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Ballots for Covenant Changes
Voting continues in the community on two changes to the FFHA Covenants. The Board endorses a "Yes" vote for both Amendments.
Click here to view the proposed Covenant addressing short-term renting in Fairview Forest
Click here to view the proposed Covenant addressing the annexation of land into Fairview Forest
Click here to view the Agreement for the annexation of land into Fairview Forest
— The little rectangles — yellow (barely visible) and blue — represent 2,400 sq. ft. footprints for the building sites. The blue rectangles would be the building sites if they are able to add the acreage, and would actually fall below the ridge and even more out of sight from surrounding properties. The yellow indicates if not able to add acreage:
Fairview Forest Preferred Home Locations
Fairview Forest Proposed Plat
Fairview Forest Road Exhibit
2018 Annual Meeting
Click on the picture panels for larger views. Photo credits: Clark/Maynard/Brummett
Hello to everyone! We are on the backside of the 2018 FFHA Annual Meeting. Thanks to everyone who helped put it together, and thanks to everyone who was able to attend the meeting on such a beautiful spring day. For those of you who had other plans, here is a brief recap of how the meeting went.
Registration moved quickly. The lunch table overflowed with tasty sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, desserts, and plenty of potato chips! With the sun shining, and members filing outside, the meeting took on the air of a picnic with friends and neighbors greeting each other with great joviality. One new homeowner on the mountain greeted everyone by bringing beer!
By the time FFHA President Rob Greene hammered the gavel to bring the meeting to order, the Clubhouse parking lot was full, cars spilled over alongside Fairview Forest Drive, and virtually every seat was occupied in the Clubhouse meeting room. In fact, we were just shy of an actual quorum, with 47 assessments represented in person, and 32 by proxy. All told, there were about 69 neighbors at the meeting.
Once brought to order, Rob got right down to business. Everyone wanted to know more about the proposed Covenants that the Board has presented for a vote to the members of Fairview Forest. It was an impassioned presentation, and a plea for all of us to take part in the future of Fairview Forest rather than leave it to a court of law with no skin in the game. [Click here to read Rob’s complete opening statement to Fairview Forest
One point that got everyone’s attention was when Rob alluded to the numerous inquiries from realtors with corporate clients looking to purchase property in Fairview Forest for the sole purpose of short-term renting. Everyone in the clubhouse imagined our whole mountain over-run with tourists. We all shuddered to think.
Rob reiterated time and again the benefits of compromise in a community like Fairview Forest, and how important it was that we tackle this issue from within in a way that benefits everyone. He implored every one to vote, and asked that Fairview Forest vote YES to this Covenant change concerning short-term renting.
After we digested Rob’s first oration, he launched into the second, addressing the Covenant proposing to add property at the top of the mountain. “It is a no-brainer,” he said. If this Covenant passes, Fairview Forest stands to gain $30,000 worth of roadwork, and the neighbors closest to the proposed properties are assured of greater privacy, as demonstrated by the proposed building sites located further apart and on the other side of the ridge, practically out of view. If the Covenant fails to pass, the building sites are closer together on smaller lots, right on top of the existing neighbors, and there is no money put up for roadwork. Rob further stated, “I am going to vote YES, and so should all of you. This is a fair deal, and a good deal for Fairview Forest.” While there was but one vocal opposition to this Covenant, his argument more than helped convince the crowd that Rob’s position was in the best interest of Fairview Forest. And this is why we compromise.
Mark Batkin then spent a few minutes recounting the course of legal actions that brought us to this day. In particular, he explained the confidentiality agreement, which precluded any disclosure regarding the negotiations for the Compromise Covenant.
Secretary Dan Beerman read the highlights from the minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting. They were quickly approved. Architecture, Rental, Clubhouse, and Communications Chairs briefed the audience of their committees. There was nothing unexpected; all was positively reported.
When Roads Chair, Gary Bolick, stood up, he assured the community that the five-year roads plan was on schedule. He also reiterated what a benefit to Fairview Forest it would be to receive $30,000 if the Annexation Covenant passes. "We’ll be able to do a lot more roadwork sooner." He then implored the community to use more discretion and caution when driving Fairview Forest Roads. "Driving recklessly is dangerous to others, and destroys your cars and brakes. Just slow down, it is better for everybody". Then he asked everyone to consider the notion of light pollution on the mountain. Turning off unnecessary floodlights that shine too brightly on surrounding areas beyond one’s property is the polite thing to do. "Just think about it. Thank you."
Julian Brinson, our treasurer, spoke about the budget and financial transparency. He answered a couple of pointed questions regarding outstanding funds. He then presented the 2018-19 Budget. The annual assessment remained at $698. Those in attendance passed the budget unanimously.
Since there was no old business, Rob opened the floor to new business, and Frank Coney stood to make a brief presentation on the progress of his committee researching a viable surveillance system to perhaps be installed at the entrance to Fairview Forest. To date the estimate for such a system could cost about $4500 with annual maintenance fees of about $500. Frank entertained questions from the audience, and vowed to continue the research to consider all options. He made suggestions for individual homeowners to look into security specific to their properties as the best first line of defense against crime on the mountain. It was noted that we have had very little crime with which to contend over the past few years.
At this point in the meeting, Dan Beerman asked the audience to put forth any ideas they had pertaining to life in Fairview Forest that the Board should consider. "We have sticky notes to write on. Just stick them up on the wall under one of the topics for consideration." The topics were: Improvements, Costs, and General Comments. The Board will field suggestions at any time. They can easily be submitted by email email@example.com
At this time the meeting recessed to vote for the Directors, and people batted ideas around with lively discussions. When the votes were counted, Rob Greene won the three-year seat, and Will Evans won the two-year seat.
Suddenly, there was no more to be said. Rob adjourned the meeting, and thanked everyone for coming to the meeting. It was then back to noshing and cleaning up the party. Thanks to all who hung around to help clean up.
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Research Underway Concerning Surveillance Cameras for Fairview Forest
Nothing causes a person to feel victimized the way a burglary of their home does. The sense of violation is high, and the concern over what to do about it can overwhelm the senses. Burglaries are often never solved. Police institutions have limited resources, and generally, without leads cannot effectively help the victim.
Fairview Forest has periodically been targeted by such crimes, but not often. Understandably, the hue and cry has been for the Homeowner's Association to do something about it because of the high degree of helplessness some feel. It is often broached that the community should invest in surveillance cameras at the entrance so that we have a visual record of who comes and goes, be they neighbors, friends, contractors, vacationers, people passing through to check out properties for sale, or people who have absolutely no business being in our neighborhood.
FFHA enlisted the help of Frank Coney to lead a committee to review surveillance products appropriate for Fairview Forest.
2018-19 Budget Passed
The 2018 Budget with an annual assessment remaining the same as last year, $698.00, was approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting on April 28th. The Board is focused on operating efficiently and keeping the assessment to a minimum. The annual assessment is due June 1st of each year.
There were some minor changes to the budget. The most significant were an increase in Accounting Fees by $1,300 and a reduction of Legal Fees $2,300. The Accountant for the Association had not increased fees in several years. Legal Fees were decreasted anticipating settlement of the Short-Term Rental lawsuit.
Fairview Forest Book Club
Property owner Ellen Haack heads up the Fairview Forest Book Club. Members are are currently meeting at each other's homes unless membership grows at which time they will use clubhouse. Click here for a list of reading materials put together by the club
for this year and contact info for Ellen to inquire about dates, time, and location.