2017 budget includes funding for several park projects

The 2017 budget approved at the Jan. 26 meeting includes several projects from the long-term maintenance and repair plan. Among the projects to be completed in 2017:

  • Playground mulch refill
  • Removal of dying trees and juniper on park entrance slope, then grading and seeding the area
  • Repair/reconnect see-saw base
  • New park trash receptacles

Repairing the gazebo trim and roof will be postponed until 2018. Do you have input on the long-term maintenance and repair plan for Browne’s Ferry? The Beautification Committee develops and maintains this list of projects. The Beautification Committee also runs Yard of the Month contests, fall and holiday decor contests and the Adopt-A-City-Street program. To join the Beautification Committee, contact Molly Hall.

Signs your siding needs replacement

Many homes in Browne’s Ferry, especially those in “Browne’s Ferry I” at the front side of the neighborhood, were built in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, and sided with a compressed paperboard siding from Abitibi. A class-action lawsuit made small settlements available to owners of homes that used Abitibi, but the statute of limitations on payment is 25 years from the time of installation. For many Browne’s Ferry homeowners, this window has closed.

How can you tell if your hardboard siding needs to be replaced? Here are a few signs:

1. Water Damage

Water damage results from water infiltrating the paper cover on hardboard siding, which results in a rippled looking texture. This can often been seen where nails were used to secure the board to the wall, and at edges and joints. If you have water damage, you’ll need to replace those boards.

2. Animal Damage

Woodpeckers can easily drill holes into the siding, which then leaves the siding unprotected from rain and insects. If the hole is small enough, you can use an exterior wood putty then repaint to match your home color. If the damage is more extensive, you’ll need to replace the board.

3. Slipped Nail Holes

Damaged siding can create larger holes around the nails intended to secure the boards, which can cause the siding board itself to slide off the wall. Because the integrity of the board has been compromised, it is better to replace the board than attempt to repair it.

Replacement Options

Any exterior alterations will require approval from the Architectural Review Committee. Forms are available online.

Abitibi folded years ago and was bought out by Masonite. It is hard to find replacement siding boards that will match the style and lap of what is currently on many Browne’s Ferry homes. However painting professionals often have alternatives that will match the existing siding for spot repairs.

Hardiplank is a cement-based siding option that closely matches Masonite/Abitibi siding. It is available at home improvement stores, and can be painted to match your home’s exterior.

Some homeowners have also opted to replace their home’s siding with vinyl. Homes in “Browne’s Ferry II” (the interior of the community that was built slightly later than the front of the community) often have vinyl siding, and today’s vinyl siding options can closely match the look and feel of Masonite siding.

NextDoor is a great resource for finding contractors used by other Browne’s Ferry homeowners when replacing or repairing/repainting their siding: brownesferry.nextdoor.com.

Need community service hours for school?

If your child needs to earn community service hours, Browne’s Ferry has a variety of opportunities. Email brownesferryhoa@gmail.com or sign up online (brownesferry.com/events) for specific events:

  • Street Cleanup, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1-3 p.m. The city provides litter pickup tools and safety vests. Volunteers sign up for specific streets.
  • Fitness Station painting. We have the paint and supplies, we just need to paint the existing steel bars at the park. If you’re willing to take on this project, you can schedule it at your convenience and coordinate helpers.
  • November month of service: If you need physical assistance raking leaves or performing fall yard maintenance tasks, let us know and we’ll try to arrange a community service day or two that will allow volunteers to come out and help. If you’re interested in leading this service project, email brownesferryhoa@gmail.com.
  • Event assistance: Help with setup and cleanup for community events. See brownesferry.com/events for currently scheduled events.

Court renovation complete

The tennis court renovation project was completed in early September and is now available for Browne’s Ferry member use. A few things to keep in mind:

  • The court is for member use only. Guests may use the court as long as they are accompanied by a member.
  • No dogs are allowed on the court.
  • No glass is allowed on the court.
  • The keypad code is printed in the newsletter, and is updated every two months. If you cannot find your keypad code, please call Cedar Management.
  • Be sure to close the gate after you are done using the new amenity.

The tile surface can be used for riding bicycles, just take care not to damage the tennis net in the center of the court.

Latest property inspection nets 24 violations

Cedar Management finished its August property inspection, which resulted in 13 “friendly” letters, 8 “official” letters (second notices) and 3 “final” letters (third notices, which include a summon to a hearing during closed session of the next board meeting).

There have been significant improvements made to the community since Cedar took over property inspections in April. If you receive a letter and would like to request an extension to complete the necessary repairs, please contact Cedar Management using the contact information on the letter.

Homeowner survey results: enforce rules, boost security

As Browne’s Ferry transitioned to Cedar Property Management, welcome letters were sent to every homeowner along with a homeowner survey. Of 210 homes, 42 homes completed and returned the survey.

What do you consider to be the most pressing issue?

Ranked in order of frequency:

  • Security/safety/crime prevention
  • Home maintenance issues/enforcing covenants
  • Common area beautification and upkeep
  • Rental homes / renters not upholding covenants
  • Street parking
  • Lilley home

What concerns do you want the board to address?

Top responses included:

  • Street parking / parking outside driveway
  • Rental homes
  • Covenant enforcement, specifically boats and trash cans
  • Lilley home
  • Basic home maintenance

Prioritizing topics

An average of rankings resulted in the following prioritization:

  1. Maintaining low dues
  2. Safety/crime prevention
  3. Home maintenance
  4. Landscaping/entrance appeal/flowers
  5. Efficient communication methods
  6. Social activities/events
  7. Greenway access
  8. Quarry access/enhancement