Spring beckons, with the promise of all those blossoms bursting with color from early flowering bulbs. If only it were that simple.
Spring beckons, all too often, with fungus on the lawns, desiccated yews, branches dangling from specimen trees and birches bent over from ice and snow load. Then there’s the fencing and rails bashed by snow plows, not tomention cracks and potholes in pavement and clogged drainage systems under the roads.
With such a laundry list of damage at winter’s end, what should the first order of business be for board membersand property managers?
Perhaps the first item to attend to is the condition of roads and paved areas. It’s all about safety, since pavement damage can potentially impede access for residents, and drainage problems can lead to flooding. Engineering standards for storm water management in New England are based on statisticsindicating that intense, prolonged rainfall is an unusual occurrence.
But big storms are no longer rare, notes Ray Bellemore, president of Bellemore Catch Basin Maintenance of Bedford, New Hampshire. “Drainage systems, if they’re not maintained, havebeen failing in the last several years… I’ve seen 80-pound manhole covers get blown out by a huge rain event.”