2014 Annual HOA Meeting

(please note updated times, the meeting does not start at 6:30pm as stated in the mailing)

VILLAGES OF STONELAKE ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. will hold their annual meeting on April 16th.  The meeting will start at 7pm.

DATE: WENESDAY, APRIL 16th
6:45pm – Doors Open / Sign-in
7:00pm – Meeting Start

PLACE: Ashley Elementary School Cafeteria
15601 Christopher Ln.
Frisco, TX 75035
(469) 633-3700

The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to conduct all lawful business of the Association. The Agenda for this meeting will be:

I. Roll Call and certifying proxies
II. Proof of notice of meeting or waiver of notice
III. Review of Financial Statements
IV. Committee Updates
V. New Business/Q&A
V1. Adjournment

SPRING FLING

When:  Saturday, April 12th 6-8pm

Where:  Pocket Park (Story Lane)

This years event is so much more than just an Easter Egg hunt.  Pizza will be provided between 6:00-6:30.  We will have games, crafts, a bounce house, and to end it a Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt!

** IMPORTANT:

-Please provide 12 filled plastic eggs for each participating child. (glow bands will be provided by the HOA)
-Drop off bags of eggs to 15082 Beckley Ln between April 7th-11th.

-Please indicate child’s grade on the bag to help us plan by group.  (for Preschool children, please indicate age.

Please remember to bring your own chairs or blankets and BYOB.

Paddy Wagon Bike Parade and Block Party

Unfortunately, we have made the decision to cancel today’s event. With these high winds it will be impossible for us to have the activities that were planned. We are hoping to reschedule (possibly next weekend). We will keep you posted as soon as we know.

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Let’s ShamROCK!!! Please join the HOA on Ireland Lane for a St. Patrick’s Day Block Party.

What: A Mean Green celebration with live music, games & crafts.
When: Sunday, March 16th 3pm – 5pm
Where: Ireland Lane

Decorate your bikes, scooter or wagons with you best St. Patrick’s decorations. The “Paddy Wagon” Bike Parade will begin at 3:15pm. Prizes will be given to the top three decorated entries.

No need to RSVP, just B.Y.O B & a seat!

PLEASE NOTE: Ireland Lane will be closed for through traffic 2pm-6pm for the event.

Architectural Control Committee

If you are contemplating an improvement that impacts the exterior of your home, such as a pool, a pergola, new landscape, fence, painting the exterior of your home, etc, you will need approval from the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) before you proceed. To submit a request to the committee, simply fill out the below ACC Request Form and submit it to Jenny Powe at Excel Association Management (jpowe@excelam.com). Also include any electronic plans you may have to better communicate the specifics of your request.

Excel will submit the request to the ACC Committee which is comprised of homeowner volunteers who will review the request to ensure it is compliant with the deed restrictions. The ACC technically has 30 days to respond to a request, but they do their utmost to turn over these requests very quickly for your convenience and theirs. Once a decision is made, you will receive written feedback of either the approval or the reason why the request was denied. If you have any questions about the ACC process, you may contact Jackie Sterk of Excel Association Management at (972) 881-7488 or jsterk@excelam.com.

Download the VoSE ACC form.

Fall Festival (2013)

Later this month Villages of Stonelake Estates will be throwing our 2nd Annual Fall Festival! Please have your children dress up in their costumes. Each family should bring a dessert for the cake walk.

When: Sunday, October 27th 2013
Where: Potomac & Parliament Lanes
Time: 3pm – 5pm

This year’s Fall Festival will be a lot of fun. We will have a petting zoo, bounce house, hay ride, carnival games & more! Goody bags & prizes will be handed out.

In case of bad weather the event may be postponed or canceled – updates will be posted here.

Frisco’s Stage 3 Restrictions this Fall and Winter

The hottest part of the year has passed, but mandatory Stage 3 water restrictions, as outlined by the Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Plan, will continue because Lavon Lake remains several feet below normal. During Stage 3, planting and watering cool season grasses such as rye or other similar grasses, which raise water needs, are not permitted.

Lawns and landscapes need little to no outdoor watering when temperatures cool. Warm season grasses, such as Bermuda or St. Augustine, will go dormant during fall and winter months. ‘Dormant’ means grasses naturally turn brown during cooler months.

The best thing you can do is simply ‘turn off’ the sprinkler system. There’s no reason to water during fall and winter and it’s important to take this opportunity to save water and help protect our existing water resources for next summer. The North Texas Municipal Water District, Frisco’s wholesale regional water provider, shows Stage 4 (no outdoor watering) projections are still a possibility for 2014 without adequate rainfall next spring.

Outdoor watering with a sprinkler system is still limited to once-per-week only if necessary. The watering schedule is based on location within the residential trash collection day zone and applies to both non-residential and residential customers.

When Central Standard Time begins on Sunday, November 3, 2013, there will be no ‘time of day’ restrictions. Watering with a drip/bubbler system, soaker hoses or a hand-held hose for foundations, pools, and established trees and shrubs are still allowed, if necessary, for up to two hours per day, any day of the week.

Residential and non-residential properties that over seed and irrigate cool season grasses such as Rye with potable water during Stage 3 drought restrictions will be in violation of the City of Frisco’s Water Management Plan. A violation will result in a sprinkler system disconnection and additional fees on their water bills. Continued violations could result in a formal citation and court fines.

For more information about Stage 3, visit the Water Resources website and consider subscribing to Frisco’s weekly WaterWise Email Newsletter. This is the easiest way to remain up-to-date on water restrictions and the weekly lawn watering advice based Frisco’s weather station data.

We appreciate all your effort and continued support as we work to reduce water use across Frisco. I will be following up next week with additional program and outreach material that you can use in your community to further promote and educate your contractors, employees and residents.

Thank you again and please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

MELODY EMADIAZAR | WATER RESOURCES MANAGER
CITY OF FRISCO |  11300 RESEARCH ROAD | FRISCO, TX 75033
(OFC) 972-292-5814 | (FAX) 972-292-5891 | MEMADIAZAR@FRISCOTEXAS.GOV

VISIT US AT WWW.FRISCOTEXAS.GOV/WATER

VoSE – Reminders for Fall

All Villages of Stonelake Estates Homeowners:

Fall is finally here (September 22). Please review the following list and take advantage of cooler fall temperatures to address the following as needed to keep the neighborhood looking beautiful.

1. Street Trees: As your street tree(s) grow, the canopy level will need to be raised to at least 6 feet tall. Otherwise, the limbs will be in contention with the users of the sidewalk and the street. After the temperatures cool, please remove some lower limbs from your street trees to be proactive.

2. Dry Trees: The water restrictions were brutal on trees this year. If you have a tree that looks dry or distressed, consider adding a gator bag or hand watering ($30 for a gator bag is “cheap” compared to the price of replacing a required tree). If you have a tree that is dead, be sure to have it replaced during the fall (replacement trees must be a minimum of 3” caliper in size).

3. Wood Doors: Wooden front doors and garage doors require regular maintenance. The rule of thumb is to apply varnish every 2 years. If you wait too long, you’ll need additional work (sanding, stain touch up, etc.). The varnish protects the wood from water damage. If doors are neglected for several years, they will need premature replacement and they are not cheap to buy. The good news is that after you have your doors maintained, they look like new which is very uplifting.  If you don’t have a painter, look on the VoSE Facebook page for recommendations.  (VoSE Facebook > Files > RecommendationsIf you are not a member, just request to join and you will be added.

4. Fence Maintenance: Please keep your fence stained to maintain it’s life. We’ve all seen the “irrigation archs” on fences from where your sprinklers spray the fence, so please re-stain as needed to avoid these – your fence will look much better and last much longer.

5. Shrub Pruning: Fall and Spring are the two times a year that shrubs need heavier maintenance to avoid getting overgrown. Also, make sure you don’t have a shrub blocking your cast-stone street number sign on your house.

6. Landscape Beds and Tree Wells – Weeds and grass love to creep into these and will take over if not kept at bay. Please spray Round up as needed, remove unwanted weeds and grass and add mulch as needed.

We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, just call me or email.

Thanks very much,

Jackie Sterk
HOA Community Manager
jsterk@excelam.com