November Newsletter

November Newsletter
Community Events

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Pumpkin Fall Event! Despite the snow and frigid temperatures we had a great turnout. We are happy everyone was able to come out and enjoy the event! Thank you to our sponsor Jen Cronk with 1320 homes for having Funky Brewster Coffee Catering out there to serve the delicious warm drinks! Thank you to comforts of home for still coming out in the weather to serve some yummy breakfast. Lastly thank you to the Wheatlands Board for their continued support in helping plan and making these community events happen.

We look forward to hopefully being able to offer some type of Holiday event in December.
Community Information


Community Survey – Thank you to everyone who took the time last month to give us feedback on our annual community survey. We look forward to gathering the results and sharing them in our year end communication. It takes a village and without your feedback we couldn’t improve. We appreciate your helping making Wheatlands a wonderful place to live.

Clubhouse information – We continue to keep our clubhouse open for our residents knowing it is important to have a space for our residents to use when several other facilities are closed. Tri-County health has recently changed their guidelines on group gatherings which our clubhouse will adhere to as well. For more information or questions you can call the YMCA office at
720-274-5759 or email wheatlandsdistrict@denverymca.org.
Office Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-1pm and Wednesday evenings from 4-8pm
Office is located at the Southlands Mall:
6295 S. Main St Unit 104 (next to massage envy)
Aurora, CO 80016

District Landscape Information – We have increased our contract with Cox Landscaping to include additional trash can emptying throughout the Wheatlands District including the clubhouse, walking paths and the community park.  They will be emptying the bins twice a week through the winter months and it will increase to three times a week in the spring/summer/fall. If you have a rental or a gathering at the parks we ask that large items be taken and thrown away instead of just setting by the trash cans. We also ask if you have large amounts of trash you bring your own trash bags and remove the trash. Thank you for your cooperation on this.

Park Information – The Wheatlands Metro District is pleased to announce we are beginning Phase 2 of the Wheatlands Park Project. The design is shown below and will include: a full size basketball court, multi use sport court (for pickleball or half basketball), yard games, ping pong tables, new perennial beds, picnic tables and hammock area. We have submitted the design to the City of Aurora for approval and construction will begin next year. We look forward to completing the park and having additional outdoor space for our community to enjoy.

Next Board Meeting

Thursday, November12th at 6:00 pm
this meeting will be a zoom meeting



Telephone #: 720-707-2699
Meeting ID: 927 9420 2546
Passcode: 780914



COVENANT ENFORCEMENT
With the fall season here and winter quickly approaching remember to still take care of your home and lawn. For a helpful article from Colorado State University on fall and winter watering tips go to the following link. Watering Tips. Also, please see below for some friendly tips and reminders as we head into the holiday season.
Wheatlands Recreation Center
The Wheatlands YMCA is coming to Wheatlands in May 2020. 
 
The YMCA is excited to join your community as a place of strength, connection and health.

Through your metro district dues, Wheatlands’ residents will receive a free family membership to the new YMCA.

Membership includes fitness facility, fitness classes, swimming and access to Ys nationwide. Additional fees will be required for programs such as swim lessons, swim team, youth sports, summer day camp, specialty fitness classes and personal training — all at the member rate. 
 
To access the new Y, residents will be required to register with the YMCA and complete any necessary waivers. 
 
We are thrilled to bring our new YMCA to the Wheatlands community.

Look for more information in January 2021 with a grand opening expected in May 2021. 
To follow the construction of the new Wheatlands Recreation Center.

Southlands & YMCA Events and Programs


The Southlands Shopping center continues to offer events and programs virtually and in person
Check it out HERE







Kids Night Out at the YMCA at Southlands

When: Friday, November 20th
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Where: YMCA 6295 S Main St. (next to massage envy)
Aurora, CO 80016

What: Kids Night Out
Drop the kids off for 3 hours of fun. Games, crafts and a movie. Due to Covid no food will be served. You can pack a drink and snack for your child if you would like.

Cost: $15/child
limited to 15 kids.

Movie: Parent Trap
Register Here
Registration Opens 11/1

October Newsletter

October Newsletter
Upcoming Community Events

Dumpster Day – Reminder Dumpster Day is this Saturday October 3rd at the Wheatlands clubhouse.  To view all the details click here.

Fall Pumpkin Patch –  It’s time to celebrate Fall and bring your kids up to the park to pick out a free pumpkin!  We will be having a fall pumpkin patch at the Wheatlands Community Park on Sunday, October 25th from 10am-12pm. This event is hosted by the Wheatlands Metropolitan District and the YMCA.  Thank you to our sponsor, Jennifer Cronk with 1320 Homes, who will be providing a free Hot Chocolate Bar!  We will also have a breakfast food truck onsite (Comforts of Home) serving breakfast burritos and pastries so don’t forget your credit card. We hope you can join us for this fun fall event!


Community Survey – It is that time of the year that the Board sends out the fall survey. We ask that residents take the time to take the survey to help the board see where the community has concerns. This helps the board make decisions throughout the year. To take the survey please click here.

Clubhouse Information:  New roller shades were recently installed in the clubhouse to finish the clubhouse remodel project. The board also ordered a fog cleaning machine to reduce the rental cleaning fee for our clubhouse. This cut our fee in half and It is now a $75 cleaning fee instead of $150. To rent the clubhouse for your next gathering, visit our website at https://www.wheatlandsmetro.org/parks-recreation/clubhouse/ 

For more information or questions you can call the YMCA office at 720-274-5759 or email wheatlandsdistrict@denverymca.org. Office Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-1pm.
Office is located at the Southlands Mall:
6295 S. Main St Unit 104 (next to massage envy)
Aurora, CO 80016


Park Information – We have noticed the park is getting a lot of use and we are so glad everyone can enjoy it! The replacement bumble bee has been installed and the wall was fixed this past month. We appreciate your help keeping the trash in the trash containers and picking up after your pets. We do have security cameras at the park and this has helped with decreasing vandalism.  The Wheatlands board is looking at continuing with Phase 2 for the park and discussions are being had with our architect on the design and the timing for construction.


District Landscape Information – Our district landscaping crew, is working hard to remove and replace the dead trees in the district.  This winter was really hard on our trees however the board recognizes the importance of replacing them and keeping the aesthetics of our neighborhood in pristine condition. In addition, the board is partnering with a landscape architect to enhance the plants and look of our main entrance at Wheatlands Pkwy and Smoky Hill. Now that the City of Aurora has completed placing the new street lights, we see an opportunity to have additional plants and a better design around our monuments on these two corners.

Pool Wrap Up – The pool closed for the season this past Sunday. Thank you all for your patience and understanding this summer as we navigated through a strange time and always changing guidelines due to COVID. We are happy we were able to open the pool for the community to enjoy.


Next Board Meeting

Thursday, October 8th at 6:00 pm
this meeting will be a zoom meeting



Telephone #: 720-707-2699
Meeting ID: 927 9420 2546
Passcode: 780914



COVENANT ENFORCEMENT


Political Signs
 
It’s that time of year again – Election Season. With Election Day Coming November 3rd, 2020 we wanted to give you the opportunity to review your community’s rules regarding political signs. Colorado State law protects a homeowner’s right to place political signs on their property, while still permitting the community association to adopt some limitations regarding the timeframe, size, number and placement of the political signs.
 
Per the Wheatlands Guidelines section 3.73 Signs
“One (1) political sign per household may be placed in the front yard of the lot during elections. All political signs must be removed within forty-eight (48) hours of said election. No signs may be placed on District property without the written consent of the District. A temporary trade sign pertaining to, but not limited to, contractors, landscapers, painters, and roofers, may only be displayed while work is in progress, or not to exceed two (2) months, whichever is less. This signage must meet the above specifications. In an effort to maintain neighborhood aesthetics, it is requested that political signs not be displayed more than three (3) weeks prior to election. Please also refer to the City of Aurora’s Sign Code for any signs not covered as part of this section.”





How to respond to District rule violation notices

  • Address it: Ignoring a violation notice won’t make it go away and can make the situation much worse, if not responded to. Once you’ve received a violation notice, take steps to understand and correct the violation, and either pay or appeal the fine if issued.

  • Don’t take it personally: Remember that the rules were created to keep the community safe and comfortable for residents, including you. You agreed to abide by the rules when you bought your home.

  • Communicate: While friendly phone or email communication can address minor infractions or warnings, written communication and documentation helps create clarity for everyone involved. When you’ve been accused of a rule’s violation, it’s best to address it in writing. If there are extenuating circumstances—like a family emergency that causes you to fall behind on lawn care—communicate that to your Covenant enforcement manager at wheatlands@amihoa.com . You don’t know if an exception might be made until you ask.

  • Get involved: There is usually a correlation between the level of homeowner involvement and the success of a community. So, if you want to improve your community, volunteer for a board or committee position or attend meetings to see how you can contribute.
Wheatlands Recreation Center
A BIG THANK YOU to all the community members who came out and celebrated the structural completion of the YMCA Recreation Center at Wheatlands!  

To follow the construction of the new Wheatlands Recreation Center.

Southlands & YMCA Events and Programs


The Southlands Shopping center continues to offer events and programs virtually and in person
Check it out HERE






Kids Night Out at the YMCA at Southlands

When: Friday, October 23rd
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Where: YMCA 6295 S Main St. (next to massage envy)
Aurora, CO 80016

What: Kids Night Out
Drop the kids off for 3 hours of fun. Games, crafts and a movie. Due to Covid no food will be served. You can pack a drink and snack for your child if you would like.

Cost: $15/child
limited to 15 kids.

Movie: Moana
Register Here
Registration is Open

Pool Season Extended

Wheatlands Residents

With the temperature remaining in the 80’s all through next week, the Wheatlands Board and YMCA are happy to announce that the pool will remain open for another week.

The pool will now close for the season on Sunday, September 27th at 7:00 pm.

With it getting dark earlier please see the operating hours below as they are a little different for the last week. These hours will go into affect on Monday, September 21st.

Monday-Friday

12-4pm – Swim at Own Risk
4:15pm-7pm Lifeguard on duty- Open Swim

Saturday and Sunday

Lifeguard on Duty
Open swim times

10-11:30am
12pm-1:30pm
2pm-3:30pm
4pm-5:30pm
6-7pm

Topping Off the Wheatlands YMCA

 


You are invited to the following event:

Topping Off the Wheatlands YMCA
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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, September 25, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (MDT)

Wheatlands YMCA
6100 South Kewaunee Way
Aurora, CO 80016
View Map

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We are reaching a massive milestone in the building of the Wheatlands YMCA and you’re invited to be part of it.

We hope you can make it!

Kimberly ArmitageVP of Strategic Growth and MembershipYMCA of Metro Denver

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Update from Waste Management

Dear Wheatlands Residents,


After several residents have reported that their trash has not been picked up recently. We looked into the issue and Waste Management noted they recently completed an audit of our neighborhood trash collection service and noted that they had been picking up trash that was outside of their contract.   The board has not changed our contract with them for several years and we wanted to pass on the below message from Waste Management:  

“What tends to happen is people put out extra trash bags or extra trash carts/bins, in addition to contracted amounts and the driver, thinking he is helping or doing someone a favor, picks up the excess trash. Then something happens, like a new driver is assigned, or someone from Operations does a ride along or inspection and explains the correct service level. Then of course residents feel like we have reduced the service or something along those lines.”

Per the existing agreement, the scope of service included is as follows:  
* Scope of Service; (1) 96 Gallon Trash & (1) 96 Gallon Recycle cart included per household. All items inside carts.
* Additional Carts Available; $ 5.15 each per month, billed direct to the resident on quarterly basis and can be started and stopped at any time.  

We know our neighborhood was used to the level of service we were getting and the Wheatlands Metro District Board did inquire if we could increase our contract and add 5 additional bags to our service. Waste Management said they haven’t allowed that for 5-6 years now, everything must be placed inside a waste management cart, it must be a WM cart because they work with their lift arms on trucks. Lawn clippings, yard waste, and all trash need to be in a cart.

We appreciate your understanding, with Covid, Waste Management has been tightened up, and levels adhered too, as they don’t want drivers out of their trucks or dealing with loose trash anymore then they need to be.

Please Contact Waste Management Customer Service (303) 797-1600; if you need to get setup with delivery of initial WM carts.

Please note that this coming up Monday September 7 is Labor Day, which is an observed holiday and trash pick up will be delayed by one day.



September Newsletter

September Newsletter
Upcoming Community Events


September Food Truck Night – Save the Date For The Last Food Truck Night of the Summer. It will be Thursday September 17th at the Wheatlands Community Park. Have a night off from cooking and enjoy some delicious food! Thank you to the YMCA and Amber Prom for organizing these nights for our community. A big thank you to all the residents who participated and made the events successful this summer!

Save the Date – We will be having a fall pumpkin patch at the Wheatlands Community Park on Sunday, October 25th from 10am-12pm. More information to come.



Pool Information

The pool will be open until September 20th this year! In August, we transitioned to school pool hours with Swim at your Own Risk from Noon – 4pm during the week day. Lifeguards are on duty after 4pm on week days and on duty all day during the weekends. To get all the details on the pool visit our website:  https://www.wheatlandsmetro.org/parks-recreation/pools/


Swim at Your Own Risk M-F Noon – 4pm : We will have a YMCA staff member at the gate to ensure our pool stays under the capacity limit but we will not have any lifeguards in the stands during this time.  The swim times will be 12-1:45pm and 2:15-4pm. All children under the age of 18, need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians to participate in the Swim at Your Own Risk hours.

Lifeguards on Duty M-F from 4-8pm: We will have Lifeguards on Duty during the evenings Monday – Friday.  The swim times will be 4:15-5:45pm and 6:15-7:45pm.

Weekend hours: Weekend hours will remain the same as during the summer and are Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 8pm with lap swimming in the morning. Lap swimming will be from 8-9:30am. Then the following swim times are available for open swim: 10-11:30, 12-1:30, 2-3:30, 4-5:30, and 6-7:30.


Clubhouse Information – The clubhouse is now open for rentals again. Due to COVID-19, we do have a few changes to our rental policy that can be found on our website. To view the new details regarding renting the clubhouse click here.
For more information or questions you can call the YMCA office at 720-274-5759 or email wheatlandsdistrict@denverymca.org. Office Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-1pm.
Office is located at the Southlands Mall:
6295 S. Main St Unit 104 (next to massage envy)
Aurora, CO 80016

Park Information – We appreciate your help keeping our park a safe and fun place to play.  Security cameras are being installed at the park after the recent vandalism.  We appreciate our neighbors also keeping an eye out for any destructive behavior and reporting it if you see it. We want everyone in our community to be able to enjoy the park and by following the
Park Rules we can keep the park in good condition for years to come.

District Landscape Information – Our district landscaping crew, is working hard to remove and replace the dead trees in the district.  You may notice new trees stored at the Wheatlands clubhouse parking lot during this time while they wait to be planted.  This winter was really hard on our trees however the board recognizes the importance of replacing them and keeping the aesthetics of our neighborhood in pristine condition. In addition, the board is partnering with a landscape architect to enhance the plants and look of our main entrance at Wheatlands Pkwy and Smoky Hill. Now that the City of Aurora has completed placing the new street lights, we see an opportunity to have additional plants and a better design around our monuments on these two corners.


Next Board Meeting

Thursday, September 10th at 6:00 pm
this meeting will be a zoom meeting



Telephone #: 720-707-2699
Meeting ID: 927 9420 2546
Passcode: 780914



COVENANT ENFORCEMENT


Common Violation Trends

There are some common violation trends we can see from comparing the violation reports from last year and this year. During the summer months the most common violations we see are Weeds, Lawn Maintenance, Dead Trees and other seasonal related items.

-Many violation types have gone down from last year. 
Fence Maintenance, Weeds and Lawn maintenance violations have all gone down by over half from 2019

-Some have increased.
Dead tree violations have tripled from 2019 due to the early freeze we had in the fall of 2019 and the late freeze we had this spring.

-Some have remained consistent
Trash can and items stored violations have remained static.
If you have any questions on violations or issues you are seeing around the neighborhood please email wheatlands@amihoa.com with your questions or concerns.


 


Tree Information

Please remember that the dead tree replacement deadline is fast approaching. All dead trees must be replaced by September 30th, 2020. If you have already purchased your tree, but you are awaiting delivery or it is on back order due to high demand, please make sure to communicate that to us at wheatlands@amihoa.com




How to respond to District rule violation notices

  • Address it: Ignoring a violation notice won’t make it go away and can make the situation much worse, if not responded to. Once you’ve received a violation notice, take steps to understand and correct the violation, and either pay or appeal the fine if issued.

  • Don’t take it personally: Remember that the rules were created to keep the community safe and comfortable for residents, including you. You agreed to abide by the rules when you bought your home.

  • Communicate: While friendly phone or email communication can address minor infractions or warnings, written communication and documentation helps create clarity for everyone involved. When you’ve been accused of a rule’s violation, it’s best to address it in writing. If there are extenuating circumstances—like a family emergency that causes you to fall behind on lawn care—communicate that to your Covenant enforcement manager at wheatlands@amihoa.com . You don’t know if an exception might be made until you ask.

  • Get involved: There is usually a correlation between the level of homeowner involvement and the success of a community. So, if you want to improve your community, volunteer for a board or committee position or attend meetings to see how you can contribute.
Wheatlands Recreation Center
To follow the construction of the new Wheatlands Recreation Center.


Southlands & YMCA Events and Programs


The Southlands Shopping center continues to offer events and programs virtually and in person
Check it out HERE






Kids Night Out at the YMCA at Southlands

When: Friday, September 18th
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Where: YMCA 6295 S Main St. (next to massage envy)
Aurora, CO 80016

What: Kids Night Out
Drop the kids off for 3 hours of fun. Games, crafts and a movie. Due to Covid no food will be served. You can pack a drink and snack for your child if you would like.

Cost: $15/child
limited to 15 kids.

Register Here
Registration is Open

School Pool Hours

We wish all the families in the neighborhood a wonderful school year! Since our lifeguards will also be back at school, our pool hours switch to Swim at Your Own Risk
during the day.

  •  Swim at Your Own Risk Monday-Friday 12pm – 4pm

We will have a YMCA staff member at the gate to ensure our pool stays under the capacity limit but we will not have any lifeguards in the stands during this time. 

The swim times will be 12-1:45pm and 2:15-4pm.  All children under the age of 18, need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians to participate in the Swim at Your Own Risk hours.  

  • Lifeguards on Duty M-F from 4-8pm: 

We will have Lifeguards on Duty during the evenings Monday – Friday.  The swim times will be 4:15-5:45pm and 6:15-7:45pm.  


  • Weekend hours: 8am-8pm
 
Weekend hours will remain the same as during the summer and are Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 8pm with lap swimming in the morning. Lap swimming will be from 8-9:30am. Then the following swim times are available for open swim:  10-11:30, 12-1:30, 2-3:30, 4-5:30, and 6-7:30.

For more information regarding the pool please see here.

Shred Event

Paper Shredding Event:

Saturday, August 29th 
9 am- noon
Wheatlands Clubhouse parking lot

Shred event is back! Bring paper, CD’s & USB’s! Everything professionally shredded securely on the spot, stay and watch your stuff get shredded. Staples, paper clips, binder clips and hanging file folders are all okay! 

*Event is Free but please bring a food donation to benefit SECOR.*
Sponsored By:
Tammy Welsh, Realtor/Wheatlands Resident
Michelle the Mortgage Lady 
Shredding By: