Suspicious Activity Reported

Hello everyone,

A homeowner reported some suspicious activity to RealManage and it made its way to the Board. Recently, there has been a few people are trespassing to inspect the contents of residents garages when they leave them open. We have advised the homeowner to file a report with the police, but the Board also suggest that everyone keep their garage doors closed you are not within site of your property.

If you see someone entering your neighbors property without their permission, then get as much information about the people as possible and contact the police (including make, model, and license plate of their vehicle). For your safety, DO NOT engage or approach anyone who is trespassing on someone else’s property.

Winter in the Park

Members of the Knollcreek community came together to throw a party in the park on Dec 10th. There were a lot of families out there playing together, enjoying hot chocolate, and other sweet treats. Here are some pics from the event:

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Special thanks to Nicole Nagle, Renee Baker, Alisson Gregory Rogers, Brandy Hamel, Katie Barbera, Cheryl Olivieri, Kirsten Northrup, Mary    Samplaski, and Haley Bankey for helping organize and run the event.

Community Newsletter (Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017)

Hello Everyone,

2016 is coming to an end and the Board is very optimistic about 2017. The Community has improved in many ways over the last year. The Board has stepped up in approving repairs to the grounds, new groups have popped up (such as the evening walking/running groups), and fellow residents have worked together over social media to organize community celebrations, such as the Halloween Parade and the Winter in the Park. We still have many ways where we can improve as a community but we have come a long way in a year!

Now to business. Earlier this year the Board discovered that the previous attempt to unify the two associations (Knollcreek and Knollcreek North) was not properly filed with the Secretary of State for Texas. When the issue was discovered, the Board, RealManage, and our Attorney began the process of unification and held townhall meetings to educate homeowners on the issue. Unfortunately, we quickly found that not all the records from the previous unification attempt had been transferred to RealManage from our previous management firm. As a result, the team working on the unification decided to postpone the project until we ensured that all the information was accounted for and a communication plan had been put into place.

At this time, the new date for the vote to unify Knollcreek and Knollcreek North will be during the April annual meeting. We understand that there was confusion about what happened with our first attempt to educate the residents on the issue. We are working to improve that as we unify the associations in 2017. At this time, there will be no issues with facilities usage as the two associations have a reciprocal agreement to act as a joint Board and share facilities with each other.

Community Celebrations

Hooray for Halloween!

1What a great turnout to our annual Halloween Parade!! We had over 50 children, plus all their fabulous moms and dads. The costumes looked awesome and it was so nice to see everyone come together. Thank you to those who made it happen, and thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the night.

We would also like to congratulate the winner of our Halloween Yard Decor contest. The winners were the residents at 4211 Knollpass for the flying witch and zombie graveyard! They won a $50 giftcard to Target. Your next chance it the Holiday Yard Contest going through the end of December.

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The Board purchased and hung decorations at the entrances off Classen and Jung. Take a look at them next you are out in the evening.

 

Upcoming Events

Holiday Yard Decor Contest

2As the air gets more crisp, and the December holidays get closer, we encourage all residents to participate in decorating their homes and yards in a festive way. Whether it’s to celebrate your faith or to enjoy some sparkling lights, yard decorations are great way to spread some holiday cheer. This year, our ACC will be selecting one winning yard for ‘best decorations’ to win a $50 Target gift card. It’s going to be a fabulous winter in Knollcreek!

Reminders & Tips

Winter Home Maintenance Reminders

3We all know our winters can be pretty mild compared to our northern neighbors, but that doesn’t mean there are some winter maintenance items that all homeowners and renters should consider:

  • Consider turning your ceiling fans to run clockwise to better distribute the warm air in your home.
  • Check your windows and doors for any cold drafts or improper sealing.
  • Check your gutters and remove any leaf or debris clogs that could cause back-ups and leaks.
  • Consider purchasing faucet shields to cover your outside faucets for the few times we’ll see a freeze this winter.
  • If you have a fireplace or chimney, make sure to get an annual inspection to get it ready for a warm fire.

Holiday/Winter Pet Safety

4The holidays are a crazy time of year, and we all have a lot on our minds. Take some time to make sure you have a safe and sound environment for the furry members of your household this winter season:

  • Stay well-stocked for all pet essentials (food, medicine, etc) in case the weather gets too bad to make an emergency run to the store.
  • Keep them warm: make sure that your household pets have cozy places to stay away from drafts and cold weather. Outdoor pets need well-insulated shelters with plenty of padding and blankets.
  • Plant poisons: many of the holiday plants we bring inside are poisonous to our pets. Keep them out of reach.
  • Holiday choking hazards: many of the small decorations we use can get lodged in a pets’ throat. Keep these decorations out of reach.
  • Microchipping and tags: as always make sure to have your pet microchipped or have tags. It’s easy for our furry friends to get out, and this will ensure they come home safe and sound.

New Year’s Fireworks – Just Don’t Do It

5New Year’s Eve is an exciting time. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fun evening with friends and family. To reminisce on the great moments of the year that is about to pass and to dream of the opportunities that lie within a new year as you count down the start of the new year.

Many folks also like to celebrate the New Year by lighting fireworks. However, San Antonio does not allow fireworks within the city limits. There are multiple firework safe areas around Bexar county that you can visit. Any of the firework retailers outside of town will be more than happy to share that information with you.

In the event that see someone lighting fireworks in the neighborhood, you can call SAPD to have them review the situation. Let’s be honest though, SAPD is slammed during New Year’s Eve and we should allow them to focus on the more serious offenses that pop-up. As good neighbors, let’s respect each other and obey city laws.

Finally, many pets are disturbed by the sound of fireworks. We recommend that you keep pets indoors or ensure that your fences are secure so they do not escape. You can also look into microchipping them so they can be identified if they escape. There is also a product you can find at some pet stores or Amazon called a “Thunder shirt” that helps calm pets during these kinds of events.

Communication & Resources

Feedback Survey – We Want to Hear From You

6Our Knollcreek HOA Board is busy looking at plans for next year, and we want to hear your feedback on repairs, events, and upgrades to our community. To take the survey visit http://knollcreekhoa.com/2016/12/2017-knollcreek-community-survey/.
Your opinion will help the board see a full perspective on the needs of the community and will help them in their planning. If you need to receive a hard-copy of the survey, please email our Board Secretary, Stuart Bankey, and secknollcreek@gmail.com.

Community Calendar & Event Requests

7If you would like to make sure that your event is put on the calendar, would like to advertise an upcoming event, or would like to post announcement about something cool (your kid was accepted to a college, want volunteers for an upcoming Eagle Scout project, etc.) then email Stuart Bankey, our Secretary, at secknollcreek@gmail.com. Also, make sure to bookmark our HOA website for future reference: www.KnollcreekHOA.com.

Facebook & Next Door Keep You In Touch

8Our community is growing and connecting daily on Facebook and Next Door, and we invite you to be a part. All residents (homeowners or renters) are invited to join our private Facebook group called Knollcreek Residents. If you would like to be a part, find us on Facebook or email Haley Bankey at haleynbankey@gmail.com and she will help you out. Haley is volunteering as our social media administrator and loves bringing our residents closer together.

2017 Knollcreek Community Survey

UDPATE: Due to the hard copy newsletters going out late, we’ve extended the deadline for the survey until January 6th. 

Hello Everyone,

The Knollcreek Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors is looking for feedback regarding what we should prioritize in 2017. The online survey below should only take about 5 minutes for you to complete.

We thank you for providing us feedback to help us improve the community.

 

Fall 2016 Communications Update

We Want Your Feedback!

Our Knollcreek HOA Board is busy looking at plans for next year.  Be on the lookout for an electronic community survey to be posted to this site that will allow you the chance to give feedback on repairs, events, and upgrades to our community.  Your feedback will help the Board see a full perspective on the needs of the community and will help them in their planning. If you need to receive a hard-copy of the survey, please email our Board Secretary, Stuart Bankey, and secknollcreek@gmail.com.

 

Build Community on Facebook and NextDoor

Our community is growing and connecting daily on Facebook and NextDoor, and we invite you to be a part. All residents (homeowners or renters) are invited to join our private Facebook group called Knollcreek Residents.  If you would like to be a part, find us on Facebook or email Haley Bankey at haleynbankey@gmail.com and she will help you out. Haley is volunteering as our social media administrator and loves bringing our residents closer together.

Please note: Earlier this year the Board instituted a Social Media Policy, and as a result, Board members are no longer involved in Social Media channels that are aligned with the Association. The Board wanted to turn those over to let the residents have a place to communicate and work together without worrying about the Board being in those channels.

October 2016 Community Maintenance/Repair Update

Deck Repair Update

The deck at the pool is open again! Thank you all for your patience as we made much needed repairs to the dry rot on the pool deck. As we mentioned last newsletter, we were unable to secure a repairman earlier in the summer due to the city-wide hail damage repairs. There are a few cosmetic issues that we are continuing to address, but the deck is open for use again.  

Please remember that if you would like to reserve the deck for a party, you should contact RealManage to reserve it. Details can be found on our HOA website: http://knollcreekhoa.com/faq/

 

Upcoming and Pending Maintenance Projects

The Board has been working on bids to repair some of the facilities around the neighborhood. Here is a quick list of some of the things that are being addressed:

  • The pool deck was repaired and reopened.
  • A proposal was approved for repairing the sprinkler system around the pool house.
  • Request for proposals (RFPs) are out to rebuild the retaining wall on the back side of the pool.
  • A RFP is out for refinishing the iron fence at the pool and gazebos along the median.
  • A RFP has been issued for repairing the sprinkler system for the islands on Knollcreek drive.
  • A RFP was sent for installing motion activated lights for the park area.

We plan on continuing to address repairs going into 2017. If you see that needs to be considered by the Board, then please contact RealManage so they can submit that request through the proper channels.

Fall 2016 Reminders and Tips

Parking Manners

We have a very active neighborhood with lots of residents using our sidewalks for exercise and walking. Please remember that all sidewalks must be kept clear of obstructions not just to be neighborly, but also by city ordinance. This also makes a big difference for families using strollers and for those who are mobility challenged. No cars can be parked in driveways in a way to extends past the sidewalk, and all other obstacles cannot be on sidewalks.

Please refer to the following city ordinances for specifics: 1) “Keeping sidewalks free from any defects and hazards or obstructions such as mailboxes, basketball hoops, parked cars, trash cans, shrubbery or fences. (Code of Ordinances, City of San Antonio, Sec. 29-11, and Sec. 6-1),” and 2) “It shall be unlawful for any person to park unused cars in any street or public place for more than twenty-four (24) hours or at any time for purposes of storage, washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle, (except repairs necessitated by an emergency) sale, or display of advertising signs or posters fixed to such vehicle, or any trailer, semi-trailer, or house trailer, not attached to a tractor or towing vehicle. (Sec. 19-169).” For more codes and restriction, please refer to the official site: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/san_antonio

 

Coyotes Spotted – Watch Your Pets

We have a large number of green belts running through our neighborhood and with that comes a lot of wildlife.  We recently received a couple of reports from residents who have witnessed  coyotes chasing deer during the night.  Please keep your pets safe, especially the small ones, and be aware. If you see an wild animal (non-dog or cat) that you feel could pose a threat to your family’s safety, then you can contact Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc. at 830.336.2725 or through their website (www.wildlife-rescue.org). Stray dogs and cats need to be reported to Animal Care Services by using their 3-1-1 service number.

 

Mailbox Theft

There have been a significant number of mailbox break in reported all around Knollcreek and the Greater San Antonio area. Authorities (Police and Post Office) have been notified, and news reports have reported that these thefts are ongoing.  If you suspect that your mailbox has been tampered with, or that your mail or package has been stolen, please alert the police department and post office right away! One thief has already been caught in our area, but there seem to be more, so please stay vigilant.

Upcoming Fall 2016 Events

Halloween Parade in the Park – October 31

Our annual Halloween Parade is coming soon and changing venues! Everyone is invited to attend to watch all our spooky goblins, pretty princesses, and mighty warriors strut their stuff along the trails in the park. Our littlest neighbors will have a chance to show off their costumes in the parade, dance along to some fun tunes, and even get some prizes before they head out into the neighborhood. The fun will begin at 6:00 PM in the park green space, followed by Trick or Treating around the neighborhood beginning at 7:00 PM.

We’re looking for volunteers to help set up and clean up so that parents can take their kids directly out to Trick or Treating. If you are available and want to help, please contact Haley Bankey at haleynbankey@gmail.com.

 

Haunted Halloween Yard Contest

Who has the spookiest decorations? Who has the most whimsical? This year, everyone is invited and encouraged to go crazy with Halloween decorations! Not only will our neighborhood look festive and fun, but you’ll have a chance to win a $50 gift card to Target for the best Halloween Yard.  Members from our ACC (Architectural Change Committee) will be selecting one special yard for the prize which will be announced at the Annual Halloween Parade.  Don’t miss out!

 

Winter Night in the Park

The neighborhood asked, and here’s your answer! After the success of our National Night Out, members of our community requested a winter event to bring us back into community.  Watch for more information on a Winter Night in the Park to take place during November or early December.  Details are coming soon!

If you would like to be a part of making this night happen, please contact Haley Bankey at haleynbankey@gmail.com.   It will all be super simple, and will make for a great community event!

 

Holiday Yard Decor Contest

As the air gets more crisp, and the December holidays get closer, we encourage all residents to participate in decorating their homes and yards in a festive way. Whether it’s to celebrate your faith or to enjoy some sparkling lights, yard decorations are great way to spread some holiday cheer.  This year, our ACC will be selecting one winning yard for ‘best decorations’ to win a $50 Target gift card. It’s going to be a fabulous winter in Knollcreek!

Community Celebrations (October 2016)

Clean Up Day with ACC

On Saturday, August 27th, Knollcreek neighbor Grant Gaul organized a community clean up day for the Knollcreek main drive. A small group of residents including Nicole Nagle and her son Jayden, Stuart Bankey, and Michael Litwin worked with Grant to clean up a large number of protruding rocks from the greenways along Knollcreek Drive. It was a lot of hard work but it made the street look much nicer and made it easier for our lawn care company to address their work on the boulevard. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event!

 

Community Garage Sale Success!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this fall’s Community Garage Sale.  We hope it was a fruitful day for everyone who took part. Please mark your calendars for the next Community Garage Sale which is scheduled for April 1st & 2nd of 2017.

 

National Night Out Event – Thanks to All!

What a fun night! Over 50 residents from around Knollcreek had a great time connecting with one another and our local police department. We grilled up some hot dogs, played yard games on the greens, got to know one another, and our kiddos even received treats from our local police department! It was a great time that could not have happened without tons of community involvement.

Thank you to everyone who came and everyone who helped out: Renee Baker, Haley Bankey, Katie Barbera, John Brian, Justin Clark, Charles Farnsworth, Jeff Hamel, Sybille Hamilton, Michael Litwin, Kirsten Northrup, Cheryl Olivieri, Kate Puentes, Allison Rogers, Alvi Story, and Michelle Schwartz.  If you helped out, but aren’t named here, thanks so much for your contribution! We’re looking forward to many more great community events.

Reminder: Community Garage Sale and National Night Out

Hi everyone, this is just a reminder that this weekend (October 1st & 2nd) will be the Knollcreek community garage sale. The Knollcreek Board of Directors is picking up the permit for the residents so there should be no need to get your own permit for this weekend.

Also, next Tuesday (October 4th) is National Night Out. Many of the residents have been working together over the last month to give you a chance for us to meet each other and have some refreshments at the Knollcreek Park.

If you would like to see how you can help with the event, then contact Haley Bankey (haleynbankey@gmail.com).

Progress Through Participation