Olsens Win First Yard of the Month Award

Congratulations to Gary and Linda Olsen of 256 Willow Ridge Drive whose tropically-inspired yard won them a $25 gift certificate to a home improvement store.

The Olsens will soon have a sign placed in their yard that other community members will see and receive the certificate in the mail with an award letter.

The award for May was the first given by the HOA board and is anticipated to be given each month through October. The program was designed to recognize community members for their outstanding efforts in making Brookwood a great and beautiful place to live.

Spring Party Cancelled

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the party previously scheduled for 2-4pm on Sunday, March 29, is cancelled. We want to thank two residents, Natalie Rooke, HOA social chair, and Linda Olson for their initial work on planning for the event.

Spring Party and Every Bunny is Invited

Mark your calendars for 2-4pm on Sunday, March 29, because the Easter Bunny will be coming to Brookwood’s playground area for photo shoots. The party, sponsored by our HOA, also will include special treats and yard games during the two-hour event.

Our social committee chair, Natalie Rooke, will be heading up the event. If you would like to help her with the spring party or join her committee, please send an email to BrookwoodHOAWebsite@gmail.com.

Brookwood looks to 2020

A number of items that your HOA started this year will be underway in the new year!

New Accent Colors Although most homeowners won’t be painting outside during the winter, there are 31 new accent colors (for front doors and shutters) available when they’re ready to do so. Sherwin-Williams is working on putting all the colors in an HOA section of its website. In the meantime, you can find different colors using the instructions on our website’s home page.

Speed Limit An effort to reduce the speed limit to 20mph is also proceeding with the city recently being presented with the required number of signatures on a petition. Homeowners will receive an update at the HOA Board Meeting scheduled for January 8.

New Board Member Karen Higgins will be joining the board to replace a vacancy left when Terry Jones was unable to serve for another term. Karen and her husband, Bruce, have attended board meetings since the HOA was first established. Terry will continue helping the HOA as webmaster of www.brookwoodhoa.info.

Volunteer Openings Opportunities to get more involved with your HOA include positions on the Covenant Enforcement Committee and the Architectural Review Board. Time commitments are less than an hour each month to attend meetings if required. Training for both groups will be given early in the new year. Please follow the links above for more details. Contact Aubrie Synan, property manager, at (904) 998-5365 Ext. 231, with your interest.

Remember, time spent helping your community through involvement in the HOA helps maintain and increase long-term property value.

Halloween came early at Brookwood

Costumes, games, pizza and smiles describe the party at the playground recently. Thank you to Natalie Rooke, chair of the social committee, and her parents, Sarah and Ed Rooke, for organizing and setting up Brookwood’s second Halloween party.

Proposed paint colors debut during tomorrow’s Halloween party

Tiny princesses and masked adventure figures are the highlights of tomorrow’s Halloween party, but a display with color swatches on it is also bound to draw some attention.

Homeowners soon will be voting on whether new exterior paint color options should be added to the HOA’s approved list of colors. And, the proposed colors for front doors and shutters will be available for viewing at Sunday’s (Oct. 20) Halloween party at 4pm at the playground.

More background on the proposed colors is available on the homepage of the Brookwood HOA website. Additional information about the Halloween party is available by following this link.

Time/Place Change for tomorrow’s HOA meeting

Due to a lengthy agenda, tomorrow’s (Thursday, Oct. 10) HOA Board Meeting will start at 6:30pm rather than 7, and it will be held at the Remax Real Estate Office at the Nocatee Town Center (to the left of Publix).

Besides its routine agenda items, a proposed pallet of exterior accent paint color options, an update on the community’s speed limit reduction petition, and a review and vote on a proposed operating budget for 2020 will be covered at the meeting.

All homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mark Oct. 20th for a ghoulishly good time!

What’s better than a Halloween gathering? A Halloween gathering with pizza! Join your neighbors at the HOA-sponsored fall social at 4pm on Sunday, October 20th near the Brookwood playground.

There will be Halloween decorations, and games for the kids, says Natalie Rooke, HOA Social Committee Lead. If you can lend Natalie a hand with the arrangements, please contact us at brookwoodhoawebsite@gmail.com and we will let her know.

Residents and children are encouraged to dress up and decorate their golf carts for the occasion. The golf carts will line up so that candy can be given out in a Trunk or Treat fashion. Those without carts are welcome to bring candy and set up a table.

Petition circulating to lower speed limit

Brookwood volunteers will be knocking on your door soon if they haven’t already done so. After a community meeting to understand the process to lower the speed limit, it was decided to complete the first step, getting 75 percent of our households represented on a petition recently received from the city’s Traffic Engineering Department.

Homeowners who attended the meeting expressed an interest in lowering the speed limit to 20 mph because of the number of children in the neighborhood. Megan Wildenstein, on Wayside Lane, is heading up a group of volunteers who will canvass the neighborhood for signatures on the petition. In Brookwood, they will need at least 80 signatures.

The petition consists of two options: speed limit reduction and/or speed humps. Property owners can vote for one or both by checking the appropriate box(es) on the petition. There is only one vote per property.

Property owners would be required to pay 50% of the cost. The estimated cost of each lowered speed limit sign is $275 (property owners’ cost $137.50). The number of signs required as determined by the Traffic Engineering Department is two for a total of $275 that would be borne by Brookwood homeowners.

The six proposed speed humps and their locations are shown on this linked plat. The cost of five speed humps is $2,500 apiece (property owners’ cost $1,250). The one on Willow Ridge Drive just south of Vestavia Court is a raised crosswalk, which would cost $5,500 (our share being $2,750). If passed, Brookwood homeowners would pay $9,000 for the speed humps.

If and when there are enough signatures, the HOA Board will decide how the costs will be paid. One option may be by a one-time special assessment. The city’s Traffic Engineering Division will be responsible for installation.

If you want to sign the petition and haven’t been approached yet to do so, please send an email that includes your name, address and a good time to reach you at home to BrookwoodHOAwebsite@gmail.com and we will pass along your information to Megan’s team.

Two meetings for Brookwood homeowners coming up

Brookwood residents are reminded that there are two meetings this week where all homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The first is a community meeting hosted by our City Council Member Danny Becton to discuss the process involved to change the speed limit in Brookwood. This meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday, July 22, at the large meeting room at Crosswater Hall. Click here for more information.

The second is the quarterly meeting of the HOA Board of Directors. It will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, July 24, in the small conference room at the Nocatee Welcome Center. Click here to see a copy of the agenda.