From the Treasurer:
Attached is the summary of 2020 Fountains expenses vs budget. All capital expenditures were self-funded from dues, with no special assessments collected.
The Fountains ended 2020 under budget by +$38,366.58. We benefitted from bountiful rainfall in the Spring and early Summer, which reduced our City landscape irrigation expense. We also carefully monitored expenses while restoring our tree planting and trimming programs, pond maintenance, fountain renewal, and two walking trail renovation projects.
The Fountains has filed one lien for non-payment of dues.
These documents (and all past financial reports) can be found under BOARD->FINANCE.
The January 2021 monthly newsletter and all past newsletters can be found under the NEWSLETTERS menu item.
My husband (Dan Adcox) had a nasty fall yesterday which required a trip to the ER. He was fortunate to have only suffered a broken nose & several abrasions. We want to thank our wonderful neighbors for their help & kindnesses. We have only been here since October and already know The Fountains is a great place to live!
Dan & Linda Adcox
You are invited to join us in remembering our
Fountains neighbors and family members lost
this past year to Covid-19.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Please send the name and relationship of the family
member you would like to honor to Zona Mitchell,
by Monday, January 18.
Please wear a mask. Candles provided.
Information displayed before you begin the survey that should answer questions about this process:
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RECEIVING THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
The Cass County Health Department has developed a vaccine survey tool to inform residents when and where they might qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey asks for contact information, occupation, and pre-existing medical conditions. Responses from the survey will help us determine which phase of the state’s vaccination plan residents fall under. All individuals who live, work, or go to school in Cass County and are interested in receiving the vaccine are encouraged to fill out the survey here.
Once the vaccine is made available for your tier, the Cass County Health Department will use your information from the survey below to contact you with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination.
Per the guidance provided by the CDC, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be provided to those under the age of 16.
The November 2020 financial reports have been posted to BOARD->FINANCE.
The walking trail project concrete work is fully paid, with one remaining $668.00 final payment in December. The landscape/drainage work is half paid, with remainder on completion (approximately $11,000). All has been done within budget. We have more than enough in reserve for snow events as needed. We will likely finish the year with a surplus, which would be very helpful given next year’s austerity budget.
The current Board accomplished a major renovation of the Estates fountain this year, realignment of drainage at the pond gazebo trail, renewed tree plantings, a significant re-bid of our services agreement
lowering costs by 12% going forward, and reconstruction of 701-feet of the Raintree Drive walking trail including landscaping and drainage. All was done within budget.
Renovation and reconstruction of The Fountains walking trail along Raintree Drive is nearing completion of Phase 2. Removal of the deteriorated trail is complete, and our newly contoured walkway will be
poured today and possibly one more day, weather permitting. Homeowners are welcome to observe from the safety of the City sidewalk along Raintree Drive after 10AM.
Phase 3 (Final) landscaping and drainage improvements will commence as soon as the walkway construction is completed.
Reisner will be performing their last service for the Fountains this week with the leaf removal. Plans to begin on Wednesday 12/2/2020.
Attached for comments or suggestions is the proposed Fountains budget for 2021.
The dues increase for next year, based on the Consumer Price Index, is 0.99%. Our Fountains dues for 2021 will be $426.04 per quarter, an increase of $4.18 per quarter. The increase of $1.37 per month is a budget challenge, as some of our fixed expenses will increase more than that amount.
Your Board negotiated a new Services contract in response to this challenge, resulting in an anticipated cost reduction of approximately -11% in lawn care and snow services. The attached budget anticipates that reduction will help offset increases in the irrigation water rate and other increases, such as electric usage and irrigation maintenance for our archaic sprinkler system.
Other reductions to meet budget include cutting tree plantings by half, and no dedicated contributions to the reserve account unless a surplus develops by mid-year.
The only new item is professional plantings and flower bed maintenance at our entrance monuments, now that irrigation on discrete mister timers has been added to support flowers. There will be three annual plantings.
The Board does not anticipate any capital expenditures this year. There will be further discussion regarding dredging needed at our ponds next year.
Our new lawncare provider, Outdoor Solutions, can provide many services beyond the standard services provided by our Association. Note that the charges for these optional services are the responsibility of the individual homeowner, and should be negotiated with Outdoor Solutions before the service is rendered.
A list of optional services can be found on our website under SERVICES->OPTIONAL SERVICES FROM OUTDOOR SOLUTIONS.
Once again, our community has generously answered the call for help! Your response to the needs of our Lee’s Summit community was overwhelmingly charitable and Lee’s Summit Social Services is extremely grateful for your kindheartedness. About 80 bags of food and household items, trays of canned vegetables, even diapers, was donated last week. Thanks to all of you for your benevolence, and to Phyllis and Charlie Harrel for the loan of their garage as a drop-off point.
In early December, Lee’s Summit Social Services will be handing out coats and other winter accessories to those in need, of which there are many more this year. In conjunction, we are collecting winter accessories for all ages, to help them out. We will collect new and gently used winter gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, and new socks beginning November 30-December 3. You can drop your donations on the porch at the Mitchells, 4651 SW Olympia Pl, 9-5.
Thanks again for your generosity!
Reisner will begin the fall cleanup the week of November 30, 2020.