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General Manager's Update 2-24-21

By Shari Haldeman - sharih@landings.org
General Manager/COO

Dear Landings Association Members,

I hope you’ve enjoyed watching the installation of the new playground at 600 Landings Way South. Our webcam (landings.org/athletic-facilities) shows real-time progress of “sticks in the ground” as The Landings Association transforms a dated, 20+ year old asset into one of the best, most inclusive play areas in the region. This is thanks to the residents that volunteered to work with staff to plan and design the complex, coupled with the successful Annual Dues vote last year. The basketball court has been resurfaced, and we are waiting for the concrete to cure before finalization. Also in progress is the replacement of the athletic field’s irrigation system to improve the turf for the various sports that use this area so heavily. Next up comes the rubberized track around the complex and the pavilion for shade. Stay tuned for updates as we enhance this centralized amenity for our community.

Other webcams available for view are those at our two marinas. Keep an eye on the weather and comings and goings on both ends of our islands. Visit landings.org/delegal-creek-marina and landings.org/landings-harbor-marina for a live look.

 Much less visible but critically important are the Association’s storm drains. We conduct yearly camera inspections, which started on the north end of the island at the marsh outfalls on the eastern marsh and are progressing inward through the Marshwood phase of the community. The camera inspections have provided us the ability to efficiently and clearly identify the major issues, including root intrusions, which cause blockages in pipes, and pipe separations, which create sink holes that can collapse road surfaces.

Some gasket failures and pipe separations were observed during our camera inspections of our concrete piping. In this year’s project (Landings Way North from Romerly to Barnwell), the length of pipe we are scheduled to repair is constructed of a combination of concrete, corrugated metal, and plastic sections. You can view videos to see the extent of some of the damage by clicking Storm Drain 1, Storm Drain 2, and Storm Drain 3.

The repair work involves a “Cure In Place” procedure that installs a slip-lined coating to seal cracks and greatly extend the lives of the storm drains. The total budget for the 2021 work is $550,000. That is why having a strong capital reserves balance is so important to the future of our community.

Finally, please plan to join us for our virtual Annual Meeting on March 2, at 7 p.m. We will use the platform Microsoft Teams Live, and attendees will have the opportunity to connect via this web link (bit.ly/3kp850d). For best results, please join the meeting using the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers. You also can download the Microsoft Teams app and set up an account. We will provide a recap of 2020’s financial results, announce the Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer Group of the Year, and provide a high-level overview of the ongoing work toward an updated Strategic Plan. You can email questions in advance to webmaster@landings.org, or you can use the Q-and-A feature during the meeting to submit a question. The meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.