Manager’s Update To The Community
Managers Update To The Community- July 22 , 2020
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Walkway Project: You should have received our letter telling you about the upcoming walkway work in the parks - We will begin the first modified phase of sidewalk renovations within the next 2 weeks. This is a reminder to remove any personal items that may be next to a sidewalk slab that has been marked for removal (orange or white paint mark) as DCR will be chopping cement and installing wood to pour the new slab, they can not be responsible for any plants, personal items or fencing that may have been installed that is up to this walkway line. DCR will be socially distant and we ask that homeowners not approach them while they are working, as they may not have a mask on in the heat while doing construction work. We will ask them to have a mask in their possession when needed for up close discussions. The first part will begin in the B park, due to the desire to be out of the area by Radburn School for the school session in September. The first site location for materials and equipment storage will be near the basketball court. As they go around the park to work on the drainage and walkway repairs, they may have a 1 day temporary dumpster at various locations around the park, after starting at the school and rotating around the rest of B park. They will begin their operations and set up by 7 am as allowed by borough law. The community looks forward to this project and hope everyone understands that construction in general is disruptive, but there is an end goal in site - to walkways getting repaired or replaced as necessary. We have had Luis start to clean out some drains we are noting as clogged as we go around the park.
The pool committee made a suggestion to have two of our radburn pool managers/ lifeguards clean the pools several times per week, and we are hiring a company to deal with testing and chemistry/equipment maintenance. We have had several new pieces of equipment installed at the end of the season last year – a new pump in the ‘R’ pool, and new controllers in the ‘R’ and ‘B’ pools. These items needed to be connected and activated once the pools were opened late in this season. Once we opened the pools and connected new equipment, we found we had electrical issues that needed updating as well. This has been accomplished. We have also installed cameras at both pool locations – there are signs on each pool fence advising about this. Luis has been cleaning the baby pool since that is not functioning this year. We are looking into updating the filtration system in the ‘B’ pool in the future as well as the baby pool.
While the electrician was here we received and approved a proposal for additional electrical maintenance items that need to be addressed – including the tunnel lights and updating outlets in general. We had the plumber replace a toilet in the ladies room at the ‘R’ pool that had become non functional and was leaking.
Contracts: Falcon engineering and DCR contracts have been established. The Engineer contract for ‘B’ pool filtration system is being reviewed. We are also reviewing a company to maintain the pool chemistry and mechanics for this summer. In addition, we are looking to power wash Grange Hall. We will do the front section that has siding only, as the rear section that is painted will peel with power washing at this time. We will not power wash the rear until we decide if we want to paint the grange hall exterior.
Grants, Landscape Architect and Survey : I heard from the NJ Historic Grant Committee in reference to our application – we will be touring the parks together soon. I have also sent information from a company who reached out to me about having Radburn as a feature in one of their articles – this was passed onto some members in our grounds committee who have met with them. They will be coming to Radburn to tour the parks and will also take aerial shots of the parks. The premise of the article is about a historic community as it ages, the necessary repairs and replacements that are needed. I had advised them of the first phase of our walkway repairs. MNLA is our landscape architect and they began touring the parks. We have been communicating with our survey company as well for their final survey - Bartlett trees and MNLA need the survey as part of their reports - so that all can be part of the overall landscape plan for the future – all with keeping in mind Marjorie Sewell Cautley's landscape design. We have a few additional proposals we are asking MNLA for - a tot lot upgrade proposal as well as ballfield proposal/recommendation.
The grounds committee members and management have met with the developer Landmark, to review Archery Plaza plans as they will begin some of the remediation work to prepare that park as it relates to drainage and the future park, trees, walkways and playground - one of many projects that is ongoing.
Management is also working on a power point to meet and establish a working relationship with the newest members in Radburn at The Crossings. This is ongoing.
We have our own special team of Radburn members - Steve Taylor and Rick Hampson, who have been looking at some of the Radburn historic documents and created a tour through history - please use this link to enjoy their work and pictures of ‘once upon a time’ in Radburn. The link: https://youtu.be/cx2u7h-bGIQ - I have also sent this link to the Grant application committee, MNLA, and the company that is writing an article on Radburn.
There have been a few incidents reported, of graffiti, a flag being torn from a private property, and trespassing - we ask that neighbors be respectful of common and private property of all and report anything you may see to the police department.
The Board has approved a Temporary backyard pool use application for this 2020 summer only - please go online to review the guidelines and submit your application : https://www.radburn.org/architecture.html
For information about memorial pool membership please use this link: https://www.fairlawn.org/2020pool
There is a lot of activity going on in the community and your Board is working very hard during this time in history as it relates to COVID decisions.
See you out and about! 😊 Janet