Lake Fountains

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All 6 lake fountains are functioning fine at this time, and all fountains at the entrances / exit are functioning fine also. The entrance /exit fountains received service of fresh 3"" chlorine pucks into the chlorinators, a slash of liquid chlorine in fountain basins / reservoirs along with a small amount of marantic acid as well. I also cleaned the strainers in the chlorinators as needed. This procedure is done by me Randy McGrath twice a week to keep the water from creating algae / staining and manifesting in the fountain basins / reservoirs. All is well.


The Shearwater Parkway Entrance Fountain was found over-full in the reservoir/ basin area. After investigating the situation, I found that the auto-fill valve had come apart causing the water supply to continuously fill the basin / reservoir until the water was over-flowing out of the fountain all together. I shut off the water supply valve that feeds this fountain and lowered the water level by opening the basin/ reservoir drain valve. once the water was at a operating level , I closed the drain valve. I contacted William V. and explained my findings. He then contacted SPIES Pool & Fountain Company our vendor for these fountains. SPIES was able to make the necessary repairs that same day October 7,2019 in the late afternoon at 3:00 pm. This fountain is operating fine at this time. All 4 entrance / exit fountains were maintained by cleaning out chlorinators and adding (3) 3""chlorine pucks to each chlorinator and added asmall amount of liquid chlorine to each basin / reservoir. This regular maintenance procedure seems to working by keeping the chemicals right, there is less chance of the collecting algae in these fountain basins / reservoirs.


Happy to report that all of the lake fountains are operating fine at this time. The fountains at both entrances and exits/ Shearwater Parkway & South Patrick are working fine at this time also. The chlorinators were cleaned and more chlorine pucks were added to the chlorinators as needed. A small amount of liquid chlorine was added to the fountain basins / reservoirs The water levels in the to prevent any algae build up on basin / reservoirs bottoms and side walls. The water levels in these fountains have stabilized somewhat as I will continue to monitor these levels accordingly.


The South Patrick fountain entrance has suspect leak while circulating I spoke with William V.S who notified SPIES to investigate and to make the necessary repairs.


On Tuesday morning, 8:00 am. 9/17/19 I noticed that Lake Pasadena fountain was not displaying. I checked the power source to that particular fountain and found that the relay bus-bar was burnt up. I then notified Johnathan the Tech from Cascade Fountain and explained my findings. He told me that he would come out the next day 9/18/19 and make the necessary repairs. At 4:00pm on Wednesday 9/18/19 Johnathan arrived and made the repairs, because of the condition of the relay bus-bar he had to replace the whole relay strip /box and all. He contacted me at 6:30 pm. when his job was complete and to report that the Pasadena fountain was up and operating fine with great display. All of the other fountains are operating fine at this time. The South Patrick entrance / exit fountains had new water proof power supply GFI type receptacles / boxes installed on Wednesday 9/18/19 by Gault Electric LLC.


All of the Lake fountains are functioning fine at this time. The fountains at the South Patrick entrance and exit will have to have new waterproof power supply boxes installed in the areas behind the fountains walls at both entrance and exit fountains. .Gualt Electric Company LLC will be doing the installation of these power supply boxes. on Wednesday September 18, 2019.


All of the 6 lake fountains were shut off on 08/30/2019 at 8:30 AM. during the Hurricane / Storm. They were put back in service yesterday 09/05/2019 at 8:30 AM. This includes the fountains in both entrances / exits.


All 6 fountains are operating fine at this time. Both exit fountains and one entrance fountain was been put back in service recently. South Patrick entrance fountain is in need of repairs, the Shearwater Parkway entrance fountain in now in service. So 3 out of 4 fountains are functional at entryways / exits. We are awaiting SPIES to come and install the new and larger chlorinators at the Shearwater Parkway entrance / exit. We are at the mercy of their scheduling.


Nothing to report at this time.


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Addendum for Irrigation 08-02-2019 from Paridise Lawn & Irrigation

Nothing to report at this time.


All fountains and lighting to fountains are working at this time.

Addendum 07-26-2019

Nothing to report at this time.


It is my understanding that the fountains at both entry's and exits will be put into service using the irrigation water. This determination was made by William of GMS to again try utilizing these fountains using this irrigation water. New chlorinators and filtration systems were installed by SPIES. I'm not sure when these fountains will be operational.


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All 6 lake fountains are operating fine at this time, with beautiful displays and are illuminating in the evening hours per their scheduled times.


All 6 Lake fountains are working fine at this time.


Fountain #5 had a new pump / motor assembly and capacitor box installed. Fountain #5 is now functioning fine at this time.


#5 fountain is still out of order, and we await Cascade Fountain Company to schedule the replacement of pump motor and capacitor power control box as needed.


Fountain #5 has a bad pump motor and the authorization was given by George Flint (Acting District Property Manager) for replacement. We are at the mercy of Cascade Fountains schedule to come out and complete this scope of work (replacement)

05-20-2019 Addendum Irrigation Report

Nothing to report at this time.


Fountain #5 has had issues with tripping the circuit breaker. Cascade came out and checked this problem out. After further investigation, it was found that the pump motor was bad and in need of replacement. The proposal was sent directly to GMS for replacement recommendation by Cascades Tech Johnathan. pulling to many Amps causing the circuit breaker to trip and fail the normal operations standards. The replacement of the fountain pump motor was approved by George Flint of GMS and we await Cascade Fountains scheduling to change out the failing pump motor.


: We recently had Cascade Fountain perform their maintenance procedure on all 6 fountains. Over the weekend I noticed that the lights for fountain #1 was not functioning. I engaged the reset switch and checked for power at the timer control box and. there is power at the timer control box. Due to the fact that this was at 9:00 pm. on Friday night, I thought it best to wait until Monday April 22,2019 to investigate further.


: All of the fountains were serviced this week by Cascade Fountain Company and all 6 fountains have a nice display at this time. Fountain #4 behind the pool was the worst of all and was though rally cleaned.


: Fountain #4 has a weak display/report. I contacted Johnathan of Cascade Fountain Company and he should be here early next week to investigate this problem. There is something restricting the water flow or simply some debris is gathered in the intake of this fountain. He is aware of this situation and will be here to resolve this dilemma...


: The pond #3 fountain has finally lights working again. A special thanks to Cascade Fountain Company for repairing these lights, and for removing the dead duck carcass from Fountain #5. This is much appreciated. Thank you, Johnathan (Cascades Tech) for your dedication and due diligence. We are continuing to wait on the City of Melbourne’s Engineering Department to give us answers to the fresh water supply for entrance fountains. They seem to be dragging their feet on giving us the run around. I continue to call Rory Dittmer the head Engineer, the man in charge of these types of water applications.


: I contacted Cascade Fountain Company this week to discuss the lighting situation for pond #3 fountain. The personnel in charge of this lighting issue was out of the office this week on vacation, but is due back on Monday March 25,2019.


: We await Cascade Fountain Company to locate and install the 300-watt LED type bulbs in fountain #3. As I was adjusting fountain #4 lighting clock, I noticed that the control box for this fountain #4 had came away from the wall. The anchoring tabs had rusted away. I drilled and installed a new stainless-steel anchoring bracket and necessary hardware as needed. Control box is now secured properly.


: Continuing to wait on the City of Melbourne Water Engineering Dept. on whether or not they will be able to bring us a fresh water supply for entrances fountains.


: It is my understanding that if we use any 500-watt bulbs in this application we will have to use a larger wattage breaker. This can be accomplished, but by up-grading the wattage of the bulbs and breaker adds to putting unnecessary stain on the wiring harness that is not made to carry this type of current / load. The costs of doing this change-over would be expensive even temporarily we would perhaps damage the wiring harness completely. This is a situation that needs to be addressed by the Board of Supervisors. This needs to be installed in the agenda for the BOS to make this determination. Respectfully, Randy McGrath (FMCA).

Based on what I can tell, our recommendation is to wait until the vendor is able to locate a suitable, lower cost alternative. He has committed to letting us know. I have no issue holding on the item at this stage, even with the lights out. It makes no sense to spend that amount money on this upgrade, if there is a lower cost option. I would not recommend presenting it to the Board as an option, but letting them know what we intend to do. I totally agree Jason, I am on the same page as you, there is no need in spending the extra costs for a temporary fix that might cause internal damage to the wiring harness. There is no option for the BOS to discuss but this information needs to go out to the community explaining why we are in the holding pattern awaiting more information at this juncture.


Addendum to the 02-08-19 report : This information came late Friday afternoon 02-08-19 after my report had been submitted. It reads as follows: :Jason,
I know that you have asked for a quote for the replacement of the existing incandescent lighting at Montecito. If you were to convert all of the lighting to new fixtures in LED, the cost would be $4,000.00 to $7,000.00 and possibly more per floating fountain. We have been working on this impending problem since the fall as we have thousands of fountains operating with incandescent lighting and quality (GE or Phillips) light bulbs in 300 and 500 watts are no longer available. We bought out all of the bulbs that our suppliers had available in November. There is a Chinese light that will be available but it is not reliable and burns out quite rapidly.
As an alternative, we have recently found an LED light bulb that will fit a standard 500 watt light can. We have ordered some of these lights and expect that they will cost a little over $300.00. I cannot speculate on the durability of this light, but expect it will offer some legitimate longevity. Its’ brightness is quite good. Once we receive the light, we will do some testing and then offer them to our customers as an alternative to a major light fixture change out.
Let me know if you need any more information at this time. I will let you know when we have these lights in stock and the exact cost.

Rich Johnson
Fountain Design Group, Inc. / Cascade Fountains
561 994 3939 / 407 260 0966


: We continue to wait on the proposal from Cascade Fountain to replace the #3 fountain lighting changeover to LED type lighting system. I reached out and contacted the Tech Johnathan from Cascade Fountain Co. 02/08/19. Awaiting his response.


: We continue to wait on Cascade Fountains proposal for replacing / change over the lighting to LED type on fountain #3.


#3 Fountain, waiting on a quote to upgrade the LED lighting from Cascade Fountains


Fountain #5 had low pressure issues/ poor display. Cascade came out and brought the fountain to the side and flipped the fountain over and removed bottom cover plate of intake. After completing this inspection, they found huge masses of algae growth from the internal intake of fountain. The jets were cleaned and the fountain was flipped back over / put back in place of the pond #5. The fountain was put back into service and has a wonderful display now. The lighting for fountain #3 will need to be upgraded to LED lighting because the 300-watt bulbs needed for this lighting application are unavailable (obsolete) item. We could have upgraded to a 500-watt bulb, but then we would have to upgrade the breaker size from a 20 amp to a 40 amp. This would have used more electricity and put un-needed stress on the lighting wire harness. By doing the LED changeover fixture/bulbs, we won’t have to change the breaker size, and the LED set-up will use less electricity /last longer; this won’t put any stress on the wiring harness at all. It is my recommendation that we make this LED changeover.


: Fountain #5 was reported to have a very poor circulation and display by Larry Bradshaw on 01/03/2019. After recognizing this I contacted Johnathan the Tech from Cascade Fountain Company and scheduled for him to come out and clean the jets and intake screen to determine what is going on with this fountain #5. At that time, he instructed for me to shut this fountain / lighting to this particular fountain to keep from running this fountain and causing damage to the pump assy. I also told him that several lights were not functioning on fountain #3 pond #3. This was reported to me a couple of weeks ago by Mr. Rich Wellman. I was unsuccessful of reaching Johnathan Cascades fountain Tech due to the fact he was on vacation for a couple of weeks when I was trying to contact him. He will be addressing the lights issue not functioning on fountain #3 today 01/04/2019.


Fountains: The fountain #3 has several lights that need to be replaced and this fountain needs the jets cleaned again because the display is very poor. The fountains at Shearwater Parkway & South Patrick are in need of a better water source because of the bacteria and staining. I have reached out to Melbourne Water Dept (Engineering) to find out what the cost might be to utilize a fresh water supply, with a meter and simple hose bib hook up. They are researching this for us and I expect an answer soon.


Nothing to report at this time.


The #3 pond fountain needs jets cleaned once again and has several lights not functioning properly. Cascade Fountain has been notified. The Shearwater fountain floors (entrance & exit) were recently cleaned and painted with 2 part epoxy pool paint. The water line staining was also cleaned off both fountain side walls as needed. we are now ready to put these fountains back in service. We've contacted SPIES Pool & Fountain Co. to start up pumps and recommend a filtration system that will be suitable to eliminate side wall staining issue that we've been experiencing.


All 6 pond fountains are functioning at this time, however, pond #5 has a poor display and will need for the jets to be cleaned soon. Several of the lights for #5 fountain are not luminating properly. The fountains at the entry & exit at Shearwater Parkway have been shut off while the painting of the fountain floors are being painted with a two part epoxy type paint. the side walls which are ceramic tile are being cleaned as well because of ugly stains at water line. This is a must needed procedure, and very time consuming one at that.


All 6 fountains time clocks and lighting clocks were adjusted accordingly to the new time change


We recently had the NEW riser post installed at Pond #1 power supply / control boxes / timer /capacitor housings were all raised for safety reasons and maintenance purposes Scope of work was done by Gault Electric LLC. Pond # 5 recently was not functioning, Checked this out and found the breaker had tripped. Re-energized the breaker, and it has been working properly as I personally inspect daily and make sure that all of the fountains are working and giving the Community a great display. Due to the fact that the ponds are very low at this time of year, I use the display to determine correct water flow. any vegetation can be drawn in the intakes and cause a bad display. All fountains seem to be functioning fine at this time.


A new riser post was installed at Pond #1. This installation was necessary in order to keep water intrusion from getting into the timer box / power control box. This will also make the maintenance procedure easier and more accessible in the future. The riser post is 4' tall and made of 6"X 6" pressure treated lumber


The proposal to raise the control boxes has been approved for fountain #1 pond #1. Gault Electric Company LLC will conduct this scope of work soon, we're on their schedule as ASAP. This is a needed project for safety reasons.


All of the fountains are displaying beautifully now. Both fountains #4 and #6 recently had the acid wash and jets cleaned to allow better fountain display. The intakes of these fountains had evidence of vegetation growth had been sucked up into the intakes causing poor display. Cascade Fountain Company were quick to respond and take care of these issues. Thanks to GMS for bringing Cascade on board to tend to our fountain maintenance, we can enjoy these wonderful displays.


The display on fountain #3 is not normal. It seems that some of the jets on the display ring are clogged and are simply not dispersing the correct amount of water flow needed for a more uniform display. Cascade Fountain was notified of this issue and should be here early next week to assess this problem.


Fountain #6 has a week display caused by vegetations picked up in impellers, The tech from Cascade Fountain Company (Johnathan) will have to bring the fountain to the side / flip the fountain over though rally clean the vegetation out of impellers one day next week


Gault Electric came today 9/7/18 and inspected and proposed what the costs would be to raise the power control boxes as needed at Pond #1 Fountain #1 as needed. This is the fountain seen as you enter the South Patrick entrance. (BEACH AREA) We await their proposal early next week.


All of the fountains (#!- #6) are operating fine at this time. The fountains at the entrance & exit at Shearwater Parkway needed to be drained, cleaned and put back into service. A new float valve and trigger had to be replaced in the Shearwater Parkway exit fountain. Filled the fountains with fresh water and chemicals as needed, All is well and operating fine now. We continue to wail on a solution to the water supply for the South Patrick entrance and exit fountains.


Waiting on a bid/proposal from Gault Electric LLC for fountain #1 (raising power supply boxes) and installing new power pole assembly.


Fountain #1 Had a bad contact on the backside of the timer, the timer mechanism was functional, but when it tripped the lever to engage the power to turn on the fountain pump it would fail. Only by removing this timer could you see that these contacts were burnt up on the back side of the timer plate. Due to the fact that this power station is so low ONLY 20" off of the ground and very difficult to do service on without actually laying down to work on it. It is my recommendation that we install a taller power supply pole and move this power supply boxes up off of the ground. After last years Hurricane IRMA we received so much rainfall that this power supply was actually under water and was a potential electrical HAZARD. Gault Electric LLC was notified and will be giving us a proposal to raise this power station for fountain #1 to a more appropriate height of 4'.


Pond #4 lighting timer is not functioning, I purchased a new timer for these lights and will be installing the new timer on Monday August 13, 2018.


The fountain #2 was completed acid cleaning the jets done by Cascade pools on 7/31/2018. The fountain display is visibly better now.


Pond #1 recently had a new pump motor replacement 7-25-18 by Cascade Fountain Company. While they were here Cascade started acid washing the display jets on fountain #2, but were stopped by torrential rainfall and lightning storm. After speaking with Johnathan Cascades tech on when they would be able to complete the jet cleaning process on fountain #2 he explained to me that they would be here to complete the cleaning on Tuesday July 31,2018.


The new 5 h/p pump motor came in on order for fountain #1 Pond #1. The supplier Cascade Fountain Company will be installing this unit when their schedule permits it. They are very busy this time of year. So we wait.


We continue to wait on the Cascade Fountain Company to install a new pump motor on fountain #1 Pond one at the South Patrick entrance by the beach area. We are at the mercy of their schedule. I'm not certain what the issue is, but we authorized this work order several weeks if not a month ago.


Fountain #5 had quit operating in the early afternoon of July 4th 2018. After trouble shooting this problem this morning of July 5th 2018, I found That the circuit breaker had tripped because of a power surge/lightning storm. I reenergized the breaker and #5 fountain is now back in service and operating fine.


The Number #1 fountain is not displaying, after checking voltages at pump control boxes, the breakers are good and the Clocks have power. I reset the relays in control box. Still nothing, pump motor for fountain #1 is OUT OF ORDER. Received proposal from Cascade Fountain for replacement of pump motor and capacitor box installation (SEE ATTACHED PROPOSAL) I was unaware that Cascade Fountain
had trouble shouted this issue already. Same conclusion though. 6/15/18 morning 8·9am.


Fountains: All 6 of the fountains in the ponds are operating fine.


All six fountains are operating fine at this time.


Nothing to report at this time.


Fountain #4 had a bad GFI breaker / timer, The wire leads that feed this timer were short in length. I made extensions to the leads. I purchased a new timer 110 A/C type as requested by Cascades tech (Johnathan). Installed the timer and set to desired times of operation. Fountain #3 was having Issues with NO lights, I found that the breaker had tripped. Re-energized breakers in control box and in main power box to be sure we don't have a weak breaker problem. I will continue to monitor these breakers for a possible faulty breaker issue.


It has been reported that the lighting on fountains #3 and #4 is not functioning properly. This issue has just shown itself since the new control boxes were installed. Cascade Fountain will be contacted to check this problem out because fountain # 3 lighting works but, only manually. The timer is not functioning. #4 fountain the timers working fine but, the lights don't come on. Somewhere the wiring is not correct.


Cascade fountain Company recently cleaned the lets on #3 fountain (acid washed) for a better display. Fountain #4 had troubles with tripping the braker instantly after energizing tbe breaker. It seems that a lizard (Gecko) had breached the control box cover and had gotten caught in the contacts of the relay causing direct short which tripped the breaker. Once the lizard was removed the fountain #4 was functioning okay. $eve",1 months back the control boxes for fountains #3 and #4 were recommended for replacement, however this was before cascade had become our fountain vendor. AES was our vendor and they simply did not follow up on this recommendation (they dropped the baU) $0 to speak-We are confident that cascade Fountains Company Will do a fine job for us overseeing our fountain repair needs. They will be installing the new control boxes on fountains #3 and 1#4 once the proposal has been authorized.


We continue to wait for Cascade Fountains schedule to free up soon to that they can service and clean fountain #a jets (acid wash). In doing this we expect a better more uniformed dIsplay. The #4 fountain, directly behind the pool has a direct short. Immediately after energizing the breaker. the breaker trips, it won't stay energiz.ed. Cascade will also service this fountain #4 when they arrive here on site.


Fountain #3 continues having an awkward display. The recommendation from Cascade Fountain is to do a complete cleaning of the water display jets on this particular fountain. This scope of work has been scheduled I believe.


Recently Cascade Fountain Co sent out a technician to clean the jets in all 6 fountains. The tech cleaned 5 of the 6 fountains and found #3 pond fountain needs to be removed and thoroughly cleaned to make it displace properly.


Fountain #4 has a very bad display and we are starting to have all of the fountains jets cleaned by Cascade Fountains Company as part of a service agreement we came to terms with recently. Fountain #4 will be the first fountain to be completely serviced, / Lighting as well will be repaired.


All of the fountains are operatillg now, but the #2 fountain has" awkward (poor) display along with # 3 fountain. Fountain #4 had a bad timer (not functioning). I purchased another timer at Lowes and installed it as needed. I'm waiting to hear from Alan Scheerer on the status of the fountain contractor/vendor as they only have a one person of contact order in place? Fountains #2 and #3 need the jets cleaned out for better display.


The power supply for pond #S was installed this week, Monday January 8,2018 by Gault Electric LLC. This included a new main power supply box and 4"riser pressure treated lumber rapped with a PVC housing. I reset the timers according to the necessary time for winter timeline. All checked out A-okay.


All of the fountains are functional and all lights are functional too. The display on fountain #2 is poor and could probably could need the jets cleaned to improve the display.