Fox Point Update: November 2022 Edition
- On November 2, 2022
By Abe Ryder | Email
Greetings Fox Point Neighbors,
It is now November! Wow, where did the year go? The holiday season will soon be upon us and for me personally, November is a time for giving thanks and reflection. I want to personally thank our current and past Fox Point Board members for their tireless commitment and stewardship to our neighborhood AND for continuing the Fox Point tradition of a well-run, self-managed homeowners association. When you see a current or former Board member, please thank him or her for their service.
At our October 2022 meeting, the Board approved the Nominating Committee members:
- Steve Kipferl – Chair, current Board member
- Andrew Schwarz – current Board member
- Margaret Graff – former Board member
- Greg Salter – homeowner at large
- Bruce Kukowski – former Board member
The Nominating Committee is charged with identifying residents who are interested in running for the Fox Point Homeowners Association Board to fill expired terms of current members. We are seeking 4 candidates who would be elected in conjunction with our annual meeting in January. I encourage neighbors to consider running for the Board — and/or putting forth names of potential candidates to Steve Kipferl via email HERE. Also, as this process unfolds and candidates are announced, the Board encourages as many homeowners to vote in our annual election in January. Stay tuned for more information.
Speaking of elections, November is election season in our broader community. Please research the candidates and issues, and exercise your right to vote on November 8th! As we all know, many have made the ultimate sacrifice for this right – use it! As you engage in discourse on a particular idea, issue, or candidate, keep it civil, and respectful, and rise above the fray. Once the election has concluded, remove your signage.
Please continue to read on for great reports from our Board members.
Our next Board Meeting will be in person on Monday, November 21st @ 7 pm at the Village Church. As always, we encourage homeowners to attend our monthly Board Meetings. We welcome ideas, suggestions, and feedback as we all have a vested interest in this community we call home.
All the best.
By Rena Slovick | Email
2022 Golf Outing Results!
We had another successful golf outing at Palatine Hills on 10/8 with over 50 golfers participating! Team Allen, Trandel, Hackney, & Soward was finally victorious shooting -13 (which is good apparently), and are the 2022 champions. Longest Drive goes to Jake Feit & Closest to the Pin winner was Steve Nuzzo. Both ladies 9 hole teams tied for 1st place.
Save the Date for Santa’s Annual Visit to Fox Point!
Sunday, December 4th at approximately 3:30 pm – more details to follow.
Christmas Eve Luminaries
If you’d like to help out with Luminaries this year please reach out to Joie Connors (firstname.lastname@example.org) No experience is needed – the committee involves putting luminary packs together, playing with sand, & cocktails made by Brian.
By Mark Villalovos | Email
Please Vote Tuesday, November 8th.
That’s it. That’s the update.
OK, one more thing. Celebrate Veteran’s Day!
Friday, November 11, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Park (Main & Cook)
Join local veterans and dignitaries as we celebrate Veterans Day at 11:00 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Cook & Main Streets.
By Andrew Shwarz | Email
The Board has decided to expand its usage of Google’s Workspace apps to better manage its activities.
In May, HOA board members started a “digital architecture” pilot to explore the value of using Google apps to digitize HOA documentation, and store it centrally on the cloud, enhance our virtual meeting capabilities, and standardize the way the Board communicates with neighbors, the Village, and our vendors.
As part of this expanded usage, all Board members have been assigned “@FoxPoint.org” email addresses which can be used to access core Google apps many are familiar with like Gmail, Meet, Calendar, and Drive. Going into 2023, through these apps, Board members will be able to collaborate more easily and historical information and communication methods will be better preserved as Board seats change over.
Thank you to the Board for their partnership and flexibility as we create a stronger digital foundation for the future of Fox Point.
Safety & Welfare
By Bill Graff | Email
Well, fall is really here, I used to have a lawn, and now it’s just a carpet of leaves…UGH! While the leaves are a drag, I am happy to say that fall has really brought so many well-lit properties in the neighborhood! I have received many requests about “who to fix my gas/elec. lantern”, and with each request, I am told “thanks for this information”! You are welcome, and your neighbors are thankful that you have lit your lamp and are ready for the long season ahead, bravo!
Second, and as important, is the speed problem and the school path challenge. First, the speed limit, any way you look at it is 25MPH!! That is the LAW in Fox Point, no gray area here!! Please pay attention and watch as you drive in FP, especially now that we have more dark hours ahead of us! One big reminder that coincides with this speed limit alert is to WEAR REFLECTIVE clothing for you, your pet, and your CHILD, whenever walking, running, or playing in FP in the DARK!
Now, onto the path, pay close attention to the school path rules, this is a simple one, it’s a walking path, not a driving path! Many neighbors in the past and present have worked hard for this path to be safe, and we can only hope you will keep the rules sacred as the AM and PM school drop-off is now squarely front and center. Note, each day there are several BPD runs through the neighborhood, so be aware that neighbors EVERYONE is watching and helping all of us with the necessary safety in Fox Point!
Now go have fun and rake those leaves!!!!
By Criss Chang | Email
The pool is officially shut down and ready for hibernation until summer returns next year. Here’s a quick rundown of the data collected through the Omnify Pool Check-in System for the 2022 pool season: 60% of Fox Point households attended the pool at least once, on average there were 50 check-ins daily = over 5,000 pool visits, and nearly $6,000 collected in guest fees and awning rentals.
Planned for Spring of 2023 is a fresh coat of epoxy that will give the main pool a like-new look, but more importantly, provide the visibility and markings to ensure proper safety.
By Jay Roberts | Email
Hopefully, by the time you read this report, the construction part of the monument wall project will be almost complete! It’s been a long road to get here but we are nearing the finish line. To date, four total walls are complete, if you count the small wall by the pool entrance. Our vendor has done a tremendous job rebuilding (in spots) and restoring (in spots) the original structure of the walls.
The next two phases will be completed in a very short timeframe but we can not start those until construction is finished. This will include a drainage system at the base of each wall and a brand-new black decorative fence that sits atop the brick walls. The black fence will have a look that is similar to the previous version. Both of these phases will be completed before the end of November.
The final phase is to address the current landscape that sits in front of the brick walls. The plan is to chisel the mulch beds down half a foot to 18 inches depending on the terrain. This will keep the foundation of the walls from getting buried and covered up by dirt, debris, and mulch. It will also help to keep the drainage system from getting clogged. This is basically what caused all of the damage to the walls over the years, as over 80% of the damage was at the base of each wall. This phase of the project may be pushed to next Spring depending on the weather and how many new plants we have to incorporate. This has yet to be determined.
If you have any questions, please let me know!