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Update to Residents
September 2, 2016
Silverado Resident’s Association
Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities
The Board is a volunteer group of individuals, who all reside in the community and are owners of their property. The Board has already met at least seven times since AGM in May 2016. The Board is committed for sharing information, full governance and generally maintaining our pathways and green space.
Your Board has been busy with many activities, some key ones are:
Determining how much total space is maintained by SRA
Regularly reviewing with contractors the maintenance of Green Space and options
Addressing repairs and maintenance of irrigation system
Green Space owned by SRA and its Maintenance
The total Green Space under SRA, determined from data provided by both developers in our community, United and Qualico, is 34 acres of land. This covers many pathways and approx. 186 beds with shrubs and trees including traffic circles, etc. This is a massive green space for a smaller community like ours. However the Board is committed to keep it green as much as possible. There are still some problems as the beds were ignored for years and are overgrown. The Landscaping sub-committee is developing detail plans that may lead to closing some beds in 2017-2018 to reduce regular maintenance costs. Some of you inquired about the potential use of silk plants in the planters, The board has decided that option is no longer on the table. In the month of September, 36 dead trees will be removed; 150 tree wells will be created; and the grassy areas on the west edge of Silverado across from Spruce Meadows will be receive a fire cut. This work is all in effort to beautify the green space owned by SRA and to enhance your property value.
For those who may not be aware, the SRA owns the irrigation system for our community. This system is aging and in an average to poor quality state as per our contractor’s assessment. There have been at least 3 massive leaks this year and repairs are costly. There are no options other than the SRA will have to continue to maintain and operate the system to keep the turf green and the leaks can happen anytime. Several options have been discussed with the contractor and a significant capital reserve fund would be required in order to replace this over the years.
How you can help
The Board has created three sub-committees, namely Irrigation System & Maintenance; Landscaping Preservation & Maintenance; Communication and Website Enhancement;
If you have expertise and have the time to volunteer for any of the three committees, please send your name, and contact info with details of experience to the attention of the SRA Board via email to email@example.com. This contribution to your own community would be a very valuable help. The total time commitment is not onerous within a sub-committee. We would like to thank three volunteers who are keen to help on the Website Enhancement and the Landscaping sub-committees.
Staying in Touch
As part of the regular communication we would like to advise that an additional Board of Director has resigned in August due to personal reasons. We are looking for additional sub-committee members who are keen to contribute their skills for the benefit of Silverado Residents.
In the last newsletter, we floated the idea of “Adopt a Planter Program” by resident. As you know once the planters are planted they are expensive to maintain. As you are aware there are several feature planters in the community and the beautification of these planters will enhance our green space. Therefore, we are still looking for if any resident/family that would be willing to adopt a planter please send your information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive enough interest then we can work out a process and guidelines. This program will help getting our community engaged for the benefit of all of Silverado.
In September and October, The Board will be developing a fiscal 2017 budget, if you have any capital items, such bridge restoration, round-about painting, etc. please send your suggestions to the property manager for consideration.
We have received additional 3 complaints and 2 suggestions since last communication in June 2016. Three complaints were in regards to Board considering silk plants for the planters and 2 complaints were in regards to the weed and overgrown beds. We have responded to all those complaints in a timely manner. Also, there were questions about how the fees are prepared and how the delinquent files are sent to Lawyer for collection. We would like to confirm that we have developed a draft collection policy and once approved by the Board it will be posted at the website.
We would like to thank all of you for providing your valuable feedback which helps in determining the service of the contractors. Please refer to all these questions and inquiries on SRA website at www.silveradora.com. Your constructive suggestions would help the Board in improving its communication and service.
There are still some owners who have not paid their required dues, you, the owners have full responsibility to ensure your yearly dues for 2016 are paid in time and your contact information with Simco Management is correct for effective and timely communication. Please take time to update your information directly with the property manager. We would like to advise you that the new contact person at Simco is Melanie
Stay tuned as we promise a regular update to you through website.
Information regarding the SRA can be found at www.silveradora.com
Please send all your comments and suggestions to:
Simco Management (Calgary) Inc.
Contact Person: Melanie
Board of Directors
Silverado Residents Association
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