August 27, 2015

Lawn Care - $40 Core Aeration Service

Jeff Ambrose has offered his lawn 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 (slightly higher for larger lawns). 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 did a great job on our lawn over the last seven years, and I would recommend his service.
Core Aeration Promotes Healthy Grass

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."

Disclosure

SFV Board Meeting set for September 23

The next Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners Association's board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held at Victor Gardens Neighborhood Activity Center.

In addition to it's regular duties, the SFV Board will discuss stepped-up enforcement of applicable Rules, Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements. 

Any SFV owner wishing to speak to the Board will be welcomed and encouraged to participate.


July 24, 2015

National Night Out

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug 4th!  It is a national event designed to help people meet their neighbors and make communities safer.  The Victor Gardens event will be held at Arbre Park from 6-8pm. 

Highlights for 2015
Food:
- Fiesta Cancun will be serving dinner.  $5 for 2 tacos served with chips and salsa.  $1 for drinks.  Cash only!!
- Cake, snacks and lemonade... free!  Generously sponsored by KinderGardens childcare (http://www.kindergardenskids.com/)
- Free bottled water.  Generously provided by members of Living Waters Lutheran Church.

Entertainment - all free!
- Performance by Lorenz Dance Studio at 6:30 pm.  Music Provided by Birch Landscape
- Performance by Ultimate Martial Arts at 7:15pm
- Crazy Hair
- Face painting
- Glitter Tatoos
- Bounce houses
- Police and Fire visits throughout the evening
- Giant twister, checkers, tick- tack- toe and more

In order to make this event a success we need YOUR help!  Volunteer shifts are only 30 minutes long so you can spend most of the evening with your family and neighbors.  Please give up a half hour of your time to make this event a success.  Kids are welcome to help alongside an adult.  Please see www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0544A5AF2FA5FC1-victor/2970203 to sign-up for a shift.  Sign-up early to get your first choice!

Please contact Lisa at john3995@umn.edu or 651-353-2619 or Kasey at kasey.birch@me.com or 763-300-5683 with questions or suggestions.

July 23, 2015

Clearwater Cove - City Planning Commission Meeting Tonight

Tonight, the City of Hugo's Planning Commission will meet to discuss the proposed DR Horton neighborhood east of Victor Gardens (and south of Frenchman Road).  The development area, known as "Clearwater Cove", is adjacent to Victor Gardens Creek Side Villas sub association.

Clearwater Cove is also described in this The Citizen news article: National home builder looking at LaValle property

The agenda's numerous pages describe the Clearwater Cove project in great detail. This includes its relationship to Victor Gardens, Everton Ave., trail connections, etc.  

Also on the agenda is discussion of a new Park Dental commercial building to be built next to Kwik Trip.  The details of that proposal were discussed at this month's Victor Gardens Architectural Review Committee meeting.  The ARC approved two phases of the design.

The agenda for the meeting has been published and a copy of it may be found here: http://www.victorgardensnews.org/files/clearwatercove/hugoplanningagenda7-23-15.pdf

The public is welcome to attend this Hugo Planning Commission Meeting, Thursday July 23, 2015 7:00pm at Hugo City Hall.

July 8, 2015

Fire safety issue with grills on decks

Residents: 

The City of Hugo has been notified of concerns with grills on decks of multi-family buildings. After discussions with the City, Fire Chief, and Fire Marshal and review of the Minnesota State Fire Code, the City would like to clarify its position on such matter:

The City of Hugo recognizes that during the warmer months of the year, residents enjoy spending time outside, grilling. The City Council did not believe in prohibiting such activity and believes residents of Hugo can use sound judgment when using this summertime luxury.

Appendix H in the State Fire Code relates to regulating fires or barbecues on balconies or patios. However, the rules in Appendix H are optional rules and are only enforceable if the appendix is specifically adopted by a local ordinance. The Hugo City Council considered adopting such an ordinance in 2009, but after significant discussion at several public meetings, the Council decided to prohibit turkey fryers and fire pits, but they did not prohibit grills.

The City of Hugo would like to remind residents to take precautions while grilling to reduce the likelihood of starting a fire.

If residents should have any questions or concerns on this matter, please feel free to contact the Hugo Fire Marshal.

Thank you for your interest in this matter and have a wonderful summer.

Colin Emans
Hugo Fire Marshal CEmans@ci.hugo.mn.us 612-384-0583

Anoka-Washington Judicial Ditch 3 Historical Review Public Information Meeting

The Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) will be holding an informational meeting Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:30p.m. in the Hugo City Hall council chambers, 14669 Fitzgerald Avenue No., Hugo, Minnesota. Information will be presented regarding Anoka-Washington Judicial Ditch 3, including a discussion on how the RCWD is proposing to correct the drainage system record, which includes the functional alignment, dimension and grade of this public drainage system. A map of the system can be found at www.ricecreek.org or at the District office at 4325 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE, Suite 611, Blaine, MN 55449. 763-398-3070

Link: http://www.ci.hugo.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7BBED5C6A0-2687-460F-9C61-6B7CCADA2CBA%7D/uploads/JD3_Meeting_Notice.pdf

June 9, 2015

Summer is here!


Summer is finally here!  The pool is open... if you are having trouble accessing the pool building with your keyfob please contact Jennifer Campbell at Community Development  (763) 225-6462 or
 jcampbell@developcommunity.com.  Please be respectful of others in the neighborhood.  Remember there is a guest limit of 4 people, please keep food outside the pool area, and clean up after yourself.


Ice Cream Sundae/ Root Beer Float Nights at the pool house
- Thursday, June 25th 6:30- 7:30
- Monday, July 20th 6:30- 7:30
Free!  Come enjoy a summer treat while visiting with your neighbors.  We will begin serving ice cream at 6:30 and will continue until either 7:30 or when the ice cream runs out.  We do need volunteers for both dates to serve ice cream.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer with your kids.  Please contact Lisa at john3995@umn.edu if you can help.

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 4th from 6-8 at Arbre Park.  Bounce houses, food, face painting, games and much more!  More information to come but mark your calendar now so you don't miss out on this fun evening.

Are you willing to volunteer but find it hard to make scheduled events due to your busy schedule?  We have the job for you!!!  One of our signs is looking for a new keeper.  You will receive an email about a week ahead of time with a lettering suggestion and dates for the sign to be out.  Summer is typically the busiest because it tends to be when most of our events are. Please contact Lisa at john3995@umn.edu with questions or to volunteer. 

Do you have an idea for a fun neighborhood event?  We would love to hear from you with fresh ideas!  Please contact Lisa at john3995@umn.edu to volunteer.  We have money in the budget available if needed. 

June 1, 2015

SFV Play Equipment Clarification

The Victor Gardens Community Association's Board of Directors (AKA the Master Board) clarified language regarding play equipment within Single Family Village Homeowners Association:

For the purpose of defining items are that are NOT considered allowable playground equipment as defined in the Section 7.15 of the Master Covenants: 

Certain play equipment may be used temporarily during the day, but must be stored inside overnight: 
  • Portable basketball backboards (permanent backboards are not allowed).
  • Soccer/hockey/lacrosse and similar nets. 
Certain items must be approved in writing by the Single Family ARC prior to use, and are only granted under special circumstances: 
  • Above ground trampolines 
  • Ice rinks 
  • Inflatable play equipment and/or inflatable seasonal d├ęcor 
  • Play structures

April 13, 2015

A reminder...

The Board wishes to remind property owners of the restrictive covenants and rules applicable to all Victor Gardens properties. The covenants were adopted for the purpose of protecting our property values and ensuring that Victor Gardens remains a pleasant and desirable community, so it is in the interest of all of us to make certain that the covenants are honored.

Now that Spring is here, Community Development Inc (our Community Managers), are active in enforcement of the covenants and rules for the common benefit of all property owners of Victor Gardens.  Residents are reminded that any changes to the exterior of their homes or landscaping requires written Architectural Review Committee (ARC) approval.

Victor Gardens Community Association's ARC ensures that any new home built in Victor Gardens is appropriate to the neighborhood and maintains our existing owners expectations.  For those who are already living here, those high standards also apply.
  • Single Family Village Homeowners Association owners should refer to the SFV ARC page before planning any outside project. That includes replacing garage doors, adding new screen doors or decks, modifying landscaping or paint colors and many more. A complete list of potential projects (and their requirements) is available on the SFV ARC page, along with helpful advice and the Single Family Village Architectural & Landscape Change Application.
  • Victor Gardens Creek Side Villas owners should contact their sub-association board for details, as there are some new changes Creek Side residents should be aware of. 
  • All other Victor Gardens Condo owners should follow instructions on the VG Condo ARC page.


Annual Meeting - Single Family Village Homeowner's Association

Dear Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners,

It's that time of year again for the Victor Gardens Single Family Village (SFV) annual Homeowners Association meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00-8:30 PM at The Rice Lake Center at Public Works, 6900 137th Street North Hugo, MN. It is our goal to keep the meeting informative and brief as possible.

In order for your Homeowner’s Association to operate, residents must attend the Annual Meetings or send in their proxies. Your cooperation is very appreciated.

Especially important is the Election. This year there will be no new elections to the SFV Board as each Director’s terms are 3 years and 2 members were elected in 2013 and three in 2014. These Directors represent your interests in our neighborhood. SFV Directors will be appointed to represent our Association on the Master Board and Master Architectural Review Committee.

SFV owners were mailed a packet, in which you will find the following documents:
This year the Board of Directors will update Homeowners on neighborhood news as it relates both to the Single Family Village and the Master Associations. We truly believe that providing Homeowners with this information during the meeting is beneficial to everyone. You can look forward to hearing updates on new Social Committee initiatives, landscape renovation projects in our parks and Common Areas, new homebuilder news, remaining Single Family lot updates and more. We will also leave ample time at the end of the meeting for new business and a Homeowner Forum. This will give you an opportunity to talk about issues that are important to you. We want to hear from you and welcome this type of involvement from our community.

Please check victorgardensnews.org the day before the meeting in case of a time/location change or for any important announcements. In the interim, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact any of your Single Family Village Board members.

We hope everyone can attend the meeting. See you on April 30th! Sincerely,

Victor Gardens Single Family Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors

Thinking about having a Garage Sale?

It's time to start thinking about garage sales! The last couple of years we've done the Victor Gardens Neighborhood sale the same weekend at the Clearwater Creek Sale/ Hugo Good Neighbor Days. This is June 4, 5, and 6.

Is there interest in doing a neighborhood sale (this weekend or another)? If so, we need someone to coordinate. At absolute minimum the person coordinating needs to submit advertising to the Citizen and Craig's list. Ideally the coordinator would also collect a list of addresses and times that we could put on the website as well as make some signs about a neighborhood sale (each sale also would be encouraged to have their own signs).

Please e-mail Lisa at john3995@umn.edu if you are interested in having a sale or are willing to coordinate.

Quality Window Cleaning - Flat Rate Offer for Residents

Quality Window Cleaning is offering a special $175 flat-rate for Victor Gardens Single Family Village residents. This price includes cleaning all windows, screens and doors inside and outside. This is the same company Tony Schwab has recommended for a number of years, and reports of their work were very positive. Please contact Grant Dahl at (763) 656-8519.

Similar flat-rate discounts were offered last year for Condo residents.  Last year's $100 Condo price included cleaning all windows, screens, and doors inside and outside.   This offer extended to the Villas, Gables, North & South Village, etc...  

Please contact Grant Dahl at (763) 656-8519 for more info.