There will be a lot of activity in Verona over the next few months.
1) Oak Trees: The Board voted to accept a proposal from Ameriscape to remove 18 Oak Trees in front of houses, and sod the affected area. Removing the trees was a difficult decision, but with the potential of blocked, broken sewer and water supply lines it became clear it was not a case of “if”, but “when” the next problems would occur. In addition, faced with a $9000 concrete repair bill this year alone much of which was the result of the trees, the decision was clear. We also noted that Monticello, Avila, Materita II and other neighborhoods have already removed these trees.
There will be a replacement tree planted for each Oak tree removed, but this will be done in the Fall when conditions are more favorable for growth. The new trees will be chosen on the basis of color, maintenance requirements, and root migration.
2) Landscaping: Phase I will be completed in the next several weeks. This will entail removing the Junipers from the remaining 8 islands between the driveways, sodding, and adding a bush at the top of each driveway. In addition, those driveways which have been completed but do not have a bush at the top will have one added. The bushes will either be a podacarpus or dwarf red ixora, and they will be interspersed. Phase II should start soon, with the worst “jungles” that have been identified totally removed and replanted. Other jungles will be identified this Fall with removal and appropriate replanting done. Note that some plantings will be delayed till the Fall due to our high soil pH, dry conditions, and the need to provide optimal conditions for growth. Finally, a “hard cut” is planned for July. This has been delayed to this point by the dry conditions.
The annual trimming of the 123 Sabal Palms in the community will commence soon.
3) Concrete Repair Work: The Board approved concrete repair work. Much of this is due to potential trip hazards and will be started within the next month or so.
4) Lighting: It is readily apparent that the outdoor garage light fixtures on our units are anything but “uniform” as required by the Association Documents. The Board has decided on a “one time basis only”, to purchase, replace and install all new lighting fixtures. This will also include all necessary touch up painting and caulking. After this is done, any replacement will revert back to being the home owner’s responsibility using extra fixtures that the Association will have purchased. Please note this work will not begin until late Fall to allow time to adequately research our light fixture options.
5) Website: Be sure to check our website (veronacoa.com). It will be necessary to “register” first, then once accepted, you will need to establish a password. It is the Board’s intent to have the website become a primary information channel to our residents. Currently, Condominium Documents, Wind Mitigation Reports (to hopefully save money on your homeowners insurance), Emergency Response Team guidelines (from Mark Kline and PPERT) and other documents are viewable under the “documents” tab. Wonder who lived here in 2008? Need to see a past “Verona Update”? Want to see other pictures? Click on “public information” and find the “photo gallery” and “news” plus other sections.
6) Judy Lee Alcorn: Judy Lee (formerly of 10505) recently moved from our community to Bonita Springs. Her new address is 25730 Hickory Blvd, Bonita Springs, 34134. Her phone number remains that same.
7) New Residents: We welcome Brad and Nancy Straw who have become full time residents. Stop by and say “Hello” to them at 10505.