A few updates to share – January 2020
Board Officers and Meeting Times:
Officers and members for 2020 will be Jay Connor (president), Bill Steele (treasurer), Suzanne Francis (secretary), Joel Tragash and Joan Ostrowski.
The board typically meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm. Meeting times are shown on the Fells website calendar, https://www.thefellsconnection.org/calendar/. Prior to each meeting, agenda is added to the calendar entry or is available by contacting Andrew Knight at email@example.com. Board meetings are open to all owners. If you are interested in attending a meeting, we request you let the board know since we occasionally need to move the meeting time.
Meeting minutes can be found on the website. Minutes are posted following approval at the next meeting.
Winter Exercise Room Access:
Every winter, melt and refreeze lead to slippery conditions on the path to the exercise room and no ideal solution to this has been identified. The board has decided to offer exercise room users the option of going through the clubhouse. If you are interested in this alternative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an access code and more details.
If you are attending a community event at the clubhouse, you may occasionally see someone walking though. For those hosting private events, there will be a sign to put up indicating the clubhouse access is temporarily unavailable.
Your feedback as to how this works out is welcome. We will revisit as needed.
Just a reminder, we do not have trash or recycle pickup service inside the clubhouse. We have several volunteers who have been great about taking care of this. With the increasing number of activities at the clubhouse, we ask all groups using the clubhouse be conscious of this and take any trash with them.
Reminder: Holiday Trash Pickup Delay – Saturday, January 25
Due to the MLK holiday, next week’s trash pickup will be on Saturday, January 25
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual meeting. 66 owners (65 for and 1 abstention) voted in person or by proxy to approve the revised condominium documents, meeting our 75% approval requirement. The next step in the revision process is mortgage holder review after which the revised documents will be filed with the county. The association will continue to operate under the current documents until then. We are reaching the end of this 1 ½ year long process.
Joan Ostrowski has been elected to the board of directors. Joan’s term will start in January and she takes the place of Elaine Francis who has served on the board for 6 years. Elaine’s time and service to the community are greatly achieved. In early January, the new board will elect officers and set regular meeting times for 2020. We will share this information when available. Thank you Elaine and Welcome Joan.
And condo fees will remain at $320 per month for 2020!
Earlier this year, the community was asked to participate in a survey developed by the Landscape Committee. Thank you to all who took part. A total of 87 responses were received with participation from all areas of the community. More than half of the responses included thoughtful comments and suggestions. You have given the committee a lot to consider. As a next step, the committee would like to share results of the survey. You can find a summary of responses and comments by pdf clicking here (1.11 MB) .
What is the committee doing with this data?
The committee plans to use your responses to:
There were a number of comments about LCA lawn care. Earlier this fall, the Association hired a new landscape maintenance contractor, Edmonds Landscaping, who will be responsible for lawn care next year. The committee and board want to give Edmonds some time to get established and become familiar with the Fells before considering further lawn care changes.
The committee plans to work on the vision and initial project plans over the winter with a goal of updating the community in the spring. If you want to contact the committee, please email Rob Clemens (chair) at email@example.com. You can also contact the board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Landscaping and Grounds Committee
Rob Clemens (chair), Joan Ostrowski (secretary), Cecil Lancaster, Barbara Chase, John DeMeo, Bill Loscocco, Suzanne Francis (board rep), Elaine Francis (board rep)
The 2019 Fells Annual Meeting is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 5pm. This is not the official notice of meeting. That will be mailed to your home in mid-November by either USPS mail OR certified mail. If you did not waive delivery by certified mail by Nov. 14, your packet is being sent by certified mail. The packages mailed to your home will include agenda. Please bring the contents with you since there will not be extra copies at the meeting.
This year, the meeting will be held at Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Rd, Amherst, NH. This is a new venue for Fells. At this meeting, in addition to updating the community on recent board efforts, we will be addressing three very important items:
Background on document revision:
As many of you know last year we initiated a project to update the Fell’s legal documentation, Declaration and By Laws. The board held two community communication meetings last fall with our legal representative to answer questions that people had in reference to the proposed changes in these documents.
At a third community meeting on September 18th, Jay Connor gave a presentation explaining why we are revising our Condo Docs, highlighting key changes and the voting process for approval. You can find Jay’s presentation by pdf clicking here (689 KB) .
You will be able to vote on these items by proxy if you are unable to attend this meeting. In order to revise our condo documents, 75% of ALL owners must vote to approve. We will need your proxy votes!
A few updates to share – Oct 2019
Holiday Trash Pickup – October 19th
Due to the Columbus Day Holiday, trash pickup this week will be on Saturday, October 19. Andrew Knight has contacted Republic Trash to confirm the Saturday pickup so we should not see a repeat of the missed pickups we experienced on July 4th and Labor Day. We also wanted to let you know that Republic did give the Fells a credit for the missed pickups. Thanks to Andrew for arranging that.
BOD Candidate’s Night - Fireside Thursday on October 24th
As mentioned in a previous notice, the weekly Fireside Thursday event on October 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 will be BOD candidate’s night.This will be the usual informal gathering, but with a twist. Some members of the board of directors will be present and will share information about the various tasks involved with being on the board. Residents who have decided to run for the open seat, or who are just thinking about it, are invited to come and share their interest in the board and why they are interested in running.
It will be a great way to meet candidates rather than a last minute introduction the night of the annual meeting, when we will be voting. And if you haven’t attended a weekly Fireside Thursday event, they are a great opportunity to meet neighbors.
As previously announced, Edmonds Landscaping has been hired as the Fells landscape maintenance and snow removal contractor starting with this winter’s snow season. The new contracts are posted on the website. You can find them by clicking pdf here for landscape maintenance (324 KB) and pdf here for snow removal (248 KB) .
The property management contract with Foxfire has been renewed. To help better educate home owners as to what services are covered by this contract, a summary can be found by pdf clicking here (105 KB) .
Thanks to all who were able to help on our community clean-up day! We had a record turnout and were able to accomplish a lot! And the wonderful Fells’ bakers nourished us when done! What a wonderful community we have!
And if anyone found a missing small rake, please let Elaine Francis email@example.com know.