News and Information
Unwanted Phone Books
As you receive new phone books, please help us keep our community clean by refraining from placing old phone books at the postal facilities. Unwanted phone books should be placed in the bag and discarded with your other recycling. We appreciate your help!
Sumter County Roadway Sweeping
The sweeping of The Villages street system will commence this week within all county maintained rights-of-ways by Sumter County. The process of sweeping will take one month and will be accomplished during daytime hours. The removal of this roadway grit and debris will serve an aesthetic function as well as a storm water quality benefit. As this is a moving operation, there are no anticipated traffic delays. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sumter County Public Works at (352) 569-6700.
NOTICE OF VACANCIES
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT NO. 6 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Village Community Development District No. 6 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling two vacant seats on the District Board:
Seat 3 was recently vacated due to the resignation of an existing Board Supervisor. The remainder of the existing four (4) year term for the vacated Seat will expire in November 2016.
Seat 4 was recently vacated due to the resignation of an existing Board Supervisor. The remainder of the existing four (4) year term for the vacated Seat will expire in November 2018.
Any interested applicants must be a qualified elector which is defined by Florida Statute 190 as “any person at least 18 years of age who is a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Florida and of the district, and who registers to vote with the Supervisor of Elections in the county in which the district land is located". To obtain additional information or request an application you may contact Jennifer McQueary, District Clerk at (352) 751-3939 or obtain a copy of the applications by clicking on the header of this announcement.
Applications must be submitted to the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2016 at the District Office, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages.
**Please note: If you are interested in submitting your name for both vacant seats an application for each seat must be submitted to the District Clerk.**
The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants at a Special Board Meeting to be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the District Office Board Room, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL.
Please be advised that we have received reports of a person claiming to be from the District Water/Sewer Department attempting to collect payment for residents Water/Sewer bill by walking door to door. The District would NEVER send anyone to your home to collect funds for any reason.
The only way to make payments are via check (mail, drop box, or in person delivery to the District office), on our website, www.districtgov.org, or with a credit card payment by phone to us directly at 352-750-0000.
All of our field employees are contracted through CH2M Hill and will always be wearing their company logo shirt and carrying company photo identification.
If you ever have a question about whether or not a technician should be on your property, please feel free to call us at 352-750-0000 to confirm the reason/necessity of their visit.
If someone claiming to be a representative of any of the District water/sewer companies attempts to collect a payment from you in person, cash or otherwise, please contact your local law enforcement.
District Thanksgiving Closures and Cancellations
The District Customer Service Center and all District Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Friday, November 27, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving. Welcome Wednesday is cancelled on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 and CDD Orientation is cancelled on Thursday, November 26, 2015. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 30, 2015. Please join us for the next Welcome Wednesday on December 2, 2015 and CDD Orientation on December 3, 2015. We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
The Villages Public Safety Department (VPSD) and Sumter County Fire and EMS (SCFEMS) are partnering to bring PulsePoint Respond. PulsePoint Respond is an enterprise-class, software-as-a-service pre-arrival solution designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. PulsePoint Respond will alert users of a cardiac arrest in a public place. This program is NOT replacing ReadyAlert as it is not designed for residential AED groups.
Users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and are willing to assist in an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac arrest and needs CPR. If the cardiac arrest is in a public place, the application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity (1/4 mile) of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care.
The purpose of the PulsePoint App is to increase the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by:
• Reducing collapse-to-CPR times by increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area.
• Reducing collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing awareness of public access defibrillator (AED) locations through real-time mapping of nearby devices.
Communities and cities across the United States are using PulsePoint Respond. In Florida, currently Orlando and Sunrise are using PulsePoint Respond. Anyone wishing to download the App can do so by visiting www.pulsepoint.org
. To view a coverage map showing the locations of agencies using this system, for additional information or to download the App, please visit www.pulsepoint.org
. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement.
Thanksgiving Holiday Sanitation Collection
For those Marion and Sumter county residents of The Villages with Thursday sanitation collection, no collections will be made on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015. Household Trash and Recycling (for those with Thursday trash and/or recycling collection) will be collected on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH. Please have bags out no later than 6:00 AM. All others will follow the normal schedule. For additional information on sanitation and recycling collection, please click here.
On September 21, 2015 the Multi-Modal Path Discussion Group (MMPDG) met to discuss the Technical Memorandum prepared by Kimley Horn & Associates (Engineer) related to the multi-modal paths. The memorandum specifically addressed striping and reflective pavement markings for the following areas:
• Geometrically constrained locations
• Trail-side obstructions
The Engineer conducted the field analysis using a GPS enabled device to map all locations where improvements are recommended.
The MMPDG reviewed and discussed the findings and provided unanimous support for implementation.
Staff is currently working on preparing the information to determine the cost of the project and the method of which a contractor should be chosen based on District purchasing policies and procedures.
If you would like to view the memorandum prepared by the Engineer, please click here
As part of the district’s continued commitment to provide our residents with efficient and dependable utility service, Village Center Community Development District/Utilities will be replacing the water services in portions of the Village Center Service Area. The contractor for this project will be Hamlet Underground LLC. Hamlet Underground will be replacing the water services in three (3) phases. Lake County Phase I-B
Units 3, 3.1B, 4, 5, 6 & 12
Village of Silver LakeLake County Phase II
Units 14 & 15
Village of Del Mar
Village El Cortez
Courtyard Villas in Village El Cortez
Chula Vista Villas in the Village of Del Mar
Hacienda Villas in the Village of Del MarHamlet Underground has been granted permission to work during weekends in order to remain on schedule. The project is expected to last approximately 210 calendar days, weather permitting. Residents will be notified by way of a door hanger placed at your entry door, prior to work beginning in your immediate area. Hamlet Underground does not anticipate water service to be interrupted. However, if a temporary shutdown is necessary, it will only last 3-4 hours and you will be notified in advance by Hamlet Underground. While no water quality impact is anticipated, if you encounter discoloration of water or any air in the lines upon water service being restored, please let the water run until the condition clears. If construction activities cause disruption to turf areas, the contractor is obligated under the contract to appropriately restore the area. All contractors involved have been made aware of the district’s expectations and level of service standards while working on district property and will make every effort to minimize any disruption this may cause to our resident’s daily activities. For our resident’s safety we ask that you avoid the construction area and if you have any questions please contact Hamlet Underground at 352-236-3355 between the hours of 8am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday.
And for any after-hours emergencies, please call 352-266-2834 or 352-694-3195 For general project updates, please visit the district website at www.districtgov.org
or call District Administration Operations at 751-3939
The Sumter County Pavement Management FY 15 program is currently underway. Preservation includes crack sealing and microsurfacing. Rehabilitation includes milling, resurfacing, asphalt stress relief layers and widening. Please click on the header of this announcement for an updated list of the streets included in this program and their status. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sumter County Public Works at (352) 569-6700.
El Santiago Recreation Center - UPDATED 10/14/2015
On February 11, 2015, the Amenity Authority Committee awarded the contract for the demolition and reconstruction of the new El Santiago Recreation Center. For the safety of both residents and workers, please refrain from entering the construction zone. The exterior of the building is substantially complete. The landscaping is complete and being maintained by District Property Management contractors. Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical systems are complete and being tested. Audio / Visual systems are installed and tested. Kitchen appliances are being installed and the interior finishes are nearing completion. The project is on schedule for a December 2015 opening.
Welcome Wednesday is a program designed to give residents the opportunity to learn about ongoing projects, address rumors and have their questions answered by District staff. Please join us each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the District office located at 984 Old Mill Run to have the opportunity to hear first-hand about the latest rumors and meet District Board Supervisors from your CDD and others. We have also revised our weekly handouts into a new easy to read newsletter! To view this weekly newsletter, please visit the Welcome Wednesday quick link for updated information. For additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508 or click on the header of this announcement. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!
It is very important that all residents are aware of what to do in an emergency. Please click on the header of this announcement to view information from The Villages Public Safety Department on what happens when you call 9-1-1 in The Villages.
On April 7, 2015 the VCDD No. 4 Board of Supervisors held a workshop to review and discuss the proposal to expand the District boundaries to include an additional 64.27 acres and 300 residences. Representatives from The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc. and the law firm of McLin Burnsed presented information on the proposal and answered questions from Board Supervisors and audience members. The presentation can be viewed by clicking on the header of this announcement. The VCDD No. 4 Board will continue to review and discuss the proposal at future meetings.
Please click on the header of this announcement to learn about tips to secure your home and what to do if you find your house has been burglarized. This information is being provided to you by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Please help the wildlife by keeping them wild! Feeding wildlife can do more harm than good for both people and wildlife. Wildlife can adapt to living on golf courses and neighborhoods when its natural habitat is developed. Feeding wildlife may cause them to become dependent on handouts and lose their natural fear of people, causing injury to people on rare occasions. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information.
Flashing Yellow Arrow
As information for Villages residents, we would like to inform you The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has implemented a new type of traffic signal at certain locations throughout the state and at some intersections adjacent to The Villages. The signals now include a flashing yellow arrow. It is a new type of signal which is placed over a left turn lane at a signalized intersection where one of the signal indications is a flashing yellow arrow. They are the result of a national study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, which demonstrated many benefits. To learn more about this new signal and view a video, please click here.
When Should I Water?
Evaporation loss can be 60 percent or higher during the day, so watering must be done during your scheduled irrigation time which will be before 10am or after 4pm on your scheduled day. Irrigation schedules vary by district and are listed at www.thevillageswaterwisdom.com.
It is important to remember not to irrigate just because it is your scheduled day. Irrigation systems should only be operated when the lawn begins to show signs of stress. This will encourage deeper root growth, which will help to develop more drought tolerant lawns and landscaping. It will also save water, which protects our water resources and provides savings on water bills. Signs of stress include:
• lingering footprints or mower tracks
• grass blades or leaf blades beginning to close lengthwise
• the top few inches of soil feeling dry
Lawns will generally need water before landscape plants (excluding flowers). Therefore if the lawn is being irrigated when it shows signs of stress, the landscape plants will be adequately irrigated.
Flower beds should be hand watered with a hose using an automatic shut off nozzle. Also, if the lawn has dry spots, use a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle to apply water where it’s needed, instead of watering the entire lawn.
For information related to the current water restrictions and irrigation schedules, please visit www.thevillageswaterwisdom.com
In a community of 100,000 residents, golf cart safety is important both on the multimodal paths and on the roadways. To encourage golf cart safety, we have several educational materials available to help inform both residents and guests about safety.Golf cart safety brochures are available in the Customer Service Center located at 984 Old Mill Run or by clicking on the header of this announcement. You can also view a video addressing many of the concerns related to golf cart safety in The Villages by clicking here
Please click on the header of this announcement to learn about Golf Cart Safety and Rules of the Road. We encourage all golf cart drivers in The Villages to Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride!! For additional copies of the attached brochure, please visit your local recreation center or the Customer Service Center located at 984 Old Mill Run.
Effective July 1, 2013, The Florida Legislature amended FS 319.14 to allow the conversion of a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) to a golf cart. For additional information on the process of converting a LSV to a golf cart, please click on the header of this announcement.
"Who is allowed to use the multi-modal paths throughout The Villages?” This is a question that the District receives on a regular basis. The multi-modal paths are for use by NON-AUTOMOTIVE
, non-vehicular traffic such as bicycles, golf carts, pedestrians, and skaters. It is not legal…nor is it smart…to drive vehicles such as smart cars, motorcycles, or mopeds on any of the multi-modal paths in The Villages. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement to read a memo from District Counsel regarding the use of multi-modal paths.
Golf Course Safety
For each golfer’s safety from snakes and alligators, ball-hawking on the golf courses is prohibited. Due to the steepness of the water basin banks, we ask that you stay on the golf course side margin of the red or yellow hazard stakes. We encourage each golfer to put safety first as it would be very easy to slip and fall due to the current low water level.
Parking in Unauthorized Areas
Community Watch and local law enforcement officials have teamed up in a safety initiative to prevent golf carts and other vehicles from driving and parking on our sidewalks and other unauthorized areas. Not only is it in violation of District Rules, but driving and parking on the sidewalks is also extremely dangerous for our residents and guests enjoying a casual stroll through the community. Have you noticed the traffic cones that have been placed along our sidewalks at handicapped access points on the squares? The cones were placed there originally to discourage vehicles from parking on our sidewalks.
In the first phase of our initiative, Community Watch will remove the existing traffic cones. Community Watch will now place red and black “WARNING” signs on vehicles parked in unauthorized areas. The warnings reference District Rules and are designed to educate vehicle operators of their parking infractions.
Community Watch will partner with law enforcement in the second phase of the initiative to attempt to identify and notify owners of vehicles parked in violation of the District Rules. Owners will be given the opportunity to move their vehicles. As a last resort, drivers of vehicles repeatedly parked in violation of the District Rules may be prohibited access to any District property. We hope this action is not required, but the safety of our residents and guests must be assured.
Please be aware that there are also areas in The Villages in which there is only pedestrian and golf cart access. The Mulberry Dog Park is only accessible by pedestrians and golf carts. If you would like to drive your vehicle, please visit the Paradise Dog Park or the Brinson-Perry Dog Park.
Please assist us in making our sidewalks safe for our residents and guests.
Sumter County Roundabout Brochure
The Sumter County Board of County Commissioners in cooperation with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has developed an educational guide to navigating roundabouts in Sumter County. At the request of Sumter County officials, the District is providing this brochure for your information. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Sumter County Public Works Department at 352-793-0240. Please click here
to view the brochure.