Dear Residents of Har-Ber Meadows,
We hope this finds you doing well and staying safe! As we are coming into Springtime, the POA Board thinks it is essential to send out an update to help keep our residents appraised of what is going on in our neighborhood. This past year has been unlike any other in our lives, but Har-Ber Meadows continues to remain strong.
Some of the achievements which occurred in the past year include the following.
This is just a small list of items that were approved and completed by the Board this last year. As we continue into 2021, we will send out additional updates to our residents to let you know of items being considered and accomplished by the Board.
We are currently working on some new items relating to improving the Har-Ber Meadows website. We have added an SMS text message system through our website. Residents can subscribe to receive neighborhood and event announcements as well as emergency alerts straight to their cell phones. To subscribe, you can find a link on the Resident's Dashboard or if you are logged into the website you can find a direct link here. We recently put this system to good use when we sent out an emergency alert to subscribed residents concerning a vicious dog that had attacked a resident that was on the loose. We would encourage all residents to sign up for this feature because we know not all residents receive timely messages via email.
We are also developing a library of topics that will be perpetually added to and updated. We are calling this a knowledge base, which consists of a central place to search links to neighborhood-related information, documents, and answers to frequently asked questions all in one place. When logged in to the website, this feature will appear as a top menu link for residents to quickly find answers to common questions. This feature is not yet available but is expected to go live soon. We will to introduce topics slowly over time, with a few topics being added each month. The idea is to develop a comprehensive resource for our residents over time. So please be patient as the knowledge base expands. Additionally, if you have any ideas or improvements to the information provided, there will a link to communicate your ideas or comments to the Har-Ber Meadows Communications Committee. Currently, content is being developed for topics related to the architectural review committee, pool, lakes/ponds, reservation system, waste management, and trees.
We continue to plan for our annual Har-Ber Meadows meeting, which will take place in May. However, since we are still under the cloud of COVID, this process will be different. We will continue to work with state guidelines, our neighborhood businesses, and sponsors in hopes of providing a safe environment for all to participate. We will have two Board positions open this year, and for those who are interested in serving, we suggest filling out a Board Position Candidate Application for consideration. You must be logged into the website to fill out the application. A link can also be found from the Resident's Dashboard.
We want to say thank you to all our residents for helping to keep Har-Ber Meadows the greatest place to live in Springdale, and we hope to see each of you soon at our annual meeting.
The Har-Ber Ducks is a developmental swim team for the Har-Ber Meadows community and surrounding area. Ages 5-18 are welcome to participate. The program’s goal is to teach swimmers competitive swimming skills in a low-pressure environment. Practices will be held at the Har-Ber Meadows pool and begin June 2. Time and location of dual meets will be announced on May 15. See attached flyer for more information.
Register online at https://www.teamunify.com/team/arracah/page/swim-school-registration
For additional information on the Har-Ber Ducks, please contact John Moseley at John@AquaHawgs.org.
We are looking for residents wishing to volunteer their time serving as a board member on the Har-Ber Meadow's Property Association Board of Directors. Board members will learn more about how our association functions and get a chance to have input on our great neighborhood's direction. By accepting a position, board members will be expected to attend monthly meetings, which usually run around two to three hours. Although not mandatory, additional time is needed to communicate with other board members and to serve on any committees of interest. Board members may be nominated or elected to perform additional duties with roles such as president or secretary.
We will be holding elections for two positions at our annual meeting in May. The format for these elections will be modified due to Covid-19 safety precautions. Additional details concerning this meeting will be released soon. We are still working out the details.
If you are interested in running for a position, please fill out the Candidate Form. You must be logged in to fill out this form.
In seasons past, residents of Har-Ber Meadows would sing Christmas Carols throughout the neighborhood. For 2020, COVID-19 has changed that, but not our spirit. Please enjoy this Christmas performance of Silent Night from last Monday night on Bernice’s porch in Har-Ber Meadows. In the spirit of Bernice Young Jones (1905-2003), we thank you.
About the performers:
Vocalist Charity Ford has been singing since the first grade and served on the CLC (Christian Life Cathedral) Praise Team since 2008. Her family has lived in Har-Ber since 2015, married for 15 years, and has 2 boys (11 and 6 years old).
Tenor Sax Ryan Yumang is a 17-year-old junior at Har-Ber High School and a member of the Wildcat Band. He has been playing the saxophone for four years. "I love and appreciate all of the styles of music, especially Jazz. I have developed a love for the music, and that fuels my desire for more music. I've lived in Springdale for as long as I can remember, and am looking to perform as much as I can to gain experience."
The POA has engaged with Comprehensive Botanical Services to begin work on a meadow restoration project within Har-Ber Meadows. The location of this project is east of Ireland St., south of Har-Ber Ave. and north of Allie Frances Ave. It will encompass roughly four acres of green space that is currently turf grass.
This will be a multi-year project that will include several phases. The first phase is to remove invasive species of plants along both sides of the creek bed, including Bush Honeysuckle and Chinese Privet. The next phase will be the removal of the turf grass which will be an ongoing project throughout the rest of the year. After all of the turfgrass is removed, the area will be seeded with native grasses and wildflowers. Gradually, as the plants grow, spread and reseed themselves, we will be left with a low-maintenance meadow. We are also planning on planting more trees and shrubs along the creek, extending the “green zone” by about 30 feet.
In addition to the botanical changes, we have also installed several bluebird houses and we are looking at potentially adding bat boxes and martin houses as well. And, there will be a walking path so that residents can access the area.
There are numerous financial and environmental benefits to doing this project.
We have been consulting with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and the NWA Master Naturalists and we are confident that we have a good plan in place that will be a beautiful addition to Har-Ber Meadows.
Dear Property Owners,
We have an issue with property owners making changes to their property without going through the correct steps of filling out the online Architectural Review Committee (ARC) form requesting approval. Several property owners have made changes without seeking permission from the Har-ber Meadows ARC.
The correct process to make a change for your property or landscaping is to fill out an application online and receive approval for that change in writing from the ARC before actual construction or alterations are made. This approval is needed for any change on the exterior of your home or yard.
Some but not all items that require approval are
When in doubt, please fill out the application.
The ARC meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month and will review the application and either approve or disapprove or ask for additional information before voting on the application. The process works and has aided in keeping property values high in the neighborhood.
Because of the number of violations (making changes without gaining approval), the Har-ber POA passed a recommendation at the July meeting that future violations by property owners will incur a $500.00 fine and the very real possibility of having to remove the unapproved change from their property at their cost. If the property owner ignores the fine, a lien will be placed on their property by the POA attorney for the fine and interest until paid
The process for approval for Architectural changes is in the covenants of the Har-ber subdivision and is nothing new. We have had a rash of unapproved changes, and it has to stop.
The fines go into place on September 1st, 2019. Please give this your attention and follow the rules.
Please get on board and help us help you by completing an Architectural Review Committee Application if you plan on making changes to your property.
Har-ber Meadows POA & Har-Ber Meadows ARC Committee
Har-Ber Meadows is known for beautiful trees. The street and common area trees of Har-Ber Meadows are one of the distinguishing amenities that differentiate our neighborhood from others in Northwest Arkansas.
If you have removed a tree for any reason; that tree needs to be replaced now that we are coming to the fall planting season. This is required by Har-Ber Meadows Protective Covenants and Builders Guide.
Sharum’s Nursery has offered to give all Har-Ber Meadows residents a 20% discount on all tree orders. Contact Jacob at (479) 361-9180 to take advantage of this generous offer.
If you would like to hire planting service, Custom Lawn Care NWA plants the POA Common Area trees each year to POA planting specifications. Please contact Daryl Ottaviano at (479) 200-4449 to inquire about his services.
For the Arkansas State Arborist recommended street tree species and planting specifications, please email email@example.com
If you would like more information on what kind of trees can be planted (Street Trees) please see our original post on this.
Please contact the ARC if you have a diseased tree that you plan on removing before replacing. Removal of any tree needs the approval of the ARC.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.