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|December 5, 2013|
THE AMAZING GOLDEYE RACE 2013
Compiled by Myles Shaw, Regional Director for Saskatchewan who attended our 2013 Goldeye event, the below link will direct you to a video clip for one of the group activities that took place. The game, which was based on the popular TV show The Amazing Race, was organized by Daryl and Lesley Sedor.
|November 12, 2013|
Hi-WOOD MEADOWS HOUSING CO-OP FLOOD REBUILD UPDATE
To date the Co-op is buzzing with contractors on a daily basis. The furnaces are now in and producing heat in all the townhouses, which is a welcome for all those working in the units. In the basements, the plug-ins for the washers and dryers are connected, however, the remainder of the plug-ins are not usable yet. They have also put in insulation and poly on the outside walls in the basements, however, the gyproc will not be put up until Spring as they want to make sure there is no moisture coming in as the ground is still very saturated here.
As we get a step further there always seems to be something that comes up that sets us back again. First we had a couple units where the stippled ceilings started coming down and so now they have to be completely scraped and re-texturized. There was also one unit where we had a water leak in the upstairs bathroom and now the ceiling in the dining room needs to be redone and the flooring in the bathroom replaced. Then, we had new lino put down the stairs to the basements and a week later the lino decided to let loose and will now need to be re-glued. Then, in several units the existing lino on the main floor has starting to form bubbles and will now need to be replaced.
In the townhouses, to date, 15 pre-flood families have already returned, and three families are still staying out at Saddlebrook, the temporary housing, until their units are completed. Since Saddlebrook announced that they are going to start charging to live there effective November 14th, we have had an influx of people inquiring about Hi-Wood Meadows and our availability. On a daily basis, we have people coming in and picking up and returning applications, showing units, and then the Board is meeting with these individuals on a continuing basis. To date, there have been 12 applications approved and these new families have now started to move in. We still have six units that have a lot of work to be done in them, as they were a rebuild on the main floor as well. Gyproc and mudding is now taking place and the cupboards are being built off site and will be put in when they get to that point. We are hoping to have them completed by mid December or by the New Year. We are still accepting applications for two and three bedroom townhouse units until we have all the units once again filled. For now, we just take one day at a time and keep plugging along.
The Town of High River in the downtown area still looks like a war zone with most buildings having main levels torn out, including outside walls, or are completely boarded up. Many houses are also still in rough shape with all kinds of surprises being found on a daily basis such as continuing mold, asbestos and moisture reoccurring. There are quite a number of places to be demolished or already have been. Most of the banks have moved back into their original buildings, which have been rebuilt. The town has erected a number of temporary structures in the downtown core so some of the business owners can set up during the rebuild of their own buildings. The lake right behind Hi-Wood Meadows is presently being drained and will have all flood debris removed…just in time for next spring!
|September 25, 2013|
HI-WOOD MEADOWS UPDATE
The Hi-wood Meadows Housing Co-operative in High River is making great progress with clean-up efforts and restoration.
The units are being thoroughly and professionally cleaned, along with main level and upstairs carpeted areas. All blinds and duct work that were not removed will also be cleaned and air quality tests will be done.
Furnaces and hot water tanks are being installed and fire walls are being erected in the basements between units. The insurance company is delaying the completion of the outer walls of the basements so that the condition of the basements can be assessed after winter with the arrival of Spring.
Most townhouse units will be ready for move-in on October 1st, with the exception of those which had flooding on the main level; a November return date is expected for those units, if all goes well.
Also, Hi-wood Meadows now has 2 and 3 bedrooms units available, please call (587) 363-4025 for more information.
|August. 21, 2013|
Hi-Wood Meadows Update
Since the recovery from Flood 2013 began in early July at the Hi-Wood Meadows Housing Co-operative in High River, clean-up has been an
on-going process but is progressing nicely.
Initially, an estimated move-back date for residents of effected units was forecast for 6 months but that date has been brought up to as early as mid-September for some. The co-op is just waiting on confirmation from the insurance inspector on the condition of the dividing walls between units before moving forward.
The outside walls of effected units are still considered vulnerable and will be reassessed after sitting through the winter but the interior of these units should be up to standard by September 15th.
There are a remaining 6 units that were more severely effected and it will still be a while until they have been repaired and brought back up to occupancy standards.
When the time arrives, Hi-Wood Meadows will be putting a call out for volunteers to assist members with moving back into their units.
SACHA will continue to post updates on our website and Facebook page, please check back for future updates.
|August. 1, 2013|
Information Regarding the Policies and Procedures of Hi-wood Meadows Housing
Co-operative Ltd. ("Hi-Wood")
The Board of Directors of Hi-Wood wrote a letter in response to recent untruthful comments that have been circulating on the internet regarding alleged unfair policies and procedures at Hi-Wood. Hi-Wood takes these allegations very seriously and feels it necessary to respond to them in order to dispel the untruths that have been presented to the public as fact. To read this letter in detail please go HERE.
|July. 27, 2013|
The 25th Annual Goldeye Conference
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20th - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2013
Join us again this year at the annual Goldeye Conference. The meeting at this rustic setting, just west of Nordegg AB, originated as a forum for bringing Alberta housing co-op representatives together and has come to be considered one of the premier cooperative housing events in Canada. We are the envy of other provinces with people waiting in line to join us every year.
Go HERE for more information.
|July. 22, 2013|
Hi-Wood Meadows Update
Things are progressing at Hi-Wood Housing Co-op, some basements are still in the process of being rid of mud and build-up while the removal of furnaces and hot water tanks began today. SACHA will provide updates as they come while the clean up effort continues.
|July. 18, 2013|
Hi-Wood Meadows Update
SACHA has received word from Hi-Wood Meadows Housing Co-op that work on the townhouses is progressing nicely and is ahead of schedule.
Residents of the apartment complex are expected to be allowed to move back on approximately August 1st.
The Sunnyhill Housing Co-op is currently waiting for insurance and the restoration company's go ahead before they can start rebuilding. However, both offices are open and manned.
The Southern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association, or SACHA, is a regional federation of housing co-operatives that is governed by a Board of Directors who live or work in member housing co-operatives. SACHA, together with the members, forms a community working toward the same goals and operating by the co-operative principles. This partnership of working together, sharing information and supporting one another ensures continuing success.
About Co-op Housing
There are about a quarter of a million people living in housing co-ops across Canada. A housing co-op is a legal association formed for the purpose of providing homes to its members on a continuing basis. A co-op is different from other housing associations in its ownership structure and its commitment to co-operative principles. Co-op housing offers a home, not an investment.
Who Lives in Housing Co-ops?
Co-op communities are made up of all kinds of people with different backgrounds and incomes and special needs. Housing co-ops provide an affordable option to main market housing. As a co-op member you would purchase shares in the co-op, pay a monthly housing charge, attend members' meetings and participate in running the co-op.
If you are looking for housing, please contact the co-operative you are interested in, click here to see the list of co-ops and their availability.
The rights of a co-op member include: voting on the annual budget, electing a board of directors, running for the board of directors, receiving audited financial statements, and enjoying a sense of belonging and community.
Some co-ops offer subsidy to help applicable members pay their monthly housing charges. Non-profit housing co-ops receive money from the government (federal and/or provincial) to help the co-op subsidize a certain number of housing units.
The housing charge for these units is adjusted to the income of the household. If a household qualifies for a subsidy, their housing charge is usually set at 25-30% of the household's income plus charges for utilities.