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Results of Annual HOA Meeting

The Piney-Z HOA held it’s annual meeting at the community Lodge on July 22.  Terms for the Board of Directors are staggered, and three positions were up for election this year – Pati Lytle and Diana Swegman ran for re-election, but Ron Lauver decided to step down.  By vote of those residents present, and proxies turned in by residents not in attendance, Diana Orgaz was elected to fill the open position, and Ms. Lytle and Ms. Swegman were re-elected.
 
At the August board meeting, the five directors will decide who will fill the role of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and committee liaison for the coming business year. Jane Greene begins her 8th year on the board, Diana Swegman begins her 5th year and Barton MacFarlane begins his 4th year.
 
We again want to thank all board of directors and all committee volunteers for their tireless work throughout the year. 
 
We are sad to see Ron Lauver leave the board, as he has been a very strong leader as committee liaison, working to make sure positions on the various committees were filled.  He also served as temporary chair of the Architectural Control Committee when we could not find another volunteer for that position.  Ron turned out for all meetings and special events such as the yard clean-up on Planters Ridge last year, and the Clean Sweep clean-up along the Piney-Z Lake trail. 
 
Committee members are vital to the health and well-being of our neighborhood, and we appreciate the many hours the following residents have put in over the past year.  Many of these folks have been serving for a number of years so please pat them on the back, or say thank you when you see them next time:
 
Standards Committee – Cleveland White and Ola Joyce
Architectural Control Committee – Ron Lauver, Diana Orgaz and Karen Voshall (Kelly Wenum has volunteered to be our new chair for this committee, replacing Mr. Lauver.)
Appeals Committee – Gerry Cashin and Bob Hoffman
Social Committee – Jan Morphew 

Please take the time to tell these dedicated residents that you appreciate their time and efforts in supporting our community and making it a great neighborhood in which to live!

Don't Be A User!

Summer showers give all  homeowners the opportunity to turn off their scheduled irrigation programs, and allow Mother Nature to refresh our lawns and flower beds.  Don't be a user, by allowing irrigation systems to water lawns which may already be saturated by recent storms. 

Before You Leave on Vacation

Remember to contact Tallahassee Police Department to request a vacation check on your property while you are away.  Follow this link to the form and have a safe and fun vacation.  http://www.talgov.com/tpd/tpd-property-check.aspx

Swim Lessons

Summer swim lessons begin June 9 at Piney-Z Pool. There will be three sessions: June 9 – June 19, June 23 – July 3, and July 7 – July 17. Cost is $75.00 per student. The course length is 8 days for 40 minutes per day. The classes take place from Monday through Thursday, with the make-up day on Friday. You may register any time the pool is open. A registration sheet will be on the sign-in table at the pool. Make payment the first day of the session. More information is in the swim lessons flier (PDF).

How Does Your Yard Look?

Spring has finally arrived in Tallahassee, and Piney-Z is beginning the see the first blooms of the season. And with Spring, comes the first call from your lawn and flower beds!!! We have noticed some lawns are in need of mowing, flower beds need weeding, and bushes and / or trees might need trimming. As Piney-Z matures, it does require more work to keep up with bushes, trees and additional flower beds which have been added to yards, over the years. We appreciate all those residents who work evenings and weekends in their yards, to provide a more attractive neighborhood, and will do everything in our power to see that all yards receive the attention they deserve. Please remember, our Covenants and Restrictions note that all yards must be maintained to commonly accepted lawn care practices, and fines may be levied against homeowners who are neglecting their lawns. Our goal is to keep Piney-Z an attractive neighborhood in which to walk and drive through, and we appreciate your help to this end!

Pool Schedule

The pool is now open every day 10:00am until 8:30pm, until August 17. Please remember you must have your assigned amenities fob to enter the pool.   View the full schedule.

Key Fob Registration Continues by Appointment

The Piney-Z Amenities Key Fob System was serviced on February 1, 2014 and all keys fobs were de-activated on that date. Re-registration (or new registration) is required for residents and property owners to access the Fitness Center and Swimming Pool after February 1.

Re-registration and new resident registration will continue by appointment only at the Property Manager's office. If you choose to drop-in on weekdays after 10:00am, please keep in mind that the Property Manager may be working outside the office and you could miss him. It is recommended to call him (Lance Rogers) at 850-656-4007 to make an appointment. Bring your driver's license, proof of residency, and all key fobs in your possession. If you have lost any fobs, a fee of $15.00 must be paid before new key fobs can be issued. Only cash (exact change) or check can be accepted. Learn More

Zumba Classes Continue

Due to the great response, the CDD-sponsored Zumba classes at the Lodge are being continued until further notice. They are held each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10 am. There is a $4 charge per class payable to the instructor.

Trash Can Storage

The covenants require trash cans to be stored so that they cannot be seen from the street. Many homes are not in compliance. If you store your cans on the side of the house, they must be in an enclosure to prevent viewing from the street.

Street Light Outages

The City of Tallahassee has requested that a person living near the street light outage report it to the city. To report an outage, please call the City at 891-4968.

Doggone It--Your Neighbors Want Consideration

We still get regular complaints from Piney-Z residents about other residents allowing their dogs to leave their droppings in their yards. No one wants dog droppings in their yard or in front of their mailbox. So, what is the proper thing to do when you walk your dog.

  1. Walk your dog on a leash.
  2. Take a plastic bag with you, such as a plastic grocery bag or waste disposal bags from the pet store.
  3. When your dog deposits droppings on the ground, with your hand inside the bag, pick up the droppings and turn the bag inside out trapping the droppings inside. Tie the bag shut. Your hands remain clean. Another option is to bring a scoop with you.
  4. Finish your walk and take the bag home and throw it away in your trash.
  5. Especially do not leave droppings on the CDD amenities grounds or children's playground and gazebo area.

The HOA and CDD staff, Boards, or Committees cannot be involved with concerns or actual disputes between residents over dog droppings, barking dogs, escaped pets and such. We can only advise you to discuss it with your neighbor, call animal control, or perhaps even the health department if you are tired of finding dog waste on your property.

Tree and Limb Issues

Approval for Planting or Removing Trees—The Covenants and Restrictions dictate the rules and conditions related to tree planting or removal. To receive approval for tree planting or removal, contact Architectural Control Committee (ACC). Contact information is on the committee page. The ACC is a committee of the HOA.

Concern about a Tree or Limbs Hanging Over Your Home or Property—The CDD and HOA do not provide tree cutting services for Piney-Z residents or property owners who have concerns about trees or limbs. Trees in HOA Common Areas that have limbs hanging over a resident's property or home will rarely be removed. This was discussed and researched in 2003. It was determined that the owner of the tree does not bear the responsibility for trimming branches that overhang someone else's property, but the homeowner has the right to protect their property by having the tree limbs removed at their cost. Homeowners wishing to cut limbs or remove trees at their expense should consult with the ACC committee to determine if their plan complies with the Covenants and Restrictions, and to ensure that trees are not cut without cause. CDD Board research indicates that this is consistent with Florida law and City of Tallahassee policy.