The BOD has been asked to consider Pickle Ball Courts. While the cost of building courts specifically for pickleball would be expensive, we are currently in process on resurfacing the tennis courts and can add pickle ball lines to one or multiple tennis courts. The BOD has heard concerns that the additional pickle ball lines would be distracting to tennis players, during league matches all four of our courts are typically utilized, and the net height for pickle ball is 34”, and for tennis play it is 36”.
We would like to hear input from as many homeowners as possible regarding the idea of adding pickle ball lines to the tennis courts. Please provide your feedback below by end of day Friday, July 27th. This topic will be discussed and voted on by the BOD at the Board meeting on 8/7.
At the Board of Director’s meeting on April 3,2018, the Board discussed recommended changes to our violation process. Since that time we have been advised by legal council that there are some significant changes in the South Carolina Homeowners Association Act and Department of Consumer Affairs Services for Homeowners and Homeowners Associations Act. At this time we are working to ensure all of our governing documents are in compliance with the changes to these laws which go into effect January 2019, and have suspended proceeding with the changes discussed at the April meeting.
Please look for further communication regarding the changes to the SC laws and how they may impact our community.
Bridgehampton Neighborhood Association Board of Directors
As you may be aware, there has been litigation pending in South Carolina between several homeowners and the Hornings regarding the sidewalk (the “Easement”) that runs along the side of the Hornings’ property from Norwalk Lane to Karriker Court. This Association was not a party to this litigation; however, we want to communicate the South Carolina Court’s recent ruling to the entire community. Attached is a copy of the February 28, 2018 Order entered by the Court. We’d like to direct your attention to the following provisions:
WHEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED THAT:
The easement is limited in scope to use only by the residents and their guests for pedestrian and bicycle travel to and from areas within the subdivision. The Easement shall not be used by any person as access or a thoroughfare to areas outside of the subdivision except as may be used by residents to enjoy walking or bicycling outside of the community purely for recreational purposes. This exception shall not be read to allow residents or their guests to use the Pathway to access any location outside of the community including, but not limited to, schools, commercial establishments, or non-community private residences.
No person shall use the Easement except as specifically allowed in this Order.
Plaintiffs are hereby permanently enjoined from using the Easement for access to the School or for any reason other than those consistent with Paragraph 1 above.
To the extent the side posts of the gate currently located on the property are located within the Easement they shall be permanently removed.
[The Hornings] shall not impede any person’s right to use the Easement consistent with this Order.
No motorized or electric vehicles shall be used in the Easement except motorized or electric wheelchairs necessary for mobility.
[The Hornings] are not responsible for maintaining the Easement. [The Hornings] shall not prevent reasonable and necessary maintenance of the 7.5 foot wide Easement.
Violations of this Order shall be subject to the Contempt powers of this Court.
Despite not being a party to this lawsuit, the Association is taking this ruling seriously and encourages all residents to abide by the Court’s decision to avoid potential repercussions from the Court. The HOA encourages all residents to remember that when they walk across the Easement, they are walking on the Hornings’ property very close to their home. All residents should be respectful of their neighbors and not do anything that unnecessarily affects another neighbor’s use of his/her property. If anyone uses the Easement in a way inconsistent with the Court’s ruling they will be trespassing. For example, if a neighbor operates a motorized vehicle in the Easement, they are trespassing and may find themselves subject to legal recourse. Likewise, if anyone uses the Easement to walk to the school at any time of day they would also be subject to legal recourse.
Even if you are a North Carolina resident, you are expected to comply with South Carolina laws when on South Carolina property – such as the Easement.
The Association will be posting signs at both ends of the Easement reminding our residents that it is only for use by residents of Bridgehampton and their guests while visiting parts of the neighborhood.
Additionally, in light of paragraph 7 above, the Association will resume responsibility for the maintenance for the Easement.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and your adherence to the Court’s order.
Over the last week the Board has received several inquiries regarding access to/from the pool area through the volleyball gate.
Background: Last year it came to the BOD’s attention that homeowners were able to use their personal keys to unlock the volleyball gate. Obviously, this is a safety hazard as individuals could gain access when no guard is on duty. When we had the vandalism last August a bicycle lock was added to that gate and has been in place since. Swim club management supplied that lock but in the transition the combination was not provided to all the guards. We have since replaced that combination lock with a keyed padlock. This key has been provided to the guards.
Process this year: If a homeowner wants to access the pool from the volleyball court, the lifeguards will need to unlock both the primary gate lock and the padlock using both keys. The resident will also be required to swipe their key fob at the main entrance to verify they are a resident a good standing. If a resident wants to access the volleyball courts from the pool, the lifeguards will need to unlock the gate using both keys. The lifeguards’ number one priority is ensuring the safety of everyone enjoying the pool, we ask that you keep these requests to a minimum and access the pool through the main gate.
Long term solution: the BOD has asked the facilities committee to price installing key fob access at the volleyball court, review the current policy and make a recommendation.
The Bridgehampton Neighborhood Board of Directors.
The HOA Board has recently become aware of several instances over the last few weeks of suspicious activity in and around the amenities at the Bridgehampton Clubhouse Parking lot. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few important security precautions:
If you ever feel unsafe, please call 911 immediately. Even if it turns out to be a non-threatening situation, it is best to have the professionals respond. Law enforcement officials would prefer to respond as a precaution, then investigate a situation where someone may have been harmed.
Never provide anyone access to our facilities that does not have an operational key fob.
It is best to not be alone in isolated areas.
Also, the BOD has requested that Braesael suspend on site services for the next several weeks. During this period, they will be available to meet with homeowners as needed by appointment. Please contact Stacie Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org or Eric Mattes at email@example.com if you need assistance and they will work with you to address your needs.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further information regarding these incidences or if you have any questions.
Thanks for your diligence in keeping our neighborhood informed!
As part of the Finance Committee’s work on our three-year strategic plan, we have begun having discussions with audit firms on what the right cadence is for conducting full audits of our financials. These discussions include, trade-off of full audit versus review, how often should audits and/or reviews occur, and the costs associated with each.
The finance committee met with Courtney LaLone, a CPA with the firm of LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC, the practice that completed the last BridgeHampton audit in 2016 (against 2015 financials) to begin our due diligence on best practice. The general guidance has been that we should follow what our by-laws require, however our bylaws do not address audits and so we wanted to solicit the community’s input.
Below is a link to a Charlotte Observer article written by Courtney LaLone, addressing this topic.