Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Monthly Management Meeting - April

We had our monthly management meeting on Thursday, April 30th. Since Spring has finally sprung, we thought it would be a good time to bring in Shortcutz, our landscaper and grass cutter, to bring the residents up to speed, and answer any questions they had.

They began cutting grass a few weeks ago, and will be through the community weekly, unless it gets to be very dry, and the grass doesn’t require cutting every week. They are scheduled to cut in Southern Meadow on Mondays, unless the rain holds them off. That seems to be a problem of late, but we need the rain, and it sure makes all the landscaping look great!

The cutting crew is in the community for most of the day, when they are here, and the last thing they do before they leave is blow off the resident’s walkways, patios and driveways. If they are still in the community, but haven’t blown off you lot yet, don’t worry, they haven’t forgotten you! They will be bagging the grass clippings this year as well. That really seemed to make a nice difference when we started doing that.

They had a few requests and suggestions. Please reel in your hoses, and move any lawn furniture or grills off the lawn areas. They guys cutting can’t move your stuff for you, and your lawn will look sloppy if there are uncut patches of grass where your “stuff” was. They also suggest regular weed and feed, or fertilizer for your lawn. It’s very affordable if you do it your self, or Shortcutz can provide this service if you would like. There are pricing brochures at the sales office and in the clubhouse if you are interested.

They should be spring starting your irrigation very soon as well. When they do this, they will turn on and pressurize your system, run it through a cycle and make sure all the sprinkler heads are adjusted correctly. They will then turn it off, since we don’t need to waste water in this wet season. When it gets a bit dryer, you will need to turn on your irrigation. This is very simple. Go to your irrigation control box, open it up, and turn the knob to “on”. That’s all you have to do. If it gets really dry, and you would like an additional watering cycle, there is a manual cycle button. Press it once, and it will run 1x, but still be on schedule to run automatically. We will send you a bill for $25 for this service, after it’s completed.

Most of the meeting was centered around the grass and landscaping, but we did have a few questions regarding getting a stove in the clubhouse. We had a stove in the clubhouse originally, (before we opened it up) but the Fire Marshal made us take it out for compliance reasons. We will revisit this, but our belief is that it will be very expensive to add this to the clubhouse. When we looked at it a few years ago, it entailed a Halon fire suppression hood, which was very expensive. We’ll let you know if we find out anything is different now.

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