The pond… by Levone

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									HOA SPRING 2008
Volume 1, Issue 1 April 2008

Finally, we are done!
The HOA Board has completed the solicitation of signatures… Although it seemed that it took FOREVER, whether it was door-to-door, letters, postcards, emails… you have been asked for your opinion! Board members, Jennifer Tiedt and Andrea Avery have successfully concluded seeking signatures from homeowners in the subdivision in regards to the four petitions that have been circulated. All but 15 homes took the opportunity to contribute. Thank you to all who have participated. All four of the petitions are officially passed; please see the included chart for the official tallies. Please remember that there are rules to the newly passed rules. We have to respect the changes, as well as those who will be choosing to implement the changes. There are a lot of changes that will be taking place in the subdivision in the near future, so we are taking this opportunity to make our families aware of all of the changes. I know not all are in support of these changes but over 75% of the homes in
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The pond…
You have the questions and we are working to answer them! There have been a lot of questions and assumptions in regards to the pond. So I am going to take a minute and clear the air. I personally took this beast on; therefore I attest to the fact that I have spent over 250+ hours getting this under control. I refused to allow the government to impose another unregulated assessment on my tax bill as well as yours. Not to mention the Township and the Water Dept did not take it lightly in learning the pond was in the shape it was in, and were less interested in the maintenance and duties of it as well. They were very motivating in the corrections of the conditions, and they are pleased and support the current pond status. What is it? The “pond” as we so lovingly refer to it as, is not a pond. It is a storm water and drainage water detention system. It is designed to work with the storm basins to remove storm/standing water from the streets, yards, overflows, etc. It is part of a system that works to keep our homes safe from water damage. When the water is pulled from the streets and yards it is drained into the pond and then retained there by pumps. When the water rises to a high level then another pump pushes it out into the county water drain. By using this natural drainage system it insures that the water overage is disbursed over a larger area and nature takes its place in the evaporation and hydration cycle. Prior to the repair of the pond, there were several severe streets that flooded and the yard “lakes”. The reason for this was the failure of the pumps and the lack of maintenance of the pond facilities. Do we own it? Yes, we are owners of the detention basin. But we share the maintenance with two other adjoining subs divided by the number of properties per sub to the total, Emerald Green has 24% and Clearstone has 23% (new sub just east of us), and we have the remaining 53% of the bills incurred caring for it..
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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The Petitions (continued on page 2) The Pond (continued on page 3) Spring Cleaning What is happening Board Contact Information

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the subdivision have decided to accommodate these changes.

So here they are… Fences
In light of the new accommodations, the Board has been working with several companies to get the best rate on fences for the residents within our subdivision. We have worked diligently with these companies to install the material exactly as it is stated and develop packages that are preapproved by the Board. By taking this course of action it eliminates the need for repeated meetings and conversations of builders, residents, township officials, and the Board Members. We know that many would like this done as soon as possible, please be patient we are working to get it all ironed out for you. Also it is important to remember there are permits that must be maintained to obtain the permission to erect the fence; we will also work with the township to have this done as expeditiously as possible. Please see municode.com, search Macomb Township, and then type in “fence” or “shed”, or any other code you desire information on. In regards to the fencing, we have sought out quotes from over 7 companies. The average home lot in the sub is 70 x 120 feet (some are larger based on location), there is approximately 175 feet of fence that is required for the job. It is mandatory that the specifications of the new rules be followed! Aluminum/iron residential grade fencing, no more than 4 feet (48 inches) tall, black in color. You MUST obtain written permission from all adjacent (connected) property owners. The average prices that we were quoted was between $21 and $38 per foot for the fencing. After a lot of price haggling, we have a company that maintains a Satisfactory rating with the Better Business Bureau offers a group rate for our residents, conforms to meet the requirements of the Association as well as the Township. They are Elegant Aluminum Products, Inc 16965 Masonic Blvd. Fraser, MI 48026. Our contact there is Chris, and you can contact him via phone at 800-546-3362. You can also visit their website at: www.elegantaluminum.com. The cost that is offered by Elegant is $18.00 per foot for a double channel and $19.00 per foot for a triple channel fence.

followed per the petitions. There is only one (1) shed per unit; the shed shall not be metal, wood, or the like; the shed shall me made of heavy gauge plastic, resin, vinyl, or other such materials; the shed shall not be larger than 10 feet wide, 8 feet deep, and 10 feet high; the shed shall not be attached to the residence in the unit; the shed shall be located discretely in the back yard of the residence within the unit and within the side yard setbacks of the residence within the unit. We have found a few really nice deals on these too! Sam’s Club has a great one, Lifetime Outdoor Storage Shed – 8 x 10, runs at $898 (go to samsclub.com and search for “shed” and it will come up, or the item #678175). Sears and Home Depot also carry a shed that fits well into the perimeters. You do not need a permit for these because there is no electricity allowed or a footing set. They are considered to be storage units.

Garbage
The petition will allow for residents to maintain and store garbage outdoors. This may be done, if the following is in place, a closed, sealable container (trash can with lid), it must be kept in an enclosed, screened area attached to the house. We are asking that the screening be in a fashion that blends with the design of the home and encloses the storage area. This means that there are NO bags, boxes, cartons, or anything in that manner to be placed freely outdoors. ALL trash has to be contained so that we do not develop a rodent issue, or have trash blowing around anymore than we already do.

Pools
Temporary pools will be allowed in the sub for the duration of May 1 through September 30. The pools must be taken down for the rest of the year. Pools must not be more than 36 inches tall and not more than 15 feet in diameter. They also must be in the rear of the house. With safety in mind, please use common sense, do not leave children unattended, do not leave ladders in the pool unattended or overnight, and please cover when not in use. Also, if any water vessel that carries more that 24” of water must register it with the township. There are certain criteria that must be followed to maintain a safe area. Please contact the Township in regards to updates on the codes regarding pools of any manner.

Sheds
Sheds are of the items that have some particulars to the specifications as well. There are specifics that must be

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please be mindful in these changes! We are a community…

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Do we have to take care of it?

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE FUTURE OF WINDING CREEK SUBDIVISION…
ENTRANCE GETS A MAKEOVER
THROUGHOUT THE SPRING WE HAVE HEARD YOU ALL! THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE SUB OFF OF 26 MILE RD IS GETTING A FACE LIFT! KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR THE PRETTY COLORS!

Yes, per our own bylaws, and covenants and conveyances we knowingly took ownership and maintenance rights to the pond. If not the township can imposed great amounts of tax assessments, designate the care and then order us to still maintain it after the fact. Another sub in the area failed to do so and was assessed over $210,000 to get the pond up to par; this included the fines imposed on the associations. Thankfully we are all caught up and doing well!!! What has to be done to it? The two pumps have to have a spring and fall maintenance to keep them running well, the water has to be treated and checked by a biological treatment firm, the informational reports must be submitted to Macomb, the Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality permits have to be annually approved and maintained, the area has to be clean and presentable What have we spent? In total we have spent almost $2,800 to get our pond in shape. Which has been split and billed to the other subs involved. Who says we need a fountain? It has been recommended by the treatment company, the State, the water department because it will increase circulation, aerate the water, and keep the water healthier. Therefore in the sprit of getting things into shape, we will have this done by summer. If you have any other questions feel free to ask… Thanks, Jennifer Tiedt Winding Creek Subdivision, President

POND FOUNTAIN BIDS
WE ARE CURRENTLY GETTING ESTIMATES TO PLACE A FOUNTAIN FOR THE POND.

BOARD HELP PLEASE!!!!
WE ARE BEGGING TO GET SOME HELP ON THE BOARD!!! PLEASE CALL JEN @ 586-992-3593 OR EMAIL AT MECUTIE437@AOL.COM

ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
TENTATIVE DATES OF JULY 9-12 ANY SUGGESTIONS?????

SUMMER BLOOM CONTEST
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR GARDEN FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN GIFT CERTIFICATES AT A LOCAL NURSERY! DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED…

ANNUAL PICNIC
LOOKING FOR SOME VOLUNTEERS TO HELP! SOME SUGGESTIONS ON LOCATIONS, IDEAS, ETC…

Petition Results Chart

WEBSITE
WE ARE AWARE OF THE ISSUES REGARDING THE WEBSITE AND IT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 1ST. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS, EMAIL JEN @ MECUTIE437@AOL.COM

DID WE MENTION . . .

BOARD HELP, PLEASE!!!

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BOARD MEMBERS
JENNIFER TIEDT, PRESIDENT 56462 WINDING CREEK DRIVE, LOT #17

Spring Cleaning . . .
Let’s spruce up the neighborhood! Now that the above mentioned petitions have been addressed and voted on by the homeowners, it is now time to make sure all lots are in compliance with the bylaws and regulations. The Board will be addressing multiple issues that have been raised by several homeowners regarding conditions of homes and properties that are not in compliance with the regulations. We have decided to give all homeowners a deadline of May 31, 2008 to get things in order without penalty. After that point, the Board will aggressively enforce the violation policy. In doing so, a letter will be sent giving the homeowner 14 days to address the violation. Per the violation policy, if the violation goes unresolved, the homeowner will be fined $100 a month until the restriction violation is alleviated. This is not meant to threaten, just as an over catch up to improve the appeal of the sub. And yes, this includes the Board.

ANDREA AVERY, VICE PRESIDENT 56406 WINDING CREEK DRIVE, LOT #18

TOM AMES, TREASURER *PROTEM 56236 SOLINA COURT, LOT #108

KELLEY BEAUCHAMP, BOARD MEMBER 56490 WINDING CREEK DRIVE, LOT #16 *VOTED IN ON 4/28/08 **2 SEATS STILL REMAIN…

Winding Creek Homeowners Association PO BOX Washington Twp, MI

BUILD RATE US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 00000

ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED Homeowner Lot # 1 56910 Winding Creek Dr Macomb Twp.MI 48042

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