- 1/1/11 Assesment Collections Policy (full version - details)
- 30 days past due: Late letter plus a $25 late fee.
- 60 days: Second late letter plus an additional $25 late fee.
- 90 days: Third late letter plus an additional $25 late fee.
- 120 days: Account forwarded to a collection agency or attorney. Notification that Association intends to seek of a lien on the property.
- 150 days: Association files a lien on the property.
- After 30 days past due, priveledges are revoked. (Your pool key fob will be turned off.)
- It is the owner's obligation to ensure the Association has owner's current address.
December 20, 2011
December 19, 2011
December 14, 2011
Due to scheduling challenges, the venue has changed to an alternate one in Hugo. Please contact me for location and directions if you're interested in attending.
December 8, 2011
December 2, 2011
November 23, 2011
November 22, 2011
Rottlund Homes will reportedly close its business by the end of the year. It's still unclear how this news will affect Victor Gardens North West Village Condo Association and future construction that Rottlund Homes planned.
On a personal note, I'd like to thank Todd Stutz for serving our community. Those of us who worked with Todd on the Master Board and Master ARC valued and appreciated his contributions and expertise.
More info about Rottlund Homes closure:
Mpls. St. Paul Business Journal
November 21, 2011
One such inquiry recently came to me. They asked my permission to post a note on this website, addressed to current owners who might be thinking of selling their home. It's a creative approach, and I offered to post their inquiry. Hopefully one of our residents might find the right connection with this person.
I have a client who is very interested in living in Victor Gardens. They can close from 30 days up to 3 months. They are looking for 3+ bedrooms, 2+bathrooms, 2+ garage stalls, 2100+ square feet.
If you are interested in selling please contact me.
*Note: Someone correctly pointed out that I listed the wrong business name for the new fitness center. I've since corrected it.
The former Ricci's site is a desirable one on a busy intersection. Hopefully it'll be developed soon.
Read more about it here.
November 12, 2011
For those of us that are interested, there's a new book that describes 90 Minnesota homes and estates that have been torn down over the years. The College of Visual Arts and the Star Tribune have more details.
Unless they're blocking streets, sidewalks, or trails the downed trees will likely be left in place to decompose naturally.
November 9, 2011
Residents interested in serving should contact VG's Community Manager Kari Miller. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (763)-225-6424
Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources and the Rice Creek Watershed District have become involved and have removed 5 beaver dams and one 60lb. beaver so far. Since a number of the trees were felled near the City of Hugo's trail the City will likely decide what to do with the downed trees.
A resident has also volunteered the name of a trapper who would remove the beavers at no charge. (Thanks Joan!)
Kari Miller is working to coordinate the Association's response with the organizations responsible for the beavers. I know a number of residents are concerned about beaver damage. I'll likely have another update soon.
November 7, 2011
According to ISD 624,
On July 11, our School Board unanimously passed a resolution to schedule a local operating levy renewal referendum (not a tax increase) for this November 8. This vote will be a renewal of the same question that was strongly supported by our community in the fall of 2007.
Approximately 15% of our revenue comes from this local operating levy. In a time when the state will borrow 40% of our state funding by shifting payments to the future, the stability provided by renewal of this local operating levy is critical to continuing on our current path of rapidly rising student achievement. Without this local tax levy, our students would face significant increases in class sizes, some school sites would close and consolidate with remaining schools, and program opportunities would be dramatically reduced.
6 facts to know about the local operating levy renewal:
- The local operating levy approved by voters in 2007 is expiring after this year.
- The School Board unanimously passed a resolution to ask local voters to renew the existing operating levy this November 8.
- A successful local operating levy renewal will not increase taxes.
- We are not alone. More than 90% of Minnesota school districts have local operating levies.
- A successful local operating levy renewal will help maintain current class sizes and programs.
- Failure to renew the levy will result in a 15% reduction in revenue and cause higher class sizes, closure and consolidation of some school sites, and fewer program opportunities for students.
Since the last levy referendum in 2007, the District followed through on its promises to the community:
- Lowered elementary class sizes.
- Restructured middle school, offering world language choices for students in grades six, seven and eight.
- Restructured high school, ending study halls and increasing time in core academic classes.
- WBLAHS offers 30 college-credit courses.
" Community leaders have endorsed the White Bear Lake Area Schools Local Operating Levy Renewal, which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.
November 3, 2011
A Special Meeting will be held by the South Village Condo Association's Board of Directors on November 16, 2011 at the Victor Gardens Activity Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to discuss the $30.00 increase in association dues effective January 01, 2012.
For more information, please read the letter in this link: SV 2012 Budget & Fall Mailer
November 2, 2011
The new lights will be commercial grade, energy efficient, durable soft-white (the warmer colored variety) L.E.D.'s. All the lights will be re-usable in future holiday seasons.
The Master Board approved Goetz Landscape's proposal with the idea that more may be added to the comprehensive design in future years.
The Application Package for New Home Construction is available in PDF format and Microsoft Word format for the builder's convenience.
October 31, 2011
October 27, 2011
A few of us were not available last weekend, and we weren't able to have our sprinkler systems blown out along with the rest of the neighborhood. I spoke with Shawn Herman a few minutes ago and he's willing to come back at the $50 rate for winterizing each home system.
As I posted in September, Shawn Herman of Classic Lawnscape offers Victor Gardens discounts for seasonal blowing out and shut-down of resident's individual sprinkler systems. Shawn's offered this service for the last few years. He always does a thorough and professional job.
Shawn's discounted price for blowing-out sprinklers is $50.00 per home. There may still be the opportunity to have Shawn winterize your system - but that window will be closing very soon. Shawn Herman can also be reached directly at (612) 366-6088.
|Damage on a very large tree|
Since the initial report, a tree service has cut back a number of dangerously weak trees and limbs that the beavers started on. They've cleared out a large area along the creekside trail east of the bridge.
Here's an excerpt of the original report last week: "They have built two dams in the creek behind the houses on Val Jean Blvd, but even more concerning is that they have begun to eat through almost every single large tree from the tree line that separates our houses from the Pratt houses across the creek. They eat fast also - I fear that in a few weeks, these trees will be detroyed. If you havn't seen it yet, you and you family should take a walk on the path behind our house and see the trees.
We called the MN DNR, but have not heard back. [Name removed] and I feel that these beavers should be trapped and removed due to the potential damage they can cause to the trees, etc. I'm not sure if this is even an "association" issue or not, but I thought I'd let you know and see what you think. "
October 24, 2011
Also, Kari contacted City Hall regarding the cleaning up of the City's asphalt trails around the neighborhood. The Board is also considering signage and dog waste bag stations in the area. Please remember to clean up after your pets.
October 20, 2011
October 12, 2011
October 1, 2011
September 27, 2011
September 21, 2011
September 20, 2011
|$50 Sprinkler Blow-Out|
Shawn's price for blowing-out sprinklers is again $50.00 per home. He plans on performing the work on Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd.
If you'd like to sign-up for this service, please Call Tony Schwab (651) 429-2000 (home). Shawn Herman can also be reached directly at (612) 366-6088.
|Core Aeration Promotes Healthy Grass|
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 did a great job on our lawn over the last five years, and I would recommend his services to anyone.
Call Jeff directly at (651) 274-1535. He's currently coordinating a schedule of Victor Gardens appointments.
According to the U of M Extension Service website: "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."
September 19, 2011
Early reports of very unusual neighborhood crimes were told to me by residents today.
A parked car was stolen late Saturday night from inside a garage in the Single Family Village neighborhood. Keys were inside the car and the garage door was accidentally left open. The car was later found undamaged about 15 miles away.
A different resident reported to the Sheriff that their car's catalytic converter was cut out and stolen the same night. The car was parked outside their garage in the driveway.
The same night, yet another neighbor reported their home's central alarm was activated by the opening of a rear patio door.
September 18, 2011
The first annual Hugo Hoedown is coming to Lions Park this Saturday, September 24th. The event is sponsored by the Hugo Lions and will take place from noon until midnight.
Hot dogs, brats, corn, and beer will be for sale. Attendees can also enjoy live country music by Cross Fire under the Big Tent and play in a bean bag tournament with prizes. Inflatables will also be available for kids.
September 16, 2011
The Board is also looking for volunteers to serve on our current Landscape Committee. Even if you'd like to volunteer to report problems in one specific area (a fountain or a small common area for example), every volunteer counts.
Residents interested in serving on these Committees should attend the Victor Gardens Community Association's (Master) next meeting Sept 29, 6:00pm at Victor Gardens Neighborhood Activity Center.
September 10, 2011
September 7, 2011
Rio - About the Movie
Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly and lives in Moose Lake, MN. Blu thinks he's the last of his kind, but learns about another Macaw in Rio de Janeiro. The adventure begins as he searches for Jewel, his female counterpart. Will he have the courage to fly and thwart the kidnappers who are hot on their trail? Rated G.
- Friday, September 9 at 7:30 pm
- Val Jean Park
- Lemonade and snacks provided
- Rain Date: Saturday, Sept. 10 (check victorgardensnews.org for weather updates)
New Commercial, Industrial Design Standards Adopted
September 3, 2011
August 11, 2011
August 5, 2011
August 3, 2011
August 2, 2011
At tonight's National Night Out event a number of neighbors asked me about all the survey stakes on most of the open lots within VG's Single Family Village.
Here's a bit of history before the explanation of the survey stakes: Around the time of CPDC's (VG's initial developer) foreclosure, these lots were sold to a company named Victor Gardens Mainstreet Holdings, LLC (VGMH). A division of The Beard Group, named Neighborhood Development Partners, paid dues on, marketed, controlled and sold a few of VGMH's lots. Prior to our Single Family Village Annual Meeting this spring, VGMH's lots were sold. Terry Forbord of Mountain Asset Management took over responsibility for the lots.
|VGMH's open lots - to be built by Hans Hagen Homes|
For a number of months and years other builders including Hartman Homes, Colfax Companies, and Homes by James placed signs on some of VGMH's lots in the hopes of attracting customers. At various times, the signs raised speculation that new building efforts were underway. In the end, Colfax Companies and Homes by James never submitted any proposals to the Master Architectural Review Committee (ARC) and no homes were built by them. A year or so ago Centex Homes abandoned their effort to build on those same lots.
Getting back to the surveyor's stakes: In recent weeks the boundaries of these VGMH lots were staked out and identified by surveyors. Currently the VGMH's lots are in the process of being sold to a builder new to Victor Gardens. After requesting a copy of Victor Gardens building Requirements and Guidelines Hans Hagen Homes submitted, for the Master ARC's consideration, four new home plans. Hans Hagen Homes carefully followed the ARC's adopted submission procedures. Their submitted plans are now being reviewed individually by the ARC's members. The Committee will discuss these plans (as a committee) with each other and together with Hans Hagen Homes at its next meeting, August 8. The Master ARC's eight-person membership is made up of the same members of the Master Board. Each of Victor Gardens sub-associations has one representative on the Master Board & ARC- except the SFV, which has two representatives due to its large size.
Upon successful approval of plans, Hans Hagen Homes is expected to pull permits and start building. After the initial few homes are built they hope to continue building on the remaining VGMH lots.
In addition to the VGMH lots described above there are other, open SFV lots owned mostly by Alliance Bank and a few by Pratt Homes. These are mostly located near Cosette Lane, Victor Hugo Blvd. and a few along Garden Way between Poet's Green and Arbre Park. The last remaining SFV lot east of Clearwater Creek is nearing completion with its builder, Capstone Homes (formerly Minks Custom Homes).
The next resident forum will be held during the next Master Board Meeting scheduled for Sept. 29.
The Master Board is considering replacement options for the currently broken Poet's Green Fountain. Dulect Fountains investigated last week and found that this site has a working electrical connection and available water source. (We weren't sure)
Michael Warner has volunteered to help me find a few replacement options for the Master Board to consider.
August 1, 2011
We really need your help to make National Night Out a success! The Events Committee is short on volunteers for our neighborhood's biggest event.
Tonight, August 2 in Arbre Park.
Help serve food, set up, or clean up. 30 minutes of your time is all we need to help make this event a success again this year! Please email Julie (email@example.com) if you can lend a hand!
July 21, 2011
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July 7, 2011
Residents interested in serving on these Committees should attend the Victor Gardens Community Association's (Master) next meeting on Sept 29, 6:00pm at Victor Gardens Neighborhood Activity Center.
July 1, 2011
June 30, 2011
- 25 new chaise lounges - color 'Sonora'
- 16 dining chairs
- 4 dining tables (42inches wide)
- 4 umbrellas (8 feet wide) plus heavy umbrella bases
|actual color may vary|
June 23, 2011
Hi Neighbors –
As I understand it, there is a red/maroon 4-door sedan (a bit older) with a middle-aged man (smoker) driving around the neighborhood taking pictures of the kids. This vehicle was spotted today [6/22/10] several times (guessing between 10-2) and drives very slow down the street…I saw the vehicle twice from my office window while on conference calls today but didn’t realize until later that he was taking pictures (not of the for-sale homes).
Several of the kids and a few of the nannies have spotted the car/man.
I did call the Lino Lakes police dept. at 6pm to try and report it but they said we have to call 911 at the time we see the vehicle/suspect.
Please pass this along and inform your kids what they should watch for. I don’t mean to cause alarm but wanted you to be aware. I’m sorry I don’t have more information to share at this time.
July 8 and 9, 2011!
Those who are interested simply need to organize their garage sale items in their garage or driveway during this time and your association’s Board of Directors will do the advertising for the sale. The times will be as follows:
Friday, July 8: 9am-4pm
Saturday, July 9: 7am-2pm
Following the Saturday garage sale, please join your neighbors for a getting acquainted Block Party! The party will be held on the street between the 4470 and 4474 block of homes starting at about 4pm. Please bring your own beverages and something to grill or a dish to share if you wish…..this will be a great, very informal, chance to see old friends and get to know all the new comers to our great community!
If you have questions, please call Paula at 528-7099
|Semper Fi Security|
June 22, 2011
|A bike in need of its owner.|
June 21, 2011
- A computer system logs your unique fob's serial number in each time the door is opened by your key fob.
- Cameras record those who enter the doorway, pool and activity center.
- Use your key fob to open the door for your family and guests only.
- Do not open the door to strangers or others who've "forgotten their key at home".
June 14, 2011
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June 8, 2011
Jill has been a theatre director and choreographer in the area for the past 20 years. She has a BA in Education, sings with 2 local bands, and has studied extensively in the areas of art and art history. Jill loves to see people of all ages blossom through experiences in the arts!
Blossom Arts – 2011 Summer Arts Experiences