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.

Community meeting being held to discuss speed limit

Click on the image to see a larger version

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.

HOA meeting called to discuss covenant compliance process

Your HOA Board members have called a special meeting to cover the new covenant compliance process now that it has been up and running for a few months. It will be held at 5pm on Thursday, June 20, at 280 Willow Ridge Drive.

The meeting has been called to clarify the compliance process for the board and Compliance Enforcement Committee members, but all homeowners are invited. First Coast will report on how the process is proceeding and no other agenda items will be discussed.

The quarterly meeting of the board will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, July 24, in the small conference room at Crosswater Hall. You can always check for upcoming meeting dates on our website home page or on the HOA announcement board at the corner of Willow Ridge and Vestavia.

Brookwood message board installed

If you’ve gone past the playground in the past couple of days, you may have noticed our community’s new board for HOA announcements. The board replaces the temporary signs that were periodically posted at both entrances.

If you haven’t seen it yet, the board is located between the two entrances to the park near the corner of Vestavia and Willow Ridge. Check it out for meeting and event information.