April’s Annual Meeting

The 2017 FFHA Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 29th. The meeting will be held at the Clubhouse with the registration and buffet beginning at 11 and the meeting at 12 Noon. Mark your calendars, save the date, and make plans to attend. “Annual Meeting 2017” has been added to the website menu list to keep property owners updated on the program for the April event.

My Well Is Not Well!

Tips for Drilling, Maintaining, and Enhancing Your Residential Well

By Frank Coney

The water level on our mountain has been falling for several years. Virtually every well driller familiar with Fairview Forest will acknowledge this phenomenon. I have had some experience with this problem and as a result, a Board member asked me to write an article for the website. It is my hope that some of you will find this information useful.

Read Frank’s entire article which includes the topics: “Is My Well Running Dry?”, “What Are My Options?”, “Hydro-Fracking”, “Reservoir System”, “Drilling a New Well”, and “Deepening an Existing Well”.

New Director Appointed

Stacie Litsenberger, Hickory Forest Road, was appointed to the board and will complete the director term vacated by Gary Bolick at the February Board Meeting. Bolick will continue his volunteer duties as Roads Committee Chair. Gary had served as a director on the board since 2011 after serving as Green Space Committee Chair for several years.

Stacie is an occupational therapist doing what she loves to do — making a difference in the lives of people who need help. Before retiring from the Army in 2010 as a major, Stacie was deployed three times in combat zones. As commander of a medical detachment unit in Iraq, she made military history by being the first to use skilled therapy dogs to help troops battle stress.

FFHA Litigation Update

As most property owners know there is a legal case moving through the court to determine whether or not the FFHA Board of Directors has the right to create regulations on behalf of the Fairview Forest community — regulations that directly affect the quality of life on the mountain in keeping with what our membership demands.

This case was brought against the Association by a group of homeowners collectively known as CROFF (Concerned Residents Of Fairview Forest), each of who engages in the practice of renting their properties short-term, as in vacation rentals.  As a group they resisted the idea that the Association could in any way restrict the use of their private property.

Property owners who have subscribed for blast emails can read an update on the litigation in an email sent on March 6th. It covers the litigation against FFHA over short-term renting and the legal right of the Board to create regulations for Fairview Forest including a short history, discussion about insurance covering legal costs, and a proposed covenant change.

 

Road Repairs Update

Some road repairs have taken place recently. The work was performed on Chestnut Forest and Red Oak Forest Roads where there might be some short delays during the work. Road repairs were also designated for the intersection of Hickory Forest Road and Fairview Forest Drive.

Phase One of the four-year plan to resurface all of our roads was completed in the late fall. An extra layer of sealant, called fog coat was applied to ensure greater longevity of the surface. It is more waterproof, and its blacker appearance will enhance snow and ice melt in the event of such during the winter months.

Fewer and fewer contractors are willing to work on our difficult roads. Anyone interested in paving driveways may run into the same consternation. In this light, we are ever grateful for Mr. Emery’s willingness to allow his company to work in our community, which he too calls home. The master plan calls for marking the road as a measure for safety. This will most likely be taken care of in-house by volunteers.

One final road reminder: as it is stated in our regulations, no metal tracked vehicles are allowed to drive on our roads, as they tend to damage the roads.  Homeowners whose contractors create damage would be held responsible for the cost of repairs.

Communicating With Our Homeowners in the 21st Century

Our first blast email was sent to property owners in February and the second followed in March. Be sure you are signed up to receive FFHA communications by sending your email address to FairviewForest@gmail.comTo make sure you receive our blast emails in your inbox (not sent to bulk or junk folders), please add ffha@fairviewforest.com to your address book.

There are still a few property owners who have not submitted their email addresses for our blast emails. This function replaces the mailed-out newsletters with an electronic version, both as a cost savings and as a method for more timely communication. We’ll be able to report on the monthly meeting and alert everyone to any issue that arises — wildfires to blizzards to updates on our road management and other matters of importance.

Email addressess will not be circulated; all email will be blind copied so addresses will remain private. Emails from FFHA will come with relevant information and be an infrequent nuisance. We encourage those who have not done so to sign up.