March 2019 Update from the Prides Crossing Board of Directors:
A mere ten volunteers currently comprise the Prides Crossing Board of Directors and Landscape Committee (LC). These individuals are dedicated to upholding the appearance of Prides Crossing by maintaining high standards for the community which, in turn, upholds your property values. Because of the efforts of these volunteers, the homes in Prides Crossing continue sell quickly and at a good price. We challenge you to find another community in Aurora that is over 25+ years old that looks as good as ours does. Help us keep it that way!
Invitation to Participate
The Prides Crossing Board of Directors wishes to extend an open invitation to members of the Prides Crossing Community who are in good standing, to become actively involved in the workings of the community. Additional volunteers are always welcome to assist the Architectural Review Committee (ARC), Welcome Committee (WC), or even creating a Social Committee (SC). Contact Shane or any member of the Board of Directors to become an active participant.
The Prides Crossing Board of Directors wishes to thank to all homeowners who pay their fees on time. We currently have the lowest delinquency balance in the last five years!
The Prides Crossing Board of Directors wish to thank the newly reformed Landscape Committee (LC) as they have worked diligently with the City of Aurora in reviewing and updating our Community Planning & Development regarding plants/trees and their locations over the past few months. Additionally the LC has recently updated the lighting at the Large Monument Signs and plan a landscape renovation to those large signs this spring with a combination of perennial plants, decorative grasses and rock to rejuvenate these monument signs that need some TLC.
We also wish to thank the members of the Prides Crossing community who are diligent in their efforts to maintain their front and back yard property. It helps improve and maintain property values when all neighbors' take diligence to maintain their property.
As mentioned above, The Prides Crossing Board of Directors is seeking a Welcome Committee. The Prides Crossing Board of Directors want our newest community members to get off on the right foot so, we are seeking volunteers to work with the Managing Office in introductory to the Community. We are still seeking ideas, but where a Welcome Committee can personally provide a Welcome Packet (versus the current paperwork provided to an owner that is lost in Closing Documents) which includes the Covenants, Rules & Regulations for Prides Crossing in a pre-printed format that they can deliver to new neighbors along with a possible welcome gift (i.e. cooking mitt, flower seeds, etc.). Please reach out to Shane (Managing agent) or the Board if you are interesting in volunteering and reaching out to our new neighbors this year.
Architectural Review Committee (ARC) Update:
The ARC’s Charter: Aside from the common areas which are the responsibility of the Board of Directors and the Landscape Committee, the (ARC) carries the responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the visual standards of the community. This is an on-going challenge. We are seeking new Volunteers to help assist in Identification and Communicating to neighbors of any concerns to their property that they may not be aware of that violation or non-compliance. More often than not, new owners or renters have little or no experience living in a covenant-controlled community. This lack of experience can create problems. When situations / violations occur, there can be a feeling of being ‘singled out’ which is not the case. As you will see from the statistics below, the Board treats everyone equally.
Total Number of Homes in Prides Crossing: 546
Total Number of Open Violations: 215
Homes with Open Violation(s): 175
Violations by Type
House appearance – 54% Landscaping -- 46%
Needs Painted 20% Dead Lawn, Weeds, etc. 34%
Trash / Trash Cans Visible 16.5% Dead Trees 12%
Needs Fence Repaired 6%
Oil Stained Driveway 3.5%
Deteriorating Driveway 2.6%
Deteriorating Garage Door 1.8%
Improperly Stored Vehicle 1.8%
Exterior Alteration and/or Change not completed with prior approval 1.8%
As noted in an email sent a few weeks ago, there have been a few auto break-ins in our area. Please insure vehicles left outside are locked and valuables removed.
There is an App for That:
Access Aurora is an app that will give you direct access for reporting problems in your community that are beyond the scope of the Board of Directors and/or the Architectural Control Committee (Barking Dogs, Building Permit Issues, Graffiti, Parking, Abandoned Vehicle, Traffic Signs & Signals, Vegetation, Code Violations). Download it for free at the App Store.
Spring Is Just Around the Corner:
Consider sprucing up your property in 2019 but, don’t forget to submit proposed paint colors, roof permits, and/or landscape projects plans to the Managing Office for approval before you start. Owners are required to obtain approval on all alterations, modifications, changes to the exterior of a property. Please obtain permission first to avoid any non-compliance.
Coming Soon: (Governing Document Amendment Special Meeting)!
Beginning in April we will Communicate date/time/location for our Special Meeting reviewing the Amendment of the Governing Docs. so, stay tuned!
Your Board of Directors
Dale Slemp Doug Wiedeman
Kate Counter Larcanne Allen
Your Landscape Committee
Mary Kay Ryan Nancy Mucker
Earl Peterson Denise BalkasRoz Reece