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MEADOWS OF TERRA LINDA newsletter Spring 2017

Dear Meadows of Terra Linda residents-

Happy Spring!  We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Celina Moreno, who has replaced Charles Esposito as our new Community Association Manager with Realmanage.  She comes to us highly recommended.  Please note that board meetings have been moved to the first Wednesday of the month, and will continue to begin at 6 pm with the Homeowner’s Forum until 6:15.

In June, the second phase of the asphalt project will continue with the replacement of asphalt on Surrey Lane.  Concrete work will happen on June 5th, with the asphalt work happening from June 12-16, and striping on June 19th.  The Association will give lots of reminders, but be advised that during the work there will be several days when cars will not be able to be parked on Surrey Lane.

If you are looking for storage for your bikes, know that the Meadows has a newly cleaned-out bike shed on Lea Drive.  If you are interested in using it, notify Realmanage and they will send you a short application.  There is a $25 fee to obtain a key.  The board is also exploring placing bike racks at a couple of locations in the complex.  A gentle reminder that it is against the rules to store bikes or other material under the stairs in multi-story buildings in the complex.

Looking for ways to help support the community in the event of a disaster?  In the event of a serious emergency, like an earthquake, it may take several days before emergency responders are able to reach us.  During this interval, it will be up to trained community volunteers to assist with responding to the event.  CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a national training program that educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as basic first aid, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  CERT trainings are offered in Marin 10 times per year, with the next San Rafael training starting April 22, 2017 at the Terra Linda Rec Center.  The training is 18 hours, often all-day over 2 Saturdays, and costs $45, though scholarships are available.  For more information, go to: http://readymarin.org 

Finally, please read the signs affixed to recycling and compost bins in the garbage enclosures before placing items inside.  Blue bins are for paper products, brown bins are for glass, plastic, and metal, and green bins are for organic matter.  Do not put plastic bags in the green bins, unless they are compostable!

Rodent Issues

This is a general reminder to residents about our on-going issues with rodents.  We’ve recently sealed the doors of garbage rooms and shared storage areas, weed whacked groundcover and removed shrubbery that can provide shelter to rats, as well as adding owl boxes, and doubling the visits from our pest control vendor.  Please continue to be vigilant about removing food sources for rodents, including bird seed, pet food left outdoors, and fruit left on trees.  Keep ground cover in your yards to a minimum, and please report sightings of rats to Realmanage so that our vendor can come out and respond. 

Revision of the CC&Rs

The revision of the CC&Rs continues to move forward.  Most recently, owners have been contacted asking for your support of a rule revision about hard-surface flooring in second and third floor units.  The board continues to work to make the Meadows the most desirable place to live, and this flooring amendment is designed to help us retain the value of our units, and minimize noise transmission issues.  Please vote YES on the amendment, and send your ballots back in the included envelopes.

Our new Green Energy Committee Needs You

The Meadows is investigating installing solar panels on some of our buildings.  Our hope is that we can sell electricity back to the grid, using those revenues to offset our operating expenses and, in turn, help keep our monthly dues as low as possible.   We are also looking into whether or not to install electric vehicle charging stations.  At the December 2016 meeting, the Board created a new Green Energy Committee, with two sub-committees:  Solar Energy and Electric Cars.  We are asking any residents who are interested in and/or know about these issues to please participate by volunteering to help with these committees.  Among other things, we need to research buying vs. leasing solar panels, installation & maintenance issues, and rebates or tax incentives available for going solar.  We also need to determine how many people living at The Meadows might use electric car charging stations, how we could power them, how to charge users for that cost, permitting issues, and what government incentives or assistance might be available to help with the installation cost.  Please let Real Manage know if you are interested in getting involved.  

Finally, we are looking for a graphic designer to help us with creating a new logo for the newsletter.  Please let us know if you can help.

As always, it takes a village, so if you see anything in the complex that needs attention, please let Realmanage know.

 

 

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Gabriel Kram,
Feb 6, 2017, 3:53 PM
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Gabriel Kram,
Feb 6, 2017, 3:53 PM
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Gabriel Kram,
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Gabriel Kram,
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