Letters to the Editor

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014

Your HOA has disbanded …

Dear Editor:

What would you think if your next community newsletter informed you that it would be the final issue and that the association would be disbanded? The Board of Directors has resigned and there will be no more regime fees collected.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

If it were to happen, what would it really mean? Entrances to the community could no longer be maintained or seasonal flowers planted; common areas would become overgrown and snake infested due to lack of funds for a contractor to clean them. Tree removal would be done by nature. The playground and boat dock would be closed because there is no liability insurance on them. No more annual picnic or Christmas party.

The Restrictions and the Architectural Committee members have all resigned so they could return to their personal lives and more pleasurable activities – they were just a bunch of old busybodies anyway. If you’re someone that consistently ignores the restrictions, sneaks projects past getting architectural approval and berates the duties of the volunteers of the committees, you are delighted.

What will you think later when the new resident across the street parks the cab of his big rig on the front lawn?

How about when the next door neighbor has decided to open a boat and auto repair shop in his garage and there are vehicles in various stages of repair in the driveway?

The family down the block has decided that crushed beer and soda cans attached to the house are perfect decorations. Oh, and another neighbor has decided to raise hunting dogs in the back yard. Who ya gonna call?

What will you do when the value of your home sinks and nobody wants to buy it so you can move to a nicer community that has restrictions that protect THEIR quality of life?

Fortunately, none of these scenarios have happened -- yet -- and your HOA Boards and committees work hard to make sure that they don’t. They attend meetings and plead for cooperation. They pinch pennies until Lincoln hollers.

Do you help or hinder the process? Do you volunteer to help? Are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution of helping to keep your community THE PLACE to live?

S. M. Salmon


Byars walks the walk

Dear Editor:

While reading Mr. Proctor’s letter in last week’s Journal Scene, a common theme emerged. On one side in this County Council election, you have a career bureaucrat who has been involved and responsible for many of our road problems over many decades – and on the other side you have Jay Byars, who took office a little more than three years ago and immediately started to fix many of the problems in our county.

While Eagle Creek improvements and Highway 165 widening were on the books for many years, it wasn’t until Jay took office and took the lead did these projects get funded and actually move forward.

In addition, there has been no bigger advocate for Dorchester Road than Jay. Even with delay after delay due to weather and a defective product, Jay has kept those of us who travel Dorchester Road every day in the loop and allowed us to voice our frustration, while he has voiced his as well. Under Jay’s directive, Cooks Crossroads was finished first during the Bacon’s Bridge road widening and I can tell you there is a remarkable improvement because of that decision.

As a Legend Oaks resident, I am fortunate to have Jay Byars working hard for my family, my neighbors, and me. His education, small business experience and passion make him an outstanding County Councilman. Jay doesn’t talk the talk like some do; he walks the walk and gets projects long on the books moving forward.

Justin Farnsworth


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