- Re-inspection was carried out by the Fire Department…..awaiting their report.
- Emergency generator maintenance completed…what a noisy job!
- Blocked drain #210 – cleared – AGAIN. Please don’t put GREASE AND FAT DOWN THE SINK. Your strata fees have to pay to clear the drains.
- Ventilation system maintained
- Dryer vents are to be cleaned, both inside and out – see notice. Please clear off your balconies or patios
- Some fire extinguishers are due for renewal – see notice
- Maintenance is being carried out on various engineering equipment.
- Monitoring of the entrance hall light fittings, as they keep blowing.
- Broken skylights to be repaired, carpet cleaning, cleaning of the exterior of building, windows, power washing of the sidewalks, common area paths…..all jobs will be completed as the months progress .
- Lighting in one of the storage areas is to be replaced
- Light outside the common room is to be replaced.
- Budgeting for updating the Shaw security cameras channel is being addressed as new equipment is needed.
- New parking passes are coming soon.
It’s almost Spring!
- Time for maintaining your GAS FIRES. If anyone needs a company we can recommend one:
PGH Services tel: 778-298-6111
- Our WINDOW BLINDS are looking really grimy after the winter. If you don’t clean them yourself, (hate that job!), contact: Budget Blinds 778 726 0633. Give the measurements and they will give you a quote.
- Someone asked if the cleaning lady is supposed to clean the doors to our units. The answer is ‘No’. It is up to owners to keep/get them clean.
Spring also means that the temperatures will be rising. Anyone remember when there used to be an awful smell in the parkade every year when it became warm? Kids used to walk through there pinching their noses, and I dread to think what prospective buyers thought.
It was before we were given a green bin for food waste. Any food that wasn’t put into a food waste grinder, (which can block if not used properly), went into the compactor. It stank. Thankfully, if EVERYONE recycles their food, we won’t have to suffer from the smell this year. On that note, we can be fined by Smithryte, our pick up company, if there are store bags in there. Please use combustible bags, they are dirt cheap from the Dollar store nearest to us. Alternatively, or just throw the food waste in and rinse out your container.
(I have left on the following information as we have new owners who have joined the email list). If you live next door to a new owner, please tell them about this newsletter and remind them about the website as I don’t have everyone’s email address.
Please help to keep our home safe and tidy
- Pause for 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 also 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. This is SO IMPROVED Thanks everyone, apart from….
–The person who decided that they were too lazy to ring the city and ask what to do with A BLOOMIN’ GREAT LUMP OF METAL! What a plonker!
–No, no-one wants your old decrepit frying pan or sofa cushion. Put them in the garbage.
–Those who think rice bags, kitty litter bags, noodle packets and toys and chocolate box liners go into the recycling. No triangle?………………………put them into the garbage please.
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
Value Village and the Eagle Ridge Hospital thrift stores, both are grateful for donations. Value Village gives to a different local charity every month.
- What gems have been left in the recycle bins recently? A broken iPad, coat hangers, toys, The inside of chocolate boxes…”Well it looks plastic so it goes in there”….It doesn’t! !Just because items are made of plastic doesn’t mean they are recyclable. A rule of thumb is, there must be a triangle with a code, usually on the bottom. ONLY plastics with the numbers 1, 2, 4, & 5 can be placed in our recycling containers. eg:
If in doubt about recycling anything, email Smithrite at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s Smithright’s guide: http://www.smithrite.com/ follow to home page/services/recycling
Paint cans can be taken to Rona – full or part used, as long as the can is intact and not too rusty. If you are storing paint, remember that the bottom of the cans rust through eventually and the paint pours out. Best kept in a plastic tote box.
Electronics can be recycled FREE at the Return-it Centre on Barnet Highway/Falcon Drive
|Electronic Musical Instruments||Desktop Computers + Accessories|
|IT + Telecom Devices||Portable Computers + Accessories|
|Medical Monitoring + Control Devices||Display Products + Accessories|
|Aftermarket Vehicle Electronic Products||Printing, Scanning + Multifunction Devices|
|All-in-one Home Theatre Systems||Audio Products + Accessories|
|Video Gaming Systems + Accessories||Video Products + Accessories|
|Cellular, Telephones + Answering Machines||E toys|
They take that bulky white polystyrene packaging, store plastic bags, beverage containers……..they pay you too for those! https://www.return-it.ca
We have had a few issues with noise travelling from unit to unit in our building. As this is a wooden structure, it’s a common enough problem, but one which can be easily helped along with a bit of thought and patience, courtesy and common sense.
- Changing into soft shoes when at home.
- Laying rugs down in traffic areas.
- Getting a play mat for children and toddlers.
- Teaching children not to run around when indoors.
- Letting neighbours know when you’re giving a party or having a bunch of people over.
- The same applies to do-it-yourself jobs, and especially renovations.
If you are going to have a laminate floor laid, an application must be made in writing to the Strata Committee. Laminate floors must have a good underlay up to building code. If a floor with no underlay is seen as a noise problem, there could be potential for its’ removal, and relaying with an underlay at the cost to the owner.
There are a lot of BIKES which have been left by previous owners. We have ideas for getting rid of them. Any ideas to add? Let us know via the website.
What do you all think about holding a Bring and Buy Sale in the garden this Spring or Summer? Bring your unwanted stuff and perhaps buy something new. Let us know via our website.
The gardening plots will be allocated soon for those who have green fingers or fancy trying their hand at growing. Watch for a poster soon in the elevator.
Special thanks to those volunteers who have taken out and brought in the recycle bins on Monday evenings. Everyone in this community appreciates your efforts.
Sean, Brendan, Ben, Pablo, Peggy and Lauren, who cleared the ice and snow.
Peggy and Lauren for helping with the Shaw camera investigation.
Neinka, for doing a great job reporting on the garden lighting.
Marg, for doing the leg work and more, when we have visitors and workmen coming for maintenance etc.
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