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April 30, 2020
Stephen Wright, President, Board of Directors
The Brickyard Plantation Board of Directors is reopening the community tennis courts Friday morning, May 1st, 2020. We will be following the Town’s guidance for reopening the tennis courts.
*****Please note... if the following guidelines are not adhered to, the HOA Board of Directors will close the tennis courts immediately. Our goal is to allow the residents to use this amenity in a safe manner while following the Town and Governor’s guidelines.
No more than four players to a court
Maintain six feet of separation between players
No congregating before or after play
Be aware of distancing during arrival, changeovers and departures when players usually congregate at the benches on court
Consider putting your bags, equipment, etc. by fences away from others instead of on benches
Leave a court open between you and other players when possible
Eric will be offering private one-on-one lessons only until further notice and will have rules in place during lessons to promote distancing and contact with balls and equipment
TENNIS ONLY - No other activities are allowed to protect the acrylic surface, nets and fences
The Brickyard Plantation Board of Directors will reopen the basketball courts as soon as we receive and install new hoops, which have been ordered. We will be following the Town’s guidance for reopening the basketball courts.
*****Please note... if the following guidelines are not adhered to, the HOA Board of Directors will close the basketball court immediately. Our goal is to allow the residents to use this amenity in a safe manner while following the Town and Governor’s guidelines. BASKETBALL COURT GUIDELINES:
Individual play only
No group basketball games will be allowed
The use of the amenities above is at the resident’s risk, and it is their responsibility to disinfect the facilities to their satisfaction prior to use. The clubhouse will remain closed, so there will be no access to the restrooms or water. The gym, pool, and playground will remain closed until further notice.
April 17, 2020
Stephen Wright, President, Board of Directors
Dear Neighbors, Late yesterday the Governor issued an executive order reopening public boat ramps. Immediately following the Governor’s news brief, the Brickyard Plantation Board of Directors voted to reopen the Brickyard Plantation community boat ramp. The Governor’s executive order can be found here:
The Brickyard Plantation Board of Directors is able to make such emergent decisions utilizing Section 4-15 of the POA’s Bylaws presented below:
Section 15. Actions Without Meetings. To the extent now or from time to time hereafter permitted by the law of South Carolina the directors may take any action which they might take at a meeting of directors without a meeting, a record of any such action so taken, signed by each director, to be retained in the Association’s minute book and given equal dignity by all persons with the minutes of meetings fully called and held.
At this time the United State Tennis Association is recommending against reopening tennis courts, and the board of directors will continue to leave the neighborhood courts closed. The board of directors has previously put in place a committee responsible for improving compliance with approved landing procedures, addressing and/or reporting suspicious or destructive activities, and helping to ensure the safe utilization of this amenity. A copy of our boat landing rules and regulations can be found at the link below:
Current Committee members include Jack Folley (Chairman), John Boettner, Cary Schwinn, Marcus Carter, Aric Southworth, and Bill Barrett. The board of directors has asked the boat ramp committee to:
Increase camera observations and physical presence at the landing while government social distancing directives are in place.
Monitor for social distancing violations and remind residents of why social distancing was instituted, and that there shall be no loitering, gathering, picnicking, or sunbathing.
Report severe social distancing violations to the Mount Pleasant Police should residents refuse to comply, or circumstances dictate.
Continue enforcing the approved landing procedures all key recipients have signed, ticketing non-resident vehicles, and towing vehicles that meet our criteria, (1st notice ignored).
Address and/or report inappropriate, suspicious or destructive activities to the board and/or police as appropriate.
Requirement of Residents:
No gathering on the dock. Dock is to be used for launching and retrieving boats only. Only residents with a valid community decal may use the ramp.
Lock the boat ramp chain immediately after exiting the ramp with vehicle and trailer. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Complying with current government social distancing guidelines at all times is necessary to keeping the boat ramp open.
April 3, 2020
Stephen Wright, President, Board of Directors
I've received numerous emails and calls from residents voicing their opinion with respect to the decision made by the board of directors to close the neighborhood tennis courts and boat ramp. Obviously these individuals were largely boat owners and for the most part, but not all voicing their opposition to the board’s decision to close the boat ramp. The board closed the tennis courts and boat ramp to enforce social distancing, which is not significantly different than government officials closing public facilities.
Mayor Haynie took steps earlier in the week declaring that:
“Effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, April 2 2020, individuals shall remain in their homes and not congregate in streets or sidewalks, and shall not travel through waterways and/or public spaces in the Town of Mount Pleasant, including establishments that hold a Town of Mount Pleasant business license except for the purposes of working at or conducting business with the attached list of businesses (hereinafter “Essential Service” or “Essential Services”), such list to be modified by the Mayor as necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the Town of Mount Pleasant.” There is more and you can read it in its entirety at the link below:
I have been reflecting about what’s going on in our town. During a trip to the grocery store, besides noting that they had no toilet paper or hand sanitizer, I took note of all the employees working with the public during a fragile time. Some were senior citizens, just trying to earn a little extra money to make ends meet. As I checked out, I was speaking with the cashier who appeared to be a high school student, and she mentioned that her parents were concerned that she was placing herself in a dangerous situation by working in a grocery store. I imagine she was just trying to make a few bucks for personal expenses, or maybe college that she wouldn’t have to ask her parents for. All of these workers are placing themselves in a dangerous situation and everyone that shops there should be grateful for the essential services they are providing, which allows us to continue to eat. We are fortunate to have many large medical facilities in our community and the heath care workers who work there are having difficulty getting the personal protective equipment they need. This is a result of the increased demand that the coronavirus has caused. The jobs they do are difficult in good times, let alone during the national emergency we are beginning to experience. These health care workers are going to work harder than we can imagine under conditions that they never anticipated, and the more residents that contract this disease the harder it will make it on them. When the board decided to close the boat ramp it was because we felt it was the right decision for the community. We recognized that many would be unhappy with our decision, but getting elected to a position on a successful HOA board is not a popularity contest. We recognized that the actions that the Mayor took were for the protection of the town’s residents, and while we might have been able to sit on the sidelines with our private facilities, it just didn’t make sense or seem fair, especially to those we depend on and interact with daily in the community, and the ones we will rely on to take care of us if it really gets bad. So while the schools have been closed it may be an opportunity to teach your kids some of the most important lessons of personal sacrifice for the good of the community. Minimize the spread of this virus by seriously practicing social distancing to reduce the impact on those providing essential services and take care of us if we get sick. Please understand that I can’t reply to each email I receive due to the numbers, but respond through neighborhood wide emails like this.
April 1, 2020
Stephen Wright, President, Board of Directors
Dear Neighbors, The Brickyard board of directors previously decided to close the clubhouse, playground, and basketball court. In the spirit of the current Executive Order issued by Governor McMaster, and the Emergency Proclamation issued by Mayor Haynie, the Brickyard board of directors is closing the tennis courts Wednesday, April 1st, and the boat ramp at 12:01am on Thursday, April 2nd. Furthermore, residents are not to organize any activities on Brickyard Plantation common areas. Even components of these areas have the potential to pass the virus under high usage, such as the dock cleats and ramp lock. The Brickyard board of directors will reopen facilities once the Governor’s and Mayor’s directives expire. The Governor’s and Mayor’s directives can be found at the links below.
Folks this virus is very serious. I have included a link below to the DHEC website reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases by South Carolina County. I say confirmed, because I believe as almost everyone does, that the actual numbers far exceed the confirmed values. The link below will take you to a page where if you scroll down about a fifth of the page you will find a link “ZIP-code level information here”. When I last looked at this link it wasn’t currently showing the numbers by zip code, but on March 26th it was reporting 6 cases of COVID-19 for our zip code of 29466.
Across the United States the authorities have reported the number of confirmed cases is doubling every three days. To give you an idea how bad that really is, consider that one case doubling every three days results in 1024 cases in 31 days. You’ve heard government officials and noted scientists such as Dr. Anthony Fauci encouraging social distancing. I know everyone is looking around not seeing the threat, but when a threat is growing this fast it will literally look as though it surrounded you overnight. At that point people will be asking what should I do. Sorry too late! The only weapon currently in our arsenal to fight this virus is to practice social distancing. Please be a part of the solution.
Several issues recently arose around the utilization of the boat ramp.
Swimming at the boat ramp is dangerous and the board will have no swimming signs installed. Numerous children have been cut by oysters on the creek bottom while swimming. In some cases those injuries were so severe that the EMS had to be called.
The floating dock may be used to accommodate the launching and loading of boats, fishing, and crabbing. Sunning on the dock monopolizes the floating dock surface to the point that it interferes with its primary functions and should be done elsewhere.
The Town of Mt. Pleasant will not pick up garbage at the boat ramp and the recycling bin that is currently there is not working out. Years ago the board of directors placed a small dumpster at the ramp, and it quickly became a target for people illegally disposing of hazmat, and other household trash. The cost of policing far exceeded the value of the convenience, so the dumpster was removed. For this reason the board expects that everyone utilizing the facilities at the boat ramp will take their trash home and properly dispose of it there. The fact that individuals don’t recognize that the recycling bins are only for the proper recycling of select items, and have a limited capacity are causing the board of directors to consider removing them as well.
Kayaks were abandoned at the boat ramp and I anticipate they may have been stolen. We have had them removed and Tamara’ Grey, our property manager, will be contacting the police. If you are missing kayaks please reach out to Tamara’.
Related, but not solely to the boat ramp, has been the late issuance of Brickyard decals. AMCS has assured us that as of today they have mailed out decals for all the request forms submitted. Note that a new request form is required each year. If you have not received your Brickyard decals by Saturday, April 4th, please submit a request form to Tamara’. She has told me that approximately 300 residences have not yet submitted decal request forms. The decal request form can be found at the link below: 2020 Vehicle Decal Request Form
Stay safe, Steve
March 20, 2020
The board of directors has decided to mimic actions taken by several local governments and move to close the playground and basketball court, as effective disinfection of the playground is not practical, and basketball usually evolves into a contact sport. The playground gate will be chained and locked and the basketball hoops will be removed. Following our annual meeting earlier this year a resident pointed out that current hoops had probably met their intended lifetime, and were due to be replaced. When things get back to normal, we will be installing new basketball hoops.
As you move about the neighborhood, please practice social distancing. Recognize that many residents will not welcome the petting of their dogs, as it has been reported that this is a possible path of Coronavirus transmission, not to the pet, but to their family.
I’m sure all this social distancing is going to cause everyone cabin fever. As you have time try and reach out to neighbors, friends, and family electronically. Maybe we will all become a little more fluent with computer tools like Skype and Zoom.
My wife Cindy anticipates that I’m going to take this opportunity to clean the garage, or my home office. I hope not to disappoint her.
Stephen Wright, President, Brickyard Plantation Property Owners Association
March 18, 2020
I’m sure your life, like mine, is being turned upside down by the Coronavirus. People have been asked to work from home when possible, maintain six feet of space between themselves and individuals they encounter outside their home, and wash their hands frequently; all in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus through the population. I’m not going to dwell on advice that is coming from professionals that know more than I do about the subject, but please follow their instructions; everyone’s health depends on it.
As you may be aware the board of directors meets the third Tuesday of each month, which was last night. Based on directives and recommendations that government and health officials (CDC) have been disseminating the board decided to take the following actions, effective immediately:
The community exercise room is closed.
The community pools will remain closed.
Near term clubhouse functions are cancelled, you will be able to schedule future events, but the use will not be guaranteed, and should not be counted on.
Communications with Tamara’ Grey the property manager shall be by phone or email. There will be no office hours:
AMCS encourage all residents to use the community website through My Green Condo to make payments, submit work orders and requests. Instead of coming to the AMCS Corporate office or the onsite office. You can access the website by going to: https://www.mygreencondo.net/brickyardplantation/index.php. If you need your login information, please e-mail AMCS at email@example.com to request one and it will be sent to your email. If you need instructions on how to make a payment/submit a work order or violation, click here.
If you still want to drop off your payments/ARB request please do so at the drop boxes at the Brickyard clubhouse or the Drop Slot at the front of the AMCS Corporate Office. If you still choose to go to the AMCS Corporate office you will be limited to the front desk in the lobby. Again, we encourage use of the community website for your community requests/needs.
Monthly meetings with neighborhood representatives and committee chairs are suspended, and they will report concerns directly to Tamara’ Grey and/or the board of directors via phone or email. You should also utilize electronic communications with your neighborhood representative.
The neighborhood fob access system is being disabled,
The amenities not under access control; tennis courts (there will be no organized tennis clinics or league play), basketball courts, playground, and boat ramp should be used at your own risk and you should bring your own sanitizing supplies. Please use at your discretion, while following the directions/recommendations of government and health officials.
The board does not take lightly the actions above. Many of you will ask when things will return to normal and I have no better answer that what the government and health officials are really saying or should be saying. We will just have to wait and see, because we just don’t know. Communications with residents will be sent out through the Brickyard system https://www.brickyardplantation.org/ and AMCS’s system My Green Condo.
The board did grant a request by food truck vendors to utilize the clubhouse parking lot to provide take home meals to residents. The board required that they post signs that customers exercise social distancing while picking up food. Please heed this request.