Online Payments Coming
Invoices for annual association membership fees will be coming your way at the start of June and this year you will be able to pay them online. A system is being set up on our new website that will allow members to pay by Visa, MasterCard or debit. You will still have the opportunity to pay by cheque if you prefer. The Board of Directors of the Blackburne Creek Homeowner's Association wants to make it as easy as possible for everyone to pay their fees, which remain at $90 annually for single family homes and $60 for condos. Look for payment information on your invoice, or coming soon to our website.
Following changes made in the association bylaws last fall, payments will only be sought from association members. In the past, voluntary payments have been requested from residents who aren't members, but this year the bylaw changes will only allow for payments from members to ensure there is a defined line between the association's members and non-members in the area.
Update On Legal Action
Work continues with the association's legal firm to prepare our case against three members who installed non-wood roofing material on their homes last summer. There's no word yet on when the issue will be in front of the courts, but we'll keep you informed. Members are also reminded that there has been no change in the restrictive covenant and wood shakes or singles are still mandatory for encumbered homes in Blackburne Creek.
Another reminder to do everything you can to secure your property in the community. Earlier this month, on April 7 and 9, a car and a garage were broken into in Blackburne Creek. Residents are also urged to immediately report any suspicious activities to police. This is how police determine patrol frequencies and coverage. You can also report crimes from your mobile device by using #377. To get information on crimes check the City Police website.
Thoughts on Transit
Residents who use Edmonton Transit are likely aware that there's no bus service in Blackburne Creek after 6:00pm each evening. We want to know if that's a concern of yours. The association has checked with Edmonton Transit and has been told that the neighbourhood is just below the cutoff that would lead to improved service. Drop us an email to let us know if this is an issue and we'll pass along the neighbourhood's concerns.
Your Chance to Clean Up
The (almost) annual Blackburne Creek Clean-up takes place on Saturday, May 24, beginning at 9:00am at the gazebo in the playground. We're looking for your help to spend an hour or two that morning to assist in the clean-up efforts. Just show up at the gazebo at 9:00am dressed for the weather and with comfortable and safe footwear and we'll put you to work. If you have any questions, just drop us an email. Thanks to Dan Edwards of the Board of Directors for organizing the cleanup.
We'll Bloom Again
It's a beautiful Easter Monday and before you know it, our annual front yard contest - Blackburne in Bloom will be here. Finalists will be named in late July and final judging will take place in early August. This year the association's Board of Directors will be organizing the contest, led by Melissa Tilburn. The Board would like to thank Janet Ekert for the outstanding job she has done organizing the contest for the past two years.