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.

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.

Community meeting being held to discuss speed limit

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Please mark your calendars for an upcoming meeting for Brookwood residents to discuss the possibility of reducing the speed limit within our neighborhood. The meeting is planned for 6pm on Monday, July 22, at the large meeting room at Crosswater Hall.

After a number of neighbors expressed interest in lowering the speed limit from 30mph, your HOA Board of Directors contacted our City Council Member Danny Becton. Becton is hosting the community meeting to discuss the process involved to change the speed limit.

Although a petition for the potential change will be available for residents to sign at the meeting, the community has up to six months to get the required 75% of homeowners to sign. Click on the small image to get a larger view of a handout prepared by Becton’s office.

Holiday Lights contest judging tomorrow

Add your finishing touches to your lighting displays because homes will be judged tomorrow night. Make sure your lights are turned on by 6:30pm because Jeff Edwards, our property manager at First Coast will be judging the displays shortly after that time.

Remember to check your email on Thursday to see if your family won the award … a $50 gift certificate to the Valley Smoke Restaurant on South Roscoe Blvd.

Welcome Committee seeks new members

If you like to meet people, Brookwood’s Welcome welcome-imageCommittee wants your involvement! Committee members are active on average about once a month to greet new homeowners, answer their questions about the area and provide them with a small basket filled with goodies.

Susan Niedenthal now leads the committee and would like to involve more people to warmly welcome each new household to our neighborhood. If you are interested, please send an email to broodwoodhoawebsite@gmail.com.

Property Committee meeting on Monday

The HOA Property Committee will meet at 7pm Monday, January 29th, at 280 Willow Ridge Drive. The committee members will review 2017 costs for common area maintenance and discuss ways to best utilize the 2018 budget dollars related to property maintenance.  They will also discuss landscaper recommendations regarding playground area tree health issues.

Anyone interested in helping the committee is welcome and encouraged to attend. Or, if you can’t make the meeting and would like to provide input, please send your ideas to brookwoodhoawebsite@gmail.com.

Duval County Town Hall Meeting tomorrow

Councilman Danny Becton

The Nocatee Community is invited to a Duval County Town Hall Meeting with Danny Becton, City Councilman representing Nocatee’s Duval County communities. This meeting will take place in the Nocatee Room on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm. Police Assistant Chief Mat Nemeth, Fire Chief Kurt Wilson, and Bill Joyce, Public Works Operation Director will also be in attendance. RSVP to fun@nocatee.com.

Wild Pigs to be trapped

Wild pigs have been encountered in Brookwood, and they will soon be the focus of a professional trapper. David Ray, Nocatee Community Manager, has received numerous complaints about the pigs and not only from Brookwood residents. As this has become an issue for the entire community, the expense will be borne by the Tolomato Community Development District (CDD).

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website, the wild pig, also called the wild hog, wild boar or feral pig, is not a Florida native and may have been introduced by Spanish explorers as early as 1539. They are found in all of Florida’s 67 counties and can reach weights of more than 150 pounds. The pigs feed by rooting with their broad snouts and leave many areas looking like a plowed field.

If you see one of these animals, please remember that they can be dangerous. Although wild hogs usually prefer to run and escape danger, if they are injured, cornered, or with young, they can become aggressive, move with great speed, and cause serious injury (mainly with their hooves and tusks).