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April 11, 2016

Dear Bear Paw Property Owners:

The Board of Directors of the Bear Paw Property Owners Association (BPPOA) has some exciting news to share with you. With input and encouragement from the community, the BPPOA will soon begin sponsoring activities, programs and funding opportunities to benefit the property owners of Bear Paw. We hope this will enable and encourage everyone to become more involved in the community and with their neighbors. This new initiative is being coordinated for the BPPOA by the Community Action Committee (CAC). This Committee will make a special presentation at the BPPOA Annual Meeting on May 28 at 1:00 at the Clubhouse. The presentation will include an announcement of upcoming plans for events and programs, fund-raising ideas, a calendar of all upcoming events in Bear Paw as well as a chance to sign up for committees and a chance to share your ideas.

As you may or may not be aware, the purpose and function of the Bear Paw Service District (BPSD), which is funded by the property taxes you pay, is restricted by North Carolina law to funding, managing and maintaining Bear Paw (roads, guardhouse, pool, clubhouse, lawn maintenance, etc.). The BPSD is not allowed to fund such things as social events, children’s events or special events of any kind or to raise or allocate any funds for these things.

Currently, the only function of the Bear Paw Property Owners Association (BPPOA) is to elect Board members each May who then become the Board for the BPSD.  In recent years, the BPPOA has become largely inactive due to the lack of organizational structure and funding.

With an active BPPOA and a supportive BPPOA Board of Directors, there will now be a mechanism in Bear Paw for providing services and programs that are outside the scope of the BPSD. This will enable the BPPOA to raise funds, whether by donation, special fund-raisers or income from special events. Any funds generated by and for the BPPOA would be maintained in a separate banking account that already exists. These monies would never be co-mingled with BPSD funds.

With donations that have already been received, the Community Action Committee is kicking off the summer in Bear Paw with a Pot-luck dinner on Sunday, May 29, at 6:30. The evening will feature entertainment by Troy Underwood, as well as a silent auction to raise funds for the BPPOA. There will also be a kid’s fishing tournament that morning at 11:00 at the Marina. Prior to Memorial Day weekend, you will have the opportunity to order custom-designed Bear Paw tee-shirts on the Bear Paw website. They will be available for pick-up over the holiday weekend.

We trust you will share our excitement about this new venture and ask that you show your support by making a voluntary contribution of at least $25 to the BPPOA.  Some of you may be interested in giving more; some less; some nothing at all – any amount is welcomed. If you are interested, please send your check, made payable to BPPOA, to Andrea Folkertsma, c/o BPPOA, Village Road, Murphy, NC 28906.
Thank you for your consideration of this request. Together, we can work to enhance living and playing at Bear Paw.

David Dempsey, Chairman

Community Action Committee  


Bear Paw 
Calendar of Meetings

2016-2017 Fiscal Year

Bear Paw Service District
Calendar of Meetings
2016-2017 Fiscal Yea

Saturday, March 4, 2017          Regular Mtg. Saturday, May 6, 2017          Budget Hearing Saturday, May 27, 2017           Regular Mtg.  Saturday, July 1, 2017           Organizational/Regular Mtg.

All meetings will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Bear Paw Clubhouse located at 60 Village Dr. Murphy, NC 28906, unless otherwise posted.

 BPPOA Meetings
Will now follow all regular BPSD meetings
Saturday, March 4, 2017 
Saturday, May 27, 2017 

Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. BPPOA Annual Meeting.



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What is the relationship of Bear Paw Property Ownership Association (BPPOA) and Bear Paw Service District (BPSD)?

     The BPPOA is composed of lot owners in Bear Paw who are also members of the BPSD, the tax district.  Each lot is allocated one vote for conducting BPPOA business.  The main business of the BPPOA membership is the elections of Board members.  Each year they nominate seven persons to the Cherokee County Commissioners for appointment to the Bear Paw Service District Board of Directors.  In addition, the BPPOA Board which is the same as the BPSD board may collect assessments and charges from the owners and establish regulations governing the use of common areas and facilities.  Currently the Owners Association has no actual working funds.

    The BPSD is a political subdivision of North Carolina and Cherokee County.  By law it is authorized to provide for recreational services and facilities, acquire and maintain open common areas, maintain and improve roads, provide for security, administer the business affairs of the Service District, establish Zoning Ordinanes and provide other services required by the County or the State.  Funds to accomplish these tasks come from taxes on property within Bear Paw, the rate determined by the District within limits set by law.  The BPSD also may implement special assessments, user fees and other contract fees.  The Bear Paw Service District Board of Directors runs the District and is appointed by the County, usually the the nominees submitted by the BPPOA Board of Directors.


Zoning SEC 101

BPSD By-Laws

Bear Paw Service District


Bear Paw Property Owners Association