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Did You Know - 2011

Did You Know?
December 15th, 2011

That Pine Creek residents get discounted rates on golf at the Pine Creek Golf Course?  But, there's a catch - we need at least 50 Pine Creek residents (home owner or renter) to sign up as part of the Pine Creek Residents Golf Group.  The deadline for taking advantage of this offer is January 31,  2012.

There are two plans for Pine Creek Residents.

Annual Pine Creek Platinum Pass
(unlimited play anytime except Saturday morning prior to 1PM, cart fees included, 50% off range balls, 10% off regular Pro Shop prices, tee times ten days in advance)
Individual $990 for one year
(no family plans - each golfer pays $990/year)

Annual Pine Creek Silver Pass
(unlimited play after 1 PM Friday – Sunday and Holidays and unlimited play Monday – Thursday, 50% off range balls, cart fees not included, 10% off regular Pro shop prices, tee times ten days in advance)
Individual $750 for one year
(no family plans - each golfer pays $750/year)

In addition, as a Platinum or Silver member, you would be eligible for access to, or in certain cases a 50% discount at other Escalante Golf properties.

If you're interested, please contact Goody Goodman at the following e-mail: hal_goodman@comcast.net. Indicate which program (Platinum or Silver) you are interested in and your phone number - he will return your call and answer any questions you may have.  The deadline for taking advantage of this offer is January 31,  2012.

Here is a link to the Escalante golf properties website: http://bit.ly/uQcnWZ

Did You Know?
That if you rent your Pine Creek home out, you must submit a renter notification form?   You may find the form at www.pcva.org/forms.  If you haven't yet completed a renter notification form, please do so as soon as possible.   If you have any questions please contact Candace Pickett at 719-260-4544 or at cpickett@msihoa.com.

Did You Know?
That at the Pine Creek Annual Christmas Party, funds were collected to donate to the Wounded Warriors Project?   Thank you to everyone that donated - $56.00 is being sent as a donation. If you would like to donate you may do so online at www.woundedwarriors.com or by mailing a check to:

Wounded Warriors
Attn: Donation Services
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL. 32256.


Did You Know?
December 1, 2012

That the PCVA assessment for 2012 has gone up to $62 per month?

Most residents will only pay the base $62/month, however, several neighborhoods have additional monthly assessments depending on the level of services delivered.  Here are the total dues based on neighborhood:

2012 Neighborhood Assessments*:
Carriages - $123 monthly ($185 total)
La Bellezza - $188 monthly ($250 total)
Reverie - $130 monthly ($192 total) (may change)
Sage Hill Greens - $175 monthly ($237 total)
Wildflower - $142 monthly ($204 total)
* The annual prepayment discount is not available for neighborhood assessments, only for the PCVA assessment.

We have several options for you to pay your HOA dues:

1) Annual Prepayment.  The Association is again offering a 2% discount for prepayment of annual PCVA dues by January 15th, 2012.  Annual dues for 2012 are $744.00.  Take 2% off and pay only $729.12.  Prepayment is ONLY available for PCVA base dues, and not neighborhood specific dues.  Prepayments must be made by check payable to Pine Creek Village Association and mailed to:

US Bank
c/o MSI, LLC
PO Box 54136
Los Angeles, CA  90054-0136
(Please ensure your Pine Creek address is on the check for proper credit)

2) Automatic Monthly Debit.  Electronic debits are the easiest and most reliable way to send in your monthly dues. To create an electronic debit, go to http://msi.pcva.org and "Sign In" using the button upper right.  Then click the "Check Your Account" tab.  Then click the "Pay Online!" button, and follow the instructions.  You'll need a blank check when signing up to get the bank routing and account info.

For those of you who have already setup debit payments through MSI, you do NOT need to sign up again.  The amount debited will automatically change in January 2012.

3) Automatic recurring bill payment through your bank.  Most banks offer this service at no charge to their customers.   To take advantage of your own bank's automatic recurring bill pay service just give them a call - it only takes a few minutes to set up.   You'll need to tell your bank to send the automatic payments payable to Pine Creek Village Association to:

US Bank
c/o MSI, LLC
PO Box 54136
Los Angeles CA  90054-0136
1-800-766-3274

Make SURE you include your name and address on your payment to ensure proper credit.

4) Commercial Bill Pay Services.  There are many companies that offer this service.  CLICK HERE ( http://www.google.com/search?q=bill+payment+services ) for a Google listing of bill payment services.  Many home finance programs like Quicken also offer electronic bill payment services.  You'll need to tell your bill pay service to send the automatic payments payable to Pine Creek Village Association to:

US Bank
c/o MSI, LLC
PO Box 54136
Los Angeles CA  90054-0136
1-800-766-3274

Make SURE you include your name and address on your payment to ensure proper credit.

5) Write A Check.  Checks must be accompanied by a payment coupon - mailing address will be on the coupon.  Please contact Candace Pickett at cpickett@msihoa.com or www.pcva.org if you wish to have a coupon booklet mailed to you.  Note, to save costs, we strongly urge residents to use one of the electronic payment methods above.  The association saves a significant amount by not having to print and mail coupon booklets to residents. 

Did You Know?

That the Annual PCVA Holiday Party will be on Friday December 9, 2011 from 6-9 p.m.?   The party will be held at the Pine Creek Golf Club located at 9850 Divot Trail.   Santa & Mrs. Claus, and the reindeer will again be a part of our festive event.  In addition, we will be taking donations for the Wounded Warrior Project at this year's event.    Bring the whole family - it's FREE for PCVA residents and their families.


Did You Know?
November 15, 2011

That coyotes continue to be a problem in Pine Creek?  There are many coyotes living in and around the Pine Creek Golf Course.  Recently a homeowner lost his small dog to a coyote.  His small dog was tethered in his front yard and the coyote grabbed the dog and jumped the fence onto the golf course with the dead dog in its mouth.  We recommend that you DO NOT leave small animals outside unattended at any time as coyotes hunt day or night. 

For more information on dealing with coyotes, including reporting incidents, please visit our website at http://www.pcva.org/coyotes

Did You Know?

That Colorado Springs Utilities offers rebates for installing many kinds of energy saving devices and equipment?  Check out some of the great rebates they offer on their website at http://csu.org/residential/rebates/index.html  In addition, the State also has energy rebates that could save you money.  You can find this info at http://rechargecolorado.org/

Solar energy is also becoming more affordable as a recent article in the Gazette pointed out.  CSU has rebates for solar energy installations - check out this page on their website:  http://www.csu.org/residential/rebates/renewable/item6092.html

But remember, any solar or exterior installation requires Modifications Committee approval before installation, per section 2.7 of the Community Guidelines.


Did You Know?
November 1, 2011

That there still isn't enough participation in Waste Management's Single Stream Recycling program to warrant weekly recycling pickup in Pine Creek?  Until we get more residents participating, recycling pickup will continue to occur every other week.  However, for those of you who fill up your recycling toter faster than every other week, Waste Management will deliver a second toter to you AT NO COST! 

Also, for those of you who haven't yet gotten a recycling toter, the cost of the 95 gallon toter has been lowered to ONLY $53! That's down from $85. 

We'd strongly urge all Pine Creek residents to use Single Stream Recycling.  It makes a lot of sense AND it saves you time and hassle, since all your recycling can be mixed on one large rolling container that keeps our neighborhoods cleaner.   Anyone who has already purchased the first toter and would like a second toter delivered free, or for those of you want want to purchase your first toter, please contact Candace Pickett at cpickett@mishoa.com or 719-260-4544.

For more information on recycling in Pine Creek, please visit www.pcva.org/recycling

Did You Know?

That many of our flower and shrub beds have small colored flags in them?  The flags were used to mark planting locations for the 3,315 bushes or shrubs planted by our landscape contractor this past season.  The flags indicate which plants need to have winter watering.  If the plant does not survive the winter, the flag will mark the location for a replacement plant, under warranty from our landscape contractor.  The flags will be removed next spring after the Grounds Committee performs their first landscape audit for "winter kill".

Did You Know?

That the Pine Creek Village Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday November 10th at 6:30 PM at the Briargate Fire Station.  Our guest speaker this year will be Colorado Springs' Mayor, Steve Bach.




Did You Know?
October 15th, 2011

That Board elections are upon us again?  This year there are two positions on the Board that need to be filled.  For those who are interested in running for the Board, please visit www.pcva.org/candidates and complete the PCVA Director Candidate Nomination form.  You can also use the same form if you wish to nominate another person for the board.   Forms must be submitted no later than noon on October 21, 2011.  No nominations will be accepted after this time.  This year’s election will be by mail and the names of candidates will be sent out with the notification of our Annual Board Meeting.  The top two persons receiving the most votes will be named at the Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting this year will be on November 10th at 6:00 PM at the Briargate Fire Station.  Our guest speaker at the Annual Meeting will be Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach.  Mayor Bach will be addressing any questions you might have about Colorado Springs governance and the running of the City.

Did You Know?

That starting in October, the Modifications Committee only meets ONCE a month until spring?  Modification requests for outside work taper off this time of year so we allow the Committee to take a bit of a break.  The  Committee will meet on the 3rd Thursday in October, November, January, February, and March.   The dates are always published on our website at www.pcva.org You are required have an approved request when you change, replace or repair anything outside your home.  To get your modification request started please visit www.pcva.org/forms and download a "Landscape or Design Modification Request Form".  Instructions for submitting your request are on the form.   Please note that the deadline to have a request on the agenda is 12pm on the Friday before the meeting.  Remember the Modifications Committee is here to help you make the changes you want within the Community Guidelines so that Pine Creek remains one of the top neighborhoods in Colorado Springs.


Did You Know?
October 1st, 2011

That the Doggie Stations placed around PCVA common areas are meant for the convenience of Pine Creek residents who own dogs, and to keep ur community clean and fresh?  Lately, numerous doggie stations have been vandalized by children going to and from Challenger Middle School and Mountain View elementary school.  They are pulling out the poop bags by the roll then discarding them later around the community.  This is costing PCVA residents money as the stations have to be refilled twice as fast as normal,  and because we have to clean up the trash they leave behind.  We'd ask all residents to please impress upon your children about being good citizens, by saving the Association  money and keeping our Community clean and trash free.

Did You Know?

That the water features at the Pirate’s Cove Park have been turned off and winterized?  To save money, we waited until our maintenance vendor could come out and both turn the water off and winterize the system rather than have him come twice.  The park itself will remain open all year.  Look for the water features to open next year around Memorial Day.

Did You Know?

At its last meeting, the PCVA Board of Directors approved modifying the Community Guidelines for repainting your home?   Before painting, you will be required to paint a 4 foot x 4 foot swatch on the side of your home for the Modifications Committee to review prior to their approval.  This is being done to get a better look at the selected color,  rather than the "too small" 2” x 2” paint sample that has been required in the past.  We've had problems with inappropriate home colors being approved based on small paint swatches.  This requirements is to ensure all residents are in compliance with the Community Guidelines for maintaining the quality appearance of our community.

Did You Know?

That we now have a form on our website for specifically reporting landscaping issues?  While our landscaping vendor and Community Managers are out in Pine Creek frequently, with all the landscaping we have to maintain, we do rely on residents to report problems with landscaping, including sprinklers.  To submit a report, please visit www.pcva.org/landscaping


Did You Know?
September 15th, 2011

That we have five traffic roundabouts in Pine Creek, and that traffic around and through them are regulated by City ordinance?  The easy thing to remember about roundabouts is that, except for emergency vehicles, the first vehicle to arrive at the roundabout, and vehicles already in the roundabout, have the right of way.
 
But here are a couple more tips concerning voluntary roundabout etiquette:
 
If you are going straight through the intersection no turn signals are required. 
 
If you are going three quarters of the way around the intersection, it is good manners to use a left turn signal to let other drivers know what you are doing.
P.S. - A note of caution and a reminder:   because of its tight radius, its slope, and its use by new high school drivers,  the roundabout at Chapel Hills and Craycroft Drive is extremely hazardous in the winter when there is snow on the roadway.  There have been as many as twenty accidents in one day at that roundabout when snow is present.  Drivers either hit the curb and damage the front end of their vehicles, or they drive straight across the traffic circle which destroys PCVA property - an expense that all Pine Creek residents bear.  With winter approaching we ask all of you to be very careful while driving the roundabouts in Pine Creek.
 
For even more information on roundabouts - check out Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout

Did You Know?

That 5:00 PM today is the last day to register for the Community-Wide Garage Sale?  Go to www.pcva.org for more information and to sign up!



Did You Know?
September 1st, 2011

That the PCVA Fall Garage Sale is coming up on Saturday September 17th?  This is a great opportunity to make some money off of that old stuff collecting dust in your basement or garage.  The Association will be advertising the garage sale city-wide and you'll be sure to get a lot of traffic.  Best of all - it's free!  But - to get your home listed in the advertising you must register on the website by Wednesday September 14th.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Did You Know?

That according to our Community Guidelines (section 3.6) "no temporary house, dwelling, garage or out building shall be placed or erected on any lot.  No mobile home, trailer home, travel trailer, camper or recreational vehicle shall be stored, parked or otherwise allowed to be placed on a lot as a temporary or permanent dwelling. Any variance must be obtained from the modification committee and/or the PCVA Board of Directors."  If you'd like to download a copy of the Community Guidelines, please CLICK HERE.
Did You Know?

That our Community Guidelines address "nuisance activities"?  Section 3.12 says:
 
"The use of hot tubs and play/sports equipment or any other activity after reasonable hours that causes a nuisance to neighbors is prohibited.  In addition, the Modification Committee, at its discretion, may withdraw approval of any hot tub or play/sports equipment where repeated offenses result in an ongoing nuisance.  Refer to Section 10.9 of the Declaration for additional information."
 
"Reasonable and normal construction and development activities shall not be considered a nuisance."
 
"Any home business that creates a nuisance, detracts from the quiet enjoyment of surrounding properties or involves door-to-door solicitation of Pine Creek residents is prohibited."



Did You Know?
August 15th, 2011

That the Pine Creek Press newsletter is now available online?  Click this link to download the newsletter: www.pcva.org/newsletter

Did You Know?

That the Pine Creek Picnic is this coming Saturday August 20, at the Splash Park starting at noon?  This is a great event for the entire family, old and young.  All PCVA residents are welcome.  Food, drinks, entertainment and fun are all FREE!

Did You Know?

That the fall Garage sale is coming up on Saturday September 17th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM?  Please visit www.pcva.org for more information and to register.  You must register for your home to be included in the city-wide advertising.  Participation is free!

Did You Know?

That PCVA relies on Voting Delegates to vote on behalf of their neighborhoods in all Association elections?  We'd like to thank those listed below for volunteering on behalf of their neighborhoods. For those of you living in the below listed neighborhoods, this is the contact information for your Neighborhood Voting Delegate.

Carriages - Jim Carter Jr. - sport2fool@yahoo.com  
Carriages Alternate - Bill Stohlmann - wstohlmann@comcast.net
Glen Arbor - Don Strobel - donstrob@netscape.net
Greenmoor - Dennis Kater - katerdk3@gmail.com
La Bellezza - Dan Roda - droda1547@msn.com
Oak Grove - Rick James - rickj525@live.com
Oak Knoll - Linda Case - LCase620@aol.com
Pinebrook - Ralph Anderson - hplar38@aol.com  
Pinebrook Alternate - Sherri Eret - eret@comcast.net
Pinetop - Jim Plott - jimplott@gmail.com
Sage Hill Greens - Larry Anderson - LGAnderson3@hotmail.com
Spanish Oak - Gary Beres - garyberes@msn.com  
Spanish Oak Alternate - Don Williams - cadodw@comcast.net
Stoneglen - Charles Burnett - charles@cburnett.net
Wildflower - Dan Bloom - jmstockdale@hotmail.com
Willow Glen - Joseph Monroe - josephmonroejr@gmail.com

But this list also points out the problem that we don't have enough Voting Delegates for all of Pine Creek.  We still need volunteers for the neighborhoods listed below.  If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Candace at cpickett@msihoa.com

Blossom Hill I
Blossom Hill II
Emerald Ridge
Heartwood
Hollycrest
Oak Meadow
Orchard Park
Palisade
Pine Glade
Pinecrest
Promontory
Reverie
Sage Hill
Sycamore Glen

Did You Know?

That our management company staff has seen, and has received numerous complaints about RV's being parked on Pine Creek streets longer than allowed?   The Neighborhood Guidelines are very specific about Recreational Vehicles.  Section 3.3.4 - Vehicle Storage,  states that Recreational Vehicles shall be parked in a garage or off-site.  Recreational vehicles may be parked in front of the owner's home for up to twenty-four hours for loading and unloading before and after a trip.  We'd ask all residents to comply with this community rule to keep our neighborhood streets uncluttered and safe.


Did You Know?
August 1st, 2011

That the annual Pine Creek Community Picnic is coming up on Saturday August 20th?  The picnic will be held in the Pirate's Cove Splash Park starting at noon.  The picnic will feature large inflatable toys, petting animals, lots of food, and best of all it's FREE!  All Pine Creek residents are welcome.  Bring the family and tell your neighbors!  We hope to see you on August 20th.

Did You Know?

That many residents have notified us about sprinkler problems and leaks this summer?  A very heartfelt thank you to all of you who have been notifying us about the irrigation leaks you spot.  The quick action on the part of two owners this weekend when the auto fill valve at the splash park stuck, allowed MSI's on-call manager to contact the landscaper who turned the water off until today when our splash park vendor could fix the leaking valve.  It's a team effort and thanks to your teamwork, both MSI and the landscape companies have been able to react quickly this year to save money on costly water leaks and repairs.  If you see an irrigation leak, please contact Candace Pickett at 260-4544 or at cpickett@msihoa.com

Did You Know?

That some Pine Creek residents don't pick up after their pets and / or allow them to run loose?  Both city laws and PCVA covenants require pet owners to pick up after their pets, and that pets must be on a leash at all times when not in their yard.  We all work hard and spend a lot of money to keep Pine Creek looking beautiful and inviting and keeping it a family friendly neighborhood.  Please do your part to clean up after your pets and to keep them on leash when you're out and about. 

Did You Know?

That PCVA will be sponsoring another garage sale on Saturday September 17th?  Stand by, or visit www.pcva.org, for more info.

Did You Know?

That PCVA relies on volunteers to assist management and the board in running Pine Creek?  We could sure use some volunteers.  It's not time consuming, but it sure makes a difference to the quality of our HOA.  We urge all of you to get involved.  For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Candace Pickett at 260-4544 or at cpickett@msihoa.com


Did You Know?
July 15th, 2011

That the plant losses this year due to winter kill & drought are "devastating"?

Almost every one of us with landscaping knows how bad the winter of 2010/2011 ("devastation" was the term aptly used by a fellow Pine Creek resident this week) was for plants, trees and turf in Pine Creek.    

After many, many hours walking and assessing the common area landscape we have determined that more than 5000 plants, and over 50 trees died due to the extremely dry winter.  Our hope, last fall, was that we would have a beautiful landscape this year because of all the planting we did last year.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate and this has not come to pass.

The Association is working hard to address the winter kill:
  • We have proposals forthcoming for plant and mulch replenishment for many of the common areas.
  • The bed enhancements for the neighborhood entrances that were approved last year are still in progress.  Once they are finished, the Grounds Committee will be doing a follow up to assess and renew the exterior beds in which most or all of the plants died last winter.
  • We are aware that we may have not been getting the quality and quantity of services from our landscape contractor.  The grounds committee and the management company are closely monitoring our vendor to make sure they pay for or replace the landscape materials that they have damaged.
  • The Association will be working carefully with the vendor to enforce the terms of our landscape contract to ensure that we get all the services and materials that they have contracted to provide, and that they become more proactive in addressing landscape issues in our community.
  • The landscape vendor has been asked to address the Association's concerns at the next Board meeting next Thursday 7/21/11.  Anyone wishing to meet our landscape contractor and hear their presentation are invited to attend the meeting that starts at 6:00 PM at the Briargate Fire Station.


Did You Know?
July 1, 2011

That after careful consideration and review by the Association attorney, the Board of Directors has approved a bylaw amendment that allows Directors to be elected by the Membership without Voting Delegates?

This change was prompted because there are 14 PCVA neighborhoods where no volunteers have come forward as Voting Delegates. This situation has caused problems for quorums and election of Directors by Members at the Annual General Membership Meeting.  The by-laws changes adopted allows neighborhoods with Voting Delegates to still act on their behalf, but it also allows for those neighborhoods without a Voting Delegate to have individual Member's votes tallied and counted prior to the Annual General Meeting call to order.

To view the amended bylaws and the points changed page visit www.pcva.org/governing-documents

The neighborhoods with no Voting Delegates:
  • Blossom Hill 1
  • Blossom Hill 2
  • Emerald Ridge
  • Heartwood
  • Hollycrest
  • Oak Meadow
  • Orchard Park
  • Palisade Ridge
  • Pinecrest
  • Pine Glade
  • Promontory
  • Sage Hill
  • Sycamore Glen
  • Wildflower
Did You Know?
That the July Board of Directors has been rescheduled; the new meeting date is Thursday July 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Research Fire Station located at 2490 Research Parkway.

Did You Know?
That the Association lost over 5000 plants and 50 trees due to the drought this winter / spring?  We are working diligently to replace them, but due to budget constraints we may not be able to replace them all this year.


Did You Know?

June 15, 2011

There are no more replacement glass globes and fixtures available for the existing yard lamps for Pine Creek homes? Unfortunately, the manufacturer has stopped producing both the globes and fixtures. 

The good news is that a new lamp fixture was approved by the Board of Directors that is sturdier and less costly than the original fixture.   If you wish to purchase a fixture and perform the installation yourself, you can contact Austin Bluffs Lighting at 572-0304, or via their website at www.austinbluffslighting.com  Ask for item # Z6115-92. 

If you wish to have the new fixture installed by an electrician you may contact Rocky Mountain Electric at 229-6633 or via their website at www.rockymountainelectric.org. Make sure you let them know you are a Pine Creek resident.
Did You Know?
That weeds in curb cracks should be killed or removed?  The Association does take care of killing weeds in the curb cracks where adjacent to PCVA common area.  However, you are responsible for taking care of curb weeds adjacent to your property.   There are two options for remediation of weeds growing in curb cracks in front of your home:

1) Kill the weeds yourself using the same type of approved weed killer you use on your property (like Roundup or WeedBGone, or similar), or by pulling the weeds by hand.

2) Contact the City to request that they take care of the weed problem.  The number to call is is 385-5934.  It's much faster if you spray or pull the weeds yourself as the City has quite a backlog of landscaping maintenance problems.
Did You Know?
That due to our dry winter there is a lot of turf winter kill both in common areas and front yards of homes?  We have received some helpful tips in addressing this from different landscape companies.  If the color of the grass is gray, the grass is dead and will need to be replaced (raking and seeding has been recommended for small areas, new sod for larger areas).  If the color of the grass is yellow, the grass should come back with some fertilizer and extra water.  If the grass doesn't come back you'll need to replace it by seed or sod.


Did You Know?
June 1, 2011

That Waste Management recently reduced the price of the full size, Single Stream Recycling toter to ONLY $53.00?   There are several reasons we would STRONGLY urge all PCVA residents to take advantage of the full size recycling toter:

1) Reduced litter in our neighborhoods.  The large toters have a lid that better secures recyclables from our persistent wind.  This can significantly reduce the problem of trash coming out of the small recycling bins - we get many complaints of blowing trash every time we have high winds on recycling days.

2) Recycling benefits the environment.  We throw away a lof of valuable trash that can be repurposed and reused.  Think about all those water bottles, cans, jars and cardboard boxes that are used only once.  We should ALL be doing more to reuse our useful trash.

3) Convenience.  No more jamming recyclables into those dirty, awkward bins and lugging them out to the street.  With the large toters, all recycling can can go into the same container and wheeled to the curb.

For more information on the PCVA recycling program and to order a large toter, please visit www.pcva.org/recycling

But, for those of you who don't wish to purchase the larger toters, please help keep our neighborhoods free of blowing trash. Make sure that the recycling crate containing paper is on the bottom of the stack when you put out your recyclables.  The top one should be the one used for metal cans or glass.




Did You Know?
May 15th, 2011

That the PCVA requires Modification Committee approval for the following improvements / changes to your home or lot?
  • House Repainting
  • Decks, Balconies and Patios
  • House Additions
  • Driveways
  • Window Coverings and Awnings And Storm Doors
  • Air Conditioning and Evaporative Cooling Units
  • Mechanical Equipment
  • Satellite/ Communication Equipment
  • Gutters, Downspouts and Vents
  • Accessory Structures, Gazebos And Arbors/Pergolas
  • Hot Tubs/Spas and Pools
  • Play and Sports Equipment
  • Landscaping
  • Fencing and Walls
  • Lighting
  • Public Easements
The guidelines for these improvements are published in the Pine Creek Community Guidelines available for download on the Association's website at http://www.pcva.org/documents

Plans and specifications showing the nature, kind, shape, color, size, materials and location of all proposed exterior structures and improvements (including landscaping) must be submitted to the Modifications Committee for review and approval PRIOR TO INSTALLATION.  Incomplete or illegible submittals will be returned to the applicant without review.

A Builder Plot Plan is recommended when showing the location of any improvements.  If a Builder Plot Plan is not available, the applicant must provide relevant dimensions and must label appropriate information.  Label information as existing vs. proposed.   We recommend you submit your request using a Design Review Request form that can be downloaded from the PCVA website at http://www.pcva.org/page.asp?id=45


Did You Know?
May 1, 2011
That Spring is here again at last!

This means, that as our weather warms up and our plants, trees and turf come out of dormancy, we all need to do some "spring cleaning" in our yards and around our homes.  Here are a few of the items that our Community Manager will be monitoring in regards to what our Community Guidelines direct for exterior maintenance and landscaping.
  1. Removal of all dead plant material and debris, and replanting any winter kill in lawns, shrubs and trees.
  2. Proper watering, fertilization and aeration of turf.
  3. Removal of trash, tumbleweeds and debris that has blown into your yard and landscape.
  4. Removal of weeds growing in mulch & rock beds and in turf.
  5. Repainting of home exterior where paint has faded and/or is peeling.
  6. Repair and staining/painting of privacy and/or wrought iron fencing that you own.
Remember, any changes to your home's exterior or to your landscape must be approved by the modifications committee.  To apply for a modification, please visit our website at http://www.pcva.org/page.asp?id=45

Did You Know?
That due to a scheduling conflict, the May Board of Directors meeting will be rescheduled to Thursday May 19th at 6:00 PM at Fire Station #19 on Research Parkway?


Did You Know?
April 15th, 2010

That the Grounds Committee and Timberline Landscaping are working together for a systematic approach to the approved common area shrub and plant enhancement.  In mid April the irrigation system will be activated and repaired. The planting project will begin with the removal of dead shrubs and plants, improvement of beds and additions of mulch.  Water conservation, survival of the plantings and increased landscape appeal are our immediate goals.  The Pine Manor area will be the starting point followed by the entrance to La Bellezza, the Glen Arbor hillside and the Wild Flower beds along Lexington where the damage has been most severe.  The remaining common areas of Pine Creek will be planted by May.  Our community will have a new look by summer for all to enjoy.  Please help us keep our landscape looking great by reporting any sprinkler or landscaping issues through the website at www.pcva.org

Did You Know?
That the Modifications Committee is in dire need of new members?  The Mod Committee is responsible for reviewing all requests for homeowner modifications.  It meets twice a month during the summer and cuts back to once a month in the winter.  If you have the time and are interested in helping your neighbors and your association please contact Candace Pickett cpickett@msihoa.com or at 260-4544.


Did You Know?
April 1st, 2011

That we still have not received notice from the City as to the exact dates or estimated time frame in which they will be activating the streetlights with the orange bands on them.  When we finally hear from the City we will send out an e-mail blast to all our homeowners.  Any owners that would like more information, or would like to strongly encourage the City to turn on a streetlight or to fix one that needs to be repaired, please contact 719-448-4800 with the pole number you are calling about along with the address or cross streets.


Did You Know?
March 15th, 2011

That a very common complaint received from homeowners is about people who don't clean up after their pets?  Section 3.2.4 of the Community Guidelines require owner to immediately "clean up after their pets, whether on their own property or the property of others', including common areas."

Pine Creek Village Association has tried to make things easier for pet owners by locating Doggie Pot Stations throughout the common areas of Pine Creek to assist animal owners in cleaning up after their pets.

This winter we have seen a laxity in homeowners cleaning up after their pets and we are getting numerous complaints of dog droppings throughout the common areas.  Unless animal owners do a better job of cleaning up the Association will have to contract with one of the various "pooper-scooper" companies in the area to clean up the common areas.  This will cause all homeowners to bear the extra cost of the cleaning crews.  At a time when we are trying to keep homeowner dues as low as possible this doesn't help the bottom line.


Did You Know?
March 1st, 2011

That Pine Creek holds two Community Wide Garage Sales every year?  These garage sales are advertised city-wide and we get LOTS of traffic.  And best of all, they're free!  This year's garage sales will be held on Saturday June 11th and Saturday September 17th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  We're also going to be hosting a document shredding service so you can get rid of all your old documents that need to be destroyed.  Details will be posted on the website, and online reservations are required to get your home into the citywide advertising,  so keep going to www.pcva.org for updated info.

Did You Know?
That the Pine Creek, Cordera and Flying Horse Mayoral Candidate's Forum is less than a week away? 

We have confirmed RSVPs from:
Phil McDonald
Buddy Gilmore
Ken Duncan
Brian Bahr
Richard Skorman
Steve Bach
Dave Munger
Tom Gallagher
Mitch Christensen

Each candidate will have 5 minutes to present their campaign platform.  After all the candidates have had a chance to speak, we will open the floor to questions.  This is your chance to meet the candidates up close and personal.

The forum is FREE, but seating is limited and filling up fast!  The forum is available to the FIRST 225 residents of PCVA, Cordera, and Flying Horse HOAs.  Reservations are required.  To reserve your seat, please visit www.pcva.org/mayor

2011 Mayoral Candidate's Forum
Monday March 7, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cordera Community Center
11894 Grand Lawn Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80924



Did You Know?
February 15th, 2011
That Pine Creek, Cordera and Flying Horse will be hosting a Mayoral Candidate's Forum?  As you know, the upcoming April election will see Colorado Springs residents elect their first "strong mayor".  Because of the importance of this election to all residents, we have invited each of the declared mayoral candidates to present their platforms and to answer your questions.   At the time this email was sent, 6 of the 9 declared candidates (as posted at http://www.springsgov.com/units/cityclerk/search/candidate.aspx) have accepted our invitation.

The forum is FREE, but seating is limited - the forum is available to the FIRST 250 residents of PCVA, Cordera, and Flying Horse HOAs.  Reservations are required.  To reserve your seat, please visit www.pcva.org/mayor

2011 Mayoral Candidate's Forum
Monday March 7, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cordera Community Center
11894 Grand Lawn Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80924
CLICK HERE for a map.

Did You Know?
That we have a new sponsor for our "Did You Know" emails?  Bob the Builder,  who owns Building With Bob, can help with ALL your handyman and home improvement projects.  Please support our sponsors who make this service possible - see below.


Did You Know?
February 1, 2011

That PCVA now has a Lost and Found?  Pine Creek residents have lost and/or found numerous items or pets in the past, and we have a great record of matching owners of the lost property or pets with the finders and vice versa.  Because of the frequency of lost and found requests we decided to create a Lost and Found page on the Association Web Site.  Any Pine Creek resident can go on-line and report anything they may have lost or found.  No waiting for the next community-wide email blast! 

To access the Lost & Found just visit www.PCVA.org and click the Lost and Found link on the left sidebar.  The Communications Committee will review and approve all submissions for appropriate content prior to posting.

Check it out today - we already have our first lost cat posted online - www.pcva.org/lost-found


Did You Know?

January 15th, 2011

The 2011 Peak to Prairie Landscape Symposium is an educational forum inspiring the communities of Southern Colorado to create appealing and enduring landscapes suitable for our soils, climate and finite water resources.

This two-day event will focus on creating and maintaining unique and sustainable landscapes in our semi-arid climate. Regional experts will present a variety of topics, including the latest in water-wise landscape design, plant selection, installation and maintenance.

Date:  Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5, 2011
Place: Double Tree Hotel, Colorado Springs
Event Price(s)
$80.00 - Individual - Friday & Saturday
$60.00 - Individual - Friday Only
$40.00 - Individual - Saturday Only
$60.00 - Student - Friday & Saturday
$40.00 - Student - Friday Only
$30.00 - Student - Saturday Only

Please register online at www.peaktoprairielandscapesymposium.org


Did You Know?
January 1st, 2011

That there have been 9 arson fires started since the end of October in the Rockrimmon area? The fires have been set in and around businesses, parking lots, dumpsters, and parks between 11 PM and 4 AM. Fire extinguishers have been stolen.
 
Therefore, individuals and Neighborhood Watch Groups in northern neighborhoods and shopping centers are asked to be vigilant for suspicious fire activity and report it to the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000.  Active fires, of course, should be reported to 911! We are the eyes and ears for the Police and Fire Departments. Thanks.

This notice provided by the CSPD as part of our Neighborhood Watch Program.

We wish everyone in Pine Creek a Happy and Prosperous New Year!