Spring Stroller Walk with SJC Parks
"Looking for a way to enjoy spring with your little ones? The St. Joseph County Parks invite Quail Ridge residents to join us for a Spring Stroller Walk. Come on out to Bendix Woods Co. Park on Thursday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. for songs, stories and a guided walk to see the spectacular spring wildflowers, like these Spring Beauties. $3/child. Register by Tuesday, April 23, at (574) 654-3155." Thanks to Amal Farrough of St. Joseph County Parks for personally inviting Quail Ridge families.
Growing in Knowledge-March 2013
It's springtime, and the March 2013 Growing in Knowledge delivers its regular sound advice for monthly activities in the garden and home. But this issue also asks insightful questions about why we garden and whether it is for the right reasons. Author Phil Sutton advises, "Grow for the taste and fun, not that you believe you are safer" from chemicals. And if you're going to grow tomatoes, he steers readers to an award-winning variety with lots of favorable attributes. You'll find more on horticultural oils; a recipe for cannellini with tomatoes and sage; a word puzzle; and, of course, the list of monthly activities. Thanks to Phil Sutton, ANR, and Purdue Extension.
Recreation Enhancements Coming
Two recent developments will increase the quality of life for Quail Ridge residents and augment home values. First, the nearby Knollwood Fields will remain open and maintained for soccer and family recreation. As reported in a South Bend Tribune article, Jim Basney purchased the nine acres and will lease the property to Michiana Soccer Association. The fields had been put up for sale with the prospect of development negating their availability to the community.
At the QRHA Annual Meeting on January 29, 2013, Board Member Clare Roach, who had been spearheading an effort to preserve the fields for public use, said, "Personally and on behalf of everyone in the community, thank you. Turning them into a sports complex, used particularly by families,...potentially putting in playground is really exciting."
Second, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners endorsed a network of local multi-purpose trails when it partnered with Granger Paths and "approved a construction engineering agreement for the construction of Adams Trail," a leg of the bike and pedestrian path along Adams Road between Elm and Cherry Roads, as reported in a South Bend Tribune article. The commissioners recognized the value of the private initiative that is saving taxpayer dollars to improve the community. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2013.
Three Items for Annual Meeting
The 2013 Quail Ridge Homeowners Association Annual Meeting is Tuesday, January 29, at 7:00 PM at Knollwood Country Club. Three items in a recent mailing sent to homeowners are clarified in PDF document, including
- Ballot and Proxy for 2013 QRHA Annual Meeting
- QRHA Vote to Approve the Changes to the Covenants and Restrictions
- 2013 Survey of Concerns
Recently the QRHA announcement for the Annual Meeting was sent to all Homeowners of record. In the mailing was the following information:
- Letter from the President
- 2013 Annual Dues Invoice & Directory Information
- Ballot and Proxy for 2013 QRHA Annual Meeting
- Quail Ridge Homeowners Association Vote to Approve the Changes to the Covenants and Restrictions
- 2013 Survey of Concerns
As explanation for the last three (3) of the above mailing enclosures, the following clarifies their purpose
Ballot and Proxy for 2013 QRHA Annual Meeting
This ballot is a procedural requirement to conduct business at the annual meeting. In the past years, this procedure was satisfied when we had openings for Board positions and candidates were being elected. The 10% quorum attendance requirement was part of the candidates’ ballots that were submitted. This year we have a full Board as no terms are expiring nor are any members resigning.
Quail Ridge Homeowners Association Vote to Approve the Changes to the Covenants and Restrictions
This allows a Homeowner to accept the revised covenants as desired by your Board. The proposed revised covenants can be viewed in summary or in detail on the association’s web site. Since last November, volunteers have been canvassing our neighborhood for signatures of acceptance. If a representative has not received your acceptance, simply sign the form. Your signature will be registered and you will not be contacted.
2013 Survey of Concerns
This form allows Homeowners to pass along their concerns to the Board on the key issues in Quail Ridge. Homeowners are encouraged to be as general or as specific as they desire. The Board reviews these concerns and attempts to address the issues. These will compiled and presented on the web site in April and our Spring Newsletter.
New Sign Holders
Attractive new sign holders have been installed at three of the five Quail Ridge entrances, allowing rapid communication of events and news to homeowners. Residents Bill Kestermeier and Clare Roach spearheaded the effort to investigate QRHA needs, solicit neighborhood input, find a designer, make each unit, and install them. Over the past couple of years they repeatedly brought various samples and design ideas to regular and annual QRHA board meetings for homeowners to weigh in on the details. Two additional sign holders will be installed at the Gumwood Road entrances after the road construction there is concluded, purportedly in 2014.
Greenworld Announces Leaf Pickup
Greenworld will be servicing Quail Ridge with leaf pickup in 2013. Kathleen Long of Greenworld writes, "Weather permitting; we have scheduled your spring pass of curbside leaf collection for the week of April 22nd."
Now if we can only get some pleasant weather to get the leaves to the curb...
QRHA Garage Sale is May 10-11
Spring cleaning cometh, and with it is the Annual Quail Ridge Neighborhood Garage Sale on Friday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturday, May 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please note that it starts one hour later on Friday to allow school buses to clear out before the outside traffic moves in. Signs will be put up at entrances and announcements will be in the South Bend Tribune the week before. Homeowner who are participating in this event are encouraged to put a couple of green balloons out at the curb to show visiting drivers where the garage sales are.
Retention Ponds Awareness
Due to the heavy rainfall recently in addition to the snowmelt, the retention ponds are doing what is expected to prevent street flooding and are filling with water. Please avoid walking/playing in the retention pond area as the water level at this time is unknown and could be dangerous especially for young children.
Please help the neighborhood to prevent potential icy streets tomorrow by making sure the storm drains in front of your house and on your street are functioning and not clogged. Thank you for your help in keeping our neighborhood safe.
Gumwood Phase 1 Nears
St. Joseph County Engineer Jessica Clark said the letting for Phase I of the Gumwood Road reconstruction will likely begin around May 1, 2012, if the courts close on one remaining property claim this week. Phase I extends from Toscana Park to just north of Brick Road at Candy Lane. About one month after the letting process begins, the contractor with the winning bid will be known. Work on the first phase, for which one property was condemned, will likely be completed in 2013.
Meanwhile, homeowners of Quail Ridge are affected by Phase II of the project, which extends north from Candy Lane to the Michigan state line. They have thirty days to consider once the buyer makes the offer of compensation to each property owner before the County seeks them out. Once the County owns all the property it needs to proceed with road work, utility work can start for Phase II in 2013. Clark believes the Phase II construction will likely be completed in 2014.
Clark also suggested St. Joseph County will install fully shielded streetlights at the Gumwood Road entrances to Quail Ridge, as it has done in several recent road projects. However, County will not be installing any lighting at the new Fir Road entrance, among the reasons being that the Fir Road reconfiguration came from a different funding pool.
Trees Removed at Knollwood
The removal of trees affected by Imprelis has become more obvious as crews work to cut down deadwood and to grind stumps. Knollwood Country Club (KCC) General Manager Brian Ihnat said the original estimate of 228 damaged trees "is about accurate. We have til December 31, 2013, to determine they're going to make it." In some instances, individual trees embedded within a stand of others have been choked out over the years, and with the removal of adjoining trees the remaining scrawny tree has been cut down as well.
The Knollwood East golf course was most visibly affected, with about 52 trees concentrated between holes 1 and 9, Ihnat said. "The rest are scattered about the property--you may not notice them." KCC's plan is "not to replace tree for tree, but definitely going to plant many between one and nine and other strategic locations on the property." He suggested the new trees would be significant in size, up to 20-footers, with oaks or maples or other hardwoods replacing the softwood trees affected by Imprelis.