Annual Knollwood Garage Sale – Friday, June 8th & Sat., June 9th 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Rain or Shine

Declutter your life this spring and make money!

If you have a unique or special item to feature in our ad, please email or call me prior to May 10th, so I can include your item or items in our ads. Mowers, Snow Blowers, Furniture, Kids Toys and Bikes are popular with Buyers!

I will place ads in the South Bend Tribune and on Craig’s List advertising a few items that will be included in the sale.

Signs & flags will be placed at all the entrances several days before the sale. I’d recommend adding directional signs to your house from the entrance closest to your home. This will increase your sales.

Safety Tip: Keep your money & cell phone in a fanny pack. Avoid taking checks if possible. Keep your doors locked to your house. Pair up with another person so you can keep an eye on your merchandise while the other person takes the money.

If you have any questions about having a garage sale, especially if it is your first sale, please contact me.

Email: mktbecker at aol.com Michelle Becker 574-277-1152

Spring Leaf Pickup Begins April 16th

Neighbors:

Please be aware that the St. Joseph County Leaf Program begins picking up leaves in Clay Township on April 16. Please see the county’s website, http://www.sjclp.com/ for guidelines, updates and pickup status.

Signs will be posted at the three Knollwood entrances as a reminder. NOTE: Because the county leaf pickup begins the 16th that does NOT guarantee Knollwood’s leaves will be picked up that week. 

As an alternative, you should contact your trash pickup service to see if and how they will accept lawn waste. I have found that Michiana Recycling and Disposal has an inexpensive service level that includes their weekly pickup container plus up to five additional bags which may be yard waste. http://michianarecyclinganddisposal.com/

Watch the County website and our website for updates!

Nextdoor: The private social network for your neighborhood.

Obviously quite a few of you know about NEXTDOOR. It’s a website that touts the following,

“Nextdoor is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on in your neighborhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, learning about an upcoming block party, or hearing about a rash of car break-ins. There are so many ways our neighbors can help us. We just need an easier way to connect with them.”

Currently the Knollwood Forrest Hills Neighborhood has 408 members and 309 households or 39% of 799 households.

To sign up click here. Of course there is an app for your favorite cell phone as well.

Here are some of the catagories. 

Thank you to Knollwood Good Samaritans

Dear Samaritans

I want to thank the lady, and the four young adults who stopped and helped my husband when he lay helpless in front of our mail box on Barryknoll Way last Wednesday, Jan 10th. He suffered a stroke, but due to their effort to move him into my car I was able to get him to the Emergency Room in time to save him. He is experiencing a full recovery. I don’t even know your names, but know that you saved my husband’s life. We both want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help.

THANK YOU SO MUCH,

Lisa & Axel Missing

Here is a link to the story in the South Bend Tribune

Update on Leaf Pickup Situation

Neighbors:

Here is a brief update on the Leaf Pickup situation.

Just before Christmas, members of our board and the Knollwood West HOA board met with a representative from Greenworld to discuss a joint leaf pickup contract should St. Joseph County decide to discontinue the county program. Our hope was that, by combining the neighborhoods, we would get better pricing and, perhaps service.

  1. First of all, a couple of facts to be aware of:
    The County has NOT decided to discontinue the Leaf Pickup program. Greenworld has been indicating that the County HAS decided to cancel, but that is not true.
  2. In 2015, our HOA had a contract with Greenworld to do 3 fall and 2 spring pickups at a cost to us of roughly $17,000. However, with the County program, we reduced the number of “private” pickups to 2 for the fall (for a total of 5) and 1 for the spring (for a total of 2). Greenworld agreed to charge us roughly $2,000 a pass for these supplemental-to-the-County pickups.
  3. Under the Knollwood Homeowners Association By-Laws and Covenants, the HOA is not obligated to provide leaf pickup services. They were provided in the past because money was available from dues, funds surplus and solid financial management by the HOA Board.

We met with the representative who provided us with a quote that included the following:

  • 3 Fall Passes beginning as early as the last week of October and completing no later than the first week of December, weather permitting
  • 1 Spring Pass (which they called a “free” pass)
  • Opt-out clause at no penalty should the County continue the leaf pickup program for 2018/19.

The combined quoted cost to the two HOAs was $372,725 (almost 11x the price from our previous contract). They also offered a number of “discounts” … 50% if we signed up prior to December 31, 2017, 10% if we committed to 5 years and another 10% if we were “among the first to sign up”.

With all discounts offered and taken, the combined two HOA price would be $151,000 (still 4x the price from 2015). Dividing the $151,000 over the roughly 580 combined homes in both neighborhoods, the cost per home would be $260 per home (2-1/2 times the current annual dues). That amount would have to be recovered by increasing our annual HOA Dues by a similar amount, possibly imposing a 250% increase in dues beginning in 2018.

We told the representative that we might be able to present a price of half that amount to our membership (and the associated dues increase), but there was no way we could possibly get agreement on that prior to December 31, 2017. The Greenworld representative was not willing to entertain a price of $75,000 (or roughly $130 per home).

All board members for both HOAs attending the meeting were in agreement that this pricing was in no way acceptable and even with the discounts applied, the price was outrageous.

We have informed our County representatives of this quote and the tactics employed by Greenworld.

As it stands right now, if the County decides to discontinue their leaf pickup program, the Knollwood HOA will be unable to provide an HOA-funded and managed alternative. Unfortunately, this means that each homeowner will be on their own to handle the fallen leaves.

We will continue to look for alternatives, including a non-endorsed list of providers (including trash removal services that would include yard waste pickup).

We will do our best to keep you informed.
Your Knollwood HOA Board

Thanks!
Augie

Fall Leaf Pickup Information

Neighbors:

Please be aware that the St. Joseph County Leaf Program begins picking up leaves in Clay Township on MONDAY OCTOBER 16. Please see the county’s website, http://www.sjclp.com/ for guidelines, updates and pickup status.

As an alternative, you should contact your trash pickup service to see if and how they will accept lawn waste. I have found that Michiana Recycling and Disposal has an inexpensive service level that includes their weekly pickup container plus up to five additional bags which may be yard waste. http://michianarecyclinganddisposal.com/

Watch the County website and our website for updates!

Help Finding Lost Cat

Dear KHA:

We are asking for assistance in finding our lost cat. He is a grey striped tabby with green eyes. Very sweet but VERY shy. Answers to “Artemis.” He is declawed and is not wearing a collar. We think he got out of the house today when VacMan was at the house cleaning the furnace ductwork, and the front door was open. If we’re correct, he’s been gone for hours.

We live at 16690 Hampton Drive – just at the corner of Hampton and Greenway Drive, across the street from the Knollwood Country Club putting green. If anyone sees a grey tabby, could they call or text my husband Jess Hollis at (217) 778-0252?

Thank you so much!
Laura Hollis

KNOLLWOOD BOARD PRESIDENT NEEDED

KNOLLWOOD BOARD PRESIDENT NEEDED

Sally Potts has served the Knollwood Homeowners Owners Association with honor and distinction since 2013. Sally’s hard work and faithfulness have left a positive impact on our local community. Speaking on behalf of all Knollwood residents the Knollwood Board thank Sally for stepping up and volunteering to serve. Sally will be missed!

Sally’s departure leaves the Knollwood Homeowners Association without a President. I won’t spell out what not having a President means because the implications should be self-evident.

If you are a Knollwood resident and have the desire to lead our board let us know immediately by using the contact page.

Thank you

PS: Thank you’s to Sally are encouraged in the comment section below!