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

POA Residents/Members, Reminder – 10/10/2019
Join your neighbors at the Gazebo for our 2nd BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast) this Saturday, October 12 from 9-11 a.m.
POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke), 10/10/2019
The Kriegers, 304 Downs Blvd., have a missing cat.  Merlin is solid black with green eyes, no teeth and is about 8 years old.  He has been missing since about 8:00 this morning.
The Barbara’s number is 864-784-6088 if you have any information.
POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke) 10/10/2019
Just got an email from one of our residents.  He received an email purportedly from Northland that said he needed to update his email account or it would be deleted from their system.  He called Northland and was told that this did not come from Northland and it was obviously a scam.  
Remember it is ok to check something out if it seems suspicious or not.

POA Residents/Members,(From Nominating Committee) 09/27/19

We have been charged by the CD-POA President to create a list of nominees for the 2020 POA Board.  There are three vacancies to fill and Bylaws require a list of at least four to be submitted to the membership.  This e-mail is a request for the membership to suggest names of individuals for possible consideration to serve on the Board by this committee. The terms are two years in length and individuals may suggest themselves or others with prior permission from that person.  The deadline for submission of names is Monday, October 7th and e-mail to or call 864-506-4049. Thank you for your careful consideration of this request as we seek to find Board members for our POA.

Sandy Smith (Chair), Mary Louise Baker and Walt Castro

POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke) 09/25/2019 

PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE AND SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR 2019 POA CHRISTMAS DINNER  – TUESDAY DECEMBER 10.  Details will follow.  Please note the change in dates: a fall dinner was tentatively scheduled for November 19, but this has been changed to a Christmas dinner on December 10th.

POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke) 09/13/2019The Bistro at Clemson Downs is a wonderful place for a meal with friends. And it’s getting even better! Starting in October, the Bistro (open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4-7) will deliver for a small charge. 

But first CARC needs a sense of how many people from the Property Owners Association would use this helpful service. If you think you would be interested, please call Jackie Robinson at 654-1155, x 228 or email her at Please do this soon so she can organize the delivery system. Look for more information soon, including the new fall menu and deliver cost.

POA Residents/Members,(From the Social Committee) 08/30/2019As long as it isn’t raining, join your neighbors at the Gazebo for a BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast) from 9 to 11am on home Football Saturdays when we don’t have breakfast in the dining room.  These Saturdays are September 7, October 12 October 26, and November 2.

POA Residents/Members, (From your CDPOA Board of Directors) 08/30/19 
Please read the following letter from Duane Jones, Director of Maintenance Services for CARC, giving us permanent use of their Yard Waste Site.  The old yard waste site on the CDPOA side of Bayberry Lane will close on August 31, 2019.  You may find debris there after that date depending on when the City of Clemson staff picks it up; however, please use the CARC permanent site beginning Sept 1, 2019. 
As stated in a previous email, the site is for yard waste only.  No manmade items are to be disposed of there.  Also, no waste from your yard generated by an outside worker is to be dumped there.
If you have questions, please call Martha Grigsby.

Below is the approved agreement.

Clemson Area Retirement Center and POA entered agreement for relocation of Common Yard Waste Debris site from POA property at Bayberry to Clemson Area Retirement Center Property side of Bayberry Lane.  Agreement included sharing the cost of installing a concrete pad extension connecting to existing asphalt, to enable the City of Clemson Public Works to access and pick up yard waste from the site without bogging down in the often water saturated grass area.

As a condition of sharing the joint cost in providing an area for both facilities to stage natural  yard waste, it is heretofore agreed that POA Residents shall be able to dump their yard waste at the assigned Clemson Area Retirement Center area of yard waste storage pending periodic and scheduled City of Clemson pick up services.

All POA hired contractors generating natural yard waste debris shall be required to remove said waste from Clemson Area Retirement Center and POA properties, and shall be denied access to use common Yard Waste Debris Site as designated for use by Clemson Area Retirement Center and POA Resident generated waste only.


Duane Jones, Director, Maintenance Services

TO ALL HOMEOWNERS, (From Martha Grigsby) 08/22/2019
For many years the owners of  the first few houses on Keystone Lane that back up to Hickory Way have had standing water in their back yards for long periods of time after heavy rains. This water overflows from the Drainage Ditch that skirts their properties.  That Ditch carries all the water from the streets and gullies of the upper part of Downs Loop, Hickory Way, the CARC property parking lot, and land adjacent to Downs Loop behind their apartment buildings out of Clemson Downs as it makes it way to Lake Hartwell.
Over the last forty years the Ditch has silted in many places to the point of being almost level with the owners’ yards.  Consequently when we have those heavy rains, the water overflows the Ditch and becomes marooned in the low places in the woods that surround the area. Mosquitos are plentiful there in the warm months; the grounds in the woods and some portions of the yards are often soggy; and the air doesn’t always smell clean. It is not the best environment for these neighbors.
The easement that houses the Ditch belongs to the CDPOA, is on Common Property,  and is our responsibility.  We are in talks with City of Clemson staff about the POSSIBILITY of the City taking over the easement if we can bring the Ditch up to code.  Before developing a plan toward that end, Fritz Briggs, Interim Chair of our Common Properties, met with staff from the US Corps of Engineers and other professionals for advice and direction.  We were urged to remedy the situation as soon as we could.
Recently your Board of Directors accepted a proposal for the Phase I work and reached an agreement with the Ryvl Properties, Inc.  This first phase will include clearing and stabilizing the Ditch so that water will flow within its confines and not flow into the woods and yards. Phase II, which will further stabilize the Ditch, provide a better path for the water to follow as it moves through our Common Property, and hopefully bring the easement up to the City’s code will come later; but right now Phase I is long overdue and is at a critical point.
In the next week or so this phase of the project will begin. 
Please be careful when walking or driving in the area. 
Please do not walk your pets there.
Please be aware that specialized equipment will be in use from time to time.
CARC, INC. will assist us in this project with funds and other support. On your behalf the CDPOA Board of Directors thanks them for this much needed assistance.
POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke) 07/24/2019
It has come to my attention that some people are getting phone calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration.  They are telling the person that unless they send a certain amount of prepaid cards, they will be arrested. They are saying that your number has been compromised.  This is to scare you.  DO NOT SEND PREPAID CARDS OR ANY MONEY.  The SS Admin. will send you a letter if there is a question about your SS# or account.
I had lunch with a friend yesterday, whose son’s mother-in-law sent $400 in prepaid cards.  When my friend saw the lady in front of a drug store, she was still on the phone with the scammer and they were demanding that she send more cards.  My friend told her to hang up and she did.
POA Residents/Members,(From Linds Cocke), 05/29/2019
ARC Suggested Contractors – Your Clemson Downs ARC, to the best of our ability, has been searching for handymen/contractors who can help residents with their projects.  We suggest these names to you so that you can call them and decide for yourselves if you wish to hire them. However, we can’t guarantee them or their work.  We have 4 names thus far:
-Tim Dunmyer – (803)-960-9414
-Justin Potter –  (864)-633-4552

-Tim Hamilton (Tim’s Renovations) –  (864) 417-0328

-Adam Jones (HMC Builders) –  (864) 303-4402

If you know of a handyman/contractor who would like to be on this list, please call any one of the Architectural Review Committee members and let us know.  Stay cool!

Your 2019 Architectural Review Committee members:

Nancy Bennett, Fritz Briggs, John Peters, Jim Reneke, Jerry Reel, Susan Robinette

P.S. A big THANK YOU to those residents who received a ‘Mailbox Repair’ notice and promptly repaired their mailboxes!     

To those residents who received a ‘Mailbox Repair’ notice and have yet to repair their mailboxes, we hope the above list will be of help to you! We will be checking with you. 

POA Members/Residents (From ARC Committee) 05/14/2019
We have done some research for you, and here are the names of 2 handymen who are trustworthy and willing to help you with your mailbox issues. These men can be of real assistance to you who are no longer able to do the work yourselves:
1. Tim Dunmyer,  Cell Phone 803-960-9414
2. Justin Potter,  Cell Phone 864-633-4552
We hope those of you who received notices but have been unable to fix your mailboxes will take advantage of this list and call one of these men to help you!!  Thank you for your co-operation.  
POA Residents/Members 02/04/2019
The Clemson Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at The Downs in the Corley Center on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m..   The speakers this month will be from a home care agency that provides assistance for all types of needs, and they have a focus on matching care providers with Parkinson’s patients.  The meetings are open to anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s or any type dementia.
For more information, please contact Gail Marion at or 356-1174.
POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke)
Dogs MUST be kept on leash and picked up after. CARC has placed two new locations for doggie pick up  bags- one on the corner of Downs Loop and Downs Blvd. and the other on the flood plain area. 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,


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


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 letter head/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 864.653.2053 and request an oil recycle 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 curbside. An empty one will be left in its place, if one is available on the recycle truck.


POA Residents/Members,(From Linda Cocke)

Since we have several new residents, this is a good time to remind all our members that they can take advantage of two CARC services that are open to POA members.

The Bistro at the far end of the dining hall is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 and serves appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches.

We are also welcome to attend the weekly Friday movie at 2 m in the large room at the Corley Center. Many of you may particularly be interested in the movie on February 23rd, Victoria and Abdul with Judi Dench as an aging Victoria. List of movies each month is in the CARC Newsletter.

POA Residents/Members,

Volunteers are desperately needed for the health center. Places are available as receptionists, servers in the Sun Room, visitors and water pourers Positions are also available in Assisted Living. All of these can done once a week, once a month, two hour or three hour shifts. These positions provide each server with a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, make friends or visit with old friends, and make life a little more interesting for those who are not as free. The work is relatively easy, but the reward is priceless. If interested please call or text Wendy Longo, phone 722-5477.

POA Residents/Members,(From Ann Fuhr)

Doing some early spring cleaning? Box up your items and CD volunteers will come fetch. Furniture, too. Have some treasures ? We provide tax forms for your record of donations. Your contributions help the volunteers provide for needs in assisted living and health care at CARC. That, along with Volunteer hours, helps keep costs down for CARC residents . Call Susan Sitaraman 633-9032. or Ann Fuhr 888-7321 for pick up or information.

DID YOU KNOW?—The Clemson Downs Volunteers have equipment to loan to assist all residents in their disability needs or as they recover from surgery. We have wheelchairs, porta-potties, walkers, canes, transfer chairs, knee scooters etc. on loan for your use when needed. Do you have similar equipment you wish to donate? Call the numbers given above.  Thank you all for your support of the volunteers and the store.