News and Information
Sumter County will begin crack sealing several roadways in Districts 3 in The Villages in preparation for micro surfacing. The crack sealing is anticipated to begin the week of July 24, 2017 and the micro surfacing will occur approximately 30-days later.
To view a map of the roadways that will receive this work, please click on the header of this announcement.
NOTICE OF MEETING
Union Contract Negotiations Between the Village Center Community Development District and Professional Fire Fighters of The Villages, IAFF Local 4770 will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Colony Cottage Regional Recreation Center located at 510 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL 32162
The meeting is open to the public. Any person requiring special accommodations at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the District Office at (352) 674-1905 at least four (4) calendar days prior to the meeting.
NOTICE OF VACANCY
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT NO. 7 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Village Community Development District No. 7 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 3, which 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 application by clicking on the header of this announcement.
Applications must be submitted to the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 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 Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the District Office Board Room, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL.
Village Community Development District No. 10 (District 10) is seeking a primary representative to complete a four (4) year term and an alternate representative to complete a four (4) year term on the Architectural Review Committee (ARC).
applicant must be a full time resident of District No. 10 and have lived in The Villages for at least one year. The alternate
applicant must be a full time resident of District No. 10 and have lived in The Villages for at least one year. This position requires attendance at the ARC meeting every week for the first four (4) weeks and once every month thereafter. Candidates are recommended to have education and/or experience in any of the following areas: architecture, ability to read site plans, residential/commercial construction, building management, deed restricted communities, landscaping, county code enforcement, etc; however, this is not required. The Committee meets weekly, on Wednesdays, for approximately 3 1/2 hours (8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.).
If you are interested in becoming a primary or alternate volunteer representative for District No. 10, applications are available by clicking on the header of this announcement. Please note there are separate applications available for the primary position and the alternate position. Please complete the application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2017. For information about the position, contact the Community Standards Department at 751-3912.
Village Community Development District No. 3 (District 3) is seeking an alternate
member to serve on the Architectural Review Committee.
The applicant must be a full time resident of District 3 and have lived in The Villages for at least one year. Candidates are recommended to have education and/or experience in any of the following areas: architecture, ability to read site plans, residential/commercial construction, building management, deed restricted communities, landscaping, county code enforcement, etc; however, this is not required. The Committee meets weekly, on Wednesdays, for approximately 3 1/2 hours (8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.). The required attendance for the alternate member is to attend an Architectural Review Committee meeting each week for four (4) weeks and then monthly thereafter.
If you are interested in becoming an alternate member on the Architectural Review Committee, complete the attached application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click on the header of this announcement.
Water Retention Area Levels
To ensure adequate capacity of the storm water management system throughout the community, the District will be lowering certain water retention areas that are above recommended levels. The water level is being lowered to ensure there is sufficient capacity in the water retention area to capture water run-off from streets, yards and golf courses in preparation of future rain events. To lower the water level in water retention basins, irrigation systems will run along common areas and roadways throughout the community. Beginning today, July 13th, the irrigation is scheduled to run along El Camino Real. The water being utilized through the irrigation system is storm-water resulting from rain events. If you have any questions, please contact District Property Management at (352) 753-4022.
Multi-Modal Tunnel Closure
The multi-modal path tunnel located under CR 466 at Belvedere Boulevard will be closed for stack block repairs beginning July 10, 2017. This work is anticipated to take approximately three (3) weeks. Please use caution in this area and follow the directional signage to the tunnel at Laurel Manor for crossing under CR 466. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact District Property Management at (352) 753-4022.
Phase 1 of the Multi-Modal Path Reconstruction Project began on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. This project encompasses existing concrete multi-modal paths north of C.R. 466 in the geographical areas of Village Community Development District No. 1 and the Lady Lake portion of The Villages.
The first phase of the project includes the multi-modal path between Panama Place and Soledad Way along the Hacienda Hills Championship Golf Course. Please use caution and adhere to all directional signage.
For additional information and to view the project map, please click on the header of this announcement.Please stay tuned to www.DistrictGov.org
for additional information as the project progresses. If you have any questions please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Due to the lack of rain fall, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), the state water management agency for our area, declared a Phase III Water Shortage effective June 5, 2017. The declaration includes all of The Villages in Marion County, Sumter County, and District 11 (Villages of Fruitland Park) in Lake County along with numerous other counties in SWFWMD.
Under the new water shortage order, lawn watering is reduced to once-per-week and allowable watering hours are reduced to before 8 am or after 6 pm. Irrigation schedule information can be found in the Fact Sheet by clicking on the header of this announcement. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. The restrictions will remain in effect through at least August 1, 2017. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at WaterMatters.org/restrictions.
SWFWMD considerers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, SWFWMD has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies. Even though the region is experiencing drought conditions, there is adequate public water supply available.
The approved rate structures for the Village Center Service Area (VCSA), Little Sumter Service Area (LSSA), the North Sumter County Utility Dependent District (NSCUDD), Sumter Water Conservation Authority (SWCA), and Fenney Water Conservation Authority (FWCA) include an Environmental Protection Rate Surcharge in the event a water shortage is declared by SWFWMD. In accordance with the rate structure, a 10% surcharge will be added to water usage beginning June 5, 2017 as a result of SWFWMD’s declaration of a Phase III Water Shortage. The incorporation of these rates promotes water conservation in the event of a water shortage, and they were also critical during the development and approval of the rate schedules and water use permits with SWFWMD.
The District Property Management Department is coordinating with Rainey Construction to mill and overlay several roadways in The Villages. Each home impacted by this work will be notified with additional instructions and information. Please note that this schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather.
Please click on the header of this announcement to view the schedule. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact District Property Management at (352) 753-4022.
Sumter County will be performing storm pipe repair work on the sections depicted on the attached map in District 3. This work is anticipated to occur over the next few weeks. To view the maps, please click on the header of this announcement.
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 would like to utilize this new billing feature, please click here
. 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.
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!
Emergency management and services related to preparation for severe weather, floods, hurricanes and other disaster response activities fall under the purview of the county in which you live. If you have questions on severe weather or other emergency management issues in your area, please contact the appropriate county below. Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties also have programs designed to notify their residents of weather incidents, hazardous conditions and other important information. To sign up for the notifications in your county, please visit the links below or contact the county in which you live for additional information.Lake County
- Emergency Management: (352) 343-9420 or visit http://alertlake.com/Marion County
- Emergency Management: (352) 732-8181 or visit http://www.marionso.com/emergency-managementSumter County
—Emergency Management: (352) 689-4400 or visit http://sumtercountyfl.gov/718/Emergency-Management
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
Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc. (BDA) compiled a list of animals to identify protected wildlife species in The Villages. To view the 2017 Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide, please click on the header of this announcement.
Sharps Disposal Program
The Sumter County Department of Health is now offering 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:
8015 East C-466
104 Rutland Steet
415 East Noble Avenue
For additional information, please visit the Sumter County Department of Health website by clicking here or contact them at (352) 569-3131.
Each election period raises questions about allowable campaign activities within the Village Community Development Districts. To help all candidates, an overview has been created. To read the overview, please click on the header of this announcement.
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!
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.
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 dryLawns 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
To promote golf cart safety in The Villages, The Villages Homeowners Association created a video that can be supplemented with their monthly Golf Cart Safety Clinic. The Golf Cart Safety Clinic is held at 9:00 a.m. on the third (3rd) Wednesday each month at Colony Cottage Recreation Center. To view the video, please click on the following link: http://www.thevha.net/golf-cart-safety/
For additional information on golf cart safety, please click 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.
"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 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. Please click here
to view the brochure.