Marshall Creek CDD Meeting Summary

August 23, 2017 MCCDD meeting

I attended the Marshall Creek CDD meeting with about 14 other residents in addition to the board.   

In July the sheriff’s deputies made 23 stops, issuing 11 verbal warnings, 11 written warnings, and 1 ticket.  As usual, most were traffic related (21) for speeding and stop sign violations, but also 2 for unsecured kids in golf carts.

We discussed putting some lighted speed limit signs at key locations, maybe on Oak Common, North Loop, Vale, Costa del Sol, and/or North River.  They would cost about $3,500 / sign at locations identified as high speed areas.  It would take two signs at each location to cover traffic from both directions.  The suggestion was made to put on near the entrance as a test of effectiveness.  It is being researched..

We approved the budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year (starts 10/1/2017).  Residents were notified that Operating and Maintenance fees will increase from $2,112 to $2,204 ($92) for people behind the gates and from $1,770 to $1,846 ($76) for people outside the gates. This includes about $50 that is a transfer of costs from the POA to the CDD which should be offset by a decrease in their fees, an increase in security, increased landscaping manpower and street sweeping, and some money to repair and insure the boardwalk.  These fees and the repayment of the bonds will be on your St Johns County tax bill.

We discussed improving our gate security. Now it is a paper based system where the guards are supposed to write down where non-residents are going and their license plate numbers.  We are considering switching to a system that would photograph plate numbers on all cars entering Palencia and store them electronically.  Additionally non-residents could have their destination entered into a computer system by a guard.  The details (and additional costs) need to be worked out and coordinated with the Sweetwater CDD (Lennar) since they own and operate the Las Calinas gate.   Part of the additional cost could be offset be having only one guard house manned from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., for example, and have a camera to interview non-residents entering other gates during unmanned hours.

There are pluses and minuses of being a CDD but one of the most frustrating negatives is that even though we have to pay to maintain the roads we cannot stop anyone from entering, we can only ask for ID.  Residents behind the gates are paying $358 / year for the guards even though the manual system is imperfect, the Las Calinas gate is theoretically closed but unmanned most of the time, and everyone is welcome in.  Whatever security we are getting would seem to be more apparent than real.  We could just momentarily stop everyone entering and take a picture of the license plate and save the money spent manning the gates.  Every time we have polled residents, however, there has been a strong preference for keeping the guards.

A resident proposed a remodeling of the old amenities building (by family pool) to be more attractive as a community center.  It is on our long term list of desirable capital projects along with several other suggested improvements behind finishing the maintenance building, repairing the boardwalk, and paving Shannon Road.  All of those projects are creeping along due to various governmental permitting and county and FEMA funding issues.

The next CDD meeting is Wednesday, September 20, at 4:00 p.m. 

The CDD meeting schedule for the next Fiscal Year is

October 18, 2017

November 15, 2017

December 13, 2017 (second Wednesday)

January 17, 2018

February 21, 2018

March 21, 2018

April 18, 2018

May 16, 2018

June 13, 2018 (second Wednesday)

July 18, 2018

August 22, 2018 (fourth Wednesday)

September 19, 2018

The next POA meeting is Wednesday, August 30, at 6:00 p.m. 

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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