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Pet Laws and Ordinances

We have seen our fair share of pets running loose in the neighborhood and from our Annual Meeting we were asked what the laws are for Pets. This turned out to be a hard question to nail down because there are State Laws and local laws on top of those. Below is a link to the Alabama State Laws:

Alabama State Codes for Pets 

Below is a link to the local Margaret Ordinances for Pets. Also, for those concerned about violations, the violations need to be reported to the authorities, and Facebook is not an authority on this or any matter.

Margaret Pet/Animal Ordinances

2019 Annual HOA Meeting Minutes

The Minutes for the 2019 Annual HOA Meeting can be found using the link below:

2019 Annual HOA Meeting

2019 Annual HOA Meeting

The Annual HOA Meeting is the 2nd Tuesday of April at 7pm at the Brookhaven Clubhouse, which is April 9th this year. You should be getting a letter this week with the meeting announcement and a Board Member registration ballot asking for volunteers for all positions on the HOA Board. If you are interested in running please fill out the form and return it or let one of the existing Board members know. Another letter should be going out before the meeting with nominees to be voted on for the Board positions, otherwise we will have the vote at the Annual Meeting.

The Board has invited the Developer to the Annual Meeting and he has accepted, so Darrell Pittard, Managing Member of Brookhaven Development Partners, will be there to discuss future development plans and take questions. We have been communicating our concerns to Darrell throughout the year and we should be able to address them all at the meeting. If anyone else would like to attend as a guest speaker, please let the Board know ahead of time and we can approve and coordinate the speaker.

After attending a few City Council meetings we are working with the City to get additional Stop Signs installed and rumble strips put in in lieu of Speed Bumps on Brookhaven Drive. We also reached out to our Insurance Carrier to discuss costs of adding additional speed barriers on non City owned roads.

The board has reached out to the City and the Developers about our roads, and the city is working to get the developers to repair the roads, but as with all things political and development related timing is always the issue. So for the 3rd year the HOA has purchased some Blacktop Patch and you may have already seen Harold patching pot holes. So please be careful and patient with any residents that you see repairing the roads where we can. We have also taken the road situation directly to the developer and he said they will be repairing Americana and Horton Drive in the near future and Darrell can elaborate at the meeting. Lakeside Drive also has money set aside for a final seal coat once Development has finished paid for by the Bank, so again, it will be repaired, it is a matter of time.

A few City updates;

  • Construction on a new City Hall will begin soon across the street from North Valley.
  • The City is working with North Valley to build a Park next to North Valley
  • 1 Mile of 2″ of Blacktop paving is roughly $88,000. This price is just for laying blacktop, and does not include prep work or leveling.
  • The County is supposed to be paving Old Acton Road by 2020, It will not be widened, but just get paved.
  • Tenza Yarbrough brought up adding more stops signs on Brookhaven Drive. We also discovered that the City does not maintain stop signs on Roads that they do not manage so the HOA will be buying some replacement stop signs from the City.

6th ANNUAL FOOD & TOY DRIVE

Dear Neighbor,

As the holiday season approaches, it is our natural tendency to want to help those in need. Often though, this desire gets pushed to the back burner with the stress of our own gift shopping, family gatherings, and the general stress of the holiday season. Neighborhood Management, LLC and the Board of Directors for your community would like to help you help others by hosting a food & toy drive in your neighborhood to benefit Toys for Tots and the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Over the past five years, we’ve collected 24,891 pounds of food and countless toy donations! We’d like to make this year bigger and better, so every donation counts!

We know the holiday season is full of joyful hustle and bustle, so in order to make donating as convenient as possible for all our neighbors, a Neighborhood Management Representative will come to the community on Thursday, December 6th to collect all donations. On this day, simply place your donation by your mailbox no later than 8:30 am. We will drive through the community to collect them that morning. Please do not place donations inside your mailbox. Also, if rain is expected on the collection day, please place your donation inside a plastic bag.

What are the most needed food items?
– Canned Tuna or Chicken, Peanut Butter and Jelly*, Cereal/Oatmeal/Grits, Dried or Canned Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta and Pasta Sauce*, Canned Vegetables, Rice

*Please avoid food in glass jars as it can easily break during transport and cause a safety hazard.

What are the most needed toy items?
– Gifts for pre-teens/teens as they are too often forgotten: sporting equipment, bags, balls, books, backpacks, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, etc.

*Please note, Toys for Tots is only able to accept new items, so please save used items for other local charities.

We urge you to contact our office with any questions or concerns regarding this charity event, or you may visit the websites for these organizations at the below links for additional information:
www.toysfortots.org
&
www.feedingal.org

On behalf of the local families in need, our company would like to extend a sincere thank you for all your support!

Pool Opening 2018

The new Pool Liner has been installed and the Pool will be Open for use no later than Friday, May 18th and we will post if it is ready earlier than the 18th. The Pool is being converted to a Salt Water Chlorination System which will create softer water and should save us on Chemical Costs Annually. Don’t worry, it is safe on your eyes and your swim suites. We do ask that you shower at the new outdoor shower by the bathrooms before swimming if you have been to the Lake or River, or been playing Basketball. We have ordered several new Chaise Lounges for the pool that should be arriving in a few weeks. We plan to have the Neighborhood Pool Party on Saturday June 16th with Inflatables, Snow Cones, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers.

Annual HOA Meeting April 17th

It’s that time of year again and residents should have received invoices for the Annual HOA Dues, as well as a letter asking for volunteers for Members of the HOA Board of Directors. We did receive any new volunteers for the HOA Board and Thankfully the existing Board Members were willing to serve again in 2018. If you wanted to volunteer or submitted a request and we did not receive it, please let us know and we will reach out to you. There is still an open position on the Board for the Resident at Large, who is a voting member of the Board and is responsible for managing the HOA committees, so if anyone is interested in that, please let us know as well.

We are currently taking bids on replacing the liner in the Pool, so if anyone can recommend a company we would be glad to get a quote from them as well to replace the liner in the community pool. The developer, Darrell Pittard, has offered to help cover the cost of the new liner since we are not getting the new pool yet, and if that works out we will be using the money budgeted for the Pool Liner for some new patio furniture for the Pool. The Pool is expected to be open in May, so let us know if you have any recommendations soon.

The Annual Meeting for this year will be on Tuesday, April 17th at 7pm. The current President will be traveling for work and will not be able to attend, but the rest of the Board should be present as well as our new representative from Neighborhood Management, DeAnn Ranzy to go over the financials and answer any questions you may have. We should be posting an Agenda for the meeting before the meeting to let everyone know what will be discussed ahead of time, and we expect to have some local political representatives there to speak at the beginning of the meeting, but more details about that will be in the Agenda.