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Hills of Bear Creek Home Owner’s Association Gary Wolcott called the meeting to order at 10:09 AM on Saturday, March 12, 2005. The purpose of the meeting was to elect a new Board of Directors. The vote count will take place at the end of this meeting. The recent news of the construction of a fireworks warehouse near the development was a major point of interest. Bonnie Boyd , who works for a law firm, talked to the Mayor of Cresson, Mr. Bob Cornett. He said the construction site would be on the southernmost lot closest to Hwy. 377 in the commercially zoned strip of land retained by the developer. The City of Cresson requested the front of the building be covered in natural stone. In fact, the owner intends to put natural stone on all sides of the building. Bill Rice suggested the Hills of Bear Creek (HOBC) Home Owner’s Association (HOA) draft a letter to the developer (Everett Frazier) requesting consideration of future businesses in the commercially zoned areas by Hwy. 377 due to concerns about property values and safety concerns. Bonnie talked to Jerry Campbell and he was unaware that Everett had sold said property to a fireworks company. Doug Miller stated that this building would warehouse Class 1 Division 4 explosives. This is a concern for high-rate burn but not detonation. The State Fire Marshall has authority to approve or disapprove and apparently this building has been approved. Doug recommended contacting the State Fire Marshall. Marty DeHaven stated that The Hills of Bear Creek is in the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) of Cresson but not in the city limits proper. Bill Rice stated that he talked to the Cresson Fire Department. They said that Parker County had approved in their budget a tanker truck for Cresson to support this whole area. Even though Cresson is in Hood County, Parker County made the decision to include and approve in their budget a tanker truck to support this area. However, Parker County changed their mind and made the decision to use that allotted money for another project. Follow-up is needed on this issue. The City of Cresson holds City Council meetings every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7PM at the old Cresson School. The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 22. The old Cresson School is located one block west of Hwy. 377, just north of the Post Office. Patty McBride will take the action item to contact the M3X development to see if there is interest in attending the March 22 meeting. Gary Wolcott recommended that we have a strong presence at this meeting so the City Council members understand our concerns. Bill Rice ask Gary about the gate situation. Gary Wolcott stated that the gate is currently wired open because the actuator arm is physically broken. We are currently receiving bids from gate installation/service companies to replace the mechanical actuation system of the gate. Each of the companies contacted recommends a more robust operator. They stated that this gate, as built, is a good gate system for a farm or small business where actuation is 5 to 10 times per day. They have all recommended an AC operated gate with battery back-up which is designed to operate at a much higher duty cycle. Upon power failure, this type gate would open under battery and remain open until power was restored. Two of the companies recommended that the road area at the gate be concrete. This would eliminate many of the problems associated with the safety loop, which HAS NEVER WORKED. The cost of concrete at today’s price would be between $1,000 and $2,000. I think we have the manpower and ability to do the labor task ourselves of removal of the old road surface, install re-enforcing rod (cost ??), forms and order concrete. The gate opening is 24 feet wide. Therefore, it could be done in two phases assuming one-way traffic. Diane Wallace and her committee are working on a HOBC directory. The goal of the HOBC directory is to improve communication in the community. It is also helpful to have important contact information for safety reasons. This directory is independent of the HOA. Patti Williams counted the election votes. The new HOBC board members for 2005-2007 are as follows: Robert Hancock --- 66 votes Doug Miller --- 64 votes Patricia McBride --- 61 votes Jerry Smith --- 61 votes Michelle Manis --- 56 votes Congratulations!!! Thanks in advance to each of you for serving our community! Each office of the new Board will be determined by the newly appointed Board of Directors. The out-going Board will work with the newly appointed board to effect a smooth transition. Dick Kopp made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 11:00 A.M. Doug Miller seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned. Thanks to each of the board members for your dedication and hard work over the past several years. Thanks to Melinda Savoy for all of your great work as Record Keeper. Approved and Signed.
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