Please submit reminders or other appropriate items that may be of interest to the Clemson Downs property owners to the CDPOA Webmaster, Walt Castro, at

POA Residents & Members,

There have been a few questions regarding who can ride the CARC van. POA residents can ride the CARC van to events provided there are empty seats. There are no other restrictions.

POA Residents & Members,

The following is from John Gilreath, Chair of the Architecutral Review Committee.

The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) of the Clemson Downs Property Owners Association (CDPOA) wishes to remind all of the residents that any construction, additions, modifications, or maintenance on houses must be reviewed by the ARC and approved by the CDPOA Board before these changes may be started. This includes, among other changes, repainting (even the same color), re-roofing, replacing gutters, repairing siding, replacing/repairing mailbox posts, etc. The form for requesting approval of work to be done can be downloaded from the web site ( or or may be obtained from the chairman of the ARC (1022 Keystone Lane, 654-4300) or a member of the ARC. The vast majority of requests are approved readily by the Board at its meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, but the requests must be made nonetheless.

Reminder: The ARC meets the Thursday prior to the monthly (second Tuesday) CDPOA Board meeting

POA Residents/Members,

A gentle reminder that all leaves and small clippings are to be taken from your property to the dumpster on the end of Bayberry. Do not take yard debris to the common property areas. Please remind your paid yard maintenance persons that they are responsible for taking their cuttings off Clemson Downs property, and cannot use the dumpster.  Tree limbs or small trees must be cut to lengths 6 feet or smaller.

POA Residents/Members,

Please remember that dog walkers should not allow their pets to “pee or poop” on other homeowners property. If the dogs need to do their business, walk them around your own property first. Some property owners do not want dogs to use their yards even if it is picked up. In addition, dog urine can be toxic to plants and grass.
A lot of this may be from dog walkers that are from neighboring communities.  This would also fall under the category of respecting other people’s property.

POA Residents/Members, (from Linda Cocke)

Several people have had phone calls or emails that are suspicious and I thought I would share with everyone.

One involves an email from a bank with which you may or may not have an account. If you get one of these call your local bank. A lot of these are Phishing and hoping to catch someone.

Another involves receiving a call from your grandchild claiming to be in jail or in need of money. A lot of the information they tell you such as name, city, college, vacation can be found on Facebook. IF you think it could be your grandchild ask them a question that is not easy for others to know and would not be on Facebook.

Bottom line – be cautious.

POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke)

Please be aware of calls from the area code of 809. According to Snopes this is an old scam but occasionally resurfaces.

The Better Business Bureau strongly recommends that no matter how consumers are approached, if they are asked to respond to an “809” area code call, they should investigate further or simply disregard the message. (There is, of course, nothing wrong with talking to people who live in this area code if you happen to know them. All cautions regarding the 809 code apply only to solicitations to contact folks unknown to you.) If you have to call a number in an area code that’s unfamiliar to you, you can use an Area Decoder to check it out first.

POA Residents/Members, (From the October 2016 Communicator)

You and your friends are invited to join the Country Walk Trail Walkers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 8:30 am.  It is fun, healthy, and a way to get to know your neighbors.  We meet near the dumpster at the end of Bayberry Lane and Kendra Place.  For more information call 843-697-2088.

The Pickens County Human Society needs help!  There is an urgent need for food and cleaning items at our county shelter.  Please call Joanne Gauzens (654-9179) to determine the appropriate/priority items which can be left on her porch (1020 Keystone Lane)  Note: no Alpo or Gravy Train foods are acceptable.  All donations will be very much appreciated.

POA Residents/Members,

We need a couple people to be in charge of our Christmas party next year.  The Portnows are going to ‘do’ the Spring dinner, but cannot do both. They don’t get back here until November and so there won’t enough time to get ready for the Christmas party

Also need someone who would do the flyers for First Friday and monthly breakfast.

If you can help, please contact Elaine Cameron: at 843-697-2088 or

POA Residents /Members, (From Linda Cocke)

I can not find anything on but CBS is reporting a phone scam. If you receive a phone call from someone asking “can you hear me,” hang up. You’re a potential victim in the latest scam circulating around the U.S. It is actually a variation on earlier scams aimed at getting the victim to say the word “yes” in a phone conversation. That affirmative response is recorded by the fraudster and used to authorize unwanted charges on a phone or utility bill or on a purloined credit card.

A reasonable response to any questions is: “Who are you, and why do you want to know?” Or simply turn the tables on them and say “Hello, hello, I can’t hear you. Then hang up.
If the caller maintains they are with a government agency — Social Security, the IRS, the Department of Motor Vehicles or the court system — hang up immediately. Government officials communicate by mail, not phone (unless you initiate the call). Many con artists use the aegis of authority to convince you to keep talking. The longer you talk, the more likely you are to say something that will allow them to make you a victim.

POA Residents/Members,

Some may not know that you can get a variety of music on your televisions…even with Basic NCTV channels. Enter 58.60 on your TV (I don’t have a box…that may make a difference) and scrolling up as far as 58.90. Each channel in between provides you with various genres of music.  For those with HD, the music channels go from 900 to 950.

POA Residents/Members who are CARC Shareholders, (from Linda Cocke)

If you are not a CARC Shareholder you can disregard this email.

The election for 3 new members of the CARC Board is coming up (March 23, 2017 – 2 pm at the Clemson United Methodist Church). You should have received your packet of information regarding the candidates.

The POA Board seriously asks that you consider the benefits of having the two POA candidates elected to serve on the CARC Board. Our needs are not necessarily the same as those who live in the apartments and those who own stock but are not residents in Clemson Downs. Only through having POA residents serving on the CARC Board can we express our needs, long range goals, etc.

The two POA residents who have agreed to have their names on the ballot are Nancy Bennett and Harry Sutton. Both of these POA residents have contributed in numerous ways to our community since moving to the Downs and have keen interest in seeing that the POA is engaged in the CARC Board decisions. The POA board is quite excited that we have two such excellent candidates! Below is information regarding the make-up of the CARC Board.
Ideally, the Board of Directors should be represented equally from: (1) Clemson Downs Independent Residents (apartments), (2) POA shareholders and (3) community shareholders from outside Clemson Downs. With the rotation off this year of the only POA representative, it is imperative that we have our two candidates elected to begin to balance the Board membership.

POA Residents/Members,(from Linda Cocke)

I spoke with Dave Moorhead this morning. Joyce has been moved to Easley to Presbyterian Home for her rehabilitation. He said they have her up and walking and her speech is much improved. No timetable as to how long she will be there.

If you wish to send her a card, mail it to 4 Birch Place and Dave can take them to her.

POA Residents/Members, (From POA Landscape Committee)

CARC and the POA landscape committee have been working to find a workable plan to handle yard waste. The dumpster at the end of Bayberry has been removed,and a new area, a section off Downs Blvd on CARC property next to the pine tree area has been designated. This area for yard waste is for residents and for the CARC landscaping maintenance personnel. Your contracted yard mowers, pruners, etc. MAY NOT place your own or anyone else’s yard waste there. They must remove any grass cuttings, tree clippings, leaves from the entire Clemson Downs area. Please remind your employed yard person(s) of this policy. The city has requested that leaves not be mixed with tree cuttings. There are two different waste removal trucks that are used for removing yard waste, one for leaves and one for sticks, branches, etc. For those residents in Area 1-4, the yard waste may also be placed at the end of Downs Loop in the designated area near the cul-de-sac. Again, this dumping area is for homeowners who are handling their own leaf and yard waste removal…NOT their contracted worker. Please do not place your yard clippings on any area other than your own property or the designated sites. Please be mindful that yard clippings may scatter on to resident’s yards if they are not placed properly.
Thank you all for your cooperation.


POA Residents/Members,

The POA Breakfast will be this coming Saturday, March 18th. Program will be by Julie Vidotto, Director of Clemson University’s OLLI. The breakfast gathering begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 10:00 a.m. Checks only: Payable to Clemson Downs – $5.00 for continental and $8.50 for full breakfast. Your neighborhood caller will contact you for reservations.

POA Residents/Members,

The POA is invited to attend Bill French’s next musical presentation on Wednesday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m. in the Corley Center. The topic will be “The Day’s Occupation” – a variety of jobs represented through music. Refreshments will be served afterwards.