No, that isn’t an invitation to raise your glass; it’s a recognition of my fellow service personnel (yes, I was in the Air Force for a while). For those who haven’t been paying attention, there is a very active Veteran’s Committee and on Sunday, November 10th they are having a Dedication Ceremony at the new Veteran’s Garden in Masters Park (on the corner of Ryder Cup Blvd at Ave. of the Masters). Please look for the article in this issue of C.A.N.!
In this issue of C.A.N. you will find a notice about the PGA POA Annual Meeting and Election to be held in January. Anyone interested in running for election to the POA Board should send a letter to the POA by the end of October so the Nominating Committee can contact you. All POA Board members serve a two year term and most will Chair one of the POA Committees. A complete list of POA Committees can be found here on the website or you can call me for more information.
BAR CODES AND GATES
If you are one of the many residents who either got a new license plate or a new car, the POA needs to be aware. It has come to our attention that some residents who purchased a new car have peeled the bar code and re-attached it to the new car. While this might work for a while with the older bar codes, it will fail eventually. Of more serious concern is that the data on file is now incorrect. The POA Board and staff have worked hard to ensure that the gate data base is as accurate as possible so when or if the POA ever gets full-time access control, we won’t have to again issue 10,000 bar codes. To help us keep info up-to-date, you should contact the POA to let us know if your license plate has changed and, if you get a new car, you should get a new barcode. They are only $5.00 and it takes less than 2 minutes on average for us to assign the new bar code sticker.
One other thing: If you find that the gate does not open (especially at the Northlake entry which has the most sensitive reader) it may be time to get a new bar code sticker. Cars that are parked outside, bar codes issued more than 5 years ago, and vehicles that get regular professional cleaning can all be subject to the sticker deteriorating. Once the barcode starts to look black and gray instead of black and white, it is definitely time for a new sticker. The POA is open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and for those who absolutely, positively can’t make it during those hours, if you call me, I will do my best to accommodate you. We really appreciate your cooperation.
STILL BLOWN AWAY
The POA recently completed the annual tree trimming in the common areas. If you haven’t trimmed the trees on your property, you should get this done soon. The “H” season lasts until the end of November and trees will survive a storm much better if the wind can blow through the trees rather than hitting a solid, dense canopy which causes the tree to blow over. Don’t wait until a storm is spotted in the Atlantic…..by then it’s too late to have the tree trimmed and debris removed. You should also have your other supplies (batteries, flashlights, canned food, etc.) on hand. Just because it’s October doesn’t mean we are in the clear; after all Jeannie and Francis both visited in late October!
You are, I am sure, aware that school started last month. First, a reminder to SLOW DOWN and be aware that we have kids of all ages waiting beside the road and crossing streets to get to their bus stop. This also means that parents, in an effort to keep their children safe, are parking by bus stops and waiting to pick up/drop off their children. Some don’t realize they are obstructing the site lines for other cars which creates a whole new danger. If you are one of the parents who wait for the bus, please be aware of where you are parking to wait. The POA is looking into some kind of solution since moving bus stops is not the answer….historically it just moves the problem or creates additional concerns. Additional paver pads may be installed in some areas.
Also, for parents whose children ride their bicycle to the bus stop, please tell your children not to chain their bikes to trees, guardrails and other similar structures/landscape. A bicycle rack has been ordered for Marlwood Park. Do not leave bikes on Tournament at Ryder Cup; lock the bicycle in the park then walk over to the bus stop.