Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

May 29, 2013

Board addresses menu, vandalism and prizes

CROSSVILLE — President Bob Stackhouse opened the May 23 FGCC Board meeting announcing the opening of the new Dorchester pool cabana. The new St. George marina pavilion is expected to open the first week of July. Newspaper ads and emails will announce the first fish fry of the season. The Druid Hills pool cabana conceptual plans will be posted on the website and at the Community Center in early June for member’s comments and suggestions.

Stackhouse said the Incorporation Committee town hall meeting will be held in late June. Members will be notified of the date via email.

General Manager Bob Weber said the new FFG Community Partner and Sponsor program is going well with $40,000 committed to market the Fairfield Glade community both regionally and nationally. Weber recommended that members go to the website to see the partners and sponsors participating in the program. He encouraged members to support partners and sponsors.

Harry Price reported for the Architectural Committee. Through April: 25 single family detached homes vs. 19 last year; 59 new homes are under construction and 241 miscellaneous projects.

Fran Dwyer, reporting for the Strategic Planning Committee, said the committee is working hard on all returned lots. The 109 ‘A’ lots have water and sewer. ‘C’ lots have neither. The committee analyzed the ‘A’ lots and is preparing a sale package to be used by the community club to sell the 109 lots. ‘C’ lots are the biggest problem which could be consolidated into useful productive properties such as parks, playgrounds, etc.

John Conrad, Trails Committee, reported a lot of work being done on the new Good Samaritan trail using chainsaws, a bush hog and bulldozer to clear the trees and underbrush.

Jim Etzel, from the Volunteer Fire Department Committee, announced that fire engine #5 was going to a new home in Bledsoe county with the Nine Mile Fire department. Etzel announced that the FFG Fire Department now has a ‘fire dog’ standing in front of the station which was donated by Landscape Solutions.

Cyd Riede, Chair of the Election Committee, announced applications to run for the Board opening will be available June 3. The Deadline to return will be 4 p.m. June 21.

Regina Welch reported $4.1 million cash on hand. YTD $235,000 Recreation Amenity transfer fees have been received. Delinquent accounts still are about 2,100. The good news is that new delinquent accounts are minimal. There are currently 962 lots in the returned lot inventory. The overall the financials YTD are positive vs. budget even with the huge decline in March golf revenue due to poor weather.

Randy Hoover, the Public Safety Chief, reported for April: Radar 26 hours; 53 traffic citations; two arrests; nine thefts and zero burglaries; 774 home security checks; 26 alarm calls; 61 ambulance calls; 42 resident assists; three vehicle collisions. Hoover mentioned that there have been only three burglaries so far this year.

Tim Martin, Public Works and Recreation, reported that Druid Hills pool, miniature golf, and the Dorchester pool would all be open before Memorial Day. A manager has been hired for the season to supervise the outdoor pools and miniature golf.

Several roads or road sections will be resurfaced by the community club and/or by the county this year.

James Ivankovich, Food/Beverage Manager, was asked a question by a member unhappy because of the discontinuance of prizes for the Stonehenge Grill weekly playing card events. The gift card prizes had to be discontinued because it was discovered the state considers any game of chance to be gambling. President Stackhouse explained that gift card prizes are not allowed because playing cards are considered by the state a game of chance and not a game of skill. Prizes for golf or sinking a basket are considered games of skill by the state. The Cumberland District Attorney verified that playing cards for prizes is considered gambling. All this was previously explained in the May 2 Glade Sun story on the April 25 Board of Directors meeting.

Another question directed to James: Why are the menus changed every 2-3 months? One member said she wanted to be able to know that certain items will be on the menu. The multi-faceted answer: Main goal is to provide variety to diners; popular items are maintained on new menus; poor selling items can be dropped from the new menu; when food costs rise on certain ingredients the prices can be adjusted. Exciting new items can be added so the menu doesn’t become stale; plus, proper balance of costs vs. value can be attained.

Steve Kraft, Golf Director, reported for April: Below budget 1,365 rounds; below April 2012 by 2,072 rounds; 17,530 paid 18-hole equivalents; 21,496 players were serviced in April. March 2013 was the worst March in 11 years due to weather. Comparisons for April: 1,301 rounds nationwide; 1,226 for Tennessee; 1,537 Druid Hills; 2,411 Heatherhurst and 1,424 Stonehenge.

The P.O.E.T.S. Spring Invitational for men is sold out. The Tennessee Senior Men’s Open was a big success with 139 players plus no rain interruptions.

Kraft reported serious vandalism damage to the Dorchester hole 13 green which was being repaired on May 23. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for the Women’s Open.

Comments from the floor:     

A member asked why the marinas do not charge a launch fee to non-members. The answer was that non-members are not allowed on the lakes. Only members with ID or timeshare with proper ID can launch on the lakes. Cameras are going to be installed at the marina boat ramps to monitor boat launching. An automatic gate system requiring a registered card will be installed to eliminate the current key system.

A member asked about hiring two people assigned to keep the road sides clear of trash in order to enhance the resort’s appearance. Stackhouse replied that idea will have to be looked at.   

A member asked about replacing the street sign on her road because the new green metal signs are more visible. Tim Martin replied that the budget only allows for about 70 new signs each year; so it will take a few years to replace all signs as there are about 1,000 signs to go. The main roads are the priority for emergency vehicles. Signs that are in poor shape are also a priority.

Appropriation requests approved:

$66,000 for facilities maintenance on parking lots at both marinas, the Public Safety lot, Heatherhurst lot. $30,000 for paving walking trails on Fairfield Drive. $15,820 for a lawnmower at the wastewater treatment plants.

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