Board of Directors 2017

Keith Miller 717-471-1388
President
100 Treetops Drive
President@hilltophoa.com
2-year Term through 2018
Chairperson of Media/Hospitality

Linda DePatto 717-940-6888
33 Spring Walk Court
Vice-President@hilltophoa.com 
2-year Term through 2017
Chairperson of Compliance

Rebecca Mullaney 717-898-9693
218 Winding Hill Drive
Secretary@hilltophoa.com 
2-year Term through 2017
Chairperson of Architecture

Bonnie Benjamin 717-898-9113
124 Pinnacle Point Drive
Treasurer@hilltophoa.com 
2 year Term through 2018
Treasurer and Chairperson of Finance

Adam Westgate 407-770-8894
112 Pinnacle Point Drive
2-year Term through 2018
Chairperson of Landscape
Landscape@hilltophoa.com

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Scott Sterner 717-898-0154
110 Winding Hill Drive
Accountant for the HOA , not a Board member
Accountant@hilltophoa.com 

Pam Wise 717-682-0687
108 Winding Hill Drive
Hilltop Helpers coordinator, not a Board member
Helpers@hilltophoa.com 

June 2017 Newsletter

We have recently had a position on the Hilltop HOA Board of Directors open up and need someone to step up and support the neighborhood! The open position term is only through the end of this year, so it’s a great way to “try” it out without a long-term commitment up-front. Please contact any of the board members listed to the left if you are interested, or just have questions about what is involved. We all have “regular” full-time jobs, so this is not a full-time commitment! We are a fun group and it is not as scary as it seems! Give us a call and we would be happy to chat with you about it!

What is summer without a
Neighborhood Cookout?!

You, residents, voted clearly that you would like to have a social gathering and it should be a summer cookout! So….we are re-starting an old Hilltop tradition and having a cookout. This is a great time to get to know your neighbors, find out what’s going on and enjoy the warm summer weather!

Everyone will be receiving an email in the next couple of days to RSVP and volunteer to bring items for the pot-luck cookout.

This is NOT funded by the HOA, but is organized by the Hospitality committee, and run solely by volunteers and donations (potluck). If you do not receive the email, or do not have access to email, please contact Jess Reese (contact information on left of page) for more information.

Date: June 24th
Time: 5pm-9pm
Location: Spring Ridge Ct
Click Link to RSVP

2017 ANNUAL YARD SALE
SCHEDULED!

We have confirmed the date for the Annual Hilltop yard sale! It will be held on Saturday August 26, starting at 7am. Start planning now, as this is a popular event and well advertised!!

Property Reminders

Storm Damage to your property is covered by your Homeowner’s Insurance, not the HOA. This includes vinyl siding, decks, steps, etc. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a board member for more information.

Lawn care and maintenance: The HOA is responsible for mowing and leaf clean-up with a once per year edging and mulching service. The HOA also maintains the up-keep of the builder installed community swales and centralized retaining walls. Any other maintenance and landscaping is the homeowner’s responsibility. This includes slopes, beds, etc.

Be sure to contact the Landscape Chair before making any changes to the outside of your property. This will ensure your changes are approved and consistent with the rest of the neighborhood.

Common Areas and Homeowner’s Property
School’s out and kids are restless! We all love to see the kids and animals outside, rather than stuck inside all summer long! Just a reminder that there are no common areas in our neighborhood and all property is owned by one of your neighbors. Please be respectful of others’ property and remind your children to always be respectful and safe while outdoors playing in the neighborhood.

NO TRASH ON THE GRASS!

HEMPFIELD AREA UPDATE:
The ‘new’ Dreampark at A. Herr Park is
finished and open for play!

The planning for this project began in early 2014 with a core group of citizens and the trio of co-chairs, Kristi Newport, Ben Craddock and Bill Keays. The remainder of 2014 was spent selecting a designer (Play by Design) and working with area elementary school students to develop the ideas and activities that you see in the park. The end of 2014, 2015 and
2016 were consumed with many fundraising initiatives, fundraising events and meetings to spread the word. Volunteers made countless phone calls and visits to area businesses seeking donations. The Township was fortunate enough to obtain a DCNR grant of $250,000 toward project costs. They say it takes a village to raise a family, it also takes a community to build a playground and the community of East Hempfield certainly supported the project in full force to get this project built. Many, many volunteers (both individuals and businesses) were on site for the build dates. The grand opening for the park occurred October 23, 2016 and was well attended by some very excited children!!
*Source: East Hempfield Township Winter 2016/2017 Newsletter

SUMMER STORM SAFETY

Warm summer months can bring on severe weather and dangerous storms!

Read further to learn about storms, how to prepare, and what to do after a storm.

Thunder Storm Safety:
Ever wonder what the difference is between a “Watch” and a “Warning”?? The National Weather Service defines both terms below:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a large hail or damaging wind identified by an NWS forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.

Lightening Safety Tips:

Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured. The best way for you to protect yourself from lightning is to avoid the threat. You simply don’t want to be caught outside in a storm. Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel or postpone

activities early if thunderstorms are expected. Monitor weather conditions and get to a safe place before the weather becomes threatening. Substantial buildings and hard-topped vehicles are safe options. Rain shelters, small sheds, and open vehicles are not safe.

When inside, do not touch anything that is plugged into an electrical outlet, plumbing, and corded phones. Cell phones and cordless phones are safe. Also, keep away from outside doors and windows and do not lie on a garage floor.

For more information, you can visit the National Weather
Service website:
www.nws.noaa.gov/os/thunderstorm/index.shtml 

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is forecasting a heavier tick season than in previous years, but it’s not due to the unseasonably mild winter as one might expect. Rather, acorns can be blamed for the predicted surge in tick populations this year, particularly in the Northeastern U.S.1

Before going outdoors: Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings.2

Use a repellent with DEET on skin. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions.2

After coming inside: 1) Check your clothing for ticks, any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. 2) Shower soon after being outdoors.
Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. 3) Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, which even includes your back yard.2

For more information on tick safety, visit the Center for Disease Control website

As we kick off a new year with new board members and committee chairs, we are always looking for neighbors to become more involved! Time commitment can be what you make of it, every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated!

HILLTOP HOA COMMITTEES

Finance Committee, Bonnie Benjamin Chair

Ensure maintenance fees are collected on time and ensure bills are paid and all transactions are recorded. Ensure an outside, annual review, as well as develop yearly budgets and regular reviews with the BOD.

Landscape Committee, Adam Westgate Chair

Manages all neighborhood landscape decisions. Manages contract for lawn maintenance, snow and ice removal, as well as all questions/issues pertaining to the landscape throughout the neighborhood.

Media & Hospitality, Jess Reese Chair

Media: Coordinates and facilitates communication between the Board and residents. Developed and maintains the Hilltop HOA website, quarterly newsletter and all digital communication for our neighborhood.

Hospitality: Manages and coordinates all social activities in the neighborhood; currently, this includes an annual yard sale (August 26, 2017), and will be adding new activities in 2017 to encourage camaraderie and unity throughout Hilltop.

Compliance Committee, Linda DePatto Chair

Manages all issues pertaining to the compliance of the CCRs. Addresses questions and issues with homeowners regarding noncompliance issues, and provides recommendations and/or direction on how to correct the issues.

Architecture Committee, OPEN 

The Architecture Committee reviews all requests for changes, additions, updates and improvements to the outside of your property excluding landscaping, which is approved by the Landscaping Committee. This position is currently open, so please contact another board member if you have plans to make any changes to the exterior of your home.

All CCRs, Rules and Regulations and General Guidelines can be found on the Hilltop HOA website under the “Legal Documents” tab. Please visit www.hilltophoa.com for more information

Hard copy newsletters will only be mailed to those residents and owners who have not given us an email address. Your address will only be used for the newsletter, and never shared. Please contact: webmaster@hilltophoa.com

In an effort to continue to cut mailing costs, the Board has voted that effective January 1, 2017, there will be a $10 per year fee charged for owners who prefer to have newsletters mailed to them.

Be Tick Smart Sources:
1. Pestworld.org: http://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pressreleases/acorns-not-weather-to-blame-for-more-ticks/ 
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Stop Ticks:
https://www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks/ 
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Avoiding
Ticks: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/index.html 

Hard copy newsletters will only be mailed to those residents and owners who have not given us an email address. Your address will only be used for the newsletter, and never shared. Please contact: webmaster@hilltophoa.com

In an effort to continue to cut mailing costs, the Board has voted that effective January 1, 2017, there will be a $10 per year fee charged for owners who prefer to have newsletters mailed to them.

Since the Board wants to be sure that tenants are also kept up to date on what is happening in Hilltop, newsletters will also be mailed to them. The home owner will be charged $10 per year for mailing newsletters to the tenant of their property, unless an email address has been provided.

**Please notify us if you do not have access to internet
or email

YOUR INPUT IS
ALWAYS WELCOME

This quarterly newsletter is meant to inform the residents of Hilltop with news from your Board, useful information and things going on in your neighborhood. It is published in March, June, September and December. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Feel free to contact:
Jess Reese at
webmaster@hiltophoa.com