A Morning Stroll Through The Cloister

Many mornings I ride my scooter through The Cloister thanks to the speed bumps that were removed and the pathway, along the curbside, through the existing speed bumps.

I am sometimes passed by the speedy walkers that flash by during their morning walk. There are always several dog walkers carrying their plastic doggy bags like all good neighbors should do.

And the morning coolness brings out the wonderful gardeners who treat us all with their beautiful flower gardens and well tended shrubbery.

A neighborhood priest living in The Cloister can sometimes be spotted as he walks down his driveway to pick up his morning newspaper.

Several mornings ago I greeted four nuns from the St Cecelia Convent, located in North Nashville, as they exited a car to visit a Cloister neighbor and mother of one of the nuns.

Beautiful Dominican Motherhouse Tour

I hope everyone is as grateful as I am that we live in such a beautiful community.


Revised……Please HOA Board….Enough Already

Special Note:  I have had a considerable number of people contact me to ask why I did not include John Eley on the list of those I would support in the upcoming Home Owner Association elections. John and I have talked extensively about how financial reporting and resident communication with the HOA Board can be improved and strengthened. Frankly if there is anyone who should be on the HOA Board….it is John Eley.

Speed bumps have now been extended curb-to-curb across our Cloister streets preventing any safe way to walk in our community. Driveway flares as part of sidewalk construction make the sidewalks virtually unusable while the extended speed bumps make the streets dangerous to pedestrians and those using bicycles, walkers or wheelchairs.

The entire community is infested with stop signs, speed limit signs, speed bumps(existing speed bumps have been extended from curb to curb while all new ones extend completely across the road), driveway flares instead of level sidewalks.

I went out for some fresh air recently and found my self completely trapped with speed bumps and driveway flares preventing my safe access to the Cloister neighborhood. Six speed bumps now block my way from our home to the Clubhouse. Four speed bumps block my way to the walk leading to the handicapped entrance to St Henry Church. Two bump barriers block my way to the hilltop Healthcare Center at West Meade Place where I did volunteer work with patients in the Therapy room. I can’t do that anymore.

I’m asked that the HOA leave a small 36 inch space between the curb and the beginning of each speed bump for my wheelchair. The current HOA Board ignored my request and I am now trapped in my own home. There is a total absence of communication between the HOA Board and residents, and the board seems to lack any financial responsibility.

This is what I will look for in our new board of directors:

  • Improved communications between Board and residents through:
    • a detailed agenda posted one week prior to a board meeting covering what will be voted on.
    • Opportunity for resident input prior to a board meeting on any issue, rather than after the meeting when resident input is useless since all issues have already been voted upon.
  • Standard Financial reporting
    • An Operating Budget covering normal expenses by line item
    • A Capital Spending budget covering physical improvements to the property
    • Detailed listing of Capital Reserves and planned physical improvements
    • Monthly reports of actual vs budgeted spending
  •  A Board that will restore safe access to our streets for the residents who have physical handicaps

We now are having a HOA Board Election for  four new board members.  The monthly news letter listed candidates running for the HOA Board. All of them are well qualified but I will vote for those who will support what I look for on a Board. These are who I am voting for based on the candidates statement.

  • Brenda Butler
  • Evonne Cain
  • Ann Green
  • Sue H. Hegland
Any comments?

Cloister Speed Bump Additions Will Cause Problems

I was disturbed when I read the August “The Cloister News” that the HOA Board has decided to add more speed bumps to our streets and to extend speed bumps at stop signs.

Here is why……;

A speed bump is mainly used in parking lots in selected places where the intention is to slow traffic to a near stop whereas a speed hump is used on streets to prevent speeding above the speed limit (usually 15 or 20 or 25 mph)

The speed limit at The Cloister is 15 mph but if anyone drove over a Cloister speed bump at 15 MPH their car would go flying and probably break part of the undercarriage of their car. So most private streets will usually use speed humps and leave the speed bumps for the Kroger parking lot.

A  speed bump like used at The Cloister. Some residents drive around them to reduce daily wear and tear on their cars.

A speed bump like used at The Cloister. Some residents drive around them to reduce daily wear and tear on their cars.

Traffic proceeds slowly in areas where speed bumps are placed.

They are typically intended for front of store or school entrances, parking lots, at pedestrian crossings, garages and near stop sign locations.

Speed humps offer softer intrusion. Traffic normally remains moving but at around 10 -15 mph.

They are better suited for high traffic areas, entrances from major roads and areas experiencing speeders..

A speed hump used on streets to reduce speeding.

A speed hump used on streets to reduce speeding.

.Speed Hump Layout
.I would suggest a layout as in the picture below

Speed humps with a bicycle path for  dog walkers, morning walkers, bicyclers and wheelchairs

Speed humps with a bicycle path for dog walkers, morning walkers, bicyclers and wheelchairs

.Has anyone considered that:

  • A speed bump across the entire road may dam the streets and cause flooding? Water flows rapidly and in large volume down Marquette Drive during hard rains.
  • A speed bump completely across the road will hamper walkers, bicyclists and handicapped persons.

This information took me 1/2 hour to research and put together. Perhaps the HOA Board and ARMS Committee should solicit suggestions from we Cloister residents before they take actions that effect all of us?