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Annual Assessment Invoices Being Sent 2/6/15

Annual Assessment Invoices are scheduled to be mailed and emailed on February 6, 2015.

If you are not on electronic communications, watch your mailbox starting February 7.

If you have signed up for electronic communications, please watch your inbox and spam folder carefully starting February 6. Sometimes our emails wind up being delivered to spam. We recommend you "whitelist" or add our domain (muirfieldassociation.com) to your list of approved senders. Each email provider handles this process differently, so refer to their website for directions. If you do not receive your invoice in your email or spam by February 12, please contact the Association office for a re-send.

Invoices are due 30 days after the date on the invoice. The Association office accepts checks, money orders, and cash. It is possible to pay with a credit card online in the Members Area, but please be aware that there is a charge to do so.

Did you know most banks will let you pay your invoice online through their bill pay program for free? Save yourself a check, time, a stamp, and a trip to the mailbox in the snow! Check with your bank to see how easy their program is. There are no additional fees from the Muirfield Association to pay using this method!

Save the Date! Muirfield Association Annual Meeting

The date for the Muirfield Association annual meeting has been set for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at The Country Club at Muirfield. The business meeting will begin at 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a speaker, meet & greet, or both - exact schedule and times to be announced. Stay tuned to our homepage and email blasts!

Bike Path Safety

With the addition of the new bicycle lanes on Muirfield Drive, we'd like to pass on some safety reminders to help both drivers and cyclists.

A bicyclist is considered a vehicle on the road with all the rights on the roadway and responsibilities of motorized traffic. Cyclists must obey all traffic laws, including stopping at lights and stop signs, plus signaling turns and stops. Cyclists may turn, change lanes, and occupy the road just as motorists do. Both motorists and bicyclists should look out for one another and show mutual respect.

Even though cyclists have the same rights to the road as drivers, please exercise caution and be exceptionally careful at intersections, roundabouts, and near driveways. Motorists should check the bike lane before making a right hand turn that could cross the path of a cyclist on their right. Similarly, cyclists should be aware that while most motorists are very careful, some are not always aware of the cyclist's presence. An ounce of caution could save a serious injury.

The City of Dublin has some great information on cycling:

Since there is no barrier between the bike lane and the roadway, always supervise children carefully. When the weather is cooperative, remember that Muirfield has over 29 miles of multi-use paved pathways. These pathways can provide a safer alternative to street travel. Pathway maps can be found here. It's our wish that everyone has a safe and fun biking experience!

The bike lanes along Muirfield Drive were constructed by the City of Dublin with city funds. Please contact them with any maintenance concerns at 410-4750.

Jack Nicklaus, Muirfield’s Favorite Son, Earns Congressional Gold Medal

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus soon will join a very exclusive club of Ohioans who have been a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal. This is the highest honor Congress awards a civilian for contributions and personal achievement.

U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi introduced the House bill to honor Mr. Nicklaus and Ohio Senator Rob Portman introduced the Senate bill. Pat Tiberi's bill states the Congressional medal would be awarded for "service to the nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship and philanthropy".

Mr. Nicklaus's contributions to our community are undeniable. In 1968, Jack Nicklaus teamed up with prominent architects, designers, and builders to fulfill his dream: converting an unspoiled rural area outside the village of Dublin, Ohio, into a world-renown golf club and living community. The result is the Muirfield Village Golf Club, which has sponsored the annual Jack Nicklaus Memorial Golf Tournament since 1976, and our premier residential community of Muirfield Village. Golf Digest ranks the Muirfield Village Golf Club number 1 in Ohio and 14th in the nation. The Memorial Tournament attracts thousands of golf enthusiasts and visitors each year.

Mr. Nicklaus has also been the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime achievements, awarded in November 2005 by President George W. Bush. He shares the distinction of being awarded both the Presidential and Congressional medals with only one other golfer, Arnold Palmer.

Being a Good Neighbor

One of the many benefits of living in Muirfield is our pathway system. These paths give residents the ability to walk through the woods and open terrain without needing to visit a local park. Paths often run right along residents' properties and can come close to homes. Please respect these neighbors' privacy and their properties; do not enter another's yard without invitation and do not walk dogs through yards or allow dogs off-leash to wander into yards.

Dogs are welcome on Muirfield pathways. Everyone appreciates responsible pet owners. Dublin law states all pets are to be under their owner's control at all times by either voice command or by leash and that pet waste must be cleaned up.

As a reminder, neither residents nor dogs may enter either golf course.

Nearly all residents are good neighbors and are very respectful of private property, which in turn is respected by everyone who lives here.

Free Architect Services Still Available

It's never too early to start planning for spring and the remodeling season!

Would you like free assistance with making decisions about your home or landscaping? The Muirfield Association is still offering the assistance of two professional architects to assist our residents with their property enhancement plans.

Mr. Richard Taylor, Architect, will meet with you at your home to offer his expertise in many areas of residential architecture covering everything from roof material and paint selections, room additions and remodeling, kitchen, bath, bedroom and garage updates. He is anxious to help you find reasonable approaches in enhancing your home.

Likewise, Mr. John Reiner, Landscape Architect, will visit you to offer positive suggestions and options for homeowners who want to refresh tired, mature and over-grown landscaping. His free service can include ideas for tree removal and replacement, patios, decks, attractive screening and overall good health for your home's exterior presentation.

If you are interested in having Mr. Taylor or Mr. Reiner visit with you, contact Sandy at the Association office at [email protected] or (614) 889-0922.

For Sale: Cut and Split Firewood

Do you need more wood to get you through this cold winter? If so, the Muirfield Association is still offering cut and split firewood for sale to residents.

The cost is $100 for a half cord and $190 for a full cord. Cost includes delivery of the wood and stacking in an appropriate location on your property. A full cord of wood measures four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long (4 ft. x 4 ft. x 8 ft.) Likewise, a half cord measures 4 x 4 x 4 feet.

Wood must be stacked at the rear of the house or an area screened so it is not visible from the street or an eyesore to neighboring properties. The delivery area must be easily accessible by wheelbarrow. If extra handling is needed, there will be an extra cost.

To request firewood, order online in the Members Area or email [email protected] and provide us with the following information:

Providing a good contact phone number is critical. If we are unable to reach you by phone for delivery and stacking instructions, we will contact the next person on the list. All orders are on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions, please email [email protected] or contact the office at (614) 889-0922.

Published January 30, 2015

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