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  • Refl ections, December 9, 2016 Page 1

    r e f l e c t i o n s Volume MMXVI, Issue 20 • December 9, 2016


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    Refl ections is an offi cial publication of Radisson Community Association, Inc.

    3128 Amesbury Drive, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 Phone: 315-635-7171 | Fax: 315-635-7182

    Monday – Friday 8am-5pm

    For general RCA inquiries email

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    Radisson Community Association Mission Statement

    To preserve, protect and enhance the common lands and facilities for the use and enjoyment of the RCA

    Residents and Members. To promote the health, safety, welfare, education and cultural enrichment of the Residents and Members of Radisson. To ensure

    compliance with the Radisson Declaration of Protective Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions.

    Flood Insurance Rate Maps Update - Pg. 2 Emerald Ash Borer Plan– Beechwoods - Pg. 2

    The T� lve Homes of Radisson Holiday Decorating Contest

    Thank you to all of the residents who took time to nominate their favorite decorated houses. The top twelve winning homes have been awarded with a red bow on their mailbox and a gift certificate from our sponsor Cam’s Pizza. The streets with the most nominations were Esprit Glade and Royal Scarlet Drive. Reserve an evening to take a drive through Radisson to enjoy the beauty of our community during this magical time of the year!

    Resident Top Twelve Choice Awards: 1st Place Winner - 1981 Esprit Glade Drive

    This home continues to attract visitors from across the region! Complete with countless inflatables and strings of lights, music, and a 30 foot Santa and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, towering over the house. It brings joy to visitors of all ages and nominations from fellow residents. For those wishing to donate canned food goods to a local pantry, there is a collection tote near their driveway.

    2nd – 12th place 3158 Alex Lane 8686 Carpenter Road 1983 Esprit Glade 1989 Esprit Glade 3133 Hidden Lake Drive 3221 Isle of Pines

    3107 Kingsbridge Lane 3317 Oakbrook Road 8307 Partridgeberry Drive 8208 Royal Scarlet Drive 8752 Tallwood Ridge

    Special thanks to the Radisson Recreation Committee Volunteers who helped with the contest, and to Karen Buchwald for hosting our holiday meeting. Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all residents!

    Honorable Mention: 2017 Esprit Glade, 3221 Far Reach Drive, 3227 Far Reach Drive, 1804 Greymoor Way, 6829 Jayhawk Circle, 8232 Longworth Court, 8717 Marinus Drive, 8778 River Watch, 8207 Royal Scarlet Drive, 8210 Royal Scarlet Drive, 8217 Royal Scarlet Drive, 8219 Royal Scarlet Drive, 3184 Samantha Drive, 3433 Stanford Drive, 8511 Van Wie West.

  • Reflections, December 9, 2016Page 2

    From The Executive Director Written by Lynn Tanner, CMCA

    Last week, an eMail Bulletin was sent out to residents (those signed up to receive Community

    News Bulletins) that the New York Power Authority (NYPA) would be clearing underbrush in areas, where needed, under the transmission (power) lines. Additional work will be done in this location, in mid-January. The week of January 16, 2017 NYPA will be working with a contractor, Lewis Tree Service, to cut and remove dead and dangerous trees (including ash trees) within their right-of way under the transmission lines. These trees have been evaluated by NYPA’s arborists and classified as posing a threat to its line(s) and surrounding prop- erties. Property owners which are affected by this have already been contacted direct- ly by NYPA.

    In addition to the tree work NYPA will be doing, the RCA is continu- ing its proactive efforts to address the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). As per the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) most ash trees die within two to four years of becoming infested with the borer.  Once the tree dies, it becomes extremely brittle and dangerous. The tree, or parts of the tree, can come down quickly with no warn- ing. The risk of danger can also increase based on weather conditions (i.e. high

    winds). The Association continues its efforts

    so as to minimize the risk of tree fail- ure and subsequent property damage or personal injury. EAB was confirmed in Onondaga County in 2013 and is a threat that Radisson needs to continue to address. You may note that new, confirmed loca- tions of the ash borer are not as prevalent in the media as agencies are focusing their efforts on areas the ash borer has not yet invaded.

    In continuing to address the plight of the Emerald Ash Borer, we recently had trees located in the Radisson Common Property (known as the Beechwoods), inventoried and inspected by a certi- fied arborist/pesticide applicator (see map below). Ash trees, and other species of trees, determined to be dead/declining/ hazardous were marked for removal. Many of the hazardous trees are within striking distance of a house or pathway or lean- ing over Willett Pond. In addition, nine ash trees were marked as good candidates worth treatment. These trees are either larger trees with prominence or trees close to a walkway that add value and interest to this area.

    In reviewing the inventory results from the arborist, the Board of Directors (BOD) has approved treat- ment for the nine ash trees to com- mence next year. Treatment of an ash tree is best to be done in the Spring.

    Treatments must be done every two years and continue for the life of the tree. The BOD has also approved the removal of the hazardous trees and we will soon be obtaining bids for this work to be done.

    Radisson considers our trees to be one of our greatest resources. No one takes the decision to remove trees lightly, especially trees from the Beechwoods, known as the Natural Preservation area of the community. However, these difficult decisions must be made to ensure residents’ safety and protection of personal property. I want to thank the Board for proactively addressing this issue.

    In May of 2014, the RCA Board of Directors approved an Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan, which is posted on our website. This Plan will be updated soon to reflect the Common Properties we’ve already completed, as well as other new information regarding the EAB.

    We will continue to keep you informed of our progress with the tree removals and/ or treatments in this Common Property area. We also encourage you to evaluate the trees in your yard. Do you have any ash trees? Have you decided on a plan to remove or treat the trees? There are pros and cons to both options, and both also have financial burdens that need to be con- sidered. For a list of certified arborists, certified pesticide applicators or to read the RCA EAB Management Plan, go to the Tree Resources and Removal page on our website. It can be found under the Architectural Standards tab.

    Yard waste pick-up has ended for the year. Our last sweep through the com- munity to pick up remaining yard waste material was on Monday, December

    12th and residents were notified via the community’s eMail Bulletin sys- tem. Residents are asked to store any new yard waste (twigs, etc) in your garage or behind your house until yard waste pick- up resumes in the spring. Yard waste pick- up ran very smoothly, not even allowing an early, heavy snowfall, halt the process. In addition, they were able to provide sev- eral, community-wide brush pick-ups. The maintenance staff is to be commended for the superb job they did this year!

    During the winter months, the com- munity’s pathway system is plowed for residents’ use. Before they can get to the pathways, however, RCA maintenance staff needs to focus first on getting access to our facilities (i.e. RCA Office, Aspen House for nursery school use) cleared and operational. Pathways are plowed when we receive 4” of snow, or greater. If war- ranted, maintenance staff will come in and plow the pathways on Saturdays, through the winter, but they are not plowed on Sundays. Although they are plowed, the pathways are not salted and there may be some slippery spots beneath the snow. When walking on the paths enjoy- ing winter’s beauty, please use caution.

    This holiday season, the RCA Office was a drop-off location for many charitable organizations. We asked the community to help us make our collection boxes overflow with donations and the response was more than we could have hoped for. Thank you to everyone that contributed gener- ously to any, or all, of our recipient organizations. Please look on Page 9 to see photos of just how much was collected.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we all would like to wish you and your family a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

    RCA Parcel for EAB Treatment/Removal

  • Refl ections, December 9, 2016 Page 3

    Radisson Summer Employment Opportunities Looking for a summer job? Radisson Community Association employs lifeguards, swim instructors and recreation coun-

    selors. All lifeguard applicants must have completed a lifeguard course and First Aid/CPR/AED certification class in order to apply. These classes can be taken through the American Red Cross, YMCA or other locations. Swim instructors must have their WSI through the American Red Cross only