The President's Corner

       

July 30, 2018

Rules and Regs Update: We will be emailing and sending out by regular mail the revised Rules and Regulations for homeowners. They will also be on our Willowbend and Sentry websites. The update includes removing references to former management company and rewording/separating out lengthy paragraphs to clarify some areas of the Regs. The two changes are as follows:

  • Roof Cleaning: Each roof shall be cleaned no later than 30 days after the 3-year anniversary of its previous cleaning. An Architectural Change/Landscaping Request (ACR) form for roof cleaning is not needed. However, after the roof has been cleaned, a copy of the vendor’s paid invoice showing that the roof has been cleaned shall be sent to the Property Manager for updating your account to show compliance. See para. 1.3.1 for all information.

  • Failure to Submit an ARC Form for Approval: Due to numerous incidences of work done without prior Committee/Board approval and with guidance from our HOA attorney, the Board will charge a fee of $50.00 per violation to any homeowner conducting any alterations, additions or modifications to the exterior of their residences without submission of the ACR form to the Property Manager for approval of such work prior to commencement of work. See Para’s. 1.0 and 2.3.2.

The Sentry mailbox has been placed in the Rec. Ctr. near the front gate for your convenience for sending correspondence and/or forms to Sentry. (This is NOT for your monthly payments.)

The Board voted to postpone any action to treat the pool stain until after receiving at least two other professional opinions for the necessary proper treatment. Therefore, this process will not be starting the first part of August. As soon as we have all the information necessary for a good decision for treatment, a notice will be posted at the pool showing the schedule. So keep on swimming!

Janie McGuire, President
Willowbend HOA


July 23, 2018

Updates for WB residents...

Rec. Center Area:
Chemicals will be placed in the pool the first part of August to treat the staining that is spreading throughout the walls and floor of the pool. During this process the pool will be closed for 7-10 days. We appreciate your patience while this is being treated. Exact date will be posted as soon as it is scheduled.
The playground equipment has been refurbished, replacing rusted parts with new plates and guard rails. Also, we are looking into replacing the light poles in the basketball and pickle ball court areas to improve the lighting and safety of this area.
Three ceiling fans in the kitchen/gazebo areas will be replaced soon.
The rusting lounges in the pool area have been removed and will be replaced by aluminum lounges.

Common Areas:
Bids were reviewed and a contract awarded for the repair and painting of the North wall damaged by the storm last Fall.
A professional landscape plan is being prepared for the future planning of projects to improve and enhance the overall appearance of our maturing landscape.
At the end of May there was a non-injury accident at our South entrance. All damages have been repaired except for ArtisTree’s placement of plantings in this area of the island.
A contract was awarded for a jet clean and video inspection of a storm drain in the swale to assist in the completion of the water drainage problem in this one area.
A process and form letter has been developed for notifying homeowners of the need to remove dead plants in their yard and whether or not replacements are needed.

The Board does not hold a regular meeting in the month of August. Our next regular meeting will be held September 20, 1:30 p.m. The agenda will be posted on Sentry’s CommunityPro, the WB website and the Rec. Center bulletin board.

Enjoy your remaining days of summer!

Janie McGuire, President
Willowbend HOA


May 23, 2018

Here are some updates for our residents.

Reminder that ACRs are required for landscape and architectural changes:
Please refer to Willowbend’s Regs before starting any projects. We appreciate homeowners wanting to improve their homes, but as this is a deed restricted community, there are Regs to follow to protect the irrigation lines, water restrictions, and the overall look of our community. Remember why we decided to live in Willowbend...a piece of paradise doesn’t just happen...it takes all of us working together to keep it that way. And thanks to all of you for your help!

Some actions/discussions at our last Board meeting:
Light pole painting is scheduled to begin June 4.
Sidewalk Repairs are ongoing by the county. You may have noticed the red markings where walks will be leveled.
Bids for repair of the North Wall are being obtained.
A recent waterline break was repaired.
Our Recreation Center Envera security contacts have been updated.
A large tree on common ground was damaged by unauthorized trimming. Currently it is being determined whether or not it will survive or will need to be replaced.
The north entrance to our community is being enhanced with freshening up the appearance of the sign and replacing surrounding landscape.
The status of mulch in our community was discussed regarding using less and perhaps redistributing what’s already on the ground before any more is ordered.
Controlling present and future traffic through our community with signage and trimming back foliage obstructing views is being explored by our Traffic Safety Committee.

Homeowners are encouraged to attend our meetings at 1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (except Aug. when we do not meet). Agendas are posted on our website and on the Rec. Center bulletin board each month.


May 3, 2018

Thank you for all your positive responses to our previous letter.

A few residents had questions regarding autopay. In case there are more of you with the same concern...know that you will need to change your auto pay information so that payments go to the correct bank.

Payment choices and instructions will be coming in Sentry’s Welcome Letter in June. It cannot be set up until Sentry Management has all financial account data transferred from Lighthouse Property Management. If your June account is on autopay, the Lighthouse ledger will indicate such and you can correct your autopay to start in July after you have received Sentry’s information.

Janie McGuire


April 29, 2018

(The following Eblast is being emailed as well as mailed to all homeowners. We will have updates here and on the Home Page throughout this transition.)

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New Property Management Company for Willowbend

April 30, 2018

To: Willowbend Owners and Residents

This is to inform you that the Willowbend Community Association has given notice to Lighthouse Property Management that their contract for management services for our community will be terminated as of May 31, 2018. We have retained Sentry Management, Inc., 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Sarasota, FL to begin management services on June 1, 2018, for our community.

We are looking forward to our homeowners being able to follow their concerns and requests through Sentry’s community information center provided through their website. You will have viewable access to your profile and assessment account information, association forms, governing documents, Board agendas/minutes, and payment options. All correspondence/actions between Sentry and the homeowner will be viewable on your portal so you will be able to follow/track progress on your issues. Exclusive access will be limited by the user ID and confidential password generated by the homeowner at registration.

Sentry Management will mail to each homeowner detailed instructions in June along with payment coupons and return envelopes for your use. Late fees for June will not be charged as the transfer between companies is getting in place. Also, account information from our current mgmt. company will be forwarded to Sentry so that they will have your payment history showing current payment dates.

If a homeowner does not have access or wishes not to use computer/email, we will be placing a Sentry Mgmt. Box for service requests (not payments) inside our Recreation Ctr. near the bulletin boards for your use. These will be picked up by Sentry’s Community Manager during their weekly visits and compliance checks.

Go to our willowbendcommunity.com site for updates as we move forward in this transition. Also, look through this website for information that is currently there that may be of interest. This site will remain in addition to that of Sentry’s communication center for our use.

Even though we have many of your email addresses for our website, Sentry Mgmt. must receive information directly from you to legally register you in their system. So remember to register when you receive their letter with instructions in June.

Until then everything is as usual through May. We are here to work with you through this transition and into the future to keep our community a welcome haven for all of us.

The Willowbend Community Association Board


April, 2018

Dear Willowbend Residents,

We’re looking forward to working with all of you this coming year!

Traffic Safety Committee: Due to the increased development in our area, the Board has established a Traffic Safety Committee to maintain a quality residential lifestyle, promoting traffic, pedestrian and bicycle safety in our community. This committee is working with other HOAs and homeowners in the area to obtain information and to work as a united front at various meetings of developers, the county commission, etc. Please refer to our Home Page for news on COTS and SAFE.

Willowbend Website: Homeowners/residents are encouraged to refer to this website periodically for updates on upcoming and ongoing community issues. Some issues need hardcopy mailings to homeowners, and this will continue. We want to communicate more with our residents, to encourage your constructive input, and to see you at our monthly meetings. Agendas are posted each month on the website.

Governing Documents: As Willowbend is a deeded Community, homeowners need to possess and be familiar with these documents and to inform renters, when applicable, of such. These documents are 1) Declaration of Protective Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Willowbend Subdivision, 2) Bylaws of Willowbend Community Assoc., Inc., and 3) Rules and Regulations of Willowbend Community Assoc., Inc. (updated October 2017). All of these are located on the website under Legal Documents.

Architectural/Landscaping Change Request: If you are considering changes to your landscape or any changes to the exterior of your home/lanai, submit an ARC form and obtain approval prior to initiating work. This form is on our website under Online Forms.

This is a wonderful community filled with wonderful residents. This Board and our committees are working hard to not only maintain what we currently enjoy but to make it even better.

Janie McGuire, President
Willowbend HOA


September, 2016

1. A tribute to George “ Dutch” Leonard

It's been three months since Dutch retired and I felt it was high time to offer some thoughts and a tribute to this fine and unselfish person.

Dutch and Jacque built their home in Willowbend in 2004 and since their arrival have both become fixtures in the Willowbend community.

Dutch, being the type of person he is, immediately volunteered to be on the Grounds and Lakes committee eventually becoming chair of the committee and then went on to be elected to the Board and subsequently became President.

Dutch treated the community like it was his own back yard and a place where everyone took pride in living here. He was out there every day and night making sure that our community maintained a high standard of excellence.

Dutch is an outgoing, gregarious people person and loved working with all of our residents. We have 275 homes so naturally we have at least 275 different opinions. One might not agree with everything he did or say but you always knew it came from his heart and desire to see the community served as best as possible. He always put the community first in his thinking and actions.

No finer gentleman could we find who unselfishly gave his all so that we would reap the benefits of living in this great community.

Dutch we will miss you but you will never be out of our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

2. Island Reconstruction

The first impression one receives as they enter our community are the islands. For sometime now, your Board has felt that these islands ( north and south ), needed a makeover.

A committee was formed ( Jill Schwartz, Ken Lindberg and Gene Coghlan ), to study these areas and come up with a plan for reconstruction. Jill, Ken & Gene spent many hours on this including sending multiple soil samples to the University of Florida for analysis, so we could better understand what types of plants would be acceptable and thrive. In addition, Jill met with the head horticulturist at the university extension office on three different occasions to get their input into how to approach and deal with this project.

On behalf of the committee Jill presented their plan to the Board and after extensive review, it was approved. This was a yeoman’s effort on behalf of the committee and I on behalf of the Board would like to thank them and in particular Jill Schwartz for all their hard work.

Revitalization and construction should begin shortly.

Ken Asakura
President, Willowbend HOA


September, 2016

A Letter from Dutch Leonard

Dear Willowbend Neighbors,

Just a brief message to thank you all for allowing me to serve you and the community during the past 12 years. It was a labor of love with much support and understanding from the community. However, It has become evident that it is time for me to hang up my "Mayor of Willowbend hat" and put on my "retired resident of Willowbend hat". I remain indebted to all of the people who have served on the numerous committees and Boards throughout my tenure and in all the positive changes we were able to achieve within our community. As stated above, I have reached that point in time where I need to relax more and dedicate a little more time to myself and to my wife Jacque and, yes selfishly, a little less to the community. As always, any concerns/question you may have need to be submitted to Lighthouse Property Management and they will make sure that the appropriate people respond back to you in a timely manner. Clearly, I will no longer be in a position to respond to any residents questions effective Oct 1st,2016 therefore, with all due respect, please refrain from contacting me on Willowbend issues unless, of course, it is to go out for dinner or play a round of golf! I look forward to my new "retired" lifestyle and look forward to seeing you all around the "Bend".

Respectfully,
Dutch Leonard


December 2015

Notice to Willowbend Residents

One again we are experiencing homes in Willowbend and the surrounding areas being visited by "The Traveler's".

This is a group of people who wander through neighborhoods, may ring your bell, and if you are at home and answer may ask if the house is for sale or some such meaningless question. They are scouting for their next target. This is occurring not just in Willowbend but throughout the area in both gated and non gated communities.

I am asking all residents to remain vigilant. This includes not leaving your garage door open for long periods of time, setting your alarm system when you are away from your home and being aware of your general surroundings.

Please contact the local police non emergency help line should you witness suspicious activity.

On a different note, as we close yet another highly eventful year in Willowbend, please allow both myself, my wife Jacque and the members of the Board the opportunity to offer all our residents our best wishes for the happiest of Holidays and a happy and healthy New Year.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the community and we look forward to continuing our service to all as we enter 2016.

Seasons Blessings , Willowbend

President of the Board
Dutch Leonard


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