Happy autumn, everybody. It’s been three months since our last letter and we feel it’s time for an update.
Fountain. You probably noticed our lake fountain ‘died’ a couple of weeks ago. The committee researched options such as repair ($3786.50) and various replacements. We decided to replace the old fountain with a nearly identical one. The new fountain will cost about $8500 and should be in place by month’s end.
2017 HOA Fees. The good news is we had the money to replace the fountain; the bad news is that the unexpected fountain replacement along with the planned pier and gazebo repairs will pretty much deplete the reserve fund we had been trying to create. The Board has subsequently decided to leave HOA fees at $650 for 2017. We know we have some erosion problems that may have to be addressed next year and we still need to have a reserve fund for emergencies. Did you know that on the Lochmeade HOA’s website you can review our monthly financial statements? It’s your money, you should know where it goes.
Atoka city street repair guidelines. According to Daniel Lovett, Atoka Public Works Director, city streets are paved/repaired according to need; there is no 10-year repaving rule. When one of our streets in Lochmeade is the worst street in the city, it will be repaired. The city regularly inspects all streets and are well aware of our subdivision street situation.
Garbage cans. Please remember that garbage cans, storage bins and other similar personal items must not be left in view of streets and commons areas. Several residents are remiss in this. Remember, your committee only hears your neighbors’ complaints. Letters have been sent, on behalf of the community, and fines can be levied. Please, store garbage cans and personal items out of sight.
Architectural Committee. As per our Covenant, certain changes to property must be approved by the Architectural Committee; some residents on occasion have forgotten this. Questions or submissions can be sent to: LochmeadeACC@gmail.com to ensure compliance. And don’t forget routine repairs. Shutters and fences must kept stained/painted and brick entrances to driveways in good condition.
Over the coming months. Once the election is over, political signs should be removed within 2 days. For our residents needing trees (2 per front yard, 3 for corner properties as per Covenant), December and January is the best time for planting. Mid-South Tree Farm has good prices for self-service and full-service tree planting/replacement.
Finally, thanks again to all committee members who volunteer their time and energy for the benefit of our community.
Your Lochmeade Board of Directors
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