Where is Towne Lake?

Towne Lake is a hidden gem located eleven miles east of downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Conveniently located just north of the Mitylene exit (Exit #11) of Interstate 85, we are a short distance away from the fastest-growing area of east Montgomery – yet we still maintain the quiet neighborhood setting so desirable to come home to.

There are over 400 residences located within Towne Lake, wrapped around the Arrowhead Country Club golf course and lakes. Country club amenities include Arrowhead Country Club, an 18 hole championship golf course with a fully stocked pro shop, tennis courts, swimming pool, men’s sauna, full men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, golf practice facility, and fitness room.

Towne Lake provides fast and easy access to businesses on the fast-growing east side of Montgomery, as well as direct access to downtown Montgomery via Interstate 85.

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the sixth largest Shakespeare festival in the world attracting more than 300,000 annual visitors from all 50 states and over 60 countries, is just minutes away. Also located in the Blount Cultural Park is the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Auburn University Montgomery is two miles away, providing traditional and evening classes. The Montgomery YMCA Soccer complex is located adjacent to the AUM campus, and consists of 10 fields and an indoor arena. The YMCA program provides both recreational and competitive soccer programs, depending on your child’s skill or interest. Also, one of the many city youth baseball and softball complexes is located next door to the YMCA soccer fields.

Montgomery also has our own Class “AA” Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Montgomery Biscuits. The Biscuits play downtown in the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.

On the south side of Interstate 85 you will find The Shoppes at Eastchase, which incorporates a “main street” concept, with plazas, fountains, street lights, lush landscaping and bronze sculpture. The center has a small town feel and includes most nationally known upscale tenants.

Along Chantilly Parkway, just south of Towne Lake, there are also banks, grocery stores, a Home Depot, super Wal-Mart, and Costco.

See for yourself by clicking here for an aerial tour of our neighborhood.

Fishing In Towne Lake

Use of the lakes and the common areas in Towne Lake are for the enjoyment of our homeowners and their guests. In an attempt to control unauthorized use of our common areas, it is the Policy of the Association Board that a resident MUST accompany all guests. Vehicle stickers are available for $3.00 to identify residents who wish to fish. These are an attractive static-cling sticker which can be obtained from Mr. Chuck Miceli or Mr. Leon Willis. Both can be found in your Towne Lake Directory. Your cooperation in controlling unauthorized use will help to preserve a clean and safe environment in all our common areas.

All unaccompanied non-residents will be asked to leave, and the police will be called if they do not cooperate. Please do not become involved in any confrontation with a non-resident, simply call the police, who are trained to deal with these types of situations. Also, please help all your neighbors by reporting suspicious activity, loitering, or unacceptable use of the common areas to a Board Member.

Do not remove or kill the grass carp from any pond. They control the weeds and moss.

The pond north of Bristol Way (#1) has become severely overcrowded with small starving bass and contains very few small and intermediate bluegills and few medium and large bass. We must remove as many small bass from this pond as possible, and release the bream. Please encourage your neighbors and guests to remove as many bass under 10-12 inches as possible, for the next few years.

In June of 2006 we stocked 1,350 bream into the Gazebo pond, (#4). The bass have really fattened up and look very healthy now. This is the best pond for catching good size bass. Dark plastic worms, tubes, shallow running crank baits and chrome rattle traps work best here. In January of 2007 we added 12 Christmas trees to the Wiltshire pond (#2). Crappie have already started to school around these trees and can be caught on 1/16 – 1/8 oz. crappie jigs, fished slowly, on light line under a small cork. Thanks to everyone who donated the used trees. We will do the same next year for the Gazebo pond (#4).

Crappie and cat fishing is very good in January, February, and March in ponds 2, 3, and 4 off Wiltshire Drive. Keep and/or kill all the crappie and catfish you catch from any pond! They over populate very fast and compete heavily with the bass and bream.

We have had several problems with poachers in the past, stealing bass from ponds 2 and 3 off Wiltshire Drive. Please call Chuck Miceli or Leon Willis when you see people removing bass or bream from these two ponds!

Bristol Way pond (#1): Release all the bream and remove bass which are less than 12 inches. This will help us to correct the overcrowding and rebuild some forage so the bass can grow again.

Wiltshire Drive ponds (#2 and #3): Release all bass and bream. Crappie are preventing them from reproducing. Add small bass from any other pond. This will help to control the crappie.

Gazebo pond (#4): Release all bream. We need more forage for the bass to grow.

Please follow the rules below for everyone’s safety and enjoyment:

  • Obtain a vehicle sticker from Mr. Chuck Miceli or Mr. Leon Willis.
  • Obtain permission from a resident that lives on the pond north of Bristol Way to gain access to fish this pond.
  • Please keep only one trophy bass per year, over 8 pounds.
  • Release the big bass for others to enjoy!
  • Do not transfer ANY fish from outside waters, as they may contain parasites or disease, and can cause overcrowding.
  • Fishing by rod, hook and line only.
  • No boats or wading allowed.
  • No swimming allowed.
  • No parking on the grass.
  • No motorized vehicles of any kind are permitted on the grass areas around the ponds, or any other common areas in Towne Lake.
  • These are your common grounds, and your neighbors, so please pick up and remove all trash, unused bait, and fishing line when finished.

Lake #1 - Fishing only for residents whose homes border the lake, and their guests.
Lakes #2, #3, and #4 - Fishing for all Towne Lake residents and their guests. Please note that there is some private property on the east side of lake #2.
Lake #5 - This is property of the Arrowhead Country Club, and there is NO FISHING allowed.
Lakes #6 and #7 - This is also property of the Arrowhead Country Club, but fishing is allowed only for those residents whose homes border the lakes, and their guests.

Neighborhood Watch

The Towne Lake Homeowners Association Neighborhood Watch program is re-energized! We have now had several organizational meetings,
and contacted most of the residents in Towne Lake. We continue to actively look for residents interested in serving as block captains.

Neighborhood Watch signs are posted at each entrance to Towne Lake, to help remind both residents and the bad guys that we are all on the look-out. As part of our program, we encourage you to register for our internet group site, hosted by Google.

Visit our Neighborhood News site (Members Only) or send your email to subscribe to watch@townelakemontgomery.com, and tell us your name and address so we can verify you as a resident.

This is a non-public group for Towne Lake Homeowners only, so for all our safety you will need to be approved before you can use this site. This is a security precaution which is in everyone’s best interest.

For additional Neighborhood Watch information, the National Crime Prevention Council website has a wealth of information.

Frequently Asked Questions

These Frequently Asked Questions have been compiled to assist our residents, or potential new residents, with information about the Towne Lake community. These are “short answers” and should be taken as such. The complete Towne Lake Covenants and Architectural Guidelines are the only and final authority, and
nothing presented on this page should be taken to over-ride them in any way.
These PDF copies of the Towne Lake Covenants and Towne Lake Architectural Review Committee (ARC) Guidelines are available for you to review, and are also in the back of the Resident’s Directory published every year. All residents and prospective residents are encouraged to read and understand them.

  1. What is the Towne Lake Home Owners Association?
  2. What services are provided by the Association?
  3. Who are the Board of Directors and what do they do?
  4. When are the Association meetings?
  5. When are Assessments due and where do I send them?
  6. What happens if I don’t pay my assessment?
  7. Are all the ponds within Towne Lake property of Towne Lake?
  8. Are there any leash laws and laws about picking up after pets?
  9. When is trash collected in Towne Lake?
  10. What is the Parking Policy in Towne Lake?
  11. What if I want to add or replace a tree in my front yard?
  12. What do I need to do when I’m ready to sell my home?
  13. What is a Covenant Violation letter?
  14. When do I need to get approval for changes to the exterior of my property?
  15. If I am having a problem with a neighbor for a violation of the Covenants, what can I do?
  16. Can golf carts, motorized scooters, or 4 wheel vehicles (any non-licensed vehicle) be ridden in the community?
  17. I witnessed acts of vandalism or a crime in the community, what can I do?

What is the Towne Lake Home Owners Association?

The Towne Lake Home Owners Association is a non-profit corporation that was established at the time our community was developed. The Association is comprised of all the owners of property within Towne Lake, with membership transferring from owner to owner when a property is sold.

What services are provided by the Association?

The Association supports a wide range of services for the residents throughout Towne Lake. The assessment dues that are collected from each owner pay for these services. Common area ground and landscape maintenance (mowing and lawn care; irrigation of common areas; summer and winter annuals; tree and shrub planting, trimming, and removal from all common areas; Christmas lighting; etc.) and administrative expenses (printing and postage, legal fees, banking, insurance, etc.) are just a few of these services.

Who are the Board of Directors and what do they do?

The Association has an elected Board – homeowners who have volunteered their time and energies on behalf of the entire community. Their job is to establish policies, adopt and oversee the budget, ensure that financial obligations are met, appoint committee members, etc. New Board Members are elected twice a year at Annual Membership Meetings and serve for a three-year term. There are nine Board of Director positions.

When are the Association meetings?

Board of Directors meetings are currently held monthly on the first Thursday of each month. Members who wish to place an item on the agenda for discussion at a meeting, or who wish to speak to the Board about a problem or concern, should notify a Board Member in advance to schedule time for adequate discussion. Semi-Annual Membership meetings are held each January and July, typically at the Arrowhead Country Club. Several weeks prior to the meeting, each homeowner is sent a notice specifying the date, time, and place of the meeting as well as agenda items. All Association members are strongly encouraged to attend.

When are Assessments due and where do I send them?

Homeowner’s Assessments are billed semi-annually, the first mailed on January 1 and due by February 1 and the second mailed July 1 and due by August 1. The Board sends each homeowner an invoice informing them of the amount of the assessment, due date, where to send payment, etc. New homeowners should contact a Board Member prior to the due dates if they do not receive an invoice. Our official mailing address is PO Box 241234, Montgomery, AL 36124.

What happens if I don’t pay my assessment?

Late fees of $15 are added when Assessments are not paid by the due dates, and additional letters are sent to all homeowners who have failed to meet the deadline. If the Assessment remains unpaid, delinquent homeowners are turned over to an attorney for collection on March 1 and September 1. If the Assessment continues uncollected, the Board has the authority to file a Lien against the homeowner’s property after three months.

Are all the ponds within Towne Lake property of Towne Lake?

No, the first three ponds beginning at the Arrowhead Country Club tennis courts, behind the town homes on Green Chase, and on both sides of Towne Lake Drive belong to the Arrowhead Country Club. Because the Arrowhead Country Club is private property, this means there is no fishing in these ponds. The lower ponds are Towne Lake property, and may be fished. Please go to this page for more specific fishing information and a map of all the ponds.

Are there any leash laws and laws about picking up after pets?

The City of Montgomery has leash laws that require all domestic animals to be leashed and under control of their owner when not on private property. Pet owners should also clean up after their pets’ deposits on personal as well as common property. We request that all residents respect the rights of others to a clean and safe environment. Failure to observe these laws can result in a fine being issued by Montgomery Animal Control.

When is trash collected in Towne Lake?

Currently, the green containers are collected each Monday and Thursday morning and trash may be set out at the curb for Wednesday morning collection. More details regarding the types and quantities of trash that will be picked up can be found at the City Of Montgomery website. Residents are prohibited from placing any trash or containers at the curb prior to 5:00pm the night before collection, and to promptly remove their containers from the curb following the trash pick up.

What is the Parking Policy in Towne Lake?

Vehicle parking in driveways and on the street in front of houses is limited to temporary parking of guests or resident’s vehicles, licensed and in current use. Overnight parking of vehicles on the street is prohibited, as is parking in the grass. Parking or storing of automobiles, trucks, campers, boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, or any other vehicle in the street, driveway, yard, or residence in front of the principle building setback line (generally the line of the front of the house). All such vehicles must be stored in garages, and not be visible from the street or your neighbor’s home. Please review your Towne Lake Covenants for complete details of these restrictions.

What if I want to add or replace a tree in my front yard?

As Towne Lake has matured, many of the original ornamental trees that were planted have become diseased or are reaching the end of their lifespan. We encourage residents to replace these trees or to add additional trees. Care should be exercised in selecting replacement trees that, upon maturity, will be of appropriate size both in height and breadth for their intended use and location. Before beginning, you should contact the Architectural Review Committee for additional information.

What do I need to do when I’m ready to sell my home?

If you are planning to sell your Towne Lake home, you should verify that there are no Covenant violations against the property, since these continue to be your responsibility and could cause a delay in the settlement of the sale of your home!

What is a Covenant Violation letter?

The Architectural Review Committee routinely monitors for compliance with our Towne Lake Covenants. If a homeowner’s property is found in violation, you will be notified in writing concerning the issue. This first letter does not carry a fine, however, continued violations may result in fines. The intention of this monitoring is not to bombard residents with letters, or to snoop, but rather it is to make sure that all our homes are uniform and tidy so we can continue to be proud of our community. We have strong enforcement of our Covenants, for the benefit of all Towne Lake residents.

When do I need to get approval for changes to the exterior of my property?

Specific information regarding types of exterior improvements that require Architectural Review Committee approval can be found in the back of your resident’s directory. A few examples of work that requires approval include installation of fences, decks, patios, roofs, and trees. Homeowners also should check the Architectural Regulations prior to doing any exterior painting, window replacement, or other exterior project to ensure that approved colors/materials may be used for the project. For your convenience, an
Architectural Review Request Form
can be found on the Forms and Newsletters page of this website.

If I am having a problem with a neighbor for a violation of the Covenants, what can I do?

If residents cannot resolve a situation between themselves, then please turn to your Association. Should you have a situation that does not appear to be resolved through neighborly means, contact a Board member to explain the situation.

Can golf carts, motorized scooters, or 4 wheel vehicles (any non-licensed vehicle) be ridden in the community?

All described vehicles in the question are prohibited from operation on city streets or sidewalks anywhere within the City of Montgomery, by any age operator. ALL motorized vehicles are prohibited on ANY common grounds. Parents are responsible for their children, so please do not operate or allow your children to operate such equipment in our community. Furthermore, Arrowhead Country Club prohibits all non-arrowhead owned golf carts from their grounds or paths, and all non-members are prohibited from using their grounds or paths for any reason. This includes non-members using their paths for walking, so please respect their rights.

I witnessed acts of vandalism or a crime in the community, what can I do?

You are encouraged to report any suspicious or deliberate acts in Towne Lake. You can do three things:

  • If the act is in progress, call 911 and report to the police; otherwise, call the non-emergency Police Department number, 241-2651
  • If possible, take a photo of the suspected vandalism or crime
  • Join the Towne Lake Neighborhood Watch by subscribing to our on-line group.
    Please note that this is a restricted site for residents of Towne Lake and you must request admission in advance, by going to this link, before you can use this site

Parents of minor children (under the age of 18) are responsible for acts of vandalism and will be held financially responsible for the repair or replacement of any damages in Towne Lake. This is our community, and we are the ones who suffer from these senseless acts. Repairs ultimately come out of all homeowner’s pockets unless vandals are reported and held accountable.

!!!!! VANDALS WILL NOT STOP UNTIL THEY ARE CAUGHT !!!!!

Covenants, Guidelines, and Forms

One of the features most commonly noted by new residents in our neighborhood is how clean and appealing the entire neighborhood looks. Part of the reason for this is because the Towne Lake Neighborhood is protected by Architectural Review Guidelines and Protective Covenants, which are strongly enforced. Copies of both are provided below, as is a form to submit for changes to your home or property.

We have also provided a form to allow the reservation of the Gazebo overlooking the main ponds for outdoor events such as wedding receptions, plus information on mailbox repair.

The following items are provided in the Adobe PDF format, for easy web viewing:

Towne Lake Covenants
Towne Lake Architectural Review Committee (ARC) Guidelines
Towne Lake Bylaws (1991)

ARC Application Form
Gazebo Reservation Form
Mailbox Parts Order List
Double Mailbox 5523B-2 Parts List

Newsletters

The following newsletters are provided in the Adobe PDF format, for easy web viewing:

2012 – December Towne Lake Newsletter
2012 – June Towne Lake Newsletter
2011 – June Towne Lake Newsletter
2010 – December Towne Lake Newsletter
2010 – June Towne Lake Newsletter
2009 – December Towne Lake Newsletter
2009 – June Towne Lake Newsletter
2008 – December Towne Lake Newsletter
2008 – June Towne Lake Newsletter
2007 – December Towne Lake Newsletter
2007 – August Towne Lake Newsletter
2006 – December Towne Lake Newsletter
2006 – July Towne Lake Newsletter

Animal Control

If you need to contact Montgomery Animal Control, for help with stray dogs, their number is 241-2970. We have had very good response times from them in the past.

With all of our woods and ponds, we do come into frequent contact with wildlife. If you are having problems with deer, a good place to begin is the Game Warden, who can be contacted at 242-3467. If you are having problems with raccoons, squirrels, etc, you will need to find a commercial company who specializes in this type of pest control.

Proper Signage When Selling Your Home

One of the Towne Lake Covenants which was designed to maintain the overall feel of our community is the posting of only approved “For Sale” signs when you list your home. All of the local real-estate companies are familiar with this requirement, and we’re sure everyone has noticed that only Towne Lake signs are seen. To comply with this covenant, if you plan to place a For Sale By Owner sign in your yard, please contact Midstate Advertising & Signs, at 1212 Adams Avenue. They are located just across Hall Street Downtown, where the Mt. Meigs Road becomes Adams Avenue. Their phone number is (334) 262-6340. They can produce a sign for you, and you will be ready to go.

Board Members

President
Bob Frye
(president@townelakemontgomery.com)

Architectural Review Committee
Essie McGhee
Braxton Bridgers
Cabott Stough
(arc@townelakemontgomery.com)

Treasurer / Electrical
Laurens Pierce
(treasurer@townelakemontgomery.com)

Grounds & Irrigation
Cabott Stough
Leon Willis
(irrigation@townelakemontgomery.com)

Flowers and Beatification
Marsha Miller
Leon Willis
(flowers@townelakemontgomery.com)

Secretary / Streets and Sidewalks
Joe Dike
(streets@townelakemontgomery.com)

NewsLetter / Towne Lake Directory
Tim Hatch
(newsletter@townelakemontgomery.com)

Webmaster / Neighborhood Watch
David Stankard
(webmaster@townelakemontgomery.com)

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