Whispering Pines West Volume 3, Issue 2011
www.wpwhoa.net March 2011
Carolyn’s Column Carolyn McGrane, WPW President
Spring has Sprung, or it just feels like it lately! I wish the pool would open sooner; especially if
we continue to have days with temperatures in the 70's.
Speaking about the pool, it is with great regard and appreciation that I'd like to thank someone
that has been instrumental in managing the operations of the clubhouse and the pool year
after year. Candace Daberkow has decided to retire after being our lead clubhouse and
pool monitor for over 15 years. We appreciate all her hard work and dedication to running an
efficient operation. It will be hard to fill her shoes. Thank you, Candace, for all your years of
service to our community!
Now, I need to transition into a not so popular topic. During the Homeowner's Forum at
January’s HOA meeting, we had in-depth discussion regarding the back-ups the condo buildings
are experiencing due to numerous items being put down the disposals and drains. As an HOA
we regularly warn owners and tenants about what's causing the backups yet the backups
continue. I covered this concern in my article last month as well, and I'm discussing it this
month because the HOA continues to see expenses for snaking lines and clearing clogs. These
are LARGE expenses which are accumulating to become a considerable hunk of our yearly
budget. The problem seems to be primarily contained to the condo units, but that's with the
consideration that most of the townhome owners snake their own lines if they have a back-up
because their lines don't stack on-top of each other as the condo units do.
With the budget in mind, the board continues to discuss how we maintain our on-site property
management and perform the other necessary capital improvement projects while having to
pay out increasing amounts of money each year for these drain lines. The only option right
now to make the budget work is to work together. We need everyone's commitment,
especially condo residents, to NOT PUT THESE ITEMS DOWN ANY DRAIN -- this means your
kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, showers/tubs, or toilets:
household cleaning wipes diapers and tampons potato peels
sponges, rags, or towels cigarette butts celery stalks
grease, fats or oils large animal bones pasta and rice
Do Not Put Anything In The Garbage Disposal That Is Not Biodegradable Food.
If the items listed above continue to be put down the drains, the Board of Directors will have
no option but to increase the HOA dues or issue a special assessment. We question if this is
fair to everyone, but these costs are real. Please do your part if you own and live in your unit. If
you are an owner that has a tenant please make sure your tenants understand the
ramifications. If the HOA dues increase, there will be higher rents for our community. This
problem is not just a burden the HOA carries; we all carry this burden!
Whispering Pines West Homeowners Association Board of Directors
IMPORTANT WPW INFORMATION
WPW BOARD OF DIRECTORS CLUBHOUSE Closed Tuesday Remember that both the
Carolyn McGrane, President and Thursday. WPW Rules and the City
Natasha Kasprzyk, Vice
and County of Denver
President DENVER POLICE DISTRICT 3
Olga Feldman, Secretary- STATION require you to pick up any
Treasurer Non Emergency 720-913-2000 solid dog waste!!!
Doug Gayer, Director
Jude Myers, Director EMERGENCY 911 BACKGROUND CHECKS
Fayre Ruszczyk Director REQUIRED BEFORE NEW
Sandi LaRiviere, Director DENVER POLICE COMMUNITY TENANTS MOVE IN!
LIAISON Per R&R Annex "J", background
ON-SITE PROPERTY MANAGER Cari Jimenez 720-913-1175 and credit checks for new
Mike Bleakley tenants must be provided to
Phone 303-773-9383 (24/7) CITY OF DENVER WEBSITE WPWHOA. The HOA will help
Fax 303-773-9309 www.denvergov.org you obtain these for a small
Email email@example.com fee. The Board of Directors
Office Hours Mon – Fri 9am - DENVER CITY COUNCIL voted to enforce the long-
- 5pm DISTRICT 4 COUNCILWOMAN standing rule. Prevent a Rules
Peggy Lehman & Regs hearing and a $200 fine
ON-SITE MAINTENANCE Phone 303-504-5781 by submitting the reports
Stephen Clark Fax 303-504-5786 before the lease is signed.
Phone 303-773-8116 Email
Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
504-5781 WPW CALENDAR
WINTER CLUBHOUSE HOURS GROCERY BAGS FOR DOG
Open Monday, Wednesday, RUNS!
March 24th --7:00pm
Friday and Saturday from 3 to Once again we need your
At the Clubhouse
9pm. grocery bags to help keep our
-- Homeowners’ Forum
Open Sunday 3 to 6pm. community clean. Please bring
-- Board of Directors Meeting
them to the office.
Mike’s Missive Mike Bleakley, WPW Property Manager
Hello WPW community residents! It certainly feels like Spring has arrived even though its official
entrance is on March 20th. Before you know it the pool will be open and we'll be starting our capital
improvements! Here's the 'buzz' this month:
This month's flier is the new Residential Fire Safety Equipment Report! Required biannually by
the City & County of Denver, this form is extremely important for our community to maintain
our compliance with fire code. For those of you new to the community, if you submit your
completed form by April 30th, you will not be fined $200. Please help us keep our community
safe by turning this in ASAP!
Completed Projects. All the major carport repairs have been completed, with minor follow-up
items to take place as weather permits. We also finished dumpster enclosure repairs at
7314/7372 East Princeton and reinstalled the enclosure doors.
Recycling & Trash switchover. On January 31st we switched from Waste Management to Allied
Waste Services. Thank you for your feedback about how seamless the process was; many
didn't even know we've made the change! There is no increase in cost but a big increase in
service! This is a great time to read the yellow notices on the recycling bins to familiarize
yourself with what's accepted and what's not. Best of all, no sorting!
Free inspections for your home! Are you concerned about leaks in your hall closet, underneath
your kitchen sink, or in other areas of your home? WPW will perform a free inspection to
determine if there are any signs of a leak. Please contact the office to set up an appointment if
this is a service in which you're interested. The homeowner still bears responsibility to pay the
costs of any needed repairs and must hire repair professionals. Let's be proactive and prevent
Petty crime We’ve received some reports about vehicle vandalism and items being taken from
residents’ cars. Please make sure you always lock all car doors, leave nothing valuable in your
car, and make sure any valuable items (purse, wallet, cell phone) are on your person at all
times. As always report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.
Office Appointments. We are pleased to have on-site management so we can meet you in
person and quickly handle any questions or concerns. We have had an increase in the number
of resident visits and the length of the visit. To facilitate our goal of providing good customer
service, we ask that if you need more than 15 minutes to meet with Mike or Gini, please call in
advance to schedule an appointment. Thank you for your help so that we make sure
everyone's voices are heard!
Laundry Room Hours. Due to resident concern, we want to remind everyone that the condo
laundry facilities are only available for use between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Everyone
has different work schedules. Please be considerate of your neighbors.
Changes at the Clubhouse! Due to changes at the clubhouse, we are looking for responsible
and friendly residents who would like to be a clubhouse monitor! This is a paid position with
evening and weekend shifts available. Please call or come to the office if you're interested.
Denver Police District 3. Please see the following information about what numbers to call for
various illegal activities. If you are in danger, being subjected to loud party (or other) noise, or
suspect illegal activity, call 911 or 720-913-2000 immediately. You can always report these
activities to the office and the Rules &Regulations committee, but illegal activities first and
foremost need to go through the police!
I look forward to seeing all of you at the March 24 meeting. Please remember your Board of Directors
meets the 4th Thursday of the month at the Clubhouse at 7:00 p.m. We are so lucky to have our
amazing staff, but most importantly the best residents! On-Site office hours are Monday - Friday from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in order to assist you however possible.
Sincerely, Please help keep WPW clean by disposing your cigarette
Mike Bleakley butts and chewing gum in the containers at each condo
Property Manager building entry door NOT ON the sidewalks and/or stairs.
DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT RESOURCES
EMERGENCY: 911: CALL FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES
NON EMERGENCY DISPATCH: 720-913-2000: CALL FOR COLD BURGLARIES, NOISE
COMPLAINTS, LOUD PARTIES, SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTES, ETC
DISTRICT 3 SCAT UNITS: 720-641-1511: CALL FOR DRUG ACTIVITY, PROSTITUTION,
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OR ODORS, ETC:
COMMUNITY RESOURCE OFFICERS: 720-913-1300: CALL FOR NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH,
CRIME PREVENTION, CRIME STATISTICS, PRESENTATIONS, OPERATION IDENTIFICATION
Call 311 FOR NEIGHBORHOOD INSPECTIONS, UNKEPT UNITS, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
OR NOISE ISSUES
WPW Co-Mingled Recycling Program, aka Single Stream Recycling
These items are acceptable and can be mixed in the recycling bins:
Newspaper Chipboard (cereal, & Plastic Bottles (neck is equal
Mixed paper tissue boxes, for example) to or smaller than the base)
Office paper Empty aerosol cans Butter & yogurt containers
Bulk or junk mail Aluminum, steel or tin cans Plastic milk & juice jugs
Catalogs & magazines Aluminum foil & pie tins Liquid detergent containers
Phone books Glass bottles & jars Soda, water & juice bottles
Brown paper bags Plastic containers #1-7 Cleaning solution bottles
Flattened corrugated boxes Plastic screw on tops Rinsed shampoo bottles
WPW Recycling Program (cont.)
NO USED DIAPERS, TRASH, FOOD Discard caps, lids, pumps on bottles
OR PET WASTE Make sure aerosol cans are totally empty
PLASTIC ITEMS NOT ACCEPTABLE: Rinse containers to remove as much food
PLASTIC BAGS residue as possible
Plastic egg cartons Discard microwave cooking sleeves, the
Plastic plates cellophane/plastic bags inside boxes, and
Plastic six-pack ring holders plastic/shrink wrap from catalogs,
Tyvek overnight mailing envelopes magazines, and phone books
Denver Botanic Gardens FREE DAY March 20th 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500;
Doors Open Denver 2011 – A Free Event
Celebrate Denver’s unique architectural landscape. The theme for this year’s Doors Open Denver is
modern architecture featuring sites from the 50’s to present. Attendees will have access to more than
seventy of Denver’s prominent architectural gems and lesser-known treasures. About half of the sites
to be featured in 2011 are new to Doors Open Denver. Hours will be 10am to 4pm on Saturday, April
16th and Sunday, April 17th. Event headquarters will be located inside Union Station (1701 Wynkoop).
For more information on tours and sites, please visit www.DenverGov.org/DoorsOpenDenver
Metro Denver, We Want Your Opinions
The Denver Foundation* is conducting a Listening Campaign to learn how to better serve the Metro
Denver Community. We want your candid opinions about the challenges and opportunities facing
Metro Denver and how you think the Foundation can help improve opportunities for Metro residents
to have a high quality of life.
We invite you to share your insight and opinions by completing a very quick survey at
www.denverfoundation.org/listening. The more input we obtain the better we can address the needs
of the broadest segment of community, so please encourage others to also take the survey as well.
We welcome you to share your input at a Community Input Session
March 22, 2011 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Parking available at the Ronald McDonald House
Oleta Crain Center, 2102 Marion Street, Denver 1300 E. 21st Ave. (across from the Center)
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness;
it is generally the by-product of other activities. Aldous
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE DENVER FIRE DEPARTMENT
As of 10-2010
SMOKE DETECTORS FOR ALL WPW RESIDENCES
Smoke detectors are required in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every
Smoke alarms have a life of approximately 10 years and must then be replaced. Put a
sticker on the back of your new alarm with the installation date so you’ll know when to buy a
Develop and practice an escape plan so that if the alarm sounds your family can get out
PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR ALL WPW RESIDENCES
Every home must have one or more portable 2A:10BC fire extinguishers.
Every multi-family residential facility must have one or more portable fire extinguishers,
regardless of any other type of fire protection provided. At WPW these are located in the
condo hallways and laundry rooms.
In both situations, the portable fire extinguishers must be located within 75 feet line of travel
of all areas of the living unit. OR one 2A:10BC portable fire extinguisher must be located
within each living unit.
Denver Fire Code requires that you have your portable fire extinguishers inspected and
maintained annually. This is a thorough examination of the extinguisher’s mechanical parts,
fire extinguishing agent and expellant gas. A fire extinguisher professional licensed by the
Denver Fire Department is the ideal person to perform this annual maintenance because this
person has the appropriate servicing manuals, tools, recharge materials, parts, and lubricants
as well as the necessary training and experience.
Give your portable fire extinguisher(s) a quick check every 30 days. This is a task you can easily do by
answering three questions:
1. Is the extinguisher in the right location?
2. Is the extinguisher visible and accessible?
3. Does the gauge or pressure indicator show the correct pressure?
CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) DETECTORS FOR TOWNHOMES
Every residence with fuel-burning appliances (e.g., gas clothes dryers, gas furnaces and gas
water heaters) must be equipped with at least one U.L.-listed carbon monoxide alarm.
One carbon monoxide alarm on each level of a multi-level dwelling unit.
One carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet of each bedroom entry door.
CO alarms inspected and tested every six months and that the batteries be changed at that
CO alarms have a life of approximately 5 years and must then be replaced.
CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER
Department of Safety
Fire Prevention and Investigation Division
Residential Fire Safety Equipment Report
Homeowner: As a homeowner in a multi-unit residential facility, you are required to complete this report
and submit it to the homeowners’ association (HOA) semi-annually. We recommend that detectors be tested
in the spring and fall—at the same time you change the clocks for daylight savings time. Portable fire
extinguishers must be inspected once a year and hydrostatically tested every five years.
HOA Administrator: As the homeowners’ association administrator, you are required to obtain Residential
Fire Safety Equipment Reports for each unit. The reports must be kept on file and ready for inspection by
Denver Fire Department personnel for three years.
CONDOMINIUM / TOWNHOUSE UNIT
ADDRESS(ES):____________________________________________ NO (S):_______________________
OWNERS S): __________________________________________________________________________
SMOKE ALARM (must be tested and batteries changed every 6 months)
Number of Smoke alarms in residence________________ Year(s) of Manufacture__________________
Date test was completed__________________________ Batteries changed? Yes_____ No_____
PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER (must be inspected once a year)
Number of portable fire extinguishers in Residence_______ Year(s) of Manufacture________________
Date of last inspection_______________________________
CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM (must be tested and batteries changed every 6 months)—Townhomes Only
Number of carbon monoxide alarms in residence________ Year(s) of Manufacture__________________
Date test was completed__________________________ Batteries changed? Yes_____ No_____
OWNER‘S SIGNATURE DATE
Please complete and sign this form by the last day of April and October. Return to:
Whispering Pines West HOA Result of Non-Compliance:
7693 E. Quincy Avenue $200 Fine, $10/Day
Denver, Colorado 80237 18% Interest
Fax 303-773-9309 Attorney Fees