County crews are out sealing cracks in the pavement to prevent road damage in Quail Ridge. By keeping water out of the cracks, the repair job lessens the impact of freeze-and-thaw cycles in the winter. Cool weather makes autumn a suitable time to lay down the black sealant for it firms up quickly. One person lays down the sealant, then another brushes it down into the crack. A truck applies sand over the top to minimize tar on your car. After the subdivision roads are sealed, a street sweeper will come through to clean up the remaining sand.
Fir Road Project
The Fir Road project is now completed and the roadway opened. The projected took 2 three-way stops and merged them into one four-way stop.The work by St. Joseph County contract has been completed and a low, no-mow grass has been planted in the former construction site.
To address homeowners questions...the land outside our stone wall and to Fir Road is owned by the county and that property remains the county's responsibility to maintain. Quail Ridge Homeowners Association has arranged for the island to be irrigated for future landscaping. We have quotes from AEP to install lighting in the island and, as this was a non-budgeted expense for 2012, we will review it as well as the landscaping of the new island during the preparation of the 2013 budget.
Growing in Knowledge-August 2012
August is time to renovate the lawn, proclaims Phil Sutton of Purdue University Extension. The latest edition of Growing in Knowledge lists practical lawn maintenance steps for Quail Ridge homeowners. Soil preparation, watering, seeding, mowing, and thatching are part of the mix leading to both a healthy lawn and financial savings. August is also time to plant a variety of tasty vegetables for the last 50 days to harvest. For a festive shrub even in the winter snow, Candy Coralberry is the featured plant. A recipe for Mixed Bean-Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette takes advantage of varieties grown in home gardens. A quick look at sowbugs or pillbugs confirms the "roly-polies" are more of a nuisance than hazard. And, of course, the August issue includes monthly tasks for the garden and lawn. Enjoy the outdoors!
Four New Board Members
At the Jan. 24th Quail Ridge Annual Meeting, four new Directors to the Board were elected by Homeowner vote. The new members are Barb Velasco, Jill Harms, Rick Stasyshan and Marcel Lebbin. The bios for the group are located below.
In addition to the elections the following key topics were covered during the meeting:
- The 2012 operating budget for the association was reviewed and approved.
- The feedback on 2012 Survey of Concerns was highlighted. Security is, once again, the #1 concern for residents.
- The impact of our Quail Ridge security patrol, as implemented in 2011, was reviewed and 2012’s patrol plan was revealed.
- Updates on the Gumwood Rd. expansion were presented.
The responsibilities and contact information for the 2012 Board can be found at www.quailridgehomes.org/qrha-board.
Departing from the Board are Chuck Bueter and Mark Andrews. Thanks go out to those two gentlemen for their contributions during the past several years to our neighborhood. Even though Chuck is departing from the Board, he will remain as our web site administrator.
The next meeting for the association will be Wednesday, March 28th, at 7:00 PM at Harris Branch Library on Elm Road.
Harris Twp. Taxes Going Down
For Quail Ridge homeowners, some taxes are actually going down, according to Harris Township Board Member Ken Lindsay (R). He reports:
"The Township Board (legislative body) and Township Trustee (executive) devised and passed a 2012 budget that pares away expenses and spends down surpluses that grew over the years. No services were lost. The plan is to operate this way for more than one year.
Township governments still provide a limited number of services including fire, cemetery and small park upkeep, and some level of assistance to the poor. Harris Township is in the northeastern corner of St. Joseph County and includes Granger, older farms, and newer subdivisions.
The taxes eliminated for 2012 are for General and Township Assistance services, which are under the direct control of the Township. On a tax bill they are part of the 'Township' line item, which also includes Fire Territory tax levies."
Lindsay has set up a Ken Lindsay, Harris Township Board page on Facebook at which he posts other township items. For additional details about Harris Township government and how to calculate your personal savings, you may also email him at
2012 Leaf Pickup
Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2012 11:13
Leaf Pick-up will commence Monday, October 15, and continue through November 19. Please rake the leaves to your curbside but do not block street gutters or drains to avoid street flooding during rain. Greenworld (formally Greenscapes) has been contracted to pick up the leaves again this year. The leaf collection is a major part of the annual Homeowners Association budget. Please place only leaves curbside and DO NOT include grass clippings, branches and shrub trimmings. These will only clog the vacuum units and are not part of the contracted service. There will also be one spring pick-up in April 2013.
Street Light Outages
With the longer evenings, please inform the QRHA Board of any street lights that are out and we will promptly alert AEP to repair them. The best and fastest way is to email
and advise us the Street Address closest to the pole. We will notify AEP as soon as the message is received.
2012 QRHA Calendar
At the 2012 Annual Meeting on January 24, several Quail Ridge calendar items were announced. Save these dates:
- Easter Egg Hunt – April 7 from 4-5 pm.; Fir Rd. Entrance
- Neighborhood Garage Sale – May 11-12
- Neighborhood BBQ & Pool Party – August 3 from 3:30-7pm; Knollwood Country Club
- Harvest Hayride – October 21 from 3-5 pm; Windridge Court
- 2nd Annual Quail Ridge Turkey Trot – November 24 at 8 am; Lincolnshire Trail
Regular board meetings will be held at the Harris Branch Library, 51446 Elm Road, Granger, Indiana from 7:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.:
- Wednesday, March 28; meeting room B
- Thursday, May 24; meeting room C
- Tuesday, July 24; meeting room C
- Wednesday, September 26; meeting room C
- Thursday, November 15; meeting room B
The 2013 Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, January 29, 2013, also at 7:00 p.m. at a location to be announced.
To keep up to date, see the Calendar Details in the Main Menu on the left column.
Coyotes are Back
Coyotes have been seen and heard in increasing numbers recently in Quail Ridge. Several daytime sightings and a few noisy nighttime coyote skirmishes have attracted the attention of residents, and one homeowner recently found a dead coyote in the backyard. Homeowners are reminded to be vigilant when leaving small pets outside, especially at night when coyotes are most active.
Coyotes in Indiana are mating in January and February, with a gestation period of about 60 days, according to the Indiana Coyote Rescue Center. They typically hunt for small animals--rodents, rabbits, squirrels, moles--with availability of prey determining their population and litter size. With this mild 2011-2012 winter, the food source has been abundant. More information on coyotes in Indiana can be found at www.coyoterescue.org.
A Quail Ridge resident who was out in a hot tub late at night recorded this brief presumed outburst by coyotes, which ends with the sound of a passing car.
Turkey Waddle Debuts
Special thanks to the folks on Lincolnshire Trail for organizing the first annual Quail Ridge Thanksgiving Day Turkey Waddle. Neighbors young and old ran, walked, biked and strolled a one, two or three mile loop through the neighborhood at 9 am before returning to Lincolnshire to share breakfast goodies and wish each other a happy Thanksgiving.