Hello Bridgeview Estates Homeowners:
We have several new residents in the development this year, so we would like to take this opportunity to say Welcome! We hope you find our neighborhood a great place to live.
As we prepare for the change of the seasons, the HOA Board would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few important matters.
The HOA will be opening the gates for its annual Garage Sale, which takes place the first full weekend in June –the 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). We will again advertise the event. Gates will be opened from 8am -5pm all three days. If you would like to be part of the committee to put this together, help with advertising, signs, etc., please contact a Board member.
Pet Rules for HOA Harmony
Our association is proud to be pet-friendly, and we’re happy your four-legged family members are part of our community. Of course, like any good neighbor, it’s important that these pets don’t create an unpleasant environment for everyone else. To avoid unnecessary disputes and potential rule violations, here are some guidelines owners should follow to ensure their furry friends continue to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Read the Rules: While we welcome pets in our association, we have a few rules and requirements. Please check our website or the association’s governing documents for more information.
Keep it Clean: No one wants to see, smell or accidentally step in the “gift” your dog left on the grassy common area or sidewalk. So when your dog needs to go, be sure to properly dispose of it, preferably in a pet waste disposal can. Not only will this keep our community looking better, but it will help keep ground water clean and help prevent the spread of fecal-borne diseases.
Quiet Down: Pets will be noisy from time to time. However, when loud barking or meowing becomes annoying to neighbors, it’s time to help your pet become less talkative. First, try to find out what causes your pets to get vocal: Do they get noisy when they’ve been alone and bored all day and need some playtime? Have they gone through a stressful change in environment recently? Are they suffering from health issues? Do they simply like saying “hello” to every squirrel, person or car that passes by? When you’ve identified the cause, take remedial actions such as confining them to an area where they feel calm while you’re away, removing or blocking as many stimuli as possible, exercising them more and spending more time with them. You can also take them to a professional or search online for tips on how to train your pets not to get too noisy.
No Wandering: For the safety of your pets as well as all residents, please do not allow your pets to roam unattended outside. Along with helping protect your pets, leashing your dog is the law. We have had several complaints already this year from homeowners who are not putting their dogs on a leash, letting them roam. For the safety of your pet, lease make sure it is on a leash, even while you are walking it!
As warm weather approaches, we can expect a significant increase in vegetation and growth. Complaints regarding weeds, moss, overgrowth, and other landscaping issues are already being received.
As a reminder to residents, the blooming flowers come with a few maintenance responsibilities. In order to keep Bridgeview looking its best, all lots must be kept in a neat and orderly condition. This includes mowing, watering, trimming, and maintaining weed free lawns and flowerbeds. All grass must be cut to at around a six inch maximum and mowed in sufficient intervals to prevent the creation of a nuisance or fire hazard. Please respect your neighbors and community by adhering to the landscaping standards set forth in this section. It is unfair to neighbors who work diligently in their yards to maintain them looking good when neighbors fail to do so. If you do not have time to maintain the yard, there are several yard maintenance companies that already work in the neighborhood that are very reasonably priced.
HOA Website / Facebook Page:
For those of you who may not yet be aware, the HOA has a Facebook Page that is invitation-only for community members. This is a closed page beyond just the generic front page. Once there, you will need to request an invitation, which will then be granted to view the page.
In addition, the community has a website where you may access the governing documents, meeting minutes, financial statements, budgets, newsletters, and reminders. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website so you will receive automatic email updates when new items are posted. The new website address is http://www.BridgeviewEstates.wordpress.com.
Within both the website and Facebook, we will post items of significance within the HOA, so it is encouraged that you have an account associated with them to get current information.
Speed Limit and Street Parking:
The speed limit in the community is 20 MPH. While the streets are not a playground, they are often the place where children like to play, especially as the weather changes and children venture outside. We need to be sure to take it slow when driving through the neighborhood. We have again received numerous complaints about speeders and people texting while driving. Please make sure to follow the speed limit and keep your eyes on the road and not your phone.
We also have had complaints from homeowners as a result of cars parking on corners, facing the wrong way on the streets, and parking across the sidewalk, blocking peoples’ ability to use the sidewalk. Please know that not only are all of these items traffic violations, they are also inconsiderate of your neighbors, and create a liability. Please make sure that you adhere to the laws. Just because we are in a gated community does not mean that the laws don’t apply to us.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your attention and consideration of the issues contained in this letter. We are all part of the same community, and want everyone to be safe and to enjoy the neighborhood.
~ Bridgeview Estates Board of Directors