Manager’s Corner by Pat Naldrett-Bilodeau – July 2019

Greetings to Covered Bridge Estates residents.  I hope your summer is going well and you are able to take advantage of time with family and friends.  I am still taken back by the wonderful feeling of community that Covered Bridge Estates has and how welcome you have made me feel during my first 60 days in the community. I am quite pleased and excited to be your Community Manager.

I am hopeful that I can provide you with monthly updates on what is happening in our community. This month’s updates are from my Manager’s Report submitted to the Board of Directors during the July meeting.

McGhee Electric has been scheduled to install two additional 15 ft light poles with 150w LED lights for the basketball court. This work should be completed in early August and will provide more light for our youth on the court. This work will also include a separate switch so that the tennis courts do not need to be lit when only basketball is being played. We will also be installing a new security camera at the basketball/tennis court gates to help us deter vandalism and costly repair of the gate mechanism. This work will also be completed sometime in August.

Four umbrellas for the pool have been ordered and are due the first week of August. This is the first phase of replacements of umbrellas and stands to help those who are feeling the heat of our summer at the pool. Speaking of the pool, there was much conversation regarding the “Closed” sign at the pool for swimmers that arrive prior to staff showing up in the morning. The “Closed” sign is put out at 9 pm by our pool monitors, but the pool is posted as being open at 5 am the following day (weather permitting). Swimmers arriving at 5am are welcome to enter and use the pool and may either turn the sign to “Open” or just go in and swim.

At the July Board meeting, the Board of Directors voted to approve the renovation of the Clubhouse.  This renovation project will include replacing all flooring (except in the exercise room, Office, and bathrooms), replace the existing counter in the Great Room, repaint the rooms and refurnish the Great Room. This work will begin on September 3 and will render the Clubhouse unavailable for the month of September. I am hoping that the exercise room and Office will still be accessible (as well as the bathrooms) during this time and the pool shall remain open as well.

I appreciate those of you that give of your time and talents on a regular basis to make our community better; whether it be volunteers that pick up trash when they see it or those that volunteer for various committees. We recently had two UV air purification light units donated by an owner who is an air conditioner contractor. He installed these in the A/C unit for the exercise room and in our management office to help with pollutants in the air.  Thank you so much for your kindness!

One of the least favorite duties as your Community Manager is issuing violations. However, adhering to the Community rules is a responsibility we all share and so my staff and I are responsible for enforcing these rules. In the month of June, we had 85 violations for length of grass, tree trimming, or other such infractions dealing with outside home appearance.  We have held off inspections for algae and house painting due to the extensive rainy season but will resume these inspections after the hurricane season is over.  My goal is to work with each of you to educate the Community on issues that could lead to a violation.  We look to the Declaration of Covenants and Conditions – Section XIII, Article 7 as one source for our compliance test: “It shall be the responsibility of each Owner to prevent the development of any unclean, unhealthy, unsightly, or unkempt condition on his or her Unit. ” We are also concerned about pedestrian safety on our sidewalks and will be watching for situations that violate the resolution passed in November 2018 to keep sidewalks and roadways clear of low-hanging branches and grass encroaching on the sidewalks (view the resolution here).  Let’s work together to ensure our homes are trimmed and tree branches that abut the sidewalks and roads allow for 8′ clearance per the recent resolution.

I am excited to be your Community Manager and I look forward to sharing more with you in the months ahead. As always, if you have questions or concerns please call me or stop in and visit.

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