You now have the option to donate through CashApp if you wish too. This is for Activities ONLY!! No other park payments should be sent here. If you do make a donation, please make sure to specify what it is for, i.e. Candy for Halloween, money for blow-ups for Holiday weekends, etc.
Please welcome Adam Farmer to the board. He will finish out the term for the seat he was appointed to which is 2023.
Please welcome Jason Thompson to the board. He will finish out the term for the seat he was appointed to which is 2024. Jason will be a "Yes / No" vote during the September 2023 Board Election.
If you would like to be on the board, please send your Bio to email@example.com before midnight on October 13, 2022.
Mary Beth Dodd has resigned from the board.
If you would like to set up a booth at the Halloween Craft Fair on 10/29/2022, please contact Lynn Richert or Stacey Okert. The cost will be $25 per booth.
River Bend Property Owners Association, Inc 2022 - 2023 Board Officers
President - Stacey Okert
Vice President - Justin Taylor
Secretary - Julie Moss
Treasurer - Kimberly Bondi
If you have a Maintenance issue, DO NOT post it on Facebook in any group. River Bend Property Owners Association, Inc is the ONLY GROUP monitored by the park office and admins of the page. It is NOT MONITORED 24/7. To report a maintenance problem, you can either email the Park Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call / text them at 870.897.7275. Include your lot & block and a description of the problem. If possible, include a video or picture as this may help in determining the fix. If the phone is not answered, LEAVE A VOICE MAIL!! If you do not leave a voice mail, you will not get a call back.
A maintenance issue is anything outside the office. Water leaks, faucets not turning off, tree fell in the road, marking water lines before digging, bath house issues, any pumping issue AFTER the pump list has been posted, etc.
If you have a non-maintenance issue, you can either email the Office Assistant at email@example.com or call / text them at 870.819.7757. Include your lot & block and a description of the issue. The office is open on Friday from 10am to 2pm. If you need to come into the office on a different day, you will need to call and make an appointment. The office is closed on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the phone will not be answered.
A non-maintenance issue is anything inside the office. Questions about your account, annual assessments, bringing a filed deed in to register, purchasing gate cards / fobs, pumping requests PRIOR to the list being published in the Facebook group, etc.
At the August 20, 2022 POA meeting, it was voted on by POA members to have POA meetings on the 3rd Saturday of every month in person at the park from March to November. For December, January and February, a meeting place will be determined and published.
At the August 20, 2022 POA meeting, it was voted on by POA members to move the Board and POA meetings to the park and be in person. The Board meeting will be zoomed so that POA members can watch, but no Board member will use Zoom unless it is an extreme emergency or work.
At the August 20, 2022 POA meeting, it was voted on by POA members to do the following for anyone that is breaking a rule, i. e. loud music at their lot after 11:00pm, loud music on a motorized vehicle driving around after 11:00pm (SxS, 4-wheeler, golf cart, etc.), speeding, etc.
At the August 20, 2022 POA meeting, it was voted on by POA members to change Quiet Time to be 11:00pm to 7:00am. This is the final time this matter will be addressed. This is effective as of 08/20/2022.
Please welcome John Dahm to the board. He will finish out the term for the seat he was appointed to which is one year.
President JW White has resigned from River Bend Park Board of Directors with the following statement:
"There is a lot that has happened that everybody has been a part of. I’m glad that we were all here for that. These were a lot of things that I wanted to get done when I started here. And you guys have worked together, we’ve all worked together to get these things accomplished.
I look forward to seeing what this next board does, from the sidelines. Effective at the adjournment of this meeting, I am resigning as a board member of River Bend Park. I want to thank you property owners for the opportunity to serve. I want to thank you board members for allowing me to be the president. And to my children, Jared, Will and Kinsley, I love you all."
Jason Thompson has withdrawn from the board election.
The candidates for the 2022 Board Election are John Dahm, Julie Moss, Lynn Richert, Michael Roland and Jason Thompson. Justin Taylor will be a Y/N vote. The bios have been posted, go check them out at https://riverbendparkhardyar.com/2022-board-election-info.
Starting TOMORROW (not today) you can request a Holiday Gate Code. Request will ONLY be accepted from June 22, 2022 to June 29, 2022. Any received before or after those dates will be rejected. They only way a request will be accepted is through the website Holiday Gate Code form at https://riverbendparkhardyar.com/gate-code-form. DO NOT email, call or text the office or park manager phones. If your request does not come from the website, it will be rejected. The gate code will be active from July 1, 2022 at 12 noon to July 4, 2022 at 12 midnight.
REMINDER: POA members voted in the August 14, 2021 POA meeting that there be a park standardized plate that has to be visible on all motorized vehicles such as ATV, UTV, SxS, golf carts, dirt bikes, etc with the POA members primary lot and block. The Rules & Regulations state that all motorized vehicles such as ATV, UTV, SxS, golf carts, dirt bikes, etc have lot and block on them, but there are no set standards. It was decided that the standardization will be a regular sized license plate, lettering needs to be at least 2” or more which is DOT standard sizing, lettering needs to be a contrasting color from the plate and it should be placed in the most visible spot on the vehicle. POA members that purchased license plates from Lisa Harrell or plates that have the standard sizing/lettering will be grandfathered in. All motorized vehicles such as ATV, UTV, SxS, golf carts, dirt bikes, etc are required to have a visible plate/label by July 1, 2022.
To accommodate any guest of a POA member that wishes to use their motorized vehicles such as ATV, UTV, SxS, golf carts, dirt bikes, etc in the park, you will be able to purchase a guest flag that denotes you are allowed to ride while in the park. You can purchase a guest flag for $20 for the season. Or if you turn the guest flag back in the same weekend you purchased it, you will receive $10 back.
If you have AT&T as your service provider, you may or may not have received the automated response when texting in your pump request. They have changed something with their authenticating process. This has caused some POA members who texted last year not to be able to text at all this year, you will get a Mailer Daemon error about authenticating. For those that do make it through to the pump list, there are instances where the automated response doesn't get sent to you. If you don't get the automated response after sending a text, send an email. You need to make sure you get the automated response. I have been telling new POA members to email if they use AT&T, don't even try using text. Remember when emailing, put your lot and block in the correct format in the body of the email, do not use the subject line.
Block 9 gate is not working right now. A wire has come out of the circuit board.
Today to next Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, is the ONLY time you can request a Holiday Gate Code. You HAVE to go to https://riverbendparkhardyar.com/gate-code-form and fill out the form. This is the ONLY way that a Holiday Gate Code request will be accepted. Do not email or call the office asking for a code.
Welcome to Justin Taylor who will fill the term of the open board position.
PUMPING REQUESTS: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND IN ENTIRETY.
In order to get on the pump list, you can send a text or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the MONDAY pumping list. When sending the text/email, ONLY send your lot and block. It needs to be in 000-00 number format, with LOT listed FIRST, then the block. It HAS to be a 3 digit lot, a dash, then a 2 digit block with no spaces. Lot and block numbers must be in this format with no other wording, or your request will be rejected. For example, if you are lot 1 in block 1, you would send 001-01. Lot 29 in block 10 would be 029-10. Make sure you use the number 0 and not the letter O. DO NOT forward your previous texts/emails. If you are emailing your request, DO NOT use the subject line, put your lot and block in the body of the email. If you have more than one lot, send a separate text/email for each lot and wait at least 1 minute before sending the next one. Your pump request MUST be sent via text/email to email@example.com. DO NOT text it to the office phone number. DO NOT text it to the park managers phone number. DO NOT send it to the office email address. It WILL NOT be accepted. You need to make sure you send your lot and block in the correct format. You will get a rejection text/email if it is not in the correct format. Make sure you watch for this and be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder. RBP is not responsible for any cellular carrier issues, or failure to send in a corrected request after a rejection has been sent. If your request comes in after 9pm, you will be put on the next Monday's pump list.
Again, the format is very important so that your request will not be rejected by the system. No extra information other than the numeric format of your lot and block should be sent. Remember for emails, DO NOT use the subject line, put your lot and block in the body of the email.
You do not need to wait until Sunday to send in your request. You can start as early as Tuesday morning. If you have bad cellular service at the park, and you know you are coming, send your request from home.
In order to get pumped, 1) your annual assessments need to be up to date, 2) your lot and block need to be visible on your camper/lot so the crew can find you, 3) YOU MUST HAVE A CLEAR PATH TO YOUR TANKS. This means no bicycles, lawn mowers, hanging floats, wood, etc in front of your drain valves and from the road to your camper.
There will be a $1 mailing fee added to any invoice that a POA member asks to be USPS mailed.
The water will not be turned on until at least March 16, 2022. The reason is because it will be freezing for 2 or 3 nights in a row beginning March 11th or March 12th. We don't want to chance it and have water pipes busting right before opening.
2022 Season opening day is Friday, March 18th.
We, the undersigned, being all the Directors of River Bend Park POA, organized and existing under the laws of Arkansas, and having its principal place of business at PO Box 337, Hardy, Arkansas 72542 (the “Corporation”), hereby certify that the following is a true and correct copy of a resolution duly adopted at a meeting of the Directors of the Corporation duly held and convened on January 12, 2022, at which a quorum of the Board of Directors was present and voting throughout, and that such resolution has not been modified, rescinded or revoked, and is at a present in full force and effect.
Therefore, it is resolved:
That a Governing / Covenants Committee shall help assist the board in matters of rule compliance and violation enforcement. The committee shall have 2 Directors (non-officer) to oversee the meetings. The committee shall include 5 POA non-board members. The committee shall review the complaints that have been reported in a meeting with proper recording of minutes. The committee shall collect any evidence in support of the complaint, to include park video surveillance and witness statements, if available depending on where the complaint occurred. The committee will determine a consistent discipline for minor offenses, and address all major complaints with a reasonable recommendation; i.e. suspension of services, restitution from the offender if damage has occurred, etc. The committee will present to the Directors overseeing the committee their recommendations, which will then be presented to the entire Board. The Board can offer another recommendation, or agree with the committee recommendation. The committee shall keep a 3 year record of offenses and evidence.
Committee members assigned to the Governing / Covenants Committee will be approved by the board. A member will be removed after 3 consecutive missed meetings.
PLEASE NOTE: If you owe past invoices, but only pay your 2022 Assessments, your services 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟 𝗡𝗢𝗧 be turned on! ALL invoices need to be paid before any services are turned on.
Invoices have been emailed and snail mailed for the 2022 Assessments and any remaining open balances. If you received an email, but prefer a paper bill mailed to you, please let the office know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870.819.7757.
Please fill out the 2022 Registration Form at https://riverbendparkhardyar.com/docs-%2F-forms. You can fill it out online and email it, or print a copy. You can turn it into the office by mailing to PO Box 337, Hardy, AR 72543, emailing it to email@example.com or by dropping it off at the office in the dropbox.
The 2022 Assessments have been emailed out. The snail mail ones have also been sent. You will notice there is a 1% Online Processing Fee. This is a fee we have to recoup from the POA because the park is being charged this. This was talked about at a board meeting, the POA meeting in November 2021 and was posted on FaceBook and on the River Bend Park web page.
As everyone is aware, yearly assessments are due on February 1st of every year, unless paying in 2 installments. We understand that a lot of people prefer to pay in March when the water is turned back on. With that in mind, if the yearly assessment has not been paid by Sunday at midnight (in full or half) after opening day, you are considered a member NOT in good standing. Members that are not in good standing are only allowed 1 active gate card/fob. Any extra cards/fobs that you have will be deactivated until the annual assessment (in full or half) has been paid.
You will need to go to https://riverbendparkhardyar.com/primary-card%2Ffob to let us know which card/fob you prefer to be your primary one. If you do not fill this out, one will be picked for you and all others deactivated.
The block 5 gate keeps losing cellular connection. Please use block 9 gate.
There are campers illegally parked on the hill. There is no lot and block on them, no other marking to identify them, the park manager has not given permission to be parked there. The office has no way to contact them. The owner has 30 days to move the camper or get a parking pass from the office.
The office will be open on Saturday's from 1pm to 3pm. The office phone will be answered during normal business hours. If you need help, you can call the Park Manager phone at 870.897.7275 or the office phone at 870.819.7757.
The closing date for this season will be Monday, December 6, 2021. That is of course weather permitting. Both water and park power will be turned off on this day. All bath houses will be locked.
Beginning January 2022, there will be a 1% QuickBooks Reimbursement Fee added to all invoices. This will apply to POA members who pay their invoices by Online Checking or Savings accounts. If a POA member decides to pay by credit card, the 3% credit card fee and the $0.25 flat fee will still apply, but the 1% fee will be removed. If a POA member pays by cash or check, the 1% fee will be removed.
It was decided that POA members in good standing can park on the hill with a VALID Parking Permit from the office until the weekend before the Memorial Day Holiday. If campers are not moved from the hill by the Sunday prior to Memorial Day weekend, they will be charged $50 per week, up to $500. Then the camper will be towed at the owners expense.
Effective October 3rd, 2021, the pump board will be removed from the office. All POA members will need to email or text in their pump request. The pump request will need to be completed by 9pm Sunday night. The email or text HAS to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pump requests sent to any other email address or phone number will NOT be accepted. Voice mails and phone calls will NOT be accepted. It is the POA members responsibility to ensure they send the request in on time. Do not wait until Sunday afternoon to send your request. If you do not receive a confirmation back, try again. Multiple requests from the same phone number or email will only receive one confirmation.
Quiet Time hours have been changed to 12am to 7am. Camp site radios, TVs, vehicle radios, etc. should be kept at a respectable volume during quiet time hours. All vehicles, ATV’s, SxS, golf carts, etc. riding around on park roads during quiet time hours should be respectful of other property owners.
Jeremy Glass has been voted in. 26 Yes votes and 2 No votes.
Don't forget to email/text in your pumping request by Sunday. I HIGHLY suggest you start sending them in before Sunday. Because of the Verizon 5G upgrade, the towers are very unreliable right now. If you know you are coming to the river, send your request before you leave home. You don't have to wait till Sunday.
The chairs that sit on the outside of the pool, DO NOT belong in the pool. Any POA member or guest found throwing or jumping in with a chair will be responsible for any cracks that are found in the pool flooring.
Early Voting is underway. You can do early voting by going to the office and filling out a ballot, or by printing a ballot off our website and mailing it in. If you go to the office be sure to bring your driver's license. Don't forget to look at the office hours!!!
Please welcome Thomas "TJ" Smith to the board.
Due to the seriousness, immediate danger and liability to River Bend Park, all canoe, rafting, tubing, kayak, etc companies are not allowed to use any River Bend Park properties. Any company caught using any River Bend Park properties, regardless if allowed access from a property owner or not, will be immediately reported to the local authorities for trespassing, and charges will be pressed. Any property owner allowing or contributing access to River Bend Park properties to these companies will be immediately reported to the local authorities for allowing unauthorized access, and charges will be pressed.
ATTENTION: The hill in block 9 near the pool/bathhouse is now blocked off with poles and wire. This includes the road that has the huge tree roots in the road. Do not try and drive down this road. There is orange paint and ribbons on the wire. The common ground in block 6 by the bathhouse is also blocked off the same way. This does NOT mean you can drive on other unblocked common grounds. Drive on the roads only.
Here are your 2021 Election Candidates:
The bios for members running for the board have been posted to the website. You can find them at https://riverbendparkhardyar.com/2021-board-election-info.
The block 9 incoming gate is locked and not usable until further notice. Someone pushed it open and broke the ram. It won't be replaced until Monday or Tuesday. We do know who damaged the gate. Please use block 5 incoming gate in the mean time. The block 9 incoming gate has the old lock on it and can be opened with a key.
Update: The water is back on.
Until further notice, ALL park water is shut off. The City of Hardy has a water main break and are working to fix it.
Block 2 pool is closed until further notice. Someone decided to break the concrete step again and pull the rail bolts out, so the pool has to be drained to fix these.
A Special POA meeting has been called to discuss approval of minutes, approval of financials, audit reports, gate discussion, bathhouses, roads, pumping, commercial selling (if allowed, should there be a fee, if so, what amount), misconduct and loss of privileges, election committee updates, ATV/UTV damages on common grounds, report of the park manager.
After the business portion, a town hall style discussion will be held.
This will be held Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at 12:00pm at the Community Center.
There will be a Candidate "Meet & Greet" on Saturday, July 24th, 2021 immediately following the Special Meeting at the Community Center.
The deadline is fast approaching, anyone interested in seeking a board position during the election held in September must submit their bio to email@example.com by 11:59pm on July 18, 2021.
Anyone interested in running for a position on River Bend Property Owners Board of Director’s must submit a bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm July 18, 2021.
Any submissions after the deadline will not be accepted. All POA members in good standing that has owned property and been a member over a year the day of the election are welcomed to run.
DO NOT PUT HOT COALS IN DUMPSTERS!
DO NOT PUT ANYTHING FLAMMABLE IN THE DUMPSTERS!
The park manager just had to put out a fire in the dumpster due to someone putting their hot coals in the trash bin.
Activities is inviting you to set up a booth to sell items during the July 4th weekend. There is a $100 booth fee for the whole 4 day weekend that will go toward replacing the motor in the pumper truck. If you are interested please contact me. After last nights board meeting we will not be allowing the selling of fireworks but any other booths are welcome.
A Special Meeting has been called to allow the POA to vote to reinstate the POA meetings. This will be held Saturday, July 24th, 2021 at 10:00am at the Community Center.
091-04, 115-05, 182-09 (disputed) and 184-09 (disputed) lots to be auctioned off. Minimum starting bid is $1,050. This will be held at the Community Center on August 14, 2021 at 9:30am.
A motion was passed that no lot owner can sell fireworks within River Bend Park at any time.
Quite a few people have been reported that were missed on the Pumping List. Our guys have taken the pump truck out to check them and many of them were shown to have been pumped. As a reminder, gauges are not always accurate, any little speck on the sensor can show that it is full when it is not. Also, if there is a clog, when you look down the toilet, it will look full.
As a reminder, if you report that your camper/Rv was missed, and if the crew goes out with the pump truck or Honeywagon and your camper/Rv was deemed pumped, or your valves/handles are broken, there is a $25 fee. This must be paid before any other pumping can occur (which includes weekly pumping and Friday pumping).
We are having issues with the block 9 incoming gate. It appears to have a short in the pedestal and keeps losing connectivity. Some cards are working and some aren't, depends on when it was programmed. Please use the block 5 gate for now. We have someone looking at it tomorrow. Block 5 gate is having issues also because Verizon is updating their towers. Sorry for the inconvenience.
This is just a reminder. You can put in your request for a Monday Pump anytime after 8am on the previous Monday. This includes writing your request on the board, or emailing/texting in your request.
For example: any pump request that come through as of 8am this morning will be held and put on the Pump list for 06/07/2021.
Yesterday, we hired 2 people to clean the bath houses. They were cleaning the bath houses early in the morning and decided to no longer work for the park due to being verbally attacked by Lot owners and/or guests. They were told that they were “Interrupting” by cleaning the bath houses. Due to this, we no longer have anyone to clean the bath houses this weekend.
We have hired 4 other people this year to clean bath houses. All have either quit or just refused to show up again, with reports ranging from verbal abuse from Lot owners/guest, used Feminine products/condoms discarded on bath house floors, and male POA members stripping in front of female workers.
This is supposed to be a relaxing place for our POA members and a safe place for our employees. Please remember how you would feel if someone cussed you out at your job.
Until we can hire a new employee, you are welcome to come by the office during regular business hours and pick up Trash Bags, Gloves, and Toilet Paper for the bath houses.
If you need a temporary gate code for Memorial Day weekend, you will need to go to the River Bend website and fill out the form. https://riverbendparkhardyar.com/gate-code-form. This will be the only accepted means of requesting a code. Do not call the office and do not email the office, those requests will be ignored. You can only request the code from today until next Wednesday May 26th, 2021.
Per Waste Connections of Cherokee Village, They will not haul off the dumpster if there is any TIRES, LIQUID, FREON, ETC in it. Each lot owners will be responsible for hauling off their own items. This is coming from Waste Connections, not the Board.
Because of the park power being down because of flooding, it was decided that POA members IN GOOD STANDING, WHO USE PARK POWER, will be able to use their personal generators until August 1st, 2021. This should be plenty of time for members to be able to get with Entergy and have their power pole setup. If Entergy is not able to have the pole installed by then, the POA member will need to provide a letter from them stating this, and an extension can be provided. This will be a case by case basis.
The park will do everything in its power to get the grid back up. We will turn on park power grids that are still usable. We still need to assess the damage, but there is a lot of debris that has to be moved first. Please be patient.
Dawn Craft has resigned from the board.
The gate at block 5 is now fully functional using a card/fob. Both gates no longer have the keyed lock on them. You can only use your card/fob. If you have not picked up your cards/fobs from the office yet, please give them a call to make arrangements to get in the gate to pick them up.
If you ordered a fob, AND HAVE PAID FOR IT, it is available at the office. If you want someone other than yourself to pick up your fobs, you will need to email email@example.com saying who will be picking them up. They will need to bring their drivers license.
The Electric Gate in Block 5/7 will be activated for gate cards only effective Monday, April 12, 2021. The physical gate keys will no longer work at either gate. If you have not picked up your gate cards by Monday, you will need to make special arrangements with the office, during office hours, to come in and get your cards. If you would like someone, other than the lot owner, to pick up your gate cards you must email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and let the office know who is coming to pick them up. They will need to bring in a photo ID to pick up the gate cards.
The burn pile will no longer be available in Block 05 effective Monday, April 12, 2021. Please do not put anything in the pile after that date.