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COWAN’S FORD COUNTRY CLUB OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC.
SPRING 2022 NEWSLETTER
 
Hello neighbors and ‘Welcome Spring’ to all!  Our Spring Newsletter provides our homeowners with reminders and information regarding our HOA and neighborhood.
 
2022 HOA BOARD MEMBERS
President: Charlie Wands
Vice-President/Nominating Committee: Marie Pennington
Treasurer: Susan Smith
Secretary: Debbie Jesse
Architectural Review Committee Chair: John Forlidas
Community Affairs Chair (Welcoming Committee/Flags-Wreaths/Street Sign-Pole Maint): Sharon Ryan
Non-voting Consultants/Committee Members:
Architectural Review Committee Member: Don Hatley, John Gary
Technology Consultant: Jim Doidge
Leasing Consultant: Chris Scholz
 
We welcome Charlie, Marie, and Susan to the CFCC-HOA Board, and thank them for volunteering their time to our HOA. And thank you to the rest of our board members, most who have been voluntarily serving for many years.
 
HIGHLIGHTED ARTICLE: Neighborhood Personal Golf Cart Usage
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.
 
WELCOME NEW HOMEOWNERS
We extend a warm ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’, to the following new homeowners, who have moved in since our 2021 Fall Newsletter: James and Susan Smith, Kevin and Elisha Scott, Tim and Eileen O’Brien, Martin and Pamela Gilmartin, Donald and Jamie Solesbee, Travis and Ashleigh Rulle, and Deborah Stanton-Johnson.
 
TREASURER’S NOTES
A great big thank you to all our Cowan’s Ford Country Club Homeowners. We have received 98% of our total Homeowners Dues for 2022.  We are a revenue-neutral Non-profit organization, and our funds are used to maintain and improve our community. This is a direct benefit for all Cowan’s Ford Homeowners. All homeowners’ statements were either mailed by USPS, or PDFs were emailed as requested. If you have any questions, please contact our Treasurer, Susan Smith, at ibsb@aol.com, or send a text to 805-689-2143.
 
Please remember that if your emails or phone numbers change, please update the CFCC-HOA Directory found at www.cowansfordhoa.com.  Again, thank you for your diligence and prompt response.
 
CAPITAL CONTRIBUTION FEE
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 Country Club Owners’ Association, Inc. 
 
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
As we move into spring, everyone wants to spruce up their lawn and complete some cleaning around your home and property. Please review our HOA guidelines and By-Laws before you start any project. The short form can be found on the HOA website, www.cowansfordhoa.com.  The short form should be used for storm damage, roof repair, tree/shrub removal, and any type of color change.
In an attempt to maintain our beautiful community, the ARC may send out letters as a reminder of violations. If homeowners do not comply with the cited violations, the HOA/ARC may impose fines to homeowners until compliance is reached. The most common violations include: trailers parked overnight, trashcans left overnight street side, additional vehicles parked either on the street or in the yard, and the occasional home improvement. ARC is committed to respond to each request within 5 business days.
One final note, as you all are aware, our streets are narrow, sometimes not allowing a car and bus/truck to pass without one driver inching into someone’s lawn. As you take your trashcans out for collection, please keep the trashcan in your yard, not on the street. Trashcans in the street only compound the narrow street issues.
 
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 our website www.cowansfordhoa.com.
 
STREET LIGHTS
To report a street lamp light bulb outage, please contact Duke Energy at 800-777-9898, or via https://salor-web.duke-energy.app, providing them with the light number found at the top of the pole, or the home address at the location of the street light.  The HOA is not responsible for light bulb replacement. 
 
DOG OWNERS
Please be courteous to your neighbors and pick up your dog’s waste as you traverse the neighborhood with your pet. Your neighbor’s yard, vacant yards, and the golf course are private property.
 
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 the sand traps. The Cowan’s Ford Golf Course is private property.
 
DUKE ENERGY DIKE 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 the property access is abused, Duke may be forced to take additional measures and possibly eliminate access to the dike area to the public.
 
MAILBOXES
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
If you have any questions or concerns, they may be directed to the CFCC-HOA BOARD through our website, www.cowansfordhoa.com, using the ‘Contact Us’ icon.  We look forward to hearing from you.
 
Thank you,
Cowan’s Ford Country Club Owners’ Association, Inc. Board 2022