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March 25, 2019 Carrington Ridge HOA - Community Update


Update email from the HOA!! Here is the email in case anyone doesn't get them. Some great info in here:

Ridge Neighbors,

The HOA Board would like to take a moment to thank you for making Carrington Ridge a great place to live, and to provide some important updates for the coming months.

In the past year we have continued to see neighbors come together to make a difference in the lives of each other and our community. We thank you for the inspiring ways that you look out for your neighbors and your neighborhood.

In 2018 we made important progress towards several of our key objectives, including our continued efforts to enhance safety through improvements to the lighting at the neighborhood entrances. The Pergola Park completion project continues to move forward with irrigation and landscaping installed. We have installed park benches throughout the community and have plans for additional benches over the coming year.

Pool and Pavilion Update:

Perhaps the most frequent topics raised to the board are related to the pool and pavilion. We heard your feedback and are excited to share several key initiatives to address the most common areas of concern.

Pavilion Kitchen: We have made significant changes to the kitchen. We have updated the cabinetry, flooring, counter tops and appliances. These changes will make it easier for those who wish to reserve the pavilion for private events while also benefiting those who regularly use the swimming pool. As a reminder, any member of the community can reserve use of the pavilion for private events by contacting Main Street.

Pool Entry System: The most common complaints that are shared with the Board surround pool entry. Last month we installed a new electronic pool entry system. Beginning this year each Association member will receive one electronic key fob required for pool entry. A second fob and/or replacement may be purchased for $50. Security cameras have been installed or adjusted to monitor entry. Pool fobs will only be activated for those association members who are in good standing with the HOA (up to date association dues, no outstanding infractions, etc.). Fobs will be distributed during the Annual Home Owners meetings or will be available for pick up at the Main Street Management office following the annual HOA meeting.

The process and policies for youth and guests remain unchanged. Youth ages 13+ who have passed a swim test will still be required to wear a wrist-band. As a reminder, no guests under the age of 18 are allowed without the direct supervision of an adult association member or tenant.

Snack Shack: After a 2-year hiatus, the snack shack will re-open in 2019, albeit with a few adjustments. Community members who wish to reserve the use of the snack shack will be given permission on a first-come-first-serve basis to utilize the snack shack for fundraising purposes. A committee of neighbors has volunteered to organize and oversee the snack shack, so be on the lookout for additional details, including rules and processes (for example, an Association member must be present and fully participating in the snack shack, so, you can't just let your kids soccer team in while you lounge by the pool!).

Pool Staffing: We have negotiated a new contract with Swim Club for the management of the pool. This new agreement will increase the staffing levels to meet current usage. The previous agreement was established before the completion of the townhomes, and was based upon conservative estimates of pool utilization. Under the new agreement we will have an additional life guard on duty during periods of peak usage, including weekends. It is important, however, that we all understand that the lifeguards are not responsible to clean messes made by guests and residents. The lifeguards are there to keep swimmers safe and ensure users adhere to pool policies.

Pool Schedule: May 18th through September 15th. Monday - Friday 10:00am - 8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 7:00pm. As in years past, there will be a modification during the weeks when CMS schools are in session. On Monday through Fridays when Public School is in Session after Memorial Day and before Labor Day the pool will be open 4:00pm until 8:00pm. On Fridays before Memorial Day and after Labor Day the pool will be open 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

Community Governance:

As we work together to enhance and preserve the quality of our community, please note the following items:

Neighborhood Yard Sale: The annual neighborhood yard sale will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 7:00am to 12:00pm. As a reminder, the community will place advertisements online in several key locations and will post signage at the neighborhood entries. All are welcome to participate as you see fit.

Annual Meeting: The annual Association Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:00pm at the Pavilion. Pool entry fobs will be distributed before and after the meeting.

Board Election: Two board positions are up for election this year. If you are interested in having your name on the ballot, please email wendy.bolton@mainstreetmanagers.com by Thursday, April 4th. Proxy statements listing the names of those who will be on the ballot will be distributed in mid-April. If you have interest in participating on the board, or have questions regarding board responsibilities and commitments, please reach out to the current board members.

Committee Volunteers: Special thanks goes out to those who have volunteered to assist with the website, developing the budget and organizing our many community events. If you are interested in participating on one of our committees, please email wendy.bolton@mainstreetmanagers.com. Volunteers can sign up during the annual meeting.

Community Communication: As a reminder, information about the community can be found at www.carringtonridge.org. This site is the official place for information regarding the neighborhood. From this page you can pay your quarterly assessments, access contact information for the Board of Directors, view calendar events, access governing documents, etc.

The HOA does not own/operate any community social media pages - any participation from members of the Board on sites such as Facebook is no different than your own participation. Occasionally questions will be posted online that would be better directed to the Board of Directors or to the property management company. Main Street Management is not on the Facebook group, meaning they do not see and cannot respond to questions that should be directed to them. Posts on social media may not be seen regularly, and therefore responses may be delayed. Occasionally responses to community policy questions will be offered by well-intentioned neighbors who may not be aware of updates of changes to guidelines or practices. We try to be as responsive as we can, but frequently questions may be missed. If you have a question or a concern that should be discussed, please reach out directly to a member of the Board or to Wendy at Main Street.

Similarly, Board members do not monitor Facebook for complaints and frustrations. We understand that from time to time association members may have concerns on any number of topics. If you have a concern, or are feeling frustration about an issue in the neighborhood that falls under the responsibility of the board or of Main Street, please reach out directly. We have heard from multiple neighbors over the past several months regarding concerns with the tone of some of the conversations on social media. We encourage all community members to use Facebook as a place to come together, build relationships and share information in a positive and constructive way. Conflicts aired in public are rarely resolved productively, and the resulting discord in the community can have an impact on the way our neighborhood is perceived, particularly to those new neighbors who are still making first impressions of their new community. We appreciate those who have organized and maintained the Facebook page, and thank those who have chosen to use this tool as a benefit to the community.

As we look towards the coming year, we are excited about what lies ahead. We will continue to look for ways to strengthen the sense of community and ensure a safe and well-maintained neighborhood.

We have attached the final budget for 2018 which was ratified in December. This budget took effect January 1, 2018. Thank you for participating in the budget vote and for your continued interest in our community.

Thank you,

Carrington Ridge HOA Board,

Jay Hart - President

Denny Adams - Treasurer

Michele Lizzio - Secretary

Craig Needleman

Kim Murphy

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