Howard's Note: Mr. Unsell and myself have different views on Woodcreek. I invited him to write his comments and post them on the Dustpan.
I am a resident of Wood Creek who has taken on the responsibility of updating the Town Joint Councils on our situation in Wood Creek (as Howard has taken on the responsibility of informing our lovely Town and community, at least in his own way, of what's going on in our community from his point of view, and I commend his efforts on our behalf, however opinionated).
I read with interest his report on the last two Joint council meetings in this blog, and would like to clarify a couple of issues:
Regarding our sprinkler system: We paid dearly, up-front, to have that system installed, and certainly enjoyed the convenience of it until this year. The operation of the sprinkler system is something that we do pay for ourselves, through our $98/per month HOA dues and a $647 annual facilities assessment, and we expected it to be operational 2-3 months ago; however, our system is attached to the golf course irrigation system, and the golf course is very much in limbo right now, as I'm sure you are aware. Today, we decided to initiate legal action against the Thomasson's (PCS Homes), and expect, in time, that things will return to "normal" around here, whatever that can be defined as these days. I cringe at your insinuation that we are "too lazy" to hook up a hose and turn on the sprinklers...I'll have you know that those women who have been attending the joint council meetings every month have an average age around 75+ years old, have paid up front for the sprinkler system and pay each month for it's continued operation. Why should they be expected to hook up a hose and sprinkler, and spend more of their fixed-income money?
Regarding our pool: We would object very strongly if the Town, or anybody else outside our community, even suggested buying the pool, and in fact, hope that the pool and clubhouse are owned and controlled by our Homeowners Association at some point in the future.
Regarding Mowing the Golf Course: If you had a neighbor who had an empty lot, and their lack of attention to the mowing of that lot led to the devaluing of your property, would you just ignore the problem and live with it, or would you ask the Town to send that neighbor a letter warning that if they didn't comply with the grass height ordinance and mow the lot by a certain date that it would be mowed on their behalf, and the owner would receive a bill? (Hope you're intelligent enough to answer that question with a "Yes.") We are in that situation, admittedly on a much larger scale, living in a "golf community" with a golf course that is quickly becoming a jungle due to lack of maintenance...we are not asking the town to pay for mowing the course; just to enforce the grass height ordinance at the expense of the owner of the property. We are not even asking that the course be put back in "playable" condition, just that it be put in the condition it was in before the grass got 3-feet high, so it looks somewhat presentable and does not further erode our already-depressed property values! And if Wood Creek is your idea of a "Utopia," look again....then take a look at a real golf community like Glen Riddle, Lighthouse Sound or Heritage Shores. We pay taxes to the Town of Delmar (I would guess a lot more taxes than the like-valued home on the other side of the state line) and, believe it or not, have every right to expect the town to enforce the grass height ordinance, so that Delmar remains a "livable community," just as you do.
Regarding the purchase of the Golf Course: We don't really believe for a minute that the Town will ever give serious consideration to purchasing and running the golf course, but I believe that as an asset for the future of the Town, it would be a good decision for the town to make if the price were right, for at least four reasons: 1.) It would make a fine addition to the Parks and Recreation offerings of the Town; 2.) It could have educational value as the home course of the Delmar Wildcats Golf Team, as it was in the past; 3.) It could serve as a training ground for students enrolled in UMES's "PGA Golf Management Degree Program;" and 4.) I believe it could be a significant source of income to the Town as we continue to recover from the downturn in the economy.
I also resent your depiction of me as a "golf player out of Woodcreek." Although I have been "retired" to Wood Creek since February of last year, I have spent most of my time since February of this year working on what is nearly a full-time basis, pro-bono, to help my neighbors achieve at least a modicum of what they expected when they purchased a home in our "Utopia."
Lloyd Unsell, Jr.
Wood Creek Golf Community