2017 FFHA Annual Meeting Held

The 27th FFHA Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, April 29th, at the Clubhouse. Members of the community gathered to enjoy a delicious buffet and socialize with neighbors, friends, and new property owners and to conduct the business of Fairview Forest including passing FY 2017 budget and to elect two directors to the Board.

Thirty-five property owners were in attendance and 33 proxies were represented. FFHA President Rob Green addressed attendees with opening comments as the Annual Meeting got underway. Committee reports were delivered by Will Evans (Architectural), James MacLeod (Communications), Pam Clark (Clubhouse), Rob Greene (Green Space), Mark Batkin (Legal Affairs), Gary Bolick (Roads), and Treasurer Julian Brinson. The budget was passed unanimously (See Assessments).

With the endorsement of the Board, James MacLeod and Mark Batkin were re-elected to the two open director positions. James will serve for three years and Mark will have a two-year term.

President’s Message

Opening comments by FFHA President Rob Greene at the 2017 FFHA Annual Meeting held on Saturday, April 29th

Welcome one and all to the Fairview Forest Homeowner’s Association Annual Meeting. Spring is here and it is time for renewal as well as for new growth. 2016 saw many new neighbors join our community and I would like to welcome them all to Fairview Forest.

I would also like to welcome Stacie Litsenberger to the Board. She is occupying the director seat vacated by Gary Bolick. Stacie is a retired Army Major and is a great addition to our board of directors.

2016 has come and gone and with that I would like to report on our accomplishments as a community to you today. First off, led by Communications Chair James MacLeod we have a new streamlined database that has much more up-to-date information on all property owners. This database requires constant updating and James has been leading the charge on these matters. Along with our webmaster, Gary Melton, we have been able to begin sending out monthly email communications to our membership. This has saved postage and volunteer mailing labor while giving us a platform to rapidly communicate with our membership. This ability will be essential if we ever experience a natural disaster and need to pass along urgent information in a time-sensitive manner. Much effort and thought went into this and I want to personally thank James and Gary for implementing this via our website.

[Continue reading Rob Greene’s Annual Meeting opening comments.]

 

Safety, Scams Meeting

Larry Pierson of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department spoke with Fairview Forest property owners and residents at a meeting on Friday, April 28th, at the Clubhouse.

Pierson discussed the various scams and frauds Buncombe County residents are encountering including telephone calls with schemes and trickery and internet situations posing threats to computer users. Steps were addressed to prevent becoming a victim of one of these scams or fraudulent schemes.

Community Volunteerism

In the coming months, the Board may be pressed to solicit volunteers from within our community to help take care of tasks or projects that fall outside of the annual budget. This is not unusual, and it has happened before. Believe it or not, things get done around here that matter to everyone, even the minutia. Most people have no idea who is doing that which must get done, and no one asks questions. We have an Annual Meeting at the end of the month; we have asked for volunteers to help with the proceedings. We provide food, but we did not hire a catering crew. It’s an unnecessary expense, one that would have made Ralph Waldo Emerson blanch? Who’s he? He was a great American transcendentalist who scripted a way of life in an essay entitled “Self-Reliance”. Without ever reading it, you can probably ascertain the substance of it from the title. We buy the food, but somebody has to set it out. That would be a volunteer — or two, or three — from our community.

FFHA runs on an exceedingly tight budget. It requires that every penny be scrutinized; there is precious little room for waste.  There have always been certain individuals who take it upon themselves to provide, in many instances, manual labor to achieve an end that may have otherwise cost Fairview Forest money it did not have to spend. We have had an annual Green Space cleanup day. This year it didn’t happen, there was no pressing need. Apparently over the years we’ve removed most of the detritus that got pitched over the hillsides. Somebody cared. It was a volunteer.

It’s a volunteer who braves the snowstorm to report on road conditions, even though any person could walk down to check the road at the end of his or her driveway and pass along that information. Nevertheless we seem to expect that someone else, that same volunteer, will head out in a vehicle risking safety just so we know without a shadow of a doubt what the conditions are.

There is trash on the side of the road. How did it get there? Who in their right mind throws trash out the window of a moving vehicle? It takes real conviction to be a litterbug. But then in a day or so the trash is gone. Someone actually stopped in their pursuits long enough to retrieve the trash and dispose of it properly. We don’t know who these people are, but they know who they are. It is a selfless act of volunteerism, and it is greatly appreciated. We need more of it. A limb falls in the road, move it out of the road. Leaves in the culverts, we can wait for the scheduled maintenance, or maybe Mother Nature will rush through in a fury, or if you’ve got a blower, a little time and energy, and some moral capital, then you know what can be done.

We can all think about the needs of Fairview Forest, and we can all look to someone else to take care of things. But if you are able-bodied and can spare a bit of free time, then perhaps you are just the person to step in and lend a hand.

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”.