1. Pool and Clubhouse Trash
Might need to apply a little peer pressure and light some firecrackers under whoever is continuing to leave their trash at the pool and/or clubhouse. Anything a resident or guest brings to the pool – food, wrappers, bottles, etc. – must be bagged and taken home. There are usually plastic bags under the sink in the clubhouse that can be used if someone forgets to bring one. The trash cans in the restrooms are not intended for any use other than paper products used for drying hands. Please encourage everyone to keep things clean and neat. Thanks! This is the third reminder, and the Board hopes it is the charm!
2. Patio Maintenance
On the spring walkaround, the Board observed a number of patios with grass, moss and/or weeds growing through the pavers. It is the unit owner’s responsibility to do whatever maintenance work is necessary to eliminate these problems. Roundup – or a similar product – or elbow grease – are possible solutions. If you cannot do it yourself, the Board can arrange to have it done, but the owner will be assessed for the cost. Detonating firecrackers in the crevices may be a temporary solution, but that’s probably against Ohio law.
3. Plants, Bushes and Siding
The Board also observed many units with plantings in the narrow mulch beds along the sides of the unit. Unless the plantings were done by the Developer, there should be no plantings in these areas unless they have been approved by the Board.
In some cases, branches, vines, and other parts of the plants had grown into, onto and under the siding. This can cause the siding to loosen, damage the paint and create other problems. Once again, it is the unit owner’s responsibility to prevent this from happening. The Board strongly recommends removal or severe pruning of the plants and bushes causing these problems, with removal being the preferred option. If damage to the siding or other components of the Common Elements occurs, the cost of repairs will be assessed to the unit owner. If necessary, the Board may require that the offending plants be removed. If you have such plantings, please take it upon yourself to monitor growth constantly and keep it from getting on, under or penetrating the siding.
Here’s an updated repeat of information that was sent out on the Website. Please review it and update your entries if necessary. Email any questions you may have to Chuck Collins – our WebMaster – (see last question below).
The website, http://hhl-coa.org, is intended to be the primary resource residents use to access the Community Directory, Community Calendar, HOMESTEAD Happenings newsletter, budget information, the Association Handbook and other useful resources.
It is the responsibility of owners and residents to check the website periodically for updates on policies, community events, budgets and other HOMESTEAD “Happenings.” The board will continue to send email alerts for important notifications, but the website is intended to be your primary source of community information.
Please Note: Annual Meeting notices, fee and payment documents, handbook updates and any legally required documents will be posted on the website, but will also be sent via first class mail as required by Ohio law.
Frequently Asked Questions
What about security?
You must have an account and log in to the website to access most content. The only information available to the public is the “About Us” page, the HOMESTEAD Handbook, Declaration, By-Laws and Amendments.
Stringent security is in place to discourage hacking, and password requirements are strict. There are a slew of security features in place, but the highlights are:
1) When you set your password, it must be at least 10 characters long and contain a mix of letters, characters, numbers, etc.
2) If you attempt to log in several times within a few minutes, with an incorrect password, your access to the site will be completely blocked until at least 15 minutes pass
3) All invalid access attempts are logged and measures are in place to permanently block anyone attempting to hack the website
It is the responsibility of all residents to be wise and protect their passwords to the website, just as you would for any other site
Most all data on the website is publicly available from other sources. However, the Community Directory does have all of our emails, addresses, phone numbers, etc. It is the responsibility of all of us to do our part to keep our information protected.
NOTE: Participation in the Community Directory is optional. If you wish, you can update your information in the directory or make it unlisted (See “Can I update my entry in the Community Directory?” below).
What can I as a resident help?
Please log in, browse around the website, look at articles, browse the Community Calendar, check out the Community Directory and try out the various features. Your honest feedback is encouraged and appreciated, and we’ll do our best to incorporate any suggestions for improvement.
How do I get my login and password?
Every resident was sent an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with your login id and password when the website was launched. Your username is your first and last name concatenated together. JohnSmith, for example, for “John Smith.” Your initial password was supplied in the email, however you are required to change it on first login.
If you are new to the neighborhood, use the “Contact Support” link to request a new account.
NOTE: Many email filters will put email from email@example.com in your “junk” mailbox. Be on the lookout for it in those mailboxes as well.
What if we only have one email account for our household in the Community Directory?
In this case, one account will be created for you using the first and last name of the male of the house (we’re not being sexist, we just had to pick one!). This can easily be changed if you like. Use the “Contact Support” link to send an email describing how you would like your account modified. Chuck will be happy to make any modifications you like.
What if I lost the email with my login and password?
Use the “Request New Password” link on the homepage. Remember, your username is your first and last name concatenated together. JohnSmith, for example, for “John Smith.” The website will send another email with a link to set your password. If for any reason this also fails, use the “Contact Support” link on the homepage to get assistance.
NOTE: See the PDF attachment for further explanation and assistance.
Can I update my entry in the Community Directory?
Yes! After logging in, an “Edit My Directory Entry” link will appear in several locations on the website. The most obvious location for the link is under “Site Map” on the left-hand side of the homepage. You can change your contact information, or make it unlisted if you wish.
What if I need help?
Please use the “Contact Support” link on the homepage or under “About Us”. All requests for assistance go to Chuck Collins, so please be patient as there is only one of him.