There will be 3 board positions opening up in January. Please submit your name if you are interested in running.
The Board has decided to postpone the raising of homeowners dues in Beacon Knoll until January 1st.
A large group met Monday evening to discuss what if anything we could do about the coyotes living near our neighborhood. The bad news is that there is very little we can do. To go hunt them with guns so near to our homes is dangerous and while there are people that trap them in order to sell them, it's not sure how effective this would be.
A few suggestions: If you feel safer when you walk to carry a repellent, use something strong like bear repellent. It's a stronger form of mace. Another thing that works is a horn or blaster. Some other tips are:
1. Keep all pet food indoors.
2. Eliminate food sources that draw prey to your home. By eliminating wood piles (rodent houses), cutting back bushes and bringing in bird feeders at night, fewer prey animals will live at your home attracting coyotes.
3. Clean up fallen fruit and birdseed. These foods attract coyotes and their prey.
4. Bring in small pets inside at night. Easy pickings for coyotes.
5. Lock up garbage cans with a bungee cord if you find something's been in it at night.
6. Set up motion-activated lights and sprinkler systems around your house. A sudden bright light or a splash from a sprinkler will startle the animals. Lawrence Cartner has set up a motion detector system around his home that keeps away the coyotes and also deer. Contact him for more details.
A final word: even if we were to eliminate a large number of coyotes, they have a survival mode that starts them reproducing offspring if their numbers start to diminish. It's a problem that we will be dealing with from now on. There is a possibility of getting some trapper in. Steve LaCarter is checking on that because there is a coyote trapping season. We will keep you updated.
If you need a pool key, contact Mike Ware. Replacement keys are $75.
A new form has been added to Documents. If you are planning on making any changes to your property, like additions, pools, or removal of trees, please complete this form and forward it to the board.
Last year a security system including cameras that monitor activity at the pool and around the clubhouse was installed. To assist with non-resident violators and vandalism, we have again contracted with a Security company. The Security Company will be patrolling the pool, tennis courts, and clubhouse areas. When the Security company officers observe an offence (mainly trespassing after closing hours), the officers can either contact York County Sheriffs Department to have the offender arrested for trespassing (including residents if the facilities are closed), or they can cite the offender with a warning. The option they choose will depend on the conduct and trespassing history of the offender. Residents will be contacted if a member of their household has been cited by the Security Company.
Recently we spent thousands of dollars to resurface the tennis courts. This year we have spent a lot of money to replace the 20+ year old fence around the tennis courts. No one is to be on the courts except tennis players. There are to be no kids playing on the courts unless they have a tennis racquet in their hands. No roller skates, skateboards or anything that would damage the courts are allowed. If you see anyone abusing the tennis courts, tell them to leave. If they cause problems, call the board members.
We have a new phone at the pool which auto-dials 911. The address to give responders is 201 Pleasant Lake Club Drive.
The homeowner's board now meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. If you have any issues that need to come up before the board, come to the meeting at that time.