Marshall Creek CDD Meeting Summary

April 18, 2018 MCCDD meeting

I attended the Marshall Creek CDD meeting with about 23 other residents in addition to the board.   

The sheriff’s deputies in March made 24 stops, issuing 12 verbal warnings and 10 written warnings, and 2 tickets.  Most of the stops, as usual, were for stop sign violations or speeding but the tickets were for parking in the wrong direction and a warning was given for using a golf cart on a sidewalk. 

The guard gates continue to be a problem.  The guards themselves are doing a great job but the new camera and computers at the North and South gates still have bugs.  It is exacerbated by residents driving through the gates and not waiting for the arms to close between cars. The virtual guard at night on the South Loop which is planned to be unmanned and controlled by the North Loop guard has been particularly problematic.  Temporarily we have actual guards on duty 24/7.   It should be resolved soon and we are adding extra cameras.  Supervisor Scott Raybuck is taking the lead in sorting out these issues. 

Work will begin soon on the boardwalk and should be done in 4 months.  This could be a $1 mill repair job before it is over but between FEMA, FL, and our Interlocal Agreement with Sweetwater, we expect to recover 90% of it.  Our share will be paid out of reserves. We have received a  check from FEMA on our claim for cleanup expense after Hurricane Matthew and we are confident they will come through on Irma expenses also.

Several years ago we went through the effort and expense of getting county approval for golf carts on our streets (except Palencia Village Drive from the traffic circle to the entrance).   As I remember this cost us about $40,000.  The county has proposed revoking the ordinances under which we were approved and although it does not look like it will impact us.  We will follow it closely as I am sure the other communities in St Johns County with current golf cart approval will also.  North Palencia (Lennar), by the way, never had any approval for carts on their streets.   In addition to this fun interaction with the county we are still waiting for a Certificate of Occupancy so we can use our new maintenance building.  They have not moved yet on our plan for pickleball courts despite assurances it would be quick and easy.   We received a preliminary negative decision on our proposal to pave Regalo (Shannon Road) and for them to reimburse us from impact fees on builders.  Supervisor Kirk Kemmish is following up with the county.  Bureaucracy at its’ most mind-numbing.

The new boundary fence on Sophia Terrace and converting the kiddie pool to a splash “pad” have been contracted.  Work continues to get a food and beverage concession at the family pool.

The recent Easter egg roll and tennis charity events were tremendous successes.  Erin is planning a street fair around July 4th.

FYI.  2018 is an election year for CDD board seats and three Marshall Creek CDD seats will be up for election.  St Johns County Supervisor of Elections is now registering candidates.  As of today, Howard Entman and I have submitted our names to re-up for another term but there is one seat with no candidates yet.  It is a little bureaucratic but not a difficult process to get on the ballot.  Serving on either the CDD or POA board is a good way to contribute to keeping Palencia a great place to live.   The Sweetwater CDD will also have two more seats available for residents, replacing two of the Lennar representatives.  So far, John Williams and Stephen Handler have indicated an interest in one seat and Melanie Jakob and Daniel Stansky for the other.  Apparently more people want to be on the Sweetwater board than the Marshall Creek board.

Candidates for CDD seats must qualify by June 22.

The next regular CDD meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, at 4:00 P.M.  We will look at a first pass of a Fiscal Year 2019 budget. We may, however, have a joint meeting with the POA next week before their regular meeting.

The next POA meeting is next Wednesday, April 25, at 4:00 p.m. 

The next Sweetwater CDD meeting, for those interested, will be Thursday, May 17, at 4:00 p.m. at our amenities center.

The official minutes of both Marshall Creek CDD and POA meetings are on the PalenciaOnline.com website.

Best regards,

Howard Hoffman

Legal disclaimer:  Although the CDD’s lawyers would prefer I didn’t distribute notes at all, they have agreed it probably doesn’t violate FL Sunshine laws if everyone knows these are for informational use only, have nothing to do with any business before the board either now or in the future, and are not in response to or represent the opinions of other supervisors. My notes are not official minutes, sanctioned by anybody, comprehensive, approved, authorized, endorsed, ratified, affirmed, validated, fact-checked, attested to, or vouched for.  The decisions made by this board only involve the Marshall Creek CDD residents, Sweetwater is a totally separate community and has its own board.

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