Craig Ranch Telegram July 2023

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July 2023 Vol. 9, Issue 7
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7850 Collin McKinney Parkway, Suite 103, McKinney Texas 75070

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ph: (972) 548-9191


CMA Customer Care: (972) 943-2828


President Stephanie Miller

Vice President John Palmer

Treasurer Connie Baker

Secretary Tim Stephens


Director of Operations

David Meyer |

Operations Manager

Brandy Hotchkiss |

Common Area Manager

Roxanne Webb |

Maintenance Director

Randy Cain |

Lead Administrative Assistant

Kris Sims |

Lifestyle Coordinator

Melody Krill |

Communications Coordinator

Cathy Dreyer |

Community Service Coordinator

Tamra Collins |

Design Review/Modifications Coordinator

Melba Siebel |

Compliance Coordinators

Avery Baril |

Jennifer Peterson |

Maintenance Technicians

Monte Cepeda

Joel Rincon |


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5 Craig Ranch Telegram | July 2023 Learn more about the park where many of our events are held 11 Millie Cooper Park 07 Patio Covers, Pergolas and Patio Extension Tips Use these reminders when preparing your ACC request 14 Celebrate at Millie Cooper Park on July 1st Let Freedom Ring! July Update Cover Photo - “Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.” ~ Albert Einstein
elegram The official publication of the Craig Ranch Community Association (CRCA) 06 Copyright © 2023 All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc. July 2023 Vol. 9, Issue 7 09 Pet of the Month Yard of the Month 10 Community Calendar 12 Tree Stakes - When to Use and When to Remove 13 Congratulations Class of 2023 Photo Gallery 14 Dollars at WorkPergola Makeovers in Southern Hills This monthly magazine is published at no cost to the CRCA and is mailed free of charge to all Craig Ranch residences. Display of fireworks is allowed only with the approval and permit of the McKinney Fire Dept. 12 Fireworks Prohibited in the City of McKinney

Manager’s Message: July Update

We hope that everyone is having a great summer and finding ways to endure the heat. The July 4th holiday is right around the corner, and the Craig Ranch Community Association (CRCA) will be hosting a Let Freedom Ring Celebration on Saturday, July 1st from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Millie Cooper Park this year. In the past, CRCA has hosted an event on July 4th that coincided with the City of McKinney fireworks display. However, the City of McKinney will not be using the previous year’s location in Craig Ranch for its fireworks celebration this year. The city will instead hold its fireworks display at Gabe Nesbitt Park on Monday, July 3rd.

CRCA is planning some star-spangled events at Millie Cooper Park on Saturday, July 1st. We will have food trucks, patriotic music, games, a permanent jewelry artist, spray tattoo and balloon artists, and a red wagon/bicycle parade along the circular walking path

at Millie Cooper Park 2 at 10:30 AM. The event will also feature a dunk tank (or dunking booth) where our very own Director of Operations, David Meyer, may be spotted at some point during the event. All Craig Ranch residents are invited to join us as we celebrate the founding of this great nation.

On another note, CRCA has now completed the 2023 Annual Meetings for each of the ten Craig Ranch Service Areas! The purpose of the Service Area annual meetings is to elect residents to the Service Area Committee (SAC) and to review the operations and accomplishments from the previous calendar year. We offer sincere thanks to all homeowners who attended these annual meetings. We also extend a special thanks to each resident who volunteered to represent his/her community by becoming a part of the SAC! Volunteers are the backbone of a thriving community association, and we truly appreciate our volunteers, both past and present. ◀


DRC Tips: Patio Covers, Pergolas, and Patio Extensions

One of the Architectural Covenant Change (ACC) Requests we see most often is the addition of a patio cover or pergola; this addition tends to require an extension of the patio as well.

For all requests, the design and materials must complement the house design.

Please use the reminders below, from Exhibit F-200 in the Craig Ranch Governing Documents, when preparing to submit your ACC request:

• The area of patio extensions shall be no greater than 25% of the area of the yard.

• Your patio cover/pergola/patio extension must not encroach on the building setback lines. (Setbacks vary by Service Area. Please review your documents or call the CRCA office to get more information on setback requirements.)

• Maximum height is 12’ (feet) from ground level.

• All above ground structures shall be made of either weather resistant wood, masonry, or composite materials; metal, vinyl, and plastic are not permitted in any capacity.

• Acceptable materials for patio extensions are concrete (similar or better quality than existing patio slab), pavers, stone, and stamped colored or coated concrete.

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• Full patio covers with shingles must match the house shingles in color, style, and weight.

• All patio covers, pergolas, gazebos, and patio extensions must be maintained in such a fashion that they do not detract from the neighborhood; this includes replacement of broken or rotted wood, repair or replacement of shingled roofs, repainting, re-staining, etc.

A Pergola/Patio Cover/Patio Extension request would need the following:

• Submit an Architectural Change Request though your online CMA portal at

• Property survey (usually found in closing documents).

• Indicate on property survey where the Pergola or Patio Cover are to be added.

• Current picture(s) showing the location of the addition.

• Materials list from contractor.

• Pictures of materials showing the colors being requested.

• Sample image showing what you would like your project to look like upon completion.

* As a general ACC reminder, once the CRCA office has received all documents needed for any submission, the DRC then has 30 days to review and make their decision.

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Watson is a Sphynx cat and is 14 years old. He is a kind, gentle, loving cat that prefers to be in your lap all day long than do anything else. Some of his favorite things are going for walks in the neighborhood, eating human food, being pushed on the floor inside an empty amazon box, and piggyback rides on my shoulder after I get home from work. He also loves being warm. You will find him on the dryer (when it’s running), outside in the sun, or curled up under his blankets. The Sphynx breed has a lifespan ranging from 9-14 years. At 14 years old, he is near his end and slowing down, but he is still enjoying life and getting more spoiled by the day.

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Millie Cooper Park

Millie Cooper Park is located directly across the street from the Craig Ranch Community Association office and to the east of Life Time Fitness. The park is divided into 2 sections: Millie Cooper Park 1 (north of San Saba Drive) and Millie Cooper Park 2 (south of San Saba Drive). Millie Cooper Park 2 features a circular paved walking path.

The Craig Ranch Community Association typically holds its larger annual events at Millie Cooper Park twice a year: October (Halloween) and December (Tree Lighting). This year, we will also hold the Let Freedom Ring Celebration at Millie Cooper Park on Saturday, July 1st. We hope you will join us for this event.

You may have wondered who Millie Cooper is and why the park is named after her. She is the wife of Dr. Kenneth Cooper. An article was featured in the April 2023 edition of the Telegram magazine (page 9) about Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park here in Craig Ranch. Dr. Kenneth Cooper is considered the father of “aerobics.” Millie Cooper is known as the “first lady of aerobics.”

Her first book, “Aerobics for Women” was published in 1988. For nearly 50 years, the Cooper family has been dedicated to helping people live healthier and more productive lives. Craig Ranch is proud to have two parks named after this remarkable couple. ◀

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Fireworks Prohibited in the City of McKinney

According to the City of McKinney website (Hot Topics page) it is illegal to possess or use fireworks in McKinney and 5,000 feet outside the city limits. This includes the use of sparklers. However, poppers are allowed. Violators are subject to a fine up to $2,000.

The display of fireworks for a public or private gathering is allowed only with the approval and permit of the McKinney Fire Department. A fee of $800 is required for all permitted pyrotechnic displays. The permit application is available on the Hot Topics page of the city of McKinney website: https://www. ◀

Tree Stakes - When to Use and When to Remove

Do you have a tree that has been staked for an extended period of time? Did you know that leaving tree stakes in place for longer than necessary can sometimes do more harm than good to the tree? As a general rule, trees should only be staked for six months to a year—or after one growing season.

Trees that gain artificial support from a stake may be slow to develop a strong root system (or may never do so) and/or slow to develop a natural taper (thicker trunk at the bottom which is meant to support the tree on its own). Long-term staking prevents natural movement of the tree in the wind. When wind blows around the crown and trunk of a young tree, the tree responds by producing natural growth hormones. These growth hormones encourage an increase in the diameter of the trunk and branches.

According to Howard Garrett (known as the Dirt Doctor), “staking and guying [a tree] should be done as a last resort – but it is unnecessary if a healthy tree has been planted properly. It is unsightly, wastes time and money, adds to mowing and trimming costs, can be dangerous, damages the cambium layer, and restricts the

tree’s ability to move with the wind to develop tensile strength and trunk diameter. Staking actually limits proper tree establishment and growth.”*

The trees that are on the approved tree list for Craig Ranch were chosen because of their ability to thrive and survive in the North Texas climate. If you have a tree that has been staked for longer than a year (or longer than one growing season), please consider removing the stakes. You can check the tree by loosening the tie(s) and shaking it firmly 2 feet from ground level. If there is no ground movement, the stake can be removed. If you are still unsure about whether to remove the stake or not, you should contact a landscape professional.

You must submit an application to remove and replace a dead tree. Owners are permitted to submit an ACC request for a tree that is not included on the approved tree list in the Governing Documents. However, the approval process is usually shorter when selecting a replacement tree from the approved tree list. ◀

*Howard Garrett, Don’t Overdo Finishing Touches For Planting Trees, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, pg. E1 (Nov. 5, 2020).
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Dollars at Work - Pergola

Makeovers in Southern Hills

The stain on two pergolas in the Southern Hills neighborhood had begun to fade. Both pergolas were restained, giving them a fresh and updated look. ◀

Pergola 1 - Before
Pergola 2 - Before
Pergola 1 - After Pergola 2 - After


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