Check out the latest news and activities with the Bent Creek Homeowner’s Association.
Updated Status of the Dandridge Pool
If you haven’t already seen the Facebook updates about the Dandridge pool, this is where we are. The liner in the pool has been damaged beyond repair. The Bent Creek board is going to consider options for a gunnite replacement vs. a new liner, with respect to time, quality and cost. With this said, the Dandridge pool will not be reopened before the end of the season. The Bent Creek pool will remain open, and we will announce the Fall closure date in the coming months.
Report Dangerous ATV and Golf Cart Abuse to Security
Please note that it is against Lamar County law for ATVs and golf carts to ride on public roads, including all roads in the Bent Creek neighborhoods. We have received reports of ATVs causing property damage and creating a dangerous environment on our roads. If you see an incident of dangerous or damaging activity from someone riding an ATV, please contact Bent Creek Security at 601.543.6999 or the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.
Pool Band Pickup and COVID Updates
We are excited to announce that pool bands will be available for pickup beginning Monday during regular office hours. All homeowners must have paid your 2020 dues (in addition to any previously owed dues) to collect pool bands. These will be required for wear at all times while swimming this year.
We are anxiously awaiting Governor Reeves’ announcement on the shelter-in-place order and our ability to re-open common facilities. At this time we do not have a definitive date of re-open, but we will announce this soon. That includes the official start of the pool season. At this moment, we anticipate everything being open for use by Memorial Day, but more details will be announced soon.
Christmas Decorating Contest 2019
One home in each subdivision, Bent Creek, Bent Creek West, Fieldstone, Worthington, and Dandridge, will be awarded a “Christmas Decorating Contest 2019” award. The homes will be voted by a volunteer committee. This does not mean that the “craziest” decorations win, but rather the home that best reflects the spirit of Christmas and attracts positive attention to Bent Creek from outside neighbors.
Recipients will have a sign placed in their yard to acknowledge the award and a $100 gift card. Past recipients are eligible to win, but don’t let that stop anyone from trying to be the best in the neighborhood!
The date of judging for the Bent Creek Christmas Decorating Contest will be Sunday, December 22, 2019. Judging will take place on one night only!
This effort should help to showcase Bent Creek and create a sense of pride and joy in our neighbors.
Thank you for your efforts to make your homes look great this Christmas season.
Pearl River Valley Electric to Begin Right-of-Way Trimming Soon
The Bent Creek HOA recently received notice that Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association will begin right-of-way trimming in the subdivisions soon. They will be clearing around pad mount transformers, switches, street lights, and secondary pedestals. They require an eight foot clearance in front of transformers and switches and a three foot clearance around the sides and back.
This may mean that plantings or shrubbery around these areas could be at risk for significant pruning or removal altogether. They have given us notice so that we may pass this along to the homeowners. If you have plantings around transformers, switches or lights that you can remove, please make plans to do so. As they have done at our entrances, any small trees (i.e. crepemyrtals) may be significantly trimmed to allow for the easement as required.
It is advised that if you do plan to dig around these areas to remove plants, please call MS 811 before digging. You may contact Michael Graham, Operations Supervisor in the Hattiesburg District for more information at 601-726-3430.
Next HOA Board Meeting | Tuesday, August 13th at 6 p.m.
This is a friendly reminder that our next HOA board meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. next at the clubhouse, located at 22 Creedmoor in Dandridge. All dues-paying homeowners are invited to attend.
Pool Reminders – Pool Bands, Alcohol and Guests
Just a friendly reminder that all homeowners and guests at the pools must wear pool bands at all times. This is so that our security officer may clearly identify who is a dues-paying homeowner and who is not. We have performed this security measure for four years, and it has dramatically cut down on the number of fraudulent pool users, which keeps your pool experience cleaner and less crowded. Please also ensure that your guests are wearing one of your supplied bands so that we know they are allowed to swim. We thank you for your efforts to comply with this needed policy!
In addition, there have been many reports of alcohol being consumed at the pools, and plenty of evidence to back it up in the garbage cans! Please note that there is absolutely no alcohol allowed at the pools at any time. This includes glass bottles, cans, or anything else that you have that can hold it! However, soft drinks and juice are perfectly acceptable, just please discard any trash in the trash can to help us keep everything looking great!
Be Careful When Walking / Running
We ask that all pedestrian walkers take extra precautions, including walking or running ‘into’ traffic flow vs. away from traffic flow. You should always be looking at the cars coming toward you and aware of oncoming traffic so that you can move to the side of the road when needed. We have received several reports of near-misses because walkers were walking on the wrong side of the road with headphones in the street. As you can imagine, that is very dangerous. Please take extra precautions around curves and hills to ensure that you do not get injured, or worse…
Refurbished Stop Sign Campaign Complete
The HOA has worked to completely refurbish and/or replace all stop signs and pedestrian signs in the subdivisions. All work is now complete, so we hope that you have enjoyed the cleaner look of our signs. Little things like this can significantly improve home values in the subdivisions!
2019 Pool Open Dates Announced
The Bent Creek and Dandridge pools will officially open on Friday, May 3, 2019. Access to the pools will once again require homeowners to wear Bent Creek pool bands. Pool bands are available for pickup at the cluhouse during regular business hours. Please remember that only paid HOA members will be allowed to pickup bands and access the pools. All homeowners must wear bands at all times at the pools. Security will strictly enforce this policy once again this year to ensure that non-HOA members do not access our facilities.
AT&T Fiber Internet Coming to Bent Creek
UPDATE – Fiber internet is available in Bent Creek, Bent Creek West, and Fieldstone. Dandridge should be available around June, 2019. AT&T is making a $1.5 million dollar investment in the Bent Creek HOA neighborhoods to overlay the subdivision with Fiber optics. This will enable AT&T to offer a competitive alternative to Comcast in the HOA. Once they are complete with the fiber optic build out, they will be able to offer a 1-gig service for under $90 a month. They will also have a video offering over this incredible broadband speed, including streaming DirectTV over this broadband service and also provide an IP phone service if desired. Streaming DirectTV now over this broadband pipe will eliminate the rain fade that so many customers are concerned about with the traditional satellite dish service. AT&T will be directional boring all the fiber cable and inner-duct for fiber drop crossings on the front end. They have submitted plans to Lamar county for permit approval and expect to have them back approved next week. The buildout will occur in two phases.
- Phase I will be Bent Creek, Bent Creek West, Fieldstone and Worthington. Drawings will be issued to construction 5/30/18, construction to begin in June and service ready October of 2018.
- Phase II will be Dandridge Subdivision. Drawings will be issued to construction 8/30/2018, construction to begin September and service ready January 2019.
There will be bore pits and hand hole placements though. The contractor will restore those areas the same day in most cases but certainly will have the areas restored within the same week they occur. As with any construction, it may take more than one attempt to restore a bore pit or hand hole location. Prior to construction beginning, door hangers will be placed on each door.
Lamar County Comprehensive Plan Update
The Lamar County Board of Supervisors is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan for adoption by September 2018. Public participation and input is important and welcome.
The Comprehensive Plan is a broad-based twenty-five year plan that guides the county livability consistent with the community’s vision. The initial Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2008.
Elements of the Plan consist of Goals and Objectives, Land Use, Transportation Plan, and Public Facilities Plan. The Public Participation Input meetings have been scheduled for the following dates, time and locations.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Lamar Park Community Center 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Lumberton Community Center 6:00 pm
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Sumrall Community Center 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Purvis Community Center 6:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Oak Grove Community Center 6:00 pm
For more information about the Lamar County Comprehensive Plan update, please refer to the Lamar County Board of Supervisors website at www.lamarcountyms.gov.
Help Us Prevent Illegal Dumping
Homeowners are piling up sticks and debris in areas that are not permissible in the Bent Creek Neighborhoods. Many of these are on power line easements, and others are in common areas where Lamar County trucks cannot reach. We will be installing cameras soon in many of the troubled areas to catch whoever is doing this. We already know of many of the homeowners doing the dumping, but we prefer to have evidence. Please allow this to be a 2-week notice for anyone dumping in illegal areas both now and in the future. If you do not remove the debris and cease from dumping, we will fine you for each occurrence including the actual cost of removal plus penalties. Please help us to keep our subdivision looking its best by doing your part to keep it clean and beautiful. We thank you in advance.