An Opinion from the President of the Folmont Property Owners Association
The Folmont Property Owners Association is the official incorporated governing body for all property owners in Folmont. The Association was established in 1995 as designated by the founding Covenants. (Click here to view the Covenants of the Association). The officers of the Association work as volunteers and are bound to follow the Covenants. Changes to the Covenants require a positive vote of 75% of ALL property owners. The officers established a Strategic Plan several years ago and develop yearly action goals plans to carry out the duties of the Association. The officers meet quarterly. There is a required annual meeting generally held in October of each year.
Hello, My name is Terry Doran and I have been president of the Folmont Property Owners Association for the past year and will serve as president until November 2016. My wife, Bonnie and I live on Old Farm Road and have been owners in Folmont since 1976. I am very pleased and honored to work with a Board of Directors that is committed to our community. They are:
1)Sandy Miller – Archtectural Chair- Lives with her husband, Dale on Old Farm Road
2)Jeff Richardson – Road Chairperson – lives with his wife, Crissy and children on New Baltimore Road
3)Ron Sehn – Commons Area Chair person – lives with his wife, Susan on New Baltimore Road
4)Mark Shotts – Director at large and Vice-President – Lives with his wife,Victoria, on North Folino Road
5)Kent Reiner – A land owner who lives in Latrobe, PA
6) Dr. Kenneth Vulesik - Director at large - lives on Shawnee View Road
I believe that it is important that we all realize that there is not a Folmont or an Association that is separate from the membership. The Association acts within the limitations of the Covenants and can act beyond the limitations of the Covenants with the expressed consent of 75% of the total ownership. The Association took over the responsibilities of the original Wilderness Club in 1995.
We are all Folmont and we all have a stake in its continued success.
As each of us enters Folmont along Route 30 , we can easily recognize our accomplishments:
We see a well maintained front sign with a well-manicured lawn and shrubbery. We did that!
If we venture onto South Folino, Laurel and Twin Oaks Roads, we see new drainage ditches, new culverts and a well maintained set of roads – We did that.
IF we travel down North Folino Road we notice tree trimmed, a new street sign, and a newly graded road and new culverts on the north end of the road – We did that!
If we travel up Shawnee View Road we notice that this road has also being graded and ditched. We did that!
If we travel up Summit Road, we see that the steep hill is well graded and ditched as well as stoned. We did that!
If you visit McNeal Park off Route 30 you will notice that the grass is cut, the lawn is large, the park has a large sandbox, that there is a dry fire hydrant and that the dam of the pond has been restored. We did that!
If you travel Old Farm road you will notice that the potholes are filled. We did that!
If you visit, Dimock Pond on Old Farm Road, you will notice fenced parking area, a well maintained picnic shelter with a new steel roof, a gas grill for cooking, and a completely restored and stocked pond. We did that!
If you visit Blueberry Lane and Hawks Nest Road, you will see that the road surface is well maintained, there are properly placed culverts and a newly restored section of the road near the entrance. We did that!
If you travel Lookout Lane, you will see that the road has been restored with gravel provided earlier in the year. We did that! In fact, if you see any piles of gravel along any Folmont road you can be assured that - We did that!
If you visit Fort Dewart Park and the adjacent Miller’s Tavern, you will find a beautifully restored and maintained area with historical markers and storyboards to explain the significance of the Forbes Trail in the settlement of the American continent. We did that!
If you travel up Bucktail Road, you will find again a well maintained road that has been repaired and re-stoned over many years. We did that!
If you read the semi-annual Folmont directory and notice the many advertisements, you can say – we did that and with the funds raised we were able to accomplish additional projects.
If you wonder where the funding came from to accomplish all of these items, you can take pride that 99% of our ownership has paid their assessments for two years running. We did that!
We, as the Association, have accomplished much. Obviously, individual members of the Association have stepped forward and lent their time, talent, knowledge, machinery and hard work to accomplish the items on this list as well as others. We salute those members who have given so much to their community to make it a success.
Our accomplishments are many, but we are faced with several challenges in our near future. These are:
1)The challenge of an aging population – Take a look around and we reflect the demographics of the area with increasing numbers of persons over 50 years of age and a smaller percentage of owners under the age of 40.
2)The challenge of an aging infrastructure – Our community is 39 years of age this year. Constant maintenance will be required to maintain and improve our infrastructure
3)The challenge of identifying members who are willing to serve on the Association’s board of Directors.
4)The challenge of Finances. The assessment was set at $50 in 1976 when Folmont was literally wilderness with very few homes, about 3 miles of roads and few services or needs. Today, that $50 would be worth $209. We must find a way to finance the needs of our community. The current assessment of $143.00 is not sufficient to meet our long term needs.
5)The challenge of marketing our community so as to bring new owners into the Association. Our community will continue to change over time with new residents and owners. It is important to all owners that we market Folmont as a wonderful place to live and recreate.
Please remember that we are all in this together. There is no separation between this Association and its members. Our founding covenants bind us together (Click on the word Covenant to review the document) and require that we find solutions to our challenges that satisfy the collective will of the membership.
What really makes this Association function for its members are a group of very dedicated people who work tirelessly to enhance Folmont. Road work is mostly done by unpaid volunteers. Parks and entrances are maintained by yet another group of volunteers. This is all done at no cost to the Association with the exception of materials and often times these, too, are donated. As an owner, you should realize the work that is being done by your fellow owners. These people have maintained our roads, cleaned out culverts, beautified the entrances and upgraded our parks at little expense to the general membership. Please consider joining these volunteers to help maintain and improve our community.
Property owners can help out by volunteering to assist (call me at 814-754-4638) and through donations to the Association targeted specifically for upkeep, maintenance and improvement to our roads, parks and entrances. Please take the time to review the list of positive contributions made by owners to the Association in the past year. These efforts are greatly appreciated!
There are undeveloped, semi-developed and developed 5 or 10 acre lots available in Folmont. The prices are reasonable. Each year, full time homes and week-end cottages are placed on the market for sale. Please consult local real estate agencies for information about the available lots or homes. Folmont is a wonderful place to own land or to build a full time or weekend home. We welcome inquiries. If you wish information about available lots or homes please contact Terry Doran at Doran71@verizon.net.
Terry Doran, President- Folmont Property Owners Association