2014 Annual Meeting Minutes

Woodlake Garden Patio Homes 2014 Annual Meeting

Place Held: 1515 Williamsburg Square

Date: March 19, 2014

Meeting called to order at 7:16 p.m.

Officers present: Nancy Ross, President; Allen Wright, Secretary; Lin Williams, Treasurer; Brenda Hosegood, Director; Pat Wagner, Director. There were a total of 4 residents present, and several proxies – enough to satisfy a quorum.

The Minutes of the 2013 Annual meeting was read and moved to be accepted as read by Lin Williams, seconded by Brenda Hosegood.

Treasurer’s Report was given with a notation that all assessments were up to date as well as all recurring bills were paid to date. Report moved to be accepted by Brenda, seconded by Allen.

 

Old Business

The Quarterly Newsletter was discussed with favorable responses from all residents as well as a good report from neighboring subdivisions that had seen a copy. The newsletter is compiled and formatted on a volunteer basis; printing costs are $50.00 per quarter, with discounts applied when available. It was the consensus that we should continue the newsletter distribution.

Next, Krystal gave a brief demonstration of our Website with its many features and constant updating of current information. There was also a reminder that the minutes of meetings and The Deed Restrictions and By Laws are always available on the website. Krystal keeps the website updated as to events that affect our neighborhood, emergency as well informational phone numbers, that are always helpful. Again, this service is provided by Krystal free of charge and with many hours invested.

 

New Business

The installation of officers was next on the agenda. After some suggestions, acceptance and retractions, the Board of Directors for 2014 will be: Allen Wright, Nancy Ross, Pat Wagner, Brenda Hosegood and Lin Williams. The appointment of the offices to be held by these Directors will be determined at the next regularly held meeting.

The future installation of a Beautification Award was brought up for discussion. It was determined that an outline of such a program would be developed in an upcoming Director’s Meeting. Next, after a brief summary of the history of the annual assessment, the years of keeping it the same amount while faced with growing costs, the floor was opened as to the resident’s view of increasing the annual charge. It was generally felt that some increase would be inevitable. The final decision as to any increase would be discussed and voted upon by the 2014 directors at the next Director’s Meeting.

Next meeting would be held on March 24, 2014 at the Hosegood residence.

Annual Meeting adjourned at 7:53. Moved to accept by Allen, seconded by Brenda.

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Annual Meeting 2014 with Neighborhood Meet and Greet!

The annual meeting will be March 19, 2014 7:00 PM at the Women’s Club. There will be 15 minutes at the beginning devoted to a “meet and greet” period with the meeting to be called to order about 7:15. Light refreshments will be available.

First Friday!

Lakeland Fl Things to Do: First Friday

Don’t forget that its FIRST FRIDAY!

What: Every “First Friday” people from all over the community converge in Downtown Lakeland for an evening of FREE family friendly entertainment, activities, live music, art receptions, a car show, and, of course, the chance to check out a great, locally-owned restaurant or retail establishment. Each month, First Friday has a different theme, and special activities are provided to complement the theme.

When: The First Friday of each month, from 6pm-9pm

Where: Munn Park at 100 S. Kentucky Ave

Website: http://www.downtownlakelandfl.com/

First Friday!

Lakeland, Fl Things to do: first friday

Don’t forget that its FIRST FRIDAY!

What: Every “First Friday” people from all over the community converge in Downtown Lakeland for an evening of FREE family friendly entertainment, activities, live music, art receptions, a car show, and, of course, the chance to check out a great, locally-owned restaurant or retail establishment. Each month, First Friday has a different theme, and special activities are provided to complement the theme.

When: The First Friday of each month, from 6pm-9pm

Where: Munn Park at 100 S. Kentucky Ave

Website: http://www.downtownlakelandfl.com/

Woodlake Pond Landscaping

Woodlake Pond is in Woodlake Park at the intersection of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive. It is a stormwater pond managed by the Lakes and Stormwater Department of the City of Lakeland.

How was it landscaped?

It was landscaped with a variety of native plants that will help absorb excess nutrients from the water, keeping it a healthy and more natural environment. The plants will need about a year to become fully established. Some plants will be in bloom at different parts of the year. Certain native plants were selected to make the landscaping more beautiful.

What kinds of plants were selected?

What happened?

You may have noticed that the City of Lakeland cleaned out the pond on the corner of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive a few months ago. Then, grass was allowed to re-establish on the embankment. Finally, it was landscaped with a variety of native plants.

Why did the pond need work?

The environment in the pond had become a mono-culture: only one type of plant had taken over, preventing other plants from becoming established. The pond needed intervention to return to a diversified environment. The offending plant, Spatterdock (cow lily), was removed mechanically.

How can I help keep my neighborhood lakes and ponds landscaped and clean?

For more information, see brochure “Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood: Maintaining, Landscaping, and Improving Stormwater Ponds” and the Lakeland water flow map.

Download Brochure or Download Map
Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood

 

This brochure will tell you more about how to  landscape around ponds and lakes in your neighborhood. It suggests water plants that are easier to maintain and native. It also gives tips on preventing water pollution that can affect your neighborhood.

Lake Somerset Meeting Summary

Presentation by Lakes and Stormwater, C. Porterfield

Presentation by Lakes and Stormwater Department, C. Porterfield

Advisory signs have been posted at the Lake Somerset boat ramp and around the rookery. Additionally, educational signage will be installed near the parking area by the city. A safety issue was proposed that the lake has several blind corners on the water around the small islands.
Lake Somerset is an urban public access lake, managed by the city. Currently, there is not currently a supporting ordinance to regulate speed alone. The rookery has not been designated as a specially protected zone, but has many wild birds that nest there.
The city will follow up with the FWC to investigate the safety issue.
*Meeting notes were submitted by a Woodlake Garden Patio Homes Attendee.

Dixieland Historic District and “Last Friday”

The Dixieland Historic District of Lakeland has many interesting restaurants and shops to explore. Dixieland is a short drive from our Woodlake neighborhood and offers community events throughout the year including “Last Friday” on the last Friday of each month from 6-9pm, where area shops stay open a little later. Dixieland is known for its unique mix of architecture, both historic and art deco. This interesting little spot of town definitely adds value and culture to our community.

For More Information:
Twitter: @DixieCRA
Historic District Info
Lakeland Community Redevelopment
Dixieland Parking Map