Lake Forest and Mitylene Forest Newsletter
A new and improved service for you from the Association.
We are working on improving the services for members. This newsletter is just one of the ways we are making the association a better investment for our neighbors. Some other improvements are:
Welcome to the new Lake Forest/Mitylene Forest Neighborhood Association newsletter! We plan to e-mail this to you at least quarterly to update you on neighborhood improvements and concerns. We will also send notices for items that need immediate attention, such as lost pets, upcoming yard sales and/or events in our area.
I’m also pleased to announce that our website has been completely redesigned and now features a great deal of helpful information, including links to various city departments and to the covenants for both the Lake Forest and Mitylene Forest neighborhoods. A special thank-you to one of our residents, Eric Lewis, for designing and building the new website. You can view it at www.lakeforesthomeowners.com. Thanks also to Wendi Lewis, our association secretary, and Carrie Banks for providing content for the new website. If you would like to submit something to be considered for inclusion in a future newsletter, or have a topic you’d like to see addressed, email Wendi Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This issue of the newsletter focuses on the neighborhood covenants and city ordinances that generate the most questions from residents: restrictions on storage sheds and the storage of recreational vehicles. We’ve provided detailed information on the applicable covenants and who to notify of a suspected violation. PLEASE NOTE: Although our neighborhoods are adjacent and share one Neighborhood Association, there are individual covenants for each neighborhood. Make sure you are looking at the correct information for where you live.
This newsletter also includes information relating to the proper placement of trash and yard waste for pickup by the city.
Lastly, there have been a number of break-ins reported in the surrounding neighborhoods. Most recently, we learned that a home in the Towne Lake subdivision was robbed in broad daylight – and that the two perpetrators walked up to the front door, broke in and took three big screen TVs. It only took them 15 minutes. A neighbor witnessed the theft and was able to provide police with a description. Please be vigilant about reporting anything suspicious in the neighborhood!
Thank you for doing your part to keep our neighborhood clean, safe and a great place to live!
Mitylene Forest EntrywayWork is underway to clean and enhance the Mitylene Forest entry area. As many of you have likely observed, the sign had become mildewed and unsightly. The first phase of the project was recently completed, which involved a thorough cleaning of the sign and the installation of new lighting – both to improve the lighting on the front of the sign and to extend the lighting to the back of the sign, which was previously unlit. The next phase of the project will be to apply a fresh coat of paint to the sign to keep it looking nice into the future. The lighting has also been upgraded and the sign is now lit from both sides at night. Below are some photos that show the progress that has been made!
Work has also been performed at the Lake Forest entryway. This past spring, the beds were thoroughly cleaned and much-needed new shrubbery was planted. Your association dues, which are nominal at $40/year, are what we use to maintain these entryways.
Recreational Vehicles & Storage BuildingsProbably one of the most-asked questions has to do with City ordinances and neighborhood covenants that apply to recreational vehicles and storage buildings.
For your reference, these are the city ordinances applicable to the storage of recreational vehicles.
a. Recreational vehicles may not be stored on public streets.
b. Recreational vehicles shall be stored in such a manner as to be substantially hidden from public view.
c. Recreational vehicles stored on private property shall be stored behind building setback lines as defined by this ordinance.
23. RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT PARKING Any such vehicle or recreational equipment parked in violation of these regulations contained herein or in violation of the rules and regulations now or hereafter adopted by the homeowner association, shall be towed at the sole expense of the owner of such vehicle or recreational equipment, if the violation of said restrictions remain for a period of more than forty-eight (48) hours. The homeowners association shall not be liable to the owner of such vehicle or recreational equipment, nor to the respective lot owners, for trespass, conversion of otherwise, nor guilty of any criminal or quasi criminal act by reason of such towing, and neither its removal of failure of the owner to receive any notice of said violation shall be grounds for relief of any type. The foregoing remedy is in addition to any other remedy which may exist whether at law or in equity.
Here is some of the key information regarding storage buildings. Complete information is available to download on the Neighborhood website.
Lake Forest Plat Restrictions:
A. LAND USE AND BUILDING TYPES: All lots in the subdivision shall be known and described as residential lots and shall be used for residential purposes only. No structure shall be erected, altered, placed or permitted to remain on any lot other than one detached single family dwelling for private use, not to exceed two stores in height and a private garage for not more than three (3) cars.
B. DWELLING SIZE: The ground floor area of the main structure shall not be less than 18090 square feet for a one story dwelling and 1250 square feet for a one and one-half story or two story dwelling. For the purpose of this paragraph, one-half of the square footage of an attached and enclosed garage shall be considered in the minimum square footage for a dwelling, provided, however, garage floors are installed and the exterior finish of the attached garage is the same as that of the main residence. A carport under a roof, which is attached to a dwelling, shall not be considered as a garage for this purpose. Maximum building height shall be thirty-five (35) feet. Plat 7-85 foot lots minimum 1800 square feet. 90-100 foot lots 2000 square foot minimum.
TEMPORARY STRUCTURES: No basement, tent, shack, garage, barn, trailer, outbuilding or any temporary structure shall be occupied or used as a residence. Any main dwelling structure that does not meet the requirements of paragraph 1-B hereof shall be considered a temporary structure. Outbuildings incidental to residential use shall be of a design and exterior finish commensurate with that of the main structure. All metal storage buildings of any kind are prohibited.
Mitylene Forest Plat Restrictions:
1. LAND USE AND BUILDING TYPES: All lots in the subdivision shall be known and described as residential lots and shall be used for residential purposes only. No structure shall be erected, altered, placed or permitted to remain on any lot other than one detached single family dwelling for private use, not to exceed two stories in height and a private garage for not more than three (3) cars.
7. TEMPORARY STRUCTURES: No basement, tent, shack, garage, barn, trailer, outbuilding or any temporary structure shall be occupied or used as a residence. Any main dwelling structure which does not meet the requirements of paragraph one (1) hereof shall be considered a temporary structure. Outbuildings incidental to residential use shall be of a design and exterior finish commensurate with that of the main structure. Shingles shall match the residence roof. All metal storage buildings of any kind are prohibited.
If you have a question, please contact Craig Banks and he will do his best to work with you to make sure your needs are met, while upholding the ordinances and covenants. Also, remember that violations of city ordinances can be reported directly to the City by calling 311 or using the city's website. The reports can be made anonymously.
Trash Pickup:The following information is provided by the City of Montgomery. For more information, including holiday schedules for trash pick-up, and additional information about recycling, visit the City of Montgomery website FAQ page at http://www.montgomeryal.gov/city-government/city-departments/sanitation/faq-s
DOES THE CITY PICK UP DEAD ANIMALS?
Yes, dead animals up to the weight of 50 pounds will be removed from the right-of-way on residents' property. For removal please call (334) 241-2515.
WHAT CAN I RECYCLE?
Residents may recycle paper (no shredded), aluminum, steel cans, glass, cardboard and all plastics.
DOES THE CITY PICK UP BUILDING MATERIALS?
No. Building debris, such as scrap lumber, plaster, roofing, concrete and other materials resulting from demolition, construction or remodeling will be the responsibility of the owner, contractor or tenant.
WHAT TIME SHOULD MY TRASH OR GARBAGE BE PLACED FOR SERVICE?
The rollout container must be at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on pick-up day and removed no later than 7 p.m. the same day.
WHY WERE MY LOOSE LEAVES AND GRASS NOT PICKED UP?
Grass and pine straw must be containerized at all times. Leaves must be containerized, except during Oct. 1 through April 15 of each year. During this period, leaves must be placed in piles separate from other trash behind the curb. However, we appreciate and encourage residents to containerize all debris left at the curb for faster service and overall neighborhood cleanliness.
WHAT CAN I PLACE AT THE CURB FOR PICK-UP?
Grass, pine straw or leaves, placed in 30 gallon containers or bags tied at the top and placed behind the curb. Limbs and hedges cut less than 4' in length and 8" in diameter may also be placed behind the curb for pick up. All other items must be scheduled for bulk pick up (see next item for instructions on scheduling a bulk pickup). Please note, only residents with current service with the Sanitation Department are eligible for this service.
Here is an illustration of incorrect placement for curb pickup (left), and correct placement (right):
HOW CAN I SCHEDULE A BULK PICK-UP?
Call 311. The pick-up will be on the designated day and charges range from a minimum of $10 to $70 per truck load. Stoves, refrigerators, freezers, sofas, hot water heaters, or other appliances may be picked up at a charge of $10 per unit.
Lost Dog AlertWe received a Lost Dog alert on Nov. 6, 2015. Please help find Chella. She has been missing since the morning of Nov. 6. Chella is a white and tan Shih Tzu, 13 years old. She lives at the corner of Old Forest Road and Old Forest Court, at 324 Old Forest Court. She is an inside dog, and does not hear well. Her hair is cut short and she is not wearing a collar. Please help her return to her family! If you find her or have any information, please call Chella’s family at 593-6986 day or night. Here is a photo of Chella:
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