The City's Matching Fund Program 2019
Posted on Sep 13th, 2019
City of Concord
Matching Fund Program 2019
Our HOA Board approved replacing five steel posts (stop & street signs) in our community this year with decorative posts. This was accomplished through the City of Concord's Matching Fund Program. The city will match up to $3000 if our project is approved and completed by the documentation submitted by the HOA Board.
This involves some paperwork that can be found on the city's website and two mandatory meetings usually held during business hours at City Hall. If any of the two meetings are missed, we lose our eligibility for reimbursement. If the documentation isn't submitted by the city's deadline in May, we'll have to wait until the following year. For this reason, it's best to have all the documentation ready no later than April.
This year and last, we replaced a total of ten steel posts. This year we replaced a stop sign at the entrance of Walkers Glen/ Moss Farm Street, a stop sign on Skidaway/ Shumacher, a street sign on Skidaway/ Burrell, a street sign on Astoria/ Moss Farm Plantation and another street sign on Olive Hill/ Moss Farm Plantation.
The first Matching Fund we submitted was for additional street lighting in our community. This was the most difficult submittal because it involves Duke Energy and homeowner property. Just because we spotted certain locations for additional lighting, doesn't necessarily mean a light post can go in that spot. That happened!
If you have other ideas for the city's Matching Fund Program, bring it to the attention of your HOA Board. If you are particularly interested in additional street lights and willing to work this with the city next year, again bring it to your HOA Board.
Amendment Vote Passes!
Posted on Sep 6th, 2019
The Amendment vote has passed and we are now going through the final stage of getting both the HOA and TOA CC&Rs and Bylaws filed with the Register of Deeds through the HOA's attorney.
Moss Farm Street Fence Line Painting Project
Posted on Jul 15th, 2019
Moss Farm Street Fence Painting Project
All but one of our TOA Board members were out this past Saturday pulling weeds out of the Moss Farm Street fence line, spray painting 10 lengths of fence and also spray painted three steel posts on one side of the Walkers Glen entrance. Special thank you goes out to Justin Kutniewski (HOA Board member) for using his generator and doing 99% of the painting.
FYI: Ten lengths of fence line takes about five hours to spray and with 25 lengths left to go we estimate another 13 hours to get this project behind us.
We also removed two brown signs from the first entrance on Walkers Glen, closest to Harris Road, since they were badly faded by the sun and we'll get the graphics replaced. The metal signs are still in good shape.
Volunteers Needed to Get Out the Vote!
Posted on Jun 26th, 2019
If you would like to help your community by knocking on doors to get out the vote for our CC&R and By-law amendments, please contact Phoebe via email: email@example.com
Reasons Not To Feed Geese
Posted on May 3rd, 2019
Reasons Not To Feed Geese By Geese Relief
Feeding geese and other waterfowl bread and crackers is a common pastime for many adults and children, but many people do not know that this can be harmful to the birds, as well as the environment. Here are several reasons why you should not feed geese and other birds.
Bread, crackers, popcorn, and other high-carbohydrate foods are like junk food to birds. They provide very little nutritional content, and birds that fill up on them will not seek out other, nutritious food. This can cause the birds to become malnourished, which can contribute to a host of health problems for both adults and babies.
Even though you may only choose to feed geese and other birds small amounts of bread or other foods, other families may be doing the same thing. The result could be that the birds' diet consists primarily of unhealthy foods.
If an abundant supply of food is readily available from humans, the geese population will grow because the birds will be attracted to the handouts. This can cause the area to become overcrowded. A supply of easy-to-acquire food will also lead the birds to lay more eggs, which can further contribute to overpopulation.
Feeding geese bread can also contribute to the spread of disease. A diet rich in carbohydrates will cause the birds to defecate more, which can spread bacteria that can contribute to disease. Moldy bread that is not eaten and left on the ground can cause aspergillosis, a lung infection that can be fatal to waterfowl. In addition, rotting bread can attract pests, such as rats, mice, and insects, which can spread disease.
Feeding geese can also pollute the environment. Uneaten bread is unsightly. It can rot and release noxious odors, and it can also lead to the growth of algae, which can clog natural waterways and endanger the health of fish and other wildlife.
Geese and other birds that rely on humans for food lose their natural fear and may place themselves in dangerous situations, such as crossing roads in search of food. They may also become aggressive toward humans who do not provide them with the food they want.
While you may think that you are helping geese by providing them with food, you can be jeopardizing the health of the birds, other animals, and humans, as well as polluting the environment. Wild geese have plenty of healthy food in their habitat to sustain them. Let the geese find food on their own so that they and other animals in the environment can stay healthy.
The Commons Berm & Walkers Glen Monument
Posted on Jan 29th, 2019
TOA Landscaping Committee
If you have a "green thumb", we are interested in you!
Pine Valley has been doing a great job the past three years with our turf and we'd like to see if residents would like to form a landscaping committee to "spruce up" our TOA monuments during the year and take care of the Christmas decorations when the time comes.
Your board has finally got to the point where our berm and the WG monument is in an attractive state. We only need a handful of volunteers (2 or 3) and during the year it would involve some weed pulling and perhaps tilling. It's a good way to get out of the house and do something for your community.
If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
On a side note, the same offer goes out to all HOA residents. Every community has a monument and a little extra loving care goes a long way.
City of Concord RE: Moss Farm Street Island Construction
Posted on Apr 5th, 2018
Last week, your HOA board sent a Matching Fund draft proposal to The City of Concord to remove the tip of the Moss Farm Street island. Matching Funds are due to the city by late May. The email sent was to see if the city would support the proposal since DOT would be involved. FYI: The Matching Fund program, if approved by the city, matches up to $3000 towards a community project.
The proposal removed the tip of the Moss Farm Street island (about 8 feet), closest to Harris Road. The flower bed there continued to be run over by school buses and other vehicles, even with the concrete pad added a few years ago.
The destroyed flowers did not give a good first impression entering our community. Something all your board members are quite cognizant. The only option was to remove a good portion of the tip.
With the city's review, they noticed we had one sidewalk, not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and no clear path to the other side. So, the city decided it was their responsibility and fund the entire project out of city funds.
The project also includes the removal of the concrete pad at the other end of the island, which was poured by mistake. This west tip will be the primary flower bed in the future and the other end, closest to Harris Road, will most likely be left turf.
To make it even better, the city started the work yesterday!
Sink Hole Along Moss Farm Street RE: Fixed
Posted on Mar 9th, 2018
The City of Concord repaired the small sinkhole along the sidewalk. If you see sinkholes, please report them to Kuester as soon as possible.
Posted on Feb 21st, 2018
HOA meeting Feb 26 @ 6:30 p.m.