From Jerry Flannery - CEO and General Manager
Happy 4th of July, Highland’s Ranch, and Happy Birthday to the United States of America! It is a time to celebrate our country’s birthday with parades, fireworks, and BBQs. Before you start lighting those fireworks though, know what is legal and what isn’t in Douglas County. Please check the Douglas County Sheriff’s web site at www.dcsheriff.net for more specific information.
Independence Day Festivities: Get up early and start your day with our annual 5K race. HRCA's annual July 4th Parade will bring the community together in celebration of our nation’s birth. Be sure to join us for the Family Bike & Pet Parade and the Community Parade. While there may be candy distributed during the parade, for the safety of your children, please encourage them to stay out of the street. Later in the day, the July 4th Celebration fireworks and event promises fun for the whole family at Highland Heritage Regional Park. Live music, games, food trucks, beer, and the hot dog eating contest will all return to this festival. For more information visit HRCAonline.org/July4.
July Events: The July calendar is jam-packed at HRCA, with fun events all month long including Adult Swim on July 10, a brand new event in partnership with Davidsons Beer, Wine, & Spirits called Rosé in the Ranch on July 13, and the popular Touch a Truck on July 20. For the kids, our summer camps are in full swing. Full day, backcountry, art, sports, STEM, and many others will keep your kids active and entertained the rest of the summer. Check out all of our offerings at hrcaonline.org.
Quarterly Assessment Payments are due on July 1: A friendly reminder that Third Quarter Assessment payments are due on July 1. Enforcement, paying dues, and compliance are never fun topics to write about but I thought that this month I would call attention to this matter. After all, the main reason community associations exist are to keep property values high. This topic is one of constant debate. Many say we don’t enforce enough while others say we are overbearing and difficult. On top of all that, real consequences in the form of fines, liens, legal fees, and even foreclosures can come from non-compliance with paying dues and abiding by the legally binding contract that each homeowner agrees to when buying a home in Highlands Ranch. We want to thank everyone who works with HRCA and encourage everyone to promptly respond to all notices that are sent to homeowners regarding these matters.
Recycling: HRCA, along with its community partner, Pro Disposal, are proud to offer convenient recycling solutions designed to make preparing recyclables simpler than ever before. The following items are not accepted into the Single Stream Recycling process: plastic bags, to-go plastic containers, plastic egg cartons, plastic plates, forks, spoons or knives, six-pack holders, plastic syringes, oils, paints, or batteries, hazardous or bio-hazardous waste products such as needles and syringes, ceramics, pyrex containers or windshield glass. Some of these items are simply too large for processing or can cause damage to processing equipment and or an existing load. While clean glass bottles are OK, household glass is made from different materials that cannot mix with glass from bottles or jars. For plastic bag recycling, please check with your local grocery store, as they often have receptacles specifically to collect these products. For more detailed information about the do’s and don’ts of recycling please visit HRCAonline.org/Recycle.