Notes From Your Neighborhood President

Thank you for visiting the Harrods View Neighborhood Association (HVNA) website. I hope you find our website useful and informative. Like many of you, I also work full time and face the same challenges of time management and priority placement of doing what I can to promote career growth, family nourishment and healthy sustainable friendship! I hope we can stay in touch through this website. If you see me out, please stop and say hello!

I would like to ask you to consider stepping out to the curb and looking at the curb areas in the neighborhood as well as the curb appeal of your property. I think this speaks to a Pride of Ownership issue. I am often impressed when even some of the older neighborhoods of Lexington are well-kept. I hope you will join me in striving to promote pride in our living space as well as promoting relationship and harmony among your neighbors.

I once again would like to thank you for your support and involvement in your community. I hope you will continue to support our efforts to grow our organization by paying your dues and encouraging your neighbors to do the same. Even bigger and more important than membership, be a good neighbor and promote a welcoming attitude toward each other. If you have concerns or comments that you would like to speak with me about, feel free to contact me using the contact tab on the website link above.

Sincerely,

Andrew G. Caudill, President

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UPDATE ON HVNA MEMBERSHIP/FUND RAISER FOR POSTS REPAIR

Thank you to those of you who have joined HVNA for 2022. Forty-five households have joined which is about 38% of the 120 households. That means a majority, 75 households, have opted not to join the HVNA. Does this mean 62% of households in Harrods View see no need for a neighborhood association? That is something we will have to think about. HVNA cannot continue to effectively function with a minority membership. No neighborhood association can continue to exist if a majority does not care while it benefits from the efforts of a minority.  But it is interesting how many times over the years households who declined to join HVNA have, without hesitation, asked a board member to look into a neighborhood concern of  that non-member. And each time the board member, without hesitation,  addressed the concerns of  the non-member.

Here is a street-by-street breakdown:
Cave Hill              2 of 12 households have joined
Burrus                  1 of 4
Lyon                      3 of 15
Sallee                     16 of 34
Westmont Ct        9 of 18
Westmont Cr        0 of 7
McNair Way         8 of 13
McNair Ct              6 of 17

Of the 45 households who have paid the modest membership fee, 16 gave an additional contribution to help toward raising the necessary funds for our entrance posts repair and landscaping. We greatly appreciate the additional donation you have given. The entire neighborhood will benefit from your contributions.

The bottomline, however, is this: We have $5000 in the bank. That will not do the work needed on the posts. Please remember that this will not be a yearly cost. The posts have not been touched in 30 years. This is probably the only time you will be asked to repair our four entrance posts.

The board will continue to seek funding for the repair of posts.  You can still join HVNA if you have not. You can still give a donation for repair of our posts. Once we see no more incoming funds, the board will decide what can be done and what cannot be done.

Join if you want. Give if you can.

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PUBLIX COMING TO OUR AREA

Fountains of Palomar have announced that Publix will build its first Central Kentucky location at the Fountains of Palomar across Man O’ War from Palomar Centre. The grocery will have a drive-thru pharmacy and a separate liquor store. It is expected to open in 2024.

Publix is an employee-owned supermarket chain headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. It is the largest and fastest growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States.

Of all the places it could have located in Central Kentucky, Publix chose our area. It proves once more that 40513 is one of the most desirable areas in which to live and work. 40513 was said by Money Magazine in 2017 to have the highest home values in Kentucky. It is the 6th richest Kentucky zip code and is one of the top Kentucky zip codes for percentage of college graduates. And as we all know, Harrods View lies in the heart of 40513 and is its best kept secret.

More announcements will be coming on the development of Fountains of Palomar. Currently tenants include Papi’s Mexican Restaurant, Jersey Mike’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Limestone Bank, Results Physiotherapy, and Nail Bar at Fountains.

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JUNE 2022

Summer officially arrives this month. Days get longer, hotter, and more humid. But at least the snow and ice are gone for awhile. Time to get outside and make those yards look inviting for residents and visitors. Don’t forget to keep tree limbs trimmed so they hang no closer than 7 feet over sidewalks.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE JOINED HVNA

Over the past couple of weeks we have asked residents of Harrods View to pay an annual membership fee of $35. HVNA is a voluntary organization. We appreciate those who have volunteered over the years to serve on the HVNA board and in other capacities to protect, preserve, promote, and improve the aesthetic appeal, character, and value of the Harrods View neighborhood as a desirable residential area. No volunteer gets paid. All collected monies go back to the benefit of all homeowners, HVNA members and non-members, of the Harrods View neighborhood.

This time we have also asked for an extra donation so that we can protect our four entrance posts from further deterioration and to improve the landscaping around the posts. Some of you have made generous donations and we thank you for caring about your neighborhood. However, we are still well short of funds needed just to properly repair the mortar, seal the bricks, and place capstones on the four entrance posts. This project can no longer be delayed without total deterioration of our posts.

Therefore, we are asking that those who have not donated to please consider doing so. Even if you do not want to join HVNA you can still donate. Make a check to HVNA and drop off or send to Greg Freedman, 2177 Sallee Dr, Lexington KY 40513.

The estimate on the repair of posts with capstones is $7,800. We could repair without capstones for about $4000. But the lack of capstones is what has allowed our posts to deteriorate. To repair without capstones is to kick the can down the road.

We had $3050 in our account prior to this membership drive. We now have about $4500. You can see the problem.  Currently only about 20% of the homeowners in Harrods View have joined for 2022. That low rate of membership of this small neighborhood will not adequately fund this neighborhood. It is up to the neighbors to actively support a viable neighborhood association or to decide Harrods View does not need a neighborhood association. The choice rests with each Harrods View homeowner. Any person who works in real estate will tell you that the neighborhoods with neighborhood associations are the more desirable neighborhoods  and neighborhoods without associations decline.

HVNA has been in existence since 1988. Over the years it was the HVNA that fought and restricted the size of the Palomar Centre from expanding further down Man-O-War and deeper toward our neighborhood,  stopped the plan to make McNair way go to Palomar Centre and instead make a deadend thus avoiding making Sallee a heavily traveled cut through street, stopped development of what was then the farmland on the south side of Sallee from being developed as commercial and multi-family housing and instead creating Palomar Trace Drive as a single family home residential street, and stopped the commercial development of the lot at the end of Palomar Trace that runs to Harrodsburg Road. It was the HVNA that got the developers to build our entrance posts and plant street trees. We have also supported surrounding neighborhoods when they needed support.The list goes on. You need a viable neighborhood association because one never knows when a crisis will face you as an individual homeowner, or homeowners on a section of a street, or the entire neighborhood. But again the choice is yours.

Please give if you can and let’s get this job done.

Big Band and Jazz Music at Moondance Ampitheatre at 7 p.m.:
June 7, Tuesday— DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra
June 14, Tuesday–Walnut Street Rambles
June 21, Tuesday–Brass Impact
June 28, Tuesday–Lexington Summer Concert Band 

June 14, Tuesday, Flag Day.

June 18, Saturday, Kentucky River Sweep. Join other volunteers to go out in boats and collect trash and debris from 12 miles of the Kentucky River that borders Fayette County. Go to Clays Ferry Boat Dock off KY 25 under the I-75 overpass. Ph. 859-425-2807.

June 19, Sunday, Father’s Day.

June 21, Tuesday, First Day of Summer.

June 25, Saturday, Volunteer Day at McConnell Springs. Dress for working outdoors. Tools  and instructions provided. 10 am to noon.

 

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Let’s Keep Harrods View A Great Place to Live

Harrods View is  a beautiful neighborhood in a great location in a great city. As our homes age, it is important that we step out on the sidewalk and look at our home’s curb appeal. How does your property look compared to your neighbors? Is the lawn regularly mowed and are the shrubs trimmed? Does the house need paint? Is the overall appearance neat and attractive? Take a walk around the perimeter of your yard and check to see that your trees, shrubs, and fences are well maintained and not causing a problem for adjoining property owners. A neighbor has the right to trim your overhanging limbs back to the property line as long as it will not seriously damage your plant or tree. Don’t wait on a complaint from a neighbor or for your neighbor to trim your trees and shrubs. Do it yourself.  Do you have overhanging limbs that drop your leaves on your neighbors’  yards? Well-maintained property lines make for good neighbors. Here are some other things to remember:

Do be a responsible pet owner. Pick up your pet’s waste when walking your pet. It is against the law for a dog to bark “repeatedly OR frequently.” Remember, if your dog barks repeatedly or frequently, not only is it against the law, it is repeatedly and frequently disturbing your neighbors inside their homes. And dogs barking early in the morning and after dark are disturbing some neighbor’s sleep. Dogs are extensions of our families. We would not let a family member repeatedly or frequently yell outside, so why would we allow our dogs to do so? Remember your neighbors.

Again, look under Q&A for information about barking dogs and under Governing Documents/Ordinances. Contact your HVNA board if you are being disturbed by pets or other noises that violate our noise ordinance.

Do be a careful and respectful driver in our neighborhood. The speed limit is 25 m.p.h., including on the first block of Sallee Drive where there have been numerous complaints of speeding. Going faster than the posted speed limit is a danger to children, bicyclists, joggers, and walkers. You will not get out of this neighborhood, or to your home in this neighborhood, any faster than if you obeyed the posted speed limit.

Do pick up litter wherever you see it in the neighborhood.
Do hide or screen trash containers on your property.
Do not park vehicles so they block use of sidewalks.
Do report suspicious or criminal behavior to the HVNA board members.
Do be aware of our Harrods View Neighborhood Deed Restrictions,   noise ordinances, and other laws under Governing Documents on this website. Compliance avoids problems and makes this subdivision a great place to live and raise a family.
• Do let a HVNA board member know if you would like something added to the Q&A section or any section of our website.
• Do visit the HVNA website often.

We live in a great neighborhood. One reason for that is that the first residents back in 1988 worked hard to make it so, as you will see if you look under History on this website. If you have complaints, concerns, or suggestions pertaining to our neighborhood, speak to a board member. The HVNA board wants to make sure every resident is peacefully enjoying their property without undue interference by others and that this is the best place in Lexington to live and to raise a family. Your board members are committed to seeing that Harrods View remains a unique residential development where neighbors care about and respect their neighbors.

CONTACT YOUR BOARD MEMBERS.  If you have neighborhood concerns, we can help. If you have suggestions to improve our neighborhood, we want to hear them.

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Join Your Harrods View Neighborhood Association

HVNA-Membership-Drive

Please become a member of your neighborhood. The HVNA has been in existence since 1988 when it was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation.  Any Harrods View resident has the option of joining the HVNA by submitting a completed membership form and the annual dues. We need full participation to make this a vibrant neighborhood.  Please complete the form on this website and submit your annual fee of only $35 by September 30. Our membership year runs from October 1 to September 30 of the following year. Our official membership drive month is September, but you can pay prior to September.

The first homeowners moved into Harrods View in 1988. Harrods View is a beautiful neighborhood in a convenient location and remains one of Lexington’s best kept secrets. Let’s keep the neighborhood beautiful and a desirable residential area.

JOIN TODAY! We need to grow our membership.  Submit your membership form and annual fee. Let’s make the HVNA the most active and effective neighborhood association in Lexington!

The annual dues are $35. Make your check payable to Harrods View Neighborhood Association. You can mail your form and check to :

Greg Freedman
2177 Sallee Drive
Lexington KY 40513

Come Back to this News Section in the Future as It Is Updated to Keep You Informed

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