A Little This and That

After a few hurtles and weeks of waiting, the new canopies are scheduled to be installed on the buildings on Friday, November 29.

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Tow truckParking problems on FGC property persist and are expected to worsen after Walmart opens in two weeks. For FGC members there is good news and bad news relevant to parking issues. Actually, the bad news is only for those people who – despite posted signs, courtesy letters, and numerous warnings — continue to park illegally. FGC is in the process of negotiating a contract with a towing company that will be vigilant about getting illegally parked cars ticketed and then towed at the owner’s expense.

On the brighter side of the issue – thanks to Bettye Straughter and the cooperation of those who signed the petition, FGC members will be eligible to receive an RPP (Residential Parking Permit). DDOT will be sending out letters containing information about the rules and explaining when and how qualified residents can get the permits.

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Walmart’s Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 4 from 7:30 to 8:00 AM. At 8 AM, the store will open to the public.

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It is never a good idea to air dirty laundry, especially socks and underwear, but sometimes you must put it out there.

When FGC residents purchased and converted the property to a co-op, in 1989, we exemplified by our behavior that we were proud co-op owners who appreciated the struggle that was involved in owning our homes. Most members treated each other like we were a cohesive family. The board of directors often received praise from corporate and private citizens for the professional operation and upkeep of our property.

­­­Unfortunately, many of our long-standing members are dying. Some of our previous terrific FG residents have purchased a home and moved away, or relocated to other cities. Unfortunately, just as a few bad apples can spoil the bushel, some newer residents (and some who are not so new) are acting as if the co-op rules apply to everyone, except them. The rule breakers keep pets in their units, park frequently in restricted areas, leave the gate open, and demonstrate the kind of behavior that ultimately leads to the demise of a good property. Regardless of screening and background checks done on each prospective member, there is no way to determine dishonestly and character flaws, so uncooperative and problematic members can slide through the cracks and be as troublesome as a zit.

Posting such candid information on a blog is akin to airing dirty laundry, and chances are that the offenders won’t even read this. But thanks to the everlasting grapevine, word will get around.


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