Tips and information for the warmer months…
- The snow removal contractor will be repairing turf that was damaged by plows. Please note that turf that has been damaged by unit owners, residents or visitors will not be included.
- The landscape maintenance contract will commence on April 15 and end on November 15. Lawns will not be mowed during periods of extreme heat and/or precipitation. All watering is your responsibility.
- Dead trees and shrubs will be inspected and logged for future replacement.
- Concrete and asphalt surfaces will be inspected for maintenance.
- A re-roofing program will be scheduled to take place on St. Croix Ct., Shadybrook Ln. and St. Annes Ct.
- Pick up after your pet(s) regularly and keep it leashed at all times.
- Properly repair any turf that is damaged by your pet(s).
- Water your lawn during the summer months.
- Pick up newspapers regularly to avoid them from piling up.
- Store recreational equipment/toy(s) inside your each day when it is not in use.
- Do not store trash/recyclables outside your home except between the period beginning the evening prior to and ending on the evening of your pick up.
- Properly weigh down and tag bags/containers of trash and recyclables when placing them at curbside for pickup.
- Please be considerate to those around you and keep noise at a respectable level.
- Be safe and install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors in your home - it's a law.
- Be safe and clean your lint trap every time you use your dryer to avoid the duct and exhaust vent from clogging and causing a fire.
- Be safe and use your grill in strict accordance with the City of Aurora grilling law. Never store a grill inside your home until it has completely cooled off.
- Repair leaky vehicle(s).
- Do not park in front of neighboring driveways or in visitor parking on a semi-permanent or permanent basis.
- Obey all speed limits throughout the community. If there are no speed limit signs, the maximum speed in residential areas is 25 miles per hour.
- Turn on your exterior lights at night for added security.
- Report any suspicious/illegal activity to the Police Department.
- Say hello to and get to know your neighbors!
Tips and information for the cooler months...
The Board of Directors has decided to inform unit owners of certain precautions they should take for the winter season. Please note, ice control on private paved surfaces, such as driveways, entry sidewalks and stoops is the duty homeowners/residents. Please disconnect your garden hose (both outside and garage hoses are affected). A connected hose in freezing weather may result in cracked water pipes and flooding. A leak may not occur until the spigot is used the following season.
Plastic is not allowed on the exterior of windows. If you intend to put plastic on your windows this fall for added winter protection, the plastic must be on the interior of your window.
In addition, should you go on vacation during the winter, be sure to keep your furnace at a reasonable temperature setting. Failure to do so could result in frozen pipes, which could burst and flood your unit. Therefore, do not reduce the temperature setting to save on gas, because it may backfire and only add to your expenses due to the resulting property damage.
Concerning frozen pipes on those bitterly cold days, please keep your cabinet doors open so that air can circulate around the pipes. Also, allow the faucet to drip slowly so as to keep the water flowing through the pipes to prevent the pipes from freezing.
Finally, if you have a furnace humidifier, please be sure that the setting is kept at the appropriate level depending on the outside temperature. The colder the outside temperature, the lower the humidity setting must be. If that is not done, condensation will form on the inside of windows and in the dead space areas above the ceiling and in the walls. The resulting effect will be what appears to be a leak, but really is a condensation problem due to the warm air hitting the cold air and condensing into water. Some condensation leaks may become so bad as to appear to be pipes that have burst. They can cause severe drywall damage. Therefore, check your operator manual as to the proper setting in relation to the outside temperature.
Special Note: Please keep your pets leashed at all times and pick up after them when exercising them. Neighbors have been increasingly complaining as have maintenance crews about excessive accumulations of pet waste. Therefore, the association will have no choice but to issue formal complaints against unit owners who violate the city ordinance and association rules. If found guilty, fines will be levied against the responsible unit owners.
RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS! Best Buy and Woodman's in North Aurroa both recycle electrnics devices. Call them for details!
AURORA POLICE ISSUE ANNUAL REMINDER OF NOISE ORDINANCE: Aurora Police are issuing their annual reminder of the City’s noise ordinance which calls for hefty fines against violators.
Complaints of loud noise emanating from homes, vehicles, and businesses typically increase as temperatures warm up. The noise ordinance has proven to be an important tool in fighting the problem as it allows Aurora Police officers to issue a citation to violators carrying a fine of $250 for the first offense and $500 for additional offenses within one year. Issuance of the fines are based on a totality of circumstances including the time, day, type, and duration of the noise being emitted.
In 2013, Aurora Police issued 172 citations to homes or businesses for loud noise, 45 to motorists, and another 21 warning tickets to drivers.
Aurora’s complete noise ordinance is reviewable on the City’s website at www.aurora-il.org and clicking on the Police Department tab.
MOUSE FACTS: Each winter, mice and other rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States. In most cases, mice enter our homes between October and February looking for food, water and shelter from the cold. Mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day. They usually build their homes near a food source for easy access to snacking. Because mice love food and are fantastic climbers, food in your pantry should be kept in hard sealed containers. Mice are also great jumpers and swimmers. They can jump almost a foot in the air. Mice have the ability to squeeze into very tight spaces. People often wonder how mice entered their home. Any small crack is an opening for them so sealing all cracks and crevices is very important. A female house mouse can give birth when she is two months old and is able to have to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. If you see one mouse, it’s very likely that there are more.
NOTE: Some unit owners have replaced their furnaces. If your furnace is malfunctioning, be sure to check your owner's manual because some components may still be under warranty.
COYOTE ALERT! Coyotes have been seen roaming the general area. If you have pets, keep them inside when unattended.
PEST REMOVAL: Unit owners are responsible for all pest removal within the boundaries of their lots. The Association will remove pests on common outlots.
MANDATORY LANDLORD CRIME-FREE HOUSING CLASSES: Police and city officials are encouraging all owners, landlords, and agents of rental and non-owner occupied residential buildings in Aurora to apply for a crime-free housing class. Attendance in one of the classes is mandatory in order to obtain a rental license which is now required for all non-owner occupied residential dwelling units and buildings, whether or not rent is paid; and all two-unit and multiple unit buildings whether or not they are owner-occupied. Those who have already attended the city’s landlord training classes thathave been taught by Aurora Police since 1992, or an approved crime-freehousing class in another city, are ‘grand fathered’ into the new ordinances.
Property owners may also have agents who are authorized and registeredwith the city, attend the class on the owner’s behalf provided the agents will assume all duties, obligations and responsibilities of the owner.
The new laws, which are known as Aurora’s Crime-Free Housing initiative, mark the city’s entrance into a program that includes more than 2000 municipalities in 44 states that have experienced a dramatic drop in calls for police service in rental and non-owner occupied residential buildings.
The required class provides landlords and property owners with important tools to combat crime and improve the quality of life on their properties. Topics cover the new requirements concerning licensing and inspections, that criminal background checks be conducted on all new prospective tenants and occupants, the mandatory lease addendum that must be signed by tenants and owners acknowledging their adherence to criminal and maintenance laws or run the risk of eviction; as well as Section 8, trespass agreements, crime and fire prevention, gang and drug awareness, and other beneficial information.
Comprehensive forms and written materials are included with the class. Owners of non-owner occupied residential property including condominiums, town homes, or single unit residential building as well as two unit, and multiple unit buildings are required to be registered and licensed with the City of Aurora. After April 17, a $250.00 late fee will be added to the standard licensing charge of $40.00 for single unit residences, $45.00 for two unit residences, and $50.00 for three-to-five unit multiple residences.
To register a building, or for more information on the new licensing and inspection requirements, call the city’s Department of Neighborhood Standards at (630) 897-4589. Application forms are available on the city’s website at www.aurora-il.org.