Neighborhood Inspection – April 17, 2017

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On April 17, 2017 the neighborhood inspection was completed by AMG.

Q. What is a neighborhood inspection?

A. The CC&Rs (A contract you signed when you bought your home) and the Rules and Regulations (adopted by the HOA board) set forth rules, regulations and policies for which you need to maintain your property. The purpose of these rules, regulations and policies is to maintain a high value neighborhood which benefits the majority of our members.

Q. How does it work?

A. The board directs the management company to drive around the neighborhood and visually inspect the neighborhood for “violations”. The categories generally inspected are: Trash cans (Are they stored out of sight and neatly), Trash (loose items left out in the open, building supplies, etc.), High Grass (Unkempt lawns), Pressure Washing (Does your home need it), Commercial Vehicles (Large box trucks, etc), Trailers, Boats, General Home maintenance issues.

After the inspection the ARC committee is asked to verify the violations. This means someone from the neighborhood follows up on the list presented to us by the management company to ensure the violations exist. We generally wait several days so we can be sure the “violation” wasn’t just a temporary issue which was resolved without any further action needed on the part of the HOA.

If a violation is noted by the management company and the ARC committee, you get a letter from the HOA. If you resolve the issue, nothing further will happen. If the issue is not corrected you will get subsequent letters and then HOA Board may move forward with legal action.

Obviously the goal is to not have to send out letters or involve lawyers, so please try to keep up with your home maintenance and landscaping.

Townhome maintenance (Spring 2017)


March 21, 2017

Townhome owners will be pleased to hear the board has allocated money from the reserves to cover various repairs and maintenance items this spring.

In fall of 2016 he board approved the pressure washing of all buildings. Overall the feedback the board received was positive.

If you are a townhome owner and would like to have a direct impact on where the allocated funds are spent, this is your chance.

Contact the board if you are interested in helping plan townhome projects for 2017.

Almondglenhoa@gmail.com

Spring Cleaning

March 21, 2017

Its that time of year when many of us start to clean out our garages and open the windows to air out our homes. Have you taken a look at the outside of your home?

Pressure washing, sidewalk and driveway edging, weeding, etc are not only a good way to keep up the value of your home and be a good neighbor, they are a requirement when you live in a neighborhood with a HOA.

Please take care of your exterior maintenance issues as soon as possible. The management company will be conducting a neighborhood inspection soon on behalf of the board and reporting their findings to the Architectural Committee. Homes with violations will receive notices to correct the violations and follow up inspections.

Behind on dues? Your pool pass may be frozen.

March 21, 2017

Summer is approaching and the pool will soon open. Are you current on your dues?

Please avoid problems accessing the pool this year by contacting Dacy Cavicchia at AMG to verify your dues are current and to correct any delinquencies. This is a busy time of year and you will not be able to call the day of the opening to get your pass turned back on and your delinquent dues paid.

Dacy Cavicchia – DCavicchia@amgworld.com
DIRECT LINE – (704) 897-8788

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CC THE BOARD (almondglenhoa@gmail.com) WHEN YOU EMAIL DACY.

The 2017 Pool Season is Approaching!

March 21, 2017

Summer is on it’s way despite the last minute frosts and winters best efforts. Today I was given the thumbs up by our pool committee (currently still headed up by Jeannine Bell) to look over the final draft of the 2017 pool contract she and her team came up with. Jeannine has been taking care of almost everything “pool” in Almond Glen for 2 years now and I want to express the boards gratitude for her efforts.

Stay tuned for the official opening dates and hours.

– Rob Smith (President AG Board)

NOTE: Your blue keyfob will allow access to the pool during operating hours. Contact the board at almondglenhoa@gmail.com if you need assistance with a pool keyfob.

2017 Pool FAQ – Night swimming

This week the South Carolina  department of health & environmental control sent us thier yearly newsletter. One of the common questions I get is apparently a common question SCDHEC gets as well.

Night swimming is not something we allow in Almond Glen and here is an except from the SCDHEC newsletter which explains the strict requirements for night swimming.

“Night Swimming at Public Swimming Pool Facilities is growing in popularity throughout the state. If your facility is considering opening the pool past sunset, there are a couple of things that you will need to keep in mind. The Department has a minimum area lighting requirement for pools open past sunset. The Department requires that there be no less than 0.5 watts of incandescent lighting or 8.35 lumens of underwater lighting provided per square foot of pool area. The Department also requires uniform illumination of the pool deck surface with no less than 0.6 watts of incandescent light, or 10 lumens per square foot, or 10 foot candles of intensity. If the pool does not have any underwater lights and would like to be open for night swimming, the Department requires that there be uniform area lighting in the amount of no less than two watts of incandescent light, or 33.5 lumens per square foot of pool area, or 32 foot candles of intensity in addition to the 0.6 watts of incandescent light or 10 foot candles of intensity per square foot of deck area. If your facility is considering putting in lights to allow for night swimming, the Department requires that you submit a Change Order Request Form with the area lighting plan to the Department for review prior to the commencement of any work. The Department will verify that the proposed equipment meets the requirements. For more information on the required pool lighting for night swimming and electrical requirements for lighting, please review pages 34-35 of the SC Public Swimming Pool Regulation 61-51.

New committee lead needed for the Pool

I’m sorry to annouce Jeannine Bell is stepping down as the head of our Pool Committee and we are in need of someone who would like to have an impact on how the Pool is run. If you are interested, please email the board at almondglenhoa@gmail.com.

The board did away with traditional committees several years ago in favor of a less demanding system. Under the current plan, each committee has a Chairperson who manages there respective budget and planning (Landscape, Social, Architectural, Pool).
The new Chairperson will have the freedom to seek out as much or as little help from their neighbors and the board as they choose.

The 2017 season is partially planned. The hours and cost of the pool contract has been finalized and a small portion of the facilities budget has been dedicated to the upgrading the bathroom locks. This would be a good time to step into this role and get accustomed to the way things work without having to do everything your first year.

Please contact the board asap so we can get you started!
almondglenhoa@gmail.com

Weather – Weekend of 01/07/17

As I am sure you are aware, there is a threat of severe weather this weekend with predictions of 0″-6″ of snow depending on which weather service you subscribe to.

With the possibility of snow and ice comes the annual questions regarding the conditions of the roadways.

Please remember, AG roadways are public roadways maintained by Lancaster County. We DO NOT live in Fort Mill and there is no such thing as the village, town, or city of Indian Land. As such, very little is done to clear roadways or otherwise pretreat the roads in our area.

Generally speaking, our area receives si little snow and ice throughout the winter that we do not specifically contract to have snow and ice removed from sidewalks, porches, parking lots, etc. Please carefully consider the conditions around your home before venturing out  into inclement weather unnecessarily. Also consider any state, county, or local restrictions on travel due to inclement weather conditions over the weekend.

Be safe and have a great weekend,

Robert Smith;

President –  Almond Glen Owners  Association

2017 Budget

262-fee-increase-letter

Click the link above to download a copy of the 2017 budget information and payment info letter.

Please note. Single family home payments are due quarterly. Payment are late if they are not posted to your account by close of business on the listed days.

January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1

We do not mail out coupons or notices to pay your dues. This is a cost saving system measure for the entire neighborhood.

Thanks,  Rob Smith