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The Bluffs at Richmond Hill The Bluffs at Richmond Hill
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The Bluffs at Richmond Hill Homeowners Association    Post Office Box 30      Richmond Hill, GA  31324
 
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Drainage Surveys
Sunday, December 9th to Monday, December 31st
From The Bluffs HOA President, "Greetings Property Owners:
The Board of Directors are assessing the feasibility of a global repair to the Bluffs drainage systems. This includes all drain pipes that run into all ponds. We would also like to consider the feasibility of a global repair to all lots that have drainage issues (that does not mean the HOA is paying for the repair). Please remember the key word here is feasibility. A this point, we are not aware of the cost or desire of the membership to have these types of repairs done. Therefore, we need as much information as possible from the membership as far as the location of drainage issues on your property or that you have observed any where in the Bluffs.
We need to know if your lot has flooding problems and/or standing water for several days after it has rained. Can you please send an email with your address and description of the drainage problem ASAP. We will be meeting with several civil engineers starting this week.
Please send emails to: board@the-bluffs.com in the subject line put "Drainage - Global Resolution"
Please do not rush to judgment. We are simply gathering information at this point. The results will be presented to the membership for discussion and voting before any actions are taken.
Zeffra Brewer
President, The Bluffs HOA"

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Pool Area update from the Board
Posted on Dec 7th, 2018
Reminder that use of the swimming pool area is seasonal. During the off-season access to the area is restricted under Bryan County regulations which are based on the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia. To comply with the regulations Perfect Pools, our vendor for serving the pool, installed a lock on the back gate. Some homeowners vocalized that the lock wasn't necessary and after careful investigation into their claim and thoroughly reading the county and state regulations and also discussing the situation with both Perfect Pools and the County Inspector, who agreed a lock was not needed on the back gate if access to the general public was totally restricted, the board considered the regulation in conjunction with ADA and fire safety concerns and have made the following decision effective immediately.
To comply with regulations the Board has voted on the following:
1. Access to the back gate of the pool area is restricted to all property owners during the off season (Oct 1-March 31). To effectuate this, all key cards have been deactivated, except board of directors and service providers.
2. A new locking door will be installed on the back of the club house facing the pool as soon as possible.
For your convenience the applicable Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia are cited below.
Rule 511-3-5-.18. Specific Safety Features and Markers
(11) Barriers. All outdoor swimming pools and spas shall be enclosed by a barrier to prevent entry to the pool area when the pool is closed.
(h) Access gates shall also comply with the requirements of this Rule and shall be equipped to accommodate a locking device. Barrier gates shall open away from the pool in facilities constructed after adoption of this chapter. Pedestrian access gates shall be self-closing and have a self-latching device. Gates other than pedestrian access gates shall have a self-latching device. Where the release mechanism of the self-latching device is located less than fifty-four inches from the bottom of the gate,
1. The release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate at least three inches below the top of the gate and
2. Any openings in the gate or barrier located within eighteen inches of the release mechanism shall be less than one-half inch.
3. Mechanisms controlled by an access card reader, key entry device or keypad shall be located on the outside of the access gate.
HOA Management under Georgia Community Management
Posted on Sep 14th, 2018
As of August 10, 2018, the new HOA Manager is Georgia Community Management. Their website can be found at www.georgiacminc.com and they offer several features the-bluffs.com website does not, so please activate your account. If you have not received the package with details about the new HOA manager in the mail, please contact the Board. The information to log-in was included in the package. The website at www.the-bluffs.com will continue as well and more details to follow soon.
Revised Procedure for Reserving the Clubhouse
Posted on Sep 13th, 2018
Georgia Community Management will be the primary point of contact for clubhouse reservations. Initial inquiries are still submitted through the website by visiting the Calendar page to “Submit a New Event”. Upon confirmation that the requested date is available, a $25 refundable deposit (check or money order) must be received in order to secure the reservation. If you need AC or heat, an additional non-refundable deposit of $25 is due upon submission of your request. The AC/heat fee must be in the form of a separate check or money order and may not be combined with the previously referenced “refundable deposit”.  Payments should be left in the HOA drop box inside the clubhouse or mailed to The Bluffs at Richmond Hill HOA at P.O. Box 30, Richmond Hill, GA 31324.
 
It is best to check the calendar first to see if the date you are interested in is available. You can also email Georgia Community Management at kswinney@gcmmgt.com to confirm availability.
 
Please note that reservation requests and payments must be received at least seven (7) business days in advance of the requested date.
New Residents- Gate and Poolhouse Access
Posted on Sep 12th, 2018 Comments (0)
New residents: contact Georgia Community Management at kswinney@gcmmgt.com to select your access code and to get your name added to the list of residents available on the gate call box.  Pool/club house access cards are also available. One per property, please.
 
Residents wanting to purchase a remote control for the front gate please contact Georgia Community Management at kswinney@gcmmgt.com.  Remote controls are $15 each.  Please make checks payable to the Bluffs HOA.
Tivoli Trail Road Gate
Posted on Sep 12th, 2018 Comments (0)
The back gate is now working. It automatically opens at 7am and closes at 7pm. When exiting the gate, make sure to stop at the signs; the gate opens inward. To enter the gate after 7pm, use the same # + 4digits you use on the front gate. You can also use your remote. If you cant get your remote to work, open the remote case and reference the message board for the correct pins that should be in the up position and all other numbers are in the down position. Any issues contact Colin Gilligan at communications@the-bluffs.com and Georgia Community Management at kswinney@gcmmgt.com.
New Facebook page
Posted on May 28th, 2018
An Official Bluffs HOA Facebook page has been created to help the board communicate HOA related issues to the community.
 
School Bus Procedures
Posted on Sep 26th, 2017 Comments (0)
BLUFFS SCHOOL BUS PROCEDURE 
The school buses are picking up children in the Bluffs at the circle area near the pool house entrance road. A new street light has been installed to provide a safe atmosphere for the early morning bus hours. The school bus pick up inside the Bluffs, instead of out near the busy road, is a courtesy extended to us by the school officials and the bus drivers. Recently, children are arriving late for the scheduled pick up times. The following rules were established to prevent losing the safe pick up and return program inside the Bluffs. Late arrivals should not expect the bus to wait for the children to run around the bus as it is departing. Please follow the procedure for the school bus morning pickup and afternoon delivery. 
MORNING 
1. Children must arrive 10 minutes before their school bus arrival for pick up. 
2. Children must be waiting at the designated bus pick up area when the bus arrives. There is a sign designating the waiting area. 
3. Park on the grassed area opposite the bike racks or in the asphalt area near the pool house. Shut off engine. 
4. Do not park on the asphalt driveway to the pool house. 
5. Do not park in or near any location where the school bus backs up, boards children, or leaves the circle area. This includes St. Catherine Circle near the circle area. Drop off children and either leave the area or park and wait for the bus with your child or children. 
6. The bus drivers have asked that no children run up to the bus after they pull in for the morning pickup. The drivers are concerned for your child’s safety. 
7. If you are late, do not have your children run up to the bus if the bus is already at the pick up area or leaving the circle. Take your children to school. 
8. Do not drive your vehicle out of any parking area until the school bus has left the area. 
AFTERNOON 
1. Arrive 10 minutes before school bus arrival. 
2. Park on the grassed area opposite the bike racks. Shut off engine. 
3. You may park on the asphalt area near the pool house. 
4. The school bus will let the children out at the circle area at the entrance road to the pool house. 
5. Do not drive your vehicle out of the parking area until the school bus has departed and all children have cleared the area.
2017 School bus pick up/drop off
Posted on Aug 1st, 2017 Comments (0)
School is back in session and your Directors want to share some School Bus info with our Parents and Children.
 
Our Children are very precious and our priority is to keep them SAFE! 
 
The Directors of the Bluffs coordinated with the County to have the School Bus drive in thru the rear gate and pick up all children at the Pool house. This includes Elementary, Middle and High School.
 
We recommend all parents go to the Byran County Web site to review pick up times and School Bus etiquette (http://www.bryancountyschools.org/bus-routes--10)
 
The following outlines some key best practices for Adults and children:
 
• Be at the Bus 10 minutes prior to scheduled arrival.
• Keep cars clear of the Bus’s pickup location. This will be at the driveway entrance of the Pool house. It may take a few days for our residents and the Bus driver to establish this routine, so please be flexible, cautious, and tolerant of all parties until the routine is established.
• Approach the pick-up area with extreme caution.
• The Bus driver will not wait for Children to walk from pool house to the Bus.
• Children should not sit in car until Bus arrives. Children should assemble at the intersection of the Pool House driveway and road ( see picture)
• Late arrivals will not be boarded to Bus.
 
Bus Times – Subject to change – Check Bryan County Web Site  (http://www.bryancountyschools.org/bus-routes--10)
 
• HS - 638/639 AM
• ELEM - 645/646 AM
• MID - 706/707 AM