Lee’s Crossing

Monthly Newsletter                                                             December 2007

 

From the President:

 

As 2007 draws to a close, the Board has prepared plans for 2008.  As part of our planning we review activities for the prior year and anticipate expenses for the upcoming year to keep this community one of the best in Marietta.  Your Board is responsible for developing and maintaining a budget each year for the expenses associated with operating our common property and sponsoring social activities for the entire neighborhood.  Our assessment for 2008 will be $345 (including full use of the swim and tennis facilities) and remains the lowest of comparable communities in our area. You should receive your assessment letter and Board of Director Ballot in mid-December.

 

The following is the LCHA budget detail for 2008:

 

 

Projected

 

Proposed

 

 

Actuals

 

Budget

 

 

2007

 

2008

Comments

Revenues

 

 

 

 

Annual Assessment per home

 $            338

 

 $            345

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Assessments

 $     133,980

 

 $     136,214

 

Annual Assessment Late Fees

799

 

750

 

Clubhouse Rental

895

 

1,500

 

Interest

1,878

 

1,600

 

Non-Resident Tennis

360

 

350

 

Old Liens Paid

492

 

500

 

Vending Machine

424

 

300

 

            Total Revenues

 $     142,837

 

 $     144,429

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

Administration & mailbox posts

 $         5,332

 

 $         6,000

Postage, Mailboxes, Newsletters, Taxes

Architectural Control Services

14,870

 

15,300

Neighborhood Inspection

Clubhouse Debt Service

17,854

 

17,400

Clubhouse Expansion Loan P&I

Insurance

6,042

 

6,163

Officer's Liability, Comm. Package

Landscaping

23,341

 

24,480

Grounds Maintenance

Legal

6,654

 

9,180

Attorney Retainer & Fees

Pool Management

19,275

 

19,380

Contract With American Pool

Repairs and Maintenance

8,951

 

9,690

Repair, Maintenance Of Existing Property

Social

7,240

 

8,670

Sponsored Social Events

Swim Team

(59)

 

1,000

Cyclones Expenses

Utilities

15,950

 

14,000

Water, Cable, Electric, Gas, Phone

          Total Expenses

 $     125,450

 

 $     131,263

 

Net from Operations excl. Capital Expenditures

 $       17,387

 

 $       13,166

 

Reserves & Capital Expenditures

 

 

 

 

Reserves beginning of year

 $       37,776

 

 $       44,163

 

Net from operations

17,387

 

13,166

 

Various capital expenditures

(11,000)

 

(20,000)

Replace Electric Panel, Resurface Parking Lot

Reserves end of year

 $     44,163

 

 $       37,329

 

Loan Balances

 

 

 

 

Loan balance - January 1

 $      93,000

 

 $      82,000

 

Scheduled principal payment

(10.000)

 

(10,000)

 

Early principal payment

(1,000)

 

(2,000)

 

Loan balance - December 31

 $       82,000

 

 $       70,000

 

Loan terms: 8% interest fixed for 7 years, interest payable monthly, $10,000 principal payment due each March, no penalties for early payments.

 

As always, I welcome your input and comments.  Please remember to cast your vote for the Board of Directors and Speed Table issue.

 

I wish the best for you and your family during this holiday season.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

 

 

 

 

Around the Neighborhood

 

Please NOTE:  The  newsletter being mailed to each home this month only to insure that everyone receives the budget information.  E-mail distribution will begin again next month.  Also, starting with January newsletter, the pick up box will move to Clubhouse parking lot.  If you haven’t already done so, please consider supplying us your email address for newsletter distribution and important announcements.  Your e-mail address will not be distributed to anyone.

 

 

 

Watch for further information on a College Bowl game get together at the clubhouse once bowls and teams are announced.

 

 

Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

 

Christmas
(Monday, December 24, 2007 & Tuesday, December 25, 2007)

Garbage

Monday and Thursday

Wednesday (1 Day Only)

 

Tuesday and Friday

Thursday (1 Day Only)

Brush/Yard Waste

Wednesday

Friday

Newspaper

Thursday and Friday

No newspaper pick-up

Recycling

No service on Monday

Routes delayed one day all week


NEW YEARS EVE
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dollar on Your Door

 

Lee’s Crossing’s annual “Dollar on Your Door” fundraiser will take place on the weekend of December 15-16.  This is a way for our neighborhood to give back to our sanitation workers during the holidays.  These gentlemen help us out more than we realize throughout the year, and are very generous in what they collect!  In the past several years, we’ve raised over $800 each year for them, so let’s try and top that this year!  Please leave your contribution in an envelope taped to your front door on either December 15 or December 16.  Volunteers will collect your gifts between 3 and 5 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Molly Pfeiffer at (770) 883-3606.  Thanks in advance for your help!

 

 

 

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Lee’s Crossing to Drill Well Near the Tennis Courts

 

The outdoor watering ban prohibits the use of public water for an outdoor pool, except as needed to preserve the pool’s structural integrity or to maintain public health. Our pool requires several thousand gallons per month to backwash the filters and compensate for evaporation. The current watering ban is expected to remain in effect through 2008, and without an alternate water source, we will be unable to operate our pool during the summer.

The Board began exploring alternate water sources approximately three months ago. Regulations allow only potable water for pools. Creek water is, accordingly, not allowed, but well water is acceptable.

A hydrologist has been paid $500 to determine if we have a suitable location for drilling a well. Using scientific instruments, he found a location with several fractures in the bedrock between 50 and 170 feet in depth. He indicated a 99.5% probability that these fractures will yield water at this location, with a well no deeper than 170 feet.

We applied for and have received a permit at this location for a well.

The cost of the well and related equipment is estimated at $8,000. We locked in a drilling price of $12 per foot several months ago with a highly recommended drilling company unrelated to the hydrologist (current prices are now $16+ per foot).

Our 2007 water and sewer charges, for irrigation and the pool, were approximately $3,000. A well should pay for itself in approximately three years and should not require any increase in homeowner assessment.

The well will tap the Piedmont Aquifer that extends into non-drought areas as far north as New England. Its use does not affect our region’s lakes and this aquifer is expected to be reliable despite the drought.

We are currently on a January drilling schedule. While success is not guaranteed, the Board believes this is a prudent investment that should allow continued operation of the pool, allow preservation of the facility’s landscaping and, lastly, save money.

The Board looks forward to another enjoyable summer pool season in 2008 with a refreshing pool, poolside parties and swim team.

 

 

 

Speed Tables Offered to Lee’s Crossing by the City

 

Resident Approval Required

 

            The City of Marietta is conducting a pilot program of installing speed tables in certain subdivisions for the purpose of slowing down drivers, who exceed the speed limit, in those neighborhoods.  The City is offering Lee’s Crossing two such speed tables, without charge to the neighborhood, providing the residents indicate their “buy-in” by a substantial vote of the residents in favor of installing the speed tables.  If the program is successful, more speed tables may be subsequently offered.

 

            A speed table covers most of the width of the road, is approximately four to six inches high, and is approximately twenty-two feet from front to back with sloped areas six feet long on the front and back and a flat top approximately ten feet long.  Not to be confused with a speed bump, speed tables can be comfortably driven across our speed limit of 25 mph.  Driving across at higher speeds is quite noisy and uncomfortable and, if the speeds are high enough, can damage the suspension and undercarriage.

 

            The decision to accept the City program is up to the residents.  The Board’s support for this program is based on both personal observations and numerous complaints received from residents regarding the high speeds of certain drivers in the neighborhood.

 

            Lee’s Crossing homeowners will find this issue on the Board of Directors ballot to be returned with your 2008 Association dues, and the Board asks that you carefully consider the issue and vote.

 

Reasons to be for Speed Tables:

 

1) Speed tables can be traversed comfortably at the speed limit (25 mph) and any inconvenience is largely imposed on those who refuse to obey the speed limits.

 

2) Speed tables do lower speeds where they are installed.  We currently hear complaints of drivers going as much as 50+ mph on the long stretches of Lee’s Trace.  A car traveling at just 30 mph requires an additional 24 feet to stop vs. traveling at 25 mph.  Traffic that observes our 25 mph speed limit is an obvious safety benefit to our residents.

 

3) The presence of speed tables may lessen the volume of traffic cutting through our neighborhood from Dallas Highway through Battleview.

 

4) Numerous studies conclude that speed related accidents decline substantially where speed tables are installed. (See www.trafficcalming.org)

 

5) Unlike occasional police presence and radar signs, speed tables are effective 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

6) The cost of installation and maintenance is to be borne by the City.

Reasons to be Against Speed Tables:

 

1) Vehicle damage may occur by driving over the speed table at excessive speeds.

 

2) A driver who ignores the warning sign and hits a speed table a very high rate of speed may lose control of the car and crash, injuring himself and, possibly, others.

 

3) Emergency vehicles are forced to drive the speed limit over the speed tables.  Studies indicate that a 50,000 lb. fire truck will be delayed 3 to 5 seconds for every speed table crossed (a likely total delay to the back of the neighborhood of 6 to 10 seconds).  The fire chief in Marietta is opposed to speed tables.  While Marietta currently has no speed tables, Cobb County has 500+ and the county fire chief is not opposed.  The Marietta Police Chief is also not opposed.

 

4) Drivers of low slung, exotic cars may need to use extra care traversing a speed table.  However such cars should have less difficulty with speed tables than the more steeply angled curbs to driveways.

 

5) The speed table accompanied by a warning sign on each side of the road is, to some, visually unattractive.

 

            Evidence shows speed tables do slow down drivers exceeding the speed limit and will, all things considered, make our neighborhood safer for pedestrians, joggers, bikers, and kids walking home from school or enjoying a bike ride.  Each resident should consider if this benefit is more or less important than the inconvenience imposed by having to slow down.

 

 

 

 

REMINDER  - HOLIDAY PARTIES

 

The Holidays are fast approaching.  If you want to use the clubhouse, remember to book your party early.  For Holiday rentals between Thanksgiving and January 2nd, cancellations within 90 days of the date will be subject to forfeiture of the fee.  The rental fee and deposit must be paid at time of rental to confirm the date.  Call Debbie Kelleher  678-354-7042.   

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood Notaries:

 

            Greg Amaden                           Lee’s Trace                              770-429-9264

Angela G. Ford                        Lee’s Trace                              678-234-7430

David Hardy                             Harrowgrove Court                 770-427-6319

Rebecca Jordan                        Cedar Branch Court                 770-427-1935

Carolyn Richardson                  Cedar Branch Court                 770-427-9900

Barbara Stubbs                        Trailwood Lane                        770-425-6991

Angelia Trevathan                     Basil Court                               770-528-9052

Margaret H. Waldrep               Chestnut Hill Circle       770-514-0821

Cecilia E. White                        Trailwood Lane                        678-797-6209

 

 

If you are a Notary and are willing to help out your neighbors, please send your name and phone number to leescrossing@comcast.net.  We will publish these in upcoming newsletters as a service to the neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classifieds

 

For Sale

Adorable matching Graco High Chair and Infant Swing; navy and sage green teddy bear pattern; excellent, almost new condition; have original owner’s manual for both; high chair has extra tray cover, safety harness, and locks on all four wheels.  Swing has 6-speeds, safety harness, timer feature and a wonderful 10-song musical setting.  Original cost for both – over $200.00.  Asking $75.00 for the matching pair.  Call 770-514-9722.

 

For Sale

Complete Dell Computer System.  Dell Dimension 3000, with XP operating system and CD/DVD read/write drive, 17” flat screen monitor, All-in-One Printer/Scanner, mouse, keyboard, printer cable, speakers, Microsoft Office for Students & Teachers (MS Word, PowerPoint, etc.), almost 2 years left on warranty: $299.  Please call Tom Holzman (678-591-3166).

 

For Sale

Accessories for Building a Wireless Home Computer Network.  D-Link G54 AirPlus B Wireless G USB Adapter (in original packaging with software & instructions) - $20; Linksys 2.4 GHz 802.11b USB Network Adapter - $10.  Please call Tom Holzman (678-591-3166).

 

For Sale

White & Blue Kid’s Bedroom Suite includes Full Size Bed with Bookcase Headboard,

2- Armoires, and a Shelving Unit with drawers- $400.   Oak Roll-Top Desk- $350.

Oak Entertainment Center - $275.   Queen Size Sofa Bed (Blue, Teal, Green & Mauve)

$150.   All Items in Excellent Condition .  Call Phyllis & Kerry Hayes   770-218-1124

 

For Sale

1996 Grand Cherokee.  140K Miles, 2 Wheel Drive, 6 Cylinder, Keyless Entry,

Cold  A/C, Power Windows, Power Locks,  AM/FM/CD Player.   White with Gray

Interior.   New Water Pump, Starter, Electronic Sensors, & Catalytic Converter. 

Call Phyllis & Kerry Hayes   770-218-1124

 

Babysitting

College student home for break Dec. 13 - Jan. 2 available for babysitting. Contact Liz McConnaughey at 404 210-1373 (cell) or 770

427-2732 (home).

 

For Sale

Custom Built Walnut Computer Station  by Jastev Casework.  Solid wood construction.  Concealed, fully adjustable hinges. Two upper cabinets with five adjustable shelves. Two lower cabinets – computer tower space, one large drawer and two small drawers.  Great for home office.  (76 ½ H / 46 W / 25 D)  $650 obo.  Ramsey’s 404.428.0447

 

For Sale

Condo at UGA for sale.  Great for your college student.  Next to campus and on the UGA bus line.  Very safe location.  Two large bedrooms, with 1 double bath and a ½ bath downstairs.  New this year:  HVAC, carpet, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and paint.  Has its own washer and dryer.  Other condos in same association selling from $88K-$92K.  Will sell for $86K.  Three of my children lived in this Condo.  Great investment.  Call Vic at (770) 427-2586.  The Condo is currently rented through December.

 

Babysitting Available

Resident of Lee`s Crossing would like to babysit a 18-24 month child 3-4 days a week from 8a.m.to 5-30 pm. I am a  Mom of a 21 month old son and have a University degree in Pshychopedagogy, which means I have knowledge in early child age development. I also received CPR training in December of 2005.  Contact Diana Costin at 404-242-7175.

 

For Sale

Exercise bike.  Ridden briefly by pudgy old man.  Almost like new.  $25.  Mike Mullins, 770-423-1635.

 

For Sale

Chippendale Sofa - Ivory damask fabric in excellent condition.  Eight-way hand tied construction with hardwood frame.  At 76 inches long this sofa is a great piece for a smaller living room or even the sitting room of a bedroom. $500.

storage piece. Size is 72"t x 37"w x 21"d $550. 

 

If interested contact Joyce at 770-919-9473 or 678-640-6249.

 

Pet Sitting & Baby Sitting

Pet sitting and babysitting done by a 16 year old with lots of experience.  Please call Audrey Coots (770) 426-7652.

 

 

NOTE:  When submitting classified ads, please make sure to submit contact information as well as how long you would like for the classified to run (i.e., one issue, two issues, etc.).  Thanks.

 

 

 

Calendar of Events

Around the Neighborhood and Around Town

 

12/1 – 12/24                                                    Santa on the Square

12/13                           7:30                             Board Meeting at Clubhouse

12/19                           6:30 – 7:30                   Candlelight & Carols – Marietta Square

12/20 – 12/22                                                  Nativity on the Square

 

You can receive weekly updates on happenings in the city by subscribing to the Marietta e-news.  Go to http://www.mariettaga.gov/news/subscribe.aspx for further information and to sign up!

 

 

 

 

 

Around Town


Prudential Georgia Realty will be hosting a “Sweets with Santa” on Saturday, December 1,  from 1 pm to 4 pm.   We have Santa, photos, a magic show, face painting and snacks.  

 

This is a great time for kids to meet Santa.  It’s all free courtesy of Prudential.  Any and all kids are welcome to visit with us.  Some of the kids that have visited are in their eighties.  Your kids, their kids, any and all kids are welcome.  If there are questions call the Prudential office at 770 421 8600.  Located at 2414 Dallas Highway next to Home Depot.

 

 

 

Christmas Music

 

On December 16 at 6:00 pm Roswell Street Baptist Church’s Adult Choir & Orchestra will present their annual Christmas program.  This uplifting music will remind you of the true gift of Christmas.  The church is located at 774 Roswell Street.  For further information, please contact the Church at 770-424-9800.

 

 

                             

 

STEP IT UP FITNESS CLASSES OFFERED AT THREE METRO LOCATIONS!

 

·        Whitefield Academy (Vinings);

·        The Walker School (Marietta);

·        First Baptist Church of Smyrna

 

Call 678-528-9774 or go to  www.stepitupfitness.com for more information.

A new 8:15 am Marietta class is now being offered as well as a 5:45 pm class at Wellstar Kennestone.  There is also a 6:15 pm class in Smyrna.  In addition, there is a $25 discount for Lee’s Crossing residents.

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood Business Spotlight

 

If you would like to advertise your business, please send us a BRIEF paragraph giving pertinent information about your company along with contact information.  Submissions will printed first come – first serve each month, based on space.  Competitors will not be published in the same month.  Send your information to leescrossing@comcast.net.

 

Have you considered updating your kitchen or bath before the upcoming holidays? I’ve done that for seven of our neighbors here in Lee’s Crossing! We at Crowe Custom Countertops have been designing and installing Granite, Quartz, CaesarStone, Marble and other materials for over 6 years in the Marietta area. We also carry a complete line of sinks which we undermount along with 25 in stock Granite colors  at our Acworth factory and showroom. You can choose your own slab! We constantly beat the “Big Stores”  and others with our lower prices, quicker installation time and quality work. My customers will attest to that!  Please call me at 404-992-2610 for a free estimate and neighborhood references. Granite prices have come down! You will be surprised at how economically you can make your kitchen a ”Showplace”! Also, please go to www.BillDickman.com or www.crowecounter.com for more information.  

 

 

 

 

I Recommend……

 

Walt Dean would like to recommend Lake City Mechanical for heating & air service. They provide excellent service at a fair price.  The owner is Ray Price.   678 855 2056 

 

Rob and Cathy Ottley recommend Joe Garrett and Academy Roofing for your roofing needs.  This past summer, Joe helped us get our roof replaced.  Joe worked with us to select the roofing features and style we liked and during the roofing work, Joe stopped by several times to personally ensure the work was done in a timely and quality fashion and that we were satisfied with the job.  We recommended Joe and Academy Roofing to several neighbors on our street and everyone seems quite pleased with their new roofs.  As opposed to outside home improvement contractors that can sometimes be difficult at best to even make contact with after the work is done, we felt comfortable that since Joe and his family also live in Lee's Crossing that he would stand behind his work and go the extra mile to make sure we would be pleased long after the project was completed.

 

 

 

 

 


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For on-line edition, go to www.leescrossingmariettaga.com

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS for JanuaryNewsletter is December 28.

 

Newsletter Editor:  Angelia Trevathan:   e-mail to:  angeliatrevathan@yahoo.com  Phone:  770-528-9052

 

The LCHA Newsletter and Website are published and maintained for the benefit of Lee’s Crossing homeowners. The purpose of the Newsletter and the Website is to promote Lee’s Crossing and to provide our homeowners with information regarding Lee’s Crossing activities and related issues.  The homeowners have entrusted the LCHA Board of Directors with the obligation and right to ensure content conforms to this purpose.  As such, articles or advertising endorsing political positions or candidates or other subject matter the Board deems to be divisive, offensive or inappropriate in nature will not be published or posted.  All appropriate content is welcomed and encouraged as a means of furthering awareness and communication within our neighborhood.

 

 

Mailbox Repair:  If you need a new post call Bob Schoonover at 770-422-8774, new number placard call Tom McBrayer at 770-427-8057, or paint call Noel Follrath at 770-426-0623.

 

 

Clubhouse Rental:  Debbie Kelleher 678-354-7042

 

Board Members

Erroll Eckford, President     770-421-9738                                          Kevin Brown, Director – External      770-528-9094

656 Trailwood Lane                                                                             1205 Fielding Court

 

Steve Young, Secretary       770-423-0905                                         Jim Martin, Director   770-420-3484

380 Baskin Drive                                                                                  1139 Chestnut Hills Circle

 

Rob Ottley, Treasurer            770-424-4188                                       Walt Walker, Director  - Swim/Tennis Liaison

583 Briarmeade Drive                                                                           770-428-4755

                                                                                                                 1060 Foreststone Way

 

Noel Follrath, Director – at large         770-423-0623                       Covenant Enforcement

1214 Meadowmist Way                                                                                      Mary Weibel

                                                                                                                                Community One Associates

                                                                                                                                1102 Abbey Court

Alpharetta, GA  30004

678-624-9453   ext 303

                                                                                                                                mweibel@e-communityone.com

 

 

Board Email: leescrossing@comcast.net