Canceled: December 2014 TGIS

The TGIS event originally scheduled for December 13, 2014 had been canceled

After much discussion we have decided to cancel TGIS this month so as not to conflict with the Luminary Night celebration. Our hosts for December will now be hosting in March.

We hope everyone can get out and enjoy the Luminary Night festivities. Happy Holidays!

Kind regards,
Jenny
Governors Village Social Committee

Contact: Jenny O’Brien, Social Committee TGIS Coordinator—jennyo at nc.rr.com

14th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night 2014

Join the community in lighting more than 2,000 luminaries as we seek
to Light the Night for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill

When: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Lighting luminaries starting at 5pm

  • Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors and friends while showing your support for the families of seriously ill and injured children at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill
  • Domicile Realty will be hosting a community event at the Bean and Barrel starting at 6:30pm. This year Domicile will be providing drink coupons for adults and children at the Bean the night of the event
  • Area coordinators will be accepting donations and coordinating the event. In addition to donations for the Ronald McDonald House, there are other ways you can help out with this event, including preparing luminaries, setting them out, lighting them, and/or cleaning up. Helping out in any way is GREATLY appreciated!
  • Make arrangements to participate and help out by contacting your area coordinator (info below)
  • Make a donation by providing it to one of the area coordinators (see list below) or go online to the Ronald McDonald House (http://www.rmh-chapelhill.org/)

Area Coordinators:
Village Homes – Leslie Nelson, lnelson at thenelsongroupnc.com
Village Townes – Stephanie Anderson, sanderson1959 at gmail.com
Forest – Ann White, arhodeswhite at yahoo.com
Lake – Karen Howard, karen@howards-end.net
Park – Tim Watkins, watkinsnc at earthlink.net

For general inquiries or additional info, contact: Tim Watkins, watkinsnc at earthlink.net
Updated: 12/3/14

Santa Claus Is Coming To Governors Village December 13, 2014

Santa will be arriving in Governors Village in conjunction with the Lighting of the Luminaries on Saturday, December 13, 2014, starting in the Forest at approximately 2:45pm.  He is hitching a ride on a fire truck and driving through each neighborhood, stopping to hand out candy canes at the following locations and order:

Forest – at the entrance and Raintree Bend

Village – at the intersection of Fountain Park and Long

Towns – at the intersection of Loop Park and David Stone

Lake – at the top of Wicker and the access road

Park – at the pool parking lot

Parents please be sure your children stay on the sidewalks while the fire truck is in motion.  This is very important.  Trucks don’t fly like reindeer.  

While you are out enjoying Santa’s visit, please consider helping your neighborhood coordinator setup the luminaries. Many hands make light work.

The Governors Village Social Committee will also provide hot chocolate at Santa’s stops.

Please be fire safe throughout the year especially during the holidays, and know that Santa and the Chatham County firefighters wish you and yours the very happiest of holidays.  

Sponsored by the Governors Village Social Committee.

Contact; Mary Anne Hutton, maryannehutton at gmail.com

Attachment: 2014 Santa Claus Flyer, November 30, 2014 (PDF)

Governors Park Grounds Fall 2014 Update

Governors Park

Governors Park

The 2014 Grounds Committee in Governors Park has met regularly this year, making plans for improvements in many areas of the neighborhood. Culling a long list of needs, in March the group identified its top priorities for the year.

Maintaining the tree canopy in the Park is a top priority. The committee is developing a tree restoration plan to replace trees that die and are removed over the years.

Meanwhile, projects to address many other Park grounds priorities have been completed this fall.

Upper Amphitheater Entrance

For a few years the upper area of the amphitheater between the crape myrtles has looked bare after the original shrubs died out.

Before View. Amphitheater Entrance 2014-11-04

This week compact, variegated Abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ were installed to restore some interest to those two beds.

Compact Variegated Abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ At Amphitheatre Entrance 2014-11-27

Compact Variegated Abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ At Amphitheatre Entrance 2014-11-27

Pool Entrance Beautification

One area the committee selected to enhance this year is the main entrance to the neighborhood near the pool. Unsightly utilities and trash cans create an eyesore for residents and visitors entering and leaving the neighborhood.

Before View Along Fence At Pool 2014-11-04

Before View Along Fence At Pool 2014-11-04

Screening material has been placed in front of the service area of the pool to provide an attractive view. As the plants mature they will help the trash cans recede into the background.

Screening Project Along Pool Fence 2014-11-27

Screening Project Along Pool Fence 2014-11-27

Bright green Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’ (Emerald Arborvitae) and dark burgundy Loropetalum chinensis ‘Ever Red’ (Ever Red Loropetalum) were paired for this planting.

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald' (Emerald Arborvitae)

Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’ (Emerald Arborvitae)

Loropetalum chinense ‘Chang Nian Hong’ (Ever Red Fringe Flower)

Also, evergreen foundation shrubs have been added in front of the pool house between the crepe myrtles. Seasonal annuals are planted here by the community’s contracted grounds maintenance company, but the original permanent landscaping had dwindled.

Before View: Pool Entrance 2014-11-04

Before View: Pool Entrance 2014-11-04

To create a low-maintenance layered planting for this area, a group of compact variegated abelia were installed behind the annuals. In back is a hedge of Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ (cherry laurel), a dwarf cultivar with white fragrant flowers.

Pool Foundation Planting 2014-11-27

Pool Foundation Planting 2014-11-27

Otto Luyken cherry laurel and Abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ 2014-11-27

Baxter Runoff Project

The Baxter Runoff Project is one of the most extensive undertakings this year. The goal was to improve the area at the top of Baxter, just down from the pond and toward Meadow Park to hold back erosion and encourage grass to grow.

Before: Top Of Baxter Feb 23, 2014

Before: Top Of Baxter Feb 23, 2014

Before: Top Of Baxter Feb 23, 2014

Before: Top Of Baxter Feb 23, 2014

In the first stage of this project the hillside was regraded to slow and redirect rain runoff. Then the area was planted with grass to hold the soil in place. Irrigation was extended into this section to support growing grass and to allow for future enhancements.

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Daffodil Program And North Pine Grove

Finally, the Daffodil Program strives to enliven all areas of the Park neighborhood in mid-spring through the planting of 1000 bulbs. The committee expects the daffodils to continue to naturalize and multiply in future years.

Governors Park Narcissus Bulbs

Governors Park Narcissus Bulbs

Narcissus 'King Alfred' (trumpet daffodil)

Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ (trumpet daffodil)

In mid-November the daffodil bulbs, 500 King Alfred and 500 white and yellow Ice Follies, were distributed and planted among all 8 cul-de-sacs, as well as in key locations within the main loop enclosed by Village Park Drive.

In particular, one area identified for beautification this year is the Pine Grove at the north end of the Village Park Drive loop near the back of the tennis court.

With this in mind 220 of the daffodil bulbs were allocated for this section to create a vibrant flood of color for several weeks when spring arrives.

Pine Grove at north end of Village Park Drive will come alive with daffodils in spring.

Pine Grove at north end of Village Park Drive will come alive with daffodils in spring.

About Governors Park Grounds Committee

Support for these projects comes from the Governor Park’s 2014 neighborhood enhancement monies. Allocated annually by the Governors Village Board of Directors to the Townes, Park, Village, Forest and Lake, available funds are targeted to the five neighborhoods according to an equitable distribution depending on the current number of units in each of the areas.

The Park Grounds membership includes Chair Jo Watta, Cliff Simpson, Carrie Klein, John Eberhard, Mary Anne Hutton and Susie Moffat. New members are always welcome.

Contact: Jo Watta – jwatta1 at nc.rr.com

Related Articles
Minutes—Governors Park Grounds, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – identifies 2014 priorities
Governors Village In Depth: Neighborhood Grounds Committees – describes purpose and funding, May 13, 2014
Bulb Planting Plans – Cul-de-sacs Narcissus Planting Guide and Main Loop Planting Guide, November 2014 (PDFs)
Governors Park Tree Project – describes thirteen trees planted in Governors Park, November 2013

Story and Photos by Susie Moffat

Townes Annual Meeting Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Roark Hoey Loop Park

Roark Hoey Loop Park

The Townes of Governors Village Maintenance Association will hold its Annual meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 6:00 PM at the Camden Apartments Community Room located at 100 Avery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Townes homeowners are invited and encouraged to attend.

The community will review and ratify the 2015 budget. The 2015 assessment will be increased from $175.00 to $180.00 per month.

The Board of Directors conducts the affairs of the Association. One Board of Directors seat currently held by Adele McLean, and two open seats, both for remaining terms of 1 year, are up for election at this annual meeting.

Contact: Alina Cochran, Community Manager – acochran at talismgmt.com (919.878.8787 x235)

Attachment: 2014 Townes Annual Meeting Letter To Homeowners – Agenda and proxy form, November 7, 2014 (PDF)

Summary 2014 Governors Village POA Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Governors Village Property Owners Association (GVPOA ) was held November 11, 2014 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

Residents gather for the 2014 annual meeting.

Residents gather for the 2014 annual meeting.

Resident Brian Sawyer is greeted and checked in by Community Manger Alina Cochran and assistant Sandra Bigas.

Resident Brian Sawyer is greeted and checked in by Community Manger Alina Cochran and assistant Sandra Bigas.

President Wes Weaver began the meeting by welcoming new neighbors to the community. Thirty-seven existing homes were purchased this year.

2014 GVPOA President Wes Weaver presided at the annual meeting.

2014 GVPOA President Wes Weaver presided at the annual meeting.

Next Wes introduced other members of the GVPOA Board of Directors as well as those serving on the 2014 Townes Board of Directors. The Townes is a sub-association.

Wes also introduced the community manger, Alina Cochran, of Talis Management Group. He reminded residents of the core values and community mission that guide the work of the board.

Vice-President Rosemary McGee described the election process to fill four director positions. The slate of candidates presented by the election committee ran unopposed. All four were elected by acclamation.

Wes Weaver – Governors Village
Bill Hlavac – Governors Lake
Peter DeStaebler – Townes of Governors Village
Ted Smith– At-Large

Rosemary McGee conducts the election.

Outgoing director Otto White, who has served 6 years, gave the Board Update. Otto’s report included recreation and grounds improvements as well as an update on the commercial area. Under the new pool contract a maintenance person will clear debris in the mornings. Pool shifts have been changed slightly but open hours will remain the same. Grounds committees have used/planned 2014 neighborhood enhancements that include new plantings, tree replacements, grading improvements and daffodils for spring color.

Outgoing board member Otto White presents the Board Update.

John Eberhard presented the Financial Report. He reviewed the income statement, balance sheet as of the end of October, chart of 2015 budget assessment income by neighborhood, 2015 budget overview and 2015 budget expenses. Dues remain unchanged for 2015. John reported $400,000 Parks and Improvements Loan was paid in full this year. The board is committed to fully funding the reserves to the level recommended by the reserve study goal.

John Eberhard presents the financial update.

John Eberhard presents the financial update.

Daniel Guy recognized the many volunteers who serve on the various committees. Special acknowledgments were given to Barry Bassett for his long service working on the pool and to Otto White for his 6 years on the Board.

Daniel Guy acknowledges community volunteers who participate on ARB and committees.

Daniel Guy acknowledges community volunteers who participate on ARB and committees.

During the question and answer period residents called the board’s attention to issues of concern, including:

  • the need to replace a broken Bradford pear in the Village
  • broken and/or uneven sidewalks in the Park
  • poor quality of grass in the islands in the Park
  • increasing number of potholes in the streets. Except for alleys in Townes, all streets are owned by Department of Transportation. Residents can report potholes directly as well as alert Talis. Suggestion was made to enlist assistance of Talis in keeping a list of when the proper DOT authorities have been notified.
  • clarification of finanacials
  • request for board assistance in sharing information with the community, including releasing board minutes sooner and encouraging committee chairs to send news updates to communications committee
A resident receives clarification on the financial reports.

A Forest resident receives clarification on the financial reports.

Thanks go to Otto White for his six-year service on the board. Thank you also to the other board members, all of whom will return for next year, joined by newly elected Ted Smith.

2014 GVPOA Board of Directors. Seated left to right: Otto White, Bill Hlavac, John Eberhard. Standing: Rosemary McGee, Wes Weaver, Daniel Guy. Not pictured: Cliff Simpson, Peter DeStaebler.

2014 GVPOA Board of Directors. Seated left to right: Otto White, Bill Hlavac, John Eberhard. Standing: Rosemary McGee, Wes Weaver, Daniel Guy. Not pictured: Cliff Simpson, Peter DeStaebler.

Further details summarizing the work of the 2014 board are available in the slide presentation attachment.
Attachment: 2014 Governors Village Annual Meeting Presentation, November 11, 2014 (PDF)

Contact: Contact: Alina Cochran, Community Manager – acochran at talismgmt.com (919.878.8787 x235)

Photographs by Ted Smith, Communications Chair and Photographer.

Reminder: Tonight—2014 Governors Village POA Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM the Governors Village Property Owners Association (POA) will hold its Annual Meeting at Mount Carmel Baptist Church located at 2016 Mt. Carmel Church Road Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Please attend this important meeting in order to exercise your rights and responsibilities as a property owner. Sign-in will begin at 6:30 PM.  See candidates for director positions and budget draft below.

Contact: Alina Cochran, Community Manager – acochran at talismgmt.com (919.878.8787 x235)

Related Article: 2014 Governors Village POA Annual Meeting posted October 30, 2014

Upcoming TGIS Saturday November 8, 2014

Governors Village’s next TGIS is scheduled for this Saturday November 8, 2014 at 7:00pm. Hosts this month are Adam & Shannon Novak. Please join us for fun evening. Just bring an appetizer/dessert and beverage to share and the hosts will provide name tags and paper products.

When: Saturday November 8, 2014, 7-9pm
Where: Adam & Shannon Novak, 30124 Porter (Park)

Governors Village TGIS events are monthly get-togethers hosted in the homes of neighborhood volunteers and provide an informal way to meet and stay in touch with neighbors. These are adult-only events. Hosts will provide name tags and paper products (napkins, plates, utensils) and guests are asked to bring a beverage and either an appetizer or dessert to share. Sponsored by Governors Village Social Committee.

Contact: Jenny O’Brien, Social Committee TGIS Coordinator—jennyo at nc.rr.com