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

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Lawn Cleanup

   - Posted 4/30/2015 by Irene Kostka

Brookside will be out on Friday morning to do more Spring clean up and to seed some areas.

 

April Breconwood Newsletter

April Board Meeting, April 14,2015

  - Posted 4/29/2015 by Nan Nicolle

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

Absent:  C. Buikema and J. Jones

Guests:  D. and O. Gatz

Treasurer’s Report, J. Broun:  all dues are current.  If you need information on the sale of your home, contact Jon at 952-484-8011 or email at  HYPERLINK "mailto:JonBroun@gmail.com" JonBroun@gmail.com.  We are in line with the budget and expect to begin projects soon and remain within budget throughout the summer.  The Annual Review is complete and will be handed out at the Annual Meeting in May.

Website, I. Kostka:  The website has had its’ problems the last 6 months.  We are looking into another website company that may better fit our needs. ClubExpress.com, an online website management system has been suggested.  It would provide us with tech support and more options for setting up the website at a similar cost. We will get a refund from our present company if we change providers. It was suggested that information regarding a home for sale be placed on the website, written by the homeowner. 

Pool and Tennis Court, S. Trucker:  Sally is rallying her team for the 2015 season.  We have paid the pool company for opening and closing, so, as soon as weather permits we will open

Landscaping, K. McKnight:  Kerry will contact S. Holstad to see if she will do the triangle and the Minnetonka entrance this season. Kerry will look into the question of whether or not a survey was done on the north side of Breconwood Rd.

Lawn Service, I. Kostka:  Brookside will be out the week of the 20th of April to do spring lawn clean-up and assess lawn damage from plowing.  Repair and seed/sod will be completed when the ground is ready.  Garden debris pick-up will be once a month on the first Tuesday of each month.  The first pick up will be Tuesday, May 5th

Maintenance, J. Warner: Brick work repair, based on October 2014 MN Masonry inspection, is now completed. If you were asked or know that you need gutters, please install them and direct the water away from the foundation. Street Captains are starting their inspections and, with this information, repairs will begin. The list is started on the need for shingle repairs.  C. Woods will be doing our general repairs again this year. Joan expects to receive bids on siding this week as well as the timing of the work.  When the contract is finalized, Joan will inform the Owners involved. 46 sections of sidewalks need repairing to prevent tripping or runoff toward the foundation.  It will be noted on your property inspection if this is necessary on your property.

New Business: Joan attended a Council meeting where the application for a wine and 3.2 beer license was requested by Lifetime Fitness.  The question of noise was discussed and the Police said that they had had several complaints regarding the noise.  It was hoped that the hours that the café was open would be reasonable.

The Spring Garage Sale will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 14th, 15th and 16th of May from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A plea for residents to apply for nomination to the Board of Directors will appear in the Newsletter and on the website.  Participation in the activities of Breconwood is imperative in order to avoid professional property management.

The Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Community Center.  We would like to encourage anyone interested in serving on the Board of Directors to call S. Trucker at 952-475-2967 in order to be included in the nominations.

*********Special note about hand delivered newsletters: We are eliminating delivery to all residents that have email access to the internet. We would like to have ALL neighbors participate in the Breconwood Website. If you currently are not connected, please contact Irene Kostka for instructions for this process. 

 

Homes for Sale

   - Posted by Irene Kostka

Homes in Breconwood that are for sale by realtor or owner may have a brief one-time listing on the Home Page of the Breconwood website.

Listing can include address, price, description of home, contact information.

If you have any questions please email me.

 

Garden Debris Pick Up

    - Posted 4/20/2015 by Irene Kostka

Yard and garden debris pick up will begin on Tuesday, May 5. Please have debris to curb by 8:00 a.m. on pick up day. Unless notified in advance all pick ups will be on the first Tuesday of each month.

Pick ups include garden debris, leaves, twigs (less than an inch wide). All leaves and garden debris need to be bagged. No plastic bags are allowed. Only compost pile friendly bags will be picked up. Twigs can be left in a small pile near bags.

Any questions please email me.

 

Garden Debris, Twigs and Leaves

   - Posted 4/11/2015 by Irene Kostka

Garden debris, twigs and leaves are not allowed in the trash you put out for pick-up on Mondays. The trash haulers aren't suppose to pick-up your container if they know it has any yard debris.

The City of Minnetonka has a drop-off area for these items and the times and days it is open are listed on eminnetonka the City's website.

Brookside, our lawn service, will begin a monthly pick-up in May.

If you have questions please email me.

 

Property Inspection

   - Posted 4/10/15

It is property inspection time. The street captains or their helpers will be coming around to check the buildings, fences, common areas in your yard and anything else that comes under the header association maintenance or homeowner issues that could cause maintenance or rule violation issues for the association. They will be filling out this form for each side of a building

Patio and/or Sidewalks _____________________________________________________ Driveways________________________________________________________________

Trees and Shrubs__________________________________________________________ Lawns___________________________________________________________________

Fences__________________________________________________________________ Caulking_________________________________________________________________

Siding/Fascia/trim___Front_____________________Side__________________________________________ Rear________________________________________________________ Brickwork/Tuckpointing__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Roofs_____________________________________________________________________

Other.issues______________________________________________________________

Set Priority 1, 2, 3, 4, 5   (1 = highest)     WP = Woodpecker holes  PT = Paint   R = repair   REP = replace

Please be respectful of their time and appreciative of their volunteering to do this for your street

IF YOU HAVE A LOCKED GATE; 

1. You need to call or email your street person; Brigham Trail – Jon Broun, Comstock Road – Orv Gatz (phone only), Tioga Trail – Walt Rasula and Breconwood Road – Irene Kostka NOW and set an appointment time.  If you do not want your property inspected, you could be responsible for any later incurred maintenance expenses not the association. 

2. When we schedule maintenance to be done,  the person doing the work cannot come on your time schedule as they will be working on the entire complex and extra costs could be incurred by the Association which would be unreasonable to expect. Locked gate people will need to work with their street captains or the Maintenance chairperson, Joan Warner, when repairs need to get done. 

ALL HOMEOWNERS PLEASE NOTE: You are our “home eyes” if you know of things that need repair, please let the street captain know as they can miss things. They appreciate your working with them.  A copy of the inspection report for your building will be sent to you either via email or regular mail after they have been turned over to the Maintenance chairperson. If you see problems missed, contact your street captain immediately.

Thanks

Joan Warner

 

2015 Breconwood Directory Changes

   - Posted 1/21/2015 by Irene Kostka

Unfortunately there are more corrections for the 2015 directory. Please make them in your paper directory.

Greer - remove emergency number.

Macrae - take the e off son.

Rasula - remove Mary's name on the back listing.

Rhodes - the correct phone number is 952-236-7722. (remove the 952-405-8232 number)

Brackett - annlbrackett@gmail.com is the correct email (2 t's on name)

Pilkington - correct email to read diannapilkington@gmail.com

Thanks everyone.

 

 

January 2015 Newsletter

   - Posted 1/19/2015 by Nan Nicolle 

Monthly Board Meeting January 14, 2015

Present:  D. Olmsted, J. Broun, J. Warner, C. Buikema, J. Jones, G. Klacan, K. McKnight and S. Trucker

Absent: N. Nicolle and I. Kostka

Guests:  K. and C. Hoff and W. Rasula

Guests:  A question was raised by the Hoffs regarding organic recycling.  Discussion was held citing the pros and cons of this service, which is the recycling of food related (living source) refuse, i.e. pizza boxes, etc.   Jon will look into the haulers who provide this service and the cost.  The disadvantage might be that it would bring more large trucks onto our roads.

Treasurer’s Report, J. Broun:  Expected revenue for 2014 is $350,286, we ended the year with $359,164, mostly due to the extra $10,000 from the County for 101 roadwork.  Dues are behind $2,200 due to prepayments in December 2013, and few in December 2014 (we record deposits on the cash basis).

Expected expenses for 2014 were $371,042, and we ended the year with $344.856 mostly due to the new contract for snow/lawn and other savings budget vs. actual.

Overall, we added $35,064 to our reserve balance ($8,878 of extra income, $26,186 less expenses vs. budget, however, we will be spending funds for landscaping the 101 entrance that will come out of this reserve). 

Dues for 2015 increased to $330.00 and several homeowners are still paying the $320.00 amount.  This is being worked on to correct future payments and to fix the January payment errors

If anyone needs information on the sale of townhome units, please have them email Jon Broun at jtbroun@gmail.comthe address needs to be included in the email. 

Newsletter, N. Nicolle: No report.

Website, I. Kostka: The website is up and running after being down for a couple of weeks due to a virus.  It was necessary to get outside help to fix it and we may need to use a different provider in the future.

Pool and Tennis Court, S. Trucker:  No report.

Trees, G. Klacan:  George is concerned about the small evergreens along the south side of Breconwood Road and will evaluate them in the Spring.  When the larger evergreens were taken down there was evidence of disease.  We will watch to see how the small Spruce does that was recently planted in the area.

Landscaping and Snow, K. McKnight:  Kerry spoke to Brookside regarding a landscape plan for the 101 entrance.  He would like a preliminary drawing, but we will wait until construction is finished to implement any work.

The sidewalk is being plowed all the way around the corner in front of Lifetime and the Bank. Brookside is doing a very nice job on our streets and sidewalks.

Architecture, C. Buikema:  No report.

Maintenance, J. Warner:  No issues being reported.  The subject of dryer vents was discussed.  C. Buikema reported that he had noticed a burning smell and found that his roof cap was plugged and frozen. He suggested two companies that clean vents, Dust Busters and Excelsior Appliance.  It is hoped that a better solution for venting dryers can be implemented in the future.

Old Business:  Cars are still being parked overnight in the street at 17610 Breconwood Road.  A second letter will be sent to the Owner suggesting that one car may be parked overnight in the pool driveway until Spring.  If a car is parked in the street preventing the plow from plowing, and it becomes necessary to call the company back, the charge is $150.00 and will be charged to the Owner.

New Business:  K. McKnight stated that it would be necessary to sweep Breconwood Road again in the Spring to pick up more of the rocks left by the resurfacing.. Kerry will discuss this with J. McKernan.

There will be no February meeting. The March meeting will be held Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Minnetonka Mills Room of the Community Center.

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 January is The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Men’s Breakfast Group  meets at the Beanhaven in Deephaven on Fridays at 9:30 am. Questions – call Bob Haskin

 

2015 Directory Changes

-Posted 1/19/2015 by Irene Kostka

Changes to the 2015 Breconwood Directory are as follows:

Gwen and Jack McKernan - Please remove cell phone number as it's not for them.

Nancy McKay - Please add cell phone number 952-807-7333.

Please make these changes in your copy of the directory.

Thanks

 

Weed Killer & Fertilizer

    - 8/24/2014 by Irene Kostka

Brookside put down weed killer and fertilizer this past week. They will be out again this coming week to redo some areas that are in need of extra work

 

Sealcoating This Week

    - Posted 8/24/2014 by Jack McKernan

The sealcoating of Breconwood Road and Tioga Trail is scheduled for Thursday, August 28th, time of day unknown as of this writing.

Any properties having water sprinklers on these streets must have them turned off starting Wednesday night and there will be no parking allowed on either street until after the work is completed.

Cars may be driven once the work has been done, but the tires may carry the oil and tar mixture for a period of time, so drivers should be aware of that when parking in their garages.

 

Please Water

   - Posted 8/2/2014

The lawn crew put down seed and soil mix in areas that needed repair.

Please sprinkle gently each day for a few weeks to get it started.

It is each resident's responsibility to water common ground property that is attached to their private property.

 

July Breconwood Newsletter

   - Posted July 22, 2014. Submitted by Nan Nicolle

Some local FYI's: If you need to get rid of unwanted medicine or related medical items, there is a drop box at the HN County Court Ridgedale. Hrs:  M-Th 10AM-9PM, Fri & Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun noon-5PM

Fun outdoor concerts at the Wayzata Depot- The 2014 Summer Concert Series will take place Wednesday evenings in July from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

 

Notice From the Breconwood Pool Committee

Submitted by: Pool Chairman (Sally Trucker, 952-475-2967)

Because of the expanded use of the pool we will be monitoring the pool more closely and asking you to be more aware of the rules regarding pool use. More than one complaint and you may lose your pool privileges.

A reminder of some of the rules which are necessary because there is no lifeguard on duty:

  • No child under 16 without an adult and a resident (or an adult resident).
  • No radio, stereo, etc. without ear plugs.
  • No large rafts, floats, etc. in pool.
  • No swimming after 10 p.m.
  • Please replace furniture after use.
  • No running on deck or diving in the pool.
  • In addition, the following will be implemented:
  • No more than 5 guests without approval of the Pool Committee.
  • The pool is for the pleasure of residents (defined as person or persons living in Breconwood I or Breconwood II) and not to entertain guests in their absence.
  • Please call Sally Trucker if you feel these requests are being ignored. 

 

Monthly Board Meeting: July 2014

   - Held July 15, 2014

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

Guests: D. and O. Gatz and H. Campbell

Guests, H. Campbell: The resident at 17917 Brigham Trail contacted us with two insurance claims; one for frozen pipes and one for damage to the siding which allowed moisture to seep into the house. Our insurance company denied both claims. Discussion followed regarding responsibility and a final motion was passed that the brickwork being contracted by the resident involved would need to match up to the standards of our normally used brick/masonry repair company.

H. Campbell then gave us an update on the warranty and quality of our shingles and noted that he would be resigning as our insurance coordinator.

Architecture, C Buikema: Discussion was begun on a new format for the presentation of the Association Rules and Regulations. J. Warner stated that rules have been formulated over the years, but never formally recorded and it is now proposed that we clarify these rules and see that every Owner gets a copy and that it be a “living” document and updated annually. 

The Board restated and repassed a regulation that has been in effect but has not come up for discussion in recent years. This regulation reads as follows: 

Automobile and Recreational Vehicle Storage: No recreational vehicle, boat, snowmobile, trailer or unlicensed motor vehicle may be kept on any lot except within a garage. Storage of boats, trailers, snowmobiles, buses or other vehicles other than operative automobiles on streets, driveways, or common areas is prohibited. The Association will decide on any other parked, stored, etc. items/vehicles that are not included in the preceding list. Automobiles are defined as those vehicles licensed as automobiles, that can fit into the closed garage, and do not carry commercial advertising. An inoperative auto is defined as an automobile that is not driven and does not leave the complex more than twice a month and/or does not have current license tags. Temporary storage on the driveway of less than seven days will be permitted if the adjoining roofmate is contacted and agrees prior, along with the Association permission – a permit will be issued to be shown on the vehicle.

Treasurer’s Report, J. Broun: All dues current for June. As repairs continue throughout the summer, expenses continue to be line with budget. Any questions, please contact Jon Broun at jtbroun@gmail.com

Newsletter, N Nicolle: The interview this month will be Duane Olmsted.

Trees, G. Klacan: 10 residents have requested tree trimming. Two dead trees belonging to Lifetime Fitness will be discussed again. Some dead bushes by Breconwood II will be removed. George places the priority of work as: 1) removal of dead trees, 2) branches touching houses, 3) planting of new trees. Stumps are not a high priority.

Landscape, K. McKnight: The Landscape budget was discussed and the maintenance of the Minnetonka Blvd. entrance and which areas are sprinkled, as Kerry familiarizes himself with his responsibilities as the new chair of Landscaping.

Lawn, I. Kostka: Off to a good start with Brookside – some complaints, but many compliments. We will be seeding this month and, after new growth starts, weed killer will again be put down. Remember to contact Irene when you have comments about the lawn service; DO NOT call Brookside directly. Reminder: if cars, or any obstructions are on the driveway or grass, lawn workers can choose not mow anywhere near them. Also, breakable items should be removed on mowing day. We are not responsible for breakage.

Maintenance, J. Warner: We are in the midst of residing the buildings. 2 were done on Tioga Tr. and 3 are scheduled for Brigham Trail and 2 for Breconwood Road this year. One has been resided on Brigham Tr. and they are in the process of siding the second building. Painting of the buildings has not started. C. Woods is completing his list of repairs for this season other than new ones that are always cropping up such as woodpecker holes, etc. He will start driveway cracks shortly. Brickwork/masonry work on the 2014 contract has been completed. We are assessing the roofs at this time in order to plan on future maintenance expenses in order to increase their longevity.

Old Business: I. Kostka reported on the plans for repairing the drainage north of Breconwood Road. Work will begin on the area between the pool and 17730 Breconwood Rd. next week. A drainage field will be placed behind 17730/17710 Breconwood Rd. and a new drain placed behind 17660 Breconwood Rd. (at owner’s expense). Still no response from Breconwood II regarding drainage problem at 17705/11 Breconwood Rd. We are continuing with plans to correct the situation.

New Business: The Board decided to opt out of Neighbors Nite Out and continue with our usual Fall Party held in late September/early October.

A board member presented an idea for a Fall Art and Garden Walk in Breconwood. It would be held Saturday, 8/16 from 11 to 4. Residents who have art or gardens can show and sell their work. This is a juried show so all arts and crafts and gardens must be approved by the committee. The show will be outdoors and the art would be moved indoors in case of rain. The event would be promoted on the Breconwood website and Newsletter. Invitations would be extended to friends and artists/gardeners. Low key directional signs would be placed at the entrances to direct traffic and parking requirements. We would like this to become an annual event.

The August HOA Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Minnetonka Mills Room of the Community Center.

 

From Our Roving Reporter Nan Nicolle: An Interview with HOA President Duane Olmsted

Duane grew up in Eagan and Bloomington and as you might have noticed, he likes sports! In school, he participated in soccer and track. His favorite "adult" sport is sailing with wife, Sarah, and son, Nate, at the Wayzata Yacht Club. 

Not surprisingly, Duane's dream job would be as a sail boat designer. Duane's first job was as a paperboy and his current one is Project Manager with Starkey. 

A dream destination for Duane would be a trip to the British Virgin Islands (probably involving a sailboat!) Most interesting past travel was to Florence, Italy.

 If Duane could have a dinner with anyone, it would be Jimmy Buffet. A talent he would like is to play the guitar… maybe play with Jimmy Buffet?!  Along the musical theme, he would have liked to attend the first Woodstock in the 70's. 

Duane likes Breconwood for its sense of community and the location close to both the Wayzata and Minnetonka Yacht Clubs. In case you missed this fact, Duane has been the president of our board for the past 4 years. This is often a thankless job but which Duane has dealt with common sense and fair spirit. We're lucky to have him and his family in Breconwood!

Monthly Events:

  • The Breconwood Ladies' Luncheon is held the first Wednesday of the month at D'Amicos 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 begins at 9:30 a.m. with book discussion from 10 to 11. Call Nan Nicolle if you are interested in attending. No book club in August but will resume in September.
  • Men's Breakfast Group meets at the Beanhaven Cafe in Deephaven on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.  Questions? Call Bob Haskin

 

Minnetonka Leaf Drop Off Information

   - Posted 4/21/2014

Spring:  open Monday/Tuesday/Saturday thru May 17

Fall:  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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