Englewood Flyer - 2009 2nd edition
Englewood Flyer - 2009 2nd edition
2009 Edition #2 May 2009 Englewood Flyer Published by: The Englewood Residents Association; P.O. Box 1895; St. Peters, MO 63376. Please visit our website: http://englewoodsubdivision.com/ Board of Directors John Hutchison Cindy Onder Ron Maffrand Tim Krueger Don Lange President Vice President Sec/Treasurer Trustee Trustee Rocky Reitmeyer Dave Thomas Ward 1 Alderman Ward 1 Alderman 4 Countrywood Drive 49 W. Douglas Drive 68 W. Douglas Drive 6 Kirkwood Court 121 Calwood Drive WHO’S NEW TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Since our last newsletter we have had several homes change ownership. W e would like to extend a warm W ELCOME to our new neighbors: • • • • Ashley Rockefellow @ 33 Countrywood Drive Jessica Hitchcock @ 16 Countrywood Drive Neil & Cindy Waldrop @ 130 Calwood Drive Mark & Stephanie Clynes @ 3 Inverness Ct. NEWSMAKERS: • • One of our residents, Mr. Samir Ramlawi of Countrywood Drive was the victim of an apparent robbery attempt while working on a construction project in the City of St. Louis. Mr. Ramlawi was shot and unfortunately his injuries proved to be fatal. We would like to extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to his wife and children on their loss. A 12 year girl who resides on Kirkwood Ct. was struck by a car while crossing Salt Lick Road on Monday 3/30. While suffering a severely broken leg, she is expected to make a full recovery. The accident noted above should demonstrate to us ALL the importance of wearing a bike helmet. Had she not been wearing hers the outcome could have been MUCH worse. We would like to wish her a FULL and SPEEDY recovery! Drivers – PLEASE be cautious when you see children on bikes. They can loose control in an instant and thus inadvertently enter the street or the path of your car. Bike Riders (adults AND kids) – PLEASE wear your bike helmet. Try to avoid busy streets, ESPECIALLY during peak traffic times. Remember that traffic laws apply to you too, so be sure to stop at stop signs and to obey the rules of the road. 636-397-6299 314-740-0485 636-397-4858 636-387-5250 636-278-2865 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] 636-685-8045 636-441-0476 [email protected] [email protected] **MARK YOUR CALENDAR** • • • May 30, 2009: Annual Englewood Subdivision Garage Sale. (see article in this newsletter) June 3, 2009: Bulky Trash Pick-up Day. Please call the City @ 278-2244 x 410 at least48 hours in advance to take advantage of this FREE service. August 21, 2009: Subdivision Night at the Rascals(see article in this newsletter) HOME VALUES: As you may have noted in the “Who’s New To The Neighborhood” section of this newsletter, homes in our neighborhood are selling once again. This is great news not only for the residents who are leaving our neighborhood, but for those remaining behind as well. Good home sales mean that our homes are DESIRABLE. This leads to stable or improving home values and a STABLE neighborhood. Few things can ruin a neighborhood faster than vacant homes falling into disrepair or becoming a haven for thieves and vandals. Since Spring and Summer are the optimal times for home sales; and we do have several homes for sale in our subdivision; PLEASE be aware that how YOU maintain your own property, affects not only you but the ENTIRE neighborhood. NOW is the time to step back and evaluate your property. NOW is the time to take care of those maintenance issues you may have been putting off, such as painting or repairing a bad driveway, or removing overgrown or dead landscaping, etc. NOW is also a good time to undertake any improvements you want to make as the weather should be favorable for a speedy completion of all work. Consider how YOU would feel if YOU were trying to sell your home – wouldn’t you want the entire neighborhood to look as good as it possibly could? Won’t you join us in making Englewood the BEST and most DESIRABLE neighborhood in St. Peters? • You might also want to be aware that the City has notified us that it will be conducting an “inspection” of our neighborhood looking for code violations. You may be sited for code violations such as peeling paint, broken windows, deteriorating concrete etc. Therefore you might want to save yourself a headache and fix these types of items BEFORE the City contacts you. nd Englewood Flyer – 2 Edition – May 2009 Page 2 of 4 CLEAN STREAM DAY: IMPROVEMENT DAY: The City of St. Peters held it’s Annual Clean Stream Day Saturday March 28th. The Englewood Trustees attempted to participate in this event and had hoped that our residents would join with the City and be able to “clean” the creek that runs through our neighborhood. According to our Volunteer Co-Coordinator and Englewood Trustee, Don Lange, the only Englewood Volunteers were resident Susan Mays and her nephew. Therefore there was not a large enough “crew” to undertake cleaning any portion of our creek and these volunteers were sent elsewhere in the City. In spite of heavy rains, the City did hold this event and volunteers were able to remove over 1,440 pounds of trash from City Streams and trails. Thank you Don and Susan for your participation! Our Park Improvement day was held on Saturday April 25th. No ADULT residents (other than your Trustees) volunteered to help. We would like to THANK our Kid Volunteers; Madison, Mason, Briauna and Kailey for their help. Their enthusiasm (and energy) was AWESOME!!! Thanks Kids!!! EASTER EGG HUNT: The Easter Bunny made his arrival and provided a fun filled Easter Egg Hunt for our resident kiddies on Saturday April 4th. He even happily posed for photos! The event was well attended, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. We hope to be able to once again make this an Annual Event. HUGE THANKS go out to Kathleen and Marcie Hutchison for cocoordinating this event and to all the volunteers who helped them make this event a success. Great Job everyone! Some of the projects accomplished this year: • Edging was installed and flowers planted by the main entrance signs (Laurelwood & Salt Lick Rd.) • Trees in the Subdivision Park were pruned. • Yard waste (placed in the park by adjoining residents) was removed. • “Spouts” around trees were removed. • LOTS of dead limbs and sticks were picked up off the ground and removed. • Playground area was “raked” to remove sticks, broken glass, toys etc. In the future we hope to repair the picnic tables and the benches near the playground. Repair our East Entrance sign and continue to do some tree maintenance. SUBDIVSION PARK: In response to our request in the last newsletter for suggestions to improve our “park” we received NO RESPONSE. In spite of that, if the budget allows we HOPE to be able to add some additional tables, and grills to make this area more enticing to our families and our adult residents. We ask that you REMEMBER that the Park is not just any individual person’s park it is EVERYONE’S park. Please do not dump your grass or limbs in our community space. Our children play here and we need to make the space safe for everyone. Remember this is EVERYONE’S park. Please help your neighborhood to stay beautiful. THERE IS TO BE NO USE OF MOTORCYCLES OR ATV’S IN OUR PARK. ONLY AUTHORIZED VEHICLES DOING WORK THERE ARE ALLOWED. As mentioned earlier in this article – we plan to repair the picnic tables and benches in the park. The last time the benches were repaired – they were vandalized in less than 1 month. We hope that this will not happen again. Vandalism will not be tolerated. We will make every effort to find those responsible, not only are we willing to prosecute but we WILL seek restitution. All residents should not be forced to pay for the misdeeds of others. If you see illegal behavior occurring in our Park – PLEASE call the St. Peters Police Department IMMDEDIATLY and then contact one of the Board Members to advise them of the situation. By calling the Police Department first, we will save valuable time and be more likely to apprehend the people behaving badly. WE APPRECIATE ALL HELP IN THIS MATTER. SUBDIVISION WIDE GARAGE SALE: The Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale has changed from the 1 s t Saturday in June to the LAST Saturday in May. This date change will allow for residents to easily dispose of their “left over” items by taking advantage of Bulky Trash Day. Once again the Residents Association will advertise the Garage Sale in the local papers. Signs will also be posted to alert traffic on Salt Lick to this event. We hope you all have a SUCESSFUL Sale! Remember that Bulky Trash Pick-up is a FREE service provided by the city of St. Peters to their residents. You must CALL the City @ 278-2244 x 410 at least 48 hours in advance to be put on the pick-up schedule. nd Englewood Flyer – 2 Edition – May 2009 CURFEWS: With summer fast approaching and schools soon to be out for the season you might be wondering what the City Ordinances is regarding Curfews and what ages are affected by the ordinance. The following information is taken from Police Dispatch column of the May issue of the St. Peters Newsletter: “In the state of Missouri, a juvenile is defined as any person 16 years of age or younger. Anyone 17 or older is considered an adult in the State of Missouri, so juvenile law does not apply.” Page 3 of 4 SUMMERTIME AND KIDS: Summer brings challenges to our kids as well as pets – please keep the following in mind: • • • • “In the City of St. Peters, juveniles are restricted from going out by themselves after curfew, which begins at 11p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. This restriction continues through 6 a.m. each day of the week.” • “In the city of St. Peters, it is unlawful for any juvenile to loiter, wander, drive or ride in any vehicle within any public place with the City or any unsupervised place within the City after curfew. If a juvenile is caught in public past curfew, the officer will explain to the minor the curfew ordinance and then take him or her into custody while a parent/guardian is notified. Once the juvenile is released to the parent/guardian, the juvenile is refereed to the Juvenile Court of St. Charles County.” • “Parents cannot set a curfew later than the curfew spelled out in the City Ordinance. A parent and/or guardian who allow as a child to stay out past the City curfew can be charged for permitting a minor to violate the ordinance.” “It’s important to remember that curfews are intended to protect juveniles and keep St. Peters a safe place to live. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact the Police Department at 636-278-2244 ext. 545.” We hope that all parents will review the curfew ordinance with their children. Children out after curfew could easily become the victim of an unscrupulous adult or may be enticed into behavior/actions that could be hazardous to themselves, to others, and to property. No one wants a child to be injured or to make a poor decision that could negatively impact their life or that of others. SUMMERTIME AND PETS: • • FOURTH OF JULY: We would like to remind you that it is illegal in the City of St. Peters to set off fireworks. FIREWORKS MAY NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, BE SET OFF IN OUR SUBDIVISION PARK. If you feel you MUST celebrate the holiday by violating this City Ordinance, then please be respectful of your neighbors; don’t aim fireworks at other homes, cars, or people. Pick up your debris. Make sure you have a water source available in case of fire. SUPERVISE your children – keep them safe. HELPFUL INFORMATION: • With summer here and everyone out enjoying the nice weather it is important to keep in mind a few issues: • • • • • • • • • • Make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water and shade. Children, especially small children or children on bikes/tricycles, should be cautioned about approaching unfamiliar dogs. Kids (and adults) should always ASK PERMISSION before attempting to pet any dog being walked. Children should not approach a dog running free. If you or your child must enter someone’s yard to retrieve a ball or toy, PLEASE remember to close the gate behind you so that you don’t inadvertently let a pet out. Please be a good neighbor and control your dogs barking. People are much more likely to have their windows open or be outside at this time of year so nuisance barking is MUCH more noticeable. This is especially true at night when sound may carry further and people are trying to sleep. Remember that your dogs uncontrolled barking could result in a fine for peace disturbance. When walking your dog, be a good neighbor, make sure you pick up any “deposits” your pet leaves behind – not only is it good manners but it is the law. St. Peters Ordinances also require you to remove pet waste from your yard in a timely manner (daily). Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with tags so it can be returned to you if it should accidentally “escape”. Remember St. Peters DOES HAVE and ENFORCES a Leash Law. Cats ARE SUBJECT to leash laws too! – Please confine your cat to your property. Letting a cat roam is detrimental not only to our song bird population but increases the likelihood of your pet picking up parasites or disease or being injured. Make sure you and your child knows and obeys the curfew. (See article in this newsletter) Teach your child “the rules of the road” for safe cycling. Children engaged in street play – should keep an eye out for cars. They should move quickly and POLITELY to the side to let cars pass. Streets are designed for cars to travel on, not for kids to play in. Placing orange “traffic cones” in the street DOES NOT give your children priority over traffic. If your child loves skateboarding – PLEASE consider taking them to one of the area parks that provides for this activity. Streets and sidewalks ARE NOT SAFE OR APPROPRIATE. Encourage your child to use the Subdivision Park for games of softball, soccer etc. (Please use only the appropriate park entrances.) Remember to respect others property – don’t climb their trees or use their yard to play in WITHOUT FIRST getting PERMISSION! Don’t Climb trees in our Subdivision Park or do damage to them!!! Fences and Storage Sheds: If you are planning to erect either of these items - Please pick up a copy of the St. Peters Ordinances for these from Association President, John Hutchison. • Neighborhood Plats: are now available on our website – be sure to check them for easements BEFORE erecting fences, pools or planting landscaping. • DIG RIGHT: Planning on adding a fence or doing some landscaping? Remember to call (1-800-344-7483) to have your utility lines marked BEFORE YOU DIG. If you don’t call before digging and accidentally cut a line the affected utility might also require you to pay the repair costs. Ordinance Change: Please be aware that St. Peters has recently changed its ordinance regulating setbacks from the property line. The regulation NOW REQUIRES that all structures; including Swing sets; MUST be set a minimum of 6 foot from the property line. NOTE: This regulation change DOES NOT Affect Fence Placement. HOWEVER - This Change DOES Apply to Trees! • NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT AT THE RASCALS: We have been offered the opportunity by the River City Rascals to participate in a Neighborhood Night at the Ballpark on Friday August 21st. However due to scheduling conflicts, no Trustee is available to coordinate this event. We need a volunteer willing to coordinate this event with residents and the Rascals, handle ticket sales/reservations, etc. PLEASE contact John Hutchinson by May 22nd if you are interested in helping. Price per ticket for the event will be in the $5.00 $10.00 range and will include many “extras” in addition to the game. nd Englewood Flyer – 2 Edition – May 2009 ASSESSMENT COLLECTION: A HUGE THANK YOU to all the residents who so quickly paid their Annual Assessment – WE APPRECIATE YOUR PROMPT PAYMENT and are GRATEFUL to you for honoring YOUR commitment to our neighborhood! Our subdivision has 273 homes; our Assessment was DUE on February 29th. At that time 220 or 80.58% of you had paid your annual Assessment. The majority of these residents had paid the assessment by end of January and taken advantage of our Early Payment Discount. As of March 31st – with the Assessment now being 30 days Past Due - there were 21 homes not paid or 7.69%. Page 4 of 4 Those of you who pay promptly, may be wondering why people don’t pay on time. The reasons are varied – below are some examples, as well as our response to them: • include us in your on-line bill paying – HURRAY for you and THANK YOU!) • This situation is VERY disheartening. Your Trustees DO NOT want, nor do they enjoy having to send out multiple “late notices”, leaving you voice messages or visiting your home in order to get you to pay your assessment fee. (We also DON’T enjoy being verbally abused for doing our job.) We DO NOT want to have to place liens against your home or take other action. This is costly and time consuming for us AND the delinquent Homeowner! HOWEVER we must insure that EVERYONE pays their assessment – otherwise we would be negligent in our responsibilities. Frankly it would be MUCH EASIER for us – to simply turn over the running of our subdivision to an outside company (as do MANY other subdivisions and let them deal with the headaches) – but this would greatly INCREASE the cost of the Annual Assessment for all our residents – something we DON’T WANT TO DO! We KNOW that you don’t want to be paying $150.00 or more per year in assessment fees. I pay all my bills on line so I don’t even know where my check book is. (We will gladly accept cash. Trustees will be happy to provide you with a receipt should you choose to pay in person with cash.) • I don’t use the common ground so why should I pay? (The common ground adds value to EVERY home, even if the owners don’t use it. – Also when you purchased your home you agreed to adhere to the Indentures of Trust and ByLaws thus creating a contractual obligation to pay the annual assessment.) At the end of April, we still had 17 homes or 6.23% WHO HAD NOT PAID their annual Assessment Fee. For many of these “late” homeowners – this is not the first year that they have been negligent in paying their Assessment. (Yes, we do keep track of this information from year to year.) I pay all my bills on line so I “forget” to pay the assessment. (Several of you have figured out a way to • My home is for sale and no one is living there, so why should I pay? (Common Ground is a desirable “amenity” and will help you get a better price for your home. It is also your Contractual Obligation to pay the assessment. Do you know that the Title Companies contact us before a home sale closes? If there are unpaid assessments, they have to be paid at the time of closure for the sale to be completed. Do you really want to jeopardize the sale of your home?) • You “threatened me” by saying you will put a lien on my home if I don’t pay, so I’m going hold out as long as I can. (Our statement that liens may be placed against property is not meant to be a threat – we merely want to INSURE that you are aware that there are consequences for non-payment – we don’t want you to be surprised if we have to take this action.) For those of you who do pay on time – would you be interested in reading a list of the non-payers in this newsletter? Perhaps on our website? Both? For those of you who don’t pay – would any of the above actions motivate you to pay quickly? If you have ideas or suggestions for solving this yearly problem we would GREATLY appreciate hearing them!