September 21, 2011

City of Hugo Takes Quick Action - Repairs Street Lights

Residents frustrated with multiple, months-long requests of Connexus Energy to repair street lights received good news this afternoon.  

Yesterday, a group of affected residents asked Hugo's Public Works Director, Scott Anderson and our City Council Member, Becky Petryk for help.  They immediately communicated a repair plan and followed through with quick action today. City crews repaired at least five street lights in the Single Family Village.  The lights that were non-working last weekend have all been fixed.

We're very fortunate to have such responsive folks at City Hall and in the Public Works Department.  On behalf of our residents, thanks to Scott Anderson and his crew along with our City Council Member Becky Petryk. 

September 20, 2011

Lawn Care - $50 Sprinkler Blow Out & Winterization

$50 Sprinkler Blow-Out
Tony Schwab volunteered again this year to coordinate services with lawncare professional, Shawn Herman from Classic Lawnscape. Shawn offers a Victor Gardens discount to perform 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 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.


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 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."
* Disclosure

September 19, 2011

Lights On for Security

The neighborhood has a few street lights that aren't working properly. Along with a few individual residents, Board members reported some of them to Connexus Energy and the City of Hugo earlier this summer.  Unfortunately, repairs haven't been completed on a few of them.  With a renewed effort, and to get the most attention from those who are responsible for repairs, please report street light outages again (via this link).  More reports may receive greater attention.

Outdoor lights within the Association's property and city park structures should also be lit at night. If you notice one isn't working, check to see if the switch is off.  If you notice a bulb outage or another problem, please contact Kari Miller.

Car Thefts and Suspicious Activity Last Saturday Night

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

Hugo Hoedown this Saturday, 9/24!

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.