Fox Point Update: September 2021 Edition
- On September 10, 2021
By Margaret Graff | Email
As I write this, the summer is winding down…. neighbor kids have gone back to school and that means the end of the Fox Point Pool season. Nothing means summer in Fox Point like The Fox Point Pool.
Now that our pool has closed for the season, I want to take a moment to give credit where credit is due —to two key people.
We as an association contract Pool Watch to manage and operate our pool. Seth Gering of Pool Watch has been our partner for the past several years, overseeing the staff and pool operations.
Criss Chang is the Fox Point Board Chair overseeing the Pool — which like all board positions is a volunteer job. He works closely with Pool Watch, navigating surprises that cropped up over the winter, monitoring repairs and expenses, and coordinating/communicating schedules and operational needs. In a normal year leading up to and during the pool season that volunteer job becomes Intense and time-consuming. In a pandemic bridging 2 pool seasons, being the Board Pool Chair becomes a full-time job. Last year Criss introduced Omnify, the Online Reservation System, to manage capacity restrictions tied to State of Illinois and IDPH guidelines. This year the Phases and requirements changed 3 times from May to July – affecting pool hours, capacity, guest fees, and needs. And while no system is perfect, he pivoted, pushed, and kept the Fox Point pool on track — so that all neighbors could enjoy this amazing asset throughout the summer. Truly Criss, we thank you for your diligent, professional, calm approach and leadership that resulted in another successful pool season. Without volunteers like Criss, this neighborhood would not be the community that it is.
Speaking of volunteers — as fall approaches, we start to recruit volunteers for the Fox Point Homeowners Association Board. We have 3 board members ending their terms at the end of this calendar year and are looking for interested neighbors to consider applying for a position. Board members are ultimately elected in January. We will be creating a Nominating Committee to lead this charge. If interested, please feel free to reach out to me directly.
On a different topic, we’ve decided to continue with virtual FPHA meetings through the fall due to the surge of the Delta variant. (It is our hope that we can revisit this for the Annual Meeting in January).
Our next meeting is Monday, September 20 @ 7 pm. Virtual meeting dial-in information is posted on NextDoor the weekend prior to each meeting. As always we welcome any and all neighbors to join us virtually to ask questions, offer input and learn more about the goings-on in Fox Point.
By Rena Slovick | Email
It’s Not a Cup, It’s Actually a Tumbler
Jealous of your Neighbor’s sweet Fox Point Yeti Tumblers? Fear Not! I’ve got them literally pouring out of my guest room! Order them HERE!
Please comment with your address and we will drop off your orders. Reach out to Rena Slovick (email@example.com) with questions.
Time to Declutter!
The Fox Point Annual Garage Sale will be Saturday September 18th, 2021 from 9am – 3pm. Please fill out the following form and email a copy to Susan Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org of you wish to participate!
Social Committee Meeting
Thank you to those that came out for the social committee meeting (all 3 of you…) I promise it’s not scary!! As much as my control issues prevent me from asking for help, being a committee of 1 is not easy! Linked here is a calendar of events along with a description. If you’re interested in wanting to spearhead a new activity or get together with friends to resurrect an old one, please sign-up here!
Safety & Welfare
By Abe Ryder | Email
Dear Fox Point Neighbors,
Welcome back to school season and hope everyone had an enjoyable summer! It is nice to see neighbors out and about enjoying the nice weather, walking with family and friends, walking dogs, running, and biking. In particular, please remember that traffic by the boat dock can be heavy at times, especially going over the bridge and cars traveling by should be mindful of the speed limit or even slow down further, so that we all can enjoy the road safely. That said, Barrington Police Department will be placing a temporary radar speed monitoring sign by the boat dock in the coming weeks, as well as providing additional traffic enforcement in the neighborhood. This should be a good reminder of the speed limits to all of the delivery vehicles, contractors, residents and non-residents alike, who frequently travel through the neighborhood.
As you may have noticed, many of our Village-owned street lamps in the neighborhood have been visited and re-lit by the Village Public Works team, providing much more lighting at night on our streets. As a reminder, these are the larger street lamps typically found at street intersections and in cul-de-sacs. If you happen to notice any of these lamps go dark in the coming months, please feel free contact the Village Public Works Street Division and a crew will come to repair the lighting.
By Mark Villalovos | Email
A handful of trees have leaves that are beginning to turn and that signals that Act III of 2021 is about to begin. September is a month in which many of us are experiencing FIRST-TIME life events. Your youngest might be heading to school for the first time, or (if you’re like Denise and I) your youngest might be heading to University, leaving you to wonder how you’ll spend your newly found free time. How about a Volunteer Activity? The Barrington Area Volunteer Connection is a tremendous resource, or if I may be so bold to suggest volunteering for your Fox Point Homeowners Association Board!! Join a fun, engaging group of homeowners who seek to continue making Fox Point a best-in-class neighborhood in the Northwest Suburbs! Shoot me and email or give me a call at 626-379-4945 and I’d be happy to share my experience so far. Have a great FALL!
By Jay Roberts | Email
We are wrapping up our summer landscaping season and will begin our transition to finish out the year.
A couple of weeks ago, we did remove several dead bushes around the pool landscape. There are also some larger crab apple trees that will need to be taken off at some point as well. We will look at getting those out maybe later this fall or sometime early next year.
By the end of the month, we will put in the annual mums at the front entrances as well. Those will add some great fall color and in years past have been a big hit with many neighbors. Also, the Fall clean-up will be scheduled before we hit the colder months.
The board did have a great discussion this past month on the monument walls. We will look to find a time to discuss those findings and options with all of you at some point before the end of the year. Please stay tuned.
If you ever have any questions or need clarification with any of these topics, please feel to text or call me at any time! I welcome feedback or if you see something that I’ve missed.