AGENDA FOR THE 5/19/2022 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Click the link to see the Agenda for the 5/19/2022 Willowbend Board of Directors Meeting


Email Sent 4/27/2022 by President Stephen Meuler - Willowbend Update!

After the election last week, the new Board held their organizational meeting to select officers for the coming year. The Willowbend HOA Board and their positions are as follows:

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

We thank Jack Berkowitz and Carmine Vitolo for their service this past year.

We have a lot of work to do this year. Major contracts are up for renewal, notably the contracts for landscaping and cable/internet. We have work remaining to resolve open issues related to the reserve accounts for Willowbend. Our governing documents still reference Lee Wetherington (developer) and as we saw with the recent election, several areas of our documents are quite vague and indeed some areas may be contrary to current Florida statutes that govern HOA's. These documents need to be re-written with the assistance of an attorney and then taken to the entire membership of the community to be voted upon.

Willowbend is a wonderful neighborhood and a great place to live! Our home values continue to rise with some homes in our development now selling in excess of $800K. Amazing!! The Board is committed to doing our part as managers to maintain our high standards. I am well aware that the number one complaint is the condition of the grass in many areas. A significant amount of money has been spent on sod replacement in the past few years only to see it once again die in many areas. We will be working carefully with LMP to get to the proper solution. It doesn't make sense to just replace sod without addressing soil conditions, fertilization, pest control and irrigation.

We also ask that each homeowner take seriously their part in maintaining high standards for the neighborhood. Is your roof being kept clean (as required by our rules)? Does your house perhaps need painting? Does the yard light on your property need to be painted? Has your driveway ever been cleaned?

It has been so encouraging to see many homeowners doing renovations to their landscaping. Believe it or not, shrubs have a life span! Dead trees and shrubs should be removed. If nothing has been done to your landscaping since the building of the property. Please take an honest look and see if perhaps it is time for some refreshing. All of these small things will help to maintain the property values for all homeowners and protect our investments in our homes. It really does make a difference!

Lastly, I want to assure you that I am committed to seeing that Board meetings are held with all members showing respect for each other. We can (and will) disagree without being disrespectful. As always, homeowners are invited and encouraged to attend Board meetings. All of us on the Board look forward to working for and with all of you in the coming year.

For the Board,

Stephen Meuler
Willowbend HOA President


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


Email Sent 4/20/2022 by President Scott Brundrett - Willowbend Landscape Committee Notice

Dear Homeowners.

The Willowbend Homeowners Association, in conjunction with the Landscape Committee and the Board, are extending the moratorium on requests for any additional sod. Sod will no longer be considered as a replacement for any shrubs, bushes or trees on ARC requests. Effective immediately if a homeowner replaces an EXISTING AREA of sod or grass, the HOA will be responsible for the irrigation and maintenance of the area.

This moratorium conclusion is based on the following: First, our 20+ year old irrigation system cannot support any new areas planted with sod or grass. Second, the county allots only a certain amount of water to each community for landscape purposes. Willowbend must not exceed this amount. Sarasota County has been in the first stages of a water shortage for the past several years.

As we all know Florida does not have a limitless water supply. Therefore, the HOA and Landscape Committee strongly recommends that areas be improved with water efficient landscaping such as the use of ground cover or mulch. Any landscape changes will continue to require an ARC approval as stated in our By-laws.

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

Willowbend Landscape Committee and the Willowbend Board of Directors


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, 9:30 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 May, 2022 newsletter from the Nokomis Fire Department.


LMP NEWSLETTER

Click the link to see the May, 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


The President's Corner

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


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

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, 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.

Upcoming Events
05/26/22 - 10:00AM
Ladies Thursday Breakfast
Print Events

Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule