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Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 64                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                           December 2012

For Better or Worse

 

Our lives are controlled by NUMBERS.  Never before have we had to remember so many; birthdate, address, telephone(s), SS, ATM, zip, and the combination to car doors, padlocks, briefcases and countless passwords to our computers and bank accounts. My head spins and it is a challenge to keep track.
The Mayan calendar
has 12/21/12 as the "end of the world as we know it", based on some NUMBER'S formula.  Don't worry, scientists have disproved that theory.
As I write this, the NUMBERS on the calendar read
12/12/12.  Shouldn't this be a red-letter day?  The next one is in 3012?  Ahh, won't see that one and it has nothing to do with the MAYANS.
But, tonight thousands of people across the country, and maybe the world, came together to hold a concert to raise money to aid the huge NUMBER of people affected by hurricane Sandy.
My guess is the NUMBERS they totaled up in donations will have a great impact towards repairing the damage.  Once again Americans come together to help one another.  We can be proud
of the NUMBER of times our charity reaches around the world.
Coming soon is 12/25/12.  Most of us
are already consumed with the NUMBER of gifts, decorations, shopping days, meals and cookies we are planning.  The biggest NUMBER is probably going to be the bottom line on all this celebrating.  But, most important of all, will be the NUMBER of people we greet and reach out to with the spirit of the season.
Have a Merry little Christmas!  A terrific 2013!  
And I hope all your NUMBERS are in the positive column.
Cheers
Dolly

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Important Association News

Message from the President

I can’t believe this is my last message to the whole community; but as I think about it maybe I can.  First and foremost, I wish to thank the Boards both present and immediate past (2011) for all the help you gave me.  And next, to thank everyone in the community who did anything no matter how small.  With so much help it is no wonder we have such a wonderfully run community and it made my job so much easier.

To cover a few items, we have a new Board with Tom Tosto as the President, John Boudreau as the Secretary, Lucille Rondeau as Treasurer and Jim Clarke as member at large.  All the neighbors wish you well in your tenure as officers.  Jim is again taking on the snowplowing issues so please contact Jim if you have any questions or concerns.  Also, if anyone needs to be put on the early plowing list, please contact Jim so he can take care of it.

Merry Christmas and enjoy the Holiday no matter where you are or who you are with.  Have a healthy and fun New Year.

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Water Project Update

The water project has been completed.  The system is fully operational and is operating as designed.  The water quality is excellent and all within water specifications as required by DES.

Significant accomplishments include the completion of the new pipeline, new equipment installation, software upgrade which resulted in the new water system on-line and operational as of August 21, 2012.

The drinking water quality has improved significantly since 18 month ago when the Plan began. All treated water quality parameters for the new Well #3 are within specs.   This is a very positive result which eliminates problems with water staining, rust in the toilet tank, black specs, odor, hardness, etc.  This is a very significant accomplishment.

The recovery of Well #1 and Well #2 has also been successful.  Some 18 months ago the 2nd MCL levels were very high for Chlorides and Hardness.  This presented serious issues with our water treatment equipment and discharge.  Currently the values have dropped significantly but are still slightly above the limits.  These values seem to have reached a plateau but we are not sure if it has reached the end point.  The wells will continue to be monitored.

The irrigation will be activated for the 2013 season.  A cost trade off decision will be made on the irrigation split after well and salt usage data and proposed watering changes are evaluated after the 2013 season.

The Water Project is complete and all is well.

I would like to again thank the BOD, all the people that helped me and the Association members that supported this Project.

Thank you,

Roger

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Board Meeting

Summary of September 14, 2012 meeting

Permission was granted to unit owner at 15 Flat Rock Road to install wooden porch door with same style and stain as 9 Hadleigh Road.

Unit owner at 56 Hadleigh Road wrote a letter to the board complaining of peeling paint on the blue shutters at 54 & 56 Hadleigh Road. These shutters had been painted blue by the builder. Jim will get a price on spray painting the shutters a matching blue color.

Andrea wrote a letter to the board about owners removing shrubs from their front gardens resulting in sparse landscaping. Condo documents say that these plantings cannot be higher than the windows. The Landscaping Committee recommends five plantings appropriate for the front gardens in keeping with the current condo requirements.

Undesirable plants removed by owners can only be replaced by the five approved plants at the owner’s expense. Plantings that have been removed should be reused if possible and not destroyed. 

As of Tuesday, August 21, 2012 the new and improved water system is running 100% as proposed. Everything is functioning excellently. Water sample testing shows that the Secondary MCL Mineral Tests as well as the required Primary MCL are ALL within specifications. This is probably the only time this has happened since the system was turned on. Lewis Builders did an excellent job during and after construction. Everything is shaping up really well and in no time things will be back to normal.

There was a major deficiency reported by DES as part of their Sanitary Survey that was performed in June. Hadleigh Woods did not have an AS-BUILT PLAN for the water distribution and shut offs for each unit.

The AS-BUILT Plan is now complete and was submitted on time by 15 September to DES.

It should be noted that each and every unit has a main water shut off in the street with the location identified on the AS-BUILT PLAN. This data is available in a master book located in the pump house in case of any emergency that would require the water main be shut off from the street for a particular unit.

We had a walk-through the pump house on the 28th of August to display and explain the new system and equipment. Charlie Lanza and his boss, Harold Morse, of Lewis Builders gave a very well received and informative explanation of the system.

We have received notice from DES that the new ground water rule Env-Dw 717 requires all ground water systems approved to install disinfection to collect six (6) consecutive months of raw water samples for E. coli, defined as Investigative Monitoring. The start -up for 6 consecutive months of IM raw water E.coli sampling will be in September. This sampling will be done by Hampstead Water.

We have received the drilling bill from Lewis Builders. This is for installing the pipe line that required machine drilling through ledge for 221 feet at $75 per foot for $16,575: the 3 driveway crossings for $1500: and $220 for permits and bonding. Once the final billing is documented and received, a final report for the total cost of the project will be issued shortly.

Some black specks in the water have been reported. This is caused by manganese deposit that has been created over the years. There should be no manganese entering the system now, so if residents see any it is likely due to previous build up. We will schedule our annual blow out of the system probably in October. Instructions will be given to unit owners as to how to flush their pipes for residue.

The Board agreed to keeping the system up & running for one year before looking into separating the irrigation system.

Marian reported that $500 was paid to Mayer Tree Service. Full payment of the $800 bill is pending the repair of the gutter at 6 Hadleigh Road. Shawn Heffernan was paid in full for correcting the problems found on the walk around. Marian will check with B & C Landscaping to ensure that they corrected the siding damage that was done during lawn maintenance.

Material Organization for Transfer of Officers. John will make up three new folders containing general condo information for the new board members who will be elected in November.

Total Deck Care measured the decks and gave the cost for horizontals on each unit. The work will be guaranteed not to chip, peel, or flake for 5 years. Letter will be mailed to owners regarding the cost and payment of cleaning and staining the decks.

CSST Piping - Jim Clarke that he spoke with the Fire Department Building Inspector and the Gas Company and we do not have a problem with our grounding system.

 Our Annual meeting will be held at the Windham Middle School on November 8, 2012.

This year’s nominating committee consists of George, Anne, and Barbara.

John will find the letter for the Annual Meeting, so that it can be edited and mailed out a month prior to the meeting.

Installation of Additional Irrigation Pipe was discussed under the Water Committee.

8 Hadleigh has submitted the electrical permit for generator and will submit the gas permit.

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The first meeting of the 2013 Board of Directors will be held at 4 Hadleigh Rd. on Thursday, January 10th @ 1:00 pm. (non-board members -- please call Tom before attending)

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Team Maintenance Tip

Does your washing machine fill slowly or not at all?

Most likely, the cold water filter in your washing machines cold water hose is getting plugged with debris. The cold water goes directly to your washing machine. The hot water, on the other hand, goes through the water heater, where most of this debris is deposited instead of in your washing machines hose filters.

The filters in the washing machine hoses protect the inner workings of your washing machine from becoming inoperative and needing extensive repair.

These filters can be removed and cleaned. There may also be filters in the hoses as well.

  1. Shut off water and disconnect the cold water hose from the washing machine. (If you have any rubber hoses it is recommended that you replace them with stainless steel.)

2.     Look in the end of the hose for a filter or in the connector where the hose is attached to the washing machine.

3.     Remove any filters you find and clean them. The filter in the machine is difficult to remove. Use the tip of a knife at the edge of the filter and work it out.

4.     After cleaning, re-install any filters and the hose. Tighten the hoses.

5.     Repeat this for the hot water hose (most likely will not be plugged.)

        Remember to shut off the water after each wash. This will remove the pressure from the hoses.

 

Can you change battery?  Know how a wrench works?  Like to clean and follow directions?  Team Maintenance can use someone like you!  Call us now! or send email to teammaintenace1@gmail.com

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ONGOING

Breakfast Every Friday at 8:30 AM.   An informal breakfast, open to all residents and guests of Hadleigh Woods, is held every Friday at 8:30 AM at the Alley Kat Grill located inside the Park Place Lanes.  

Bowling Every Wednesday at 3:00 PM.  The H-WOpen-To-All” bowling party is held every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM at Park Place Lanes.  Afterward we generally go for a meal at The Kitchen

Rail Trail Every Sunday.  The Derry Rail Trail is complete from the Windham line to route 102 (Main Street) in downtown Derry. Going to the Windham Kitchen is always a treat after walking a few miles weather permitting.