Community Wide Yard Sale - Saturday, April 18 from 7 am until ?
River Glen Secretary Position Open
The River Glen HOA still has an opening on the HOA Board for a secretary position. If you are interested in volunteering for the Secretary postion, please email the board at: email@example.com
The River Glen Fall 2014 Newseletter is Now Online in our Newsletter Section
River Glen HOA Elects New Board Officers and Members
River Glen HOA Chooses New Management Company for the HOA - Community Management Associates (CMA)
We are pleased that the Board of Directors for River Glen Homeowners Association has chosen CMA to manage the business affairs of your Association beginning January 1, 2014.
CMA will provide the following services for your community: assessment collection, accounts payable, official record storage, annual budget preparation, regular property inspections, negotiation of contracts, pool management, along with enforcement of the Association’s rules, regulations and policies.
Please feel free to contact your new property manager with any questions: Dawn Ingram at 615-469-6797 ext 207 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome letter and other documents are available for donwload in the Members Section
NO KNOCK LIST
Recently I sponsored legislation to tighten up on Metro’s solicitation ordinance and to provide for the creation of a “No Knock List”. In order to register a property on the no solicitation list the owner can go to the Metro Clerk’s website at www.metro.gov/metro-clerk and click on the “Solicitation Permit” link on the left side. This will open a screen with a heading called CITIZENS RIGHTS. Under that heading click on the “register their property” link and follow the prompts until you are complete.
While this will not eliminate 100% of the knocks on your door it will cut them down dramatically. Anyone who does come to your door should have a visible ID badge with their photo and business name. The presence of this badge means that individual has passed a national background check and has been found to be free of any criminal activity in TN as well as all other states.
If your address is on the list, politely inform the individual they are breaking the law and that you intend to call the police at 862-8600 and report their activity in the neighborhood.
Phillip R Claiborne
Councilman, District 15
DONESLSON COMMUNITY GARDENS
A volunteer based, non -profit organization seeking to provide common areas for sustainable food growth while incorporating intergenerational and cross cultural community partnership.
Donelson Community Gardens will provide education, community learning and a place to grow and participate in sustainable food and water practices. Our first garden project is the Heartland Garden located on the land between Heartland Towers and the boat dock at Heartland Park off Fernbrook Lane and Heartland Drive. We will have common gardening areas as well as individual/family plots that can be rented annually. We will have a children’s garden, a central meeting area and beautiful flowering plants along our pathways. We will use much of the produce from our communal area for local food banks and will offer sponsored growing plots to our less fortunate neighbors.
*YOU CAN HELP. If your organization would like to sponsor the children’s area or a group of family gardening plots here are the details.* We will have 20 4’ x 4’ planting boxes in the children’s area as well as some interactive natural play areas. We will offer family plots of 4’ x 8’ to our less fortunate neighbors through a sponsorship program. Each plot is $50.00 rental per year and costs about $50.00 to build. We would like to offer at least 20 of these in our first year.
We are also seeking donations of:
General monetary donations will be used to build our raised beds, fill them with soil, build our pathways and to buy various materials not donated.
Please visit our website to fill out our volunteer form www.donelsoncommunitygardens.com or mail your donation to Donelson Community Gardens: P.O. Box 148861 Nashville, TN 37214
Feel free to call Jan at 615-739-7666 for more info.
Business sponsors will be listed on our website and in our printed materials and t shirts.
NERVE (Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine)
Part of the responsibility that the River Glen HOA Board has undertaken is to attend community events and report back to the subdivision. At one such recent meeting, we were introduced to NERVE. This is an online tool developed by Metro to provide valuable information to the public during disasters.
We suggest that you bookmark the following website on your computer:
NERVE includes real time information about road closures, school closings, and locations of emergency shelters, food and water distribution centers and Disaster Assistance Centers. NERVE can also help navigate residents to the closest shelters and other emergency resources by routing them around closed roads. NERVE has the ability to show evacuation areas.
Additionally, Metro created the Nashville Situational Awareness for Flooding Events (SAFE) program, an internal mapping tool to improve Metro’s ability to monitor actual and forecasted river states and better predict where and when flooding will occur.
This website will be an excellent resource of information should another disaster strike our subdivision (such as the flood). Metro has plans to develop a smart-phone app that will work with NERVE. When the app comes online, we will relay that information to the subdivision.
For those without access to a computer, citizens can now call 311 to access information during a disaster.
This tool was developed by Metro to provide information to the public during a natural or man-made disaster.
TAX RELIEF FOR SENIORS
If you have senior homeowners in your neighborhood area that might qualify for one of the tax relief programs please make an effort to get this information to them. Both programs are briefly described below and contact information for the Assessor’s Office is at the bottom.
This is to update you on our annual Tax Relief Program and the new Tax Freeze Program.
Tax Relief Program
T.C.A. Section 5-9-112 permits a county legislative body to appropriate funds to provide assistance to its low-income elderly residents. The State Comptroller’s Office developed guidelines for eligibility. I have sent brochures to the Council Office. In part, it states that a person must be 65 years of age or older (or declared permanently and totally disabled by Social Security), must own and live on the property and the income of all owners of record and/or spouses of the property must not exceed $26,830 per year.
By Ordinance BL2012-157, the Metropolitan Council appropriated $3,100,000 in the FY 2012-2013 operating budget to the Property Tax Relief Program. We are looking to have approximately 6,833 Davidson County residents on the Tax Relief Program by the end of FY 2012-2013. If you are in the Urban Services District, State pays $290.73 and Metro pays $581.46, a total of $872.19. If you are in the General Services District, State pays $252.04 and Metro pays $504.08, a total of $756.12.
Tax Freeze Program
The Tax Freeze Program was approved by Tennessee voters in a November, 2006 constitutional amendment referendum. The Tax Freeze Act of 2007 permits local governments to implement the program, and Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County became the first jurisdiction in the state to establish a tax freeze program.
Under the program, qualifying homeowners age 65 and older can “freeze” the tax due on their property at the amount for the year they qualify, even if tax rates increase. Applicants must present: (1) Proof of age – birth certificate, Medicare card, driver’s license, passport, etc.; (2) Proof of ownership – current tax bill or receipt, recorded deed, etc.; (3) Evidence property is principal residence – voter registration card, etc.
Further, income records must be provided showing the total income of all owners of the property does not exceed the 2012 limit of $38,300 for Davidson County. Income records include Federal tax returns or other items acceptable to Trustee. All applicants must sign an income verification form permitting the Trustee to contact IRS, SSA or the State Division of Property Assessment to verify income. The application is a public record, but the financial documents remain confidential.
Applicants may contact our office at 862-6330 regarding these programs. Applicants may come to the Trustee’s Office at 700 Second Avenue, South, Suite 220 to file an application. To date, we have 6,480 Davidson County residents on this program. If you need any additional information about the program, please feel free to call me at 862-6336.
Certified Public Administrator
TAX RELIEF PROGRAM FOR SENIORS OR DISABLED
Check out the download pdf file in our General Information section about how to save on your property taxes if you are a senior or disabled.
PAY YOUR HOA DUES ONLINE
Instructions on how to pay your HOA dues online are here. Click here for information.
MESSAGES FROM THE HOA PRESIDENT
A new page has been added to the website entitled "Messages From The HOA President"
This section will be dedicated to specials messages from the River Glen HOA President about our members, our community, and the many volunteers and area churches, business, and other organizations have been instrumental in supporting our community and our organization.
The new page is for River Glen HOA members only.
Click here to visit the page.
KEEP MY TENNESSEE HOME
Tennessee’s Hardest Hit Fund program provides loans to unemployed or substantially underemployed homeowners who, through no fault of their own, are financially unable to make their mortgage payments and are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. Tennessee is one of 18 states plus the District of Columbia that are receiving Hardest Hit Funds due to having an unemployment rate that is higher than the national average. The Keep My Tennessee Home program will make homeowners’ payments on their mortgage and mortgage related expenses such as property taxes, homeowner insurance, homeowner association dues,and/or past-due mortgage payments that accumulated during a period of unemployment. The Hardest Hit Fund is being administered in Tennessee by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA).
Homeowners who qualify for financial assistance may receive up to 18 months of monthly mortgage payments and/or funds to pay past due mortgage payments to bring the mortgage current; these funds are paid directly to the loan servicer/lender.
Click here for more information and details
RIVER GLEN HOA PAST DUES COLLECTION POLICY
The River Glen HOA has issued a new collection policy regarding past due HOA dues.
Click here for the policy
SIGN POSTING IN THE RIVER GLEN SUBDIVISION
The rule of thumb is that any sign posted on a utility pole or in the right-of-way is illegal and subject to removal. This includes signs for lost pets, yard sales, business signs, etc. The right-of-way is normally considered from the road shoulder to a line formed by the placement of utility poles. Signs that are in the ground on private property (behind the line of utility poles) are considered to be legal and should not be removed.
NEW METRO INTERACTIVE MAP PAGE FOR ZONING, APPLICATIONS & OTHER INFORMATION
The Metro Planning Department's new Mapping and GIS page includes links to twelve publicly accessible maps where community members can see what zoning applies to every Davidson County property, how applications for rezoning and development are progressing through the approval process, Council district and voting precinct boundaries, and detailed street classifications.
METRO CODES NOW HAS AN ONLINE SERVICE REQUEST DESK
If you need to report a code violation to Metro Codes Click Here
RESIDENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS MUST REGISTER THEIR RENTAL PROPERTY
A new state law requires residential landlords to now register their rental property. The Codes Department is managing the program. In addition, rental property owners need to contact the River Glen HOA board and provide them with their current mailing address and phone number. Read More...
Please keep in mind that most of our homes are on a zero lot line and sound does carry. Please be considerate when playing music inside and outside of your homes and vehicles.
The Speed limit within the neighborhood is 30 mph – please pay attention when driving for our neighborhood has lots of children, bikers, and people out walking. Please drive slowly and be considerate of others.
TRASH PICK-UP AND RECYCLING
Trash pick-up is every Friday and recycling is the first Friday of every month. Place your trash can at the end of your driveway for pickup and please remove it from the curb as soon as possible.
When parking in the neighborhood please follow these simple guidelines: