CHANGES TO THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR SINGLE FAMILY OR LIFESTYYLES HOME
Please remember that any changes that you wish to make to the exterior of your home MUST be first approved by the Architectural Review Committee. The Form to fill out is on the RESIDENTS left side-bar of the web page under ARC Review Committee.
ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC
The Lakes of Franklin Mills Annual Picnic
was held Saturday, August 13, 2016
in the Red Fern Cul de Sac. There was a great turnout, inspite of the intermittent rain; soggy shirts, but no soggy spirits! Check out the FB page for pictures of the event. Thanks to those new to the neighborhood who came out to meet their neighbors! Another great job, Susan and the Social Committee (which is pretty much the whole neighborhood)!
MOSQUITOS AND THE ZIKA VIRUS
There is an article in the Spring edition of The Tree City Bulletin
(p.22) that addresses the concern about mosquitos and the Zika Virus, along with a contact number is there are possible breeding areas in your area.
SPRING 2016 NEWSLETTER
The Spring 2016 edition of TLAFM newsletter is posted under Newsletters on the left side bar for Residents Only.
ATTENTION LIFESTYLES AND CONDO OWNERS
The first round of fertilization will take place the week of April 4, 2016, and it will be done by TruGreen. As you may have noticed, Turfscape has started the spring clean-up of the yards and common areas; it will continue until completed.
NEW RECYCLING BINS
The new big blue Recycling containers were delivered today in TLAFM (see article on Single Stream Recycling below). Just a reminder that these bins are to be housed in your garage, just as your garbage container is, according to the HOA regulations. Thanks for your cooperation to keep our neighborhood a lovely one.
SNOWY WEATHER REMINDERS FROM KareCondo; this applies mostly to LifeStyles and Condominium Owners. Under NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS, there is additional information on the City of Kent Ordinance regarding clearing sidewalks
a. The plow and shovel crews are 2 different crews and may or may not always arrive at the same time, but 1 is never far behind the other if that’s case.
b. If cars are left parked in the driveway, they will only plow behind the parked car, not next to it to avoid causing accidental damage to the vehicle. They do drive back through the property before leaving once everyone has been plowed to see if any cars have been moved and, if so, they will then plow the rest of the driveway.
c. If snow is predicted on trash day, please make sure not to put trash/recycle containers in the middle of the driveway entrance. The driveway will not be plowed if they arrive and see the cans in the middle. Please place the cans on one side or the other.
d. A reminder of the 2 inch trigger for the association’s contract; crews are not dispatched until there is an accumulation of 2 inches or more.
e. Please note, however, that salt does NOT instantly melt ice, and its effectiveness is very limited as temperatures drop below 20 degrees (as was common last winter). We urge you to take great caution and be mindful that slippery ice and snow may exist anytime the temperature drops below 40 degrees. Keeping a bag of Ice Melt or other deicing product on hand is also encouraged, as it is neither feasible nor reasonable to expect the Association to be able to address all of the icy conditions throughout the property.
A CHANGE IS COMING TO PORTAGE COUNTY RECYCLING
As curbside recycling gains popularity within Portage County, the need for an easier recycling system became more important. In an effort to meet higher recycling goals, Portage County Recycling is excited to introduce their new Single-Stream Recycling Program. With this new program, five new Automated trucks will begin to service communities within Portage County.
Single-Stream Recycling allows all recyclable materials to go into one container instead of two! Portage County Recycling will begin delivering 95 gallon rolling carts in January of 2016. These carts will support the Single-Stream method in which paper, plastics (1-7), cans, magazines, newspaper, cardboard and glass bottles can all be recycled together. It makes recycling a lot easier and leaves little room for excuses. Portage County is hopeful that going Single-Stream will increase the participation rate of recycling which would then help us avoid landfills, conserve resources and save our environment.
For senior citizens a limited number of 64 gallon recycling bins will be available. You may reserve one my calling Portage County Recycling 330-678-8808.
Although we have not heard a lot about the coyotes recently, they are still around. A resident just reported seeing one, when she was walking her dog; another observed one sleeping by her child's swing set in their back yard! Please be vigilant when you are out walking. Remember that the naturalist told us that the urban coyotes in the wild -- don't easily scare off with noise!
PORTAGE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT APP LAUNCHED
A new smartphone app makes it easier for Portage Country residents to get real time emergency information. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPad or from Google Play for Android phones and tablets. Search for "Portage County," "Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management," or "Portage County EMA." This site will provide Portage County residents with important information at any time including weather reports, daily situational reports, and links to emergency information. The app provides current weather and the ability for an individual to submit storm damage photos. If residents have problems with the app, call Ryan Shackelford, director of Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, at 330-297-3607 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
FAIRCHILD AVENUE ENTRANCE RENOVATION - Phase 2
The Board voted to approve a $15,400 project to Turf Trimmers of Kent for a re-do of the front entrance median.
The project will replace the existing non-functioning water feature with a new low height water fall and associated landscaping. The bad news is, due to the contractor workload, the work will not begin until the Fall. If the weather cooperates, hopefully the water fall feature can be turned on for a few weeks before the cold weather sets in.
COYOTES IN THE LAKES AT FRANKLIN MILLS
Following is the article that was in Thursday, April 23, 2015 Record Courier
with a summation of Wednesday night's meeting facilitated by Council Jack Amrhein to address the concerns of citizens of Kent. There was a very good showing of the residents of The Lakes at Franklin Mills at the meeting. Another good resource is City Manager, Dave Ruller's Blog at Kent360 http://www.kent360.com/9091-coyotes-in-kent.html
which has many resources listed. The Kent Health Department representative who was at the meeting said that they would dispose of any coyote carcasses! The ODNR representative, Geoff Westerfield, said that his office would take calls from residents with concerns, 330-644-2293
KENT CRACKS THE TOP TEN LIST OF BEST PLACES FOR MILLENNIALS TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE MID-WEST!
EXPERTS HOLD MEETING WITH KENT RESIDENTS ABOUT WARD 2 COYOTE INFESTATION
Experts talk to Kent residents about deterring, living around wild animals
By Conner Howard | Staff Writer Published: April 23, 2015 4:00AM
It seems the coyotes that have gradually made their homes in the city of Kent are not going away anytime soon and it's best to learn to coexist with them, according to local wildlife officials.
Kentites concerned about recent increases in coyote sightings, particularly residents of the heavily-affected Ward 2, gathered by the dozen for a public meeting at Kent City Council Chambers Wednesday to discuss the animals showing up in their neighborhoods. Kent Compliance Officer Dana Frazier and Geoff Westerfield, a local representative of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, were on hand to answer questions.
Several residents raised concerns that most coyotes they encounter in the city show no fear toward humans and are not easily scared away. Westerfield said coyotes that live in or around cities do not see people as predators and are not threatened by them.
"They see us every day," Westerfield said. "They hear a car door slam every day. They learn what's going on around them. Where you want to be concerned is when you get one that's approaching you. That's not a good thing, get out of that situation, get on your phone (and call police or Frazier). Do not turn your back to it, do not walk away. Keep your face to them."
Coyotes are found in cities across the country and do not form packs, but tend to hunt in small family groups. Their primary diet consists of rodents and small mammals but they are "opportunistic eaters" that will feed on roadkill and other carrion, Westerfield said. Addressing the possible danger to pets, he advised residents to keep their dogs on leashes at all times when going outside at night.
"A big dog tends to hold its ground," Westerfield said. "Small dogs are different, they don't have that stature. They chase everything. The dog is essentially instigating the situation, the coyote in most cases is running away."
Frazier told residents they have options for deterring the animals, including contracting with professional trappers, setting traps or deterrents themselves and driving coyotes away with a high-pressure water hose. Overall, he said bite attacks by coyotes are extremely unlikely.
"We understand your concern but there's numbers out there and the number of people bitten by dogs is far higher than coyotes in the state of Ohio," Frazier said.
Carol Creps, a resident of The Lakes of Franklin Mills, said she was glad Councilman Jack Amrhein and city administration organized the informative meeting.
"I appreciate that Kent is taking an active role and at least communicating," Creps said. "That's all we can ask, really, and I'm pleased about that."
Contact this reporter at email@example.com or 330-298-1126
Please keep in mind some City Ordinances pertaining to pets and that violations can result in reports to authorities, charges, and penalties, not to mention hard feelings between residents of our community.