April 2010

Drummer Farms Gazette

Bimonthly Vol. V No. 2 April 2010

Water Conservation
pWater and sewer rates continue to rise and this expense is typically one of the largest for many condominiums.

Much of the responsibility to keep water and sewer costs down fall on the individual tenants/unit owners to actively conserve and to be aware of the condition of their plumbing fixtures and systems.

One of the most common but often overlooked kinds of water leaks is the quiet but constant siphoning of water from the toilet tank. Known as the "silent leak" this can cause the wasteful flow of many gallons of water a day.

Leaky Toilet Test
1. Remove the lid of the toilet tank carefully and place in a secure location.
2. Put 5-10 drops of coloring (enclosed) in to the tank water.
3. Wait 1 hour.
4. Check to see if the color has gone into the bowl, if it has, you have a leak.

This Old House has an excellent website for repairing leaky toilets. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,202149,00.html

Water Conservation Tips

Here are some other simple water conservation tips:
1. Turn off the tap water when you are brushing your teeth.
2. Set the water level in the clothes washer for the actual size of the load.
3. Use two dishpans in the sink, one with soap for washing, and one clear for rinsing, avoiding letting the water run while washing.

Together we can keep our condo fees down and help to conserve our natural resources.

Spring Unit Owners Meeting

The Spring Unit Owners' Meeting is scheduled for April 28, 2010 at 7 PM at the Raymond Gray Jr. High School in Acton. We hope to see many of you there.

Financial Summary

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

Revenue $ 273,417
Expense 213,211
Plus YTD Transfers:
Res. for Replacement 64,000
Total Expenses $ 277,211
Profit (Loss) $ (3,794)

Checking $ 41,006
Reserve 64,684
Total $ 105,690

Non-Operating Expenses
Capital Improvements $ 61,178

Need New Windows?

Are your windows original? Are they cloudy in appearance? Are they drafty?

Do they leak when it rains? If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes" then they need to be replaced. Window replacement is a unit owner's expense.

However, replacement windows must match the existing windows in appearance and dimensions.

Please call Alpine if you want to replace your windows, as you will need permission to do so before hand.

Speed Limit

The speed limit at Drummer Farms is 15 mph. Residents should be mindful of children playing throughout the community. So, please spare a few extra seconds and drive cautiously.

Keeping Common Area Clean

Please tidy up your area by throwing away the unused items that affect the appearance of our community.

Doggy Duty

A reminder to dog owners:

Please carry a plastic bag with you at all times when walking your dog. Failure to clean up after your dog will result in a $25 fine per incident.

In addition, please remember that dogs must be on a leash at all times when outside of your unit. Please refrain from opening your door at night to allow your dog to run out and relieve itself on the lawn.

Sales Activity

Below is our current owner occupancy at Drummer Farms:

Investors 9
Owner occupied 71
% of owner occupancy 88.70%

Visit our website at www.drummerfarms.com

Happy Spring, From the Board of Trustees and everyone at Alpine!