Why does one person feel they can go to your neighbors and ask “what do you think of your neighbor”?

Why does one person feel so threatened that they have to lash out verbally when you are doing something you have done since 2005 in the neighborhood and long before they ever moved here or many houses were even built yet?

Why is one person feel that just because they moved here they can go about changing the rules on the street when there is no way it will ever happen because you will never get the votes to do it?

Why is one person so miserable that they not only make all those who live close by hate them, but they also did the same type of things the last place they lived?

If you are so miserable here, want everybody to hate you, want to change the rules because you are unhappy with them as they are, why did you move here? Did you not check the document you signed and know we have rules?

There are lines of decency, morals, and common courtesy & conduct that people should not cross.

I am real close to going on a full blown rant where I tell all the crap I have had to deal with over the past 10 years because of many of – YOU PEOPLE.

Posted in Uncategorized

Now is the time

Get the STA-BIL for your gas powered equipment and add it now so it gets through the system fuel lines before winter.

Get your furnace & fire places inspected if you have not done so in awhile. The heating season will soon be upon us

With the heating season comes the possibility of fires. With the possibility of fires you need to ensure your smoke detectors all have fresh batteries.

Also remember the video we posted last year about 9 volt batteries and how when the terminals on top touch each other they can heat up and start fires. Cover them with a strip of electrical tape.

Posted in Uncategorized

361 Claiborne Drive SOLD (Good News & Bad News for us)

361 Claiborne

History: 361 sold for $199,900 on 20 June 2008 to Al & Vicki Sparks. Today it was auctioned at the court house.

The bad news part is when a house sells for $199,900 and then sells for $120,400 it may effect home values based on comps realtors use to base sales on. (Not sure if this is how it works or not for these type of sales). But if it does, that is the bad part. Now if the buyer is able to flip this house, then sell it for close to $180,000 or even more that could be a good thing.

23 September 2015

Appraised for before sale: $145,000

Starting bid was: $96,600 (The lowest bid you normally start at is 48% of the appraisal amount)

Selling bid was: $120,400 (Winning bidder normally pays the amount IN FULL at the end of the bidding for that property.

Purchaser plans to renovate and resell. No I do not know who it was by name.


So many people say they were never informed of restrictions when they purchased their homes. On every document of every home purchased someplace there was a statement that starts with: SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN…….. So if the purchaser of 361 Claiborne every says I was not informed, this notice right here shows they were.

Posted in Uncategorized

Mis-informed by JoAnne Johnson

Some of you received a letter in the mail from JoAnne Johnson of address 420 Claiborne drive. 30 of you received the wrong information out of 55 homeowners.

This person sent many residents a copy of the restrictions that are not for your home. Plus she did not send you the first part. Therefore some of you have been mis-informed. You need to look at the Documents tab and find DCC&RO Main Document. The Main Document pertains to every home, lot owner and anyone who plans to build in Claiborne Estates.

Next you will see that there is an Exhibit B and that part is for all of the first phase of the subdivision. This part ONLY pertains to lots that are 1 acre in size. NO it does not say (1 acre lots only) in the document.

If you look at the Maps Tab you will see 4 maps. There is Section One and Section Two. Section Two map shows lots 16, 17, 19 & 20 crossed out. Section Two Revised shows the changes in the lot sizes. This document was for all homes built during the first phase of the subdivision and all lots at that time were 1 acre in size until city sewer became available and lots were then downsized. For you to have septic the lot had to be a minimum of 1 acre.

As the first phase was almost completed the developer created an amendment for all the homes in the second phase of the subdivision. As you look at the documents tab you will find a supplement. This is the restrictions for the 2nd phase as the subdivision was being built and this is where the amendment came in and is date 8 July 2003.

The maps tab for these lots are found on map section 2 revised, map section 3 & 4. This is the document JoAnne Johnson sent to everyone which does not pertain to anyone with a 1 acre lot from the first phase. The differences in the two document are based on your lot size. All lots in the 2nd phase were less than 1 acre in size. This is the best way to know the difference, plus the document attached to your deed filing is set up the same way.

Sub-divisions are many times built in phases and this one was built that way. A new builder emerged and the decision of the developer was to build the next phase of homes with a different set of guidelines. When the next phase of the subdivision was started the restrictions were amended for all new lots that are less than one acre in size. Those homes are only allowed to be stick homes, with brick fronts, basements and all have 2 car garages.

Look at the documents and DO NOT believe what someone who just recently moved into the subdivision is telling you. Changes to the restriction require 90% of all resident to agree and if that happens it must go through the court system to change or eliminate any or all restrictions. That 90% also includes the developers votes and he as we understand it has 10 votes alone. So I do not think you will see any changes in the restrictions. I do know of 8-10 homeowners that will also vote for ZERO changes.

But remember that if you remove any items (or all items) from the restrictions and someone moves next to you  and does something to bring your home values down, there is nothing you can do about it.

JoAnne Johnson does not, nor has never worked directly with the developer and knows very little on the workings of the restrictions or the HOA.

I have worked with him over the past 8 years  face to face, email and via phone. If you still have questions after you read the documents, use the contact tab and we will see if we can get your question answered. Or you can contact them yourself directly.

Posted in Uncategorized

DOG FLIPPING is a growing trend.

Dog Flipping

A troubling new trend called “dog flipping,” wherein pooches are stolen from their owners and resold for a profit, is on the rise, experts say.

Criminals have been snatching up pups and quickly selling them online for a high price in a disturbing pattern that has been spiking since at least 2008, according to the American Kennel Club.

“Dog flipping is a horrible experience for the dog. It rips them away from their loving family and they end up with a stranger,” American Kennel Club Reunite CEO Tom Sharp said in a statement to the Daily News.

More than 637 dogs across the country were stolen in 2014 – a 4.5 percent increase from the year before, according to AKC’s national pet theft database.

The number has drastically increased since the organization began recording the thefts in 2008, when 71 dogs were stolen.

“We’ve been covering it for years now,” AKC spokeswoman Brandi Hunter told the News. “Unfortunately, that’s the case. Unfortunately in this world it happens.”

Pit bulls or pit bull mixes were the most stolen dog breed in 2014, followed by Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas, bulldogs, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus and German shepherds, according to AKC.

Thieves usually get hold of the pet by stealing it or claiming to be a lost dog’s owner, experts say. They then sell it on Craigslist or social media sites.

Pet owners should keep their dogs close on leashes and never leave them unattended in front of stores or even in their own yards.

Experts also warn owners not to give out information about how much their dog costs when approached by strangers during walks and to protect dogs with microchip identifications.

Posted in Uncategorized

The cost to maintain the entrance to Claiborne Estates is NOT free.

The reason for posting this is – there was a conversation with someone on the street who wanted to know why we had an HOA and why we would need money (HOA FEES) from residents. Here is a brief breakdown of what we know some of the costs are. Just from what we know as far as routine fees we come to $1750 per year. That does NOT count any legal fees for mailings, lawyers to enforce violations (yes we have had several).

The below items cost money and are not provided for free. The only items on this list that we do not know the exact amount on is the number of mowing per year or the electric bill, but with two – 150 Watt bulbs for the entrance and one 300 Watt bulb for the flag, sundown to sunrise this is my best guess.

The mulch does not include labor with was provided by three residents at NO COST. Also if you calculate 6 new evergreen blue junipers, 1 new clematis vine, 4 new flowering bushes which one resident provided at no charge and labor to plant, water, fertilize – the residents are getting a very sweet deal. Also the fact that one resident goes to the entrance every few weeks and pulls weeds, waters and provides fertilizer.

We also had to replace the rope on the flag pole. The rope was NOT free either. But it took 3 months of finally finding someone who would replace that rope for zero cost to us. Otherwise a flagpole company would have charged us $225 to come from Cincinnati with a truck big enough to reach the top. A special thanks to the Dry Ridge Fire Department helping out a Veteran ended up being the key to getting the rope replaced.

NOTE: The legal fees to take care of past issues are not free either. We were informed that just to file is $500. And the lawyers fees to ensure the HOA is correct on any issues are in the thousands.

Flag $75.00 Per flag – 1 per year
Mowing of entrance $50.00 Per mowing (est) 20 mowings = $1000 per year
Replacing Mulch $35.00 For 5 loads at $35 per load = $175
Light bulbs for lighting $7.00 Per Bulb (est 12 per year – $84 total)
Electric Bill for lights $35.00 Per month = $420 per year

So who has been paying for this since 1999 when the subdivision was created? Bill Wilson the developer has. Out of his pocket. We (the residents of Claiborne Estates) should say THANK YOU to Mr. Wilson for this. If you add all of the averaged cost for the past 16 years we are up to an estimated cost of $28K.

Thanks Mr. Wilson for all your help and generosity over the years.

Posted in Uncategorized

Be vigilant — always

Threat to Military members & their families

An Army intelligence bulletin is warning U.S. military personnel to be vigilant after Islamic State militants called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of their family members – and to “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them.”

The FBI issued a warning to members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, according to a law enforcement source, saying that “overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the U.S. to carry out these attacks.”

“We also request members of the military review their online social media presence for any information that might attract the attention of violent extremists,” the bulletin said, advising that members of the military “use caution and practice operational security when posting.”

The new FBI bulletin includes a concern that ISIS members are “spotting and assessing” individuals in the U.S. who they believe may be interested in carrying out attacks on U.S. soil against members of the U.S. military, a U.S. counter-terror official tells CNN.

It is critically important that we as a community always be vigilant of all possible threats. Break-ins, strange vehicles in the areas. people you do not normally see here. Security is also important whether it be leaving your yard lights on, security motion detection lights and even cameras. The level of protection & security is your decision.

Situational awareness is critical. Know who is around you, keep your eyes & ears open. Listen, Look and be Aware – ALWAYS. Remember if you need to call 911, you will most likely NOT have any help arrive for 10 (if you are lucky) to 30 minutes (maybe longer). Depending on Law Enforcement to arrive on time in life & death situations is just something you can never fully count on. And the police will tell you that. 

Posted in Crimes & Break-ins