Valle vista homeowners association news & events

​​​​​03, April, 2017
The VVHOA Newsletter for April has been published.  Here are some notable highlights.

Annual HOA Meeting Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 3rd at 7pm for our annual meeting at the Valle Vista Golf and Conference center at 755 E. Main St., Greenwood, IN.  Mayor Mark Myers will be our guest speaker to talk about downtown (of Greenwood) expansion plans.  The plans include:

* 1.9 miles of new or reconstructed streetscape

* 9.9 acres of new or upgraded open space

* 75,000+ sq. ft of potential retail/office space

* Proposed 450+ apartments and 130+ townhomes

Women's Self Defense Seminar There will be a free seminar for womens self-defense on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at 550 Polk St., Greenwood, IN, 317.882.4810. There will be self defense products and a martial arts instructor for demonstrations.  Paid female members of VHOA are invited to attend.  A Greenwood patrolwoman will provide information and strategies for protection.  If you want to attend, click on this link for more information and for contact phone numbers.  Bring your membership discount card to show at the door for attendance.  You may pay your dues at the door if you are not a member yet.

Plant Swap May 27th and 28th will be our next neighborhood plant swap.  Put out some extra perennials from your garden or other starts, and pick up some freebies from others.

Green Thumb Award Please nominate an address that you feel does a great job adding to the curb appeal of the neighborhood by clicking on the Contact tab above, filling in the requested info, and putting "Green Thumb" in the subject line.  You can also nominate an address under the Valle Vista Green Thumb Award Nominations post on www.Nextdoor.com. 1st prize is $100 and 2nd prize is $50.

Free Gourmet Cookies If you've read the newsletter (tab on right or hardcopy in the mail), you may call, text, or email your name and street address to either 317.997.9911 or treasurer@vallevistahoa.org by April 16th to be entered into a drawing for a 4-pack of delicious gourmet cookies by The Stacked Cookie.

Neighborhood Garage Sale The neighborhood garage sale is the weekend of May 19th and 20th, 2017 from 8am to 4pm.  Ads will be placed in the Daily Journal and on Craiglist, and our new (and improved) signs will be placed at the Smith Valley and Sheek Rd entrances.  

HOA Monthly Meetings Our monthly meetings are at the Denny's Restaurant on Main Street the third Thursday of each month at 7pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We sometimes move the date due to unforeseen circumstances, so if you plan to attend please contact a board member using the Contact tab above to make sure we are still meeting on our scheduled day.

VVHOA Needs a New Secretary After many years of faithful service to the HOA our Secretary, Jeff Munger, will be moving away this fall.  We need a replacement to take notes at meetings and send out a digital copy for the board to review.  If you're interested, please come to the annual meeting to join the board.  We're a group of volunteers whose goal is to raise awareness about issues that impact the Valle Vista neighborhood, and to work with city government whenever possible on such issues.  We also organize neighborhood activities to bring neighbors together.  Come volunteer - you can make a difference.

11, March, 2017

The VVHOA Newsletter for January has been published.  Here are some notable highlights.

SMITH VALLEY/MADISON ROUNDABOUT Construction is planned for 2018 on a new roundabout at SVR and Madison Ave.  Click on this link for an illustration from the city of Greenwood showing what it might look like. 

SMITH VALLEY 4-LANE PROJECT 
The City of Greenwood has submitted the proposal to the Indianapolis Metro Planning Organization (MPO) to obtain federal funding to widen Smith Valley Road to four lanes from Grassy Creek to Madison Ave. The Valle Vista HOA Board will request:
1. Safe left turns from Valle Vista to Smith Valley
2. Safe pedestrian access across Smith Valley
3. Minimize increased noise plans
4. Water run-off remediation plans
Residents with thoughts on the project who want to help are encouraged to contact us. Everyone should watch for public meetings on the project and participate. Look for meetings at the Greenwood City Council and Indianapolis MPO.

CITY OF GREENWOOD SEWAGE RATE INCREASE The City of Greenwood will incrementally increase 2017- 2020 sewer rates by 13%, 11%, 10% and 8% for average users. Per city ordinance, a $100 credit is offered, with professional certification, if your property’s stormwater does not enter the sanitation sewer. Call 317-865-8238 for more info.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE The HOA is sponsoring a neighborhood garage sale the weekend of May 19th and 20th, 2017, 8AM-4PM.

23 September, 2016

The VVHOA Newsletter for August has been published.  Here are some notable highlights.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE September 16 - 17, 8 AM to 4 PM.

NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTIES The VVHOA will reimburse members up to $100 for a block party with 10 or more households participating.

GREEN THUMB AWARD Gift cards to a local nursery will be awarded at the beginning of October along with temporary Green Thumb Award signs placed in the winning yards.  

1st prize $100 for HOA members/$50 non-member

2nd prize $50 for HOA members/$25 non-member

NEIGHBORHOOD PLANT SWAP September 24 - 25, All day

WALK/RIDE THE NEIGHBORHOOD September 2nd, 6 - 8 PM and October 7th, 6 - 7 PM, November 4th, 6 - 7 PM

REMINDER TO KEEP BUSHES AND TREES TRIMMED Please be sure to keep bushes and trees trimmed along roads where they might block signs, street lights, and traffic.

EXTERIOR LIGHTING VVHOA encourages residents to invest in LEDs and to turn on exterior lights at night to better help light the neighborhood.  

May, 2016

The VVHOA Newletter for April has been published.  Here are some notable higlights.

VVHOA ANNUAL MEETING May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM at Valle Vista Country Club

INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL AT ANNUAL MEETING The Indiana Attorney General will be a the annual meeting to discuss identity theft and other crime issues affecting the state.

LIGHTS ON AND NEIGHBORHOOD WALK The VVHOA encourages residents to participate in an evening of solidarity with lights on and a walk of the neighborhood on June 21, 2016.

NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE The neighborhood garage sale has been set for May 20 - 21, 8 AM to 4 PM.

​​​​24 February, 2016

The VVHOA newsletter for January 2016 has been published.  Here are some notable highlights:

NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE There will be a neighborhood garage sale the weekend of May 20th and 21st. Hours are Friday and Saturday 8-4. Ads will be placed in the Daily Journal and Craigslist. Signs will be placed at Smith Valley and Sheek Rd entrances.  

PLANT SWAP SUCCESS The plant swap was well-received! The next neighborhood plant swap will be on May 14th and 15th.

FIRE HYDRANTS AND STORM DRAINS Please keep fire hydrants and storm drains accessible throughout the winter by clearing snow, ice and other debris from the area.  

KEEPING NEXTDOOR.COM RELEVANT www.nextdoor.com is a social network for you, your neighbors, and your community. It's an excellent tool to exchange information, discuss issues, and to even disagree respectfully.  But, please keep the dialogue constructive.  Before you rant about (or shame) a neighbor down the street, the next block, or even in a different neighborhood, remember that you may run into him/her at CVS.  They're not strangers in a faraway land.  So, let's keep our discussions civil.  For reference, check out NextDoor's posting guidelines.

2 SEPTEMBER, 2015

STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS ON www.nextdoor.com Have you joined www.nextdoor.com? Nextdoor.com is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It's the easiest way to talk with neighbors online, and it's free.  Click on https://vallevistain.nextdoor.com to sign up. There's also an app for your smartphone. With www.nextdoor.com, you can:
 Quickly get the word out about a break-in or neighborhood emergency
 Find a trustworthy babysitter
 Find out who does the best paint job in town
 Ask neighbors to keep an eye out for a lost dog
 Give away an unused bike, picnic bench, or swingset, or advertise a garage sale
 Finally call that nice man/woman down the street by his/her first name

PLANT SWAP - Did someone say FREE PLANTS? We are sponsoring a neighborhood
plant swap on September 12 and 13. Trade perennial and other plants.  Swap gardening tips. Get started with a garden, You don't have to bring something to take something.  How do you participate? Divide or dig up some extra plants. Put them on a table in your driveway like a garage sale on September 12 and 13. Print the plant swap sign or make your own sign. Wander around to get some plants and talk to your neighbors. People at the HOA meeting were planning to share things as interesting as daisies and Japanese maples.

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 ArticleOld 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.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND OPENING OF AQUATIC PARK IN GREENWOOD

Aquatic Park Development - Development continues on an aquatic park at Freedom Park for a grand opening planned for Memorial Day Weekend. The aquatic park replaces the Greenwood pool, which was closed in April 2012, and will include three water slides, a lazy river, a lap pool, and a leisure pool.  It is projected to cost $13.3 million.  Here are some useful links about the water park: WTHR News about Greenwood IN Aquatic Park, Examiner Article about Greenwood Water Park


 

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