Message from the President|

Building Guide Revisions Approved Rules Codification Afoot

      The updated Building Guide has been formally approved by a unanimous vote of the Board of Governors at its February 22, 2024 meeting. Many thanks to all who contributed to this endeavor. The Board will now be tackling a new project: collecting and codifying all Pond Place rules (other than the Building Guide) in a handbook format for re-approval and circulation to the membership and residents.

Removal of Dead Indigenous Trees

      The Association has almost completed its removal of indigenous dead trees from common and buffer areas. We will now be focusing on those that are on EUAs. The first batch will removed this month by our contractor, McLellan Tree Service, which may have to enter several EUAs in order to accomplish this. All reasonable precautions to avoid damage will be taken and any damage to EUAs will be promptly repaired. A second batch of identified trees will be removed in early April. These removals were based on notification by residents/homeowners and by a walkthrough of the complex. No doubt some were overlooked. If you have NOT already notified either myself or Mike Montgomery at White & Katzman by e-mail of a dead tree on your or your neighbor’s EUA, please do so as soon as possible. Healthy trees will not be considered for removal by the Association.

Acquisition of 150 Darling Drive & the Roadway Parcel

       Attorney David M. Barry appeared at our January 25th Board meeting and answered questions regarding the pending acquisition of 150 Darling Drive and the Roadway Parcel. Mr. Barry had a favorable opinion regarding the acquisition and had not found any easements or rights of way that would impair marketable title. At his request the Board approved engaging Mitchell R. Chester, LEP to perform a Class I Environmental Assessment of the site. Mr. Chester subsequently inspected the sites and identified no issues of concern. His full report is available on our website.

Surface Water Drainage System Repairs and Improvements

      All storm sewers and surface waters in Pond Place drain into either Nod Brook or Stub Pond. Many EUAs and storm sewers utilize surface swales or a combination of surface swales and piping to carry rain water off. Long time resident Mike Larosa has considerable experience as a site development project manager and municipal building inspector. He volunteered to inventory and inspect the sundry surface water drainage systems in Pond Place and make recommendations for their repair and upkeep. His inventory is almost complete and we will be tackling systems that need attention on a priority basis. The first three projects will be on and between 1-2 Edgewood, behind 9 Owl Court and draining the swamp that has developed between 8-9 Arrowhead and 1-4 Clover due to a thought to be clogged pipe.  Personnel and equipment from our contractor, JH Property Services, will be entering on EUAs to excavate and effectuate repairs. Any damage caused will be promptly repaired.

Social Committee Active

      The Social Committee, headed up by Lois Hessert-Blawie and Paula Darlington, is active and has recently sent out a Survey Monkey to assist in planning community events.

Snow Season Rules Reminder

      The Pond Place Tax District contracts with JH Property Services of Newington to plow our roads. When a snow storm drops 4 inches of snow or more driveways and parking areas will also be plowed within 8 hours of the conclusion of the storm. Complaints or call backs should be made to Mike Montgomery at White & Katzman. Their contact information is set forth at the end of this message. Please remember the crews are working throughout the day or night to keep the roads open and then must return to plow driveways. For environmental reasons (all of Pond Place drains into Stub Pond) we do not ordinarily sand or salt driveways or parking areas. Our contractor has already begun addressing displaced pea stone from the driveways and parking areas.

Board Meetings

      The next meetings of the Pond Place Tax District and Pond Place Association, Inc. Boards will be held on March 28, 2024 at 6:30 P.M via Zoom. All owners and residents may attend the meetings and are invited to make comments. Hyperlinks and instructions for participation will be posted on our website www.pondplace.org the day of the meeting. White & Katzman may also send hyperlinks to the Zoom meeting via electronic mail for those who have e-addresses on file.

 

            Residents or owners are welcome to contact me with issues, complaints, concerns or for guidance. Best wishes to all for a wonderful Spring.

 

Christopher J. Rossetti

(860) 678-0889

pondplacepresident@gmail.com

 

Management Contact Information:

POND PLACE PROPERTY MANAGER

Mr. Michael Montgomery
Managing Agent

P: 860.291.8777 x107
E: Mikem@wkmanage.com


POND PLACE ACCOUNTING TEAM
Ms. Carmen Rivera
Accounts Receivable
P: 860.291.8777 x128
E: Carmenr@wkmanage.com

Reminders

      Trash & Recyclables pick-up: Paine’s picks up trash on Wednesdays weekly and recyclables on Wednesdays bi-weekly on their B-Week schedule with one day delays for certain specified holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving during 2024. The schedule is posted on www.pondplace.org Your barrels need to be on the curb by 6:00 AM on Wednesday mornings and should be returned to their sheds or garages before sunrise the day after. Should new residents or owners wish smaller or larger barrels than those inherited from the prior owner or tenant they should contact White & Katzman, not Paine’s. Likewise any requests for special pick-ups or complaints regarding non pick-ups should be routed through White & Katzman.

 

      Persons who have fallen into arrears on their obligations to the Pond Place Association or the Pond Place Tax District are reminded their delinquent amounts will be carrying a high rate of interest. It is in their best interest to get these arrearages paid off.

 

      Unpaid FY 23-24 taxes are now DELINQUENT and are being turned over for collection.

 

      Unpaid FY 23-24 Dues to the Association are now DELINQUENT and may be turned over for collection.

 

      FY 23-24 Taxes to the Tax District were due in two installments, the first half (like town taxes) on July 1st, 2023 and the second half on January 1st, 2024. Taxes become delinquent if not paid by the 31st of the month in which they are due and will carry retroactive interest at 1 ½% per month (18% per annum) until paid; these unpaid taxes are now DELINQUENT and may be turned over for collection.

 

      Your land lease payment (if you have not already paid your lease off) is due in the amount of $50 on the 1st of every month. Those who are not delinquent may prepay an entire year in the amount of $519.11 and take advantage of a significant savings.

 

      Land Leases in arrears on July 1, 2022 will carry retroactive interest at 3% from the date of delinquency with respect to all delinquent payments from due date. Those more than 12 months delinquent will be referred to the Association’s attorneys for legal collection.

 

      Taxes in arrears are currently carrying a rate of 1.5% per month retroactive to the date of delinquencies. Those 75 days or more delinquent will be referred to the Tax District’s attorneys for legal collection.

 

      Delinquent Association obligations carry interest at the rate of 12% per annum from date of delinquency. Those more than 75 days delinquent will be referred to the Association’s attorneys for legal collection.

 

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