Knollwood Fall Newsletter

Thank you Rosann, Scott and Dan!!

After years of service to their community we would like to acknowledge and say thank you to several of our Knollwood Board Members whose terms have expired and will be stepping down at the end of the year.

Stepping down are:

Rosann McGuire – “Architectural Control Committee”
Scott Heming – Treasurer
Dan Pawelski – “Property Management & Architectural Control Committee”

Rosann, Scott and Dan faithfully performed their duties and will be terribly missed! On behalf of the community the Knollwood Board thank you. If you happen to know them please remember to thank them for their service.

We need you!!

The vacancies left by Rosann, Scott and Dan need to be filled immediately.

For the position of Treasurer if you have experience with Quickbooks that would be of great benefit.

The other position is on the Architectural Control/Violations Committee.

Remember, this is your neighborhood. Your voice can make a direct impact on the future of Knollwood. Please step forward and make a difference now. You can respond to this email or contact our President Sally Potts at 277-4700.

It’s that time of year

Yep, fall is fast approaching. Get your blowers tuned up and your rakes ready, the leaves they will be a falling.

Signs will be posted on street corners to let you know when leaf pickup will be.

Dusk to Dawn Lighting Is Important!

It is sometimes brought to our attention, “what’s the big deal about enforcing the dusk to dawn lighting in front of each home.” Recently, a boat which was bolted to a basketball pole, was stolen right from a driveway. Yours and your neighbors dusk to dawn light DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Keep them on, if they are broke, fix them. It’s for your own security and the security of your neighborhood.

Spring Garden Walk

Knollwood will be participating in the 2015 spring Garden Walk to raise funds for the museum of art. Anyone interested in showcasing their gardens should notify Aviva Wulfsohn.

Attention Landscapers

We will also be accepting bids for Knollwood’s landscaping projects. The “scope of work” will be posted soon.

Gumwood Road Contruction update

The intersection of Adams & Gumwood will be closed until approximately Nov 21st. They are clearing, grading, installing pipe, storm sewers, electrical conduit and the new round about.

That’s it for now.

Crime Watch Alert

Tuesday June 10th

We want to make you aware that we received a report on Monday that a car was broken into around the 1644 Foxcross area. A purse was stolen. Contents from the purse were found down the street but the money was taken.

Remember to lock up at night, close garage doors and keep your outside light on.

We will let you know any additional news as it happens.

Gumwood Road Closures Begin April 7

The following letter details the Gumwood Road reconstruction.

Gumwood Road Corridor Project

March 26, 2014

Re: Gumwood Rd. Construction Status Report

From the Michigan State line to the Mishawaka Corporate Limits

Dear Homeowners:

This letter is to inform you of the current and upcoming construction activities scheduled to occur on Gumwood Road. Currently NIPSCO is installing a new gas main from Candy Lane toward the north. AEP is scheduled to begin relocating their overhead power lines from Candy Lane to the north within the next couple weeks and Comcast will then follow with relocating their lines. There should be no disruption in your gas, electric, phone or cable services during this time.

Selge Construction has started to install the storm sewer from Brick Rd. south to the end of the project which is the Mishawaka Corporate limits. Some excavation work has also been done in the two retention basin areas as well as for the modular block wall being installed on the east side of Gumwood Road, south of Brick Road intersection.

Our first road closure from Brick Rd south to the Mishawaka Corp. limits is scheduled to start on April 7. During this road closure time there will be no thru traffic allowed. Arbor Crossing Drive, which is the main entrance off of Gumwood Rd to the Brendon Hills Subdivision, will be closed. Existing homes and businesses within the road closure area will have access provided to them at all times on a temporary road from the south only on Gumwood Rd. Visitors to and from Grace Baptist Church must use the Brick Rd access. There will be no disruption in mail, newspaper or trash pick-up services. Brick Rd will remain open at this time. Advanced road closure signs will be installed later this week and detour route markers will be placed next week.

Selge Construction Co., Inc. is the prime contractor for both phases of Gumwood Rd. Jamie Plunkett is the Project Manager and may be contacted at 574-273-0162 (jobsite trailer) or 269-684-0842. CHA is the consulting engineer handling the construction observation and may be contacted at 574-273-0137 (jobsite trailer).

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at the two phone numbers listed above. Updates will be mailed to you as needed and to alert you of upcoming traffic pattern changes or road closures. Your patience during this very busy time of the construction season is greatly appreciated.


Dale Wills
Resident Engineer
CHA ~ design/construction solution

Knollwood Golf Course Trees Cut Down

Knollwood Trees Cut DownIf you are wondering why trees all over the Knollwood Golf Course are being cut down here is the reason.

A proposed settlement has been reached in the DuPont Imprelis weed killer class action lawsuit. The settlement proposes to resolve claims resulting from Imprelis use by lawn care professionals on residential and commercial properties as well as by golf courses between August 31, 2010, and August 21, 2011 across the country, except California and New York. You can read the rest of this article here.

According to the article Dupont is paying for the removal, replacement of equivalent trees up to 20 feet and maintenance of the replacement trees.

We are told the Knollwood Golf Course will have between approximately 350 trees cut down and replanted.

New Entrance Lighting

New Knollwood Entrance LightingAfter dealing with years of ongoing problems with repeated entrance lighting outages, the KHA Board elected to solicit a quote for the complete replacement of all twelve lighting fixtures at Barryknoll, Baywood and Pine Ridge entrances.

Egendoerfer & Sons in Mishawaka provided a quote to replace the twelve old halogen light fixtures that illuminate the entrance walls with twelve new 72 Watt LED light fixtures.  The $2,750 capital expenditure was included in the 2014 budget presented at the Annual Membership meeting in January and approved.

With the replacement now complete, you may have noticed the brighter and move vibrant lights at these three entrances over the past few months.  One unexpected benefit is the reduced AEP electric bill of about $30 per month for operation of the new energy efficient LED lights.  We also expect these new entrances lights to last longer and save Knollwood residents additional hidden costs in overall maintenance expenses.

Water and Septic Information

January 21, 2014


Dear Knollwood Neighbors,

I had a very productive meeting with Mark Nelson, Environmental Health Manager at the St. Joseph County Health Department concerning the nitrate levels found in Granger drinking water.  This is my attempt to simplify the issue from the experts.

Northern Indiana has enjoyed the most prolific aquifer in the state.  In a nutshell, an aquifer is an underground layer of glacial water, filtered by sand and gravel, supplying water to our wells.  This aquifer is now showing levels of nitrates.

Nitrates and pharmaceuticals from our old and failing septic systems are leaking into our drinking water, via our personal wells.

Nitrates come from human urine.  For example, when a person takes an antibiotic or seizure medicine, their body absorbs what it can, and the remainder comes out of the body in the form of urine.  The urine then goes into the septic system.  If the system is failing, the nitrates leak out into our yards and then into our well.

This nitrate problem is not unique to Granger.  Most communities throughout the country, with older septic systems, are experiencing the same issues.  The best remedy is of course, the most expensive….. hooking up to city water and sewer.  At this time, the solution is too expensive for the 30,000 + Granger residents.  What do we do?  The county health department would love to see all drywells replaced, as a first step.  To date, it has not been mandated.

Have your water tested.   ($80.00 to $115.00 )

If the nitrate levels are too high, a reverse osmosis unit can be installed under the kitchen sink, where most drinking water is taken from.  A whole house system is not usually necessary because we do not consume or absorb enough nitrates while brushing our teeth or showering.  A reverse osmosis unit can be purchased from any hardware store but should be installed by a licensed plumber.  The total estimated cost for the unit and installation should be no more than $350.00.  By the way, boiling your water makes the nitrate content even higher.  Boiling water is only recommended when bacteria is present.

Pump and inspect your septic system   ($150.00 approx)

As a realtor, I would highly recommend having your septic and well inspected prior to listing.  The county is in the process of making septic codes stricter for the transfer of property.  A new septic system could cost $7,000 or more.  Knowledge is power!

The following list is meant to be helpful to our neighbors and is not an endorsement by the Knollwood Home Owner’s Association.

Valley Lea Water Testing   272-8484     

Guardian Septic (formally A & R) 574-202-7407

Cowsert Septic   574-674-8960 

BFS Plumbing   251-1931                                                       

SLR Plumbing  269-683-1290

“This article is strictly for informational purposes only.  The Knollwood HOA and its board are not experts on nitrates, or septic systems. Before acting you should seek the opinion of an expert regarding an issue discussed in this article or call the St. Joseph County Health Department at 235-9721

For further information read Save Your Septic System

Leaf Removal Update

On December 10th we met with Greenworld concerning the removal of leaves in our subdivision. I believe the meeting was constructive and we were able to address several issues. As a result, our communications with Greenworld should be improved. They have now completed four passes through the subdivision. Per our discussions they were intent on completing 5 passes. Given the weather situation I’m not sure how feasible that is. I drove through the subdivision yesterday and it appears most leaves were picked up. Pending a significant thaw this may be the best we can do at present. I appreciate your patience as we work through this issue.

I received a couple of calls from home owners that felt they were bypassed. If you believe they did not pick up your leaves please let me know. I will compile a list of addresses and forward it to Greenworld and see if we can get something accomplished despite the weather.

Dan Pawelski, KHA

Leaf Removal Announcement

As you are aware we are having issues with our leaf removal program. In March, we contracted with Green World Global to remove our leaves. Our contract calls for five passes in the fall and one in the spring. The passes were to have been completed by December 1st. Obviously this has not been the case. Yesterday, Green World responded to our repeated requests for information. To be brief, they are citing weather as the only reason for the delay. They stated that they intend to make the remaining passes dependent on weather. While I believe they will make the effort we are at the mercy of the weather.

We are meeting with a Green World representative on Tuesday. A question of the number of passes completed has come up. By my recollection they have made two passes through the neighborhood. They maintain that they have made three. I request that if you have had three passes please let me know. It is important that I have this information for our Tuesday meeting. My phone is 271 – 0682. You can leave a message on our answering machine.

I believe the issue is more complex than a weather delay. The Board understands your frustration and is working towards a resolution. We are all in the same boat.
Thank you for your patience.

Dan Pawelski, KHA