– By Jennifer Duval, HOA co-president
Hooray for the HOA!
Please review with me activities and actions taken in 2019 by your Town Creek Homeowners Association. The HOA stepped up to meet needs and provide services. And it was your annual dues and the work of many resident volunteers that made all of it possible. So, scroll down with me to get a snapshot of activities and dues expended in 2019,
- Creek Cleanup and Maintenance
One of last year’s biggest unscheduled needs was creek cleanup. We had two devastating storms – one in June and one in October. One of many areas hit by both storms was our creek path. In some spots, the debris on the trail was so dense that the walkway was impassable. That’s when your HOA creek coordinator, Kathy Luedke, stepped in. Relentless in hounding the city to clean up, she discovered there are some areas to which city staff simply won’t go. Kathy then found commercial landscapers to remove larger debris necessary to make the creek walkable again. She followed this by organizing a committed team of resident volunteers who worked diligently to cleanup the rest. Our creek is now almost back to normal because of Kathy’s leadership and determination to use HOA funding when and where it was necessary. Kathy, as well as all of us who frequent the creek path, appreciate every resident who contributed to this effort through their HOA membership dues.
As for maintenance: It was a gift along the creek when last year the HOA board approved a project created by two brothers — neighborhood Boy Scouts volunteered to install and refurbish benches and signs free-of-charge along the creek path as a community project. Didn’t they do a great job!
- Halloween Carnival
We had a great turnout for the 2019 Halloween Carnival, and this year the party featured three bounce houses along with all the most popular games – not to mention plenty of candy, hot dogs, and a stellar costume party! The cost of admission, as usual, was candy and hot dogs to share with the families who came. But it was your HOA board and your dues that provided the venue and the organization.
- The Easter Egg Hunt
The eggs and toys don’t hide themselves! Thanks to HOA members for supplying the funds for the eggs, candy, and toys that the kids went wild for. It is fun to watch so much excitement and expended energy every year as our neighborhood children race to collect prizes provided by HOA members. Appreciation is extended also to the HOA board member volunteers for stuffing all those eggs and “hiding” them on the Skyview playground.
- Holiday Hayride
It’s so nice to see all the houses decked out with lights and decorations every holiday season. And, thanks to your HOA, possibly the best way to see it is aboard our holiday hayride. A tour of the festive lights comes with a visit from Santa, favorite seasonal music, and steaming cups of hot chocolate. How could it get any better for children and adults alike? Merry Christmas from your Town Creek HOA!
- Town Creek Socials
This year we took advantage of a great new Lake Highlands social event venue – the Oak Highlands Brewery. Even though it’s a craft brewery, it’s a family-friendly location complete with toys and games. Turnout was fantastic and It was so nice meeting new neighbors and catching up with friends. The HOA social events team was right there; providing tasty snacks and sweet finishings!
- Administration and Information
Ever wonder how your HOA provides so much information for such a small annual membership fee? Consider the volunteer time devoted to production and dissemination of the annual HOA membership directory. Naturally, printing costs are subsidized by your HOA membership dues. And there are costs associated with blasting out important email alerts, administrative costs necessary for invoicing, collecting, and safeguarding financial accounts. Plus, costs of website maintenance. Your Town Crier newsletter comes courtesy of all residents and board members who submit content and those digital wizards who post on the website. All come courtesy of your HOA membership and your HOA Board of Directors.
- Skyview Parking Lot
Those of you who live near Skyview Elementary know first-hand that parking has been an issue at the school. Affected homeowners could do without all the street parking that hems in their homes! A small but alert contingent of our HOA board members have been working closely with the school’s administration to ensure that the planned parking lot when completed does indeed alleviate the parking congestion on adjacent streets. Being “in the loop” also helps the board ensure there are no surprises. I am happy to report that our input has been welcomed and appreciated by the Skyview principal. One of our HOA board volunteer positions is dedicated to maintaining a good relationship with Skyview and its administration has voiced appreciation for the contributions your Town Creek HOA has made.
- National Night Out
Last year’s National Night Out was one of the highest-attended ever! It didn’t organize itself – your HOA board members secured the location, found great speakers, and provided plenty of pizza and goodies to ensure the night was a success.
To our loyal and new HOA members alike, we say “thank you.” And to all others, we hope you will join us in 2020. It’s easy and the timing couldn’t be better. You are no doubt on the website now, so simply click over to JOIN HOA. We are so fortunate to have this organization of people who give so freely of their time and skills to make Town Creek such a wonderful place to live. Won’t you join us right now?