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We hope you are enjoying the end of Summer! We have a few updates to share.
Pool Closing – The pool is officially closed after a great pool season. Whether it was to catch some rays, cool off or to host a party, it was great to see many families enjoy this community amenity. We saw minimal issues this year and are appreciative of all the residents who made it an enjoyable summer!
Board Members – After over a decade of serving the neighborhood, Dennis Bogart has stepped down from serving as President. The Board voted at Sunday’s (9/10) meeting to realign the Board of Directors with the following assignments and new appointments. Each member’s dedication to serve this community is much appreciated and allows the HOA to keep management within our own neighborhood.
- Jessica Butzen, President (reassigned)
- Sheila Jeffreys, Vice President (unchanged)
- Michelle McKenzie, Secretary (unchanged)
- Amber Pennington, Treasurer (reassigned)
- Lee Eshenbaugh, Member at Large (new appointment)
Dueling Duo – We’ve had a few sightings around the neighborhood of a pair of hawks that have taken up residency nearby. We ask that you remain cautious with bird or squirrel feeders as the hawks have been scouting these. Also be aware of any small pets that they may find appealing.
Sparkling Homes – As cooler days are (hopefully) on the horizon, we are requesting that everyone take a look at their siding. Several homes need a good scrubbing and we want to create awareness before reminders are sent. Simple cleaning tasks are what keeps the neighborhood looking great. This also allows an opportunity to pressure wash before cooler weather arrives.
Exterior Modifications – Just a reminder, if you plan any exterior modifications to your home, or add a fence or shed, you need to contact the Board beforehand. The information is provided on the HOA website. The request process is listed under the Architectural Review Committee and if you need a refresher of requirements, the Covenants are posted too.
Halloween – Before October arrives, we wanted to address a common question that’s asked each year. What day will Halloween be celebrated in the neighborhood for trick-or-treating? Each year it’s the same response of Oct 31st. We want this year to be another great turnout and festivity among neighbors.
We hope you are enjoying your Summer and staying cool! We have a few updates to share.
Pool Closing – We’ve had a great pool season this year and appreciate all of the neighbors for making it a successful and safe summer! The pool will be closing for the season Sunday, September 10th at 5pm. Go enjoy some more dips to cool off and take advantage of this community amenity.
Board Members – As a reminder, Dennis Bogart will be stepping down as President in September. We appreciate all that Dennis has done for Stagecoach Trace over the past decade. The Board will advise the reorganization of Board members and positions at the September Board meeting and will announce the changes within September’s newsletter. We are always looking for new members to serve on the Board or to volunteer seasonally, please let us know if you are interested.
Safety/Speeding/Street Parking – As the school year is now upon us and buses are back to navigating the neighborhood, speeding and street parking becomes a bigger safety issue for children. Excessive street parking and multiple cars in front of a home makes it difficult for neighbors to back out of driveways, school buses to clear certain turns, and challenging for drivers to see who’s coming as they are forced to use the wrong side of the road. Please slow down when traveling through the neighborhood. We have a great neighborhood with kids out playing and riding bicycles, and we want to keep it a safe place for outdoor activities.
Grass Clippings – As you keep your yards looking great and tackling your lawns that seem to grow quicker each day, we ask that you don’t blow your grass clippings into the road. It creates drainage issues for neighbors when the clippings clog the storm drains, and makes the neighborhood look unkempt. Our city trash collection will pick up the bags of clippings each Friday too.
We hope you are having a great Summer! We have a few updates to share.
Board Meeting Recap – The HOA Board held its summer meeting on June 15 with residents in attendance, and Amber Pennington was elected Member at Large by unanimous vote. Dennis Bogart announced he will be resigning from the HOA Board in September when the pool closes after serving a decade as President. We reviewed and shared the annual HOA Budget and current FY expenditures. The neighborhood is now over 20 years old and we discussed the need to keep it looking great and to stand out from all of the other neighborhoods being built around us. Attention is in the details! To ensure we keep aging gracefully it’s important to maintain our fences as many have aged with the neighborhood and to not overlook mailbox upkeep. Some mailboxes can be revived in 5 minutes with a few Clorox sprays and a wipe down. If it’s covered in rust, after you clean it, spend 10 minutes with some spray paint.
Sidewalks – With the recent heavy rain storms, please check your sidewalks to prevent a neighbor from sliding or taking a hazardous fall. Some of the sidewalks have become saturated with mud from runoff due to recent yard work or lack of edging. Let’s keep the sidewalks safe and clean. Like most, a visit to the doctor is not what any of us have on our summer checklist.
Molly Maid @ the Pool – We’ve had a great and very busy pool season! We’ve seen many of you out enjoying the pool and trying to cool off from the sweltering heat. We’re dedicated to keeping the pool area clean and providing your family with a nice place to visit, and wanted to share a reminder. If you spill a 40 oz red drink, please use the hose to wash it away. Drop some lunch crumbs, please use the broom to sweep it up. If you find a sticky situation and need some cleaning spray, you’ll hit the jackpot by looking under each bathroom sink. These quick gestures will prevent ants from biting the toes of our little visitors.
HOA Board Meeting – June 15th: The in-person board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Church of Shelby Crossing (532 George Roy Pkwy). During this meeting, we will elect the At-Large position. This position is open to anyone that would like to volunteer to serve on the board. Currently, Amber Pennington holds this position and will be seeking re-election. We have requested interest from other residents who would like to be considered for this position and as of today, received no responses. There is a write-in option on the ballot.
Free Summer Kid Meals: If your kids work up an appetite from swimming or they’re annihilating your grocery budget, or the grandkids are visiting, take a stroll to Meadowview Elementary. Alabaster City Schools is offering free summer breakfast and lunch meals June 5 – July 21 for kids 18 years old or younger, and they don’t have to be an ACS student! Breakfast is served 7:30-8:30 and lunch is served 11:00-12:30. Adults can also participate too. For adults, breakfast is $3 and lunch is $5. No registration or approvals needed. We are very fortunate to have this resource in our backyard! Visit ACS website for menus or more info.
Spruce Up: The neighborhood is looking great and alive now that everything has bloomed! As you tend to your yards, please be sure to look at your fence and mailbox for maintenance. We have some aging fences in the neighborhood that need to be spruced up or replaced. There are also some leaning and rusted mailboxes that need some attention too.
Pool Season: The pool has seen a lot of visitors the past few weeks and so far is off to a great season! You might have noticed we have added 5 new lounge chairs this past week to help with seating and to also begin replacing the older chairs in phases.
A Community, not Motorcross: As a reminder, motorized vehicles, including dirt bikes and 4-wheelers, are prohibited from accessing the trail and the field behind the pool. This is community property and not a public ATV track. Not only does this prevent damage but it’s also a safety concern. Last month, a child was airlifted out of Veteran’s Park from a nearby neighborhood after getting hit on a dirt bike by a car. We have neighbors walking their animals or playing with their kids in these areas with the expectation of safety, and not thrill seeking children.
We have a few exciting updates to pass along.
Pool Season: The pool is officially open! Come get an early start on your summer! Let’s have a safe and responsible pool season! The pool opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Kids under the age of 10 require a guardian present; Kids 10-16 require an adult 21+ present. There is also a new internet connection for your use. Look for the directions in the club house. Lastly, you must be in good standing and have paid your HOA Dues to access the pool. If you’ve forgotten your pool code, simply reply to this email.
New Website: The HOA will be launching a new and improved website this month. Our current site has become costly to maintain and a fresh start is needed. To make the website more visually appealing and to show off Stagecoach, we are in need of updated photos from around the neighborhood. If you have any that you are willing to share for the website, please send them to us.
The new website will no longer require login credentials. To aid our transition for the Member Directory, we need each resident to submit this form. Submissions will help us get a head start and will allow you to keep receiving HOA communication.
Yard Sale: Reminder about residents coordinating yard sales around the neighborhood on Saturday June 3rd. Hopefully this will help some of you figure out what to do with your spring cleaning piles. If you participate, you need to obtain a garage sale permit from the city. This is a city rule and we are simply the messenger.
At-Large Position: We will be voting at our in person June board meeting for the At-Large position. This position is open to anyone that would like to volunteer to serve on the board. Currently, Amber Pennington holds the position and will be seeking re-election. If you would like to be added to the ballot or have interest in serving on the board in the future or in other capacities as needs open up, please reply to this email..
We hope you’re enjoying the Spring weather and we wanted to share a few updates.
Boats/RV/Sheds: Warmer weather encourages residents to bring out their boats and campers from winter hibernation. We want to remind you they are not allowed to be stored in your driveway. We do not mind if you clean them or load/unload in your driveway but they are prohibited from being stored there. Review the covenants if you need a spring refresh. If spring cleaning encourages you to purchase a shed for your yard tools, the storage shed requirements are provided on the website too.
Pool ReOpening: Pool season is approaching! Pending a good inspection and if weather permits, we’ll try to open it mid-May. If we encounter the summer blues, it will open Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 27th. You will notice the new camera system and wifi sign when you visit the pool. Both were upgraded recently to increase security for the pool, playground, and parking lot. Reminder, you must be in good standing and have paid your HOA Dues to access the pool.
THANK YOU: In preparation of the pool reopening, we had some neighbors and board members put in much needed elbow grease to benefit the community. The pool furniture, entry gate and picnic tables were all pressure washed and received a new coat of paint, in addition to the pool pavilion getting a nice scrubbing. All this work will provide a clean space for your family but will also preserve the longevity of the furniture, which helps our budget! We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the volunteers, Zach Harris, Heather McDermott, Chris & Jessica Butzen, and Jason & Michelle McKenzie for getting the pool area ready for the season.
Yard Sale: Some neighbors have reached out about multiple residents coordinating yard sales around the neighborhood on Saturday June 3rd. Hopefully this will help some of you figure out what to do with your spring-cleaning piles. Reminder if you participate, you need to obtain a garage sale permit from the city. This is a city rule and we are simply the messenger.
At-Large Position: We will be voting at our in-person June board meeting for the At-Large position. This position is open to anyone that would like to volunteer to serve on the board. Currently, Amber Pennington holds the position and will be seeking re-election. If you would like to be added to the ballot or have interest in serving on the board in the future or in other capacities as needs open up, please let us know.
That is all for now. Once again, we thank you for everything you do to make Stagecoach Trace a wonderful place to call home.
We hope you’re enjoying the brief introduction of Spring weather as we share a few updates.
Spring Cleanup: It’s that time of year to bring the mowers back out and everyone begins working in their yards to bring our neighborhood back to life. While you’re cleaning the pollen off of everything, we ask that you take a look at your fence and mailbox to ensure they are in good condition. Is it leaning, does it need a new coat of paint or does it need to be replaced? If the mailbox post needs to be replaced, you can take a picture to Lowes or Home Depot and ask them to order one for you.
Street Tree Trimming: You may have also noticed, tree trimming has begun in the neighborhood and will continue to take place along Silverstone Lane, Blue Sky Lane, and south of Morning Mist.
Driving in Stagecoach: We have received numerous complaints about dangerous drivers in the neighborhood in the hours before and after school. Drivers are speeding and totally ignoring stop signs, especially along Silverstone Lane and Sunset Trail. During these hours, children are walking the streets and waiting for their buses on sidewalks. We all need to slow down and pay attention to stop signs or someone will get hurt. Please everyone, teens and adults, THINK when you drive.
Pool ReOpening: Everyone’s favorite season is coming up… Pool season! The pool will tentatively open Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 27th. Pending a good inspection and if weather permits, we’ll try to open it possibly sooner on Saturday, May 20th. Reminder, you must be in good standing and have paid your HOA Dues to access the pool. If you’ve forgotten your pool code, just let us know.
At-Large Position: We will be voting at our in person June board meeting for the At-Large position. This position is open to anyone that would like to volunteer to serve on the board. Currently, Amber Pennington holds the position and will be seeking re-election. If you would like to be added to the ballot or have interest in serving on the board in the future or in other capacities as needs open up, please email us your information.
Decorating Committee: Amber is also looking for anyone that likes to decorate to volunteer for the decorating committee. The position doesn’t require a lot of commitment, just a few times a year.
We hope you are enjoying the last days of Winter as pass along a few updates.
In-Person HOA Board Meeting: We would like to thank everyone who came out to the in-person board meeting. We reviewed the 2023 budget, shared updates and answered some residents’ questions. We appreciate City Councilman Zach Zahariadis and Mayor Scott Brakefield for attending and sharing updates on city projects.
HOA Dues & Contact Information: A lot of you have sent in your information and paid your annual dues, but if you haven’t had a chance, please send in any changes to your contact information. Late Dues: please pay your dues as soon as possible to avoid late fees that will be assessed at the end of February. Legal action will be taken against people who are behind on their dues and can include foreclosure.
General Updates: As we move into the new budget year, you will notice a few new signs appearing or being replaced around the neighborhood, including in the pool’s parking lot. Last week, you may have encountered Zamora Tree Service removing an extremely large tree that had met its end of life near Sunrise Park off of Sunset Trail. We have also updated the internet and cameras at the pool. This isn’t only a cost savings but will provide extra security at the pool. The upgraded cameras now span out to include the playground and parking lot, and contain a spotlight and siren system to deter unwanted guests from tampering with the HOA common areas. Upgrading the internet will also serve pool guests with wifi access while at the pool. A sign will be posted at the pool with the new wifi information.
President Position: After years of service, Dennis will be stepping down as President later this year. The President’s position will be coming open in September and we need someone to serve in this role. The President is responsible for the pool, maintenance contracts, and handling other various issues while keeping the Board, as a whole, on track.
Decorating Committee: Amber is asking for anyone that likes to decorate to volunteer to be on the decorating committee. The position doesn’t require a lot of commitment, just a few times a year.
Speeding: Please slow down when traveling through the neighborhood. As it gets warmer there are more neighbors out walking and kids riding bicycles, we want to be sure everyone is safe.
Control the Pets: We have received some complaints about barking dogs and homeowners being disrupted while enjoying their backyards, working from home or sleeping during the day if they work the night shift. We ask that everyone be a considerate and respectful neighbor and resolve any prolonged periods of your barking. As warmer weather approaches, please keep your dogs in fenced areas or otherwise contained on your property. And if you are having trouble with dogs roaming areas around your house, the best action to take is to call Animal Control from the City of Alabaster. The number is 205-664-6761. Animal Control has the authority to respond and enforce city ordinances.