Please submit reminders or other appropriate items that may be of interest to the Clemson Downs property owners to Walt Castro at waltcastro62@annesnider
POA Residents/Members, (Anne Snider) 12/05/2022
The CARC Newsletter is now available online. To view, go to the CARC website, click on the “Activities” link and scroll down to “Newslerrers.”
POA Residents/Members, (From Ruthie Millar) 11/20/22
BISTRO HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
CLOSED THANKSGIVING WEEK 11/21 – 11/25
CLOSED DEC. 13TH -15TH (PARTIES)
CLOSED DEC. 20TH – 22ND
POA Residents/Members, (from Anne Snider) 11/072022
I had something happen to me today that very graphically emphasizes the need to drive slowly in the Downs at all times. All is well in the end, but I feel the lesson I learned today is important enough to share!
I was leaving home to run errands this morning and saw a cyclist on my right along Downs Boulevard. I slowed down and moved to the left to go past her. Just as I got nearly even with her, she hit the edge of the road wrong (she couldn’t see the edge of the road for the leaves) and tumbled directly into my path. Fortunately, I have decent reflexes and excellent brakes! I missed hitting her by about 3 feet as she lay on the road. I stopped (and was soon joined by two other women, who stopped behind me). We were able to get her cleaned up, her cheek bandaged (I didn’t have a first aid kit in my car, but I will from now on), and get her on her way. We all volunteered to put her bike in the back of our cars and drive her home, but as she lived in Camelot, she opted to walk/ride home.
There are often children on bikes as well as walkers alongside the road in Clemson Downs, and all it takes is a stumble or a bump to send that cyclist or pedestrian directly into your path. Please watch your speed when driving in Clemson Downs and remind your friends, neighbors, and visitors to do the same. Speeding through Clemson Downs will only save you many a minute (but probably less!) and could cost someone their life or their health. Thanks!
POA Residents/Members, (From Virginia Baird, Chair Commons Properties Committee) 10/22/2022
The garden house at the gazebo is closed for the season. You can still reserve the gazebo for an event–contact Karen McAlister to reserve the gazebo.
POA Residents/Members, (From Ruthie Millar) 10/05/2022
Clemson Downs historically celebrates our anniversary by collecting contributions for Clemson Community Care.
This year Clemson Downs is asking for a $10 donation (in lieu of food) from each home in the POA for our annual october donation to Clemoson Community Care (our local food pantry). These funds will be used to purchase turkeys/hams for their clients’ holiday meals.
Clemson Downs has been a long standing supporter of Clemson Community Care and we thank you for your generous support. If anyone in the POA would be interested in donating, don’t hesitate to reach out to Jackie or Ruthie.
Thank you all
POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 04/26/2022
The scam where someone calls pretending to be a grandchild in trouble is back again. Do not send money or give out private information without verifying that it is indeed your grandchild. Be cautious!
POA Residents/Members, (From CARC Volunteers) 03/20/2022
Clemson Downs Volunteers have been blessed abundance of all occasion greeting cards that may be purchased all year round at 25 cents each. If you have personal greeting cards of any sort, including Christmas cards, we would be happy to receive them at the volunteer desk at the Health Care Center. These sales help volunteers provide numerous services for residents of Clemson Downs.
Any questions please contact Winnie Williams at 654-3630.
POA Residents/members, (From Susan Robinette, ARC Chair) 09/16/2021
For several weeks, your ARC has been compiling a list of those who needed a little reminder about their mailboxes, side garage doors, etc. We put a reminder in the COMMUNICATOR. We then composed a letter, stuffed the envelopes, and were out delivering those letters this afternoon. And we were so pleased and gratified to find that many of you had already fixed your mailboxes, etc…!!!. When we noticed the repair, your letter went in the circular file!! If you did receive a letter, we hope you will read it and repair the noted issue.
The ARC would like to THANK YOU for your fabulous cooperation and to also ask your forgiveness if you received a letter marked with an issue you have already corrected. We are truly blessed here with our community, and your ARC members are so thankful for each and every one of you!
Walt Castro, Ben Crosland, Betty DiTommaso, LeAnna Little, Wendy Longo, Eunice Rowell and Susan Robinette
POA Residents/Members, (From Virginia Baird, Common Properties Committee) 09/03/2021
The property on the far side of Downs Blvd. belongs to the Country Walk Subdivision. Only limbs that have fallen from the trees on that site of Downs Blvd. should be stacked on this property for pickup by the City.
Any limbs, brush or grass clippings removed by residents should be taken to the area at the end of Bayberry on the far side of the concrete pad reserved for these items. The only contractors allowed to use this site are those hired by CARC and CDPOA for common property.
A schedule for brush pickup is located on the City website at https://cocengineering.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/edf9aabbb48d4546947fd162b09ce9b8
This site can also be accessed at the City of Clemson Public Works menu website at “Brush Pickup Dashboard.” Pickup is approximately every 3 weeks unless there is storm damage that creates an unusual amount of brush.
Please do not put brush or clippings on the mulch piles at the end of Downs Loop. This mulch is used in the Woodland Walk.
Fall and Winter Leaf Pickup begins in October and will be over at approximately the end of February.
- Loose leaves are picked up by the vacuum truck but bagged leaves will have to wait for brush pickup.
- Loose leaves should be left within 10 feet of the street and long rows are better than large piles.
- Please do not mix anything with the leaves.
- Do not pile your leaves around power poles, telephone and cable pedestals, or over water meters or sewer manholes. The machine will suck the lids off and damage the machine.
Additional information on leaf pickup and mosquito fogging can be located on the City’s Public Works website at Season Schedule or https://www.clemsoncity.org/Departments/PublicWorks/SeasonSchedule/tabid/275/Default.aspx.
Virginia D. Baird864-650-5600
POA Residents/Members,(From Anne Snider) 08/29/2021
Besides the many beautiful trees and yards and the nature trail known as Woodland Walk, Clemson Downs has many amenities to offer its residents.
Did you know…
…there is a “library” of health aids that the Clemson Downs volunteers maintain? If you need to borrow a walker, wheelchair, transfer bench, etc., contact Ann Fuhr (864-888-7321) and she will deliver it to you.
Did you know……members of the POA get together every First Friday of the month from 4-6 pm for conversation and sharing of hors d’oeuvres? Bring your beverage of choice, wear your name tag, and bring an appetizer to share. It’s a great chance to meet new neighbors.
Did you know…
…we have a gazebo picnic area in the center of the neighborhood that can be reserved for events? The Gazebo has been a venue for POA meetings, bridge groups, book clubs, birthday parties, memorial services, small family gatherings, picnics, and spontaneous get-togethers for happy hour, breakfast coffees, First Friday POA parties, and just for friendly conversation. In fact, starting September 11 and for every Clemson home game thereafter (except on Saturdays when a breakfast program is planned), residents are invited to gather at the Gazebo and Bring Your Own breakfast for a tailgating celebration. Those dates are September 11, October 2, October 30, and November 13.
The Gazebo and furnishings and Garden House were built by the Bacher family, who own Clemson’s “All In Café” and “Swings and Thing” in Westminster. Residents Frank Pauley and Martha Grigsby were instrumental in raising money to have the Gazebo built. Some of the later donations went to put in the paver walkway that leads to the granite bench. Many contributors have their names on the path and on the bench. After Clemson University landscape architecture students surveyed residents about needs and dreams, it was discovered that the reason many did not use the Gazebo area was that there was no bathroom close by. That situation was remedied in 2019 with the addition of the Garden House, which was entirely paid for by private donations and contains a ‘state of the art’ eco-friendly toilet, much like those in upscale motor homes. The Garden House also contains a closet for items for maintenance of the Gazebo, tablecloths for parties, and donated happy artwork by our own Joe Merck.
The Gazebo is located off the path on Downs Loop just beyond Birch Place and can also be accessed on the Common Property path off Birch Place. Now that we have received our second vaccinations and the weather is starting to cool a little, POA members are free to use this space at leisure. Please contact Ann Fuhr (864-888-7321) for reservations for private gatherings or meetings.
POA Residents/Members. (From Susan Robinette, Chair ARC) 04/17/2021This is a courtesy “Heads Up” from your CDPOA Board. Please be aware of the following: Clemson Downs homeowners frequently sell their homes directly to buyers without the aid of a professional. Many are unaware of their obligation to deliver to their buyer a South Carolina Property Owners’ Disclosure Statement. There is a link below to the document. Failure to present this document could result in a lawsuit, especially if what you have told the prospective buyer about your home is inaccurate (ignorance may not qualify as an excuse). The required document is very thorough and covers a multitude of information about the property being sold. South Carolina has recently added a section covering roofs. Please be advised of this important requirement if you are planning to sell your home. If you aren’t considering selling in the near future, it will be wise to keep accurate records of all aspects of maintenance to your home. https://www.scstatehouse.gov/CommitteeInfo/HomeownersAssociationStudyCommittee/September292015Meeting/008.SC%20Disclosure%20Statement%20and%20Addendum.pdf
POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 02/28/2021Please remember that when a contractor works in your yard, the waste they generate is not to be taken to the yard waste disposal site at the end of Bayberry. That site is only for POA residents who generate their own yard waste. Also, please don’t leave piles of leaves in the medians or near storm drains, as the leaves will cause the storm drains to back up and flood your yard or your neighbor’s yard. Thank you for helping keep our neighborhood looking good!
GUIDELINES FOR RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING COLLECTION, CITY OF CLEMSON
1. Have recycling bin at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on collection day and remove from street by sundown on collection day.
2. All recyclables must be placed in your recycle bin.
3. Acceptable material:
No. 1 & No. 2 Plastic and All No. 1 Plastics
All No. 2 HDPE/ milk jugs only
All tin cans and aluminum cans
Glass(brown, green, and clear)
Leave all labels on containers
Rinse all items and remove caps/lids from all containers
ACCEPTABLE RECYCLING MATERIAL AT THE RECYCLING CENTER ONLY
Only plastic 1-2 accepted. (Look on the bottom of the plastic containers to find the number), no caps
White or colored computer printout.
White or colored ledger paper.
White or colored letterhead/business forms and copy paper.
Telephone books, message pads, envelopes, magazines, and junk mail.
Used oil can be placed at curbside on the same day as your regular garbage pick up. Call the Public Works Department at 864.653.2053 and request an oil recycling container. This container is placed under your vehicle to allow the oil to drain directly into it as it drains from your vehicle. Turn the oil filter upside down in the oil recycle container to allow the oil to drain from the filter. Once it has drained wrap the oil filter in a plastic bag and sit it on top of the oil container at the curbside. An empty one will be left in its place if one is available on the recycle truck.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CARDBOARD IS NOT INCLUDED. FOR LARGE QUANTITIES, YOU CAN CALL THE CITY 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE FOR A FRIDAY PICKUP.