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LCUB’s Dunn speaks at Knox County Homeowner’s meeting


The Knox County Homeowners’ Association held its monthly meeting at the Cokesbury Center at Cokesbury United Methodist Church Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The featured speaker was Craig Dunn of LCUB, who provided information about energy usage and how to save money. Dunn presented information on how electricity works, generator safety in the home, and energy-saving methods and equipment.


The intermittent loss of electricity at Westland Drive was addressed, and Dunn said a power quality study was planned for that area since the intermittent power problems continue in spite of a complete review of all systems in the area which proved all systems are go.

Dunn said that large holiday light displays can be costly, but smaller displays, such as lighted Christmas trees, are “inconsequential” in reference to cost to operate.

Dunn also included a comparison of prices to operate a vertical-loading washing machine versus a horizontal-loading model. Horizontal-loading models utilize half the energy of the vertical, Dunn said, resulting in savings of over $81 per year.

For those planning to build a house, Dunn recommended a ground source water-heater. This type of water-heater takes heat from the ground, rather than from the air as traditional models do, and will heat both air and water at the same time. He said this results in more efficient heat production, more heat generated, adding that it’s difficult to exceed $90 per month on an electric bill when using this type of equipment in the home.

Following Dunn’s presentation, KCHA president John Schoonmaker addressed the upcoming election for Knox County commissioner in District 5A, in light of the recent resignation by Mike Arms in order to open the slot for a new member to be voted in as his replacement. Schoonmaker explained that Arms would continue to serve his term through Feb. 10, 2004.

Mike Hammond, a potential candidate for the county seat, attended the Tuesday KCHA meeting, and spoke to the members at the end of the meeting to provide background on both his work and personal experience.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting was the proposed resolution, by Commissioner Craig Leuthold, to alter the county’s definitions for both planned residential and technology overlay property density. The current scale is: low density – 1 to 5 units per acre; medium density – 6 to 8 units per acre; high density – 8 or more units per acre. The resolution to be reviewed (R-03-11-905) was a proposal for low-density housing to be defined as 1 to 3.5 units per acre. (Knox County Commission decided to defer acting on the resolution at its Monday, Nov. 17, meeting citing need for further review.)



The meeting concluded with a discussion of homeowner association membership rules, particularly with regard to placing street lamps in the neighborhood. Some members stated their associations do not require a 100 percent vote on where to place lamps, while others stated they believe their associations do require that unanimous decision. A facsimile of a homeowner questionnaire was distributed at the meeting, to show members what sort of information should be provided when a property is to be sold, according to homeowner association guidelines.

The Knox County Homeowner’s Association is a group of community members representing 74 neighborhoods in Knox County. The next KCHA meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004.

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