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October 2020


In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, it's been a busy summer at Town Oaks.


We had our annual "Spring clean-up" day in May. Only 4 dumpsters were ordered because in the past some dumps


ters were not filled and the Board was trying to save money. The Board realized, too late, that this was NOT the year to have fewer dumpsters since many homeowners spent the Covid-19 isolation months cleaning and clearing basements and closets. For Spring clean-up 2021 we will return to a dumpster at each lot. If you have any large household items, please hold on to them until the next clean-up day; do NOT place items on the curb because we all end up paying to have those items hauled away. If you see anyone placing items on the curb, please remind them of this rule or contact Omega Management to deal with the


We've raised areas of the perimeter sidewalk that had sunk over the years. This should keep water from pooling and refreezing thus eliminating the slip hazard.


We've also added concrete pads, near the mailboxes, at the entry to each of the parking lots for the winter sand canisters. Please use the sand (sparingly) to keep your sidewalks safe and replace the lid tightly on the canister after use.


We've replaced all of the downspouts and gutters with larger-sized units to help keep them clear of debris. This is phase 1 of the overall project. We had hoped to complete the second phase which involves installing run-off areas, french drains and diverters but the company was overwhelmed by demand for their service. We are on the list to have this work completed sometime in the spring of 2021. In the meantime, the downspouts were cut shorter to reduce the chance of water flowing and freezing on the sidewalks. Please check your downspouts monthly to ensure that they are attached properly and that the end is open so water, rain and runoff is kept away from your foundation.


Siding replacement is an ongoing task and this year siding was replaced in several areas where damage was significant. The painting company applied a primer coat in October and recently finished up with the final coat. If your siding is showing wear, contact Omega Management so they can add your unit to the list of needed repairs for 2021.


The fencing project was on hold this year as we addressed the gutter and downspout situation. The fencing project will start again in 2021. If you would like to be part of the subcommittee to work on this project contact any Board member to add your name to the list. We appreciate the input of homeowners, especially in the early stages of projects.

In addition to our Town Oaks Minneapolis website we also have an app which can be used to contact Omega. The app will allow you to check your association dues balance, report any maintenance needs to Omega and connect to saving opportunities provided through Omega's co-op Innovia.

Since winter is just a snowfall away here is the information you need to know about snow removal at Town Oaks:


A. WALKWAYS, STEPS

Walkways and steps will be shoveled after each snowfall. Snowfall depth from a trace to 6” will be cleared

within 12 hours after snowfall ceases, snowfalls from 6” to 12” will be cleared within 18 hours after

snowfall ceases and snowfalls of 12” or more will be cleared within 24 hours.

B. DRIVES & PARKING AREAS

For every snowfall exceeding 1 1/2”, drives and parking areas will be cleared of new snow accumulation.

Snowfall depth from 1 1/2” to 6” will be cleared within 6 hours after snowfall ceases, snowfalls from 6-12”

will be cleared within 12 hours and snowfalls of 12” or more will be cleared within 18 hours. For snowfalls

over 4”, plow passes for open-up will be completed prior to 7:00 A.M. or 4:00 P.M. through each drive

area and parking aisle, even before the snowfall ceases, to allow traffic to and from the garages and

parking areas.

C. SANDING

Drives, parking areas and walkways will be sanded after freezing rain or when requested by the Board of

Directors or Omega Property Management. Barrels of sand will be set up near your lot's mailboxes so homeowners will be able to sand areas as needed. Please use the sand sparingly and make sure to cover the sand barrel when you are finished.

D. HOMEOWNER RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Ice accumulations on steps and garage aprons caused by drainage.

2. Snow removal underneath and around parked cars.

E. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS

Snow depth accumulations will be determined as measured at the MSP Airport.

F. DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Although every effort will be taken to eliminate property damage, accidents occasionally occur. It is the

homeowner's responsibility to notify Omega Property Management in a timely manner of any damage

caused by the Contractor. If you have any questions or concerns about the service provided, please

channel your questions through Omega Property Management.

G. PARKING

Snow plowing service will commence following any new snowfall accumulation of 1 ½ or more inches. In

the event that the Minnesota Department of Transportation calls equipment off the roads in the

metropolitan areas and/or if wind gusts are 30 mph or greater, the contractor will have the option to call

off snow removal operations until conditions improve, and the removal deadline will be adjusted

accordingly. Please refer to the following guidelines to determine when to move your vehicle.

A snow emergency will be declared following all snowfalls of 1-1/2” and greater, as measured at the

MSP Airport. If the snowfall has stopped by 7:00 a.m., all vehicles must be removed from the parking

lots by 9:00 a.m. that same day, and must remain out until the lot has been completely plowed. If the

snowfall stops after 7:00 a.m., then the complete plowing will be done the following day with the same

requirement that all vehicles must be out of the lots from 9:00 a.m. until plowing has been completed

in that lot.

Violators are subject to the assessments of fines against the unit owner, and repeat violators are

subject to having their vehicles towed and impounded.

Town Oaks Association Year in Review 2020

The Homeowners, Board, and Management of Town Oaks Association completed the following projects during the past year:

  • Completed another round of preventative tree work, including pruning, selective removals, and disease prevention. Installed 3 X 3 concrete pads in each lot for the sand barrels to be placed on compared to being on the ground in previous years.

  • Replaced all of the gutters in the Association due to aging and issues with the small gutters. The Association upgraded to larger gutters to increase capacity of water intake as the previous gutters were overflowing and not properly draining.

  • The Board completed the creation of the Town Oaks Minneapolis website. This gives owners access to documents, and information about the Association as well as give updates on projects.

  • Completed the next phase of siding replacements and used additional funds to include other areas that were in need of repair.

  • Started planning the next phase of fence replacements. Discussed what was learned from previous projects and lessons on what to do moving forward.

  • Mudjacked and replaced several areas around the perimeter city sidewalks & Association sidewalks to eliminate major trip hazards.

  • Omega Property Management responded to 349 Homeowner requests made to service@omega-mgt.com or 763.449.9100 from Town Oaks over the past year.

  • Reminder that owners can access the “web portal” to check their account activity, update their contact information and communication preferences, and to locate important community documents. The portal is accessible at https://omegamgt.com/login/.

  • The Association now has an app! Town Oaks homeowners can use the app to contact Omega, access your portal and connect to savings opportunities provided through Omega’s co-op Innovia.

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