EASEMENT MAINTENANCE

In the upcoming weeks, the landscape company will start cutting the easements throughout the neighborhood. Please do not place lawn clippings or any other items within the easements. Anyone interfering with the companies ability to thoroughly cut the easements will be billed if the company has to make a special trip to complete the job.

Lawn Maintenance

Homeowners,

Unfortunately spring has come a little early with the unusual warm weather which means some of our lawns and/or weeds are starting to grow early. During a sight inspection this past week, board members noticed a few yards which look unsightly. This is not a standard we believe the masses want for our neighborhood. Please address as soon as possible if you know your lawn needs to be attended to. If any lawns continue to look unlike an unacceptable standard, the HOA board will seek to address the property owner(s). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or a board member via the HOA website.

Please cleanup lawn clippings and trash from the streets as well. We don’t consider our homeowner(s) or their families trash, why would or should they have to walk amongst lawn clippings and trash. Anyone with questions or concerns about this, please contact me through the HOA website.

Community Yard Sale Rescheduled

Due to the current situation we are facing with Covid-19, the community yard sale has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020. Although the community events committee are aiming for this date, they will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and give updates as needed. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope you stay healthy and safe during this time.

Idea For Neighborhood Picnic Pavilion For Neighborhood Gatherings

Attached are photos of a structure located in the Haymont area in Fayetteville. A structure like this would possibly be a great area for our neighborhood gatherings. The board will check if a structure this size can fit on the lot where the cemetery is located off of Croft Drive. The board will have to confirm with Broadwell if the lot will in fact be turned over to the neighborhood. The board will continue to gather information on who built this structure, the cost, etc. Please respond to this post if you have any questions, comments or concerns. The information gathered about the structure will be presented at the next neighborhood meeting scheduled for May 16th.

Upcoming Blakefield Property Owners Meeting

Upcoming Property Owners Meeting
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Spring Blakefield Property Owner’s Meeting
Date: May 16th, 2020
Time: 10:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Where: East Regional Library
4809 Clinton Road, Fayetteville, NC 28312

Trash Ordinance

Some time ago, the HOA board was asked to contact the County Inspectors office regarding trash and trash cans. Some homeowners were not placing items inside their trash cans, rather placing loose trash beside their cans. The county does not have a rule, like the city, requiring all trash to be placed inside trash cans. County does require all trash, to include boxes, to be placed in a trash bag if set beside trash cans. Although this is not a huge problem within our neighborhood, there are a few homeowners who are not following this rule. No one likes for their neighbor’s trash to be blown into their yard. To rectify this issue, if the board is contacted by any homeowner with a complaint, the board’s first step will be to contact the county. The board will ask the county to notify those violating the county ordinance. If any homeowner has to be contacted a second time, the board will ask for the county to impose a fine in accordance with county rules. The board will also bring the homeowner in front of our Hearing Board in effort to decide if a fine should be imposed in accordance with our covenant and restrictions. To avoid being contacted by the county or the board, please place trash, to include boxes and newspapers, within your trash cans or a garbage bag. If this has been a reoccurring issue for any homeowner(s), please contact the HOA via our website. You can provide the address and/or name of those who have been a problem in regards to trash or any other issues.

Attached is a photo taken of trash in front of a property in the neighborhood some time ago. This is just to provide an example of a violation of the county ordinance regarding trash set beside trash cans. All trash has to be in a container, trash can or trash bag. Anyone requiring clarification on the ordinance can contact Gilbert Sanchez with Cumberland County Inspections.

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2020 Budget

BLAKEFIELD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
2020 PROPOSED BUDGET

Sources of Income:

– Bank balance forward $ 38,487.45
– 2020 Annual assessments (204 lots @ $100) $ 20,400.00

Total Income: $ 58,887.45
Legal Fees and Emergency – $ 15,000.00
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Total proposed income: $ 43,887.45

Known Expenses
– Common area maintenance $ 4000.00
– (Landscaping, Water, Fence Staining)
– Liability insurance $ 550.00
– Office/admin costs (Supplies) $ 500.00
– Tax preparation $ 250.00
– Web site $ 600.00
– Postage (PO Box, Stamps, etc.) $ 600.00
– Electricity (Duke Energy) $ 800.00
– Improvement Project $ 2000.00
– Message Board/Drop Box
– Community Events $ 2000.00

Expected Expenses
– Surveillance Cameras (2) $ 4000.00
– Storage $ 600.00

Total Proposed expenses: $ 15,900.00

Proposed Net Operating Total: $18,000.00

2020 Annual Assessments Notices

All 2020 Annual Assessments notices will be mailed out by Monday, December 29, 2019.

All assessments MUST be mailed to: P.O. Box 20016, Fayetteville, NC 28312. All assessments are due by January 31, 2020.

Envelopes with a postal service mark of January 31st will be considered on time. All assessments obtained after January 31st will receive a $20 late fee for each month assessments are late and/or remain unpaid. Please request a for a board member to contact you if you have any questions. You can submit a request via the website.

Please do not plan to submit assessments in person to any of the HOA board member’s residences. The assessments must be mailed in an envelope and have a postal service mark.

October 5, 2019 Property Owner’s Meeting Minutes

BLAKEFIELD PROPERTY OWNERS OCTOBER 5, 2019 MEETING MINUTES

1. Meeting called to order by Damon Wyche at 10:35 a.m. Second by Jim Cogdell, Arron Carter, Jim Krassow.

2. Meeting Agenda: Damon Wyche covered the proposed agenda for the meeting which was listed on the Proxy notification.

3. Roll Call: Damon Wyche confirmed the roll call and the total number of property owners in attendance to include proxies to determine the .20 percent quorum for voting. Total number in attendance was 46 property owners.

4. Treasures Report: was covered by Keri Alpers. Total expenses for 2019 to date was $7,911.15. Total remaining in account at time of meeting was $38,487. 45 property owners were unpaid for 2019 fiscal year assessments. 38 property owners are unpaid from a span of 1-3 years. HOA board will determine how much of the remaining funds will be moved to a saving account for legal fees and emergency funds.

5. 2020 Assessment Voting: Damon Wyche proposed the assessment of $100 for the 2020 fiscal year. Voting was held for the assessment. Proposed assessment was voted in by the attending property members with a majority voting “yes” to the assessment by raising hands.

6. Unpaid Assessments/Late Fees: Damon Wyche informed attendees that the HOA board began the process of contacting property owners that had not paid 2017, 2018 and 2019 assessments of $100 and late fees. Some of the property owners have paid the assessment(s) and late fees. The HOA board will continue sending notification letters to property owners who remain unpaid for 2017, 2018 and 2019 assessments. The HOA board will review the treasurer’s report for 2018 and 2019 to identify those that sent assessments payments late without including the penalty fee, $20 per month that payments are late. All property owner’s whose assessments were received late, starting on March 31, 2018, will be notified and will be assessed the penalty of $20 for each month payments were late.

7. Late Assessment Payments: All assessment payments received by the HOA board will be deposited, if it includes penalty fees or not. If any assessment payments are late and does not include penalty fees, the property owners will be sent notification to pay the late fees. The HOA board will seek out legal assistance if unable to recuperate late or unpaid assessments and penalty fees.

8. Trash Service Discount Proposal: Aaron Carter informed attending members of the proposal for Waste Industries Trash Service. 50 property owners are required to sign up for a discount to be offered for the service.

9. Neighborhood Improvement Project: The HOA board is continuing obtain information for a security camera to be installed at the entrance of the neighborhood. A quote of $2000 has been received for one camera (per/yr.) to be installed by Flock Safety.

10. HOA Management Company: The HOA board will start to research and obtain quotes from HOA management companies for service. The HOA board will propose the quotes at the May 2020 property owner’s meeting.

11. Pressure Washing: The HOA board has obtained quotes for pressure washing services. Quotes will be posted on the website and Blakefield Facebook page as they are received. The quotes will be based on the number of property owners that sign up for service, (Ex. 50 2-story homes/$150 per).

12. Neighborhood Improvement Project: HOA board is planning to have a message board installed at the entrance way. A secured drop box will be installed as well.

13. Cluster mail boxes: Mark Bransom presented information regarding his conversation with the Postal Service regrading cluster mail boxes. Bransom stated that the Postal Service informed that the idea of cluster mailboxes was a decision made by the neighborhood developer. The HOA board would seek further information about cluster mailboxes.

14. Street Cleaning Service: Damon Wyche informed there has been a few occasions that trash or liter has remained on the street at the front entrance or throughout the neighborhood. HOA board members have collected the trash after trash remained on the streets for several days. Damon informed that it was not the responsibility of the board to clean the neighborhood streets. If property owners do not want to take time to keep the streets clean, the HOA board has contacted a street cleaning company for future service if needed.

15. Street Lights: HOA board will contact Duke Energy to inquire about replacing the current street lights with LED lights.

16. Speed Humps: Speed Humps will have to be installed by the NCDOT when all roads are considered completed and turned over from the developer to the state.

The meeting adjourned at 11:38a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Damon Wyche
President