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Berm Tree & Shrub Planting 2017

JOIN US FOR PLANTING AND BBQ FUN!

Saturday, May 27th, 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
152 Cougarstone Common SW

For more information, please check out the flyer:

  • No cost
  • No experience necessary
  • All ages welcome
  • If you have one, please bring a shovel (label with your name)

There is no pre-registration needed.  Hotdogs and hamburgers will be served as well as refreshments.  Kids may participate, so please bring a small labelled shovel for them.

We look forward to seeing you and thank you in advance for your participation!

New Collection Policy – Effective May 1st 2017

CRRA Collection Procedures Policy

Effective Date: May 1st, 2017

This Policy is put forth in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association and the Encumbrances registered on each title for the Cougar Ridge Residents Association.

  1. May 1st invoices detailing the Annual Rent Charge, plus applicable taxes including GST, are sent out to Members with Payment required by June 29th of the same year (net 30 days). The fees cover the fiscal year – January to December.
  2. If payment is not received by the Due Date of June 29th, a statement including interest at the rate of 18% per annum, is sent out to the Member with the stamp: PAST DUE on July 31st (1 month overdue).
  3. If payment is not received by August 31st (2 months overdue), a second statement including interest at the rate of 18% per annum, is sent to the Member with the stamp PAST DUE: SECOND NOTICE.
  4. If payment is still not received by October 31st, a title search will be done and a DEMAND LETTER will be sent to the Registered Owner on Title and a $30 fee will be included to cover the cost of obtaining the Title search and associated administrative fees. The Member Registry Roll will be updated with the current owner’s information.i. The DEMAND LETTER will state that payment is required in full by November 30th, or the account will be turned over to the Cougar Ridge Residents Association’s legal counsel and foreclosure proceedings will be initiated. All legal and collection costs are charged back to the owner.
  5. If account remains unpaid on December 1st, then it is turned over to legal counsel who issues another DEMAND LETTER for payment within 15 days, after which foreclosure proceedings will be initiated.
  6. A copy of the collection policy should be included with all invoicing notices sent to members. It is each member’s responsibility to ensure that payment clears their bank accounts.
  7. Annual Fees are collected by Accredited Condominium Management Services Ltd. (ACMS) Suite 8, 11010 46th Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T2C 1G4 on behalf of the Cougar Ridge Residents Association. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, cheque and e-transfer. For questions regarding payments contact ACMS at (403) 253-7525.
Annual Fees are to be made Payable to the Cougar Ridge Residents Association.
Payments are received by the Management Company:
Accredited Condominium Management Services Ltd. (ACMS)
Suite 8, 11010 46th Street SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 1G4
Approved by the Board of Directors – April 6, 2017.  A copy of the policy is available in PDF format.

March 2017 Newsletter

Cougar Ridge Residents Association (CRRA) Update – March 2017

Spring has sprung! Or, has it?

We hope you had a great winter! The snow is melting and the temperatures are finally rising. This also means that the landscaping season for Cougar Ridge is once again just around the corner.

CRRA Member Resident Fees – Due June 29th, 2017
The CRRA annual fees are currently set at $108.15 including GST. This is one of the lowest Residents Association fee in Calgary SW. Fees have only been raised once to date and the CRRA Board of Directors aims to continue to keep fees low.

2017 invoices will be mailed out in May 2017. Our management company, Accredited Condominium Management Services (ACMS), will be sending out the invoices on our behalf. The 2017 fees will be due June 29, 2017.

The CRRA fee is a legal requirement and has been registered with Alberta Land Titles as an encumbrance on each and every residential property that was developed wholly, or in partnership with United Communities Inc. In other words, each person with an encumbrance signed an agreement to pay the annual fees when they purchased the property. This includes the new Apex Development at Paskapoo Slopes as well as all those homes developed by United Communities.

We need to anticipate most of our funds coming in when they are due, in order to most effectively allocate the funds towards landscaping goals for that season. When you pay your fees on time and your account is up-to-date, you allow the Board of Directors to focus less on collections and more on our real mandate; landscaping and beautification of our community.

Several member residents have outstanding invoices from 2016. Please ensure your 2016 fees have been paid and that your account is up to date. Cheques or cash are accepted and cheques should be made payable to the Cougar Ridge Residents Association and mailed to ACMS directly. Alternately, please contact ACMS to arrange for an e-transfer of funds. Please remember to include your address with your payment.

ACMS address:
8, 11010 – 46 Street SE
Calgary, AB  T2C 1G4

When member residents fail to pay their fees, not only is this not abiding by the encumbrance on your land title and unfair to other member residents, but it also means we can’t accomplish our landscaping and maintenance goals for that year. Interest does accrue on unpaid invoices, so we urge you to pay your fees upon receipt of the invoice each year.

We realize invoices do get misplaced or lost and we sometimes simply forget. The Board also understands that these are difficult financial times for some. If this is an issue, please contact ACMS to discuss your situation. However; we as a Board are responsible for ensuring all member resident fees are paid. The CRRA collections procedure will be available shortly on our website.

For information regarding the status of CRRA annual fees, calendar year and arrears, please contact ACMS directly. Email:  Nathalie Skyrie at nathalie@acms.ca or phone 403 253-7525.  Please remember to advise ACMS when you sell your home, to ensure their records are accurate and up to date. Their website is www.acms.ca Alternately, you can also email us at feedback@mycougarridge.com

Landscaping 2017 Season
Our contractor, Pixie Gardens, will be out in full force by June of this year. We will continue to ensure flowers are planted throughout the community, in the entrance areas, boulevards, planters, and some of the parks. These areas will be maintained by Pixie Garden crews throughout the growing season.

The City of Calgary Parks department maintains responsibility for the mowing of the green spaces in Cougar Ridge.

Who are we?
The CRRA is a non-profit organization responsible for the ongoing maintenance of common spaces as well as landscaping enhancements in the community of Cougar Ridge. A volunteer Board of Directors manages the CRRA. These individuals are Cougar Ridge residents elected at the Association’s Annual General Meeting.

The CRRAs mandate and objective is the beautification of Cougar Ridge, through the management of neighbourhood enhancements such as flowerbeds, entrance areas, planters and extra landscaping and maintenance of city boulevards, medians and parks. These enhancements are only possible through the annual CRRA fees, which are mandatory and listed on your land title.

The CRRA is a separate organization from the West Springs Cougar Ridge Community Association. The WSCR Community Association is also a volunteer-based organization with various responsibilities including issues affecting the community, sports activities, a community newsletter as well as community events.

The CRRA will continue to submit regular articles to be published in the WSCR Community Association newsletter, so that you are kept informed of what is happening in the community with respect to landscaping. Please also check our website for new information and updates: www.mycougarridge.com

Submitted by your 2016-2017 CRRA Board of Directors
Written by N. Welsh, March 2017

A .pdf version is also available.

Urban Forestry and Tree Planting within Cougar Ridge

The urban forest of tree lined streets: contributes to healthy watersheds, provides shade and wind protection, improves bird and wildlife habitat, removes pollution and creates oxygen, aesthetically contributes to the beauty of our neighbourhoods and will increase property values over time. Think of the impact driving through established neighbourhoods filled with mature trees has on all of us. Recent research indicates that having tree-lined streets is akin to a $10,000 raise in income or equivalent to moving to neighbourhood with a $10,000 higher median income. Other data indicates properties with tree lined streets usually have a higher monetary value – up to 20%. Please refer to the following article discussing the economic and health benefits of Urban Forests:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/07/13/living-on-tree-lined-streets-has-health-benefits-study-finds.html

The Cougar Ridge Residents Association wants to get many more trees planted in the community, but we need your help! We have been told by City Parks that Cougar Ridge is slated to get 62 trees planted for 2016. This is a start, but substantially more trees (500+) need to be planted in order to be comparable to our sister community south of us: Wentworth. We have a proposal in with City Parks requesting to plant more trees, as well as giving the residents association the ability to use its own funds to plant trees. As it stands now, we are not allowed to the use resident’s association funds we collect every year to plant trees, as per city rules. Please note: we are able to allocate existing funds for tree planting WITHOUT increasing resident fees.

Let’s all make a call or simply email asking the city to work with the resident association in planning and implementing a multi-year tree planting program for Cougar Ridge and to allow the CRRA to use its own funds to plant trees. Simply call or email 311 and/or our city councillor Richard Pootmans (403-268-1646; eaward6@calgary.ca), and/or the mayors office (403-268-5622; themayor@calgary.ca) . We believe this will help the process along, potentially adding more than the 62 trees this and upcoming summers! Let’s make Cougar Ridge one of those communities that people talk about when they think of a great neighbourhood with a great urban forest. Thank you in advance for your support J!

For questions or comments, please contact the Cougar Ridge Resident’s Association at

feedback@mycougarridge.com.

Announcement from the Calgary Police Service

We have seen an increase in car prowling thefts, and associated break and enters in Cougar Ridge.

Predominantly at night time, offenders prowling the streets within quiet communities with attached garages looking for insecurities. Having found an unlocked vehicles, offenders take the garage remote, access the garage and then enter through the unlocked internal man door. There has also been occasions where the vehicle has been stolen with offenders locating keys in easily accessible places.

We ask all residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity, and take the following precautions:

  • Ensure vehicles are locked when parked on the driveway or in the garage.
  • Remove keys from the vehicle, even when parked in the garage. Keep them in a safe assessable place, but not on full view and have them away from the immediate area around points of entry to the house.
  • Remove all valuables from the vehicle.
  • Although garage remotes are designed to sit on the sun visor of the vehicle, I would advise keeping the remote in your purse or bag and not left in the vehicle.
  • Lock the internal garage door.
  • Don’t consider your garage to be a secure place, remove valuable items or ensure they are locked, I.e. bikes chained to a fixed point.

For any questions, please contact:
Cst Chandler #4709
Community Resource Officer
District 2, Zone 3
Calgary Police Service
403-428-6200
wchandler@calgarypolice.ca

FAQ 16

Can the CRRA explain its policies regarding snow removal?

The CRRA does not get involved in snow removal. This is a City matter. The City bylaw (Bylaw #20M88) for sidewalks adjacent to private land states, among other things, that the owner of the private land is required to remove ice and snow 24 hours after the ice and snow has been deposited.

Pathways are another matter. Snow removal on pathways is the responsibility of The City. Concerns regarding snow clearing should be brought to the attention of the City of Calgary, utilizing the City’s general services line – 311.

The park areas, streets and pathways are the property of the City. Because of a liability issue, the City (Park’s division) does “not” want any private contractor working on or around these areas. Even if we could get permission by sponsoring a financial bond, it would still not solve our problem. The cost of removing the snow from the pathways would not only wipe out our total budget but we would need to raise the annual fee by at least another $100, without any flowers or landscaping enhancements (snow removal is very expensive). In order to keep everyone happy and to continue with landscaping efforts, the fee would need to be approximately $300/year to provide a budget that would allow for snow removal as well as general landscaping efforts. The CRRA Board of Directors can’t see residents agreeing to this type of fee increase. This is not our mandate for this year ,which was charged to us by the community at our last AGM. Budgets and contracts are already in place. This is an issue for a future Board.

If you are passionate about the CRRA Board taking this issue on, then please consider joining the CRRA Board.

FAQ 15

Will the CRRA do anything about the fence surrounding the community?

You may be surprised to learn that the fence is the responsibility of the homeowner on whichever lot it is situated, after purchase from the developer.

Currently, the CRRA is focusing on implementing our core mandate of enhanced landscaping. Once we have established operations for our core mandate, we may consider taking on upkeep and improvement of the fence.

To do this, the CRRA would need the cooperation of all homeowners on which this fence sits, to see if we can maintain it in a visually appealing manner. This would require the permission and explicit approval of all homeowners who have the fence on their property, as well as waiver from them, allowing this work to be done.