In order to coordinate with Hurstbourne subdivision (and hopefully increase sales traffic), we will have the Glenwood Park Subdivision Garage Sale on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31. Times will be 5 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 7:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The Chatham Clarion and State-Journal Register newspapers and Springfield Moms websites will also be notified.
Come help clean up our neighborhood this Friday, September 20th at 12:00 noon or Saturday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m. Meet at pond #1 dam site. We plan on clearing grass, brush and dead trees around water way on pond 1 and 2. Bring chain saws, cutting tools, axes, weed whackers, and mowers for trimming around water edges. Questions? Contact Frank Kyger at 483-2254.
Later this week, you will receive notice of the annual Glenwood Park Home Owners Association (GPHOA) meeting in your mailbox. We encourage all residents of Glenwood Park to attend the annual meeting in the Library Gallery at Chatham Area Public Library, 600 East Spruce Street on Tuesday, May 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Here are the agenda items:
* Conduct an election for Directors of Plats 2, 4 and the president. By the rules established in the bylaws, Scott Kaiser’s term as president ends this May.
* Review work to improve Pond #4.
* Hear a report on our finances.
* Adopt a budget for 2012/2013.
* Set the dues assessment for the year (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013).
* Hear reports on activities from this current year.
* Hear comments/suggestions/concerns from attendees.
* Develop plans and ideas for the coming year.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve as a Plat Director, please contact Scott Kaiser at 483-5909 or email@example.com. We’d love to welcome you on board!
Neighborhood Garage Sale will be held Friday, June 1st from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 2nd from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This date is in conjunction with the Hurstbourne subdivision spring garage sale. Advertisements for the sale will be placed in the Chatham Clarion, the State Journal-Register and on the Springfield Moms website.
We are always adding names and email addresses to our master list. If a friend or neighbor is not currently on our email list, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glenwood Park Homeowners Association Board of Directors: August 1, 2011 Meeting
Meeting started at 6:30 PM. Present were Pete Tebbe, Mike Flatt, Jay Sexton, Joanne Woodworth, Chip McClure, Simon Broomhead and Scott Kaiser.
Nominated and approved Chip McClure as the new secretary for the GPHA. Motion made, seconded and approved.
Treasurer’s report: Joann passed out a listing, by plat, showing the status of association dues that have been paid or are delinquent. Also a general discussion of the history of how delinquencies have been handled in the past.
Joanne presented a draft letter for consideration to welcome new Glenwood Park residents and to make them aware of the association, dues owed and who to contact. Scott will seek any suggestions on changes to this letter and ask that the plat director notify Joanne of known new residents.
Joanne then presented the treasurer’s report. Account balance as of July 31, 2011 is $87,214.88. Net income for July was $4,260.83. Joanne also suggested consideration for putting some of these funds into a CD to earn a little more interest than we are currently receiving. Scott suggested tabling this decision until we discussed the Pond 4 project.
Pond 4 project: Simon presented an overview of the project and both he and Scott suggested we proceed as quickly as possible as conditions are perfect for this work. The initial action would be to breach the weir, which would slowly let the pond drain. The area would look bad for a week or so and then the weeds would begin growing to help stabilize the area. Next phase would be to clear out the growth and then plant grass.
This proposal was on the agenda at the May annual meeting and was given the OK by the homeowners to begin. Scott felt if we did not start this project, there would be questions and criticism on why not. We have a proposal from a Carlinville contractor and Scott will check with him to see if he is still interested. If he is, Scott will contact the board and anyone wanting to meet with the contractor is welcome to do so.
Mike raised the concern that after the pond is drained that we do whatever possible to safeguard the area and keep kids from entering the existing weir. This would probably consist of placing a manhole cover over the weir and properly securing it.
Treatment of Ponds 1-3: Scott brought up that the firm Marine BioChemist is treating ponds 1-3. The cost is roughly $685 per month. This company is currently under contract with the GPHA, but that next Spring we may want to explore the possibility of other firms that might be interested in doing this spraying.
Also discussed the removal of brush at the entrance to Pond 3. No definite decision reached.
Sidewalks: Repairs have or will soon be made behind 12 Candi Ct. We will also explore a solution to the stairs near Gilreath – 1 Meander. Scott asked that the plat directors notify him of other sidewalk areas that may need work.
Treasury balance: The Pond 4 project is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $10,000, and we will recheck with he contractor to determine his interest in the project and his cost estimate. Considering this estimated need, Scott suggested that we transfer $50,000 of our treasury balance from a money market account into a CD – hopefully earning a little more interest. Motion made by Mike and seconded by Pete to do this and was approved by the board. Joanne will check with both the Peoples Bank and UCB to see the rates for a 1-year CD.
Meeting adjourned at 8 PM.
Some of you may remember the late Tom Mason, a longtime Glenwood Park resident who was known for his passionate support of Kumler Outreach Ministries. He coordinated food and clothing drives in the neighborhood on behalf of Kumler and was always available to take a load of donations into Springfield.
We continue to have a neighborhood connection to Kumler. Sharon Brown, who is a Glenwood Park resident, heads up Kumler Outreach Ministries in Springfield. If you are interested in “adopting” a child this holiday season, she provides information below.
Sharon writes: “You may be wondering why you’re receiving this e-mail. It’s simple. You have shown great generosity toward Kumler Outreach Ministries and the people we serve. Many of you “adopted” a child or children last year at Christmas and bought them a new outfit of clothing. If you are interested in helping make a child’s Christmas bright this year, we can send you a child’s name, details (age, gender, size, special needs) and deadlines and other particulars. We have set a deadline of Monday, Dec. 13 to receive all clothing gifts for our Christmas children. If you would like to help this year, you can e-mail or call and ask for Sharon at 217-523-2269 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to working with you.
“Unfortunately, we were rained out last year, but we hope for better weather and the opportunity to come relax, meet new neighbors, connect with old friends and celebrate fall,” says GPHOA president Scott Kaiser. “The kids have a great time running around and roasting marshmallows, too.”
The GPHOA will provide the hot dogs and buns. Please bring your own table service, a dish to share, beverage and lawn chairs. We look forward to seeing you there!
Glenwood Park Neighborhood Improvements
With the arrival of dry late summer weather, we’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to complete some needed work on Glenwood Park sidewalks and grounds. Here are the projects completed:
- A long stretch of sidewalk behind 21 Meander Pike has been severely buckled by tree roots and erosion for several years. This stretch of sidewalk was dangerous and has now been replaced. The tree and its roots have also been removed, and drainage issues have been improved.
- A new stretch of sidewalk has also been poured to connect Glenwood Park with the Hurstbourne subdivision near Pond 4 of Stoney Creek. This was at the request of many neighbors in both subdivisions to allow easier walking throughout our neighborhoods. The Village of Chatham generously provided the concrete for this project.
- The waterways on either side of Meander Pike leading from Pond 1 have been cleaned out. These had become very unsightly with weeds and soil deposits and also reduced the flow of water.
- Also near Pond 1, a large wooded area has been cleared of brush and undergrowth and reseeded with grass. This area had become very overgrown and unsightly and impossible for neighbors to mow. This will make maintenance much easier.
Pond 4 Update
We continue to develop a plan for draining Pond 4 and turning it to a “dry pond” retention area. The concrete sidewalk sections that were removed from Meander Pike were saved and will be re-used as fill for this project.