The results of the June/July Emerald Drive - Jodeco Road realignment and triangle survey are in. Twenty-Seven (27) residents responded. Twenty-Four (24) of these were on-line responses, two (2) came in the form of a completed paper ballot, and one (1) was sent in via email. The results were presented to residents at the July 16th EDNA meeting at the Lake Spivey Golf Club. The majority of respondents preferred that intersection realignment to be one lane in and one lane out - no turn lane. The poll itself is here. The survey results were forwarded to the Clayton County DOT on July 17th. We'll see what happens!
Rules were adopted at the May 21st meeting, in lieu of an amendment to the EDNA bylaws, for nominating directors to represent Lake Spivey Civic Association (LSCA) members living on Emerald Drive and Emerald Court residents on the LSCA board. The rules are:
LAKE SPIVEY CIVIC ASSOCIATION (LSCA) DIRECTORS
This is the same text that was proposed for the bylaws change.
At our May 21st EDNA meeting the attendees adopted a mission statement for EDNA from two (2) statements that were submitted. We hope you approve of the statement and our mission. The statement has been posted on the EDNA website About page.
"The Mission of the Emerald Drive Neighborhood Association is to enhance and preserve the quality of life and foster a sense of community in Lake Spivey Estates through efficient and effective management of the Association. Promote beautification to preserve property values, maintain our entrance, communicate with and advocate for our residents, provide sound financial stewardship, and support initiatives that sustain and improve the value and attributes that make Emerald Drive and Emerald Court a unique and desirable place to live."
After a raucous EDNA meeting on Tuesday, January 15th the motion was approved to poll 2018 members regarding membership dues. The poll, reading as follows, was sent via email to all 46 member households on January 18th.
The results from the EDNA dues poll are in. The poll ended on Friday, February 1st at 5:00 PM. The poll asked all 2018 EDNA members if the 2019 EDNA annual membership dues should be reduced to $25. There were only two (2) responses, they were "Yes" I vote to reduce the dues, or "No" I vote to leave the dues at $100. There were 37 respondents during the two weeks the poll was open. All responses were anonymous. Each response only recorded the IP address of the respondent. All the responses were from unique IP addresses. Of the poll responses 11 voted "Yes" and 26 voted "No". The majority of respondents voted to leave the 2019 EDNA annual dues at $100.
Thank you to all those who took the time to vote. A postcard will be forthcoming with specifics on how to join, or click here. Please encourage your neighbors to join as well.
I hope that those who voted to reduce the dues will consider joining this year at the higher dues amount than they preferred. However, EDNA membership is voluntary. You should join because you trust in our plans, or at least our sincere desire, to improve our neighborhood.
Now that the dues question has been put to rest EDNA can focus on other more important issues.
If you have already sent your membership dues for 2019, thank you!
We contacted the county today and asked if they would consider grinding the stumps from the three (3) Bradford Pear trees the county removed in October. As my wife was listening in to my phone conversation with the county she exclaimed after the call "you're a terrible negotiator". I realized she was right because since I expected them to say No even before I made the call I basically told them we were doing it unless they would.
The county's crews were already out for the days so they said they would have to get back to us. Again, expecting a negative response from the county we started getting estimates from the removal. It's only three stumps, how much could it cost? So far we've gotten one verbal estimate for about $100. I might have underestimated the size of the stumps in my call though so, we'll see.
As is required, we requested a Call Before You Dig appointment and painted big white Xs on the stumps so the locator guy won't miss them when he comes out to mark for the utility lines.
On Friday, September 21st we submitted a request to the Lake Spivey Civic Association (LSCA) directors for Emerald Drive and Emerald Court. Our request pertains to the wording in Article V - Management of the civic association's bylaws. We requested that our organization, the Emerald Drive Neighborhood Association (EDNA), assume the responsibility of nominating directors for our neighborhood. Currently, an LSCA Nominating Committee performs this function.
If placed on the agenda, the bylaws change will come to a vote at the LSCA general membership meeting in March of 2019. We're relatively certain that the change will be approved by the membership. In the interim, after consulting with our two current directors, we will put forth the names of our director candidates as required. Typically, each director serves a period of 3 years.
We had approximately 50 residents in attendance at our first meeting. What a great turn-out! The bylaws were approved as was the membership dues amount - $100 annually or $50 after September 15th. The association dues are for the calendar year. We also elected officers. They are President - Neil Farmer, Vice President - Jason Proffitt, Treasurer - Cindy Black, Secretary - Robert Harrell, and Director - LA Hart.
There were only a few items worth noting from tonight's meeting. I'll briefly detail each item and try to provide some context when needed.
The first item was a proclamation honoring Sally Davis. Sally has been a dedicated volunteer for the civic association. She stepped down as the association's treasurer after years of service. Sally is a class act and a genuine person. I'll miss her. In a related item, the proposed 2018/19 budget was also discussed and approved.
The association is in negotiations with Henry County regarding an easement for the new bridge planned for Blackhall Road. The new bridge will be 8 feet higher than the existing bridge.
There will be no dues increase for 2018.
Board meetings are open to members.
The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources dam requirements are for quarterly and biennial (once every two years) inspections. An engineering firm certified in this area has been hired to fulfill this obligation.
Silt removal will start on September 6th, 2018 with the valve being opened to start lowering the lake. Residents that want to remove silt or repair their docks or seawalls should get their request and plans into the Lake manager and Properties VP ASAP. It's expected to take 1 month or more for the lake bed to dry enough for mechanical dredging to start. The valve will be closed on March 1st, 2019 to allow time for the lake to fill before summer.
Decals will be green this year. Bills will be mailed out on April 1st.
The nominating Committee presented their candidates for officers and directors. Emerald Drive's directors remained the same - Katie Powers and Don Barnette.
The Social Committee calendar of events was presented. The 4th of July fireworks will be on Wednesday, July 4th. There will be a Georgia Wake Series Demo Day on May 7th., a kid's fishing rodeo on June 2nd, and three cookouts on June 3rd, July 4th, and August 12th.
If any of the RMSs need trees removed they should contact Katie Powers with the RMS Committee.
The biggest item up for discussion was the proposals put forth by the Sunset Point Committee. They were tasked with coming up with ways to utilize the greenspace at the west end of the lake. They proposed three options. The first option was for a fully enclosed, 12 months usage, clubhouse with a kitchen and restrooms. The second option was for an open pavilion with restrooms but no kitchen. Option number three had no restrooms. No construction costs were listed. This was a survey to gauge peoples interest.
A motion was approved to post board meeting agendas on the website 24 hours beforehand.
And that's pretty much it.
This is my recollection of the events that transpired tonight. I apologize in advance for any errors or omissions.
Members often get lost finding their way to the Lake Spivey Civic Association (LSCA) general meeting as they usually start at or after dark. Since the south gate to the Clayton County Int'l Park is usually closed access is best had from Hwy 138. The meeting is at the VIP Complex. Parking is limited near the building and spills over to the fitness area/waterpark parking area. I've circled the parking areas in yellow and marked the VIP Complex in red text.