Message from the President, Donna Fontaine
Happy almost summer! I hope you all are well. It's that time of year again – hurricane season. It’s time to shore up your fences, trim your trees and prepare yourselves. Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. Many of you have never been through a hurricane, and hopefully you never will, but living in Florida almost all my life, I can tell you they're not fun. Make a plan with your family in case you have to hole up in a safe room. It never hurts to be prepared. Get extra water and some canned food, just in case. Hopefully El Nino will be good to us this year.
Thank you to all who sent in your contribution fees to the HOA. As always, we could not maintain Hidden Springs/Estates without your financial help.
We are looking at our budget in hopes of giving the Pin Oak entrance a makeover. It needs it desperately. If any of you happen to have a good eye for landscaping and would like to give some ideas and help us plan out the Pin Oak entrance, let us know. We will be getting bids on the work as soon as we determine what we have available in the budget.
We have a new lawn/entrance maintenance company. You may see new trucks and faces taking care of our entrances, retention ponds and the bushes along our walls along Dr. Phillips. Lucas, of Natural Selections, has taken a different path. He's been great and we will miss him. His business was sold to Top Job. They've been on the job a few weeks, and so far, so good.
Some sidewalk repair is underway in the neighborhood. Concrete is currently being cut, then the next step is removing the old sidewalk and pouring new concrete. If you see a repair that is needed, please report through the 3-1-1 app.
We had a nice turnout at our Earth Day Neighborhood Clean-Up Event. Thank you to Karen Butler and Aga Rask for organizing. The group picked up 12 bags of garbage, if you can imagine. Thanks so much for those who came out to help. I already see more trash in the roads, our medians and swales. Please, please, if you're out and about and see garbage, please pick it up. It only takes a second. For the life of me, I can't believe people still throw trash out of their car windows as they're driving, but they do. We’ve seen a lot of beer cans and bottles on our medians at our entrances as well. And sadly, we are still seeing bags of dog waste left in lawns. And sadly, we are still seeing bags of dog waste left in lawns. It has been an ongoing issue, and it really makes the neighborhood look poor. As a reminder, there is a fine if you are caught doing it.
We did not send out the typical three contribution notices this year. We normally send the first one in September at the start of our fiscal year, then the second mailing around December, then the third and final in March. It's too costly and time consuming to send them out three times. This year, we mailed the first notice in September, sent a reminder email to those who hadn’t contributed, and mailed the second notice in March. If you have not yet contributed, we will gladly accept your contribution.
Till next time.