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 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 Alternately, you can also email us at

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:

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

A .pdf version is also available.