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March 2019

Vol. 7 Issue 3

STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS The official publication of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc.

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Morning Bingo Photo Gallery

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Community Calendar

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SRCA Annual Meeting 2019

We hope to see you on March 7

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Meet Our New Directors

Three fresh faces join our Board of Directors

Preparing for Disasters & Emergencies

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Social Scene

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Save the Date April 2019 Events

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After Three Decades of Growth

L & G Committee plans landscaping revitalization projects

Copyright Š 2019. All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc., this magazine is produced at no cost to the Association and is mailed monthly to all Stonebridge Ranch residences free of charge.

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Ready for Hail Season?

Association preps in case of 2019 storms

Staff and visitors to the association office at 6201 Virginia Parkway enjoy watching hot air balloons when they float by overhead.


F ROM T HE P RESIDENT Our annual meeting is on March 7, 2019 at the Crosspoint Church at 6:30 PM. This year there are three positions to be filled for election of Board members. Similar to last year, we only received three applications for the three open positions. Therefore, there will be no election. In accordance with Association guidelines, Article III, Section 3.2, the three candidates standing for election have been accepted by the Board as the newly elected Board members. The three new Board members are Rick Chapin, Joseph Closs, and Michael Kaltenbaugh. Thanks to the three of them for “stepping up” to run for the Board. Even though we will not be electing any Board members, it is still important that we achieve a quorum for the annual meeting so we can have a legal annual meeting. Otherwise, we have to call for the annual meeting a second time which is expensive and we would like to avoid doing that. We will be reviewing 2018 activities at the meeting and Mayor George Fuller and Mayor Pro-tem Tracy Rath will bring us up to date on happenings in the city. I hope you will make plans to attend. There will be two annual meeting prizes this year. One credit for annual dues will be given away by drawing to one homeowner who attends the annual meeting. A second credit for annual dues will be given away by drawing the day after the annual meeting to one homeowner who has turned in a proxy. However, you can only win one of the credits. If you win the drawing as an attendee at the meeting, you will not be eligible for the second drawing. This issue of our monthly magazine will include bios for the new Board members, 2019 Landscaping revitalization projects, and the disaster recovery expedited modification process in the event we have any serious spring storms. Board Meeting The Board meeting of January 24, 2019 was called to order at 1:00 PM. All Board members were present. The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. One homeowner appeared to discuss discouraging neighbors from trespassing on neighboring properties when trash totes are pulled to the curb when they are stored on the side of a property. The next item of business was to ratify the minutes of the previous Board meeting and all decisions made since the last Board meeting.We also approved the officers elected for the Social and Finance Committees. Old Business We reviewed several proposals for the dredging of Winter Haven pond and approved moving forward with the project. We also approved funding for an Engineering Study of all of our ponds and lakes for silt. In our continuing review and updating of Board Guidelines and Policies, we reviewed the guidelines for Handling Media Inquiries, our Firearms Policy and Whistleblower Policy. We updated the Board on the latest information on the TxDOT

380 widening project. There is no new news to report. After review, the Board voted to no longer support any events that are not organized by the Association that require the use of the lake or Common Areas. There is too much liability exposure for us to continue to do this. New Business We reviewed and approved the 2019 Strategic Plan. The plan is available on our website if you would like to review it. We approved the 2019 pool season calendar. We reviewed and approved the 2019 annual meeting notice mailed to all homeowners. We approved updating the times for Trash Totes Design Guidelines (following the City of McKinney Ordinance for Trash Totes) to be placed at the curb after 6:00 PM the day before trash pickup and to be put away by 7:00 AM the day following trash pickup. Executive Session We reviewed and approved the monthly foreclosure report and the Appeals Committee report. We also reviewed and accepted reports from the Collections Committee, the Projects report, and the Violations report. The Board approved closing the Controller Regulators (Weathermatic) Project Summary report, the 2018 Amenities Project report and the 2018 Master Landscape R&R report. The Board passed a new resolution that all guests who enter the Association Office, excluding Stonebridge Ranch staff and deliveries, must sign in at the front desk. This resolution is designed to avoid any potential issues regarding business transactions with the Association. We also reviewed the status of several legal issues. Association Reports We reviewed the financial reports including the 2018 year-end Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Variance Report, A/R Summary, Investment Schedule, Investment Performance History, and the Rate of Return Report. Our excellent financial position continues. Board Liaisons presented updates on committee activities reflected in Committee minutes available on our website, stonebridgeranch.com. We approved Landscape and Grounds Officers Jay Miller and Chris Spear as Co-Chairs and Mary Patrick as Secretary, and Communications Committee Officers Amanda Batson as Chairman, and Junaid Ahmed and Courtney Hugghins as Co-Secretaries. The Director of Operations updated the Board on several ongoing projects and reviewed the previous month’s website analytics. The meeting adjourned at 6:04 PM.

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Help Us Achieve a Quorum for the Annual Meeting To ensure an orderly turnover of our seven-member Board of Directors, each year several seats are open for election. This year, the association has three seats to fill due to the departure of three volunteers: Vice President Michael Yon, Director Don Hansen, and Director Sam Castleberry. We sincerely thank these three homeowners for their service to our community. Answering the 2019 call for candidates, three Stonebridge Ranch homeowners submitted their names to the election: Rick Chaffin, Joe Closs, and Michael Kaltenbaugh. Because only three volunteers submitted for three seats, this year the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) will not host a board member election at the March Annual Meeting. Instead, at their January 24, 2018 meeting and in accordance with our Bylaws, the Board of Directors accepted and elected Rick, Joe and Michael to the

SRCA Board. Please read their candidate submissions in this issue (see p. 10) to learn more about them and their qualifications. The three appointees will also attend the Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 7, giving their fellow homeowners a chance to meet them in person. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Crosspoint Church (2101 S. Stonebridge Drive). Meeting check-in begins at 6 p.m. We’d love to see you at the meeting if you can attend! This once-a-year event provides an opportunity for the Board of Directors to directly address residents regarding the wide variety of projects the association oversees on behalf of its members. In their presentation, the Board will assess 2018 accomplishments and look ahead to their strategic plan for 2019. Further, the Board liaisons to our volunteer homeowner committees (Amenities, Communications, Finance, Landscape &

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Grounds, Modifications, and Social) will comment on the special projects each group tackled in the past year. You may wish to attend the Annual Meeting not only to hear the Board’s presentation, but to also mingle and chat with hundreds of your neighbors during an important association proceeding. If you can’t attend, not to worry: the day following the meeting we’ll post

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the Board’s presentation at www.stonebridgeranch.com so that all homeowners can review it at their leisure. WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP TO REACH A QUORUM Importantly, though no election will take place at the meeting this year, we still need a quorum (a minimum


of 10%) of association members in order to host our annual assembly. If we do not achieve a quorum, the association would need to reconvene the Annual Meeting at a later date. This would require following the steps needed to achieve a verified quorum a second time, including the cost of notifying all homeowners of a new meeting date and tabulating their participation. The estimated cost for reconvening is $14,000. Thank you for helping us achieve the quorum we need by March 7 to ensure the best use of association funds! If you have already cast your household’s vote to participate in a quorum (whether online at the website or via a proxy ballot), we sincerely thank you! If not, there is still time. You can choose from one of three ways to participate in achieving a quorum: 1. Go online to www.stonebridgeranch.com and enter the unique code mailed to you in the Annual Meeting Notice. Online participation only takes a few moments and will be accepted until Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m. CST. (If you are unsure of your registration code or cannot locate your Notice, please call the association office at

214.733.5800.) 2. Complete a Proxy ballot, which is avaiable for download from the website at www.stonebridgeranch.com. Proxy forms are due by Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m. CST. They can be delivered in person to the association office (6201 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, TX 75071), faxed to 214-778-0595, or emailed to srca@cmamanagement.com. Because the time for the meeting is so near, please do not mail your proxy to the off ice, as it may not arrive in time to be counted toward quorum. 3. Attend the annual meeting and cast your participation toward a quorum in person. Thank you for your attention to this important annual proceeding. We look forward to seeing those who can attend on March 7! ◀

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L & G Committee Commences 2019 Revitalization Project

presents a possible hazard to residents or property. The Landscape & Grounds (L &G) Committee works During monthly and quarterly property maintenance hard to preserve the premier look and feel of reviews, the L &G volunteers identify areas of potential Stonebridge Ranch throughout more than 500 acres of improvements in landscaping and hardscaping. In common area. The task is ongoing and no small feat, 2019, the committee is launching a Landscaping particularly because Stonebridge Ranch is entering its 31st Revitalization Project aimed at weeding out problematic year as a master-planned community. overgrowths of non-indigenous trees such as Cedars Understandably, the landscaping choices made by and Afghan Pines. Along many of our roadways and neighborhood developers support near-term entrances, Cedars are choking beautification. Developers out the Live Oaks which often choose quick-growing create our community’s majestic trees and plants that provide tree canopy. In some areas, the the most distinct visual appeal. In Cedars have also been weakened new communities, the by Seiridium Canker, a fungus developer may also increase which can spread to Junipers plantings to quickly fill empty and which causes brown patches, space. Over time, however, weakened limbs, and ultimately these landscaping choices may tree death. not be sustainable or support In the coming months, you the long-term health of a tree may notice our landscaping canopy. partners, L &G Committee Such is the case in some volunteers, and association staff areas of Stonebridge Ranch. out and about as they work on a Following the association’s variety of common area projects, first three decades of growth, including the redesign of today the L &G Committee overgrown and overplanted beds. must approach landscaping You’ll also see areas where, projects with a long-term view Many cedars throughout Stonebridge Ranch are infected by Seiridium Canker, a fungus which causes due to tree maintenance and rather than a nostalgic one. For brown patches, weakened limbs, and ultimately tree a concentrated shaping of our example, over the years land death. tree canopy, we will be able to developers in our community replace over-extended mulch beds with sod. planted many Bradford Pears, perhaps because these Says Jay Miller, Chair of the L &G Committee, fast-growing trees bloom fantastically with white flowers “Our purpose is long-term. Where possible, we want in spring. But as Bradford Pears age, their weakening to replace non-native, drought-intolerant species with branches can cause maintenance issues and even safety native Texas plants. We also want to protect our Live hazards. Oaks because they are strong trees and provide such Joel Barton, an arborist for Precision Landscape beautiful shade.” Management, one of our landscaping partners, says: “About Our landscaping staff, partners and volunteers two or three years ago, we began to notice the aging of carefully consider every aspect of each project, these trees throughout Stonebridge Ranch. Many are 25 including the cost to the association and the benefit to 30 years old, and that’s old for a Bradford Pear. Unlike over time. With such care and oversight, the Live Oaks, most don’t make it to 35 without falling apart.” landscaping in our common areas will continue to Because of this, in 2017 the association began removing thrive for decades to come. ◀ any Bradford Pear tree from SRCA common area which

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If It Hails This Spring, We’re Ready In 2017 and 2018, hailstorms left wide swaths of damage in Stonebridge Ranch. Just like many of our homeowners, the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) had to replace roofing and fencing in many of our common areas, putting good use to savings in our Reserve Fund. While we sincerely hope severe storms will not affect our community this Spring, our volunteers and staff are prepared to support homeowners if damaging weather events do occur. We’ve put a number of protocols in place—please read ahead to learn your part in the process. 1. Do Submit/Do Not Submit List. The Modifications Committee seeks to balance their oversight of exterior property modifications with convenience for homeowners. With this balance in mind, they have listed which home modification* projects

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require the homeowner to submit a modification application and receive Committee approval prior to commencing an exterior upgrade. For those projects listed under “Do Not Submit,” homeowners do not need go through the Modifications Committee review process, but they do need to read and comply with the Modification Design Guidelines governing their project type. To locate the “Do/Do Not Submit” list, go to www.stonebridgeranch.com and visit the “Modification Application Process” page under the “Home Improvements” tab. (The PDF list is linked under bullet point #3, “Application, yes or no?”) 2. Preapproved Roofing Selection List. If we experience a serious hail storm in Stonebridge Ranch this year, you may need to replace your roof. If you want the quickest possible approval for your

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choice of materials, pick a shingle type (manufacturer, warranty, and color) from the Pre-approved Roofing Selection List. This list was created by the Modifications Committee and approved by the Board in 2017 and is reviewed annually. Note: • You can find this PDF list on the same webpage as the “Do/Do Not Submit” list noted above. Be sure to check the Pre-approved Roofing Selection list even if you want to replace your roof with the exact same material as you had before. The Modif ications Design Guidelines do periodically change, so you need to be sure your new roofing material meets the current requirements. • When you choose from the list, you will receive automatic approval from the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) for your roof replacement upon submittal of your Modification Application. Note that you still need to submit the application for association compliance records. • Some villages have more restrictive guidelines

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than those for the SRCA and do not permit all shingle types noted on the SRCA approved list. As always, residents must follow the most restrictive guideline. Check the Pre-approved Roofing Selection List to see if your village is one with a more restrictive guideline. • If your shingle type is NOT on the pre approved SRCA list—even if you are replacing your roof with the same shingles as before— you’ll need to submit a Modification Application and receive approval from Committee. This is because your original roofing type may not be permitted by current requirements. Please note that this process is not meant to be punitive; instead, the application process is designed to protect you. The Modifications Committee serves to confirm exterior projects meet our association’s premier standards; suggest alternatives when appropriate; and to help homeowners prevent costly compliance missteps. 3. Disaster Declarations. The community guidelines give our volunteer Modifications Committee


Like many homeowners in recent years, the association had to reroof SRCA common buildings throughout Stonebridge in 2018, including the association office, community room, and pavilion at Stonebridge Plaza.

members up to 30 days to respond to any Modification Application. However, the volunteers work hard on behalf of their neighbors to process applications within 7 to 10 business days. After a widespread storm event, the Board President has the power to issue an SRCA Disaster Declaration. When such a declaration goes into effect, the Modifications Committee appoints several members to a task force. Their main goal is to process applications as quickly as possible for homeowners who need to make storm-related modifications to their property exteriors. During a declaration period, the volunteers strive to process applications within 48 hours. Note, however, that they can’t do so without your help and attention to the application process. Applications which are submitted without the proper documentation are denied and must be resubmitted, which can extend the approval timeline. To ensure your application is complete before submittal, please call the association office at 214.733.5800 to speak with our compliance support staff. 4. Communications. The Communications Committee provides valuable support to the Board and Modifications Committee in the aftermath of storm events. We post Disaster

Declarations on the homepage at www.stonebridgeranch.com and spread the word through the association email blast list. If you have not subscribed to this list (or you previously unsubscribed from the list because you felt the email content does not always pertain to you), please sign up today to ensure you receive the most up-to-date info from your association. While SRCA volunteers and staff bear responsibility for sharing timely and accurate operations updates with homeowners, homeowners bear responsibility to pay attention to official communication channels. If you are reading this article, you are listening, and we sincerely thank you! To sign up to receive SRCA bi-weekly email blasts, visit any page at www.stonebridgeranch.com and opt in through the “Stay Connected” sign-up form located at the bottom of the page. ◀ * The word “modif ications” can refer to a wide range of projects. Whether you’re hoping to add something new to your home exterior, or you need to repair, replace, or update already-existing features, note that you may need to submit an application and receive Committee approval to do so.

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Check-in for the Annual Meeting begins at 6 p.m. A valid form of Stonebridge Ranch photo ID is required. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last until approximately 8 p.m. We hope you’ll join us for this important event!

Book Club

Monday, March 11 7 to 8 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Sit-ins are always welcome to Book Club, even if you haven’t read our selection. Book suggestions are also always welcome; email dwiest@cmamanagement.com. At this month’s meeting, we’ll casually discuss Circe by Madeline Miller. This retelling of the most powerful witch in Greek mythology brings her as close as possible to


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RSVP is required as seating is limited to the first 60 who sign up for each session. Both sessions are free for residents. Non-resident guests pay $5. If you would like to invite a non-resident, please contact David Wiest at dwiest@cmamanagement.com. We will have a guest wait list if space is available. To register for the Wednesday, March 13 session (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), go to http://whoozin.com/QYJ-C7E-R6QC. To register for the Thursday, March 14 session (7 to 8:30 p.m.), go to http://whoozin.com/Q4H-U3U-QYMC.


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Coffee, Cars & Cycles

Saturday, March 16 8:30 to 10 a.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway Can’t make it to our weekday Coffee Talk groups (Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in the Community Room)? Then join us for coffee, breakfast burritos and donuts at our upcoming Coffee, Cars & Cycles (with Conversation) on Saturday, March 16. Feel free to bring your classic or fancy car, chopper or motorcycle to park in the circular drive. We’ll also host our monthly Book, CD & DVD exchange (bring one, take one) in the nearby Community Room. “A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.” STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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Kite & Chalk Art Festival

Saturday, March 16 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway

Craft Time

Tuesday, March 19 1 to 3 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

Don’t miss the Kite & Chalk Art Festival at the Beach & Tennis Club on Saturday, March 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. We’ll fly our kites from the Stonebridge Lake dam sidewalk, and we’d love to see the sky filled with hundreds of them! Trophies will be awarded for the highest-flying kite, the kite with the longest tail, and for the youngest and oldest kite flyers. During the Kite Festival, a chalk artist will also be on hand to help kids show off their artistic talent. Ribbons will be award to all children who participate in the Chalk Art event. We will provide chalk, but residents must bring their own kites to fly.

Some people love to escape into their hobbies alone. But if you enjoy crafting with other like-minded creatives, bring your favorite craft to enjoy alongside your neighbors. Have you ever wanted to learn how to do a particular craft or try a new technique for your favorite hobby? We can learn from each other. Bring your own projects and supplies (i.e. quilt blocks, beadwork, knitting, crocheting, darning, mending, etc.). The coffee pot will be on, and residents get in free. RSVP at https://whoozin.com/3E3-HEE-UPWP-6E43. If you would like to bring a non-resident, email David Wiest at dwiest@cmamanagement.com. We will have a guest waiting list if space is available. Guests pay $5 each.

Morning Bingo

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Community Room at the Beach Club from 10 a.m. to noon to play Bingo. Winners earn $5 gift cards, and light snacks and beverages are provided. This is an adult-only, alcohol-free event. Stonebridge Ranch residents play for free and may bring up to one non-resident guest. Guests pay a $5 fee. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up, so hurry to RSVP at http://whoozin.com/DG6-VTY-EVX3.

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All over North Texas, hardworking families are coming up short on food and having to make tough choices. In fact, one in every four kids is at risk of going hungry. Thankfully, you can help. This holiday season, every dollar donated to the North Texas Food Bank will be doubled to provide six nutritious meals to hungry kids, families, and seniors. Help add a happy ending to this story.

$1 feeds 3 hungry kids. Donate at ntfb.org/give

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Stonebridge Ranch News - March 2019  

Stonebridge Ranch News - March 2019