Anarres 2 cooperative community

August 13, 2013

Update to proposed by-laws

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed @ 10:04 pm

I’ve tried to simplify the proposed by-laws. When I first wrote them, I tried to model them after the corporate by-laws suggested by incorporation companies, but I think it was a bit more complex than what we really need. I’ve also simplified the annual fee structure ($100 per year for prospective members, $300 per year for full members). Income from these fees will help fund improvements. There is also the option of purchasing stock in the coop, which will be refunded in payments if an investor leaves the coop. So lets say we have 5 members and each person buys $3000 in stock. That would generate the $15,000 needed for a well and pump. If one of those members leaves, that person’s 3000 shares could be refunded over time using the money from the annual fees (or another member could purchase them).

So far, $11,500 has been invested (to purchase the land).

If I ever get the outbuilding finished, that will probably be an additional $1500 or so. Here is where we are with that project, almost ready for the concrete:

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August 3, 2013

Gimme shelter!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed @ 11:22 pm

I’ve been working on building a multipurpose outbuilding which could be used for storage and as a shower/toilet area (but which can’t be lived in due to county regulations – I’m assuming that taking shelter inside it during a storm would not be considered “living” in it). It’s early August, but it’s getting down in the low 50’s at night here, and it’s often windy, so those outdoor showers are getting cold. And dusty. I’ve spent the last six days digging out a foundation for the concrete floor, a much bigger project than I expected, but I’ve been harvesting the gravel for the foundation. I considered putting in a metal storage building, but the wind can be intense, so my plan is to build it out of concrete partition blocks. It will be cylindrical (like a very squat grain silo) and about 133 sq. ft. We’ll see how far I get with it this year before I have to go. The trees are windblown but still alive. One neighbor is letting me have water for them, which I collect in empty plastic jugs. Another offered to let me take water from his well. And another couple offered to let me sleep in their guest house. Nice folks! The neighbor with the well said he hit good water at about 260 ft., which is fairly deep but not outrageous. Another neighbor told him the water table has never fallen in his well, even during the recent drought. He told me his well was expensive, but I was afraid to ask how much. One guy quoted me $50 a foot, which would be $13,000, more than I paid for the land! That probably doesn’t include the pump either. On the bright side, there is unlimited solar and wind energy just waiting to be harvested. I think a DC system with batteries would be cheaper than converting power to AC with an inverter, but so far I’m getting by fine without power. A fridge would be nice though. Some day! Eventually the plan would be to build a real building, and if we do agriculture we can also have additional outbuildings, such as a bunkhouse for the “farm workers”, which would be us, the owner/members of the cooperative.

Pouring the concrete floor for the outbuilding. That’s me in the blue shirt:

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