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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

Member Pricing for the West Track Service Road Access Gate.

WinSport is providing special pricing for WSCR Community Association Members.

Click below to register your name for the discounted pass:

Register Here

As most of you may be aware, WinSport announced in April it would be installing a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) access gate at Canada Olympic Park to reduce commuter traffic through the park.

The new electronic access gate has now been installed at the bottom of the West Track Service Road and will be operational as of October 1. (See map here)

Please note that park users will still have free access to the campus from both the main entrance from the Trans-Canada Highway and the south entrance from Paskapoo Drive. Users visiting the WinSport campus via Paskapoo Drive to the West Track Service Road without an access pass can park in the lot located at the southeast corner of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and walk to their desired location. Please see the map for the exact location of the gate, which includes the various travel and parking options that do not require you to pass through the RFID gate.

As per the information provided from WinSport: The West Track Service Road is a private road that was originally built for the 1988 Olympics to transport athletes and equipment to the luge and bobsleigh start houses on the hill. Today, it is also used by visitors entering the park and for many, a cut-through route to the Trans-Canada Highway. The infrastructure of the road was not built to support the 5,000 cars that use the road on a daily basis.

It is expensive for WinSport to maintain the integrity of this road and the money that is collected from the use of the access gate pass will help us cover current maintenance costs and allows us to invest in infrastructure repairs so the road can continue to be used. As previously communicated, pass-holders and other park users who wish to enter or exit through the access gate or travel through the park via the West Track Service Road, now have the opportunity to purchase an RFID pass card.

WSCRCA Membership Pricing:

WinSport values its relationship with West Springs / Cougar Ridge residents. As a result, WinSport is offering members of the West Springs / Cougar Ridge Community Association special introductory pricing on its annual commuter pass.

WSCR Member Pricing: $525 (incl. GST), which is $75 off the regular price – each member can purchase up to two passes

Pass Term: Valid for one year from date of purchase

Availability Limits: Specialty pricing is limited to the first 200 purchased

Cut-Off Date: Specialty pricing is only available until Nov. 1, 2016

How to Purchase the Pass: Register your name by clicking here.

If you have already purchased an Annual Family Membership for this year, please contact WinSport Guest Services at 403-247-5452 ext. 4 to add-on the road access. The access pass is valid for the current term of your Annual Family Membership.

To provide a variety of options and flexibility for all users, WinSport is offering passes that include one-day, 10-day and 30-day flex passes. Annual Family Members, Performance Training Centre annual members and Winter and Summer pass-holders receive additional pass options. These options are being communicated directly to the pass-holder.

Click here to register your name for a WinSport Hill Road Access Gate Pass 

If you have any questions, please email Kristina at vicepresident@wscr.ca.

 

CRRA Annual General Meeting 2016

CRRA 2016 Annual General Meeting – Mark your calendars

Our 2016 Annual General Meeting is coming up.  We have set the date for Tuesday October 18th at 7:00 p.m.  The AGM will be held at the Waldorf School (515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW).  You will receive a package in the mail shortly from our management company, Accredited Condominium Management Services (ACMS).  We hope to see many of you at the AGM.  If you are unable to attend, please send in your proxy form to ACMS.  The current CRRA Board of Directors will be stepping down and a new Board will be elected.  Up to ten Board members can be elected.  Please consider running for the Board.  We always need new volunteers.

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.  It is not a big time commitment.  The Board meets one evening a month, starting in November through June of the following year and reconvenes again in September.

Traffic Signal at 77 Street and Old Banff Coach Road

The work to install the traffic signal at 77th Street and Old Banff Coach Rd is currently scheduled to start near the end of July, the City wanted to hold off on any construction during the school year as there are many children and parents that use the crosswalks at the intersection.  This is why the flower beds were not planted in that location this year.

Happy Summer everyone!

 

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

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.

Do Not Feed the Ducks

The sign says “Please Do Not Feed the Birds”.

You’ve probably seen several of these signs around Calgary’s rivers and ponds. And you’ve also probably seen many people disregarding the request, too.

However, these signs are there for a reason, and unfortunately the city of Windsor,  Ontario is the latest example of why: in the fall of last year, city parks officials recovered the bodies of approximately 20 ducks who died as a result of what they were being fed by visitors to the park.

Bread, for example, is ‘junk food’ for ducks. It is not part of their natural diet and though it might be filling, it does not contain the nutrients they need to survive, leaving them to suffer of starvation and malnutrition.

In most cases, ducks will be able to find enough natural food sources on their own, in the wild, and will instinctually move on to a new area when needed. However, when ducks become habituated to human feeding and regularly fill up on harmful food like bread, they will not be as inclined to seek out natural food sources, and their reliance on food from park visitors can turn fatal from them, as was the case in Windsor.

This is why the signs are in place: it is important to keep our wildlife wild. We may be lucky enough to share our urban waterways with ducks, geese, and other waterfowl, but fostering a reliance on humans for food sources – especially substandard ones – only harms the animals we are there to admire.

Article submitted by Natacha Welsh, on behalf of the Cougar Ridge Residents Association. Please do not feed the geese and ducks at the ponds in Cougar Ridge. By doing so, you are only making them sick, and likely to suffer from malnutrition and starvation. Please share this awareness with your friends and neighbours. Let’s keep our ponds healthy and let’s all take responsibility for the natural areas in Cougar Ridge. Thank you.

Note – This article was written by the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) and approved for use by the CRRA.