Riverview Library

Hillsborough County has scheduled a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3, to discuss the future of the Riverview Branch Library. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the library, located at 10509 Riverview Drive.

At 8,000 square feet and 35 years old, the current building is considered outdated and too small for the increased customer use that has accompanied new development in the area in recent years. During the fiscal year 2015 budget process, County Commissioners approved $3.4 million in capital improvement funds toward a project to expand or replace the building.

Input from the community is vital to shaping the project scope, which in turn will identify a construction timeline and final costs. The purpose of the public meeting is to seek feedback from residents on what kinds of future amenities and improvements they would like to see, how they feel about the current location versus relocating to a different site, and whether there is interest in housing other County services – or perhaps even a private venture – as part of the library facility.

Information presented at this meeting will also be available online at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/CountyProjects by using the County Building Projects link.

All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additional necessary accommodations will be provided with a 48-hour notice. For more information, call Steve Valdez, Customer Engagement Division Director, at (813) 272-5275. TTY: (813) 301-7173. Prensa: Para información, llamar al (813) 272-5314.

Happy New Year

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please accept best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year 2015. Also, let’s take a moment to recognize the volunteers that have helped make Lakeside a great place to live in 2014.

Our thanks go to Sam Webster, Linda McNamara, Kim Morcom, Christine Martinez and Ryan Brown for their work on the Fining Committee. To Bob McNamara, Lynda Irirzarry, Candy Allman, Charles Rigsby and Richard McNamara for their work on the Architectural Control Committee. To Jerry Gerstenblith, Pat Forss and Christine Martinez for checking the HCSO deputies in and out of their patrols in Lakeside. To José Anibal Rosario and Edgar Krampitz for their help and advice with the front entrance sign lights and the soccer field retaining wall. To Greg Noble for Neighborhood Watch. To Dave Irizarry and others for their help with the neighborhood picnic. And to anybody else who I have forgotten.

We also thank those who drive around the block the long way to check for problems in the park when they come late from work, those who never fail to walk their dog and never fail to report trash in yards or broken sidewalks, those who call the police when door to door solicitors call, remove newspapers from driveways of empty houses and in so many little ways make Lakeside a great place to live.

Happy New Year to you all!

 

 

HCSO Patrol

Deputy Brandon Parker will be patrolling Lakeside for the next four hours. This is an off-duty patrol paid for by the HOA.

At this time of year, remember that thieves can tell what electronics are inside your house by looking for empty boxes outside your house. If there are empty boxes left outside your house, please bring them back inside your house until the next collection on Wednesday and put the boxes inside your trash can as the County will leave anything that is not in the official trash cans.

Fining Committee

It is my unfortunate duty to announce the resignation of two valued and long-serving members of the Fining Committee. Linda McNamara and Samantha Webster will be leaving the committee today and they will be sorely missed. The Board extends its sincere thanks for the work they have put in over the past years.

We now have two vacancies on the Fining Committee. The committee is responsible for hearing appeals against fines imposed on homeowners and it is legally necessary part of the HOA’s activities. It is very important that we fill these vacancies. If you have ever thought of stepping up and doing something for your community – now is the time! To find out more please e-mail robert.alderson@gmail.com

HCSO Patrol

Deputy Michael Rouleau is patrolling Lakeside this evening. This is an extra duty patrol paid for with your HOA dues. Deputy Rouleau will be dedicated exclusively to patrolling Lakeside for four hours. If you have information about crime in the community or any other concern please flag him down to talk.

2015 Budget approved

At the Board Meeting held earlier this evening the Board unanimously approved the budget below. It is the same as the budget previously posted for discussion except that the amount for the management company has been adjusted to match Excelsior’s quote along with an allowance for possible unforeseen management costs (making the total expenditure the same as in the previous budget.)

The quarterly dues for 2015 will therefore be $7 lower; $175 instead of $182.

Budget for 2015 – Approved

 

Change of Management Company

At the Board Meeting held earlier this evening the Board decided to switch from Unique Property Services to Excelsior Community Management. Excelsior has a strong local presence with offices on Krycul Ave and manages several local HOAs, most notably Moss Landing. This and Excelsior’s use of  TOPS software were the primary motivations for the Board’s decision.

The change of management company will be effective January 1, 2015.

2015 Management Contract with Excelsior