Nelson Farm Homeowners, this is finally a chance to provide some news and information that is not directly related to the pool opening, reservations, and operation. There are so many other items that get fixed, repaired, and maintained by volunteers either serving on the Board or just homeowners who step up to help.
All of these volunteer contributions go a very long way to keep our assets in great shape while saving you and the NFHOA lots of money. In many situations, homeowner volunteers have gone ahead to purchase some expensive items, and then wait to get reimbursed from our accounts with Associa. Please read through this list of work items and volunteers, and when you get the chance thank those that are mentioned.
We were fortunate to get the roof panels on the pool shade structures replaced, with metal this time, as part of our insurance claim for the pool house roof damaged in last July 5’s hailstorm. There were a handful of homeowners who had already volunteered to replace the shade structures. I am glad we did not need to call on any of us this time.
Regarding the two canvas round mushroom shade structures on the east side of the pool. Most pool goers have no idea how these covers get put up, taken down, cleaned, and stored every year. Glenn and Judy Gray have done this for many years, and have also had to reinstall them during pool season when they get blown off in a bad windstorm. I found them putting these up this year as soon as notice was sent out that the pool was going to open. No phone call needed. They just care about NF and wanted to help get the pool ready for opening day. I know they also take care of putting up the shower curtains in the bathrooms and many other often overlooked items.
Pool surface drain cover grates that run across the north end of the pool were in need of replacement. I had spent some time last year trying to find these with no luck. Glenn Gray spent lots more time on this, stumbled upon a vendor who identified the manufacturer. He then found a supplier, placed the order, paid for and picked up the replacements. He has been reimbursed, of course.
Pool fence repairs: This project is a holdover from last year when a few homeowners had responded and offered to help. The Board finally got this project going and a small work party went to work on June 14. Steve Williams led the charge for the Board, identified and marked the fence pickets that needed replacement, purchased some needed supplies and then had to run out to get some extra pickets. The bulk of the fence pickets were delivered to us by A Plus Fence at a discount price. Although I know other homeowners would have helped out on this if aske4d, we intentionally kept the group down to a limited size. Thanks go out to Board Members Steve Williams, Marshall Flug, Doug Hagaman, and homeowners Harvey Hotto and Russ Smith. The few hours and sweat that this group put in hopefully bought several more years of life into what will eventually be an expensive fence to replace.
The tennis court cracks and surface were professionally sealed this June at considerable expense, but a necessary maintenance item. However, the nets need continuous repairs and one of the windscreens needed replacement. Marshall Flug purchased these items last fall, but we waited until this spring to install these items. Homeowners and tennis players Mike Fink and Ed Fletcher put up the shade panel and replaced the webbing on the entire east court net. I know Ed is tending to the other net until we need to get that webbing replaced.
New swimming pool lane lines were just ordered. The Board approved this item but held any purchase at bay until we had the pool open. Sarah Putman did some of the leg work finding the new lane lines, paid out of pocket for this big-ticket item, and now is waiting for reimbursement. Our older lane lines were starting to fall apart, shedding small pieces of plastic, and are taking an additional beating this year with the “reduced risk swim” sessions.
Thanks go out to Anita Bleem who has annually gardened and tended to the flowers around our Nelson Farm sign at the corner of Lemay and Springwood. This year she completely replaced the flowers to enhance the newly refurbished sign.
The Board exchanged countless emails, discussions, and looked at different reservation systems before settling on what we now have. Steve Williams went above and beyond to get the SignUpGenius pool reservation system set up and working for NFHOA. Steve also put out the yellow social distance spacing markers. Krista Chacko, Steve Williams, and Sarah Putman all helped to make the wifi hot spot at the pool a reality. This was needed for the lifeguards to be able to access the reservation system. More about the NFHOA Board is reserved for the next news post.
For now, I do want to just thank those homeowners that stepped up recently to volunteer for vacant Board positions. More on this in a future news post.
A few last thank you’s. Hopefully I have not left anyone out. Thanks to Splash and the lifeguards for working with us on our schedule of opening and working to keep us all safe. Also, our thanks go out to Jenny Singleton, Stephannie Hairston, and Emily Ramirez, all from Associa Colorado who worked with us closely during this stay-at-home period, helping us communicate and understand our liabilities and responsibilities.
President NFHOA BOARD
The Board and Management had a long discussion about if and how to open the pool. The majority decision of the Board was to open the pool. At this time, the goal is to have the pool open as of Wednesday, July 1.
There will be 2 lap swims, 2 open swim sessions and a reduced risk swim session. To reserve a slot, you will need to do so through Signup Genius, link and password can be found on TownSq. Please note that the password must not be shared with anyone. In addition, you will be required to sign a waiver prior to entering the pool, each time you visit. Each person 18 and older will be required to sign a waiver. Any person under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent sign a waiver on their behalf. You may print out and sign your waiver prior to coming to the pool for your reserved time or waivers will be available at the pool. Please note that the waivers and rules will only be posted on TownSq. The password can only be found on the waiver itself.
Each person entering the pool area is encouraged to wear a mask, until such time that you enter the pool itself. Please maintain 6-foot distance between you and any persons outside of your household.
Lastly, we would like to also make you aware that the Board will be observing how these rules are abided. If it is found that the rules are not being followed, the Board may decide, and has the authority to do so, to close the pool for the remainder of the year.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through these unprecedented times.
Jenny Singleton, CMCA
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Your Nelson Farm HOA Board continues to discuss daily how we might open the pool. We met again at length last night (June 10) via Zoom.
The pool will remain closed for now. We are further researching several remaining questions about how to safely and responsibly open.
Remaining issues include:
- Issuing and collecting waiver forms from everyone
- Employing a reservation system to schedule pool use in fixed time periods
- Enforcing separation in and out of the water
- Considering limiting pool use to lap swimming only
- Investigating several other issues (see June 2 update here)
While some Fort Collins neighborhood pools have opened, others have decided to remain closed all summer.
We on the Board are in constant communication and working hard to do what we determine best for everyone in Nelson Farm.
If the pool does open, please understand that pool use will not be the “free-for-all” we’ve enjoyed in the past. Many homeowners may well find the new rules, limits, and reservation system disappointing.
If you are not already registered at TownSq, please take care of this asap. Again, if the pool does open, we anticipate you’ll need to reserve a time slot. We expect to be using TownSq to facilitate waiver form collection and pool time reservations. So, register at TownSq!
You’ll need your NFHOA Associa-assigned account number to register. (Your ID and TownSq registration instructions were included in the annual general membership meeting announcement mailed to each homeowner in February).
Contact Associa if you don’t know your account number or need help registering on TownSq.
by Marshall Flug, Board President on behalf of the NFHOA Board
Greetings, all. With all of the changes in our day-to-day lives, I hope and trust that everyone is staying safe, healthy and practicing social distancing.
I would like to update Nelson Farm homeowners with HOA information, both what we know and what we don’t know.
The Board will not USPS mail the annual spring Nelson Farm Newsletter until we know more about social distancing requirements.
The NFHOA Board met via teleconference on March 24 and conducted a lot of business. We are again scheduled to meet/teleconference on May 12 and hopefully can make some firm decisions at that time, if not beforehand. The Board works well together via email between BOARD Meetings.
2020 Board of Directors
President, Marshall Flug; Vice President, Doug Hagaman; Treasurer, Krista Chacko; Secretary, Anne Berry; Directors: Steve Williams, Jami Jensrud, and Gretchen Stanford. Associa Colorado: Although working from home during this critical time, Associa’s Jenny Singleton and Stephannie Hairston continue to serve NF, assisted as necessary by other Associa personnel.
It might be difficult to get a meaningful newsletter out in a timely fashion once we know enough to put it all together. Therefore, I encourage everyone to make sure you are registered on our website at nelsonfarmhoa.com. If you received this post via email, you are registered. If you have neighbors who did not receive this via email, please forward this email and encourage them to register.
I also encourage you to register at Associa Colorado’s website TownSq (instructions were included with your invoice).
Both websites contain useful homeowner information, HOA covenants, instructions for contacting the Board or Associa, forms to submit for an Architectural Review (ARC), notices of NFHOA activities, and a calendar of pool hours and events.
The ARC continues to fully function during these times and homeowners are still required to request approval for modifications to the outsides of their homes, including re-roofing.
The Annual Membership Meeting and BOARD Elections were held on Feb 17. Thank you to all who attended and for others who provided proxies. We all should thank those that left the Board and to those newly elected. Leaving the Board were Vice President, Ted Bender; our Treasurer, Jon Sawyer; and Director, Jimmy Jones, whose position was vacant from when he moved out of our neighborhood. We all are fortunate to have other homeowners step in and volunteer time and energy in service to our neighborhood.
Architectural Review Committee (ARC), provides homeowners with very timely review or feedback of submitted ARC Forms for any changes to the exterior of a property. Our thanks continue to go out to Diane Gaede, Glenn Gray, and Dave Meyer for serving on our ARC. As a reminder, homeowners are required to submit a request to the ARC prior to undertaking work for external changes to their home, landscaping, painting of the house, roof replacement, etc. The ARC requirements and submittal form are available on both websites.
Work has begun to ready the pool for opening. Our pool services provider, Splash, was advised by the County and City to prepare to open up pools as usual. This is needed just to maintain the pool and keep the water clean.
When will we open? Hopefully, like always, Memorial Day weekend. The BOARD will further assess this at our May Board Meeting. Everything, of course, will be subject to County and City dictates and/or guidelines. It is certainly possible that the pool opening will be delayed and may not even open at all in 2020. We just do not know at this time. Like you and everyone else, all we can do is hope and do the best we can to stay safe and well.
Please continue to practice social distancing while using the NF Tennis Courts.
Crack repairs are scheduled for June.
We need a volunteer (or two or three) to replace a net and install a missing section of windscreen. Both have been purchased and are ready to go. Are you? Please use the Contact the Board form at nelsonfarmhoa.com to volunteer. And THANK YOU!
- The pool house roof and all the shade structures will be replaced. That July 5 hailstorm left a lot of damage in its wake. We’re working through issues involving both our insurance carrier and the roofer but hope to have the work completed soon.
- If you walk the east side of the pool fence along the Power Trail, you will notice that the overgrown pyracantha bushes (plus a nasty variety of weeds and volunteer trees, shrubs, etc) are gone. The ground was graded and seeded with native grass. Definitely a cleaner look!
- The Nelson Farm sign by the tennis courts was blown down in a windstorm last fall and now is back up, but unfortunately a little too low to the ground. We plan to reinstall.
- We still would like to do some routine maintenance and replace several boards on the fence surrounding the pool. These chores will now have to wait until the social distancing is removed.
Lastly, your NFHOA Board and Associa are still here and can be reached via the contact information on either website. If there is something you need the Board to discuss or act on, please let us know. The Board has worked on several other issues and items of business, but I have tried to cover the important items in this communication.
Once again: TAKE CARE!