Member News

Assessment Survey
On September 7, a letter and survey was mailed out to members in order to reach out to property owners to assist us in structuring an increase that is fair and equitable. If you have not already filled out your survey and wish to do so online, please click on the link provided and complete it by October 6th. Thank you. Take the survey here.

Board Approves New Open Board Meeting Policy
The Board of Directors passed new guidelines for property owners presentation time and a sign up sheet which can be viewed and printed here.

Long Range Plan
The Long Range Plan was developed by a Task Force reporting to the Board. A previous report was issued in 2010. The current Plan was completed in early 2016. The Task Force sought out Property Owner input through two public sessions, a survey, and multiple informal one on ones. Input from committees and POA staff was helpful. They conducted a rigorous SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). They consolidated this information into categories and developed recommendations. They prioritized the recommendations based on perceived impact and the related costs. Interested property owners are encouraged to review the complete Plan by clicking on the report here.

Shuttle Bus for AV Community Concert Association Attendees 
A Knox Area Transit bus will provide transportation for the Community Concert Association programs this season. It will leave the front parking lot of the Administration Office near the basketball court/recycling area at 6:30 PM and return after the performance the night of each concert. This service is sponsored by Vasbinder Insurance located in Pier Plaza. For more information or if planning to use this service, please call Audrey Spearman (740-397-1962) or Rosemarie Lehane (740-599-5085).  See the Cider Press for the next concert date.

Poverty Simulation Presented by United Way
Poverty and hunger often lead to increased emotional and financial stress, increased risk of illness, poor school performance in children, and poor productivity on the job.  This cycle of struggle can seem unbearable. Throughout the year, United Way brings together diverse groups of community members for a unique, interactive experience focused on what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.  Poverty Simulation assists participants in understanding the harsh realities of poverty.  This free community event will be held on Thursday, October 19 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Road in Mount Vernon. Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. and the simulation will run from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.   Poverty Simulation can mean different things to different participants.  For resource providers, it can help them to better identify with the needs of families and individuals they serve each day.  For community leaders, elected officials, and agency directors it can help them to create and implement policies and programs that address the issue of poverty more effectively.  For anyone, it can inspire a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of Knox County residents and employees of local businesses. Participants assume the roles of family members in multiple families facing challenging but typical circumstances.  Some are newly unemployed, some are homeless, and others are suddenly faced with the responsibility of raising grandchildren.  The task of the “families” is to provide for necessities and shelter during four 15-minute simulated weeks.  Volunteers staff resource tables and guide the experience.

To register for Poverty Simulation, call 740.397.5721 or email  There is no cost to attend but registration before October 13 is necessary. Follow us on Facebook or at to learn more about the 2017 United Way campaign. Poverty Simulation is a part of United Way’s Financial Stability Initiative.