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Administration Notices
The Bent Tree Board of Directors will be holding a Monthly Work Session on Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 in the Recreation Room at Club Tamarack at 6:00 pm.

This is an in person meeting and will be videoed for later viewing.

A link of the recorded meeting will be sent out next Friday in the Friday News.   

Please click here for the agenda.

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The Board Has Something for You to Chew on

The Board of Directors will conduct an evening work session Tuesday (September 19) because there’s a lot for residents to chew on – including things to actually chew on. Chef Klein will be providing hors d'oeuvres during the work session and a cash bar upstairs as well.

General Manager Jim Pryor will present the results of a community survey conducted earlier this year which will provide insights into how our community as a whole uses our various amenities and services. The findings will play an important role in development of a long-term vision for Bent Tree.

The meeting also will include a presentation from the Wildcat Community, an organization that strives to prepare Pickens and Dawson counties to prevent and respond to forest fires. The program has access to several million dollars that might be available to Bent Tree related to forest fire prevention. This could include creating clear zones around homes, removing flammable debris from lots and from underneath power lines and clearing felled trees. The possibility of burying power lines under portions of Little Pine Mountain Road and Tamarack Drive has also been discussed.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Room of Club Tamarack.

Sluice Gate Opens!

The years-long effort to get the Lake Tamarack sluice gate to operate came to a successful conclusion earlier this week. Bent Tree crews were able to open the gate enough to create a flow through the underground pipe, thus satisfying a requirement of state dam regulations. It’s believed the gate hadn’t been exercised for a couple of decades, with state officials seemingly unconcerned. The dam has been inspected on a routine basis during that time. A few years ago dam officials made gate testing a higher priority, spurring Bent Tree into action. The gate is considered important because it can be used to lower the lake level should the dam itself become endangered.

Bent Tree Inaugurating Electronic Voting

Voting on community issues via computer will be possible for Bent Tree residents beginning with the upcoming vote on a proposal to establish a $2,500 capital contribution fee for new homebuyers.

Bent Tree has arranged for the Votegrity company to oversee voting on community issues, which gives property owners the option of casting votes on paper ballots or use their computers with a PIN number each owner will be assigned. Next week, residents will begin receiving ballots in the mail for the capital contribution fee proposal, along with an explanation of the two options for voting.

One change in the paper voting option is that the ballots must be returned to Votegrity via U.S. mail, and will not be accepted at the Administration Building. Bent Tree staff is working closely with the company to ensure ballot security and accuracy. The system will track which residents vote, but it will not be possible to determine how any individual household voted.

The Board of Directors plans to hold educational sessions demonstrating the computer voting option, possibly including allowing residents to privately cast their ballots at those sessions.
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The Bent Tree Activities Committee invites you to join us for our upcoming events and activities! Our incredible group of volunteers stay busy keeping Bent Tree filled with fun opportunities to meet your neighbors. Please be sure you are a member of the Bent Tree website and stay up to date on all things BTAC by using our calendar and the Activities Commitee page! Keep reading to see what's new.

Bring a potluck dish to share and your dishes, utensils, tablecloth and beverage.
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Ticket sales at the Tavern on Tuesday Sep 19th 11:00 am – noon or Wednesday Sep 20th 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Smokey needs a foster or a home. 38 pounds is a great size for an approximately 10-month-old sweet pup. We have him scheduled for his neuter in a couple weeks and would love to get him into a home setting for healing from surgery.If you are interested in meeting him call or text 678-414-1047Last night the shelter volunteers got 3 additional young kittens in. That makes 12 kittens so far this kitten season. These babies were found on Crippled Oak. We don’t know if a stray momma left them or someone dumped them, but they are safe now. Eating well, have a soft bed, litter box, toys and fleas are all gone. Thank you, Shelter volunteers!!If you are interested in a kitten or a cat call or text 678-414-1047.All of these babies need medical care and spay or neuter which is costing a lot. Any size and all donations are appreciated and needed.Go to the pay pal on the Bent Tree Foundation web site and note for animal care or drop a check off at Admin made out to The Foundation (animal care in the memo line).  Thank you!

To schedule a trail ride, please call the stables at 706-692-6322

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