26 Mar President’s Message – April 2014
Did you know that there are seven different homeowners associations in Fearrington? And that just over half of our lot owners are actually members of two different associations, while the other half belong only to the FHA? If you live in Millcroft Close, Countryhouse, Bradford Place, Bush Creek Townhomes, Camden Park or Weathersfield, you pay assessments to your local association and to the FHA as well. That’s because these communities have different amenities and were designed to limit the homeowning burden by providing services ranging from trash pickup ,to landscaping, or even to maintenance of roofs and exteriors. If you live outside of the areas listed above, and that’s about half of you, the only assessment you pay is to the FHA.
In the March Newsletter, I went into some detail about what all 1200 homeowners can expect to get from their annual FHA assessment. I won’t pretend that I know enough detail about the other six associations, or Service Groups as they are generally known, to list their benefits. But I do know that they provide a high quality of benefits and services, and that like FHA they are all managed by a group of volunteer board members that have the interest of their community at heart, and do the best they can to guard your assets and provide the services that you expect.
One of the jobs I have as FHA President is to convene meetings with the Presidents of each of the six Service Groups several times a year in order to insure good communications about village matters. In this way, issues important to one area of Fearrington are raised to the FHA level for consideration if they affect the broader community. We share information, we share complaints, sometimes we share laughs, and at times we even share costs if that makes sense for the village as a whole. The board members of all of these groups are well meaning people who deserve your support, your ideas, and your constructive criticism. Some day, if you haven’t already done so, you might like to hold one of these jobs and get a birds eye view.
Joe Mottola, President