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Old 09-24-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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When I first moved to Westcreek back in the late 1980's the Association use to recognize a Yard of the Month in each area. It really promoted a sense of community pride. We all were out there every weekend competing and hoping our yard would win. Of course not every yard could be selected but you know what ... the community looked great and when the community looks great, we are all winners!
I have always liked that idea. You are right that its for the good of the entire Community. There is usually a "snowball effect" with neighbors and yards as everyone wants the nicest one on the street.

A couple of years ago I presented the HOA Staff with the idea of "Village of the Month". No money would have to be paid only the recognition of a sign at the monument and and in the newsletter. This could have been a win win for everyone and it would have made life easier on the Standards Monitors.

 
Old 09-24-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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The current HOA budget does not have money for Security Officers. This could lead to a special assessment until they build it into next year's budget.
Although I cannot doubt what you are saying I do know they have been looking into it.
 
Old 09-24-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Villages of Westcreek
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Securtiy is not the easy solution. I have looked into that and it is expensive and would be difficult to cover the vast WC area. I do not know what the solution is. I know there is a group of peopel that are volunteering as Cellular on Patrol (COP) and they are always looking for more volunteers. That involves alot of time and commitment. Something I am not sure that many of us have. I know I do not. The private security is a nice thought but when you get right down to it. You put alot of monies into it and you are still no safer in the long run due to coverage area than you were before. That being said, it might well eb worth having a security specialist come in and evaluate the coverage area and present us a plan that might be a hybrid of COP, cameras and private security.
 
Old 09-24-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: West Creek
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That's right. Have you ever seen the grafitti on overhead highway signs? I'm always curious how those Gang Monkey's get up there. I wouldn't mind one falling onto the highway and getting run over.

I've seen a few doing it, while I was working for labatt. This of course was around 2-3 in the morning and the freeways are some what empty, I've even pulled over at times to throw rocks at them. I could of sworn I had called in their cars License plate number, and I saw them at it again the next week.

Its pretty funny how they get up there, and quite athletic actually but all those skills for an unproductive cause, such waste of talent.
 
Old 09-24-2009, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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Securtiy is not the easy solution. I have looked into that and it is expensive and would be difficult to cover the vast WC area. I do not know what the solution is. I know there is a group of peopel that are volunteering as Cellular on Patrol (COP) and they are always looking for more volunteers. That involves alot of time and commitment. Something I am not sure that many of us have. I know I do not. The private security is a nice thought but when you get right down to it. You put alot of monies into it and you are still no safer in the long run due to coverage area than you were before. That being said, it might well eb worth having a security specialist come in and evaluate the coverage area and present us a plan that might be a hybrid of COP, cameras and private security.
I do respect those that are involved with COP's. I know it's something that I cannot do at this time. If I were retired then yes I world strongly condsider it. I feel that's why it doesn't seem to work, people are busy with everyday life, schedule conflicts, children .....

Security Cameras are a good idea but there is the initial cost, maintenace, etc. I can give you several examples where they have been stolen. Imagine being filmed /monitored while you're removing a camera.

With the budget cuts that wc2005 suggested the money would be there with a heck of alot left.
 
Old 09-24-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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Got some questions here!

1. Does anyone know how the BOD is going to make sure that all Homeowners are informed about the Town Hall meeting on Monday? I know it is on the Web but most folks don't know about the site and some of our seniors don't have access to computers. Those of us who know about the site know that they don't really keep it updated.

2. Is it possible that at each meeting of the Board of Directors, that they bring an itemized report of what the expenditures were for the reporting period so we the homeowners could see where our monies are going?

3. Instead of spending monies on an expensive security camera system at the community center to protect the office staff from little old ladies that we use that money to hire security staff to patrol the neighborhood?

4. How long does it take the Board of Directors to get the minutes posted on the website? The August minutes were approved.

Message to the woman at the meeting who read the response of the President of the HOA to her.

It sounded that in the time it took him to "craft" his "crafty" response to you he could have just answered your questions.
USAF - we have tried for the last 1 1/2 months to get the Board to implement a followup system,handle updates in a timely manner, update the on-line calendar, etc. As you saw at the meeting, they have no intention of doing anything.

CodeBlue
 
Old 09-24-2009, 05:51 PM
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sapphire -How many of the signs did they install? Do you have an estimated cost?

Thank you
c. Motion: To designate the following items in the 2008 budget as Major Repair and Replacement projects to the 2009 MR&R budget:
Repair SC existing Baskeball/Tennis courts $22,000.00; Electronic Marquees $70,000.00, and New Monument Entryway Signs $5000.00.
Made by: Director *********
Seconded by: Director *********

Silver Creek 78250: Search results for marquees ----if you open this link you'll see a picture of the one at the entrance to Silver Creek. There is also one at the Emerald Valley entrance......and to be honest, if there are more, I don't know where they are. I go in and out the same way every day. We do have a non-electronic marquee on Timber Path going into the Ridge Creek subdivision.
Motion passed.
 
Old 09-24-2009, 06:03 PM
 
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First off this is the right time to think of security as the 2010 budget has not been approved and things can be shifted around and the 2010 assessments have not been set. So what better time is there?
 
Old 09-24-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Stone Oak
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I know this in none of my business but I’ve gotten interested in your thread since I’m active in my HOA. (nice to learn stuff from y’all)
FYI – I think originally the COPS program required more of a time commitment. Now it is what you make of it. After you take the certification class you can be the eyes and ears of the neighborhood or patrol. Whatever you like. If you have at least 10 people signed up the police will come to your neighborhood or clubhouse and hold a certification class. Our neighborhood is organizing a COPS group now.
Also – For years we paid a rent a cop to patrol our neighborhood. (400 homes is tiny compared to yours) They seemed to be afraid of their own shadows and were totally ineffective. We paid them $20 an hour for 8 hours of patrol a day. A few months ago we switched to Constables who look mighty official in their Constable cars and uniforms. The change has been terrific. We now pay $40 per hour but they only patrol 4 hours a day (varied schedule) so our yearly expense is the same. A staggering $45,000 per year IMO. It’s a lot but the residents are happy.
 
Old 09-24-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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Default Section 209 mass mailing

guyo - I am sending out a mass mailing regarding section 209 to be sent to congress. Is there anything else that we want to bring forward in this section or any others before I send instructions out to 70 people.


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