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6 MAY, 2015
2015 Annual HOA Board Meeting - Set for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7 PM at the Valle Vista Golf Club. A Greenwood PD representative will be there to discuss crime-fighting tips. There have been car break-ins on Padre and Arroyo, a home burglary on Arroyo (year ago), and a brazen daylight home burglary on Monterey in February. Woodgate neighborhood next to Valle Vista also had a reported garage break-in in April. Most recently, on May 1 shortly after 9 AM, an elderly resident on Arroyo Drive was beaten and raped in her home. The alleged attacker was arrested the next day in Beech Grove. Click on this link for the news article. This creates new urgency for an improved Neighborhood Watch Program in Valle Vista. Update: Meeting Summary - Officer Kortney Burrello of the Greenwood Police Department Neighborhood Watch Program spoke at the meeting. Officer Burrello recommended that Valle Vista strengthen its Neighborhood Watch. Crime fighting steps used in a typical Neighborhood Watch are: a) Get to know your neighbors. It's free, yet the most effective crime fighting tool. Know patterns in your area, like which vehicles come and go. Look out of your window for suspicious behavior, and have your neighbors on speed dial. b) Have a well lit home. Exterior lighting, especially motion sensor floodlights, make your home less of a target at night. c) If you see a suspicious vehicle, one that may be driving slowly without lights or parked suspiciously in front of a house, record the license plate number, vehicle make, color, and year. If the vehicle is a utility van parked in someone's driveway, and the homeowner isn't home, don't just assume it's a contractor doing work on their home. Call or text your neighbor to inform them. d) If you see people who you don't recognize and who exhibit suspicious behavior like casually looking into windows and backyards, scrupulously avoiding eye contact, attempting to lure children into their vehicle, lingering in front of a house that they don't live in, claiming to sell something without a door-to-door permit, or who are wearing out-of-season clothing that hides their identity, contact Greenwood Police and alert your neighbors. Take note of their physical appearance (height, age, hair color, tattoos, weight, gender, etc.) and what they are wearing. e) Snowbirds and vacationers should inform neighbors of their absence. Mail should be picked up regularly and boxes removed from front porches. Lights on timers should be used inside the home to create the illusion of activity, grass should be mowed, and snow shoveled. Ask neighbors to park their vehicles in your driveway while you're gone. f) As part of the Neighborhood Watch, each household is being asked by the Greenwood Police to fill out a form handed out at the meeting (more available at the Greenwood PD, 186 Surina Way). This form will have residents' names, addresses, and cell phone (or home) numbers that they would like to be contacted at. The Greenwood Police will compile this information into a list similar to a phone book and provide it to all residents who choose to participate in the Neighborhood Watch Program. That way, when suspicious activity is seen in the neighborhood, residents can contact each other and/or police. Reports of suspicious activity will also be passed to detectives. They have the expertise to tie disparate pieces of information into a pattern. The Neighborhood Watch Program is voluntary, but it provides the biggest bang in crime fighting with very little effort. We hope everyone participates, gets to know their neighbors, and pays attention to their surroundings.
New Johnson County Non-Emergency Number 317.346.6336 - A Daily Journal article dated January 31 - February 1, reports that there is a new non-emergency number for the police and fire department for non-life threatening emergencies. This non-emergency number is 317.346.6336.
Street Lights Not Working on Hacienda and Padre - There is an outage of two street lights on Hacienda and Padre that appears to have been caused by squirrels. Duke Energy has been contacted by a Valle Vista HOA board member, and Duke has written a work order to fix the two lights. Temperatures need to be above 32F for them to be able to fix it. Expecting a fix in the next few weeks, possibly early February. May 7th Update - The lights have been repaired and are working.
Street and Culvert Repairs - The Greenwood City Engineering Division has been alerted by a Valle Vista HOA board member about street and culvert deterioration at three locations. The Granada overflow pipe where the creek flows out of the lake has severe erosion that is undercutting the roadway. There is also improper drainage at the Arroyo pipe crossing after that pipe was replaced. Flooding of 18" was observed on Arroyo during a heavy rain after the repair. To a lesser degree, the drainage on Fiesta Drive, where the lake overflows into a creek, has eroded and needs to be looked at. These have all been reported and the HOA is keeping tabs on the progress.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is Killing Our Ash Trees - EAB is an exotic pest from Asia that has infected nearly all of the ash trees in Valle Vista. The first infections started in 2011 on Fiesta Drive. Approximately 1/3rd of homes in Valle Vista have ash trees, and from observation, about half of them appear to be unsalvageable due to EAB infection. If you're unsure if you have ash trees, click here and here to help ID your tree. The most visible symptom of EAB is foliage loss starting at the top. If an ash tree has 30% or less foliage loss (as observed during summer months), the tree is salvageable; greater than 30% foliage loss, it is unsalvageable. The best time to treat EAB is in the spring/early summer and fall, and the best treatment is an injectable insecticide called Emamectin Benzoate (sold under the brand name TreeAge). It is a 2 yr treatment at a cost of about $13 per inch of tree diameter measured at breast height ("DBH). Contact a commercial pesticide applicator for an accurate diagnosis and a quote for treatment. Without treatment, 100% of ash trees in an EAB-infected area, such as Valle Vista, will become infected and die. For more information, visit the Purdue Extension Website.
5 and 19 JANUARY, 2015
Old Town Greenwood Development Plans - There will a city council meeting on January 5 and 19 at 5:30 at the City Center, 300 South Madison, to discuss plans for Old Town Greenwood. Some in the community would like to demolish the old town and start new, while others would like to preserve it. This is your opportunity to get involved if you have an opinion on the matter. Here are some useful links: Indy Start Article, Old Town Greenwood Preservation Facebook Page
2 April, 2015
Living with Coyotes - The DNR is giving a seminar on April 2nd, 2015 at 5:30 - 7:30, at the Greenwood Public Library on living with coyotes. Click here to register.
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