Pool Season is in Full Swing: 10 Things You Need to Know!

The pool season is in full swing and we hope you are enjoying your start to the summer in Lawson!  Below we have highlighted some of the pool rules that everyone should familiarize themselves with.  The complete list of rules is at www.lawsonhoa.com/pools

  1. No glass containers area allowed inside the pool gates at any time.

  2. No diving, running, wrestling, dunking, shoulder sitting, underwater breath-holding games, or horseplay allowed.

  3. Swimmers who utilize floatation devices (life jackets, swimmies, water wings, etc.) MUST BE ACCOMPANIED INTO THE POOLS BY A RESPONSIBLE SWIMMER AT ALL TIMES.

  4. There is to be no “playing catch” of any type of balls on the pool deck. Only soft FOAM type balls can be used in the pools for play. No Tennis balls, softballs, footballs, baseballs, etc.  WATER BALLOONS ARE PROHIBITED IN THE POOL AND AROUND THE POOL DECK.

  5. There will be no use of any profane, abusive or foul language (to be determined at the discretion of the Board and/or its authorized agents, including pool management employees). Anyone engaging in such conduct may be asked to leave the pool immediately and may be subject to additional penalties including fines and the suspension of pool privileges.

  6. Pool Chairs may not be within 3 feet of the pool edge.

  7. All residents 14 and under coming without an adult must have their FOB to enter.

  8. Residents 14 years of age and younger may not sign in guests without on-site parental supervision.

  9. Anyone 11 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a resident that is a competent and strong swimmer 15 years of age or older. Proof of age may be required.

  10. Violations will be handled in the following manner:

      • 1st Offense: Verbal warning

      • 2nd Offense: Sit Out

      • 3rd Offense: Kicked out for the day and written up

If a resident is kicked out of the pool three times in a season, their pool privileges will be revoked for the rest of the summer.

For a complete list of pool rules please visit www.lawsonhoa.com/pools

Ashley River & Southern Trail Maintenance Free Aeration & Pruning

Final Notice!

Dear Lawson Residents of Ashley River and Southern Trail Maintenance Free Homes,

The Bryd's Group will be onsite later this week to perform aeration of the Maintenance Free lawns and they will return the following week to perform Spring Pruning. Please read below for important information regarding this work to be done.

Lawn Aeration: If your home has an irrigation system, one of the three options below will need to be done in order to not have your irrigation system damaged:

  • Please mark your irrigation system with a Marker Flag at each irrigation head (to be visible to the landscape company). OR

  • Place your Red Flag in the yard (some homeowners utilize these flags) to signify that you DO NOT want aeration. OR

  • Notify Braesael via e-mail via support@lawsonhoa.com, that you DO NOT want aeration pruning.

Please note that if you opt out of aeration, you will need perform this task at your expense if you choose to do this maintenance at a different time this year. If you do not have marker flags, they can be purchased Lowes.com for Same Day Pick-Up or just visit the local store. Any yard with irrigation that is not marked with marker flags runs the risk of having their irrigation potentially damaged with repair costs being the homeowners responsibility. Please retain Marker Flags for future use as this service is done yearly.

Shrub & Tree Pruning: Pruning services are provided front of home, corner-to-corner, only. This includes corner lots. Any other pruning that is needed is the responsibility of the homeowner. Please follow one of these steps should you not want or require pruning:

  • Place your Red Flag in the yard (some homeowners utilize these flags) to signify that you DO NOT want pruning, but please put out after aeration. OR

  • Notify Braesael via e-mail via support@lawsonhoa.com, that you DO NOT want pruning.

The timeframe for aeration will be between June 12-14. Pruning will be approximately a week later. Both projects are weather permitting and will be rescheduled if necessary.

NOTE: If you do not live in Ashley River or Southern Trail Maintenance Free Homes in Lawson, please disregard this message. If you live in these homes and have already either contacted Braesael via email above OR placed out your flags, you may also disregard this message.

Thank you, Lawson Grounds Committee

Summer Fun in the HOT North Carolina Sun

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The forecast may look like rain all weekend and a soggy start to Summer Vacation, but we are ready to enjoy our amazing Lawson Pools at The Mill and Five Forks pools.

The schools are closed and our pools open full time now through Sunday, August 25th (Then it’s back to school kids!) and then back to a limited schedule until September 15th. We’ve been open for a few weeks now and we have to say that you all have really enjoyed coming to the pools! As with every year, the pools are crowded for the first few weeks, and this year is no different. Very busy at the pools! Over the coming weeks as families go on vacation and summer camps kick-off, the numbers will start to go down dramatically. Let’s get to this update so you can get on with your swimming! Bookmark this site to the Home Screen of your phones: https://lawsonhoa.com/pools.

Pool Schedules: Add the Lawson Pools Calendar to your Google Calendar

The Pools at The Mill House - Now through September 15, 2019.

  • Regular Hours of Operation:

    • Monday thru Thursday: 10:00am to 8:30pm

    • Friday 10:00am to 10:00pm

    • Saturday 10:00am to 8:30pm

    • Sunday 11:00am to 8:00pm

  • When Public School is in Session: August 25 - September 2

    • Monday thru Thursday 4:00pm to 8:00pm

    • Friday 4:00pm to 10:00pm; Regular Weekend Hours

    • Labor Day: 10:00am to 8:00pm

  • Weekdays After Labor Day Weekend: September 3 - September 15

    • Friday Nights Only 4:00pm to 10:00pm; Regular weekend hours

The Pool at Five Forks - Now through September 15, 2019

  • Regular Hours of Operation:

    • Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 8:00pm

    • Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm

    • Sunday 12:00pm to 8:00pm

  • When Public School is in Session (UCPS): August 25 - September 2

    • Monday thru Thursday 4:00pm to 8:00pm

    • Friday 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Regular Weekend Hours

    • Labor Day: 10:00am to 8:00pm

  • Weekdays After Labor Day Weekend: September 3 - 15

    • Friday Nights Only 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Regular weekend hours

Pool Rules: Yes, we have pool rules and they have been thoroughly updated for 2019. We worked with the Board of Directors and Trident Pool Group to provide straightforward and easily understood by all residents. The 48” Slide Rule continues because this is a manufacturer rule, not ours. But we have tried to ease the pain for parents this year by offering brand new height measurement signs featuring Finn the Sailfish, our swim team mascot, at the Mill House Pool entrance and one at the base of the slide tower. We have updated the Swimwear Policy, Food & Beverage Policy (There is no eating or drinking in the pools) and Guest Policy to be easier to understand for all. Complete Rules & Policies are located at https://lawsonhoa.com/pools and you can find them right here:

We ask that you review these rules yourselves and with your children, especially young teens who are able to be at the pool by themselves. Trident Pool Group has gone through multiple trainings and instructed their lifeguards for the 2019 pool season and they are to enforce these rules and policies. They will have copies of these rules on hand at both pool amenities for your review as well. The managers at both pools have also been instructed that they have permission to remove swimmers from the pool amenities if they continue to violate the rules. The rules and policies are for everyone’s safety. Please know that we have security cameras and footage will be reviewed by the Board of Directors should issues arise or be reported.

Swim Lessons: The Lawson Amenities & Pools Committee in cooperation with Trident Pool Group are happy to announce that we will be offering swim lessons at the Lawson Pools this summer season. The lessons will be held at both the Mill House Pools and the Five Forks pool based on pool availability, especially during swim team practice times. “Learn To Swim” swim lessons is a BRAND NEW program from the ground up for 2019.

For more information & to register, please visit: https://lawsonhoa.com/lawson-swim-lessons

Lawson Sailfish: The Mill Pools will host three home meets for our Lawson Sailfish Swim Team this season. The 2019 Dates are Thursday June 13th (vs. Sardis Forest), Monday June 24th (vs. Raintree) and Thursday June 27th (vs. Bridgemill). The Mill Pools will close at 4:00pm on these dates, but the Five Forks Pool will remain open. Swim practices will switch to mornings 7:30am-9:30am. Also, the swim team will share the Mill House Lap pool for practice 7:30pm-8:30pm reducing open swim to half of the pool for five (5) evening practices in June as well. We kindly ask that residents please give way to the swimmers who have practice during these evenings.

For more information on the swim team, please see: http://lawsonsailfish.com/

Community Feedback: We will take feedback and maintenance related issues at support@lawsonhoa.com. We will pass on any kudos or deficiencies to the pool management team as well. Trident Pool Group is locally owned as well and you will see the owner on site regularly. We hope you have an amazing pool season!

Thank you, Lawson Amenities Committee

Update From Your Architectural Control Committee (ACC)

For those of you who may have seen extended approval times in the transition to an entirely new ACC team, thank you for your patience and cooperation. With five new members in place, we have been working hard to process applications in a timely manner and to speak with as many homeowners as possible where clarification may be needed. 

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9 day turn around during transition

During the months of April and May, we saw about 50 requests submitted

We understand that timing is an integral part for many of these projects. During the months of April and May, we saw about 50 requests for new projects get submitted. Although some required minor adjustments and some were approved on day 1, our average turn around on processing your applications landed at about 9 days during this period. That is from the time we receive your application from Braesael through the time we send it back to Braesael with a response. During the same time frame all but 3 applications received approvals.

We have made a few changes to the processes that were in place and hope to make a few more. The one our neighbors will see and feel the most will be that all approvals are now being emailed to the homeowner. You will continue to receive a letter in the mail as well. However, this should help shorten the time you are waiting to hear about your official approval and allow you to get on your contractors schedule as soon as possible.

Our committee is made up of a diverse crew from many different sections of Lawson. We are your neighbors as you are ours. We look forward to working with you to help keep Lawson a great place to live.

REMINDERS

Compliance

Your ACC only reviews and approves design of projects based on the requirements set forth in our governing documents. Our approval does not represent a permit from any municipality nor does it remove any responsibility from the homeowner of complying with municipality code or cost.


Survey Needed

Every Architectural change made to a home or a property requires a physical survey of the subject property to be submitted. It needs to be marked up with location, dimension and design details. We can't process these requests without this. (ie. Pools, decks, patios, fences, sheds, driveway extensions, etc....)

Post Inspection

Every approved project must be inspected at completion for compliance versus what was approved. Every Homeowner must notify Braesael within 30 days of completion so a member of the ACC can close out the project in our system.

Sincerely,

Your Architectural Control Committee

Anthony, John, Mark, Rob & Tom

Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Welcome to the holiday weekend. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that we as a community we should remember that many Americans gave the ultimate sacrifice to allow for us to be where we are right now. We salute those who have served and gave their all for us. Never Forget.

If you haven’t looked at the weekend and next weeks forecast, it’s like a lot of our graduation years: 92, 93, 94, and up to 99!! Yes, I’ve dated myself. We move on… It’s going to be HOT & Sunny! Luckily we have a lot to do to cool off this weekend:

  • Mill House Pool: Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday 10am-8:30pm; Sunday 11am-8pm; Monday 10am-8pm

  • Five Forks Pool: Friday 4pm-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 12pm-8pm; Monday 10am-8pm

  • The full Pool Schedule & Calendar

BWTM… On Saturday May 25, 1pm-5pm, The Lawson Social Committee is excited to once again bring DJ Craig to the Mill House Pools! He plays amazing and fun games for the kids plus super cool music for all.


This weekend tends to be our busiest weekend of the year. Last year we had around 300 residents on deck or in the water during most hours during the day. We had to limit access and direct resident to the Five Forks Pool when this occurred and we plan to do this again this year. This is a Code issue, not an HOA or Trident issue. Please be aware that you may be asked to go to the other pool if we are at capacity.

A few other items:

  • Here are our Pool Rules & Policies

  • Puddle Jumpers, while certified as flotation devices, are only safe when worn properly and while under adult supervision. Please be aware of your little ones wearing these devices.

  • Please plan for low availability of tables & chairs and pack your sports chairs in the trunk just in case this weekend.

  • We ask that you provide your Feedback to support@lawsonhoa.com rather than posting it to Facebook. We monitor the inbox, not social media. If you see something that just does not seem right, please email us. We have direct contact to Trident should an issue arise.

Guest Policy: Residents must be at least 15 years of age to sign in guests. All guests must be registered at the front gate of the pools prior to entering. We continue to see the same guests being brought to our pools on a daily basis which is not allowed. A single guest may registered no more than 5 times in a month. If the policy continues to be abused, we will look at other solutions to enforce the policy.

Food & Drink Policy: We are one of the few pools to allow adult beverages, please enjoy them discreetly. Many residents enjoy this option at the pools, please enjoy them responsibly. While we allow food and drink at the pool amenities, we do not allow food or drink IN the pools. Please refrain from bringing your drinks or food in the water. We also do not allow for food within 3 feet of the water. Please refrain from setting up meals and eating at the poolside.

We hope you have a great weekend and see you at the pools!

Thank you,

Dave Garlinski, Amenities Chair

Tracey Hammond, Social Committee Chair

Pool Schedules for Week of May 20

We continue on our pre-season, Weekend Only schedule this week.

Lawson Sailfish continue to have evening practices as well this week. They will be practicing M-TH each week for the next 4 weeks 5:30-7:30pm. The pools are closed during the week until Tuesday, May 28th. Next week we start opening at 4pm in the evenings with regular weekend day hours. Full Summer Schedule begins Friday, June 7th.

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For more information about the Lawson Pool Schedule, Lessons, Adding the Calendar plus our Pool Rules & Policies, please visit https://lawsonhoa.com/pools.

We experienced some minor growing pains this weekend with our new partner, but nothing that cannot be overcome. Lot's of good feedback came in, though we would prefer that feedback to come through our official channel: support@lawsonhoa.com.

Again, we are terribly sorry about the mechanical issue we had on Saturday, but we were very happy that it barely affected usage on Sunday.

We remind all parents, please always be aware of your surroundings as well as where your swimmers are located. Any swimmer wearing a flotation device must be within reach or very close eye-sight of their parent or guardian. A quick 30 second lapse could be devastating to a family. Our guards provide a safety net, but they do not babysit.

With more summer like weather in the forecast, we expect the pools to be very crowded this holiday weekend. Please plan for low availability of tables & chairs and pack your sports chairs in the trunk just in case. We do have a 325 person capacity at the Mill House Pool and will shift residents to Five Forks should we be at max capacity. This did occur last pool season. We really want community feedback on the good, the bad and what we could do better or what we could offer to enhance your time at the pools. Please email Lawson HOA Support.

And remember, all official HOA Communications come through and via our email. Be sure to click Resident Login on the website and register.

Town Hall Meetings (CC&R Amendments)

The Lawson HOA will be holding two (2) town hall meetings at the dates and times listed below to discuss and answer any questions regarding the CC&R Amendment Ballot that has be sent out the community.

Tuesday, May 21 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Millhouse

Wednesday, June 12 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Millhouse

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Braesael Management

Lawson@braesael.com

704-847-3507

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Great First Pool Weekend!

Lawson Pools Reminder:

We are on our pre-season Weekend Only schedule. Today if you are near the pool or hear splashing after 5pm it's our very own Lawson Sailfish Swim Team starting their first practice. They will be practicing M-TH each week for the next 4 weeks 5:30-7:30pm. The pools are closed during the week until Tuesday, May 28.

We offer our full season calendar via our website and you can even add it to your calendar! Plus there is even more information on party rentals, Pool Rules & Policies and more.

Also, we would like to introduce you to Finn the Sailfish. Finn is the mascot of the Lawson Sailfish and he's also our keeper of the Water Slide. You will see Finn at the entrance to the Mill House pool amenity as well as at the base of the slide tower and at the top with our guard. He helps our littlest Lawson friends to see if they are big enough to ride the slides. Finn will be here daily to help!

Thank you for a great weekend even though the weather was not as beautiful as it has been in the past opening weekend. We really want community feedback on the good, the bad and what we could do better or what we could offer to enhance your time at the pools. Please email support@lawsonhoa.com.

And remember, all official HOA Communications come though the Lawson Blogger and via our email. Be sure to click Resident Login on the website and register.

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Pool Season is Upon Us!

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The 2019 Pool Season is officially upon us starting today, Friday, May 10, 2019. While we cannot control the weather, we can control when we open and close for the season. As with last year, we will be open on a limited schedule for the 2 weeks prior to Memorial Day weekend and again on a limited schedule for 2 weeks after Labor Day weekend. What is different this year than years past is that the Five Forks Pool date schedule will mirror that of the Mill House Pools! And while there are minor time differences due to lighting, we did our best to match the schedules.

Pool Schedules: Speaking of schedules… Add the Pools Calendar to your Google Calendar: Lawson Pools Calendar. Let’s get to it!

The Pools at The Mill House - May 10, 2019 through September 15, 2019.

  • Regular Hours of Operation:

    • Monday thru Thursday: 10:00am to 8:30pm

    • Friday 10:00am to 10:00pm

    • Saturday 10:00am to 8:30pm

    • Sunday 11:00am to 8:00pm

  • Weekdays - Before Memorial Day/After Labor Day Weekends

    • Friday Nights Only 4:00pm to 10:00pm; Regular weekend hours

  • When Public School is in Session (UCPS): May & June after Memorial Day

    • Monday thru Thursday: 4:00pm to 8:00pm

    • Friday 4:00pm to 10:00pm; Regular Weekend Hours

  • When Public School is in Session (UCPS): August & Sept. before Labor Day

    • Monday-Thursday 4:00pm to 8:00pm

    • Friday 4:00pm to 10:00pm; Regular Weekend Hours

The Pool at Five Forks - May 10, 2019 through September 15, 2019

  • Regular Hours of Operation:

    • Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 8:00pm

    • Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm

    • Sunday 12:00pm to 8:00pm

  • Weekdays - Before Memorial Day/After Labor Day Weekends

    • Friday Nights Only 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Regular weekend hours

  • When Public School is in Session (UCPS): May & June after Memorial Day

    • Monday thru Friday 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Regular Weekend Hours

  • When Public School is in Session (UCPS): August & Sept. before Labor Day

    • Monday thru Friday 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Regular Weekend Hours

Pool Rules:

Thunder Closings! Slide Rules! Yes, we have pool rules and they have been updated for 2019 as well. We have been working with the Board of Directors and Trident Pool Group to provide straightforward and easily understood by all residents. The 48” Slide Rule continues because this is a manufacturer rule, not ours. But we have tried to ease the pain for parents this year by offering brand new height measurement signs featuring Finn the Sailfish, our swim team mascot, at the Mill House Pool entrance and one at the base of the slide tower. The Rules & Policies are located at https://lawsonhoa.com/pools and you can find them right here:

We ask that you review these rules for yourselves and with your children. We have also updated the Swimwear Policy, Food & Beverage Policy and Guest Policy to be easier to understand for all. Last, we have brought back modified version of Safety Break which will occur each hour for 10 minutes at the bottom of the hour. Trident Pool Group has reviewed and instructed the new lifeguards for the 2019 pool season and they are to enforce these rules and policies. They will have copies of these rules on hand at both pool amenities for your review as well.

Swim Lessons:

The Lawson Amenities & Pools Committee in cooperation with Trident Pool Group are happy to announce that we will be offering swim lessons at the Lawson Pools this summer season. The lessons will be held at both the Mill House Pools and the Five Forks pool based on pool availability, especially during swim team practice times. “Learn To Swim” swim lessons is a BRAND NEW program from the ground up for 2019.

For more information & to register, please visit: https://lawsonhoa.com/lawson-swim-lessons

Lawson Sailfish:

The Mill Pool will host three home meets for our Lawson Sailfish Swim Team this season. The Mill Pool will close at 4:00pm on these dates, but the Five Forks Pool will remain open. 2019 Dates are Thursday June 13, Tuesday June 24 and Thursday June 28. Swim practices typically occur in off hours of the pool hours, but during the week of May 28, 29 & 30 and the week of June 3, 4, & 5, the swim team will share the Mill House Lap pool for practice reducing open swim to half of the pool. We kindly ask that residents please give way to the swimmers who have practice during these days.

For more information on the swim team, please see: http://lawsonsailfish.com/

Note: The Lawson Sailfish operate independently of the Lawson Community Association.

Trident Pool Group:

At the close of the 2018 pool season we parted ways with our previous pool management company and Trident Pool Group came on board. What this means to you is that we will have a brand new look for our lifeguards plus how the guards and managers operate our pools. Some of these guards you may recognize as Lawson residents, but for the most part all of guards are brand new to the community for the season. Trident Pool Group operates very differently and you will see guards on the move all the time cleaning garbage, checking restrooms, cleaning the pools and more. What you will not see is guards with their friends and guards allowing their friends into the pool areas. During Safety Break guards will be working, it’s not their break time, its cleaning and check-up time. It will be a new experience for all of us including the pool management company and we do not expect perfection this weekend. We will take feedback and maintenance related issues at support@lawsonhoa.com. We will pass on any Kudos! to their management as well. Trident is locally owned as well and you will see the owner on site regularly. We are quite excited about this new development!

Five Forks Pool Deck:

As we announced in December, Lennar stepped up to replace the concrete pool deck at the Five Forks Pool. Work finally started in early March, then stalled because of the weather. They restarted a few weeks ago and finally were able to lay the concrete and new coping just two weeks ago. It was a royal mess for a few weeks and as of today looks amazing! The water is crystal clear and ICE COLD! The work is not 100% completed, but for the most part we are good to go. You will see additional work being done. We will continue to monitor the deck and work with the contractors.

We would like to thank all of our Amenities Committee members and the Board of Directors for completing the first overhaul of the Pool Rules & Policies in many years. We would also like to thank the Board of Directors for all of their guidance and assistance in negotiating a new pool management contract as well as their assistance with the work completed at Five Forks. It was a massive undertaking requiring many meetings onsite, calls, emails and stressful texts. Thank you.

We hope you have an amazing swim season!

Thank you, Lawson Amenities Committee

2019 Lawson Swim Lesson Registration is Now Available

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The Lawson Amenities & Pools Committee in cooperation with Trident Pool Group are happy to announce that we will be offering swim lessons at the Lawson Pools this summer season. Trident Pool Group will provide the instructors and handle all of the schedule coordination for the HOA. The lessons will be held at both the Mill House Pools and the Five Forks pool based on pool availability, especially during swim team practice times. “Learn To Swim” swim lessons is a BRAND NEW program from the ground up for 2019. We are also thrilled to have a very our Lawson Resident Head Instructor and a team of instructors to help your new or experienced swimmers learn and enjoy swimming! Swim lesson at Lawson Pools exclusively for Lawson Residents Only.

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We will offer four (4) two-week sessions starting June 11 through the first week of August. During each session we will offer Levels 1-3 instruction affectionately called Minnows, Sea Otters, and Stingrays. Our Level 4 (Sharks) instruction will be handled through private and semi-private lessons to be scheduled through Trident Pool Group.

For more information & to register, please see our brand new site:

http://lawsonhoa.com/lawson-swim-lessons

Trident Pool Group offers swim lesson at Lawson Pools exclusively for Lawson Residents Only.

Pool season is almost here!!

Thank you,

Diane Corcoran & Dave Garlinski

Lawson Pool Committee



April HOA Dues & Recurring Payments

Did you know you can set your HOA Dues to be automatically paid for you?

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Did you know that the April 2019 Assessments were as of today, April 15? To be in good standing with the Board, you need to make your payments online today.

ALL Residents MUST register on the new Braesael Management Portal to receive access and to make payments. With little time at all, setting up your HOA Assessment Recurring Payments is quick and painless!

Here are the steps:

  • Click Here to enter the Braesael Management Web Portal.

  • Login with your Portal Credentials. (If you do not have, you MUST Register or Select Forgot Password)

  • You have the choice to make a One Time Payment OR set up Recurring Payments

  • Scroll to Recurring Payments and select New Recurring Payment

  • Choose Payment Method: Pay By eCheck OR Pay By Credit Card

If Paying with eCheck…

  • Enter your Paying Amount

  • Select Account Type

  • Enter Routing Number

  • Enter Account Number and Verify Account Number

  • Click on Submit eCheck Payment, then Verify Dates for payments and Finalize. And You’re Done!

If paying by Credit Card…

  • Change the selection to Pay By Credit Card

  • Click on Pay By Credit Card

  • You will be redirected to a Credit Card Payment Portal by PayLease

  • Follow the on-screen prompts to set up recurring payments through their portal.

After this, you are all set for Recurring Assessment Payments.

Lawson Five Forks Pool Project Continues

With all project permits in place, this past week the crews started work on the next phase of the project which is to stabilize the soil underneath the concrete pool decking. The Amenities Committee has been in constant contact with the project manager, Pace Development, throughout the process and project. We speak with them at least 2-3 times per week either in person or via email. The committee members also make daily visits to the site and take many pictures as you see here.

With rain this Friday and again Sunday & Monday, the committee plans to meet with representatives from Pace Development and Artisan Concrete on Tuesday April 9. We plan to review the current status, items that have come to our attention with repairs and next steps with coping replacement and finally concrete replacement.

The concrete replacement will only be the largest part of the project. After the concrete is cured and we start to move back in and open for the season, the crews will begin to dig the new French drains on either side of the fence line to ensure that water runoff is drained away from the pool decking to help prevent lifting and buckling of the concrete. We, along with the Board of Directors, will continue to hold Pace Development to our highest standards with one of our largest community owned properties. Once completed, we will have all reports and documentation from the project prior to Lennar turnover of the deed to the property.

We continue to hold for a May 10, 2019 Season Opening and will keep the community abreast of any changes.

Thank you, Lawson Amenities Committee

A Brand New Way To Book A Pool Party

Who Doesn’t Love A Pool Party!?!

A New & Simple Way To Book Your Next Pool Event

A New & Simple Way To Book Your Next Pool Event

This week the Lawson Communications Committee launched a brand new online Pool Event Reservation form for Lawson Residents to use to book their upcoming Pool Events & Parties!

The form itself is very detailed and requires residents to review the Pool Rules, Slide Rules, Cleaning Policy and Inclement Weather Policy. But it also gives you a much better experience in understanding the process including the fees, what locations are available, and much more! The Amenities Committee has structured the form in a way that allows Braesael Management & Trident Pool Group to easily book the requests and turn around a decision within just a short amount of time. Plus there’s no vagaries with the request, the rules, the policies or what you should expect. It’s all right there for your review as you go through the process. We’ve covered all of the FAQ’s, but if there are still some, you can always contact Braesael Management with your questions. Based on resident feedback we will continue to modify the form and process as needed.

Thank you,

Lawson Amenities Committee

Cleaning Up for the Spring

No Better Time To Get A Little Wet

Our Lawson Friends at  Prestige House Washing  Helped Us Get the Mill House Playscape Cleaned for the Season

Our Lawson Friends at Prestige House Washing Helped Us Get the Mill House Playscape Cleaned for the Season

We’re so happy to tell you that Prestige House Washing, a local Waxhaw business and Lawson Residents, helped the Amenities Committee in a bit of a late request to have the playscape sanitized and cleaned today! Next week our landscapers will be installing new playground mulch at both the Mill House & the Five Forks Playgrounds. Both of the playgrounds will be closed during these days while the work is completed. But first, let’s bask in the glory of the new looking playscape! It’s a real beauty now! Be sure to find them at the Lawson Vendor Fair this Sunday, April 7, 12:00pm-4:00pm.

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Union County Needs Feedback On Road Intersections

2019 Union County Critical Intersection Analysis

Lawson neighbors while this is a Union County news item, it affects our community a great deal: TRAFFIC & Safe Intersections! As Waxhaw and the surrounding community have grown by leaps and bounds in the past 6 years, there has been a need for road improvements and intersection updates across the area. Want to turn onto Ennis Road, Grey Byrum or Bonds Grove Church Road but can’t due to traffic? Or worse… try to turn from those roads onto Providence and pray? This past month a survey was put out by Union County to help identify other intersections in the area that are currently not covered by the 2014 list of intersections. We highly encourage you to look this over, review the Analysis PDF (it’s very thorough) and obviously take part in the survey. See Below:

In 2016 the county adopted a Critical Intersection Analysis, which identified a series of intersections throughout the county that would be competitive for funding through the NCDOT or Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO). There are actually over two dozen funded intersection improvements throughout the county, so an additional benefit of this process is letting the community know about all the transportation improvements scheduled for the near future. (Example below)

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This list has served the county well, with the majority of identified projects funded for implementation. The County, municipalities, and NCDOT are working on updating the list of intersections to continue pursuing funding opportunities. We have identified 23 intersections we would like to evaluate for inclusion in the final report. We expect some of them will not make it into the final list due to high impacts on adjacent property owners, low benefit of the improvements when compared to the cost, or lack of local support.

That is why we are holding a 30-day input and feedback period to hear from the community on the projects. This input and feedback period will run from March 18 to April 18. You can learn more and provide your input several different ways.

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  • Call with questions or comments. Please call Bjorn Hansen at (704) 283-3690

The schedule for this process is below:

  • March – April: Community input

  • May – June: Evaluate input and refine project list

  • June: Approve project list and develop report

  • July: Post report for community review

  • August – September: Present for municipal and county adoption

  • October: Submit grant request to CRTPO for identified intersection design and cost development

Five Forks Pool Deck Re-Construction

Monday, March 18, 2019 - Lawson Five Forks Pool - 10:38am (48 degrees, Hot Coffee in Hand)

Today is the day! (Well, Yesterday was the day) The Lawson Amenities Committee has been working for months with Lennar, Pace Development and multiple contractors on the project to replace the concrete decking at our Five Forks Pool. After weather delays Monday was the day! And boy was it! The contractors have already removed half of the decking with the remainder to be removed Tuesday.

As a backstory, in June 2018, the Amenities Committee working with our pool vendor Trident Pools found serious issues with our concrete decking at the pool. Working with Trident and an independent structural engineer, we found that the concrete used to pour the decking was not adequate and there could also be issues with the soil below the concrete.

Fast Forward to November 2018, our builder and declarant informed the committee and our brand new Board of Directors that they were working with the contractors to replace the pool decking. It was a long arduous process, but we felt that we were in great shape after hearing this. And then we waited… and waited… it was winter after all.

So… Now it’s here and for the next few days there will be a lot of demolition and dust flying. There will be piles of broken concrete in our parking lot and trucks hauling away debris. Then there will be inspections of soil, new soil and stone to reinforce the soil. Then more certified testing and reports on the soil and concrete to be poured. After this, the new concrete will be poured to many little one’s delight! Go watch from the fence line! Finally, all reports and documentation from the project will be made available from the contractors to the Amenities Committee for later reference.

Once the decking is in place, a new french drain will be dug along the fence line to allow proper water displacement away from the decking. Then finally they will make final repairs and we should be set for inspections by late April and be ready for opening day on May 10th!!

We will keep you all posted right here on the LawsonHOA.com Blog so please check back regularly! Make sure you also register on the Braesael Management Portal to receive all HOA Communications, your only source for HOA news & information, and access your accounts!

I Heart Lawson

As a candidate in our last Board of Directors elections, I am ecstatic to reaffirm that I heart Lawson.

While it turned into a battleground at some points, I think everyone was in it for the right reasons—we all heart Lawson. There are so many good people that live here that do so many good things within our community, a lot of which is done without us even realizing.

Which brings me to the point of this post…

As the new Chair of the Communications Committee, I’d first like to thank you for visiting and engaging in the content we’ve worked hard on for the community. We hope that you love it as much as we do. This site will be a continual work in progress and we would love to hear your feedback. You can send any feedback you have by clicking here.

So, what exactly does the communication committee do? Well, your looking at it! Welcome to our new website! It’s been a dream for a while that we are now making a reality. Along with myself (Matt Carollo), our new Board Member Sponsor, Mike Krakauskas and Dave Garlinski as our Advisor, we implemented a framework that should serve us well, now and in the future. We want to make sure that you have all of the information that you need to participate and live in this Lawson community that we all love. And we will do our best to accomplish that. Speaking of participation, if you ever want to volunteer, there is plenty of opportunity. Just fill out this form and someone will be in touch.

We also have an unofficial Facebook Group which is a great resource for information—from asking for recommendations from your neighbors to buying Girl Scout cookies — I highly recommend joining if you are not part of it yet. Note: This is a resident run forum.

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As a resident…

I love turning into Lawson and feeling like I am in a resort, one in which we all live.

But that wouldn’t be the case without our Grounds Committee which consists of our Chair, Dave Garlinski, Board Member Sponsor, Danny Divers and committee members Ellen Herman, Christina Retzer & Tom Robinson.

Same goes for all of our committee members—some public recognition and a big thank you is in order for everyone taking part including:

  • Architectural Control Committee members Donn Kegel, Charles Casey and Keith McDaniel.

  • Amenities Committee which consists of our Chair, Dave Garlinski, Board Member Sponsor, Mike Sanfilippo and committee members Diane Corcoran & Laura Agati.

  • Social Committee including Co-Chairs, Tracey Grimm Hammond & Anne Diver, Board Member Sponsor, Anthony Delgigante and committee members: Lell Arthur, Christine Bennett, Allison Bevecaqua, Nicole Bentivegna, Kristin Bergeson, Lorraine Berkowitz, Leanne Brown, Denise Chimenti, Heather Cocchi, Eileen DelGigante, Susan DeFazio, Brenda Dion, Deborah Ellis, Kathleen Gavan, Bruce Herman, Jaime Knight, Shannon Mallozzi, Abbey Merendino, Jean Robinson, Kelly Sanfillippo, Nital Sutton and Kristin Verrill

A huge thank you to everyone who takes part to make our community beautiful, fun and desired as THE PLACE to live in Waxhaw.

And last but certainly not least, a heartfelt thank you to our current board members who have stepped up to the challenge. These individuals are working hard in the background to keep our community as amazing as it is. The following Lawson residents make up the 2019 Lawson Community Association Board of Directors. HOA President, Anthony DelGigante; Vice President, Mike Krakauskas; Treasurer, Mike Sanfilippo; Recording Secretary, Daniel Divers and; Sergeant at Arms: Bobby West.

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I Heart Lawson

If you haven’t heard me speak, the I Heart Lawson may give away that I am from NY.

I truly love Lawson as a place to live and as a place to raise my family. I hope that you find all of the information we post moving forward useful, and I encourage you to provide feedback as we are all, as a community, better together. I’m excited to take part in the next chapter of Lawson and hope you are too!

A Whole New Lawson Website

What a difference 12 years makes…

Twelve Years. Let that sink in for a moment Lawson friends. 12. Years. Lawson has been here 12 years, yet some of it is barely a year old at the same time. I’m talking about you friends over on Maze Court, Lightwood and Prickly Lane to name a few.

Twelve Years. Again… it’s been a long time since Pace/Dowd broke ground on what would eventually be the most amazing and highly desired community to live and raise a family here in Waxhaw.

Twelve Years. So much has happened in these twelve short years… New homes, economy collapse, new Lennar homes, sprinkle in a few new True Homes, Mattamy, Realignment (3x), Kensington > New Town < Waxhaw Elementary, 700+ new homes in 6 years, new pool, friends have come and gone, new friends have come in behind, but all in all it’s been a tremendous ride. Hey, we even had our first ever HOA Board Election… 9 years after it was supposed to happen.

The internet has evolved tremendously over 12 years as well. Did you know that the iPhone was introduced in 2007? Now look at it… But the Lawson Website, yeah it still looks and operates like it did many, many years ago. Until now…


We are so happy to introduce the brand new LawsonHOA.com. Conceived by the Communications Committee almost 2 years ago, finally implemented by the new Communications Committee Chair (Don’t call him Mike Carollo!) and ready to help people fall in love with Lawson! Because it’s not just an HOA Portal to get ACC approval or to try to read the CCR’s anymore. It’s a place to gather information, learn about events, learn about Lawson plus its a great marketing tool for our community. How do the most successful realtors in Waxhaw sell Lawson so well? Because it’s where people want to live. But don’t try to Google Lawson… no website, no presence.

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Until Now!

We own the Lawson Community Google Search too. We will continue to update images and news about Lawson to keep this search fresh. In the month of January 2019 alone, Lawson was searched ~2700 times. Think of that!

We now offer a beautifully designed and implemented site for our ever evolving community. Which means that the site can evolve with us. Hence this Blog! This site is even mobile friendly, so bookmark it to your phone home screen now. It’s just something new we can offer the community through the Communications Committee. Do you know the History of Lawson? Well, you can read the Trading Path Association research document printed in 2006 when Lawson was first founded. It’s right here.

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But Wait.. There’s More! There’s always room for more.

The new LawsonHOA.com does more… Need to pay your Associations Dues? Want to check you ACC Application? How about checking the hundreds of HOA documents? The brand new Braesael Management Portal is embedded right into the our website, not the other way around as before. We have built our new website to use any HOA Management company portal as to be independent, rely upon ourselves and utilize the management company portal as a tool within our site.

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Mill House in 3D?

Yes, we’ve got that from our Lawson neighbor at HouseLens. Plus we have multiple 360 tours and a guided tour of the Mill House and pool area. We even have a flyover! Can you tell how much we love Lawson?

Ok, we cannot take 100% credit, we may have borrowed some inspiration from our surrounding communities. Their professionally designed (and managed) websites are amazing for their communities. It makes sense as they are selling tools for the builders there as well as the community. We will hold off on the Instagram & Twitter accounts for now, but you get the idea. We can do a lot with very little and very little overhead. This is just v1.0… we have a lot more to come and we will tweak based on usage and feedback.

Speaking of usage, we intend for everything to be here at some point soon. Pool Calendar & Swim Team Schedules? Done. Event Calendars? Done. Contact for Braesael? Done. Swim Party Application? Done. ACC Application? Done. Want to rent the Mill House? That’s done too! Brand new online form so you no longer need to print and fill out! We live in a digital age, time to embrace it!

We want your feedback too. We have a Support Link and we kindly ask that you review the site, play with it, learn it, and then send us your feedback. Note: We do not manage the Braesael portal as that is strictly done by Braesael IT. But we can modify pretty much everything else. Want to write a blog post that benefits the community? Reach out to us. We want this site to be an all encompassing location for you. No need to go on Facebook and ask “How do I apply to the ACC?” it’s right here. Easy to do, quick and efficient!

So that’s it! We’re so happy to have this brand new tool for our community. Like we said, there will be continuous improvements based on usage and feedback. So we will introduce new items, features, and more in the coming months.

Thank you,

Lawson Communications Committee

Matt Carollo, Committee Chair

Mike Krakauskas, Board Member

Dave Garlinski, Advisor