Fairview Forest Homeowners Association

A private community in western North Carolina

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HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC.

community news briefs

Virtual Annual Meeting Planned for September 14th

After careful review of the FFHA By-Laws that layout the process for the Annual Meeting, the Board has decided to offer all owners the opportunity to vote on the two primary elements of FFHA self-government, board membership and the FFHA budget. We have had to make changes to the prescribed process due to the need to have a meeting that is socially distanced and we have made every effort to conform to the letter and spirit of our guiding documents.  
 
The Board has rescheduled the Annual Meeting to Monday, September 14, 2020, via Zoom, at 6 p.m.  Instructions will be included in the Annual Meeting packet on its way soon to property owners.
 
Two board seats are up for reelectionThe Annual Meeting Packet will be mailed to property owners later this month along with a ballot and written explanation of why the Board voted for an increase in dues and a pre-addressed, stamped postcard ballot for voting.

Voting Process Details

I. Property owners will be voting for a Director.
• Two director positions are open. Will Evans, Architectural Committee Chair and Director, is running for reelection for one position and the other is currently open. Property owners will vote for the nominee for either a three-year term or two-year term.

II. Property owners will be voting on the budget.
• The budget and proposed increase were explained in the annual meeting packet mailed to property owners in March. The explanation will again be included with the Annual Meeting packet. Read it carefully!

III. Voting will be by mail-in ballot and will be due by September 9th.
• There is no accurate way to vote via Zoom, therefore we will require that property owners vote by mail. A pre-addressed, stamped postcard will be included in the packet. Property owners are asked to vote for two board positions and either for, or against, the proposed 2020 budget. Votes will be counted and the results announced at the virtual Annual Meeting on September 14th.

Trash Kills Bears

Trash cans left out at end of driveways all week kill bears and are unsightly to look at.

Trash cans left out all week at end of driveway (or half way up it) are in violation of FFHA regulations and violators will be fined.

In the last week the Association has received calls about trash all over the place on Black Oak Forest, Hickory Forest and Chestnut Forest roads. There are cans on Red Oak Forest and Hickory Forest roads and Fairview Forest Drive that live at the end of driveways. Trash cans that live at the end of driveways 24/7 are the cans in violation of the FFHA regulations.

There are other choices here; there is a program with Buncombe County and Waste Pro for handicapped and elderly people who qualify for a more personal type of service. That information is detailed here on the website. The Buncombe County Transfer Station, located at 190 Hominy Creek Road in West Asheville, is also a great choice.

Remember, trash kills bears, even your trash! So look around your driveway (even across the road and down in the woods) for trash and clean it up, please. There will be no more warnings for violators. The regulation we all have to live by is below:

Regulation: Trash Can Visibility
A. Background
Trash cans left out in a visible location create two problems:
a) The cans are a draw to animals, in some cases dangerous animals
b) The cans left out after pick-up day create the appearance of a messy community.
B. Policy
Trash cans put out for pick-up service shall be stored out of view of neighbors and passers-by no later than the end of the day after trash pick-up.
Enforcement
Enforcement shall be complaint-driver and shall comply with the Restrictive Covenants, Article 12. Enforcement. (June 2011)

Food and food odors attract bears. Secure food, garbage and recycling. It’s all food to a black bear! A bear’s strongest sense is smell. They can pick up a scene from over a mile away! That is more than seven times better than a bloodhound. Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward and endanger them with easily available food, liquids or garbage. Learn more at bearwise.org.

Trash Container Help Available

In order to better help senior citizens in Buncombe County who are unable to take their cart to the collection point due to an infirmity or difficult driveway the County launched a program earlier this year. 

Interested seniors can contact Buncombe County Solid Waste at (828) 250-5460 to find out if they might qualify and for details on the program.

Click here for a link to learn more about the program

A group of new mailboxes was recently installed in the mailbox shelter, purchased and installed to accommodate more residents preferring to have their mail delivered in the community.

October Board Meeting

The next FFHA Board Meeting will be Monday, October 19th, at 6 p.m. The last several board meetings have been held remotely via Zoom due to the pandemic. A decision will be made in early October if the next board meeting will be virtual or at the Clubhouse.

Contacting FFHA

Individuals selling their homes and those buying property or a house in Fairview Forest are reminded to make their realtor and/or closing attorney aware to contact the Association via email for any information needed for the sale, transfer, or closing on the home or property.

The email address is FairviewForest@gmail.com. The inquiry will be promptly sent to the person who can best quickly respond. Attempting to contact officers and board members by phone will only delay obtaining the info needed.

Question?

Anyone who has a question or concern about Fairview Forest is urged to attend one of the regular monthly board meetings. The dates and times of the meetings are posted a month ahead on the website and the meetings are open to residents and interested parties.

Attending these Association meetings is the best method to learn more about the community and quickly obtain answers to questions with all board members, officers, and committee chairs in attendance.

Unable to attend a board meeting? Send an email to Question@FairviewForest.com — the email will be directed to the best individual to respond.

Arrowhead Trail Offers Striking Natural Beauty

Arrowhead Trail is located in the Green Space located along Trantham Creek, where the creek follows the main road between Red Oak Forest and Dogwood Forest Roads. The creek is covered by canopies of dense evergreens (hemlock) in places, and deciduous mixed hardwoods in others. It is the rock substrates, moisture levels, and soil which generally dictate plant communities, and most of the Green Space area along the creek could be considered a fairly rich cove forest.

"Property owners and residents who have traversed the trail find the natural striking beauty of the area remarkable."

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