Use of the lake

In the past three weeks there have been at least two reports of somebody fishing on the large lake from a boat. It is possible that these boaters are new residents and were not aware of the rules. Lakeside allows residents to fish on a catch and release basis but boating is prohibited. If you have new neighbors you might want to mention this website as a place to find out more about the community and its rules.

Fining Committee

The Board has appointed Christine Martinez to the Fining Committee. The membership of the Fining Committee is now as follows:

  • Linda McNamara (chair)
  • Sam Webster
  • Christine Martinez

The Fining Committee is responsible for hearing appeals against fines imposed for violating community rules. Appeals must be made within 10 days of a fine being issued.

You can appeal a fine using this online form.

Talking trash

Hillsborough County collects trash from Lakeside on Wednesday and Saturday. The Wednesday collection is for yard waste and for regular trash in the gray trash cans. The collection on Saturday is for the blue recycling cans and the gray trash cans.

The county only removes bundled yard waste and trash that fits inside trash cans. 

Trashtalk

Noncollectable trash = $50 fine + disposal costs.

If you leave large items such as furniture, televisions or mattresses in front of your house you risk a fine from the HOA. If the trash is not removed within 48 hours it may be removed by the HOA and the cost of removal and a fine will be charged to you.

If you notice trash left in front of a house, please report it here. You can remain anonymous.

If you have large trash items, the best thing you can do is take them to the dump. If you cannot do that you should call the trash collection company at (813) 248-2820 and pay for a special collection.

Let’s work together to keep Lakeside clean and tidy!

Crime Alert

Since August 5th there have been three “frauds” reported to law enforcement in Lakeside. Similar crimes have been reported in other Riverview communities. We do not have full details but this is probably a good time to remember that Lakeside is a private residential community where door to door soliciting is not permitted. If somebody comes to your door trying to sell you something, please call the HCSO non-emergency line on 813-247-8200 to report “door to door solicitors trespassing in our deed restricted community.”

HOA Board Meeting

The next HOA Board Meeting will be on Saturday August 23 at 9:00 am. We are meeting at a new location, the YMCA at Lakes of Cristina. The address is 9840 Balm Riverview Rd.

The agenda is as follows:

  1. Introductions, Opening
  2. Resident Input
  3. Approval of past minutes
  4. Collection of members’ balances
  5. 2015 Budget
  6. Manager’s Report
  7. Reports of Committees
    1. ACC
    2. Fining
  8. Next steps for retaining wall and related improvements.
  9. Parking Rules
  10. Lights on sign at Symmes Lake Rd entrance
  11. Replacement of community signs
  12. Brighthouse agreement
  13. New Business
  14. Adjournment

Should we use a collections agency?

Unfortunately, we were not able to get everything to fall into place to have a Board meeting tomorrow. We are now trying to reschedule for August 23.

One of the items on the agenda for the next meeting is whether or not we should contract a specialist collections company to recover unpaid association dues. Approximately 40% of the houses in our community are behind with their payments. This does represent some improvement from around two years ago when closer to 50% of houses had unpaid balances but the total amount of unpaid dues is higher than ever at $360,000. To put this in perspective our annual budget is under $250,000.

A specialist collections company would track down non-payers and discuss payment with them. The collections company would report non-payers to credit reference agencies when appropriate and, as a last resort, would proceed with foreclosure. Collection fees would be charged to the debtor and there would be no cost to the HOA unless we decided to foreclose; then we would pay the foreclosure fees up front and recover them from the debtor when the house is auctioned.

We have received a detailed proposal and contract from a company called S.M.A.R.T Collections and the Board will vote on whether to accept the contract at the next meeting.

If you have comments about this, please feel free to have your say in the comments section below.