The Board of Directors of the Disharoon Ridge Unit Owner’s Association (DRUOA) is delighted you are interested in our community. Our goal is to provide residents with needed information to properly navigate a great experience while staying in our community and to provide copies of our governing documents to parties needing these legal instruments, (please see Governing Documents Page). Most general questions may be answered by visiting the FAQ‘s page.
GENERAL NOTIFICATIONS TO ALL:
WINTER WEATHER CAUTIONS FOR YOUR WATER LINE: Snow events do happen here in the winter which can cause “no travel advisories due to impassable roads” for several days at a time, and a dip in the temperature can cause horrible plumbing damage without good planning. Keep in mind that your master water turn-off-valve (labeled with your unit number) is located on the right side of your building, inside the crawl space at the bottom of your building near the water meters which are visible on the right side of the building. Most absentee owners also leave their unit heat on 50 degrees and open their cabinet doors under their kitchen and bathroom sink cabinets. But don’t count on that if there is an electric outage because of snow ladened trees outside the property falling on feeder power lines. Shutting off your water is the best choice at the turn-off-valve if you will be away for an extended period during the winter. Crawl spaces are not lighted. Please take a flashlight with you.
Here’s some more advice from the POA Director of Public Safety.
In addition to keeping food, water, and prescription medicines in full supply, checking your home’s mainline water valve function is a good idea. December 2022 saw record-low temperatures in Georgia, which caused many water lines to freeze and break in our area. Not only was the property damage significant, but the hassle and time-consuming delays involved with the insurance claims process were another headache.
Here are two additional tips for avoiding such scenarios:
- Turn your main water supply line off if you plan on being away from home for an extended period. Even if the weather is warm when you leave, we may encounter damaging cold before you return. If you don’t know where your main valve is located, a service call from a plumber or the utility provider will help you find it and test it.
- Have a plumber install a water leak and automatic shut-off valve on your home. With this addition to your system, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off your mainline and any damage will be minimal if your pipes spring a leak behind a wall or in someplace hidden from view.
As always, if you have questions about your water service, contact Utilities Inc. of Georgia, the water utility that services Big Canoe, at 706-268-3400 or email email@example.com.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New or current owners who have or, in the future, will have an electric vehicle, or owners with guests or tenants with electric vehicles must arrange for charging their vehicles elsewhere. Many sources will tout that you can charge your vehicles from household outlets with adapters, but our building configuration is not compatible with safe electric car charging. Long extension cords are a safety, and fire hazard. Attempting to use an outlet such as the one on the Trash Hut is inappropriate as it is theft of our Association’s utility services. There are no electric vehicle charging station in Big Canoe. You may find a ChargePoint Charging Station at the IGA Grocery store in Marble Hill. When driving into the main entrance turn right in front of IGA then turn right again into the parking area. Drive to the end of that parking area and turn left. Follow the outside edge of the parking area and look for the 2 green parking spots to see the charging station signs.
Consider downloading the free Utilities Inc. phone app “eyeonwater” to monitor your water usage and detect leaks while you are not in your condo. Detecting a running toilet or a small leak in a timely manner can save you a great deal of money. See the details on the FAQ page in the discussion on the cost of utilities and be sure to have your utility water account number available when registering.
Recycling Trash at the North Gate Trash collecting area: You are strongly requested to utilize Big Canoe North Gate Trash Collection Site to recycle cardboard, aluminum cans and metal. And you may use Pickens County Recycling Facilities for recycling #1 and #2 plastics, metal food cans, and glass. It is located on Cove Road just a few hundred yards from the BC Roundabout. These items must be retained inside your unit and delivered to the North Gate Trash Collection Site or the Pickens Country Recycling Facility where recycling can be practiced.
Our condominium community trash hut is used only for normal household garbage which is to be placed in plastic, tied garbage bags (please no grocery bags as they tear and leak). The code for the entry can be obtained by emailing the DRUO board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bulk trash such as unwanted or broken furniture, carpet/rugs, building materials, wood etc, must be retained in your unit until a scheduled POA Bulk Trash Date. Bulk trash collection dates are currently being offered quarterly by the POA. Detailed information regarding location of collection container, possible charges for services such as paper shredding or charges for amounts of discarded items by vehicle size are communicated by emails to owners.
Watch for email alerts from POA for Dates, times, charges and restrictions regarding Bulk Trash Dates.
Bulk Trash Dates – Located at the North Gate Trash facility:
A future date for Bulk Trash has yet to be announced. When available, that date will be published here.
All Dates are on Saturday between 10 AM & 2 PM
$20 per car load, $40 per truck or trailer
Call 706-268-3390 for more information
Big Canoe POA Security and Emergency Systems Request:
Disharoon Ridge Unit Owners who may need special assistance during a community evacuation (or their tenants with medical issues) are requested to register with the Security and Emergency Systems to facilitate appropriate help and equipment. The questionnaire form may be found on the Governing Documents Page of this website.
NEW OWNER ORIENTATION AND ALERTS:
An Orientation Summary: This will answer the normal new-owner, tenant or guest inquiries like, “What County are we in?”, “Where is the nearest hospital?”, “Who should I call for what?”. Plus there is a Big Canoe Map to help you get around and locate emergency exits.
DRUO Neighborhood Orientation
Best quality large map and legend of Big Canoe only.
Big Canoe Street Map 2022 PRINT
Be informed about the POA General Rules for all of Big Canoe. Here’s a link to download a “quick print-out” for yourself and your tenants.
POA General Rules for All
Additional Condo Rules and Regulations for our neighborhood may be downloaded from the Governing Documents Page.
Explanation of Your Lot Number:
Generally, your lot number is your unit number. If you own a unit with a B behind the unit number, your lot number is configured differently and has the number “10” inserted before the unit number. The “B” is dropped.
For example, if your unit number is 431B, your lot number will be 10431.
Paying you condo assessment fees: Instructions for paying assessment fees are also posted on this website on the Owner’s Roster and Assessments web page. Email announcements regarding fees are sent from the Association’s email account, email@example.com. If you have questions, please contact the board members through this email address.
New owners, PLEASE NOTE, Assessment fees are due on the first of the month, and late payments will incur late fees and penalty interest. No invoices will be mailed to you.
Owners who wish to lease your unit, either short term or long term, must register residents:
Please download the Big Canoe POA Residential Lease Registration Form below. Notice must be given ahead of time, the registration form must be completed and fees must be paid. This registration is necessary for anyone who is residing in a unit but whose name does not appear on the deed. Big Canoe Lease Forms
General Articles for Introduction to Understanding Condominium Ownership:
The following articles could be a great help in understanding the scope of condo ownership, the privileges and responsibilities, and understanding condo fees. Avoid misconceptions and disappointment by being informed. Condominium life can be delightful and liberating if you know what to expect and are properly prepared for community ownership. We offer the following independently published articles to help each owner understand how their fees are determined and how they are used. Download these short articles and read at your convenience.
1. The distinctions between condominium and HOA (like Big Canoe POA) fees.
Condo Fees vs HOA fees
2. 4 Misconceptions about Condominiums.
4 Money Misconceptions About Condominiums
3. An In-depth explanation of condominium fees (assessments).
Condominium Fees In-Depth
AMENITIES AND RESOURCES:
Big Canoe Chapel Library is Open to all: The Big Canoe Chapel is now open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The library is open to all homeowners in Big Canoe and operates on a self-serve basis. In addition to a large-print collection, audio, and DVD options are also available along with children’s books and movies. The honor system prevails in checking out materials from the collection. Books may be checked out for 21 days, movies and audio-books for seven days. The check-out box is in the front room with instructions posted beside the box. Simply sign the card that is in the pocket of the book or DVD, add the date and your telephone number, and place the card in the box. Returns are to be placed in the cabinet in the hall beside the library door. All information stated here has been verified as correct as of 8/1/23.
EMAILS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Owners or tenants may send emails to the Board of directors at the following email address.