Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Update: Snow Removal Damage

The monument on the Parcel 6 corner that was buried by BrightView's snow removal crew (see first photo in the previous post) was exposed as the snow melted. The marker was plowed out of the ground, with damage evident to the monument and curb. The marker has now been removed from the site. (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Another Poor Snow Removal

Another snowstorm, another poorly executed and supervised snow removal—and it's still in progress. As of this afternoon, some driveways had not yet been plowed and even those that had been were nearly inaccessible. The crews plowing the road left snow blocking the driveways. Homeowners had the choice to stay put, dig themselves out or risk trying to drive over big mounds of snow and ice.

Our snow removal contractor BrightView continues to block—and in some cases completely bury—the house number monuments at the entrances to the parcels. In an emergency, these markers guide police, fire or ambulances to homes in need of assistance. A few years ago just after a snowstorm, a seriously ill homeowner in Parcel 6 needed an ambulance. EMS workers could not find the house because the monument was covered in snow. Apparently we haven't learned anything from that experience. After this storm BrightView completely buried the monuments at both of the entrances to Parcel 6. Other markers in the community were also covered. Here are some examples. (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

Parcel 6 corner — There's an address monument hidden under this huge snow pile.

The other entrance to Parcel 6.

Parcel 7 corner — There's an address monument hidden under this huge snow pile too.

Parcel 12 corner

Parcel 1 corner

We are not talking about an inability to shovel neatly here. We are talking about potential disasters. There are good reasons the corners with monuments need to be clear of snow. And yet BrightView continues to plow them over. Instead of providing proper supervision to the contractor, our management company FirstService Residential continues to make excuses.

With maintenance and association insurance fees that cost some residents over $500 a month, is it too much to ask that we have competent contractors who are properly supervised by our management company?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Ahead

Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 12.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Opening Reception at South Brunswick Arts

The South Brunswick Arts Commission will hold a Meet the Artists Reception for the exhibit Botany and Zoology on Friday, March 10, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The event, with music by jazz trio Shikantaza, is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Botany and Zoology runs through May 19, 2017. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and on evenings when meetings are scheduled. The Gallery is in the South Brunswick Municipal Building at 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction. For more information, visit South Brunswick Arts or call 732-329-4000, ext. 7635.