Friday, March 23, 2018

King Farm Can Be Better

Over $300,000 was stolen from the HOA. The person responsible has been investigated and charged and plead guilty.  To date information affecting King Farm has been slow in forthcoming.

For whatever reason the people in charge of the HOA don’t want to talk about anything related to this money. At a minimum they should have had answers to some of these questions ready for the community: Or at least have the debate. 

- What reforms will ensure this doesn’t happen again?
- How much did our management structure contribute to this poor accounting and enable this employee’s theft? Should we go back to a management company? 
- We have got $50,000 back. What about the rest? Do we have any idea?
- We have a volunteer president and Board - shouldn’t we have professionals overseeing our on-site manager? 

We know the President and Board said they couldn’t wait to discuss this theft when the investigation was finished. Now it is finished. We are still waiting on them to give us more. King Farm deserves answers. 

There is one way to send a message. Turn in your ballots or vote on April 8th. From 10 - 2. 

Of course I ask for your vote. But also please vote for Nancy Paul. I feel that she is a fresh face for King Farm and will help us get the answers that are so lacking. 

The more votes the more you say that this lack of information to King Farm is unacceptable.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A letter to my King Farm Neighbors

Barry Jackson For King Farm Trustee
 Or on Facebook at Barry Jackson For King Farm Trustee

An employee of the HOA embezzled over $300,000 over five years (from 2012-2017).

Nobody but her is responsible for this criminal act – and she will be punished. You probably have heard little or nothing about it – or you heard about it late. The Board and President were in a tough situation and handled it the best they could. But the truth is they mishandled the communication to residents about it.

Residents let them know that they didn’t agree with how word was broken to the community. There was defensiveness and anger. A lot of rumors happened in the vacuum of information from the HOA. And a lot of bad blood was created.

It will be up to a new President and a new Board to rebuild the trust with King Farm and to shed light on what happened and what can be done.

To that end I am running on four main points – Transparency, Civility, Communications and rebuilding Volunteerism.

King Farm is a great community but it can be better. We need better communication and a better way of engaging with residents. And we need an HOA that executes better and is accountable when it doesn’t.

We need a Board and a President that are open to fresh ideas. That is why I am running – and why I ask for your vote. After talking to her and listening to her ideas at the Candidate Forum - I believe that Nancy Paul is a candidate worthy of your consideration.


Barry Jackson

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Here is a question I've been thinking about.

Should King Farm's HOA go back to having a management company or should we stay independently managed?

We were with a management company until about 2012. But after that we went without one.

There are good arguments for it and against it. But after seeing an employee make off with over $360,000 over the five years that we were not under a management company - I think it for sure needs to be part of the discussion.

What are your thoughts?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Correcting A Mistake

King Farm just sent out the following. Look - they made a mistake in the Chronicle. But they fixed it by saying that ballots will be counted if they are turned in by 2:00 on April 8th.That seems like a just solution to me. 

Remember - Election Date – Sunday, April 8, 2018. Voting will be open from 10AM – 2PM on April 8, 2018.

"Please note that there was an error in the Chronicle regarding the deadline to turn in absentee ballots. The Chronicle listed the deadline for absentee ballots as 2PM on Election Day. All of the election notices have stated that absentee ballots are due by 12Noon on Thursday, April 5th.

The Thursday deadline was put in place to provide time for the Election Committee to review the voter registry lists and ensure absentee ballots received were indicated on the registry lists accordingly. The registry lists are used on Election Day to check-in voters and provide them with a ballot for same day voting. So, if possible, please submit your absentee ballots by 12Noon on Thursday, April 5th so that the Election Committee volunteers can prepare in advance for Election Day as much as possible. Please be assured that all valid ballots received by 2PM on Election Day will be counted. We apologize for the mistake in the Chronicle and hope this provides clarification.

A few more Absentee Ballot Tips:

· Please make sure only 1 ballot is placed in an envelope.

· Only registered voters may participate in the election. All titleholders of single family homes, townhomes and condominium units, as shown on the Assembly's records, are automatically registered. All other persons, including tenants and other occupants of a King Farm residence, who are not the record owners of the residence that wished to participate in the election should have already registered by now. The deadline to do so was February 12, 2018.

· Anyone that needs an additional absentee ballot & pre-addressed envelope can either request one from the management office via email at , or stop by the office and pick one up. Alternatively, one can make a copy of the absentee ballot we provided and place it in an envelope.

· Please make sure to follow the directions for the absentee ballot. Don’t forget to sign and print your name on the outside of the envelope. It would be great if you listed your street address as well. The envelopes are not opened until Election Day by the Election Committee volunteers but, as stated above, the registry lists are marked ahead of time to indicate an absentee ballot has been sent in. It just makes the volunteers jobs a little easier if the name is clearly printed and if possible the address is listed on the front of the envelope.

· If you have any questions please feel free to contact the management office at or the Election Committee at"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Traffic Management in King Farm

Someone asked me about traffic management. As somebody who (now runs slowly) but who used to take awhile to cross the street (thanks to a stroke) - I can say that I am in favor of everything we can do to slow down traffic in the neighborhood, make crosswalks more visible, add stop signs and yield signs and put red-light cameras in high violation areas. In particular the Gude/Watkins Pd intersection. I see people all the time speed through that stop-light well after it turns red. That is an accident waiting to happen.

Monday, March 12, 2018

King Farm Chronicle - Maybe They Won't Notice....

The King Farm Chronicle is in the mail. They have the Candidates' Questions and Answers in there. But do you know what isn't in there? Not one word about the employee who stole over $300,000 over five years (2012 - 2017). What is up with that?

The President had a statement - released by email. The Board had a statement, read at the Board meeting.

Yet, not one word in the Chronicle. This is just wrong. The Chronicle is arguably the most widely read publication in the King Farm community - and to not put anything in about the money embezzled, the conviction of the former employee responsible or King Farm's prospects for getting the money returned (or at least parts of it) - that decision smacks of a deliberate attempt to keep the community in the dark and quiet. 

I know the President and BOT released statements. But they haven't and didn't put anything in the Chronicle. Residents who aren't on email or online or can't make a meeting deserve to know what King Farm HOA thinks and what is being done. 

Not a word in the President's report. Not even a mention of it in the recap of the Board of Trustees meeting - even though they read a statement on the embezzlement at the start of the meeting. 

This is a big story to the community. At a certain point you have to figure that the exclusion of the story is quite intentional.

King Farm can do better.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

King Farm Can Do Better

My name is Barry Jackson, and I’m running for King Farm Board of Trustees. I have lived in King Farm for 11 years with my wife and two daughters. 

I am running to help rebuild trust in the King Farm HOA.

It was shaken after a former employee embezzled over $300,000 over a five year period. 

When it was first discovered, for various reasons, the HOA decided not to say anything publicly. 
But word leaked out as it always does – and residents were angry. The reaction of the HOA was to get angry and be defensive.

It is time to turn the page. A new President and Board can  rebuild the trust with King Farm.

It's time for a fresh approach. To that end I am running on these main points – 
  • Financial Accountability and Oversight
  • Transparency 
  • Civility
  • Improving Communications 
  • Rebuilding Volunteerism

King Farm HOA can do better. 

If you believe that too - I ask for your vote.

Vote now by mailing in the ballot that was mailed to you or dropping it off at the HOA, requesting an additional ballot and envelope and returning it by April 5th.

Or vote at the Saddle Ridge Community Center on April 8, from 10 - 2.

King Farm Can Be Better

Over $300,000 was stolen from the HOA. The person responsible has been investigated and charged and plead guilty.  To date information affec...