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Christmas Lights Contest!

Once again, the Christmas holidays are rapidly approaching. That means it is, once again, time for the annual Killearn Lakes Christmas Light Contest. Every resident of Killearn Lakes is eligible to participate. This is one of the few things that don’t require you to be a property owner. All residents are definitely welcome and encouraged to participate.

Our process last year seemed to work very well. So, we are going to repeat the same procedures. Let’s start with the rules:

  1. Homes with really nice exterior light and yard displays get nominated for consideration as contestants in the contest by fellow residents.
  2. You can’t nominate yourself. Your display needs to be nice enough that someone else feels it’s good enough to compete.
  3. There will be a First Place and Second Place prize. Prizes will be awarded strictly by number of votes received.
That’s it, not a lot of rules. Residents will email their nominations, with at least one photo (or more), if possible. Nominations must have the street address of the home being nominated. The email address for nominations is admin3@killearnlakeshoa.org. Pictures and addresses will be posted on the display web site for other residents to go and look at. Residents are encouraged to use the display web site to make up a touring route to go and look at the contestants in person. Pile the family in the car so everyone can enjoy the lights.

There is a separate, voting web site where residents can go and vote for their favorite display. Please, only one vote per household:

Both web sites will remain live till midnight on New Years Eve December 31, 2021.

We hope our residents have a great time touring the light displays and picking their favorites. And may the spirit of Christmas be with you for the whole holiday season.

Update: Proposed HOA Dues Special Assessment

Special Assessment Reminder:
The Special Assessment of $120 is now due. To pay online, please visit www.my100epay.com or mail payment with coupon to the address on the invoice.

Outcome Update:
At a Special Meeting held June 22, 2021 and for the first time in its almost 50 year existence, the Killearn Lakes HOA Membership overwhelmingly voted for a Special Assessment of $120. The funds raised from this Assessment will be dedicated to improving the road and bathrooms, as well as to construct a new pavilion at Tekesta Park and reconstruct the access road and boat ramp at Lake Monkey Business Park. The notice for the collection of the Assessment will be sent to the Membership no later than August 1st with the total due within 90 days. The HOA Board thanks the membership for voting to make this necessary investment in our community.

ORIGINAL POST: Notice of Special Meeting(s) to vote on Special Assessment for Capital Improvements to Common Areas:
When: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church
If a quorum is not reached, subsequent meetings will be held on the following dates and times until a quorum is reached (*All meetings will be held at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 8300 Deerlake Road S.):
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Canceled
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Canceled
Purpose: The meeting(s) will be held for the purpose of voting on approving a special assessment in the total sum of $480,000 for the following capital improvements:
  • Repairs to the road and a new bathroom at Tekesta Park;
  • Construction of a new pavilion at Tekesta Park; and
  • Repairs to the road and boat ramp at Lake Monkey Business.
If approved, the special assessment shall be allocated equally among the property owners in Killearn Lakes in the amount of $120.00 per lot. Click here for the Special Meeting Notice!

Click here for the Special Assessments Fee Analysis (Engineer's Report)

After Decades of Neglect, It’s Time to Pay the Piper.
By Mark Reichert, KLHOA Board President

I hope all of you are doing well and managing our “New Normal” as best you can. If you have been reading my articles over the past year, you know I’ve written much about the state of your Homeowners’ Association (HOA) and the ever growing need to address our infrastructure, which has been mostly neglected for decades for lack of funds. We are in a better financial situation after years of cutbacks, along with the vote by your Board of Directors to end the discount for paying your annual dues assessment early, and are better able to meet the current needs of the Association as well as address some of the minor infrastructure issues we have. However, it’s the “Big-Ticket” items that we will never have the funds to address unless we (and I mean the collective “we”) have the wherewithal to suck it up and make the investments we need to make to bring our assets up to a level we can be proud of to keep Killearn Lakes one of the most sought after communities. You don’t buy a house and then fail to maintain it. Neither should we fail to maintain the assets that make Killearn Lakes a wonderful place in which to live.

There are three big ticket items that continue to fall into disrepair because your HOA doesn’t have a mechanism in which to improve them; the Lake Monkey Business access road, the access road into Tekesta Park, and the bathrooms at Tekesta Park. Add to this list the repair of the boat ramp and dock at Lake Monkey Business and a much-needed covered pavilion at Tekesta Park and you can easily surmise the challenges we face.

Not to belabor the point but let me repeat what I wrote in the last Lakes View Magazine. Killearn Lakes is almost 50 years old. When it was developed, the Covenants were written to favor the developer and to meet the needs of what a community needed in the 1970s. Our annual dues were only $30.00 in the beginning. Sometime before I moved into the neighborhood in 1984 they had been increased to $60.00. They stayed at $60.00 for over twenty years before we attempted to increase them to meet the needs of a growing community. In 2005 we started the VERY laborious process of raising them. We were finally successful in doubling our dues to their current $120.00. We simply took our $60.00 dues assessment and multiplied that by the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over that period. Just keeping up with inflation really doesn’t cover the needs of a growing community. And remember, our infrastructure was mostly built in the 1970s. The costs associated with fixing our infrastructure will only continue to rise the longer we put off the inevitable.

We tried two years ago to raise the dues for only the third time in almost 50 years. Although most of you voted to make the additional investment in your community, we did not get the necessary two-thirds majority of ALL the members of the Association we needed. Your Board believes that rather than make a permanent increase in your annual dues, it might be more palatable if we initiate a one-time “special assessment” to address our big-ticket assets. At our recent Annual HOA Members Meeting we asked for feedback on what we should do. We also walked around Tekesta Park asking those enjoying our “signature” asset what they thought. The overwhelming response was to move forward with a special assessment rather than permanently increase the annual assessment. We also asked whether we should split the effort out over a few years by asking for a series of smaller special assessments or just get it done in one effort. Again, the overwhelming response was to ask for a special assessment just once to cover all the big-ticket items. We have 4,225 member properties in the Killearn Lakes Homeowners’ Association. So, whatever the price tag is, it will be divided by the number of members of the Association.

Some of you might not care about our assets or may have never taken advantage of them. You may be asking yourself why you should support a special assessment to fix a community asset that you never use. Again, let me repeat what I wrote last August. Killearn Lakes is a very desirable place to live. It’s desirable, not only because we are the only neighborhood in town where your kids never have to leave the community to attend school, but also because of the numerous amenities we have. If the amenities fall into disrepair, the community becomes less desirable. If the community becomes less desirable, housing prices drop. If housing prices drop, you lose equity in the most expensive investment you will most likely ever make.

We plan to start the process for the special assessment in the Spring of 2021. If the effort is successful, the collection notice will go out in July. Just for the record, even “special assessments” require a vote of two-thirds of the Membership (subject to the quorum requirement).

The Board of Directors would like your input. Please direct questions, comments or suggestions to admin3@killearnlakeshoa.org for the board to review. Click here for the Special Assessments Fee Analysis. Click here for the "We Need to Hear from You" article from Lakesview Magazine. Thank you.

Lake Monkey Business Entrance
Lake Monkey Business Road
Tekesta Park Bathrooms
Tekesta Park Road

New Enforcement Guidelines

Proactive Enforcement of the Killearn Lakes (Download a PDF version of the Enforcement Procedure)

In 2018, the leaders of the Killearn Lakes HOA realized our community was at a critical point and we had to begin an effort to improve the appearance of the community to retain our status of one of the most desirable places to raise a family in Tallahassee.

To begin the journey, surveys were taken so residents could voice their opinion of what we should do to improve the community. In other words, how we should shape our future. The survey results were tabulated and used to develop the following vision statement to guide community leaders in making decisions in the upcoming years.

Killearn Lakes Plantation is safe, clean, peaceful, and naturally beautiful; a friendly and lively community where everyone is welcome to learn, work, and play; to grow up and grow old. Investments here grow in value. Members are fortunate to have a resourceful and helpful homeowner’s association.

Since that time, much work has been done to move us in the direction of realizing that vision. A volunteer Maintenance Committee was created which has planned and managed many community projects resulting in improved maintenance of our lakes and greenspaces, and most noticeable the improvements made in Tekesta Park.

Our vision statement is not far removed from the vision that the original developers had over 40 years ago when they wrote the Covenants and Restrictions (C&Rs) which protect the “look” and preserve the value of properties in the community. Every member of the community has agreed to abide by the C&Rs when purchasing their property and “investing” in Killearn Lakes.

The number one concern of members in the community revealed in the survey was the apparent lack of enforcement of the C&Rs by the Association. When C&Rs are not enforced, the clean, natural, look of the community erodes over time resulting in a negative impact to the value of our homes.

Our HOA has the responsibility to enforce the C&Rs and they do that through two avenues. When members make changes to the appearance of their property, they must submit the change request to the Architectural Control Committee (ACC), a review board consisting of community volunteers. The ACC reviews the request for compliance to the requirements of the C&Rs and published KL building standards. Once the ACC is satisfied the standards are met, the change request is approved, and the project can be completed. This process ensures all significant changes made to individual properties maintain the natural beauty of the community and therefore the value of our homes. The second avenue the HOA uses to enforce the C&Rs is to notify members when their property fails to meet the requirements specified in the C&Rs. Homeowners are asked to correct the problem and if the request is ignored, the homeowner can be fined, or a lien placed upon the property. This is a process specified by statute and used by communities throughout Florida.

The Killearn Lakes Board of Directors have decided it is time for the HOA to enact a more proactive enforcement process which will gradually bring the community back to conformance to the C&Rs and restore the clean, natural beauty of the community. Details of the Proactive Enforcement process can be found on the KLHOA website.

Enforcement of the C&Rs as laid out below will begin in April 2021. Each unit will be systematically screened for violations which can be easily remedied and will have the greatest impact on appearance of the community. When violations are discovered, the member will be notified and given a grace period to correct the issue. If the member fails to correct the violation within the grace period, they may be fined $100 per day and up to a total of $1,000 per violation as allowed by Florida statute. Typical violations are shown in the table below. This table is posted on the KLHOA website and may be updated by the Board of Directors as needed at any time.

Fining Schedule Graphic

As stated above, the Architectural Control Committee must review plans for any exterior additions or alterations to properties before changes are made. This includes the removal of trees. Many members have ignored this requirement and have made changes without the review and approval of the ACC. When the HOA becomes aware of members ignoring this requirement, they will address the issue using the same process as any other violation of the C&Rs. (see fining schedule).

Implementation of this enforcement process will be gradual due to resource limitations but over time we will notice improvement in the appearance of Killearn Lakes. We know some residents will not support this change in policy, but we are confident that most of our members know the importance of C&R enforcement and are in favor of the change.

Bannerman Road Widening

Latest News for February 2021:

Blueprint is pleased to share information about the upcoming community engagement opportunities regarding Blueprint’s Northeast Connector Corridor: Bannerman Road Project. These public engagement events are designed to provide the community an opportunity to learn more about this multimodal transportation improvement project. Specifically, there will be discussions on features the community would like to see along the corridor, the typical sections under consideration for the three segments, and the opportunity to ask questions of the project team.

We will be hosting an in-person Pop Up at Bannerman Crossing on Saturday, February 27 with opportunities to talk to the team from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or from 5 - 7 p.m. These discussions are to inform residents, business owners, employees, and visitors to the area about the potential design for Bannerman Road and provide an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts on various design options. All health and safety guidelines will be followed.

Beginning March 1, a new Virtual Community Meeting will be launched on the project website, www.BannermanRoad.com. This will be an interactive experience, allowing the public to move among several virtual rooms to access updated project information, including the potential roadway design options. Virtual meeting attendees will have the opportunity to leave comments and interact with the project team during the following live question and answer sessions:

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10:00 AM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83820256383

and/or

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 06:00 PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87013544883

The comments collected will be used to inform the project team as we move into development of the recommended design for the Bannerman Road corridor.

Complete project information can be found on the project website. The upcoming public engagement is summarized on the attached project flyer.

If you have any questions about the Northeast Corridor Connector: Bannerman Road, please contact Megan Doherty, Planning Manager, at megan.doherty@blueprintIA.org or 850-219-1060.

Sincerely,

Your Blueprint Team

Original Post from November 2020:

I am pleased to share that community engagement regarding Blueprint’s Northeast Connector Corridor: Bannerman Road Project is kicking off with several events designed to provide the community with the opportunity to learn more about this multimodal transportation improvement project, submit their opinions, and ask questions of the project team.

A Virtual Community Meeting has been created and has launched on the project website, www.BannermanRoad.com. This is an interactive experience, allowing the “attendee” to move among several rooms to access information on the project background, Traffic Feasibility Analysis, and the upcoming project phases. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to leave comments as well. The comments collected will be used to inform the project team as we move into the design phase.

Complete project information and upcoming public engagement can be found on the project website. If you have any questions, please contact me by email at Bannerman@blueprintia.org or by phone at (850) 219-2060. We look forward to reporting the results of this week of public engagement activities.

Josh Logan
Project Manager

Curbside Trash

Hello Neighbor, let’s talk about the trash on your curb! Unfortunately, Waste Pro will NOT pick-up curbside trash unless you call and schedule it to be picked up. When you move out, make sure to call Waste Pro to pick up your trash bins and bulk trash.

Bulk trash consists of household goods such as couches, chairs, mattresses, tables, and appliances. To schedule a pick-up of bulk items, please call Waste Pro’s office at: (850) 606-1899.

For more bulk pick-up info, please visit: https://www.wasteprousa.com/leon-county/residential-bulk-yard-waste/

For those of you that have neighbors that need a little nudge or reminder; consider printing out this flyer and giving it to them: Click here for the flyer.

Your neighbors and your KLHOA Thank You!

Yard Sign Guidance

The elections are now over. Please remove all political signs from your property. Please remember political signs are not allowed in your yard. The only signs that are allowed to be placed in your yard are "For Rent/Sale" signs.

Per Article XXV of our covenants it states:

“No sign of any kind shall be displayed to the public view on any lot except one sign of not more than five square feet advertising the property for sale or rent.”

Thank you for your cooperation.

Food Truck Friday's

Every second Friday of the month various Food Truck vendors arrive at Tekesta Park to provide dinner to the residents of Killearn Lakes (from 5:30pm to 8:00pm). We ask residents to take food to go and not congregate, as we do not want to spread Covid-19. The event is advertised via signage around the neighborhood. The HOA works with the Tallahassee Food Truck Association to get various vendors to attend this event. Would you like us to promote your Food Truck? Contact Us Today!

Check out the KLHOA Facebook page for the latest participants: KLHOA Facebook.

The Trucks for Friday the 13th are:

El Criollo Grill

Fire up Pizza

Valhalla Grill

Lofty Pursuits

Tree Management

We've reached out to the Florida Forest Service for help regarding the aging trees in our neighborhood. We currently have 400 acres of trees that need assessment. The Forest Service will help us with a plan to manage the decaying trees.

Click here for the Tree Removal PolicyPlease check back for updates. 

Volunteer?

Would you like to Volunteer to help the neighborhood tree management committee? Contact us today!

Pay your HOA Dues Online Now!

Dues Update:

  • A late fee of $25 and interest have been added to all delinquent accounts.
  • HOA Past Dues Amounts:
  • July 2020 - $145.80.
    August 2020 - $146.60.
    September 2020 - $147.40.
    October 2020 - $148.20.
    November 2020 - $149.00.
    December 2020 - $149.80.
  • Interest at the rate of 8% per annum will be charged on a delinquen8 account.
  • Collection of a delinquent account will be pursued in accordance with Florida Law.
  • Your Property ID is located on the assessment you received in the mail, located by your address.


Your Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association is now part of the Centennial Bank Complete Lockbox Association Services System*. You should have received an invoice and payment coupon with various options for remitting your annual dues payment:

Payment by Credit Card, Debit Card, or eCheck

Making your owner assessment payments online* is FAST, EASY and CONVENIENT! Centennial Bank Online Payment Solutions is a secure method for you to pay your assessment payment using a credit card, debit card, or an electronic check. Visit the Online Payment Solutions website at: www.my100epay.com

If you have any questions or correspondence regarding your property, payments or account, please contact us at (850) 668-3231, admin@killearnlakeshoa.org or through this website:
http://www.klhoa.com/p/contact-information.html.

*Note: There is a fee of $4.95 for using the online payment solution. When using the online payment system, have your dues statement handy. You will need to enter your payment account number, unit id, and posting id:



Payment by Check and Coupon (Mail it)

  • Include the coupon with your check.
  • All checks must be made payable to the association.
  • Foreign checks must have U.S. Dollars written on the check.
  • Do not send post-dated checks. Checks will not be held and are processed the same day they are received.
  • Mailing labels are attached to the left side of the coupon.
  • Mail your payment to:
    • Centennial Bank, PO Box 30061, Tampa, FL 33630-3061.

Payment using Online Bill Payment Service

To enroll in an Online Bill Payment Service, set up your payment using the “Payment Account Number” which can be found in the upper right hand corner of your coupons. The payment must be made payable to your association, and mailed to: Centennial Bank, PO Box 30061, Tampa, FL 33630-3061.

Using the “Payment Account Number” will ensure that your payment is properly posted to your account. The “Payment Account Number” is different for every unit and payment obligation. If you own more than one unit or if you have more than one payment obligation, please be sure to use the “Payment Account Number” assigned to each unit or payment obligation. Please note that using an Online Bill Payment Service may delay the posting of your payment.

Neighborhood Watch Informational Meeting

First Killearn Lakes Neighborhood Watch Training Session Re-Scheduled:

The first Killearn Lakes Neighborhood Watch Training Session has been re-scheduled for Tuesday January 7, 2020 @ 6:30 P.M. The room is reserved at the Deer Lake United Methodist Church and Deputy Crump assures us it is locked in on his calendar. For any and all residents (you don’t have to be a property owner) who are interested in getting involved, please click on the button below and RSVP at our "Sign Up Genius" website. Remember, it is not a major time commitment and there is no patrolling involved.

Sign Up!

In the meantime, this being the Christmas season, there will be a lot of packages getting delivered to homes in our neighborhood. That means the porch pirates will be out and prowling. Let's all keep our eyes peeled for these parasites.

If you see suspicious people prowling the streets call the Sheriff's Office non-emergency number: (850) 606-5800. Make sure you have a good description including sex, race, hair color and length, height, build (slim/average/heavy), clothing, where they were seen and a direction of travel. If they are in a vehicle, get as much as you can of the make, model, color, new, old, any dents or other distinguishing features on the vehicle. Again, a direction of travel and where they were last seen.

If you see someone actually committing a crime, snatching a package off of someone's porch, call 911. Make sure you have as much of the above information as possible for the 911 operator to pass on to the responding deputy.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season whichever holidays you celebrate at this wonderful time of the year. And don’t forget to drive around the neighborhood to see all of the beautiful lighting displays our friends and neighbors have spent so much time putting together for us. See you all on January 7th!

Update from the meeting held on June 25th:

Thank you to everyone who attended the Neighborhood Watch meeting last evening! You have taken a first step in making our neighborhood a safer and more secure place to live. Please, get out and talk to your neighbors. If you don't know your neighbors, like Deputy Crump encouraged last evening, GET to know your neighbors and encourage them to get involved. Maybe by explaining what you learned last evening about how we plan to have the Neighborhood Watch operate, you will be able to take away some of the apprehension people might feel about "getting involved."

Original Meeting Information:

Your Killearn Lakes Homeowners’ Association is partnering with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) to form a Neighborhood Watch Association that will help safeguard our neighborhood and make Killearn Lakes a safer, more secure place to live for all of our families. Towards that end, we have scheduled an orientation meeting on Tuesday June 25, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M. The meeting will be held at the large meeting hall at the Deer Lake United Methodist Church located at the intersection of Kinhega and Deer Lake.

We are looking for volunteers to help get the Neighborhood Watch started; who will be willing to attend and learn about the new approach for the Neighborhood Watch that is being pioneered by the LCSO. There is much less time commitment required than the old way. How? Because there are no patrols. Let’s face it, folks. We have 4,225 properties in Killearn Lakes. If we were going to try and create a patrol type Neighborhood Watch, we would need so many volunteers it would never be practical.

Please come out to our orientation meeting and see what it’s all about. Golden Eagle residents are welcome (You are Killearn Lakes residents, too!). Let’s see if we can fill the meeting room. If you plan to attend, please click on the "Sign Up" button below, and RSVP so we can get a count on how many people plan to attend.

Sign Up!

Thank you,
Roy Mars, Volunteer Board Vice-President

Have a Road Issue?

Is there a pot hole or road damage that needs attention? For anything road related, it must be reported to the Leon County Public works at (850) 606-1400. They own and maintain the roadways in our neighborhood. They also have a mobile app that you can report issues through as well, see details below.

With the Leon County Citizens Connect App, users can report: Road Damage, Animal Issues, Downed Trees, Noise Complaints, Street Lights Out, Waste pick-up, and much more... Get the FREE app now by searching for "Leon County Citizens Connect" in your Apple Store or Google Play Store. To submit a request online or to learn more: click here.

Get KLHOA E-News

Over 400 of your fellow neighbors have signed up for our e-news blast. We sent out the first two editions in March and April of 2019. These emails contain the latest information regarding the neighborhood and are meant to be brief/informative. Below are examples of the e-news we will be sending out.

If you would like to receive e-news from your KLHOA, please request access by clicking here.

If you signed up for the e-news blast and haven't received any iterations, please check your spam folder.

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America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Please help us in supporting America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend. You can drop off canned foods, non-perishable items and toiletry items at the KLHOA office Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm. Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that distributes millions of pounds of food every year to hungry families in the 11-county region of the Big Bend.

Learn more about the Second Harvest at: FightingHunger.org.