Farmstone Home Owner's Association

Farmstone Home Owner's Association

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Heritage Drive

Madison, WI

#1 Aug 26, 2010
What is happening with the home owner's association out here? I heard they are fighting a pond lot owner from putting up a fence. This owner has two toddlers. Does the HOA carry insurance to cover a drowning? The covenants mustn't mention anything about fences because they're everywhere out here. How are lots going to sell out here with no sheds or fences allowed? I heard they're fighting sheds too. I want my neighbor to keep combustibles in a detached shed so he doesn't burn my house down with his. Did we vote for this new HOA board? I heard that one woman strong arms the other board members to vote her way. Do we get anything for our $12/month. Diamond Estates doesn't pay and they use our development just as much as we do. Seems like we're paying for maintananece that the city should be doing. cutting grass etc. We should band together and disolve this board and save our $144/yr. It's only going to go up!!!1
Sandstone

Madison, WI

#2 Aug 26, 2010
they're sending letters out to people for parking travel trailers in their driveway. This isn't barrington. Give people a perception of power and they'll abuse it. I'm with ya. Lets vote to disolve this or split the fees with diamond estates. Are there fees at Sterling Estates or diamond fields? Didn't that HOA get sued in Minooka for that kid drowning? Fell through the ice. I think the HOA board members are attached with personal lawsuits. Left the fountain running all winter and the ice was thin in spots.
Joe T

Channahon, IL

#3 Aug 26, 2010
I live in diamond fields..we had covenants like that here but no HOA thankfully..I have a fence and shed and it's a better place because of it..take it from me..HOA are nothing but trouble..they try and expand past the original convenants at point of sale every time..it's human nature..just another tax and spend mentality..
Trouser Snake

Bensenville, IL

#4 Aug 27, 2010
you have to hide your shed with landscaping. Build a hedge in lieu of a fence. Buy a rotweiler and they'll beg you to build a fence. Or are their covenants against dogs too?
Diamond Bob

Channahon, IL

#5 Sep 13, 2010
the HOA thinks it's an above 55 development. The pond people look at the kids with binoculars from their living rooms. It's Bizarre. It is sad that only the farmstone residents pay into the HOA and not estates. They use it just as much.
diamond estates

United States

#6 Sep 23, 2010
I'm not paying for a HOA This is why I don't live in farmstone. Good fences make good neighbors. Keep the geese from shitting all over your back yard too. I'm sure the developer takes his management fees.
Crystal ln

Channahon, IL

#7 Sep 23, 2010
Ya, we in Diamond Estates pay HOA fees but not to Farmstone.
Heritage Drive

Gary, IN

#8 Sep 29, 2010
how much are Diamond Estates dues? Farmstone's are $144/yr. When I look at the breadown yearly it's all landscaping and management fees. Cant' we cut our own common space or have the city cut it. What does Diamond Fields do? Cut it themselves, improve it themselves etc. No need for insurance that way too. We should band together and disolve it.
Crystal ln

Channahon, IL

#9 Sep 30, 2010
Our dues are supposed to be $50/yr but are sometimes only $25/yr depending on how much they have in the pot vs how much they need.
Anonymous

Channahon, IL

#10 Jan 26, 2011
HOA is the dumbest thing in the world and the President lives by the lake she is nuts. I live on Heritage and when its time to vote i will be running. Then gonna try my hardest to get rid of it.
Jason

Channahon, IL

#11 Jan 31, 2011
seems like most of the money goes to cut the grass around the pond..can't the pond lot owners cut it and City? it's not just farmstone residents using it obviously. diamond estates kids use it just as much.$144/yr for HOA..Area club is $200. I'm sure insurance too to cover our litigious society. Should be city property like the park, part of the park. I heard a rumor we pay for the changing of our street lights. That should be city also. Tax and spend society.
fed up

Buffalo Grove, IL

#12 Mar 20, 2011
if the city pays someone to cut the cut the grass by your pond then the whole village will have the right to use it. if they cut that grass I'm coming over there fishing in that pond everyday!
Mercury Rising

Addison, IL

#13 Mar 21, 2011
HOA currently cuts around the pond..who is going to cut the new park? Hopefully the city or the HOA will have to cut that too. The funding is getting muddy. City should cut around the pond, change lights etc. The entire city fishes in that pond and walks the walking paths. We are not a gated community.
fed up

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Mar 23, 2011
so then why have a HOA?
Mercury Rising

Addison, IL

#15 Mar 24, 2011
exactly..let city own the property..they don't need insurance to cover the common space..they don't insure parks etc..it's not like only farmstone residents use the walking paths or pond..diamond estates uses them too..but farmstone HOA gets stuck with maintenance/insurance/liabilit y/ etc. it's dumb..the developer gets his empty lots cut for free also..well the membership pays for it..lot owner's should cut there own lots..
Amber Lane

Joliet, IL

#16 May 16, 2011
Heritage Drive wrote:
What is happening with the home owner's association out here? I heard they are fighting a pond lot owner from putting up a fence. This owner has two toddlers. Does the HOA carry insurance to cover a drowning? The covenants mustn't mention anything about fences because they're everywhere out here. How are lots going to sell out here with no sheds or fences allowed? I heard they're fighting sheds too. I want my neighbor to keep combustibles in a detached shed so he doesn't burn my house down with his. Did we vote for this new HOA board? I heard that one woman strong arms the other board members to vote her way. Do we get anything for our $12/month. Diamond Estates doesn't pay and they use our development just as much as we do. Seems like we're paying for maintananece that the city should be doing. cutting grass etc. We should band together and disolve this board and save our $144/yr. It's only going to go up!!!1
This comment once i thought pertains to me but now noticing the date that it doesnt. Well, Im now building a new house in Farmstone northend side of the pond on Amber Lane. Lot 46. The builder never notified me about the associations and covenants. I have two twin daughter at the age of 2. A boy at age of 5. and two other boys at ages 8 and 11. I went to the meeting and found out that we are not allowed to have a fence. I was devastated. I would like to fight hard for this fence. Plus hearing the news on the Minooka boy that was drowned in the pond.
Amber also

South Bend, IN

#17 May 18, 2011
contact the lot 58 owner..he's the one that has the same problem...I think he's a village official too..class action..I think he was told by the developer that he could put a fence in though..but he hasn't told the HOA yet..my covenants don't read that way..it's a personal thing for the HOA board..maybe the HOA wants to pay for a wrongful death lawsuit..
HOA President

Channahon, IL

#18 Jun 14, 2011
I just stumbled across this site. I would really appreciate the opportunity to correct some of the misinformation that I have read here regarding the fence situation.

First, the HOA is just trying to help the neighborhood to look good. I have heard from many, many people that it looks better today than it did two years ago when we took over the HOA from G & S. You may not agree. That is your opinion and you are entitled to it.

If you live anywhere else in Farmstone other than on a lake lot, fences ARE allowed. Except for the last two lots that G & S sold, all homeowners on the lake were told that if they paid the premium price for their lot, their view of the lake would not be obstructed by fences or sheds. Even though G & S was reminded of this promise on many occasions, they sold the last two lots without informing the new homeowners of this. This is an issue the homeowners therefore have with G & S, not the HOA. The initial homeowners should not have their promise broken nor be penalized because of the mistake of G & S.

The board also feels that those from the other areas of the neighborhood should be able to come and enjoy the lake without having to look at the backside of fences surrounding the lake. It is not really a huge area and fences would drastically change the landscape.

As far as liability is concerned, yes, we have it. A portion of the assessments goes to insurance to protect the homeowners and the amount has been increased by this board because we thought it was inadequate.

Fences on the lake will not decrease our liability. Children from all over the subdivision visit the lake and are equally at risk. Short of filling in the lake and getting rid of it, all we can do is hope that a disaster does not happen. Even with a fence, gates can be left open, front doors can be left unlocked, disasters can still happen. With all due respect, I have had many people ask me why someone would buy a lot on a lake and then put a fence up out of concern, especially with so many inside lots available.

As far as the village taking over the responsibility, they are not interested at this time. Keep in mind too, that if we do decide to deed our property to the village we will have very little control over its use. While we do allow outsiders to use the property, we still have the authority to ask anyone to leave whose behavior is inappropriate. We have had to do this on occasion, for example when people have been spotted using drugs on the property.

Another correction: we do not pay to mow G & S's empty lots. They are responsible for this. The HOA Board is constantly battling with them to get this done but it does not come out of our HOA money as someone above stated.

So much more of the information above is rumor and inaccurate. For instance, we do not pay for the street lights. They are still under G & S's jurisdiction and a constant source of aggravation between G & S and the Board.

We will be having the quarterly meeting on the third Thursday in July and I really wish more people would attend. We open the floor to all residents and listen to all concerns. We answer rumors and give as much information as we know about what is going on. Please attend. I think you will find that the HOA is not what you think it is. If nothing else, we have been an organized group working in conjunction with the village to get G & S to live up to their responsibilities.

I am going to do my best to individually answer the other questions posed above. If you have other questions please feel free to leave your name and number with the managment company and I will return your call.

Before you judge me or the board, please make sure the information you are basing your judgement on is accurate.
HOA President

Channahon, IL

#19 Jun 14, 2011
Heritage Drive wrote:
What is happening with the home owner's association out here? I heard they are fighting a pond lot owner from putting up a fence. This owner has two toddlers. Does the HOA carry insurance to cover a drowning? The covenants mustn't mention anything about fences because they're everywhere out here. How are lots going to sell out here with no sheds or fences allowed? I heard they're fighting sheds too. I want my neighbor to keep combustibles in a detached shed so he doesn't burn my house down with his. Did we vote for this new HOA board? I heard that one woman strong arms the other board members to vote her way. Do we get anything for our $12/month. Diamond Estates doesn't pay and they use our development just as much as we do. Seems like we're paying for maintananece that the city should be doing. cutting grass etc. We should band together and disolve this board and save our $144/yr. It's only going to go up!!!1
Sheds are allowed with approval of the Architectural Committee (the board). There are restrictions, but I do not think anyone wants junky ones, right?

We are also working hard to keep our assessments from going up. We have gotten three current bids on every mainentance and repair job we have to do and are confident that the costs are as low as we can get.
HOA President

Channahon, IL

#20 Jun 14, 2011
Sandstone wrote:
they're sending letters out to people for parking travel trailers in their driveway. This isn't barrington. Give people a perception of power and they'll abuse it. I'm with ya. Lets vote to disolve this or split the fees with diamond estates. Are there fees at Sterling Estates or diamond fields? Didn't that HOA get sued in Minooka for that kid drowning? Fell through the ice. I think the HOA board members are attached with personal lawsuits. Left the fountain running all winter and the ice was thin in spots.
Parking trailers in the driveway is against the Covenants and Restrictions put in place by G & S. We cannot pick and choose which rules we enforce. We have to enforce them all or we would not be doing our job fairly. If you are cleaning, loading and preparing for a trip, no problem. The intent of the rule is to keep people from storing it on the driveway. Trust me, your neighbors are calling me. Our lots are not big and they do not want to look at the side of it permanently.

The lake in the Minooka incident was owned by the village, not the HOA or neighborhood.

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