November 15, 2017

Villas at Victor Gardens Construction Update

Villas at Victor Gardens Residents:


Below is an update on current construction work at Villas at Victor Gardens. Questions should be directed to Maureen Porter at 763-225-6488 or Thank you for your continued patience!

"We will be finishing up the last building of roofing this week. Siding and gutter repairs have begun and will be following behind the roofing. Scheduling of screen repairs and garage door replacement will begin in the upcoming weeks. Notifications will be provided to each affected Homeowner."
-General Manager

Allstar Construction & Maintenance

November 14, 2017

Welcome Colleen Brown!

I started Victor Gardens News in 2007 in an unofficial effort to better communicate with residents.  Over the years I've posted over a thousand blog messages relating to our community.  Along the way, I've had the privelege of working with many dedicated volunteers.  

Today I'm pleased to announce that Victor Gardens Community Association's first-rate Community Manager, Colleen Brown will become a guest author on this blog.  She'll post information that's relevant to everyone, in all of Victor Gardens sub-associations. 

Over the last few weeks, I've updated a number of Victor Gardens News' pages.  I'll continue to do that in the weeks ahead to ensure the content provided is up-to-date and accurate.

- Mark V

October 27, 2017

Snow Removal 2017-2018

If today's weather has you wondering who's handling your association's snow removal services this winter, please visit the Snow Removal page on Victor Gardens News.

Single Family Village Association Residents:
Clearing individual homeowner's driveways and sidewalks to the front door are the responsibility of individual homeowners. 
The City of Hugo plows city streets.  Association-owned alleys/carraigeways and public sidewalk snow removal services are provided by Birch.

Condo Association Residents:

If you have questions or concerns about snow removal, please contact your individual sub-association's Community Manager. They're listed on the Snow Removal page. The Community Manager is in the best position to understand what your sub association's snow removal contract provides, whether or not your contractor has communicated their action plans, etc.. They should be fully informed on what your snow removal contractors are doing. If there's a problem in your area, they can address it directly with the contractor. Keep in mind that the City of Hugo plows city streets, which can affect association plowing (and vice versa).

Please keep in mind that there are always challenges with large scale snow removal. As often happens, regardless of whether a contractor takes care of your snow for you or you shovel yourself- inevitably the City plow undoes your work and leaves a hard pile of snow at the end of the driveway and sidewalk.

With as much snow as we often see, it's never going to be perfect at any given time of day. A balance to find the right time to plow must be found. Plow sidewalks too early and the City plow will undo the work. Wait for the City plow, and anger folks who can't get out of their driveways in the morning.

October 20, 2017

Schedule for Irrigation Winterizations

I received the following message from Shawn Herman regarding sprinkler blow-out services this weekend.  - MV

I am attaching the approximate schedule for this weekend. Saturday has grown to the point that I will have help for the day to get through the list in a relatively timely manner. The timeline may fluctuate a bit since this is the first time I will have two machines running on Saturday. Sunday appears to be more manageable with one machine. 

In order to accommodate everyone in a relatively timely manner just a few reminders for everyone.

Please have the water supply to the irrigation system turned off before we arrive. Clear access to the controller. Payment ready when the winterization is finished for $50.00 cash or check made out to Shawn Herman.

If there are any changes, additions or deletions, email or text today. Call or text 612-366-6088 on Saturday / Sunday since I will not be monitoring email during the day.

Shawn Herman
Classic Lawnscape Inc.


Saturday, Oct. 21st
8:00 AM 
Poets Green
14382 Poets Green
14348 Poets Green
14336 Poets Green

8:00 AM – 10:00AM
Garden Way South to Jardin
14322 Garden Way
14282 Garden Way
14262 Garden Way
14252 Garden Way
14246 Garden Way
14176 Garden Way

10:00 – 11:30
14160 Garden Way
14142 Jardin
14136 Jardin
14096 Jardin Ave.
14105 Jardin Ave.
14143 Jardin Ave.

11:30 – 1:00
Garden Way / Arbre
4391 Garden Way
14241 Arbre Lane
14251 Arbre Lane
4344 Arbre Lane
4362 Arbre Lane
4376 Arbre Lane

1:00 – 2:30
Garden Way North from Arbre to Victor Hugo Blvd.
14303 Garden Way
14325 Garden Way
14351 Garden Way

14326 Cosette Way

14220 Val Jean

3:00 – 4:00
4545 Garden Way
14256 Cosette Lane
14292 Cosette Lane

3:00 – 4:00
14622 Grantaire Lane
14313 Grantaire Lane
4540 Val Jean

4:00 – 5:30
4503 Cosette Lane
4489 Cosette Lane
4477 Cosette Lane
4429 Cosette Lane

4:00 – 5:00
4464 Cosette Lane
14319 Victor Hugo Blvd.
14338 Cosette Way

Sunday Oct. 22nd
11:30 AM
4653 Val Jean
4685 Val Jean

12:30 PM – 1:30
Everton Ave
14415 Everton Ave N
14435 Everton

1:30 – 3:30
4704 Provence Way
4672 Provence Way
4636 Provence Way
4611 Provence Way
4667 Provence Way

4662 Val Jean

4377 Garden Way

October 18, 2017

SFV Board Meeting set for Oct. 25

The next SFV Board meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Victor Gardens' Neighborhood Activity Center starting at 6:30pm. A homeowner’s forum will be held at the beginning of the meeting. Residents will be encouraged to share their opinions, ask questions, etc. during this portion of the meeting.

October 5, 2017

Another auto break-in

Today, we received a note from a resident whose car had been broken into last night and a purse stolen. Be vigilant against break-ins:
  • Garage your car if possible.
  • Lock your car, close windows
  • Take your keys with you
  • Never keep valuables inside.  
  • Stow phone charging cords, navigation, adapters and other items attractive to thieves.
  • Leave your home's exterior lights on overnight.

October 4, 2017

Irrigation Winterizations

Fall is in the air and it's again time to winterize your irrigation system.  Shawn Herman with Classic Lawnscape has been offering our neighborhood a group rate of $50/ lawn (cash or check payable to Shawn Herman).  The group rate will be valid the weekend of October 21 and 22THIS PRICE IS ONLY GOOD ON THIS WEEKEND. 

Other times can be scheduled if this does not work for you but regular season rates will apply.

This is the tentative route he would use for the weekend based on last year numbers to help give residents a rough estimate of where they would be on the schedule.

On Sat. the 21st the route starts at about 8 AM on Poets Green then to Garden Way West side of street heading south.  Around Jardin to Garden Way (usually mid morning), up Arbre, and around to catch the east side of Garden Way(usually early afternoon).  Then head east around to Cosette Way and take Victor Hugo down to Garden Way.  Go around the Park and back up the east side of Cosette Lane (mid to late afternoon) around to Victor Hugo.  From there I will head east down Val Jean to the Bridge.  Depending on response I will probably stop here due to darkness.

On the 22nd the start time will depend on number of participants.  It probably would not be before 11 am.  I would begin again on Val Jean from the bridge heading east to Everton.  North on Everton, east side of street, to Provence.  Around Provence back down west side of Everton to Val Jean.  Then west down Val Jean to the Bridge.

As usual timing/scheduling will be totally dependent on the number participating and if there are any unforeseen problems encountered during the day. 

Please contact Shawn directly with questions or to signup.

Shawn Herman
Classic Lawnscape Inc.
Cell/text – 612-366-6088.

September 22, 2017

Master Board meeting set for Oct. 11

The next meeting of the Victor Gardens Community Association (The Master Association) Board of Directors will be Wednesday, Oct. 11.  The meeting will start at 6:00pm in VG's Neighborhood Activity Center.  Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

September 16, 2017

SFV Board Meeting set for Sept. 22

Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners Association will meet Friday morning, September 22 at 7AM at the Activity Center.  A proposal to increase the sub-association's level of professional management and associated costs will be discussed along with the budget. 

September 8, 2017

Lawn Care - $40 Core Aeration Service

Core Aeration Promotes Healthy Grass
Tony Schwab has spoken to Jeff Ambrose of Pro-Aire Lawn Service again this year about lawn core aeration services.

Jeff has offered his aeration services to Victor Gardens residents for a number of years and does a very professional job. He's offering a Victor Gardens discount rate of $40/per lawn regardless of size. That's less than what most others charge for this service. For do-it-yourselfers, this is a pretty good deal considering the cost of renting the machine, time and effort involved, plus the cost of gas. Jeff's done a great job on our lawn over the years, and I would recommend his services to anyone.

Call Jeff Ambrose directly at (651) 274-1535. He's currently coordinating a schedule of Victor Gardens appointments.

If you're unfamiliar with core aeration, the U of M Extension Service describes it pretty well, "Core aeration is the best method of dealing with the problem of compaction in the lawn. Aeration promotes moisture and air penetration into soils, resulting in deeper and healthier root systems on the grass plants. ... The best time of year to aerate the lawn is late August to early October. Aeration can be done in the spring but will lead to additional weed seeds being brought to the surface where they may germinate. In fall, weed seeds will also be brought to the surface, but they will not sprout."

August 25, 2017

Lawn advertising signs not allowed

The Victor Gardens Single Family Homeowners Association Board reminds owners that signs advertising contractors, roofing services, schools, etc. are not permitted. "For Sale" and signs are allowed. Please remove non-permitted signs to avoid violation letters and fines associated with Master Covenants Section 7.18.

7.18 Signs. No sign or comparable device of any kind shall be placed, erected or maintained on the Property except (i) one customary unlighted "For Sale" or "For Rent" sign per Residential Unit or CIC Unit (except corner Units shall be permitted one such sign per side of the Unit that fronts on a street) of not more than eight square feet advertising the Unit for sale or rent, (ii) not more than two (2) unlighted "For Rent" signs per Apartment Village Unit of size and location approved by the A.R.C., (iii) within eight (8) weeks prior to an election date, two unlighted political signs of not more than eight square feet per sign, (iv) not more than twice per year, and limited to five days each time, not more than two signs per Residential Unit or CIC Unit, each of not more than eight square feet, advertising a yard sale, (v) signs placed by the Master Developer, a Village Declarant, a Village Developer or a builder to advertise the Property, Units or Dwellings during the construction and sales period, and (vi) the permanent entrance signs and monuments erected by the Master Developer, Apartment Village Owner, Village Developer, or Village Declarant to identify the Property.

August 21, 2017

SFV Board meeting tonight at 7pm.

Tonight’s Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowner’s Association (SFV) Board meeting starts at 7:00pm at VG’s Neighborhood Activity Center.  A portion of the beginning of the meeting will be set aside for a Homeowner Forum. Owners wishing to volunteer as board members, ARC committee members, etc. are requested to attend.  Topics covered will include:
  • Discussing costs, benefits, downsides with upgrading the SFV’s management contract with Associa MN to “full service”.  SFV contract is currently “finance only”.
  • Recent board actions taken regarding Master & SFV covenants and rules compliance issues.
  • Additional actions the board is considering taking regarding rules and covenants compliance.
  • Filling board member vacancy