Land Use Committee Update
A quick update on the living shoreline project:
The Fishing Creek Farm shoreline erosion project is nearing completion. The rock structures and sand phases are complete, and our contractors are now finalizing the marsh grass planting over the next few weeks. The planting areas are marked out with posts and string. Particularly for the next year, residents and dogs should not enter the planting areas to help the grasses establish. Next winter, when our marsh grasses have been established, residents will be able to access pocket-beaches throughout the living shoreline by walking through the marsh grass. To access a summary of the project, please click here.
Architectural Change Requests
The Architectural Control Committee reminds all homeowners that many types of changes to the exterior of your home (such as roofing, hardscaping, building a shed, etc.) may require you to file an application and supporting documents with the committee prior to any construction beginning. To determine if your project does require an application, contact our Board Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your project requires an application and supporting documents, watch the video in this article to get a complete understanding of how to do this.
Do you want to know who is on what committee? Do you want to know how to reach a committee member? All of that information is on our website Committee page which is located here. On this page you will note that a number of the email addresses are [committee-name/position]@fishingcreekfarm.org. This is part of our ongoing effort to have email addresses that we can use to transition easily from volunteer to volunteer when a position turns over. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this, and thank you to all of our volunteers!
The next book meeting will be Nov. 18th at 7pm. The meeting will be virtual. Click here for additional information.
2020 / 2021 Deer Management Program
The Board is working with Tri-County Deer Management, an organized group of bow hunters, who aid communities such as ours in their efforts to manage the deer population within their respective areas. Fishing Creek Farm has worked with Tri-County Deer Management for many years in this effort. The bow hunters must demonstrate their bow hunting proficiency and take ongoing bow hunting safety courses. Tri-County Deer Management and its members are insured, listing Fishing Creek Farm as an additional insured. The hunters set elevated stands in the common area trees, so they have a downward trajectory, shooting their target from less than 20 yards away. The program runs during the deer hunting season, which this year is from September 11, 2020 through February 3, 2021. Management at FCF begins on Friday, September 18th.
For complete information, click here.
Plants Stolen From Entrance to FCF at Cherry Tree Lane
Since mid-August, grasses were stolen at the Cherry Tree Lane entrance on two occasions. During the latest theft, about 30 grasses were dug up. We were in the process of having our landscaping crew replace the first batch stolen when this latest theft occurred.
We are in the process of evaluating next steps to be taken. Temporarily we have placed surveillance signs. If you notice any suspicious activity at either entrance, please report to a board member.
Barbara Holch, FCF Beautification Committee Chair, worked with our landscaping contractor L.B. Landscape to divide grasses that had become large enough to split, planting them in the entrance areas bare from the most recent theft and around the clubhouse grounds. Ornamental winter cabbages were also placed at the entrances, clubhouse and flagpole base at the marina. L.B. Landscape provided downed tree clean-up services following the recent tornado.
From our Board of Directors
Next Board Meeting and Meeting Minutes
The Board of Directors meetings are open to all homeowners. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 24th at 7 pm. The 2021 Budget will be voted on during this meeting. You can view budget documents by clicking on "Documents" and then "Board of Directors" in the Menu column on the left side of this page. The September Meeting Minutes are also available there. To join the meeting, click here.
Board Changes and New Volunteers
Colleen Clark has become the Secretary of the Board and Jacque Smith is the Member at Large. Members have also been added to the website (Joan Pfinsgraff), newsletter (Margo Speciale), and architectural control committee (James Cummings and Marty Pfinsgraff). To see all the changes, click here.
Cherry Tree Cove Update
Tree Risk Assessment
The Board is obtaining proposals for Tree Inventory and Risk Assessment services from two companies. This effort focuses on specified street trees and trees near homes in the open areas to assess the risk and likelihood of failure, impact, and consequences, and risk mitigation options. The purpose of this inventory and assessment is to help us understand which trees appear to possess a higher degree of likelihood or potential for failure based on accepted industry practices. One proposal is in-hand and the second is expected soon. Both will be posted to the website in the near future. For more information, contact the Board President (email@example.com).
It Takes a Village
Steve Haiman, Secretary of the FCF Board of Directors, moved from Fishing Creek Farm on October 1st. Steve served this community in many capacities - just to mention a few - board member, newsletter editor, website management, communications specialist. We have filled the positions he held with at least 4 volunteers. The entire community and the board owe him a huge amount of gratitude for all his work. We also owe a big thank you to Nancy, who served as a writer for our newsletter.
A huge THANK YOU to Hank Hudson, who spent an afternoon powering washing the tennis court to keep us all safe. The court had become slippery due to a build-up of mold and mildew. Also, thank you to Dick & Alice Tennies for providing water and power to get the job done. And, one last thanks to Brenda Hudson and Margo Speciale for assisting Hank. Hank did a great job and was able to power wash the baseline where the mold was the worse. However, he could not get it all, so please still be cautious, especially after it rains. The court will be resurfaced in 2021.
ONE MORE BIG THANK YOU--In addition to his work on the tennis court, Dick Tennies has also been trimming limbs and cutting up the big tree at the Cherry Tree Lane beach. This is a major task and is a major improvement to the new pocket beach area at the end of Cherry Tree Lane.
Your CapEx committee has been meeting regularly during the month and continues to conduct due diligence on many fronts relating to the many capital assets of the Fishing Creek Farm community. The highlight of the month was preparing for and conducting Focus Group # 2. Thanks to Laurie Bruhin, Jacques Smith, Dewey Schmitt, Lark Marie, and Andy Gordon for taking the time to provide valuable insights and recommendations to the CapEX committee. We greatly appreciate their feedback.
Marina Committee Update
The colder weather is arriving and it's important to review your lines with shifting tides and heavy storms. We have enjoyed a busy season at the marina. We maintain capacity with a waitlist, which is larger than we have seen in 10 years. If you plan on not staying in the marina next season or wish to be on the waitlist for next season, please let Jason Horst (marina committee) know as soon as possible to help with planning.
We continue to ask for everyone to help maintain a safe and enjoyable environment. If you see a safety ladder in the water, please pull it out. If you see anything out of place or concerning, please notify the marina committee. Thanks to everyone for their support, and enjoy the fall boating season!
Hailey Matthews, CMCA,® Community Association Manager with Tidewater Property Management, reports the following:
- The deer management program is in full swing and is off to a great start.
- Estimates are being obtained to remove trees fallen on the Southbreeze beach path and all the other paths.
- Tidewater is working with the board to review year-end expenses and draft budget for 2021.
If you have an idea on how to make Fishing Creek Farm an even better place, please share it with the Board and your fellow homeowners. Suggestions are sent to our FCF Board and posted on our website. To access the suggestion box now, click here.