Response To Saturday 2/21/15 and Sunday 2/22/15 Snow and Ice Storm Event
Posted on Saturday, February 21 @ 14:54:12 (3 reads)
Announcements Waverly Woods East Community: Neighbors

The winter storm starting on Saturday, February 21, 2015, will be an event with a forecast of snow, freezing rain, and finally rain on Sunday morning. The Snow portion of the storm is forecast for Saturday turning into freezing rain then rain into the early morning hours of Sunday. During the snow event, the accumulation of snow is estimated to be between 3" to 5" inches according to most forecasts. The snow is expected to turn to periods of ice then freezing rain into the early Sunday morning hours.

Since this weather event will extend into Saturday evening, and the early morning hours of Sunday, the snow response plan for our development will be to allow the snow to accumulate until the precipitation changes to ice and freezing rain so that the ice falls on the snow, not the roads and walkways to any extent. The plows and other equipment will be in use in the development during the early morning hours of Sunday, until the period when the precipitation begins to change to rain. All roadways, sidewalks, and driveways will be cleared, as usual. Temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 20 to 30 degree range, during that period. The projected temperature on Sunday morning is in the mid 40 degree range as the cleanup is completed.

Bob Sheesley, Neighborhood Board of Directors
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Thermostat Settings
Posted on Tuesday, February 17 @ 09:13:06 (2 reads)
Announcements Jaime Blumberg has been contacted by a local sprinkler company. This company representative suggested setting the thermostats in our units at 76 degrees.

This setting, obviously, is significantly higher than the minimum setting of 62 required in our governing documents. The representative's logic was that the forecast (four nights with lows in the single digits) was so cold that higher than normal internal temperatures would be needed to offset this extreme cold.

The Neighborhood Board is not endorsing or rejecting the recommendation of this company representative. We are simply forwarding it to you so you can make your own decision.

These temperatures are dangerously cold. Please take extreme care when you must go outside.

The Neighborhood Board
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Snow Alert
Posted on Monday, February 16 @ 14:55:08 (2 reads)
Announcements WWE Villas and Condominium Development Snow Alert - Monday and Tuesday ( 2/16 and 2/17, 2015)

The community has experienced several minor winter weather events over the past two months that did not qualify for mobilization by our snow removal contractor during this winter, to date. Several similar storm events sometimes did receive a minimized response by the Contractor. This past Sunday, we did activate the Contractor to clear walkways and apply Ice Melt to the sidewalks and main access roads, in the development. Normally, that small storm event would not have required attention. The purpose for that activity was to clear the small amount of residual snow accumulations, and apply ice melt prior to a greater snow storm event predicted for our area on Monday night and Tuesday. The extent of this forecast had not been fully clarified by the various weather forecasting services until this morning, Feb. 16th.

The forecast predicts snow accumulations in the amount of 5" to 8" inches during it's duration, into Monday, Feb. 17th. The weather forecast also predicts continuous sub - zero degree temperatures during the week of February 15th. The additional occurrence of these extreme temperatures create a greater challenge to our community, in - addition to the snow accumulations that are predicted.

The actual snow removal will begin early Tuesday morning, February 17th, as the storm front passes our region. The roads and walkways will be cleared and treated with an appropriate amount of ice melt.

Members of the Community, be safe and careful during your travels in and out of the Community.

Bob Sheesley, N B of Directors
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Gym Equipment Update
Posted on Tuesday, February 10 @ 15:23:15 (3 reads)
Announcements We want to update you on the status of the equipment in the Exercise Room of the Community Center.

Board members continue to test the new treadmills, but have not been able to re-create the "sudden acceleration" issue. Other owners have been using the new treadmills with no problem. Even though the new treadmills seem to be functioning normally now, the prospect of "sudden acceleration" is an issue that poses the risk of injury. In response, a repair professional has been called and will be in to test the treadmills and take appropriate actions.

These new treadmills have a number of features and options. We strongly encourage everyone to review the Owners Manual, which is located on the shelf in front of the TV. In addition, before using a treadmill, please "clear" out any programs that a prior user might have been using.

To All Users: If you are ever on ANY of the treadmills and experience a problem...either with the equipment or because you feel ill...remember to disconnect the emergency stop button.

When the repair person is on-site, he or she will take a look at repairing the seat of the recumbent bike. The seat does not reliably lock into position.

In closing, the Exercise Room is a tremendous amenity, and is enjoyed by many owners. It is critical that all users familiarize themselves before using any equipment, and that they exercise caution at all times.

We will provide an update as new information becomes available.

The Neighborhood Board
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Snow Removal Update - January 8, 2015
Posted on Friday, January 09 @ 09:12:31 (3 reads)
Announcements To All Owners-

Neighborhood Board Member Bob Sheesley has asked that the following message be posted. We refer to Bob as the community "Snow Man." As you can see from the message below, Bob continually seeks ways to improve the snow removal process. He spends many hours during a storm event to coordinate with Ashton on the removal process. His efforts benefit all of us in terms of safety in the snow as well as cost control. On behalf of all owners, we thank Bob for his efforts. Thanks, Bob!!!

Ashton Snow Removal Service responded to the January 6th snowfall event about 10:00 am. Two changes in the removal process were implemented in an effort to modify the plowing of streets so that we could avoid any damage to concrete curbs and gutter areas. Selected locations throughout the community were identified with colored construction cones indicating sensitive areas such as curb, gutters, and in road islands to alert snow plow operators of their presence. As the contractor worked around the community these markers were moved to the next work area. In addition to the markers, we decided to identify the general location of curbs and drainage ways so that no plowing would occur within a 1' to 2' feet buffer area. The main road sections were mechanically plowed in the center of the roadway assuring adequate space for vehicle access and maneuvering. The snow remained in that buffer area to melt and flow to the storm drain inlets. This approach resulted in the ability of the snow plow operators to avoid any curbs, concrete drainage ways, and grass areas between the sidewalks and the roadway, especially in the Villa section of the community. After completing clearing of the snow, the roads, sidewalks and driveways were treated with ice melt sufficient to deter ice buildup.

The amount of snowfall was not significant enough to warrant the evacuation of all vehicles from parking areas to complete removal of snow at those locations. However, plowing a road path through the lots afforded access to the main roads.

During the next few days, we will monitor the effect of the use of identifying location markers and the buffer strip to see if the intended result of no impact has been achieved.

Bob Sheesley, NB of Board of Directors
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Community Message
Posted on Monday, December 29 @ 17:52:46 (5 reads)
Announcements Despite the communications reminding owners that the trash corrals are for trash and recycling only, people continue to put other things in them. For purposes of this message, we will refer to the other refuse as "junk." "Junk" is to be taken to the landfill, not placed in the trash corrals.

A used hot water heater has been placed in the trash corral between Elevator Condos 1 and 2. Clearly, this is not something that our trash vendor will remove.

It seems likely that one of our owners needed a new hot water heater, and that their contractor placed the old one in the trash corral instead of taking it to the landfill. Unless the hot water heater is removed, we will have to pay a vendor to take it to the landfill.

Successful "Condominium Living" depends on every owner thinking in terms of "What's good for the community." In this case, "What's good for the community" is utilizing the trash corrals as they were intended, not having the community pay someone to remove it.

If you have had your hot water heater replaced in the past few days, please contact your contractor. If your contractor placed the old hot water heater in a trash corral, please have him remove it and take it to the landfill.

For all owners, please remember to handle trash and recycling appropriately:
- Recycling is for recyclables (paper, cardboard, bottles, plastic, and cans).
- Trash is for household refuse. It is not for "junk."
- If anything else is placed in the trash corrals, The Neighborhood Board will have to pay to have it removed. This cost is borne by all owners, and paid for out of our dues.
- We live about two miles from the HoCo landfill. If you have junk, please take it to the landfill instead of placing it in a trash corral.

Thank you.

The Neighborhood Board
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Important Information Regarding Snow Removal
Posted on Wednesday, December 17 @ 11:22:46 (6 reads)
Announcements With the first snow already behind us and winter officially arriving next week, the Neighborhood Board wants to make sure everyone understands how snow removal is handled in our community. Key points to understand and remember:

* Our governing documents specify that the Neighborhood Board provide a means for snow removal. This includes the driveways and lead walks for villas.

* Typically, we call in the snow removal vendor (Ashton Environmental) for snow events of 2" or more. We may bring them in for lesser accumulations if ice or sleet is involved, or if the temperatures are such that freezing is likely.

* Each storm event has its own unique characteristics. Decisions must be made on the spur of the moment, and our weather is notoriously difficult to predict.

* The buckets containing ice melt have been placed at each villa mailbox, at each elevator condo building, and at the Community Center. If you need to spread the ice melt material, please spread only a thin coating.

* The NB has conducted due diligence on the ice melt material we use. The material we use is considered a "premium" product. ANY ice melt material runs the risk of damaging concrete. Many can be harmful to pets and are hard on the environment. The material we use is both "environmentally friendly" and "pet friendly."

* We had our concrete tested, and it meets all HoCo tests for quality. Prior damage to the surface of our concrete is believed to be the result of several factors:
- Last winter was extremely cold, so the ice continually thawed and refroze. This "freeze-thaw" cycle is very tough on the surface of the concrete.
- The "freeze-thaw" process is exaggerated when huge piles of snow are on concrete.
- The ice melt material may have been applied too heavily.
- Ice melt material was left to decompose on the concrete after the ice has melted.

* We have met with Ashton Environmental and made the following changes to the snow removal process for this winter:
- Lighter distribution of ice melt material.
- Less snow piled on concrete.
- Stakes have been set up to help guide the plow drivers.
- Some changes in equipment used by Ashton.

Three additional points for our owners to consider:

1. Elevator Condo Owners: Please remember that there may be times when cars in the parking areas will have to be moved so the area can be plowed. Please be prepared to move your car when asked. If you go out of town, please make sure a neighbor has a key to any cars you are leaving in the parking lot.

2. Villa owners: We've been told treating your brick walks with a protective product for bricks may minimize damage from the ice melt material.

3. All owners: Sweeping the ice melt material off the brick walks and concrete after the ice has melted should reduce concrete damage due to the decomposition of the product.

Of course, all drivers should exercise extreme caution in rain, snow, and ice. It is also important for pedestrians to do the same.

As the old saying goes, we should all, "Hope for the best but prepare for the worst" this winter.

The Neighborhood Board
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