Board Meeting Tomorrow Morning at 9:00 (Club Tamarack)

The 2015 BTCI budget and fee schedule will be discussed under New Business. Both are now available on the official Bent Tree website (property owner login required). Neither were available to property owners before or during last week’s work session.

The agenda includes the following new business items:

  • 2015 COMMITTEE MEMBER APPROVALS
  • STANDING COMMITTEE INTERNAL PROCEDURES
  • COMMON PROPERTY ENCROACHMENT
  • AC CHANGE TO THE COLOR CHART
  • BUILDING PERMIT FEE
  • 2015 BUDGET AND FEE SCHEDULE
  • ANNUAL GENERAL USER FEE (NONE AT TIME OF POSTING) *
  • BUDGET AMENDMENT NUMBER 2014-08 PAINT CLUB TAMARACK
  • BUDGET AMENDMENT NUMBER 2014-09 AIR COMPRESSOR

*The Annual General User Fee was the subject of a great deal of discussion at last week’s work session. It is unclear at this time whether or not the Board supports the proposal presented by the Ad Hoc Financial Advisory Group regarding the fee.

 

It Would Behoove You…

…to come to the November 11, 2014 Board of Directors Work Session. The Board is seriously considering reinstating the annual user fee (though you wouldn’t know it from the bare bones list of “Topics for Discussion”). It will be interesting to find out what amenities, and/or use of what portions of common property, to which the user fee is attached. Property owners may participate in discussions at work sessions.

November 5, 2014 – The posted notice of topics for discussion for 11/11/2014.

Coachwhip Trail

April 27, 2014 – wild azalea in bloom on Coachwhip Trail

Last Sunday’s post had information about a house for sale on Coachwhip Court in Bent Tree. Coachwhip Court branches off of Coachwhip Trail, which runs between Grandview Trail and South View Trail. There are currently no houses at all on Coachwhip Trail. There’s an improved waterline and nice fire hydrants, but no houses (and no power lines except for a short section off of Grandview Trail). The heavily wooded area is very pretty, and there are buildable lots. The photo above, of wild azaleas, was taken along Coachwhip Trail last spring. Click the video below (taken last week) for a golfcart ride from one end of the street to the other. The video is pixelated and bumpy, especially at the start. It’s not that easy to record using a phone while on a golfcart. It smooths out some after about 20 seconds. I might have tried to record a smoother version, but then you’d miss the deer I came upon at about the 53 second mark. Watch closely.

Slurping Algae Like Spaghetti

While watching the goldfinches in the spillway the other day (see yesterday’s post), I realized they weren’t there to drink the water. A closer look showed that all three birds were eating long strands of algae, slurping them up like spaghetti noodles. And, they were eating a lot.

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

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August 31, 2014 - two males & one female goldfinch in spillway

Well…goldfinch. On Sunday morning, a male goldfinch landed in the spillway. A few minutes later, another male flew in. A few minutes after that, a female appeared.

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August 31, 2014 - male goldfinch at the spillway in Bent Tree

 

 

Luna Moth

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August 10, 2012 - luna moth in Bent Tree

The caterpillar in yesterday’s post is a luna moth caterpillar. Click here for more information on luna moths. The photo above and the photos below were taken in Bent Tree over the last few years.

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Name This Caterpillar

This caterpillar was lying motionless on its back when I came across it, yesterday. I gave it a gentle nudge to see if it was alive. It was. If you don’t know what kind it is, check back tomorrow for the answer. Click twice on the first photo below to zoom in and get a really good look.

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September 1, 2014 - caterpillar on its back in Bent Tree

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September 1, 2014 - caterpillar right side up