Happy Holidays!

Village of Winding Trails…it’s that time of year again!   Join us in lighting up our subdivision on December 24th with luminaries!

Look for the email that was sent to you recently with details about getting your luminaries.  If you are a new resident, please email [email protected] to request information about this great holiday tradition and to request your luminaries!

Each luminary kit is $15 (larger lots may require two luminary kits).  But don’t delay…Santa is coming and so is the the deadline to request your luminary kit!

Deadline to request luminary kits is December 2. Cash and checks are accepted – checks should be made out to the “Village of Winding Trails” and can dropped off at the Ehrenreich house.  Please contact Christy Ehrenreich at [email protected] for specific details.

Happy holidays!

VWT Annual Meeting 2022

THE VILLAGE OF WINDING TRAILS

Dear neighbors,

This year the annual subdivision meeting for the Village of Winding Trails will be held Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 7:00 pm. As we did last year, due to Covid-19 virus concerns, we will hold the meeting virtually by Zoom. Ray Edwards will moderate the meeting. To participate you need to send your e-mail address to him at [email protected] by January 23, five days before the meeting date.

We must have at least 25% attendance by homeowners or proxies to constitute a quorum. We encourage you to attend. However, if you are unable to do so, we ask that you complete the attached proxy and return to any one of the three trustees before January 23, 2022.

We have invited several City officials and local law enforcement representatives to join us for this meeting. We will also discuss and approve a new budget and hold a trustee election. Dave Rosen-McGinnis, who has served as trustee for many years has agreed to stand for reelection to another term. If anyone else is interested in running for a three-year term as trustee, please call one of the current trustees to notify us of your desire to be a candidate.

Details of the budget will be available at the meeting and, prior to the meeting, posted on our website at www.windingtrails.us.

Thank you,

https://www.villageofwindingtrails.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/VILLAGE-OF-WINDING-TRAILS-2022-Proxy.pdf

Your Trustees:

David Rosen McGinnis            Ray Edwards               Rich Gebhardt 

1976 Still Creek Pass               552 Red Rock Dr.        561 Prospector Ridge Dr.      

VWT Newsletter 2021

The Village of Winding Trails Newsletter
Spring 2021
Our annual subdivision meeting was held January 28, 2021. The 2021 budget was approved and
assessments will remain at $275 for Bath and Tennis, and $110 for Winding Trails. During the meeting,
Rich Gebhardt was elected as a new trustee. The budget and minutes of the meeting can be found at
https://www.villageofwindingtrails.com.

Resident Communications
Residents use our web site to see what is happening in our neighborhood. It has information about the
pool, architectural questions, our indentures, events, and other useful information.
We communicate with our residents by e-mail, web site, and U.S. mail.
If you want to be on our email list, contact Dave McGinnis. All information is kept confidential.

Pool Information
In 2020, we introduced a mobile app system for accessing the pool—this app will again be in place for
2021. Information about the app will be displayed at the pool as you arrive. All residents should sign
in via the app and enter the number total guests before entering. New residents that have questions
about the pool can contact Rich Gebhardt.
Note: Residents that have not paid assessments will not be admitted into the pool.
The Covid-19 epidemic impacted potential improvements to the pool. We are aware of a sink hole that
has developed on the pool parking lot and are monitoring it for any change in condition.
The Wi-Fi is still up and running at the pool. Check with trustee Rich Gebhardt for details.
We ask that you please be courteous to the lifeguards and follow the pool rules. They are there
for your safety.
We look forward to a great 2021!

Parking
Please do not park on the streets over 24 hours—especially around the cul-de-sacs.
All the homes in our neighborhood have three car garages with accompanying driveways, please use
them to park your cars not the streets. If vehicles are parked in the street, large vehicles (trash trucks,
emergency vehicles, snow
plows) have a very difficult time maneuvering around them.
Waste Connections has complained about the parked cars, which make it especially difficult for
drivers to maneuver around in cul-de-sacs.
Please stop parking on Thunderhead Canyon Road. Parked cars obstruct the view for drivers
especially on hills. Please be considerate of your neighbors.

Maintenance/Improvements
Please maintain your yards and homes—well maintained properties add value to our neighborhood
and benefit all of us.
If you are planning to make changes to the exterior of your home, you can obtain the architectural
forms from our web site and submit them to Dave McGinnis for review and approval.

Trash/Recycle
Please keep your trash/recycle bins out of sight and store them in your garage when not on pick up
day. Place them out no more than 24 hours before pick-up (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Dogs
When walking your dog, please be considerate of your neighbors and pick up your dog’s waste. This is
especially true on the common ground around the pool and on the Caulk’s Creek side. We have posted
signs asking for your compliance.

Driving
When driving in our neighborhood, please obey the speed limits—especially on Still Creek,
Thunderhead Canyon, and Prospector Ridge. Many of our new residents have small children, while
others are walking dogs, running, or just enjoying a walk. Please do your part to ensure we have a safe
neighborhood.

Special Note
Thanks to all the folks who helped with the Luminaries in December 2020 and continue to help with
the Beautification Committee.
We look forward to a great 2021!
Your trustees,

Ray Edwards (budget)
636-273-5567
[email protected]

David Rosen-McGinnis
(architecture, landscaping, website)
636-821-3061
[email protected]

Rich Gebhardt
(pool, tennis court)
314-651-3413
[email protected]

Village of Winding Trails 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes

January 28, 2021

Trustee Rick Pfarr opened the annual subdivision meeting at 7:05pm after determining that a quorum was established with 26 present eligible residents and 23 proxy votes cast. Due to the current pandemic restrictions the meeting was held by Zoom video conference.

Wildwood Police Officer Steve DeGhelder spoke first and updated the audience on local law enforcement efforts in the community. He said that he is pleased to note that there no illegal activity to mention in our neighborhood. He reported that Wildwood in general and our subdivision in particular are “very quiet” and “very safe.”  Based on his records search for the last six months, he said there have been no calls for law enforcement assistance in our area. He said that in surrounding areas there have been a few traffic stops, some residential security issues with unlocked cars and open garage doors, but nothing else to report. He said the residents of our neighborhood are attentive to personal security and this helps law enforcement efforts. In response to questions from the audience he said the police are willing to respond to noisy and speeding cars if they are called. He provided his contact information. His email address is [email protected] and his phone number is 636-458-9194.

Mayor Jim Bowlin spoke next, thanking the group for participating in the recent election and reelecting him for another term. He mentioned efforts underway by the mayor and the city council to update the 5-year strategic plan. He said this initiative is in three phases: establishing broad goals, determining funding sources to meet the broad goals and sub goals, and fine tuning the final product. The eight goals of the strategic plan (in priority order) are: grow the internet, financial resource development, watershed and erosion control, continuing public works projects, administrative improvements, economic development, fixing Lake Chesterfield, and advancing the greenspace. In response to questions, he mentioned that dealing with Caulk’s Creek is a priority and this is part of the ongoing watershed erosion task force. He invited residents to contact council members and him if we have thoughts about the order of these priorities. In response to questions, he said that residents should go to the City of Wildwood website for information on community events.

Wildwood Council Member Katie Dodwell then spoke.  She mentioned that she is running unopposed for her final term of office as a council member. She said there is not much to report this year due to the pandemic. She said the budget was recently approved and it is a balanced budget. She said new parks are not being planned this year and the focus will be on upgrading the existing parks and trails. She further described the work of the watershed erosion task force. In response to questions, she said it is difficult for the city to deal with leaves in the street but suggested that the trustees might address this. She invited residents who are interested in being more involved in community activities to contact her.

Next up on the program, Trustee Ray Edwards presented the Winding Trails Bath & Tennis and Village of Winding Trails (HOA) 2020 financial results and 2021 budgets. Winding Trails ended the year with a net balance of $5,781 and an ending operating cash balance of $34,581.  Bath & Tennis ended 2020 a net balance of $17,817 and ending operating cash balance of $38,124.  As of December 31, the Reserve stands at $140,276 with $5,000 to be dedicated to pool upgrades in 2021.  Conservative budgets are planned for 2021 in both the HOA and the Bath & Tennis accounts.  Annual assessments for 2021 will remain the same as 2020, i.e., $275 for Bath and Tennis and $110 for the Village of Winding Trails.  Overall revenue assessments are projected to continue on track in 2021 and expenses will remain carefully controlled.  During the budget discussion Ray mentioned that, due to the pandemic, work originally planned in 2020 for the cul-de-sacs was put on hold. This is now planned and budgeted for 2021. In response to a question, Ray mentioned that the website maintenance has moved from Richard Baricko to Dave Rosen-McGinnis and this activity will be shared by other volunteers in the future. Following Ray’s presentation Rick Pfarr moved to approve the 2021 budgets and Dave Rosen-McGinnis seconded the motion.  Upon unanimous approval, the 2021 budgets were approved.

David Rosen-McGinnis briefly presented the pool/tennis report and mentioned that in general things went well with the pool and tennis courts this past year. He noted that operating adjustments needed to be made to comply with county requirements during the pandemic, but these seemed to be well accepted. The sink hole that appeared in the parking lot last year has been abated and seems to be under control now. Dave said that he anticipates another positive year ahead with the pool, although it is planned that another trustee will take on primary responsibility in this area.

Trustee Rick Pfarr offered a brief update on neighborhood issues. He announced that he is retiring after 20 years as a trustee. Rick said that he plans to remain involved on neighborhood committees as time permits. Ray Edwards commended Rick for his service to the community and mentioned that the trustees will soon be presenting Rick with an award for his service.

Ray also commended our active residents who are doing so much to improve and maintain the quality of our neighborhood. These include: Jenny Reed, Vicki Marks, Sharon Hutson, Nan Trecker, Dana Fenster, Vicki Hashbarger, Lisa Horner, Linda Sherry, Laine Angelo for purchasing flowers, planting and watering at the pool, attending to the landscaping at the pool gate and sign, and caring for the front entrance. Additionally, Jenny Reed and Vicki Marks put up holiday decorations at the front entrance. Christy Ehrenreich as well as Nan and John Trecker led the effort to promote our Christmas Eve luminary displays. The trustees offered a special thank you to each of these neighbors who are serving on our behalf.

Following this, Ray mentioned that it is time to elect a new trustee. Since Rick Pfarr announced his retirement the trustees have been seeking volunteers to serve. Rich Gebhardt has agreed to do so. Ray nominated Rich for a term as trustee and Dave Rosen-McGinnis seconded the nomination. Upon receiving no other nominations, the vote was called and upon unanimous approval Rich was elected to serve another term as trustee.

There being no other business to come before the group a motion was made, seconded and approved to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Trustees

 

Ray Edwards                                      David Rosen McGinnis                       Rick Pfarr

552 Red Rock Drive                           1976 Still Creek Pass                         1916 Larimer Trail

[email protected]                 [email protected]              [email protected]

Village of Winding Trails 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes

January 23, 2020

Upon determining that a quorum was established with 16 present eligible residents and 21 proxy votes cast, Trustee Rick Pfarr opened the annual subdivision meeting at the Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church building at 7:00pm.

Mayor Jim Bowlin spoke first, reminding everyone that that this is an election year and he is pleased to be running for reelection at a time when Wildwood is doing well.  He briefly discussed updates on the 20/20 plan and noted that all five major points are either completed or nearing completion.  He indicated that additional work is needed on cleaning up the roadways, but that should be done shortly.  He also said that he continues to support and promote the open space concept and larger three-acre lot sizes for developments around the city.  He added that additional study is underway on erosion that is taking place with Caulk’s Creek and there will be more to come on this in the future.  In response to questions from the audience he revealed that the shredding program is on hold this year due to budget considerations.  He did say that the budget was approved by the city council, but certain programs had to be curtailed due to revenue concerns.  There was a brief discussion of Chesterfield’s efforts to hinder revenue sharing between cities.  Finally, there was an extensive discussion of the deer problem in Wildwood and particularly in our subdivision.  The mayor indicated that the Board of Public Safety is looking into it.  The Board is also looking into traffic control (speeding) on Prospector Ridge.  The mayor also said that the city is seeking volunteers for the Wildwood Celebration Committee.  Anyone who is interested should contact our Council Member Katie Dodwell.

Wildwood Police Officer Steve DeGhelder updated the audience on local law enforcement efforts in the community.  Officer DeGhelder shared that, while he has been in Wildwood only two years, he has been with the St. Louis County Police Department 32 years.  He reported that Wildwood in general and our subdivision in particular are “very quiet” and “very safe.”  In fact, he said that in doing a records search prior to this meeting he was unable to find a single call for service from our subdivision between August and now.  In response to questions from the audience he said that a speed count had been done in the area and there were very few indications of speeding – less than one percent of the total traffic count.  In response to other questions, Officer DeGhelder said that there is little that can be done by the police regarding on-street parking in permitted areas.  We discussed the problem trash trucks and snowplows have with cars that park on the street.  He advised the trustees to send an email reminding resident of the need to park in garages and driveways and not on the street.

Last year we were reminded of the vacation registration program in which residents may notify the Wildwood police department when they plan to be away for vacation or otherwise.  This alerts police to the need for special attention by Wildwood police officers for temporarily unoccupied residences.  The trustees continue to remind residents to register with the police department when planning a vacation.  Residents are also reminded that they should keep their garage doors down at all times when they are away and particularly overnight.  The City of Wildwood police precinct can be reached at 636-458-9194 or by calling 911 in an emergency.

Wildwood Council Member Joe Farmer then spoke.  As a resident and trustee of a neighboring subdivision he said that issues related to the retention pond bordering Westglenn Farms appear to be resolved for now.  However, a longer-term solution will be needed.  He also said he shares the concerns about traffic and watershed issues.  He reinforced the mayor’s comments about the Caulk’s Creek watershed issue.  He said it will take money to fix this problem and other entities do not appear to be willing or able to do this.  It will likely fall on Wildwood to do whatever the city can do.  He did reveal that in the past year there were four 500-year flooding events (supposed to happen only once every 500 years).  This underscores the concern with this issue.  He also said that a new park is being planned for this area that will be on Green Pines Drive.  Finally, he said that a Wildwood Lawn and Garden event is planned for March 21.

Wildwood Council Member Katie Dodwell spoke next and reinforced Mr. Farmer’s comments.

Trustee Rick Pfarr said that we have two very approachable council representatives and he encouraged everyone to remember this when the elections come around.

Next up on the program, Trustee Ray Edwards presented the Winding Trails Bath & Tennis and Village of Winding Trails (HOA) 2019 financial results and 2020 budgets.  Bath & Tennis ended 2019 with an ending net balance of $4,978 and operating cash balance of $25,284.  Winding Trails ended the year with a net balance of $880 and an operating cash balance of $8,683.  Ray also said that in 2019 approximately $140,000 was moved from a general cash account to an interest-bearing money market fund where it would be federally insured and available as capital improvement or emergency funds.  As of December 31, this fund had $140,180.  Conservative budgets are planned for 2020 in both accounts.  Annual assessments for 2020 will remain the same as 2019, i.e., $275 for Bath and Tennis and $110 for the Village of Winding Trails.  Overall revenue assessments are projected to continue on track in 2020 and expenses will remain carefully controlled.  During the budget discussion Ray mentioned that a number of other projects were accomplished in 2019 including refurbishing and upgrading pool-side restrooms as well as other general improvements and various pool repairs.  Additionally, one of the cul-de-sac islands was landscaped.  Additional landscaping is planned for all the cul-de-sac islands in 2020 with particular attention to those on Copper Court and Larimore.  Following Ray’s presentation Vicki Marks moved to approve the 2020 budgets and Sharon Hutson seconded the motion.  Upon unanimous approval, the 2020 budgets were approved.

David Rosen-McGinnis briefly presented the pool/tennis report and mentioned that in general things went well with the pool and tennis courts this past year.  The tennis courts were resurfaced, and this was well received.  Additionally, pickle ball lines were drawn on the tennis courts and new nets were installed.  As previously mentioned, the bathrooms were upgraded and the pool was also painted.  Dave anticipates another positive year ahead with the pool.  Dave said that the pool should be opened two more weeks this year based on school schedules and the availability of lifeguards.  Also, a new electronic badging system will be installed at the pool this year to monitor utilization.    

Trustee Rick Pfarr offered a brief update on neighborhood issues.  He mentioned the sink holes that seem to be developing in the pool parking lot and the common ground.  He said that a study has been done on this, but little has been revealed.  He will continue to monitor this closely.  Rick Pfarr commended Laine Angelo and members of the Beautification Committee for their efforts.  The Beautification Committee helps purchase, tend and water plants at the front entrance and at the pool area as well as helping with the landscaping on the Shadow Mountain cul-de-sac island and the holiday decoration of the entrance sign area.  In particular Rick thanked Laine Angelo, Sharon Hutson, Jenny Reed, Vicki Marks, Vicki Hashbarger, Dana Fenster and Nan Trecker for their all their work on neighborhood beautification efforts.  Rick reminded the group that we need everyone’s involvement to make the neighborhood look the way we want it to and encouraged everyone to participate. 

The holidays are special in our subdivision and Rick thanked Christy Ehrenreich and the Treckers, Bowers, Sherrys, Edwards, Backs and VanderGraffs for their efforts on the Christmas luminary program.  He also thanked Jenny Reed for hosting the Cookie Exchange and Kathy Rymer, Julie and John LeFauve, and Arne and Karen Schou for hosting the Progressive Dinner.

Rick also recognized Richard Baricko for his work on the website.  Following questions from the audience Rick discussed the work of the Architectural Review Board and the need to monitor fence heights.  Also, he said that seemingly abandoned houses should be reported to the city. 

Following further discussion, Dave said that the indentures need to be updated and there was discussion about forming a committee to do this.  Ray asked for volunteers if anyone is willing to serve on this committee. 

Rick also mentioned that Ray Edwards’ term of office is due to expire.  Rick opened the floor to nominations for trustee.  Ray was nominated for another three-year term of office and the motion was seconded.  Upon receiving no other nominations, the vote was called and upon unanimous approval Ray was elected to serve another term as trustee.

There being no other business to come before the group a motion was made, seconded and approved to adjourn the meeting at 9:00pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Trustees

Ray Edwards David Rosen McGinnis Rick Pfarr