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Hello Neighbors!    
Our CFCC-HOA hopes you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather! Our Fall newsletter provides homeowners with reminders and new information regarding our neighborhood.
HIGHLIGHTED IN THIS ISSUE: Temporary Storage Units, Neighborhood Personal Golf Cart Usage, Dog Barking (first three paragraphs below)
TEMPORARY STORAGE UNITS (In August 2022, the following paragraph was added to the Architectural
Review Guidelines on page 5, section J)
The CFCC-HOA allows the use of temporary storage units (PODS or similar units) only for move-ins, move-outs, major remodels, or interior/exterior renovations. Homeowner must notify the ARC Chair or committee members prior to the unit arriving on site. The unit shall remain on property for a maximum 3 days. If the homeowner needs to keep the unit for more than 3 days, they must obtain the CFCC-HOA’s prior written approval. Failure to do so may result in a fine from the CFCC-HOA. The unit must be placed on a hard surface (driveway or sidewalk). 
In 2018, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners established the ‘Lincoln County Golf Cart Ordinance’. The ordinance was revised on May 6, 2019. More and more homeowners, in our HOA and others, are using personal golf carts and may not be aware of this ordinance.  The revised ordinance can be found on the Lincoln County website. Below are highlights from the ordinance:
•        Any operator of a golf cart MUST be at least sixteen (16) years of age.
•        Golf carts may be used only on roads/streets that contain no more than two lanes and a turn lane.
•        Golf carts shall NOT be operated on or alongside a public road or street with a posted speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour.
•        Golf carts must operate at the right edge of the roadway and yield to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
•        An operator shall operate the golf cart at a speed which is the lesser of either (a) 20 miles per hour or (b) that speed which is reasonable and prudent for the existing conditions.
•        The operator may not allow the number of people in the cart at any one time to exceed the maximum capacity specified by the manufacturer. 
The HOA has had a few homeowner complaints regarding dogs barking to the point of being a nuisance. While dogs can make great companions, many breeds are prone to barking when they sense their territory is being invaded. We live in an area with a lot of wildlife, that encourages walking, and has many homes on the golf course, all of which can cause dogs to bark. In addition to generally accepted quiet hours (10p-7a), with more and more people working from home, it's important to be responsible pet owners and ensure your dog(s) are not barking to the point of causing a nuisance.  
The Cowan’s Ford HOA Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner will be held at Cowan’s Ford Golf Club on
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 6:30 pm. An Annual Meeting Notice will be emailed to property owners in early December, with an online RSVP requested. There is a seating capacity of 93 people in the Club Room, therefore the first 93 to respond will be seated.
We extend a warm welcome to the neighborhood, to the new homeowners who have moved in since our Spring Newsletter: Jim Surane, Jr., Steve & Ann Hill, Nick & Jan McDonald, and Shawn Donahue.
Soon it will be 2023 and time for the Cowan’s Ford Homeowners Dues statements. To ensure your statements are properly received, you can go to www.cowansfordhoa.com, click on ‘Update Your Profile’ and scroll down to review the information shown. If you make any changes, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Submit’.  We will be distributing statements at the HOA Annual Meeting/Dinner in January, 2023, to those in attendance. Remaining statements will be mailed or emailed. If you are unsure if you have a balance due, you can contact the Treasurer through the CFCC-HOA website, or directly by phone or text at 805-689-2143.  
A reminder that a Capital Contribution Fee of $180.00 is required from all buyers of real property (land) and all structures (improvements or fixtures) integrated with or affixed to the land at the time of closing. The fee is payable to the Cowan’s Ford Homeowners Association. 
Our community looks great! Many homeowners used the summer to remove trees, thin out tree limbs and replace driveways. Thanks for making your requests using the HOA documents sections and the ARC short form. The ARC goal has, and will continue to be, to provide a response to you within 3-5 business days. For the year, we have had 26 requests with an average approval of 3.5 days from receipt.
Over the summer, the ARC noticed several instances of Boat Trailers or RVs parked overnight. As stated in our Covenants: “There shall be no parking on any street, public or private, except where specifically designated by the Association. Parking is permitted in conjunction with each Lot only within the driveway serving said Lot. No truck shall be parked for storage overnight on any Lot so as to be visible to the occupants of other Lots, the users of any streets, or from any Common Area. 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.”  
While ARC takes notice of these instances, we do not like to make calls to our homeowners over weekends. Please note, these are our days off also. The ARC tends to let those days roll, as many folks store their boats and RVs off site, use them two + days on the weekend, then return them to the storage lots. However, please be courteous to your neighbors and return your play toys to storage on Sunday evening.
Check our website for the answers to your questions and all the forms that you need. This is also where the By-laws and Covenants can be located. (www.cowansfordhoa.com).
If you plan to lease your property, the HOA requires completion and submission of the Leasing Form, which can be found on the Cowan’s Ford website.
To report a street lamp light bulb outage, please contact Duke Energy at 800-777-9898, providing them with the light number located on the pole. The HOA is not responsible for replacement. 
Our HOA website can be found at www.cowansfordhoa.com.  Our HOA Covenants, By-laws, forms needed for home improvements, leasing forms and guidelines, Board members, Board meeting minutes, newsletters, and our homeowners’ Directory can all be found on our website. 
If you are walking your dog in the neighborhood, please carry a plastic bag for waste pickup. Cat owners, please be aware of cats roaming off your property and using your neighbor’s yard for waste. Lincoln County has recently passed ordinances relating to pets, including leash laws, noise, and general nuisance provisions. Please be mindful of your pets’ behavior and be respectful of your neighbors. 
Please be aware that you may NOT WALK on the golf course or cart paths at any time, with or without your pets. The Cowan’s Ford Golf Course and cart paths are private property. 
If you walk your dog(s) on the Duke Energy dike property, PLEASE pick up your dog waste immediately (leave no trace).  In addition, Duke Energy does not allow any motorized vehicles (golf carts included), to be driven on the dike area. Please remember that Duke Energy dike area is on private property. Duke Energy is proud to be a neighbor of Cowan’s Ford homeowners and Golf Club. HOWEVER, if abuse of this property continues,
Duke may be forced to take additional measures and possibly eliminate access to the dike area to the public.
Mailbox Recommendation for CFCC-HOA Phases I and II is the ‘Providence Crossing’ model by Watson Welding Company (704-821-7140)  https://www.watsonsteelandiron.com/mailboxes.php, or like model by another vendor.  This mailbox is already a requirement for CFCC-HOA Phase III, IV, and St. Andrews (extension).   
QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Should you ever have any questions or concerns, you may direct them to the CFCC-HOA BOARD through our website, www.cowansfordhoa.com, using the ‘Contact Us’ area.  We look forward to hearing from you. 
Thank you, 
The Cowan’s Ford Country Club Owners’ Association Board 2022