Thursday, April 17, 2014
NDNA General Membership Meeting
Save the Date
Tuesday evening June 17th at 7 P.M.
UPDATE ON PRESTON RIDGE TRAIL
Planting date is Saturday, May 3.
The plan consisted of 12
planting beds, each roughly 15ft x 25ft from
Westwood Junior High School to Debbe Lane
(north of the footbridge) and one just west
of Meandering Way. These locations
were linked to the zones from where we have
a team leader ready, who stepped up to
organize sufficient helpers for ongoing
These are the four leaders
who would appreciate any volunteer help you
can offer, and they can be contacted through
Steve Crossman (Westwood to La Manga)
Carlee Jolly (near the bulletin board area)
Linda Baity (just south of the footbridge)
Doug Sanstedt (around Debbie Lane)
We will place little red
flags in the planting locations.
If you were contacted
about a temporary water connection to your
house, please be patient; we will re-connect
with you quite soon.
The not-so-good news: Our
plans exceeded the City’s budget for this
area so we have to split the plan in two.
Steve and Carlee’s 7 planting beds from
Westwood to the bulletin board are funded.
Linda and Doug’s will have to be postponed
until Nov which pushes it into their next
fiscal year and a new budget allocation.
Help on May 3 – we
would appreciate help from anyone on May 3
for planting. No heavy work, no
digging. We usually have a selection
of men, women and children. If you
have a shovel, rake, garden fork, so much
the better. But we will have spares.
We will start at Westwood Junior High at
8:30am and progress northwards. Please
come for whatever time you can spare.
If you can email me to let me know ahead of
time, it will aid in our planning.
Please try to make it.
We have another “problem”….PLEASE
READ THIS, AS IT IS IMPORTANT.
The watering trailer has
been stored at Texas A&M Extension Center on
Coit for years and that has been a really
convenient, secure place. And we
appreciate that. However, they have
changed the rules that make it a bit
impractical: no key-card access at weekends!
So we either have to pull the trailer out on
a Friday and keep it over the weekend in a
safe locked place, or find another storage
spot. PLEASE consider
the following: do you have an empty
garage space or an extra wide driveway
behind a locked gate where we might store
this trailer that will be used weekly.
This could either be its permanent home
(preferred) or for holding over the weekend.
It is about 20 feet long to the hitch, 7
feet wide. This is a REALLY IMPORTANT
issue as we cannot afford for it to be
stolen (as the first one was many years
ago). PLEASE consider how you might be
able to help us on this issue and let me
We are starting to
accumulate orders for 2014 – goal of 20 to
make it happen. We have 15 orders.
Arapaho location is sold out. It seems
to take about 9 -12 months between
installations, so if interested, let us
know. $50/$75. Details and logos
www.fprt.org. Or drop me a note.
As a point of interest, we have had bricks
bought by people as far afield as Lousiville,
KY and Swindon, UK!
Connection to Plano trails
Plano reports that they
are still working on acquiring approvals
from all the land owners along Ohio to
obtain either easements or additional right
of way. They have received approval to make
the ONCOR crossing and have had positive
dialog so far with the rail road. The rail
road will be complex as the entire segment
of the road bed panels will have to be
reconfigured. They have started navigating
the rail road’s terms and conditions for
this work, and will be meeting next week
with the Plano Engineering and
Friends of Preston Ridge Trail, Inc
City of Dallas Top 5 Code Violations
1.) High Weeds Grass and
weeds over 12" tall is considered a
2.) Litter If you have
trash or litter on your property, clean it
3.) Junk Motor Vehicles
Motor vehicles that are inoperative and/or
partially dismantled and have expired
license tags or safety stickers are
considered "junk motor vehicles".
4.) Obstruction Blocking
sidewalks, alleys, or service areas with
trash, weeds/brush, or other objects is a
violation of City Code.
5.) Bulky Trash Once a
month, the city collects large objects such
as shrubs, bagged leaves, large tree limbs,
appliances, and furniture. The material may
be placed out on your front curb no earlier
than 7:00 am on the Thursday prior to
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NOTICE CONCERNING STATE OF TEXAS LAW THAT
BECAME EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2012
As of January 1, 2012,
state of Texas law requires that homeowner
associations must give notice to all
homeowners of all regular and special board
of director meetings to allow homeowners to
attend the meeting.
The detailed requirements
for this notification:
TITLE 11. RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS
CHAPTER 209. TEXAS RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
OWNERS PROTECTION ACT
Sec. 209.0051. OPEN BOARD
(e) Members shall be given
notice of the date, hour, place, and general
subject of a regular or special board
meeting, including a general description of
any matter to be brought up for deliberation
in executive session. The notice shall be:
(1) mailed to each
property owner not later than the 10th day
or earlier than the 60th day before the date
of the meeting; or
(2) provided at least 72
hours before the start of the meeting by:
(A) posting the notice in
a conspicuous manner reasonably designed to
provide notice to property owners'
(i) in a place located on
the association's common property or, with
the property owner's consent, on other
conspicuously located privately owned
property within the subdivision; or
(ii) on any Internet
website maintained by the association or
other Internet media; and
(B) sending the notice by
e-mail to each owner who has registered an
e-mail address with the association.