June 2007

Drummer Farms Gazette

Bimonthly Vol. II No. 3 June 2007

Speed Limit

Please be reminded that the speed limit throughout the Drummer Famrs community is 15 MPH. Please be mindful of the many children who live and play in the community. So spare a few seconds and keep our residents safe!


Summer is around the corner and the pool is ready for your enjoyment.

Pursuant to the Board of Health requirements. all semi-public pool operators MUST test the pool water four (4) times a day and record the test results in a logbook.

The BOH ofticials have the right to inspect the logbook at any time and to shut down the pool for any non-compliance. Depending on the severity of the infraction, the pool shutdown could be as short as a day or for as long as the remainder of the pool season.

The testing process is very simple and takes less than five (5) minutes to complete. Furthermore. one of the Trustees will be happy to go over the procedures with you. There are no requirements as to what time of the day each test should be performed.

To that end, we need volunteers to help us test the pool water and record it in the logbook. You can volunteer for the entire season or for a portion of the summer. You can volunteer for the morning session before going to work or the evening session after you get home. Altematively. if you are home during the day. you may want to volunteer for the mid-day testing.

If you are interested, please call Alpine and let us know.

Financial Summary

The following is a financial summary through the end of April from April 1, 2007:

Profit / Loss Statement
Revenue $ 25,127
Expense 14,339
Plus YTD Transfers:
Contingency 1,250
Res. for Replacement 2,500
Profit (Loss) $ 4,036

Balance Sheet
Checking $ 6,273
Contingency Account 4,980
Working Capital 3,000
Reserve 30,818
Total $ 45,071

Non-Operating Expenses
Capital Improvements $ 0
Working Capital Exp. 0


The Board awarded the landscaping contract to Property Management Plus of Maynard.

Questions or comments about the landscapers' work performance should be reported to Alpine or one of the Trustees. Unit owners are requested not to confront the contractor's staff while they are on site.

Please do not leave any personal items out on the lawns, All personal items must be kept within your unit.

Exterior Alterations

Please remember that any alterations, additions or improvements made to the exterior of the buildings or grounds must first be approved in writing by the Board of Trustees. Exterior changes include, but are not limited to, such items as doors (even if you are replacing an existing one), and windows, etc.

If you are interested in making a change. please submit a letter to Alpine for approval from the Board. Any unit owner that does not have prior approval will be subject to a fine.

Sales Activity
Below is our current owner occupancy at Drummer Farms:

Investor owned units 7
Owner occupied units 73
% of owner occupancy 91%

Community Yard Sale
The Drummer Farms Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 from 9AM to Noon (rain date of June l0). You may set up for the yard sale inside the grass circle that is by the south mail hut with the Drummer Farms sign. Please have your items marked clearly with the price and be all set up by 9AM.

Do you need 1 or more tables to sell your items? Contact Concord Rental in Acton (across the street from Stop & Shop) where you can rent rectangular tables at $9.00 each for the weekend. Call 978-461-4774 to reserve a table.

Contact Marianne Maurer-Ouellette for any questions about the Yard Sale.

Compost and Gardeners

Are any residents interested in starting a compost bin? If so, please contact Bonnie Arky.

Is there any interest in creating an area within Drummer Farms for vegetable gardens? One possible location might be in the underutilized land near the tennis courts. Interested gardeners would be expected to pay all set-up expenses - such as for tilling, fences, and getting access to water. If you would like to explore this. please contact Jeff Bonvallat.

Hired Any Good Vendors?

We would like to hear if you have any preferred vendors (plumbers, chimney sweeps, carpet cleaners, maid service. etc) that you could recommend to your neighbors. This information can be posted on the drummerfarms.com website and be a helpful resource for all of us. Please contact Andy Funk.

Termite Sticks

The Drummer Farms Volunteers recently pulled up the ineffective termite sticks (the green ones with orange pop-up buttons). Some of these escaped notice because they were covered by mulch. If you uncover one, feel tree to pull it up and discard it. Also, if you would like to be added to the list of volunteers. contact Jeff Bonvallat.

That's the news from Drummer Farms.