The Countrywood Connection

Newsletter of the Countrywood Neighborhood Association

 

Countrywood Neighborhood Association

Post Office Box 1343

Cordova, TN  38088-1343

www.countrywood.org

September 2017

NEIGHBORHOOD SALE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017! 

NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Thank you for attending our General Neighborhood Meeting last February! Another meeting will be held most likely in February 2018. Communication is the key to having a healthy neighborhood, and we want it to be two-way. 

More residents than ever before are getting engaged and taking and/or asking for action to keep Countrywood looking its best. Our Covenant/Code Enforcement Committee is overwhelmed with issues, such as parking on the grass, inoperable vehicles, RVs/trailers/boats, signs, overgrown/unkempt lawns, derelict/abandoned houses, curbside trash, rotten siding, etc. Your assuming personal responsibility and submitting service requests to 311 by telephone or online is a great help! Use the link on Countrywood’s website. You may remain anonymous if you choose. 

The Countrywood Neighborhood Association (CNA) has a very enthusiastic and energetic board! The Board meets monthly and works tirelessly in-between on many issues and initiatives all on their personal unpaid time. We all appreciate residents who mow and trim their lawns, edge the sidewalks, clean the curbs, store trash carts out-of-sight, paint and repair their houses, and properly and timely dispose of their trash and junk. The Covenant/Code Enforcement Committee will continue to enforce strict adherence to city and county codes and the covenants.  One neglected residence can ruin the appearance and property values on an entire street. On the other hand, one well maintained property can enhance a block and increase property values. 

Remember to pay your annual dues to keep our momentum going. Countrywood is a great place to live and is becoming greater every day! 

Carl L. Garrett

President-Countrywood Neighborhood Association

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Countrywood Annual Neighborhood Sale – Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Every September our neighborhood hosts the largest neighborhood sale in the city. This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome people to see what a great place Countrywood is to live, as well as clean out your house. Each year we host this sale to discourage residents from having garage sales all year long. It is to the homeowner's advantage to wait until September when the people come here in droves. We have opened registration on our website. You can go to www.countrywoodsale.com or www.countrywood.org to register. This year we are allowing a few food truck vendors to set up at designated areas for a fee. We are also renting out space in a few designated areas for people who both live in the neighborhood and do not have good traffic or are non-residents. The space is very limited and only meant as a way to help offset the cost of the sale. In a busy world, we often forget to send in a check or pay online. We have a few board members who have volunteered to walk around and collect registration fees and/or dues. If you have ideas or wish to volunteer in any capacity, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note from the Treasurer – A “Thank You to All” dues-paying residents of CountrywoodNote from the Treasurer – A “Thank You to All” dues-paying residents of Countrywoodfor 2017! If you have not paid your 2017 dues, please pay securely online using PayPal,debit card, or credit card at www.countrywood.org or mail a check to P. O. Box 1343,Cordova, TN 38088-1343. Click “Pay Dues” on website. Special thanks to EagleridgeHOA for its contributions. Our major expenses continue to include entrance/median careand MLGW expenses. We contracted again this year for herbicide treatment for allmedians and easements (four sprays). The City continues to mow medians on a regularbasis. Median care includes removing trash and debris and some tree trimming. Otherexpenses include printing/mailing over 2800 newsletters as well as repairing the lightsand irrigation systems that are occasionally damaged by vehicles. What the CNA canaccomplish is limited by its financial resources. Thanks for your support!

What is the short-list of what my dues cover?

  • Maintenance of the four entrances and signs
  • Irrigation systems at four entrances
  • Expense of neighborhood meetings
  • Expense (printing/postage) of newsletters
  • Maintenance of the four entrances and signs
  • Irrigation systems at four entrances
  • Expense of neighborhood meetings
  • Expense (printing/postage) of newsletters mailed to 2,800+ homes in Countrywood
  • Compliance with covenants 
  • IRS tax returns and various permits
  • Utility (MLG&W) expenses for the four entrances
  • Upkeep of the Guard House and flag pole at Main Entrance
  • Maintenance expense of the Countrywood website
  • Postage/stationery expenses related to CNA business
  • Insurance expense for property and liability coverage
  • Associated costs for neighborhood events
  • Upkeep of common areas/easements-power/gas lines

Where did all of the stumps go? – Public Works does not have a stump grinder, so the CNA paid to have them ground. The CNA had the crape myrtles trimmed this summerand will have the trees trimmed in the fall. The five mature trees on the second medianon Chimneyrock Blvd. from Germantown Parkway were cut down by the Memphis StreetMaintenance Department last February. An inspection determined that the trees weredying and posing a danger to the pedestrians as well as the traveling public.

Can the flag pole at the Main Entrance be landscaped? - An application will besubmitted this fall for a grant from Memphis City Beautiful to landscape the area aroundthe flag pole with stone. It will need to include irrigation for plantings.

Why can’t we have a monthly newsletter? – Dues collected are sufficient only tosupport one or two newsletters annually. It costs over $2,300 for one printing and mailing.Previous newsletters and minutes are archived on the website. Click “Newsletter/Looking for Previous Newsletters and Minutes?"

Doesn’t Fletcher Creek Park look better than it ever has? – Of course it looks better because of the Fletcher Creek Park Volunteers! Bill Hecht and his Riverwood Run Group participate in the Memphis City Beautiful Adopt-A-Park Program. In the spring the CNA recruited 26 new volunteers eager to participate from Countrywood, Riverwood, Berryhill and several other nearby neighborhoods. They meet regularly and pick up litter, report problems, graffiti, fallen trees, unsafe or suspicious activity, and damaged property/equipment. Thank them when you see them in the park! …and maybe help.

Who are these people driving around handing out bags? - It is the Welcome Committee delivering welcome packets to new residents! We need more promotional items for the packets--flyers, cups, magnets, clips, note pads, business cards, and coupons. If you have a local business to promote, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.’t Fletcher Creek Park look better than it ever has? – Of course it looks better because of the Fletcher Creek Park Volunteers! Bill Hecht and his Riverwood Run Group participate in the Memphis City Beautiful Adopt-A-Park Program. In the spring the CNA recruited 26 new volunteers eager to participate from Countrywood, Riverwood, Berryhill and several other nearby neighborhoods. They meet regularly and pick up litter, report problems, graffiti, fallen trees, unsafe or suspicious activity, and damaged property/equipment. Thank them when you see them in the park! …and maybe help. Who are these people driving around handing out bags? - It is the Welcome Committee delivering welcome packets to new residents! We need more promotional items for the packets--flyers, cups, magnets, clips, note pads, business cards, and coupons. If you have a local business to promote, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why all the radar on Rockcreek Parkway and Chimneyrock Blvd.? – The CNA is in constant contact with the Appling Farms Police Precinct. It arranges for repeated radar checks for 10-day periods. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is also helping with law enforcement in Countrywood. Speed bumps/humps are not allowed on Rockcreek Parkway, because of emergency vehicles. New signs on Rockcreek Parkway state that bikes may use full lane. Speed limits are 35 mph on Rockcreek Parkway and 30 mph on Chimneyrock Blvd. and all other streets. Be careful and save a life!

What is all of the noise? – The sounds are coming from all of the construction and home improvement projects throughout Greater Countrywood. It is exciting to see all of the new roofs, repairs, painting, new fences, and landscaping installations occurring everywhere! When these projects are completed tastefully, they enhance curb appeal and increase property values for our real estate investments.

Did the Land Use Control Board approve Colonial Country Club’s modified plan? – The modified redevelopment plan was approved July 13th. Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) is putting a builders’ package together, and a public announcement will be made soon.

What is Greater Countrywood? – Greater Countrywood’s boundaries include Countrywood proper plus its in-fill neighborhoods—Carrollwood, Eagleridge, Fairway Gardens, Colonial Estates, Gardens of Berryhill, Countrywood West Condominiums, ChimneyHill Condominiums, Colonial Estates Apartments, RockCreek Apartments, Lincoln at Wolfchase Apartments, plus several businesses, schools, and churches. All areas enjoy the benefits of the Countrywood Neighborhood Association and are encouraged to join. Like the common phrase, “A rising tide lifts all boats”, each neighborhood has a direct effect on the other neighborhoods in our community.

People on the Move! – Phil Bollinger, Secretary-CNA, serves on the MLGW Neighborhood Council to represent Countrywood. Fred Leith, Brent Garrett, Sam Lewis, Carol Straughn, Art Straughn, Don Swogger, and Carl Garrett represented Countrywood and Cordova at the Memphis 3.0 meetings in April and June. Carl serves on the Memphis 3.0 Steering Committee. The CNA encourages all residents to get involved with Memphis 3.0 and have a voice in the master plan for Memphis’ future. Visit www.memphis3point0.com to learn more about it and participate.”

 

There’s no place like Greater Countrywood!

 

 

 

YOUR BOARD AND COMMITTEES

Carl Garrett –President                                      Don Swogger and Steve Stamson – Security/

Brian Leith – President Emeritus                           Government Liaison

Megan Epperson – Vice President                      Brent Garrett – Property Maintenance

   and Event Coordinator                                    Carol Straughn, Art Straughn, and Brent Garrett -

Fred Leith – Treasurer                                           Covenant/Code Enforcement

Phil Bollinger – Secretary                                              Sam Lewis – Public Relations

Kathy Hunt – Advisory Council            

    

Lonnie Epperson Website Administrator 

 

Committee Volunteers – To be established by Megan Epperson

Let us hear from you! Click “Contact” on the website’s home page at www.countrywood.org. Type your message, and click “Send Email”. Sign-up on the website to receive important messages from us by clicking “Email Messages”!

Thanks for calling Countrywood home!

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