Monday, April 25, 2016

Country Lane Spring Newsletter


Spring 2016 Update from the Country Lane Board of Directors:

The Pool House:

Rust Mitigation Progress:  As reported to you in the last Newsletter, the substructure that supports the Pool House floor has suffered severe rust degradation and needs to be reinforced with new steel beams.  However, prior to being able to move forward to address rust mitigation, concerns as to the source of the standing water in the Pool House crawl space needed to be investigated. I am happy to report that the core samples taken at three locations around the Pool House have enabled us to rule out a concern that the water table was too close to the surface.  Unfortunately, getting the core drilling samples delayed progress on pursuing estimates for the rust mitigation process.  Additionally, OSHA changes that became effective March 1, 2016, relative to confined space work, negatively impacted the bid process leaving us with a single option.  Those changes also had a negative impact upon the cost of the proposed repairs.  As of this writing the cost for the rust mitigation work has risen to just over $307,800.  On the bright side, now that we have a firm bid we can begin the process of obtaining financing.  Once funding has been secured, work should be able to be scheduled.  Our current target start work date is the first week of June.  The actual work is expected to 6 – 8 weeks. 

NOTE:  E. Caspian Place in front of the Pool House will to be closed to through traffic on the day that the structural beams are delivered. 



Pool Season Cancelled: As announced at the Annual Meeting last September, the Country Lane’s pool will not be available this summer. 



Alternate Pool Accommodation Results:  The Board did contact our sister community, Lake Shore, to see if we could make arrangements for our residents to use their facilities for the 2016 Pool Season.  The short answer is that that will not be possible.                                      





Other Items of Interest:

Paint Book Update:  During the April Board of Directors meeting the Board and the members of the ACC discussed the nature and content of the current Kwal Paint Book.  It was decided that Country Lane will adopt the format and color options currently being used at a Richmond American community in Parker.  The format is simple.  There will be fifteen paint schemes. Each scheme will have a Base color with five to seven trim color options. You just pick a Base color scheme and a single trim color from the variety available on that Base paint color page and submit your ACC form for approval.  The new paint schemes will go into effect as of May 1, 2016.  We are having two Paint Books created for use by our Residents. One will be kept at the Cherry Creek HOA Professionals office and the other will be kept by the Chairman of the ACC.  Until the new books are available, you will only be able to view the Paint Book being used by the Richmond American community from the Parker community at the Cherry Creek HOA Professionals office.  As in the past, if you wish to repaint your house with the same color combination that it currently has and, that combination was previously approved by the ACC, all you need do is submit an ACC form to document your request.  The Board feels that the new Behr Paint based Paint Book will offer Country Lane’s residents much more individuality in their choices.

Country Lane’s ‘Street Presence’:

Multiple Areas Needing Refreshed:  Recently your Board of Directors discussed fences.  Unlike many communities along Buckley, Iliff, Telluride, etc. our external ‘street presence’ is very nice…much better than our neighboring communities mostly because of our cement fence. However, as you drive through Country Lane, there is a drastic negative change in ‘street presence’.



The Board feels so strongly about improving the ‘street presence’ within the community that it is committing funds for the purchase of fence pickets in support of this ‘street presence’ improvement effort.  If your home has long stretches of fence visible from the street, you should have received a letter detailing what you need to do to receive free replacement pickets.  If you haven’t received a letter and believe that your home qualifies please contact Shane at Cherry Creek HOA Professionals.



New Waste Management Contract:

New Rules for Trash Collection:  Be aware that the rules for trash collection will be changing in the not too distant future.  To support more efficient trash and recycle collection Waste Management is seeking to standardize collection vessels.  The use of standard sized ‘totes’ (trash cans) will enable the use of automated collection equipment.  In conjunction with the new automated trash collection non- standard items will no longer be accepted.  Non-standard items include but are not limited to trash bags, boxes, stacks of tree limbs, etc.  Non-standard items will need to be placed in the totes.



Free Tote Upgrades:  The recently approved trash and recycling contract with Waste Management will be providing all Country Lane residents with multiple options for free trashcans ‘totes’.  Every home will be eligible to receive up to two totes.  Choose one of the options below and notify Shane by 4/30. 



96 Gallon
Trash Tote
96 Gallon
Green Recycle Tote
64 Gallon
Trash Tote
64 Gallon
Green Recycle Tote
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0
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1
1
1
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1
1
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1
0
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1
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1
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Old Trash Containers:  Waste Management will take your old trash container if it is broken down or will fit within the new trash / recycle tote.



HOA Rules for Trash Containers:  Be aware that the new rules for trash collection do not change the requirement to keep your trash / containers behind your fence except from the afternoon prior to trash collection thru trash collection day.  Who knows, maybe the larger trash / recycle totes may allow you to have less frequent trips to the curb.



Garage Sale Weekend:  Mark May 20 – 22 on your calendar for the Country Lane Garage Sale.  We will hang our Garage Sale banners at the two main entrances and post a notice in the Garage Sale section of Craig’s List.

Monthly Assessment Amount is $75:  As of January 1, 2016 the Monthly Assessment increased to $75.00 per month.  Unfortunately, there are still nearly a dozen homeowners who are continuing to send in the previous amount.  So, please make sure that your payment is for the correct amount ($75).   Late Fees accrue on your account if the balance is not paid in full / current.



Best Regards,

Your Board of Directors

Jim Donahue  jdonahue1946@comcast.net   Keith Taphorn  tappers@indra.com

Joseph Morrisey  morrijoseph@gmail.com   Don Jenkins  donj5023@hotmail.com

Kelly Genel  kelleymeigs@yahoo.com           Pat Shipley  shipleypat@comcast.net