Although the winter months bring a pause to the intensity of outdoor work being done in Discovery Ridge, your NDHA volunteer board uses this time to budget, plan and prepare for the next “growing season”. We will roll out the summer 2019 plans in the months to come, continuing to use the Ridge Review and our website to communicate our most urgent news to you.
FEES: By now, you should have received your annual NDHA invoice. The NDHA has sent your invoice by email this year in an effort to save our members thousands of dollars in postage costs. If you have not provided your email address to the NDHA, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org noting your residential address. If we do not have/receive your email address, your invoice will be sent to you via Canada Post. Payments can be made online at our website, or by cheque to our mailing address.
SNOW REMOVAL CHANGES: Many of you will have noticed a change in how snow removal on some public sidewalks in our community is being handled. As of the end of January, the NDHA was forced to return responsibility for clearing snow from specific, designated sidewalks back to the City of Calgary. The two community maps next to this article show these “designated” sidewalks, highlighted in pink. These essentially include all public sidewalks on Discovery Ridge Boulevard and Discovery Ridge Hill, and a few smaller areas near park spaces that are not adjacent to private homes. Again, please note that snow removal for these sidewalks is now the responsibility of the City of Calgary and according to City policy, they will be cleared within 24 hours of the end of a snow event. Please call 311 if you have concerns about snow clearing in these areas.
All other community sidewalks and pathways that have been cleared in the past will continue to be cleared by the NDHA’s contractor (ULS). The NDHA’s policy is to have these walkways cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall, and every 24 hours thereafter until the snow stops.
The reason for the change is, at the insistence of the City of Calgary, the NDHA had to dissolve the old Landscape Management Agreement (LMA) and enter into a new one with them this year. The new LMA has some significant changes from the old one, and the NDHA is working to ensure that we can retain the high standards that our membership has come to expect. This has required some extra negotiation, new addendums and some difficult concessions, one of which has been the issue of snow removal responsibilities.
To be clear, the sidewalks in question (pink) were designated by the City as their responsibility. City Council has provided funding in their budget to clear these sidewalks according to their policy timelines. The NDHA offered to continue to clear these sidewalks using our timelines and with our contractor, but the City refused. The NDHA will adjust our previously-negotiated contract for snow removal with ULS so that the change in service area is reflected in our costs.
We are always happy to hear from our NDHA members; please access our website at www.ndha.ca to send an email - you can also call us at 403-237-9595, or mail us at Box 2478, 246 Stewart Green SW, Calgary, AB T3H 3C8