Common Space Maintenance

20180515_174529In the last several years, the way that GHI’s Maintenance Department manages common spaces has changed significantly from when we first moved to the neighborhood twelve years ago.  At that time, common areas were actively managed by staff.  Now, many common areas have been overtaken by invasives. These areas have not been weeded or maintained for several years. Similarly, there are woody patches of common area near the inner pathway that have been overrun with noxious weeds– poison ivy– for several years, despite members who have called attention to the areas. Continue reading “Common Space Maintenance”

Request for Comments

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GHI management has asked members for comments before a vote on a new records retention policy.

It’s not a super exciting topic! I don’t usually care about these sorts of “GHI-wonk” matters because I figure that people who know more than I do will take care of it. But, recently, I’ve been noticing that the decisions that get made by the co-op aren’t ones that speak to me of shared, cooperative housing values, and that is a trend that I want to see reversed. So, here are my comments on the records retention policy. What are yours? Continue reading “Request for Comments”

Members’ Guide to House Numbers

Last year, our doors were replaced during HIP– and with the original doors, away went the historic, gold-on-glass numbers for our unit!  Those original numbers were both elegant and unobtrusive, and I decided to re-apply gold numbers on our doors. It’s not hard or expensive to do– and so much nicer than vinyl stick on numbers.

Before giving instructions for how to apply gold letters on glass, let’s examine the requirements for house numbers in general.  House numbers are a practical matter– most importantly, emergency service workers need numbers to find your house. Universal building code includes them, and individual municipalities regulate them.  (The GHI member handbook does not have any rules about house numbers.) According to building code, you must have house numbers on the side of your house that faces the street, and also on any side of your house that faces a fire road, alley or access lane.  House numbers should be 4-6 inches high, and should visually contrast with the surface on which they are mounted.  And, lastly, numbers should be clearly visible from the street– not hidden by overgrown shrubbery. (https://www.nachi.org/house-numbers.htm) Continue reading “Members’ Guide to House Numbers”