Tennis court repair to begin in July

The volunteer board of directors unanimously approved the installation of VersaCourt multi-sport tile from the local vendor Ultimate Courts.

tile-largeWhy did this take so long to address?
The volunteer HOA board put the issue to a vote by homeowners over a year ago. The vendor quotes used to create those ballot options were not accurate. They estimated roughly $12,000 to resurface the court. After resurfacing won the vote, the volunteer board sought multiple quotes and discovered the cost was much higher. Wanting to be good financial stewards of the community’s funds, the board gathered new quotes (detailed below) and took time to carefully study what each entailed.

Why will it cost so much?
After making site visits, asphalt vendors consulted with volunteer board members and informed them that when the court was originally built, it barely met standards for tennis court thickness. Compound that with a 20-year asphalt lifespan and lack of maintenance, and the need for in-depth work increased the cost tremendously.

How much does our HOA have in reserves?
The HOA has approximately $70,000 in surplus funds, and some of it has been earmarked for future projects, such as playground mulch refills and other maintenance projects. Each year, the annual budget includes funds put aside for some of these projects. When originally put up for a vote, homeowners were informed that “a financially sound non-profit corporation is suggested to hold at least 6-12 months of its operating budget in reserves ($19,950-$39,900). With that in mind, the community could commit $29,854-$49,804 of its current reserves toward amenity updates.”

What will the new court include?
VersaCourt multi-sport tile is installed over the existing surface, and creates a porous surface that is extremely weather resistant. Water drains through the tiles and away from the court, and the tiles do not retain heat like asphalt. Because of the investment we will be making, the volunteer board approved the installation of two basketball goals and basketball court lines to be painted on the surface in addition to tennis court lines. This will give the community an additional amenity. The vendor will repaint the chainlink fence posts and install new chainlink fencing, as well as install a keypad lock on the court gate to limit use to homeowners and their guests.

Why can’t my dog go on the new court?
Once the new surface is installed, animals cannot be allowed in the court. The court was never intended to be a dog park. It is a liability to the community to allow dogs to go unleashed in the common areas. Also, because of the nature of the tile, animal waste presents hygienic issues to subsequent court users. Misuse (including use by animals) can also negate our product guarantee.

Where can I learn more about VersaCourt?
Visit VersaCourt.com for more information on the product itself, or visit UltimateCourts.com to see work done by our local VersaCourt dealer.

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Issue with a violation letter? Here’s what to do

The volunteer board of directors contracts with Cedar Management to conduct property inspections and mail violation letters. Because homeowner survey results indicated a heavy interest in covenant enforcement, Cedar’s property inspector was not given any direction other than our covenants.

The first inspection with Cedar was completed on April 28. The inspections were done by a neutral, third-party observer. This was done to prevent any potential bias. Letters were mailed in early May.

The volunteer board received feedback from some homeowners regarding the letters received in May. Several homeowners detailed their plans for improvements and were granted extensions to complete work.

Others were concerned with how stringent the notices were regarding grass and weeds in the grass. The volunteer board of directors discussed this at the May 26 meeting, and contacted the property manager to adjust the next property inspection to focus more on home maintenance issues and less on turf management.

If there are other questions or concerns regarding a property inspection finding, please contact Cedar Management. All calls are logged, and the volunteer board of directors is alerted to concerns. It is never appropriate to be aggressive toward your volunteer board of directors.

Do you see an issue in the community and want the property inspection to note it? Fill out the “report a violation” form or contact Cedar Management.

Vote Now: Homeowners select new court colors

Vote now for what colors you’d like to see installed over the existing tennis court. The court will have basketball goals and lines in addition to tennis court lines, making it a double amenity to the community.

Voting closes on Sunday, and one vote per household: http://goo.gl/forms/E1qiqd60qUgDYO4A2

Browne’s Ferry wins Keep Charlotte Beautiful grant

Keep Charlotte Beautiful awarded Browne’s Ferry a grant to help with entrance renovations.

The renovations are scheduled to be completed in April by our landscaping contractor, Reedy Creek Landscaping. The HOA’s 5-year plan included an electrical and lighting overhaul in 2016, and landscaping in 2017. This grant will allow us to complete both projects in 2016.

The grant totals $2,425, and will cover shrub removal. HOA funds will cover the electrical project, as well as replacement plants.

Want to know more about the project? Download the grant proposal PDF below to see more.

2016 KCB Grant Application

Keep Browne’s Ferry beautiful by adhering to covenants

In May 2015 the Browne’s Ferry Board of Directors approved a broad enforcement of community covenants as part of its efforts to maintain a beautiful and valuable neighborhood.

A representative from William Douglas mailed letters in June 2015 to homes not in compliance with our covenants.

Every home is bound to the community covenants, which is a contract signed upon closing of a home sale. The covenants are permanently tied to the land (and thus to each home).

Because some violations may be incur a larger cost or time commitment to correct, the board approved a 6-month grace period.

The grace period to address those covenant violations has ended. William Douglas will schedule a drive-through inspection in early March to document covenant violations.

If a home is found to have the same violation as it did in June 2015, the homeowner will be required to submit information regarding when they plan to address the violation. If not addressed in a timely manner, the homeowner will be subject to a hearing before the board and possible fines.

What Do Covenants Say?

See brownesferry.com/documents for the full text, but briefly:

  • All fences must be approved.
  • No temporary structures.
  • Animals must be in reasonable numbers as pets for sole pleasure of occupants. No commercial use. Birds must be caged.
  • Nuisances prohibited: storage of rubbish; unclean or untidy lot; foul odors; noises that will or might disturb the peace and quiet of surrounding occupants; unlicensed or inoperable vehicles; boats, RVs, trailers. Rubbish and/or inoperable vehicles can remain if inside an enclosed structure.
  • Clotheslines, garbage cans, lawn equipment must be concealed from street view. No trash incinerators allowed.
  • Upkeep to exterior includes yard, fence, walkway, shrubs and main dwelling.

Browne’s Ferry signs on for Adopt A City Street program

To make the community more appealing during grant applications, Browne’s Ferry agreed to adopt the streets in our neighborhood as part of the City of Charlotte’s Adopt A City Street program.

This program encourages residents to adopt streets and keep them litter-free. Our streets must be cleaned at least three times per year, including removing litter and illegal signs. We may also choose to mark storm drains and spot graffiti if necessary.

The city will install Adopt A City Street signs at both entrances to the neighborhood where the existing “no soliciting” and neighborhood watch signs are posted.

If anyone is interested in leading this program for Browne’s Ferry, please email brownesferryhoa@gmail.com.