2021 Pine Creek Village Association (PCVA) Grounds Committee (GC) Charter Purpose: The Grounds Committee (GC) is established to advise and assist the PCVA Board and Community Manager to provide effective oversight, sustainment and development of PCVA neighborhood common areas. The GC also provides recommendations to the PCVA Board and the Community Manager on proposed grounds improvements that result in long-term costs savings to the PCVA, while sustaining the aesthetic beauty of the community. Primary emphasis is placed on water usage reduction and low maintenance landscaping.
Assist the PCVA Board and Community Manager in the management of the Homeowners Association (HOA)-defined common areas, to include improvements, landscaping, snow removal, and bid/proposal/ contracts that involve maintain PCVA grounds.
Provide the PCVA Board with common grounds improvements, initiatives and ideas for future development.
Provide technical assistance and support the PCVA Community Manager in the oversight of the PCVA grounds contracts, as required.
Sustain long-term plans for community improvements leading to lower water usage and low maintenance landscaping.
Foster positive, effective communication among PCVA members and stakeholders with regard to common area issues (stakeholders include homeowners, PCVA Board, PCVA Management Staff, Landscaping Contractor partners, others as required).
Foster a strong continual educational focus across the PCVA members to emphasize water conservation techniques and environmentally sustainable practices that can be readily and economically implemented by homeowners.
Maintain an active committee of knowledgeable and experienced volunteers.
Maintain familiarity and working knowledge of PCVA business processes to include finances, bills and contracts related to grounds maintenance (e.g., utility bills, landscape contracts, etc.)
Committee members should be familiar with active PCVA contracts related to the maintenance and management of the Pine Creek common areas.
One committee member will be designated by the Board as the landscape contract liaison to assist the Community Manager and PCVA Board in oversight of landscape contractor(s) performance
Be advised of any snow removal actions per the PCVA/Metco contract
Will advise Metco of areas that need tending/revisiting/sanding
Community Manager to handle all homeowner calls regarding snow issues and notify Metco and GC
In an effort to reduce management inputs (water, mowing, fertilization, pest management) and labor, HOAs often consider the replacement of mowed, irrigated turf (bluegrass, fescues) with grass species (usually referred to as “native grasses”) that should require fewer inputs (less/no water, infrequent mowing, no fertilizer, few pesticides). These areas are often referred to as “native grass” areas because their unmowed (or less frequently mowed) appearance sometimes looks like that of an unmanaged, native prairie. Read more detail in the article you can download below
Key complaints heard about the native grass are:
They are weeds that look unkempt
It needs to be mowed more frequently
It harbors weeds and bugs
Conventional, mowed turf is better
Key benefits to the native grasses are:
It requires FAR less water than conventional turf. It also requires less effort in general, in the way of maintenance, as this grass naturally thrives in this region.
The native is a planned part of the Pine Creek Village landscape design aesthetic; to mimic the look of a river/creek bed landscape.
It (in theory) reseeds itself.
Facts about PCVA's grass (as of September, 2021):
For several mowing seasons, the native grass in PCVA was over-mowed, sometimes weekly. Due to this, the grass has thinned out in many areas.
Allowing the grass to grow and seed, mowing little or only once a mow season will allow for the grass to thicken.
After some nurturing, the grass will thicken enough to provide its own weed barrier, with little hand-weeding or treatment needed in the future.
This six-year Strategic Plan documents and guides the objectives of the Pine Creek Village Association (PCVA) Board of Directors in the planning and execution of its Real-Property Fiduciary Duties to the Homeowners of PCVA.
As a living document, this Strategic Plan provides PCVA Homeowners an outline of the objectives and tasks required by the Association for the maintenance and improvements to the real property owned jointly by the Homeowners of PCVA.
As a guide, this Strategic Plan provides the changing membership of the PCVA Board a reference regarding the agreed-to objectives and necessary spending to fulfill its duties in the oversight of the Association.
This Strategic Plan was prepared and is maintained by the PCVA Grounds Committee in its advisory role to the Board.
View and download the PCVA Property Strategic Plan HERE
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