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Lake Terrace Island Renewal
As the final phase of a three-year program to clean and trim the islands in Silver Valley, landscapers cleaned, planted, and added stone borders to parts of the large island on Lake Terrace Drive.
The crews also cleaned the area surrounding the mailboxes and added stone borders.
To maintain the natural woded look of the community, the pine needle beds beneath the trees were left intact.
Mulberry Pond Bank Erosion Fix
This past week, landscapers added tons of cobblestone to shore up the north bank of Mulberry Pond, which had been experiencing bank erosion.
Clothes Dryer Vent Cleaning
All unit owners recently received a flier regarding the need to have clothes dryer vents cleaned periodically. Please don't forget about or simply ignore this critical maintenance issue.
Clothes dryers should have their vents and vent pipes inspected and cleaned at least annually. Heavily used dryers may require more frequent cleaning.
The accompanying image shows a two-year accumulation of lint removed from a smooth-walled vent pipe connected to a gas dryer in one of our units. The amount of lint removed from this 10-foot length of pipe is substantial.
Ribbed accordion-style flex hoses are even less forgiving, since the ribbed walls catch and accumulate lint deposits even faster than smooth-walled pipe. Common complaints of lint buildup include reduced dryer efficiency (more time needed to dry the clothes). Heat backup in the dryer due to poor venting can also burn out thermal overload fuses in dryers, shutting them down completely.
In some cases, lint accumulations result in house fires.
Whether you do the work yourself, or hire a contractor to clean them for you, dryer vents demand periodic attention to ensure safe, efficient dryer operation.
Erosion Repairs Continue Between SVB and OS
Erosion control measures have started on the hillside between Olson Spur and Silver Valley Blvd. We are aware that this area was pretty unsightly after the dead, damaged, and dying trees were removed eartlier this year.
Thankfully, crews are busy cleaning, clearing, and planting the hill, and adding rock and gravel to better channel and control the heavy erosion damage we have experienced from extremely heavy stormwater runoff.
There are several more drainage and landscaping issues being studied (and bid) right now, including replacement of the pathetic retaining wall between Silver Valley and Olson Spur.
Erosion Control Progress RSC/OS Part Two
Several units on Ridge Side Court at the base of the hillside below Olson Spur have experienced flooded back patios and yards due to unusually high volumes of stormwater runoff and erosion over the last few years.
Landscapers have replanted grass in this area and added large rock barriers and gravel drains to disperse the water and better protect these units.
We are often asked why we require a formal written Request for Change before approving a satellite dish installation.
The reason is simple: When it comes to slipshod installations, dish companies are perhaps the most irresponsible of all public utilities. They are worse than traditional cable companies, if you can imagine that.
The image to the right speaks volumes. The dish installers draped the cable between the main box and the closest gutter. In their laziness and complete disregard for our community, they then ran the cable through the gutters of three adjacent units before installing the dish—three doors down. (We have enough problems with leaves and gutter overflows without adding cables to the mix.)
This week, we called the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Attorney General of the great state of Ohio seeking some relief from these ham-fisted pirates. Both agencies told us that they are powerless to assist us, and that customers using these services are the only ones with any leverage to get these issues resolved. We'll follow up with the FCC, but don't hold your breath on that one.
The same companies routinely drill holes in roofs, feed cable through downspouts, and generally look for the fastest, easiest, and most unsightly way possible to run cable and mount hardware.
You might want to think about all this before signing up with the Pirates of the Cablestreamin'.
Many of our garage doors are in bad shape. In fact, lower panels on several units have lost their paint entirely, and are starting to rot. We ask that all unit owners accept responsibility for cleaning and painting their entrance and garage doors, as needed.
Guest parking is for guests. Please do not use the guest parking spaces for personal vehicles.
Children at Play
We have children playing on our streets. Please drive slowly, put down your cell phone, and watch for kids who may run in front of you.
Pets to be Leashed
All pets must be leashed when outside the condo unit. Dogs and cats. This is both a condo regulation and a city ordinance.