Please submit reminders or other appropriate items that may be of interest to the Clemson Downs property owners to Walt Castro at waltcastro62@gmail.com.

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 04/17/2021

One of the many perks we have enjoyed here at Clemson Downs in the past is the ability to participate in activities like Friday afternoon movies, concerts, field trips, etc. 
 
James Hill, director of the Clemson Area Retirement Center (CARC), has opened CARC activities to all POA members who have received both vaccination shots. If seats are available on the bus, POA residents may ride to concerts or go on scheduled field trips. 
 
The monthly activities are in the CARC newsletter you received in your flyer box along with the April Communicator. You can also view the monthly newsletter here:http://www.cdpoa.com/wp-content/uploads/April2021.pdf 
Look on the www.cdpoa.com website and click on FAQs. Scroll down in the text for the link to the CARC newsletter.

 

POA Residents/Members. (From Susan Robinette, Chair ARC) 04/17/2021

This 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.
 

POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 04/17/2021

Thanks in large part to the efforts of our neighbor, Lamar Robinette, we have been approved for a grant by USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service for bank restoration and stabilization on the creek adjacent to common property.  This grant was applied for last summer and we have just been officially notified.  There is a lot for us to do to accomplish this project by August 31st!  One of the major tasks is to raise the required 20% cost-share, approximately $16,000.  Some of this cost-share can be in-kind, such as professional engineering services and construction work or donation of materials.  If you have knowledge of any professional civil engineer or construction contractor/landscape designer who might be willing to do some pro bono work, PLEASE contact Sandy Yates.

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Nikki Robinson, CARC Activities Coordinator) 04/16/2021

CDPOA members have an excellent opportunity to get to know our CARC Independent Living Apartment neighbors at an upcoming block party on Thursday, April 29, at 5:00 pm on the Corley Center porch. There will be beach music and Your Pie will be cooking pizza on the site. The cost is just $12 per person. 

Please contact Nikki at 864-350-1584 by April 23 to reserve your spot. Get to know your neighbors!

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 04/12/2021

We have all experienced an overabundance of rain this season. However, we want to inform you that it is illegal to direct excess water (any source) from your property onto a neighbor’s property. There is a HEFTY FINE for doing so!  According to Article V, Stormwater Management Ordinance Division 4, it is illegal to direct water from your property to your neighbor’s property, known as “illicit discharges.” Please be a good neighbor and refrain from (or correct) this. Thank you.

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 04/12/2021

Woodie Williams, 35 Hickory Way, passed away on Sunday, April 11, after suffering a massive stroke. Please pray for Winnie and her family. Her son and daughter are with her. Burial will be private. Click here for Woodie’s obituary: http://robinsonfuneralhomes.tributes.com/obituary/show/Woodie-Prentiss-Williams-108514739

POA Members/Residents, (From Anne Snider) 04/06/2021

Ginny Skelton, 1030 Keystone, passed away April 3. Visitation with the family will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, April 8 in the Family Life Center of the Clemson First Baptist Church, 397 College Avenue, Clemson, followed by a Funeral Service at 2 pm in the church sanctuary. Burial will follow in Old Stone Church Cemetery. You can read Ginny’s obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenvilleonline/obituary.aspx?n=virginia-c-skelton&pid=198257864

Please keep Ginny’s family and friends close to your heart in this tough time.
 
 

POA Residents/Members, (From Yard of the Month Committee) 04/02/2021

The winner of this month’s Yard of the Month is Nancy Portnow, 608 Downs Loop.  Pictured is Nancy with Yard of the Month committee members Eunice Rowling, Joyce Bussey and Nancy Bennett.  Nancy and her dogs are enjoying the Spring weather.  Stop by to see her beautiful yard.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider, Communications Committee Chair) 04/03/2021
Weather permitting, the city will begin the drainage work on the Downs Boulevard median the week of April 12. They will be ditching out the median, especially the lower half of the area, to improve drainage and prevent runoff into the houses facing Downs Blvd. Please be aware that excavation equipment and city workers will be in the area, so exercise caution as you come and go.
 

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Sandy Yates) 03/13/2021

From now forward, CDPOA Board of Directors meetings will be held in the small conference room at the Corley Center. Please note change of time. Meetings will be held at 10:00 am the second Tuesday of each month. You can find the dates, times, and locations of CDPOA Board of Directors meetings as well as committee meetings at www.cdpoa.com. Click on Calendar of Events.
 

 

POA Residents/Members, (From John Garton, Common Properties Committee) 02/28/2021

Clemson Downs’ “Woodland Walk” is a section of foot trail extending from the Down’s Loop cul-de-sac upstream to the footbridge. The “Walk” is a major resource for CD residents and for wildlife.

It is a place of solitude, of quiet enjoyment, and for simply listening. What’s to listen to?? Well, the small stream for one as it begins its voyage on the way downstream to Savannah and the Atlantic Ocean.  

Gurgling through small rapids, it plays lovely “stream music.” But it’s not just sounds, but also the colors of spring wildflowers that lure the visitor; some native flowers, some nonnative, but all beautifully creating a mosaic of colors.  When should you go to the Woodland Walk?  Most any time.  But the prime time is just ahead.  From early March to mid-April the flowers beckon and put on their best annual display.  

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 02/28/2021

Please 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!

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Sally Yates, POA President) 01/02/2021

You can get a free COVID test. Follow the link below and read carefully to follow all directions. This is for Clemson community members only, not for Clemson employees or students.
 
Accurate, timely testing is a powerful tool to help a community turn the tide of COVID-19 locally. The Clemson Community COVID Testing project aims to make this convenient for you and is free. This is an unbelievable opportunity.
 
Consider testing for these reasons:
1) Test to diagnose illness if you have symptoms of any viral illness – COVID can present in many ways
2) Test due to possible close contact exposure to COVID-19. CDC supports being released from the 2-week quarantine early on day 7 from exposure if you have a negative test on day 5,6, or later from known exposure. This allows you to return to work and life sooner in most cases. Pickens County School district is strongly encouraged to update its quarantine for exposure policies.
3) TEST BECAUSE YOU CAN! -this is the most powerful opportunity.
 

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 12/11/2020

At least one POA member has received a scam call about Social Security. So please remember:

“The Social Security Administration uses emails, text messages, and social media to provide information on our programs and services. We will not, however, request personal or financial information through these methods. Sometimes, we send emails with information that is particular to your needs, usually after a discussion with you in person or over the phone. When Social Security makes phone contact, it is often to confirm the legitimacy of claims.

It is important to beware of scammers pretending to be from Social Security. Reports about fraudulent phone calls from people claiming to be from Social Security continue to increase, and recent reports have indicated unknown callers are using increasingly threatening language in these calls. If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from Social Security, hang up, and then report details of the call to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at https://oig.ssa.gov/.” — From the Social Security website

 

POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 12/10/2020

Please remember that only the brush you cut from your yard is allowed in the brush trash at the end of Bayberry. If you paid someone to cut it for you, they must take it with them off Downs property!  
Please DO NOT put yard trash on the concrete! I have called the City twice this week and we are on the current pick-up route but it may be as much as 3 more weeks. They did send the leaf truck today but because leaves were mixed in with everything else, they couldn’t pick up on Bayberry.
 
The City is behind again because people put unauthorized material in their brush and now the brush grinder is awaiting repair again. This requires a 1 hour round trip to the Pickens dump for each truckload.  Help us all to follow the rules so this does not happen again.
If necessary, we will look into a camera to make certain that contractors do not use our brush repository.
 

POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 11/19/2020

The Median Improvement Committee makes the following request of all CDPOA members… to keep you from clogging our stormwater drains and flooding your yard! Residents may not rake or blow leaves from their yards or street into a median. All leaves and other materials must be picked up or directed elsewhere. Our medians are an integral part of the Downs’ stormwater management system, and it is a violation of state and federal laws to deposit anything other than stormwater into the system. These materials result in clogging of storm drains, causing the drains to overflow during significant rains and flood our properties. So, take a moment and take note. And if you hire an outside contractor to handle your yard, please inform them of this regulation. This is not a Downs regulation. This is codified in state and federal regulations.  Thanks! 

 
 
POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 04/18/2020
 
Here’s today’s tip for finding the information you need on our website. In today’s climate of social distancing, correct, timely, and factual information is more important than ever. So I wanted to make sure you know how to get what you need and want to know about our neighborhood.
 
Do you know someone who wants to join the Downs neighborhood? Are you considering selling your home? The neighborhood website (www.cdpoa.com or www.cdpoa.org) lists homes for sale or rent that have requested to be listed. Go to the website and click on Our Community and then Homes for Sale or Rental Information
 
If you want to list your home for sale, you can send the particulars plus photos to Anne Snider at sniderah@gmail.com. Make sure to include price and contact information.
 
If you want to list your home for rent, all the information, including requirements and forms to fill out, is on the Rental Information page.
 
 
 
 
POA Residents/Members, (From Anne Snider) 03/30/2020 
In today’s climate of social distancing, correct, timely, and factual information is more important than ever. So I wanted to make sure you know how to get what you need and want to know about our neighborhood.
 
The neighborhood website is www.cdpoa.com or www.cdpoa.org. Some cell phones and tablets work better with the .org address than the .com address, but both have the same information.
 
For example, to read the most recent copy of the Communicator, click on this link or go to the website and choose Our Community–Newsletter–The Communicator.
 
To see who the members of the Board of Directors and the committee chairs are, click on the link below or go to the website and click on About CDPOA–Board of Directors.
 
Recent emails and notices are found in the Bulletin Board. Click on the link below or go to the website and choose Bulletin Board from the links at the top.
 
I’ll send you more tips and locations soon. And, as always, you can contact your board representative with questions.
 
 
 
POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke)
Dogs MUST be kept on a leash and picked up after. The city has signs up in the Downs with notification that there is a city leash and dog pick up law, that includes a $275.00 fine for those in violation of this city law.  Please be mindful that dog ‘do’ in the green areas often create messy situations for walkers and the mowers.  Thank you for cooperating and for reminding visitors.
 

POA Residents/Members,

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)
Newspapers
Leave all labels on containers
Rinse all items and remove caps/lids from all containers

ACCEPTABLE RECYCLING MATERIAL AT THE RECYCLING CENTER ONLY

All plastic 1-5 accepted. (Look on the bottom of the plastic containers to find the number)
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.