Important Issues & Policies in TrailMark
Volunteer Community Emergency Network of TrailMark (VCENT)
This special neighbor-to-neighbor helping network is inspired by all of the recent COVID-19 challenges and urgencies. However, the intent is for this network to be relevant to many issues in our Community.
A network of our fellow caring and concerned Neighbors.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Here in TrailMark we have a lot of Residents who would gladly help their Neighbors, but who have no way to efficiently plug into a network to identify those in need in our Community, and to help those challenged Neighbors.
We may not generally think that folks in our neighborhoods might be struggling, but with the enormous stress and pressure-of-these-times, many are or will be facing difficult and sometimes lonely times, for example: folks who are isolated in their homes (by age, quarantine, sequester, loss of employment, accident, medical condition or depression, etc.). The commonality here is that they, we, all have Neighbors who would likely want to help if they were aware of Neighbors’ needs. Also, many folks find it difficult to ask for help.
Virtual Volunteer Helping Network
Some of our Residents may know of folks who could use some help, and other Residents may want to help, or may know those who could lend a hand or their ideas. Some residents may just wish to encourage the Network or contribute ideas. Help is help, no matter in what form.
Joining this neighborhood's virtual, helping, emergency Network (VCENT) does not obligate anyone to anything. We don’t have time-wasting meetings. We don’t require anything of you other than, if you join the Network, caring about your Community members and about getting something done to reduce stress and suffering for our Residents.
Simple to be Part of This
Just fill out the form below stating that you would like to help, you need help, or that, in support, you have some great ideas for VCENT. You are then in the Network.
Possible Ways to Help
This is our unique Neighborhood. Thank you for caring about your Neighbors and TrailMark!
Summer Concert Dates are set!
All concerts are 5:30-7:30 pm. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets. Bring your own food, or enjoy our food truck! See you all there!
Posted March 19, 2020
Law Enforcement Warning
Law Enforcement and the Red Cross advise there are people in some areas going door-to-door saying that they are authorized to do "home testing" for the Coronavirus. This is NOT TRUE!!!!
When permitted, they do the PRETEND TEST and charge for it or rob them. If someone like this comes to your door, DO NOT allow them into your home and CALL THE POLICE.
(Sent to the TrailMark HOA by a law enforcement representative.)
Posted March 17, 2020
TrailMark/Wadsworth intersection: Southbound 'Right turn on Red'
Over the years, there has been a great deal of driver confusion, concerning the proper/legal way for southbound Wadsworth drivers to turn right, onto westbound TrailMark Parkway, when the north/south traffic light is red (refer to the intersection layout drawing, below).
Some drivers making this turn, on red, come to a full stop and then proceed, while other drivers slow and continue the right turn, without stopping for the red light. The debate amongst drivers is, "which of these two driver approaches is correct/lawful?"
Because drivers interpret this right turn on red, onto TrailMark Parkway, in two manners - stopping and not stopping - there are safety concerns that the mix of the two right turn on red approaches could cause collisions. Specifically, if a driver reaches the intersection to turn right on red, and the non-stopping driver is closely following the stopping driver, there is the risk of an accident. In this case, the following driver is at fault.
HOA RESEARCH FOR CLARIFICATION
The HOA Board did extensive research with those responsible for building, maintaining, and regulating the intersection, as well as those responsible for enforcing compliance of traffic laws, requesting definitive guidelines/laws for that specific right turn on red.
The HOA consulted the City of Littleton, CDOT, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) for their specific guidance. CDOT built and maintains the intersection, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department enforces TrailMark Parkway, and the Colorado State Patrol, CSP, is responsible for Wadsworth. The different agencies gave varied interpretations and they all finally deferred to the Colorado State Patrol for the final answer because CSP enforces this intersection.
CSP GUIDELINES FOR SOUTHBOUND WADSWORTH ONTO WESTBOUND TRAILMARK PARKWAY, RIGHT TURN ON RED
Posted March 12, 2020
Proposed change to Enforcement Policy regarding exterior work to all TrailMark homes and properties
The HOA would like to remind everyone about the importance of submitting applications for all exterior work planned for your home. The Design & Review Committee works hard to ensure that the integrity and design of the homes are upheld and that all of our Residents have a clear path to getting their home/ property improvement projects accomplished. Because of this commitment to ensuring every homeowner follows the governing documents, which you agreed to when you purchased your home, the HOA Board is discussing a change to the enforcement policy. The proposed policy will be discussed at the next Board meeting. The policy change would increase the fine for those homeowners who do not submit for DRC approval prior to initiating exterior work on their home and property. This includes painting, fences, doors, windows, decks, driveways, landscape work, etc. The current fine is $50. This does not seem to be a strong enough fine because many homeowners continue to ignore the HOA rules and complete exterior work as they wish, resulting in improvements that do not comply with current policy and standards, and in some cases, requires the improvement be re-done. Therefore, the proposed fine is $250. Regardless of the work being done, if work is completed without a Home Improvement Request and subsequent DRC approval, the new fine could be $250. It is important to get approval, and it is important to recognize the rules of the HOA for the community in which you live!
Posted March 1, 2020
2020 Colorado State Park Pass
Bulk order discount
Want to save 30% on your Annual State Park Pass (regularly $80)? Then please send payment of $56 by April 1, 2020 to Deahna Visscher at 9831 S Flower Ct, Littleton, CO 80127. Make checks payable to Deahna Visscher.
Please note that the state has changed the bulk buy process. This year you will receive a Vehicle Annual Park Pass Voucher that you will turn into a state park for Vehicle Annual Park Pass. Because of some of the changes detailed below Deahna Visscher will NOT mail you your voucher, instead she will have you pick it up at her house at the end of April. She is doing this because lost vouchers will not be replaced and she doesn’t want to take chances with them getting lost in the mail.
1. Passes will only be ordered for those whose payment has been received by the due date of April 1st, 2020.
2. Customers receiving the bulk discount will purchase a voucher which may be redeemed for a pass. This means vehicle information no longer needs to be collected. The CPW office or park where a voucher is redeemed will collect the voucher from the customer.
3. Vouchers will expire at the end of the month a year from the date of purchase. Example: a voucher purchased January 3, 2020 expires January 31, 2021.
4. Vouchers can only be redeemed once.
5. Vouchers are non-refundable.
6. Vouchers cannot be replaced.
7. Vouchers are not valid for entry to a park.
8. Once the voucher is redeemed for an annual pass, the customer must adhere to the rules and regulations of that pass type.
9. The pass for which the voucher is exchanged is valid until the end of the month a year after redemption. Example: a voucher was purchased January 3, 2020. It was redeemed October 14, 2020. The pass is valid until October 31, 2021.
10. Detach the receipt from the pass and keep it. This can be used if you need a new pass if a car was stolen, or if you need to have your windshield replaced, etc. Replacement cost of the pass is the same as any other pass, currently $5.00.
11. The sticker affixes to the inside of your windshield on the passenger side.
12. You still have to pay the normal fee at the gate for the dog park pass for Chatfield and/or Cherry Creek reservoirs.
13. For more information on the Colorado State Park Rules and Regulations, visit https://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/ ParksPassInfo.aspx
NOTE: Additional passes for the same household can be purchased at any state park entrance for $40.00. Bring your pass, and the registration for the second vehicle, with you to any park entrance for purchase.
Posted March 1, 2020
Changes to the recycling page in the February newsletter
After the February newsletter was published, it was brought to our attention that there was no mention of glass on the recycling list. We contacted Alpine-GFL who sent us the updated flyers pictured here.
(Click on each image for a printable flyer.)
Two more items to point out that are not on the flyers:
Posted February 3, 2020; Updated March 1, 2020
Wing and Lot/Perimeter Fence Maintenance
With spring quickly approaching, now is the time to consider fence maintenance to keep your property and the community, as a whole, looking fresh and well-kept. Please, take time to check your fencing and where re-staining, re-painting, repairing, or replacing in necessary – please - take action. Remember that these repairs require DRC review prior to project initiation.
In the best interests of TrailMark’s aesthetic beauty, natural, untreated fencing is no longer an acceptable option given its dowdy appearance from irrigation splash and age. The following are approved stains and solid paint options, as they are the most compatible with the TREX privacy fencing along TrailMark Parkway and Independence Street:
Sherwin Williams WoodScapes Semi-Transparent Stain - Slight pigmentation for increased protection
◦ SW3504 Woodridge
◦ W3522 Banyan Brown
◦ Custom Match #7170-0115255 (same as HOA perimeter fencing)
TREX Fencing: The DRC is developing the TrailMark standard for the use of TREX fencing material for homeowner responsible fences. TREX is an approved material for wing fences and lot/perimeter fences. To blend with existing community TREX fencing and the approved stains and solid paint options (above), SADDLE is the only TREX color allowed. DRC review and approval is required prior to project initiation.
The DRC reviews requests the 1st and 3rd week of every month. To ensure your request receives timely review, please submit required forms and all relevant project information by the Friday prior to the DRC review weeks.
Forms and other information are posted on the HOA website:
Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted February 28, 2020
4/1 - TrailMark Monthly News Update
4/1 - Quarterly Assessments Due
4/1 - Window Walk
4/4 - Window Walk
4/4 - TrailMark Easter Egg Hunt
5/7 - Food Truck Thursday
5:30-8:00 pm at TrailMark Park
5/14 - HOA Board Meeting
7:00 pm at Fire Station 19
5/19 - TMMD Regular Meeting
6:30 pm at TrailMark Learning Center
(Scroll down to the bottom of this page for details on upcoming events.)
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