Woodpeckers at Lake Somerset Park

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Woodpeckers can be seen in Lake Somerset Park along with a variety of other song birds such as blue jays, red-winged blackbirds, sparrows, and mocking birds.

These quick little birds are fun to watch and to photograph while visiting Lake Somerset Park.

For more information, visit the Audubon Society’s webpage on woodpeckers.

 

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Osprey Platform at Lake Somerset

osprey nest at Lake Somerset

Osprey Nest at Lake Somerset

A pole with an osprey platform was installed on April 14th, 2014 in Lake Somerset Park adjacent New Jersey Road. Osprey have attempted to build a nest on a nearby relay station. The platform has been installed in hopes that the osprey will select the platform as a suitable nesting site in the future.

It seems that an osprey has taken notice of the platform and maybe making Lake Somerset Park his home.

Osprey are beautiful birds with a distinctive black eyestripe. They are superb fishers and prefer nesting in high locations.

For more information on osprey and their nests, visit: Osprey page at FWC.

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.

Meeting Minutes March/April 2014

Woodlake Garden Patio Homes Board of Directors Meeting

Held at Director Brenda Hosegood’s residence, March 24, 2014

Directors present: Pat Wagner, Nancy Ross, Lin Williams, Brenda Hosegood, Allen Wright

Meeting called to order at 6:37 pm.

Treasurer’s Report was given and accepted by Pat, seconded by Allen. Secretary’s Minutes of last Directors Meeting was read and moved to accept by Brenda, seconded by Lin.

Old Business:

The revamping of the four circles was targeted as progressive projects to be accomplished over the next two years. Each circle has been somewhat neglected and trees, plants, posts, etc. have rotted, died or become diseased. It was discussed that a committee could be formed to make recommendations as to design and proposed costs, taking one circle at a time. Brenda moved that the architectural committee could head this project up.

The Architectural Committee is always headed up by the vice president, one additional Director and one to two non-director resident/owners.

The Beautification Award was discussed next. It was determined that the award would be bestowed quarterly with the presentation of some notice to be posted in the recipient’s yard for all to see. Nancy nominated Pat Wagner to head this up. That committee will determine the details and report back.

New Business:

Election of officers: After much discussion, suggesting, volunteering and retracting, the following  positions will be held for the 2014 Woodlake Garden Patio Homes Board of Directors: Allen Wright, President; Pat Wagner, Vice President; Brenda Hosegood, Secretary; Nancy Ross,

Treasurer. With this order established, Nancy moved to accept as slated, Brenda seconded.

New President, Allen Wright now opened the floor to discuss the annual fee and what amount the assessment should be increased. After a brief discussion, it was established that a $10 increase would be both fair (approx. 83 cents a month) and needed to cover increasing recurring expenses as well as to provide at least a modest budget for neighborhood upkeep. Brenda moved to increase the annual fee by $10.00 and Lin seconded the motion. The motion was carried unanimously by the Directors.

With no further business, meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm. Move to adjourn, Lin; Nancy seconded.

Next meeting: April 21, 2014 at the Ross residence.

Additional Note:

Meeting held on April 21, 2014 was held. After a brief business meeting, the Directors adjourned and commenced with folding, stuffing, sealing, addressing and stamping the annual assessment notices to go out to all the owners. The next Directors meeting date to be announced.

Crosswalks Repainted

The crosswalks on New Jersey Road at Woodlake Park and also by Lake Somerset Park have been restored by repainting the pavement markings.

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New Jersey Rd / Sylvester Rd Signal and Road Construction

The New Jersey Road and Sylvester Road area will be undergoing some improvements. Here are the highlights so far:

  • The intersection of New Jersey Road and Sylvester Road will become an “ALL-WAY” Stop.
  • For the next three weeks, improvements will be made for drainage along New Jersey Road in preparation for the next phase of the New Jersey Trail project.
  • Later this summer, the New Jersey Trail will help complete the park trail system that joins Three Park Trail, Lake Hollingsworth and Crystal Lake Trail.

See details and maps on the links below:

New Jersey Trail

Three Parks Trail Map

New Jersey Road Construction

New Jersey Rd Construction

Starting Monday, March 24, New Jersey Road drainage improvements will begin. The red light at the intersection of New Jersey Road & Sylvester Road will be placed in “all red” flash mode. New Jersey Road from Edgewood Drive to Crystal Lake Drive will close to thru traffic for up to three weeks starting March 24, 2014. Detours will be clearly marked and your patience is appreciated. This work is being done in preparation for the New Jersey Trail construction project following later this summer.