Category Archives: Maintenance

Road repair; Common ground upkeep; etc

Street Repairs 2014

Road Work SignAs reported at our annual Subdivision Meeting held in April 2014, street repairs would be undertaken in two stages this year. Unfortunately, it is necessary to carry out the work in two parts due to the overall cost (+$21,000) and the amount of money we, as a subdivision, currently have at our disposal to spend on street repairs…

Stage 1: Replacement of a number of concrete slabs (locations given below, and were marked out on the actual street in orange paint earlier today), total cost ~$18,750.

  • 292 Green Jade – 100′ x 13′
  • 228 Green Jade – 48′ x 13′
  • 216 Green Jade – 46′ x 13′
  • 225-229 Green Jade – 8′ x 13′
  • 240 Green Jade – 4′ x 13′

Stage 2: Asphalt patching, approximately 40 locations along the length of our street, total cost ~$2,500.

We had planned on Stage 1 beginning sometime during the first week of June (2014), but due to circumstances beyond our control, the start date needed to be pushed back by a week or two.

Yesterday (Tuesday 10 June) the concrete company who will be carrying out the work contacted and told us they would be able to come in and start work on Thursday 12 June. All residents directly affected by Stage 1 (eg limited or no access to their driveways while work is carried out, etc), were notified that same evening (for a second time, as all had previously been contacted back in early May), letting them know exactly what will be going on outside their homes and when.

Below is the plan of attack for Stage 1 as given to us by the concrete company:

  1. Thursday 12 June, remove (part of) existing concrete slab 225-229 Green Jade – 8′ x 13′, prepare area for concreting, then pour new concrete slab, all in the same day.
  2. Allow newly poured concrete slab to cure for (at least) 4 days before removing traffic cones and allowing traffic to drive on it.
  3. Once the above couple of items have been completed, work may commence on ALL other areas of replacing concrete slabs, this should mean work beginning on those areas by Wednesday 18 June. UPDATE: This work will begin tomorrow (Friday 20 June), then pouring of new concrete slabs should take place on Saturday 21 June.

Stage 2 (asphalt patching) will then occur as soon as we (our subdivision) have enough funds at our disposal to proceed with getting this second part of the work carried out – currently hoping this will be sometime in July or August of this year. UPDATE: This work will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 1 July).

To aid the road crew in carrying out these repairs in a safe and timely manner, we please ask that you do not park on the street at the above times.

Your cooperation and understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Spring bulbs and Springtime clean-up of Flowerbeds

Hopefully residents have been, are enjoying, the flowering Spring bulbs in the common ground areas…


Flowerbeds in Main Common Ground Area after receiving their annual Springtime clean-up – ornamental grasses cut back to approximately 6inches above ground, dead Daylily foliage cleared away and existing mulch raked, then topped up with new fresh compost.

4 feet dia flowerbeds and Daffodils in main common ground area

4 feet dia flowerbeds in main common ground area planted with Panicum ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass & ‘Baby Betsy’ Daylilies and Daffodils planted in between

4 feet dia flowerbed in main common ground area

4 feet dia flowerbed in main common ground area planted with Panicum ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass & ‘Baby Betsy’ Daylilies

Flowerbed in main common ground area

Flowerbed in main common ground area planted with Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ Switchgrasses, Panicum ‘Prairie Sky’ Switchgrasses, Panicum ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass & ‘Baby Betsy’ Daylilies’

Flowerbed in main common ground area

Flowerbed in main common ground area planted with Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ Switchgrasses, Panicum ‘Prairie Sky’ Switchgrasses, Panicum ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass & ‘Baby Betsy’ Daylilies’

Burning Bush

Burning Bush

The above annual maintenance to flowerbeds in Main Common Ground Area was performed yesterday (Sunday 6th April) at no cost to our sub-division (Mike #276 volunteers his time), except for the purchase of the compost.

Street Maintenance 2013

New concrete access panel covers to storm water drains

Evan (#265) very kindly used his truck to pick up a couple of new concrete access panel covers (approx $75 each) for our street storm water drains – outside homes #300 & #301.

On the afternoon of 15th July 2013, Evan (#265) and Mike (#276) carried out the work to remove the couple of existing (old and in need of replacement) concrete access panels and put in the new ones.

Existing Storm Waster Access Cover, outside home #300

Existing Storm Waster Access Cover, outside home #300

Existing Storm Waster Access Cover removed, outside home #300

Existing Storm Waster Access Cover removed, outside home #300

New Storm Waster Access Cover, outside home #300

New Storm Waster Access Cover, outside home #300

Existing Storm Waster Access Cover, outside home #301

Existing Storm Waster Access Cover, outside home #301

Existing Storm Waster Access Cover removed, outside home #301

Existing Storm Waster Access Cover removed, outside home #301

New Storm Waster Access Cover, outside home #301

New Storm Waster Access Cover, outside home #301

Street Graffiti Removal

First a BIG! “Thank you” to Tim (#257), Steve (#261), Evan (#265), Dave (260) and Mike (#276) for taking time away from their families, giving up some of their valuable time, to spend a good couple of hours on a Sunday (22nd July 2013) morning to help clean up four pieces of graffiti that had recently appeared on our street. Without them volunteering our street would have been left with a costly expense to have the graffiti removed by a “professional” service…

Street Graffiti Removal - Image 1, outside home #257

Street Graffiti Removal – Image 1, outside home #257

Street Graffiti Removal - Image 2, outside home #257

Street Graffiti Removal – Image 2, outside home #257

Street Graffiti Removal - Image 3, outside home #265

Street Graffiti Removal – Image 3, outside home #265

Street Graffiti Removal - Image 4, outside home #265

Street Graffiti Removal – Image 4, outside home #265

With the aid of cleaning products, scrubbing brushes and a power-washer, the above mentioned residents set about removing the four pieces of graffiti from our street. After a couple of hours hard-work out in the humidity, they had more than satisfactorily removed the graffiti from our street and with time (a year or so of weather) those four areas should be indistinguishable from the rest of the street.

Street Graffiti Removal - Image 1 removed, outside home #257

Street Graffiti Removal – Image 1 removed, outside home #257

Street Graffiti Removal - Image 2 removed, outside home #257

Street Graffiti Removal – Image 2 removed, outside home #257

Street Graffiti Removal - Image 3 removed, outside home #265

Street Graffiti Removal – Image 3 removed, outside home #265

Street Graffiti Removal - Image 4 removed, outside home #265

Street Graffiti Removal – Image 4 removed, outside home #265