Welcome to the Foster's Creek Homeowners Association website. Here you can find information on current issues in our community, Board meeting information, copies of our governing documents, the names of our HOA Board of Directors, contact information and more. We appreciate you taking the time to visit and welcome your feedback.
March 2015 Updates:
2015 Annual Dues
Any homeowners who have not paid 2015's dues should have received late notices sent by Sentry Management. Any dues received after February 1st were subject to late fees/interest so if you mailed in your payment after that time you will still have a small balance showing in your account. We strongly encourage anyone who has not sent in payment for this year's assessments to do so as soon as possible in order to avoid any further charges and further action taken by the Association. If you have any questions/concerns regarding this matter you can contact Sentry Management at (941)361-1222 ext. 51003. Thank you.
Community Yard Sale
Our Foster's Creek biannual community yard sale is planned for Saturday, April 18th beginning at 8:00a.m. And end time has not yet been determined but we will notify via this page and our Facebook group once that information is available. Please remember that County code enforcement only permits two sales per year so please do your best to coordinate any of your planned garage or yard sales with those our community promotes. Thank you.
Architectural Review Forms and Home Maintenance
We are noticing a significant increase in the number of homeowners taking the necessary steps to make sure their homes are maintained and well-kept. Since early October we have received nine Architectural Review Forms for exterior painting and several others for improvements such as replacing fences and making improvements to landscaping. We would like to thank these homeowners who are following the rules of our governing documents by seeking approval before making exterior modifications and who are making sure their homes are kept in attractive condition.
It doesn't take a major home improvement project such as painting and fence replacement to keep your home looking its best, however. Regular pressure washing of your home, fences, aluminum screens and even driveways and sidewalks can make a huge difference in how your home looks. Additionally, trimming of overgrown trees and bushes, raking of fallen leaves and ridding your planters of weeds can keep your landscaping looking neat and attractive. Cleaning or replacing mailboxes is also an easy and inexpensive way to keep your lot in top shape.
If you have determined that pressure washing your home does not go far enough to keep it looking clean or if your paint is faded or streaked you may decide to paint the exterior. Should you decide to do this please remember that exterior colors must be chosen from our pre-approved Sherwin-Williams color palette and you must submit an ARC form for approval before beginning any work on your home. Simply painting your home its "original" colors is not acceptable and the only colors that will be approved are those on the list. If you paint your home without submitting an ARC form and receiving approval the Board will not hesitate to take action against you as this is a violation of our deeds. Action can result in fines or even liens. Submitting an ARC form takes just a few minutes and a response from the Board is received usually within a few days so please be sure this process is complete before painting commences.
Many homeowners will begin receiving violation notices stating their homes are in need of painting as it has been determined that pressure washing is no longer sufficient to keeping them looking their best. It is within the Association's power to request and enforce this and failure to cure this violation can and will result in action taken against the homeowner.
Remember, a little maintenance now can go a long way to prevent issues in the future.
Some homeowners who reside on the lakes in our community may have noticed an increase in what looks like algae/weed growth in one or both lakes. Please be assured that both lakes are treated every month by Aquatic Systems and any growth seen recently is as a result of an unusually high amount of hydrilla being found in the lakes. Once the lakes are treated it may take a little longer to see the weed growth diminish during certain times of the year when growth is high. If you notice a problem with additional growth and don't feel that any improvement is being made please contact Sentry Management immediately so we can determine if the lakes need additional treatment.
Update on Speed Study
The results of the speed study in our community by Manatee County have come in and at this time they do not see that we have an issue in Foster's Creek. While many residents may disagree, we can only go from the data that was collected using the speed trailers and speed cables that were temporarily placed on some of our residential streets which showed no problems.
The county's Public Works department has informed us that they will periodically place speed trailers in Foster's Creek as an ongoing attempt to discourage speeding as well as determine if this is an issue in the future.
We appreciate those who comply with our neighborhood speed limits and all who have voiced their concerns/opinions to us over the issue. Please continue to contact us if you see problems with vehicles driving too fast on our streets and please provide us with as much information as possible (type of vehicle, time of day, etc.) so that we can take further action if necessary. Thank you.
As many of you have noticed, a couple of the areas surrounding the playground have been roped off with caution tape as it has been determined that the soil in this area is eroding and wearing away. This has the potential to cause safety concerns and we are not willing to put our residents and their children at risk. As a result, the area is set to be reinforced and installation of a drainage pipe to allow water runoff to flow into the creek may be added as well. This work may shut the community playground down for a few days but it is a necessity to maintain and preserve the integrity of this area.
We are also having the playground gate repaired and reinforced with concrete to prevent the gate from being forced open by those who do not live in our community and who possess keys to the play area. Our play equipment is an amenity that was built for the enjoyment of Foster's Creek residents and was never intended to be utilized by individuals who do not live in the neighborhood or are guests of those who do. Reinforcing the gate and issuing keys is the only way we can secure the playground and help ensure the area doesn't experience damage and vandalism.
Remember, your annual assessments help pay for the playground and gate/fence surrounding it so please do your part to care for it and let us know as soon as possible if you notice any damage or problems in the area.
Even with notices mailed to residents last August with the summer newsletter, street parking continues to be an issue in our community. We understand there are instances where residents need to park vehicles in the street when entertaining or performing maintenance on their homes but we would like to ask everyone to please be mindful of where and when this takes place.
Parking along a curved street where the ability to see oncoming traffic is compromised is discouraged at all times as is parking large commercial or recreational vehicles that limit moving traffic's ability to pass safely.
The Board continues to hear residents' complaints about this issue regularly and while we have not yet had to issue violations, we will not hesitate to begin this practice. Again, we are not referring to those vehicles that are parked for very short periods of time or in a manner that does not adversely impact moving vehicle/pedestrian traffic but rather those who are habitual offenders or create potential safety hazards.
Please also remember that parking vehicles on lawns is prohibited by our deeds. We understand that this may be necessary for brief periods of time when maintenance or repairs are being done on homes, but leaving vehicles parked there for longer than is reasonably necessary to complete this work is not allowed. Homeowners in violation of this have begun receiving notices that they are in violation and we will continue to enforce this.
We Want You...
...to join our Foster's Creek Homeowner's Association Facebook group!
Our Facebook page is a great place for residents to share ideas and concerns and receive community updates more quickly from our Board of Directors. Simply click the link at the top of this page and you will be redirected to our group's page where you can request to join. Once an admin receives your request and verifies you are a resident of Foster's Creek (be sure to check your Messages folder once you've submitted your request in the event we need to get your address and owner or renter status) you will be approved to join our group.
At this time our Facebook page is a closed group and can only be viewed by members in order to help protect our residents' privacy.
If you haven't joined already we hope to see you soon!