Taste Time to Love Us, specializing in Authentic Philly Cheese Steaks, Sausage & Pepper Subs, Meatball Subs and Fresh Cut Fries, will be here for the first time this Thursday. Check out their Facebook page. Here is their menu. All sandwiches are $9.95 and fries start at $3.95.
American Honey Creamery will be back as well with their delicious ice cream and shakes. They will have a new set of flavors (see below). Check out their Facebook page.
March has been a very busy month at Covered Bridge Estates! We enjoyed our second annual Spring Concert in the Park, held our Annual Member Meeting, and continue to offer our Food Truck Thursday event at the Clubhouse. Here are some details:
Spring Concert in the Park
The Concert in the Park was a smashing success. Once again the band Rusty Trumpet performed in front of the large tent. This year, in addition to face painting, free cotton candy, free popcorn, a visit from the local fire department so the kids could “touch a truck”, and Justin Matthews showing his rescue birds and reptiles, there were games and activities for the kids. Four food trucks were there to sell their wares. A good time was had by all.
The board wishes to thank the various sponsors who placed ads on the back of the concert flyer and helped to defray a significant portion of the total cost. We sincerely appreciate your support of our community! Many thanks also to all of our community volunteers who worked tirelessly and selflessly to make this an exceptional day for our community!
Annual Meeting at Blackburn Elementary School
The Annual Owners Meeting was held on March 20 with several owners in attendance. Unfortunately, we were not able to establish a quorum to make the meeting official but we enjoyed the presentation by Lenora Spence, Consumer Advocate for the Division of Consumer Services of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Lenora explained the role and scope of the department and gave some statistics of the number of companies/industries that are regulated.
President Charlie Lane announced that Laura Howell will be leaving Covered Bridge Estates as Property Manager at the conclusion of her contract in May and thanked her for her years of service. Charlie also welcomed Nathan Chambers as the new Board member, replacing outgoing member Michael Magan. Updated roles of the board members are: Charles Lane-President, Don Samuelson-VP, Nathan Chambers-Secretary, Don Hedman-Treasurer, and Tim Polk-Director.
Semi-annual Community Yard Sale
On March 3 we held our semi-annual community yard sale with many of our residents participating. Thank you to all resident volunteers for putting up (and taking down) the signs pointing shoppers throughout the neighborhood. Start planning now for the next yard sale in November.
March 2019 UPDATE: The County has informed us that we are on the schedule with an outside vendor to begin work on May 27. The repairs should take approximately 4 weeks.
At a recent Board meeting, there was discussion about numerous sidewalks in our community posing a tripping hazard. Though residents are normally responsible for reporting these issues to the County, some members of the Board went through the community recording areas that are uneven and had our manager submit the list. You may have noticed that several areas of the sidewalks have already been marked with an “X” or arrow in white spray paint or orange cones where we anticipate the County to be repairing the sidewalks.
If you have a home with a sidewalk and see that you have an uneven section that has not been marked for repair, you can contact the County through their website (https://www.mymanatee.org/departments/public_works/report_an_issue), or as a convenience to our residents, you may send an email with your address to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2018 and we will send in a list.
Much appreciation to our County for paying attention to these issues and reacting so quickly.
Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 20, 2019 for the Covered Bridge Estates Annual Meeting. As in past years, the meeting will be held at the Blackburn Elementary School (3904 17th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221) at 7pm. As an owner, it is your right and responsibility to attend the annual meeting (or to send in your proxy before the meeting) so that your attendance may be counted toward attaining a quorum and the meeting can be official. Lack of a quorum may require that the meeting be rescheduled to another date which can cost as much as $2,000 in certified mailing and other costs.
The Board of Directors voted to approve Resolution 02-02-2019 – Trash Restrictions, which requires that garbage be put into containers with a lid when left at the road on trash day. This resolution was adopted in response to the increase in trash bags being ripped open by birds and other critters on trash day and the resulting mess left in the road.
NOTE: The Board is allowing a grace period until April 1, 2019 for those who need to acquire a trash can.
FYI: Manatee County requires that trash cans be no larger than 32 gallons. It is recommended that you separate your trash cans at least three feet from your recycle bin if possible to allow space for the mechanical arm on the recycle trucks.
We wanted to make you aware that alligators are more active at this time of the year, and a few have been seen in our ponds. Please use caution if you see one and keep pets and children at a safe distance. This is from Commonly Asked Questions on our website:
Q: There is an alligator in the pond. What should I do?
A: Leave it alone. Alligators are native to Florida and are an important part of the ecosystem. They keep the rat and snake populations in check. Do not feed, approach or otherwise harass an alligator.
Covered Bridge Estates CAI is seeking to hire an Independent Contractor, on-site, Property Manager to be responsible for all aspects of property and personnel management for this community of 793 homes. The Property Manager must excel in creating balance between managing the community by Florida CAM standards and creating an inviting and positive relationship with owners, vendors and residents. The Property Manager is expected to manage the small support staff (including payroll) and create an environment that encourages staff to strive for customer satisfaction and community safety. The Property Manager will also work with the Board of Directors to implement and enforce policies and procedures, annual budgets, and communication with the community.
The Covered Bridge Estates Property Manager MUST have a valid Florida CAM license, have a working knowledge of Florida Statute 720, and have a minimum of 3 years Property Manager experience. The role is slated to begin in mid May at the contract conclusion of our current Property Manager.
Are we ready for Spring? Join us at the Clubhouse for the second annual “Concert In the Park” planned for Sunday March 10 from 3-6pm. This year we plan to expand the festivities by offering kids activities and some friendly competition such as corn hole, and other games for adults. Here is a summary of what is planned:
At a recent Board of Directors meeting, it was decided that all posted agendas for the Modification Committee Meeting, held the second Wednesday of each month, should include the addresses for each modification request being considered. This change will allow those residents who may abut the residence requesting modification an opportunity to attend the meeting. Because of this change, residents should be sure to have any modification request form submitted to the Management Office 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting for that month so that the request can be listed on the agenda and considered by the Committee.
The Management has been informed that CenterState is the new financial institution handling HOA payments. Unfortunately, we have just recently received information about this change and the result is a delay in getting the new payment coupons out. The attached letter from CenterState helps explain how your payments should be addressed.
As the letter below states, you may also make payments online by e-Check or Credit Card by using this link https://coveredbridgeestates.epay-centerstatebank.com. A convenience fee applies to credit card transactions if you use this online payment method. E-checks are free of charge.
Due to factors beyond our control, the coupon books are late this year and all late fees and interest normally assessed in January will be delayed until approximately February 20.We will let you know in advance if that date changes.
NOTE: If you have already sent your HOA dues to our old bank, your payment will still be processed. You will not have to take any further action. Any payments received in our old PO Box through the end of January will be forwarded to our new bank.
If you have further questions, please use the contact information in the letter below.
We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing and have already modified the Commonly-Asked Questions page to show the new address for making payments.