Our covenants are in need of some updates. It's been discussed a bit in the open meetings, and here are some of the issues as framed by residents. I've taken the liberty of structuring them a little bit.
Past conversations with residents indicate a desire to NOT change it to an HOA setup, and to keep the covenants simple and directed solely toward maintaining the homeowner value. Some of the sections of the covenants that could stand a little updating include:
If you are interested in participating in the ACB, please let us know. There are currently two spots open. Please go to our contact us form and give us a small paragraph (if you like) on your goals in becoming an ACB member. This will be used in distributing election materials to the subdivision so we can approve new ACB members via a vote.
The ACB is an unpaid group that generally helps enforce the covenants, approve building, approve modifications, and coordinates maintenance of the few public areas for the subdivision.
The ACB takes very little time from its members, and is currently working to keep the covenants enforced and potentially modified before they expire.
Typically one ACB member does the finances, another manages violations, and the other one will work toward organizing subdivision meetings and the like. All three decide on modification requests (sheds, pools, decks, etc.). Those duties are not set in stone...
We will probably have an open meeting of all residents in March, and if there are applicants for the ACB at that time, we'll elect new members.
If you want to pay an outstanding assessment, you may do so by going to our Pay Assessments page. Only outstanding assessments show up there - if your address is not there, we have a record of you paying the current assessment. You can still pay by check if you like by writing a $50.00 check made out to Two Rivers ACB, and mailing it to Ed Melchior, 621 Two Rivers Dr, Mukwonago WI.
Please note that we have added a convenience fee to the $50 assessment when paying with a credit card - this covers the fees that both our web hosting site and the payment processor charge us. If you write us a paper check, there is no convenience fee, and a straight $50.00 is the correct amount.
Hurricane Harvey update
Hurricane Harvey 2017 -
" It Started with a walker " ...
The Tale of Novice Charity Organizers
September 18, 2017 •
As with most tales, even the ones that actually happened, we need to set the scene; One evening immediately following the rainful impact of hurricane Harvey, most of the world felt the news impact and vivid images of elderly folks being pulled from the rising flood waters in Houston, Texas.
It was that evening the family agreed we need to do something.
Sitting in a comfortable living room in Wisconsin watching our Texas neighbors loosing their homes and businesses was no longer an option nor acceptable.
It was no longer an option seeing that elderly folks would be stranded in a shelter without being able to feel the security of having their walker or cane to be able to move around.
It was no longer an option seeing rescue volunteers lack the most simple safety gear while trying to help the less fortunate.
The mission the morning after became; let's purchase all the Walkers, Canes and Rubber boots we can find at Goodwill and St. Vincent stores in South Eastern Wisconsin. It was a great day! We rounded up over 30 walkers and 10 canes and a large bin full of rubber boots.
As most of the walkers needed some good cleaning and sanitizing, the work in the driveway became scrubbing away. With the commotion and the large amount of aluminum outside the house, neighbors started asking questions about our doings and the funny jokes about plans to open an elderly home in our basement turned to "how can we help you".
Not knowing what flood victims need the most, the answer became "anything and everything you can help with will be greatly appreciated"....
Calls and emails went out to Safety Friends in the Wind Industry to gather Hardhats, Gloves, High Visibility Vests and other Safety Gear. Flyers were placed in mailboxes and social media outreach kicked into high gear with the help of the tenage family members and neighbors.
Before long, this mission took a life of its own.
Donations came in from next neighbors and other neighborhoods, safety friends, an elderly home 40 miles away, local businesses and the local middle school also contributed.
It became an overwhelming amount of donations that arrived at the door step in just a week.
The generosity was mind blowing and humbling!
It soon became clear that shipping the donation with UPS was no longer an option, let alone where should it be shipped to. This is where mining your network comes in. Who knows who and how can we help each other?
A recent safety contact at Gloveguard just outside Houston made the recommendation of a trustworthy relief organization based on experience from past flooding.
Mukwonago Park View Middle School teacher Kaitlin H. reached out to some college friends now teaching in Houston and facilitated these contacts. A plan was firming up...
The two car garage had been turned into a relatively well organized sorting, folding and packing center.
Bins and boxes were clearly labelled with the items donated, clothing had been sorted into gender and age categories. A 20 foot enclosed trailer was being packed to the brim and the truck got a fresh oil change.
The next part of the journey was mentally preparing for a five day solo drive, 1134 mile from Wisconsin to Houston Texas, countless hours in backed up Houston traffic and another 1134 miles right back again.
On a drive like this You come to understand that everything IS bigger in Texas.
After driving for a full 12 hours you finally get through four States and reach the Texas State line. At that point you come to realize that you still have another 8 hours of driving in front of you.
Even the bugs are bigger in Texas, so when your hear the sounds of a pelting rainstorm hitting your windshield and you can't clear your wind shield with your wipers and washer fluid then You know you must have hit a swarm of Texas Lovebugs (Plecia Nearctica).
Normally they don't stick around for more than a few days and die off fast after mating, but because of the rain and standing water they seemed to have become the National Bird of Texas and no one seemed sad that I must have killed +10,000 of the love critters with the front of the truck and trailer.
Rolling into Houston around midnight it was too dark to see anything but the blinding headlights from the truck load after truck load filled with lumber, drywall and plywood.
The first noticeable impact of Hurricane Harvey became clear the following morning at breakfast.
As an avid frequent stayer at airport hotels around the country, this was not the normal breakfast crowd! The typical salespeople rushing through a lack luster continental breakfast were changed out with Families with Children and Relief workers.
The children should be in school and summer vacation a past memory by now, and in this case it was distress in the eyes of mothers and families of 4 to 6 crammed into a hotel room for days and nights.
The relief workers, tireless, all in t-shirts / polo shirts labeled with the names of the organization they represent. FEMA, US Corp of Engineers, Nurse and Care taker organization alike were conducting team meetings reviewing spreadsheets and the action plans for the day.
It was at that breakfast I meet Holly, a sweet little old lady from FEMA asking me "where do you come from" I guess I stood out, as I did not have a logo on my shirt. I explained the story above and finished up by saying, "I have no experience in relief efforts, what should I do next". Holly gave me a hug and said "You will be just fine, you have already done the hard work, and that is getting out there and actually doing something". Holly, having travelled from disaster to disaster, with 15 years of experience, is now in charge of training younger relief workers in how to inspect homes after disasters to ensure they are safe to live in.
With the encouraging words from my new friend Holly and the BEST and upgraded continental breakfast, compliments of Springhill Suites by Marriott, the first stop for donation drop-off became a small kindergarten north of Houston.
The Small Steps Nurturing Center (SSNC) itself was spared from flood damages, but the families of the children attending were not!
SSNC core focus is to provide care, learning and two meals a day to the small children of families with an annual income of less than $15,000 per year. Small Steps with its 180 kids at two facilies became the receipients of a lot of school supplies as well as diapers and other child care items. Small Steps Nurturing Center is a non profit organization, 100% sponsored by private and community donation. The staff and management is top notch and it was such a pleasure touring the facility and meeting the wonderful kids.
More information and donations can be made at: https://ssnc.org/
Next stop became Clear Creek Relief, an organization well known locally for their volunteer work in connection with flooded homes. By the time of arrival 1500 volunteers had already gutted and cleaned 600 homes contaminated with dirty and polluted water, as well fighting fast spreading black mold. 800 additional homes were on the waiting list for similar treatment.
Dave and Thomas explained they had already turned their large inventory of donated supplies 3 times so far and as soon as donated supplies came in they went right back out to the volunteers.
Every time I asked them do you want the chairs as well, or how about the dog food...the answer was "we have a home for it all"....
The take away; Relief Organization appreciate all relevant donations as long as it is in new or in clean, folded, sorted and labeled condition. They simply don't have the manpower to sort bags after bags of mixed donation or mixed sizes nor the ability to clean dirty clothing prior to handing it out.
More information and donations can be made at: http://clearcreekrelief.org/
On my way out, Dave offered a bottle of cold water and a Dallas Cowboys styrofoam cooler for the return trip. Knowing that several donations from a Wisconsin included Green Packers and Milwaukee Brewers apparel, I gracefully accepted the gift....One word of caution though, leaving a styrofoam cooler inside the truck with 1134 miles of styrofoam squeaking will drive you crazy, but the thought was nice and very much appreciated.
After a short Safety Equipment drop off at OSHA in South Houston, the thankful inspectors said, "usually we just write people up for non-compliance, but now we can actually help the volunteers do their work safely, that is a nice feeling".
Last stop of the day was at Lamar High School, a diverse school in the inner part of Houston. Meet by grateful faculty members and with help from students we emptied out the remainder of the donations from the truck and trailer. The comforting news was that though the school was showing its age, funds had been approved prior to Harvey for the construction of a new high school being able to facilitate the 3000 students with a teacher ratio of 35 students per teacher. Wow, they are busy teachers also in Texas...
As the journey turned back towards Wisconsin, there was ample time to reflect on the journey and lesson learned.
The feeling of accomplishment along with the sadness of seeing people's belongings in huge piles outside house after house, gave way to motivation and energy for what should the next charity drive be for.
Too soon after the impact of Hurricane Harvey, the National media left Texas to cover the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma in Florida. It was, as if the Houston area devastation were forgotten overnight. Understandably so, Florida needed the news coverage as well, but allow me though to clearly state, the cleanup and recovery after Harvey has just begun and help will be needed for a long long time to come. Keep it coming....
No longer novice charity coordinators we can only encourage those of you who have thought of doing the same, Do It! The learning curve is short and steep, it is hard work, but the human reward of seeing everyone coming together for the same cause is humbling to the core.
A huge "Thank You" goes out to all of those who made this mission possible through your generous donations and contribution of time.
Your donations were all delivered and received with sincere appreciation from those in need.
This trip and tale may have come to an end, but in reality it is just the beginnning with so many more stories and chapters to follow.
Stay Safe and Always Be Fund Raising for a Great Cause,
The Pedersen's, Mukwonago, Wisconsin
A more concise listing of the Two Rivers Subdivision public meeting agenda:
The meeting will start PROMPTLY at 6:45pm. I guarantee it will end by 8:00 (although they don't kick us out until 8:30, so we can chat informally while the ACB tears down the chairs and gets the room back into order.) The meeting is at the Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division Street, Mukwonago, WI 53149
If you feel there's something missing from the agenda, suggest something in the comments! (or send us something through the Contact Us page.) I didn't post all of the details of each section, but if you'd like more details, I'd be happy to share.
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Two Rivers of Mukwonago ACB (Architectural Control Board)
Two Rivers of Mukwonago
Subdivision in-person meeting
6:45pmThursday, June 8, 2017
Mukwonago Community Library
Topics (If you would like topics added to the agenda, please write a comment to this post.):
Refreshments will be served (muffins and cookies).
Greetings to all Families in the Two Rivers Subdivision.
The annual meeting of the Two Rivers Subdivision of Mukwonago is Thursday, June 2 promptly at 6:45 pm at the Mukwonago Community Library (511 Division St.) and will be conducted by the Architectural Control Board (ACB). We welcome all families to attend, including those families that have recently moved into our subdivision.
The following invited guests will speak during the meeting:
• John Weidl, Village of Mukwonago Administrator; and
• Representative Cody Horlacher, Wisconsin's 33rd Assembly District
The meeting will convene to discuss:
• Rationale for annual assessments; and
• Update funds available to the ACB for vital current and/or forecasted expenses; and
• Review covenants and inform potential violations during the past year; and
• Answer queries from homeowners regarding Board activities; and
• Vote for a new Board; and
• Conduct discussion on any issues presented by attendees.
A new Board consisting of three (3) subdivision residents (a Chairperson and two regular members) must be elected at the meeting. The ACB is a group of unpaid residents elected by the residents of the subdivision to maintain the standards of the subdivision and protect property values by interpreting the subdivision covenants. The ACB is responsible for collecting annual and special-purpose assessments, notifying lot owners when they might be in violation of the covenants, deciding on lot improvements and building additions, and maintaining the public areas of the community. The ACB generally meets monthly to address any issues and make decisions on proposed lot improvements, house alterations, sheds, pools, and other requests.
Residents interested in serving on the Board should e-mail outgoing Chairperson Ken Werner (firstname.lastname@example.org):
3. Phone number
4. Brief background statement and interest in serving on the Board
Nominations from the floor will be accepted.
Ken Werner has served on the Board since 2011, holding the position of Chair since 2012, while Amy Waller having served since 2012 and Andy Ciganek since 2013. Each outgoing member is proud to have served on the Board and are leaving due to separate work obligations.
Mark your calendar now - we'll see you on Thursday, June 2 at 6:45 pm.
Ken Werner, Chairperson
Amy Waller, Recorder
Andy Ciganek, Member
U.S. News ranked Mukwonago High School the 16th best high school out of 511 Wisconsin public high schools, and 838th best of 24,000+ public high schools nationally!
Reposted from the Mukwonago Chief.
By Rachel Minske
May 26, 2015
Mukwonago — A community nestled in the southwestern flank of the Vernon Marsh and home to two National Blue Ribbon School awards is recognized as an outstanding community, but village officials say the high ranking is a no-brainer.
Mukwonago was ranked No. 3 in a 2015 list of "Best Towns to Raise a Family in Wisconsin," surpassed only by Oregon at No. 1 and Mount Horeb in second. The list was compiled by Niche, an organization that provides rankings and statistics on neighborhoods and cities in the United States.
"It feels low, doesn't it?" asked Village Administrator John Weidl, adding Mukwonago deserves the top spot. "I think it's fantastic. The numbers kind of speak for themselves."
The ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key metrics that indicate how good an area is to raise a family at the town level, according to the organization's website. The calculations take into account key family-centered factors such as public education, safety, community involvement and access to family necessities.
Village of Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt said the high ranking is well-deserved, although he admits he's a tad biased having lived in Mukwonago all his life before settling down to raise a family of his own. Crime and safety were weighted at 20 percent toward each town's overall ranking.
"I think it's great," said Schmidt, adding extra foot patrol in the village has helped deter crime. "It's not only the police, though. The village board gives us our tools to do our job. It's a joint effort."
On a national scale, Mukwonago came in at No. 39 among the best towns to raise a family in the U.S. Carmel, Indiana, took the top spot in the nation. The list excludes suburbs and cities with more than 100,000 residents, according to Niche.
Weidl said he believes the amount of quality housing in Mukwonago certainly played a key role in the high ranking.
Voting for Mukwonago's annual "Simply the Best" contest runs from June 3-12 and can be done online at lakecoutnrynow.com or through the Mukwonago Chief newspaper. Results will be tallied June 19 and winners will be announced June 24.
The Architectural Control Board somewhat reluctantly wishes to use this medium to report incidents considered as “childish pranking.” The Board has decided to convey information related to an event last Saturday evening, November 8, in the hope that someone may know of the perpetrator and report this knowledge to the village police.
Individuals in a house on Eastern Trail witnessed a young man run from the house after ringing the doorbell and placing a bag labeled “Fork in the Road” on their front stoop at approximately 8:30 pm. The contents of the bag were noted as “disgusting” and "unhealthy" by the homeowner. Forty-five minutes later the doorbell rang again, and in an attempt to answer quickly the homeowner injured his leg. Rarely does our subdivision incur pranks considered obnoxious in nature, but this occurrence rose above what is clearly beyond just “childish.” We repeat: if you have information that may lead to the individual who committed this offense, please contact the village police.