The Villager - December 2021 & January 2022
Townhouse Villages at River Woods HOA
334 River Woods Lane – Burnsville MN 55337 / Phone 952-894-4368 Fax 952-808-6900
Office Hours: M-TH 9-4 Friday 9-12
Insurance Escrow: The River Woods office offers an insurance escrow plan for owners who would like to pay for their insurance that will be due Sept. 2022. Make payments in Dec-September and the money will be put towards your insurance premium when it becomes due. If you would like to take advantage of this, please divide your premium of this year by 10; that will be the amount you pay each month for 10 months. The actual amount may differ from your payments, but it will get you close to the amount. Include a note with your first check saying it is for insurance escrow. THIS IS NOT OFFERED TO ANY HOMEOWNER WHO STILL OWES A PAST DUE INSURANCE BALANCE, THIS MUST BE RESOLVED FIRST.
December Fees: Please remember your fee amount effective 11-1-2021 is $330.00. There are still people paying the fee amount from 2020 fiscal year. Please clear up your balance ASAP. Thank you for your help! Late fees are added on the 10th and 20th of each month for $10.00 (per date) if balance is not paid in full by the 9th or 19th. Fees are due on the 1st. Fee envelopes were delivered in October. Email to arrange for yours to be picked-up if you need them and did not receive them or if you are a new owner. Also, deposits are not made daily, it’s not unusual for us to make deposits only once a week or every other week, especially at the first of the month when there are so many payments to credit. Please keep watching your account, it could take a payment a week or two to clear your bank.
Association Website: The Google platform that provides the Association’s website will be phasing out their current design, and we will be changing to the new format, over the next few months. We are unsure how this process will go, hopefully very smooth! Thank you for your patience in advance if you have any trouble accessing the website during this time.
Suspicious Activity: We’ve had reports of suspicious activity around the Association office. Should you see anything, please call 911 immediately and report it to the office.
Meetings: There will be no Board meeting in December and January/February meeting is to be determined at later date.
Clearing of Decks and Roofs: If you would like to sign up for these services, please call the office for a sign-up slip, your signature is required. There is a fee for these services, and it is more economical if it is maintained throughout the entire season. The charge is based on man-hours to do the job. The deck pricing will be $35 per man hour, depending on how much snow and how big the deck is. Roof cleaning is more expensive but can help prevent ice dams and this is important to avoid water damage inside the unit. At the first sign of significant icicles, you should have snow removed from your roof. This would cost $60 per man hour. This is not an on-demand service. If you do not get on the season list and call when you have a problem, it could be a two or more weeks wait. No owner or contractor of any kind can do any work on the roof without permission in writing from the River Woods Office.
Emergency Situations: If you have an emergency you may email: river_woods@comcast net. Please give your unit number, name and telephone number as well as what the emergency is. This email is monitored periodically on nights and weekends. The office does not stay up overnight to receive emergencies.
Courtyard Owners: If you do not have a Courtyard form on file for 2021-2022 you will receive no courtyard services. Forms can be found on the River Woods website www.myriverwoods.org. Please reference the October 2021 Villager for which units have courtyards.
Salt requests: If you would like to have sidewalk salt delivered to your garage door – please call the HOA office and order it now. It is every owner’s responsibility to help keep the walks safe for owners and guests. The crew cannot be here for every thaw/freeze cycle. Please help!! Let us know when your shaker is empty, and we will refill It. If you have not requested salt before and need a salt shaker, please also state that with your request. All salt products must be kept inside your garage. We do not offer pet friendly salt.
Winter Reminders: Have you turned your outside water off inside your unit? This needs to be done so the pipe does not burst. This is the line that runs to your outside faucet. Please disconnect hoses. Call the office if you cannot shut off the water – we will try to help.
Plowing: Be sure to keep the guest parking areas free of vehicles during a snowfall. Your guest may park in this area after cleanup is complete. Owners/residents are not to park in guest parking so their drives can be cleared. Do not block mailboxes, neighbors drive, garage doors or fire/drive lanes at any time or you are subject to immediate towing with no notice.
Decorations: Holiday lights and decorations may be displayed from November 20th through January 16th. There seems to be some confusion on this timeframe. Lights may be illuminated until 10:00 pm. Please be sure to follow the rules to avoid fines. All owners would appreciate it.
Pets: It’s cold for our furry friends but the rules remain the same in the winter. You cannot leave pets on decks or leashed without supervision, and an unleashed pet is never acceptable. All dog defecation must be picked up immediately even in the winter months.
Lights Out? Please call the office if you see a pole light or garage light out. We will replace it as quickly as possible. They are replaced weekly, as weather permits. If the garage fixture is broken, the owner will have to pay for a new one and it can be ordered through the office.
Sanitation Reminder: Aspen Waste Systems is the sanitation company for River Woods. The service day is Wednesday, and collection time can be between 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Containers may be put out the night before collection and must be brought inside the day of collection or you will be fined. Please refer to the River Woods website calendar for the recycling schedule and any holiday changes with collection pick-up.
Guest Parking: If you have a guest that will be staying overnight, there is no need to call in. If you have a guest for four or more nights, please let the office know the following information: license plate number, state, make, model and color of the vehicle. Please include a start and end date of the visit. A visitor of more than 1 week is considered long term and must park in your driveway. Guest parking is for visitors only not owners or residents!!
City Street Parking: River Woods Lane, that runs between River Hills Drive and Kennelly Road, is a City Street. The City is responsible for maintaining and plowing this street. Therefore, it falls under the guidelines of the City of Burnsville’s City street parking rules. https://www.burnsvillemn.gov/527/Overnight-Parking-Permit the Association is not responsible for anyone being towed from this city street. If you have a complaint about this street for any reason, contact the City of Burnsville.
Clear Roadways: Should homeowners spot debris on the roads in the Association during work hours, please let the office know so it can be picked up.
City Noise Ordinance: The City of Burnsville’s noise ordinance is in effect from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am. Should you have noise issues, you must call 9-1-1 as there is no longer a non-emergency number for the Burnsville Police Department. Owners, please respect your neighbors.
Walkers/Runners: Your driving neighbors are having trouble seeing you at night! Please be aware the area around River Woods can be very dark especially during the winter months. Vision can be compromised by the rising or setting sun. Reflective clothing, flashlights would assist your neighbors in seeing you.
Firewood: Firewood bundles are available upon request; it is seasoned wood and the cost is $2.00 per wrapped bundle.
Architectural Control: Reminder: Any changes/replacement to the outside of your home must be submitted, in advance, on an Architectural Request Form, and be approved by the committee before work can be started. You may obtain the form on the Association’s website at www.myriverwoods.org.
Watering Plan: If you chose to be part of the water reimbursement plan, please turn in a copy of your bills for the summer (all at once) for reimbursement. Be sure you turn in your February and March/winter bills at the same time for comparison. Checks will be paid in January; watering should continue into October as needed. This year there is a deadline. No water reimbursements will be accepted after 12/30/2021. Watering reimbursements will be honored for June-Oct 2021, so you will need to include your November billing which is for October usage.
Cable and Dish: The board of Directors allows cable installation on all units at the River Woods HOA. Cable is allowed to be run on the exterior of the building as long as it is behind the siding but cannot be attached to another unit or run across the roof. The cable must be buried. Lines can go through the siding at any location per the homeowner. TV Dishes can be placed either on the fascia or deck of a unit owner’s property only. Nothing may be installed on the roof or run across the roof. Please get the specifications on the website. Owners will be responsible to pay for new roofing if a dish is placed on the roof.
Vendor Contact: Please check the River Woods website at www.myriverwoods.org for Vendor Contacts if you are in the need of service.
The Board of Directors, Kimberly & the Crew would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday Season!!
TOWNHOUSE VILLAGES AT RIVER WOODS HOA
334 River Woods Lane, Burnsville, MN 55337
Hours Mon-Thurs 9-4 / Fri 9-12
Reminder - November Fees: Your fee amount effective 11-1-2021 is $330.00. Envelopes have been delivered to owners that do not pay by ACH or bank check. PLEASE use these envelopes and be sure to put your unit number on the outside of your envelopes. More frequently we have received them empty and have no one to contact. Also, if you pay by check, deposits are not made on a weekly basis. The banks are still currently limiting their hours to 4:00 and we are not always able to get there before 4:00 or on a Friday. We do the best we can, so if you do not see your check clear your bank for a week to a week and a half, that is not unusual.
Hot Topics: Insurance - October 31st is the end of the fiscal year. All accounts should be caught up, all insurance was due September 2021. Currently there is $4,000 due in past due insurance. Delinquent accounts have been turned over to legal. This will result in additional charges onto accounts. The cost for conciliation court filing is over $500 and foreclosure process are well over $2500! Owners that have arranged payment with the office are not included in the legal process. Please be sure to check that your insurance account is paid.
Website: Do you know your River Woods HOA website? It is www.myriverwoods.org. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the site as there is so much information available; vendors, documents, past issues of the Villager, meeting minutes, calendar of important events, including board/ACC meetings, garbage/recycling days for each month and much more!
Vacant Units: Please be sure to notify the office if you know a unit is vacated. It is extremely important we maintain heat so the water pipes in the whole building do not freeze.
Note about Leaves: Piles of leaves will compost and kill the grass. Please do not rake the leaves into piles. The grounds crew is making their rounds multiple times throughout the month of November as the trees drop leaves. Weather permitting!
Winter Reminder: It is time to make sure your outside water has been turned off from the inside. It is good to leave the outside faucet open a bit to be sure all water is drained out. This may prevent a burst pipe in your unit which could cause major damage. The damage deductible is $25,000.00 and you should have an HO6 policy that covers the deductible. Be sure your fireplace has been cleaned to prevent injury, fire or even death due to carbon monoxide. Check to ensure the flue is open and the draft is going out. Change the batteries in your smoke/fire detectors as well as carbon monoxide detector. No exterior plastic or coverings can be put on windows or doors.
Shoveling Reminder: Owners who have roof/deck shoveling done by the Association will need to move all deck items to one side. All breakables are to be removed. Our crews cannot be responsible for any broken items while trying to shovel or plow. Please complete by 11/10/2021.
Unit/Address Numbers: Please be sure to add your unit/address number to any items delivered to the association office; correspondence, payments – including checks sent directly from owners banks, money orders, cashier’s checks and personal checks.
Items on the common grounds – Like to address all items outside your townhome. Items including solar lights, statuary’s, bird baths etc. these items should be stored in your garage for the winter. Also, ground items such as solar lights, lawn ornaments, planters etc. will need to be removed by driveways, garage doors, and sidewalks. The crew cannot work around these items and they can get broken during clean up and snow removal. This must be completed by 11/10/2021
Roof, Deck and Patios: You may hire the grounds crew to clear your roof, deck and or patio. This would be completed as the crew has time in-between snowfalls. If you want it done more quickly then you should hire another service. You may email the winter maintenance form from the website, put in writing, or drop off your request to be on this year’s deck, roof and/or patio clearing list. You will be billed per man hour ($35) decks/patio and ($60) roofs (note, these fees have changed), it will not be negotiable. You will need to sign up and agree to the cost on the memo/form you send in, email or drop box. Please state unit number, name and that you would like to hire River Woods to do snow removal and agree to the $35 per man hour rate for decks or the $60 per man hour rate for roof clearing and will be billed monthly. Please do not call, this needs to be in writing. You may email your request with agreement to pay fees and not dispute the charges. Forms are found on the River Wood’s website.
ACH: If you do not want to write a check again just sign up for River Woods’ free ACH and we will withdraw it on the 1st of each month. Any questions please call the office, and we will help you understand the process. You may also escrow (pre-pay) your insurance premium for the upcoming year on ACH.
Ice Dams: No owner or contractor is allowed on the roofs for any reason without prior approval from the office. No contractor or owner will be allowed to roof rake to clear ice dams due to liabilities and damage caused to roofs. Call the office if you have issues and we will schedule the removal of snow and ice and you will be billed at a $60 per man hour rate! Reminder – there is a $25,000 deductible for all occurrence damages – be sure you have HO6 coverage for this! If any unit reports water from a neighboring unit – the ice dam will be cleared and the unit causing the damage will be billed!
Downspouts: Downspout extensions in driveways: Please remove all items on the extension from the downspout. The Association will not be replacing any that are damaged!!
Gutters: Gutters are installed by homeowners; they must be cleaned by homeowners. They are not effective unless you keep them clean. If your gutters are not cleaned, they may be causing an issue for your neighbor(s). If you are unable to clean your gutters, email the office to be put on the list for November’s gutter cleaning at $25 per man hour, you must agree to the fee. The usual cost of gutter cleaning is from $10-$20. If your gutters are filled and you do not sign up for cleaning, if a neighbor is having water issues because of your gutters, they will be cleaned, and you will be billed.
Pets: Grounds crew will not perform fall cleanup for any unit that has dog defecation remaining on the lawn. Dog defecation is to be picked up immediately per city ordinance and Association regulation. Fines will be charged per day and will be added your account for each day an owner fails to clean up their yard.
Paint: If you received paint for a project this spring/summer, please return any leftovers to the River Woods Office as soon as possible. Do not return frozen paint cans in the winter.
Awnings: The only awnings that are approved by the Association are the SunSetter retractable type awnings. We have owners who are putting up unapproved tent style awnings THESE MUST BE REMOVED! The crew will be removing planter boxes, wood awnings and anything else that is not approved after fall clean up and expense will be billed to the owner.
Main Road: The main road that runs through River Woods “River Woods Lane” is a city road. The City of Burnsville is responsible for maintaining and plowing this road. If you have complaints about the snowplowing of the main road, do not contact the office, contact the City of Burnsville. Parking on this street is at your own risk. It is monitored by the City, you must follow their parking guidelines.
Coyotes: Coyotes are a part of wildlife in River Woods and the Burnsville area. Attached you will find a link from the City of Burnsville http://www.burnsville.org/coyote with helpful do’s and don’ts. There is also a link at the bottom of that page where you can log coyote sightings. You can also find a ‘Coyote Hazing Guide’ on the Association’s website at www.myriverwoods.org under Association Documents, and we have also added this guide below.
Reminder for Donations: Once again Alex and Cameron in unit 91 are collecting items for their annual coat/outreach drive. Please contact Alex directly if you have any questions. Do not call or bring items to the River Woods office. The flyer information can be found on last months Villager.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!!
THE VILLAGER – October 2021
TOWNHOUSE VILLAGES AT RIVER WOODS HOA
334 River Woods Lane, Burnsville MN 55337 ∙ Phone 952-894-4368 ∙ Office Hours Mon-Thurs 9:00-4:00 Fri 9:00-12:00
November Fees. Monthly Association Fees for 2021-2022 will be $330.00 per unit per month which is a 3.125% increase. Please see the minutes for more information. In mid-October Monthly Fee Envelopes will be available, we’ll drop in owners doors that have paid via check.
October 31st is the End of the Fiscal Year. All accounts should be caught up, and all insurance was due by September 15, 2021. Insurance rates overall ended up being down 2% with rounding up the water loss deductible and all other peril deductibles to a $25,000. BE SURE YOUR HO6 LOSS ASSESSMENT DEDUCTIBLE IS $25,000. If you or your mortgage company have not paid, you are late and late fees are assessed. The insurance late fees are $25 on the 21st, $25 on the 28th of September - $25 on October 5th - $25 on October 12th and every week there after until insurance is paid in FULL! On October 1st, all unpaid accounts will be turned over to Legal. This will result in additional charges to your account. Please do not let it get to this point! Please call Kraus Anderson (952-707-8220) or RWs office and be sure your unit is paid in full! If your mortgage company has sent a check, you must verify it was made out to and mailed to Kraus Anderson, next confirm Kraus Anderson received the mortgagee’s check. Owners must follow through on this entire process!
Late Fees: Your monthly association fee is due on the 1st of the month. Payments must be received by the 9th as a $10 late fee is applied on the 10th and another $10 late fee is applied on the 20th, if there is ANY balance on your account. To avoid a late fee, you must have your payment received in the River Woods office on the 9th. PayLease payors, there is a lag time of up to three days from initiation to depositing to River Woods. You also need to factor in for holiday delays.
Vacant Units: Please be sure to notify the office if you know a unit is vacant. It is extremely important we maintain heat so the whole building does not have issues with water pipes freezing. Please send an email with the vacant unit and we will cross check it with our list.
Watering Plan: If you choose to be part of the water reimbursement plan, please turn in a copy of your bills for the summer (all at once) for reimbursement. Be sure you turn in your February and March/winter bills at the same time for comparison. Checks will be paid in January; watering should continue into October as needed. No water reimbursements will be accepted after 12/20/2021. Watering reimbursements will be honored for July-Oct 2021, so you will need to include your November billing which is for October usage.
ACH: Prefer not to write checks each month? Sign up for ACH and it will automatically be withdrawn on the 1st of each month out of your account. For questions call or email the office and we will help you understand the process. You may also escrow your insurance premium for the upcoming 2022/2023 year on ACH with your monthly association fees, email the office for question to this process. All current ACH members will have the amount changed to $330 for November’s debit pull. Insurance escrow payors notify the office by October 20th if you want an escrow increased beginning November 2021, those we have already returned the approval from for increases have been made effective for October 1st.
Water: November 1st is time to make sure your outside water has been turned off from the inside. It is good to leave the outside faucet open a bit to be sure all water is drained out. This may prevent a burst pipe in your unit which could cause major damage. Water damage deductible is at $25,000.00 – be sure you have a $25,000 loss assessment deductible on your HO6 coverage.
Winter Notables: Before the first snow flies owners will want to be sure to remove gutter downspouts, outside ornamentals such as; sidewalk solar lighting, planters, etc. The Association will not be responsible for any of these items damaged during snow removal, including the downspouts.
Courtyard Owners: If you do not have a Courtyard form on file for 2021-2022, you will receive no winter 2021-22/spring 2022 courtyard services. Forms can be found on the River Woods website www.myriverwoods.org. Owners receiving USPS mailed newsletters can request a form from the office if no computer access. Detached courtyard units are the following: Units 10
through 13, 20 through 29, 36 through 49, 58 through 61, 76 through 79, 92 through 95, 100 through 111, 144 through 155, 162 through 183, 190 through 195. If you are not one of these units you do NOT need a courtyard form.
Gutter Cleaning: Cleaning of gutters is the owner’s responsibility. Please check them and make sure they are free from debris. If you want the Association to clean your gutters email the office to be added to the list. Gutter cleaning will be done approximately the end of October when all the leaves are down. The fee is $25.00 per man hour, you must agree to the fee on your email.
Fire Prevention: Be sure your fireplace has been cleaned to prevent injury, fire or even death due to carbon monoxide. Also check to ensure the flue is open and the draft is going out. Please change the batteries in your smoke/fire detectors as well as carbon monoxide detector. No exterior plastic or coverings can be put on windows or doors.
Paint Reminder: Please return any unused paint you have sitting around. Paint that is left for the winter and or frozen will not be accepted back and will be the owner’s responsibility for disposal. This is a huge area in which your association fees can be kept under control if owners return the paint.
Parking/Towing: No rules or documents have changed! Why are homeowners parking in guest parking?
Ø The only place a resident may park is in the garage or in front of the garage door. Most residents have two car garages, so Up to two vehicles may park in front of the garage door - if they do not impede in the driving lane or your neighbor’s driveway. Owners with a one car garage may park 1 car in front unless approved by the HOA.
Ø Winter rules – all vehicles must be removed from guest parking during snow falls, so snow can be pushed through those areas. Please put the cars in front of your garage and the plows will clean up the area after the first round of snow has been removed.
If you have a guest that will be staying 5 days, please do not call it in. If you have a guest stay more than 5 days, please call it in to the office with license plate number, state, make and color of car. Please include a start & end date of the visit. A guest is there temporarily and not weekly.
For Sale: Weber Grill. Model: Genesis Silver A. Description: 2 burner grill plus rotisserie motor. Optional: propane tank if needed. Cost: $40, Contact by: email: email@example.com or call: 952-465-4323 -or- 952-894-0223.
For Sale Patterned chair w/muted fall colors 40L , 32W, 38H, Excellent cond. $50. Side table: oak w/glass inset: 28 X 28 ins, 20H, Excellent cond., 2 tables, $60 each. Table lamp tan, ceramic w/muted fall colors, 30H, Excellent cond. $40. Floor lam: tan, ceramic w/muted fall colors, 5 ft, well made, Excellent cond. $50. Hallway runner fall colors, 90x24, good cond. $10. Ottoman tan, oversized, 42L, 25W, 18H, good cond. $10 or free if you buy the oversized chair. Contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations: Once again Alex and Cameron in unit 91 are collecting items for their annual coat/outreach drive. Please contact Alex directly if you have any questions. Do not call or bring items to the River Woods office. The flyer information can be found below.
Welcome to Fall! Happy Halloween - Have Fun & Stay Safe!
Cameron’s 3rd Annual Coat Drive
and Winter Street Outreach Kickoff
Townhouse Villages at River Woods Community Donation Instruction:
We (Alex and son Cameron- Unit 91) are collecting
Winter Gear for People who are experiencing Homelessness
When: Now through Thanksgiving
Instruction for contactless drop:
-Please wash + bag your donations and drop them off anytime at Unit 91
( 91 River Woods Lane )
-You can place your bagged donation in front of the garage (off to the side) or on the back porch. No need to notify me of drop off. I will check for items daily.
- [ ] Coats (warm coats, no dress coats)
- [ ] Hats
- [ ] Gloves/mittens
- [ ] Scarves
- [ ] Boots
- [ ] Snow pants
- [ ] Hand warmers
Sizes: All sizes: Children, Adolescent and Adult, all genders
(However, majority of items are intended for adults)
***Please wash everything before donating. Take care in this part of your donation. Please keep people’s dignity and genuine needs in mind when selecting items to donate. Do not donate items that are dirty, worn-out or in need of repair.
More Items you can donate to the drive…
- [ ] Long John’s
- [ ] Leggings
- [ ] Thermal Layering
- [ ] New Underwear
- [ ] New Socks
- [ ] New or gently used bras
Hygiene + Personal Care items: (travel sizes)
- [ ] Toothbrushes
- [ ] Toothpaste
- [ ] Deodorant
- [ ] Dry shampoo
- [ ] Lotion
- [ ] Wipes
- [ ] Mini First Aid kits
- [ ] Hair ties, Q-tips, safety pins, etc. (random little things make people happy)
- [ ] Menstrual products, preferably pads
- [ ] Chapstick
- [ ] Nail clippers
- [ ] Notebooks
- [ ] Pencil pouches
- [ ] Pens
- [ ] Gift cards (Consider accessibility- Visa gift cards are a good choice)
- [ ] Packaged snacks
- [ ] Gatorade
- [ ] Water bottles
***** No canned items or unprepared food. People do not have the means to cook !
If you have questions, you can email me
Thank you all so much for taking action when you care.
THE VILLAGER - September 2021
334 River Woods Lane, Burnsville, MN 55044
PH: 952-894-4368 FX: 952-808-6900 Email: email@example.com
Office Hours Mon. – Thurs. 9:00am-4:00pm Friday 9:00am-12:00pm
Reminder the office is closed from 9/3-9/6/2021 for the Holiday.
INSURANCE - GREAT NEWS, THE INSURANCE PREMIUM INCREASE FOR THE ASSOCIATION IS 3.8%. IMPORTANT REMINDER! Bills have been sent from Kraus Anderson to all homeowners and mortgage companies of those of you that are not escrowed with the Association. It does not matter if your insurance is escrowed with your mortgage company or not, it is still the owner’s responsibility to ensure that this is paid on time from you or the bank. Owners also must verify with their mortgage companies that payment was made out to and sent to Kraus Anderson. Late fees will begin September 16th and all accounts not paid will be turned over to Legal on October 1st, please don’t let it get to that point! Follow up on this until KA tells you they received the check. Owners that escrow with River Woods will get their statement the week of September 8th or before. The balance for 2021-2022 insurance policy is due in full, you cannot make payments! Trying to set up an escrow payment now for the balance due is not an option. You can however talk with the office about setting up an escrow for insurance due September 2022-2023. If you did not receive the bill from Kraus Anderson please call Elysia @ 952-707-8220.
INSURANCE CHANGE!!! – THE MASTER POLICY INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE FOR THE OCTOBER 1, 2021 – OCTOBER 1, 2022 POLICY TERM IS NOW $25,000 FOR ALL COVERED PERILS. YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT YOUR HO6 CARRIER AND INCREASE YOUR LOSS ASSESSMENT DEDUCTIBLE TO $25,000. INCREASING THIS LOSS ASSESSMENT ON YOUR HO6 POLICY IS A VERY MINIMAL INCREASE ON THAT POLICY PREMIUM. Your policy should have already been set at a $25,000.00 loss assessment coverage because the water deductible has been that for years.
Pool Hours: The pool will close for the season on Labor Day, Monday, September 6th at 6:00 pm.
House and Garage Lights: The lights are available at the office for purchase. The cost is $49.00 uninstalled and $55.00 installed. Please contact the office if you would like to purchase. You cannot use any other replacement light on your outside lighting.
Plantings: As noted in last month’s Villager: Any perennial plantings; shrubs, trees, etc. must be approved through the Association. Please do not purchase these items until you have received approval. The ‘etc.’ would also include items placed on common grounds such as; bird feeders, planters, rock gardens, solar landscape lighting, If they impede; mowing, blowing, trimming, any grounds work, they will be removed and the Association will not be responsible for any damage to any items. Also, there is underground pole lighting running all throughout the Association, owners adding decorations and plantings have damaged and broken these lines which are very difficult to find and repair, thus another reason for requiring approval.
Sanitation: The garbage and recycling are contracted through the Association. The contract is specific for container sizes and number of containers; one garbage container and one recycling container per unit, provided as per the contract by Aspen. The only reason containers should be swapped out is if they are damaged. Contact the office if you have a damaged container that needs to be replaced. If you have extra garbage/recycling or other materials that are not allowed or do not fit in the containers provided you are to contact Aspen at 612-884-8000 to make arrangements for pick up and payment, the Association does not pay for these. For any other needs regarding sanitation, contact the office before calling Aspen.
Wildlife: PLEASE be sure to keep the lids closed on your garbage containers as the wildlife are not shy about helping themselves and making a mess, this only attracts them! DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE!! (Birdfeeders exempt as long as it’s birdseed/feed)
Wasps/Hornets/Bees: Wasps, hornets and bees are also very abundant at this time. The Association is limited with what we can do. We will try once or twice to ‘dust’ with a power that we are certified for and remove the nest if possible. If it is more invasive than what we can do, or if the nest is inside of your siding, you will have to call a professional to eradicate the problem.
Paint: If you are holding on to unused paint, please contact the office for a pickup or drop it off to the office. There are others waiting if you have any left. There will not be another large paint order done at this late time in the season. As the weather turns cold the office will not take back frozen paint containers.
Owners who Sell: When an owner sells their unit, the buyers are required by law to receive a Resale Disclosure Packet provided by the Association. The cost for that packet is $400.00 and it is paid for by the sellers at the closing. This packet should be requested prior to listing your unit for sale, by the seller’s agent via email.
ACH - Auto Fee Payments: Reminder that automatic fee payments are available and free – please contact the office for the form or go to the website for the form. Must be into the office no later than the 20th of the month for the following month.
Texting the Office: As explained in previous Villagers: The office phones do not have the ability to receive or send texts. Please do not send a text to the office phone. You may send a text to the River Woods email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking/Towing: Once again we have abuse in some areas: For those of you abusing any part of this rule, you may be towed without notice. This is the information you need to know.
Ø The only place a resident may park is in the garage or in front of the garage. Guests may park in residence driveway or guest parking.
Ø At no time may a vehicle be parked anywhere else. This includes anywhere along the driving lane or grass. At no time may a logo/work vehicle be parked in River Woods, unless working at a specific unit for the day. This is any vehicle with business information/advertisement on it.
Ø No boats, trailers, campers or recreational vehicles may be parked in River Woods. You may get temporary approval for overnight loading/unloading, along with prepping it for the season. This must be approved in advance by the office. In advance means before Friday.
Mailboxes: If you lose your key, or it no longer works you must contact the Burnsville Post Office at 952-890-2274. They will re-key the box for a charge. The Association does not re-key boxes and will only have a key for your box if you provided it to the office for backup if yours in lost.
Water Reimbursements: There are times when grounds crews and contractors working in the Association will need access to water, which means utilizing outside faucets from homes. There simply isn’t always time for the owners to be contacted at the time of or prior to this usage. All owners should be aware of the Association’s water reimbursement program. It was most recently outlined in the April 2021 issue of The Villager which states;
Water Reimbursement Plan: This is what you will need to do - copy your bills from this January to October, reimbursements will be decided depending on when there is a need to water and when the rainy season is. Submit the copies of your bills (all at the same time) this fall (Nov/Dec), and you will be reimbursed for the water usage over your normal usage from the winter. The reimbursement checks are dispersed in December. The Association will no longer pay out previous year reimbursements; you may only submit reimbursement requests for current fiscal year. After December 31st, bills will no longer be accepted for reimbursement for the previous fiscal year.
Solicitations: Solicitors are required to have a permit from the City of Burnsville, with a few exceptions. The link is posted for you to review the ordinance at http://burnsvillemn.gov/1047/Solicitors-Peddlers-Merchants-Vendors. You may also print off a ‘No Solicitation’ placard from the City to place in your door or window at http://burnsvillemn.gov/documentcenter/view/7962.
Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!!
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Who has a key to access the unit that can respond quickly?
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