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HOMEOWNERS INCREASE USE OF WEBSITE

Since the last paper edition of the PCE newsletter, the subdivision’s website use by homeowners has nearly doubled. Feedback from homeowners using the website has been extremely favorable. The website is updated at least weekly and sometimes daily. Homeowners have the privilege of advertising their businesses on the website at no cost, if they are self-employed. Homeowners are also permitted to advertise items for sale at no cost. There are so many things available such as link to the Metro Planning Commission, The Westview, advertising your residence if it is on the market, access to the subdivision Covenants and Restrictions, and much more. It is so convenient and easy to access. Be sure to check out the website bulletin board. Services are advertised, residents are looking for babysitters, and items are listed for sale. Attention babysitters: this is a good way to advertise your services, and young folks can advertise for summer odd jobs.


ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE

The annual PCE neighborhood garage sale has been scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. until 12 Noon. The Association will handle all advertising in The Westview and The Tennessean. Signs will be erected in strategic locations around Bellevue. We will not distribute balloons because we will not be collecting addresses of participants. It will be your responsibility to post balloons on your mailboxes if you want to participate.



NEIGHBORHOOD BARBEQUE AUGUST 3

The PCE Neighborhood Barbeque will be held also on August 3, 2002, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the common area on Autumnwood Drive behind the elementary school. The association will furnish the barbeque, slaw, baked beans, buns, soft drinks, plates, napkins and eating utensils. We ask that residents bring a covered dish or easy-to-serve dessert. You will also need to bring your own lawn chairs. Volunteers are needed for various duties at the barbeque. If you are interested in helping, please contact Linda Prater at 662-1176, or e-mail the association at pcepresident@poplarcreekestates.org. We want this social to be successful and fun for both the adults and children. Your ideas are also welcome.



***JUNE YARD OF THE MONTH***
Congratulations to Ken and Robyn Spychalski winners of the June Yard of The Month Award and a $50 certificate from Home Depot.



LANDSCAPING NEWS
By Roger Baskette, Sr., Chairman,
Landscaping Committee

A major landscaping endeavor has helped to alleviate a serious problem in the common areas behind upper Autumnwood Drive residences. The overgrowth of thistle and other tall weeds was attracting an abnormal number of snakes and mosquitoes and causing residents to constantly kill off undesirable vegetation on the steep embankments. These snakes and mosquitoes posed a health hazard for the residents. A bulldozer scraped off the surface and leveled it out in places. Volunteers from the PCE board of directors seeded the area with tall fescue and then spread straw. Some residents planted their own wildflower seeds to help beautify the common area. Once we have good growth, these common areas will be maintained the same as other subdivision common areas.



NEIGHBORHOOD BUNKO CLUB

The Poplar Creek Estates Neighborhood Bunko Club met for the first time on Tuesday, June 18, at the home of Vanessa Gordon. Eight committed players attended and only two more are needed to make the club complete. Two members could not attend Tuesday night's first meeting. Players spent time learning the rules and practicing the game. A covered dish supper was also a highlight of the group meeting. Everyone enjoyed the group and getting to know each other. The club will begin meeting July 11, and subsequently the 2nd Thursday of every month. Members commit to host one month a year. Additional players are needed as substitutes. Prizes are awarded for high and low scores as well as a door prize each month. Anyone interested should contact Vanessa Gordon at 646-9109. Check out the website for photos of the event.




LETTER TO THE EDITOR
From Rebecca Riddle

I would like to address the problem of speeding in our neighborhood. My husband and I moved here 9 years ago to a dead end (street) to protect our children from speeders. Four months before we moved our 9 year old son was hit by a car on a neighborhood street much like we have here! We were lucky because he suffered a concussion and a broken foot and would recover. I want to warn everyone about the horror of that day. I have someone on my bumper every time I leave or enter this neighborhood because I refuse to go faster than 30 miles per hour. If a child runs out in front of you at 30mph, it is still going too fast. I speak from experience that will never go away. The problem is not with just teens! I followed a neighbor of mine up the street and when I couldn't catch up with her at 45mph, I stopped following! It is just a matter of time before a child is hit! We had the same problem in other neighborhood! Please slow down before it is too late and a tragedy happens in our neighborhood!



MOSQUITO SPRAYING
By Judy Tygard

A request has been made by a resident to spray the entire subdivision. Metro does provide mosquito spraying but it can only be done if Metro receives a signed written request by a homeowner giving permission. Apparently, some homeowners don’t want the spraying. Any resident wishing to have Metro spray for mosquitoes should call 345-5668 or fax your request with a signature to 340-0450 that states that you give permission for spraying to be done at your property. Before the entire subdivision can be sprayed, every homeowner must sign a permission letter. That’s not likely to happen.



CHIPPER SERVICE

If you are doing shrub/bush/tree limb removal, and especially if you had tree damage after the June 24 winds and rain, you must call the Metro chipper service for individual pickup. Metro no longer picks up on a scheduled basis. Please call the chipper service as soon as possible after removal or place the call a day or two before you are scheduled to trim to schedule a pickup. Leaving this debris on sidewalks, in the streets or even on your own property can cause all sorts of problems: folks can’t use the sidewalks, cars must dodge the debris when it’s in the street, and if you leave it on your lawn it can kill your grass – not to mention that it’s unsightly. Call 862-8971 for chipper service.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
The 2002 board of directors is as follows:

Skip Courtney Linda Prater (President)

Cliff Dobbs John Rouwenhorst

Pamela Hall (Sec./ Treas) Brian Sarmento

Jesse Moore Josh Webb

Charlie & Judy Tygard, Business Mgmt.



GET WELL WISHES go to board member Cliff Dobbs, who recently had bypass surgery. We are happy to know that he is recovering nicely.



CONGRATULATIONS to PCE resident Vic Lineweaver on his election to Metro Juvenile Court Clerk.



ARCHITECTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Any structural changes to your property must be approved by the architectural committee. This includes decks, major landscaping, fencing, room additions, patios, etc. Please contact Josh Webb, 673-7767 or e-mail him at joshwebb@bellsouth.net before you build or install.



OBEY THE METRO LEASH LAWS

Dogs are not permitted to run loose in Poplar Creek Estates Subdivision. Residents must keep pets confined to their personal property and not permit them to destroy neighborhood lawns.



SUB AREA 6 UPDATE

All of the latest information on the revisions to the Sub Area 6 Plan, including the Hwy 100/Old Harding Pike (Triangle) and Old Towne Center at the RR tracks and Bellevue Road, is available on the web site at www.poplarcreekestates.org.



GOT NEWS?????

If you know of something our residents would be interested in, put it in the newsletter and on the Web Site.



NIGHT WALKERS

For your own safety and that of your children, please wear light color clothing when walking in the neighborhood after dark.


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FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE the following are some excerpts and some full texts of the Poplar Creek Estates Covenants & Restrictions:



POPLAR CREEK ESTATES

COVENANTS & RESTRICTIONS

ARTICLE III

Property Use Requirements



Section One. Approval Requirements

1. Description of the Structure of Architectural Review Committee.

2. No structure of any kind, building, improvement or exterior change of such shall be erected, placed, altered or moved upon any lot in Poplar Creek Estates unless and until the plans, details and specifications for said erection, placement, moving, alteration or construction, together with a plot plan showing the location of such structure, building, landscaping, or alteration have been submitted to an approved by the Architectural Review Committee. No fence, shield or wall shall be erected, placed or altered,

on any lot in Poplar Creek Estates until the plans and specifications and plot plans showing the location of such have been submitted to and approved by the Architectural Review Committee.

3. The approval power of the Architectural Review Committee concerning the items listed in this Article III shall include not only such items themselves but also the proposed workmanship, materials, placement of materials, energy conservation, harmony of exterior design (including both texture and color), finished grade level and appropriateness with the existing community.

4. The approval of the Architectural Review Committee herein required shall be requested in writing before any construction, erection, placement, alteration, change of exterior appearance or movement of structures is commenced. In the event the Architectural Review Committee fails to approve or disapprove submitted plans and specifications within forty-five (45) days after submission, approval will not be required and this Article will be deemed to have been fully met.



Section Two. Use Requirements and Restrictions

1.Single Family Residential Purposes Only.

Lots in this subdivision shall be known and described as single family residential lots and shall be used for single family residential purposes only, and for no other purpose. No noxious or offensive activity shall be carried on upon any lot, nor shall anything be done thereon which may be or may become an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood.

2. Finished Floor Area

Minimum 1,800 square feet.

3. Construction Materials

Eighty percent (80%) brick, excluding chimneys

Brick to grade completely encompassing residence.

Architectural Review Committee has sole discretion to approve home construction completely of dryvit.

4. Garages and Parking

Each residence shall be required to have an attached or basement garage facility. Each resident shall be required to have at least two off street parking places for each residential lot. Parking facilities shall be on the same residence as the lot swerved and may be located in either the rear or side yard of said residential lot. Parking of any boats or other large vehicles shall be off the street and shall be in the garage, to the side or rear of the home.

5. Temporary Buildings

No temporary building, trailer, mobile home, basement, tent, shack, garage, barn or any other type of temporary or partly finished building or structure shall be erected or placed upon any lot for any purpose. Exception: Construction office for purposes of developing lots in the subdivision.

6. Lawns-Yards

The owners of lots, including ones on which construction has not commenced, or occupants of residences thereon shall keep and maintain such lots in a neat and orderly fashion, causing the shrubbery to be trimmed to avoid excessive heights, promptly removing dead shrubs and broken tree limbs, cutting grass and removing rubbish. Grass shall not be allowed to exceed the height of eight (8) inches. If the owner of a lot or occupant of a residence thereon, after notice in writing from a Developer, the Homeowners Association or the Architectural Review Committee (any of which are referred to as the noticing entity) shall fail and refuse to comply with a reasonable request to observe this restriction, the noticing entity or its appointees may enter upon such lot for the purpose of cutting grass, trimming shrubs or cleaning up the lot, if the same be reasonably required, charging the expense thereof to the owner of the lot or the occupant of the residence thereon. In such case, the noticing entity shall be entitled to the benefits of a mechanic’s lien. (Emphasis added)

7. Animals, Birds and Pets

No poultry, livestock or animals, other than house pets, shall be kept or maintained on any lot. Dogs or cats may be kept upon a lot as pets only. They shall not be kept, bred or maintained for sale or any commercial use or purpose. Pets shall be sheltered inside residential or garage structures and no doghouse or other separate animal shelter shall be constructed outside, unless approved by the Architectural Review Committee.

8. Commercial Activity

No business, trade, profession or commercial activity or calling of any kind shall be conducted in any building or on any lot or lots, provided that this restriction shall not be construed so as to interfere with the right of members of recognized professions to receive the usual and ordinary calls at their homes though they shall not maintain offices for the sale of goods, regular consultation or treatment in their home.

9. Signs

No solicitation, signs, advertisements, billboards, or advertising structures of any kind shall be erected or maintained on any lot or building site, except with the prior approval in writing of the Developers; provided, however, that there shall be allowed one advertising sign, which sign shall not be more than eight square feet of area, so long as such is used for the sole and exclusive purpose of advertising for sale the lot or building upon which it is erected.

10. Prohibitions

Satellite dishes are prohibited unless expressly authorized by the Architectural Review Committee along with a landscaping plan for the placement of such. Clotheslines are expressly prohibited. No fence shall be constructed of any material except wood and such shall not extend beyond the front corners of any residence. All metal storage buildings are prohibited. Outbuildings of any description are prohibited; however, the Architectural Review Committee has the authority, in its sole discretion, to make exceptions to this prohibition. Application for such exemption must be made in accordance with this Article.

11. Driveways, Walkways and Mailboxes

Driveways and walkways to be made of exposed aggregate concrete. Mailboxes to be constructed of brick or a mailbox which is style “F” from Herndon & Merry Co., Nashville, Tennessee or such other company carrying the same mailbox, painted “Belle Meade Green” in color and lettered in the “White Roman” style, including the address and street name only.

12. Lots Altered.

Lots may not be subdivided, re-subdivided, altered or changed so as to produce less area than established on the Plat of the subdivision without County Planning Commission approval.



ARTICLE VI

Covenant for Maintenance Assessments



Section One. Monthly or Annual Assessment for Maintenance Fund

Owners covenant by acceptance of a deed to agree to pay to the Association monthly or annual assessments or charges of the creation and continuation of a maintenance fund in the amount levied by the Association’s Board of Directors.



Section Two. Purpose of Assessments.



Section Three. Creation of the Lien and Personal Obligation of Assessment.



Section Four. Exempt Property.



Section Five. Assessments Prior to Activation of the Association.



Section Six. Special Assessments

In addition to the monthly or annual assessments, the Association may levy, in any assessment year, a special assessment applicable to that year only, provided that any such assessment shall have affirmative votes of not less than a two-thirds (2/3) majority of a meeting of the Members, held after not less than five (5) days notice in writing.

Section Seven. Date of Commencement of Annual or Monthly Assessment; Due Dates; Certificate of Payment.

Assessments set by the Board of Directors.



Section Eight. Effect of Non-Payment of Assessment; Remedies of the Association.

On any assessment not paid by the due date, the Association, its agent or representative, may bring an action at law against the Owner personally obligated to pay the same or foreclose the lien against the Site to which the assessment relates. Interest, costs and reasonable attorney’s fees for such action or foreclosure shall be added to the amount of such assessment to the extent allowed by law. No Owner may waive or otherwise escape liability for the assessments provided for herein by nonuse of the Common Areas or abandonment of his lot.



Section Nine. Subordination of the Lien to Mortgages

Liens are subordinate to deeds of trust (mortgages.) However, no sale or transfer shall relieve a Site from liability for any assessment thereafter becoming due or from the lien thereof.



Section Ten. Failure to Maintain Common Areas.

If the Association fails to maintain the common areas in reasonable condition, the Metropolitan Zoning Administrator may serve written notice on the Association and lot owners for a public hearing. That Administrator may require the appropriate maintenance of the common areas and take it over if not properly done. The Administrator may assess homeowners proportionately for the maintenance of the common areas.





WANT TO LEARN COMPOSTING????



Any PCE resident wishing to learn how to compost may call Linda Prater at 662-1176 or

e-mail pcepresident@poplarcreekestates.org. Metro Recycling provides classes within subdivisions on composting. If we have enough interest, we may schedule a class on the common grounds.













CALENDAR OF EVENTS, HOLIDAYS,

and SPECIAL OCCASIONS



July 4 Independence Day

July 11 Bunko Club meets

August 1 State/Local Primary Elections

August 3 Annual subdivision garage sale

August 3 Neighborhood barbeque

August 8 Bunko Club meets

September 2 Labor Day

September 7 Rosh Hashanah

September 12 Bunko Club meets

September 16 Yom Kippur

October 10 Bunko Club Meets

October 14 Columbus Day

October 16 National Boss Day

October 27 Daylight Saving Time ends

October 31 Halloween

November 5 State/Local General Elections

November Annual Homeowners Meeting

(date, time & place t/b/a)





WELCOME TO ALL NEW POPLAR CREEK ESTATES HOMEOWNERS. Please let us know if we can be of service.
















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POPLAR CREEK ESTATES HOMEOWNERS

P. O. Box 218053

Nashville, TN 37221-8053






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Architectural Review Committee Request Form
If you are planning to make changes to the exterior of your house, you must fill out and submit this form to the Architectural Review Committee Chair for approval.
PCE Covenants and Restrictions (abridged version)
This links to a partial synopsis of key sections of the PCE Covenants and Restrictions. The remaining sections will be added gradually as time permits.
PCE Covenants and Restrictions (full version)
This is a scanned version of the complete PCE Covenants and Restrictions.