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2014 Governors Village Annual Pool Party

Our Annual Governor’s Village Pool Party is fast approaching and time has come to RSVP.

When: Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:00pm
Where: Governors Village pool (map)

RSVP by August 16, 2014 by completing the form below. Alternatively, you may send an email to RSVPgovernorsvillage [at] gmail.com including: homeowner’s name, number of eaters (age 3 and up), and the number of guests over the age of 3.

**It is especially important to RSVP for this event, since we only order enough food for those who do.**

Our caterer again this year is our local eatery, Bean & Barrel. They are serving fresh grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, veggie burgers, chili and veggie chili, vegetarian baked beans and an assortment of salads. Tea, lemonade and water will be provided. Neighbors are asked to bring pool-side desserts! (cookies, cupcakes, etc) And remember, no glass containers!

This year we will once again be collecting food and money for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. Please come and contribute food items and/or money to help those in need. more info to come soon! **For every dollar donated, the Food Bank is able to distribute eight dollars worth of food in 34 counties.**

Contact: Janie Bailey, janiembailey [at] gmail.com
Sponsored by the Governors Village Social Committee

Governors Village – Condition of Lake

Alina Cochran, the Governors Village Community Manager from Talis Management Group, Inc, issued a message to homeowners today regarding the condition of the lake.

Dear Governors Village owners,

There have been some concerns in regards to the condition of the lake, and below is a summary prepared by Dragonfly Pond Works, who provides stormwater management for our community:

Planktonic algae includes several different species of photosynthetic cyanobacteria that live throughout the water column. These types of algae can rapidly reproduce and form blooms that are visible on the surface of lakes and ponds as surface “scum”. Water bodies with little to no flow are particularly high at risk for blue-green algal blooms. The causes blue-green algae blooms are not fully understood, but they are generally related to increased nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations in the water. Clear water with low turbidity allows for deeper penetration of sunlight, and thus can also be another contributing factor to algal blooms.

Algaecide treatments are considered a possible short-term treatment option, but algaecides break open the bacteria cells possibly causing the release of toxins into the lake. There are also risks associated with using algaecides as they can be directly or indirectly toxic to fish. In addition, given the high reproductive rate of planktonic algae, a re-bloom would likely occur within a few weeks following treatment.

Use of organic dye as a shading tool to reduce sunlight penetration into the water column can sometimes help with the problem, but is an action of prevention rather than treatment. In the past the Governor’s Village HOA had indicated they were not interested in adding dye to the pond, but if they would like to try dye as a management tool we can try an application. If they are ok with the dye we can always add it to their contract.

Finally, this pond drains a relatively large watershed, and it may be difficult to control or eliminate all nutrient sources from the drainage area. It is important to educate homeowners and landscaping contractors about the importance of following application best practices when using fertilizers on lawns and common areas. For example, fertilizer overuse just prior to a rain event will lead to transport of excess nutrients via stormwater runoff to the pond, thereby creating conditions favorable to algal blooms. Pet waste can be another source of excess nutrients, so it is important to manage pet waste as well.

Governors Village POA

Alina Cochran, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Community Manager, Talis Management Group, Inc
Phone: 919-878-8787 ext. 235
acochran at talismgmt.com

Minutes – Communication Committee Meeting, July 21, 2014

Governors Village Communication Committee members met at the Bean & Barrel recently for our quarterly meeting. In addition to routine matters, we discussed several initiatives for improving communication and responsiveness amongst the Governors Village community.

Please see the following Minutes (attached) for additional details.

Governors Village Communication Committee Minutes (July 21, 2014)

Details: 2014 Governors Village Cornhole Tournament

The 2014 “Governors Village Corn Hole Tournament” benefiting Relay For Life is open for registration.

When: Saturday, July 26th 4pm (Rain Date – July 27th 3pm)
Where: Governors Park Basketball Court

1. There will be an Entry Fee of $30 per 2 person team.
2. Tournament Format will be Double-Elimination. Rules will be distributed to players prior to the start of the tournament.
3. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers
4. Multiple Corn Hole Boards will be in use to speed play.
5. Please register early. In case of an overwhelming response, we may have to limit the number of teams in order to complete the tournament by 11pm. Temporary lighting will be used if we anticipate going past dark.
6. To Register, send the following info to gv.cornhole [at] gmail.com:
-Names of each team member and Team Name
-Email of each team member
-Checks can be made out to “ACS” or “American Cancer Society”
-Checks should be mailed to 30060 Benbury, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
7. All proceeds will go to “Relay for Life” to support Cancer Research

This should be a great event for the neighborhood. Please see the details below and send all questions to gv.cornhole [at] gmail.com.

Food Trucks: Big Mike’s BBQ and The Parlor Ice Cream trucks will be on-site at 5pm.

Many thanks to our 2014 Sponsors for helping make this event possible:
Bean and Barrel
Advanced Electric of Chapel Hill
Custom Stone and Marble
Chapel Hill Pilates
Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Contact: Jessica Wynne, jessicawynne at nc.rr.com

Aqua NC update: NC Attorney General Appeals Rate Hikes without Public Hearings

In a recent newsletter, Clear Water for NC recently acknowledged some recent developments regarding Aqua NC’s efforts to increase rates for the Governors Village community:

Yesterday, the NC Attorney General’s office appealed the NC Utilities Commission’s decision to the NC Supreme Court, challenging the decision to allow Aqua NC to raise rates more frequently and with less public input…if you would like to write to Attorney General Roy Cooper to thank him for taking this step toward quality water at a fair price, you can write to him at Attorney General’s Office, 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001 or use this form to e-mail him.

Related: NC Attorney General blasts water utilities that raise rates without public hearings (News & Observer, 7/3/2014)

Keep track of ongoing Aqua NC-related issues with Clear Water for NC. You may also contact Katie Hicks (CWFNC) at 1-800-929-4480 / 828-251-1291, or katie@cwfnc.org.

Surveillance Cameras Installed At Pool

Recreation Committee chair, Trent Leonard, recently announced a surveillance system has been installed at the pool. This moves comes after several recent incidents of vandalism at the pool after hours. Effective June 26, 2014 the camera system is always on, but records only at night when the pool is closed. The cameras cover only the public common areas.

Trent encourages residents to email him privately with any concerns.

Contact: Trent Leonard, Recreation Committee chair, zanophol at gmail.com