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. 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 the Board of Directors reorganization meeting which will be
held in November of 2014. 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 – Treasurer- 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 – Architectural Chair person – lives
with his wife, Susan on New Baltimore Road
4)Mark Shotts – Director at large – Lives with his
wife, , on North Folino Road
5)Dian Toborkey – Secretary – Lives with her
husband, Tom on Shawnee View Road
Several years ago, a member of Folmont told me that he loved
living here in the mountain, but really disliked Folmont. I asked him what he
meant by this, but he offered me no real explanation, but that he resented
being required to be part of the association. His comment has bothered me over
the years and 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
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
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 and
especially this year. 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.
are many, but we are faced with several challenges in our near future. These
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 38 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 $141.58 is not sufficient to meet our 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 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