Last month, I mentioned that we have been working on some crucial issues that will affect all residents. In addition to the proposed Rule change regarding unaccompanied guest use of TLA amenities and facilities, we also have been working to update our fine structure.
With the passing of the Covenants Modernization vote in May 2015, the amended Covenants allow TLA to fine residents in violation of Covenants, Rules and Regulations, Architectural Guidelines, and Private Property Maintenance Standards (PPMS). Additionally, the Board of Directors is responsible for creating, publishing, and maintaining a schedule of fines. The Board reviews and revises the fines from time to time to reflect ongoing benchmarking with other communities similar to ours.
In addition to benchmarking with other communities, we have heard from many residents who feel the current fines of $15 and $30 are insufficient. After initial feedback and benchmarking, the following information is the recommendation to increase fines for non-compliance. Private Property Maintenance Standard violations would remain at $25 per day.
The Landings Association typically hosts its annual Landings Roundtable with elected and appointed officials in early November. However, due to an abundance of caution for COVID-19, the event did not occur year. As we move into the season of parties, vacations, and family visits, please continue to be careful and practice counter-measures for this virus. Get creative this year, as it is still the season for cheer, and we should be truly thankful.
Speaking of personal safety, do not forget the usual increase in scams this time of year. In short, if anyone (including an alleged family member in distress) is asking for something with monetary value, conduct your thorough due diligence before sending money or buying anything of value (gift cards, etc.). Additionally, be equally aware of your online presence and confidential personal information. Visit the FBI’s website for a wealth of information on scams and how to protect yourself (www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes).
If you are targeted by scammers, contact at least one of the following:
- Federal Trade Commission – FTC.gov or call 1-877-FTC-HELP
- Governor’s Office, Consumer Protection – 404-651-8600
- FBI’s Atlanta Field Office – 404-679-9000
During the holiday season, busy people become careless and susceptible to theft and other crimes. Remember to keep your wits about you and utilize standard security practices. Take a few minutes to refresh yourself on your physical safety as well.
- Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend and park in a well-lighted area.
- When feasible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter. If you must bring children with you, make a plan for if you get separated, and make sure they can ask store personnel if they need help.
- Avoid keeping large amounts of cash on you, and be sure to put money in your front pocket. Always carry your driver’s license or identification.
- Keep shopping bags, purses, and wallets close to you.
- Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.
- Remember that talking on your cell phone or listening to earbuds in public makes you an easy target.
- Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows, and be aware of your surroundings when approaching or leaving your vehicle.
- Be sure to locate your keys before going to your vehicle. Keys can be used as an improvised weapon if necessary. After getting into the car, lock the doors immediately.
Please help us and Chatham County Police Department eliminate victim-assisted crimes by locking your doors, windows, and vehicles. Secure your valuables, and if you see something unusual or out of the ordinary, call Security immediately (912-598-1982, option 2 to speak with an officer or option 3 for urgent matters).
Happy Holidays to you and yours,