Happy May, everyone! Spring is in the air, and you may have noticed an increased presence of our contractor (ULS) on site doing their spring cleanup. Work on our green spaces, parks and medians will proceed as conditions permit and with hope the foliage in the community has wintered well and will be in great shape for the growing season. The NDHA works hard to maintain greenspaces in the community, but it is a big area and sometimes we might miss a spot. Do let us know if you see something in need of attention. *Please note that the NDHA is not responsible for landscape maintenance in the new “The Pointe at Discovery Ridge” development.
NDHA Annual General Meeting 2023: The Board of Directors will hold the in-person meeting on Thursday, June 8th. NDHA members will be notified of the AGM details by email or post mail and will also see signage placed at the entrance to the community. In addition to the election of the new board of directors, updates on NDHA business & greenspace-related matters will be shared at the AGM, where we will also welcome your questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you there! If you cannot attend the AGM, we ask that you send us your proxy vote so the required quorum is realized, and the meeting can occur.
Can You Step Up to Help? The work of the NDHA is currently managed by seven (7) volunteers, all of whom are your neighbors. This keeps over $100,000/year of your fee money in the community, instead of being paid to a professional management company. The cash saved creates the pool from which we have funded the work to place unique landscaping in our medians, installed the dog waste bag dispensers, paid for graphic wraps to beautify our trash bins, install our annual holiday tree light display, and pay for the seasonal planter foliage displays by the roundabout. It also allows us to maintain and operate the waterfall and fund many other landscape projects, including all mulching and shrub replacements.
However, it’s been the same people on the board for several years and we are long overdue for some new faces in the group. The NDHA is looking for both 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 any of the following: Accounting expertise/experience to help our Treasurer and bookkeeper, IT/web-based skills, someone who has an interest in writing our monthly news articles and somebody with a passion for landscaping and plants. Please consider volunteering this year. Contact us anytime!
THANK YOU to the many community volunteers who have stepped up over the past 17 years as NDHA board members or committee helpers! Your time and effort have collectively saved the NDHA membership well over a million dollars. This allowed Discovery Ridge to incorporate and maintain some of the highest, and leading-edge, landscape standards in Calgary. The community would not look the way it does without the work you have contributed, and everyone appreciates what you have given the community over the years!
Drainage Swales – Spring rains are on their way! For owners with a concrete drainage swale in your yard, you are responsible for ensuring the swale is kept clear of debris. Rain and runoff must easily drain into the storm sewer system via the swale, so please have a look to ensure yours is clean and unobstructed. This is a City of Calgary bylaw. You do not want to be made responsible for flood damage caused by a backup on your property.
Street Sweeping – Discovery Ridge is scheduled for sweeping on Monday, May 8th (weather dependent). Please watch for signs that will be posted in the community to notify you in advance or visit the City of Calgary website for updates. Vehicles and must be moved from the street during this operation, subject to fines or towing. Remove your vehicle andtrash bins so that the gravel and grime of winter can be swept away!
Trailers on Driveways – With yard projects and camping season upon us, please be reminded that parking a utility trailer or RV of any kind on or around your property is subject to City of Calgary Bylaws and Parking Authority rules. Detached trailers cannot be parked on city streets at any time. RV’s and attached trailers can be parked on the street immediately adjacent to your home for maximum of 36 hours. It is illegal to park your RV distant from your home. RV’s, boats, and trailers can be parked in a private front driveway for maximum 36 hours. Parked RV’s, boats and trailers cannot protrude over a sidewalk or roadway, obstruct access to a neighbor’s driveway or garage, or block the view of intersections, crosswalks, playgrounds, or signs. Complaints for infractions on private property can be made to 311. Complaints for infractions on public property (on the street) can be made to the Calgary Parking Authority.
We are always happy to hear from our NDHA members; please access our website at ndha.ca for NDHA News updates or to send an email. You can also call us at 403-237-9595.