AGENDA FOR THE 01/26/2023 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Click the link to see the Agenda for the 01/26/2023 Willowbend Board of Directors Meeting


Email Sent 01/23/2023 by President Stephen Meuler - Meeting Notice and Frontier Update

Good morning

The Board will hold a short special meeting on Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. to address a couple of items that were to be handled at the meeting last week. As this will be short meeting (no committee reports), it will be held at our Rec Center. An agenda is attached.

An update on Frontier and our new contract:
Frontier is running final tests this week on the connections for the improved internet service. We expect that homeowners will be able to start setting appointments beginning on February 1. We will give you the number to call for bulk services as we do not call their normal customer service line. In order to maximize the efficiency of this changeover Frontier will divide the community into sectors which each sector given a specific week to call for their appointment. It is expected that all homes will be taken care of in the month of February. Frontier assures us that this is possible. I realize everyone is getting anxious for this change. We are getting close! Thanks for your patience.

Stephen Meuler
President, Willowbend HOA


Email Sent 01/19/2023 by President Stephen Meuler - Information Update

As you know, we had a Board Meeting scheduled for last evening at 5:30. Paul McClain, our Secretary was absent but we had a quorum with four Board members to proceed. The meeting was called to order at the scheduled time. Shortly after the meeting began, Joe Trentacoste announced his resignation from the Board effective immediately. This was followed by John Santiago also announcing an immediate resignation. With only two Board members left in attendance, we were unable to proceed with our agenda and we were forced to adjourn.

First of all, I want to apologize to the homeowners who took the time to attend the meeting and show their interest in the community. Seeing as we are so close to our Annual Meeting and Election, we have decided not to appoint replacement Board members. Per our bylaws, the Board is able to function with three members. We will do so until the March meeting and election. In the interim we of course will hold a monthly meeting in February with the date and time to be announced very soon. We may also have to schedule a short special meeting to address some items needing attention that were to be dealt with last evening.

The upcoming election will fill three open seats - for these two who have resigned and also for Scott Brundrett whose term is expiring. You should have received a package from Sentry to solicit candidates for the Board I urge you to consider serving. It takes the efforts of many of our homeowners, Board and Committee members, to keep Willowbend operating smoothly.

Moving on to a different issue - several homeowners opted to utilize LMP for stump grinding (trees lost due to the hurricane) on their property. As noted previously, this was being done at the homeowner's expense. If you did not already make payment either directly to LMP or through Sentry the amount due will now show on your Sentry Account as a debit charge. If you had stump grinding on your property please check your Sentry account on their website for the amount that you owe. Cheri is available to assist you if you have difficulty navigating their site.

Again, my apologies to the Homeowners who attended the scheduled meeting last evening and indeed I apologize to the entire community. Rest assured that the remaining three Board members will continue with the work needed.

Regards,

Stephen Meuler
President, Willowbend HOA


AGENDA FOR THE 01/18/2023 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Email Sent 01/11/2023 by President Stephen Meuler - Information

Good evening!

This is to update you on a couple things. Nostalgic Lighting will be here tomorrow (finally!!) to begin the repairs on the street lights and sign posts that were damaged in the hurricane. They also have the list of those addresses that have requested to have their yard lights replaced.

LMP has replaced some of the sod that didn't survive from the last replacement. Because these were small areas, the irrigation was not set for extra watering. If you have an area of sod that was replaced in your front yard, please do you best to keep it watered - some water at least every other day for the first few weeks is best. Thanks for you assistance.

A reminder - our Board meeting next week will be an evening meeting to accommodate those who cannot make it to daytime meetings. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan 18th at 5;30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church. All homeowners are invited to attend.

Stephen Meuler
President Willowbend HOA


Email Sent 12/22/2022 by President Stephen Meuler - Update

I have an update on the status of the change to Frontier service. Previously I had said that homeowners would be able to call to set up appointments to have their service changed beginning at the first of the year. There is going to be a delay (hopefully a short one). Frontier has discovered that more engineering work is needed on our property than they had anticipated. A portion of Willowbend is still on very old technology.

The entire property will be updated with capability of handling our new service speeds but also to have the capability to accept further improvements as they become available in the next few years. At this point, Frontier expects this delay to be just a few weeks. We will let you know when the window opens to schedule the changeover at your home. In the meantime your service remains as it is with no interruption. Our current billing with Frontier will also remain the same with the new rate being charged as each house is changed over during the ramp up period. At the end of that period the HOA will be charged the new amount for the entire property.

For those of you who are currently paying for increased internet speed or other additional services, these will be addressed as you schedule the changeover.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all of you! Stay warm this weekend.

Stephen Meuler
President, Willowbend HOA


Email Sent 12/9/2022 by President Stephen Meuler - Update

The Willowbend HOA Board meeting scheduled for next Thursday, Dec 15th has been canceled. We have a few schedule conflicts and no "pressing" issues that need to be addressed. Our next Board meeting will be an evening meeting held on Wednesday January 18th at 5:30 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church.

LMP began the stump grinding work today - finally! They are working first on the stumps in the common area and then will move on to those on homeowner property for those who have requested them to do the work. Thanks to everyone for their patience.

On behalf of the entire Board, I wish all of you a most happy holiday season. Enjoy your time with family and friends. May the New Year bring us all good health - and no hurricanes!

Stephen Meuler
President, Willowbend HOA


The President's Corner

Please go to the President's Corner to see other emails sent out by our President recently.


BOARD ELECTION, OFFICERS

At the reconvened annual meeting of the Willowbend Community Association held on April 21, 2022, Stephen Meuler, Paul McClain and John Santiago were elected to the Board of Directors. On April 25, 2022, the Board met to elect officers.  The 2022-2023 Board members and their positions are as follows:

Stephen Meuler, President
Joe Trentacoste, Vice President
Scott Brundrett, Treasurer
Paul McClain, Secretary
John Santiago, Director at Large


2022 WILLOWBEND BUDGET AND RESERVE SCHEDULE

The Board adopted the 2022 Budget and the Reserve Schedule on November 18, 2021. You can view the adopted Budget on the secure pages for homeowners on this web site.

To reach the adopted budget on the Willowbend Web site, you need to remember your user name and password and sign in. If you do not remember either one, you can call Marshall Hestenes at (941) 918-8150 or e-mail him at hestenes@msu.edu and he will remind you of your user name and give you a new password. Once you have logged-in, at the bottom of the list of links on the left hand side, you will see a link called "Budget". Click on it, and you will go to the Willowbend Community Association Budget page, which will contain links to the 2022 Budget and the 2022 Reserve Schedule documents. Also, about two weeks after the end of the month, an Income and Expenses summary is posted that shows actual income and expenses through the end of that month and how they compare with the budgeted amounts in each category.


GAZEBO LANDSCAPE MEETINGS

LMP will meet residents with landscape issues at the Gazebo every week on Wednesday, 10:00 am to 10:30 am.


WILLOWBEND NEWSLETTER

After a hiatus of many years, in early June, 2021, publication of the Willowbend newsletter, Around the Bend, resumed. On the left menu, click the Around the Bend link to get to the page containing links to the newsletters published since that date.


NOKOMIS FIRE DEPARTMENT MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Click the link to see the June, 2022 newsletter from the Nokomis Fire Department.


LMP NEWSLETTER

Click the link to see the September, 2022 newsletter from LMP.


FLAG ETIQUETTE

Residents are reminded that according to flag etiquette, the custom is to display the U. S. flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night - if illuminated - to produce a patriotic effect.


FITNESS CENTER

The fitness center is now open, but use of it is strictly at your own risk, and you must follow the Guidelines and Restrictions for Use of this Facility


SENTRY MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

Sentry Management has provided instructions for Access to The CommunityPro Portal and a Sentry Website Tutorial . Owners will need their 16-digit account number to register on the Web portal. This number will be provided to everyone on their payment coupons. However, they are also more than welcome to contact Sentry’s Customer Service number (800-932-6636 ext 42500) or the local office number (941-361-1222) and speak to the operator and Sentry will gladly provide you with your account number.


INTERNET AND CABLE TV CONTRACT - FRONTIER

At the December, 2017 Board meeting, the Board approved a new 5-year contract with Frontier for internet and cable TV. If you have any problems with your Frontier internet or cable TV service or if you are a new owner in Willowbend and want to set up internet and cable TV service, the number to call is 1-844-660-0648 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.


Roof Cleaning

At the June 18, 2015 Board meeting, after reviewing a report compiled by an ad hoc committee of residents, the Board adopted a revised policy on roof cleaning. The key provision requires that residents have their roof cleaned at least once every three years. For a complete version of the new policy and links to the committee report, click on the title of this item.


Alligator Removal Policy

Willowbend Community Association has been issued Nuisance Alligator Permit #295402 from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It establishes the 147 acres of Willowbend as a state Targeted Harvest area (THA), with specific procedures and instructions. Click on the link to see the details.


Welcome to the Willowbend Community Web Site

Among the features are:

  • A home page. The body of the home page will contain info a small number of articles of current interest. Click on the title to see the whole article. On the right side is a list of upcoming Board & committee meetings and social events.
  • An events calendar.
  • Security so that only Willowbend residents and owners can see portions of the site.
  • Pages displayed in real time from a database, including the directory pages.

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Upcoming Events
02/11/23 - 6:30PM
Willowbender's Wine Tasting
02/14/23 - 12:00PM
Ladies Tuesday Luncheon
02/16/23 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
Print Events

Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule