Current News

Board of Directors (BOD)

The Association is most grateful for our current members of the Board of Directors.  They will serve our community again in 2017.

Minutes from the December 3, 2016 annual membership Meeting are on the web site.    Annual association dues increased by $15  for a new fee of $465 per lot.

Areas of emphasis in 2017 include:

  • Repairing the community pier which was damaged during Hurricane Matthew.
  • Improving water drainage along North Shore Drive and Bell Road.
  • Removing  most of the pampas grass  planted along our roads.  The plants have reached the end of their life span and removal was approved by the membership as the most effective means of maintaining the community appearance.  Approximately 35 plants will be saved at the front entrance of the community with measures taken to extend their life span.

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 1 – Annual HOA Assessments due
  • Mar 4 – Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting
  • May 13 – Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting
  • Jul 15 – Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting
  • TBD – Annual Community Day
  • Oct 21 – Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting
  • Dec 2 – Annual HOA Membership Meeting

Water Access Area 

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One of our greatest community resource is the water access recreational area.  Owned by the HOA, the area offers all members access to the Chowan River.   The community pier provides owners the opportunity for fishing, swimming or just enjoying a relaxing day watching activities on the river.

As warm weather approaches,  it may be beneficial to provide a few reminders to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the river.

Kayaking is a popular activity in the area.  The area provides a storage rack for owners to secure their kayak during the warm weather months for ease of use.  The rack can hold up to seven (7) kayaks.  Owners are responsible for securing their kayaks while not being used.

Swimming is allowed at the area however owners should exercise caution while in the water.  Debris on the river bottom often shifts during stormy weather so  just be careful when walking in the water.  Water shoes are highly recommended.  Diving off the pier is not permitted.

Membership  

The HOA welcomes Mike and Kelly Stoop as new members.  They recently purchased property on Swan View Road.

The HOA welcomes John and Karen Belser as new members.  They recently purchased a lot on Gov Eden House Road.  The Belser’s currently reside in Evans, GA and plan to build a home in Black Rock within the next couple years.

Water Access Recreational Area

A major initiative of the BOD in 2016 was to continue the improvements at the Water Access Recreational Area.  Priority was given to installing a new permanent set of stairs leading down to the community pier,  addressing soil erosion and grass coverage.  We also made some enhancements to the front entrance to the Water Access Recreational Area.  We felt many visitors to Black Rock drive by the entrance without noticing that there is a community recreational area.  A new split rail fence and landscaping  enhances the appearance of the entrance and should assist visitors in recognizing this wonderful community asset.

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Bertie County

Recently the Bertie County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase  for a  137 acre tract of waterfront property on the Albemarle Sound.  The tract of land is located within three miles from our community front entrance.  The county is developing plans to use this property for recreation and eco-tourism programs near the Lost Colony site.  Upon completion the site will be a much needed asset for county residents.  The close proximity to the Black Rock community only enhances our already strategic location.

The Bertie County Board of Commissioners  has authorized the staff to proceed with grant applications to offset part of the investment for development of the recreational area.  The project is gaining momentum and are seeking input for the development and planning efforts. Currently,  Bertie County is seeking  project development support from the Center for Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) offered at East Carolina University, and led by Dr. Paige Viren.

Interstate I-87

The new interstate connecting Raleigh to Norfolk, VA has been given a number: it will be known as I-87.  Signs will go up soon saying the future interstate is coming.  The new interstate will be a major help  to developing industry in northeastern North Carolina.  The path of this road will go along U.S. 64 and U.S. 17 right through Bertie County.  No timeline for upgrades or construction have been established along the route as it will likely be more than a decade before the road is officially part of the Interstate Highway System.