Yesterday we sent an email to all addresses in the FHA directory, 1,810 in total. 60 of these were rejected. A few had invalid email addresses because their owners had changed their addresses. But most were rejected because the receiving email host believed the emails to be spam. The email hosting companies included AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook and a few others.
If you did not receive an email with links to the FHA Newsletter yesterday, you should add the following email to your Contacts List: firstname.lastname@example.org . Doing so will improve your chances of receiving email from the FHA, including the Newsletter and other important communications from FHA. Please do not report this website as a spam producer! Doing so increases the frequency of undeliverable email to all who need and value the information sent by the FHA in these unsettled times.
The full text of yesterday's emailed FHA Newsletter is...
Recently there have been several problems with package deliveries by Amazon. Because they are now using their own drivers, problems occur because drivers are unfamiliar with the village.
Carl Angel, President of FHA, and Tony Daniels, Treasurer, have been in touch with officials at Amazon.com, and we have taken a number of steps that should simplify the delivery process for their drivers. Most problems arise because each location in the village has two addresses, a street address and a PO Box number. In some cases there is a simple association between the two; in other cases they are unrelated.
Delivery people need a reference source that connects PO Box numbers to the associated street addresses. Jim Brooking, FHA webmaster, generated a suitable data base from the FHA directory. This was bundled with street maps, and provided to Amazon.
We continue to explore ways to help Amazon drivers deliver packages to...
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”—Charles Darwin
Out in the world it is common to hear that older people just cannot adapt to change. Well, just look around! We can see people every day in Fearrington Village wearing masks and social distancing but getting on with life. A real example is what Fearrington Cares has done in providing a drive-through clinic for flu immunizations. We are adaptable and resilient.
FHA has adapted as well, even though so much has changed. Yes, we have had to close The Gathering Place for most activities, but we are using it for a polling place for the upcoming government elections. Some activities such as the Easter Egg hunt have had to be cancelled, but we have not missed a beat in actions to keep...
Earlier this year we informed residents that we were planning to rebuild the Creekwood Kiosk this Autumn. Plans for a new building were posted, and the Postmaster approved the new design. However, it has been very difficult to find someone to bid on the project at a reasonable cost. Many construction projects have encountered these problems during the pandemic. It is the result of a robust construction industry and material shortages that have led to lumber costs increasing by up to 130%!
We are scheduling a building power wash and minor repairs until we can re-evaluate the situation early next year. We share our residents’ disappointment in not being able to complete this project in a timely manner.
—Tony Daniels, email@example.com
Beginning January 1, FHA business operations will be handled by a new management company. The current contract with Towne Properties ends this year, and a new three-year contract has been signed with Associa/HRW.
The new agreement is the result of a long search for a company that will support our FHA and the Board, now and in the future. We published a Request for Proposals last spring and received applications from nine management companies. We selected three finalists, and then conducted extensive interviews with company representatives. We also talked to board members of other HOAs in the region that had employed the companies. Associa/HRW was clearly the favored among the finalists.
A final contract was negotiated recently. In negotiations they have been anxious to meet our needs. The management fees will be about the same as those charged by Towne Properties, and locked in for three years. In return, an...
This is the time of year when we update the printed Handbook and Directory. We try to make it as accurate as we can at the start of the year, even though it may be out of date soon after it’s printed.
Please check your current directory listing—names, street address, phone numbers, and email addresses—to make sure they are accurate. You can do this by logging into the FHA website, clicking Directory, and selecting Find People.
Hint: If the directory doesn’t seem to be working, type the first two letters of the last name, then the remaining letters one by one.
If you need to make changes, you can send the corrected information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer not to have an email address published in the directory, you can request that it be used only for newsletters and critical FHA emails.
If you are an officer with one of...
Important News!! Integra Water, which owns 95% of Old North State Water Company, has decided it no longer wants to operate plants in the State of North Carolina. As a result, they plan to sell the Briar Chapel Plant. We don’t know to whom, but it is our understanding that the potential buyers are not interested in managing an interconnected system between Fearrington Village and Briar Chapel. We are fairly confident that this idea, which we felt had many drawbacks, is dead. You have probably already read this if you use Nextdoor, but there are a lot of negotiations going on right now, so we don’t have much more to report—yet. Stay tuned.
—Rose Krasnow, email@example.com
Thanks to Jason Welsch and all the volunteers who turned out to help with the Green Scene’s Fall 3-in-1 Shredding Event. Thanks also to Amy Ghiloni, RE/MAX Realtor, who not only helped to underwrite the event but pitched in along with her husband. It was a cool morning, but we were too busy to notice. Look for the statistics on what we collected in the December newsletter.
FHA Secretary Needed: Because of demands on her time, our valued secretary, Leslee Shell, has resigned her position as of the end of the year. This is a very important job. We do not yet have candidates, but along with the nominating committee we are searching for someone. Duties are described on page 75 of the 2020 printed Directory. For more information, please contact Rose Krasnow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 crisis generates many uncertainties for village residents, and information changes frequently. We try to keep this page up to date, and ask that you check regularly to see what might be new.
Click on the “Read Full Article” link below to find out about:
November Elections: Absentee ballot tracking website
November Elections: Gathering Place open as polling station
Plans for Annual Meeting, November 15
Information about Sun Trust Bank in Fearrington
Other local impacts of COVID-19
When many of us moved to Fearrington, the Handbook and Directory gave us the essential information, but slowly other questions emerged. Why do I pay dues to two organizations? What does the Fearrington Homeowners Association (FHA) do and who belongs to it? How does it fit in with the service groups shown on the website, and what exactly is a service group? What role, if any, does Fitch Creations still have in management of the overall development? How close to “finished” is Fearrington? Here are some of the answers you may have been looking for.
Building the Dream
The Fitch vision was to develop a quiet country lifestyle with a vital and attractive village center, parks, open spaces, recreation, and housing to meet different lifestyles. In 1975, Chatham County gave the approval to Fitch Creations to create a Planned Urban Development (PUD). The first phase of single-family homes, now known as...