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WINTER FARMERS' MARKET
Did you know that Haymaker Farmers' Market is open for business year round? From the first week in November until the end of May from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays, you can find all kinds of wonderful locally produced items at the United Methodist Church in Kent, 1435 E. Main Street, around back in Pierson Hall!
CITY OF KENT SIREN TEST
Just a reminder that the City of Kent tests its siren systems twice per month: the 1st Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and the 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC
The 5th Annual Neighborhood Picnic was held Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 5 p.m. on Red Fern Circle. There was a great turn-out, including several families new to the neighborhood. There will be pictures posted of the picnic; please check back.
FOLLOWING IS INFORMATION REGARDING PHASE V OF TLAFM, INCLUDING A LETTER FROM DEVELOPER, BOB HEIMANN TO TLAFM BOARD OF DIRECTORS, the final plat, restrictions and title, as well as a letter to the Board of Directors and homeowners regarding the transfer of the Preservation Area in Phase V.
George, Jim and Randy, and Leslie,
Please find the attached copy of the final plat
, and title
) which shows lot sizes, restrictions, and easements. The only change from previous discussions is the building setback line, which is now 55' instead of 50' on lots 3-9, which should make the homes look even better (sitting back an additional 5').
I also wish to inform you that Drees Homes will be building the houses in Phase V.
They will be a great fit and I am very happy to have worked out the arrangement with them. They have also expressed an interest in marketing the condo sites. I am working with them on this and will keep you informed of the outcome.
I will be forwarding their plans and an architectural approval form that the HOA may use if they so choose. I will send it to Kare Condo.
Drees has a model home in Stow on Kent Rd. on the Stow side of where Applebee's restaurant is located. The development they are in is "Stillwood".
Please pass this information on, and forgive me for not having all the officers e-mail addresses!
To: Lakes at Franklin Mills Master Assoc.
From: Robert Heimann
Forest Lakes Development Co.
181 INdian Shadows Dr.
Maryville, TN 37801
Subject: Transfer of 5.4841 acre of Preservation Area to LFM Master Association.
Dear Trustees, Officers and Homeowners,
The Final Plat for Phase V was approved by Kent City Planning Commission. A copy of this plat along with all deed restrictions was previously sent to you in my 6/1/13 e-mail. Now that the plat has been approved, it is my intention to quit claim the deed for the 5.4841 Preservation area shown as soon as the final plat is filed with Portage County.
The nine homes are all single family, fee simple lots, and will be treated the same as the non-lifestyle homes in Phases 3 and 4. The dues that should be assessed on these 9 lots should be as follows:
1) One time fee of $300 at sale of each lot paid to the Master Assn.
2) Annual dues of $250 paid to LFM Master Assoc.
3) These homes will NOT be part of the Lifestyle homes with monthly dues for mowing and snow removal. Each homeowner of Phase V lots will be responsible for mowing and snow removal. These 9 lots will be treated, by way of example, the same as the single family homes on Admore Dr. A copy of this e-mail is being forwarded to Drees Homes.
I spoke with the Portage County Treasurers office about property taxes on the Preservation area today and was told the following:
"If the 5.481 acres is designated as green area or nature preserve or preservation area BY DEED RESTRICTION, with no homes, commercial use or any type of development, they would place a low value on the land such as $1,000, with the corresponding property tax about $24 per year."
The entire 5.4841 acre parcel is restricted to conform to the above on the plat you received in the 6/1/13 e-mail, and should be valued and taxed approximately as shown above.
I would anticipate that the Final Plat will be filed approximately two weeks from now, at which point I will file the quit claim deed to the Master Association.
I am very happy with the selection of Drees Homes as the builder in Phase V. Any interested party can view their model home in Stow on Kent Rd. at the Stillwood Subdivision just west of Aplebees Restaurant.
ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
Thanks to all of the neighborhood participants (and shoppers) at TLAFM Annual Garage sale. There were about 25 families holding garage sales each day. Mark your calendars for next year's sale and start putting aside treasures to turn into cash!
HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION MINUTES AND AGENDAS
Minutes from the HOA Board Meetings and Annual Meetings are posted in the Documents section of the Residents' section of the web page.
MAILBOXES (Single Family Homes, including LifeStyles & Admore Condos):
In an effort to improve the curb appeal of your home, if your mailbox is rusty or missing parts, such as its door, latch or flag, you should replace your mailbox with a white mailbox similar to the one being replaced. Home Improvement stores have white, reasonably‐priced, USPS‐approved replacement mailboxes in white plastic or metal. For example: Home Depot and Lowes have Gilbraltar Mailboxes Standard Size (20" DEPTH) White Galvanized Steel Rural Mailbox, Model #E1100W00, priced at $17.97. A larger size (22 3/8" DEPTH) of the same mailbox price at $24.97 would also be acceptable. Your house number is to be displayed on the door of the mailbox.
If the post holding your mailbox and newspaper holder is wobbly or crooked, it should be made vertical and solid in the ground.
If you have "stuff" that has accumulated in the newpaper holder of your mailbox, now would be a good time to clean it out, also!
Thank you to the neighbors who have replaced their mailboxes; if your mailbox is detracting from the curb appeal of your home, please consider replacing it. A little TLC for your mailbox will greatly improve not only your curb appeal, but the overall look of the neighborhood.
Recommended by the Architectural Review Committee, see: Second Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for the Single Family Homes of The Lakes of Franklin Mills, Article IV,
If residents, family, and/or friends park their cars in the driveway or on the street, please remember to LOCK the car(s)! It can be pretty tempting to passersby to try the doors of cars to see if they are locked -- and relieve them of their contents!
THE LAKES AT FRANKLIN MILLS HANDBOOK OF RULES, REGULATIONS, AND INFORMATION
The Lakes of Franklin Mills Association Handbook of Rules, Regulations and Information
can be found on this web page under "Documents" or "Governing Documents" with most sections marked with virtual “sticky notes” to identify where that specific rule can be found in the Master Association's Declaration. If not marked with a sticky note, the rule will generally fall under architectural oversight or the authority and/or requirement can be found in Chapter 5312 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Please contact KareCondo
, if you have any questions.
~ Did You Know? ~
The city of Kent has instituted a new single source trash hauler program. Please familiarize yourself with it and be sure to sign up.
Just a reminder to all LAFM residents trash blowing around the development is not only unsightly, but it also gets into the lakes and the drainage system that keeps the lakes at a consistent water level. Please secure your trash for pick-up so that we do not have problems with soil erosion and basement flooding.
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~ Neighborhood News ~
KEEP SIDEWALKS FREE OF ICE AND SNOW
Kent City Ordinance 521.15 requires ownders/occupants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, but snow removal is more than just an ordinance, it is part of caring for each other within a comunity, and working together to provide safe, comfortable surroundings for ourselves and out neighbors. When clearing sidewalks and driveways, it is illegal to push snow into the street and/or block the sidewalks. It is especially important to realize that if a contractor is hired for snow removal, keeping the sidewalk clear is the responsibility of both the contractor and the property owner. Please take the time and do your part to remove snow and ice so that we can keep the winter season safe for everyone.
CITY SNOW REMOVAL
Streets in The Lakes at Franklin Mills are considered secondary streets and cul-de-sacs; the policy of the City of Kent is that these streets will be plowed and salted once the snow has ended and all of the main routes, school zones, hills and curves, and bridges have been plowed and salted. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE PARKING BAN ON STREETS WHEN WE HAVE SNOW! If during the winter season you have any questions or comments about snow and ice removal, you may call the Service Department at 330-678-8105.
PARKING LIMITS/BAN ON CITY STREETS
351.13 TWENTY -FOUR HOUR PARKING LIMIT. No person shall park or store any motor vehicle, vehicle, or part thereof on any public street, alley, avenue, court, boulevard, drive or any other type of thoroughfare or right-of-way or part thereof within the City for more than twenty-four consecutive hours, which period shall include moving any vehicle or part thereof to another such public thoroughgare or right-of-way for parking or storage purposes. (Ord. 1964-19. Passed 4-6-64)Be sure that you check the City of Kent website http://www.kentohio.org so that you are familiar with parking regulations on city street; all of the streets and cul de sacs in The Lakes of Franklin Mills are city streets except the condo drives and the drive into the single family homes off of Edgewater Circle.
HOA FINANCIAL INFORMATION
2012 Budget vs. Actual and 2012 Balance Sheet for the LifeStyles homes have been added to the Documents section of the Residents' section of the Web site.
Check out some new albums "Turtles," "Springtime 2013," and "Phase V"! Thanks, resident, Jerry Jividen, for sharing these lovely works of art!
By registering with www.kent.patch.com
you can receive up-to-date information on what's going on in and around Kent.
PET LEASH LAW
Dogs are to be leashed at all times when in Common Areas of the LFM under Kent City Ordinance. Pet owners need to understand their joint and several liabilities with respect the rights of all homeowners and others who may use the walking paths around the Lakes and other public areas, as well as those areas under the responsibility of the LFM Master Association and/or the City of Kent. We appreciate those pet owners who leash their dogs and encourage the rest to do so as well.
It is the pet owners duty to clean up after their pet; it is a Kent law to keep them on the leash, and out of people's yards. If these are infringed upon, the homeowner may contact the Animal Control Officer at the City of Kent Police Department 330-673-7732.
The NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH GROUP was formed in 2010, not out of necessity, but because of a true passion and sense of ownership of our community here in The Lakes at Franklin Mills. Most Groups are set up only after a problem occurs and disbands shortly after the crime stops. Our group is an exception! Our "issues" have been relatively minor this year and we've all pitched in and done our part in ensuring that our neighborhood remains safe!
Neighborhood Watch is all about neighbors helping neighbors. Residents are the best people to know if something in the neighborhood doesn’t look right, or someone doesn’t belong. If you see something suspicious, say something….immediately. Call 330.673.7732
or dial 911 to report suspicious activity. Note a description and direction of travel of people you report.
Although Neighborhood Watch is not a function of The Lakes at Franklin Mills Home Owners Association, additional Neighborhood Watch news and meeting summaries may be found at The Lakes at Franklin Mills web site- http://www.thelakesatfranklinmills.org/
As you are checking your doors before you go close up your home and go to bed for the night, please remember to check that your garage door is DOWN! There is a lot of car and foot traffic through our neighborhood at night and some might find an open garage door too tempting, not to mention the critters that could get into your garage! Better to be safe than sorry!
LIFESTYLES HOMES' EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS
SHUTTERS AND FRONT DOORS
: LifeStyles homes' shutters and front doors were originally painted with ICI (now Glidden Professional Paint) Hawthorne Green
color; it can be purchased from Glidden Professional Paint, 315 E. Market Street (near Perkins Street), Akron, OH 330-762-7271
; they are open 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F.
OUTSIDE TRIM: Lifestyles homes' outside trim is painted with Sawyers Professional Almond color, Glidden Professional Paint.
: The foundation paint used for homes and condos in TLOFM is from Sherwin Williams called: Loxon XP, exterior masonry waterproof paint. The color is to closely match the siding col
or. You can purchase the foundation paint at: the Sherwin Williams store in Stow, at 4333 Kent Road (Rt. 59), 330-688-3088
Aqua Doc is the new service provider for TLAFM ponds.
PROPERTY TAX RE-EVALUATION: