Week in Westcreek May 9-15, 2016
Open Positions at VWOA
We are currently recruiting for a Standards Monitor Position. Please come to the office and fill out an application, or to get more information.
- 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.
Volunteers – A Lesson in Community Service
The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910. Their Oath contains the following, “To help other people at all times.” This clause falls under “Duty to Other People,” and is described as, “Doing your good turn each day, looking for people that could use a hand, and providing aid for community services are all ways to help others. We are obligated to help those that cannot help themselves and helping with a cheerful spirit builds our own character.” The highest rank that one can achieve is that of Eagle Scout. I was very fortunate, honored, and proud to achieve that rank as a young man. One of the last requirements that a Scout must perform in order become an Eagle Scout, is the Eagle service project. The service project must benefit the community. This is the culmination of the Eagle Scout candidate’s leadership training, and it requires a significant effort on his part. The Scout must plan, develop, and lead others in doing the project. The project will benefit the very community, which has supported the Scout over his years of advancing in rank, and is an opportunity to ‘give back’ to the community. This is a really important event, because ‘giving back’ to the community is the most important lesson to be learned. The lesson is not to test their leadership, it is a lesson in community service. Even the smallest amount of time spent ‘giving cheerful service’…in our own community, builds pride and gives a greater sense of ownership! Every little bit helps!
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
To inquire about 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.
How to Report Problems in Common Areas and Residential Properties
The VWOA Maintenance Department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all Common Areas to include the Sports Park, Community Center, Pools, Village Monuments, turf areas on main roads (Military Drive West, Westcreek Oaks, Westcreek View, Grosenbacher, and Talley Road) and certain green belts within Westcreek. If you see a problem in these areas that need our attention, please contact the VWOA Office during normal business hours at 210-679-8761 or you can send an email to InfoAction@VillagesofWestcreek.com. If you have pictures please include them in your communications with the Maintenance Department.
If it is an Emergency that cannot wait till normal business hours, such as a broken sprinkler head you can call the after-hours number at 210-854-9282. Please describe the specific problem and location.
The VWOA Standards Department is responsible for monitoring all residential properties within the Association to ensure that they are in compliance with the CC&Rs and Standards. If you see a property that you feel may not be in compliance with the CC&R’s or Standards please contact the VWOA Office at Phone 210-679-8761 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to provide the property address and a description of the alleged violation of the CC&R’s and/or Standards. If you have pictures please include them in your communications with the Standards Department. Please note that the information you provide will be kept confidential.
Both of these Departments work hard to assure these areas are well maintained as part of our mission to help preserve property values and beauty of the Villages of Westcreek.
Pools Are Open
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/
April Showers Bring More Than Spring Flowers
April showers have brought more than spring flowers this year. We all can agree that we are grateful to receive all the rain we have had this past spring. The big drawback however is the proliferation of mosquitoes in our community. To keep the mosquito population at bay, the Center for Communicable Diseases (CDC) recommends what you can do to control mosquitoes outside and inside your home.
OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
- Install or repair and use window and door screens. Do not leave doors propped open.
- Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
- Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
- For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
- Use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
- Use an outdoor flying insect spray where mosquitoes rest. Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, or under the carport or garage. When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.
- If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
INSIDE YOUR HOME
- Keep windows and doors shut and use air conditioning when possible.
- Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside your home. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like vases and flowerpot saucers.
- Kill mosquitoes inside your home. Use an indoor flying insect fogger* or indoor insect spray* to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. These products work immediately, but may need to be reapplied. Always follow label directions. Only using insecticide will not keep your home free of mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.
- Use an indoor fogger* or indoor insect spray* to reach and treat areas were mosquitos rest inside the home.
MedDropSA – Medication Disposal This Saturday!
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 MedDropSA will be held this 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.
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”: 1623
Standards Tip of the Week
Window room air conditioners for two story homes without a separate air conditioning unit to cool the second floor, may be approved on a case-by-case basis depending on whether it is
- considered to be in the best interest of the owner, renter, lessee or family members special health needs and well-being;
- Of slimline design that will not extend more than eight (8”) inches outside the dwelling; and not installed in any window facing the street.
A Property Improvement Application (PIA) must be submitted to the ARC to include the depth of the unit along with a Plat/Lot Survey showing the proposed location.
Note: Lessees/renters must obtain written permission from the owner and submit it with the PIA.
Public Safety Tip of the Week
Everyone is a Pedestrian
Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there’s one that all road users share—everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2013, totaling 4,735 deaths.
- Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely to be.
- Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to the pedestrians, too.
- Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path. See safercar.gov/parents/backover.htm
Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals.
- Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.
- Pay attention to the traffic moving around you. This is not the time to be texting or talking on a cell phone.
- Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you.
- Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.
- Look left-right-left before crossing a street.
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: $133,016.93
- Total Constant Contact: 2174
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.
Executive Session- The BOD will hold an Executive Session on Monday, May 9, 2016 in the Conference Room at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the Executive Session is to discuss personnel, pending or threatened litigation, contract negotiations, enforcement actions, confidential communications with the property owners’ association’s attorney, matters involving the invasion of privacy of individual owners, or matters that are to remain confidential by request of the affected parties and agreement of the board. This is a closed session.
Sports Park Committee – The committee will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Election Committee – The committee will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Finance Committee – The committee will hold their next meeting Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. All are welcome to attend.
Executive Session- The BOD will hold an Executive Session on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in the Conference Room at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the Executive Session is to discuss personnel, pending or threatened litigation, contract negotiations, enforcement actions, confidential communications with the property owners’ association’s attorney, matters involving the invasion of privacy of individual owners, or matters that are to remain confidential by request of the affected parties and agreement of the board. This is a closed session.
Board of Directors Meeting– The BOD will hold their monthly meeting, Thursday, May 19, 2016 in the Community Center at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Happening This Week:
Monday, May 9th
- 5:45 p.m.- SMASH DANCE
- 6:00 p.m.- Executive Session
- 7:30 p.m. – Cardio Zumba
Tuesday, May 10th
- 4:30 p.m. – Architectural Review Committee Meeting
- 7:30 p.m. –Turbokick
Wednesday, May 11th
- 6:00 p.m. – Sports Park Committee Meeting
- 7:30 p.m. – Cardio Zumba
Thursday, May 12th
- 7:30 p.m. – Body Bootcamp
- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Farmers Market
Friday, May 13th
- No Events
Saturday, May 14th
- 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Yard Sales
- 8:00 a.m. – Wahoos Swim Team Tryouts
- 8:00 a.m.- VWOA Basketball
Sunday, May 15th
- No Events