Dogs off Leash

From the First Service Residential and the HOA Board of Directors:

A heartbreaking report was brought to the attention of management and we wanted to take the opportunity to address our neighbors personally. 

 

Leashes laws are in place to protect everyone.  There are endless scenarios that can occur when dogs meet.  The scariest scenario is one of violence.  Recently, a neighbor in Crawford Farms had such an encounter and a beloved family dog lost its life. 

 

We understand that owners want their dogs to have the extra freedom that comes from not being tethered.  Having positive control over the situation with a leash can be the difference between life and death.  Please also keep in mind those neighbors that may have experienced trauma from a dog or just do not want to be around a dog that is not leashed.  

 

Fort Worth Animal Control says “When a dog is being walked or with its owner off its property, the dog must be on a leash and accompanied by the owner at all times. If the dog is without a leash or not accompanied by the owner, it is considered unrestrained and is in violation of the restraint ordinance.”

 

Please report any dog not on a leash to animal control by calling 817-392-1234 or filling out the electronic form at https://cityoffortworth.wufoo.com/forms/animal-issue-report-form/  You may be saving that dog’s life and reuniting a family with their pet at the same time.

Notice about Neighborhood Repairs and ACC Approval After the Recent Storms

From the Architectural Control Committee


Due to the damages to existing structures and landscaping caused by the recent storm the following temporary change to the ACC Guidelines will be in effect from June 19, 2019 - September 30, 2019:


• If a repair does not vary from the original color, building, roofing or landscaping style it does not require approval from the ACC if repairs are accomplished prior to September 30, 2019.

• All changes or additions that do not exactly match that being replaced must obtain ACC approval prior to beginning the project.

• If fence height and style is the same as the one being replaced it does not currently require ACC approval.

• The requirement for two trees in the front yard is currently under review. If you have tree damage please note that the two-tree requirement is suspended until October 1, 2019 in order to promote favorable planting conditions.

• If you are not sure if the damage repair or replacement meets the guidelines, please submit a request for ACC approval.


Please direct all questions to our property manager at manager@crawfordfarmshoa.com.

From the Landscaping Committee - Replacing Dead or Damaged Trees

With our crazy weather recently we have many damaged trees in the area. For those of us in Crawford Farms, the HOA Board has extended the time to replace dead or damaged trees until October, a more favorable time for planting trees. The Landscape Committee would like to encourage our residents who have to replace trees to consider trees that are less likely to split, break or be uprooted. The governing documents of our HOA state that any lot 60’, 70’ or 75’ in width requires two trees between the house and sidewalk. Lots of 55’ or Duplexes require only one tree in the front yard.

Oaks are very common in our area and come in many varieties like the evergreen Live Oak. Others lose their leaves after turning different shades of red and brown in the fall. They all produce acorns that can be a nuisance in the fall. Some grow very slowly and others more quickly.

Pecan, the State Tree of Texas, has a very long taproot and can be difficult to plant, but makes a nice tree if you can get it established. It too produces nuts in the fall. It is very difficult to find and plant these trees in our area due to the white rock that is so prolific in our soil.

Magnolias do well in our area and the dwarf and semi-dwarf varieties are very popular. Like pine trees these trees shed their leaves continuously throughout the year, particularly in the spring and fall and the leaves are slow to break down once they fall. The fact that they bloom during the spring and summer is one advantage to this tree.

Cypress trees, bald and pond, are excellent trees that grow upright and have an open airy look to them.

Smaller trees that do well in this area are crape myrtles, Chinese Tallows, Pistachios and Vitex. If you have a large tree in your yard that was not damaged in the recent storms and another one that was, you might want to consider one of the smaller growing trees when replacing the damaged one.

Please note that the tree size requirement in the front yard is three (3) caliper inch single stem trunk. That means that the trunk of your single stem tree must measure three inches in diameter, when measured one foot up the trunk from the ground.

If you have questions about suitable trees and their advantages and disadvantages you can call the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service for Fort Worth at 817-884-1945, Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5pm.

If you want to join the landscape committee, please email landscape@crawfordfarmshoa.com.

Pool Closure Notice - 7/8/2019

Management was alerted by the ambassadors that glass was found in all of the pools. This event did not occur during hours when the pool was open and staffed.

For the safety of our residents, the pools must be drained to ensure removal of all glass shards. Please understand that this will take some time to accomplish. We hope to open the doors tomorrow July 9th, but we will send an additional notice tomorrow morning with an update.

June Board of Directors Meeting

As a homeowner in Crawford Farms HOA, you are hereby given notice of the Board Meeting scheduled for June 27, 2019 to be held at 9800 Hillwood Pkwy, Ste 210, Fort Worth, TX 76177. The Open Session will be held at 7pm, and Owners are welcome to attend and observe. The Executive Session will be held at 6pm, and is a closed meeting of the Board of Directors. Minutes for both sessions will be published for homeowner review on https://crawfordfarms.connectresident.com .

Click the image above for the approved agenda for this upcoming meeting. It may also be found at https://crawfordfarms.connectresident.com

For any who are unable to attend the meeting; please see details below for the conference call:

For dialing-in only:

Toll Free Conference Call #

1-888-331-6331

Access Code 7595897

Amenity Access Cards

Amenity Access Cards

Do you have your amenity access card? Do not wait until pool season starts in May to put a request in for your card. The first amenity access card is issued to the home free of charge and every subsequent card is $20. If you are new to the community and need an initial access card, please fill out the form below. Once filled out, please allow 5-7 business days for the card to be allocated to your address and mailed to your home. If you need to pay for a replacement card or an additional card, please call 817-984-4836 to pay over the phone. This form will also be available on www.crawfordfarmshoa.com as well as our resident portal, https://crawfordfarms.connectresident.com.

To request a new pool access card visit https://firstservice.formstack.com/forms/cfamenity_access

or contact the property manager, Brandy Adams, directly at (817) 984-4836.

A Message from the Board of Directors

RE: SPORT COURT PARTIAL FENCE REMOVAL
From time to time, some situations present themselves at a crossroads and we as a board must make challenging decisions in the best interest of the community.  Our charge is to be a good steward of the community’s finances, while protecting our property values.  The most recent issue before us was the maintenance at the sports courts.  The repetitive damage to this area (specifically the basketball court) has become an annual expense.  Looking at a 5-year snapshot, Crawford Farms averages $2,000/year in repairs just to this area for a total close to $10,000.  This year, in lieu of a $7,000 repair/replacement of the severely damaged fencing around the basketball court, we elected to have just this portion of fence removed in a 4-1 vote.  While the availability of the sports courts is attractive to new homeowners, and original owners alike, recently they have been attracting patrons that are causing significant damage to this area.  In the last 5 years, the community has paid for replacement of rims, nets, back-boards, lighting, gate-access, fence repairs all of which have not been to normal wear and tear but due to vandalism.  This action is an effort to alleviate future repairs to this specific area.     

 

The fence around the tennis court will remain intact and will be maintained as the damage to this area has been significantly less.  The board may consider removal of that fence in the future if the vandalism does not subside and repair costs rise. 

A Request from Mrs. Martin's Class: A lesson about Safety

Recently I was approached by the HOA President and our Property Manager with a request from Mrs. Martin. She is a volunteer for a safety program for kids. While helping one of her students, Nicholas, do research for a writing assignment he found a great online article about being neighborly and brought it in for her to take a look.

Mrs. Martin sent an email to Richard Gatewood, our HOA president, and all the way from Ireland he forwarded the information to our Property Manager who then forwarded it to me with a request to post on our website. I immediately thought, “What a great post for the blog!”

Mrs. Martin was inspired by this article and encouraged her kids to share the information. The original email states, “I suggested that both he and the rest of the kids share this with you because it had such great information about being neighborly which also leads to keeping our communities safer! We have a lot of fun each day when the kids come in and share the pages they found about their subjects, and while most of the pages are usually amateurish, every once in a while one of the kids brings in something very interesting :) This page really stood out to us and we learned a lot from it!
Would you please add a link to it to your web page for them, even if it is just for a little while? I want to impress upon the kids that they can accomplish things if they aren't afraid to come out of their shells and simply ask! I also don't think it hurt that I promised the group a pizza day if you'd add it! Please let me know if you’d be willing to help so I can share the exciting news with them!”

I am delighted to be a part of helping these kids know the power of speaking up and finding ways to get information on something they feel strongly about out to the public. (Plus I hope they get pizza, haha.)

Please take a moment to read over this article and enjoy!

https://www.idtrue.com/resource-center/being-a-good-neighbor/

Have a safe and wonderful day neighbors!!

Fall is for Events

Fall temperatures are creeping in and out at the moment and I love seeing more people out and around the neighborhood. Along with that comes events that won’t melt you once you step outside.

Let’s talk Halloween first! Be sure to sign up for the annual Trunk or Treat which will feature vendor booths this year. They’ll be handing out more treats for the kiddos along side the wonderfully decorated trunks.

Safety Fest is first in October and will feature the local fire and police departments along with other vendors. It’s full of great information for our kids and our homes.

Adult Game Night is back with a murderous trivia theme. Come lounge by the pool and test your knowledge. Make sure you phone is charged!!

Recess in the Park will feature a spooookkkyyy treat and craft for the kiddos and should be awesome as always.

Check out the Calendar page for full details on these events!!

3 way Stop

What are your thoughts about the 3 way stop. Not long ago it was installed and there have been mixes reviews. It seems now that since more motorists are aware they are stopping and traffic is flowing. On the other hand it causes a bit of backup on Crawford Farms Drive.

“How did this come to be?” you might ask. Earlier in the year the city conducted a traffic study After weeks of collecting date they felt this was the best solution for our neighborhood.

So do you love it, hate it, or are you just glad there’s progress. Leave a comment!

Fall Newsletter Coming Soon

Keep an eye on your emails for the latest Newsletter. It’s our first year trying out a digital distribution so let us know what you think. Also. make sure you are signed up to receive email communications from First Service Residential. If you are not and would like to be added email melissa.rodrigues@fsresidential.com

Summer is Here! - More Events for July

Hello again neighbors!  Summer is going by quickly and the temperatures are ho, but there's still a lot lined up to do.  We hope to see you out and about at these upcoming events.

July 12th and 26th Crown Tacos will be by the pool and park area.  Make dinner a no brainer those nights!

Bring the kids out for some neighborly competition on the 19th for Field Day.  There will be several games to play and lots of fun.

Adult Bingo Night has been rescheduled for July 20th.  This will be for grown ups only and you will play along with a musical twist.

You can call yourself "Gone Fishin'" with the kids on the 24th for Recess at the Park.  It will be a fun take on fishing at the pool area and a fun way to keep cool.

The July Monthly Board of Directors Meeting is July 31st.  Be sure to attend and get up to date on neighborhood issues or just come say hi to your board members.

Stay cool and safe!