Summer 2016

Cougar Ridge Residents Association (CRRA) Update

Hello Cougar Ridge Residents Association member residents!

Summer 2016 is upon us and our landscaping contractor, Pixie Gardens, will soon be out in the community, planting for this season. We expect the annual flowerbeds to go in the weekend of June 11-12th. With Calgary’s unpredictable spring weather, we felt it was safer to wait until June to start planting. And once again, Mother Nature surprised us with snow on the May long weekend!

The contract with Pixie Gardens was renewed in 2015 and we are pleased to continue working with them again! After going to tender and reviewing several proposals from various landscaping companies, the Board renewed its contract with Pixie Gardens for another five years. The CRRA Board of Directors has had a great experience working with Pixie Gardens over the years. Pixie Gardens continues to provide excellent and reliable services and the best value for our community.

2016 will be another busy landscaping year. The focus this year will be ongoing maintenance and beautification. No new major infrastructure projects are planned. Annuals will be planted at all the entrance areas (Cougar Ridge Drive and Old Banff Coach Road, 85th and Old Banff Coach Road, 77th and Old Banff Coach Rd, Paskapoo Slopes area, etc.), along the major boulevards, in the numerous planters throughout the community including some mailboxes/parks/pathways, and sunflowers have already been planted in some of the parks. One of our Board members is also working with the City, to try to get more trees planted throughout the community.

Pixie Gardens will maintain all the planters, entrance areas, boulevard beds, parks and some of the pathways throughout the season and will water regularly. The City of Calgary crews will continue to be responsible for mowing of the green spaces.

If you have an area of concern in the community, or any ideas for landscaping and maintenance, please email us at feedback@mycougarridge.com

2016 CRRA Fees: 2016 CRRA annual fees are due June 30, 2016. Our management company, ACMS, sent out the invoices on our behalf. ACMS manages the CRRAs day-to-day administration, financials, invoicing and collections processes. Please ensure you have received and reviewed your 2016 invoice and that your account is up to date.

The CRRA annual fee is currently set at $103.00 + $5.15 GST ($108.15). There was no fee increase for 2016. Fees run from January 1st to December 31st every year.  Invoices are sent out by ACMS in May each year, with fees due June 30th each year. 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.  Should you have any questions, please email our Consultant, Nathalie Skyrie at Nathalie@acms.ca

If you would like ACMS to communicate with you via email and to send future invoices electronically, please email Nicole at ACMS at Nicole@acms.ca with your name, mailing address and email address.

For information regarding the status of CRRA annual fees, calendar year and arrears, please contact our management company, Accredited Condominium Management Services Ltd. (ACMS) directly. Email:  Nicole at Nicole@acms.ca or phone 403 253-7525 ext. 4202.  Please remember to advise ACMS when you sell your home, to ensure their records are accurate and up to date.

Alternately, you can email us at feedback@mycougarridge.com and we will forward your inquiry/questions to ACMS.

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.

A new Board of Directors for the CRRA was elected at the last AGM on October 20, 2015. We have seven board members working hard to serve you for the 2016-landscaping season. The board has been meeting on a monthly basis since November 2015.

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.

If landscaping and beautification of Cougar Ridge is an interest and passion of yours, please consider running for the Board this fall. We are always looking for new and additional board members and fresh ideas to make Cougar Ridge a great place to live.

The CRRA will have its next AGM sometime in October 2016 and information on this will be communicated to you by ACMS this fall. We look forward to seeing all of you this October.

As always, if you have any landscaping ideas, comments or feedback, or if you are interested in volunteering for the CRRA, please email us at feedback@mycougarridge.com

Wishing all of you a wonderful summer!

Submitted by your CRRA Board of Directors. 2 June 2016