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                            COWAN’S FORD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
                                         SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER
 
Hello Spring and we hope you are all well!
 
Our Spring Newsletter provides our homeowners with reminders and information regarding our neighborhood.
 
2019 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
Welcoming Committee Chair: Sharon Ryan
Non-voting Consultants/Project Managers:
Architectural Review Committee Member/Consultant: Don Hatley, John Forlidas
Technology Consultant: Jim Doidge
Past-President Consultant: Tony Merlo
Leasing Consultant: Kathy Merlo
Flag/Wreath Project Manager: Dianne Tannery
 
HOA DUES/ACCOUNTS
Thanks go out to our Cowan’s Ford Homeowners. This spring, we received 94% of our HOA Dues payments on time, and most of these noted the Lot Number. Fantastic.
 
We distribute the HOA dues notices at our CFHOA Annual meeting, held in early January, to those who attend.  We mail the notices to all others, and even try to email copies of the statements to those who have shared their emails as well. You can help us and avoid late fees (monthly, beginning April 1) by doing one of two things. One: Make sure we have your correct and current postal mail address. If you have arranged to forward your mail through the USPS, please make sure the forwarding time period has not elapsed. We receive a number of returned envelopes marked, “unable to forward.” Two: We can email your statements if you prefer. Please note, we do not release your email address nor do we use it for marketing purposes. So please provide your current electronic information.
 
If you are unsure of your balance, please contact the Treasurer through the CFHOA website at www.cowansfordhoa.com. You can also contact the Treasurer by phone or text through 704-651-2452. He can email or mail your statement if you need it.
 
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.  Please contact the Treasurer for the Real Estate Closing Information Sheet.  The fee is payable to the Cowan’s Ford Homeowners Association. 
 
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
Reminders:
Article VII Restrictions Section 20. Vehicles and Parking states:
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 the other lots, the users of any streets, or from any Common Areas. No boat, motor home, travel trailer or other recreational vehicle may be stored overnight on any lot unless visually screened from adjacent streets and lots.
 
Article VII Restrictions Section 3. Landscaping:
No trees more than six inches in diameter, nor shrubs, bushes or other vegetation more than two feet height shall be cut, except with the prior written consent and permission of the HOA/ARC.
 
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.
 
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. The HOA/ARC also will impose a fine on homeowners that do not comply with the covenants and bylaws.
 
Please contact the ARC with any questions you may have. ARC information can be found on the HOA website cowansfordhoa.com.
 
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.
 
STREET LIGHTS
To report a street lamp light bulb outage, please contact Duke Energy at 800-777-9898, 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 from your neighbor’s yards, from vacant yards, and from golf course property as you traverse the neighborhood with your pet. 
 
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 may be directed to the CFHOA BOARD through the website, ‘www.cowansfordhoa.com’, using the ‘Contact Us’ icon.  We look forward to hearing from you.
 
Thank you, Cowan’s Ford Homeowners Association Board 2019