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To provide an arena (not a "Blog" spot) for reporting things not in the public media world, this page is dedicated to and designed around activities that are happening in the District, by or on behalf of the Residents.  If you have an item of interest to recommend for posting on this page, please email it to the District Manager:  Kristen.Suit@inframark.com.

Be AwareIf item is time sensitive, page updates are nominally once-per-month.

District Announcements

  • Harmony Businesses — Listed under More Information About Harmony.
  • District Sidewalk Cleaning — Pressure washing schedule initiated 01/02/2018.
  • Garden & Parking Area — Access road resurfaced & will be maintained by HCDD.
    — State Law requires Sales Tax be collected on all rentals.
    — Rental Fees set by HCDD to be administered by HROA.
  • OUC Streetlight Loans — Payoff of final pair of loans completed October 31, 2018.
  • HCDD Meetings — Board Minutes in Summary format only a/o February 28, 2019.

Community Activities

[ See also list below under Around Town. ]


Chairman’s Corner.

  • The Harmony Community Development District held its regular monthly meeting on March 28, 20l9.  We were joined by eight Harmony residents and District Field Staff.
  • Regular readers know that we have been discussing obtaining Buck Lake and about six acres of adjoining land from the Developer in exchange for the CDD absorbing his fee obligations on that land.  Last month the Board charged me with negotiating with the Developer to assemble an agreement covering the myriad of details associated with such a transaction.  In short, these discussions have gone down many paths and taken many turns.  Compounded by the Developer’s two week vacation, we haven’t advanced very far, but we have put several large issues behind us.
  • Speaking of big issues: In neighborhoods I & J (South & East Lakes), it came to light that the CDD was paying for operation and maintenance of street lights that the Developer had purchased.  That has been the de facto method of how streetlights work going all the way back to Neighborhood F.  What is different this time is that The Lakes are private, gated communities with all of the streets & sidewalks within them deeded to their respective HOAs.
  • On the surface, the problem is that the CDD would be using public monies to maintain private property, which is a no-no.  However, reading carefully into the plat maps deeding those areas to the CDD, this problem was contemplated and the deed includes a right-of-way easement in favor of the CDD; and that puts those lights in the public domain.  Additionally, both neighborhoods are easily accessible by anyone, so the general public can benefit from the lights.
  • That determination satisfied the concern but led to another one related to East Lakes, and that involves the landscape maintenance & irrigation.  It seems that the Developer already deeded the land to the CDD, but has not installed the needed water meter nor connected the irrigation system to the MAXICOMM irrigation controller.  As this is this Developers first time “turning over” a neighborhood, we are attributing this to a simple oversight – but is one more point of discussion with the Developer.
  • SERVELLO indicated that tree-trimming is wrapping up and mulching is in its early stages.  They also indicated that they want to extend their contracts, which expire on September 30th, and this is as expected.  You might have noticed some of the white “Conservation Area” signs around Harmony's perimeter, as well as within & along the wooded/wetlands areas.  Over time, these brush areas have slowly encroached on what were grassy areas.  Also, some areas have bushes and trees which grow steadily taller with limbs that overhang & further encroaching on grassy areas.  The point is that, left alone, this growth will march inward and swallow up improved land.  So, we asked SERVELLO to spend some time pushing it all back to the borders that were originally established by those white signs.
  • We awarded Austin Environmental a multi-year contract to monitor those very same conservation areas for invasive plant growths.  The original quote was for $17,900 but after some negotiation, we obtained the same services for $11,900.  This monitoring is not optional; rather, it is required by S. FL. Water Management District to prevent unchecked invasive weed growth.  This monitoring requirement is tied to my request to SERVELLO to push all the excess growth back, simply because things are harder to monitor and control if not kept contained.
  • We approved a $2600 quote to install a semi-rigid, rubberized mulch mat area around the benches in the dog park.  This should alleviate the destruction of the grass there, caused by dogs visiting their owners sitting on the benches.
  • The Board declined to advance my request to provide community-wide cleaning of [i.e., power washing of HROA monitored private residential] sidewalks; though Supervisor Bokunic, who joined us by phone, was distracted during the discussion and came back afterward to say that, had he heard, he would have seconded my motion, because he is in favor of [spending the estimated $50,000 plus the hiring of an additional employee required to provide for] this community service.
  • We will be shaping the Fiscal 2020 Budget at a Workshop on April 25th at 4pm; which will be followed by the regular meeting at 6pm.
  • Thanks for reading — see you next month!!

steve@harmonycdd.org


Acknowledgments

This online reservation system is provided free to Harmony residents through the generosity of Jungle Lasers and Harmony resident, Mark Catanese.  The product used is Geo3.0 (pronounced jee-oh-three-oh).  Currently available only for boats, in the future it may be expanded to include other District Recreational Facilities.

For daily boat operations, contact the Dockmaster (Fri-Sat 407-394-2183; Sun-Thu 407-223-3899).


Board Approvals

  • Fiscal Year 2019 Budget — Fiscal Budget & Assessments – Adopted: 08/30/2018
  • Utility Tractor Purchase — Requested by Field Services – Approved: 09/27/2018
  • Sod Replacement Contract — Throughout Community – Approved: 09/27/2018
  • Pool & Town Square Pavers — Improvement Repairs – Approved: 10/25/2018
  • Ashley Park Pergola — Rebuild of Degraded Structure – Approved: 02/28/2019

Around Town

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