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Stormwater Management Committee
Current Committee Chair
Gary Schaefer StormWater@RosedaleMHOA.com
The Stormwater Management Committee is commissioned and charged with the proper functioning and maintenance of the storm water management system in Rosedale, including: stormwater ponds, wetlands, pipes and swales connecting the ponds and wetlands, functioning of the outflow and overflow structures into the wetlands and between the ponds, and the care of the conservation and wetland buffer areas. The functioning of the system includes the quality of the water in the ponds; the structure and care of the pond banks; the maintenance of pipes, sumps, and overflows connecting the ponds; pond vegetation; wetland operations; and control of wetland and dry pond vegetation.
The Stormwater Management Committee will work with both the Roads Committee and the Landscape and Irrigation Committee to ensure coordination on any issues or projects. The storm drains and the pipes coming directly from the roads and emptying into the ponds or sump areas will be the responsibility of the Roads Committee, while the outflow structures from the storm drains will be the responsibility of the Stormwater Management Committee. The landscaping and cutting of grass on the common-area pond banks will be the responsibility of the Landscape and Irrigation Committee. The Stormwater Management Committee will work with the Investment Management Committee on the budgeting and expenditure of funds related to proper maintenance and long-term care of the storm water infrastructure. The Committee will also interface with the Manatee County government and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) as it relates to the Committee’s responsibilities and maintain the SWFWMD operational permits. It will also seek out grants from local, state, and federal agencies to support its work. The Committee will also interface with CH6 and the Rosedale Golf and Country Club under the authority of the Covenant Running With the Land of Rosedale, A Golf and Tennis Club Community Subdivision (https://records.manateeclerk.com/OfficialRecords/DisplayInstrument/3140827).
The Stormwater Management Committee will make regular inspections of the ponds, pond water, pond banks, pipes and structures collecting and disposing stormwater, wetlands, wetland buffers and conservation edges. It will solicit recommendations, opinions and advise on how best to approach needed areas of improvement, maintenance, and repair. The Committee may utilize independent contractors, industry experts, resident experts, staff, or any other qualified individuals deemed necessary to develop the recommended improvement, maintenance and/or repair plan(s). The Committee will not expend any funds in developing recommendations, opinions or advise unless specifically reviewed and authorized by the Rosedale Master Homeowners Association (RMHA) Board of Directors (BOD). The Committee will serve in an advisory capacity to the RMHA-BOD. The Committee will report verbally to the RMHA-BOD at regular meetings and make recommendations on needed areas of maintenance and/or repair. Any proposed expenditure of funds will be provided in writing to the Property Manager and Property Management Company at least five days prior to the date of any scheduled regular meetings of the RMHA-BOD so that the proposal may be included in the management report.
The Stormwater Management Committee shall be a standing committee, subject to yearly review and appointment by the RMHA-BOD.
The Committee will consist of no less than three members who are homeowners in the Rosedale community. The Committee will have a chairperson, who will be appointed by the RMHOA-BOD, based on the recommendations of the Committee. The chairperson will solicit members from the Rosedale community for membership on the Committee. The Committee will hold, at a minimum, quarterly meetings, but may meet more often as necessary. Minutes and/or Action Item Listings will be prepared of all Committee meetings and provided to the BOD for review.
Relationship to the RMHOA-BOD
The Committee chairperson or his/her designee will report to the Board of Directors at all regular BOD meetings. The BOD will accept or reject the recommended improvement, maintenance or repair plan(s) and act accordingly.
Relationship to Management Company
The Committee chair will serve as the liaison to the property manager and Management Company related to the activities of the Committee. The property manager will be available as a resource to the Committee and to solicit bids, as necessary, in preparation of recommendations to the BOD. The property manager will also make his or her staff available as necessary to assist with administrative support, scheduling appointments, meeting with contractors, etc. The Committee chairperson or members shall not directly approach staff of the Management Company for assistance without prior approval of the property manager.
Planting on the Pond Littoral Shelf
To prevent further shoreline erosion of our ponds, minimize the cost of pond bank repair, and to be in compliance with our South Florida Water Management District (SWMD) permits, we are planting along the littoral shelves of our ponds (the narrow, shallow border of each pond) throughout the community. We have selected both Pickerelweed and Duck Potato which are both broadleaf flowering plants that can be viewed currently along the edges of these ponds along 51st Terrace.
Click here to view a presentation provided to us by our ecological consultants Passarella and Associates describing the need for and benefits of vegetation along the banks of our ponds. Here are a few key points from the presentation:
Plantings help filter runoff water containing oil, gas, pesticides, heavy metals, fertilizers, and bacteria that would otherwise enter the pond and cause algae blooms and harm to aquatic life.
Vegetation provides habitat for aquatic species and areas for nesting birds, as well as for birds seeking shelter and protective cover.
Shoreline plants produce oxygen as a by-product of their metabolism; this benefits the overall health of the pond.