Community Yard Sale slated for April 9

Sell all that unwanted stuff at your yard sale on the morning of Saturday, April 9. Community leaders will advertise the coordinated sales using our entrance signs, posting on Craigslist and NextDoor and posting a sale directory map online.

How does this work?
Each home is responsible for their own sales (including securing the appropriate licensing from the city). By holding several yard sales at the same time, visitors are more likely to venture through our neighborhood. The purpose is to increase traffic, thus increasing potential sales.

How will they find my sale?
For those not on the “cut through,” it can be hard for visitors to find sales. This year we will post an additional sign at the entrance encouraging visitors to go to brownesferry.com/sale. There they can find a map showing all the sale locations. To be included on this map, email your street address to brownesferryhoa@gmail.com.

Participating Homes

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Little Free Library network slated for spring

Eagle Scout hopeful Phillip Harmon’s plans for Little Free Library boxes were approved by the Architectural Review Committee. Harmon estimates a start date of mid-February and a completion date of mid-March.

Hosting homeowners will be contacted to decide on the exact location. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Harmon will install the library but will not use cement on the posts to allow for future removal, if necessary.

The “libraries” will be installed at volunteer hosts’ homes along the street to allow pedestrians to give or take books as they please. Locations include:

  • Abernethy home (sidewalk entrance to park – 3341 Brownes Ferry Road)
  • Curley home (3324 Brownes Creek Road)
  • Harris home (3422 Pasture View Court)
  • Norman home (7210 Glen Brook)
  • Thompson home (7537 Chapel Ridge Road)

Christmas Train a big hit — with a surprise visitor!

The community celebrated the holidays with the perennial favorite “Little Blue Choo” on Friday, Dec. 11. The train took passengers around the neighborhood to look at the light displays, then warm hot chocolate and candy canes greeted folks as they waited to talk to Santa himself!

Make plans to attend Annual Meeting on Jan. 28

The Browne’s Ferry Annual Meeting of Members is scheduled for January 28. While most HOA meetings are business meetings intended for board members, the Annual Meeting is specifically for all members (aka homeowners). If at least 50% of Browne’s Ferry’s 210 homes are represented, the board of directors’ seats are opened for election. If quorum (aka the minimum attendance) is not met, the member meeting is closed and the board will hold a normal business meeting that night.

All homeowners are encouraged to attend the annual meeting, and also encouraged to stay during the board meeting if quorum is not met.

 If you have concerns you would like brought to the attention of the board, please email brownesferryhoa@gmail.com.

The following items are planned for discussion and/or vote at the Annual Meeting of Members on Jan. 28, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at University City UMC.

Quorum & Board Election

If enough homeowners either attend the Annual Meeting or designate a proxy to represent them at the meeting, homeowners will elect who they would like to serve on the board of directors. The board of directors then appoints officers (i.e. president, treasurer, etc.).

In the event that there are not enough homeowners present, the current board remains and the Annual Meeting is adjourned. The board will hold a business meeting that night, in which homeowners are encouraged to stay and participate.

Old Business

Completed Projects: This includes reports from each committee chair detailing what happened and what was completed. Some of these projects include park renovations, entrance work, social activities and city grants.

Incomplete Projects: This includes discussion of any projects that haven’t yet been completed (such as the Little Free Library network, tennis court resurfacing, tree banding, etc.).

Outstanding Issues: Brief overview of existing issues that have not yet been solved. This includes the 6-month grace period ending for home maintenance and community covenant violations.

New Business

2016 Projects: Overview of projects anticipated for the upcoming year, including landscaping and maintenance.

Social Committee: Set dates for anticipated social activities.

2016 Budget: Formal approval of budget (proposed budget on next page).

Open Discussion

Depending on time, the presiding officer may open the floor for discussion of items not included on the agenda.

If you have an issue you would like to bring to the board’s attention, or you would like to discuss during the January meeting, please email brownesferryhoa@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Get involved in 2016

The Browne’s Ferry Board of Directors have a full slate of activities and projects anticipated for 2016. We will need volunteers and project leaders.

Entrance electrical overhaul

Fitness Station: Work started on the old playground area in 2015 included removing the swing set frame and railroad ties. The area was graded and seeded, maximizing the green space available for community use. In 2016, the old jungle gym transformation will be completed by installing workout signage and repainting the structure.

Adopt a City Street: In order to look more appealing in city grant applications, the HOA plans to adopt the streets in our neighborhood. At least twice per year we must organize volunteers to collect litter.

Fall Tree Banding: Browne’s Ferry intends to apply for a city grant again next fall to cover the cost of cankerworm tree banding supplies. Volunteers will be needed.

Panthers Tailgate: Possibly in conjunction with some sort of contest, such as a chili cookoff, this event would allow neighbors to tailgate at the park.

Summer activity: Whether National Night Out or a summer block party, we’d love to hear your ideas for a community activity.

Start or join a community club

Many homeowners have voiced interest in starting clubs or gatherings with neighbors based on interests.

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Organized by Jennifer Martin, this group provides fellowship for neighbors. They held a cookie exchange in December, and have more plans for 2016. For more information, email jennifermartin360@gmail.com.

Fitness Group

Adela Henry hosts a group to discuss walking and eating tips. The group is free and meets at her home. For more information, email ahenry40@gmail.com.

Other potential groups:

The sky’s the limit when it comes to what is possible with community groups. Here are a few ideas that just need someone to champion:

Play dates. Browne’s Ferry has a large population of school-aged children.

Exercise groups. There is a large population of mothers with stroller-aged children and stay-at-home or work-at-home adults who would love companionship while exercising.

Gardening: Browne’s Ferry held a plant swap in the past to share and divide perennials.

Book clubs: From Bible studies to the latest best sellers, gather with neighbors to share ideas and perspectives.

Fundraisers: Invite neighbors to increase your non-profit organization’s benefits.

Start a New Group

If you would like to start a club or hold an event that is open to neighbors, please be sure to post it on one of our social networks:

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Also, please email your group’s information, including the name, time and place of meetings and contact information to brownesferryhoa@gmail.com.

Community wins city grant to purchase tree banding supplies

210 pixel NBS logoBrowne’s Ferry applied for a city grant to cover the cost of tree banding materials in August.

The City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services Neighborhood Matching Grants program awarded our community the full cost of BugBarrier tree banding kits, including squirrel deterrent wrap. Tree banding includes the tape and sticky substance that prevents female cankerworm moths from climbing trees to lay their eggs.

Browne’s Ferry looks to band the city-owned trees on the main thoroughfares as well as privately-owned  “stand alone” trees.

Installation Sign Up

Supplies are limited, and will be first distributed to those who signed up. Homeowners should sign up for a 20 minute time slot on either Saturday, October 17, or Saturday, October 24. Volunteers are also needed to help installation move as quickly as possible.

Volunteers will measure out the material needed for trees that meet the criteria below (which trees to band?). A volunteer will also demonstrate the proper installation, then help with installation of as many tree bands as possible in that 20-minute time. Homeowners will then sign off on a time sheet showing the hours they pledged to continue banding. The city estimates it will take approximately 30 minutes per tree.

Sign up for a time slot on Saturday, October 17

Sign up for a time slot on Saturday, October 24

Which Trees to Band?

Priority should be given to the deciduous trees that will have the most public impact, meaning those adjacent to streets and sidewalks.

1. Street & Sidewalk Trees

City-owned and private trees along streets and sidewalks should receive top priority.

2. Stand-Alone Trees

Trees with no other trees around should be the second priority.

NO Natural Areas, Woods or Shrubs

Trees in natural areas and/or adjacent to woods should not be banded. It will not be effective. Because cankerworms seek to climb high into tree canopies, banding shrubs is also ineffective.

Cankerworms

About Cankerworms

The first frost often signals the female moths (who cannot fly and spend warmer months on the ground) to start their climb up the trees each fall. The females try to get as high as they can and lay their eggs on tree branches. In the spring, the eggs hatch and the moth larvae eat tender spring leaves as they parachute down from their perch high in trees. They use a silk thread to lower themselves, and can be blown from tree to tree.

Cankerworms then spend the warm months on the ground and eventually become moths. Most trees recover from their feasts, but trees with other stressors, such as droughts or diseases, may not recover well.

Fighting Cankerworm Infestations

Infestation is a strong word, but is often used in suburban and urban environments where there are limited natural predators. In these environments cankerworm populations can swell and overwhelm trees. Cankerworms also love to eat roses and other decorative shrubs.

By preventing the female moths from climbing into trees in the fall, they are unable to lay eggs. Tree banding works best when as many trees as possible are banded, since the worms can parachute from tree to tree. The City of Charlotte has sprayed a chemical on its trees in the past, but tree banding uses no chemicals.

Natural predators and the sheer number of trees in natural areas make banding ineffective in those areas. Stand-alone trees will see the most benefit from banding.

Installing BugBarrier Tree Bands

BugBarrier tree bands are a cleaner tree banding kit than Tanglefoot kits because they prevent leaves and other debris from sticking to the traps.

  1. Wrap one layer of 3” white fiber material around the tree at chest height (approximately 4.5 feet high). If tree bark has deep grooves, use a putty knife to push the fiber into the furrows. You can also staple the white fiber into the grooves of the bark. This prevents the moths from climbing under the band.
  2. For trees up to 24” in diameter, measure enough green film barrier to go around white fiber, add 3” and cut it. For trees larger than 24” add 6” of overlap.
  3. The green film must be applied in the same direction as the white fiber. Peel about 12” of protective backing from the film to expose the adhesive. Align with the top of the white fiber. Wrap snugly and press down on the green film as you go around the tree. Make sure the green film hangs down about 3” from the white fiber and 1.5” from the tree.
  4. Fill in any gaps between the white fiber and tree bark with additional fiber by pinching small amounts, rolling it and stuffing it from the top, OR staple into grooves.
  5. Apply top wrap over the green film. This prevents water from causing sagging, and also keeps squirrels from pulling the white fiber for nesting material.