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HOA Board Meeting --  01/17/17 

The next HOA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6 pm at the Lodge.  Please attend if your schedule permits.
 

Stray Cat Strut

Many homeowners have reported seeing stray cats (possibly feral) in the Fieldcrest area.  These cats may be responsible for killing various types of birds that are used to frequenting yard feeders.  Please keep your cats inside your home or on your property if they are your personal pets. Also, please do not feed cats that do not belong to you. The City of Tallahassee estimates that there are over 30,000 feral cats living within the city limits.  Feeding feral cats helps to fester their breeding efforts and contributes to further overpopulation. Any stray/feral cat found can, and will, be trapped and is at the subsequent discretion of Tallahassee Animal Control. Click here for a list of local ordinances: uploads/file/TallahasseeCityAnimalOrd.pdf

City of Tallahassee Leash Law

We would like to remind our residents that the City of Tallahassee has a leash law which reads:
Section 4­103. Animals at large. (a) The owner or custodian of an animal shall prevent such animal from running or remaining at large on any public street, road, alley, park or other public space.
 
If you walk your dog in Piney-Z, it should be on a leash in order to not cause another resident to become fearful of walking, biking, running, etc. while the dog is loose.  If you would like your dog to run without a leash, please use the Off-Leash Dog Runs in Tom Brown Park.

 If you see a dog that is unattended and off-leash, you must call Tallahassee Animal Services at (850) 891-2950 to report the problem.  

Exercise Classes at the Lodge

Looking for a convenient exercise location?  FUNctional Fitness classes are currently happening in the lodge on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:00AM.  Classes cost $5 each.  Please bring a mat and 3 lbs or 5 lbs weights.  For more details please contact Laura Kitchens at lkokitchens@gmail.com

Zumba classes are also held Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 am at the Lodge.  Come join your neighbors for self-directed DVD instruction to get you moving, and having fun at the same time!  Residents attend at no cost.

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. Remember, it is also against city ordinances to not pick up after your pet.  (Ord. No. 10-O-15AA, § 1, 2-24-2010) Sec. 4-11. - Removal of animal waste. (a) The owner of any animal shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his/her animal on public walks, recreation areas, public streets, or private property other than the premises of the owner of the animal. (b) The owner of any animal shall remove animal waste from his or her property if it poses a threat to the health, safety or well being of any animals or persons. (c) This section shall not apply to disabled persons accompanied by a service animal used for assistance in accordance with the law.
  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.