Preliminary 2021 Budget for Discussion

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.

Optional Services from Outdoor Solutions

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.

Thank you!

Fountains friends,

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!

Zona Mitchell
Carol Windler

Note to homeowners about security

Fountains residents, your assistance will help prevent crime in our community. Please keep cars in your locked garage whenever possible to help prevent burglaries from vehicles parked in driveways or on our streets. Lock your vehicles, and don’t leave anything of value in the car or truck. If you must park outside, review your lighting and consider a good quality security camera with a notification feature on activation. Finally, don’t hesitate to call 911 if you see something that arouses suspicion.

Raintree Holiday Lighting Contest

For those wishing to participate in the Holiday Lighting and Decorating Contest, please post photos of your decorations (along with your address) to the Raintree Activities and/or Raintree Neighborhood Facebook pages and prizes will be awarded based on the number of “Likes” that are received for each residence. Please submit all photographs the week of December 6th —12th. Photograph voting via Facebook “Likes” will end at 11:59 pm on Saturday, December 12th.

Sharing Santas has been cancelled

We will not be having the Sharing Santa Activity.  The Pandemic is worsening.  New guidelines are being implemented for Jackson County and the area.  Because of the lack of response and the worsening Pandemic,  the event is being cancelled.  We will plan an activity when conditions improve.
Happy Holidays! Lenore and Donna.

Mayor Baird’s Message: The City’s Comprehensive Plan

The City of Lee’s Summit appreciates the role our Homeowner Associations play in maintaining strong, safe neighborhoods that ensure a high quality of life for our residents. To make certain our neighborhoods continue to thrive, we are currently updating Lee’s Summit’s Comprehensive Plan. This plan will influence the future of living, working and playing in Lee’s Summit and must reflect the values, thoughts and ideas of everyone in our community.

We are inviting all residents to participate in virtual Community Workshops the week of November 16. These interactive Zoom meetings will provide opportunities to discuss topics such as quality of life, housing, transportation, infrastructure, the environment and economy.

We need the help of our HOA leaders to spread the word and encourage your neighbors to register for a workshop. Please communicate this information via your HOA social media pages and other platforms used by your residents. More information is available by selecting the button below.

Food drive for Lee’s Summit Social Services

Dear Fountains Friends,

This community has been very generous in the past and we are confident you will want to help out again.  With the pandemic, Lee’s Summit Social Services have seen a large increase in our LS community who are food insecure, so we are conducting a Fountains food drive Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13 to help provide a holiday meal and resupply their pantry in general.  Non-perishable donations will be accepted at the Harrel’s home, 4669 SW Soldier Dr. (NE corner of Estates Dr. and Soldier Dr.).  You can leave your contributions on their porch any time that is convenient for you but suggest 8-5.  No perishable items please!

If you would like to make a monetary donation please DO NOT leave cash or checks at the Harrel’s house. Instead:

Cash – can be dropped at the LSSS offices at 108 SE 4th St. if you want a receipt.
Check made out to Lee’s Summit Social Services.  Can be mailed to 108 SE 4th St., LS, MO  64063
Credit Card – call their office with your information.

Items suggested by LSSS:
Soup, boxed pasta meals (i.e. Knorr pasta sides), Chef Boyardee canned meals, stuffing mix, jello mixes, canned pumpkin, Jiffy Mix bread mixes, dried beans, canned vegetables.  They can also always use laundry and dish soap, diapers, boxed cereals, baking items, peanut butter and jelly, etc.

Additionally, we will also be conducting a winter clothing drive for the first week of December.  Items:  gloves/mittens, socks, stocking hats, scarves in all sizes, children and adults.  More information will be sent out in a couple weeks but wanted to give you advance notice so you can pick up something if you are out shopping or have gently used items to donate.

Thank you!!

Zona Mitchell

Lawn application change 11/3/2020

With the warmer temperatures and not an enormous number of leaves on the ground, the decision has been made to apply the last application now. They will begin applying this afternoon and will take 2 to 3 days to complete. The application will be dry in 30 minutes for pets.

Lawn application/leaf removal

The last Winterizer lawn application will be done by Reisner as the leaves are removed or mulched. Right now it looks like December. We agreed with Reisner to apply the treatment most effectively, which means getting the leaves out of the way, so the treatment can best reach lawns.
The new lawn service company, Outdoor Solutions, does not use the heavy mowers Reisner used. Mowing will be with lighter stand mowers or lightweight zero turn mowers. Outdoor has also committed to more frequent pattern changes, to eliminate ruts and grooving. Finally, we have asked for enhanced awareness of wet areas to avoid damage, which may mean leaving an occasional spot unmoved until the following week.

A message from Reisner

As most of you know by now, your board has recently elected to move in a different direction with your lawn service provider. Although we are sad to go, all of us at Reisner Lawn would like to sincerely thank each of you for the business and great relationships we have developed over the past decade and a half. This is a bittersweet transition for us as we take this small step back from maintenance provided community service and focus our time and efforts for the next few years on developing our commercial maintenance division. With that please know we are still around and will continue working in the area. Furthermore, we are more than happy to provide service to residents individually now and in the future. Whether this be landscaping, miscellaneous trimming, verticutting & aeration or any other service that may not be covered by your HOA dues. We wish you all the best of luck with your new provider and hope to one day return to the community that helped get our business started!
Sincerely,
Reisner Lawn Care Team
Blake Vaughn
Reisner Lawn Care
P.O. Box 656
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Office: 816-373-6996
Mobile: 816-590-4878
Reisnerlawncare.com

Bereavement Thank You Note for Tonah Eberhart

Roger Eberhart and family feel privileged to have so many supportive friends in the Fountains of Raintree community.

The kindness and support shown to our family during this sad time was very special to us. Your contributions and expressions of sympathy were moving and such a comfort as we dealt with the loss of Tonah – a wife, a mother, and a grandmother.

The food prepared for our family was amazing. Compliments to all the chefs for the love they put into the various dishes and desserts.

All your efforts helped our family to cope with what was a difficult day for us and your kindness won’t be forgotten.

Many thanks for all the personal cards and messages received from all our friends. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Fountains Lawncare and Snow Services

Your Board is pleased to announce the conclusion of negotiations to select a new lawncare and snow services provider for 2021 and 2022. Outdoor Solutions, Raymore, MO, is our new supplier. The Board received six qualified responses to our proposal, narrowed the selection to two finalists, and after two rounds of interviews unanimously selected Outdoor Solutions.

Homeowners should note, all current services will be renewed at current levels, and new monument seasonal flower beds have been added. Your Board was able to negotiate cost savings by competition when confronted with a significant 20.4% price increase from the incumbent supplier, Reisner.

Our 2021 preliminary budget will be distributed for review and comments quickly. The selection of Outdoor Solutions represents a -5.95% cost reduction against last year’s costs. More introductory information on Outdoor Solutions will be sent to Homeowners in November. Their website is http://outdoorsolutionskc.com

The weather has quickly changed!

Just a reminder to remove your garden hoses as they are calling for a freeze tomorrow morning, October 24, 2020!
You can find out about snow removal and other services at the Fountains web page under the ‘Services’ tab:  https://www.fountainsatraintree.net/snow-removal/
In particular, remember that snow crews will clear homeowner’s driveway, front walkway and steps to the front porch. Walking paths may be cleared as budget allows. Driveways will be cleared to within six inches of drive edge to protect lawns. If the drive edge is marked with visible standing markers, the driveways will be cleared to the marked edge. DRIVEWAYS WILL NOT BE CLEARED IF A VEHICLE IS PARKED IN THE DRIVEWAY.
  • Homeowners who do not want their home cleared must place a visible barrier marker at the street end of their drive.
  • Ice removal is NOT provided by our contractor

Fountains Covid-19

At least six families in our Fountains community have been impacted by Covid-19. This morning we lost a friend and neighbor to this killer virus.

Missouri is experiencing a frightening resurgence of the Coronavirus, with hospitals at capacity and new cases surging. More than 220,000 Americans are dead of Covid-19 and more than 8 million infected. Yesterday the U.S. had 58,387 new cases, along with at least 445 deaths.

Please follow guidelines on masks and social distancing, and seriously reconsider any family or group social activities.

From the Fountains Board