April 2008

Drummer Farms Gazette

Bimonthly Vol. III No. 2 April 2008

Proper Trash Disposal

The dumpsters at Drummer Farms are to be used for bagged household trash only. Please toss trash toward the back of the dumpster. Often the front of the dumpster is overflowing while the back half is empty. You can help prevent the overflowing of the dumpster by breaking up large items before discarding them.

Always be sure to put your trash inside the dumpster. Never leave bags of trash or other discarded items on the ground. The trash contractor will not pick up anything left on the ground. In addition, trash left on the ground is unsightly and can attract rodents and other pests. If you have bulk items that need to be deisposed of, please arrange to discard these ar the town dump. Items such as furniture, water heaters, exercise equipment and mattresses cannot be left at the dumpster. If you leave any bulk itens in the dumpster area, you will be fined $100 per occurrence, and will also be charged back the cost of removal of the bulk item(s).

The Board has been notified that there may be non-residents discarding trash and bulk items on the property. If you see anyone who does not look familiar, please introduce yourself. lf they are not a resident, let them know that the dumpster is for residents' use only. If a non-resident still uses the dumpster, please make note of the license plate number and report it to Alpine for further action.


Please remember to rinse all containers and remove caps from glass bottles and jars. Place newspapers in paper bags or tie them with twine. Do not leave newspapers or other recyclables in plastic bags.

Finally, check the label on the top of each recycling bin prior to depositing your recyclables. Do not leave newspapers or other recyclables in plastic bags.

Financial Summary

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

Profit / Loss Statement
Revenue $ 285,631
Expense 207,977
Plus YTD Transfers:
Contingency 13,750
Working Capital 33,000
Res. for Replacement 27,500
Profit (Loss) $ 17,561

Balance Sheet
Checking $ 24,795
Contingency Account 2,529
Working Capital 3,540
Reserve 29,324
Total $ 60,189

Non-Operating Expenses
Capital Improvements $ 36,930
Working Capital Exp. 29,500

Doggy Duty

A reminder to dog owners:

Please carry a plastic bag with you at all times when walking your dog. There are trash cans at both mailbox stations for your convenience to dispose of dog waste. Failure to clean up after your dog will result in a line. Please remember that dogs must be on a leash at all times when outside of your unit. It is not acceptable to chain your dog to your deck. Please also refrain from opening your door at night to allow your dog to run out and relieve itself on the lawn.

Also, as required by the By-laws and Acton Town law, all dogs must be licensed with the town Acton and up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Homeowner's Insurance

We urge each unit owner and/or resident to obtain their own homeowner's insurance (HO-6) or renter's insurance (HO-4) policy.

Although Drummer Farms has a master insurance policy for the buildings, it does not cover personal property. Therefore, we urge you to talk to an insurance agent about obtaining a condominium homeowner's (I-10-6) coverage and include the HO-32 endorsement which broadens the perils that are insured-against from "Named Perils" to "All Risks" for a nominal additional fee.

It is also important to notify your insurance agent that the master policy has a $2,500 deductible so your homeowner policy will be responsible for the first $2,500 of any claim.

Unit owners who do not have their own homeowner's policy are responsible for any losses sustained that are not covered by the master policy; and are responsible for the full amount of the deductible in the event of losses that are covered by the master policy.

That's the news from Drummer Farms.