Tips for Refreshing Your Mailbox

Helpful tips from one of your neighbors: 1.) Product Information: Creekers are going to want to seek out exterior spray paint that's made for weather and rust proof. I like Rustoleum brand. They will need a high gloss red (this is it's actual name, so not brick red or flame red or such) and a flat black. Be careful, because a lot of the blacks are satin or high gloss which is against HOA regulations. If you plan on painting your numbers (which I recommend) you will need a basic brass. You will also need a clear protective finishing spray (again made for outdoors and rust proof.) Otherwise you will be painting every couple months from the fade caused by the sun. You should also grab a large paint brush to catch any drips on the pole and smaller brushes for the numbers. 2.) Take off the flag (most of us need a philips head screwdriver for this) and scrub and sand as needed. Go ahead and get the mailbox ready as well by scrubbing it and sanding off any peeling paint. If you want to try taking the numbers off and cleaning them with a product like Brasso or Bar Keeper’s Friend, then now is the time to unscrew the number plate. I don't usually do this because most of us have numbers that don't come off easily and it's easier to paint over the numbers later. 3.) Spray both sides of flag and allow to dry. Once dry, apply the clear coat. 4.) Use short quick sprays and apply the black paint evenly to the box and the post. The post might run so be ready to catch any drips with the brush. You don't want drips to dry. Let dry and apply an extra coat. Be careful of any cars parked [...]

“Abandoned” Cars

It is not legal to store cars on public streets. Per Town ordinances, a car that is not moved for more than 7 days on a public street is considered possibly abandoned. MPD can flag these cars if they violate Town ordinances and then tow if the owner does not comply with removal. That is not new. What is new is that while the HOA cannot tow from a public street, it can fine the homeowner. If you feel there is an “abandoned” car on your street, please alert the MPD by contacting the Code Enforcement Officer John Barnard (919-463-6198, and the HOA ( with as many details as you can. Enforcement on this requires our cooperation because we will know if a car has been left stored on our streets more quickly than MPD – Another good reason for residents to use our garages and driveways first, as is required. If you feel a car is being similarly stored in a KC parking lot, please contact Carlie. Thank you for your cooperation!

Parking Near Alleyways and Intersections

Statewide, all drivers must refrain from parking within 25 feet of any intersection. This is not new. What is new is that our alleys, exits and entrances, are now considered intersections. This means that parking directly across from an alley entrance or exit is not allowed. Parking too close to an intersection makes it difficult for cars to turn safely and often causes them to have to pull into oncoming traffic to turn. It also makes it nearly impossible for the trash trucks to maneuver. This is a $50 ticket so don’t get caught with your car too close to an intersection!