WELCOME TO OUR FIRST NEWSLETTER!
OUR AIM: TO COMMUNICATE WITH OWNERS ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED, WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHAT IS PLANNED TO HAPPEN IN OUR BUILDING.
- Blocked drain cleared 2nd floor unit. Completed
- Water damage to two 4th floor units and a commercial unit. Repairs completed.
- Outside gate broken into. Repair completed
- Fire inspection/report completed. Letters sent to those in non-compliance
- Commercial and residential parking spots – charges made and due are being compiled.
- Strata documents being put online
- Fire Inspection
- Stack repair
- Leaks after ice melt?
- Ventilation system check
- Dryer vents cleaned
- Broken skylights repaired
- Carpets cleaned
Of course we have a long list, but priorities always follow a rule of thumb, health and safety, and security being first. We all know that the building is getting older and needs a little more care than those surrounding us. We hope to complete a few outstanding jobs as soon as the weather improves. Last year was expensive as far as unexpected repairs and replacements were concerned…so hopefully this year, we can catch up.
One thing we like about our home is that the building is renter free. WE own the building and therefore should all help to keep it as tidy and as safe as possible, which has a big input on resale values. Things that help are:
- Pausing a moment after driving into and leaving the Parkade……keep our belongings safe from thieves.
- Only use emergency doors to leave the building during an emergency or test.
- Please, no eating or drinking in the elevator. The carpets often suffer from children who just can’t wait to eat their snack or candy before they get home.
- Help to keep the recycling area tidy.
Quite often, we need to get rid of stuff.
There are so many new families arriving here in the Tri-Cities every week, and always families in need. Some arrive with NOTHING.
Buy, sell or give away in the ‘Free’ listings on Craigslist. Good resale dollars can be made at: https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/
Another route to give away items is Freecycle: https://groups.freecycle.org/group/TriCitiesBC/posts/all
The ‘Return It’ place on Barnet Highway takes Electronics, Polystyrene, or that bulky white packaging, shopping bags, beverage containers……..they pay you too for those! https://www.return-it.ca/
Then there is always Value Village and the Eagle Ridge Hospital thrift stores, both are so grateful for donations. Value Village gives to a different local charity every month.
Recycling Rant Please….. no plastic shopping bags in the recycling bins and the organic (food) bins. When full of recyclables, they bulk up the bins quickly. Wal-Mart, Canadian Superstore or ‘Return It’ do take them; otherwise, sadly, they go into the garbage.
We pay a fortune via Strata fees every year to clear drains that are clogged with fat. Drain it into a bowl, put it in the fridge, it will go solid until put into food waste and take down with your food recycling. Your conscience, your waist and our plumbing bills will thank you! Plus, the parkade will not smell once the weather warms up.
- What gems have been left in the bins recently?
- Someone bought a new Shark vacuum lately, and then dropped the whole box in a bin. The box filled the bin. I swear it was shoulder high! Folk who help are NOT the bin fairies. FOLD YOUR CARDBOARD PLEASE
· A Ladies shower cap, coat hangers galore, Christmas decorations…. Unbelievable!
Just because items are made of plastic doesn’t mean they are recyclable. A rule of thumb is a triangle with a code on the bottom. Plastics with only the numbers 1, 2, 4, & 5 can be placed in our recycling containers. EG:
- A ‘Whole Foods’ box, along with an Eddie Bauer bag was just dropped and left. (A strong, willing man nearby came to my rescue and stamped it flat). Now looking for the well dressed, healthy person with a lazy streak who dumped it in the first place!
Also in the recycle bins…A broken iPad or tablet, an old purse…it goes on.
Left by the bins……an old frying pan, handle of a mop, a suitcase. If you don’t want them, please take them to a thrift store or put them in the garbage Also, someone uses leaky plastic bags for their slimy garbage. This has been traced to Level 4.
Here’s Smithright’s guide: http://www.smithrite.com/ follow to home page/services/recycling
Buyers of strata units should understand that they are entering into a form of community living. Here’s an article which explains the benefits and responsibilities of community living.
Thanks for everyone who volunteered to put the bins out and return them: Nov. L2: 201,205,209,216. Dec. L3: 306, 310 and 317 twice Jan. L4: 3, 17, 210 and others. Any volunteers? It is easy, truly!
Thanks also to Marg and the helpers who arranged the Christmas party, and Sean who cleared the ice and snow.
P.S. Does anyone know which Shaw channel shows what is on all of our security cameras? They show the full view of what’s going on around the building.
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