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September 2018 Newsletter
Important  Updates
Landscaping: From COX Landscaping in regards to Native Grass

Unirrigated native grass is common in landscapes developed after the year 2000.  Many new developments could not afford the amount of water taps to irrigate an entire property.  After 2002, many municipalities mandated a certain percentage of  land developed be of zero supplemental irrigation areas meaning they were to be sustained enough on their own without additional watering but still have non-hard surface materials like plants.  Naturally the designers started creating areas of which native grass was to be installed rather than the green turf grass you are used to seeing throughout the older parts of metro area. 

Native grass has many benefits.  First obviously is the fact it does not require supplemental irrigation water once established.  Second among many more is the fact that it can thrive once established and prevent erosion and compete with noxious weeds.  It does not like to be mowed regularly so maintenance is cheaper than turf grass as well.  Also, native grass does well with the type of soils commonly found in the southeastern side of the metro area where most other plants do not.
Some of the negative things I have heard people say is that it looks like a big weed patch.  It is true, weeds can and will grow in native areas especially in areas where it gets mowed. 

Once mowed, it will go dormant and stop competing with weeds.  Treating the native areas with selective herbicides is required no less than a couple of times a year to keep the weeds in check.  The other comment I hear often is that it is not manicured.  We do not manicure native as over time the weeds will take over which will create more cost to treat.  Also over time the native will desiccate. 

Desiccation is the extreme loss of moisture to the point where the plant will no longer exist.  Once this happens, weeds will take the area over making any native grass establishment near impossible.  In the best scenarios, native can fully establish itself within 3-5 years. 

Typically though I expect more of a 5-7 year to fully establish itself.
Native is a plant and requires certain care in order for it to thrive.  Once thriving, it can prevent weeds and erosion all the while requiring less water and maintenance costs.  It should be left alone as much as possible.

Wheatlands has smaller areas along Wheatlands Parkway, Ider, Calhoun, Powhaton, and Pinewood that goes all the way to residential homes.  We are to mow a "beauty band" approx. one mower width to prevent encroachment onto the residential lots.  Once we do that, leaving a small swath of native un-mowed does not look very good so we mow the entire area as much as we can. 

Larger native areas will only get the "beauty band" and the rest of the area is to be mowed once per year towards the end of the season in September or October.  This type of care allows the native grass to fully develop a seed base and gets dispersed when we mow it down. 
Native does require some care, but mostly to leave it alone. 

We try to mow it as little as possible so it can thrive and prevent noxious weeds from developing.  We thank you for understanding.

Useful Information
To report a code violation please contact the City of
Aurora : 303.739.7000

Street lights and poles are the responsibility of Xcel Energy, the District only maintains the street lights in the clubhouse parking lot. You can reach them at :  800-895-1999
 Pool Hours
Please be aware that the last day of the pool being open is Monday, September 3rd. The pool will close for the season at 8pm that day.
Upcoming Events

Friday, September 7th
6-10 pm at the Lakehouse
Movie: Trolls

Thursday, October 11th
6 pm @ the Clubhouse

Meet and Greet Summary
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Meet and Greet. We had a great turn out and we hope you found it insightful and helpful. For those unable to attend we wanted to share a few highlights from the meeting.
YMCA Recreation Center - The Wheatlands Metropolitan District formed a separate authority (in which the Wheatlands board members are the majority) to finance the project. That authority is working hard to make the recreation center a reality. The Wheatlands residents will all receive access to the Recreation center for free as part of your existing $65 monthly fee. The authority is completing the due diligence process with the bank. As part of that process they have hired an architect and general contractor. If all goes as planned we would be looking to break ground in Spring next year and open in 2020.  

Open Land on Smoky Hill and Ider St - This land next to the satellite dome is actually owned by the City of Aurora. It is currently zoned to be a park or recreation field. The Wheatlands board did receive several questions about this land and unfortunately the answer is to email the city. If you would like the City of Aurora to prioritize building a park there you will want to contact our council member for Ward 6, Francoise Bergen. Her email address is: fbergan@auroragov.org
Notes from Your Neighbors - During the Meet and Greet a few neighbors on Little River Way and S Kellerman Way discussed finding issues with their foundation, and seeing cracks in their drywall and issues with doors/windows opening and closing properly.  They wanted to share their findings with the community so if you discover this problem, you can catch it before your home warranty expires. Another neighbor mentioned that there currently is a class action lawsuit against CertainTeed corporation for their fiber cement siding. If you have any questions regarding that litigation you can visit the website www.certainteedfibercementsettlement.com or email at info@certainteedfibercementsettlement.com

Park Update

The Wheatlands Community Park is on track to start construction in November and open next year. The theme of the park is Big World Little Kid. The park will include a picnic pavilion, bathrooms and plenty of fun play structures for all ages.

Below is phase 1 of the park that will be completed. If everything goes as planned we are hoping for construction to begin the middle of November with a completion date of early spring.

Clubhouse Rental Paperwork
The Clubhouse is available for residents of Wheatland's to rent. The cost is $75 for the first three hours (and a three hour minimum is required), and $25 per hour after that. You can access the paperwork here: Clubhouse Rental Paperwork.
Wheatlands Community Directory

Non-Emergency - Police
Irrigation 24 hour service

720-870-9297, 720-870-2221 (Operated by the YMCA)

Water & Sewer Service

Police Representative - Officer Cassell 303-627-3172
Public Works Department 303-739-7300

City of Aurora 303-326-8200

SNOW REMOVAL (District Property)
YMCA and Coxlandscaping
*Homeowners are responsible for sidewalks and driveways

Waste Management Company

Management Company Contacts
Lori Walker - Community Manager

Secondary contact number:
Lakehouse at Southshore

Office Address:
6601S. Wheatlands Parkway
Aurora, CO 80016

Office Hours: 
M/W/F - 9am-1pm
Tues./Thurs. - 5-8pm

Office phone: 720.870.9297
email: Wheatlandsdistrict@denverymca.org

Office Hours

Summer Clubhouse office hours :
Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday - 9am-1pm  
Tuesday's and Thursday's - 5pm-8pm
Hours beginning September 15th
Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 9am-1pm
Tuesday/Thursday - 2pm-6pm

Community & Management Corner
District Managers Corner:

The updated resident guidelines manual is here: Guidelines

Payment Options:

Each owner in the community is responsible for paying the monthly operations fee ($65). American Conservation and Billing Solutions is the new billing company that is being used. If you have any questions or concerns AmCoBi can be reached at 877-410-0167 x2 or ClientCare@AmCoBi.com


The Wheatlands community has a great website that you can use to see minutes from meetings, look at meeting agendas, get up to date community information and documents and much more, please take a moment to go out to www.wheatlandsmetro.org.


The YMCA manages the pool, clubhouse, park reservations for the community and is in charge of all communication and oversight of the property. If you have any questions in regards to these items, please contact them at 720-870-9297 or 720-870-2221 .  If you are unsure of who can help you, please contact management (YMCA) and we will get you to the correct individuals.

Covenant Enforcement

  The Wheatlands Metropolitan Board has awarded the contract to 
AMI - Advanced Management. They will be taking over covenant enforcement and Architectural Design Review. To contact AMI you can call them at 303-351-5411 or email them at wheatlands@amihoa.com.
You can also visit their website at www.amihoa.com
Kids Night Out at The Lakehouse
Kids will have game s and crafts with dinner provided, and will get to watch a movie in our movie theater. Parents can relax with the night off. $15 for 1st child $10 for additional children. 6:00 pm-10:00 pm. Please register by Wednesday prior to event. Register on the YMCA website. Call 720-870-2221 with any questions.

September 7th
Can't Stop the Feeling
   Movie:  Trolls

New Programs at the YMCA Youth Center at Southlands Shopping Center

Come check out some of our new programs offered at the YMCA Youth Center!
(For more information on any of these programs please call the youth center at 720.274.5759


Our Teen Center comes with a pool table, foosball, Nintendo Wii and X Box and many different craft opportu-nities and games, there is never a dull moment. Cost Free; any themed nights will cost $4


Southlands Shopping Center and the Aurora YMCA is here to help you! Drop the kids off at the YMCA Teen Center where Kids can participate in activities and crafts as you indulge yourself with everything Southlands has to offer! Please provide a small snack for your child. Open Mondays and Wednes-days10am-1pm, Thursday's 5-8pm. Ages: Potty trained - 10 years. Fee: $7 per child.


 Ages 11-18
Develop Leadership Skills
Youth-led community service pro-jects
 Bi-monthly meetings - Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00pm at Southlands Teen Center

Warm Up Wednesday

 Planned weekly activities to get some movement and exercise for kids ages potty trained-10 yrs old.


 Three-day, intensive, state wide, mock-government program
 Grades 7-12
 Hands on Experience
 Teachers curriculum support
Full Access to Colorado State
YMCA Programs

In addition to family activities at Southshore, the YMCA runs programs that benefit the entire Aurora Community.

Y Sports
Spring sports registration is now open! For more info:
Billy Merryman - Sports Coordinator

Y Leaders
A new program for the Aurora Family YMCA. Youth 11-18 can join at no cost to plan and take part in Saturday service opportunities. Please attend our Wednesday meetings or contact Shai Baca  for more information. sbaca @denverymca.org 
Youth in Government
Join youth from throughout the state at our premier model government program. High school aged students will write and debate bills, argue state supreme court cases or take part in our press and lobbyist programs. The only group with access to the state Capitol building in this capacity.   Click here to find out more!

Reach & Rise Mentoring
What is Reach and Rise?
  • Reach and Rise is a free group mentoring program of the YMCA, established to provide young people in our community with positive and peer relationships.
  • 2 adult mentors are matched with a group of 6 youth
  • The group will meet once a week for 2 hours.
  • The program cycle runs for 8 weeks during the summer and 16 weeks during the fall and spring.
  • Mentors are meant to serve as role models, friends, and confidants. They're another source of support for your child. They are not meant to take the role of a parent, babysitter, or financier.
For more information contact:
Shai Baca

Southlands Shopping Center Events

Southlands Cub Club is for children ages 3 to 10. Members get special discounts at Southlands retailers and YMCA programs, monthly events, a club newsletter and during your child's birth month, they receive a special birthday surprise. Joining is easy. Click here to enroll, then come to the Southlands Management Office during business hours to pick up your child's membership card and welcome goodie bag. Cub Club registration will also be available at every Sounds of Southlands concert and Movies on Main Street this summer. 

Next Cub Club Event:

When: Thursday, September 20th

Where: Color Me Mine

Wheatlands Metropolitan District

visit us online at www.wheatlandsmetro.org

Next Board Meeting: Thursday, October 11th at 6:00 pm