Reader letters, July 1

Jun 30, 2013

Apple Hill Farms issues explained

To the editor:

I am responding to your article in the June 26 issue of The Mountaineer regarding Apple Hill Farms.

As the article stated, I have made several attempts to make restitution with Joan Chapman and Debra Consigli, the lender on my property, Apple Hill Farms.

My last offer to rectify the arrearage included catching up the arrearage plus an additional year of pre-paid mortgage. They declined my offer.

I would like to address the comments made by former brides included in your article. My contract states very specific guidelines by which security deposits are returned, and my cancellation policy. None of the brides referenced in the article, followed the guidelines set forth in the Apple Hill Farms contract. Two of the brides mentioned in the article still owe money to Apple Hill Farms.

Without sounding boastful, I would like to share some of the things I have done in our community.  I co-founded Plottfest which donates proceeds to Headstart. I donated my farm to Habitat for Humanity which raised $10,000.

I am a Rotarian which is dedicated to helping those in need in our community. I started the Waynesville Trolley to bring excitement to our community. I opened Apple Blossoms, a store dedicated to local crafters and woodworkers.

I have begun the process of getting the farm on the N.C. Historic Registry. The history of the Plott Hound is a significant part of North Carolina’s history and should be preserved.

Several potential buyers who looked at the property in 2008 intended to tear down the farmhouse and build three houses.

I have been contacted recently from parties interested in redeveloping the land.  I am a steward of this property and I’m dedicated to its preservation.

My goal is to provide jobs for our community. To use my skills and ideas to create businesses which add to our community economy and ultimately provide jobs.

I apologize if I have hurt anyone. Most of all, I apologize to my son who has endured the humiliation of these events and articles.

I hope I can remain a part of this community.

Tandi Haas