July 22, 2010

Pool Key Fobs are in the Mail

New pool key fobs are in the mail and should arrive to homeowners in the next week or so. The new security system is in place and has been tested by Board members and our Community Manager, Kari Miller. Along with the new electronic access system, the Board updated the Victor Gardens Community Association's Pool Rules. (Click here for new Pool Rules). Thanks should go to a few residents who made common sense suggestions. These were incorporated into the rules. A few new, changed, or sometimes overlooked rules include:

  • All access to the pool area must be through the Activity Center. The gate is to be used for emergency purposes only.
  • No Inflatable floatation devices are allowed in the pool except water wings, life jackets or infant/small children flotation seats.)
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.
  • Radios, tape players, CD players and other audio devices must be played only with earphones. Loudspeakers are prohibited.
  • Drunkenness is not allowed and any intoxicated individuals will be asked to leave the pool area.

It's important to remember that this is your pool. Please don't open the door or gate for individuals who've "forgotten" their key fob. This is usually the approach that non-residents try to access your pool. If you see someone climb over the fence, please report them to the Washington County Sheriff. Their non-emergency dispatch number is 651-439-9381.

Please don't turn a blind eye to unaccompanied minors under the age of 14, or the couple who's swimming with their dog, or a parent whose infant isn't wearing a swim-diaper. You may be also turning a blind eye to the very people that cost you and your fellow residents more than $3000.00 in unnecessary repairs and damage a few years ago. Money that could have been better spent beautifying your common areas, supporting neighborhood events or reducing your dues. The liability risk and paying for damage caused by so few is not the way any of us wants to see our money spent.

The Pool Committee, Jason Lanpher, Nikki Lanpher, and LaVonne Fitzgerald deserve our special thanks. Day after day, once the pool opened in May, they've closed up the Pool and Activity Center each night. They made sure the Association's property was protected and secure.

The following is a message to residents, from the Master Board:

Dear Victor Gardens Residents,

The Victor Gardens Community Association Board of Directors is changing the method homeowners will use to access the swimming pool area. THE CURRENT KEY SYSTEM WILL BE REPLACED WITH THE KEY FOB ACCESS SYSTEM. KEY FOBS WILL BE MAILED TO HOMEOWNERS.

New hardware and software has been installed at your pool. The hardware is simply the mechanical means to control access to the pool. The software will allow the Association to manage the accessibility from an offsite location. Each Key Fob can be activated and deactivated utilizing the software. Community Development Inc will manage the software and activation and deactivation of Key Fobs under the advisement of the Board of Directors. Any resident’s Key Fob can be deactivated for a number of reasons, i.e. non payment of association dues, architectural violations and other association rule violations. Primary reasons for the change are as follows:

· The new system will allow tracking of pool access and protect the amenities of the pool and bath house. In addition to the Key Fob access control system, a closed circuit video camera has been installed to help in the event of a breach or damage to the pool area.

· Under the current system, the Association has no means to effectively deny pool access. With the Key Fob access system, the Association will have the ability de-activate the Key Fobs of anyone that is 60 days delinquent in association dues, anyone in violation of Architectural Guidelines and anyone in violation of the Association Documents or pool rules.

· By better controlling the pool access, this new system allows for the preservation of privacy and enjoyment of the pool to Victor Gardens Homeowners and their guests.

Only one Key Fob will be issued per home. A $40 charge will be applicable in the future for any new Key Fobs for maintenance and replacement costs.
Any questions regarding this change should be directed to your Community Manager, Kari Miller at 763-225-6424 or via e-mail at kmiller@developcommunity.com.

As Directed by the Board of Directors, Victor Gardens Community Association