Darien Club Owners Association

Upated Monuments

Fairview Ave Entrance

Well the monuments have been completed. In addition to the replacement of the monuments, other improvements to the entrances have been made.

Irrigation on Fairview is new. For many years plantings and landscaping on this entrance have been limited due to lack of irrigation. Well, no more. This year we now have irrigation on that entrance so that we can entertain the idea of having annuals and other flowering shrubs for an enhance entrance.

Updated Landscaping. Since much of the landscaping was really old (some of it original to the subdivision) and damaged much of the landscaping in front of the monuments needed to be replace. While the plantings this year were small the board chose plants that will grow much larger in the near future and will fill in nicely without blocking the sign. The plans do have room for annuals on both entrances to give it that pop of color. I expect next year to look even better then they do currently.

Updated Lighting. The board needed to update the lighting on both Cass and Fairview entrances. The Cass Ave. entrance saw the more drastic change with the addition of a second light. The size of the monuments required an additional light for the additional coverage. The Fairview entrance while still only needing a single fixture, required an adjustment. Both entrances received new light fixtures.

Painted Letters. Once the monuments were in place. We received many comments from homeowners that the lettering was hard to read. We heard you. The letters are now painted and visible from the street.

While the project was not without hiccups and the build took significantly longer to complete then originally anticipated, they are a vast improvement.

Any questions or comments can be emailed to dchoa2014@gmail.com

Drainage on Property

With all the rain that we have received this year, many homeowners are experiencing puddling or drainage issues in their yard. The Board has received several phone calls and emails during or immediately following heavy rains. Often times after a brief discussion the issue is contained on the property of the homeowner. So, you ask, “What do I do?”

First step, review you plat to understand your property line and the easement adjacent to your property. Yes, we all have them. Second, contact the City of Darien. Often times, there is a grading issue with the home settling or in some cases, as we recently noted, a drainage issue on the easement requiring some infrastructure needing to be replaced.

During the June 18th, board meeting, the City of Darien shared a letter sent to some homeowners providing a resolution for drainage issues documented in the fall of 2018. Due to limited budget of the City, the cost of the resolution needs to be shared by all of the homeowners impacted.

Upcoming Board Meeting

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June 18th, 2019 at 7:00p at the Darien Police Station

The notice for the board meeting went out on June 10th, 2019 via email. If you did not receive an email notification, please email the board at DCHOA2014@gmail.com to be added to the list. The Darien Club Owners Association board will have it’s second meeting of the 2019 Fiscal year.

Some of the topics we will cover will include:

  • Monument Updates
  • Wetlands updates
  • Backyard drainage issue on Darien Club Dr.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Board

Wetlands Activities

Wow! Another spring is here and again the board is reviewing the wetlands.

Many of the homeowners on the wetlands are aware that the association contracts with Pizzo & Assoc. to maintain the wetlands. Some of you may be aware that the wetlands are not natural wetlands and they serve as a runoff point for other areas in Darien other than our subdivision.

It has recently come to our attention that the drains on the wetlands are being clogged with sticks and other landscape debris such as grass clippings. We are working directly with the City of Darien to clean up and around the drains reduce the risk of flooding not only for our home owners but others as well.

We are asking home owners on the wetlands to please review the surrounding areas on your property for piles of landscape waste that may be sitting near the wetlands and remove it. Check your yard to see if the heavy rains are causing a washout of landscape materials into the wetlands. Any due diligence you can do to help reduce waste run off into the wetland areas would be appreciated.

We are actively engaging with Pizzo & Associates to assist with this clean-up. We do want to caution the home owners on the wetlands that any sort of dumping on the wetlands is strictly prohibited. Fines can be incurred.

Entrance Monuments

For the last four years the Board of Directors has worked tirelessly on maintaining the common areas in Darien Club.  One of the most prominent markers of our subdivision are the monuments on Darien Club Dr. for both the Cass Ave and Fairview entrances.

For two years, the board worked with the management company to find a mason that would repair and tuckpoint the crumbling brick. 

It was the opinion of all the masons that the monuments should not be repaired but instead a replacement should be considered.

 At that point the board started working extensively with Oak and Dale to determine the design, cost and timeline for replacing the monuments at both entrances.

CAD Drawing of New Monument

After two years of gathering designs, reviewing costs, and addressing other design concerns such as brick color, lighting and replacement plants – The new construction on the monuments is scheduled to start on April 15th, 2019.

Country Manor Eden was the stone selected for the new Monuments.
New Brick for the Monuments

Since the foundation of the monuments was in great condition and it was only the bricks that needed replacement, the board decided use the existing foundations and just incur the cost of the brick replacement.

In addition, the lights on top of the monuments have been replaced several times and continue to be an issue.  The board decided to remove the lighting from inside the monuments and adjust the lighting around the monuments to keep the entrances sufficiently lit.

Thank You Dan

Letter from the President

At the 2018 Darien Club Owners annual meeting, Dan Marszalek, President and our Scott Levitt, Treasurer, decided to end their tenure on the board.

The board would like to take a moment to thank Dan Marszalek for his 15 years of service on the board.  During his tenure his leadership was instrumental in revamping the mailboxes, installation of the cobblestone on the islands to reduce expenses, and the replacement of the monuments on the Cass and Fairview entrances.  His goal during his tenure was to find creative ways to maintain the aesthetic of the subdivision without increasing cost to the home owners .

In addition, Dan was often using his woodworking skills to replace many of the “No Trespassing” signs on or near the water features; installing and removing holiday decorations on the monuments and replacing light bulbs to keep the entrances lit.  Dan managed to accomplish all this while still balancing a demanding career in finance and starting the new generation of Marszalek’s.  We are extremely grateful for your years of dedication and wish you all the best. We hope to see you at a board meeting when you have time.

Sincerely,

Pat Coutre’

Site Re-Launch

Hello Homeowners!

We are in the process of re-launching our HOA website.  Due to very busy schedules of the board members; the website was unable to be maintained.  But, the board recognized the value of more frequent communication with the home owners and hopefully drive up interest in attending the meetings moving forward.

We have new posts planned for the next couple of weeks and are seeking input from home owners for ideas for the site as well.

If you have an idea or a topic you would like addressed or have a question please send an email to DCHOA2014@gmail.com.

Please come back and visit.  New posts coming soon!

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day weekend!!  This is the weekend we honor all the men and women who lost their lives fighting for ours.  We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy memorial day.

Suspicious Activity

ALERT!!!

The Darien Police were in the neighborhood today and alerted a few of the residents of suspicious activity. There are people traveling in pairs one pair is selling pest control services and the other claims to be there to test the water.

In one incident on Holly the pair entered the home of an elderly person and while one tested the water the other person rummaged through the house. Police are cautioning residents about this and requesting that you contact the police immediately if you encounter either pair.

Spring is here

I am back posting after an unexpected hiatus.  To be honest, the winter months there is really nothing to say other than “Stay warm”.  So here we are in spring with all it’s glory and maintenance that starts this time of year.  We are focusing on several items this year and I will share more details about each of those in future posts.

Now that the weather is finConally staying nice and above freezing hopefully, please take the time to look at the outside of your home to see what cleanup, maintenance or replacement of landscaping and/or hardscaping needs updating or maintenance.  The board has a list of items that we are monitoring during the nicer months to ensure that our neighborhood stays looking it’s best.   We are looking at the following:

  • Holiday Lights
  • Foundation Landscaping
  • Signs
  • Parkway Trees
  • Trees in front yards
  • Rusty/broken equipment
  • Broken/non-functioning vehicles
  • Condition of Front Lawn

Warning letters will be going out on May 15th, 2016.  If you have any questions regarding the rules that govern these areas, you can review them in the Association rule book that is posted on this site.