Posted April 7, 2021

An open meeting in the form of a webinar is planned for Tuesday, April 27, starting at 7:00 pm.

The meeting will be devoted primarily to one topic:

Plans for the Future of Beechmast Pond
Presented by Jesse Fearrington, Director of Grounds and Landscaping, and Tony Daniels, Treasurer

The presentation will be a continuation of the discussion initiated at the last open meeting in February.

An email invitation to the meeting will be sent to all residents on or about April 12, containing a link that allows you to register for the meeting. In the meantime, we encourage you to review previous presentations. Here is a summary:

Maintaining Beechmast pond is one of the larger expense items in the FHA budget, and the cost is increasing every year. Sediment is gradually filling the pond. Regular dredging is expensive and cannot maintain an adequate water depth. Future development may well make the situation worse.

The Board commissioned a study by Kris Bass Engineering (KBE) to see if there might be a more cost-effective way to deal with these problems. Based on their study, KBE presented three approaches to developing a long-range solution. The alternatives are described here, along with the costs of implementing each.

The alternatives were presented at an open meeting in February. Several questions were raised by residents at that meeting. Here is a list of those questions, together with answers.

An article in the recent issue of The Belted Gazette provides a summary of information received more recently.

Please review this material. If you have questions or comments, please submit them to Jesse Fearrington, grounds@fhaboard.org, prior to the meeting. Please use “Beechmast Pond” as the Subject line. The speakers will address as many as they can during the meeting, and provide written answers afterwards.

A week or so after the meeting, a survey will be distributed asking you to express your own preferences among the options. A final decision should be made by the Board by the end of May.