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Town of Cary Curbside
Posted on Feb 26th, 2015 Comments (0)
Town of Cary utilities department have instructed residents to place their debris next to the curb (not in the street) for pick up by the town. They have not determined when that will be, but anticipate middle of next week after if warms up.
 
 
 
Winter Weather Information
Posted on Feb 26th, 2015 Comments (0)
Cary’s A-Team Saws Limbs in Half to Keep Roads Clear
 
Report downed trees and stay clear of power lines 
CARY, NC –The A-Team is still working its magic in Cary, clearing main thoroughfares, primary streets in subdivisions and neighborhood routes of not only winter precipitation but also trees that have fallen under the weight of last night’s storm, which brought more than four inches to the area. Citizens are encouraged to call the Town at (919) 469-4090 to report downed trees and power lines. Since precipitation began falling around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 30 reports of trees/wires down.
Wednesday’s curbside collection routes have been plowed and those citizens will have their garbage and recycling collected today starting at 9:30 a.m. Yard waste will not be collected this week as those crews join Cary’s A-Team. As a reminder, the Town does not clear private parking lots, including those in apartment and condominium communities or at businesses and commercial centers. 
“Our thoroughfares are clearing up rapidly and showing great improvement. We have plows in the subdivisions and we’ll be working throughout the day and into the night clearing residential streets,” said Public Works Director Scott Hecht.
For this storm, the Town of Cary’s is down to 1,800 tons of salt/sand mix along with 250 tons of pure salt and over 65 pieces of winter-weather fighting equipment to clear Cary’s 723 linear miles of streets, about 544 linear miles of which are within subdivisions.
OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS
Town Hall is operating under Tier II status through noon Thursday; employees should visit the Human Resources section of www.townofcary.org for further details. Town recreation and cultural programs and activities are canceled today; all recreation and cultural arts facilities are also closed for the day.
C-TRAN
C-Tran will begin running Fixed Route and Door-to-Door Tier I serviced at 1 p.m.; there will be no Tier II or III service on Thursday. Riders are encouraged to call C-Tran directly at (919) 481-2020 with questions or download the Transloc app, available for Apple and Android devices, for updates on possible service adjustments. 
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
Weather permitting, trash/recycling will be collected one day later for the remainder of the week through Saturday, February 28. Wednesday’s collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday’s collection will occur on Friday; Friday’s collection will occur on Saturday. As always during inclement weather, those living in multi-family units who typically receive backyard service must bring their bins to the curb. The Citizen’s Convenience Center will open at noon. 
COMMUNICATIONS
Do not call 911 unless there’s an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health or property. Additionally, thanks to the Town’s advanced traffic management system, there is no need to report street signal outages as the system captures the outage location and alerts staff. Starting at 6 a.m. today and during normal business hours, citizens may call (919) 469-4090 to report slick spots and downed limbs; after 5 p.m., please call the non-emergency phone number at (919) 469-4012. Anyone without power should report outages to Duke Energy Progress at (800) 419-6356 anytime or Apex Electric at (919) 362-8661 after hours.
During winter weather:
Do not park on streets so that Town equipment can service the area.
Bring your solid waste and recycling bins to the curb, including those living in multi-family units who typically receive backyard service.
Do not attempt to deal with downed limbs or trees on a street or sidewalk on your own since they may be tangled in live power lines.
C-Tran Fixed Route and Door to Door transit riders can call C-Tran directly for service updates: (919) 481-2020.
Citizens without access to email or who lose power can call the Town’s Emergency Public Information phone line at (919) 319-4504 to hear emergency messages from Town Hall.
Get alerts and safety and preparedness tips from Wake County at www.readywake.com.
Be proactive; locate and learn how to use your residence’s master water shut off valve in the event of broken utility pipes.
Stay indoors during severe winter weather. If you do decide to venture out—whether walking or driving—let folks know when and where you are going so that they can contact emergency officials should you fail to reach your destination. Take a cell phone just in case.
 
Subscribe now to our free email service for the latest Cary information. The Town typically updates citizens and the media with news releases throughout winter weather events each morning, afternoon and evening. Just click the green envelope on the Town’s homepage, www.townofcary.org, and subscribe to the News/Events/Alerts list. Information is also posted to the Town’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TownofCaryNC and to Twitter @TownofCary. Also, monitor road conditions 24/7 via the Town’s traffic camera system by tuning into Cary TV 11 on Time Warner Cable Channel 11 or AT& T Uverse Channel 99.
For more, search “Winter Weather” at www.townofcary.org.
The next weather-related release for this event will be issued at 4 p.m. unless changing conditions warrant sooner action.
 
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PRIMARY CONTACTS:
Scott Hecht, Public Works Director, (919) 469-4093
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240
 
 
 
Cary Curbside Collection Delays this week
Posted on Feb 24th, 2015 Comments (0)
CARY, NC – The flakes won’t stop falling so out of an abundance of caution, the Town of Cary is altering some schedules today. Effective immediately, crews have stopped curbside trash/recycling collection for the day. Weather permitting, services for the remainder of the week will bump one day:
• Tuesday’s collection will be completed on Wednesday
• Wednesday’s collection will be completed on Thursday
• Thursday’s collection will be completed on Friday
• Friday’s collection will be completed on Saturday
 
 
Parking in Preston Community
Posted on Feb 24th, 2015 Comments (0)

Parking complaints have become one of the most frequently reported during these recent bouts of wintry weather. Many PCA members appreciate and value the covenants and their influence on property valuation and look to the PCA and CAS for enforcement thereof.
 
Section 12 of The Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Preston governs On Street Parking and is reiterated below.
 
“The Owner of each Lot shall provide for adequate parking space on the Lot for vehicles of all types and all other apparatus designed for movement over and upon streets or highways (whether self-propelled or not) and regularly used by the residents of the single-family residence on the Lot.  No automobiles, trucks, vans, travel trailers, other trailers or any other apparatus designed for movement over and upon streets or highways (whether self-propelled or not) shall be regularly parked on the streets within or adjoining the Property, and trucks with tonnage in excess of one (1) ton shall not be permitted to park overnight on the streets, driveways or otherwise within the Property, except that Declarant may allow such parking by any such vehicles used in connection with the construction of improvements within the Property.  In addition and supplemental to the prohibitions on parking set forth in this Declaration the Board is empowered to promulgate and enforce rules and regulations relating to parking on the streets within or adjoining the Property.”
 
If you have a complaint within the context of the covenants, please contact Pati Barrow, Preston Community Manager at CAS via email (Pati@casnc.com), or at 919.367.7711 .  You can also use the Contact Us page.  Parking complaints are handled very carefully and we request that you provide the following information.
 
    Vehicle License Plate number
    Number of days or nights the vehicle has been or is parked on the street
 
Violations of the covenants will include letters of warning after which daily fines can be assessed for repeat offences.
 
In addition to the covenants there are municipal regulations governing on street parking.  With assistance from the Town of Cary and Morrisville police, we have summarized their ordinances below.
 
 
    No vehicle may be parked within 15 feet either way of a mailbox Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 5PM except federal holidays. (Cary)
    No vehicle may be parked within 15 feet of a stop sign.
    No vehicle may be parked in front of a private driveway.
    No trailers such as boat or utility trailers that are unhitched from a vehicle shall be left on the street.
    No vehicles parked further than 12″ from the curb.
    No vehicles in cul-de-sacs may be parked straight on facing houses.  Vehicles must be parked along and parallel to the curb.
    No parking anywhere within 25’ of any intersection.
    No parking within a marked bicycle lane.
    No parking on a street marked by a center line where the parked car may force a passing vehicle into the other lane. (Cary)
 
 
If you feel a vehicle is violating a town ordinance, you can contact the Cary Police Department at the non-emergency number - 919.469.4012.  The Town of Morrisville non emergency number is 919.829.1911.  Please note: The PCA is not in a position to enforce municipal laws.
 
The municipal parking rules are designed to keep our communities safe from accidents and to protect the access for both citizen and public emergency vehicles.  The PCA parking covenants reflect the intent of the original Preston developer to help maintain the community appearance and property values.
 
Thank you very much for your help and cooperation in this sometimes difficult matter.  If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, please let us know.
 
 
Preston Community Association Neighborhood watch and Safety info
Posted on Feb 24th, 2015 Comments (0)
Preston Neighborhood Watch
What is The Preston Neighborhood Watch & What Does It Do?
                                           
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program which enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Police Department to reduce crime. The goal is to train citizens to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods and to use crime prevention strategies to fight crime.
 
REMEMBER: Neighborhood Watch members only serve as the extra “eyes and ears” of law enforcement. Members should report their observations of suspicious activities to law enforcement. Members should never try to take action on those observations. Trained law enforcement should be the only ones to ever to take action.
 
What to Report:
 
Suspicious activities vehicles or people
Illegal activities like drugs dealings.
Unusual events or incidents
Dangerous situations
 
Examples of suspicious activity may include, but are not limited to:
 
A stranger loitering or an unknown vehicle cruising the streets repeatedly
Someone peering into cars or windows
Unidentifiable person tampering w/ electrical, gas, or sewer systems w/o company badge
Signs of forced entry such as open or broken doors and windows
 
What does The Preston Neighborhood Watch NOT do?
 
A neighborhood watch does not replace local law enforcement
Having a neighborhood watch does not guarantee safety
This is not a “service” offered by the HOA to provide security
We are not a vigilante group, or armed patrol, and we do not take on our own action
 
Roles and Responsibilities of Preston 35 NW Communities
 
Neighborhood Watch Sub-Committee (3‐5 People)
 
NW SC setup and manage the neighborhood watch program with CAS PM Assistance
Coordinate actions & information b/w homeowners / HOA / Cary Morrisville PD
Designate program structure / guidelines / requirements / training / change control
Obtain and distribute crime prevention materials / pamphlets / signage
Coordinate neighborhood‐wide meetings and events
Coordinate with other surrounding Neighborhood Watch groups
Report to PCA Safety Committee chair Neighborhood Watch Block Captains (per community)
Oversee and manage your community (example: Preston Crossing)
Evaluate and determine patrol schedules and routes with NW SC
Work with NW SC to create and distribute safety and security training and information
Coordinate block‐wide meetings and events
 
Facilitate unity of your block and Spotters Neighborhood Watch Spotters (as many people as possible)
Patrol areas on foot or by vehicle
Report any suspicious activity (even when not officially on “patrol”)
Participate in campaigns for recruitment / awareness / visibility
 
Home Security Tips
Setup a monitored alarm system – do not rely on a yard sign to keep you safe
Keep your garage door closed when not in use
Do not leave newspapers in the driveway
Do not leave valuables in plain sight through your home or vehicle windows
When answering the door, use caution. You can talk with door locked
Lock your doors and windows at all times, not just while away from home.
Exterior lighting can help deter burglaries at night
Keep bushes and trees trimmed
 
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Reminder from National Neighborhood Watch Manual (p. 22):
Community members should report their observations of suspicious activities to law enforcement and never try to take action on those observations. Trained law enforcement should be the only ones ever to take action based on observations of suspicious activities.
 
[Text Box: DISCLAIMER – these tips are suggestions for improving security around your home and are not guaranteed to prevent a break-in.]
 
Sources:
 
February 7, 2015 Preston Village communication about Neighborhood Watch
National Neighborhood Watch – a division of the National Sherriffs’ Association http://www.sherriffs.org
Neighborhood Watch Manual written by The National Sherriffs’ Association
https://www.bja.gov/Publications/NSA_NW_Manual.pdf  
Always visit our Preston Website for the latest information http://www.prestonca.com/
 
 
Preston Safety Meeting
Posted on Feb 24th, 2015 Comments (0)
Approximately 200 Preston area members braved the cold February 19th to attend an informational session on safety and crime prevention.
More information about the session is coming, but in the meantime, there are  2 pieces of information that were available for attendees
1) a safety tips sheet,
2) a neighborhood watch sign-up sheet that you can use to list folks in your neighborhood who wish to participate in a neighborhood watch.
 
Both documents are available on this webpage.
 
Those wishing to create a neighborhood watch for their part of Preston Community Association can also contact Vince Thai at vthai@prestonca.com
 
 
 
Preston Community Newsletter
Posted on Feb 13th, 2015 Comments (0)
Your Preston Community Association is working on a monthly e-newsletter to better serve the community. As they get ready to roll out the first edition, they want to know what you would like the newsletter to include.
 
Please send suggestions to your community manager, Pati Barrow, at pati@casnc.com
 
Thank you.
 
This week in review at Preston
Posted on Feb 13th, 2015 Comments (0)
Good evening and Happy Valentines weekend.
This week your Preston Community Association has been working hard behind the scenes to put together a community-wide security meeting which will be held Thursday, February 19th at 7pm at Prestonwood Country Club. More information about this meeting is available on this website or by contacting your Community Manager, Pati Barrow, at pati@casnc.com.
 
Compliance issues:
The deadline has passed for removing any lingering holiday decorations. If any are still found on your property, please know that you will receive a friendly reminder to remove them. If there is an issue as to whether the decoration is holiday or permanent, we will make the best decision we can, but please let us know if you receive a letter and feel it was in error.
 
Trash Container set out, removal, and storage guidelines are established in your Preston Community Association documents. Your Preston Community Manager has a duty to uphold these  guidelines. There are also guidelines on the home page pertaining to local town ordinances. Please remember that the town ordinances are far more strict as to when you set out and return. There is also a PCA guideline about storing your containers. Remember that they cannot be seen from the street (and that also means if you live on a corner, you have to hide them from side-view as well.). More infomation is in your 'architectural guidelines' on the PCA website.
 
Mailboxes this time of year may need some extra loving care.. if you are planning to paint your mailbox, please remember that the numbers on your box need to be of the Preston font. These are not available at the local hardware store - but are made inexpensively just for you through More Than a Mailbox - PCA's mailbox supplier. Call 919-772-7170 for more information.
 
Rats! Ruts? Ruh-Roh...
Its been messy and wet, so those times you might miss the driveway are more visible from the street. There is a chance you'll receive a friendly reminder about ruts if they are seen during compliance tours. We know you might not be able to do anything right now about it while its cold and wet, but its a way to have a discussion about what will be done to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
 
Planning some projects?
Please remember that if you are planning to change anything about your home's exterior, you need to submit an application for review by the Architectural committee. Application form and guidelines are on the PCA website. One common oversight is the submission of the property survey. It is imperative that the property survey be submitted with applications as per the application guidelines. If a survey is not included, your application will not be accepted for review.
In general, plan for 30 days for a review process, from submission to answer, so its suggested  you submit those applications before booking contractors...it usually makes the process less stressful that way.
 
Who is in the white CAS car driving slowly or parking the car and walking around the neighborhood while taking photos?
Thats me, Pati Barrow, your Community Manager. While I take photos from the street of homes, they are not published, and are not meant to be invasive of privacy. They are simply to help my recollection of an inspection or to assist in showing a homeowner what I witnessed.
I carry my business card, so if you ever have a question of who is on your block, please feel free to introduce yourself so we can get to know one another.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minutes of Safety Committee Meeting, Feb 4, 2015
Posted on Feb 12th, 2015

Minutes, Safety committee informational meeting
4 February, 2015 630 pm
Searstone Winston Clubhouse, 17001 Searstone Drive, Cary NC 27513
 
Please log in under the 'members' section to see minutes from this meeting.
Click on 'Board of Directors & meetings,' then 'Committees, ' followed by 'Safety committee.' Thank you.
 
 
 
Preston Community Security Meeting- February 19th at Prestonwood Country Club
Posted on Feb 12th, 2015 Comments (0)

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, February 19th for a special Preston Community Safety and Awareness meeting presented by your Preston Community Association in conjunction with local police and neighboring community safety committees.
 
Location: Prestonwood Country Club
Time: 7-8:15pm
 
The meeting agenda:
1. CPD Update 
2. Preston HOA Update
3. Neighborhood Watch Announcement & Home Security Assessment (Patty Cease)
4. Security Camera Evaluation Update (Kathy Rodman)
 
There will be a security survey distributed via the Preston Community Association website. Please take the time if possible to respond to the survey when you receive it.
 
 
 

 
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