The meeting was held at Trinity United Methodist Church at 7 pm. Board Members present: Barb Green, Kris Deffenbaugh, Jenny Cyboron, Carol Ripley, Kevin Zubrod, Dave Scheer, Heather Lannin, and Whitney Bumgarner.
51 residents were in attendance with one guest speaker, Scott Weiskamp from LPS.
Scott Weiskamp – LPS Schools
Two new schools will be built with in 2 miles in the next couple of years in this area.
Elementary – Bridle Rd. (between Yankee Hill & Pine Lake Rd. & 56 & 70th).
K-5th grade – 4-unit elementary school. It will have 525 students at full capacity.
Architects have been interviewed. Next year about this time they will be breaking ground & hope to open in the fall of 2016.
School traffic will use 63rd to Yankee Hill and Blanchard Rd to Pine Lake. This should be finished by the time the school opens. Boundaries should be set as to who will go to this school this fall.
Middle school –will be built with a YMCA attached. It will be 6-8th grade for 850 kids. They have 2 possible locations with 25-30 acres each, available to use for this school. School board is evaluating and will make an announcement in the next month or so which location they have chosen. They plan to break ground on the middle school in spring of 2015 with completion in the fall of 2017.
Yankee hill 70-91st will be paved before the middle school will be finished. (Regardless of where the school will be built).
Introduction of Board Members
Barb Green – President. Kris Deffenbaugh – Vice President, Jon with Balanced Bookkeeping – Treasurer, Heather Lannin – Secretary, Jenny Cyboron, Carol Ripley, Dave Scheer, Kevin Zubrod and Whitney Bumgarner – Members at large.
Approval of 2013 Annual Meeting Minutes
Dick Ripley moved to accept the minutes of the 2013 meeting. Seconded by Bob Haller. Motion passes.
This Year’s Accomplishments
– Spring clean up day – trees were removed along the pond due to city regulations
– Garage sale
– Meeting with Ted La Grange with Nebr. Games & Parks regarding Wetlands management
– Website update – check it out: http://www.Thompsoncreekhoa.com
– Provided better access to the north & south ponds from Thompson Creek. Made members aware that there are homeowners whose property lines extend all the way to the ponds and in some case out into the ponds. The HOA does not have common property that goes all the way around the ponds. Homeowners have had people trespassing on their property to fish, which is what prompted the HOA to develop access point to the ponds.
– Bought a storage shed to store the HOA property
– Yield sign on Kentwell & Thompson Creek.
– 1st part of February hired a company to come & remove trees that were hazardous in the wetlands area. The company worked from property lines to 10 ft. into the wetlands to remove/trim hazardous limbs/trees. Members are welcome to help themselves to the wood that was left from trimming of the trees.
Items on order:
A second picnic table & rubber mats to go under the swings at the park
(See handout for 2013 Financial Report and 2014 Proposed Budget)
– Only 12 property owners have not paid their dues for this year.
– Emergency fund is necessary for upcoming or unforeseen expenses, example – to dredge the pond in the future due to the sediment that washes into the pond.
– The Board will look at the possibility of reducing annual dues after reviewing this year’s expenses and project costs, now that the neighborhood is mostly complete and we know what the maximum income would be from dues.
Suggestions from Members of Projects They Would Like the Board to Consider:
– Hire someone for the south pond to design a landscape plan for beautification of the pond.
– Have a pier or a dock on the south pond to fish off of. (Need depth readings of the south pond)
– Consider spending money on stocking of the south pond as the plan is developed.
– Glen Schmieding made a motion to authorize the Board the ability to spend up to $5,000 to research, develop, and implement a beautification plan for the south pond. Dale Deffenbaugh seconded the motion. Motion passes.
Home owners can send additional ideas to Thompsoncreekhoa.com or any board member whose e-mails addresses are also listed on the website.
Proposed Entrance Sign on 56th.
Currently the only sign that the neighborhood has that designates it as Thompson Creek is the sign at the park. A proposal was made to place a sign on the northeast corner of 56th and Thompson Creek. The sign would look similar to the one at the park. Cost of the project is a little under $8,000. The project was put to a vote – 6 voted for the sign and 44 voted against. The HOA will not be installing the sign.
Kris, Jenny & Whitney are leaving the board so we will need 3 people to replace those leaving to serve a 3-year term.
The board generally meets every other month (6-8 times a year).
The following three people nominated themselves:
Kevin Abel, Dan Keller, and Jodi Kruze
Motion to accept the above names by John Morgan. Seconded by Carol Ripley, motion passes.
Thank You’s to Volunteers
Thank you to those who helped with Clean Up Day, and the ponds project. Special thanks to Gerald & Joyce Martin for maintaining the flowerbed by park sign and Dale & Kris Deffenbaugh for emptying the trash at the park.
Important Upcoming Dates:
April 22 @ 6:30 pm – street improvement meeting at Trinity Methodist Church
April 26 @ 9:00 am – spring cleanup, meet at the park. If you have rakes, chain saws, hand tools please bring them along with you. We will be spreading mulch, trash pick-up, cutting some of the trees along the ponds and removing the snow fence.
May 30-31 – neighborhood garage sales. It will be held at individual homes. The HOA will publish this event.
Misc. Information and Suggestions
– To help reduce the amount algae in our ponds it was requested that homeowners use fertilizer that is phosphate free. The middle number on a fertilizer bag is the phosphate number and it should be 0.
– Pick up animal waste – we have a lot of dog walkers in this area and people need to remember to pick up after their pets.
-The pond in front of Campbell’s nursery can be fished from. It is stocked with bass, blue gill and catfish. It is a catch and release pond. Campbell’s is also developing a pond on the south side of Pine Lake by the gravel road which when completed will also be stocked.
– It was asked if we could continue to mow all the area that is currently being mowed on the west side of the south pond, instead of having paths. The members present were asked what they thought, they agreed that it should be mowed much like it is now and not just with paths.
– Suggested a fall cleanup around the park.
– Suggested getting a trashcan at each pond in addition to the one at the park
– Signage on 56th street – possibly contact businesses on the corner of 56th and Pine Lake road to see if they would be interested in contributing to a sign on the corner.
Meeting adjourned 8:15 pm
Submitted by Heather Lannin