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Award Winning Yards The ACC thanks the many homeowners who do such an outstanding job with their property in helping to contribute to the overall appearance of Watters Crossing. We are pleased to announce the August 2014 Award Winning Yard!
ACC Meeting The next meeting of the Architectural Control Committee will be on Tuesday May 26th, 2015 (no April meeting) at the Watters Crossing Clubhouse at 7:00 PM. Visit the Architectural Control Page for details and view the procedure for submitting requests.

 

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Wildlife Alert

WCHOADated: 4/16/2015

In the past week to ten days, there have been two separate coyote attacks on dogs. In both cases, the dogs were being walked on leashes.

One was around 10:00 AM and one was around 1:00 PM. In each case, it was a single coyote.

Both attacks happened on the hike and bike trail along the greenbelt between the Watters Crossing main entrance at McDermott and the clubhouse. The most recent was in the area of the pond.

When walking pets in the greenbelt areas, especially in the area noted, please be alert for wildlife.

 

Watters Crossing Homeowners Meeting

WCHOASunday May 3, 2015

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Watters Crossing Clubhouse

The WCHOA will hold its semi-annual meeting on Sunday, May 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Watters Crossing clubhouse located at 990 Bel Air Drive. This is one of the best opportunities for you, as homeowners, to have your voices heard. The entire board will be present, as will representatives from the committees.

All Watters Crossing homeowners are invited to attend this meeting. As a self-managed community, this is your opportunity to meet your volunteers and provide your input. The financial status of the community is presented for the current, and upcoming years.

As many of you are already aware, we are one of the few neighborhoods in this area that is self-governed; in other words, we don’t use a management company. The most obvious benefit to this structure is that we live in this neighborhood and therefore have much stronger commitments to it and our friends and neighbors than any third party management company could.

The only way to continue this valuable tradition is for you, the homeowners, to help out by occasionally volunteering some of your time and sometimes a little hands-on effort, and by coming to the meetings to give your input as a concerned resident in this neighborhood. We sincerely hope to see everyone at the meeting.

 

Watters Crossing Spring Yard Sale

WCHOAWatters Crossing has two Community-wide Yard Sale Events each year.  And one of those, the Spring Yard Sale, is:

Saturday May 9, 2015
8:00am - 3:00pm

(rain or shine)

This is your opportunity to clean things out and take advantage of the traffic through our neighborhood.  It is also the only time we are permitted to have yard sale signs within Watters Crossing.

Signs will be posted throughout the neighborhood directing traffic to sales and also on the perimeter walls.  For details and to sign up, please CLICK HERE for the registration form.

 

Watters Crossing Spring Party 2015!
Watters Crossing

Join with your Watters Crossing neighbors for the BIGGEST EVENT of the year:

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • At the Clubhouse grounds

Food and Beverages
New for 2015!  Food Trucks will be with us for our Spring Party.  We will have four food trucks with various food items available FOR PURCHASE.  Most items will be priced at $8. 

Arrive early for special discount food coupons.  $5 coupons will be distributed every 30 minutes at 5:30 – 6:30 for a total of 400 coupons.  One per person please.  When they’re gone, they’re gone.  Look for the coupon booth when you arrive.  These coupons are good at any of the four food trucks.

  • Holy Frijole MENU (returning to WC after being here for our 2014 Holiday Social)
  • Crazy Slider MENU
  • Gepetto’s Pizza MENU
  • Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe

Following are FREE refreshments at the party:

  • Soft Pretzels (a hit at the Holiday Social)
  • Snow cones
  • Popcorn
  • Adult Beverages
  • Pop
  • Water

Entertainment

  • DJ music will be provided by Mark Pederson Events
  • Tharpo the Clown returns!
  • Spray Tattoos
  • Balloon Artist
  • Photo booth

Activities

  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Inflatable Slide
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Trackless Train for little ones
  • Giant Tricycle Races
  • Chalk walk and bubble area

Bel Air Drive Closed / Map of Activities
Bel Air Drive will be closed 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, May 16.  Please CLICK HERE to see locations of all activities.

Sponsors
Many thanks to our sponsors for their support with the Watters Crossing Spring Party 2015:

  • Manders Maintenance
  • Duck Fence
  • Triumph Roofing
  • Riverbend Sandler Pools
  • Plano Tree Care

Volunteer
We are an all volunteer Homeowners Association.  Volunteers are needed for social functions to continue.  To help set up or during the spring party, please email acc@watterscrossing.com. We have a number of volunteers already signed up, but there are plenty of spots left where we need help.

Private Event
This is a Private Event for residents of Watters Crossing only.  No guests are permitted at this event.  Also, we ask that for everyone’s enjoyment; all children under the age of 16 must have a parent present.  Unescorted children will be asked to leave

 

Bel Air Drive Closed May 16th

WCHOAOn Saturday, May 16, 2014, during the hours of 3:30 PM and 11:00 PM, the following portion of Bel Air Drive WILL BE CLOSED:
BETWEEN Alameda Court and Watters Crossing Court. 

Watters Crossing Court itself and Alameda Court WILL be accessible from Bel Air Drive.  The portion between, will be closed.  The following homeowners will have access to their homes via the alleys:

400 / 401 / 402 / 403 / 404 / 404 / 406  Bel Air Drive

Please retain this notice as a reminder if you will not be attending the Spring Party.  Access to Phases II and III will not be possible during these times from Bethany Drive via Bel Air Drive. 

Suggested Alternate Routes
The suggested route from Bethany Drive is thru Montgomery Farm onto Newport, adjacent to Norton School, to Bel Air Drive.

A second suggested route is Bethany Drive to Alma drive to Bel Air Drive.

Access will also be available to Phases II off McDermott via Watters Crossing Drive onto Bel Air Drive with a right turn. 

Access to Bel Air Drive to the east (a left turn)  from Watters Crossing Drive will not be possible.

•  View Map of Road Closure

 

Phase II Pool Renovation

WCHOARenovation work on the Phase II pool (Irvine Drive and Newport Drive) will commence 2/16/2015 and run through 3/30/2015.  During that time, the following work will be performed:

  • Removal and replacement of south and west wood fence
  • Removal and replacement of railroad tie retaining wall
  • Demo and replacement of damaged sections of west pool deck
  • Replastering of pool
  • Landscaping and light fixture replacement

Homeowners in this area are urged to utilize the Riverside entrance of their alley as the Newberry alley entrance will be blocked at various times.

See Photos of Phase II Pool Updates

 

Watters Crossing Clubhouse

wchoaOver the past two weeks, the Watters Crossing Clubhouse has been completely repainted, both interior and exterior.  The painters, Fresh Coat Painting, is an Allen company and an outstanding  job was completed.  ( Fresh Coat Painting painted both Watters Crossing swim cabanas in 2013 and has been a regular sponsor of our Spring Party.) 

With the fresh, new appearance of the clubhouse, we would remind all renters of the Clubhouse Rules.  In particular, the following are NOT permitted in the Clubhouse:

  • Tape
  • Staples
  • Helium balloons

The painters removed / patched from much damage caused by staples and tape.  Please do not bring these into the clubhouse for decorations. Regarding helium balloons, the great rooms ceiling fans have been replaced several times with burned out motors due to entangled ribbons and deflated balloons.  Balloons are fine, but not with helium.

Also, like many other roofs within Watters Crossing, the Clubhouse roof will be replaced within the next month or so.

The Clubhouse, along with the adjacent newly renovated pool and patio, are several of the many amenities within Watters Crossing maintained by your homeowner dues.

 

Architectural Control Committee Revises HVAC Concealment Guidelines

WCHOAThe Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions of Watters Crossing provides for the concealment of HVAC equipment in Section 4.7.u which reads:

“All mechanical equipment including, but not limited to, HAVOC equipment, shall be located on the side or rear of each Lot and shielded from public view from any adjacent street.”

For a number of years, the ACC has accepted concealment of HVAC units in one of two manners:

  1. Fence panel(s), which is a minimum of six feet in height and four feet wide (width is minimum and is dependant upon concealment).  This is the preferable course of action.
  2. An evergreen shrub / landscaping that results in complete concealment within one (1) growing season.

Unfortunately, option two has been less than successful in ensuring compliance with Section 4.7.u in many instances.

Due to this and to ensure that Section 4.7.u is equally applied to all, effective 1/1/2015, the ACC will no longer accept new landscaping as a means of HVAC or mechanical equipment concealment.  We will grandfather all HVAC equipment where landscaping is in place to provide for concealment for one additional year to allow for that years growth.  After 1/1/2016, all HVAC equipments that is not completely concealed by landscaping will be considered to be in violation of Section 4.7.u.  The concealment will need to be completed via option 1 above (fencing).

To Recap:
1/1/2015:  New landscaping will no longer be approved by the ACC as a means of HVAC concealment.
1/1/2016:  All HVAC equipment, where landscaping has been installed as a means of concealment, which is not completely concealed, will be in violation of Section 4.7.u

The members of the ACC believe this will improve the appearance of Watters Crossing by satisfying the specifics in Section 4.7.u.  Thanks for your understanding and help in making Watters Crossing such a great neighborhood in which to live.

Architectural Control Committee

 

Do You have areas where Grass won't Grow?

WCHOABy NEIL SPERRY
neilsperry.com

"Compared to shade trees and shrubs, ground covers are relative newcomers to North Texas landscaping. Many of us can remember when English ivy and trailing vinca were the only two turfgrass replacements you’d see in our gardens. That was partly because we hadn’t been exposed to the concept, and it was partly because good forms of edging hadn’t come into the marketplace"... (Read More)

 

By HOWARD GARRETT
dallasnews.com

"The truth about growing grass in the shade is this: You can’t. Trees want full sun and grasses want full sun. Trees win. Thinning the trees helps a little, for a while, but not long term; foliage grows back. Removing trees will work, but that’s usually not the best thing to do. "... (Read More)

 

ACC is Energy/Water Usage Sensitive

wchoaSome comments, questions, on new items presented to the ACC for Watters Crossing within the past year:

YES!
The ACC accepts rain barrel installations.  The preferred location is within the rear, fenced in yard locations.  These will be accepted on the sides of properties when completely concealed by a six (6) foot to eight (8) foot tall, solid fence panel.  The width of the panel is determined as needed for concealment.

YES!
The ACC accepts solar roof panels.  Indeed, the third home, located in Phase III, was recently approved for installation.  Panels will be mounted on rear, or in some cases, side roofs.

YES!
The ACC accepts plans for yard renovations / reconstructions using drought tolerant, low water usage plants, ground covers and more.

As with all exterior improvements, any of the above must be submitted to the ACC for review and approval prior to any construction commencing.  Project submissions now are easy using the online forms and most projects are expedited within the committee via email.  Project forms provide the ability to upload photos, plats, and other supporting documents.

The ACC thanks you for working within the Review Guidelines of Watters Crossing.

 

2015 WCHOA Calendar of Events

ALL EVENTS ARE AT THE CLUBHOUSE AND FOR RESIDENTS OF WATTERS CROSSING

Volunteer Appreciation Night Friday, March 27 - By Invitation
Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4
Pools Open Friday, May 1
Semi-Annual Homeowner's Meeting Sunday, May 3
Spring Yard Sale Saturday, May 9
Spring Party Saturday, May 16
Fall Yard Sale Saturday, September 19
Pools Close Wednesday, September 30
Halloween Party Sunday, October 25
Semi-Annual Homeowner's Meeting Sunday, November 1
Holiday Social Friday, December 4
Judging for Holiday Lights Award Friday/Saturday, December 18 – 19

 

ADDITIONAL DATES TO REMEMBER:
• Watters Crossing HOA Board meets 3rd Monday of each month.
• Watters Crossing Architectural Control Committee meets last Tuesday of each month, except December.
• Watters Crossing Playgroup meets every Friday

 

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Upcoming Events

5/1/15 Pools Open
5/3/15 HOA Meeting
5/9/15 Spring Yard Sale
5/16/15 Spring Party
5/26/15 ACC Meeting

 

 

WCHOA Crime Watch

WCHOA

To report suspicious, non-life threatening activity, please phone the City of Allen Non-Emergency number at 214-509-4321

Also, please visit the link below for further information:
City of Allen Police Community Relations

To ask a question concerning recent illegal activity within Watters Crossing, or to inquire regarding any rumors which you may have heard, please email crimewatch@watterscrossing.com. Your letter will go to the Watters Crossing Crime Watch Leader, who, in consultation with the City of Allen Police, will determine if the community should be alerted via the Watters Crossing web site and Watters Crossing email.

Crime Watch Tips

  • Make sure doors and windows are locked.
  • Make sure shades or window covers are closed when leaving the house.
  • Make sure alarm systems are set, operating properly and monitored.
  • Close garage door when you are out of the garage.
  • Make sure vehicles are locked when vacant
  • Do not leave valuables of any type in vehicles
Know your neighbor and look out for each other in a helpful way.


 

Welcoming Committee

New homeowners receive welcome packets from our Welcoming Committee. Information can be obtained at welcoming@watterscrossing.com

 

 

Did You Know?

Boats, trailers, and RVs are not permitted to be parked on the streets within Watters Crossing at any time unless actively loading or unloading.  They are never permitted overnight.

 

Questions or Problems?

Information for questions or problems for Watters Crossing Residents Click Here

 

Save Your Pool Cards

Please remember to retain your Pool Access Cards  for use in 2015.  Pool cards will NOT be reissued.  The cost of a replacement card is $25 and is limited to one card per address.  For replacement cards, please email: poolaccess@watterscrossing.com

 

Poly Cart Storage

The ACC is asking for everyone’s compliance with Section 4.7(h) of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions of Watters Crossing.  This section states:

All containers and other facilities for trash disposal must be located and screened in a manner approved by the Committee.

The Committee’s view regarding trash containers with respect to Section 4.7h of the Covenants is that poly carts, other than the day of pickup, must be concealed from view to any street.  Please note:

  • Poly carts are not to be moved to the ends of driveways until the evening of the day prior to collection
  • Poly carts must be removed from ends of driveways the night of the day of collection
  • Poly carts cannot be stored in any area visible to any street.  Concealment methods may include:

Fencing (note that ACC review is necessary prior to any construction)

Landscaping that results in immediate and complete concealment from view

Locating adjacent to garage, in garage, or rear yard, if such a location results in concealment from view

To further emphasize the above, it is a City of Allen Ordinance that poly carts must be removed from the ends of driveways to a concealed location following trash pickup.

During the growth of the past 20 years in Allen, Watters Crossing has become a highly desirable neighborhood in which to live.  Various realtors have made this statement at various community functions including the Semi-annual Homeowners’ Meetings.  We must all work together to maintain that desirability which also works to enhance our property values.  The continual visibility of a trash dumpster does nothing to enhance that value.  We do appreciate everyone’s cooperation with the enforcement of this Covenant.

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