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The Next PRIDES CROSSING Board Meeting is Monday September 19, 2019 AT 6:30pm @ the Management Office at 14901 E Hampden Ave. #320, Aurora, CO 80014.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Waste Management Recycling Update

Dear Community,

The volume of trash mixed with recycling is at an all-time high and this is creating serious problems for the entire recycling industry. The buyers of recycling materials at home and abroad are demanding much higher levels of quality. This is prompted by new policies in China, which have banned certain materials and set contamination levels at less than 1%.
Because of these significant market changes, we are intensely focused on increasing quality to ensure the long-term sustainability of our recycling programs.
When trash, food, liquids and other non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in your recycling, they can ruin an entire load of good recyclable materials. Contaminated recyclables can't be reused for new products - they must be picked out and disposed instead. Plastic bags, wires, hoses and other tanglers get stuck in our machinery and bring operations to a halt while workers cut them off. Contamination raises recycling costs back to the HOA.  We currently Contract at $12.68 per door/per month due to the buying power of your HOA.  Saving you almost 128% over normal costs.
We need your active, ongoing help to keep recycling sustainable. Please ensure your recycling stream is clean and free of contaminants. Follow these three easy rules:
#1: Recycle clean bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard
#2: Keep food and liquid out
#3: No plastic bags, do not bag recyclables

Please contact us if you want a PDF file with the current list of what's recyclable. For additional recycling tools, visit www.RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com.

Thank you for doing your part to recycle the right way. With your commitment, we can continue to send recyclable materials to their next best use and help preserve our precious natural resources.

Regards,
Your Waste Management HOA Support Team

Monday, April 23, 2018

Worker shortage

H-2B WORKER SHORTAGE IN COLORADO AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY


As some may already know, Contractors in multiple industries are dealing with a significant labor shortage. To address that issue, many contractors turned to the Federal H2B Seasonal Worker Visa Program created 19 years ago to legally obtain the necessary workers. Over the past 19 years, those contractors were required – by the H2B regulations and the U.S. Department of Labor – to first offer all their jobs to U.S. citizens. Over the last 19 years the economy has changed, and many contractors have only had minimal local applicants for the 1000's of seasonal job offerings throughout these years! These jobs are well paying, $14-23 per hour, plus overtime but nevertheless, contractors were still having almost no applicants.

           This year, the H2B Visa program became overwhelmed with almost 90,000 applicants for the 33,000 visas available nationwide. To be ‘fair’, the program held a lottery, and only 3 dozen companies in Colorado were able to participate – and hundreds of Contractors locally and across the United States failed to receive such visas.

           To address this issue, many contractors through lobbyists, trade associations, and professional industries such as Landscapers, Resort, Quarry, Fishing, Hotel & Lodging Industries, including other seasonal businesses descended on Washington D.C. with 300 plus H2B users to convince Senators and Representatives to increase the 33,000-visa cap that hasn't changed in 19 years.

         Congress recently passed the omnibus spending bill with an attached amendment to raise the visa cap, which would address the problem. The implementation phase has now been bogged down with the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), particularly the Secretaries, who must process the visas. Many are still waiting and would appreciate the support from voters to contact their Colorado Governor, their Congressperson, and Senators to get the DOL and DHS to immediately process the visas!

           Good Contractors to HOA's and individual Home Owners should continue in their effort to be transparent in preparing to try to perform – to the best of their available workforce – your maintenance services. Since contractors are significantly short of labor, the HOA does recognize that some owners who are planning on projects this season for their home may be limited in number of contractors that can get to return their calls and be able to schedule such work and will be glad to offer extensions to those in such need.  Many owners who cannot physically perform their own general home maintenance and rely on contractors may find difficulty obtaining contractors to perform items such as landscaping tasks of spring cleanups, mowing. leaf removal, aerations, fertilizations, tree work, and irrigation work where applicable.  If this scenario is yours, please reach out to the HOA and we will be glad to offer references for contractors that do not have such labor shortages.

           Please know the HOA will continue in seeking contractors that are able to perform Community duties as we begin our mowing, weed control, trash, dog stations, and irrigation inspections.  However, some Board Approved enhancements and projects may experience delays while contractors complete work with workforce available. The HOA will continue, to the best of their ability, address storm damage, hazards, warranty items, and repairs immediately.

           The Board Thanks Homeowners in advance for keeping your Community a wonderful place to live in with your personal homecare and those Volunteers to the Community in their continued support of managing budgets, landscape & architectural review to planning for the Community future needs while we acknowledge this labor shortage and yet continue to maintain the HOA's required responsibilities'.  Should you have older teenagers and/or College Students returning this summer seeking good work at good pay...send them my way... I know many contractors that would love to hire them!

Shane Lussier | Senior Manager CMCA®, CAM
Cherry Creek HOA Professionals
14901 E Hamden Ave #320 |Aurora, CO  80014
shane@cchoapros.com | 303.693.2118

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

9news Earth Day event @ Arapahoe Park

Hello All,
Got old electronics and devices taking up space that you want to get rid of? Come join us for the biggest recycling event of the year! Recycle and help us celebrate Earth Day this April 21st from 7am to 12pm at the Arapahoe Park Horse Track.


Date: April 21st 2018
Location: Arapahoe Park Horse Track, 26000 E Quincy Ave, Aurora, CO 80016
Cost: Recycling is FREE except for CRT TVs & Monitors. 22" & under $20 ea., 24" & over $40 ea., Console TVs, Projection & DLP TVs (big & heavy) $70 ea.
Please follow the link to review Accepted Items.
http://www.technorescue.com/earth_day.html?linkId=50578708

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What is my house worth?

A Refreshing Look at the Question “What is my House Worth?”

Let’s take a look at some of the stats for our area to get a better idea of what is going on in the local housing market!
In Arapahoe County for March 2018, the average sales price* was:
  • $390,000 for Single Family Homes (up 8.3% from 1 year ago)
  • $242,250 for Condos/Townhomes (up 12.4% from 1 year ago).

In Douglas County for March 2018, the average sales price* was:
  • $480,000 for Single Family Homes (up 6.7% from 1 year ago)
  • $323,000 for Condos/Townhomes (up 11.4% from 1 year ago).

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Arapahoe County Fire Ban

Posted on: April 10, 2018

Sheriff Implements Open Burning Ban

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Due to dry conditions, the Arapahoe County Sheriff has issued a ban on all open fires and open burning within Unincorporated Arapahoe County, to include the Cherry Creek State Park and the City of Aurora, effective immediately. The Open Burning Ban will remain in effect until such time as this order is formally rescinded or temporarily suspended by the Sheriff, and such date cannot be determined at this time.
                          
David C. Walcher, Arapahoe County Sheriff, has determined that the existing conditions in the county present an extreme danger for the possibility of wildfire and large wildland fires. The authority to implement the Open Burning Ban within Unincorporated Arapahoe County is provided through Arapahoe County Ordinance #2000-02 and Colorado Revised Statutes 30-10-512 and 30-15-401 (1)(n.5). The authority to implement the Open Burning Ban within the City of Aurora is provided through Colorado Revised Statutes 30-15-401(1)(n.5)(I) and 30-15-401(8).

Prohibited open fires or open burning shall be defined as the usage of any fireworks, and any other outdoor fires including, but not limited to: campfires; fires in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed camp and picnic grounds or recreation sites, charcoal fueled fires, warming fires; fires in outdoor wood burning stoves (chimney sparks or embers); the prescribed burning of fence lines, fence rows, fields, farmlands, rangelands, wildlands, trash or debris.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Open Burning Ban is enforced as a County Ordinance violation that, upon conviction, could result in fines of $500.00 for the first offense, $750.00 for a second offense, and $1,000.00 for a third and subsequent offenses. 

The following shall be exempt from the Open Burning Ban:

•             Fires contained within liquid fueled or gas stoves, fireplaces and wood burning stoves/fireplaces within habitable buildings.
•             Propane/LP/Natural Gas fueled barbeque grills used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.
•             Charcoal fueled grills and pits used for cooking or warming food, which do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.
•             Propane/LP/Natural Gas fueled fire pits that do not produce or emit sparks or embers when used.
•             Fire set by any federal, state, or local officer, or member of a fire protection district in the performance of an official duty.
•             Public fireworks displays supervised by appropriate firefighting/public safety personnel and supported by adequate equipment assigned to be on the scene of such permitted public displays.

The Arapahoe County and the City of Aurora Open Burning Ban is implemented as result of discussions between Arapahoe County Sheriff David C. Walcher, area Fire Chiefs, the Board of County Commissioners and the City of Aurora.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Trash / Recycling Services


Waste Management will service your community on the regular schedule this month. While we encourage everyone to celebrate Earth Day, there are no holiday delays in April. 



At Waste Management, every day is Earth Day. Join us in making this a year-round reality by recycling the right way.

  • Recycle clean bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.
  • Keep food and liquid out of your recycling – they ruin good recyclable materials.
  • Do not bag recyclables or put plastic bags or film in with your recycling – they jam our machines and bring operations to a halt.



When you recycle the right way, you ensure that materials are sent to their next best use and that we preserve our valuable resources.

  • Recycle 10 empty plastic water bottles and you’ve provided enough material for a new t-shirt.
  • Put an empty aluminum can in your recycling cart today and it could be back on the shelf as a new can in just 60 days.
  • The empty steel can that held tomato sauce for last night’s dinner may be recycled into rebar for a new building.



Recycling saves materials needed to create new consumer products. It also saves energy and water used in manufacturing and reduces related emissions. Recycling is great for individuals and for the environment!  Find more information and free educational resources at RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com.


Thank you for Thinking Green with Waste Management!

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