June 1st starts the 2023 Hurricane Season. For anyone new to Florida or who might want a refresher, please see the NOAA site on hurricane preparedness for general information [this site is for nationwide areas that a storm can affect] and check out the FloridaDisaster.org page that has specific categories on things to do before a storm for Florida residents.
While we live in an area not prone to flooding and we are not close to the coast, we can still be affected by a storm. I hope these sites will help you be ready if we are affected by a major storm this year.
With the recent hail storm many residents are having their roofs replaced. The HOA would like to remind everyone that colored drip edge flashing is not allowed [see pictures below]; the drip edging must be white around your entire home.
This may be the latest exterior home decorating choice that roofers are offering but it is not approved in our by-laws.
I’m sure most of you know/went through the 20-minute hail storm in our community yesterday at about 5 PM. As you begin clean-up of your driveways and yards, please remember that your leaves and debris must not be blown into the streets and left there, or down the sewer drains. Place debris in a bio-degradable lawn bag or in your own trash can [not the ones picked-up by Waste Pro on Thursdays] for yard waste pick-up on Friday. If you place debris in a regular trash bag you must dispose of it yourself with your regular garbage (IE-must fit into the Waste Pro can) or take it to the dump facility on Log House Road [Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays].
Please be courteous to your neighbors and don’t blow your leaves and debris onto their yards. Let’s all work together to keep our community looking nice.
Waste Pro will not take yard waste in the cans that are used for trash and recycling nor will they take debris in plastic garbage bags; again: use your own can or place in the lawn bags that you can get at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Also, be aware that with all the areas affected by the hail storm, Waste Pro will be picking up more debris than usual at more homes. Be patient if they don’t pick-up on Friday. They may come Saturday or even the week after (remember after the last hurricane).
Finally, the weather service is predicting more severe storms with hail this afternoon. We hope we don’t go through this a 2nd day in a row, but please be careful.
Cheryl G. in Greater Groves reached out to Vincent Vadney, Division Manager, Waste Pro of Florida to clarify the new rules on yard waste pick-up bags. You can read the full posting on NextDoor HERE. There is more information at the post if you want a deeper dive into the conversation. I have posted the major bullet points below to help answer questions residents may still have.
1) We can no longer use regular large green plastic bags to hold leaves. Due to a clause in Waste Pro’s contract with Lake County, bags must be biodegradable or compostable. Biodegradable plastic bags are acceptable as are the Lowe’s type lawn and leaf bags. But again, even the paper must be biodegradable or compostable.
2) The drivers have been shown examples of biodegradable bags. However, he did state that it was a learning process. My advice would be to take a picture of the packaging as proof if the bags themselves are not labeled. That way if you catch the operators you can show them and/or email that photo to Waste Pro if the biodegradable bags were not picked up.
3) Bags will be tossed into the trucks along with the leaves meaning the drivers should no longer be leaving them at the curb. My advice, if you find your empty biodegradable bags back on the curb, complain.
4) Any store bought trash cans are acceptable. Waste Pro recommends the heavy duty ones because they are more durable, won’t break as easily and will last longer. I did not ask about using our recycling or trash cans because I’m 100% certain that’s a no-no. Also he would have suggested that if it was okay. He also didn’t say we will get special cans from them so again, I’m absolutely sure Waste Pro won’t provide special cans for yard waste.
Effective April 7, 2023, the Lake County Government will impose a Burn Ban throughout the county until further notice. The ban is being put in place due to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) rating exceeding 500 for more than three weeks, making it necessary to take proactive measures to ensure public safety.
Lake County has not received significant rainfall over an extended period, causing surrounding counties to impose similar bans on open burning. The Burn Ban will prohibit burning of yard debris, land for any reason, recreational fires, and unauthorized piles of debris not approved by the Florida Division of Forestry. However, fuel being burned in an outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or pit that has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height will be excluded from the ban.
When the KBDI rating falls below 500 for seven consecutive days, residents will be notified that burn ban has been lifted. While the ban may cause an inconvenience to some, we ask that residents adhere to the ban to help ensure the safety of the community.
We advise residents avoid using firepits in your yard or at least keep very close watch on them and do not use them for burning garbage.