More About Rentals

Here is an article in the Wall Street Journal from this past weekend, July 22/23. It describes what the company that approached Hedgerow wants to do, like many other companies that buy homes in neighborhoods for the sole purpose of renting.
PLEASE cast your ballot!

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Proposed covenant amendment summary

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Important message from Geri

Hello everyone,
Our neighborhood management company was contacted by a company out of Chicago that wants to purchase several homes in Hedgerow to rent and/or lease, either back to the owners that sold the homes, or to someone else.
This kind of scenario is EXACTLY what the board was trying to avoid by amending the current covenants to grandfather in people who currently rent and making it so that no more homes can be rented. The board was trying to protect our home values and our community integrity.
But most neighbors STILL have not voted, which translates to a no vote, and we need 2/3’s of the full permanent member homes to vote YES for this to pass. There is still time to vote!

Everyone got so hung up on association fees (THEY WONT CHANGE AND PAYMENT DATE REMAINS MARCH 1) and whether or not the amendments change our county status (THEY DO, FOR THE BETTER), or that the amendments gave the board more power (THEY DON’T) that everyone forgot or didn’t care to think about the main issue, which is avoiding our property values going down by having too many rentals. I am sure that you have driven into neighborhoods around here over the years, and wondered why they look so dilapidated, and the reason is a rise in rentals.
Is this what most of us want? A company coming in to Hedgerow and buying homes one by one and renting them out? I sure don’t.

Please reconsider voting YES to the covenant amendments, especially in light of this situation. I am sending a ballot here and also sending out the proposed amendments for everyone to read again (separate email). Mail or drop off the ballots to me at 4143 Barberry.
If you have any questions PLEASE PLEASE call me.

BallotHHOA
Geri
404-403-8140

 

Back To School Ice Cream Social

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Hello everyone!
Please be sure to attend the Back to School Ice Cream Social
Thursday July 27
From 3-5 pm
At both pools

Pool Permit Slip

Please print, fill out, and present to the lifeguard upon request.
If the lifeguard requests a child’s permit slip and it is not available, the lifeguard will send the child home. This takes effect starting Monday July 24, 2017.

HEDGEROW HOA POOL PERMIT

This Permit and Acknowledgment is made on the date noted below by the undersigned member(s) of Hedgerow Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (“Association”), in favor of the Association, its officers, directors, agents, employees and members.  In consideration of the Association’s agreement to permit the minor child named here to use and swim in the Association’s swimming pool and pool facilities as follows:

The Hedgerow pools are a pivotal part of the common areas and amenities available to Full Active and Charter Participating Association Members and are a social hub for Hedgerow families during the hot Georgia summers. The Pool Committee, with the full support of the Board, is committed to providing a fun, safe, and respectful environment for our membership, made possible by similar commitment from the members themselves.  The pools are not de facto day camps, nor are the lifeguards to be considered baby-sitters, and we are all ultimately responsible for contributing to a positive environment.

1- Pool access is restricted to Full Participating and Charter Participating Members of the HOA and qualified, sponsored Seasonal Members. Non-participating Charter members and Permanent members serving suspensions are not eligible for access; neither as full active members nor as guests of full active members

2- All individuals aged 10-18 using the pool must present this permit slip with the child’s name and age to the lifeguard upon request, for identification purposes.

3- The lifeguard has complete authority to enforce the rules and to take whatever action is necessary to maintain safety, order, and decorum at the pools. This includes limited suspension of pool rights and, with Board approval, suspension of pool access for the entire season.

4- I understand that the Association’s swimming pool regulations require children under the age of 10 to be accompanied and supervised by an adult 18 years of age or older when swimming or using the Association’s swimming pool and pool facilities, and that this regulation is reasonably necessary for the safety and welfare of minor children.

5- I agree that my children’s use of the pool and facilities will be in full compliance with all published regulations of the Association and with customary safe and lawful practices.

6- I understand that the Association, in its discretion, may, at any time, revoke any privilege that I or my children have to use the Association’s pool and/or facilities, if the pool rules are not followed.

Child’s name holding this Permit Slip: _________________________________________

Name(s) of Member(s)/Parent(s): ______________________________________________

Signature of Member/Parent: ________________________________________________

Date: ________________________

Address:  _______________________________________________________________

Emergency Contact # _______________________________

Pool Rules

Hello neighbors,

Please review the pool rules. There has been confusion recently regarding ages when children can attend the pool without a baby sitter. In addition, the board has decided to issue a permit, simply print it out and present it to the lifeguard if they ask for it. This permit is for identification purposes. If the lifeguard asks for the permit slip and the child does not have it, the child will be sent home. The permit slip will be in the next email.
Thank you!
Geri

I. Pool Philosophy

The Hedgerow pools are a pivotal part of the common areas and amenities available to Full Active Association Members and are a social hub for Hedgerow families during the hot Georgia summers.  The Pool Committee, with the full support of the Board, is committed to providing a fun, safe, and respectful environment for our membership, made possible by similar commitment from the members themselves.  The pools are not de facto day camps, nor are the lifeguards to be considered baby-sitters, and we are all ultimately responsible for contributing to a positive environment.

II. General Rules

  1. Pool access is restricted to Full Active Members of the HOA, Charter Participating members of the HOA, and qualified, sponsored Seasonal Members. Non-participating Charter members and Permanent members serving suspensions are not eligible for access; neither as full active members nor as guests of full active members
  2. All individuals aged 10-18 using the pool must present a Hedgerow/Nautix-issued permit slip with the children’s names, that the lifeguard will request upon entering the pool enclosure, in order to identify everyone present. Please print and preset your permit slip to the lifeguard upon request.
  3. The lifeguard has complete authority to enforce the rules and to take whatever action is necessary to maintain safety, order, and decorum at the pools. This includes limited suspension of pool rights and, with Board approval, suspension of pool access for the entire season.
  4. Once every hour, the lifeguard on duty is entitled to a ten (10) minute break. For the purposes of promoting their health, safety and welfare, all swimmers must exit the pool.
  5. No running, pushing, or horseplay will be tolerated. Pool games will be limited at the discretion of the lifeguard.
  6. Proper bathing attire is required.  No thong suits or cutoffs will be allowed.
  7. No glassware is permitted in the pool enclosure.
  8. No bicycles, tricycles, skates, skateboards, etc. are permitted on the pool deck or tennis courts.
  9. Idle chatting with the lifeguard, and hanging on the lifeguard stand, is not permitted while the lifeguard is on duty.
  10. The lifeguard stand is off limits during Swim at Your Own Risk hours.
  11. Only one (1) person at a time is allowed on the diving board.
  12. The area in front of and beneath the diving board must be clear before diving.
  13. It is the responsibility of the member and their guests to clean up after themselves when using the pool and covered area. This is especially important when using the facilities during the Swim at Your Own Risk hours.
  14. Please inform the pool committee if the pool area and/or bathrooms need cleaning or repairs.
  15. There will not be any filling of baby pools.
  16. A parent must physically be in the pool water with any child age three (3) and under even if they have floatation devices on their body.
  17. Swim lessons may only be conducted during off-peak hours.
  18. No Smoking is permitted in the Common Areas.

III. Age Requirements

  1. Children under age 14 MUST be accompanied by an adult when a lifeguard is not present. Anyone violating this rule will be suspended from both pools for the entire season.
  2. Children age 10 and older without an accompanying adult will be admitted to the pool during Lifeguard on Duty hours only.  The lifeguard will be checking the list of members to verify the age of your children. In addition, the lifeguard will be conducting a swim test to verify that your child can swim well enough to be at the pool by him/herself without an adult.
  3. Children under age 10 MUST be accompanied by a parent or a parent-appointed guardian (babysitter) at all times.  This guardian (babysitter) must be at least 16 years old and assumes responsibility for the children in their care in the same manner as the parent.
  4. Children under 10 and other non-qualified swimmers must pass a test determined by the lifeguard before being allowed to enter the deep end.

IV. Health and Safety

  1. Standard Red Cross safety rules apply at all times. People with communicable diseases and open sores will be restricted from pool usage.
  2. Only clean bodies are allowed in the pool. Use the shower prior to entering the pool if necessary.
  3. The pools may be closed for operational, health, or safety reasons at the discretion of the pool Maintenance Company or Hedgerow Homeowners Association.
  4. Non-potty-trained children MUST wear a “swim diaper” with snug fitting plastic pants over the swim diaper. This is required according to the health department. When children have accidents in the pool, the pool must be shut down for a period of 24 hours.

V. Hours of Operation

  1. Lifeguard on-duty hours are from 12 noon until 6PM Sunday through Thursday, and 12 noon until 8PM on Friday and Saturday.
  2. When the pools are closed, Swim at Your Own Risk hours apply, subject to private pool party schedules. A sign will be posted on the pool gate if there is a pool party scheduled for that day, noting the hours.
  3. The pool main gate must be kept closed and locked at all times. Pool key cards may be obtained from a pool committee person. If your key card is lost, you must purchase a new one for $5.

VI. Members and Guests

  1. The lifeguard will have a list of eligible Full Active Members and Seasonal Members in his/her possession.
  2. One guest per family member will be allowed to use the pools and must be accompanied by the member. There will not be a guest fee imposed on local or out-of-town guests.
  3. Non-participating Charter members, and Permanent members serving suspensions, are not eligible for access; neither as full active members nor as guests of full active members.

VII. Private Parties

A pavilion may be reserved for private parties.  The following procedures apply:

  1. The host must register the party with the pool committee member, Valerie Millard for HI pool, by reserving the allotted time on the Pool Party Calendar.
  2. After reserving the date with Hedgerow, please reserve lifeguard services for the party with Nautix via their website at http://www.nautixpools.com.  Payment can be made through the Nautix website.  If you do not have access to the Internet, you may schedule the party by calling Nautix at 770-485-3672 and submit payment to Nautix as follows:

Nautix Lifegaurds & Maintenance, LLC.

3595 Canton Road Suite A9, #120

Marietta, GA  30066

IMPORTANT:  Once you reserve your party on the Pool Party Calendar, it is your responsibility to coordinate payment and lifeguard arrangements with Nautix.

Pool Party Rules:

  1. Private Parties may be scheduled from 8:00am through 10:00pm.
  2. One (1) lifeguard is sufficient for every 25 people estimated to be in attendance.  One (1) additional lifeguard is required for any party involving teenagers, college-age people, or if alcohol is served at the covered area (No alcohol is permitted around the pool).
  3. There will be NO Swim at Your Own Risk hours during a scheduled pool party.  If there are members swimming when the lifeguard arrives to guard a party, he/she will ask the members to leave the pool until the party is over.
  4. The host may be required to pay a $100 security deposit and is ultimately responsible for any damage that may result from the party regardless of the dollar amount. Checks should be made to the Hedgerow Homeowners Association and given to the pool chairperson at the time that the party is reserved.
  5. The host will be charged $25 per hour per lifeguard, with a 2 hour minimum.
  6. A pool party requires one adult chaperone per every 10 people under the age of 18 attending the party.
  7. The host must be present at all times.  It is also the responsibility of the host to make sure the pool and covered areas are clear of trash and debris (including balloons & strings) at the end of the party and before the lifeguard closes the pool.

Hedgerow Pool Committee:
Valerie Millard: Pool Chair
Geri Schitea: President
All can be reached via email as follows:  contacthhoa@gmail.com

4th of July BBQs

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