Why don't we have anything?
Unfortunately, the original developer went out of business in 2010 before any amenities were constructed.
Is there a plan to do something?
Yes, there is! We have an architectural/engineering group drawing up the plans now. The plans are on display at 36 Club House Drive. We are now moving to get the required permits and approvals to begin construction.
What is going to be built?
We did an online survey of the members prior to the 2018 Annual Meeting. The top 3 items were the clubhouse, playground, and pool. We will start there and then look to other items in the future.
How much is this going to cost?
The rough estimate is that this is about a $1M project. This includes clubhouse, pool, playground, additional parking, drainage, and all other fees to develop an amenities area of about 1 acre. It could be more or less depending on a variety of factors. Some of that is within our control and some is not. Some choices are ours while other items are going to be required.
When do we pay the annual dues?
Dues are assessed each year on April 1st and are due within 30 days. After 30 days, late fees and interest may apply.
Where does the money go?
Annual dues pay for all HOA expenses such as landscaping, pond maintenance, general maintenance, office supplies, postage, etc. Everything left over goes into reserves to construct the amenities.
Why did the dues go up?
The plan adopted at the 2018 Annual Meeting estimated that the budget needed to build and maintain the amenities would require increases in the annual dues. Prior to 2018, there had never been an increase since the Association was founded in 2004. Expenses went up over 14 years while income stayed the same. The annual dues cannot be raised or lowered more than 20% from year to year without approval from 70% of the members. We all want the dues to be as low as possible. In 2018, the estimated target was around $600/year. With the new homes now being built, that target may change.
At the 2021 Annual Meeting, the membership elected to continue to pursue this plan until the amenities area is complete.
What can the HOA do about the streets, parking, and speeding?
Unfortunately, not much. The neighborhood is part of the City of Savannah. The HOA does not own the streets. We have no authority to do anything with the streets. At this time, we are dependent upon the City of Savannah. For these issues, please call the police or call 311 to report maintenance issues. At the same time, notify your neighbors and the board of directors. The more of us that call, the quicker these issues get addressed.
What about trash cans left on the street or sidewalks?
Trash and recycling also falls to the City of Savannah. The HOA has no rules regarding where the cans go, when they go out, or where they are placed. The City of Savannah does have rules regarding when those cans can be at the curb. If there is a problem, please report it to the City of Savannah by calling 311.