Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Everyone loves a parade!

And we hope y'all will love the 2015 annual Parkwood Christmas Holiday parade. Parade starts at 3pm on Saturday, Dec. 5th.

The route is unchanged from last year; this map shows the route and park-and-view locations.

New this year:

Food trucks!
American Meltdown
Bam Pow Chow

Make-and-Take holiday craft table sponsored by The Scrap Exchange.

After the parade, come to the office to let the kids meet Santa, and enjoy the festive music of the Parkwood Players.

We still need volunteers for the day of the parade--if you can help out, please get in touch with the Parkwood office.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Holiday Parade Dec. 5th--Volunteers Needed

On Friday, December 4th, we will be decorating two parade floats--one in memory of Betty Ertell, and one for Santa and Mrs. Claus--in the Parkwood office parking lot. We should be starting around 10:30am or so. Volunteers to help decorate would be most appreciated.

We also need at least 10 volunteers on the day of the parade itself, Saturday, December 5th. 
If you can help, please get in touch with the office.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Reminder: Craft Bazaar Sat. Nov. 14, 10am-2pm

Come out to the 2015 Parkwood Craft Bazaar, rain or shine, tomorrow! (Sat., Nov. 14th)

Hours: 10am-2pm

Where: The Parkwood office parking lot, 1417 Seaton Road. In the unlikely event of rain, the bazaar will be inside in the Community Center.

Monday, November 2, 2015

American Meltdown - 2nd Food Truck Confirmed for 2015 Parade

We have confirmed our second food truck for the 2015 Parkwood Christmas Holiday parade, and it's American Meltdown, from our own corner of South Durham. My mouth is watering just reading their menu!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Parkwood Christmas Holiday Parade: Bam Pow Chow Food Truck

New for the annual parade this year, we'll be featuring two food trucks set up in the office parking lot on Seaton Road. The first food truck to tell everyone about is Bam Pow Chow -- "fine dining quality with affordable and casual prices." 2015 will be their first year at the Parkwood parade, and we want to thank them for joining us this year. The parade itself starts at 3pm on Saturday, Dec. 5th, so come out early to grab a spot to watch, and pick up some lunch while you're at it--check out their menu. When we get the second food truck confirmed, we'll let everyone know. Meanwhile, please give a warm Parkwood welcome to Bam Pow Chow.

Friday, October 9, 2015

New Board of Directors Officers

At the October 2015 monthly Board of Directors meeting, the Board elected its officers:
  • Jacob Ehrisman, President
  • James Beidler, Vice President
  • Pandora Simpson, Secretary
  • Matthew Schellenberg, Treasurer
Board members and officers can be reached via the Parkwood office email. Many thanks to the outgoing officers for their years of service, and welcome to the new Board members and officers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Flea Market RESCHEDULED for Oct. 10th

Due to the worsening weather forecast, we are rescheduling the Flea Market to Saturday, Oct. 10th, 8am to noon. Note we've also shifted the start time by an hour, to take into account the later sunrise in the fall. If we get rained out again on the 10th, there will not be another reschedule. We hope everyone stays safe and dry, and we'll see you all on the 10th.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall Flea Market Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 7am-11am

In case you missed the announcements in the August and September Inside/Outs, the annual Parkwood Fall Flea Market & Community Yard Sale is happening on Saturday, October 3rd, from 7-11am. For Parkwood residents, there is a refundable $5 deposit that you get back at the end of the Flea Market once your space has been cleaned up. For non-residents, the fee is $10. Here's the form to fill out in order to register. Please email it to the Parkwood office, or feel free to bring it in person. If the office is closed, you can deposit it in the mailbox. To participate in the Community Yard Sale, please email the office with your street address, so we can put a list together.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Proposed Bylaw Revisions to be Voted on at Annual Meeting Sept. 8

During the Annual Meeting on September 8, we will be voting on a number of proposed bylaws changes. These changes have been collected based on homeowner feedback and extensive discussion. For the benefit of your knowledgeable vote, we would ask that you review these in detail before the meeting and submit any questions you have in advance to In addition, we will have a meeting on Thursday, September 3 at 7pm at the Association office to answer questions regarding the items presented.

List #1: Changes proposed by the Committee


The list below is divided into two sections:

1. A list of non-substantive proposed changes which were reviewed and generally agreed to by the Bylaws Committee for submission to the homeowners for voting on September 8, 2015. These items have been approved by the Association’s legal counsel. These will be voted on in the Annual Meeting as one motion.

2. A list of more substantive proposed changes which were reviewed and generally agreed to by the Bylaws Committee for submission to the homeowners for voting on September 8, 2015. These items have been approved by the Association’s legal counsel. These will be voted on in the Annual Meeting as separate motions, as outlined.


Article 1 title: should say "Purpose and Status" rather than "Pupose and Status"

Article 2, Section 1: Simplified language, no substantive change. – "Persons Eligible for Membership: The owner of record of any lot in "Parkwood" shown on a plat recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds, Durham County; provided such lot is subject to that certain Declaration of Restrictions Affecting "Parkwood" property of Equitable Construction Company in Durham County, North Carolina, dated August 15, 1960, and recorded in Book 269 Page 675, Durham County Registry, as amended and supplemented. Provided further that no person or Corporation holding title as security for the payment of money or performance of any obligation shall hereby become entitled to membership."

Article 3 is tagged inconsistently with the other Articles of the Bylaws. Subarticles 1 and 2 should become Sections 1 and 2. The content currently described as Sections should be redefined as Items 1-3 and 1-5 in each Section.

Article 3, Subarticle 2, Section 2: Replace "Corporate Secretary/Administrator" with "Association Staff" in three cases.

Article 4. Replace "parklands" with "Common Areas."

Article 5 title: should say "Article 5" rather than "Artice 5"

Article 5, Section 3. Adjust item labeling to reflect consistently with other Articles and Sections. Items a, b, and c should be renamed 1, 2, and 3.

Article 6, Section 2. Special Meeting: Should open with "A special meeting…" rather than "The"

Article 6, Section 3. Notice of Meetings. Replace final sentence with the following – "Such notice shall be mailed to said address not less than ten (10) days nor more than fifty (50) days before any such meeting, and the mailing of such notice shall be sufficient and no further publication or notice shall be necessary. If mailed, such shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States Mail, addressed to the member at his/her address as it appears on the record of members of the Association, with postage thereon prepaid. It shall be the responsibility of the individual members to keep the Secretary informed of their current addresses. In the absence of instructions from an individual member as to his/her address, the Secretary shall be entitled to rely on the most recent records of the Durham County Tax Collector to determine the addresses of the owner(s) of a Lot. The notice of any meeting shall state the time and place of the meeting and the items on the agenda."

Article 6, Section 5. Quorum: Should read: "Members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting of the membership."

Article 7, Section 1, paragraph 2: Remove clause in second paragraph. "Immediate past president shall be an ex-officio member of the newly elected Board of Directors."

Article 7, Section 5: Replace word "fees" with word "compensation."

Article 7, Section 11: Replace "Corporate Secretary/Administrator" with "Association Staff" in the "shall act as Secretary" sentence.

Article 8, Section 7: Remove sentence "If the elected officers of the Board shall number less than three (3), then one or more additional members of the Board may be elected to the Executive Committee by the Board." (PURPOSE: Based on other bylaws, it is not possible for there to be less than three officers.)

Article 11, Section 1, Item a: Change to "Present a monthly financial statement to the Board of Directors for comments or questions."


Article 2, drop Section 2. Renumber subsequent sections appropriately. (PURPOSE: to drop language referring to "Certificate Holders" as a matter of procedure that is no longer in practice for the Association.)

Article 2, Section 3: Change to "Voting Rights of Members: There shall be one vote for each lot."

Article 2, Section 4: Adjust all uses of "Certificate Holder" to "Member." Adjust filing of proxies with "Corporate Secretary/Administrator" to "Board."

Article 2, Section 5: Termination of Membership. "Membership will terminate when any member shall cease to be the owner of record of such a lot. The membership status will be cancelled on the records of the Association and neither the Association nor any of its members shall be liable to the former member whose membership is so terminated for any distributed share of the Association’s assets or otherwise. Termination of membership shall in no way relieve the lot owner of the obligation to pay the charges due the Association nor in any way affect the lien of all such charges upon the lot."

Article 2, Section 6 and ALL subsequent Bylaws: Adjust all uses of "Certificate Holder" to "Member"

Article 3, Subarticle 1, Section 1: Replace language with – "Operating funds of Parkwood Association shall be derived from assessments, sponsored events, leases, licenses, rentals, late fees, interest on Association funds and other sources."

Article 3, Subarticle 1, Section 2: Replace language with – "The annual assessment shall be determined by the Board of Directors."

Article 3, Subarticle 1, Section 3: Conclude "Any Certificate Holder who has not…" sentence after "become delinquent on April 1." Begin a new sentence at that point.

Article 3, Subarticle 2, Section 5: Replace with "Multi-year contracts must be included in the annual budget and have to be approved by the full Board. Anything that obligates the Association to a purchase agreement which will take several years/budgets to buy shall require the approval of the general membership at a general meeting. The sale of such assets shall also require the approval of the general membership at a general meeting."

Article 4, NEW Section 4. Rules & Procedures for Future Easement Use of Parkwood Association Parklands

The overall goal of this section of the bylaws is to preserve the Parklands (including the ponds and the Lake) in their scenic beauty for the mutual benefit of all property owners and for the enjoyment of the entire Parkwood community. Any homeowner interested in obtaining an easement to place all or part of a structure on Parkland or to have exclusive use of parkland for another purpose, such as a garden, must follow the process outlined below:

1. The homeowner must establish a clear definition of the exact geographic area of the Common Area for which he is seeking an easement through a survey map of the Common Area in question, with full dimensions referenced to the homeowner’s property lines.

2. If the easement will involve placing a structure on the Common Area, detailed plans must be established that conform to those required by the City of Durham, NC to obtain a building permit.

3. These items described in Items 1 and 2 above must be submitted in writing with a formal request to the Board for review and approval.

4. If deemed appropriate by the Board, neighboring property owners adjacent the area in question will be polled for input as to the potential impact of these plans on their property.

5. The Board will vote as to the acceptability of the documented request by the homeowner. The Board’s agreement will result in a written approval sent to the homeowner.

6. If the Board approves issuing the easement, it will direct the Association’s attorney to draft a legal easement document appropriate for filing with the Durham County Register of Deeds. As part of the easement document the property owner must agree to release the Association of any liability responsibility for the property or structures involved. The homeowner assumes full liability for the property in question, and shall indemnify Association for any and all costs the Association incurs due to the easement. Preparation and filing of this document will be at the expense of the requesting homeowner. Said easement will be returned to the Board to be filed by the Association.

7. The homeowner will be responsible to file the building permits with the appropriate City or County of Durham administration offices.

8. Any structures approved by the City of Durham for construction must be maintained in accordance with City of Durham requirements through the duration of the granted easement.

9. Easements granted and associated responsibilities, in accordance with the above procedure, shall be assumed in whole by all grantees, heirs, successors and assigns of the property to which the easement was granted at the Board’s discretion.

10. Failure to follow these rules and procedures, may result in the removal of structures and termination of easement privileges. Any costs of these actions will be the responsibility of the homeowner and will be added to their Association account.

Article 5, Section 1: Strike the fourth paragraph which defines the Community Standards Committee.

Article 5, Section 2: Retitle the section as "Community Standards Enforcement"

Article 5, Section 2, item 1: Change to "The Association is responsible for:"

Article 5, Section 2, item 1, subitem a: Change to "Complaints are registered and maintained by the Association. The Board shall have the right…"

Article 5, Section 2, item 1, new subitem b: "Respond to the complainant regarding receipt of the complaint and when or if action taken." Shift items b, c, and d to c, d, and e based on this addition.

Article 5, Section 2, item 2, replacing prior items 2-4: In the event of a violation of the Declaration, Community Standards, or other Rules and Regulations of the Association, a hearing shall be held before an adjudicatory panel of members who are not Board members appointed by the Board to determine if any Member should be fined or if planned community privileges or services should be suspended. The following procedure shall be followed:

a) Notice of the hearing shall be mailed via first class mail to the Member.

b) The date and time of the hearing shall be set by the adjudicatory panel not more than two (2) weeks after the notice was mailed.

c) In deciding upon sanctions, the panel shall consider the severity, duration, and persistence of a single violation or whether an accumulation of several violations has or continues to be occurring.

d) If it is decided that a fine should be imposed, a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) may be imposed for the violation and without further hearing, for each day more than five days after the decision that the violation occurs. Such fines shall be assessments.

e) If it is decided that a suspension of planned community privileges or services should be imposed, the suspension may be continued without further hearing until the violation or delinquency is cured.

f) The lot owner may appeal the decision of an adjudicatory panel to the full executive board by delivering written notice of appeal to the executive board within 15 days after the date of the decision. The executive board may affirm, vacate, or modify the prior decision of the adjudicatory body.

g) The panel may choose to keep the hearing open for a specified period of time if the owner presents mitigating circumstances such as hospitalization or extended absence from the community.

h) The owner may appeal the decision of the adjudicatory panel by delivering written notice of appeal to the Board. The Board must receive the appeal notice within fifteen (15) days of the date of the decision by the adjudicatory panel. The appeal shall be heard at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the full Board in Executive Session, or at a special meeting of the Board if determined to be necessary for this purpose by the Board. The Board may affirm, vacate, or modify the prior decision of the panel. The Board may grant a variance or delay in imposing sanctions if the owner submits a plan of compliance, presents an explanation why additional time is needed, or otherwise presents mitigating circumstances acceptable to the Board.

Article 5, Section 3. Add a statement to the front of the introductory paragraph. "Community Standards exist for the safety of the community and continued maintenance of property values."

Article 5, Section 3. Add new item 4: "The Association reserves the right to address other community nuisances within the scope of the Declaration and pursuant to the Association’s rules-making authority in § 47F-3-102 (1)."

Article 7, Section 1, new paragraph 3 (all other paragraphs moved down accordingly): "The annual election of directors will be recorded on audio and/or video and posted in a secure location, available to homeowners only, within 10 days of the election."

Article 7, Section 1, paragraph 4: Replace sentence beginning with "However…" with the following – "However, if a position on the Board cannot be filled with a Parkwood resident owning property within a given district then that district position may be filled on an "At-Large" basis by any member in good standing elected from the general membership and the election of said director shall be by vote of the entire membership. This "At-Large" director shall be elected for a term of one (1) year (commencing October 1)."

Article 7, Section 1, paragraph 5: Replace entire paragraph with "Districts will remain permanent with no future changes. No lot shall be added to, or deleted from existing Districts."

Article 7, Section 2: Replace paragraph with: "For purposes of effecting more continuous communication and coordination throughout the Parkwood Community, the Board of Directors may solicit the nomination of a Liaison Representative from relevant organizations to the Board of Directors. The Liaison Representative must be approved by the Board of Directors. The Liaison Representative shall serve for a period of 1 (one) year, or until the succeeding Annual Meeting when a new Board of Directors is elected. The Liaison Representative is subject to removal by the Board of Directors."

Article 7, Section 3: Replace paragraph with: "The Board of Directors may appoint a member in good standing to fill a vacancy on the board, but such action shall be effective only until the next ensuing Annual Membership Meeting at which time any remaining unexpired term shall be filled by election. The residence of the new Director shall be in the district represented by the Director who created the vacancy. If more than 1 (one) candidate applies for the position, an election from the affected District shall then be conducted.. A vacancy may be filled on an ‘At-Large’ basis provided that the vacancy is publicized and a bona fide effort is made to fill the vacancy from within that district for at least two weeks.

Article 7, Section 4: Adjust end of "Should any Director without excuse…" sentence as follows – "…be voted upon by the Board of Directors. Their membership will continue unless a majority of the full Board votes to terminate said Director."

Article 7, Section 4: Replace resignation sentence with "Any Director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board."

Article 7, Section 6: Replace entire section with: "The election of officers to fill the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Board Secretary shall be held no later than the regular October monthly meeting of the Board of Directors"

NEW Article 12 "Secretary"

Section 1: The Secretary shall do, or cause to be done, the following:

Record, distribute, and preserve Minutes of meetings of the Board or of the membership.

Provide notice to the Board or membership, as appropriate, of upcoming meetings.

Maintain and preserve in an appropriate place and manner all documents and files pertaining to the operations, activities, and history of the Association.

Maintain appropriate information and records concerning members of the Association, and make these available to the Board and others as appropriate.

Article 13: Rename "Association Committees and Staff"

Article 13, Section 1: Change to "The Board may form committees or hire staff as needed to fulfill duties on behalf of the association." Drop all sub points.

Article 13, Section 2: Drop this section.

List #2: Additional Changes submitted

These items will only be voted on at the annual meeting if submitted by individual homeowners for motion at that time. They are included here to allow for advance consideration in preparation for a possible vote. Where possible, we have obtained legal counsel feedback and included it here.

LEGAL COUNSEL PROPOSED revised Article 1, Section 1 Purpose: The powers, purposes and duties of Parkwood Association (the "Association") shall be:

A. To operate, maintain and preserve all property owned by Parkwood ("Common Areas"), the signs, landscaping, and all roads, streets, decorative and protective structures (including but not limited to entry monuments and buffer walls), ponds, lakes, utilities, landscaped areas and other improvements located on the Common Areas, if any;

B. To enforce the provisions of these Bylaws, the Declaration, any Supplemental Declaration, the Articles of Incorporation, the Architectural Guidelines, and any rules and regulations promulgated by the Association, as the same may be amended from time to time;

C. To have all rights and powers and to perform all duties and obligations under the Declaration;

D. To have all rights and powers and to perform all duties and obligations of an owner’s association as provided by Article 3 of Chapter 47F of the North Carolina General Statutes, the terms of which are incorporated herein, as they may be amended from time to time; and

E. To promulgate and enforce the rules and regulations and administrative rules and regulations for use of the Common Areas.

(PURPOSE: Making this change expands the definition of our purpose to be consistent with modern HOA language.)

LEGAL COUNSEL REVIEWED Article 3, Subarticle 1, Section 3: Add a sentence following the "Any Certificate Holder who has not…" – "All delinquent or past due accounts will be subject to a one-time late fee to be established by the Board. " This replaces the "Past due accounts will be subject…" sentence at the end of this Section.

(PURPOSE: Making this change gives the board the flexibility to adjust the late fee up or down if they determine it’s in the best interest of the Association.)

LEGAL COUNSEL ADVISED AGAINST Article 3, Subarticle 2, Section 5: Add a sentence – "Contracts which commit PA assets in excess of $20,000 per year for new services with the exception of repair and maintenance of existing assets require homeowner approval."

(PURPOSE: This change limits board authority to make financial decisions on behalf of the Association. Our legal counsel suggested this could prevent board effectiveness.)

LEGAL COUNSEL PROPOSED Article 6, new Section 8: Voting List. At least ten (10) days before each meeting of members, the Secretary of the Association shall prepare an alphabetical list of the members entitled to vote at such meeting or any adjournment thereof, with the address of each, which list shall be kept on file with the book of records of the Association. This list shall be produced and kept open at the time and place of the meeting and shall be subject to inspection by any members during the whole time of the meeting.

(PURPOSE: Our legal counsel proposed adding this language to formalize a protocol for maintaining a list of members eligible for voting.)

LEGAL COUNSEL REVIEWED Article 7, Section 1, Paragraph 2: Add statement to end of paragraph - "In the event that a single lot is owned by multiple parties, only one of those parties may be elected to the Board."

(PURPOSE: Making this change limits the amount of control one lot owner can have on the Board and therefore the Association.)

LEGAL COUNSEL HAS NOT REVIEWED Article 7, Section 1, Paragraph 4: Replace "property owners" with "Parkwood residents."

(PURPOSE: This would allow non-owner residents to serve as Directors.)

LEGAL COUNSEL ADVISED AGAINST Article 7, Section 4: Add sentence between "Any Director may be removed…" and "Should any Director without excuse…" – "Cause may include, but not limited to, or could be defined as any action that is not protected under the existing Declaration and or causes damage to the reputation of the board or individual homeowners through immoral or unethical activity."

(PURPOSE: Leaving "cause" undefined leaves room for board members to define too narrowly or too broadly than may be in the Association’s best interests. Legal counsel advised that it be kept as general as possible.)

LEGAL COUNSEL REVIEWED Article 7, Section 8: Add sentence at end of paragraph – "Per Section 55A-211 of the NC Planned Community Act, Electronic voting will only be available when all current Board members have agreed in writing to participate in electronic voting."

(PURPOSE: Electronic board voting has the potential to enable the board to operate more efficiently when tight timelines require it. Opponents contend that it may discourage the active participation of board members who are less technologically savvy AND that it may be difficult to verify the vote or comments of a particular board member for record keeping purposes.)

Friday, August 14, 2015

New Office Hours as of 8/17/15

Starting the week of August 17th, the Parkwood Office hours are changing.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will be the same, but Tuesdays and Thursdays the office will be open from 12-8pm.

This will make it easier for people to come in after work (to sign forms, drop off keys, etc).

Monday, July 20, 2015

AT&T Uverse Now Available in Parkwood

Ever since our yards started being dug up, people have wondered when AT&T's U-verse-- their ultra-high speed Internet service--would be available. The answer for some in Parkwood is today.

To find out if your address qualifies, go to AT&T's U-verse site.

Before you make the decision to switch, you might want to check out William Sudderth's article in the July 2015 InsideOut, "Faster Fiber Comes With a Cost." 


Friday, July 17, 2015

A Blast from Parkwood's Past

The Raleigh News & Observer has started a feature called Past Times, by N&O reporter Teresa Leonard. As many of you saw, she recently featured our fine neighborhood and reprinted excerpts from a N&O story that was written back in 1963--52 years ago.

Here's that original article in its entirety.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 4th - no fishing license required in NC

While residents have never needed a license to fish in the Parkwood Lake, if you want to fish in other bodies of water in our fair state, you need a fishing license. Except that on July 4th, from 12:01 am to 11:59pm, the NC Wildlife Commission has decreed that you can fish without a license. So load up your bait and poles on Saturday and have some fun!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Independence Day Celebrations & Closures

The Parkwood Association office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, for the Independence Day holiday and will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 6th. Durham County government offices will also be closed on the 3rd.

Here's a roundup of some Fourth of July celebrations in Durham and around the Triangle

Fireworks after the Durham Bulls home game on Saturday, July 4th.

The 36th annual Festival for the Eno happens on July 4th and 5th.

Fireworks, parades, music and food from Apex to Wake Forest and all points in between.

However you choose to celebrate, have a safe and fun July 4th.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 27 Cookout cancelled due to weather

Due to the weather (thunderstorm watch until 8pm) the June 27 cookout and bike parade has been cancelled for the day.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Annual Bike Parade and Cookout June 27

Parkwood's almost famous annual bike parade will be on Saturday, June 27th, from 4-7pm at the ballfield. Decorating supplies will be available, and there will be a prize for the best decorated bike. There will also be food and games.

Volunteers needed to help with grilling, handing out bike decorating supplies, etc. Please contact the office if you'd like to help.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Beat the heat

Temperatures in Durham are soaring this week, with the 100-degree mark in the forecast for several days. Combined with high humidity, heat index values will be over 100 degrees. We have a heat advisory today, and probably will again tomorrow and Wednesday.

Stay hydrated, stay indoors in the AC if possible, stay out of the sun, make sure outdoor pets have plenty of shade and water, and be sure to check on your elderly or disabled neighbors.

If you haven't yet, this may be a good time to check out the Parkwood Swim Club, or some of the other public pools and spraygrounds in Durham.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Kickoff Kickball, June 13, volunteers needed

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 13th for Summer Kickoff Kickball!

From 10am to 1pm at the Parkwood Ball Field, kickball followed by cookout.

Volunteers needed! Umpire, scorekeeper, food prep, setup, cleanup, and more. Contact Tenita or Janae if you'd like to help.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Fun--and Safe!--Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and lots of folks are going to be traveling to the beach or hitting the area lakes and pools to cool off and relax.

Here's some handy websites to help make your fun in the sun weekend both safe and enjoyable.

Keep an eye on the traffic. NCDOT says all lanes of 440 East may not be open for the weekend.

Skip the sunburn.

Safe grilling tips.

Drowning doesn't look like drowning, by retired Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone. Know what to look for, and know that actual drowning doesn't look the way it does in movies and on TV.

Staying close to home? Check out this list of free things to do in Durham. Or check WRAL's Out and About section.

Do you love hot-air balloons? You'll want to explore the WRAL Balloon Fest this weekend in Zebulon and Raleigh.

Whatever you do, have fun and be safe!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Citizen Observer Patrol Meeting Sat. Apr. 25, 10am, PVFD

This is a friendly reminder about the Citizen Observer Patrol interest and recruitment meeting on Saturday morning, 10am at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Dept on 1409 Seaton Road.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Best of Durham

Durham Magazine is running its annual Best of Durham poll, with questions about Best Breakfast/Lunch, Best Greek/Mediterranean, and Best Neighborhood (which is Parkwood, obviously!).

Check it out, and remember you can always write in your favorites if you don't see them listed.

Friday, April 3, 2015

South Durham Farmers Market Summer Hours

This weekend, Saturday April 4th, the South Durham Farmers Market in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center switches back to their summer hours. The market will be open from 8am to noon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Flea Market & Community Yard Sale May 2nd

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 2nd, 7am to 11am, for the annual Parkwood spring Flea Market and Community Yard Sale.

The flea market will be in the Masjid Ibad Ar-Rahman mosque parking lot, beside the ball field.

If you would like to reserve a space, there is a $5 deposit for Parkwood residents, or $10 non-refundable fee for non-Parkwood residents. Nonprofit organizations are welcome to register as food vendors for $35.

Flea market participants: To reserve your space, please print and fill out the registration form and submit it to the office, along with your check. We also accept cash but don't recommend mailing cash. The office address is 1417 Seaton Rd., Durham NC, 27713, and forms can be turned in during regular business hours (9-4, M-F) or dropped in our mailbox.

We will give you your assigned flea market space number when you register. Please only set up in your assigned spot.

The deadline to request a space at the flea market is Thursday, April 30th.

Late registration price, if spaces are still available, will be a $10 deposit for Parkwood residents or $20 fee for non-residents.

Deposits will be returned at the end of the flea market, providing your space has been cleaned.

If you would like to be listed in the Community Yard Sale, please submit your street address to the office by Wednesday, April 29th so that we have time to prepare a listing of everyone’s sales. There is no charge to be listed.

The Parkwood Community Activities Committee will have a tent set up with maps of our community and the yard sales.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friendly Reminder

Please remember that Parkwood 2015 assessments are due by March 31, 2015.

To facilitate payment, we have put up a web page with payment options. If you have questions or need to find out your lot number, please call the Parkwood office during business hours (M-F, 8-5).

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Parkwood Easter Egg Hunt is coming

The Parkwood Community Activities Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled to be held on March 28. Stay tuned for more news regarding time and location.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

South Durham residents invited to Citizen Observer Patrol Meeting April 25, 10am

The Parkwood Association cordially invites residents of southern Durham--Durham Police Districts 3 and 4 particularly--to a meeting to learn about the Citizen Observer Patrol.

DATE: Saturday, April 25
TIME: 10am
PLACE: Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Road, Durham NC, 27713.

The COP program uses trained citizen volunteers during daylight hours to perform non-emergency services that that police officers would otherwise do.

The South Durham COP program, covering Districts 3 and 4, only has enough volunteers right now to patrol one day a week. According to the Durham Police COP coordinator, with 17 additional volunteers, this program could have volunteers on patrol every day of the week. (District 3 map, District 4 map)

COP volunteers wear uniforms and patrol during daylight hours in specially-marked cars. They carry assigned hand-held radios linked directly to the central police dispatcher (which gives them direct contact with all uniformed police on patrol) to report suspicious individuals and activities, crimes in progress, abandoned vehicles, and request EMS. COP volunteers help reduce the DPD’s response time.

We believe that we can recruit these 17 volunteers if the communities in South Durham come together to make their homeowners aware of the COP program and encourage them to attend an April 25, 2015 COP recruitment meeting, where individuals can discuss the program with Officer Suitt (the DPD COP coordinator), other police officers from Police Districts 3 and 4, and current COP volunteers. The meeting will be from 10 to 11am at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Rd, Durham, NC 27713.

We hope that south Durham can come together to provide better police protection for all of us by sharing information about the COP program to the residents in our communities, sharing on neighborhood websites or email lists, and encouraging neighbors to attend the recruitment meeting and volunteer to become a COP.

If you need more information or have suggestions, please contact the Parkwood Association office,  919-544-2161.

We hope to see you on April 25th!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

700 Google Group Members!

As of February 19, 2015, the Parkwood Google Group has 700 members! Signing up for the Google Group gives Parkwood residents access to password-protected sections of the website, as well as allowing residents to participate in the official Parkwood list-serv and message board.
Spread the word so that every resident in the neighborhood has access to these valuable resources. Thanks for participating in the "virtual" Parkwood and supporting your neighbors on the website!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Parkwood Needs YOU

Do you want to be a COP? Durham's Citizen Observer Patrol needs volunteers for Districts 3 and 4 (Parkwood is in District 4).

The Parkwood Association is working with Officer John Suitt to recruit individuals who are interested in serving as COP volunteers. Our plan is to give interested individuals from Parkwood and the surrounding neighborhoods the opportunity to discuss the COP program with Officer Suitt, COP volunteers and police officers from Districts 3 & 4.

The date for the meeting is Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10-11am at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Please consider becoming a COP volunteer, and invite your spouse and your friends in Durham to also join and be your patrol partner. The more volunteers we have, with more hours of patrol, the safer our communities will be.

Please notify the Parkwood Association office (919-544-2161, or email if you plan to attend the meeting so that we can ensure that we have adequate meeting space and to notify you if the time or place of the meeting changes.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Bringing Fiber to Parkwood

The February 2015 issue of the InsideOUT features an article about Google Fiber coming to Durham, and Frontier Communications has also announced fiber plans for Durham.

People want to know the best way to express their interest so that Parkwood is one of the areas that Google and Frontier give priority to.

For Google Fiber: Plug in your street address on the Google Fiber website, then add your email address to be notified about updates.

For Frontier Fiber, email your interest to

Let's make sure these companies know that Parkwood wants fiber.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

City of Durham Rezoning Notice for project north of Hwy 54

We have just received notice of a public hearing on Feb. 10th at 5:30 about the property just north of Hwy. 54, 1413-1501 Hwy. 54, north side of 54 between Barbee Rd. and Waterford Valley Dr., opposite Revere Road.

More information here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Drainage Survey Goes Paperless

What do zombie plumbers want? Draaaiiiiiiins. What does the Parkwood Association want? Your response to our Drainage Survey, which you can now fill out from the comfort of your own computer!

Online Parkwood Drainage Survey

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Official Minutes of the December 11, 2014 Parkwood Board of Directors Meeting

Minutes for the December 11, 2014 Regular Board Meeting

A. Welcome Guests

No guests were present.

B. Approval of Agenda

Chris Sanford moved to approve the agenda; Lois Cox seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Call to Order, Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:09pm. Board members present: Bill Mitchell (President), Martie Mangum (Vice President), William Crosmun (Vice President), Chris Sanford (Secretary), Joshua Klein, Jacob Ehrisman, Pandora Simpson, Lois Cox, Ann Marie Crosmun, Michael Brooks, and Matt Schellenberg. Also present were Jacob Ehrisman and Laura Haywood-Cory (office manager). Absent were: Bill Egan (Treasurer) (excused), Amanda Simmons (excused). Late arrivals: Shannon Green, James Black, Eric Syfrett.

D. Selection of District 3 Director to Replace Bhupinder Singh

Bill Mitchell moved that the Board approve Jacob Ehrisman as the permanent member of the board. Joshua Klein seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

E. Approval of Minutes

1) Approval of Minutes from November 13, 2014 Board Meeting

Sanford moved to approve the minutes from the November 13, 2014 meeting. Lois Cox seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

2) Approval of Minutes from First Executive Session of the November 13, 2014 Board Meeting

Matt Schellenberg moved to approve the minutes from the First Executive Session. Cox seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

3) Approval of Minutes from Second Executive Session of the November 13, 2014 Board Meeting

Klein moved to approve the minutes from the Second Executive Session. Sanford seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

F. Standing Committee Reports

1) Executive Committee Report (B. Mitchell)

(a) Mitchell moved that Board establish a policy requiring that all motions to be made at a Board meeting must be submitted in time to be included in the pre-meeting packet, unless the motion is being made to address an unexpected situation that occurred after the pre-meeting information packet was released and that all motions should be accompanied by information presenting the purpose of the motion and if it involves an expenditure of funds, the account from which the funds should be drawn. The motion was seconded by Schellenberg. After discussion, Mitchell moved to refer the motion to the Executive Committee to develop a detailed policy relating to getting motions included in the pre-meeting packet and present it to the Board at the January 2015 meeting. Klein seconded the motion, stating that the motion be sent back to the Executive Committee for clarification. Motion passed unanimously.

(b) Mitchell moved that the Board establish a policy that allows any Board member to request either a roll call vote or vote by written ballot, instead of raising hands. Schellenberg seconded the motion. Klein requested that email voting be placed on the agenda for the January 2015 Board meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

(c) Mitchell moved that the Board approve making the draft Confidentiality Agreement for access to the Alliance Bank accounts the official confidentiality agreement. Eric Syfrett seconded the motion. Martie Mangum moved to amend the motion to adopt a temporary policy and then have a lawyer review the document and present it at the next Board meeting: a confidentiality agreement for those who have access to the Alliance Bank accounts and (one) for all other Board members. Cox seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

(d) Mitchell moved to authorize spending up to $500 to obtain a legal opinion on the confidentiality agreement and to also have the attorney prepare a separate general confidentiality agreement all Board members to sign. Ehrisman seconded the motion. Motion passed by a roll-call vote of 8 to 5 and 1 abstention.

(e) Mitchell moved that the Board authorize spending up to $900 to pay CAS for preparing and mailing the 2015 assessment letters. Syfrett seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

2) Treasurer's Report (B. Egan, given by Eric Syfrett)

Syfrett reported that the Finance Committee held its first meeting on December 7, 2014 and reviewed the issues about the accuracy of some of the charges and balances associated with some of the delinquent accounts. He reported that the discrepancies are down to three lots that would affect the Assessment letters. There are thirty-two other lots with discrepancies, clean-up issues, or attorney billing questions. The Finance Committee will meet the Sunday before the Board meeting at 2pm every month.

3) Community Standards Enforcement Report (B. Mitchell)

Mitchell reported that the new enforcement policy seemed to be working because 27 cases had been resolved in the last two months. He also reported that there were now 25 open violations. Cox reported that she is looking into an issue on Larkspur Circle. Brooks asked for an article for the Inside/OUT.

4) Parks, Lawn, Ball Field & Playground Committee Report (M. Brooks, M. Schellenberg) Schellenberg reported that the plan to improve the playgrounds was moving forward. The committee would like a ditch dug at the Tot Lot, painting at some of the playgrounds, and that the Hidden park is now being cleared out by taking out branches and fallen trees. People are beginning to volunteer to help with these projects. There will be a Committee meeting in January 2015. In was noted that the ball field backflow valve was removed and is now stored in the office.

G. Special Committee Reports

1) Collections Committee Report (AM Crosmun)

(a) Ann Marie Crosmun moved that the Board approve sending five homeowners to the attorney for collection proceedings to begin. Cox seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. 

(b) A.M. Crosmun moved that the Board approve the attorney starting the foreclosure process on 10 homeowners. Sanford seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

(c) A.M. Crosmun moved that the Board approve our attorney to file a Release of Lien on a homeowner who has fully satisfied the debt with Parkwood and our attorney. Syfrett seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

(d) A.M. Crosmun moved that the Board approve the payment of $1,418.53 to Bagwell Holt Smith, PA and authorize the attorney to file the Release of Lien for the account in the preceding motion. Cox seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

(e) A.M. Crosmun moved that the Board approve writing off the debt of five homeowners in foreclosure totaling $7,784.58 as bad debt. Syfrett seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

A.M. Crosmun asked that the Finance Committee discuss the minimum amount that a past due account must owe before the attorney can be authorized to start Foreclosure proceedings. She also reported that after writing off the $7,784.58 the amount of debt owed by delinquent homeowners is approximately $18,000. Collections Committee would like to know why a homeowner who hadn’t made a payment in several months was not on the attorney’s report to go on to the Foreclosure process. The Collections Committee would like the Finance Committee to discuss cutoff numbers for when to carry over past due amounts (without further financial penalties) into the next year’s Annual Assessment.

2) Community Activities Committee Report (P. Simpson)

Pandora Simpson reported that the Holiday Parade had been rescheduled to Dec. 13th due to inclement weather on December 6th and that the parade would have 110 organizations participating. Simpson moved that the Board approve spending up to $4500 to cover parade expenditures. Syfrett seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

3) Community Center Committee Report (M. Brooks)

Mike Brooks reported that the work on the sign for the building was under way but that the installation date had not been finalized.

4) Web Committee Report (W. Crosmun)

W. Crosmun reported that the website and Parkwood GoogleGroup had been very useful for announcing the parade cancellation and rescheduling. He also noted that we were close to exceeding the storage space allocated to the website. He moved that the Board approve spending an additional $50/year to upgrade Google account to get 30gig of online storage space. Simpson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

H. Interesting Topics Discussed in Parkwood GoogleGroup

The Board discussed ways to keep posting on the PA GoogleGroup interesting and civil. It was decided that the web committee develop rules of behavior for the GoogleGroup, publish them, and then start enforcing them. Second topic was when to call the police regarding strangers roaming the community. Third topic was the modular home in Parkwood.

I. Unfinished Business

1) Installing Sidewalks on Grandale and Sedwick Rd

Mitchell reported that the City of Durham was going to reconsider its decision to cancel sidewalk projects. However, it was still unlikely that the City would approve the projects to install sidewalks on Grandale and Sedwick Rd.

2) Revising the Bylaws

Mitchell noted that we needed to form a committee to address outdated Bylaws, including the issue of encroachment. He also noted that the Bylaws do not specifically address encroachment and that they should. Syfrett suggested to hold an open forum to get owner feedback on proposed Bylaw revisions. Syfrett volunteered to chair a committee to revise the Bylaws, Cox and Simpson volunteered to co-chair.

3) Dump pass

City canceled the group pass because it was designated for single-home use only.

J. New Business


K. Adjournment

Cox motioned to adjourn the meeting. Syfrett seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:53pm.

Parkwood Storm Drainage System Survey

The storm drainage system survey from the January 2015 Inside/OUT is now available online:

Parkwood Storm Drainage System Survey

Thank you to everyone who has already filled out and returned the survey.