Homeowners’ Association News
Winter is looming and with it comes the transition from greenspace maintenance to pathway snow clearing. The NDHA currently splits responsibility for snow clearing in the community with the City of Calgary. Please note that all public (i.e. not adjacent to a private home or business) sidewalks on Discovery Ridge Boulevard, Discovery Ridge Lane and Discovery Ridge Hill, in addition to several other small sections of sidewalk in our community are City responsibility. Use this link, https://maps.calgary.ca/PathwaysandBikeways/ and click on the “Snow Clearing” tab to determine if a sidewalk is the responsibility of the City. Please call 311 if you have concerns about snow clearing in these areas, or if a homeowner is not clearing the sidewalk adjacent to their home.
- City policy is that sidewalks under its control will be cleared within 24 hours of the end of a snow event. **If it is snowing anywhere in the City, the snow event is not considered “ended”.
- The NDHA’s policy is to have walkways and sidewalks under its control cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall, and every 24 hours thereafter until the snow stops.
Do not hesitate to contact the NDHA if you see a pathway not under the City’s or a property owner’s responsibility in need of snow or ice attention. We make our community paths and sidewalks as safe as possible during the winter months, but rapid changes do occur. Please be vigilant and use caution when using them.
2021 AGM: The NDHA 2021 AGM will take place on November 9th, 2021. The AGM is necessary and mandated; it must take place for the NDHA to continue to operate. The NDHA is required to have at least 10% of the membership represented via proxy or in person at an AGM.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic situation and for the safety of all, the NDHA Board of Directors has made the decision to hold the “in person” option for the 2021 AGM using the video teleconferencing format called ZOOM. All NDHA members should have received their AGM Notice and Proxy materials by email (if we have your email address) or by post-mail in October. Please review these materials and reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. If you cannot join the Zoom meeting, we ask that you complete and return your proxy vote at least 24 hours prior to the AGM date. The 2021 AGM minutes will be posted on our website.
FALL CLEANUP: ULS has completed the fall clean up. The Bedding Crews have completed all median beds and smaller linear parks by trimming back many perennials, general clean up of beds, weeding, garbage clean-up and sweeping gravel from pathways around playgrounds. Any areas that were not cleaned before the snow fell will be attended to in the spring. ULS snow removal crews and equipment are in place and ready to go!
NDHA MANDATE: The city owns most the public lands in the community, apart from select public spaces in Phases 1 & 2 (areas to the left and right of the roundabout). Our “ELM” agreement with the City dictates what we are (and are not) allowed to maintain on their lands. Fences on greenspaces, playground equipment, emptying of trash bins, trees and natural areas are all examples of things we cannot maintain. 311 should be contacted if you have a concern in these areas. Greenspace manicured turf, shrubs and shrub beds, the roundabout waterfall, irrigation, pet waste dispensers, park benches and Xeriscaped medians are examples of what we can maintain. Contact the NDHA if you have concerns in these areas.
The NDHA cannot become involved in community matters outside of this mandate.
The Discovery Ridge Community Association (DRCA) can, however, be contacted for information, help and direction regarding all other community matters. The DRCA is extremely important to the community. Only the DRCA can represent Discovery Ridge on issues of traffic, safety, security, etc. They provide the community with recreational facilities, family events and numerous other activities. If these things are important to you and add to the quality of life and value of your home, we strongly recommend that you purchase a $25 DRCA membership for your household at www.discoveryridge.com
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND FOLIAGE: Lights were installed in October and will be turned on in November. The holiday foliage display in the entrance planters will be installed for your enjoyment before the next newsletter.
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