Oxford Place   

Fort Mill, SC          

2004 Winter Newsletter

Annual Meeting

The Oxford Place annual meeting will be held on Thursday, February 26 at Doby’s Bridge Presbyterian Church. The doors will open at 7:15pm for a little social time to give residents a chance to meet each other. The annual meeting will start at 7:45pm. Doby’s Bridge Presbyterian Church is located 1 mile northwest of Oxford Place on Doby’s Bridge Road. If 50% or more property owners (a quorum) attend, the neighborhood will hold elections for new board members. If a quorum is not present, members of the current board will step down to make room for new volunteers.

The multiple committees that were formed at the last annual meeting led to more neighborhood involvement. Unfortunately, various complications prevented the committees from fully achieving what we had originally envisioned. The neighborhood event committee met a few times and sent out a flyer, but eventually decided that interest was not high enough for a neighborhood event. The recreation lot committee developed recommendations for the lot, but found their hands were tied since the neighborhood vote was split on providing funds for the lot. The landscaping committee initially had a few ideas, but lost interest and only one member remained active. The architectural review committee continues to do a great job reviewing building plans.

We look forward to forming another landscaping committee this year, but do not feel that having a neighborhood event committee or recreation lot committee would be of much benefit. With 17 properties still undeveloped, and others that may be considering additions & alterations, we still need a strong architectural review committee. With so many new residents, we would like to see a few new faces on the board and committees this year.

At the annual meeting, the neighborhood will make decisions on the direction we should take with landscaping. The Oxford Place Subdivision has an easement on the four entrance properties, but does not own the property. The attendees may decide to turn entrance maintenance over to the four property owners. The attendees may decide to make entrance area improvements (wells, irrigation, landscaping), which would temporarily increase the annual fee in 2004. Or the attendees may have some other ideas. Be there to make sure your voice is heard.


Rapidly Reaching Completion

Oxford Place has come a long way since the first homes were built in 1998. Almost every lot has a home or construction is underway. Many of the remaining undeveloped lots are for sale. Below is a breakdown.

Street         Lots Undeveloped   Total Lots   Percent Complete
Kingston Way           0              12             100% 
Doe Ridge Lane         0              17             100%
White Chapel Court     1               8              88%
Oxford Place Drive     2              11              82%
Croyden Court          3              21              86%
Cabin Creek Court      5              11              55%
Savile Lane            6              26              77%
TOTAL                 17             106              84% 

Architectural Review

A friendly reminder that "any recreational vehicle, boat, trailer or camper trailer must be parked so as to be screened so that it cannot be viewed from nearby tracts or the street."

The current members of the Architectural Review committee are:

Laura Bradford  802-xxxx   628 Kingston Way
Roger Guchone   547-xxxx   603 Kingston Way
Johnny Webster  802-xxxx   202 Oxford Place Drive

Per item 27 of the C&Rs - No construction, reconstruction, remodeling or alteration of any building, improvement, or structure shall be commenced without prior written approval. Basically the architectural review committee wants to make sure plans meet the conditions of the C&Rs (square footage, 90% brick, stone, stucco, cement drive, extra walls, fences etc.) and some other common sense guidelines (not a duplicate of house next door, etc.). All Oxford Place property owners buy lots with these conditions in place and want to protect home values. The members of the Architectural Review committee are ready to review any plans you have and will be happy to help you with any questions or concerns.

The 2003 Board Members

We welcome Frank Reitz back to the board after he returned home from an extended work assignment.

Clif Armstrong   547-xxxx   1422 Doe Ridge Lane
Angie Bivens     547-xxxx   1059 Croyden Court
Frank Collins    547-xxxx   1026 Croyden Court
Heather Ratliff  548-xxxx   1426 Doe Ridge Lane
Dan Warren       802-xxxx   1226 Cabin Creek Court

If you have any questions or concerns, please give any one of us a call or you can email us at OxfordPlace@Elvis.com.

We would like to extend a big thank you to Jayne Guchone of the landscaping committee for placing the beautiful Christmas Wreaths at the entrances this year.

Note that we continue to make phone calls to resolve the various problems with the entrance lights on the northwest side of Oxford Place East. Now that the power is restored, we are urging the electrician to fix the sensor that has never worked. Hopefully, everything will be working by the time of the meeting.

The Recreation Lot

As stated in the last newsletter we found a compromise for the recreation lot that will not cost any additional money, but will eventually provide funds to permanently improve the lot. Residents who want to improve the recreation lot will sacrifice fertilizing, seeding, aerating, and professional mowing for 2 years. We will ask older teenagers in the neighborhood to mow the lot every 2 weeks from May 1 to September 30. The money saved will be set aside to improve the lot at the end of two years. If having teenagers mow the lot is not working out, we will return to a professional landscaper. Three teenagers have shown an interest in mowing the lot. Any other responsible older teenagers who are also interested in mowing the recreation lot, please send an email to oxfordplace@elvis.com or call one of the board members. We are thinking about $50 per mow would be the going rate. We are requesting that the parent of one of the teenagers coordinate the scheduling.