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April 2009

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Spring Work Day

Spring workday and Springfest is scheduled for May 2, 2009 with the rain date as May 9, 2009.

We always have some outside “spring cleaning” to do. Workday activities include activities similar to applying water seal to the boat slips at the marina, island and marina cleanup, etc. Meet at the Marina at 9AM for work assignments. The ones who get there first get the easiest assignments.

Springfest will begin at 1:30 PM at the marina and we hear that many gastronomic offerings are planned by the Social Committee. Please bring your own chairs, ice, and of course BYOB (the more the better).

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates To Run for BOD Positions

The Nominating Committee is in quest of candidates to run for Board of Director (BOD) positions that need to be filled at the Annual Meeting, which will be held during September 2009. Three BOD positions will be elected at that Annual Meeting, one 3-year term, one 2-year term and one 1-year term. Participating as a Board Member is a very important way to serve the community. We hear that if the Committee doesn’t get some volunteers to run soon, they will come calling. If you are interested in being a member of the BOD please contact any Nominating Committee member. Members of the Nominating Committee are Joan Grassi, who is the Chairperson, along with Linda Bowen, Mary Howell and Luella Rutkauskas. Contact information for the Committee may be found in the directory in the restricted area of the web site.


Where Does All The Money Go?


We thought we would show off our presentation skills by providing a picture of where the money goes based upon the 2008 actual expenditures.


Landscaping  ($36.6K) encompasses all mowing & trimming, front entrance plantings and Chemlawn Service


Maintenance  ($4.3K) covers maintenance of entrance gate system, inland lake aerator fountains, entrance landscape lighting, entrance irrigation system, video surveillance system, orange construction fence, Spring & Fall workday materials, etc.


Utilities ($6.6K) includes electric and telephone


Admin ($7.3K) covers insurance, taxes, legal fees, mailings, web site, Duke Energy marina lake usage fee, Social Committee activities such as welcome baskets & HOA sponsored socials


Projects  ($11.5K) includes maintenance and capital projects approved by the Board of Directors


Reserves ($15K) includes funds retained for unplanned emergencies and  maintenance of the private streets inside the gates



Projects Update


The Board has set aside $30,000 for 2009 Project Reserves. The 2009 Budget included $19,000 for project Reserves and the Board added $11,000 more derived from the amount of 2008 revenues greater than budget and the amount of 2008 expenses that were less than Budget.


Projects that are under consideration for 2009 and Projects that have scope and cost estimating activities in progress are listed below:


Project M21 (Repair Damaged Asphalt in several areas on South Harbor Watch Drive and High Lake Drive) is being managed by David Schroen and estimates for this work is in progress. The BOD will consider the scope and cost of this project at their May meeting. This project will likely be scheduled mid to late summer 2009 pending construction activities on these streets and schedule of the paving contractor. By the way, this will be the most significant project on the list targeted for completion this year.


Project M6 (Rip Rap Islands) is being managed by Doris Wilson and estimates for this work is in progress. An estimate will be obtained for each island. This project has not been scheduled so far.


Project C31 (Add Fourth Video high resolution zoom camera to Video Surveillance System) has been completed. This project was recommended by the Community Watch Committee and approved by the BOD. Adding the fourth camera enables video coverage of both the inbound and outbound gates 24 hours/day plus the high resolution zoom camera enhances the potential of license plate capture of vehicles entering the community.


Projects C24 (Marina Pavilion Project) and C30 (Marina Fire Pit Project) as discussed at the 2008 Annual Meeting are being scoped and cost estimated. Van Hartsell is the Project Manager for this project. After meeting with the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (NCDENR) Permitting Coordinators in March, Van is cautiously optimistic that the Pavilion could be located in the area of the right sand box as one faces the lake at the marina and the fire pit could be located at the left sand box. A Catawba River Basin Variance Request form must be submitted and granted before these projects can move forward but after meeting with the NCDENR folks we are optimistic that these projects are viable. As mentioned in the February e-Newsletter, current thinking with regard to these projects is to determine the scope, cost, funding and timing of these potential projects prior to the 2009 Annual Meeting. The BOD plans to communicate this information before the meeting via the web site to enable discussion at the meeting and also for feedback to occur ahead of any steps taken by the 2009/2010 Board of Directors. The current BOD is gathering facts concerning these projects and will make no decision

in regard to these projects. Lot Owners are encouraged to provide their input to the HOA once all the facts concerning these projects are communicated via the website and the 2009 Annual meeting so the next BOD has a good perspective of the sentiment of the lot owners before any decisions are made.


Finally, Project C7 (Asphalt area to right and left of asphalt road at boat dock area) seems to have a greater approval challenge per NCDENR Permitting Coordinators. The intent is to include the scope of this project into the Catawba River Basin Variance Request for the Pavilion and Fire Pit projects as a separate phase to see if a variance for this project might also be obtained.



Inland Lake Levels


An article in the August 2008 e-Newsletter discussing inland lake water levels concluded by stating “So, the upper lake is down and evaporation is the main culprit, what are the next steps? Pray for a tropical storm? The BOD plans to investigate options to add to the water supply of the upper lake. But, praying for a tropical storm might not be a bad move either.” This article was written to communicate that the chief reason the upper inland lake level was down was due to evaporation and lack of rain and not that the dam was leaking in any abnormal way.


The upper inland lake recovered nicely during this past winter despite average rainfall for the winter period. As of this e-Newsletter the upper lake once again reached full pond on April 11.Praying for rain did help as heavy rains last November, the great storm of March 1 plus several other week-ends of rainy weather in March with the coup de grace being the storms of April 10. The lake recovered from four feet one inch below full pond last August to full pond on April 11…..shows what a little rainfall can do.




Neighborhood Home Construction and Real Estate Update


Currently, there are Three (3) home sites that have construction work in progress .in varying stages. ARC has not received any home plans so far in 2009.


The active number of homes on the market is currently five (5). The number of active lots on the market is currently at twenty (20).


Remember, before construction begins a lot owner must comply with the requirements of the Architectural Review Committee. Home Construction Guidelines including the Home Construction Guidelines Checklist.


Home Construction Guidelines Checklist and the Plan Approval for Property Upgrades, Additions, and/or Improvements are all available on the web site.



Overheard at the Marina


Overheard at the Marina is intended to be “tongue in cheek” material that adds some serious and some not so serious stuff to the e-Newsletter.


We overheard that when the upper inland lake level fell to over four feet below full pond, the upper part of a golf cart became visible at the cove near the access path with the foot bridge. Wonder how the golf cart got there?


In honor of April first, some of the top April Fool's Day pranks ever pulled off, as judged by the San Diego-based Museum of Hoaxes for their notoriety, absurdity, and number of people duped are provided to get your creative juices flowing:

In 1996, American fast-food chain Taco Bell announced that it had bought Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, a historic symbol of American independence, from the federal government and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Outraged citizens called to express their anger before Taco Bell revealed the hoax.

Discover Magazine announced in 1995 that a highly respected biologist, Aprile Pazzo (Italian for April Fool), had discovered a new species in Antarctica: the hotheaded naked ice borer. The creatures were said to have bony head plates that became burning hot, allowing the animals to bore through ice at high speed -- a technique they used to hunt penguins.

Burger King, another American fast-food chain, published a full-page advertisement in USA Today in 1998 announcing the introduction of the "Left-Handed Whopper," specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new burger included the same ingredients as the original, but the condiments were rotated 180 degrees.

In 1985, Sports Illustrated magazine published a story that a rookie baseball pitcher who could reportedly throw a ball at 270 kilometers per hour (168 miles per hour) was set to join the New York Mets. Finch was said to have mastered his skill -- pitching significantly faster than anyone else has ever managed -- in a Tibetan monastery. Mets fans' celebrations were short-lived.

Noted British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on the radio in 1976 that at 9:47 am, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event, in which Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, would cause a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's gra- vity. Moore told listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment of the planetary alignment, they would experience a floating sensation. Hundreds of people called in to report feeling the sensation.


Did You Know this is the Fifth Anniversary?


It is hard to believe but this is the fifth anniversary of the e-Newsletter. We have enjoyed keeping all informed about significant BOD activities, happenings in the community and the surrounding area including Lingles Store. We have also enjoyed spreading rumors, the juicer the better. So, once again:


Are you really out there???? Have you read the newsletters? Tell us what you like or dislike. Anything else you would like to see included? We promise we will read and perhaps even re-read all e-mails to the editor. We might even respond. The response might even make sense. Send an e-mail to the editor and try us out! The editor even has an e-mail address!!!! You can e-mail the editor at:

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