Items of interest

ANNUAL MEETING: Our Annual Meeting is scheduled to occur in Room 100 of the Administration Building (labeled "Gymnasium") at the Woodmen Valley Chapel  from 6:30 - 8:30 PM on Thursday, November 11. Details can be found here

NOTE THAT THIS IS A CHANGE OF DATE AND LOCATION FROM OUR PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT


CHANGE TO OUR DNA  PROGRAM: At their January meeting, your Board approved a trial change to our Discovery Neighborhood Assistance program for 2021. We are aware of situations in Discovery which could benefit from the program, including such things as home maintenance, landscaping, snow removal and just simple economic hardship. Those are the challenges that our voluntary contributions are intended to address. For whatever reason, we have had very few occasions in the recent past to help address those challenges. Therefore, your Board agreed to set aside DNA funds to encourage "neighbor-to-neighbor" inputs to help meet those challenges. If you are aware of a Discovery neighbor who could benefit from a little help from our DNA program, please go here for details and instructions. 

LOCKING MAILBOXES: Good News! Based on the popularity of our locking mailbox program, your Board approved Phase IV and we now have mailboxes in-house. Details for you to take advantage of this great opportunity to enhance the security of your mail at a reasonable price can be found here.

WATERING RESTRICTIONS: We are now under Colorado Springs Utilities water conservation measures limiting the conditions and frequency of watering we may do on our lawns, shrubs and trees. Details of the program can be found here.

SIDEWALK OBSTRUCTIONS: As mentioned earlier, some of our mature shrubs (particularly junipers and pines!) extend over our sidewalks and thus interfere with clear passage. This is particularly a problem when they are weighed down with snow and ice. City Ordinance 3.4.103 requires: "Every owner and occupant of real property within the City shall keep the public sidewalks which abut or are adjacent to their real property, or public sidewalks located upon real property subject to a public easement or right of way, in a clean condition free from projections and obstructions across the surface, debris, litter, or dangerous conditions not involving the structural integrity of the sidewalk."  

In addition, our Covenants require that you maintain your trees and shrubs at intersections in a manner that ensures a clear sight line of oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, we have received a number of complaints. Please check your shrubs and trees and trim them back as necessary so you won't be surprised by communication from the Board that someone else has noticed your "obstruction" and complained. If you cannot trim them back for whatever reason, please contact our Administrator (Rick Midtbo, 719-964-4122) - we can help!

BURN RESTRICTIONS: The Colorado Springs Fire Department enacted Burn Restrictions effective at noon on Friday, April 17, 2020. A guide to provide clarity as to what is and is not allowed can be found here. These restrictions will reduce the threat of wildfires in Discovery and limit the exposure to the fire crews called upon to respond to a wildfire. 

FIRE PITS: We recently fielded a question about whether fire pits are allowed in Discovery. The short answer is, "YES," but their use is restricted until the Colorado Springs Fire Department lifts the current Fire Restrictions (see above). Please access our FAQs for more detailed information. While Governor Polis recently lifted the statewide burn ban, OPEN FIRES ARE STILL NOT ALLOWED.  This means, if you want to enjoy your fire pit in the coming days, you MUST cover it with a screen or other means of controlling rising embers.

Sheds!

We are aware of the presence of a few storage sheds in Discovery. Some were approved…and some “magically appeared.”  No further violations of ARC Approval will be permitted. Any future sheds discovered to have been constructed without ARC approval will be subject to relocation or removal at the owner's expense.  Please review the information on sheds in our FAQ area before you decide if you need a shed in your yard.


Your Spring 2021 Newsletter is now available in the Documents area. We hope you find it both interesting and useful.