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This is where valuable community information willl be provided by the Board of Directors directly to the Village at Thornapple homeowners.
By admin on 2/6/2016 8:28 AM

Recently, the City of Columbus began removing the street easement trees that were marked with a blue "X." Several trees along Thorncrest Drive and Aldengate Drive plus one on Manshire Court were removed. This resulted from a meeting between the City and the VAT Board in spring 2015 in conjunction with the sidewalk project that occurred this past summer. The roots of many of the trees caused sidewalk tripping hazards. Others were showing decline due to storm damage, wind shear, and competition with large trees on homeowner properties.

While the City will return to grind the stumps, they will not restore the turf. Homeowners whose properties abut these City easements are expected to restore the bare spots. Once the tree stumps have been ground, the homeowners will need to remove the shavings, fill the hole to grade, and sow seed.

The City has informed us that they usually avoid planting in the exact same spot. The City has not specified when replanting of trees will occur.

By admin on 7/30/2015 6:54 AM

Our recent post regarding City street tree removal and sidewalk repairs prompted some very good discussion with several homeowners. Questions ranged from sidewalk snow removal and sidewalk obstruction to City street tree pruning. We'd like to take the opportunity to pass along information that resulted from those discussions.

  1. Homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk that abuts their property. This includes snow removal, maintaining an unobstructed path for pedestrians, and replacement or repair of sidewalk damaged during a home improvement project. The City will repair or replace sidewalks damaged by City construction or as a result of City street tree root development. If you have concerns about sidewalk snow removal or sidewalk obstruction due to tree or shrub overgrowth on a homeowner's property, the City encourages you to visit Follow the prompts and select the pertinent service request: Remove Snow/Ice from Sidewalk or Dead or Unsafe Tree(s) on Private Property. You can also file a service request by calling 645-3111.
  2. The street easement trees are the property of the City of Columbus. If a City tree needs pruning, please file a request for service by visiting Follow the prompts and select City Tree Needs Maintenance. You may also file a service request by calling 645-3111.

By admin on 7/28/2015 6:43 AM

As you have driven or walked through the Village at Thornapple, you may have noticed the blue "X" on some of the street-side trees and the blue numbers on many sections of sidewalk. Both have resulted from ongoing discussions that the VAT Board has had with the City of Columbus regarding the health of some of the trees and the treacherous walking conditions of our community sidewalks.

Several trees are showing decline mainly due to overcrowded conditions, storm damage, or ash borer infestation. Trees with ash borer damage are located near properties where homeowners had untreated ash trees on their properties. The marked trees are scheduled for removal by fall of this year. The date for replanting has not been disclosed by the City. The City will determine the location for replanting, but most replacements will not be planted in the same spot. As a reminder, once the City removes a street tree and grinds the stump, it is the homeowner's responsibility to restore the turf with topsoil and grass seed.

In May, the Board wrote Mayor Coleman's office expressing appreciation for the newly-installed ADA compliant sidewalk ramps but concern over the treacherous sidewalk conditions. The Board informed the Mayor that in 2011 the Board submitted a list to the City of over 100 addresses where the sidewalks have heaved one-half inch or more (City trip hazard criteria). To date, very few sidewalks have been replaced. However, within a few weeks of sending the letter, City personnel were in the community surveying and marking the sidewalks. Fingers crossed that smooth travels lie ahead.

By admin on 2/11/2015 7:32 PM

The VAT Homeowners' Association Community Handbook, 6th Edition has been delivered to every homeowner's door. Please contact the Board at in the event that you did not receive your copy. The Handbook contains the following:

  • Code of Regulations
  • Enforcement and Collection Processes
  • Architectural Review Process and Application

Please remember to refer to the website at for the other governing documents and community information. If you know any homeowners who are not receiving our HOA email messages, please encourage them to register at the website.

By admin on 4/30/2014 9:22 AM

Considering an exterior painting project?  Visit and click on the Architectural Design tab.

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By admin on 4/11/2014 1:13 PM

As good neighbors and responsible pet owners, we have a responsibility to our community to mind after our beloved pets. This includes controlling incessant barking, picking up after them as we walk the community, and controlling pets by using a lead. Remember, as well-behaved as your pets might be, you can never be certain about how they will react to unpredicted circumstances.

If you are a cat owner, please resist turning your cat out to freely run the community. Residents have reported destroyed patio furniture as well as feces and urine in their landscaping beds. Animal Control regards cats as a "nuisance animal" similar to a skunk or raccoon and will not remove them. However, homeowners have the right to contact a pest control contractor who is authorized to trap and dispose of unwanted pests. Unfortunately, an untagged family pet may get caught in the process. Also, keep in mind that the coyote population is alive and well in this area and your domesticated tabby is not a skilled match.

By admin on 3/28/2014 3:35 PM

Comments from Officer Paulus


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By admin on 3/24/2014 10:07 AM

Tips on staying safe


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By admin on 1/13/2014 9:22 AM

Dear residents,

Please do not send mail to the gate house mailbox at 6369 Thorncrest Drive as it is obsolete. The Board and management company do not retrieve mail from this location.

The Board may be contacted by email at Mail may be sent to the management company: Towne Properties, 777 Dearborn Park Lane, Suite A, Worthington, OH 43085. Fax: 614-781-0832. Email:

Thank you,

VAT Board

By admin on 11/19/2013 9:49 AM

Call Columbus Police (emergency 911 or non-emergency 614-645-4545) to report suspicious activity or if you have been a victim of a crime. Please also advise the VAT Board ( so that we may alert the community as appropriate. Click on Read More to see safety tips provided by the Columbus Police Department.

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By admin on 8/21/2013 6:50 PM

•Private Property – Resident use only.
•Minors under 14 years of age must have adult supervision at all times.
•Play at your own risk in designated areas only.
•Play structures are designed for children 2–5 and 5–12.
•Do not climb on top of equipment.
•Do not climb up slides.
•Do not climb on top of shelter or walls.
•Do not move tables or trash cans.
•Use of alcohol and illegal substances prohibited.
•No Smoking.
•Pets must be leashed at all times. Please pick up after your pet.
•Place all garbage in the trash cans.
•Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk.
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By admin on 1/10/2012 9:20 AM

 In an effort to communicate valuable VAT information more efficiently and to eliminate the expense of costly newsletters and mailings, we will use email to deliver community information to residents.  To subscribe, simply click on the register link.

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Annual Meeting Minutes

Below are links to download the annual meeting minutes in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats.


Return applications and forms to:
Towne Properties
RE: Thornapple Association
777-A Dearborn Park Lane
Worthington, OH 43085

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