The VGHA Board recently sent dues reminders out to 293 residents who have yet to contribute to the 2017 budget. This shortfall is putting us dangerously close to coming in over budget this year, despite cutting as many non-essential items on our work plan as we could.
Taking a hit were 2 all-weather bulletin boards to have been placed near the entrances on 18th Ave and also on VG Pkway to inform residents of meetings and social events within Village Green. We feel they would have gone far toward increasing the interaction among neighbors.
Another item crossed off our work plan this year was the update of the northern side of the 18th Ave entrance, to bring it in line with the south side that was replanted a couple years ago.
Our fall mulching, palm trimming and winter annual plantings are in jeopardy as well.
We are also being hit with a larger than normal landscaping budget due to massive cleanups on 18th and VG Parkway following Tropical Storm Emily and Hurricane Irma. We have yet to assess the sod damage from leaving the debris on 18th Ave W for so long, but replacing sod was also not in our budget. We may need to use reserve funds for replacement.
The all-volunteer Board and other volunteers in Village Green work very hard to do as much as we can with the budget allowed by this modest contribution. We feel we are acting as good stewards of Village Green, keeping your neighborhood clean and well-maintained for the enjoyment of all.
Your dues go toward common grounds maintenance. That is, mowing grass once a week for a majority of the year, irrigating twice a week, fertilizing grass and mulching landscape beds, trimming trees and palms, and planting ornamentals and flowers throughout, as well as maintaining irrigation lines and entrance monuments.
If you reason that our common grounds belong to the City of Bradenton, and therefore don’t need us to keep things in order, just look at any median on Manatee Ave.- no irrigation, no flowers, nothing green, not even grass, just weeds. If we stop maintaining our common areas, the water will be turned off, the grass will turn to weeds and be mowed approximately once a quarter. All bushes and flowers will eventually die and palms will not be trimmed or fertilized, and will also eventually die. These areas are what make Village Green a beautiful and desirable place to live.
If you have received a dues notice, or have not paid this year’s contribution of $75, won’t you please take time to send us a check? It may be sent to: VGHA, P O Box 14342, Bradenton, FL 34280-4342. Please note your VG address on the check.
The Village Green Homeowners Association