you that don’t or can’t attend the Board open meetings (that are normally held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 PM) you can find the current financial balance sheet posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse breezeway. Currently we are $9000.00 under our budgeted amount for the year which is very good news but has to be tempered with the fact we have to pay for the pine straw that was just distributed so we will be very close to our budget for the year. Our maintenance costs are high this year as we have had various upgrades and repairs done to the amenities. We expect more work that needs to be completed once the pool closes which will undoubtedly push us over our budget for the year. With that said, we have reserves to cover these types of additional costs due to a simple $5 increase a previous Board instituted years ago. Along with a $150 capital budget charge that is levied at closings for homes that are sold in the community.

THE USE OF POOL AND OTHER AMENITIES

Fitness Room15 years old and older persons are allowed to use the fitness room. When you use the fitness room clean down the equipment you have used and return it to its proper place. A very large sign at the door states the age required. You can find the entire list of rules for the fitness room on the bulletin board in the clubhouse breezeway.

Pool – No glass is allowed in the pool area. If you have found you have a glass container either keep it in your cooler or throw it away. We have plastic cups in the storage room that a lifeguard or pool monitor can get for you. If we have broken glass get into the pool it would have to be cleaned which may include draining the pool. If this occurred the Board would have to decide if the cost merited opening the pool again this season.

Guests You must be present when bringing guests to the amenities. Allowing others to use your card is prohibited. Many that come as guests are not familiar with our rules and it is your responsibility to educate them.

Children under 14 – Must be accompanied with an adult at all times while in the pool area.

Children 14 and over – Can only bring 2 guests with them to the pool at any given time.

A full list of the pool rules are posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse breezeway.

Gas Grills – The gas grills are for your convenience. You need to be knowledgeable on their use for your safety. We do not leave the gas on for many reasons when these grills are not in use. The gas line is next to the clubhouse and the handle needs to be turned on (in line with the gas line) to provide gas to both grills. Lighters are stored in the storeroom and the lifeguards or pool monitors have access to them for your use. There is a small hole on the side of the grills where you can put the flame of the lighter into the grill to light the gas that you have turned on with the knob at the front of the grill. You should stand at the side of the grill not in front of it when lighting.

When you are done using the grills it is recommended you burn off the remnants of the products you were cooking for 10 minutes on high. There is a wire brush at the grills for your use to wipe clean the grills after the burn off. Once this is done please turn off the gas at the grills with the knobs provided and by turning the handle perpendicular to the gas line at the clubhouse.

Thanks for your cooperation with following and ensuring others adhere to the rules.

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…

Easement

It appears that the adjacent subdivision has been put on hold by the current owner.  The Board considers this a non-event until what time we are approached again on continuing this project.

Thanks for reading,

Don Roach, President

And the Board of Centennial Commons

Pool Opening

Are you ready? Our community pool will be opening on May 6th! As the season begins, CHOA wants you to enjoy a memorable and pleasurable summer season, so here is a quick reminder of our pool rules.

  1.  No solo swimming allowed.
  2. Persons with open cuts, lesions, blisters, or wounds are not allowed in the pool.
  3. Persons with any type of skin, eye, ear, or respiratory infection are not allowed in the pool.
  4. No spitting, nose blowing, or bodily fluids in the pool.
  5. Bottles, glass breakable containers, and other hazardous objects are prohibited within the pool, pool area, or bathroom facilities.
  6. All children 14 and under must have adult supervision.
  7. No diving of any kind is permitted.
  8.  No running, pushing, or rough play allowed.
  9. Public drunkenness will not be tolerated, and the authorities will be called.
  10. Consumption of food, drink or tobacco products IN the swimming pool will not be tolerated.
  11. All animals with the exception of guide animals for the handicapped are prohibited from entering the pool area.
  12. The pool will close during any unsafe health, severe or dangerous weather conditions.
  13. You should take a shower before entering the pool area.
  14. The pool is open from 9am-9pm EST.
  15. The maximum number of swimmers allowed in the pool is 270.
  16. A first aid kit is on location – as a lifeguard on duty for details, or if there is an emergency.
  17. Am emergency phone is located on the wall directly on the left as you walk into the pool area.
  18. All pool users must review the complete pool rule list posted on the wall in the breezeway.

 

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