CBHA Newsletter August 2009 Chipper Truck Day: Monday, September 28, 2009. The next and final FREE chipper truck day of the year is scheduled for Sep 28th. The requirements are: You must be qualified to receive this free service. Ways to be qualified are to have attended the FireWise presentation at the annual meeting in April 2008, the community FireWise meeting on August 24, 2009, or already had a FireWise property evaluation. The other way is to contact Chris Barth, FireWise Program Coordinator, at 385-7281 or by e-mail to email@example.com for a free, at your home, evaluation of your wildland fire risk with recommendations for mitigation. Only the eligible properties will be able to participate in the free chipper truck program from now on. So get your evaluation done early to avoid the last minute rush. th Notify Rich Ingold, firstname.lastname@example.org, 576-1299, by September 20 of your intent to participate in the chipper truck event. Only woody vegetation materials will be accepted. No lumber, fencing, shingles, manufactured wood products, or trash, please. The crew will not sort out the acceptable materials. No stumps or roots will be accepted since they may contain rocks and damage the equipment. The cuttings must not be larger than 9 inches in diameter. The materials must be stacked by the curb on or before the morning of Sep 28th. Items should be stacked with the large end toward the street. Piles should be of reasonable size so that they can be easily disassembled and fed into the chipper. Owners don’t need to be home when the chipper truck comes by. Report your personal labor hours and out-of-pocket expenses to Rich Ingold. This is a good opportunity to create a defensible space around your home, reduce your vegetation density, eliminate ladder fuels by limbing up trees, remove dead/dying trees and shrubs, eliminate overgrown shrubs, remove old stacks of firewood, and take related fire risk mitigation measures. Call FireWise office at 385-7281 for a free, in your home, evaluation and ideas to improve your fire risk rating. The free chipper truck will save you hundreds of dollars over a similar commercial service. Once again, please let Rich Ingold, 576-1299, know by September 20th if you plan to participate or send an e-mail to email@example.com to get your visit scheduled and reported to the FireWise office. Welcome to the Neighborhood: Alicia & Joe Souvignier are the new owners of 4160 Stonehaven. Karen & Jim Kearns bought 4190 Stepney Ct. Carrie & Marcus Jones are renting 4110 Stonehaven. Nicola and Paul Auchincloss are the owners of 3840 Becket. Annelisa and Geoff Judi just purchased 4210 Cromwell. Congratulations and welcome home everyone! Community Kudos: Give yourself and your neighbors a pat on the back for the great appearance of the community!! Realtors, contractors, and visitors often make unsolicited comments about how nice our neighborhood looks. They are very impressed with the care and obvious pride you take in maintaining your property. Great job and keep up your caring work! A special thank you goes to Nan Schifris and Mary Hunton for their contributions to this newsletter. Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Report: Thanks to the owners who replaced their aging fences and otherwise enhanced their property. Those upgrades certainly improved the appearance of our community. We look forward to others following suit. Approvals during this quarter include radon mitigation systems at 4190 Stepney Ct and 4315 Stonehaven, new fences at 450 Enfield, 640 Hempstead, and 4215 Cromwell, a new driveway and roof at 565 Wycliffe, a new retractable deck awning at 4220 Cromwell, new paint color at 4215 Cromwell, FireWise sign installations on Wycliffe and Becket, and a landscaping modification at 4195 Stepney. Know Your City Code: The new sidewalks and curbs on Wycliffe and Becket look great! Even though the City was only able to find money to do one installment of this massive project now, we can all look forward to the completion of it early next year. As most of you are aware, deteriorating curbs and sidewalks have been an issue throughout the neighborhood for quite some time. These city- funded improvements will give Country Broadmoor new and much-appreciated ―curb appeal.‖ (pun intended) With an eye toward helping to extend the life of the new curbs and sidewalks, this is a great time to review the City’s parking laws and the neighborhood’s parking covenants. As verified by the CSPD non-emergency staff, curbed vehicles are to be parked ―flush with the curb‖ which is defined as ―flush with the lip at the base of the curb.‖ Any closer, including up on the curb and/or sidewalk, is considered an obstruction offense and can be ticketed. Vehicles parked in a driveway but over the sidewalk area are also considered obstructions and in violation of the parking laws. Violations can be reported to the non-emergency number (444-7000) and an officer will be dispatched to the scene. Please encourage all visitors and members of your household to park properly as defined by the City and our neighborhood covenants. This is in the best interest of everyone and will help to give our neighborhood an inviting look. Know Your Covenants: Section 132. No private passenger motor vehicles owned by, belonging to, used, leased or controlled by an Owner or his tenant shall be parked overnight on any street. The structures on each lot or building site shall include a fully enclosed garage to accommodate at least two (2) private passenger motor vehicles. The site improvements on each lot or building site shall include adequate driveway or other similar off-street space for temporary parking of two private passenger motor vehicles. Volunteer Tree Sprouts: If you didn’t plant it, you probably don’t want it. There are several nuisance trees which propagate themselves like weeds into fence rows, foundations, flower beds, rock areas, and lawns. The worst culprits are Chinese Elms, Russian Olives, Aspens, Cottonwoods, and other undesirables. With age, they can wreck fences, obstruct and heave sidewalks, and litter your property with seeds, fuzz, more sprouts, and other nuisance debris. As a general rule, if the tree is not what you want and where you want it to grow to maturity, then pull the sprout or transplant it while you can. Clean the unwanted sprouts out before they get out of control and become difficult/expensive to remove. Sidewalk and Street Obstructions: The trees, shrubs, and flowers have grown well during the summer. As a result, many are obstructing sidewalks and streets. City code requires tree limbs and other vegetation to be trimmed eight feet above the sidewalk and outside the edges of the sidewalk. Trees with limbs extending over the street surface are to be trimmed 14 feet above the street surface for large trucks to safely pass under them. You may call City Forestry, 385-5942, and report unsafe/obstructing trees in the parkways (tree trunk within 9 feet of the curb). If it blocks the sidewalk, traffic sign, or vehicle traffic, they can take action to trim it up. Now is a good time to trim your shrubs and trees to provide safe passage for pedestrians and vehicles and dispose of the refuse using the free chipper truck. Project Planning: If you are planning to change or modify any exterior area of your home or property, please contact your ACC Filing representative to determine if a formal request is necessary. Homeowners can also find a copy of the Request for Architectural Change and an accompanying completion guide on the CBHA website: http://www.countrybroadmoor.org/Forms.htm Please submit the Request for Architectural Change form for ACC approval consideration before you launch your project. Examples of items requiring prior approval are: Changing the exterior color of their residence. Constructing or changing accessory buildings or other structures (e.g., sheds, expanded driveway or deck). Changing roofing materials. See an ACC representative for the roofing standards. Constructing a new fence or replacing an existing fence (perimeter or interior fence). See the CBHA website for Perimeter and Interior Fence Standards. Significant changes in landscape or landscape design. Animals in the Neighborhood: The Division of Wildlife (DOW) asks us all to not feed the animals--either intentionally or unintentionally. Food sources include household trash, dog food, bird seed and nectar feeders, BBQ grills, fruit trees, and such. Leaving food sources outside can attract a variety of guests including squirrels, raccoons, fox, coyotes, and larger animals. Black bears are normally reclusive and wary, but they will leave the woods and become accustomed to finding a meal in your backyard if you leave them something to eat. And according to recent reports, we have multiple bears roaming our community. Feeding deer also can attract other large predators, such as mountain lions. Where there are lots of deer, there are also mountain lions prowling for prey. Over time, predators such as bears and mountain lions, become less wary, more emboldened, and progressively dangerous. They are more apt to attack pets and people, and when that happens, it can spell death to bears, lions, and smaller animals which often must be destroyed to ensure public safety. Also, rabid skunks have been reported in northern El Paso County—the first recorded cases of rabies in more than 40 years. Make sure your pets are vaccinated. More information may be obtained from the DOW website at http://www.wildlife.state.co.us Project Ideas for 2010: Now is the time to get your project ideas in for next year’s budget. The project candidates will be published in the next newsletter for your approval/disapproval and community ranking. Those selected will be fed into the budget for 2010 and be the basis for next year’s dues. Please submit your ideas by letter to the P.O. Box address, send them in via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or provide them to a board member before Nov 2009. PROJECT REPORTS: The individual projects are underway as noted below. City Street Maintenance: Yeah!! A City concrete contractor replaced broken sidewalks, curbs gutters and drain pans along Wycliffe and some of Becket before this year’s Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) funding expired. They also installed several handicapped corner ramps at intersections. This effort will reportedly resume in the remainder of the community when funds are available in 2010 followed by a street asphalt overlayment project. Spray City Street Seams and Cracks: Sprayed for the third time this growing season. Perimeter Weed Control: The Personal Touch Lawn Care proprietor sprayed the perimeter for the second time this season. Neighborhood Watch: Pranks: We have had several neighborhood youths who enjoy ringing doorbells or knocking on doors and then running to hide. This may be fun for them, but is annoying to the residents. Please supervise your children, and thanks for bringing the earlier rash of incidents to a halt. BIS Service: Jeff Ranta reported the Broadmoor Improvement Society (BIS) will provide vacation mail and paper pickup, property checks, and possibly other security services for its members. Individuals can join BIS for about $365 per year. If you have a non-emergency situation, you should call 385-2100. As always, call 911 for all emergencies. Chipper Truck/FireWise Program: The 2008 Firewise Communities/USA award signs were installed. This is national recognition for Country Broadmoor and your efforts in reducing our wildland fire risk, neighborhood chipping, on-site consultations, Firewise presentations, and related volunteer projects. Congratualtions! The chipper truck program is enforcing eligibility requirements and early registration for use of their free services. Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity and better prepare your property with a reduced risk to a wildland fire. Please let Rich Ingold, 576- 1299, know before September 20th if you plan to use the chipper truck this fall. Traffic Safety: Slow down and watch out for the kids! School is starting with kids running to and from car pools. Fisher Canyon Creek Drainage Maintenance: The City mowed the bank area once so far this growing season. The weeds and tree sprouts were also removed by CBHA volunteers. Please watch for and report graffiti artists, suspicious activities, and/or people loitering in the ditch to the CSPD at 385-2100. Chemical Recycle: The household chemical recycle pick-up date is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2009. This is an opportunity for you to recycle antifreeze, paints, stains, cleaners, solvents, garden chemicals, motor oil, fuel, batteries, and small electronic equipment. You will need to notifiy email@example.com if you have materials to recycle and/or you would like to help. Also, you will need to complete an El Paso County Household Chemical Waste Certification Liability Release form to go along with your items. This form and instructions can be found on the website at http://www.countrybroadmoor.org under the forms link. More details will be published nearer the scheduled date. Clean-up Dumpster: Completed. The dumpster was provided by Bestway Disposal at no cost to the community during the weekend of 16 – 17 May. Please show your appreciation of their community service by using their curbside trash and recycle pick up as noted in our advertiser section below. Common Contractors: See our list of advertisers. Advertisers. Please patronize our advertisers who are generously supporting the association with their advertising dollars. Bestway Disposal once again extended their rate offer to Country Broadmoor residents. Contact Tom Kiemel or Diana at 633-8709 and tell him you are with the Country Broadmoor Homeowners Association to receive a free month’s service for new subscribers and our rate package. The rate package on our web site is updated with their new Green Way recycling program offer too. Jerry Johnson Construction specializes in all types of commercial and residential concrete construction. Give Jerry a call at 380-7788 for a free estimate on driveway, sidewalk, curb, gutter, patio, or other concrete projects. He has a licensed team of experienced professionals who will do the job right. Jim LaFever, Broker with RE/MAX Properties, Inc, is a neighborhood specialist in buying and selling homes in Country Broadmoor. Call Jim at 540-6425 if you have any real-estate questions.