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Summer 2021 Newsletter

Greetings Somerset Gardens residents. It has been a while since we sent out a newsletter and we wanted to start with sending a heartfelt thank you for being a part of our community. We have always prided ourselves on being community oriented and taking care of each other and each and every one of you contribute to keeping this endeavor alive and thriving. Every little action that you do including sorting recycling, turning lights off after exiting storage and bike rooms, picking up flyers from the lobby and simply smiling and saying hi to a neighbour contributes to the warm and welcoming community here at Somerset Gardens. So once again, thank you for being you!

Pets

Here at Somerset Gardens, we are a pet friendly building and we love our four-legged friends. However, it has been brought to our attention that some residents are using the rooftop or ground level garage as a zone for their pets to relieve themselves. We understand that this may seem like a convenient location, and even if these folks “poop and scoop”, the waste matter degrades the material lining of the bricks, membranes and gardens, leading to costly damages. In addition, it is unhygienic for our landscapers & site staff to be working or children playing in areas where animals have relieved themselves. We ask that you please take your dog’s outside of the building & property to relieve themselves and ensure that your pets are on leash at all times when in common areas such as the elevators, rooftop, hallways & parking garages.

Rooftop

We are fortunate to have a space to go during the pandemic on our beautiful rooftop setting. Please continue to use the BBQ and available furniture and ensure that you clean the BBQ and area and turn off both the BBQ and the gas line – there have been moments where one or both have been left on. Please remember to replace the cover once the BBQ has cooled sufficiently. We also remind you that smoking is not allowed on the rooftop.

Bicycle thefts

Considering that we live in a downtown location, bicycle theft is not an uncommon occurrence and it has unfortunately been reported that a resident recently had their bicycle stolen from the exterior bike rack of our building. Residents are therefore reminded to ensure their bike is securely locked to the rack with a sturdy lock, as well as check on their bike frequently. And although there have been no signs of forced entry into our bike room, a few bicycles seem to have disappeared. For enhanced security, we have decided to frost the glass to the bike room and remove the identifying signs.

We encourage any bicycle owners to further register their bicycles with 529 Garage (project529.com) as many stolen bicycles have been returned to their owners through this effort.

Garbage, Recycling and Bottle Fund

We would like to thank all of you who have donated bottles to the bottle drive and of course extend a very big thank you to our volunteers – Mary Frances and Bruce Marshall, and Peggy Lister – who bring the bottles back to the Beer Store for a refund. Please let us make their job easier by ONLY putting alcohol bottles in the blue bins in the P1 area dedicated to the bottle fund. Regular recycling goes into the large recycling bins in the outdoor parking garage.

On a similar note, board members and residents are finding non-paper/cardboard items in this recycling bin, including plastic bags, Styrofoam and used masks. Please ensure that the packaging materials are separated from the boxes that they come in and please dispose of plastic bags, Styrofoam and of course used masks in the garbage, as none of these belong in either of the recycling bins.

If you have large items of which to dispose – such as mattresses, toilets, or furniture – please note that pickup of these items by the City occurs on Wednesdays, so they are to be put out on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning before 7:00. Please ensure that these are left beside the curb outside of the exterior parking lot entrance (next to St. John’s Church) as to not block the sidewalk or parking lot entrance. You must also advise the City the day before by calling 3-1-1.

HVAC Filters

A reminder that a filter that is not regularly replaced can lead to (very costly) problems and even shut down your heat pump. For this reason, filters are provided to residents FREE of charge. These will be distributed outside your door shortly. Used filters are not recyclable and should be discarded in the garbage bin in the outdoor parking lot. Please do not use the indoor garbage chutes to dispose of your used filters.

Final Notes

The Condo Board meets regularly to make decisions regarding our building and we welcome all suggestions and concerns of residents. If you have any suggestions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Have a great summer!

the Board of Directors for Somerset Gardens