Update on Social Events for April

Hello neighbors - Due to the recent "Stay at Home" order placed by Wake County and the Town of Morrisville, the Social Committee is cancelling all social events through the end of April. With regards to Kriti specifically, we know a lot of the dance groups were looking forward to it and practicing for the show. Please know what we're looking at potential future dates for this event and we will communicate the plans once they're confirmed. Thank you, Kitts Creek Social Committee Kitts Creek Board of Directors

Closure of all Amenities

Gov. Cooper has ordered all public and private playgrounds to close starting before their opening times tomorrow. As a result, as of dusk today all of our KC parks will be closed until further notice:  Playground, Dog Parks and Tennis Courts.  The clubhouse is already closed. The Gazebo and Historic Green are obviously not lockable so please use the smart social distancing there that we are all already exercising on sidewalks during walks and in your lives in general. These areas will be padlocked and anyone entering is trespassing.  If you see anyone inside of these areas (perhaps from another neighborhood), feel free to tell them they are trespassing and must leave immediately. This will not last forever!  And we will rebuild a sense of normalcy.  There are wonderful examples of cooperation, generosity, thoughtfulness, and kindness happening in Kitts Creek every day.  Keep putting up rainbows or holiday lights/decorations and chalking the sidewalks and leaving painted rocks to delight neighbors out walking. We've got this KC!! Stay safe & healthy, Kathy, Kevin and Jim

Interim Quarantine Changes

While we are all spending much more time at home, there are some things we can do to be ready when we get through this and to do our best to find the joyful times for ourselves and our kids.  With this in mind, here is what will change and what we can all do: This is a great time to use outdoor time to make sure our yards and exteriors look great so our neighborhood stays beautiful for great property value. There are yards where the grass is getting far too tall to be healthy for the lawn.  Right now, our grass needs cutting every 7 days or fewer since this is the fast-growing season.  Cut tall fescue no shorter than 3.5-4 inches or it will be much harder to keep healthy and keep weeds down when it gets warmer. Edge and trim:  along sidewalks, beds and your home Weed your flower / shrub beds Water - as needed, depending on rain Trees along sidewalks:  if you have a tree in your yard that hangs over the sidewalk or alley, make sure the limbs are no lower than 9 feet from the ground (same standard as Morrisville).  No one should have to duck to walk or run on any sidewalk in KC Trim shrubs - this is the time to give your shrubs a good cutting back to keep them healthy and full We will continue to do inspections.  For those sending complaints about some of the yards you're seeing, we hear you and are continuing HOA functions and responsibilities as best we can including yard upkeep. What is changing? We know that many of us are getting exercise for ourselves, kids and pets by walking around KC.  So if you'd like to put up any lights or holiday decor or have fun [...]

Fitness Center Closed

The clubhouse and fitness center will be closed beginning at midnight tonight until further notice and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.  This difficult decision comes after much discussion and assessing this situation for the following reasons: Most commercial gyms are closing because it is too difficult to keep surfaces clean enough and we do not have the kind of staff they have We received strong advice to close inside facilities from our attorney and from CAS for the protection of everyone here and the Association as a whole We want to be good citizens and heed the advice of experts like Dr. Fauci, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the CDC etc. Most importantly, our experiment is not going great.  We have seen some cooperation but also some real issues: We have seen some teens hanging out together in the clubhouse (not working out and not practicing social distancing) rather than heeding the request to only be in the facility to work out and then promptly exit We have seen people not wiping down equipment after using it And this is just in the first 36 hours of trying to make this work.  The risks are not worth it when we can't get solid cooperation. An email will be sent out when the fitness center reopens. To help out, we have compiled a list of free or very affordable in-home workout resources that can be done with little to no equipment!  Some of these are favorites of our neighbors and friends and come highly recommended.  You might even find some terrific new resources you'll continue to use after this is over. In Home Workouts We understand this is not the same as the gym.  But the safety of our residents will continue to be our number one priority. [...]

Coronovirus Q&A

We are getting lots of questions and input concerning our discussions on KC events and amenities due to the Coronavirus and events at Biogen.  And our Governor has just declared a state of emergency for NC.  Because of all of this, we wanted to send some updates: Q:  Are you considering canceling the HOA social events for a while? A:  We have been discussing this for the last few weeks.  Our process has been to evaluate day to day as the situation develops and to consider the specifics of each event.  Everything we do as a Board takes into account direct input from our volunteers and what we are hearing from the majority of the homeowners on any given topic. Given the escalation of events of yesterday and today, we are adopting the following plan, for now, out of an abundance of caution, and continuing to evaluate: The Quarterly Mixer and review of the TOM Land Use Plan update planned for 3/24 is canceled, hopefully to be rescheduled soon. The remaining monthly events for March will stay on the schedule for now (Book Club, Board Meeting, Ladies Night & Mens Cards).  These events are much smaller and we do not provide food.  With limited attendance homeowners can use their best judgment.  For example, regular Book Club attendees have already been polled and their feedback has been to leave it up to the individual and not cancel. As things change, we may adjust our plans.  We may need to make plans for April events as well - keep an eye open for Eblast updates. Here is where you can always find info about KC Events: KC Events (UPDATE AS OF 3/12/20: ALL SOCIAL EVENTS - LARGE & SMALL - CANCELED THROUGH 4/12) Q:  Are we going to close the gym?  The dog park? [...]

Clubhouse & Gym Closed for Painting

Clubhouse & Gym Closed for Painting. We are excited to announce that the gym and yoga are being painted!  The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 20 and last until Tuesday, January 21.  The gym and clubhouse will be closed all day on both Monday and Tuesday.  We apologize for the inconvenience but we hope the fresh paint  will make up for it! If you have any questions please contact the office at 919-659-1214. Kitts Creek Board of Directors

Help with Lot Surveys for ARC Requests

Happy New Year! Carlie has assembled a tool that might be able to help you with your ARC Change Request forms when they require a marked survey of your lot. In case you do not have a copy of your survey, please see this document. You *may* be able to contact the surveyor for your lot/builder and purchase a survey for much less than it would cost to have a new one created. Land Surveyors If you need to know which kinds of changes require the inclusion of a marked survey and which do not, please see the ARC Guidelines (latest version always available on ARC and the Board will be working in January on updating the ARC Guidelines to reflect questions or situations that developed in the last 12 months. Expect that in February. Thank you! Kitts Creek Board of Directors