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Warmer weather brings about increased chances for encountering snakes
Posted on Apr 14th, 2015 Comments (0)
Dear Preston Community Association Members,
The PCA office received a note about snakes being spotted on the PCC golf course as well as on a few neighboring properties.

As we get into a season where we'll be outside more, your likelihood of encountering a snake increases. Here is some useful information on snakes from the NC Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University:
Most people are bitten when trying to kill or handle a snake. As a general rule, snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them. Often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction. Snakes cause no property damage, but seeing a snake or its shed (skin) may frighten some people.
Snakes are seen more often in the spring or fall as they search for food or move to and from a hibernation area. Snakes frequently are associated with small mammal habitat because rodents are a primary food source. For this reason snakes are considered beneficial to man.
There are two forms of control measures that can be taken (nonlethal and lethal). The difference is that while nonlethal measures can be taken at any time, lethal measures can only be taken when a snake is seen.
Nonlethal control measures are the most commonly practiced forms of control. Snakes can be discouraged from staying in an area by cutting off their food supply and cover. Mow closely around homes and outbuildings, and store firewood and lumber away from residences. Reduce mulch layers around shrubs to about 2 to 3 inches in depth to discourage small animals. Close cracks and crevices in buildings and around pipes and utility connections with 1/4-inch mesh hardware cloth, mortar or sheet metal. All doors and windows should have tightly fitting screens.
Small areas where children might play can be protected from most snakes with a snake-proof fence. The cost of the fence may make it impractical for an entire yard. The fence is made of 1/4 inch mesh wire screening built up 30 inches and buried 6 inches underground. It should slant outward at a 30 degree angle from bottom to top. The supporting stakes must be inside the fence and any gates must fit tightly. Tall vegetation just outside the fence should be removed.
Repellents such as sulfur or mothballs have proven ineffective at keeping snakes away from residences. However, snakes can be easily moved. Small snakes may be swept into a box or bag and removed. A large snake can usually be carried outside suspended over a long stick.
If a snake enters a residence, it may be difficult to find. Since snake are drawn to moist areas, they can be encouraged to move to one area by placing a wad of damp cloth covered with a dry one at different places along a wall. The pile must be large enough to allow the snake to crawl under it. Check the piles each day and remove the snakes found there.
The only lethal measure recommended is a long-handled shovel or hoe to kill the snake by severing the head from the body. DO NOT handle the head of a venomous snake alive or dead. A recently killed snake may bite by reflex action. Venomous snakes should only be killed if their presence endangers humans or pets. More than 80% of snakebites occur when a person is trying to kill or handle a snake. If the snake is encountered outdoors, the best defense is to back slowly away from it.
Preston Community Association Playground Survey
Posted on Mar 18th, 2015 Comments (0)

Dear Preston Community Association,

The Preston Community Association  is currently researching options for updating the community's playground. Please take a moment to respond to the enclosed survey.
  The results of the survey will be shared with the community at a later time. Feedback from this survey will be used to guide your Board of Directors for this project.
Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your PCA Vice President, Vincent Thai.
Thank you for your participation.
Notes and Survey Results from Preston February Safety Meeting at Prestonwood Country Club
Posted on Mar 9th, 2015 Comments (0)

Dear Preston Neighbors,

The Preston Community Association  recently performed the following safety survey of our community in February. We asked you what you thought were the most effective way for you, your block, and your community to provide safety and security.  The results of the survey is shown below.  The board and the Safety Committee is reviewing the results and we will use this feedback to guide our efforts in making decisions and deploying ideas suggested.

Should you have any follow on inquiry or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Vincent Thai
Chair of Safety Committee
Vice-President of Preston HOA
Preston Community Website Survey:
What do you feel is a most effective way to promote security in the Preston Community?
Answers                                                                                      Votes            Rank
Neighborhood watch/ community security team                       27              04
Social networks                                                                               03               09
Security Cameras                                                                            34               03
E-mail alerts                                                                                    17               06
Police through patrols and
          classes/ relationships with community                               38               02
Better street lighting                                                                        07              08
Home preparation
            (lock windows, doors, landscaping to deter criminals)    41               01
Home alarm system                                                                          20              05
Vendor / Contractor registration                                                      02               10
I have a different idea                                                                     08               07
Preston Community Safety meeting,
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Prestonwood Country Club, Cary
The event included representation from Morrisville and Cary police departments.

Police reported they investigate crimes within their own jurisdictions and also cooperate with local jurisdictions like Raleigh and Durham, etc.

Cary police reported 19 burglaries during recent crime trend in the Davis drive area with 2 physical arrests to that date of the meeting and 3 outstanding warrants. Some property was recovered, but they are still working that out.

Information at date of meeting was still limited as to if the suspects were related to one another. However, according to Cary police, it was a possibility.

Police continued to stress that when it comes to stolen property, even if you did not report your crime to the police but you think your stolen property was recovered, contact police.

During the course of a small number of break-ins, homeowners were on the premises; however, police report no assaults were committed. Break-ins at those locations happened because there were no cars in driveways, leading burglars to believe no one was home.
Both Cary and Morrisville Police have home security assessments they can perform for residents. Please contact your local police to sign up. You have to be home at the time of the assessment to meet with police representatives.

Some suggestions that came up during the question and answer session with residents:
  1. If you see something suspicious, Call 911
  2. Create a ‘safe room’ in your home. Be it a closet or some other room, make it a room your family knows to go to that can be secured.
  3. Have a safety plan and be prepared to put it into action. The time to practice it is not when danger is imminent.
  4. Contractors look for houses that look empty – when someone unknown to you knocks on your door, answer -  but don’t open your door. An example can be one of your children heading toward the door saying, ‘I’ll check it, dad.’ And then asking who it is through the door. Never open the door to someone you do not know.
  5. In Cary and Morrisville, if someone is soliciting they generally have to have a permit. However;   civic, religious, political groups or those under the age of 18 don’t need a permit.  You don’t have to open your door.
  6. Ask service providers coming to your home for a scheduled appointment if they can send you a photo of the contractor being sent to your property and / or a description of the car or person.
  7. If you see something suspicious, call 911
  8. Motion lights can be a good theft deterrent.
  9. Lock your cars. Both police departments said 90-percent of thefts would cease if people locked their cars and didn't keep valuables in plain sight.
  10. Also, close and lock your garage.
  11. Talk to your kids about ‘garage hopping’ (police say kids of high school age are most likely to look for garages to sneak into to steal liquor the adults store there.)
  12. ‘No soliciting’ signs are unenforceable. If you choose to have a sign on your property, it was suggested using ‘no trespassing’ as an option.
  13. Not home? Create ‘activity’ with timers. Not just in one spot of the house, but in areas where it would be logical to create the illusion that someone is home. A timer for the TV, the bedroom, living room, etc. The goal is to make the house look ‘lived in’ all the time.
  14. Call 911. If you think it’s a non-emergency and don’t know the number for that, call 911 and they will re-route your call.
  15. Cell phone signals are triangulated from their closest tower as far as generating location.
  16. If you have an alarm system, use it.
One item that was brought up was how important it was to take time to know your neighbors. Do you know who your neighbors are? Do your neighbors know how to reach you in case of emergency? Do they know how to reach your important contacts in case of emergency?
Morrisville police has a program called ‘vacation watch.’ You fill out a form with Morrisville police and they will add you to their list of houses to drive by.
They couldn't stress enough - call 911. No caller will get reprimanded if its a non-emergency; they will just get re-routed.

 Here is a link to the Preston Community Association safety surveys in February.

Town of Morrisville Updates
Posted on Mar 6th, 2015 Comments (0)

Just a quick update from Town of Morrisville Staff on the progress and upcoming milestones.
Morrisville Parkway Grade Separation Project:
Morrisville Parkway Grade Separation work continues along the railroad corridor performing bore and jack operations, pouring headwalls for new pipes, abandoning old culverts, cut/fill operations, and removing mulch from the clearing work. Bridge operations continue with pouring columns, caps and Morrisville-Carpenter Road Turn Lanes @ Town Hall Drive. The contractor Fred Smith is expected to be back on-site bringing in soil and working on the storm sewer system next week, weather permitting.
The turn lane work will not be complete until after March 15th due to NCDOT Seasonal Paving Limitations; NCDOT does expect the turn lane portion of the project to be complete by the end of March 2015.
The overall project:  The Morrisville Parkway separation work is scheduled to be complete in late 2016 (Novemberish) to early 2017.
The town has a link from its homepage dedicated to sharing information on this project so feel free to check there periodically:
As always feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or issues and I will do what I can to address them.
TJ Cawley
103 Trellingwood Drive
(919) 539-9683
Town of Cary Storm Debris Pickup update
Posted on Mar 4th, 2015 Comments (0)
Earlier this week, we sent along information obtained directly from Town of Cary regarding storm-related landscape debris pickup. Its been brought to our attention that this will not be the case. Town of Cary is now informing residents that there is not any limit on the size or weight of tree limbs.  When there is a town wide storm TOC will pick up any landscape debris.
Thank you for calling this correction to our attention.
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.
Town Hall is operating under Tier II status through noon Thursday; employees should visit the Human Resources section of 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 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. 
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. 
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
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,, and subscribe to the News/Events/Alerts list. Information is also posted to the Town’s Facebook page, 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
The next weather-related release for this event will be issued at 4 p.m. unless changing conditions warrant sooner action.
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 (, 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.]
February 7, 2015 Preston Village communication about Neighborhood Watch
National Neighborhood Watch – a division of the National Sherriffs’ Association
Neighborhood Watch Manual written by The National Sherriffs’ Association  
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The Preston Community Association, Inc. is managed by Community Association Services, Inc. (CAS)
Patricia Barrow, 
Community Association Services, Inc. (CAS)
1930 North Salem Street, Ste 101
Apex, NC 27523-8204
(919) 367.7711 x1504
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