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Solar Panels

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are pleased to announce that the Ohio Congress has passed and Gov. Mike DeWine has signed Ohio SB61 into law. This allows for homeowner associations to permit solar panels outside of the deed restriction language. The Solar Panel Guidelines are posted below. There will be certain restrictions and your project will need prior approval.

Regards,
Your Board of Trustees

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

In order to ensure that property owners have the freedom to employ alternative energy solutions, if desired, solar collectors may be placed on the roof of a dwelling, located in such a way as not to obstruct windows of adjacent homes.

Before installing solar panels, please contact the HOA for approval. The engineering plan must be approved and conform to the established guidelines for the Oak Creek Homeowners Association, Inc. Primary considerations are the impact of solar panels and your home and the neighborhood.

Procedure for Obtaining Approval:

The resident requests an application from the HOA or gives the contractor permission to do so. There is a $25.00 application fee. Whether the resident or contractor completes the application, the information must be complete, accurate and conform to the established HOA guidelines in order to be approved. The completed application along with a copy of the plans, the proposal, and images of what the project will look like, and the application fee must be submitted for tentative approval. Final approval will only be given after permitted by Delaware county. After building permit(s) are secured, proof thereof must be submitted for review by the HOA. Upon approval, the resident will be notified in writing (letter or email) that installation may begin.

Solar Panel Guidelines:

1. Homeowners should first consider all existing structures and landscaping before selecting a site for any proposed solar system.

2. All plans must be preapproved by the HOA prior to installation.

3. Preferred location of flush-mounted, 4' x 6' solar panels is rear-facing, roof mounted array. Flush-mounted panels (i.e., the plan of the array is parallel to the roof) on a roof facing a street may be allowed if documentation is provided from the solar contractor indicating this is the only feasible location for a solar array. (This exception affects most corner houses since there is exposure to more than 1 street.) If panels are on a side or rear roof, the array may be tilted or raised if a variance is granted. Ground mounted solar panels are prohibited.

4. All components of the solar system should be integrated into the design of the home. The color of the solar system components should generally conform to the color of the roof shingles to the extent practical. Solar “shingles” that mimic the look of a composite shingle are NOT acceptable.

5. The installation of all solar heating and cooling systems shall only be done by a licensed installer. Applications submitted to the HOA should include:

a. A diagram “drawn to scale” by the licensed contractor installing the system showing where the system will be installed;

b. Aerial Photos of the roof area where the array will be mounted;

c. Material to be used and/or manufacturer’s description of the system, photos and/or pictures of the system and color of the system.

d. Where possible, provide photos of similar existing systems as examples.

6. Piping and electrical connections will be located directly under and/or within the perimeter of the panels and placed as inconspicuously as possible when viewed from all angles. No visible/exposed conduit or connections; i.e., conduit wrap, metallic or non-metallic, must match color of house.

7. The highest point of a solar panel array will be lower than the ridge of the roof where it is attached.

8. All painted surfaces will be kept in good repair.

9. Changes to adjacent property should not impede an existing or soon-to-be-installed solar system.

A variance to certain sections of these guidelines may be granted if compliance with these guidelines would significantly increase the purchase price of the solar system or significantly decrease its performance or efficiency. If a homeowner seeks such a variance, they must provide a minimum of two bids depicting the cost of installation of the solar system.


Trash Pickup Update

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for 2022

• Veteran's Day: Friday, Nov 11 - NO DELAYS
• Thanksgiving Day: Thurs, Nov 24 - DELAYED ONE DAY
• Christmas Day: Sunday, Dec 25 - NO DELAYS
• New Year's Day: Sunday, Jan 1, 2023 - NO DELAYS  

If you have any questions concerning trash pick up, please contact Orange Township or Rumpke.  

Annual Homeowners’ Meeting

Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.
North Orange Park Community Room
North Orange Park, 7560 Gooding Blvd.
Topics include:
• Election of Trustees for 2022-23
• Budget
•Projects for this Year
• Open Discussions 

HOA Updates

May 4, 2022

Homeowner's meeting Minutes are now available. Access here


January 14, 2022

2021 was a relatively quiet year for our community. Because there were no new projects and few unexpected expenses, we were able to keep our expenses within budget. Therefore, the annual assessment will remain $165.00 for 2022.
 
In 2021, 4 remaining Japanese Maple trees were planted in the S. Old State entranceway beds, finally completing the project. The trees in perimeter easements and courts were edged and mulched in 2021. Otherwise, maintenance was kept to a minimum.

For 2022, other than the regular landscape and pond maintenance, the fencing will be power washed and the Pin Oak trees will be pruned so branches do no protrude through the fencing.  

The HOA has been approached by a few residents about solar panels. Currently the Deed Restrictions do not allow for the installation of Solar panels. However, we are forming a committee to research what is necessary to allow for the installation. Ultimately, specifications need to be developed and approved by 60% of the 384 homeowners. Anyone interested in participating on the committee, please contact Gloria at gagaskey@sbcglobal.net, and she will put you in touch with the chairman of that committee. Updates will follow.

On behalf of all of us, Gloria, Nelson, Rosalind, Randy, and Brian, we thank you for your support and sincerely wish you and yours a safe, prosperous and Happy 2022!

Respectfully,
Your Trustees


December 23, 2021

• The Fall Homeowners Meeting has been canceled due to Covid and the inability to secure a venue. 

• 2022 Homeowner Annual Assessments remain $165 and are due by 1/31/2022.  Make check payable to Oak Creek Association and mail to P.O. Box 626, Lewis Center, OH 43035, or pay through Paypal (below)

• Additional Association updates will be posted here and in email blasts.  Be sure to sign up for emails by clicking the 'Be Notified' button on this page.  Continue to contact us via our Contact page, email and phone with questions and concerns, and before exterior renovations/changes/additions. 

Respectfully,
Your Trustees

Safety Alert!

It has been brought to our attention that there has been a recent uptick in the number of car break-ins and other crimes throughout our community. Moving forward, we would like to note that it is our priority to keep our residents safe. So we would like you to contact and notify Oak Creek Homeowners Association if this has/does happen to you so that we are able to document the incidences. If notification is timely, we would like to alert residents by an email blast and posting on our website and Facebook page. Working together, we can keep the community and each other safe.  

Here are some safety tips:

  • Always keep your cars locked when parking in driveways and on streets; 
  • Do not keep valuables in cars;
  • While away, make your house look lived in (lights on timers, neighbors picking up mailers thrown in the yard or on your porch, etc.); 
  • Do not post, tweet, or share your travel plans on social media; 
  • Leave a spare key and emergency phone number with a trusted neighbor or friend;
  • Stop your mail and newspaper delivery (or ask a trusted neighbor to retrieve);
  • Remove garage door openers from any vehicles in your driveway or inside your garage;  
  • Lock garage entry doors; 
  • Trim shrubs/trees that are close to your home; 
  • If you have a alarm system, even if it is not monitored by police, use it. The alarm sound can scare off intruders.

    and if you see something, say something! Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep our community safe! 

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2022 Spring Newsletter now available. You can also access our previous Newsletters on our Newsletter page. 

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Association News

2022 Spring Homeowners Meeting
Thursday, March 31 at the North Orange Park Community Room from 7pm. North Orange Park, 7560 Gooding Blvd (North Orange Swimming Pool) 

Your 2021 HOA Dues Reminder has been mailed. If you didn't receive your dues letter in January, please contact our treasurer, Randy Green immediately. PAYMENT OPTIONS: Please mail a check as outlined in the letter, or pay by credit card using our Pay Dues Online button above (service fee applies) - Paypal link has been updated reflecting 2021 dues. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Road Improvements in Delaware County and surrounding areas affect our community. For a current construction schedule for our area, click here: Road Improvement Schedule

Rumpke Holiday Schedule for this year (our zip code is 43035): CLICK HERE
Trash Removal Issues: If at anytime during the year Rumpke misses your street or home, please call them immediately at 1-800-828-8171 or contact township hall during normal business hours. Our normal trash day for Oak Creek is on Friday, and may be delayed one day on holidays. 

2022 ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP DUES
Your membership dues post card has been mailed and you should have received it. You will be able to pay by check or credit card. This is for the Oak Creek Association, located in Lewis Center, OH. 2022 DUES: Payment of dues for 2022 are $165.00. CURRENTLY ANYONE WHO HASN'T PAID THEIR DUES FOR 2021 ARE NOW PAST DUE AND SHOULD CONTACT Randy Green, Treasurer, IMMEDIATELY! If paying by check (click here for mailing address) or for your convenience pay via credit/debit card through Paypal (membership to Paypal is not required) for a total of $171.50 including our processing fee. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PAY YEARLY HOA DUES? By owning a home or residing in Oak Creek, you have agreed to pay yearly association dues. Non-payment of dues may result in having your property liened, plus accrue penalties and interest. If you cannot pay your dues in one lump sum or at this time, or you haven't paid previous year(s) dues, please contact our treasurer Randy Green immediately to make payment arrangements. Thank you!
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Calling before you dig holes or trenches in your yard is important not only for safety reasons, but also because IT'S THE LAW! By law, homeowners should contact O.U.P.S., 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764, at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) or submit their request online with e-dig, the easy online remote ticket entry system for homeowners, before beginning any digging project.

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