Manager’s Update To The Community
Managers Update To The Community- February 19 , 2020
CONTINUE TO READ UPDATES ONLINE AT: RADBURN.ORG - We invite all residents to log on to Radburn.org at your earliest convenience to create an account. You will find at Radburn.org any current issues that the Association wants to update you about, as well as important Association documents, etc.
Corona Virus- The Radburn Board and Management have been monitoring (as I am sure everyone else is) all of the information being given out relating to the current events. We will keep you in the loop with e-blasts and facebook communication. Please see information below as well for important information relating to the coronavirus.
The Community Associations Institute has posted common sense suggestions that can be viewed https://www.caionline.org/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx . The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has suggestions for individuals to reduce their risk (CDC Coronavirus Information) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides reliable information about ongoing developments (HUD Coronavirus Information). The latter two sites do not have specific recommendations for community associations but contain valuable information about the disease and how people should protect themselves. While there are strategies for associations to employ in combating the spread of the virus, each of us is ultimately responsible for taking the necessary precautions to reduce the spread of the virus and protect ourselves.
Radburn Association is looking for ADR applicants who would like to participate in being part of the ADR committee. If you are appointed as a volunteer for this position, training will be provided. You will only be called upon if there is a request for an ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) hearing. You will not have meetings to attend unless a hearing is requested. Please see the application in this bulletin.
Spring is on it’s way (I don’t want to talk too soon and jinx us with snow) You will start to see lots of activity around the parks.
· We expect our bids for the walkway repairs to arrive shortly. Bids will be reviewed and a contractor will be hired. Once they are to begin, we will be sure to communicate about sections of walkways to be addressed - please be sure to read updates as we send them out.
· Landscape - spring cleaning will be starting soon, so you will hear blowers all around as Sunset Ridge begins the park clean up. We ask that Residents trim any hedges overhanging the walkways as well as keeping the walkways along your property clear of debris.
· Trees – Bartlett Trees will be touring the parks to do their annual tree care, trimming and eventually they will be performing a tree inventory program for Radburn Association.
· The Association will also be hiring a landscape architect who will begin touring the parks and review the landscape, shrubs, trees, flowers, etc and design a long term program for the parks. We will have all our professionals - MNLA, Bartlett Trees, Falcon Engineering get together to work as a TEAM –so that all are on the same page as far hardscape and softscape park upgrades.
· Survey – A Topographical and Park survey – you will see surveyors around marking some areas and drawing up plan for the association - Very exciting times!
Speaking of TREES , we just want to talk about the beautiful Radburn trees that you all love. We have had Bartlett trees here for many years taking care of your trees. They monitor them and do whatever they can to keep them healthy and thriving. BUT there will be a time when the life of a tree is near its end. Sometimes they may look healthy from the ground up, but as they are being monitored, we may become aware that a tree needs to be removed as it could be diseased inside. Some of your beloved trees may need to go. That is why your Board is looking at the future with the Landscape Architects and Arborist, so that there is a plan for the future replacements that will occur as some of the very mature trees need to be removed. We are sorry to say that there are a few trees that will have to be removed this season. Of course the bigger picture is the safety of homes around the parks and people in the parks. We will advise as we confirm which trees need to be addressed.
Please keep reading our communications - we expect to have lots of information as we approach the summer. Please see the link later on in this bulletin for summer employment. Here are some possible open positions that we may be looking for if you would like to recommend anyone; Camp counselors and supervisors. Please reach out to the office with any questions. We will also be collecting the lifeguard applications at Grange hall, then send them in to Pleasure Pools – who will then get in touch with the applicants.
Also – speaking of pools – The pool committee has recommended to the board to provide One Free Guest Pass to every home for the pools this summer. A second pass will be available for purchase for $50.00 for the season, of course guest passes can be purchased daily at the pool or you can purchase a coupon book of 10 at the grange for an additional discount. We will keep you posted as we get set up with this. We will have a slightly different procedure to update your pool badges. We will be coordinating different time frames to get your badges updated and are considering the month of April (we will adjust as needed, based upon current events) We will have day and evening hours to accomplish this. We are also looking at an internet based pool badge system for new owners (and current Radburnites who may be interested in an internet based system as well) – we will keep you updated as decisions are made. We will provide designated dates for open sessions to learn about the new online registration process for camp and counselors, etc. Stay tuned…
The ‘music in the park committee’ is working on the summertime programs – we will post these as we set up dates.
This is very exciting to have our parks being addressed on many levels! The grounds committee met with several landscape architects as well - as we hope to coordinate the different experts that care for the parks - arborists, landscape architects and engineers for the overall maintenance and repairs of the soft scape and hard scape areas. Our goal is to address the drainage issues, erosion and bring new plantings to the parks. We are probably looking at early April to begin some of these repairs, but we will post as we define the dates. The stumps of old trees that were around the parks have been ground down. We have met with a few grant writers and feel excited about the possibility of securing grants for Radburn Association with historic grant programs that may be available - this is ongoing.
Some summertime events that will be returning are tot swim, aquacise and new addition of adult swim lessons.
We have also replaced some parts on the swing sets in the parks recently.
Dogs (our furry friends) – We are in the process of upgrades to the dog stations in the parks as well as add additional stations. On another note, Fair Lawn has a Borough Ordinance (62-10 Regulation of Dogs) relating to the necessity that all dogs must be on leash in public areas. We ask that you comply with the ordinance. There are times where people are afraid of loose dogs so we appreciate your cooperation.
We have activity with the clubroom and gym rentals for homeowners, for special events – birthday party, etc. We are happy to be able to provide this amenity to homeowners. Please feel free to reach out to Rene via e-mail for information and a clubhouse rental agreement to review at: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
Some reminders for Radburn members:
Please be sure to have your Real estate agent, or yourself - contact the office prior to your closing on the sale of your home so that we can be sure that the new owner gets the proper documentation they need for their closing, as well as pertinent Radburn Association information.
Radburn Association would like to ask homeowners to be sure to keep their homes clear of trash. The borough asks that you put out the evening before and put away after every pick up - your homes are close to each other so your neighbors really appreciate your cooperation to help keep your property values up and Radburn Beautiful. We appreciate you maintaining your homes with general maintenance issues (eg; garage doors that operate, shutters that may need replacement or repair, lawns and shrubbery addressed, etc.)
Any exterior modifications must be submitted with an architectural application to the office – BEFORE you begin any projects. This includes tree removals. We also need to know that the Borough permits are being applied for as well - where required. Thank you!
The next open meeting on March 16th @ 7:30 pm has been cancelled at this time.
See you out and about! 😊