July 17, 2012

Root Beer Floats and Ice Cream Sundaes

Root beer floats and ice cream sundaes will be served on Wed, July 18th from 6:30-7:30pm at the activity center.  Please stop by to enjoy free ice cream and say hi to some neighbors.  Remember to enjoy your treats outside of the pool area.  

Can't make it tomorrow?  Mark your calendars for these future events:
Sunday, July 22nd, 6pm: Night to Unite planning meeting at the activity center.  Please help us plan this HUGE neighborhood event.  

Tuesday, Aug 7th, 6-9pm.  Night to Unite in Arbre Park.  Join neighbors for games, treats, police & fire truck visits, bounce houses, a bike decorating contest and more.  Volunteers needed to help make this an evening to remember please contact Lisa at john3995@umn.edu if you are able to help.

Thursday, Aug 16th, 6:30-7:30pm.  Another root beer float night at the pool house.

Board Revokes Pool Privileges

In addition to investigating the recent problems I noted in my last post, the Master Board took action and revoked an owner's pool privileges. They allowed unauthorized people into the pool.

Remember: Your key fob is unique.  A log is kept of your fob's every swipe in and out of the Activity Center and Pool.  Cameras record everyone's activity around the pool area and its entrances.  This information is electronically stored and has been used by the Board to take action against rules violators.  Technologies present in Victor Gardens Pool and Activity Center can also be used to assist in law enforcement.

To prevent loss of pool privileges and fines:
Do not allow anyone other than your family and (up to four) guests to use your fob. 
Do not bring glass containers or food to the pool.
Understand the pool's other rules are in place to keep everyone safe and to prevent your dues from being spend on fixing expensive pool problems.

Enjoying the Pool with Common Sense

Over the weekend, a few residents emailed me about some problems cropping up at VG's pool.  Kari Miller, Victor Gardens Community Manager is the person to report rules violations and pool problems. Key fob and facility access questions should be directed to VG's Community Manager, Kari Miller at (763) 225-6424 or kmiller@developcommunity.com

Among the reports I heard though, a dog had been allowed to swim in the pool, someone broke a glass bottle on the pool deck, and residents exceeded the number of allowed guests.  Common sense sadly didn't apply in at least a few of these problems though, especially glass containers in and around the pool.  It's important to say something when you see that something's not right.  We need to look out for the health of our residents and the safety of our swimmers.

As a reminder, I've posted the rules again below.  Those indicated in red are a few of the violations that reportedly occurred over the last week or so.

Neighborhood Activity Center & Pool Rules – Updated 2012
  2. The swimming pool and water park are for the exclusive use of the members of Victor Gardens Community Association and their guests. The maximum number of guests per household is four.
  3. The Victor Gardens Community Association, its officers, directors and agents assume no responsibility for injuries.
  4. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.
  5. People who cannot swim must wear lifejackets while in the pool.
  6. Diving, running, wrestling, horseplay and throwing objects are absolutely prohibited.
  7. Showers are required before entering the pool.
  8. Persons who have infections or communicable diseases must not enter the pool.
  9. Infants and toddlers who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
  10. Smoking is not allowed in or around the pool area along with the Activity Center.
  11. No Food or Glass bottles are allowed in the pool area.
  12. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the pool area.
  13. Drunkenness is not allowed and any intoxicated individuals will be asked to leave the pool area.
  14. In order to keep the pool area pleasant for everyone, radios, tape players, CD players and other audio devices must be played only with earphones. Loudspeakers are prohibited.
  15. Pets are not allowed in the pool area.
  16. Pool hours are 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. (during pool season) Lap Swim: 6:00 am to 10:00 am, Open Swim: 10:00 am to 9:00pm
  17. All pool toys must be removed from the pool each night; toys left in the pool will damage the pool’s mechanical system. (No Inflatable flotation devices are allowed in the pool except water wings, life jackets or infant/small children flotation seats.)
  18. All access to the pool area must be through the Activity Center. The gate is to be used for emergency purposes only.
  19. Spitting, spouting water from the mouth, and blowing noses in the pool are prohibited.
  20. The Victor Gardens Community Association Board of Directors reserves the right to revoke anyone’s pool privileges for not following these pool rules.
  21. The Victor Gardens Community Association Board of Directors may amend these pool rules at any time, without notice. You can contact Community Development for the most current and up-to-date rules.
To report unauthorized pool access, dangerous situations or vandalism, contact the Washington County Sheriff.
  • Emergency: Dial 911
  • Non-Emergency: Dial (651) 439-9381
Key fob and facility access questions should be directed to VG's Community Manager, Kari Miller at (763) 225-6424 or kmiller@developcommunity.com

Kids Causing Trouble

Anytime Fitness just posted on Victor Gardens News' Facebook, detailing a problem they've been having with a few kids on bikes.  If anyone might be able to help nip this in the bud, please contact Anytime Fitness directly.  Here's what they posted:

Recently, we have had a couple of youth between the ages of 12 and 16 riding their bikes around the club usually between 4:30am - 5:30am and kicking and punching our glass in the attempt to scare members. They have been hitting the glass so hard that it shakes the security cameras. Although there is no way of telling for sure if they live in Victor Gardens, our members have seen them coming and going from the Victor Gardens area numerous times and we have now notified the police. We have video of the kids and have given a recorded copy to the police. If you suspect you may know who they are, could you please let us know and maybe you could come in and check the recordings to positively identify. We are taking this matter very seriously as we have had members state that they believe they are trying to break the glass. If your children are out on their bikes around this time, we would highly recommend that you let them know that this will not be tolerated and that we will press charges. Thank you and I apologize for the negative nature of this post. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Contact Ryan at Anytime Fitness at 651.429.2188 or at hugo@anytimefitness.com.