Who we are

Breconwood is a community of 88 twinhomes in Minnetonka, Minnesota. It is located just a half mile from Lake Minnetonka and a short walk to the crossroads of Highway 101 and Minnetonka Boulevard (known as “Ty Abel’s Corner”), which offers a unique collection of shops and services. Our residents enjoy the privacy of a mature suburban setting, the many conveniences of association living, and the company of like-minded neighbors. 

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WELCOME TO BRECONWOOD

 

Winter Is On The Way. Are You Ready?

   - Posted 10/25/2014

We've had a wonderful fall but we all know what's coming: colder temps and snow. 

  • It's apparent that many residents’ gutters need to be cleaned out and now is the time to do it. Not doing so can cause ice dams and damage to buildings and roofs. If you don't have the tools or motivation, Jon Broun will provide gutter cleaning for a reasonable charge; he can be reached at 952-484-8011.
  • The last pickup of garden debris by Brookside will be November 10th, so get all your twigs and bags of debris to the street by 8 a.m. on that day.      
  • Our storm sewer grates need to be kept clear of leaves and debris. Adopt one on your street and keep it clean of leaves, ice and snow.
  • Turn off water to outside faucets and drain them.

Thanks for doing your part!

 

Fall Clean-Up

    - Posted 10/24/2014 by Irene Kostka

Brookside will be doing a partial fall clean-up today. They will return when more leaves are down and do a final clean-up.

Garden debris will be picked up on November 10 for the last time this year.


October Breconwood Newsletter

   - Posted 10/18/2014 by Nan Nicolle
 

Monthly Board Meeting, October 8, 2014

Present:  D. Olmsted, J. Broun, J. Warner, I. Kostka, C. Buikema , S. Trucker, N. Nicolle and G. Klacan

Absent: J. Jones and K. McKnight

Guests: D. and O. Gatz

Treasurer’s Report, J. Broun: All dues current for September. Jon made a motion to increase the dues by 3%, second by I. Kostka, motion passed.

Trees, G. Klacan:  We are over budget, but have taken down most of the dead trees.  Still would like to take down the Ash behind 17900 Tioga Tr. and a sick one by 17810 Comstock Rd.  Resident at 17845 Tioga Tr. would like a Ginkgo planted and would contribute if the tree planted was a large one. We would need to be careful where it was planted.  It was agreed that we would trim the Comstock island trees

Landscaping, K. McKnight:  New berm across from the pool on Breconwood Rd. looks great..  

Lawn, I.Kostka: Shrubs and bushes were trimmed by Brookside on Thursday, October 9. A flyer was placed in the door asking people to contact Irene with their preference to trim or not.  Some were responsive and others were not, so no trimming without a preference. Tom, from Brookside, and Irene walked the complex and Irene feels they will do a good job trimming.

Garden Debris Pickup: The last garden debris pickup of 2014 will be on November 10.

Website, I. Kostka: Please consider signing up for the Breconwood website by calling Irene Kostka. You will be kept up to date on all Breconwood news!

Maintenance, J. Warner: A discussion was had on the letters sent some residents regarding gutters. J. Warner explained two different letters went out. One letter went to residents encouraging them to get gutters because of the continued cost of brickwork repair on their units and a different letter went out to some residents who have gutters but whose downspouts are or maybe allowing the outflow of water to run back against the building due to slope and their needing to get a downspout extension or downspout splash block to prevent this from happening.

Old Business: A nice wooden handled spoon was left at the Fall Picnic. Contact Sally Trucker. The question had been raised as to who was responsible for shoveling the sidewalk in front of Lifetime.  Cliff contacted the City but hasn’t heard back.  Irene suggested we could get a price from Brookside.  Cliff will coordinate with T. Troy. 

New Business:  Discussion was held regarding the need to consider doing some amendments to the By-laws in 2015. Be thinking of topics that need up-dating.

New Residents: Welcome to: Sandra Zeiss, Margaret (Mugs) & Gabe Johnson and Samantha Knops

The November meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in the Minnetonka Mills room at the Minnetonka Community Center.

MONTHLY  EVENTS

  • The Breconwood Ladies' Luncheon takes place the first Wednesday of the month at D'Amico in Wayzata at 11:30. For more information, call Bwen McKernan.
  • The Reader's Book Group meets the third Saturday of the month wirth social time at :30 a.m. and book discussion from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m Call Nan Nicole if you are interested in atending. Book for November is Once We Were Brothers by Ron Balson.
  • Breconwood's Men’s Breakfast Group meets at the Beanhaven in Deephaven on Fridays at 9:30 am. Questions, call Bob Haskin.

 

Jewelry Open House

   - Posted 10/14/2014

At this summer's Breconwood Art & Garden walk, many of you discovered Joyce Kleckner's talent for making unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Next Tuesday and Wednesday she will be holding an Open House to show and sell her one-of-a-kind creations.

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21 & 22
  • 3 to 7PM both days
  • 17931 Tioga Trail  

Feel free to bring your friends, daughters, daughters-in-law, etc. There will be some great holiday gift ideas at reasonable prices.

 

New HOA Documents

   - Posted 10/12/2014

YourHomeowners Association board has recently updated two key documents:

  • Rules & Regulations
  • Architecture Committee Guidelines

Both can be viewed by clicking on the "Homeowners Only" tab, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and clicking on the document.

 

Woodpecker Damage & Roof Shingles

   - Posted 10/9/2014 by Joan Warner

We are at the end of the building maintenance season; however, woodpeckers don’t know this (or maybe they do) and that’s why they are starting to try to share our buildings for the winter. In about one week, we will lose our handyman until next spring. IF YOU KNOW OF WOODPECKER HOLES THAT NEED TO BE REPAIRED OR AT LEAST COVERED OVER FOR NEXT YEAR’S REPAIR, PLEASE FILL OUT A MAINTENANCE REQUEST FORM AND GET IT TO ME NOW. Walk around your home and be a good neighbor – check their house as well – sometimes we have a better view of their building from our upstairs windows, etc.

Also, if you know of missing roof shingles or some which are really flipping up on your roof or your neighbors' home – second story windows again – let me know. As a homeowner and a good neighbor, don’t depend on someone else to be “all-knowing”.  

Appreciated,  Joan Warner

 

Shrub Trimming and Mowing

 - Posted 10/6/2014 by Irene Kostka

Shrub trimming and mowing will be done on Thursday this week.

 

October Board Meeting Correction

 - Posted 10/6/2014 by Irene Kostka

The October Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30 in the St. Albans room.

 

October Garden Debris Pick-Up

 - Posted 10/1/2014 by Irene Kostka

The October garden debris pick-up will be on Monday, October 6. Debris needs to be out by 7:30. Please no plastic bags.

 

Fall Party a Success

   - Posted 9/30/2014

Many thanks to all those who helped to make the Fall Party a fun get-together:  Harry Campbell for buying and preparing the brats, wieners and buns: George Klacan for standing at the grill and cooking them; Jon Broun for bringing and setting up the tables; Jerry Jones for providing the wine; Mary Klacan for providing extra chairs (for those of us who forgot to bring them!) and all the folks who helped with set-up and take-down.

Once again this year the food was great, the weather cooperated beautifully and, for once, the bees were nowhere to be seen!

A very nice serving spoon was left after everyone was gone.  Call Sally Trucker if you’d like to have it back!

 

October Breconwood Board Meeting

 - Posted 9/29/2014 by Sally Trucker

The October Board meeting is Wednesday, the 15th at 6:30 in the St. Albans room. 

 

September Breconwood Newsletter

 - Posted 9/28/2014 by Nan Nicolle

Present:  D. Olmsted, J. Broun, I. Kostka, C. Buikema, J. Jones, S. Trucker, G. Klacan and N. Nicolle

Absent: K. McKnight and J. Warner   Guests:  D. and O. Gatz 

Treasurer’s Report, J. Broun:  

· All dues current for August

· Overall – as projects come to a close we will be more in line with our budget and see how the end of the year will look.

· If you need any information completed for the sale of your townhome please email Jon Broun jtbroun@gmail.com or call Jon at 952.484.8011

Pool and Tennis Court, S. Trucker:  The pool will close on Sunday, September 14th with around 1275 swimmers signed up this past season.  Thanks for a great season.

Trees, G. Klacan:  TreeCare began removing dead trees today on Breconwood Rd. and also removed a dead elm behind 17920 Tioga Trail.  After the dead trees are removed we will begin the trimming. The small pines along the south side of Breconwood Rd will be evaluated – some are dead, some may come back next year.  Our contractors have been instructed to speak only to the Board member in charge of the work being done, so please do not try to engage the workers directly.  

Lawn, I. Kostka:  Brookside put down dirt, grass seed, weed killer and fertilizer in the last couple of months and results have been very good.  Many good comments from residents.  Debris pick up will continue on the first Monday of October and November.  Please do not put rocks in the bag.  The City will be accepting garden debris starting the 15th of September.

Maintenance, J. Warner (by I. Kostka):  Siding and painting of 7 buildings has been completed for this year.  Punch list work still needs to be done including the replacement of some roof shingles which were nailed into the fascia boards when the reroofing was done a number of years ago. Letters will be sent to homeowners suggesting the installation of gutters or the supplement of gutter extensions away from the buildings since damage to the building caused by lack of gutters or poor direction of drainage from gutters is the responsibility of the owner.  Joan checked sidewalks in the community with A-1 Concrete Leveling to see which ones were tilting toward the buildings and need to be raised.  We will budget next year for repair and subsequent caulking requirements for these areas.  A rain cap for a hot water heater roof vent will be replaced in the near future. 

Old Business:  In the future, decisions made by the Board will be the responsibility of the Board and not involve individual residents. Distribution of the new Rules and Regulations form and the new Architectural Guidelines form, along with a letter from the President, will be mailed to residents shortly.  The Rules and Regulations will also be introduced at the Annual meeting, will be included in the Winter packet and on the Website.  Any changes will appear on the Website and in the Newsletter.

 New Business:  The Fall Party will be held at the Brigham cul de sac on Sunday, September 28. Here's what each street should bring: Breconwood Rd., Appetizer, Tioga Tr., Dessert, Comstock Rd., Appetizer, Brigham Tr., Salad and Breconwood II, Salad. Jerry Jones provides wine and the rest is the usual: byob, ice etc. provided. Also bring a chair (since its at the Brigham cul de sac).
Thanks.

 

If you wish to access the Homeowner’s Only section of the website and haven’t requested a password, please e-mail Irene at irene kostka@comcast.net. Irene will help you set up a password and put you on the update list for upcoming notifications to Breconwood residents. The link is www.Breconwood.com

 

OUR ROVING REPORTER: NAN NICOLLE  

   - Interview with Bruce Nicolle

Bruce grew up in SW Mpls enjoying swimming and sailing on Lake Harriet. He attended Lake Harriet Grade School. Bruce was on the Southwest hockey and football teams. In 1958 his football team were co-champions in the Twin Cities (no state tournaments at that time). Bruce played starting center. After high school his first job was as a tape tester at Control Data. Because Bruce loved sailing from the age of 8 on, as a young adult he started his own sailboat brokerage business, Northland Yachts, which he continued for 40 years. He spent the last 15 or so of those years selling boats in Bayfield WI. This has always been Bruce's "dream job". Bruce loves dogs and in his younger years was successful in showing Irish and Gordon Setters. His favorite dog now is Sailor, a German Short Hair setter who has become his service dog. Bruce has 2 children, Brent and Rene, and 2 grandchildren living minutes away. He enjoys watching them play baseball and soccer. If Bruce could travel it would be New Zealand and Australia. Another favorite spot is Newport RI, the home of sailing and history. Along those lines, he would love going to the America's Cup races. Bruce would enjoy dining with his dad Gordy and sailor Buddy Melges. Bruce wouldn't want to re visit his 20's but prefers looking ahead. Sports wise, he would like to be good at golf. If so lucky as to win the lottery, he would pay off debts, give money to church and care for family. Bruce has enjoyed meeting new friends in Breconwood and not having to shovel and mow! He also appreciates living so close to Lake Minnetonka and it's pleasures, also close to friends and relations.

 

Special note: Irene reported that the Art & Garden Walk was very successful and will be held a little earlier next year.

 

MONTHLY  EVENTS

  • The Breconwood Ladies’ Luncheon is held the first Wednesday of the month at D’Aimco’s in Wayzata at 11:30 a.m.  Call Gwen McKernan if you have questions.
  • The Reader’s Book Group meets the third Saturday of the month – social time at 9:30 a.m. with the book discussion at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Call Nan Nicolle if you are interested in attending. Book for September is The Art Forger by BA Shapiro.
  • Men’s Breakfast Group meets at the Beanhaven in Deephaven on Fridays at 9:30 am. Questions? Call Bob Haskin.
 
 
Perennials Needed
   - Posted 9/4/2014 by Irene Kostka

Now that drainage work is completed for this year we need plants to help keep soil in place and to improve the appearance of some areas. One of the areas is the retaining wall by the pool (which gets some sun) that will be replaced this September and a few other very shady areas.

If anyone has any plants that you're dividing etc. and wish to donate please email or call me and you can drop them at my house. Thanks.

 

Dryer Vent Cleaning

   - Posted 9/3/2014

Just a reminder. If you haven't cleaned your dryer vent lately it's a good idea to do it before winter. A clogged vent can cause your dryer not to work properly and it can also cause fire. Protect yourself and your neighbor by having it cleaned.

 

For Sale: Stacked Washer/Dryer

    - Posted 9/1/2014

Connie Ede has a stacked Maytag washer/dryer unit for sale for $300. Call 612-741-2702.

 

 

August Breconwood Newsletter

 - Posted 8/27/2014 by Nan Nicolle
 
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
   - Held August 13, 2014
Present:  D. Olmsted, J. Broun, N. Nicolle, J. Warner, I. Kostka, C. Buikema, J. Jones, G. Klacan, K McKnight and S. Trucker.
Guests:  D. and O. Gatz, H. Campbell, P. Jones, P. Olsen, K. Olsen and K. Vesterstein.
Guests: A resident requested we revisit his request to be allowed to rent his unit which had been denied.
 
Treasurer’s Report, J. Broun:  All dues current for July. Jon reported on insurance increases for H. Campbell.  Our insurance rates have gone up considerably for the period of 8-1-14 to 7-31-15. Three firms bid and our present carrier, American Family, was still the lowest bidder. The $7000 increase will place us over budget for insurance.  H. Campbell will be retiring so we need to find a new insurance person.  
The contingency fund was used for payment for the drainage work. As repairs continue through the summer we remain in line with the budget. Any questions, please contact Jon at jtbroun@gmail.com.
 
Pool and Tennis Court, S. Trucker: Close to 1000 sign- ins by 8/3/14. New glides were placed on the legs of the furniture. When you leave the pool area, please lift the chairs and tables and put them back where you found them.
 
Trees, G. Klacan:  Meeting Thursday with Lifetime to discuss the dead pines along Breconwood Rd. He walked the community with Steve from TreeCare and they determined that several trees would have to be removed.  
 
Landscaping, K. McKnight:  Bushes need trimming along Minnetonka Blvd.  I. Kostka stated that she will check with Brookside and see if that work can be done by lawn service in the Fall.  C. Buikema questioned the possibility of a sidewalk along Minnetonka Blvd east to Hwy 101. He will check with the City.
 
Lawn, I. Kostka:  There are lots of weeds due to the early Spring rains.  They will be sprayed the week of August 18.  We held off until after the Art and Garden Walk scheduled for the previous weekend. Dirt and seed has been applied. PLEASE WATER. There have been no complaints about the lawn service this month. 
 
Architecture, C. Buikema and I. Kostka:  17641Breconwood Rd. was given approval for a new gate and approval was given at 17665 Breconwood Rd. to extend a fence back by the furnace to improve the view from the patio. A request to enlarge the patio at 17651 Breconwood Rd. was approved.  Discussion was held as to the type of fence to be installed at 17910 Brigham Trail.
 
Maintenance, J. Warner: We sided 7 buildings this year and are starting the painting process of same this week.  We have 22 buildings to go, so we are at the halfway point.  Chris Woods our handyman has finished most of the repairs for this year, which included filling driveway cracks.  The painting volunteers have been hard at work keeping our fencing looking good. 
A letter will be going out to residents that need to add downspout extensions to their gutters or need to consider adding gutters.  Reasons: the backsplash from the water from the roofs deteriorate the brick, cause the sidewalks to slant towards the house which causes eroding the soil under the sidewalk and then under the building foundation.  Had requested our masonry/brick contractor to inform us of the addresses where he saw this as a problem.  $30,000.00 worth of repair to our brick and masonry this year…not all because of lack of gutters but it is a goodly portion of our costs.  Sinkhole at top of driveway at 17710 Breconwood Rd which may be due to water run-off at the corner of the garage and apron. It has been discussed with Mn. Masonry and Mn. Roadways will be putting a camera down in the area and the fix might be sand and soft cement and driveway repair.  Recent drainage work has been done at this residence and owner will be adding gutters. 
 
Old Business:  Drainage, I. Kostka:  Drainage projects have been completed at:  17660 Breconwood Rd (Owner’s expense), 17720, 17730, 17705, 17710, 17711 and the area between the pool building and 17730 – all Breconwood Rd.  The total cost to the Association was $3323 paid to Distinctive Landscaping. Residents paid their shares directly to Distinctive.
 
Reformatted Rules & Regulations, J. Warner: Discussion began on the format but, because of time limitations, it was decided to call a “working meeting” prior to the next Board Meeting to finish the discussion.
 
New Business:  D. Olmsted read a note from the residents on a Breconwood Rd. cul de sac thanking J. Warner for working with them with regard to dumpster parking for the re-siding projects.
 
The September HOA Board meeting will be held in the Minnetonka Mills Room of the Minnetonka Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
 

MONTHLY  EVENTS

  • The Breconwood Ladies’ Luncheon is held the first Wednesday of the month at D’Aimco’s in Wayzata at 11:30 a.m.  Call Gwen McKernan if you have questions.
  • The Reader’s Book Group meets the third Saturday of the month – social time at 9:30 a.m. with the book discussion at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Call Nan Nicolle if you are interested in attending- Book for September is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Men’s Breakfast Group  meets at the Beanhaven in Deephaven on Fridays at 9:30 am. Questions – call Bob Haskin

 

 

Minnetonka Leaf Drop Off Information

   - Posted 4/21/2014

 

Fall Schedule:  open Monday/Tuesday/Saturday, Sept. 15 to Nov 22

(Hours vary by day, see chart at right)

 

Leaf drop-off procedures:

The city leaf drop-off site is “bag free.” Residents will unload and/or unbag their leaves and yardwaste onto the large bulk pile and take all empty bags home for reuse or disposal—including paper and compostable bags. Please bring proper equipment, like a stout pitch fork, to unload your truck or trailer load of leaves.

The suggested method is to use many layers of tarps between layers of about a foot of leaves. Use a tarp to gather up and move a small pile of leaves from your yard to your trailer or vehicle, layering the leaves and tarps until the vehicle is full. This makes unloading your leaves easier and faster at the site. All you need to do is flip off the tarps between the layers of leaves.

Loads of leaves must be covered during transport!

Acceptable leaf drop-off materials

Sticks and branches smaller than 1/2 inch in diameter are acceptable with leaves; anything larger goes to the brush pile. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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