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Growth in Fairfield Harbour – Q&A
Strong communities are always evolving. Fairfield Harbour, our 50-year-old community, is on the cusp of prosperous growth. The goal of this growth is to bring neighbors together, improve the quality of our lives, and give us a sense of belonging.
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February Board Projects Update
2024 Budget meeting: The 2024 FH Budget meeting was held on January 23, 7 pm at the Community Center. Thank you to all who came out for the Budget Meeting. We were able to accommodate 170 people with standing room only. For the first time this year, we were able to have a live stream on YouTube so that everyone could watch from home. It was great to have so much participation from the residents. Approximately 327 viewers watched the presentation live, and almost 1400 viewers watched the meeting last week. Click this link to view the recorded video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brc3Zp5LHmo
Harbour Club: Over the last month, the Committee has narrowed its focus to only three eligible contractors that meet our requirements and can complete the project within budget.
Now that the annual budget is completed and the over-55 community is no longer a viable project,
The Board can now focus sooner with our banking representatives to move forward with the funding aspect of this great project.
Birdland Marina: Birdland Marina rebuild is moving along nicely. After receiving bids from several contractors, seeing examples of their past work, and considering pricing, work quality, and availability, FH selected Riverfront Docks & Seawalls, a contractor specializing in heavily-constructed docks using concrete “hog slat” decking. The concrete decking will be higher above the water than the old dock, keeping them "dry" during "routine" storms. This increased height and dry decking will also make boarding/securing your vessel easier & safer in adverse conditions. See the full article for more detailed information. Click here for the full article.
Fiber Work Starting: You may have seen the "locate flags" start to be placed this week near the HP gate area. The POA office surrounding the area of Shipyard Point is the first location to see the start of the fiber project. Crews from Encompass will be working, so please be aware and careful near the work areas. We will update you with the latest locations as we become aware. For more information on FHN, click here.
Billboard on Highway 55 and Broad Creek Road: Construction for the billboard is almost complete - the drone shot of Harbour Point Golf Club Hole #17 is up and looks stunning. The FH Maintenance Department is installing the electrical for the digital sign and night lighting. The large poles will be painted with a rust-proof product, and our vendor partner will frame the billboard. The billboard will advertise Harbour Pointe Golf Club (HPGC) and The Pointe Restaurant. Harbour Pointe Golf Club has a new, shorter, and easier URL to remember – www.HPGC.golf
Fairfield Harbour Marketing: Ads for HPGC were placed in the County Compass, Taberna Community newsletter, Greenbriar newsletter, and New Bern Magazine. The advertising focused on the membership drive and reciprocal play. HPGC had six reciprocal rounds ($212.22) and 33 guest rounds ($1,188.) Historically, January and February are our slowest months of the year. We've recorded 26 new golfers this month, with Facebook and Golf Moose (third-party dealer) listed as the sources.
New FHPOA Platform: www.FH-POA.com is getting a new look. AppFolio is currently the platform for paying dues online, and we use Front Steps to house our documents. All our documents and communications will now migrate to one platform - AppFolio. It is a user-friendly platform and will streamline and simplify the resident experience and upgrade our online payment portals. Our critical documents will be on the home page as you scroll through. AppFolio enables the POA staff to send vital information and tools directly and promptly to the residents. It will be user-friendly on laptop, tablet, and mobile formats. Stay tuned for when it is ready to go live.
January Board Projects Update
Harbour Club: No new news; the architectural study is still in progress.
Birdland Marina: Birdland Marina is being rebuilt and replaced with Hog Slat Concrete construction. The substructure of 1x10s” has been replaced with 4x10s” pressure-treated headers. We are using 5/8” galvanized timber bolts, washers, and nuts. We are rebuilding to last. This construction is permanent, rot-proof, resist storm uplift, has zero maintenance and no splitting or splinters, and will stabilize the pilings.
Fiber: The staging ground for Fairfield Harbour Network (FHN) is near completion. The area adjacent to the Community Center is fenced in and cables are delivered. Those large orange rolls of cable are the wiring needed for laying the fiber. Fiber installation schedule will be released when we know.
Billboard on Highway 55 and Broad Creek Road: Construction for the billboard has begun. The billboard will advertise Harbour Pointe Golf Club (HPGC) and The Pointe Restaurant.
Fairfield Harbour Marketing: Ads for HPGC were placed in the County Compass, Taberna Community newsletter, Greenbriar newsletter, and New Bern Magazine. The advertising focused on the membership drive and reciprocal play. According to Brian Joyner, HPGC manager, “We had a total of 32 reciprocal rounds during the month of December totaling $1152. Compared to December of 2022 where we had 13 reciprocal rounds totaling $468.” Advertising is working!
2024 Budget meeting: Set for January 23, 7pm, community center.
The Harbour Club
The Harbour Club will be part of the Fairfield Harbour amenities. Membership of the Harbour Club is for Fairfield Harbour residents and their guests.
Find out the answers to these questions.
Why move the POA offices to the Harbour Club?
How do the property owners benefit?
How will this be paid for?
What happens to old facilities?
Why was there not a vote to approve the expenditure on the Harbour Club?
Fairfield Harbour Network (FHN)
Fairfield Harbour understands that having a reliable internet service is more than convenience — it’s an essential feature in today’s world. The right internet provider turns houses into smart homes and neighborhoods into connected communities. Fiber optic networks bring the future of connected living right into your home with internet, streaming, cable, and phone services.
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How do the property owners benefit?
Is there any cost associated with this to the POA?
What is the probable timeline to start the project?
Who is American Fiber Infrastructure and Hosted America?
How is the 385 loan being paid?
Due to legal restrictions, YOUR POA DUES CANNOT pay for the 385 loan…and they never have. The loan is paid from non-dues income. Non-dues are everything other than dues, consisting of:
The Pointe restaurant revenues
Income from administrative offices: late fees, fines, copies, faxes, merchandise, etc.
Patio Homes for 55+ development
The community-wide survey in January indicated that most residents were evenly split on the 55+ patio home project—survey results: 51% NO and 49% YES. The Board listened to the lack of mandate and tabled the proposal.
NOTE, however, the original intention of the RFP (request for proposal) was simply to explore the possibility of developing the land to seek funding for the 385 infrastructure, not go forward without first building a coalition of community support, as alleged by FHSTOP.
The 2019 KCI report, contracted by the FHPOA BOD at that time, showed many possibilities for 385 acres, including patio homes.
A discussion needed to be started as to how to pay for all the projects (seawall, marinas, cart paths, etc.) that were never budgeted after the purchase of the 385.
We could have accomplished this by developing the land, raising dues, or a combination of both. Ultimately, the community survey showed that residents wanted to fund these necessary repairs through their dues.
FHPOA Board of Directors Accomplishments 2021-2023
The FHPOA Board of Directors has been hard at work making a positive impact on Fairfield Harbour. Here are some of the accomplishments in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
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Rebrand and Refresh Fairfield Harbour
Land Development and Building