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COWAN’S FORD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
 SPRING 2018 NEWSLETTER
 
Happy Spring to all!
 
Our Spring Newsletter provides our homeowners with reminders and new information regarding our neighborhood.
 
2018 HOA BOARD MEMBERS:
President: Darren Smith
Vice-President/Nominating Committee: François-Xavier Destrée
Treasurer: Jim Konieczny
Secretary: Debbie Jesse
Architectural Review Committee Chair: John Gary
Beautification Committee Chair: Mark Grabants    
Welcoming Committee Chair: Sharon Ryan
 
Non-voting Consultants/Project Managers:
Architectural Review Committee Member/Consultant: Don Hatley
Technology Consultant: Jim Doidge
Past-President Consultant: Tony Merlo
Leasing Consultant: Kathy Merlo
Flag/Wreath Project Manager: Dianne Tannery
 
HOA DUES/ACCOUNTS:
Greetings Homeowners.  Cowan’s Ford Homeowners Association issued HOA Dues invoices the first week of January 2018.  The past due date was March 31, 2018. As of April 1, a $20 per month late fee will be assessed to past due accounts. Our HOA Dues are small compared to most Associations in our region.  You may not know, but our dues pay the electric bill for the safety street lighting in our community, American Flags, Holiday Wreaths, and the new custom traffic signs.  If you don’t remember receiving your Dues Invoice, please contact the Treasurer (704) 651-2452. If your contact information changes, please use our HOA website (www.cowansfordhoa.com) to update your Directory information, or contact HOA Secretary, Debbie Jesse (thejesses@msn.com), to update the information for you.   
Enjoy this beautiful Spring.
 
CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION FEE
Please be aware that a Capital Contribution Fee of $180.00 is required from all new home buyers at the time of closing.  The fee is payable to the Cowan’s Ford Homeowners Association.
   
ARCHTECTURAL REVIEW:
Top Five Reminders: 
1.    Check our website (cowansfordhoa.com) for the answers to your questions and all the forms that you need. This is where the By-laws and Covenants can be located.
2.    Any change to the outside of your home needs HOA/ARC approval. Roof, external color, patio’s, decks, adding major trees and shrubs, removing trees and shrubs, driveways, etc.
3.    Trash and recycle receptacles: As stated in our HOA Covenants, “All garbage shall be stored within the residence of each Owner, and no Owner may change or supplement the garbage disposal facilities (if any) provided for such Owner’s residence on the date of completion of construction thereof unless the Board of Directors of the Association shall first approve in writing the change or addition to the method of storage.”  This means that trash and recycle receptacles must be kept inside the homeowner’s structure/garage unless other storage means have been approved by the ARC committee.
4.    Vehicles and Parking: As stated in our Covenants, no boats, motor home, travel trailer or other recreational vehicle may be stored overnight on any lot unless visually screened from adjacent street or lots.
5.    Just let us know: If you are having some remodeling done to the inside of your home, please send the ARC an email or give us a call. This will help us to answer questions about dumpsters or work trucks that are seen in the neighborhood. 
 
Before you start any project please contact the ARC with any questions you may have. 
 
In an attempt to maintain our beautiful community, it may be necessary for the ARC to send out warning letters as a reminder of violations. If the homeowners do not comply with the cited violations, the HOA/ARC will impose a monthly fine on homeowners until compliance is reached. 
 
Thank you to all the dog walkers who pick up after their dog’s business.
 
WEBSITE:
The Cowan’s Ford HOA website is ‘www.cowansfordhoa.com’.  Our HOA Covenants, By-laws, forms for home improvement, leasing forms and guidelines, Board members, Board Meeting minutes, latest newsletter, and our homeowners’ Directory can all be found on the website.
 
LEASING:
If you plan to lease your property, the HOA requires completion and submission of the Leasing Form, which can be found on the website.
 
ANIMALS: 
Homeowners need to be aware of the ‘Animal’ restrictions found in our HOA Covenants, Article VII Restrictions, Section 5 Animals.  It states: ‘No animals, livestock, or poultry of any kind shall be kept or maintained on any Lot or in any dwelling except that dogs, cats, or other common household pets may be kept or maintained provided they are not kept or maintained for commercial purposes’.
 
DOG OWNERS:
Please be courteous to your neighbors and pick up your dog’s waste from your neighbor’s yards, from vacant yards, and from golf course property in the neighborhood.
 
GOLF COURSE CART PATHS/PROPERTY: Please note that you may not walk on the golf course or paths at any time, with or without your pet. The course may not be used for playing ball or playing in sand traps. The Cowan’s Ford Golf Course is private property.
 
Any questions or concerns that you may have may be directed to the CFHOA BOARD through the website, ‘cowansfordhoa.com’, using the ‘Contact Us’ icon.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
Cowan’s Ford Homeowners Association Board 2018