Below are some frequently asked questions and answers that may be helpful. We attempt to answer the questions as accurately and succinctly as possible. In any conflict between any FAQ and the Declaration or Rules and Policies, the Declaration or Rules and Policies apply.
Suggestions? Please use the Suggestion form (menu: Interact:Suggest).
What services are covered by my assessment? This is a big question and cannot be fully covered in this limited space. However, the total cost of operating Lake Ridge Club is derived from these assessments. A partial list includes:
landscaping (lawns, trees, shrubs, common area plantings),
electricity to operate street lights,
exterior house painting,
reserve for capital improvement projects, such as street repair and replacement.
On the other hand don't look to the association to provide instant service or expect anything beyond the basics. For example landscape maintenance is performed once a week, if you alert us to a problem, that can be addressed under the terms of our landscape contract, the earliest it can be resolved would be the next scheduled visit by the landscapers. There is no help available on the days they are not scheduled.
Does the sprinkling system waste potable water? No. No city water is used to irrigate Lake Ridge Club.
The ponds, aside from aesthetics, serve several purposes. One purpose is to act as a reservoir for water which is used to supply the sprinkling system. Storm water is supplemented with water from an irrigation well. This system allows us to enjoy well-developed and lush green grass throughout the growing season without using any potable water or regard to watering bans and other restrictions which may be imposed by Burr Ridge.
Generally the sprinklers east of Lake Ridge Club Drive will run on Monday and Thursday, west of Lake Ridge Club Drive on Tuesday and Friday. There may be other times when the situation requires and the sprinklers run with no notice given.
May I plant my own flowers?You may plant decorative plants in the flower beds immediately surrounding your home as long as they fit in with the overall look and feel of the community.
Except to the limited extent permitted by the Rules, you may not plant any fruit or vegetable producing plant. You are responsible for all plants planted by you or any previous owner, including any required maintenance. The Association and its vendors are not responsible for any damage to this material.
Should you have any questions concerning the planting of any plant material around your home, please consult the rules for a complete statement regarding this activity.
I have delicate perennials, may I use protective cones in the winter?No, this type of protective device is not allowed. However, there are other methods which should help protect your plants. For example "Rose Collars" can protect roses during the winter. Over mulching or burlap coverings are other methods which may work.
I have dead landscaping around my home, what do I do?Contact the Property Manager with your concern and they will notify the appropriate committee or vendor. The entire process of inspection, determination and subsequent actions if any may take considerable time. Your patience with this process is appreciated.
When are my bushes going to be pruned? Or I am not happy with the way they are pruning. Pruning in Lake Ridge Club begins around late May and continues throughout the growing season.
In general early growing and blooming plants like Forsythia, Viburnum and Euonymus are pruned first but only after the blooms have faded. This is because the blooms are produced on old wood and late pruning would affect the plant’s blooms the following year. Other plants are pruned later in the year but again AFTER their blooms have faded. Conifers and evergreens have different requirements and require different techniques. They are pruned at different times. In addition, dormant pruning and/or fine pruning occurs from time to time.
Because plant material coming into contact with a home can cause damage to the structure, our vendors have been instructed to remove the offending material upon notice or after being advised by the management. Residents are free to do minor additional pruning to further customize the plants around their houses except they may NOT perform severe pruning or shaping that affects the plants health or alters the plants natural shape.
Because mistakes and omissions can and do occur, please use the Suggestions Form to send a note to manager alerting us to any specific concerns about the pruning of plants around your house.
Can I make exterior changes to my house, such as add a window, gutters, patio, trellis? Lake Ridge Club is an integrated community with consistent architecture throughout the club. You are prohibited from making any exterior change to your home except as permitted by the rules or consented by the Board. "Any exterior change" truly means ANY.
To make a change beyond those expressly allowed by the rules, the request along with all pertinent details shall be submitted to the management company. The Architecture Committee will evaluate your requested change and make a recommendation to the Board which will make the final decision.
What about Snow Removal for my walk and my drive?The snow removal program paid for by a portion of the annual assessment covers the removal of snow from streets, walks (snow removal from walks is not required by Declaration or rule but presently is included with the overall snow removal program) and driveways.
No application of ice-melting products (salting) of owner’s sidewalks or other limited common elements like driveways is provided. The use of these products for these areas is an individual choice. Proper use and limiting the amounts used is suggested as damage to landscaping, concrete and our ponds are possible with overzealous application.
This snow removal will only occur if the accumulated snowfall is greater than 2 inches in a 24-hour period. Months covered are from November 1st through April 15th. The contractor utilizes equipment designed to minimize any damage to property including driveways. However, it's inevitable that minor damage may occur and it includes scratches and other minor markings on driveways. This damage is considered normal wear and tear. No repairs will be considered as it is not possible to replace bricks and maintain consistency with the older worn bricks.
Winter conditions in the Chicago area do pose severe health and comfort problems for individuals. Black ice is a particular hazard that everyone must be aware of and take whatever measures one feels necessary to reduce risk of falling, this includes using proper footwear and outerwear and to make use of any available assistive (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, traction cleats for shoes, etc) devices on an individual basis.
I need to fix something, whom do I call?The residents maintain a list of tradesmen, contractors, and vendors that have worked successfully in Lake Ridge Club. It is located in the FAQ under the category "Contractors and Vendors - Resident Recommended"
The listing is not a list of vendors recommended or approved by Lake Ridge Club. Rather, it is intended to be a list of services that some of the residents have used with satisfactory results. No one involved with submitting or maintaining the list shall be liable for any damages. Use of the list is at your own risk!
May I park on the street?The streets of Lake Ridge Club are not designed to handle on-street parking while leaving adequate clearance for traffic. In particular, clearance for emergency equipment is a very important reason why we need to observe this restriction. Please use the off-street parking areas for guests and other overflow parking requirements whenever possible. The Chief of the Tri-State Fire Protection District has stated that 18 feet of unobstructed clearance must be maintained at all times so emergency vehicles can enter and perhaps save someone's' life or property.
What about Pets?The rules of Lake Ridge Club places certain restrictions on pets. In general you may have pets up to the limit specified in the declaration and rules (2 dogs, 2 cats, or 1 dog and 1 cat).
Be sure to read the rules about when and how and how long pets may be left outside. You are responsible for your pets and must clean up after them. A service that can assist you in this matter, recommended by other residents in Lake Ridge Club, is listed in the Contractors and Vendors FAQs.
Are contractors required to be licensed to work in Burr Ridge? Contractors are not required to be licensed in Burr Ridge. However, when installing or upgrading a water, the plumber has to provide a copy of their Illinois plumbing license. (Source: Village of Burr Ridge website - http://www.burr-ridge.gov/faqs/faqs-2/faq-regulations/ - 4/28/2016)
Do I need a permit for my home improvement project?
Building permits are required for certain home improvement including room additions, basement remodeling, interior alterations that include plumbing work, electrical work, or new walls, and for accessory structures such as fences, pools, gazebos, decks and back-up generators.
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