Moss Creek March 2016 Newsletter
Official Publication of the Moss Creek Home Owners Association
Adult Happy Hour - Friday, March 11th 7-10:30pm
Come join your neighbors for some fun, beer, wine, light snacks, and karaoke/music. The Social Committee will provide some wine and beer, but you are also welcome to bring a snack to share and a beverage of your choice.    

Spring Festival -Sunday, March 20th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Come join the fun at Moss Creek's annual Spring Festival!  We will have an Easter egg hunt, bouncy house, balloon maker, face painting, games (for all ages), crafts, and treats.  

Monthly Board Meetings- Residents are always welcome.

Master Association Board Meeting
  • Monday March 21st 6:30pm (usually the 4th Monday each month, date changed this month due to spring break)

Townhome Association Board Meeting

  • Thursday March 24th 6:30pm (4th Thursday every other month)  
Moss Creek B.O.N.U.S Group (Business Owners Near Us) March 30th 6pm
Are you a business owner or entrepreneur that lives in Moss Creek? Then you should join The MC B-O-N-U-S Group!  The MC B-O-N-U-S Group is a community business networking platform where you and fellow business owners and entrepreneurs, can come together on a monthly basis to connect with other professionals for growth and support ideas, as well as establish a larger presence for your business in the community! All professions, sizes and levels are welcome!
  • Members must be residents of Moss Creek and at least twenty-one years old).  No annual membership fee like other business networking groups. 

  • 2016 will bring even more networking opportunities for MC B-O-N-U-S Group members, as guests that are also business owners outside of the development, are also welcome to attend up to four times a year (once per quarter invitation from resident member).  Please RSVP or email any questions to Tara Attwood, MC B-O-N-U-S Group President at: mcbonusgrp@gmail.com  

Meetings are held once a month, January- November on the LAST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, from 6:00pm- 8:00pm. Meetings take place at the Monarch Clubhouse and light refreshments and beverages are offered. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events  

  • Irrigation season begins April 18th
  • Pre-Teen Dance- Friday, May 6th  6-8 pm
  • Pool Season Starts! May 14th
  • Community Yard Sale- Saturday, May 21st, 2016  7am - 1pm
  • Cornhole Tournament & Beer Tasting- Sunday, May 29th , 1-7 pm
Weekend Open Swim Hours
Open Swim: Saturdays & Sundays 1-5pm.
Lap swim hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:30am and 12noon-1pm.
The entrance to the Winter Pool is on the LEFT side of the clubhouse, down the exterior stairs. You will use your Amenities ID card to swipe entrance through the gate. When you enter the structure, you will sign in. Link to schedule. Winter pool will be closed Easter Sunday.

Spring Tennis Starts in March and April!  Learn more!

Revised Parking Resolution and Architectural Guidelines

The Board of Directors has been working hard on behalf of the residents to further define areas of our Governing Documents to best fit the needs of the community. They have revamped the 2007 Commercial Vehicle Resolution and added a few sections to the Architectural Guidelines that were absent. The Architectural Guidelines have not seen any updates since at least 2007 and the Board is in the process of finalizing the revisions/additions. Additions include sections referring to Solar Panels and Detached Garages. Both documents will be mailed in accordance with state statute, as soon as the guidelines have been completed.  [HB1]Please link new parking resolution here.

Resident Access to Clubhouse Calendar

You can now view availability and reserve a date on the clubhouse calendar for a private party via the Moss Creek website! On the home page is a link to ‘clubhouse reservations’. There you will be able to view the calendar, find detailed instructions, information on the amenity and the reservation form. Please remember to always book your reservation prior to submitting the reservation form or payment.

Pay your Association dues online www.kuester.com

Have you registered at the new Kuester website? You can check your ‘real-time’ balance and pay your assessments in a snap! There is a processing fee they charge for credit card payments, but E-check is free and easy. If you have multiple accounts (like townhome owners), you can link your accounts together. If you have trouble with registering, Contact mosscreek@kuester.com.

Leasing Reminder

if you want to lease your home, you MUST apply for HOA approval first!! Link to e-form.

Irrigation Season 2016

Irrigation season begins on April 18th. Remember- irrigation systems NEED REGULAR MAINTENANCE. This includes cleaning out your valves and filter (if you have a filter). It is each single-family Homeowner’s responsibility to make sure his/her personal irrigation system is in compliance with Community standards and we hope every resident would take advantage of this great amenity by making sure their system is working. These are KEY details for a properly operating irrigation system:
  1. To be sure that your system is running by the timer and not manually, find the valve box in your yard and check that the electric valves are shut off. Your timer ‘talks’ to your electric valves and tells them when to open and close to water your lawn. If your valves are turned in the ‘on’ position, the timer is unable to tell the valves to operate and your system is simply ‘open’ all the time).
  2. Clean out your electric valves occasionally. They can get stuck open or closed with dirt and mulch. You will have 1 valve per irrigation zone in your yard. Most of the time, these electric valves are located in a box in the ground- usually near the flower beds. Sometimes, the valves are split into more than one box- depending on how many you have). You can actually clean them out yourself! You can unscrew them and rinse them out- just be careful not to misplace the spring inside.
  3. You need to set your timer so that you are only running one zone at a time during the hour of scheduled watering, which, at best estimate should be giving you an average of 10 gallons of water per minute (600 gallons in the hour of watering time allotted).  You definitely do NOT need or want any more water than that!
  4. This is also a smart time to change or check your battery in your timer. Even though the clock is plugged in, any power loss or surge will cause you to lose all your programming if you do not have a working battery in for back-up.
  5. Check to be sure none of your heads are broken which is a HUGE waste of water.
  6. Some residents have a filter on their system. It depends on which contractor or builder installed the system. Usually, the filter is near the ball valve where your irrigation connects to the HOA irrigation sub-main line. Of course, if you have one- it is very important to rinse it out regularly.
  7. If you don’t feel comfortable tinkering with your own irrigation system, there are plenty of qualified contractors you can hire to perform repairs. On the community website, we have created a reference for residents looking for irrigation contractors. http://www.mosscreekvillagenc.com/faq.php  Don’t forget to submit the activation form!
  8. Schedule an irrigation activation. Throughout the season, if you are experiencing difficulties with your irrigation system and plan to schedule an appointment to have an irrigation contractor evaluate your system (or perform maintenance yourself), you will need to complete the Irrigation Activation Form in order to get access to irrigation water outside your regular watering schedule. This form will serve as notification to the HOA’s irrigation manager to pressurize your irrigation zone during your scheduled appointment with your contractor (or yourself). https://kuester1.formstack.com/forms/irrigation_form
    • Please note that we will not be able to accept activation requests until after 4/25.
  9. If you are unsure what irrigation zone you are in and what your watering time is, you can find out here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zDi_yhFqvqsk.ksHy3i2VgBJk
It is the Association’s duty to maintain the irrigation infrastructure that brings the irrigation water to each home and the common areas. It also is imperative that the HOA monitor the manor of water usage throughout the community. Therefore, irrigation inspections will be performed regularly to alert homeowners whose systems are out of compliance. Irrigation Inspections work this way:
  • The irrigation manager will pressurize individual zones during the daytime hours (when the irrigation system is not generally on) and check for homes whose irrigation turns on or begins to water.
  • If your irrigation system begins to water when he pressurizes your zone, this means that your irrigation system on your lot is open to the HOA irrigation sub main 24 hours a day (refer to key maintenance suggestion # 1 above). This is not the intended design of the Moss Creek Irrigation system. Having your system open manually, intentionally or not, uses more water than you are allotted. The water available for irrigation use has limitations. The Association can only pull so much water from the wells to keep the ponds full –especially during the hotter months.  In addition, in cases of HOA main line maintenance or breaks, manual operation of your system would cause your irrigation to run non-stop until the problem is resolved.
  • If your system does begin to water when he is performing inspections, he may also note broken heads or multiple zones in your yard running at once (refer to key maintenance suggestions #3 and #5). If this is the case, it will be mentioned in your notice.
  • As a resident, if you happen to notice another property that has broken heads or other maintenance concerns, please let management or the owner know- many times residents may be unaware of the issue, especially since many irrigation schedules run during the night. 
In Honor and Remembrance

Steven Hecht sat on the Moss Creek Townhome Association’s Board of Directors as the President for nearly 8 years. As most Board members know, it is a thankless job burdened by tough decisions- one the TOA has always struggled to find members to serve. Steve displayed the backbone and stalwart that the TOA needed to strengthen its financial position and preserve its integrity. To his credit, and those of his fellow board members, the townhome association is finally in its best financial state ever. Projects like the installation of the water sub-meters and the completion of the irrigation system in Walkers Glen (a project left uncompleted by McCar homes – Steve amazingly wrangled $19,000 from them as they entered bankruptcy in order to complete the installation) and countless others, were all spearheaded by Steve. He was a champion of this community.

Steve passed of lung cancer last month after a 9 month battle. He is sadly missed by not just his family and friends but by others of us that leaned on him- managers, fellow board members and neighbors. The community owes a great debt to him (and his wife, Roberta, for supporting all the extra time he put into serving). Thank you Steve!


  Holly Biddle, CMCA
Kuester Management Group
Moss Creek Village Onsite Manager

mosscreek@kuester.com
Phone 803-802-0004
Toll Free 888-600-5044
After hours Maintenance Emergency – 803-802-0004 emergency option
Kuester Office Hours:    Monday – Friday:  8:30AM – 5PM
9505 Moss Plantation Avenue Concord, NC 28027
www.mosscreekvillagenc.com