Town Manager’s Message


April 13, 2018

Hello everyone and happy Friday Eve.

First, I would like to take a moment to thank Frank Kearney. Frank also resigned this past Tuesday. Frank was the chair of the Finance committee. Frank also started Men’s coffee. Frank was an integral part of the behind the scenes financial side of VillageWalk. He was instrumental each year in helping with the budget preparation. He worked each year with the auditors and SW Property management with the annual audit. Frank worked with the HOA attorney with the delinquent accounts and spent numerous hours of his own time calling and emailing residents that were delinquent with their HOA Fees. He will be truly missed.

As most of you know, this will be my last email blast. I have accepted a transfer and will be leaving Village Walk. I have enjoyed my time here and have had the privilege of working with some really great Board members. We were able to accomplish a lot in the last year and a half. We were able to re-negotiate the landscape contract to a lower annual rate. We renegotiated the irrigation contract for a savings of almost $86K from last year.

After the hurricane we were able to negotiate with our vendors to save our community thousands. A couple of examples were: An $80K credit from Landcare, $22k from Comcast, $3300 from the gate Security company, $230K by using FEMA. That’s over $335K in savings. Lastly, I found out yesterday about our insurance claim. As we have been stating since the hurricane, we were expecting the claim to be approximately $150K. The first numbers came in for a little over $135K. I am very proud to say that we were able to go back to the adjuster and negotiated a final claim in the amount of $192,275.00.

I will end by saying that it has been an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the VIllageWalk team and to be your Town Manager.

I wish you all the best. I know the new BOD is energetic and has high hopes for the community.


April 1, 2018

Hello everyone,

First I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover.

I would like to bring you up to date as to where we are this week.

Not a lot to report this week. The restaurant is booming and appears to be a great success. Everyone seems thrilled and so are we! Again, Tony is aware of the noise issue and we are working together on a resolution for that.

Comcast is still progressing. I am told that they are down to only a few streets for the actual fiber optic install part. We will keep you posted as we get closer to the end as that will launch into the 3rd and final phase of the install before they “go live.” It does seem that there are a lot of questions regarding the actual connections, what equipment you can expect and differences in service. We have arranged for a representative to be present at our next Town Hall Meeting on April 24th at 6:30 PM.

We are progressing nicely on the east fence. The damaged portion has now been removed and we are now removing the remainder of the chain link. The plan now is to continue the clearing of the fence line of brush and stumps. We will then begin to install the landscape buffer as required by the City of Bonita Springs. The first phase of clean up of the fence line is in progress and is progressing nicely. I will keep you posted on when we expect to begin the buffer.

We have completed the replacement of 60 Oak trees that were destroyed during the hurricane. As I said at the last meeting, we are currently replacing trees where there is a water source. The remaining ones will be replaced once we get to the rainy season.

To repeat from last week, we have now moved the date to resurface our tennis courts to the second week of April. The main reason for this is the availability of the light pole that has to be replaced. I was in contact with the contractor this week and they are beginning to get the permit for the light. Hopefully that is a good sign. The upside is that the courts will open for the week of Easter when a lot of guests will be here. The courts will be closed for approximately 10 days. Please remember that when you book your courts. Any reservations during that time will be removed. I will keep you informed as I receive information.

If you haven’t seen by now, the fountains were installed at the gas station area. They look great. We will be installing the gravel around them this week.

I hope you all had a great and relaxing weekend.


March 23, 2018

Hello everyone,

It’s that time again. Wanted to bring you up to date as to where we are this week.

Before I start, I would like to announce that Dave Mattucci has resigned his position as a member of the Board of Directors. We want to thank him for all of his hard work and his contributions during the year he was here. I will send information in a separate email regarding the BOD intentions for the empty seat.

First, the restaurant. The grand opening was fabulous. Please note that they will not be taking reservations for dinner except for parties of 6 or more. Everyone seems thrilled and so are we! He is aware of the noise issue and we are working together on a resolution for that.

Second, thank you to all that came to the annual meeting. We had a great turnout.

Third, Comcast is still progressing. It does seem that there are a lot of questions regarding the actual connections, what equipment you can expect and differences in service. We have arranged for a representative to be present at our next Town Hall Meeting on April 24th at 6:30 PM.

Fourth, as I said before, the damaged portion of the east fence has now been removed. The plan now is to remove the remainder of the chain link and clean the entire fence line of brush and stumps. We will then begin to install the landscape buffer as required by the City of Bonita Springs. The first phase of clean up of the fence line should begin next week. I will keep you posted on when we expect to remove the remaining section of fence.

We have completed the first phase of filling the holes and removing the dirt from the stump grinding on the east side. Today I was with Landcare and marked the location for the replacement of 60 Oak trees that were destroyed during the hurricane. As I said at the last meeting, we are currently replacing trees where there is a water source. The remaining ones will be replaced once we get to the rainy season.

Lastly, we have now moved the date to resurface our tennis courts to the second week of April. The main reason for this is the availability of the light pole that has to be replaced. The upside is that the courts will open for the week of Easter when a lot of guests will be here. The courts will be closed for approximately 10 days. Please remember that when you book your courts. Any reservations during that time will be removed.

On a side note, please take the time to visit the Butterfly Gardens on the south side of the property. They are beautiful and definitely worth the trip there.


February 19, 2018

Hello everyone,

I wanted to take a minute to address an issue regarding the new rule recently adopted by the Board of Directors regarding requests for information. I would like to provide some clarification to clear up some confusion/misinterpretation regarding the rule.

First, that rule was presented to the community at an open board meeting on January 9, 2018. It was discussed by the board, opened to the community for discussion and then legally voted on by the board. It passed with a unanimous vote.

There seems to be some misinterpretation as to the statute and the reason for the rule. I am including the section of Florida State statute 720.303 that applies. Please see the following:

(c) The association may adopt reasonable written rules governing the frequency, time, location, notice, records to be inspected, and manner of inspections, but may not require a parcel owner to demonstrate any proper purpose for the inspection, state any reason for the inspection, or limit a parcel owner’s right to inspect records to less than one 8-hour business day per month. The association may impose fees to cover the costs of providing copies of the official records, including the costs of copying and the costs required for personnel to retrieve and copy the records if the time spent retrieving and copying the records exceeds one-half hour and if the personnel costs do not exceed $20 per hour. Personnel costs may not be charged for records requests that result in the copying of 25 or fewer pages. The association may charge up to 25 cents per page for copies made on the association’s photocopier.

Second, on another topic, to clarify an issue recently pointed out, in the package with the (30) day letter the ballot envelope is pre addressed. You can mail it as stated or you can also drop your ballot at the Town Center if you so choose.

Third, I’ve seen pictures and comments about the restaurant have also been posted. Please note that the BOD posted photos for all to see at the last BOD meeting. I would be wary of comments making reference to the progress of the restaurant that aren’t sent by a BOD member or my office. If you have questions, please feel free to call Cori or myself at the office. The job is progressing timely. Rough inspections were made and all passed. They are beginning the finishing stage. Fingers crossed for an on time completion.

Lastly, on a totally different topic, as I’m sure you all have seen on the news, we are in the middle of the dry season and no end in sight. We will not be planting new or replacement trees at this time. I will keep you posted as this changes.


 

December 14, 2017

Hello again everyone.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce to you that I met with Sterling Rutherford today and he has given us notice that he will not be financially able to open the Galaxy Restaurant here in VillageWalk. He, like everyone in Florida has suffered substantial losses that were not insured due to Hurricane Irma and he has decided to stay focused on his current restaurant. Fortunately we found out now before incurring any substantial costs.

I will continue to keep you informed as I get more information.


December 13, 2017

Hello everyone. I know we all are getting ready for the holidays so I will be brief. There are a couple of updates that I would like to go over with you.

First, the removal of the stumps. As I said in my last email, it wouldn’t be easy and I was right. We had a couple of “hiccups” but overall, it is going well. For those of you that weren’t at the BOD meeting, the two biggest problems is the fact that the trees were planted with the wire baskets and the rope used to lift them. This creates a problem for the equipment but the contractor is working around it.

Mulch is due in next week. The current plan is to install VillageWalk  Boulevard first to the Town Center and then we will start with quad four this year and work counter clockwise. Remember, do not take mulch from the pallets. The installers will place it as needed and after inspecting each quad, some areas definitely need it more than others.

Comcast is continuing to progress. I want to clear up a couple of things about the work. First, there are two subcontractors working on the interior side. Each of the workers have identification tags. They may NOT be in a marked truck. We will be sending out more email blasts as we fine tune the timing so stay tuned for more. Regarding the exterior install:

Remember, there will be accidents, things will get cut. In some cases the pavers in your drive may be uneven. They will coordinate these repairs weekly. The same for the sod. They will not be doing individual repairs on these items unless they pose a safety hazard. Please contact the Cori at the HOA office if you have an issue and we will co-ordinate the repair. Please do NOT try to track down the contractors and negotiate the repairs and please do not call Comcast. Remember, the connection date is in late 2018 so we will have time to come back to you if you are missed.

Lastly,

the permit for the restaurant was issued today !!!!

We don’t have a start date as of today but as soon as I know, I will keep you posted. We are all excited. One point about the remodel, keep in mind that during the construction, Individual home owners will NOT be allowed inside. It will be a safety hazard and you will not be covered under the contractors insurance. Also, trespassing in a construction area is a felony in Florida. Please, do not go in without permission.

Again, I will send information as I get it.


November 22, 2017

Hello everyone. I would like to take a moment to with each of you a very Happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday from me and your Board of Directors. Remember, all diets are on hold beginning today through January 2, 2018.

There are a couple of updates that I would like to go over with you.First,at the BOD meeting I said I had been in contact with FEMA regarding the removal of the stumps and that they denied us. As I said at the meeting, I asked for reconsideration and they came and measured several of them again but it is a no go. The denial stands. Having said that, we will begin Friday to remove the existing stumps ourselves. It is an arduous task but I don’t think it will take an extremely long time. Our goal is a little over a week however, as we all know there are things that could happen that could delay us. I will absolutely keep you informed of our progress.

Speaking of progress, let’s talk about the restaurant. First, I would like to quash the rumors that the tenant has backed out. He thinks its funny that people take the time to write all of this about him but it is also problematic. Again, I would strongly urge you to not write about things that you are unsure of on a social media site. Please just call my office and I will tell you what is happening. Regarding the permits, there was a snag at the BSU level. There is some question regarding the current grease trap. Our architect has met with them and they have offered a couple of options so the permits should proceed again. We have place the renderings in the lobby of the Town Center with samples of the flooring, wall color chips, and chair fabric samples. Cross your fingers.

FPL is still working on replacing their downed light poles. They are working on the downed ones first and then they will address the ones that are leaning.

Comcast is continuing to progress. I want to clear up a couple of things about the work. First, there are two subcontractors working on the interior side. Each of the workers have identification tags. They may NOT be in a marked truck. We will be sending out more email blasts as we fine tune the timing so stay tuned for more.

Remember, there will be accidents, things will get cut. In some cases the pavers in your drive may be uneven. They will coordinate these repairs weekly. The same for the sod. They will not be doing individual repairs on these items unless they pose a safety hazard. Please contact the Cori at the HOA office if you have an issue and we will co-ordinate the repair. Please do NOT try to track down the contractors and negotiate the repairs and please do not call Comcast. Remember, the connection date is in late 2018 so we will have time to come back to you if you are missed.

Lastly, the approved 2018 budget has been posted to the secure portion of the website.

Again, I hope you all have a great holiday weekend.


October 18, 2017 – Here is an update regarding Comcast

Monday through Friday Comcast will be in VillageWalk working on the fiber optic upgrades to the resident’s homes.  Please be aware Comcast will need access to the interior of each residence to do the upgrade install. There will not be any scheduled appointments for the wiring. This process will take approximately 35-40 minutes for each home.  Just to be clear, they will be bringing the fiber optic dropline to where your wireless gateway is currently. NOTE- if there are possible obstacles such as large furniture, mirrored walls, firewall breaks, concrete walls and etc., Comcast will determine a location for a separate receptacle. They cannot make changes while they are there. You will have to contact Comcast directly to schedule any changes.   As we receive updates from Comcast, the HOA will be sending updated notices via Email Blasts of the street areas that they will be working on.  Please be sure to check your email to receive the updates.

For all residents who cannot be at home during the initial installation, including seasonal residents, Comcast will return and install the fiber optic lines at a later scheduled date (to be determined).

The order of the streets to be wired starting Thursday, October 19 is as follows:

Danios

Cuberra

Zamora

Yellow Fin

Xenon

Wahoo

Vermillion

Upwind

Trevally

Scrub Jay

Queen Angel

Remora


October 15, 2017 –Hello everyone and Happy Sunday,

Just a quick update as to where we are and what’s going on.

I’m sure you have noticed that finally the debris removal is progressing a little faster. Lee County recently opened another dump site so although I don’t have any official notice but it appears that may be helping. Landcare is making good progress with getting back on schedule with the regular maintenance. Aside from the stumps, some areas appear to almost look normal again. If you have trees or shrubs that you think have been missed, please use the landscape/irrigation link on the website. Please do not send these requests to the hot line. That will only delay or cause your request to be missed altogether.

FPL is aware of the downed power poles. This has been a major undertaking for them also. They are hoping to get to us within two weeks.

Comcast is continuing to progress. They will have three crews in starting tomorrow so we will see a lot more digging. They will also begin the inside portion tomorrow. The starting point will be Lure Trail. They will start with the first home on the left and work clockwise. The goal is 40 homes per day. This is the first street so timing will be determined as they progress. This way you know if you are on the odd number side, you would be in the last half of the day. If you are the first 5, the first two hours, etc. This way no one is having to wait all day. There will be “make up” days for those that are missed. Just to be clear, they will be bringing the drop to where your wireless gateway is now. They cannot make changes while they are there. You will have to contact Comcast directly to make any changes. We will be sending out more email blasts as we fine tune the timing so stay tuned for more.

Remember, there will be accidents, things will get cut. Please contact the HOA if you have an issue and we will co-ordinate the repair. Please do NOT try to track down the contractors and negotiate the repairs. The contractors will only take direction from the HOA office or Comcast.

Again, thank you all for being patient and for working together during these trying times. We will continue to improve each and every day.


October 1, 2017 – Hello everyone and Happy Sunday,

I wanted to just fill you in on where we are as we get ready to begin another week.

First, We are continuing with the debris collection. This is a slow and tedious process. This will continue to improve each day as they also continue with the clean up effort. Some of you have asked about getting someone else to help with the process. Honestly if this was a viable concept, we would have done it days ago. This issue is, there are just not enough contractors to complete this massive clean up effort. Not just VillageWalk but everywhere in SW Florida. Even the City is having their own issues.

Secondly, Landcare has began to resume a schedule of normal services. They now have a limited number of regular crew workers for mowing and edging and also additional crew to continue to clean in order to continue the regular service schedule.

One important note. If a tree has fallen on your home or damaged screens or your lanai, they won’t remove the tree until you have spoken with them and filed a claim with your homeowner’s insurance.

I would like to address the issue of the “rumors” regarding the restaurant. We did receive the architectural drawings electronically on Friday. I will receive the printed copies on Tuesday. I have seen comments ranging from “they aren’t going to open until February” to “the tenant is backing out of the deal.” Neither of those are correct. Not even close. As we said at the Town Hall, it is hard to predict an opening date at this point. We don’t know the pace at which the City will move to issue the permits. We don’t believe it to be a drawn out process to do the actual work. We definitely don’t see it going past mid-November and are hoping for sooner. One thing is for sure. It will be really nice when it is completed. Please, don’t post things on social media if you aren’t sure. All that does is upset those that are reading it and they aren’t aware if you are accurate or not. If you have questions, please email or call me to get the correct answer.

Thank you all for being patient and for working together during these trying times.