To promote a friendly, family neighborhood environment while assisting homeowners with preserving and enhancing property values within the community. This shall be accomplished by ensuring the safety and security of our homeowners and families, maintaining a high level of aesthetics, and enforcing our governing documents while balancing homeowner interests and being empathetic to their priorities and concerns to promote community pride. The board shall promote proactive, timely and always accessible communication with homeowners.
April 2021 Newsletter
What is the ARB?: The Architectural Review Board (ARB) is the most underappreciated and misunderstood Committee of the Village Green HOA. Its formation during the construction of Village Green was to insure home values would be maintained in the future. Bylaws and Covenants for the external appearance of a property, maintenance issues, structure additions, fences, driveways and parking and other items were made part of every home sale and resale to-date. You agreed to these documents provided by your Realtor or Closing Attorney in your home closing. Easy to read versions can be found in Documents online at villagegreensc.com.
Here’s how it works. RealManage, our management company, drives the neighborhood twice monthly noting problems. Homeowners who feel the Covenants aren’t being followed also report violations to RealManage. Before any violation letter is sent, all are reviewed by your neighbors who live in Village Green and serve the community on the ARB.
Many violations stem from the failure to file an ARB Request resulting in something being done in violation the Covenants that has to be corrected. The Covenants require advance ARB approval for any reconstruction, remodel, alteration or addition to any structure, building, fence, wall, driveway, or improvement of any nature. It includes items like a roof, siding, new windows, porch enclosures, sheds, pools, fences, driveways and even changes in paint schemes. Most all ARB request are routine and are approved quickly. The request form is available online through the RealManage portal, or by email. Filing fees have been eliminated.
Other violations are from Covenant items unrelated to remodeling, repairing, or improving your property. Failure to properly store or put away trash and recycle cans, poor lawn and landscaping maintenance, pressure washing issues, peeling paint, missing house numbers, and parking violations like boat, RV and commercial vehicle parking detract from home values.
Overnight street parking is prohibited, but City enforcement has been lax. Vehicles should be in garages or driveways at night. Parking can also be a major problem for service and emergency vehicles. Some streets and cul-de-sacs are narrow and these vehicles need room for access. If access is blocked, trash can’t be collected, mail delivered, and fire trucks or ambulances cannot get to your home. Missing house numbers add to the emergency vehicle problem.
Surely you agree Village Green is a great community with increasing property values due in part to the diligence of the ARB. So if through an oversight you get an ARB violation, know it’s only because your neighbors on the ARB are working to keep Village Green a great place to live.
Hurricane Season is Near: You need to check anything outdoors that could become a missile in high winds. Fencing has become a major concern. Many fences built in the 90’s have broken post or loose boards that could easily go through a window during a hurricane. Check your fence and make repairs soon. Replacing a fence is expensive these days and many homeowners without pets have opted to remove old fencing to open up their back yard views.
Food Truck Program, 5 – 8 pm at the Pool Recreation Area. Verify at http://streetfoodfinder.com/c/SC/Charleston for changes and additions to the following schedule. Watch for the sign at the Village Green entrance.
May 6th The Pita Stroller, El Kiosko, Charleston Pops
May 20th Taste of Berlin, Area 51 Foods, Ice Cream Team
June 3rd Krystynas Polish Food, Southern Seafood, Wicked Waffles
June 17th Flight, Dashi, Holy City Cupcakes
Village Green Spring Yard Sale, Saturday, May 15th from 7 am – 12 noon. This is advertised by the HOA and last year’s Spring Yard Sale drew hundreds of shoppers. Start cleaning out those garages and storage areas. Signs directing shoppers to all subdivisions will be placed throughout the neighborhood on May 15th. You may also want to place a free ad with your street address in Craigslist to compliment the HOA ad. May 22nd is the contingency date in the event of rain.
Pond Erosion and Geese: We all enjoy migratory waterfowl making Village Green an attractive place to live, but an excessive number of geese is causing erosion of our retention ponds. Wave action from the geese undercuts the pond bank causing the pond edge to collapse into the pond making the retention ponds less efficient in preventing flooding during heavy rains.
In the past year, Village Green Ponds 4 and 12 both required “living walls” to prevent a large section of the bank from collapsing into these ponds. Cost to repair both was over $33,000, or $52 per homeowner. The 30 other ponds in Village Green may need repairs costing thousands at your expense. City and County government is also concerned with this erosion problem and its potential flooding impact and are studying ways to keep the geese out of the ponds.
Please stop feeding the problem! Natural food is plentiful. Feeding them stops the geese and their goslings from natural migration causing overpopulation. Additionally, feeding geese items with poor nutritional values like bread, crackers, popcorn and deer corn promotes their runny excrement on our sidewalks, driveways and roads. Feeding by the roadways also causes the geese to gather in those areas, blocking traffic and subjecting the geese to injury.
Easter Egg Program: The Social Committee distributed 75 bags of plastic eggs with candy and other “goodies” for backyard egg hunts on a very cool Easter Eve. Let’s hope the pandemic will be over next Easter so the normal Recreation Area Egg Hunt program can resume. Thanks to Joanna Babbitt and other Social Committee members for their efforts and to the Markowski, Tichy and Woods families for their sponsorship.
March 2021 Newsletter
Food Truck Program: Scheduling problems delayed the start of the Food Trucks until Thursday, March 25th, between 5 – 8 pm at the Pool parking lot and every 2nd Thursday following. Visit https://streetfoodfinder.com/c/SC/Charleston for the latest schedule. Watch for the sign at the VG entrance. Tentative Food Trucks scheduled for the next few weeks are:
March 25th & Lobster, Tamashii, Kona Ice
April 8th Nothing But Chicken, JB’s Bucket List, Wicked Waffles
April 22nd Happy Thai, Kickin Chickin, Cookie Dough
Easter Egg Program: Due to the virus, this Annual Program will once again be a pick-up of treat filled plastic eggs for your personal backyard Easter Egg Hunt. About 1,800 eggs were distributed last year. You must sign up.
Look for the Signup Sheet on the VGHOA Facebook Page the week of March 29th. Pick up is scheduled from 9 am – 12 Noon on Saturday, April 3rd at the Pool Entrance, so make plans for an “egg”cellent Easter for your children.
Yard Sale: The VGHOA Spring Yard Sale is set for Saturday, May 15th from 7 am – 12 noon. It’s advertised by the HOA. Last year we had hundreds of shoppers looking for bargains. Start cleaning out those garages and storage areas and get ready to make some money!
Committee Assignments: The Nominating Committee and Architectural Review Board, both required in the Bylaws and Covenants, and the following other Committees do the work of the VGHOA and can use volunteers. Call Leidy Gray at RealManage if you have an interest in volunteering for one of these programs. Committees and their Chair persons follow:
Nominating Committee Robert James, VGHOA President
ARB (Architectural Review Board) Charles (Bill) Gwaltney
Communications Committee Jim Woods
Financial/Budget Committee Rod MacNeil
Neighborhood Safety Committee Pete Davison
Social Committee Annabell Tichy
The HOA also has a Neighborhood Representative Program. Scott and Nancy Hopper (The Willows) and Tim and Deb Reeves (River Oaks) serve in this program designed to find out concerns of their neighbors and relay this information to the Board of Directors. We need Reps in Sweet Bay and Oak Leaf. If you enjoy walking and talking with your neighbors, you are an excellent candidate for this program. Contact RealManage to volunteer.
Pond Erosion: Pond 12, located on Hunter’s Rest extending toward Westbridge, has been selected by the Board of Directors as the next project to repair erosion related issues. As was done with Pond 4 near Forest Glen and Westbridge, native plants will be used to build a “living wall” on the more critical south side with in-pond plants along both the south and north side. The project will cost slightly over $18,000 and is paid from reserves set aside by forward thinking past and current Board members. The project should start in April.
Being Aware: The Neighborhood Safety Committee would like to remind you of the #9PMRoutine program promoted by Team 4 of the Charleston Police Department. Make a habit at 9 pm of removing temptation from your parked vehicles and lock those doors!
Bylaws and Covenants: Due to complaints about readability, retyped Bylaws and Covenants with a brief description of some sections will be posted on the villagegreensc.com website. Look under Documents after logging on to the VGHOA portion. These reproduced items are for your convenience only and are not legal documents.
Refer to the original legal documents provided you at the closing of your home purchase if you have any questions. You can also find original documents at the Charleston County SC Recorder’s office.
New Officer: Judy Carlson has stepped down as Vice President due to work scheduling and Jim Woods has been selected as her replacement. Judy will still continue on the Board of Directors.
Our Community Manager
To request an ARB, Pay a bill and more go to:
HOA Board of Directors
Rob James, President
Rod MacNeil, Treasurer
Carol Dial, Secretary
The VGHOA Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of each month.
Meetings are held at 7PM at the St. Andrews Parish United Methodist Church located at 3225 Ashley River Road in Charleston.
All in the Village Green community are welcome to attend.