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December 2019

Vol. 7, Issue 12

STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS T HANKS F OR T HE M EMORIES, 2019!


December 2019

Vol. 7 Issue 12

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

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Halloween Spooktacular Photo Gallery

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Community Calendar

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2020 Budget

Together we accomplish a lot in a year

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Assessments due Jan. 1

Choose the payment method that suits you

Social Scene

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Save the Date January 2020 Events

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US Census 2020

Tips to prep for this decade’s count

Copyright © 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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We hope you’ll join us for the 20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5. See p. 26 for details.


F ROM T HE P RESIDENT In this month’s issue our 2020 budget summary is presented. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5. Board Meeting The Board meeting of Oct. 10, 2019 was called to order at 1:00 p.m. All Board members were present. The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. One homeowner appeared to discuss Board meetings times, median maintenance, and sidewalk repairs (a city responsibility). The next item of business was to ratify the minutes of the previous Board meeting and all decisions made since the last Board meeting. Old Business In its continuing review of all Board guidelines, we reviewed guidelines on the use of Pickleball courts, Common area usage, use of tennis courts, and the Covenant Enforcement and Fining policy. 380 Project Update. The City Council passed a resolution at their Oct. 15 meeting outlining their guiding principles for the bypass construction of 380. Section 4 of the resolution is the one that impacts our area. The language in that section opposes any alternative that converts the existing US 380 to a Limited Access Roadway. However, it did not state a preference for a bypass North of 380 which is what we would like and believe should have been part of the resolution. We are continuing to work on getting the Red alignment-A option changed.

not to more than the flat rate assessment. Also, if you have a sub-association in your village, it determines the additional rate you will pay to the sub-association and it may or may not increase. The Board approved changes in the flag guidelines to allow seasonal, decorative, professional sports, university, family crest, and the like flags if the display meets current Flag Design Guidelines. Executive Session The Board reviewed and approved the Foreclosure Report and the report of the Appeals Committee. We also reviewed and accepted the Collections Committee report, the Violations report, and the Project Expenditures report. The Association’s attorney updated the Board on pending legal issues. Association Reports Board Liaisons presented updates on committee activities reflected in Committee minutes available on our website. The Director of Operations reviewed the status of our Winterhaven pond dredging. There are many permits we have applied for and need to be received before we can begin this project. He also reviewed the upcoming TCEQ dam inspection. Our annual Strategic planning session is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6. The meeting adjourned at 5:37 PM. Jon Dell’Antonia President, Board of Directors

New Business The October 10 Board meeting was all about reviewing and approving the 2020 budget. The Board reviewed the proposed 2020 operating budget and the Repair and Replacement Reserve budget. After reviewing the proposed 2020 budget, the Board voted an annual increase of $35 (4.6% or about $3/month) in the annual assessment rate for flat rate property owners as recommended by the Finance Committee. The new rate will be $800. The increase was necessitated primarily by two things--the city increased our irrigation water rates by 15% (and we use a lot of water), and our landscaping contracts increased by 35% primarily because of significant increases in labor rates. The rate increase will also apply to the tax value lots (we still have a few remaining from the beginnings of Stonebridge Ranch). As your assessment is tied to the assessed value of your property, your rate may increase but STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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STONEBRIDGE RANCH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. 6201 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, TX 75071 Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ph: (214) 733-5800 Fax: (214) 778-0595 website: www.stonebridgeranch.com Courtesy Patrol: (214) 794-4945

CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE Jon Dell’Antonia, Erica Lee, Dave Wiest

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Jon Dell’Antonia

Vice President Norm Counts

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2020 Budget Approved by Board of Directors As the largest homeowner’s association in North Texas, Stonebridge Ranch is well-known across our state. To maintain a premier community of this size requires a broad community effort and shared commitment. By pooling our resources, we accomplish a great deal each year, and we thank our homeowners for making it all possible. Soon, you will receive your 2020 annual assessment by mail or e-statement.* As outlined by the governing documents for the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA), each owner of a platted lot is obligated to pay the assessment, which is due January 1.** The Board of Directors has approved the association’s 2020 operating budget. As advised by the Finance Committee, they have voted a 4.5751634% flat rate increase to last year’s fee in order to cover operating expenses. This brings the 2020 flat rate assessment to $800.†

Stonebridge Ranch News sat down with Norm Counts, Board Vice President, to learn more about the 2020 budget and factors influencing the 2020 annual assessment rate. What factors must the Board consider when reviewing the annual budget? There are several baseline expenses we look at when determining the financial health of the association. First, we must ensure that we have an emergency fund. When you look at the tornadoes that hit Dallas in October and think about clean-up costs in those areas, you can see why having an emergency fund is so important. Yes, we have insurance—but that would cover rebuilding our amenities, not the cost of manpower to clean up and recover from a natural disaster.

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Third, we must cover our monthly operating expenses, which make up the bulk of our annual budget. Many line items are based on contracts with an array of service providers, from our professional management company to our landscaping vendors. When you look at the daily operations we oversee, the majority of them are labor based. As the cost of labor continues to rise, so do our operating expenses.

Second, we work hard to contribute a healthy amount to our Repair & Replacement (R&R) fund, which we use to preserve all our facilities from normal deterioration. For example, we use money from this fund to replace miles and miles of common area fencing each year, focusing on the areas with the most wear and tear. We use third-party engineers to help us forecast the cost of repairing and replacing all our existing amenities—from playgrounds to lakes and everything in-between—accounting for cost of living increases and many other factors. A lot of oversight goes into managing our R&R budget and determining where to spend the funds.

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Speaking of landscaping, will we have new vendors in 2020? Yes. With contracts as large as these, we prefer multi-year bids, which can lock in rates and protect us to some degree from rising year-over-year costs. We also understand there will be a learning curve for any new vendor given the scope of our needs. It can take a few months to assess areas as large as ours, learn our processes and expectations, and determine the best course of action. Working with our improved irrigation system is especially important since we have implemented new processes to reduce our water consumption. As in the case of this past year, we do have escape clauses which help us terminate contracts without a high cost when a vendor is not performing up to our

Location

Amenities

725

$330

McKinney

No amenities—only walking/bike paths

1,148

$500

Allen

1 pool, 1 playground, ponds & fountains

2,818

$571

Allen

9,415

$800

Stonebridge Ranch (McKinney)

849

$920

Allen

1 pool, clubhouse, tennis & basketball courts

1,477

$1,134

Frisco

1 pool, 1 playground, clubhouse, fitness equipment

237

$1,180

McKinney

1 pool, 1 playground, tennis & basketball courts, lakes

382

$1,596

McKinney

1 pool, 1 playground

590

$2,090

Frisco

gate & guardhouse, 1 pool, 1 playground, clubhouse, lakes

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$2,996

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gate & guardhouse, 1 pool, 1 playground, clubhouse, lakes

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1 pool, 1 playground, 1 basketball court, tennis courts, lakes Beach Club, Aquatic Center, 14 playgrounds, 500+ acres common area, landscaped medians, 20+ ponds/lakes (8 with catch-and-release fishing), Community Room, Stonebridge Plaza, staging areas for live concerts, sports courts (tennis, pickleball, basketball, sand volleyball), walking/bike paths


standards. Starting in January of 2020, we will have three landscaping vendors, rather than two. Each will maintain a smaller area than before so they can focus more on quality. Going forward we will be paying more for our landscaping contracts than we have in the past. This is partly because we want to receive a higher quality of care. But another major factor is the rising cost of labor. Due to recent changes in the H-2B Seasonal Worker Visa process—it is now a lottery system— local providers can no longer depend on being able to hire seasonal workers. It costs providers at least $4 an hour more to hire a local worker than a seasonal visa worker. This drives a significant increase in landscaping costs and is one factor affecting the 2020 annual assessment increase. You mentioned our water consumption. How does the cost of water affect our annual budget? In 2020, our water rates will be at least 16% higher than they were in 2019, and it’s possible they could rise to 25% higher by the end of the year. Many of our meters are top tier in terms of usage rates, and as with many things, the more you use, the more you pay. Like all residents of McKinney, in October of 2019 we received just one week’s notice that water rates would be rising. But due to forecasts from the North Texas Water District, we started planning for this years ago. It’s why we’ve invested in such items as irrigation infrastructure and smart controllers. What is the Board’s message to homeowners regarding the 2020 budget? We turn every assessment dollar we receive into an investment in our association, whether it’s setting aside funds for our future, paying for a service, or maintaining our infrastructure. Putting the annual budget together every year is an intense process that involves a lot of people, from professional staff to volunteer homeowners who serve on the Board and Finance Committee. We budget every ledger line item and keep track of monthly variances. Because so many of our individual line items are based on known, long-term contracts, we face very few surprises—except those that are out of our control, such as the rising costs we’ve discussed. We could always sacrifice quality for cost, but our value proposition is “to be the premier, large-scale, master-planned community of choice in North Texas”. STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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That proposition isn’t cheap. But we’re proud that our annual dues are lower than those of many other associations, even though we provide more amenities and services and oversee a much larger area.‡ We couldn’t do what we do without the commitment and input of all our homeowners year after year. * You’ll receive your assessment by e-statement if you have chosen the digital method in your private online account settings at https://cma.cincwebaxis.com. **See p. 18 in this issue for payment options. To pay online, you need a private online account at https://cma.cincwebaxis. com/. To register for an account, you need your account number, which was mailed to you in your SRCA Welcome Letter. If you need help retrieving that account number, call Customer Care at (972) 943-2828. †Most homeowners in Stonebridge Ranch pay the flat rate assessment noted in the article. Some original homeowners in our earliest villages pay a different assessment amount based on tax value. For 2020, their rate is calculated by multiplying 0.293882395 times each $100 of assessed valuation (not to exceed $800). All tax-value lots in Stonebridge Ranch will eventually transfer to flat rate lots—a change which occurs

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when the tax-value lot is sold by the original owner. For full details about the flat rate assessment vs. tax-value valuations, please refer to Article V of the Second Amended and Restated Master Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. You can find this document at www. stonebridgeranch.com. Article 5.3 also instructs that the annual assessment rate may not increase more than 5% each year. Note that some homeowners pay assessments to a village sub-association in addition to the master SRCA homeowner’s association. These are assessed separately from the master association fees and are voted separately by each sub-association’s Board. We do NOT accept sub-association payments at the SRCA office at 6201 Virginia Parkway. Villages with sub-associations are Altamura Estates, Ballantrae, Bridge Point, Coronado, Emerald Heights, Fieldstone Place, Grand Traditions, Isleworth, Kings Lake, Lake Point, Live Oak, Muirfield Point, Stonebridge Estates, Summer Point, The Enclave, The Symphony, and Woodland Bridge. ‡ See the chart on p. 8 in this issue. ◀


Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc. 2020 Budget

Total REVENUE Assessment Revenues

7,557,940.97

Working Capital/Member Fees Other Income Activities Income

99,962.88 141,498.73 22,699.00

Amenity Revenues Investment Income

61,591.15 296,816.82

TOTAL REVENUE

For Class A members, the assessment is calculated by multiplying the 2020 Collin County Appraisal District roll time $0.293882395 per $100 of value. For Class AA, the assessment is $800 per platted lot. This represents a $35.00 increase over last year. The developer and builders pay full assessment on lots. Amounts collected at closing per the association documents. Income from collections and policy fees. Income generated through various activities such as tennis lessons and swim lessons Income from pool/pavilion and community room rental. Interest & Dividend income earned from the associations short term and long term investments.

8,180,509.54

EXPENSES Administrative:

Community Activities Landscape & Common Area Maintenance

Utilities Maintenance Fountains

2,288,642.02

189,690.00

1,268,323.33 2,724,184.86

6,867.50

Administrative expenses include management fees, legal, mailings, audit and tax preparation, supplies, insurance, federal income and property taxes for common areas, bank charges, sales tax and record storage. Special events and activities for the enjoyment of the entire community and annual meeting expenses.

Water and electric expenses for common areas. Contractual maintenance for common areas, color, trees, drainage, mulch and landscape improvements. Maintenance, repair and service for all Association fountains.

Irrigation

167,237.51

Irrigation repairs.

Aquatic Center

131,498.23

Contractual pool maintenance, lifeguard services, gate guards, telephones, chemicals, pool permit, pool equipment and repairs, signage and gate repairs.

Community Center Pool/Pavilion

Building Maintenance Courtesy Patrol Lakes Travel Reimbursements

4,200.00 442,913.84

84,153.21 129,211.00

Janitorial expenses and HVAC maintenance for community center. Contractual pool maintenance, lifeguard services, gate guards, telephones, chemicals, pool permit, pool equipment and repairs, janitorial supplies, plumbing, signage and gate repairs.

Electrical, plumbing and general building maintenance supplies. Contractual courtesy patrol and telephone service.

49,058.95

Contractual maintenance of lakes, chemicals and minor fountain repairs.

26,158.67

Costs associated with community compliance inspections.

Sport Courts & Fields

8,351.31

Capital Improvements

115,019.11

Funds to enhance existing amenities and/or build new amenities.

545,000.00

Annual funding plan for repairs and replacement of association assets held in reserve per reserve study.

Repair & Replacement Reserves TOTAL EXPENSES NET INCOME PER BUDGET

Miscellaneous repairs to tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, pickleball courts, playgrounds and baseball, football and soccer fields.

8,180,509.54 (0.00)

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Past, Present & Future: the SRCA Economy of S

Stonebridge Ranch homeowners enjoy an economy of scale that translates into real dollar sa Association (SRCA), we are able to maintain more for less than other homeowners associatio the comparative chart on p. 8. Whether a more important factor in your home purchase was investment, we all benefit because homeowners have pooled their resources here for over th we look toward 2020 with an ongoing commitment to making this a great place to live!

A Few of Our Favorite Things

The 2020 flat rate annual assessment for homeowners in Stonebridge Ranch is $800. This would equate to $6 just a few of the active lifestyle services we’ll maintain in the coming year thanks to the support of all our ho high. Many buyers look for a variety of active lifestyle offerings when searching for a new home. (The amou costly line items we face, such as water costs and landscaping upkeep, see p. 7 in this issue to hear from our

per month per SRCA household

For just 40 cents per month in 2020, you’ll help maintain 20+ lakes and ponds in our community. Did you know that eight of these bodies of water have been designated for catch-and-release fishing? See www.stonebridgeranch.com/ lakes-ponds/ for details.

per month per SRCA household

For just 50 cents per month in 2020, you’ll help upkeep all SRCA sports courts—basketball, sand volleyball, and pickleball, including the resurfacing of our tennis courts. Not many communities have pickleball courts, but our residents have easy access to play the fastest-growing sport in the nation—a perfect activity for all ages, kids to grandparents.

per month per SRCA household

For just under $5 per month in 2020, you’ll make it possible to keep our pools open May-Sept. We keep our pools fully staffed with professional lifeguards—a service not all HOAs are able to provide at their community pools. We also have rentable pavilions where you can host fun summer parties. See www. stonebridgeranch.com/picnic-pavilions/ for details.

per month per SRCA household

For just $1.50 per month in 2020, your household can attend 200+ social events throughout the year, including live summer concerts. Our events become treasured traditions for many SRCA families, such as the Tree Lighting Ceremony each December, or our annual Stonebridge Ranch Day, which always ends with an impressive fireworks display.

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avings each year. Due to the size and the longevity of the Stonebridge Ranch Community ons in the DFW area—more amenities, social events, common areas and other services. See the chance to enjoy our unique way of life or to eventually reap the resale value of your hirty years. With gratitude for all the past and current home-owning members of the SRCA,

67 dollars in fees if calculated monthly. You might wonder what this amount makes possible. Below are omeowners. Even if you never utilize these items, your assessment helps keep your own property values unts below are approximated based on the 2020 budget. For deeper analysis regarding some of the more r Board Vice President, Norm Counts.)

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Neighbor Meet & Amenities Com 3:30 p.m. (BR)

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Online Assessment Payment Options Homeowners should receive mailed assessments by mid-December. Your payment is due Jan. 1, 2020 and is considered past-due as of Jan. 31, 2020.

One-time e-check payment Pay quickly and securely for a $1.99 fee. Neither the association (SRCA) nor the management company (CMA) receives any proceeds from this fee. The $1.99 amount is paid directly to the third-party processor.

Pay by credit or debit card Card payments are handled by a trusted third-party card processor. We accept MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Discover. You pay the credit or debit card processing fee, which is a bank fee and is not paid to the SRCA or CMA.

Recurring ACH Enjoy ease and peace of mind, knowing this and future assessments will be paid automatically, on time. You incur no fees unless, for any reason, the payment is rejected by your bank. 1. For any of the above options, go to https://cma.cincwebaxis.com/. 2. Sign in. [Register on the site if you have not already. If you need to retrieve your account #, call Customer Care at (972) 943-2828.] 3. Select your preferred payment option under the ‘Pay Assessments’ dropdown menu tab.

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We do not accept cash. If you do not want to pay online, choose from these options: IN PERSON with check or money order

Visit the association office at 6201 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, TX 75071. Office Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. The phone # is (214) 733-5800.

BY MAIL with check or money order

Mail at least 10-15 DAYS BEFORE PAYMENT IS DUE on January 1 to avoid delivery issues and/or late fees. Payment Processing Center ATTN: Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc. P.O. Box 293330/Lewisville, TX 75029-3330

BY PHONE to Customer Care at (972) 9432828 using credit or debit card

Depending on your payment method, fees may apply when you pay by phone. Customer Care is available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.


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Coming Soon in 2020: US Census at a Glance Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census to count our population and record basic data. Our nation’s founders believed this service was so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution. The first US Census was conducted 230 years ago in 1790. For the first time in 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you will still be able to respond by phone or mail if you prefer. The census is more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. With this data, our own community can learn the median age of residents in our neighborhoods and other statistics that help us better understand our demographics.

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What You Can Expect When you contribute to the Census, you will be asked a few simple questions, such as the age, sex, and number of people who live in your home (including children). The Census Bureau will NOT ask for the following: your Social Security number; your bank or credit card account numbers; money or donations; or anything on behalf of a political party. Key Census Dates > March 2020. The public can begin responding to the 2020 Census online at 2020census.gov. Replying by mail or phone will also be an option. > April 2020. Every 10 years, the US observes Census Day on April 1. > June 2020 through July 2020. Census takers go door to door to count people who have not


responded to the 2020 Census. Census takers are Census Bureau employees and will provide proof that they are official government personnel. Census Takers In Your Neighborhood Starting in 2019, you may notice census workers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of preparations for the 2020 Census. In-Office Address Canvassing has utilized imagery to detect housing change or stability over time. Some areas around Stonebridge Ranch have been designated for address verification by census canvassers. (View the map by searching online for ‘2020 Census: In-Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer’.) Address canvassers help ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying addresses and noting where houses, apartments, shelters, and other residences are located. Census takers will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhood they are canvassing. How can you verify that someone is a census worker? If someone visits your home to collect information, you can verify their identity. Check to make sure they have a valid ID badge which includes their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have

questions about their identity, you can contact the Dallas Regional Census Center at 972-510-1800 to speak with a Census Bureau representative. Confidential & Secure Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual or business. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding our community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data. See 2020census.gov for more information regarding the 2020 Census. ◀

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Stay Connected: E-News and Your Online Account The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) uses three official communication channels to share public information with residents: this Stonebridge Ranch News magazine, the website at www.stonebridgeranch.com, and SRCA E-News (a biweekly email blast sent to registered residents). SRCA uses the email service provider Constant Contact to power SRCA E-News blasts. If you haven’t already subscribed, below are the Top Five reasons to subscribe and receive SRCA E-News in your inbox.

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> Sign-up is quick and voluntary. To join the blast list, simply go to any page at www. stonebridgeranch.com. Scroll to the bottom of the page and use the ‘Stay Connected’ form to enter your email address of choice. We employ a responsive design, so each email is easily viewed from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop. > E-News features our fastest turnaround time and news cycle. We use E-News to ensure homeowners stay informed regarding the most up-to-date items. (The news cycle for this magazine is slower because we go through layout, print, and mailing timelines with our publisher.) > E-News allows us to send special, onetime blasts about the most pressing stonebridgeranch.com

Stonebridge Ranch matters. Typically, we send E-News only twice a month, but as needed, we use it to send special announcements, too. Examples include Storm Declarations proclaimed by the Board President immediately following damaging hail events. > E-News links you directly to where you need to go on www.stonebridgeranch.com. E-News can save you time when looking for association info. For example, E-blasts leading up to the 2019 Annual Meeting linked directly to the forum for online participation in a quorum. Not sure how to RSVP for events like Morning or Evening Bingo? The e-blast event reminders link directly to the sign-up forms. > We follow industrystandard best practices in the maintenance of the email list. We keep your sign-up info private and never share it with a third party. We use it only to send association email blasts. Finally, not only is your subscription free and voluntary, but you can unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe link that is provided at the bottom of every email. (We hope you won’t unsubscribe though, because the SRCA Board of Directors, committees, and staff use E-News to communicate with you!)


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PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE EMAILS While we’re on the topic of emails, did you know that we encourage Stonebridge Ranch homeowners to provide their email address in two separate locations? If you are signed up to receive SRCA E-News, you’ve provided your email address in the first location as noted above: via the “Stay Connected” form at www. stonebridgeranch.com. Signing up for E-News gives you access to all PUBLIC emails sent via the SRCA to Stonebridge Ranch residents. We highly recommend that all homeowners also sign up for a private online account with CMA Management, our professional management company. When you create your account, you can provide an email address in your profile. CMA uses this email address to connect with you in PRIVATE on topics related to your individual SRCA account, such as your annual assessment fee and modification applications. To sign up for a private online account (or to access your account so you can add your email address), click the “Homeowner Account Login” button at the top

right of any page at www.stonebridgeranch.com. This button links you to CMA’s online site for conducting private business with you, https://cma.cincwebaxis. com/. To register online, you’ll need your private account number, which was sent via mail to your new property address in a Welcome Letter after you closed on your new home. If you don’t have access to this letter or have forgotten or lost your account number, please contact Customer Care at 972.943.2828 to retrieve it (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please note that you must voluntarily provide your email address in BOTH locations to receive PUBLIC and PRIVATE communications related to SRCA. You may provide your email of preference in either location—the addresses do not need to match. For questions related to the public SRCA E-News blasts, contact 214.733.5800 or srca@cmamanagement.com. For questions related to your private online account (such as registering or resetting your password), please call CMA’s corporate Customer Care line at 972.943.2828. ◀

Curb Appeal Corner

During the holiday months, we see a proliferation of yard signs promoting professional holiday lighting companies. Such promotional yard signs are not permitted by our Modification Design Guidelines, which you can find at www.stonebridgeranch.com along with our other governing documents. The current yard sign guidelines are as follows: • •

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“For Sale” or “For Lease” signs shall not exceed more than six (6) square feet in size, and no more than one (1) is permitted per lot.

Political signs should comply with the size in accordance with the state law. Only one (1) sign shall be permitted for each candidate or issue. Such signs shall not be erected more than ninety (90) days in advance of the election to which they pertain, and they are to be removed within ten (10) days after the election. ET Controller signs are required by the City of McKinney and permitted in the front yards to acknowledge the watering day exemption.

Only one (1) security/alarm sign is permitted in the front yard. Contractor signs, i.e. pool contractors, are permitted in the front yard when a City of McKinney permit is required and attached to the sign. Children’s school affiliation signs are permitted. One (1) sign per child is allowed in the front yard.

All other signs are not permitted unless otherwise approved by the Reviewing Body.

No sign shall be attached to any structure, fence, landscaping, or displayed in windows, except for pet notification signs no more than 8” x 6”.

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December 2019

Social Scene 20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, Dec. 5 5 to 8 p.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway

Bring your family to this magical annual event where you can take your child’s picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event is open to Stonebridge Ranch residents and includes horse and carriage rides, a petting zoo, storytelling, hot cocoa and cookies, a DJ playing carols, and costumed entertainers.

NEW THIS YEAR! Every year we provide a Santa’s Mailbox so kids can bring letters for Santa to take back to the North Pole. For every letter to Santa we write this year, Macy’s will donate $2 to the MakeA-Wish Foundation! We encourage all adults as well as children to bring a letter for Santa to this event. Can we raise at least $1000? We’d need just 500 letters to receive that donation match amount from Macy’s. For more information, see https://wish.org/content/macysbelieve/believe-2019.

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We are also providing tree ornament coloring sheets which you can download from the online event calendar at www. stonebridgeranch. com. Stonebridge Ranch kids—we hope you’ll color and cut out an ornament to bring to the Tree Lighting event on December 5. We’ll use the ornaments to decorate one of the trees in our office for the month of December! You’re free to color any or all of the activity sheets we’ve provided, but please pick just one to bring as your ornament decoration. (We have copies of the ornament coloring sheets available in the association office if you’d like to stop by and pick some up rather than printing your own. The office is located at 6201 Virginia and is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Event activities will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. As usual, we’ll also collect donations in the form of unwrapped gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Our goal this year is to be able to pass along 200 donated gifts from Stonebridge Ranch residents. We will also be accepting non-perishable food donations. If you cannot attend the event and would like to donate a gift or a canned good, the association office will accept items until December 15. Visit us at 6201 Virginia Parkway (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

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December 2019 Monthly Events

Social Scene www.stonebridgeranch.com/events/

Book Club

Monday, December 9 7 to 8 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway The book selection for the December meeting is Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.

Travel Club

Tuesday, December 10 9 to 10 a.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

Tuesday Evening Bingo

Tuesday, December 10 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway RSVP at https://whoozin.com/PU4-E3J-996N-F76K

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Wednesday Evening Bingo

Wednesday, December 11 10 a.m. to Noon, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway RSVP at https://whoozin.com/CEH-7FN-AFTX-XTEX

Morning Bingo

Thursday, December 19 10 a.m. to Noon, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway RSVP at https://whoozin.com/VY9-9YH-ENJA-R3NT

Coffee, Cars & Cycles Saturday, December 21 8:30 to 10 a.m., Circle Drive 6201 Virginia Parkway

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