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The official newsletter of the Country Bend Owners Association of Newtown PA.

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Published by the Country Bend Owners Association July 2017
Welcome to “Around the Bend” newsletter. As of July 9, 2017, the CB website has 118
registered users (see location of registered users below). Please urge your neighbors to register!
If your location is not on the map, please contact us: http://bit.ly/cboaContact
Where to Find Important Information on the Website
Documents & Meeting Minutes: http://bit.ly/CB-minutes
Financial Statements & Contracts: http://bit.ly/CB-documents
Resident Directory: http://bit.ly/CB-directory
Beautiful Homes & Gardens Photo Album: http://bit.ly/CB-homes
Contact Us: http://bit.ly/cboaContact
CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE
1. Re-election of Board Members
2. Report from the Board
3. Basketball Court Repairs
4. Calendar of Events
Access the April, 2017, Issue here: http://bit.ly/ATBapr2017
CBHOA Executive Board
Mike Saraceno
President
Carey Mundhenk
Treasurer
John Mack
Secretary
Mike Marcus
Vice President
Tom Hahn
Condo Board Rep
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Re-Election of Board Members
Ballots were collected and votes were counted at the April 26, 2017, Annual Meeting (see the
video here: http://bit.ly/CB-minutes). The following candidates for the Country Bend Owners
Association Executive Board of were re-elected.
John Mack, 281 Stanford Place
I have been a CB Board member (Secretary) since April 2015. I will
continue to come up with new ideas for improving our community, strive to
involve more residents in the decision-making process, and help improve
communications between our community and Newtown Township.
Mike Saraceno, 388 Wexley Drive
My name is Mike Saraceno, and I currently serve as president of the on
Country Bend Owners Association Board of Directors. I enjoy serving on
the Board and serving our community. Under the Board's leadership and
with the help of various committees, we have worked hard to re-build
the playgrounds, develop the website, install bulletin boards, and beautify
the community. And I am proud to say that we have done this with minimal
increases in association dues.
Report from the Board
The Country Bend HOA Executive Board met on June 22, 2017. You can find the minutes of
that meeting here: http://bit.ly/CBminutes062217. This report is a synopsis of the more
important discussions and decisions made.
Road Repairs and Safety
As reported in the April, 2017, issue of Around the
Bend (http://bit.ly/ATBapr2017), the Newtown Twp
Board of Supervisors approved spending $1.5 million in
state and local funds to repair roughly 4.5 miles of
roads in 2017. The stretch of Everett Drive between
Stanford Place and Davis Lane (see photo) is on the list
to be repaved in 2018.
Regarding speeding, a “Stealth Stat Unit” on Davis
Lane in March reported no “measurable problem.”
However, at the annual meeting in April, many
residents continued to voice concerns about safety,
especially when walking across Davis using one of the
paths. Board president Mike Saraceno suggested that
the HOA ask the Township if a pedestrian crosswalk
could be placed on Davis Lane where the orchard
walkway crosses the road (see figure on next page).
Potholes and patches on Everett Drive
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This map shows the location of the proposed crosswalk across Davis Lane.
Mr. Ferguson responded to our request: “I wanted to get back in touch with you regarding the
cross walk request you had made for Davis Lane. Upon our initial review we had concluded
that this actually was a request for a mid-block crossing and not a typical cross walk. Cross
walks are placed at intersections. A mid-block crossing is more complicated and faces other
safety concerns that we needed to evaluate.
“I had staff, including our traffic engineer review your request.
“Upon review, including all applicable traffic safety codes and regulations, it is the traffic
engineer's determination that a mid block crossing not be installed at this location. Factor's
weighing in on this conclusion include; proximity to intersections (as there is one close by),
and volume of pedestrians potentially using the mid block crossing (translated that only a
minimum number of people would be utilizing this).
“While we understand the desire to provide a crossing in alignment with the trail, the existing
intersection, to safely cross, is only 175 feet from the requested mid block crossing. Also, the
anticipated pedestrian counts don't meet PENNDOT's minimum requirements to install a mid
block crossing.
“I will ask you for some feedback. We can review the possibility of making the intersection
of Davis and Ascot a 4-way stop. As you know there are currently stop signs on Ascot, but
not Davis. We could determine if that could or should be come a 4-way stop with painted
cross walks to be installed in all directions.”
The board heard from residents along Davis Lane and the sentiment was that a 4-way stop
sign plus crosswalk at the intersection of Davis and Ascot was not desirable. This was
reported to Mr. Ferguson who suggested a mid-block crosswalk still may be possible. His
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main concern was that no parking is allowed within 20 feet of
either side of the crosswalk and that this might be a concern.
Mr. Mack informed Mr. Ferguson that usually no one parks
within 20 feet of the area under consideration except perhaps
for contractors doing mowing, etc.
Meanwhile, the Township has installed two 25 MPH speed
limit signs at the path on both sides of Davis Lane. In the
future we hope that an electronic speed indicator display will
be attached to one of these signs on a temporary basis.
You may submit suggestions/comments regarding road
repairs and safety via the “Contact Us” form on the Website
here: http://bit.ly/cboaContact Select “Roads & Safety
Committee” from the “Send To” dropdown list and
“Suggestion” from the “Subject” dropdown list.
Parking Across Sidewalks
According to our Rules & Regulations (R&R’s),
At all times sidewalks must be kept free and clear
of obstructions, including parked vehicles,
shrubbery, other landscaping and debris.” The
board recognizes that there may be certain
circumstances when it is necessary to block the
sidewalk such as when loading and unloading a
car. But if a homeowner consistently violates this
rule for an extended period of time or consistently,
the homeowner will receive notice by letter from
the management company requesting that this rule
be obeyed.
Rules & Regulations
Speaking of Rules & Regulations, there has been at
least one case where a homeowner submitted a
complaint based on a misinterpretation of one or
more specific rules. In addition, our management
company informed the board that our R&R’s are
ancient and not up to par with what other HOAs have in place. Therefore, the board decided
to start the process of updating our R&R’s.
The first phase will be to look at a few relevant R&R documents from similar HOAs to get a
sense of what needs to be covered and the wording. At the appropriate time most likely just
prior to and at the next public meeting in April, 2018 the board will submit its revisions for
review and comments from members of the CB community. In the meantime, you may
submit suggestions via the “Contact Us” form on the Website here: http://bit.ly/cboaContact
Select “Rules & Regulations” from the “Send To” dropdown list and “Suggestion” from the
“Subject” dropdown list
It is likely that a final draft of the R&R’s will then need to be reviewed by a lawyer before
becoming official.
This newsletter is available as a PDF document on the Country Bend website. You are encouraged to download,
print, and distribute it to your neighbors who may not be registered members of the website. Thank you.
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Entrance Signs
At its April 26, 2017, meeting, the Board approved
that our management company look into the options
and costs involved in installing spot lights for the
entrance signs on Stanford Place, Merion Drive,
and Everett Drive. One estimate was discussed at
the June 22, 2017, board meeting. Since no
electrical outlets are available to tap into, it was
estimated that the PECO fee for installing a feed and meter would be $6500 for each of the
three locations. This does not include the cost of the lights and labor involved in installing
them. Plus, we would have to pay for the electricity used. Commercial solar lights were
proposed as an alternative. The estimated cost would be about $1250 for each (including
installation).
Tom Hahn, Condominium Representative on the Board, suggested that the signs also needed
a new paint job at least. The management company also suggested raising the height of the
signs so they are more visible above the shrubbery. The board decided to obtain additional
information and quotes before making a decision.
Time to Repair or Replace the Basketball Court!
The basketball court is in need of repair as you can see from the photo above. The asphalt is
cracked and disintegrating. Grass is beginning to grow in the cracks, which is not good! In
addition, the backboards are old-fashioned and should be replaced by new ones. Last, but not
least, the chain link fence, which has defied previous efforts at repair, needs to be replaced.
At the June 22, 2017, HOA Board meeting, it was decided that a committee of interested
residents should meet and discuss the options for repair and replacement of these items (see
minutes here: http://bit.ly/CBminutes062217).
This newsletter is available as a PDF document on the Country Bend website. You are encouraged to download,
print, and distribute it to your neighbors who may not be registered members of the website. Thank you.
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Volunteer to Help
If you or any member of your family is a basketball enthusiast, you would obviously benefit
from any improvements made to the basketball court. If that is the case, please consider
joining the recreational facilities/basketball court planning committee. We need help from
motivated and knowledgeable volunteers to do the job right!
The first meeting of this committee is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:30pm at
281 Stanford Place. The committee will discuss options for repairs, including an option to
use hi-tech interlocking high impact polypropylene tile flooring instead of asphalt (see photo
below).
The agenda for the first meeting will be focused on discussing ideas and finding vendors to
contact. Members will also help with site visits from vendors in order to get feedback on options
and to help with determining the specifications for proposals from vendors. In subsequent
meetings, we will review the proposals and make recommendations to the HOA board.
If you are interested in attending this or future meetings to help plan the renovation of the
basketball court, please use the “Contact Us” form on the Country Bend Website
(http://bit.ly/cboaContact). Select “Recreation Facilities Committee” from the “Send To”
dropdown list and “Volunteer” from the “Subject” dropdown list.
This newsletter is available as a PDF document on the Country Bend website. You are encouraged to download,
print, and distribute it to your neighbors who may not be registered members of the website. Thank you.
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Calendar of Events
Movie Night
Friday, August 18th at Davis Lane Orchard
After dark. Exact time and other details TBD.
Movie Night
Saturday, September 16th at Davis Lane Orchard
After dark. Exact time and other details TBD.
Block Party
Saturday, September 16th, 4:00 pm at Davis Lane Orchard
Rain Date: September 17, 2017. Details TBD.
Community Yard Sale
Saturday, September 23rd at Your front yard
Details TBD.
Eagles Tailgate Party
Thursday, October 12th at Davis Lane Orchard
Weather permitting. Game time: 8:25 PM. Details TBD.
Little Known Fact
Who owns and is responsible for maintaining the strip of grass
between the sidewalk and the curb? Some residents including
a few dog walkers contend that the township owns this strip
of land and township ordinances and rules apply.
FACT: According to Newtown Township manager Kurt
Ferguson, the homeowner or HOA is responsible for
maintaining that strip of land. The township is only responsible
for the roads and curbs. Thus, if there is a broken curb in front
of your property, you should notify the township to make
repairs. Likewise, if you are a dog walker, you should respect
the homeowner’s right to request that your dog not urinate or
defecate on the grass. Of course, the township requires that all
dog waste be picked up and disposed of properly.
If you have any stories or information you would like to submit for publication in the Around the
Bend newsletter, please contact John Mack via email at johnmack@virsci.com or simply post it
to the message board on the website here: http://bit.ly/AroundBendNotice