By Celia Howe

The Boyette Springs Special Dependent District Board of Trustees (BSSDD) has recently welcomed Julie Francavilla and Diane Herren as trustees to the board.  Both appointees were elected unanimously to this board, whose mission is to beautify and maintain the common areas, primarily the entrances and walls of Boyette Springs.

Julie and her husband, Victor, moved to Boyette Springs in December of 1990.  She is a mathematics professor at State College of Florida in Bradenton. Francavilla was amazed at her first board meeting at how much the board does to represent the interests of the Boyette Springs homeowner, and is honored to serve on the board and feels she has a vested interest in preserving the special quality of our neighborhood as well as maintaining a strong fiscal responsibility to each homeowner in our district.

Diane and her husband, Jerry, moved to Boyette Springs with their two sons, Michael and Kyle in September 1990. Herren formerly worked for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA for 11 years, but left three years ago to become a full-time homemaker.  She wishes to serve on the board as a way of being involved in her community and giving back to it. She looks forward to serving with her fellow board members.

In October, Esther Kirk, President, Celia Howe, Vice President and Julie Francavilla, Treasurer were appointed as officers.  Ron Potteiger was reappointed as Secretary and Tony Paszkowski and Diane Herren continue as trustees.

The board has been meeting the challenge of maintaining their five entrances during the Phase 111 Boyette Rd.-Widening Project.

Due to the road construction, certain entrances cannot always be accessed for mowing, planting, cleaning or holiday decorating until it is safe to do maintenance at the site.  There will be a sixth entrance to be maintained at David Kulow Ln. upon the completion of the construction in that area.  The board is working towards a return to our natural and beautiful environment upon the completion of this final phase of the road-widening project.

The BSSDD is composed of seven volunteer residents and currently has one vacancy.  The qualifications are that he/she be a registered voter and reside in Boyette Springs. This position as a trustee is an opportunity to help uphold property values and to attract future homeowners. Anyone who is interested in serving on the board or has questions, please write a letter to BSSDD president, P.O. Box 1621 Riverview, FL  33568-1621

The board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Allstate Insurance Company office, located at 12307 Boyette Rd. in Riverview, at 7 p.m.  All meetings are open to the public.


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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.