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Spring 2010

Plum Grove Estates Property Owners Association

Neighborhood News Working Together for a GREAT Neighborhood

President’s Message

PGE Is Online

Like Lauri and me, I suspect you’ve had enough winter at this point. Getting up in the dark, bundling up, going out in the cold to work or to the store: these are things I can absolutely do without. But while more of this stuff may lie ahead, we’ve turned the corner on the weather—trust me on this!—and soon we’ll be out puttering in our yards planting flowers, trimming shrubs, and just enjoying our beautiful neighborhood.

The Plum Grove Estates Web site, http://www.pgepoa.org, provides neighborhood information at any time and anywhere. The site officially went live in January 2010 and includes the association by-laws and covenants, an area map, newsletters, notices, event photos, and committee and board information.

Last year was an eventful and, I believe, a productive one for your Board of Directors and Officers. We tackled several projects, including entrances and islands, which will be concluded this spring. We also launched our PGE website, with the hope and expectation that you will find this a very useful informational tool. Our social events were very well attended and provided lots of fun for our families. Over 130 residents attended the Christmas party, up from about 80 in 2008. What a great tribute this is to all of you! Unlike most places where I’ve lived, Plum Grove Estates provides the personal privacy that each of us values and lots of great opportunities to get to know your neighbors. We see walkers, runners, bikers (not so much in February) on a daily basis. We have many things to enjoy and be grateful for. As I have in the past, I am encouraging you to find some way you can contribute to making Plum Grove Estates an even better place to live.

There are always opportunities, and we can only imagine the array of talents that exist among us. Can you help us set up for PGE meetings or one of our parties? What about writing a contribution of general interest for our newsletter or Web site? Do you know an exceptional vendor or service provider whom other residents might love to know about? If you go to our Web site, www.pgepoa.org, you can email me or any of the other officers and directors to volunteer your time or to provide us with your thoughts and suggestions. We would really love to hear from you. In the meantime, stay warm and well and look forward to what I’m sure (?) will be an early spring! Randy Mitchell PGE POA President president@pgepoa.org

You can download this newsletter from the PGE POA Web site instead of receiving a printed copy. This saves printing and postage costs, and you can get your copy before the printed version is delivered! Send an email to Andrea Brennan, webadmin@pgepoa.org, to opt in to the e-newsletter list. Do you use Facebook and/or LinkedIn? Join the group Friends of Plum Grove Estates or Plum Grove Estates Neighborhood Network. These groups are not a function of the PGE Property Owners Association but are a great way to connect with your neighbors.

In This Issue Presidents’ Message....................1 Homeowner Information ...........3 Neighbor Greetings ...................3 Paving Update ...........................4 PGE Entrance Update ...............5 Holiday Party Photos .................6 Plum Grove Park........................8 Splash Pass Application.............9 Feb. 2010 Meeting Minutes.....10 PGE Calendar..............Back Page

Plum Grove Estates Property Owners Association • P.O. Box 8432 • Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8432 • www.pgepoa.org


Officers and Directors President ............................................Randy Mitchell Vice President and Architectural Control.................Dave Gearhart Secretary ............................................Dawn Amos Treasurer.............................................Beth Prezembel Area Control......................................Gary Dindia Civic Affairs.......................................Steve Sperling Membership .......................................Guy Karm Communications................................Andrea Brennan Social and Landscaping .....................Lynn Meinzer Audit ..................................................George Reichl Past President.....................................Don Jacobs

you are planning any architectural changes to your residence, architectural plans need to be submitted & approved by the board. To facilitate this procedure, please contact

Dave Gearhart at (847) 303-5274.

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It is very important that you get approval before beginning any project.

Contact Andrea Brennan at 847-404-7229 or webadmin@pgepoa.org to submit an ad Contact Beth Prezembel at 847-303-6423 or treasurer@pgepoa.org to pay for your ad

Submit News and Info The newsletter is a great way to let your neighbors know about events and issues that are important to us. Please contribute newsletter information to: Andrea Brennan 340 S. Elmwood Ln. 847-404-7229 webadmin@pgepoa.org I’m kind of new to Plum Grove Estates, so please let me know of personal milestones that you want to share with your neighbors. Thank you!

Coming in the Summer 2010 Issue • Dining directory: a list of all the places to eat within a couple miles of Plum Grove Estates. Let me know your favorite! • Photo highlights of the Fishing Derby and the Summer Kickoff Party • Updates of the paving, fences, and landscaping

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Homeowner Information Yard Waste Pickup Begins in April

BAIRD & WARNER

The Palatine Township Road District will begin picking up yard waste in Plum Grove Estates on Tuesdays beginning April 13, 2010. In early April (weather permitting) the Road District will deliver to every home 56 yard waste stickers. These stickers are to be used on yard waste bags (paper) that you purchase for the following items: grass clippings, leaves, twigs, garden debris, weeds, stalks, vines, bark and wood chips. Tie up with twine bundles 4ft. or less in length and 2ft. or less in diameter. Please tie them so the workers can easily lift them into the truck. Please fill the bags to 6" from top and fold or tape the top of bag closed. Please do not put more than 40 pounds of material in bags.

Sandy Heinlein and Denise Curry

Yard waste does not include: Wood timbers, plastic edging, plant pot or trays, fertilizer or landscape fabric, root sections, sand, dirt, gravel, sod, broken asphalt, fire wood, logs bigger than 6"in diameter or animal waste.

Office: 847.934.5069 • Cell: 847.822.8051 sandy.heinlein@bairdwarner.com 819 N. Quentin Road • Palatine, IL 60067

Additional stickers will be available for $4.00 per sheet of 8 at the Road District Office @ 530 N. Smith St., 847358-6336, or the Township Hall @721 S. Quentin Rd.

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For PGE houses in the Township of Schaumburg, yard waste is picked up by your waste recycling company on Wednesdays. Branch pickup takes place on the first and third Monday from May through October.

Major Landscaping and Home Improvement Requires Approval from the PGE Board Planning landscaping or an exterior home improvement that will cost over $1000? Depending on your project, you might need written approval from the PGE Board and possibly also a permit from the township and/or Cook County. Please submit a letter explaining your project to Dave Gearhart, the chairperson for architectural control, PRIOR to starting your project. You can phone Dave at 847-303-5274 or email him at vicepresident@pgepoa.org. Any contractor you hire must be registered with Cook County, be licensed, and be bonded for $100,000.00. Your PGE Directory provides more information about which permits are required for various projects. This information is also posted on the PGE Web site: http://www.pgepoa.org/homeowners-information.

Neighbor Greetings Welcome New Neighbors Anshoo and Rashmi Kumar, 339 S. Circle Dr. Rich Phillips & Kim Panzarella, 2301 Westwood Ln. Richard & Renee Coha, 333 S. Circle Dr. Rich & Jan Sarno, 385 Meadow Ln. June Lee & Rebecca Radford, 258 S. Brookdale Ln. Welcome back Tanev family (2277 Westwood Ln.)! The Plum Grove Estates Welcoming Committee brings a copy of the PGE Directory and a special gift to new neighbors. Please contact Guy Karm at 847397-5276 for more information.

Condolences and Special Thoughts To Bill Huley for the loss of his wife Helen

Plum Grove Estates Property Owners Association • P.O. Box 8432 • Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8432 • www.pgepoa.org


PGE Paves The Way The last part of the Palatine Township three-year Plum Grove Estates subdivision paving project took place in Summer 2009. Previous paving of this area took place over 10 years ago. John Powers, Highway Commissioner, wrote “repaving on a regular schedule is much cheaper than allowing the pavement to deteriorate to the point that it requires massive patching and reconstruction.” (first appeared in the Summer 2009 Palatine Township newsletter) The next phase of of paving will be the responsibility of the Township of Schaumburg. The township applied for Federal funds in 2009 for transportation initiatives to pay for resurfacing in our area. According to the Foreman at the Highway Department, the engineering drawings are in progress now, and when the funding is received the project will be bid in April. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in June. The City of Rolling Meadows will be improving the West Frontage Road between Kirchoff and Algonquin Roads. This project is provided 100% by Federal funds. The construction includes: • Concrete pavement patching (25% of the road). • Two-inch asphalt overlay (raised surface to help the road drain) • Curb, gutter, sidewalk, and guard rail repairs • Replacing gravel shoulder with 3’ paved shoulder • Drainage improvements Phase 1 begins March 1 and continues through the end of April 2010. • During construction only one lane will be open. • All traffic will be one way, southbound only, and restricted to local traffic. • Please use alternative routes during this time when possible. Reduced traffic in the construction work zone reduces the chance of accidents and the time needed for construction. Phase 2, pavement improvements for East Frontage Road, will begin May 1 and should end by the beginning of July. The one-way traffic in the single lane open will be northbound only for local traffic. Plum Grove Estates Property Owners Association • P.O. Box 8432 • Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8432 • www.pgepoa.org


PGE Plans New Entrances and Fences in 2010 The Area Control and Landscaping committee directors, along with the PGE Board are moving forward with plans to update and beautify the entrance areas of Plum Grove Estates. The new PGE sign will be raised and installed between two stone pillars. Fencing that complements the sign will be installed between the other pillars (see drawing). The new signs and fencing will be installed to replace the existing entrance signs along West Frontage Road and at the Westwood/Algonquin Road entrance. New PGE signs will also be placed at three interior entrances. The new design was presented to and approved by PGE residents at the Fall 2009 General Meeting. The sign presents the PGE logo along with the subdivision name. The vertical fencing is topped with

decorative circles at the top. Installation should be completed this Spring to early Summer. Other improvements include redoing the accent lighting. The cobblestone installation around certain islands will resume this Spring. If you have any questions about Area Control, please call Gary Dindia at 847-397-3640 or send email to areacontrol@pgepoa.org.

Landscape plantings for the areas with the new signs and fencing are being reviewed by Lynn Meinzer. The plantings should present a colorful, interesting, and beautiful appearance yet be hardy, drought tolerant, and easily maintained. The plantings will be installed by a landscape contractor. If you have questions about Landscaping, please call Lynn at 847-397-5832 or send email to social@pgepoa.org.

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Holiday Party Approximately 130 Plum Grove Estates neighbors, including 50 children and teens, came to the annual holiday party at the Plum Grove Park clubhouse on December 6, 2009. A delicious hot buffet dinner was served. We also had festively decorated dessert tables loaded with neighbor-baked cakes, cookies, and pies. Live music was provided by Joe Hampton, Lynn Meinzer's very talented grandson. Thank you, Joe and Lynn! Thanks to everyone who came to cheer 2009 and welcome 2010!

Plum Grove Estates Property Owners Association • P.O. Box 8432 • Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8432 • www.pgepoa.org


Plum Grove Estates Property Owners Association • P.O. Box 8432 • Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8432 • www.pgepoa.org


Plum Grove Park Welcomes PGE Members Hello Plum Grove Estates Property Owners. Can we agree that summer cannot come too soon? The Plum Grove Park Pool opens in less than four months. Yeaaaaaa!

Season Splash Passes I am happy to announce that we have dropped our prices for Splash Passes this summer. Note the drop in nonresident fees. They are as follows: • Family Pass $250 resident before May 1, $275 resident after May 1 • Family Pass $300 nonresident before May 1, $325 nonresident after May 1 This pass includes up to five members living in the same residence. Any family members that work for the pool are not included in the count. Extra members can be included on the pass for $50 resident or $60 nonresident per extra family member. • Couple Pass, (any 2 people in a family living in same residence) $150 resident , $200 nonresident • Single Pass, $100 resident , $150 nonresident • Nanny Pass, $50 • Our “Grandparents” policy has been amended to allow grandparents into the pool for free when accompanied by their grandchildren if the grandchildren have a FAMILY pass and if the grandparent is in street clothes (not swimming). • This year we will no longer offer a guest fee. Guests are required to pay the reduced daily fees. • 4 years old and under enter the pool free.

Daily Fees (residents and nonresidents are same price): • $5 for day shift • $3 for night shift • $8 for full day (day and night) This is the only price offered for a nonmember on weekends. With the lower Splash Pass rates, we have decided to make all rental fees for the Pool, Terrace, Hill and Banquet Room either resident or nonresident rate. There will no longer be a Splash Pass Member Rate.

Dates and Hours of Operation • We will not be open on Memorial Day weekend. The weather has been warm enough for us to open on this holiday only 25 percent of the time. • June 6–September 6, we are open on weekends. • June 14–August 20 we are open on weekdays.

Pool Hours: Monday through Friday: 1:00pm to 5:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm. We will close the pool on weekdays from 5:00pm6:00pm but the terrace will remain open. (The Terrace is open from 12:30pm to 8:00pm) Saturday: 1:00pm to 8:00pm, (The Terrace is open from 1:00pm to 8:00pm) Sunday: 1:00pm to 7:00pm, (The Terrace is open from 1:00pm to 7:00pm) We are excited to offer the Splash Pass at lower rates and hope that you will take advantage of the savings. We also hope that you will tell your neighbors about our low fees and great facility. Please spread the word. We are hoping that this will be our best year ever, both in membership size and in warm, wonderful weather! To join, please complete the Plum Grove Park membership form and send it in with a check or credit card number (Mastercard or Visa) for the appropriate fee. Wendy McKinney Plum Grove Park Facility Manager

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Plum Grove Estates Property Owners Association • P.O. Box 8432 • Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8432 • www.pgepoa.org


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PGE POA General Meeting Minutes Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Call to Order The General Meeting of the Plum Grove Homeowners Association was called to order by President Randy Mitchell at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.17, 2010, at Plum Grove Park, and followed by the introduction of officers and board members.

Board Attendees Randy Mitchell, Dave Gearhart, Beth Prezembel, George Reichl, Lynn Meinzer, Andrea Brennan, & Guy Karm

Absent Don Jacobs, Dawn Amos, Gary Dindia, & Steve Sperling

Resident Attendees Bruce Williams Rich Phillips Richard and Joanne Olson Maria Pappas Lauri and Randy Mitchell David Stallman Kathy Camarda Richard Beals Mary Jo Long Russ Haan Pam Adelizzi Bill Huley Madelein Madsen Dave Nogle Len and Irene Vinyard Nicolle Moan Anshoo and Rashmi Kumar Art Meinzer Andrea Brennan

New Neighbors 2301 Westwood—Rich Phillips 339 S. Circle—Anshoo and Rashmi Kumar

Special Guest Kathy Camarda, PGE Sanitary District Trustee

Currently, PGE is running about double the flow rates that the Sanitary District is looking for; however we are less than 1% of the flow into the system. We have reduced from 4x the flow rate to 2x the flow rate, so we have made improvements. PGE homeowners have spent well over 1 million dollars to fix our flow rates. We’ve done our due diligence. Our lawyers are looking into reviewing the ICAP formula to get a waiver for PGE—otherwise, the Sanitary District could go to the next step of suing individual home owners. There is no good answer at this point. If you are pumping water into the system via your sump pumps, disconnect them!! It costs $6,000–$8,000 dollars every time we test our flow rates. Ideal situations are to test after 1 inch of rain.

signs now. Spotlights and accent lights won’t get replaced until signs are up—around March/April timeframe. Cobblestone repair around islands are on hold until springtime.

Civic Affairs Randy Mitchell reported that a major pothole on Longacres Lane by frontage road was filled by Palatine township in less than a week.

Landscaping Lynn Meinzer reported minimal activity to landscaping. • RM Public Works to clear the sidewalk along the frontage road. • Board members are currently reviewing contracts for landscaping. • The Board has not yet made a decision on the landscaping company.

Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at Bethel church. All are welcome to attend.

Membership

Approval of Minutes

Newsletter/Communication

The minutes of the October 14, 2009 General Meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report Treasurer Beth Prezembel reviewed the treasurer’s report. There was no discussion. The treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.

Architectural Control Dave Gearhart reported that there has been no activity since Oct 26, 2009.

Area Control Guy Karm reported that the Palatine Township approved plans for signs. The company is making the

Guy Karm reported that there are four homes for sale in PGE. Andrea Brennan reported that: • Our new PGE POA Web site is available to review. This Web site costs PGE POA only $10 per year. • Our PGE Directory will NOT be published on this Web site. The temporary password is disabled. Content is continually being added (e.g. Plum Grove Park information added) • Three newsletters are produced per year for PGE: Spring (March), Summer (July), and Fall (November). Randy thanked Andrea for all the hard work!!

Plum Grove Estates Property Owners Association • P.O. Box 8432 • Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-8432 • www.pgepoa.org


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Social Lynn Meinzer reported that • 130 neighbors attended our 2009 Christmas Party! • June 16, 2010 is our Kickoff to Summer Party. • Lynn needs co-chairs to help organize this party!! Please contact Lynn for more information.

Unfinished Business Proposed change to the by-laws: vote on needing only one officer to sign a check for amounts $500 and below. Russ Haan motioned to accept the by-law change if the board removed the word “etc.� from the by-law. Amended by-law change passed.

New Business Nicolle Moan, 312 N. Elmwood, reported that a coyote killed her dog last month. She did report it to county animal control. Residents are encouraged to continue reporting all incidents with coyotes. The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m. by President Randy Mitchell. Kelly Godawski Resident, Past Secretary

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Plum Grove Sanitary District Mtg, 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church

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FISHING DERBY, 10:30 a.m. until Noon at Plum Grove Pond

6/16 KICKOFF TO SUMMER PARTY, 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Plum Grove Park

6/15 Plum Grove Sanitary District Mtg, 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church

6/14 Fire District Mtg, Noon, at Palatine Rural Fire Station, 35 E. Ela Rd., Inverness

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5/24 Deadline to submit information for Summer PGE newsletter—send news and announcements to webadmin@pgepoa.org

5/19 PGE General Meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Plum Grove Park (Dessert 7:00 p.m.)

5/11 Plum Grove Sanitary District Mtg, 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church

5/10 Fire District Mtg, Noon, at Palatine Rural Fire Station, 35 E. Ela Rd., Inverness

4/20 PGE Board Meeting

4/13 Plum Grove Sanitary District Mtg, 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church

4/12 Fire District Mtg, Noon, at Palatine Rural Fire Station, 35 E. Ela Rd., Inverness

3/16 PGE Board Meeting

Fire District Mtg, Noon, at Palatine Rural Fire Station, 35 E. Ela Rd., Inverness

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