Mark Your Calendars!

Below you will find a list of meetings and community events!

MEETINGS

Open Space - April 4th
6:00 to 7:30 in the CH
 
 

EVENTS

 
Trail Building & Creek Clean Up - April 29th 
 
Wildfire Preparedness Day - May 20th
 
Cruisin' Hidden Springs - June 3rd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

News from HSTA

Q2 HOA ASSESSMENTS ARE DUE APRIL 1ST
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Q2 HOA Assessments are due April 1st and delinquent if not received by April 10th.  Q2 HOA payments may be dropped off at the Town Office until 12:00pm on April 10th.  Any received after this time, will be delinquent.  As of the end of February, HSTA delinquent accounts totaled $53,855.79.

Please call the HSTA office or AMI to check the balance on your account.  Did you remember to account for the $4.50 Sewer Assessment increase effective Q1?  Quarterly HOA Assessment Statements are mailed 1 month in advance. Assessments are DUE January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year.

If a quarterly assessment is not received on or before the 10th day of the quarter (January 10, April 10, July 10, October 10), a late fee is applied as well as interest on any unpaid balance.  Late fees and interest will continue to accrue on a monthly basis until the past due balance is paid.  This information is reflected on Late Statements sent once a month to residents with delinquent accounts.  To read more about the HSTA Assessment Procedure and Effects of a Delinquent Payment please refer to Policy 200.

YEW PLANTS TOXIC TO WILDLIFE, PETS AND HUMANS
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Please note: In light of recent findings by Idaho Fish and Game and the toxicity risks to elk and deer in the Boise Foothills, the Town Design Review Board has determined yew evergreen plants of any variety are no longer included in the approved plant materials list for the Village Plant Palette.  Yews were only on the Village Plant Palette and were never approved for Valley or Foothills lots.

Idaho Fish and Game is urging homeowners who live in the Boise foothills to remove the plants from their property and take them to a landfill for disposal, as these plants are toxic to wildlife, pets, and humans.

ACHD STREET SWEEPING
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Last week, ACHD sweepers began street sweeping in neighborhoods, having finished the arterial and collector roads in the county. The District has its entire fleet of 22 sweepers working in the nine zones across Ada County, matching operators to the routes they know intimately to remove sand from winter maintenance. Check the ACHD website for updates on when the sweepers will hit areas within the zones.

The sweepers will focus first on arterial and collector roads, and streets that drain to and can impact the Boise River. It is estimated that the first phase will take four weeks. The focus will then turn to residential areas. It may take up to 10 additional weeks to sweep the entire county. Weekly Street Sweeping Update.

If possible, avoid street parking for the next few days which will provide better access for sweeping and gravel/sand removal.

INTERNET SAFETY CLASS FOR KIDS - April 11th at 6:00pm @ the Clubhouse
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The HSTA and Ada County Sheriff’s Office hosted an Internet Safety class for parents November 2016.  It was well attended and very informative. 

This is the follow up class specifically for tweens and teens - parents are encouraged to attend with their child.

Please RSVP to Kristen to attend the class as space is limited and ACSO needs a count for materials handed out in the class call 229-2325 or email office@hiddensprings.com.

BECOME A HIDDEN SPRINGS POOL MONITOR
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hidden Springs will be hiring pool monitors again this year from a group of resident applicants (15+).  Monitors are assigned to the community pools for the season to open/close, check the facilities, maintain the decks, and enforce the rules. 

HSTA is hosting a job fair Saturday April 8th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Interested applicants are invited to stop in for an interview! 

WET WEATHER TRAIL USE
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wet weather conditions often mean muddy trails!  We encourage residents to make responsible decisions when considering hiking and biking community trails.  Using the trails when they are soft and muddy compromises drainage dips that were put in to mediate trail erosion.  When users walk off or to the side of the trail to avoid mud, vegetation is killed and ultimately the trail is widened.  Foot and bike tracks on wet trails create deep holes and grooves making future use unpleasant. Current trail conditions are available daily at www.ridgetorivers.com.  

A FEW COMMUNITY REMINDERS
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Q2 HOA Assessments are due April 1st and delinquent if not received by April 10th

The office continues to receive a number of reports each week regarding dog waste, dogs off leash and even attacks.  Please remember that ALL residents who are dog owners are required by the Hidden Springs CC&Rs to control or leash their dogs as well as immediately remove any waste left by their dogs.

The information stations in the mail room continue to be vandalized. The built-in bulletin boards cost the community $1000, and it is not in the 2017 budget to repair or replace the boards.

Residents utilizing the fitness room, please check the bottom of your shoes before entering the gym.  This time of year, consider bringing gym shoes with you.  Continued use with muddy shoes will only shorten the life span of the equipment and cost us all more in the end.

Now that the snow has melted and temperatures are climbing, it is a great time to get outside and take down your holiday decorations! 

There is a pedestrian crosswalk in the Merc parking lot.  It is currently identified with parking barricades.  Please do not park in the crosswalk.  It makes crossing dangerous for children and adults.

FEEDING BIG GAME DISCOURAGED BY IDFG
Monday, January 30, 2017

(Communication on behalf of IDFG)
IDFG has a great website (https://idfg.idaho.gov/conservation/winter-feeding) with information about the negative effects of feeding deer.  

The biggest concerns have to do with feeding the wrong diet and the multiple issues that arise when deer are artificially grouped together (range damage, spread of disease, increased depredation, etc).  

Another issue is the animals grow used to being near people and their landscaping.  Unfortunately, we recently learned that lesson the hard way when we had some elk die from eating Japanese Yew after being drawn into a neighborhood by backyard feeding.

HIDDEN SPRINGS TRANSFER FEE
Friday, December 16, 2016

The Hidden Springs Transfer Fee is ½ of 1% of the gross selling price*. The transfer fee is paid upon the initial purchase of the lot and then upon every resale.

The Transfer Fee funds are used to implement the protection, care and enhancement requirements for Conservation Easement lands (Hidden Springs Planned Community Ordinance Section 8-21A-5E).

Approximately 988 acres in Hidden Springs are designated as natural open space subject to the terms of a Conservation Easement (CE) held by Ada County.  The Conservation Area includes:

Wetlands      Dry Creek Corridor      Currant Creek Corridor      Uplands      Farm and Orchard

The Hidden Springs Transfer fee may be used to provide funding for any of the following purposes:  (1) the administrative and operating costs of the Town Association; (2) t

ANNUAL MEETING / 2017 TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION
Monday, January 30, 2017

Thank you to all the residents who attended the Annual Meeting Tuesday December 13th and the rescheduled meeting Monday December 19th. 

At the close of the rescheduled Annual Meeting, the Town Council Elections roll call of votes totaled 132.  This was less than the necessary 50% of present and proxy votes at the rescheduled meeting, to constitute a quorum. Therefore, business could not be conducted (including electing a new Council)

Below are the results however, enough votes were not received to consitutie a quoroum to make it a valid election. 

  • John Ahrens - 128
  • Craig Lochner - 119
  • Phil Schoensee - 121
  • Jeanie Thomas - 119
  • Mitch Wood - 120
  • Write In - Chuck Miller - 2

The Annual Town Management Report is available below and the Annual Meeting minutes and Council will be announced in January following the first Working Town Council meeting when business can be conducted.

Annual Town Management Report

PARKING LOT SAFETY
Monday, January 30, 2017

The Hidden Springs Marketplace (Mercantile, Mail Room, Library, etc.) most days is a bustling center of activity.  We need everyone’s help to keep our community safe – children and adults.  The HSTA, and business owners will discuss this topic in detail.  Parents, please take a minute this week to discuss the dangers of playing in parking lots. KidsandCars.org recommends reminding your child that parked vehicles may move and that even though they can see a vehicle, the driver may not see them.  We have witnessed unsupervised children, play Hide & Seek around parked cars (even hiding in the back of parked pick-up trucks), disregarding posted signage – skateboarding along the deck colliding with others, disrespecting and vandalizing community property.  Because it seems clear to you, it is easy to overestimate your child’s level of knowledge of these issues.  A child can be seriously injured or die if hit by a driver that simply didn’t see them while backing up. While we do not want to unnecessarily frighten our kids, we don’t want them to be unaware AND TO STAY SAFE.

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