Homeowners’ Association (NDHA) News
Happy summer to all! The weather this season has been quite interesting and created a variety of challenges to the community landscaping this year. Special thanks to ULS for their ongoing excellent work to keep our community looking its best! During hot stretches, our watering truck program and irrigation system certainly help the condition of foliage at the entrance and along the medians; please use caution when passing this large, slow-moving vehicle.
Landscaping and Mowing: Barring unforeseen circumstances, the landscaping projects described in our July article (see our website for details) should be underway or nearing completion by the time you read this. We appreciate the patience of those who have had to contend with a construction zone, and we hope that in the end you will agree that it was worth it!
As you have seen, the 30 new trees we had Alberta Transportation plant last year in the ring road portion of our entrance median and boulevards appear to have survived the winter and are establishing themselves quite well. A few looked questionable, but the cool weather and abundant rain early in the growing season seem to have been beneficial.
Finally, in the event of excessive rain, you may find that a portion of our green spaces are missed by the mowing crews. This intentional; if the ground becomes saturated or has drainage issues, the heavy mowers will tear up the turf as they pass over it. Also, some greenspaces have grassy slopes. ULS crews will not mow turf on these slopes if it is determined that slippery conditions could pose a danger to the operator. ULS crews must wait until things dry up to safely resolve the issue of unusually long grass in those areas; we thank you for your patience.
Road Safety for ULS Crews: On occasion, ULS staff have been put in danger due to careless drivers speeding past them despite all the orange warning cones. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE WORKING IN THE MEDIANS, PLEASE SLOW DOWN! Be respectful of our contractor’s staff, they are there doing work for you. No one wants to be the cause of an accident. We all thank you.
Outstanding Fees: The 2022 NDHA fee of $307 was due on June 29th. We would like to thank our members who have paid their fee on time, and ask that those who have not, please remit immediately. If you are unsure of your payment status, please access your membership portal on our website. If you have questions or concerns, you may contact the NDHA Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Membership Director at NDHAmembership@ndha.ca Please reference your property address.
Can you Help? The NDHA is currently managed by seven (7) community volunteers. The work of these volunteers, your neighbors, saves the association more than $100,000 per year – money that would otherwise be paid to a professional management company. That’s the equivalent of NDHA fees for 325+ homes! These savings are why have the funds to invest in the landscape upgrades and maintenance that have made Discovery Ridge one of the most striking in the city. But, with only seven people, we need more help. The NDHA is looking for new Board members and non-board member volunteers who can help with the workload. All skill sets welcome! We especially have a need for volunteers with: Accounting expertise/experience to help our Treasurer and bookkeeper, IT/web-based skills, someone who has an interest in writing, and somebody with landscape gardening experience/interest. Please consider volunteering this year. Contact us anytime by sending an email to email@example.com if you have questions or can join the team!
We are quite proud of how our community looks and hope you are as well. If you happen to notice an area that might need attention such a bed being missed or damage incurred due to storms or other factors, please let the NDHA know. We are always happy to hear from our members; please access our website at www.ndha.ca to send an email or call us at 403-237-9595.
Have a wonderful August! Safe travels to all!