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What to Recycle in Leon County

Are you a new resident to Killearn Lakes? Have you always wondered what is and isn't acceptable to recycle? The Leon County Solid Waste Division has a web page dedicated to what can and cannot be recycled at their facility. Click the link or image below for more information:

https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/home/departments/office-of-resource-stewardship/solid-waste/recycling-and-educational-services/how-do-i-recycle

Nature Trail Restoration Project

Status: The Trail restoration has been put on hold due to a lack of funds and because there are opposition to the paths clearing.

Where: Kinhega (between Hollis and Briar Branch) to Pine Hill Lake dam and to Valley Creek: See the Trail Map here. Also an additional trail planned along Bannerman to Meridian Road.

Why: Neighbors have asked to bring back the nature trails and so we are trying to revive them. Trails existed back in the 80's and have since become overgrown. Markers still exist identifying the trail. Invasive plants/trees on the trails need to be eliminated. A tremendous amount of work needs to be done for the revitalization of the trails. If you are interested in helping with the trails project or know of the location of a trail, please contact the Killearn Lakes HOA by clicking here. The nature trail will give our community a great place to walk, picnic, and enjoy wildlife!

How: Re-identify the trail routes, restore the bridge and boardwalk near Kinhega and Briar Branch. Brush, vines and fallen trees need to be removed from the paths.

Who: Joe Barnett (Volunteer Board Director), Jeff Caster (Volunteer Board of Directors President), Gregory Durant (KLHOA Maintenance Manager), and Brian Pierce (Former Recreation Committee Volunteer). All additional volunteers are welcome. At one point we had the largest number of volunteers EVER, turn out to revive the trail.

Plants along the trails: Dewberry, Yellow Carolina Jessamine vines, Virginia Creeper, Trillium plants, Florida Anise, Red Partridge Berry, Pea Plants, Pink Azaleas, Blueberry, Wood fern, and Red Berried Yaupon Holly. Trees along the trails: Red Maple, Cedar, some giant Short Leaf Pine, Long Leaf Pine, Loblolly Pines, Oak, great smelling Bay trees, White Flowering Dogwoods, and a tunnel of Sparkleberry trees.

Invasives along the trails: Coral Ardisia, Popcorn trees, Potato vines, Japanese Climbing vine, and Nandina.

Historical: Here are three documents detailing even more about the Trails:
Killearn Lakes Nature Trail Restoration
April 2017 Killearn Lakes View Magazine Article
March 2018 Killearn Lakes View Magazine Article

Volunteer?

If you want to help revive the trails or make your yard Florida friendly, please call or Contact us today. We can also have your yard evaluated by a Master Gardener!

Lakes Restoration Project

Killearn Lakes has six lakes throughout the neighborhood. These were manmade in the 1950's by spring feeding. Five are maintained by the HOA: Arrowhead (8 acres, fishing dock), Pine Hill (34 acres, fishing dock/boat ramp), Pettygulf (25 acres, boat ramp), Blue Heron (58 acres), Monkey Business (39 acres, fishing dock/boat ramp) and Dianne (Maintained by Golden Eagle HOA). All of the lakes are interconnected below Lake Arrowhead. Here's a map of the various Lakes.

In order to keep the growth of invasive aquatic plants under control, maintenance of the lakes consist of spraying herbicide treatments and adding Sterile Triploid Grass Carp. The video below, provided by the University of Florida's Invasive Plant Management section details the importance of managing invasive aquatic plants in Florida's lakes:

Here's a link to additional UF Plant management: plants.ifas.ufl.edu/manage

Invasives that currently exist: Hydrilla, Water Hyacinths, Duckweed, Alligator-weed, Tara. Lake Blue Heron has Filamentous Algae and Lyngbya.

Of the five Lakes maintained by the HOA, Lake Blue Heron is currently experiencing the worst invasive plant intrusion. Per Naturalake Biosciences, "There are few things as difficult to treat as Lyngbya." - Link to Article. The main sources of filamentous algae in the lake come from: 1) Air, e.g. coal/gas, 2) Septic Systems, 3) Road debris, e.g. fertilizers/silt.

The continued explosion of residential and commercial developments throughout Killearn Lakes has provided significant excess stormwater runoff entering our lakes mostly untreated. As a result, aquatic plant expansion in any lake could occur within a year or less without continued management.

Preventions: All recommendations start with prevention of pollution. They recommend avoiding yard fertilizers unless the soil is sampled for need. Most lawns here don't need fertilizers. They recommend using native plants. Lake front properties need non-invasive plant buffers to filter fertilizer pollution. Removal of plants actually gets the pollutant out of the lake. Poisoning tends to sink plants to feed more algae. Poisoning can also kill some native plants that compete with algae and crayfish have been killed by copper-based herbicide treatments.

Looking for additional information regarding the invasive species issues within our Lakes? Check out local resident and Lake Doctor, Charlie Mesing's articles here:

Killean Lakes Restoration Summary
Lake Blue Heron Treatment Summary

Volunteer?

If you want to help clean our lakes or make your yard lake friendly, please call or contact us today. We can also have your yard evaluated by a Master Gardener!

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.

Please check back for updates.

Volunteer?

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

See Something, Say Something!

If you see a situation that needs attention, please provide the HOA with a ticket issue system submission and let us know where and what needs attention. Pictures would be a great help! Examples of issues that need attention: grass that needs cutting, fencing that needs repair, trees that look dead, etc.

Are you interested in volunteering for your Neighborhood Watch? Duties could include:

  • Assist with educational and social neighborhood meetings
  • Attend your organizational meetings
  • Help you get your neighborhood organized
  • Pass important information to area coordinators in your neighborhood

For additional information about joining your neighborhood watch, please reach out to Volunteer HOA Board of Director Member, Roy Mars.

Note: If there is something illegal going on, you should report it immediately to the Leon County Sheriff's Department and then to the HOA. Please don't wait two or three days to report it. An example would be a car break-in. Reports such as these help keep patrol's through our area. There could be a common thread of area car break-ins, time of day, locations, etc. If police do not know it’s happened, they will not be able to help. Sheriff non-emergency number: (850) 606-5800.

Tekesta Park Playground Replacement

Over the years, the popular playground at Tekesta Park has been a staple for families in the Killearn Lakes neighborhood. The park itself hosts birthday parties, baseball games and monthly Food Truck Fridays, while the playground allows children a safe place to exercise, play, and build friendships. After nearly 20 years, the playground at Tekesta Park is deteriorating and in need of replacement. Our goal is to "Keep Our Playground" by erecting a new playground structure with a focus on nature, inclusive play, and accessibility. The new playground will include slides, swings, a climbing area, play panels at ground level, and a canopy! We aim to encourage active play for children of all ages and abilities in a safe and fun environment.

Tekesta Park Playground Plan:
Register for 0.5k Tekesta Park Run:
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Please consider Contributing:

Note: Contributions are non-tax deductible.

Existing Tekesta Park 0.5k Run Sponsors:

Killearn Lakes TaeKwonDo First Florida Credit Union Practice42

Covenants and Dues

HOA Dues Increase:

Update: At our September 11th special meeting to discuss the dues increase a motion was made by a member to postpone the vote for two weeks to allow more Members to participate. The motion was seconded by another Member, then discussed vigorously for more than an hour before being approved by vote of the members present. Presently about 80% of the 4,225 member households have not submitted a proxy to participate in the decision. We can do better. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm, a vote will take place to increase the association dues. If you cannot make the meeting (Deerlake United Methodist Church at 8013 Deerlake Road South) you may submit this proxy documentation via email to the KLHOA at admin@killearnlakeshoa.org. The proxy must be completely filled out.

Dues Increase Newsletter from the HOA Volunteer President, Jeff Caster:

On August 14th, Killearn Lakes Plantation HOA held the first “Special Meeting” to discuss the HOA dues increase. Since a quorum was not achieved, a vote was not taken. This left plenty of time for everyone to express themselves to the Membership and leadership of our HOA. The most recurring request from Members was to see more about how the dues increase will be allocated in the next budget.

Below is a link to a one page summary detailing just that. Complete financial information about our HOA is available to Members by contacting the HOA office. Please make time to become familiar with as much information as you like. Your questions can be answered at the next “Special Meeting” on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 pm at United Methodist Church on Deerlake Road. If you prefer, contact the HOA office or me, and we'll do what we can to provide timely and complete answers.

Please make yourself familiar with this information before submitting your proxy or attending the Special Meeting. Please share this email with your neighbors and friends in Killearn Lakes. You can visit www.KLHOA.org for information. It will help every Member make a more informed decision.

Click the image below for the larger PDF version:

Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you.

Jeff Caster, Volunteer President


It's time to increase HOA Dues for Killearn Lakes for only the second time in 40 years. Back in 2006, the dues were raised from $60.00 ($48.00 if paid early) to $120.00 ($96.00 if paid early). It's been 13+ years and the need has presented itself again. The proposed increase will be to $200 ($175.00 if paid early) for non-lakefront properties and $225 ($200 if paid early) for lakefront properties. The process for voting to increase the dues will begin in August. Inflation is making it difficult for existing dues collected to keep up with the cost of maintenance for the neighborhood. Curious what the existing dues go toward? If you are a member you can see our existing budget expenses by clicking here (March Financial Sheet).

The dues increase will go towards the following:

  • The five lakes we own have dams, drainage structures, docks, boat landings and roadways to maintain and repair. Maintenance expenditures have been reduced due to lack of funding.

  • The lakes are degrading due to the pressures associated with development. We can no longer adequately maintain them with current funding.

  • Our three parks have playground equipment and other amenities to maintain and preserve.

  • We have almost 450 acres of green space to maintain and preserve. Our urban forest has reached maturity and some types of trees have reached the end of their lifespan. Each year we receive numerous requests from homeowners to remove dead or dying trees from these green spaces. The number of requests has increased. So has the price of removing them.

  • We maintain the medians and right of way along nine miles of roadway. We have cut back maintenance to save funds during the current budget crisis and it shows. We need to ramp this back up.

  • Until the latest budget issues, we have hosted on an annual basis the Fall Picnic, Kids Fishing Contest, and, in past years, fireworks on the 4th of July. We would like to bring all of them back.

  • We have the expenses associated with running the HOA office, including payroll for three staff, computers, copier, mailings, legal fees, insurance, the Lakes View magazine, etc., almost all of which have been reduced to cut costs. We have antiquated software which needs to be upgraded. We cannot continue down this path.

  • We are revising the Covenants and Restrictions to bring them into the 21st century. It will take a monumental effort and funds to get this accomplished. Then provide proper enforcement.

  • We no longer have a Contingency Reserve Fund. Our auditor recommends for an Association the size of Killearn Lakes we should have at least $500,000 in reserves. This is a priority.

  • The Vision 2023 Plan is what Membership says is most important to them. The increase will be used to implement the plan. The new board will allocate resources as they and the Membership desire.

  • Renovations at Tekesta Park including the restrooms, parking, and erosion control.

  • Restoring the Nature Trail and expand it to Tekesta Park.


Covenants and Restrictions Modification:

The goals are to eliminate obsolete "developer" language and to condense the Covenants and Restrictions from 40+ documents to one document. This would eliminate confusion as to what restrictions apply to which neighborhood within KLHOA. In order to have the new Covenants and Restrictions approved, we need 2/3's of the 4,225 households/members to vote in favor of the revised document. Volunteer Vice President, Mark Reichert, wrote about the entire process here: New Covenants and Restrictions. We will have a revised version of the Covenants and Restrictions available on our Members-Only website for review and comments in the future.

Vision 2023 and Plan

The VISION 2023 & PLAN is based on Member input from 45 participants and 229 pre-session surveys. The VISION 2023 & PLAN are written to inform decisions by the Association’s volunteer board of directors/staff and to inspire Members to voluntarily become interested/involved in shaping the future of Killearn Lakes Plantation.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Vision 2023 and Plan.

Board of Directors Election

Believe it or not, nominations are now open for the 2019 Killearn Lakes Plantation HOA Board of Directors election. Did you know that the Killearn Lakes Board of Directors are elected annually? With almost 90 homes sold just this year, now is the perfect time to encourage residents to get involved in our Association. While it is advantageous to have some continuity and knowledge of history on the board, it is healthy and beneficial for a Board to have new members to serve, learn and share fresh ideas on how to make our community better.

Serving on the Board may not be what you imagined if you have never served. It is not a room full of stuffy old men that won't listen to new ideas. In fact, I have found it to be an open-minded group, eager to hear what the community wants and needs, a diverse group of individuals who have set aside their own personal agendas to work together for the common good.

Young families, new residents, as well as long-time residents, can benefit by giving back to their community, thereby investing in themselves. Serving with the other Board Members will help you learn leadership skills, how to run an effective meeting, collaborate as a team, and it will help build your resume.

We all have an idea of what we think the perfect neighborhood is, and what an Association should be. If yours falls short of that vision, you can achieve more of your expectations sooner by working with your neighbors. By serving on the board, you are in a better position to have a positive influence, allowing you the opportunity to be creative as the board devises solution plans and different approaches to correct problems and to implement them in the community.

Serving your neighborhood does not have to be boring; you will have fun experiences, meet your neighbors and city officials and gain a better understanding of the laws. There are lots of different opportunities to learn new things, help others and yourself, and meet new people in your community. I find it an honor to serve on our board with some extraordinary people and have even run into residents who thank us for serving. Board of Directors Nomination Form PDF 399 KB

You can submit the form to the following email address: admin2@killearnlakeshoa.org. If you have questions or concerns you can submit them here or you can call the Association office at (850) 668-3231.

- Joanna Schmidtchen, KLHOA Voluntary Secretary

Roundabouts

There has been alot of discussion on Nextdoor about properly navigating the two roundabouts within our community. The videos embedded below cover the approach to our roundabouts in less than 3 minutes. You can also find additional information at this Florida Department of Transportation Web page:
http://www.fdot.gov/agencyresources/roundabouts/

Two-Lane Roundabout Video*:

*The speaker refers to the car entering from the bottom center of screen.

Single Lane Roundabout Video:

The three most important things to remember are:

1. You may only use the right lane if you plan on exiting the traffic circle on the first or second exit only (the first two right hand turns), but not if you want to use any exit after the second exit.

2. You can use the left hand lane if you plan on exiting the traffic circle from any exit except the very first right hand turn. (You can use it on the second exit, the third and to go all the way around the circle if you want, but never use the left lane if you want to use the first exit on your right).

3. Don't change lanes inside the circle.

Members-Only Access?

Do you want access to members-only content? Anyone who is current with their HOA dues is eligible for HOA members-only access to the following content:

  • Gain the ability to submit and view issue tickets to have various concerns of yours and your neighbors addressed.
  • Access to HOA Meeting Minutes
  • Learn exactly what your HOA dues are going toward.
  • Stay-up-to date on the various events impacting your neighborhood.

Request Access Today!

Have an Issue?

As a member of the HOA, you have the ability to submit an issue for review. You also have the ability to see your neighbors issues that have been submitted in order to get a feel for the various tasks the HOA is presented with. You can also see if the issue you're experiencing has already been reported. Issues are updated from start to finish with the remedy implemented or reasoning as to why an issue was closed. To submit an issue, click here.

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). 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! Below are the vendors scheduled to participate:

Today's line-up:

Julio's on the Move

Fire Up Pizza

King Kuisine

FunkaDelic

Lofty Pursuits