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~ Breaking News ~
Thanks to all who participated in hosting garage sales and/or by shopping the garage sales!  It was quite a two days, with 35 sales on Friday and 41 on Satursday!  It is such a nice oppotunity to meet neighbors and to showcase our beautiful neighborhood!  I had so many nice comments from shoppers who were first-timers in TLAFM and thought it was lovely!  And it is nice to get all that traffice over with in one weekend rather than residents having sales all summer long!  Thanks again for making it a success! 
The electrical contractor has completed the Fairchild Avenue entrance lighting renovation project.  New LED lighting was installed to illuminate not only the wall signage, but, also, illumate the trees behind the wall, for a more impressive nighttime entrance to our neighborhood.
The next renovation phase will be a complete re-do of the center island water feature.  The Board will consider proposals for this portion of the project at its Board meeting in June.  Hopefully, construction can begin in the early summer.  Check back for further updates to this exciting project!
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  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.
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 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. 
  • 505.01 (a) refers to pets being leashed
  • 505.01 (e) refers to the pet owner/walker "removing all matter excreted by a dog upon any property not belonging to the owner" which means as you are walking your dog, pick up after your dog(s)!
  • 505.09 (a) refers to frequent and habitual barking, howling, or yelping dogs!
If these are infringed upon, the homeowner may contact the Animal Control Officer at the City of Kent Police Department 330-673-7732. 
The Spring 2015 TLAFM newsletter is posted in the Newsletter section of the Residents area of the web page.
A Facebook Group has been created for the residents of The Lakes at Franklin Mills. This is a closed group, which means that the posts and pictures can only be viewed by current members of the group. You can request to be a member of the group on the Group's Home Page Only residents of TLAFM will be approved to be members of the group.
Are there any residents who are interested in playing EUCHRE? If so, please send a message to Web Master on the CONTACT US feature under the Residents' section of web page and your interest will be passed along to those interested in starting a EUCHRE group!
TLAFM has had EGRETS and there are pictures of them, taken by Jerry Jividen, in the Photo Album on TLAFM web site.
Kudos to TLAFM LifeStyles resident and HOA board member, Kevin Willis, who painted 40 fire hydrants in our neighborhood, including ones on Stonewater south of our neighborhood.  The paint was donated by the City of Kent.  It is amazing how the newly-painted fire hydrants have enhanced our neighborhood!   Recently the City of Akron contracted to have their fire hydrants painted at a cost of $80.00 each!  Just think of the value of Kevin's volunteer effort!   Thanks, Kevin, for this beautification project!
A City of Kent ordinance states that you may not place signs in the tree lawn or in islands; if they are so placed, the city will remove them!
The Fertilization component of landscaping of  the common areas and the LifeStyles homes will be provided by Tru Green this year; Turfscape will continue to do the mowing, mulching, etc.
Messages have been posted on the Message Board; you might want to read it and reply, as appropriate.
At the Annual Meeting there was some discussion of Goose control.  The 2014 Winter Edition of Wild Ohio Magazine has an excellent article "Goose on the Loose:  How to Approach Canada Goose Conflicts" and refers to a publication on the Canada Geese and the controlling of them, which you can access by clicking on this link.  Accordi
ng to the information, now is the time to begin harrassing them, as they start pairing up and looking for nesting sites.
If you have ideas for the socialcommittee/getting-to-know-you opportunities in TLAFM, please email 
If you see any suspicious activity, call the Kent Police at 911 or non emergency number:  330-673-7732.
Just a reminder that the City of Kent tests its siren systems twice per month:  the 1st Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and the 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Minutes from the HOA Board Meetings and Annual Meetings are posted in the Documents section of the Residents' section of the web page.
MAILBOXES  (Single Family Homes, including LifeStyles & Admore Condos):
In an effort to improve the curb appeal of your home, if your mailbox is rusty or missing parts, such as its door, latch or flag, you should replace your mailbox with a white mailbox similar to the one being replaced. Home Improvement stores have white, reasonably‐priced, USPS‐approved replacement mailboxes in white plastic or metal. For example: Home Depot and Lowes have Gilbraltar Mailboxes Standard Size (20" DEPTH) White Galvanized Steel Rural Mailbox, Model #E1100W00, priced at $17.97. A larger size (22 3/8" DEPTH) of the same mailbox price at $24.97 would also be acceptable. Your house number is to be displayed on the door of the mailbox.
If the post holding your mailbox and newspaper holder is wobbly or crooked, it should be made vertical and solid in the ground.
If you have "stuff" that has accumulated in the newpaper holder of your mailbox, now would be a good time to clean it out, also!
Thank you to the neighbors who have replaced their mailboxes; if your mailbox is detracting from the curb appeal of your home, please consider replacing it.  A little TLC for your mailbox will greatly improve not only your curb appeal, but the overall look of the neighborhood.

Recommended by the Architectural Review Committee, see: Second Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for the Single Family Homes of The Lakes of Franklin Mills, Article IV,
If residents, family, and/or friends park their cars in the driveway or on the street, please remember to LOCK the car(s)!  It can be pretty tempting to passersby to try the doors of cars to see if they are locked -- and relieve them of their contents!
There have been various questions posed regarding the new rules handbook about authority, rights and rationale. It is a compilation of information from a number of documents: The Master Association Documents:  The Lakes of Franklin Mills Association, Inc. By-Laws and The Declaration of Easements, Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for The Lakes of Franklin Mills; Single Family Homes:  The Second Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for the Single Family Homes of The Lakes of Franklin Mills; and Condominium documents:  The By-Laws for The Lakes of Franklin Mills Condominium Associationthe Declaration of Condominium Ownership for The Lakes of Franklin Mills, and several amendments to the Declaration.
The majority of the stated rules in the new handbook can be found in the Master Association's Declaration of Easements, Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for The Lakes of Franklin Mills. Any rules not specifically found in the Declaration can still be valid and enforceable providing they do not contradict or are in direct conflict with the Declaration, Bylaws, or Federal and State laws.
The Lakes of Franklin Mills Association Handbook of Rules, Regulations and Information can be found on this web page under "Documents" or "Governing Documents" with most sections marked with virtual “sticky notes” to identify where that specific rule can be found in the Master Association's Declaration.  If not marked with a sticky note, the rule will generally fall under architectural oversight or the authority and/or requirement can be found in Chapter 5312 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The Lakes of Franklin Mills Association Handbook of Rules, Regulations and Information was approved by the Master Association Board and then promulgated on their behalf by management. It is Chapter 5312.06 (D)(5) of the Ohio Revised Code that provides the Board the authority to adopt and enforce rules with respect to the Common Element and it is the 2nd Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Single Family Homes of The Lakes of Franklin Mills (Declaration) which provides the Board implied authority throughout to do the same. The Declaration also specifically provides the Board and the Architectural Committee the authority to create rules as they relate the architectural oversight of the entire Association.
Please contact KareCondo, if you have any questions.

~ Did You Know? ~
The city of Kent has instituted a new single source trash hauler program.  Please familiarize yourself with it and be sure to sign up.
Just a reminder to all LAFM residents trash blowing around the development is not only unsightly, but it also gets into the lakes and the drainage system that keeps the lakes at a consistent water level. Please secure your trash for pick-up so that we do not have problems with soil erosion and basement flooding.

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~ Neighborhood News ~

SHUTTERS AND FRONT DOORS: LifeStyles homes' shutters and front doors were originally painted with ICI (now Glidden Professional Paint) Hawthorne Green color; it can be purchased from Glidden Professional Paint, 315 E. Market Street (near Perkins Street), Akron, OH 330-762-7271; they are open 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F.
OUTSIDE TRIM: Lifestyles homes' outside trim is painted with Sawyers Professional Almond color, Glidden Professional Paint.
FOUNDATIONS: The foundation paint used for  homes and condos in TLOFM is from Sherwin Williams called: Loxon XP, exterior masonry waterproof paint. The color is to  closely match  the siding color.  You can purchase the foundation paint at: the Sherwin Williams store in Stow, at 4333 Kent Road (Rt. 59), 330-688-3088.
If you take pictures of the neighborhood that you would like to have considered for posting on the PHOTO ALBUM on the Residents area of the website, please email them to Jerry Jividen at  Some new pictures have recently been added; you will want to check them out.
Following these Holidays, pick-up will be one day later than scheduled, if the holiday is before your scheduled pick-up day:  New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Kent City Ordinance 521.15 requires ownders/occupants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, but snow removal is more than just an ordinance, it is part of caring for each other within a comunity, and working together to provide safe, comfortable surroundings for ourselves and out neighbors. When clearing sidewalks and driveways, it is illegal to push snow into the street and/or block the sidewalks.  It is especially important to realize that if a contractor is hired for snow removal, keeping the sidewalk clear is the responsibility of both the contractor and the property owner.  Please take the time and do your part to remove snow and ice so that we can keep the winter season safe for everyone.
Streets in The Lakes at Franklin Mills are considered secondary streets and cul-de-sacs; the policy of the City of Kent is that these streets will be plowed and salted once the snow has ended and all of the main routes, school zones, hills and curves, and bridges have been plowed and salted.  DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE PARKING BAN ON STREETS WHEN WE HAVE SNOW!  If during the winter season you have any questions or comments about snow and ice removal, you may call the Service Department at 330-678-8105.
351.13 TWENTY -FOUR HOUR PARKING LIMIT.  No person shall park or store any motor vehicle, vehicle, or part thereof on any public street, alley, avenue, court, boulevard, drive or any other type of thoroughfare or right-of-way or part thereof within the City for more than twenty-four consecutive hours, which period shall include moving any vehicle or part thereof to another such public thoroughgare or right-of-way for parking or storage purposes.  (Ord. 1964-19.  Passed 4-6-64)Be sure that you check the City of Kent website so that you are familiar with parking regulations on city street; all of the streets and cul de sacs in The Lakes of Franklin Mills are city streets except the condo drives and the drive into the single family homes off of Edgewater Circle.
By registering with you can receive up-to-date information on what's going on in and around Kent.
The NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH GROUP was formed in 2010, not out of necessity, but because of a true passion and sense of ownership of our community here in The Lakes at Franklin Mills. Most Groups are set up only after a problem occurs and disbands shortly after the crime stops. Our group is an exception! Our "issues" have been relatively minor this year and we've all pitched in and done our part in ensuring that our neighborhood remains safe!
Neighborhood Watch is all about neighbors helping neighbors.  Residents are the best people to know if something in the neighborhood doesn’t look right, or someone doesn’t belong. If you see something suspicious, say something….immediately. Call 330.673.7732 or dial 911 to report suspicious activity. Note a description and direction of travel of people you report.
Although Neighborhood Watch is not a function of The Lakes at Franklin Mills Home Owners Association, additional Neighborhood Watch news and meeting summaries may be found at The Lakes at Franklin Mills web site-

As you are checking your doors before you go close up your home and go to bed for the night, please remember to check that your garage door is DOWN!  There is a lot of car and foot traffic through our neighborhood at night and some might find an open garage door too tempting, not to mention the critters that could get into your garage!  Better to be safe than sorry!

Aqua Doc is the new service provider for TLAFM ponds.