Some people have received text messages saying they owe delinquent PUD fees and to pay them through the text. Please know (1) neither Abingdon Village nor the manager communicates late PUD fees via text, and (2) a delinquent homeowner will receive letters in the US mail and by this time of year, would have already been turned over to the attorney for collections. If you have any questions about your bill, please contact the manager at 757-333-7675.
Recently, the lifeguard chair was repaired by a volunteer board member instead of buying a new one. A small shelf was added for the phone in the clubhouse for the lifeguard and the emergency 911 signs were updated with the clubhouse address.
To solve the problem of puddling (a slip hazard) at one of the pool ladders and badly cracked cement, a section was torn up, a drain installed, and new cement poured. The drain empties out into the grass several feet away.
The asphalt at the bridge behind Bates and Anderson was repaired.
Caution signs were erected at the path entrances across the neighborhood. The signs also indicate that the paths for for Abingdon Village residents only and that dogs must be leashed.
Additionally, the damaged pet waste station trash can at the clubhouse was replaced by the contractor who was responsible.
If you take a look at the clubhouse area, you will notice that the baby swing has been repaired and that the huge tree stump is being removed this week, weather permitting.
Additionally, the City has placed rock at the culvert at the path behind Auburn and Bennington.
Come join us!
The recent storm felled the pine tree at the clubhouse and took out the crossbeam of the baby swing. Volunteers were out the next day assessing the damage and the following day, neighbors came out to help clean it up with chainsaws. At our Fall Clean-up on Saturday, much of the debris were further sawed and tossed in the dumpster.
Additionally, Lloyd of LJ’s Lawns had his crew working on the path behind Adelphi, so neighbors can actually walk back there now. It’s already a huge difference. The attached map shows where they will be doing extra work in October (yellow zone). See Clean-Up Zones here.
LJ’s Lawns, Lights, and Jobs has entered into contract with AVHA to do more extensive grounds work above and beyond the normal maintenance mowing and care. The neighborhood has been divided into four zones and you can view this map to see when the company will be near your home. The yellow zone will be Oct, the red zone is Nov, the blue Dec, and the purple Jan. The clubhouse overgrowth and pool beds are in Feb.
They will be focusing on doing more substantial work along the paths and common areas and some of the culverts, depending on permits and city projects. Everything you can do to clean up your bushes and trees along the paths and culverts will mean less cost to all of us. If you have concerns, please take them to the manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions have been raised regarding the necessity and legality of raising the PUD fees and the budget for 2017.
To better understand the situation, please read the Minutes, attend board meetings and also the Coffee With A Board Member gatherings which the board has offered several times over the past year. Every decision the board has made affects each board member too. None of the board members enjoy any kind of perk or break from the PUD fees.
Additionally the board has sought the professional opinions of the attorney, the manager, and the accountant. The board has in its possession an attorney opinion letter dated in 2007 which stated that the board was well within its rights to set the PUD fees for 2008 at $523.09. Further consultation with our attorney agreed that setting the PUD fees at $475 for 2017 was reasonable and within legal rights.
There are many expenses required in operating the association which are further complicated by laws and regulations. Last year at this time, the association was owed $30,000 in unpaid PUD fees. Over the past year with the help of the manager and attorney, that figure has been reduced to less than $10,000. The manager sends out a letter every month to delinquent homeowners. This is postage, paper, and envelopes we all pay for.
The board has worked very hard to improve the community with multiplied unpaid hours of dealing with contractors, planning, meetings, repairs, physical labor, and also money out of our own pockets. There is still a lot of expensive work to be done that has been put off for far too long.
Additionally, our PUD fees have not kept up with rising costs. Lawn care is one of the many costs which has doubled and tripled over the past several years. We had a lot of complaints about the last lawn care company. We just hired a new company a few weeks ago (one of the ones the manager found for us) who has already done a better job. Even so, it was not cheap.
If you have better ideas, please come to a meeting and talk to the board.
To stay up-to-date on neighborhood issues, announcements, and events, you may visit Nextdoor Abingdon Village.
Today’s Pig Pickin’ was a success and everyone had a great time. Live music was provided by a neighborhood family, Ava & Jaron, plus our own BBQ grill master smoked the pig. Several other neighbors brought food and helped out. Soon there was nothing left but bones. Many people enjoyed the pool at the same time.
AVHA has adopted Amherst Lane and Auburn Dr out to Military for litter pickup along the sidewalks. The Parks & Recreation Dept is providing supplies and will post a sign stating that the area is adopted.
As of this writing, other areas nearby are available for adoption by individuals or groups: Level Green park, College Park Blvd, and Providence (from CVS to Treadquarters).
Over the summer a kids litter pickup club was formed by a resourceful young neighbor, and this past weekend, we all combined efforts to help clean up the streets. We picked up 55 pounds of trash!
We’d love to have more neighbors participate. Check the calendar here and the announcements on Nextdoor for the next planned pickup.
Here is more information on the program. https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails/caring-for-our-parks/Pages/adopt-a-programs.aspx
In the desire to make the recreation area more usable and welcoming to our residents, we have added some improvements, such as the diving board, baby swing, basketball board, volleyball net, and pet waste station. Additionally the picnic tables are now in various places within the recreation area.
All this work has been done by some of your neighbors who have volunteered time and effort to make a difference. We are so thrilled to see more and more neighbors showing an interest in our community.