Now that the snow is off of the ground and Spring is here, it is now time to start thinking about cleaning up our complex. The Board will be hard at work getting things in proper order in the common areas, and ask that you also look at your front and rear exclusive use areas to see what needs to be picked up/cleaned up. The annual Big Bin event for oversized items that need to go to the dump will be announced in upcoming weeks, along with the annual spring inspection. Once more information is available we will be sure to contact unit owners with all the details!
As mentioned during the 2017 Annual General Meeting, the latest Reserve Fund Study for the complex is now available. For a free digital copy of this document, simply send a request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be sent over to you.
As the weather cools and the seasons change, the Board would like to remind you to take care of the following maintenance items for your unit to prevent any issues during the winter months:
- Please turn off your outside tap access so that the pipes don’t freeze.
- Double check your outdoor spotlights and replace where necessary.
- Please consider pouting a gallon or more of warm water down your main floor drain to help clean out the lines out to the main sewer areas:
- Please make sure that windows are closed and secured properly to prevent condensation and/or other issues.
Finally, the Board that you do NOT use ice melt or salt on the sidewalks in the common areas, as these product deteriorates the quality of the sidewalk. Instead, please consider sand, traction gravel or organic products such as Ecotraction to address any issues you may have on your walking path.
Thank you for your attention to these matters!
The Board has been discussing low cost, short term alternatives to patch and repair some of the worst potholes in the parking lot. The medium term/long term plan (subject to receiving our new Reserve Fund Study in Fall 2016) is to have the entire parking lot replaced. This is very costly and will need to be properly timed to ensure that it is done efficiently.
In the meantime, the Board will be filling in some of the deepest potholes over the next week or 2 with store bought asphalt patch to create a short term solution until the lot can be replaced.
Winter will be here before you know it, and with that comes the inevitable snowfall around the complex. Our bylaws state that the Board is responsible ONLY for the walkways between units and not the walkways up the units and front steps, but the Board has (and will continue to) made sure that our snow removal contracts include shoveling all the way up to your front door. What it does not include, however, is your parking stalls and curbs.
How can you help? The top 3 ways are:
- Please do not place salt or ice melt on your sidewalks or steps. Instead, please use sand. The salt compromises the concrete underneath, causing chipping and cracking, eventually leading to costly repairs.
- Please keep your parking stalls free of snow. You can shovel it down into the common are of the parking lot.
- Please keep your curbs free of snow to help prevent people tripping on them.
Please note that someone will be through the complex within the next week to spray all of the weeds that are in the hard surfaces (sidewalks, asphalt,etc.) of the common areas. The spraying will take place in the early morning so that it will not affect children. If you do have pets please do be alert to them trying to sniff/consume the weeds.
The Board’s contractor has now completed the garbage enclosure in the southwest garbage area. The Board has tried this style of enclosure out as a trial to see if it will a)help with garbage blowing around the complex, and b) help the aesthetic look to those areas.
Please note that this does NOT change the fact that garbage should ONLY be placed out on From Monday evening until Tuesday at 7am and Thursday evening until Friday at 7am.