Road Access - Thanks for your patience, you should be able to get through the road by the pond now. We will continue with the sewer line next week, but I don't believe we'll need to close down the entire road again, if we do need to I'll be sure to let you know.
Water Pressure - We recently checked the water pressure on all the homes and all are running the same. We've had a couple of complaints that the water pressure has dropped. Greenville Water says it's not them, and clearly all the homes didn't simultaneously have the same issue. So this week the guy that installed them will double check the regulators. I'm told it's possibly there was a drop in water pressure from Greenville Water and then the regulars we installed are therefore also going down, making the drop apply to your homes even though Greenville Water is providing enough pressure a reduction could affect the regulators. There are four different regulators for different sections and all are set the same, which could explain it. There's no way all four regulators failed simultaneously. But that's the next step on water.
Internet Outages - I recently realized that whenever power goes out in the main building the internet drops for the entire community since there is no backup currently. I've ordered a battery backup and will be installing it as soon as it arrives so internet will not be interrupted to your homes even if the power goes down here. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. When we do swap it out the internet will be down for 2-4 minutes while it reboots. Also know, spectrum had previously been cutting streaming regularly and was not related to our network, it was all on Spectrums side. I haven't noticed any issues for a week or so in that regard, so hopefully that won't become an issue again.
That's it for now. Thanks!
Road Closure - The grader is expecting to start on the sewer this week, so expect the road to be closed by end of the week until they are able to get it cleared. This will be by the pond, right in front of Doug's house, so everyone will need to use the rear entrance while that work is going on.
Maintenance - As you know, there is still ALOT of work to do. With spring here everything is starting to bloom, so we'll have to start cutting grass regularly, spraying weeds and working on plantings in addition to the other stuff we've been working on.
We've been busy planting grass with fertilizer and lime to make sure it takes. We will see where we are actually able to grow it. I'm sure most of this will not make it, and by fall it will be more natural, like being in the woods. However, the grass we plant is necessary to stabilize the earth. The roots will go into the soil and keep it from eroding when it rains. I'll also be putting down some seed in the summer on top of the blue silt sox to help that breakdown. For that I'm using a different seed meant for the summer months that sprouts very, very quickly. It's really the only way I see it working. Once again, the grass will not live, but will help the blue silt sox break down faster and turn it into earth more quickly. Most the grass will be over a foot tall before we cut it the first time. We need to make sure those roots are established, especially before the summer moths get here.
We have stabilized the sides of the middle pond with boulders, which is where we are putting a waterfall. We still need many boulders to complete it. Several people have asked for additional rocks, and once we have all we need for the waterfall and other areas, I'm happy to provide them to residents. Once we complete the areas we have the rocks planned for I'll let you know. I don't want to end up taking them out of yards down the road if we run out.
More - Once this virus scare is over, I plan on having a community meeting where I can answer everybody's questions all at once, so feel free to start organizing those questions and hold onto them.
As a reminder, residents are welcome to add their own landscaping and many residents have done a fantastic job of that. If you are planning something please let me know. If you do something to your property, we will not maintain what you change. So if you plant your own flower beds by your home, that's great! But please plan on weeding them, as that is not something we will do. We will also not enter someones fenced in area to maintain that, so please plan accordingly as I want to make sure everyone knows what's expecting. Honestly, there haven't been any issues that have come up with this, but just wanted to put a reminder out there as with so many starting to stay home and looking for projects I thought it was worth bringing up.
Finally, when I write these blog posts, I generally just start writing. I don't have a major plan for them. I don't proof read them. They aren't super well thought out. I just try to keep up with potential issues/ questions as they are brought up by various residents or by Sara or Robert.
Corona Virus - It sounds like we haven't seen the worst of the virus yet, but hopefully we're close to the other side. I know a lot of people may be struggling with this and possibly suffering from a lack of work. While I cannot afford to waive the village fees, as my utility and maintenance expenses continue, I will be waiving all late fees until June 1st. If you cannot pay, know there won't be any late fees on payments until June 1st. I know most will continue to pay on time and thank you for that, but for those who need the flexibility, you have it. Also, if you're finances allow you to support local businesses, please do so. While dining in the restaurant is not an option currently, many of them have carry out or pick up. Consider a gift card purchase as well, for you or as a gift. Tandem, Sidewall Pizza, Treehouse Cafe, TR Makers, Goose Feathers, Beyond the Thread, and many more local businesses.
Electric Bikes and Golf Carts - Before we were in this current COVID-19 environment, I ordered electric bikes and golf carts and the shipment arrived this weekend. I am set up as a dealer for these bikes and carts and will be selling them. Golf carts will be used for giving tours of the community and I am designating a couple electric bikes for community use. Once social distancing is over, the bikes will be available for residents to use. We're still designing a process to check them out but are excited to offer them as part of the community amenities - free to our residents! If you're interested in purchasing a golf cart or electric bike, all community residents will receive a 10% discount off their purchase, no doc fee, and no assembly fee. You can find out more about them at www.electricbikeandcart.com (still under development). Let me know if you have questions.
We are continuing with development plans and community improvements and happy we can continue to support our contractors during this time. Thank you for being part of this community, wash your hands, and don't touch your face!
COVID-19 - I hope you're all staying safe! It sounds like Sara has been feeling better so should might be back around this week, yeah! As we try to keep our distance we will continue to do work around the community, but know that we will be trying to work around people and attempting to limit close interactions for the safety of the entire community while we work through property improvements and outstanding warranty work.
Community Gardens - I'm planning on installing the community gardens this week. I've gotten some feedback and have decided to do individual raised bed gardens at this point. Each bed will be 4'x8'x12". Please email Justin or Sara if you would like one. We will install them and fill them with 50/50 blend soil. After that, its up to whomever signs up for one to maintain them and plan whatever you want. If people want to get together on a couple, or you want one or two for the entire community, that'd be fun too. But right now, I just need to figure out how many I'm going to build. Please let us know asap if you want one, two, or want to help maintaining a shared one as well. Thanks!
Hello All! We've finally seen some movement with some of the dry weather we've had, thanks again everyone for your patience. I realize I should have posted an update sooner, but here's what I've got:
PHASE 2: We have started phase 2 up where the trees are coming down and the tractors are working. This phase was originally approved with our first phase, and I'm very grateful we sold phase 1 so fast that I'm able to get this phase 2 going. I'm still not sure how many lots will be in there, it's looking like somewhere between 30 and 40. As you probably know, I am trying to keep trees, so once we get all he questionable ones removed I'll go back through and finalize the lots. Based on my experience with phase 1, getting it completely ready for move in could take up to 6 months. Also, note that we will have to close that section of road soon while we get that manhole installed, but should only be a week or so of closure depending on weather. I have heard from a couple of residents that they were surprised by there being a phase two, and I want to apologize if that was not more clear when you did come on board. It was never a secret, or hidden, it was, however, always an if and when this did sell out. Which gratefully we've done.
Subdivision Signs at Entrances: You have probably seen the orange subdivision signs at the entrances, these are NOT for the phase we are working on right now where the tractor is, which we are calling phase 2. These signs are in reference to us starting to figure out what we can do with the remainder of the property. While Greenville County calls that submittal a phase 2, clearly we are already working on a phase 2, so that is a little confusing. The draft we have submitted can be found here: https://www.greenvillecounty.org/apps/subdivisionsearch/ViewFile.aspx?id=1409 , this is a proposal we put out to let Greenville County know that this could be coming in the future. At this point, I don't know what can be done, this is just the first step with the county for the remainder of the property, which includes the area where all the red dirt is next to the community center that we built our road out of, the area up in the neighborhood by the side entrance, and the main road coming down into the development from Geer Hwy, which also clearly needs to be doubled in width to allow inbound and outbound traffic simultaneously. We would still need to figure out if the soil where these homes are drawn can have homes, how we would get utilities to the sites, if the utilities can handle the load, how stormwater will be handled, and how much it would cost to do. So that is still quite a bit out. Getting the first phases figured out and approved took about 18 months, so I'm guessing that's how long it will take to know what we can do there. I did get confirmation that we can put up the pavilion towards the swamp rabbit trail, and don't need further approvals to get that done (only building permits), but don't yet have an ETA for getting that started. I know there will be a lot of opinions on this and worries about what's going to happen, but in the long run this will allow more amazing people to live here, help keep the monthly village fee down for all residents, and ensure higher quality amenities and fund more activities/ events for residents. Obviously Creek Walk only works as a community if it stays quality and stays affordable or people won't want to live here. This helps ensure that.
Dumpster: The trash cans have finally been swapped for a dumpster. I have the concrete guy planning on putting a concrete pad for the dumpster there, and also adding a concrete pad by the Fernleaf exit and another by the mailboxes. While we won't yet be putting dumpsters there, the plan is to eventually have them in those locations as well so I'm getting the concrete poured at the same time.
Dog Park: In the right of way in the green space towards the back, across the pond I'm expecting the dog park fencing to start going up, so expect that to be completed soon, as I don't think it should take long. John will be the one working on that.
Trash - I understand some people have been taking their trash off site when trash cans are full. Thanks for taking care of the property, but please leave your bags by the trash cans, that's the best way for our trash guy to know when they are filling. We will happily add cans whenever necessary and will be converting to dumpsters very, very soon....
Potholes/ Road/ Driveways Maintenance - With the rain we've gotten some major road/ potholes issues, and because of the rain we've also been delayed with our grader getting here. We just need a good day or two of drying and he can be here, with it so wet these tractors can cause more damage then help, but as soon as we get the weather he will be here. The first thing he'll be doing is cleaning up the road, redoing many of the driveways, fixing some of the runoff issues and addressing the problem drainage areas. Unfortunately my tractor is not quite what is needed for some of this, but we'll have the proper equipment and people here to fix it as soon as we get a break in the weather. (my grader did tell me earlier this week that possibly today, but I haven't been able to reach him yet)
Blue Silt Sox - These are along the back of the property the entire length to keep the neighboring properties water from coming through our property and really flooding us out. Without them the water issues would be much worse. Additionally, they were required by Greenville County to be there. They were selected because they eventually break down and will decompose into a berm that will keep the water off the property. We will be seeding this in the spring in and attempt to speed up that process, but there's not much we can do. They're ugly, but required and helpful, and will eventually turn into earth.
Warranty Work and Skirting - As you know this rain has also contributed to major delays here as well. I'm reviewing the work with Steven, whom had started doing some other work on the property for residences as well, and he is going to start taking on some of this work to help us get caught up. I probably should have hired them sooner, but they'll be starting this week and seem to be really hard workers and good people.
As always thanks so much being being part of this community and thank your for your patience with these growing pains.
WATER - Your homes are safe! The company we hired to install these homes are very professional and follow strict guidelines to prevent any issues with the home and our engineer ensured us no lots are at risk of any flooding or anything of the sort as reviewed and approved by Greenville County. With that said we are getting ALOT of rain over the next 24 hours, there is a likelihood that the drives going over the creek by the pond towards the model/ airbnb area get overtaken by the creek and water may flow over those crossings. Please use caution if this happens. If it does please use the rear entrance on Fernleaf Drive that way you are not crossing any creeks and avoid that potential issue. Please let us know if you have any questions.
NOISE - Our goal is to keep a quiet and peaceful community. I understand that there was excessive noise last night. Please let us know whenever this happens and let us address the issue. Please do not approach homes on your own, we are happy to handle this. If it's in the community I'd rather we be the bad guys and would like to avoid creating any animosity between neighbors. As it turns out the noise from last night came from someone up at one of the businesses on Geer Highway. Sara contacted the business and they recently outsourced their 3rd shift to a contracting company so have some new people that caused the noise while on break. They have assured us that they will put a stop to it immediately and it will not happen again. Know that if we do have issues we will involve law enforcement to ensure a quiet and peaceful community.
4 WHEELERS - As most of you are aware someone has been trespassing in the right of way along one side of the property using 4 wheelers. We have gotten law enforcement involved and they are aware and working on addressing the issue. We also added a lock to our entrance on Rock Quarry Road and will be installing a gate at the right of way at the rear entrance with a lock as well. Because DUKE Energy needs access there we have to keep access, but will give them the combination to the lock we put on so they can access it. Others will no longer be able to use that entrance to cause trouble. Additionally if anybody notices anything please contact us and take pictures if you see anybody using that area as that will help law enforcement going forward.
I know it seems like a lot of issues right off the start, but we are addressing them and will get them taken care of. Some of it may have been happening longer but it went unnoticed with fewer residences. But we will get them taken care of.
AND MORE - We were supposed to start end of last week on getting that manhole in the road by the creek so we can clean up that road, but my graders father was hospitalized the day he was going to start, and then he came down with the flu. We expect to get the trees cleared and that sewer in as soon as the weather improves. When that happens we will be completely blocking that road by the pond so you will have to use the rear entrance on Fernleaf Drive while that is happening.
As many of you know we did get permission to take down certain sections of the silt fence. Starting at the first house on the creek side, down through the right away towards the back with the green space is. We did start working on removing this section, however with the amount of rain we have gotten today we are holding off on that until it lets up a bit.
Sorry this post is so long, but I want to make sure to communicate to all what is going on so you all are informed. As always let us know if you have any questions.
Manholes are expected to be delivered this Thursday and the tractor to start work is being delivered on Wednesday. So we should be ready to get that in very soon! Thanks for your patience. As soon as we can get that in we'll be getting the existing lots and road cleaned up, leveled as needed, more grass seed, more gravel, and overall just getting it pretty.