May / June 2018 Newsletter

Member Resident Fees

Cougar Ridge Residents Association (CRRA) 2018 Member Resident Fees Are Due 29Jun2018

Attention Cougar Ridge Residents:  Please be on the lookout for your 2018 CRRA annual invoice in the mail. 

Who should be receiving this invoice? 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 this encumbrance agreed to pay the mandatory annual fees when they purchased the property. This includes the newer Apex Development at Paskapoo Slopes, as well as all those homes developed by United Communities.

What is the 2018 annual fee? The 2018 fee is $104.65 +GST = $109.88.

This is a 1.6% increase over last year’s fee (as per CPI for Calgary).

When are my fees fee due? Fees are due June 29, 2018.

Please ensure your account is up-to-date and pay your fees on time to avoid interest and penalties.

 How do I pay my fees?

  • Cheques or cash are accepted. For e-transfers, please contact ACMS to arrange this.
  • Cheques should be made payable to the Cougar Ridge Residents Associationand all payments should be sent to our Management Company, ACMS.

ACMS Mailing Address:

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

Who is ACMS? Accredited Condominium Management Services (ACMS), is our Management Company.  They manage the CRRA account, financials and send out annual invoices on our behalf.

 How do I get more information about my account and who do I contact with questions? Email our ACMS Consultant Tomoko Sato at tomoko@acms.caor phone 403 253-7525, extension 4201.

Tips

  • Please include your home address with your payment.
  • Please advise ACMS when you sell your home.
  • If you are a renter, please deliver this invoice to your landlord immediately.

Why is important that I pay my fees? 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. Late fees will incur interest and extra penalties.

 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. Our mandateis 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.

Landscaping

Our contractor, Pixie Gardens, will be out in the community very soon.  They have already completed the cleanup of the beds, removal of winter planters, etc. You will soon see flowers planted on the boulevards, in the entrance areas, in all the planters throughout the community and in some of the parks.  In addition, more work will be done on the west tree berm.  We’re all eager to see Cougar Ridge in full bloom!

Note – Only those areas that are part of the CRRA (where member resident pay the annual fees) will have landscaping work.  Non paying areas only get the basic City of Calgary services (no enhanced landscaping beyond mowing).

If you have new landscaping ideas or any areas of concern, please email us at feedback@mycougarridge.com.

 

Help us make Cougar Ridge a beautiful place to live by paying your fees on time.

Thank you!

Your 2017-2018 CRRA Board of Directors
Website www.mycougarridge.com
Email feedback@mycougarridge.com

New Collection Policy – Effective May 1st 2018

CRRA Collection Procedures Policy

Effective Date: May 1st, 2018

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. The fees cover the fiscal year – January to December.
  2. If payment is not received by the Due Date of June 29th, a statement is sent out to the Member with the stamp: PAST DUE.
  3. If payment is not received by August 31st, a second statement is sent to the Member with the stamp PAST DUE: SECOND NOTICE.
  4. If the account remains unpaid on January 1st of the following year (6 months overdue), interest at the rate of 18% per annum is calculated and added to the amount owing, a title search will be completed and a DEMAND LETTER will be sent to the Registered Owner on Title via prepaid registered post. A $70 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.
    1. The DEMAND LETTER will state that payment is required by January 31st or a Caveat will be registered against the title of the property. The cost of registering the Caveat is $168 and is charged back to the owner.
  5. Accounts that remain unpaid are subject to further collection by the Cougar Ridge Residents Association’s legal counsel, including foreclosure on the property; all legal and collection costs are charged back to the owner. Foreclosure proceedings are initiated at the instruction of the Board of Directors, usually once an account approaches $1,000 overdue (approximately 3 years of outstanding dues and collection fees).
  6. Cheques are made payable to the COUGAR RIDGE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
  7. A copy of the collection policy should be included with all invoicing notices sent to members.
  8. It is each member’s responsibility to ensure that payment clears their bank accounts and their account remains in good standing.
  9. Tenants of rental properties should check with their landlords regarding CRRA fees if they are uncertain who is responsible for paying the fees.
 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
(403) 253-7525

 

Approved by the Board of Directors April 22, 2018.  A copy of the policy is available in PDF format.

Annual General Meeting 2017

Mark your calendars for the upcoming AGM!!

This year’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00 pm at the Calgary Waldorf School (515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW).  You will be receiving your AGM package shortly by e-mail or mail from our management company, Accredited Condominium Management Services (ACMS).  If you are unable to attend, please forward your proxy form to ACMS.

Volunteering for the CRRA is a great way to get involved and have your voice heard with regards to the landscaping and beautification of Cougar Ridge, so we hope you will consider running for the Board as we are always looking for new volunteers.  It is not a big time commitment. The Board meets one evening a month starting November through June of the following year and reconvenes in September.

The draft AGM minutes from October 2016 are available for review, as well as the 2016 financial statement.

We look forward to seeing as many of you at the AGM!

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.

Fall 2016 Update from your Board of Directors

Cougar Ridge Residents Association (CRRA) Update – November 2016

And just like that…winter is at our doorstep! It’s already time to clean up the garden, rake the leaves, put away the bikes and toys and put on the winter tires. Some of us are excited to hit the slopes and make the most of the chilly season.

CRRA 2016 Annual General Meeting

Our 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on October 18, 2016. Thank you to all that attended. A new Board of Directors was elected at the AGM. The new board is comprised of five returning members and two new members. We are thrilled to welcome our new volunteers!

The new Board had its first meeting on November 16, 2016. We voted on Director positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary as well as Directors at Large. The new board reviewed the draft budget, general administration, and started brainstorming on landscaping ideas for 2017 and any potential new enhancements.

Volunteering for the CRRA is a great way to get involved and have your voice heard with regards to landscaping and beautification of Cougar Ridge. Please consider volunteering in the future. We still have room for a few more board members for the 2016-2017 year. If you are interested, please email us at feedback@mycougarridge.com

 Reminder 2016 CRRA Fees: 2016 CRRA annual fees were due June 30, 2016. Our management company, ACMS, sent out the invoices on our behalf. Please ensure your 2016 fees have been paid and that your account is up to date. Fees should be made payable to the Cougar Ridge Residents Association and mailed to ACMS directly. You also have the option to pay your fees via Interac e-transfer.

For information regarding the status of CRRA annual fees, calendar year and arrears, please contact ACMS directly. Email:  Crystal Deley at crystal@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

Roads and Traffic

Please note that all concerns regarding roads and traffic in and around our community are outside the scope of the CRRA. Please phone or email the City of Calgary’s 311 system with any issues or concerns. Doing this online is your best bet, as it allows you to track your request/concern.

Fencing Around Perimeter of Cougar Ridge

Please note that any issues pertaining to the main beige/peach stucco fences that border the community are the responsibility of each homeowner backing onto that fence. We realize the fence is in poor shape in some sections, but this is outside the scope of the CRRA and we simply do not have the budget to replace or repair the fence. Please work with your neighbours to ensure your fence is safe and intact. For major safety concerns, you can also contact the City’s 311 line.

Landscaping

The CRRA Board was thrilled with the landscaping work completed by our contractor, Pixie Gardens, this season. We felt that the flowers really enhanced the look of the community. Pixie Gardens has now completed their fall clean up of all the planters and bedding areas. Winter planters were recently added throughout the community.

We are still looking for ideas on how to enhance the main entrance areas during the winter months. We will also need some new ideas for potential additional landscaping enhancements starting in the spring of 2017. If you have any ideas, please send them our way at feedback@mycougarridge.com We always love to hear from the community.

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

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Submitted by your 2016-2017 CRRA Board of Directors – 25Nov2016