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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 & 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 at manager@harmonycdd.org.

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

District Announcements

  • Harmony Businesses — Listed under More Information About Harmony.
  • District Sidewalk Cleaning — Pressure wash cycle initiated on January 2, 2018.
  • Garden & Parking Area — Access road resurfaced & will be maintained by HCDD.
    — State Law requires Sales Tax be collected on all rentals.

Community Activities

[ See also list below under Around Town. ]


Chairman’s Corner

  • The Harmony Community Development District (HCDD) held its regularly monthly meeting tonight (09/27/2018).  We were joined by about 12 residents.
  • SERVELLO Landscaping provided their monthly report which is now supplemented by a “punch list” of deficiencies prepared by Field Manager Gerhard van der Snel.  This has been implemented partly because we feel that the quality of the landscape has been slipping in recent months.  We also approved a contract which includes replacement of thousands of square feet of sod throughout the community that is either not up to par or just dead.  This work will commence in October.
  • CATERPILLARS:  You might have noticed some discussion right here regarding these friendly little critters that have become overly friendly with tree leaves around town.  While they defoliate the trees, the experts say that the only true damage they cause is to the look of the tree.  As the only control is to kill the caterpillars, the policy will be hands-off meaning we will not undertake any treatment(s).  If trees end up dying, we will replace them and perhaps then take action against the critters.  It is important to remember that Harmony is a green community that interacts with nature.  In this case, nature may leave us a bit less “green” but we think this is the right approach.
  • TREE TRIMMING:  We expect to implement a comprehensive tree management program in the coming months which will include more extensive trimming than in years past.  More recently, at least two owners have requested that the CDD undertake trimming the trees that have grown over houses.  As this means entering private property, counsel strongly cautioned about doing so.  Additionally, it is established law that it is the property owner’s responsibility to trim any growth that intrudes on his/her property regardless of who owns the tree.  Therefore, CDD policy will include tree management only up to the sidewalk on the house side of any tree.
  • WEBSITE:  In recent years, website accessibility by disable persons has become an issue.  While this may sound absurd, plaintiff’s lawyers are making a living suing governments that don’t provide accessibility.  The costs of doing so are astronomical though more economical methods are being developed quickly.  In the meantime, Supervisor Farnsworth studied this issue and has begun modifying our website and produced two statements detailing our compliance policies and actions we are taking moving forward.  These statements will be posted in the next few days.
  • SALES TAX:  As you might have read, the CDD recently took ownership of the Garden & Commercial Vehicle Parking Areas.  Shortly before we took ownership, a Sales Tax liability related to those facilities was realized.  As the CDD is now the owner, we had to establish a Sales Tax account to cover those facilities.  That is complete and the HROA manager will now be able to bring us up to date.  This is not a CDD cost as the monies have been set aside in the HROA budget.  Though the CDD & HROA are separate entities, we have chosen to have the HROA Manager continue the management, just as they did previously.
  • STREETLIGHTS:  We just completed the FY18 Buyout of streetlights.  Tonight, we approved the last 2 buyouts (FY19) which closes the books on these buyouts.  By doing this, we saved close to a million dollars on a 2 million plus dollar obligation that was costing 10.5% interest.
  • FIELD SERVICES:  Gerhard van der Snel provided his regular monthly report, and it was noted that the Ponds were in very good condition.  We also approved the purchase of a small Tractor/Loader/Backhoe/Mower/Box-Blade machine.  We expect to use this machine to maintain the Garden Path, dig broken sprinkler lines, assist with sidewalk rehab, remove tree stumps, mow miscellaneous grassy areas, clean out vegetation around pond outfalls, and likely other tasks that we haven’t even thought about.  As Harmony grows, so does the equipment list.
  • UNPAID TAXES:  The previous tax cycle has ended and the CDD is owed about $108,000 in unpaid taxes.  This is not troubling as unpaid taxes go into the County tax-certificate-auction system.  In short, somebody buys the certificate and we collect the taxes.  What IS troubling is that about $76,000 of that $108,000 are 2 unpaid bills on land owned by the Developer.  Those bills went into the sale but were not bought possibly because of the CDD debt assigned to the land.  The importance of this is that we will NOT collect the taxes but we still have to pay the bond debt meaning there will be an unanticipated hit to the short term budget.  We have been in contact with the Developer and there are several potential solutions to this, which we will sort through carefully; VERY carefully in fact.
  • BUDGET:  At this time, we are under budgeted spending by about $220,000.  So as has been the case here for a long time, the financial picture is rosy.  And despite the tax situation noted above, the impact will not be immediately significant.
  • FOUNTAINS:  The subject of fountains in the ponds is a popular one; but so far, finding an acceptable way to provide them has proven elusive.  Supervisor Bokunic had an unrelated meeting recently with an aquatics management company and the subject of Harmony ponds & fountains was raised.  One thing led to another and Supervisor Bokunic will work with them to bring a fountain proposal to the Board.  This is a LONG WAY from becoming a reality, but we will certainly keep trying to find an affordable, long-term way to fulfill this frequent resident request.
  • FINAL NOTE:  Over time, there have been complaints that the audience couldn’t hear at least some of the proceedings.  Despite our use of a table microphone and a speaker, we heard that same complaint -“can’t hear”- from a resident last month.  That led us to purchase lapel mics which feed into a speaker.  Last night was our first test of those & the difference was notable.  Best of all the ones we bought are completely unobtrusive.
  • Thanks for taking the time to read; see you next month.

steve@harmonycdd.org


Acknowledgments

This online reservation system has been 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).

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Board Approvals

  • Resurfacing Contract — Buck Lake Basketball Court – Rescinded: 07/26/2018
    [Seeking new Vendor to blacktop, re-grade for drainage, and then resurface.]
  • Garden & Parking Facilities — Rental Fee Schedules – Approved: 07/26/2018
  • 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

Around Town

  • Developer InitiativesExpand Harmony West to Surround Buck Lake
    Rezone Harmony PD to Facilitate Galt’s Landing
  • No Cat Lake Camping — Announced at March 31, 2016 HCDD Board meeting
  • Harmony Volleyball — Lakeshore Park Court:  6:00pm Thursday; all skill levels
  • Board Elections — Supervisor Seats 2 & 4 are up for election on November 6, 2018
    • Candidates for Seat 2:  —  [Daniel Leet; Mark LeMenager; Michael Scarborough]
    • Candidates for Seat 4:  —  [Steve Berube; Walter Wobig]

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