News and Information
Multi-Modal Path Closure
The multi-modal path along Stillwater Trail will be closed August 27, 2018 to August 31, 2018 for resurfacing. The portion of path that will be closed is along Stillwater Trail from the tunnel at Buena Vista Boulevard heading east to the tunnel located next to Winn Dixie.
• The multi-modal paths along Morse Boulevard and Buena Vista Boulevard will remain open.
• If you are travelling south on the multi-modal path along Buena Vista Boulevard and would like to enter the path along Morse Boulevard, you will need to travel through Lake Sumter Landing and enter the Morse Boulevard path in the entrance in the Winn Dixie parking lot.
• There will be mobile message boards near each tunnel installed the week before work is scheduled to begin.
For your safety and the safety of all workers, please use caution in this area and pay attention to all directional and detour signage. For additional information, please contact District Property Management at (352) 753-4022. To view a map, please click on the header of this announcement.
Each election period raises questions about allowable campaign activities within the Village Community Development Districts. An overview was created to provide information and can be found by clicking on the header of this announcement. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact District Administration at (352) 751-3939.
Have you ever wondered why the irrigation is running along a roadway for a mile or two or on a golf course for days after an extreme amount of rain has fallen? Well, it’s due to the fact that the water retention areas throughout The Villages are above the recommended level and must be lowered. These measures are in place to make room for more rain water, which is collected from the streets, yards and golf courses, should there be a second rain event coming. This information is provided to you by our District Property Management Department.
NOTICE OF VACANCY DISTRICT 4NOTICE OF VACANCY
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT NO. 4 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Village Community Development District No. 4 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 1, which will become vacant as of September 14, 2018 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 2020. 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 application by clicking on the header of this announcement. Applications must be submitted to the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the District Office, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages.
The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants during a Board Meeting to be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center, Ashley Wilkes Room, 1545 Buena Vista Boulevard, The Villages, FL.
District staff is always working to determine the best mechanisms to provide information to residents of The Villages. From the District Customer Service Center to our website, www.DistrictGov.org
, residents of The Villages have a myriad of ways to contact us. Over the next several months, we will be evaluating our current communication tools, their effectiveness and feedback received from residents to ensure we are communicating in the most effective way possible.
As we look for better ways to serve you and provide information, some of our existing programs may need to change to reflect your information needs. One change that will begin taking place at the end of this month affects the delivery of the weekly Welcome Wednesday program. For those of you that have attended Welcome Wednesday, you may have noticed that attendance has dropped off considerably over the past year. Our on-line use of the Welcome Wednesday information piece remains strong with approximately 1,200 users, compared to less than half of a dozen in-person attendees. While we will continue to provide this valuable publication to obtain information, the importance of the information exists within the handout and not necessarily the weekly meeting. In order to better utilize our resources, we will no longer be hosting the Welcome Wednesday meeting as of July 26, 2018. The handout will be created, posted on our website, www.DistrictGov.org
and sent out via E-Notification just as it is now. To ensure that you continue to receive this valuable information, please take a moment to confirm you are currently signed up to receive E-Notifications by visiting our website.
For those of you that prefer to interact with us face-to-face, please rest assured that you always have the opportunity to contact your District Customer Service Center! It is located at 984 Old Mill Run in Lake Sumter Landing and is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Customer Service team is always pleased to address your questions, comments, suggestions and connect you to the appropriate staff member, department or external agency. If you prefer to speak with the District Customer Service team over the phone, the phone number is (352) 753-4508 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please stay tuned to www.DistrictGov.org
to learn more about the improvements you will see in the way we interact and provide information to you! We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your thoughts, suggestions and feedback!
Congratulations to The Villages Public Safety Department on continuing the StormReady recognition for The Villages community for another three years! For additional information on this accomplishment, please click on the header of this announcement.
Water Retention Areas
Did you know that many of the water retention areas in our community are connected through various inlets and pipes? In addition to storm water, everything that enters the storm water pipes can end up in the water retention areas throughout our community. This includes trash, leaves, fertilizer, soap from washing vehicles, animal droppings and more.
Please help us ensure the health and continued maintenance of the water retention basins throughout The Villages by not placing ANYTHING in any of the storm water drains. Our National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit does not allow dumping into these storm drain systems.
For additional information on storm water management in our community, please visit www.DistrictGov.org
. If you notice any dumping into these systems, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.
2018 Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide
Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc. (BDA) compiled a list of animals to identify protected wildlife species in The Villages. To view the 2018 Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide, please click on the header of this announcement.
Friendly Golf Recommendations
In The Villages, the most important part of golf is having fun! To learn more about making any casual game of golf more enjoyable, please click on the header of this announcement. For additional information, please visit www.GolfTheVillages.com
Update Your Contact Information
We strive to ensure that we have the most up-to-date contact information and emergency contact information for each resident of The Villages. If you would like to UPDATE your contact information or the emergency contact information listed for your property, please click on the header of this announcement and print out the attached form. You can return the completed form to the District Customer Service Center at 984 Old Mill Run in downtown Lake Sumter Landing. You can also place it in the utility / amenity / District correspondence box located at each postal facility without adding postage. If you prefer to call us with your changes, please call (352) 753-4508 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To email us your updates, please contact us at email@example.com
. If you have any questions or would like to know what information we currently have listed for your home, please call (352) 753-4508.
Personal Chairs at Downtown Squares
Personal folding chairs are allowed to be brought to events. The setting up and leaving of chairs prior to 3:00 p.m. is prohibited. Any chairs set up and left on the square prior to 3:00 p.m. will be removed by District Property Management. Our efforts are to manage and maintain a safe environment for visitors, staff and contractors at the squares. We appreciate your attention and support of this matter which will allow our Squares to continue to meet our high community standards.
Smoke Detector Program
The Villages Fire and Public Safety Department offers smoke detector assistance to residents of The Villages as part of the Fall Prevention Program.
• This program is designed for residents of The Villages who are disabled or are unable to climb a ladder
• Smoke detector batteries should be changed once per year
• Help with smoke detector battery changes and/or installations can be arranged by calling 352-205-8280 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you call after hours or on the weekend, a recording will direct you to an alternate phone number
• Residents are required to purchase the batteries or new units
• There is no charge for this service
• The Villages Public Safety Department employees will arrive at your home in uniform, with a visible name badge
• As a reminder, this assistance is strictly for smoke detectors. The employees visiting your home will not be able to assist you with non-related smoke detector issues or concerns
E-Billing is now available for your monthly water, sewer, trash and amenity bill! By signing up for E-Bill
, we will no longer send you a monthly paper statement. All of the information pertaining to your monthly bill will be emailed to the email address you provide. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You may also call Finance Customer Service at (352) 750-0000. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement.
Morse Boulevard Island Embankment
So, what is this I have heard about the Morse Bridge? Good Question! The Morse Bridge is in great shape and is maintained by Sumter County. What is all the “talk” about the bridge? The actual topic is the Morse Boulevard Island Embankment. We urge you to read through the information by clicking on the header of this announcement. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (352) 751-3939 if you have any questions or comments!
Morse Boulevard Lake Sumter Island Slope Stability Analysis
On Monday, August 1, 2016 the Project Wide Advisory Committee (PWAC) held a meeting that included a presentation and review of a Slope Stability Analysis performed by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. (KHA) for the Lake Sumter island embankment on Morse Boulevard. The goal and objective of the analysis was to hault and prevent further erosion along the perimeter of the embankment during average conditions, and offer engineered options that were aesthetically pleasing that require minimal maintenance. The analysis did not include the Morse Boulevard bridge over Lake Sumter, and there is no evidence of issues with the structure.
The review included work performed by a sub-contracted geo-technical engineering firm who conducted extensive soil borings to thoroughly evaluate the slope of the island based on previous sloughing that occurred. Their findings concluded that the existing slope exceeded the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) minimum factor of safety for permanent slopes.
In conjunction with the information received from the geo-technical engineer, KHA further evaluated water depth, wind speed/direction, and wave height to conclude that erosion was occurring as a result of repetitive wave action during average weather conditions. KHA Engineers in attendance at the meeting presented three options to the PWAC to mitigate further erosion on the island embankment:
1. Rock Revetment structure fill and plantings
a. Highest construction cost ($1.47 Mil.); permanent solution with lowest anticipated maintenance.
2. Living shoreline with a toe protection breakwater structure
a. High construction cost ($1 Mil.); ongoing maintenance required.
3. Placement of additional coarse sediment fill with native plantings
a. Lowest construction cost ($520,000); highest recurring maintenance and least likely to address erosion as compared to option 1 and
The PWAC had extensive discussions regarding the options and the desire for a long-term solution that required minimal ongoing maintenance. Based on the review and information provided, and audience input, the PWAC directed staff to work with KHA to develop information to proceed with a rock revetment, option 1. Additional information will be presented at a future meeting.
The full Slope Stability Analysis is available on www.DistrictGov.org, or by clicking the following direct link: http://www.districtgov.org/PDFView/PDFMeeting.aspx?id=20160801pa0201
Sharps Disposal Program
The Sumter County Department of Health offers a sharps disposal program for residents of Sumter County. This program was designed as a community service to assist the residents of Sumter County with a safe and environmentally sound method for disposing of used needles or sharps. All sharps must be delivered in an approved sharps container. For additional information on this program or the cost of the containers, please contact or visit one of the following locations:The Villages:
8015 East C-466
104 Rutland Steet
415 East Noble Avenue
For additional information, please visit the Sumter County Department of Health
website or contact them at (352) 569-3131.
What Happens When I Call 9-1-1 in The Villages?
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.
Information Provided by Sumter County Sheriff's Office
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. You can learn more about this new signal
and view a video at the Florida Department of Transportation website.
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 began removing the existing traffic cones. Community Watch is now placing 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 partnered 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 are 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.