Tree Replacement Plan

In November 2016, several dozen trees were planted around TRV by the Developer’s landscaper.  Most of these were in rear yards.  A few were in side yards for homes that have side yards.  These trees were the ones that received light colored mulch instead of TRV standard, Java Brown.  Several of these trees, particularly the Spruces, did not survive the winter:

Great news!  We heard from the developer today that their landscaper will be returning in September to replace any trees they planted last year that have since died.

So between now and the replacement operation in September, please do not remove any dead spruce trees from the November 2016 planting.  And if you have a dead tree from that batch that hasn’t been reported to Jascinda at Farmers, please do ASAP.

Wayside Horns Project wrap-up

At Merriam City Council yesterday, Cheryl Moore (one of our ward’s representatives) asked staff for another update on the wayside horns project.

City staff replied that despite a work delay at the Johnson drive crossing, they expect the wayside horn systems to be active at Carter and 67th street crossings within 7 days.

So get out there and take in the train horn noise one last time folks. They’re about to be history, making Timber Ridge Villas a quieter place to live!

Spring is coming!

It’s that time of year.  The board is starting to ramp up landscaping efforts for this year. You may have noticed the spring cleanup in February.

Our landscaper, Woodland Lawn is accepting extra-work requests at a discounted cost for all TRV owners.  If you didn’t get your request in to Lindsey last month, contact Dan Duron of Woodland Lawn, Inc at 913-558-0353 to request quotes for side jobs.  Note: Please continue to route feedback on HOA-provided landscaping service like mowing and grass clippings through Feedback@TimberRidgeVillas.com.  It’s important that the board coordinate those communications.

Last year at the Annual meeting, the lots in attendance voted to specify Fescue as our neighborhood’s official turf.  This will enable our neighborhood to match better from lot to lot, better suit our climate, and enable a more consistent and effective fertilization schedule.  The ACC and Board have worked together to select an approved source, and get a discount rate for TRV residents.

The ACC selected HeatWave Fescue from GrassPad, and the board secured a contract with GrassPad to get a discount for TRV residents.  Tell them you’re from Timber Ridge Villas, and receive a discount on Heat Wave Fescue Seed and Sod. It’s approximately $1.60 per LB of seed, and $3.30 per square yard of sod (in 2-ft-wide rolls).  This offer is good for all lot owners at Timber Ridge Villas.  Contact Billy to have another name added to the list on your behalf.

 

Heat Wave sod (dormant) and seed, as seen February in the Olathe GrassPad

When it’s time to turn sprinklers back on, I (Billy) will be available to teach you how your sprinkler valve box works.  The only tool required to turn them back on in the Spring is a stubby flat blade screw driver.

I can teach the controller programming as well.  If you have sprinkler head or valve box damage, that will need to be repaired by RainMan, or another contractor.  Woodland Lawn is referring irrigation work to Dusty Gulick at 913-207-2421.

City News:

The City of Merriam’s limb pickup begins March 20.  City staff asks that residents have limbs to the curb by Monday morning March 20.  Need assistance getting limbs to the curb? Please contact Chad Rowe (contact info in our directory) by Wednesday March 15. Chad is organizing assistance in this city-wide effort through Neighbors Helping Neighbors.  The Neighbors Helping Neighbors team will work on Saturday March 18.

Merriam Parks and Rec. has a number of events planned throughout the summer for all to enjoy.  I’m looking forward to bicycling Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, and picking up fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings at the Merriam Marketplace pavilion. Merriam’s ‘Party in your Park’ will be happening at parties at Brown, Campbell and Quail Creek. Those are June 16, July 21 and August 18 respectively.  Turkey Creek Festival will be held in Antioch Park this year on May 20. And Turkey Creek Car Show will be September 9 in downtown Merriam.

Here’s a recap of Merriam Events last year:

Also, more awesome news from City Hall:  After many months of paperwork and red tape from the railroad, the wayside horns project is slated for completion before July 1st this year!