Swimming pool gets a makeover

The swimming pool got a bit of a facelift this month. New tile was placed around the edge, which will look great when the pool opens May 3 for the summer. The pool  was retiled with 6-inch medium-blue tiles and new foot markers by Pleasant Pools and Spas in Edmond.

Also, the Board made the difficult decision to close the kiddie pool permanently. Reopening it would have required more than $3,000 to repair leaks and bring it up to code. Unfortunately, not enough children used the kiddie pool to make that expense justifiable. Now we’re discussing how to fill in the small pool and make the best use of that space in the future.

Opening on Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to The Crossing?  Do you have a little free time to help your neighbors and improve the community? We have an opening on the Board of Directors and are looking for someone to join us. We would prefer that a volunteer could handle some office tasks and computer work, and have some knowledge of HOA issues or construction work. If you’re interested, please email TheCrossingEdmond@gmail.com or leave a phone message at 478-0941. We appreciate all volunteers!

March newsletter available

Check out what’s happening at The Crossing in the March newsletter. Summer is only a couple months away so some changes are planned for the swimming pool. If you missed the annual meeting, find a copy of the HOA annual budget on page 3. And learn how a generous neighbor is offering to help residents fix up their front courtyards. Find the March issue in the newsletter archive.

Dump your old computers, tires & more

Oklahoma City will host a special collection for unwanted computers, tires, ammunition and prescription drugs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the State Fairgrounds. The drop-off site will be on the south side of the Fairgrounds, east of the arena. Enter the Fairgrounds on Gordon Cooper Boulevard, at Gate 5 from North May.

The collection is open to Oklahoma City residents only. Recyclers must bring their current Oklahoma City water bill stub to prove residency.

Syringes, liquids, inhalers, tire rims, televisions and wheels will not be accepted. Businesses wanting to recycle hazardous waste should contact the Department of Environmental Quality at 702-5100.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at 1621 South Portland accepts a wide variety of hazardous materials from residents’ homes year-round. The type of products accepted at the facility includes gasoline, automotive fluids, batteries, pesticides, weed killers, swimming pool chemicals and paint-related products. The facility is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Insurance & Covenants were hot topics at annual meeting

Thank you to the 40-50 people that attended the annual meeting on Jan. 27. We had a good discussion and review of important issues with HOA Attorney Matt Winton. The change to full-coverage insurance for all homes was an important topic, as well as an upcoming amendment to the covenants that homeowners will vote on in 2014. We’ll continue the covenants discussion at the Feb. 11 monthly board meeting that all homeowners are invited to attend and participate in the discussion. During Monday’s meeting we also reviewed the HOA budget and construction plan for 2014, and elected the board of directors for 2014. The directors then met privately to elect officers after the annual meeting’s conclusion.

Retaining wall replaced

Retaining wall in front of 13913-13921 Crossing Way East

Retaining wall in front of 13913-13921 Crossing Way East

Only one wooden retaining wall remains after the wall in front of 13913-13921 Crossing Way East was replaced last week. The original railroad ties had rotted and become a hazard. The new wall has large concrete bricks, two stairs to the sidewalk and street, and curved sides to direct water flow. The last wooden retaining wall is located by the tennis courts and may be replaced in 2015.

HOA Attorney to speak at annual meeting Jan. 27

Homeowners are encouraged to attend The Crossing’s annual meeting of the Homeowners Association on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Matthew Winton, attorney for The Crossing HOA, will address the group and answer any questions about an upcoming amendment to the covenants and by-laws.

Homeowners will also vote on the 2014 HOA Board of Directors. A proxy ballot was mailed to every homeowner in case you cannot attend. The January newsletter, mailed to every owner, included information about each of the nine volunteers. Seven will be elected to the board.

During the annual meeting we’ll review the 2013 financials and 2014 budget, and discuss upcoming plans for building improvements.

Also, we will soon ask homeowners to vote on an amendment to The Crossing’s Covenants. Winton will briefly discuss the covenants; however, the amended language is not yet available as we want to confirm it includes the necessary language to be fair and responsible for the needs of the community. So please bare with us a little longer.

HOA Dues for 2014

One bedroom…… $118/month
Two bedrooms….. $145/month
Three bedrooms… $171/month

Dues increased 10% in January 2014. If you paid your January dues using the 2013 rates, please submit an additional payment for the difference owed. Residents with monthly automatic bank drafts, please change the amount to be effective immediately.

As of January 1 all dues payments must be mailed to: The Crossing HOA, PO Box 1664, Edmond, OK 73083-1664. Do not drop your payment in the clubhouse mailbox or you could incur a late fee. Payments are now processed by Cannon & Rayburn, CPAs, in Edmond. If you have a question about your dues or the new amounts, email thecrossings0717@sbcglobal.net or call 478-0941 and leave a message.

Proof of insurance required for every home

Please provide proof of your home’s full-coverage insurance to the HOA. Make a copy of your insurance declaration page and deliver it to the HOA by one of the following methods: drop it off in the brown mailbox at the clubhouse; mail it to 13801 Crossing Way East, Edmond, OK  73013; or email to thecrossings0717@sbcglobal.net.

As of Dec. 1, 2013, each homeowner is responsible for full coverage insurance (interior & exterior) on their unit. You will no longer be billed for “hazard insurance” by the HOA to cover the unit’s exterior. The HOA’s insurance coverage is now on the common areas (clubhouse, pool, grassy areas, etc.) only.

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