Members who have Spoken Out.
Speak Out CommentsI would like to take a moment to thank those who are making a great effort to make our neighborhood as nice as possible. I know there are times when I take out my trash and someone has left garbage all over the place or someone's dog has pooped in my yard. I've picked up bags of trash around the trash bins a number of times myself and it's unfortunate that some of our neighors can't figure out how to get the bags in th recepticles. I know that there are members that are striving to help keep this clean and are trying to stress the importance of this to everyone. I thank all of you for this. I would like to make a couple of constructive comments. I feel the language in some of our neighborhood news letters are a bit on the harsh side with more emphasis on penalties and compounding penalties than on promoting neighborhood harmony. I also feel that some of these penalties should be looked at to be revised. A first time parking offender is fined $25 and only has 10 days to pay the fine. This amount is 2 and 1/2 times the fine of the local law enforcement and only gives 1/3 of the time allotted by local authorities. The idea of doubling and redoubling and doubling again of repeat fines is tremendously overbearing and gives the impression of attempted intimidation and overbearing. I know that the council has a very hard and very thankless job sometimes, and I certainly appreciate their hard efforts. They all deserve a pat on the back for jobs well done. Thank you, Tony
ClassificationOwner
Address1275 Hulon Circle
CityWest Columbia
StateSC
ZIP29169
AGE54
emailmintz1239@yahoo.com
First NameAnthony
Last NameMintz

Speak Out CommentsThanks Tony, for your open and honest comments. I will mention your remarks at the board meeting on Tuesday. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Appreciate your acknowledgement of the work the board and management company has done to try to improve LC.

Sincerely,
Rosemarie
ClassificationOwner
Address1017 & 1019 Hulon Lane
CityWest Columbia
StateSC
ZIP29169
AGE53
emailRoseCravey54@cs.com
First NameRosemarie
Last NameCravey

Speak Out CommentsPeople are driving way too fast down Hulon Lane.  I can't tell you how many times I've nearly been rear-ended by folks in a big hurry while I'm trying to safely turn on Hulon Circle.  It is scary if you are out walking your dog because folks are flying by like they think they are out driving on I-26.  Please slow down. There are too many elderly people, dogs and children in the community for you to drive that fast.  Leave a few minutes early if you have to or slow down on your way back in - your house isn't going to grow legs and walk away.
ClassificationOwner
AddressHulon Circle
CityWest Columbia

Note:  The Board has attempted to correct this problem by installing speed bumps in the neighborhood but has been denied the right to install these devices by Lexington County.  The county did a traffic study but did not send us the results although they did repair a pot hole in the road which gives them ownership of the roads in Lexington Commons.  I would suggest that you send your comments to John Fechtel (email jjfechtel@lex-co.com) who is in charge of the roads in the county.  Maybe if he gets enough emails on this subject he will respond to our requests.

Ned Tolar
VICO LLC
Hello,
I wanted to comment/question the garbage as well and the pool...

1) I think it's great that we all pitch in with the garbage. I have done the same when it comes to garbage left outside the trash bin - I throw it in. Yesterday, I was walking and wanted to throw my empty cup out.  I entered the fenced in area and found garbage bags outside the trash bins.  I was going to throw them in the bin but found both bins FULL.  I can guarantee that each of us in our lifetime here at the Commons will probably be forced to do the same, leave our garbage bags outside the bin, for this very same reason.  The only problem is that once the bins have been emptied, I forget to take into account that those same garbage bags will still be there, and that is when we all get to pitch in.  I'm not happy about it and I have jumped to conclusions.  Another good reason why garbage might be left out from time to time could be for medical issues, who knows.  But for me, I always make sure I have my little bottle of hand sanitizer in the car for these kinds of situations.  As the Big Owl would say, "Give a Hoot don't Pollute!"

2)  Today, I went to use the pool and it was Closed by the Pool Patron Until Further Notice.  There was no explanation and no notice on our website.  I really could have used the pool, especially with the weather being in the 90's this week.  Is it closed for the season or is there another problem that is yet to be disclosed?

Thanks

ClassificationOwner
Address809 Hulon Lane
CityW. Columbia
StateSC
ZIP29169
AGE43
emailbrycola803@yahoo.com
First NameBryan
Last NameButts



Speak Out CommentsDecember 30, 2008
    While I can understand Anthony's complaints, parking is a huge issue in the neighborhood. We seem to be at an impasse. We cannot park on the grass because it ruins the landscaping. But we cannot park on the pavement, either, as we are driving, it can limit our view of other cars and pedestrians. I have lost count of the number of times I have nearly hit another car because the tenants in the units diagonal from the dumpsters park their cars on the curve. This is dangerous!
    Also, I must convey my dismay that the once lovely playground has been reduced to a sandpit with a swing and slide. There is trash everywhere. I am appalled that the older neighborhood boys took baseball bats to the monkeybars and ruined them. Please control your children! If we don't take responsibility for our own neighborhood and children, who will?
    We live in South Carolina where it is warm more than half the year. The pool is there already, so why have it open only between Memorial Day and Labor Day? Is pool maintainance so expensive that we cannot afford to pay to have it open longer? It would be completely reasonable to have the pool open from Mid-April to October 1. This summer, the pool did not open until the end of June! Why?
    This neighborhood was so nice when we moved in, but it is becoming suffocating to live here. While I understand the need for parking stickers, I do not see the need to ask for the names and ages of our children. What possible reason could you have for that? Perhaps to gauge the need to return the neighborhood to its former child-friendly environment? That would be great, but asking names and ages is not the way to go about it. Why not send a survey? I guarantee that the people who care will respond.
    The communication from the management IS harsh; it does not explain why the regulations are in place, only what the punishment will be for not complying. We are often left "in the dark" about changes. I was unaware that the dumpster was being emptied four times a week.
ClassificationRenter
Address1 Hulon Lane
CityWes Columbia

Note:  The by laws of the Association set the rules about parking and without modification of the By-Laws, we can only enforce the rules as established by the By-laws.  We have done everything we can about cars parking on the curve coming into the community.  We had residents that would not comply with the requests to not block the curve.  The tenant that was causing the problem has moved out of the neighborhood.  We were set to begin towing cars when the problem was repeated.  We hope the new tenants will be more considerate of their neighbors.  The general consensus is that the parking problem is much improved and people are becoming more aware of the issues.  Parking on the curb is permitted and most people with overflow parking are parking on the curb.
The playground problem has been noted but there is not money in the budget to pay to have the area cleaned.  The Monkey Bars were removed because an automobile hit them and broke the pipe creating a possible hazard for the children.  The problem was not created by children with bats.  The funds are not available in our budget to make improvements to the playground.  Littering is a problem which can only be controlled by the residents as the money is not available to have the area policed for trash.  Maybe the owners and renters could police this area.  We have had a problem with children modifying signs and destroying signs.
The issue of the pool being opened for an extended period is a question of money.  It costs the Association more money to maintain the pool when it is open.  We could open the pool for a longer period of time if the owners would agree to pay higher association dues in the amount of $30.00 per year.   At the next board meeting, this issue will be discussed.  The problem with the Budget is that we have a very large amount in past due fees.  We are trying to operate the community without raising the dues to the owners which ultimately would result in higher rents.  We are taking every action possible to collect the past due amounts which could help the problem.
I fail to understand why there is a feeling that the neighborhood is not child friendly.  We requested the names of children because the post office has requested a listing of people living in our community to try to get a hold on the mail which is being delivered to our community for persons not living in the community.  We have taken some actions which might appear to be against children but were only taken to protect our children.  We also have a problem with children who are not residents using our pool and we need to have a list of the children in the community in order to make sure that the children we serve are protected and are supposed to be here.  If a child is using our pool without permission and drowns, we will have a legal problem of major proportions and no one will care that the child was here without permission.  This summer the age for unescorted children at the pool will be 16.  This change is being made at the recommendation of DHEC.  You will also note that the furnishing of children's names and ages was not manditory on the form.  This information was requested for information only and is intended to protect our children. 
I would request that you furnish specifics as to what you mean when you say "return the neighborhood to its former child-friendly environment?"  Please furnish more information as to what you mean.
We communicate our changes to the owners regularly and place notices on this web site for the convience of owners and renters.  If you want to receive our communications with owners you can request that your owner send them to you.  The By-Laws and Covenants are available on this web site and all questions about rules and regulations can be answered by reading this document.  The notice that the dumpster was being emptied four times a week was posted on the web when the decision was made and this notice is still on the main page. 

Sincerely,

Ned R. Tolar  PMIC
VICO LLC

Speak Out CommentsLast night I made a quick trip up to toss some trash in the dumpster after dark. I was quite surprised to find two rather large raccoons occupying the dumpster! They were obviously enjoying the contents of the dumpster and were even dragging some of the trash out onto the ground and making a royal mess. Given the generally grumpy temperament of raccoons I just tossed my little bag of trash into the dumpster and made a run for it. I had no wish to tangle with wild animals with a reputation for being carriers of rabies.  Just maybe our human residents aren't the only ones responsible for trash being on the ground.  Be careful around the dumpsters & watch out for the raccoons!
ClassificationOwner
AddressHulon Circle
City1259 Hulon Cir
Posted April 8, 2009.

This is the reason we try to keep the trash area clean.  Please place your trash in the dumpster.  We might want to start closing the doors on the side of the dumpster to keep the varmits out.
Speak Out CommentsNow that the swimming pool is open again for the summer I just want to remind everyone to make sure that the gate door is closed when you leave the pool area.  There are several young children who live near the pool and you never know when one of them might wander over there. Taking just a second of your time to make certain that the gate is closed when you leave could help save a life. 
ClassificationOwner
AddressHulon Circle
CityWest Columbia