LAKE EROSION by Ken Heckert
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
A Florida state lake erosion specialist inspected three Rivendell lakes recently and made two major recommendations: • The best way to combat erosion is by having plants in the buffer zone. • The best way to forestall dredging is to prevent soil erosion; it also helps to keep grass clippings and other debris from going into the water.
Why am I the third president of the RCA in six months? Well, a major factor is the highly personal attacks on the board and some of its members over that time period and the fact that the association has had to spend over $2,300 of its money responding to those assaults. If you will permit me to bore you with some basic facts, I will try to put much of this matter in perspective and also show why the board must act to protect the interests of the whole against the special interests of a few. Fifteen years ago, a new development was set up called Rivendell; the filings with Sarasota County put specific limits on this property including what could and could not be done on lots and the common area. Those limits and rules, called Deed Restrictions, are noted on every deed to the land that is passed from one owner to the next here. They are by law in effect for the next 85 years and then extendable after that. When an owner purchases a property here, the deed describes the limits of that owner’s property based on a recorded plat and reminds them of the deed restrictions. Each of us can look those restrictions up in the official county records either on the web or in person. They are also available on our community web site.
On September 9, Steve Ellis, Senior Field Technician of Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) visited Rivendell to look at our lake erosion problem. Meeting with Russ Hoffman, Dave Gill, Ken Heckert, Peter Wilson, Vic McMurry, Gloria Champer, Otis Berkhan, and Carol Heckert, Ellis gave us the following information: 1. All of our lakes and ponds are storm water ponds. As these ponds are surrounded by a buffer zone of common area; they are the responsibility of the homeowners association and not the individual homeowners. All interaction with SWFWMD should be through a community representative, rather than with individual homeowners. Continues on page 3
Florida Friendly Yards Update by Carol Heckert
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On September 10th, Claudia Lewis held a meeting at our home with Rivendell homeowners who have had Florida Friendly Yards installed. Claudia has asked the six homeowners to participate in a study monitoring and reporting on the wildlife we see in our yards. She also asked us to report on the time and expenses we incur in caring for our Florida Friendly yards. Claudia gave us all a variety of books on plants, insects, butterflies, etc. to help us care for our gardens and to monitor the wildlife in our yards. ■
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2. The best means of combating erosion is by having plants on the buffer zone and in the water near the buffer zone. 3. Both riprap and retaining walls can reduce erosion, but both are expensive and can negatively affect lakes by creating a barrier between upland areas and the shoreline. Riprap should only be used where necessary and never to replace a stable, naturally vegetated shoreline. As riprap and retaining walls may require a permit, the homeowner association must ask Sarasota County if a permit is needed prior to their use. 4. Another means of preventing erosion is the installation of underground piping that carries water from a home's downspouts directly into the storm water pond. Vic McMurry has already installed this piping, which along with his shoreline plantings has eliminated his erosion problem. Only 20 to 30 Rivendell homes need to consider this preventative measure. 5. Mr. Ellis was asked about the need for dredging. He replied that the sole concern of SWFWMD is the functioning of the stormwater ponds. Their purpose is to prevent flooding and to filter nutrients and chemicals out of the water before the water runs off into an aquifer, river or estuary. Dredging is needed when the pond can no longer perform these functions effectively. 6. The best means of forestalling the need for dredging is to keep dirt, vegetation and grass clippings from going into the water. Dirt is kept out by preventing soil erosion. Grass clippings are kept out by ensuring that when grass is cut, the clippings fly toward the house rather than into the water. All homeowners and landscapers should be warned that they could be fined for sending grass clippings into the stormwater ponds. The Environmental Committee recommends maintaining a 6-9 foot no-mow zone along our lakes.
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CONTENTS Message from the President ................................. 1 Lake Erosion......................................................... 1 Florida Friendly Yards Update .............................. 1 Did You Know? ..................................................... 5 Real Estate Market ............................................... 5 Nature’s Notebook ................................................ 6 On My Mind .......................................................... 7 Spiny-Tailed Iguanas ............................................ 8 For Sale ................................................................ 8 Book Club ............................................................. 8 Tai Chi, Anyone? .................................................. 9 Recipe Roundup ................................................. 10 Eating Out .......................................................... 10 Ed’s Corner ........................................................ 11 Two New ARC Forms .................................... 14,15 Who We Are ....................................................... 16 Oct. 2009 Rivendell Board of Directors ............... 16 Rivendell Board Minutes ..................................... 17
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One of the major elements of Rivendell is the massive common area - approximately 210 acres that belong to all of us in an equal share. The restrictions are very clear that “Nothing shall be stored, constructed within, planted or removed from the common area, except with the prior written approval of the board.” ... and further that “No owner, tenant or other occupant of a unit shall make use of the community common areas in such a manner to abridge the equal rights of the other owners to their use and enjoyment.” There are also requirements for additional permission and clearance from the county or state to do certain things in the lakes or open space and preserves. It is clear that no one may do these things and yet a few owners still do try to take these areas as their own and limit access or enjoyment of others. They also expose the RCA to serious fines and penalties. These fines can run as much as $500 per day of the violations. The board has an obligation to enforce the deed restrictions; the legal and ethical demands are that we do it fairly equally and without special treatment to anyone. Recently there has come to light some very aggressive violations of the common area by a very few residents and two of those residents mounted a campaign to preemptively stop the board from enforcing the deed restrictions and in effect give away the affected common area to these owners. Accusations of personal vendettas and illegal searches, outrageous spending on legal bills and more were sent out via emails and other communications. Since we only have about 25 volunteers out of the 498 owners here, there is a lot of work that needs to be done and such a battle - for someone who has a life and high standards - is not a distraction for which they volunteered. The community owes them better treatment and more support. The board has had to spend an inordinate amount of time on these two matters that should be capable of being dealt with the same way the other eight recent incidents were - by the voluntary compliance of the owners (often at some expense on their part), but without accusations or legal action, because it was the right thing to do in keeping with their obligations and responsibilities under the deed restrictions.
Being on the board is a volunteer job, as are all our committees, and it takes a great deal of time and personal effort; these efforts are rewarded by seeing the community stay clean and healthy and our high standards maintained. But these efforts also expose us to having to make some tough decisions when issues arise, and we make those based on our best judgment of the rules and the deed restrictions along with the state and local laws and regulations. It is often like having a farm to run; without the help of the 20 or so volunteers on the various committees, it would cost substantially more than it does. We manage a budget in excess of $300,000 and try to keep costs under control so we don’t need to raise dues. We also work through a management company to accomplish much of the administrative work. It all takes time and all of us do it for the benefit of the community at large. Accusing committee and board members of acting to persecute an individual owner and distracting them from their important jobs seems to me to be very selfish and unfair. So where does this leave us today? Having spent nearly 50% of the board’s time dealing with only a couple of owners in the past six months is hardly efficient or worthwhile except that if we don’t deal with these matters now, we can soon have many others taking common area for themselves and situations where the community will have to pay fines for violating state and county regulations. My preference is to move on and simply maintain our common areas, have the owners follow the rules and respect their neighbor’s rights and ownership, and do the right thing. We are updating and preparing clearer guidelines for the maintenance of the common areas and will be publishing these in the next month or so. We are preparing to deal with the very serious problem of how to preserve the standards of appearance for homes that have been abandoned or are in foreclosure and we are looking at what we can do to minimize the costs of maintaining our common area. I invite each of you to join the rest of us in attending meetings, volunteering for committees, and generally supporting your neighbors in helping to keep our neighborhood standards high and our common areas enjoyable for all of us as they were intended and platted when Rivendell was established. Thank you for taking the time to read through this; please feel free to contact me or any board or committee member to volunteer or to give constructive feedback or ideas. ■
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DID YOU KNOW? According to the Environmental Protection Agency: • A power push mower emits as much pollution in an hour as 11 cars. • A riding mower emits as much pollution in an hour as 34 cars. • Native plants work much better than traditional mowed grass as a carbon sink due to their extensive root systems and increased ability to retain and store water. • The few ounces spilled during each refueling of lawn and garden equipment adds up to 17,000,000 gallons of gasoline nationwide every summer. • Annual US nitrous oxide emission began rising sharply from 2003 – 2005, largely as a result of increases in synthetic fertilizers (DOE EIA). • It requires 22,159 Btu to produce a pound of nitrogen (USDA), 111 tons of CO2 equivalent or emissions from 20 cars. • It requires about 180,00 Btu to produce one pound of insecticide or herbicide (USDA), 900 tons of CO2 equivalent or emissions from 165 cars. Excerpted from Landscaping for Climate Change, Guidelines for Reducing your Carbon and Nitrogen Footprint, published by Sarasota County and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. Questions? Email Julia@sarasotabay.org or call Julia Burch at 941-955-8085.
REAL ESTATE CORNER by Barb Gahry Is the real estate market starting to rebound? Seems to be but maybe it's only a blip on the screen. What we DO know is that there are far fewer homes on the market this year than last year and that those homes that are well priced are selling. In Rivendell, as of this writing, there are 11 homes for sale with 19 sales from January through August 2009. Last year, there were 20 sales in the same time period; however, the inventory was more than twice what it is now. Prices have continued to come down over the year. However, if one backs out the appreciation that occurred in the "bubble years," one can see that prices are pretty much where they should be at this point. If you bought during the bubble and need to sell, there's probably going to be a loss. According to the Sarasota Association of Realtors, the Sarasota market in July 2009 was much better than last year at this time, with total unit sales up 29 percent to 595; the months of home supply on the market has decreased to levels not seen in the last three years. Some 450 single family and 145 condos sold in July 2009, compared with 331 and 130 units sold during July 2008. The statistics over the last few months seem to indicate a market that's beginning to recover. The caveat, however, is that there are still a number of homes yet to come on the market with foreclosures and short sales...we haven't seen the end of this yet. In Rivendell alone, there are some 14 homes, as of this writing, either in the process of foreclosure or that have been foreclosed. ■
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Former State Sen. Lisa Carlton releases a rescued eagle in Sarasota County; a recent visitor to the McMurrys' butterfly garden; and a baby deer leads her parents on a successful search for food in the McMurrys' back yard. Photos by Debbie and Vic McMurry.
NATURE’S NOTEBOOK by Debbie McMurry Our neighborhood eagles have returned home. The female eagle was first noticed by yours truly on Thursday, Aug. 19th around 11:30 A.M. I noticed her sitting on the nest, panting! Who could blame her -- it has been hot. Sunday, Aug. 21st, Vic and I both saw mom and pop eagle soaring over our neighborhood. We both watched as they flew out of sight. Last year the female eagle also returned in August, whereas historically, female eagles have not returned here until mid-September. These early returns look as if they may continue. We’ll see what happens next year! Aug. 27th was also an exciting day for Vic and me. We witnessed the release of a 7-month old eagle. Last April a set of eagles hatched two eaglets near Sara Bay Golf and Country Club. Both eaglets became very sick with avian pox (a disease passed by mosquitoes). Unfortunately one of the eaglets died; the Audubon Society of Florida rescued the other. The eaglet recuperated in the hospital in Maitland, FL for many weeks. When it was time to release him back to the wild, an email was sent out to all the volunteers. The message was basically, “Help us find the juvenile a home!” Of course I suggested Sarasota County. The bird was driven to T. Mabry Carlton Reserve. Former State Senator Lisa Carlton held the bird as the hood was removed
from its head. The juvenile remained in her arms for seconds before he realized, “I’m free!” Off he flew. Lisa Carlton took a step back from the jolt of the bird jumping out of her arms. We all watched the bird as he flew further away. SNN News channel 6 recorded the event. If you go to their website and click on “release of eagle 8-27-2009,” you’ll view this thrilling sight. The deer families have been busy this summer: two new fawns, one about 4 to 6 weeks, the latest within a few days. Vic took the picture of the three that accompanies this article. Last night when it was almost dark I saw a deer coming toward us from the park. I lost sight of him between the windows. I wondered where he went. I got up out of the Lazy Boy and glanced out the rear window. There SHE was, slowly moving, glancing behind her. Tripping through the tall grass was a very small fawn. We have a small patch of mimosa growing in our backyard that enticed the little deer. It stayed and nibbled on the grass for quite a few minutes. I told Vic we need to make our entire backyard mimosa! Not a day goes by in the neighborhood when I am not entertained! Even our butterfly garden (which is huge now) has so many species. The most beautiful is the Zebra Swallowtail. One plant, the Golden Dewdrop, had six swallowtails on it. Unfortunately, that same armadillo was back again!! ■
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ON MY MIND by Russ Hoffman Rules against Intruding in our Preserves The area behind some Rivendell homes and back yards is designated as preserve. These preserves are regulated by two governmental agencies: the Sarasota County Resource Protection Department and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). Problems sometimes arise between homeowners and these government agencies because most people do not know that the area is a preserve or do not realize what rules are enforced in the preserves. The preserve boundary is typically the back property line; even a one-foot intrusion into the preserve can cause problems with one of the agencies. You may be surprised to learn that ALL of the following are prohibited in the preserve: 1. Storing any equipment or supplies 2. Storing landscape debris, including anything that was cut near the preserve. 3. Mowing of any kind. 4. Planting any non-native plant. 5. Installing landscape lighting. 6. Spraying native plants with herbicide. 7. Cutting or removing any plant material. 8. Adding mulch. 9. Chemical disposal. There are exceptions to some of the activities listed above, but they must be authorized by the owner (our community) and carried out by environmental professionals. The preserve owner is required to remove all non-native plants, such as Brazilian pepper, Melaleuca, climbing fern and a hundred other invasive species. Both government agencies can enforce penalties for preserve intrusions. The intrusion correction consists of the following; 1. An intrusion report. 2. A restoration plan filed with the county. 3. Removing any non-native plants. 4. Planting native plants common to that habitat. 5. Monitoring the area and sending environmental monitoring reports to the agencies every six months for one to three years. This usually costs about $1,500. The agencies deal exclusively with the preserve owner – the homeowners’ association, and that association passes the costs on to the property owner adjacent to the preserve.
Here is what you may do in a preserve; 1. You may cut plant material that overhangs your property. 2. You are encouraged to call the property manager if you notice any non-native plants in the preserve. 3. You may walk in the preserve (at your own risk) as long as you do not cause significant damage to the plants. ■
Request to our Green Community For the health of our lakes, please comply with Sarasota County requirements when applying fertilizers and chemicals. A 3 to 6 foot strip of no fertilizer and “no mow/seldom mow” will help keep our lakes healthy. If you have a lawn care contractor, take the time to ask if he is licensed by the County and follows their fertilizer regulations. County Fertilizer Regulations can be found on the County Website at: http://www.scgov.net/EnvironmentalServices/ Water/SurfaceWater/ documents/121107FertilizerBrochure.pdf
Rivendell Lakes Management Please contact Russ Hoffman, Rivendell Lakes Manager, if you have questions about: • Rivendell lakes or shorelines, • Florida Friendly Yards project, or • FireWise Community practices. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 488-1942
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The gathering storm: Spiny-tailed iguanas By Eric Ernst in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Friday, August 21, 2009. Put in a plug for the cookbook, George Cera said. It's called "Save Florida; Eat an Iguana." Cera wrote it, and he was only half-kidding about the plug. Pickings have been kind of slim for the Sarasota reptile trapper since his contract on Gasparilla Island expired in November. That may change soon, though, judging from the rise in sightings of Cera's nemesis, the black spiny-tailed iguana. The exotic reptiles, native to Mexico and probably descendants of released "pets," have migrated into Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties. And if Boca Grande is any indication, they're here to stay. All we can do is try to contain them, as Cera did on Gasparilla, where he shot about 16,000 with a pellet gun last year. While the larger pythons and monitor lizards may grab the headlines these days, the iguanas are every bit as threatening, if not more so. These are not cute, cuddly animals waiting to become house pets. They're a scourge, ranking right up there with African bees, Formosan termites and crazy ants because they've shown up in a part of the world where they're not supposed to live. They strip plants of their flowers. They carry salmonella. Their excrement can cover a yard. They undermine seawalls. And, they can decimate native populations of birds, gopher tortoises and smaller lizards either by eating them, eating their eggs or eating all the food the other animals need. Cera says Boca Grande has no gopher tortoises younger than 10 years. The iguanas have devoured all the eggs.
Now they seem to be spreading along the coast. Ignoring them is not an option. Boca Grande tried. But considering that female spiny-tails lay five to eight clutches a year and that each clutch contains 12 to 88 eggs, it doesn't take long to establish a colony. The iguanas have started to show up in Sarasota County parks, most notably at Lemon Bay in Englewood, Shamrock in South Venice and Turtle Beach on Siesta Key. Trapper Robert Taylor of R and K Nuisance Animal Removal says he caught 30 iguanas in two days at Holiday Estates, a subdivision on the Charlotte County side of Englewood. That raises another point. Iguanas aren't just appearing on public land. They're burrowing under sheds, climbing into attics and coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Eric Ernst's column runs Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Contact him at eric.ernst@heraldtribune. com or (941) 486-3073. â–
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BOOK GROUP SCHEDULE by Marilyn Probert The Book Group will meet on Monday, October 12 at the home of Carol Heckert at 808 Placid Lake Drive. Her phone number is 918 9528. Barbara Gahry will be leading the discussion on "Gardens of Water" by Alan Drew. This is a novel concerning the repercussions that occur when an earthquake dramatically alters the lives of the families of a young Kurdish girl and an American boy who become romantically involved. The November 9th book selection will be "The Interpretation of Murder" by Jed Rubenfeld. This is a psychological thriller in which Sigmund Freud is brought into the case of a hysterical young heiress who has no memory of a brutal attack by a sadistic killer. This suspenseful novel takes place in New York City and acquaints the reader with a wide range of people from socialites to laborers building the Manhattan Bridge. Jan Berntsen will host the meeting at 710 Shadow Bay Way, phone 918 - 9240. I will be leading the discussion. The Book Group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. All Rivendell residents are welcome; if you wish to attend any meeting, please call that month's hostess.
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Tai Chi, Anyone? By Mike Bergman On most Thursday evenings Rosalind and I, and our neighbor, Sara Jones are at the Nokomis Community Center at a Tai Chi class. We’re there for the health benefits this 800-year old Chinese art teaches. It involves a sequence of 108 gentle movements involving stretching and turning. It benefits the tendons, joints and spine, connective tissue and internal organs. It seeks to increase circulation and balance, as well as to increase strength and flexibility. Tai Chi is a weight-bearing exercise, so it helps build a stronger bone mass density. Oh, and it’s also fun to do. That’s quite a lot to expect from a health regimen, but Tai Chi has had hundreds of years to evolve. Our group is part of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society, a non-profit and charitable organization. We meet in Nokomis on Thursday nights, and most other mornings or evenings at our facility in Sarasota. Our accredited instructors are all volunteers. The environment is conducive to learning and helping others. It takes 3 to 4 months to learn the basic sequence of 108 moves, and can be done by people of all ages and health conditions. There are even ongoing health recovery classes. Once you learn the set of moves, the stage is set for a lifetime of exploring the depths of Tai Chi, peeling away the layers of subtlety and nuance. Rosalind says she appreciates the way Tai Chi has loosened up her body, enabling her to turn her hips and neck a lot more. It has decreased her back pain, and helped to make her more sure-footed. Sara feels it has helped improve her memory and balance. It has helped her prevent falls. She thinks it is important as we age to keep flexible. I’m grateful to have classes so accessible and frequent. With my crazy work schedule I don’t have a regular day or night off each week. It has taken me many years to find a Tai Chi class that could accommodate me. Beginner classes usually are once or twice a week, and meet on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings in Sarasota, as well as Tuesday morning in North Port and Thursday evenings in Nokomis. There are special rates for seniors, families, and youths. I’d suggest anyone interested come with us on a Thursday to see if you’d like it. There’s no charge to check it out. After the initial 4 months, ongoing classes are available most mornings and evenings, including weekends. Membership in the Taoist Tai Chi Society covers the cost of classes, and is tax deductible. They can be reached at Taoist Tai Chi Society 2888-B Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, Fl 34237 941-365-0999 or at their local website at www.sarasota.florida.usa.taoist.org. We hope to see you there.
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RECIPE ROUNDUP Editors’ Note – The following is a favored company recipe of newsletter co-editors Nancy Wettlaufer and Linda Pearlstein. They decided to include the recipe to honor the memory of Sheila Lukins, co-author with Julie Russo of the first Silver Palate Cookbook 25 years ago. Lukins died recently. She and Russo favored the use of fresh foods and sophisticated menus, and introduced these menus in their best-selling cookbooks. Here are some notes from epicurious.com about this hugely popular dish:
Chicken Marbella This was the first main-course dish to be offered at The Silver Palate, and the distinctive colors and flavors of the prunes, olives and capers have kept it a favorite for years. It's good hot or at room temperature. When prepared with small drumsticks and wings, it makes a delicious hors d'oeuvre. The overnight marinating is essential to the moistness of the finished product: the chicken keeps and even improves over several days of refrigeration; it travels well and makes excellent picnic fare. Since Chicken Marbella is such a spectacular party dish, we give quantities to serve 10 to 12, but the recipe can be divided to make smaller amounts if you wish. Makes 10-12 servings 4 chickens, 2 1/2 pounds each, quartered 1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed 1/4 cup dried oregano coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup pitted prunes 1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives 1/2 cup capers with a bit of juice 6 bay leaves 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white wine 1/4 cup Italian parsley or fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine chicken quarters, garlic, oregano, pepper and coarse salt to taste, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers and juice, and bay leaves. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, overnight. Arrange chicken in a single layer in one or two large, shallow baking pans and spoon marinade over it evenly. Sprinkle chicken pieces with brown sugar and pour white wine around them. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, basting frequently with pan juices. Chicken is done when thigh pieces, pricked with a fork at their thickest, yield clear yellow (rather than pink) juice. With a slotted spoon transfer chicken, prunes, olives and capers to a serving platter. Moisten with a few spoonfuls of pan juices and sprinkle generously with parsley or cilantro. Pass remaining pan juices in a sauceboat. To serve Chicken Marbella cold, cool to room temperature in cooking juices before transferring to a serving platter. If chicken has been covered and refrigerated, allow it to return to room temperature before serving. Spoon some of the reserved juices over chicken.
EATING OUT Thanks to an enthusiastic recommendation from Lew and Eliane McDaniel, we enjoyed two wonderful lunches from Pizzeria della Nonna, a surprisingly excellent little restaurant in Square South Plaza (near First Watch) at 8383 Tamiami Trail where everything is made fresh. I observed the owner roll out the pizza dough he makes from scratch, add our selected ingredients, and produce wonderfully tasty results. The next day, we dropped by for Gyros, complete with superb homemade tzatziki sauce. The menu is almost larger than the restaurant, as it calls us back to sample: grinders, wraps, calzones, baked pastas, and a variety of interesting salads; even bruchetta, made with fresh tomatoes and feta cheese. The prices for these quality items are extremely reasonable, and the owner apparently never goes home; he’s open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from noon until 9. Indoor and outdoor seating is available as is carryout. Linda Pearlstein
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ED’S CORNER Did you know a CT scan exposes you to radiation many many times higher than a routine CXR? Aug. 26, 2009 -- As many as 4 million US adults under age 65 are being exposed to high, potentially cancer-causing levels of radiation from medical imaging tests of unproven value, according to a new government-funded study published in the August 24, 2009 issue of New England Journal of Medicine. The analysis of 1 million non-elderly adults found that roughly two-thirds had at least one medical imaging test resulting in radiation exposure and one-fifth were exposed to moderate-to-high doses of radiation during the study period. Nuclear imaging (often done to check for heart disease) and CT scans delivered the most radiation. An estimated 2% of cancers in the U.S. are caused by radiation exposure from CT-related imaging alone. • Per capita radiation doses in the U.S. have risen sixfold since the early 1980s as a result of greater utilization of medical imaging tests performed to diagnose and monitor a wide range of diseases. Three-fourths of radiation exposure, with nuclear stress tests, also known as myocardial perfusion imaging, identified as the procedure accounting for the largest single radiation exposure.
Radiation exposure is commonly measured in millisieverts (mSv). The average person in the U. S. can expect to receive no more than 3 mSv of exposure per year from naturally occurring background radiation. An exposure of greater than 20 mSv is considered high, while greater than 3 mSv to 20 mSv is considered moderate. Myocardial perfusion imaging for heart disease delivers about 15 mSv per test and CT angiography delivers 5mSv. A chest X-ray (CXR) has a radiation exposure of only 0.1mSv. Compare that to an abdominal CT of about 8-10mSv (equivalent to radiation from 80-100CXRs!). For some tests, like mammography, the benefits are clear. But for others, like nuclear stress testing to identify heart disease, the risks may very well outweigh the benefits. ■
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Mike Bergman, commented on plantings around the lake banks.
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING August 17, 2009
Lew McDaniel, asked if Mr. Heckert had addressed his plantings in the common area with the Board. Mr. Heckert replied that he did realize it was an issue that he had to resolve because it is a common area and he is working with the Board to find a resolution.
A REGULAR MEETING of the Board of Directors was scheduled at 6:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church 265 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. The meeting was called to order by Dr. Jurczyk at 6:02 P.M. Notice of the meeting was posted in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association and the requirements of Florida statutes. The following Directors were present: David Gill, Ralf Jurczyk, Bill Straw and Mary Marryott A quorum was present. Approval of meeting minutes, Mr. Gill made a motion and Ms. Marryott seconded to approve the June 1st, 2009 Board of Directors Meeting. Motion passed. A motion was made by Mr. Gill and seconded by Ms. Marryott to approve the Special Meeting minutes of June 16th, 2009. Motion passed. Mr. Jurczyk read aloud from the Meeting Protocol. Mr. Straw recommended that all owners in attendance turn off or silence their cell phones. Election of Officers, the Board voted by secret ballot. The Manager tallied the votes and the results were as follows: President: Vice President: Secretary: Treasurer: Director:
Bill Straw Ralf Jurczyk Mary Marryott David Gill To be determined
Appointment of New Board Member, a motion was made by Mr. Straw and seconded by Mr. Gill to appoint the new Board member effective at the end of the Board meeting. Motion passed. The Board reviewed each candidate for the open seat. After discussion, the Board submitted their votes via ballot and the Manager tallied the votes. The results were forwarded to the Mr. Straw and Mr. Straw announced Mr. Stepien has the majority of votes. The Board thanked all the candidates who volunteered for the Board position. Dr. Jurczyk made a motion to post all future candidate resumes on line for review. There was no second. Motion did not pass. TREASURERS REPORT: Mr. Gill submitted his report (attachment #1) Mr. Gill submitted a petty cash record to the Manager. Owner’s comments on agenda items, Carol Heckert, 808 Placid Lake Drive expressed concerns that addresses several agenda items. The last three Board Presidents have resigned before their terms are up. Mrs. Heckert felt that residents should be more respectful and kind to one another because the current tone amongst owners is setting a bad tone in the community and there has been an instance where a prospective resident decided to not purchase a home in Rivendell because of the current status of the tone in the Community. Nicole Jurczyk, 638 Rivendell expressed her concerns that the community has transformed into a community that no one wants to live in and it is unfortunate.
Mary Kennedy- 946 Scherer Way, inquired about the homes in foreclosure and if there could be some sort of maintaining of the yard and appearance. Mr. Straw reported the Statues and Deed restrictions do not allow the community to enter on the property. The Board is working the attorney allow minimal landscape and will present results to the owners. It may require a vote by all homeowners. Lori Turner, Anna Hope Lane, commented that in some cases the banks have not taken title to the property so they don’t have to pay maintenance fees so the yard remains unattended to. Deb Larison, 702 Anna Hope, felt Rivendell has been a great community to live in and the tone at the Board meeting seems to be unpleasant. The only issue she has had is determining payments of the master fees (RCA) and sub association (Woodland Villas) fees. There have been difficulties with the Management Company and the Board should consider the amount that is budgeted to them for their maintenance services. REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES: Website, Mr. Warner submitted a report (see attachment #2) and reported a resident has forwarded the official website for the Rivendell Community Association to a new domain website. After some discussion between Dr. Jurczyk and Mr. Warner, Mr. Straw requested that Dr. Jurczyk not link up to the official website domain. Communications Committee, Barbara Gahry reported the newsletter was not published this month, but thanked Donna Scully/Norder for volunteering to deliver the last one. The communications committee is always welcoming new volunteers. Safety Advisory Committee: no report. Architectural Review Committee, Mr. Warner reported Greg Volack has resigned from the committee and Joe Sefack has volunteered to fill the position. Mr. Warner reported that a revised ARC form has been created which separates applications. There will be a separate Landscape application and a hardscape application for all non landscape items. Mr. Warner reported the revised Florida State Law 280 states that “Deed restricted communities cannot refuse an owner who applies for Florida Friendly Yards. There were19 ARC applications submitted and all were approved. Mr. Warner reported the Committee voted on March 30th for a request submitted by owner of 638 Rivendell Blvd requesting a porch. (See attachment #3). Mr. Warner reported there seems to be some ambiguity on what was voted on so the attachment (see attachment #1) will clarify it for the record. Management Oversight Committee, no report. Pool Committee, Tom Faessler, umbrellas need to be put back down because of storms Landscape Committee, Mr. Gililland submitted a report. (see attachment #4) Mr. Straw read aloud from the report. Phase II is effectively complete. As a result the committee is looking for future projects to consider. Finance and Procurement, Dr. Jurczyk reported that contracts will be reviewed prior to budgeting for 2010.
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A motion was made by Mr. Gill and seconded to Ms. Marryott MOTION 09-08: To approve the appointment of Ken Heckert as Chairman to the Environmental Committee. Motion passed. Ken Heckert reported the next meeting will be held at his home at 808 Placid on August 27th. Alligator Permit Update, Mr. Gill reported an Alligator permit update and procedure has been established. (see attachment #5). Pond Management and SWFTMD/County Rules Update, Russ Hoffman reported Fire Mitigation work was done with the Department of Forestry. The County is getting involved and Russ Hoffman is has been meeting with the County, the Department of Forestry and Oscar Sherer Park and will provide an update when there is more to report. Russ Hoffman reported some owners have cut down more trees than that what is permitted and the County representative requires strict supervision of removal of vegetation in preserve areas. Russ Hoffman requests that if any owner intends to remove vegetation to contact him so he can supervise. Otherwise, the County could issue a citation to the Association and require monitoring reports by a consultant, which is expensive.
Matters related to Scheduling of Next Meeting, the next meeting was scheduled for Monday, September 21, 2009 at 6:00 PM There being no further business to come before the Board, upon a motion made and seconded, the meeting adjourned at 7:57 P.M. Kyanne Merrill Managing Agent August 21, 2009. ATTACHMENTS Financial Summary Report (As of 6-30-09) A. 2009 Total Annual Budget: $ 325,620.00 Monthly Expense Budget: $ 26,884.00 June Expenses: * $ 15,368.00 YTD Budget $ 162,316.00 YTD Expense $ 159,015.00 Variance * $ 3,301.00 *(Savings on pool & electric, adjustments to landscaping) B. Assets Reserves balance, in CD’s: $ 137,643.00 Operating Cash & CD’s: $ 143,198.00 Receivables and Prepays $ 27,606.00 Total Assets $ 308,447.00
Manager’s report, Ms. Merrill reported a letter has been submitted from 925 Scherer Way requesting permission to park a truck in the driveway. There was discussion and the Board agreed a final letter should be sent because exceptions cannot not be made to the Document restrictions. Ms. Merrill reported a letter has been submitted by the owner of 771 Fordingbridge Way regarding a rock garden. The board agreed to table the matter. Old Business Coompliance issues at 1109 Millpond Court and 638 Rivendell Boulevard, Mr. Straw reported a second letter has been sent to 638 Rivendell Blvd. and matters related to 1109 Millpond are with the attorney.
C. Owner Balances Unpaid assessments ( 13) Fees, fines, interest, misc. (10) Total owed to RCA (23) David Gill, Treasurer (Reported 7-30-09) Landscape Committee Report 1.
Plantings next to pond behind 808 Placid lake, the environmental committee will be checking into this and report back on it. Attorney Dan Lobeck will prepare an opinion on the issue. 2. Planting and mowing outside the property line near 694 Clear Creek, Mr. Gill reported an owner was mowing outside the property line and the County has become aware of this and the matter is being addressed.
New Business Florida Friendly Yards, Rules/lawn watering changes, lawn watering changes. Dr. Jurczyk summarized the changes in Florida State Statues. It may cause difficulties for the Management Oversight Committee to determine if poor yard conditions are due to lack of watering or cinch bugs. The Community cannot fine and owner if the owner is abiding by County watering regulations. Matters relating to Pump Issues shared with Cottages, Unit 1 has proposed that they fund an inspection of the pump and if it’s not producing enough output that they repair it at a shared cost. Mr. Straw provided an explanation of what the shared costs are for the pump. Mr. Gill made a motion and Dr. Jurczyk seconded MOTION 09-09: To approve authorization for the Cottages to spend $500 to have the pump inspected at the expense of the Cottages. Motion passed.
$ 9,527.00 $ 5,751.00 15,278.00
Golden Pond irrigation pipes have been installed. Solar panels, inverter, charge controller and battery storage box have been purchased. The pump has been ordered and batteries still need to be purchased. Final installation will be in September as cooler days be. The white Styrofoam entrance sign will be removed in September when the new sign is installed. The rear sign will receive an upgrade in looks with the installation of brick pillars. Chinch bugs have done a lot of damage to the common area lawns. I'm working with West Bay to spray and replant grass in large damaged areas. The entrance Islands have been replanted with plugs. A large portion of the new lawn on Scherer Way has died. West Bay has sprayed fro insects and fertilized. They will be monitoring the area but some replanting may have to be done. Red Salvia has been planted at the front entrance and entrance to the Cottages. Russ and I are working with the FL Forest Service to clear the fence line along the rear entrance border fence with Park Trace. Removal of the underbrush is part of the Fire Wise project. The Landscape Committee will look at new plantings to revitalize this area. The Committee has been poled for projects for next year to help in the preparation of the annual budget.
Respectfully presented, Bob Gililland
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