Welcome to Disharoon Ridge Unit Owners Association Website
The Board of Directors of the Disharoon Ridge Unit Owner’s Association (DRUO) 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:
3/14/23 – Wilderness Pkwy/Covered Bridge will be closed for an unknown period of time to repair damage from an accident.
All incoming and outgoing traffic into Big Canoe must enter through the North Gate for this time period. Only Blackwell Creek residents will be allowed to enter or exit at the Main Gate during this time of repair.
We love our beautiful wild birds BUT: According to Rules and Regulations A. 11 Wildlife Care and Feeding 3.2: “Feeding of birds, except migratory water fowl and turkey, is acceptable but discouraged, however, all feeders must be removed from March 1 to November 30 including hummingbird feeders.” Any violators can be subject to a $5,000 fine. For more information, contact Treena Parish at 706-268-3394. Bird feeders become a “FREE LUNCH” sign to our bears. Please help by observing the rules.
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 ability from their own unit. Using an outlet connected to another owner’s unit or the Trash Hut is inappropriate as it is theft of utility services. Please plan appropriately with long extension cords which will reach your electric vehicle from an outlet in your own unit. If you need to add an outlet outside your unit which is on your circuit, please contact an electrician to install this well before you actually need it.
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. These dates are currently being offered quarterly by the POA and dates and detailed information regarding possible charges for services such as paper shredding may also be offered on occasion.
Watch for email alerts from POA for Dates, times, charges and restrictions regarding Bulk Trash Dates.
Bulk Trash Dates for 2023:
All Dates are on Saturday between 10 AM & 2 PM
April 29, Shredder Available
July 24, No Shredder Available
October 28, Shredder Available
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 assessment fees: Instructions for paying 2022 assessment fees have been sent to all owners by email and are also posted on this website on the Owner’s Roster and Assessments web page. New owners, PLEASE NOTE, you will not receive an invoice for your assessment payments, they are due on the first of the months, and late payments will incur late fees and penalty interest.
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.
Additional event and community information may be found at bigcanoepoa.org , (your ID is your lot number), smokesignalsnews.com , insidethegates.org
EMAILS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Owners or tenants may send emails to the Board of directors at the following email address.