AGENDA for the 10/15/20 BOARD MEETING

Click the link to see the agenda for the 10/15/20 Board Meeting. The meeting is virtual. See the agenda for instructions for attending virtually.


Email Sent 9/29/20 by President Janet Kaplan - Mowing

Due to the extremely dry condition of our lawns, the committee decided to forego the usual Wednesday mowing this week. Mowing will resume next week.

The crew will still be on the property for edging and weeding.

Thank you for your understanding


Email Sent 9/4/20 by President Janet Kaplan - Happy Labor Day

Hope this email finds you all healthy and safe wherever you are. Just a few updates :

Landscaping:
LMP and the committee have been battling the extremely high temperatures this summer and a major infestation of grubs and chinch bugs. Looks like the bugs are currently winning. We have suspended the sod replacement program for now until the situation is under control. Lawns that have not fared well are being treated and will be replaced in the future as needed. We do not have a definitive date for that replacement but rest assured, it will be addressed. This problem has impacted lawns throughout our area, not just Willowbend, and is not attributable to any action by LMP.

The oak trees in the back of the houses are being trimmed, not shaped or made smaller. Trees will be trimmed to keep a minimum of 6 feet above structures and 3 feet from structures. Trees that currently maintain these clearances are not being trimmed. WIllowbend is overplanted with oaks and that is the hand we have been dealt. Oak trees on common property need a permit from the County to be removed and rarely does the county grant a permit. Only those posing a threat to the home are being trimmed at this time since we have expended our tree trimming budget for the year and we will have to find the funds elsewhere. The trees in the rear of the property were scheduled for 2021 but due to pressure from the homeowners, this has been moved up.

Mowing and pruning:
LMP is making every effort to adhere to the current schedules but rain and heat can cause deviations and or impact finished results. Pruning leaves flowering plants temporarily looking bare. Please understand and have patience, they will come back.

Frontier:
As many of you have already observed, Frontier has dropped FOX Sports from their line-up effective 9/1/2020. Our contract contains clauses that allow them to do this, as it is with all cable companies. The contract we have with them runs through the end of the year 2022. The previous board that negotiated this contract did a fantastic job and we are currently paying around $55 a month per house for BOTH cable and internet. You could never duplicate that on your own, so we have quite the bargain. Many of the stations currently provided by cable can also be streamed to your mobile device or smart TV for very nominal fees per month, making it still a bargain.

Gym:
For the health and safety of our residents, we are continuing the moratorium on the gym during the pandemic. Due to the size of that facility, it would be extremely difficult to maintain social distancing and a protective environment.

September Board Meeting:
A meeting is scheduled for 9/17 and unfortunately, it will have to be a virtual meeting again since the church is still not allowing outsiders on their property. This is the best way for us to have a meeting and keep social distancing. As it gets closer to the date, you will be provided with the sign on information.

Have a safe and Healthy Labor Day holiday.

The Board of Directors


The President's Corner

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


NOKOMIS FIRE DEPARTMENT MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Click the link to see the November, 2020 newsletter from the Nokomis Fire Department.


AREA ROAD CONSTRUCTION

US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. A traffic shift is tentatively scheduled to be implemented on MARCH 3, 2020. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. Once implemented, the traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.


2020 WILLOWBEND BUDGET AND RESERVE SCHEDULE

The Board adopted the 2020 Budget and the Reserve Schedule on November 21, 2019. 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 2020 Budget and the 2020 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.


BOARD ELECTION, OFFICERS

At the reconvened annual meeting of the Willowbend Community Association held on April 24, 2019, George Dellos and Janet Kaplan were elected to 2-year positions on the Board of Directors, and John Santiago was elected to a 1-year position. Immediately after the annual meeting, the Board met to elect officers. The 2019-2020 Board members and their positions are:

Janet Kaplan, President
George Dellos, Vice President
Stephen Meuler, Treasurer
Nancy Buscher, Secretary
John Santiago, Director at Large

The Board would like to thank everyone who participated and/or voted in this years election. The more active our community residents are the better our community becomes.


GAZEBO LANDSCAPE MEETINGS

The Grounds Committee announces that the gazebo meetings for homeowners with landscaping issues are suspended for the remainder of the Covid crisis. Any landscaping issues/requests for either LMP or the landscape committee should be addressed to Sentry Property Management.


SENTRY MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

Payment coupons and welcome information were mailed the week of June 4, 2018. 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
12/17/20 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
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Pruning Schedule

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