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Announcements and Events
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 7 PM
Place: Southmont Fire Station, 11030 NC-8, Lexington, NC 27292
Mark your calendars and plan to attend this year’s meeting. In the next three months, we will be publishing articles about the annual meeting in the newsletter. We hope this section, which will contain links to all information presented in previous editions, will serve as a handy reference for you.
Joyce Ish: Communications Committee
Every Vote Counts: Don’t Waste Your Proxy!
The right to be heard and cast a vote is the very foundation of our country. If you think your vote is not important, just ask the folks from the 94th House District in our neighboring state of Virginia. Shelly Simonds thought she had won by one vote out of 23,215 cast, but on re-count, an uncounted vote was found and the race wound up in a tie! Now the election has to be decided by a drawing. Furthermore, if Simonds wins the drawing, her victory will put the historic VA House of Delegates in a 50-50 tie between Democrats and Republicans.
While our elections may not be as seismic as the Virginia elections were, your vote either in person or by proxy is very important to our community. Usually, the number of members who regularly attend the meeting is never enough to establish a quorum. And, without a quorum at the 2018 Springs at High Rock Annual Meeting, the membership cannot propose any motions to be voted on and approved.
If you cannot attend the annual meeting, please take a few minutes to read over the enclosed proxy in the 2018 Annual Letter and mail or fax it back to the Cedar Management Group. Last year we were only 14 votes shy of meeting the quorum requirements. Please don’t put your proxy aside; fill it out immediately when you receive it and make sure you date and sign it to be valid.
One motion your board would like to put before the membership (if we have a quorum) is changing the term of office for our directors from annual meeting to annual meeting to January 1 to December 31. As a result of this change, the annual meeting would be scheduled in the fall. We will talk more about the advantages of this in an upcoming newsletter.
Curtis Ish: HOA Board of Directors
HOA Board and Committee Volunteers
We will hold our annual Homeowners Association meeting on February 24, 2018. That is six months off, but it is not too soon to think about turnover on our board and committees. Our Association works because of the generous, unpaid services of our neighbors. The Association works best when new faces and new hands volunteer to do their fair share of the work. Service on these committees is also a wonderful way to get to know your community, your neighbors, and the ways in which the Association functions.
The HOA Nominating Committee (Linda Ladimer, Larry Watson, and myself) are beginning to recruit residents (and possibly even non-resident property owners) to stand for election to the board. Two members of this year’s board will be stepping down in March. If you have ever thought of serving on the board or wondered what it entails, this might be a good time for you to look into it. Contact information for the members of the Nominating Committee follows. Call or email one of us if you would like to find out more.
It is also a good time to be thinking about volunteering for one of our other committees. If you have never served, or are not currently serving, or want to change from one committee to another, feel free to contact a current member of the committee you are interested in and find out what it entails. This is a great way to learn more about The Springs and the people who live here. You will find a complete, up-to-date list of all The Springs committees and their contact information on The Springs website.
Alex Roland: HOA Nominating Committee
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Update: Excede’s New Satellite Still Not Operational
Ken Vander Schaaf November 6, 2017
Just want to give those looking at satellite internet options an update on the status of Exede’s new satellite, Viasat-2. This satellite is still approaching its geostationary orbit and is therefore not yet operational. What is confusing is Exede is now offering some unlimited data plans, but they are still utilizing Viasat-1, their current satellite, not service from the new higher capacity satellite.
My recommendation to those who have not committed is to wait until early next year. That way you will probably receive the greatest enrollment options and install the right equipment to take advantage of this new satellite. For those who currently use Exede please be patient as you wait for their capacity to improve with the new satellite becoming operational.
The following report was prepared by Ken Vander Schaaf and presented to the HOA Board at its last meeting.
Review of Internet Options for The Springs at High Rock
As of April 13, 2017
Below are the findings of the potential options for internet providers willing to service the residents of The Springs at High Rock. As the technology continues to develop the options may change as well over time, but these findings are based on current knowledge. In the following summary, abbreviations are:
- MB: one million bytes, or roughly 8 million on-or-off signals. A high-quality digital picture is about 0.3 to 3 megabytes.
- GB: one billion bytes
- MS: millisecond (1000th of a second)
- Ping, or latency: measures the time for a signal to travel to its source and back; it is especially important in satellite transmissions
- 4G: fourth-generation cellular telephone system
Windstream will provide internet service via DSL to some Springs residents. However they are not willing to expand their service to the entire neighborhood. Furthermore, their website indicates, and Customer Service has confirmed, that new service is not available for addresses on Healing Springs and Rocky Cove. Reported speeds for those currently serviced by Windstream are varied, depending on the amount of demand on the system. Typical speeds reported locally are 1-3 MB/s download, .7-1 MB/s upload and 20-116 MS for ping. A key advantage of Windstream is that they do not have a data cap on the amount of downloads provided per month. Reports of residents being unhappy with Windstream service are prevalent.
Windstream may be a viable service option for current customers, but is not an option available for all residents.
Verizon Wireless recently introduced an Unlimited Data Plan to its 4G cell phone service. The unlimited data actually is for 22 GB/month at 4G speeds for cell phone data applications and then is throttled back to 3G speeds for the remainder of the month. It also provides an additional 10BG/month at 4G speeds for the cellphone’s hotspot connection to be used for other connected devices. The internet speeds are dictated by local cell tower activity level with slower responses during periods of high local cell tower activity. Local users of this service have experienced speeds of 7-9 MB/sec download, 4-10 MB/sec upload and .04-.08 MS latency speeds. Residents who have a strong Verizon Wireless signal appear to be satisfied with this service. With the “Unlimited” plan, their primary data limit concern may be mitigated.
Verizon Wireless appears to be a viable option for those residents with strong Verizon Wireless signal.
Hughesnet (Gen 5)
Hughesnet has launched a new satellite, the Echostar 19, on December 18, 2016. In March, Hughesnet started offering its “Gen5” service with service plans claiming 25 MB/sec download, 3 MB/sec upload and 500MS latency speeds. They offer differing data limits per month ranging from 10GB to 50GB. I am unaware of any local residents currently using this new HughesNet Gen5 service, so have no actual speed results. To have access to Hughesnet service there must be a clear line of sight to the satellite on the southern horizon.
Hughesnet Gen5 may be a viable option for residents who have a straight line of sight to the southern horizon.
Exede currently is offering 12 MB/sec download, 3 MB/sec upload, and 700 MS latency speeds with data limits of 12, 25 and 50 GB/month. They are currently experiencing technical issues with their ViaSat-1 satellite that services this area, resulting in much slower than advertised speeds. To have access to Exede service there must be a clear line of sight to the satellite on the southern horizon, similar to satellite TV service. Exede has a new satellite, ViaSat-2, at Ariane’s launch complex in French Guiana, originally scheduled to launch April 25, 2017, but now likely to launch in June. This new satellite should provide much improved capacity and speeds will again be offered at up to 25 MB/sec downloads and up to 150 GB data limits. Due to the recent launch delay, Exede no longer is offering this Freedom 150 plan.
Exede may be a viable option for residents who have a straight line of sight to the southern horizon, but it may be prudent to wait until their satellite capacity increases.
Time Warner (Spectrum)
Time Warner, now branded Spectrum, was contacted to determine if they were willing to provide internet service. After providing them the addresses of every home built in The Springs and several months of no responses they finally did indicate that they would be willing to provide service. Their preliminary proposal stated the construction required to connect one site in The Springs would include 25ft of new aerial, 6,065ft of fiber overlash and 375ft of fiber underground. However, their “Customer Contribution” would need to be $848,930.92. Even shared among all 99 residents in The Springs, the cost seems prohibitive.
Time Warner (Spectrum) does not appear to be a viable option for The Springs.
Open Broadband LLC
Open Broadband’s approach to providing internet service was to connect The Springs and Salisbury’s fiber optic internet service via a microwave antenna located on the Fire Tower. A second microwave connection would be installed in the boat parking area. From there the internet signal would be transmitted via a mesh network to the houses on the lower level of The Springs. For homes on the upper level the internet signal would be transmitted via another mesh network directly from the Fire Tower. Originally Open Broadband was planning to attach the mesh network to the existing street lights. It was then learned that Energy United owned the street lights and EU would not allow any network devices to be attached to the street lights. After that Open Broadband appears to have dropped any interest in the project.
Open Broadband LLC does not appear to be a viable option for The Springs.
Yoga: Mondays 6:30 PM – Denton Library
Exercise Class: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 8 AM – Macedonia Church, Southmont
Contact: Evelyn Parks 336-859-4480
Women’s Pickleball: Tuesdays – 9:30 AM Spring/Summer/Fall
Contact: Joyce Ish 336-859-5338
Ladies’ Bridge: Wednesdays – 1:00 PM
Contact: Carol Svatek – 336-859-0697
Line Dancing: Thursday & Friday – Denton Civic Center – 1-1:30 PM, Beginners
Contact: Ronnie Kruger 336-859-0692
Water Aerobics: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday (May to September) – 10 AM
Contact: Linda Ladimer 336-859-0786
Springs’ Book Club (Coed): 3rd Thursday of the Month – 7 PM
Contact: Liz Roland 336-859-2795
High Rock Book Club: Denton Library – 2nd Thursday – 10 AM
Contact: Kathy Sill 336-793-2359
Mah Jongg: Learn to play Mah Jongg
Contact: Jocelyn Kearns 336-859-5713
HOA Committees: See the Committees page of our website
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AREA
Denton Elementary: Lunch Mentor Program (The “Lunch Bunch”)
305 W Salisbury Street
Middle & High School: Mentor Program for students at South: CSI (Community in Schools)
Kevin Firquin (kfirquin@davidson.K12.nc.us)
Family Resource Center: 338 W Salisbury Street, Denton
Denton Library: 310 W Salisbury Street
Meals on Wheels: Jacob L. Gordon, Volunteer Services Coordinator, Davidson County Senior Services
555-B West Center Street Ext., Lexington