Thank you to all who attended our Annual Meeting of Owners this past week. I also appreciate the support of the community in allowing me to serve for another 3 year term on our Board of Directors. The Board is also to be thanked for choosing me to remain as President for another year.
I had hoped that we would have had better attendance at the annual meeting but understand that some may still be reluctant to attend indoor activities. Let’s hope our next meeting as a community will be a safer one where everyone is comfortable and will come.
During the course of our combined annual and board meetings, there was some discussion about a few issues that remain as a concern. The most time was devoted to the never ending topic of “trees”. We love them and we hate them. Some of us more one way or the other. One thing that most of us agree upon is that they were a major reason why we chose Kings Ridge and Devonshire as the place for us to live.
Your Board is well aware of the need to manage the trees within Devonshire. The Association continues to be responsible for maintaining the trees that border our roadways. For the past two years we have engaged a professional arborist to evaluate those trees and to have them prepared and trimmed for hurricanes and to keep them healthy and beautiful. We are scheduled to have our trees trimmed beginning on March 29.
Trees that are not the Association’s responsibility grow too. These trees are the responsibility of each homeowner. Some of these trees are becoming overgrown and need attention. Now is the time for each of us to prepare these trees for the coming storm season. We would not want to see trees falling causing injury or damage to your property or that of your neighbors. Perhaps a conversation with your neighbor might result in cost sharing by engaging the same tree service at a lesser cost to make them ready for the season. Owners who have houses directly opposite theirs are especially encouraged to evaluate their trees.
Now that the house painting has been almost completed we urge you to clean up your driveways, flower beds, mailboxes and anything else that helps maintain the beauty of Devonshire, A personal “shout out” and thanks to Ron Wetmore for leading this project to completion. This is a major expense to the community that exceeds $125,000.00 and practically depletes our financial reserves. The Board has a plan to restore these funds. The exterior of your house has been inspected by the paint provider, Sherwin Williams, and gives Devonshire a six year warranty.
Another topic of discussion was the newly implemented contract with Spectrum, the provider of Internet and TV services. If you have any difficulty with service, billing, etc., the number to call is 855-326-5115.
If you haven’t already gotten your vaccine shots, I urge you to do so. The more who do, gets us to “herd immunity” and our lives back..
Can you believe it has been a year since we were able to fully live the way we were accustomed to do so? Hopefully, there is light coming from that “long tunnel” of lockdown. Hope that by now you have been able to get vaccinated against this dreaded disease.
A few items to bring to your attention as we get closer to our Annual Meeting on March 16
Volunteers are needed to support your Devonshire community. Positions on the Board of Directors, committee positions and other volunteer assignments go unfilled because too many just don’t want to take the time to help. We shouldn’t rely on the same people year after year. Why not make an effort to do your part. Come to the Annual Meeting and let a Board member know of your interest.
Inspections of properties reveal that some of us are becoming less caring of our properties. Now that most of us have newly painted, bright, clean houses, why not take a walk around your property to tidy up? An extra flower pot, a dirty driveway or mailbox, and other misplaced things really detracts from our beautiful Devonshire community.
You Board has accomplished much in the past year. Take a minute to thank them for their service to you and the Devonshire neighborhood.
Look for the listing of additional channels that become available on your Spectrum TV lineup beginning on March 10. We have added 18 new premium channels that provide a variety of movie and new television experiences. These come as part of your Spectrum TV/ Internet service as part of your monthly community assessment at no additional cost to you.
I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting on March 16 at 3:00 p.m. Don’t forget your mask!
Channel Service Channel Service
288 Starz 377 Starz Encore
289 Starz Edge 378 Starz Encore Family
290 Starz Black 379 Starz Encore Classic
291 Starz Kids & Family 380 Starz Encore Westerns
292 Starz Cinema 381 Starz Encore Suspense
299 Starz Comedy 382 Starz Encore Action
364 Epix 383 Starz Encore Black
365 Epix 2 390 Starz Encore Espanol
367 Epix Drive In 1366 Epix Hits
To: Devonshire Residents
From: Ron Wetmore
Paint Committee Chair
Date: January 11, 2021
As you may know, the exterior of the houses of Devonshire are painted periodically at no cost to our residents. There may be some additional expense for certain changes that you may incur (see below).
The project is slated to begin on or about February 1, 2021. Your house may be painted at a later date. Specific dates will be communicated to you as the house painting progresses.
If you are planning to keep your current color scheme, you do not need to do anything further at this time.
If you are planning to make a change or you are not sure, it is important that you contact me at 352-708-6623 before the start date. You will need to review the “color scheme” book to view the available colors and corresponding trims.
As mentioned above, any change will result in an individual charge as follows:
Whole house color change $ 350.00
Trim Only $ 50.00
Door Only* $ 50.00
* Charge applies when color is different than the trim or house color
Additional information will be forthcoming as we get closer to painting your house.
We take pride in asserting that our neighborhood is the best of all the neighborhoods in Kings Ridge.
A recent informal walk through our streets, however, makes one wonder if that is true.
Spotted were dirty mailboxes that haven’t been cleaned in months. Driveways that are blackened with summertime mildew and dirt. Garden beds that haven’t been tended to for weeds, plantings that are dead or dying and some of which are over 48 inches in height, etc. Garage doors that have stains from garage door opening chains have been spotted as well. Etc., etc., etc.
You get the idea.
In the next week or so, take a walk around your house to see if any of this applies to you. Oh, and we don’t mean just the front. Check the sides and rear of your property as well.
The dreaded inspectors will be coming soon with their notepads.
Beat them to the punch. If you see something out of sorts, fix it, clean it, trim it.
Let’s all do our part to ensure that Devonshire lives up to our expectations and continues to be the best neighborhood in Kings Ridge.