April 2016 e-Outlook

TVO I e-Outlook APRIL 2016

A quarterly email covering neighborhood news, issues, and activities

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It looks great already!! Work begun today to replant our front entrance. The landscaping company removed the overgrown holly trees behind the monuments and started cleaning out the center median. A $12,000 design project and budget was approved at the March 2016 HOA meeting. The new look will include new plants, shrubs, perennials and annuals, for the entire front entrance. This is the first overhaul of the front entrance since the neighborhood was developed.

The project is being led by Alexandra Cratin and Natalie Goebel. Thank you ladies for your hard work and commitment to seeing this to completion.


Due to a lack of nominees for the 2016 – 2018 board, the March elections have been postponed until our September 2016 meeting. We will be launching a recruiting effort to build the 2016 -2018 board members. This is a great way to give back to the community, so, think about getting involved. It is a great experience. Contact any board member to ask questions.


TVO’s March meeting went very well. We had about 20 to 25 people including members of the Board of Directors.

The unofficial meeting minutes and financials will be available in the next 30 days. We currently have $31,000 in our coffers. Monies for the landscaping project has been removed. We are looking for additional improvement projects.


We have numerous studies to support that people are driving above the speed limit in our community. We have been unsuccessful in getting the County to put up additional stop signs along Pebble Beach and Boca Raton Dr. Unfortunately, our car volume does not qualify us for calming strips. In Howard County, the lowest posted speed limit in residential areas is 25 MPH. Residential speeds should be 10 to 15 MPH – if you agree, call Councilman Greg Fox and complain!

The Police and The Traffic Engineering Department suggest that we start educating our neighbors. SLOW DOWN. Please SLOW DOWN. The weather is changing and the kids will be outside again. SAFETY FIRST!!!! Watch out for the kids! Be safe.


We are up to 120 homes that are voting members for 2016. Our goal is to add at least 80 more homes before the September meeting. Your vote is very important to the sustainment of the neighborhood and development of services. Please submit your invoice ASAP. Need an invoice, let me know.

REMINDER: As a resident of TVO I, your homeownership make you a member of the community HOA. Your annual dues gives you voting privileges on any neighborhood issues presented for a vote during the calendar year. No dues equals no vote on neighborhood issues.


Exploration of a playground is currently postponed. The playground is a long term project that requires a lot of coordination with our neighbors and the County. This will be an uphill climb.

Here is what we currently know:

1. We do not own any land to locate a playground. A partnership with the County is essential.

2. The County remembers the battle of 2004. We all would like to skip a repeat performance.

3. The County does not have money in the 2016 budget. We would have to petition them for a capital expenditure.

4.. Some TVO neighbors are against a playground. We need to survey the community.

5. We have pledged support from neighboring HOA’s.

Needless to say, this requires some organizing. We are seeking volunteers to assist with this campaign.


Please join us online to get the latest community news. Feel free to share your story with us. Get connected to your TVO I Community Association. The links to our accounts are:

TVO I Website http://turfvalleyoverlook1.org
Yahoo Message Board turfvalleyoverlook@yahoogroups.com
FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/turfvalleyoverlook1
Gmail turfvalleyoverlook


Bridge: The bridge club plays once a month from 7:30-10 pm usually on Thursdays. If you are interested please contact Joan Soule, joan.soule.

Mahjong: If you are interested in playing mahjong, please contact Susan Fingerman, smfinfo.

Garden Club: We have a few projects in the works involving flower exchanges and a common area beautification. Please contact Angela Nichols at warnic6, if you are interested in joining.

Volleyball Club: Play occurs every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Pebble Beach Community Area. Contact Kevin Powell kppowell410@gmail.com

There are several unofficial clubs throughout the neighborhood. Ask around, get connected and find out if any are for you.

If you would like to have your group’s meetings and activities publicized let us know.


TVO I Board of Directors (2014-2016)

President: James Brown (Boca Raton Dr.), jamesbrown_923

Vice President: Chris Johansen (Timber Trails Ct.), topherJ

Treasurer: Kirsten Willging (Pinehurst Ct.), kwillging

Secretary: Karen Aaby (Greenbriar Ct.), karenaaby

Member-at-Large: Jeff McConnell (Doral Ct.) jeffrey.j.mcconnell

If you have information that you would like to be considered for an upcoming newsletter, please contact James Brown at jamesbrown_923@hotmail.com by the 15th of the month for distribution around the 1st of the next month.

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