Week in Westcreek May 2-8, 2016
Open Positions at VWOA
The following positions are open within various departments in our organization. Please come to the office and fill out an application, or to get more information.
- Lifeguard Positions-lifeguard certification is required, must be 16 years old or older, have great people skills, works well with others, available to work with flex schedule.
- Standards Monitor Position– has great people skills, works well with others, available to work with flex schedule, communicates well verbally and in writing, understands and uses Word and Excel programs proficiently. Is able to walk the community as necessary.
The Board Room
Greetings from your Board of Directors,
Summer is here and we are increasing our presence in the Sports Park. We dealt with some un-neighborly issues in the park over the past two weeks. No one was happy with the outcomes. When using the park remember to bring your up-to-date VWOA Photo ID, obey the posted signs and respect the monitor’.
Have you been out to a VWOA Basketball game? These young folks are putting on quite a show. Thank you for all the support. For more information visit: http://villagesofwestcreek.com/vwoa-basketball/.
Adult Softball is gearing up! Let’s come out and support our team! For more information visit: http://villagesofwestcreek.com/softball-registration-ends-friday/#gallery/0/
New business: How can we make our neighborhood what you want? Let us know at email@example.com), or post it on Nextdoor!!!
See something say something! Send your comments and concerns to the Board and we will address them at the Board meetings and answer them right here in this forum next issue. Enjoy your week in Westcreek.
Volunteers – Community Pride
In 2012, Habitat for Humanity was the sixth-largest U.S. homebuilder. Wow, who knew? As we know, they freely accept community volunteers to help them build the houses. After all, helping to build someone a house is truly a noble cause. Something else that you may not know is that the houses are not “free.” Besides the ‘sweat equity’ that the new homeowner will have to put in helping to build the house, they will still have to pay the 20-30 year mortgage, just like the rest of us. Another interesting fact about these homeowners is that they tend to be very passionate and involved in their community. That is a fact that I did not know, but I am not surprised. Some of my fondest memories and my greatest moments of pride, are from working hard and ‘sweating’ to helping others. That’s what our community needs. We need to invest whatever we can into our community by putting in a little ‘sweat equity’ to improve our community. By doing this, we will feel more ownership of our community and more passionate to see it succeed.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
To inquire about other volunteer opportunities, you can send an email to the Community Manager at InfoAction@villagesofwestcreek.com.
Bexar County Roads Chip Sealing
The VWOA has been notified by Bexar County that they will be chip sealing the streets in the Vistas, High Point, The Oaks and Royal Oaks over the next few weeks.
Visit our website http://villagesofwestcreek.com/bexar-county-road-chip-sealing/ for more detailed information about this project.
South Texas Farmers Market is Back
We are happy to announce that the South Texas Farmers Market is starting back up this week, beginning Thursday May 5th, and will be here every Thursday through September. Times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
They will be located in the overflow parking lot at the Community Center.
Pools Open This Week
We are happy to announce that our pools are now open. Based on input from our residents, we have extended the hours of operations for the pools. Check out the 2016 pool schedules posted on our website: http://villagesofwestcreek.com/2016-pool-schedules/
MedDropSA – Medication Disposal
MedDropSA is the safe, easy way to dispose of unwanted, expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. Medications will be accepted at no charge, and disposed of in a safe, legal way — keeping these drugs off our streets and out of the environment.
- DO bring pills dumped into a plastic storage bag (Like Ziploc).
- DO bring liquids in their original container.
- DON’T bring needles or other “sharps.”
The next scheduled MedDrop will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4222 SW Loop 410.
Visit www.meddropsa.com for all scheduled events in 2016.
Oak Wilt Prevention Tips
Oak Wilt is a deadly fungal disease that infects and disables the water-conducting system in oak trees. All oaks are susceptible to this disease, but some species more than others. With no known cure, methods to control are expensive and treatments are not always effective or guaranteed.
Oak Wilt is prevalent in Central Texas and spreads both above and below ground. Fungal mats develop under the bark on the trunks and major branches of infected Red Oak trees. When the fungal mat enlarges and cracks the bark of the tree, an odor is released that attracts sap-feeding beetles. The fungus is transmitted when these beetles feed on the fungal mats and carry fungal spores to fresh wounds or cuts on healthy oak trees. Because oak trees have interconnected roots, the disease can be spread below ground through grafted root systems, eventually killing great numbers of oak trees in the area.
Trees are an important public resource that enhance the quality of life, add value to properties and reduce energy costs and pollutants. Our City Arborist has some tips you can follow to help prevent Oak Wilt in your neighborhood:
- Minimize pruning oak trees between February 1 and July 1. This is when the Oak Wilt fungus is most active.
- Best time to prune trees is either in the middle of the summer, when temperatures are the hottest, or in late fall/early winter months when temperatures can be the coldest.
- Paint all cuts and wounds on oak trees within 30 minutes.
- Remove Red Oaks identified with Oak Wilt.
- Know where your firewood comes from. Don’t transport unseasoned firewood from diseased Red Oaks.
- Make sure contractors doing tree pruning have a valid, city issued tree maintenance license and proper training.
If you suspect Oak Wilt in your neighborhood, contact the Texas Forest Service at (210) 494-1742.
For additional recommendations and information, you can visit the TFS Texas Oak Wilt.Org website at:
Help Us Get Connected!
We need your help in connecting with all residents in the Villages of Westcreek. Talk to your neighbors about signing up for “This Week in Westcreek,” the “Westcreek Times” and alerts/notifications sent out to the community by the VWOA. Encourage them to visit our website at www.villagesofwestcreek.com and register their email to receive these electronic communications.
The assessments for 2016 are $360.00 for the year or $90.00 quarterly. If you pay quarterly, please remember the due dates are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1, 2016. Finance charges are applied on past due assessments. IMPORTANT: ***All residents 12 and older must have a current VWOA ID card in order to access the pool and park and attend VWOA events.
Updating Your Villages of Westcreek ID Cards
Are you short on time and have trouble getting to us during our normal office hours? Along with our regular scheduled hours during the week our office remains open every Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. If, for whatever reason, you may not have the chance to update your ID cards, you may drop them off in an envelope at our drop box at the office. We will gladly update your cards (assessments must be up to date) and mail them back to you. (Please remove any lanyards from them prior to drop off).
The VWOA office accepts homeowner’s checks, credit cards, cash and money orders. If you cannot get to the office during office hours, or do not live in VWOA, you can now pay your assessments online at www.villagesofwestcreek.com. Also, you may wish to set it up with your bank as a bill pay; the bank will mail a check directly to us. Please use your house number and street name as your VWOA account number. Homeowners can also mail their check personally to us. Please send payments to VWOA, 12395 Military Dr. W., San Antonio, TX 78253. VWOA does not accept checks from non-homeowners. At this time we cannot accept payments over the phone. Please note that the P.O. Box is closed. *** Payments can also be made via Pay Pal using our Pay Pal link on our website at www.villagesofwestcreek.com.
The Community Center and Sports Park Pavilion are available to rent for your next event. The facilities can be booked up to 6 months in advance. The office is now accepting reservations through October 2016. For more information, please visit our website www.villagesofwestcreek.com, or contact the office at 679-8761.
Year-Round watering restrictions (listed below) may be declared when the Edwards Aquifer level is above 660 feet meaning sea level at the monitored well. These rules continue until there is an announcement in the newspaper that Stage 1 is in effect and/or conditions warrant a more stringent restriction level.
- Under Year-Round guidelines, all fountains – whether commercial or residential, or indoor or outdoor – are allowed.
- Landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is permitted any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Please visit saws.org website for more information.
The Villages of Westcreek is on Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, you can look us up and “like” our Facebook page to receive updates and information about your community. Facebook “likes”: 1611
Standards Tip of the Week
The color of the gutters and downspouts may not be reflective, bright or bold and must be compatible with the dwelling’s exterior. Downspouts must also be positioned to prevent soil erosion and control runoff to prevent damage to adjoining properties. If these terms are met, ARC approval is not required.
All gutters and downspouts must be maintained in good working order and kept free of leaves. Sagging gutters must be re-secured to the house.
Rain gutters and downspouts that are packed with leaves can lead to wood rot of your fascia boards, harbor insects and during holidays where fireworks use is common could lead to a fire.
Public Safety Tip of the Week
At a recent Board of Directors meeting there was a discussion about how street lights would possibly help prevent crime. It was pointed out that if we were annexed into the city, the city of San Antonio would be required to provide the lighting at some time in the future. For the association to do it would be a considerable cost and thus was not in the plans at the current time. However here are some of the suggestions that may help in the meantime:
- Residents could leave their porch lights on at night.
- Residents could install lights with sensors. These lights only come on when they detect movement and/or heat from animals/persons.
- Residents could also install “dusk to dawn” lights as another option.
For those who choose to leave their lights on overnight, they may want to consider using energy efficient CFL lights. They produce the equivalent light of a 60 watt bulb, but only use 13 watts. They are also available in non-attracting insect wavelengths (yellow).
Before installing your own flood or security lighting please review the VWOA Standards For Architectural Design and Property Maintenance (6.4 Exterior Lighting: A. Flood or security lighting) and relative VWOA-CC&Rs sections.
Draybrook- 4 tires were stolen from a Silverado Saturday night. A police report was filed.
Please remember to be observant in your neighborhood. Report any suspicious activities or persons to the Bexar County Sheriff’s office. (210) 335-6000 or 911 if it’s an emergency situation.
Association Report Card
- Unpaid Assessments: $147,312.26
- Total Constant Contact: 2168
ARC Committee – This Committee holds their meetings every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Center Conference Room. If a holiday falls on any given Tuesday, this meeting is automatically postponed to the following week. All are welcome to attend.
Communications Committee -This Committee holds their meetings every first Monday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday, otherwise it is postponed until the following Monday) at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Center Conference room. All are welcome to attend.
Happening This Week:
Monday, May 2nd
- 10:00 a.m. Communications Committee Meeting
- 6:00 p.m. Ad Hoc Fence Committee Meeting
- 7:30 p.m. Cardio Zumba
Tuesday, May 3rd
- 4:30 p.m. Architectural Review Committee Meeting
- 7:30 p.m. -Turbokick
Wednesday, May 4th
- 6:30 p.m. Yoga/Pilates
- 7:30 p.m. Cardio Zumba
Thursday, May 5th
- 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Farmers Market
- 7:30 p.m. Body Bootcamp
- 6:00 p.m. Executive Session
Friday, May 6th
- No Events
Saturday, May 7th
- 8:00 a.m. Basketball in the SP
Sunday, May 8th
- Happy Mother’s Day