Construction Debris

It appears vandals dumped construction debris in the condo parking lot, i.e., plastic drop cloths from painting and plaster buckets. The police were informed by calling 911 and telling the dispatcher it was not an emergency.

Two Mendota Heights police officers came out this morning to investigate and they contacted the Mendota Heights Public Works who will be coming out today to remove it.

Of note, the police officer said he wished we had called 911 sooner to report it.

 

Fall maintenace tips

All Owners

  • Unless you have a smoke/carbon monoxide detector with a 10-year battery, replace the batteries in these detectors.
  • Replace batteries in your thermostats.
  • Replace your furnace filter or clean your electronic filter.
  • Replace the humidifier’s water panel, turn flow to “winter,” make sure water valve is on, and the Humidistat Humidifier Control is set to your preferred level of humidity. (See photos 1 and 2)
  • Have furnace serviced as recommended by your vendor.

Twinhome Owners

  • Clean air and core filters in the air exchanger. Check manufacturers’ recommendations; many indicate this should be done every 2 to 3 months. (See photo 3 and 4.)
  • Clean outdoor air intake vents of dust and debris. These should be checked often as they tend to get clogged. (See photos 5, 6 and 7.)

Condo Owners

  • Make sure the fireplace flue is unobstructed. A few people, in an effort to keep birds from nesting, have placed material on top of the fireplace flue, which is dangerous as it could start a fire, and/or carbon monoxide could be forced into the home. Fireplace professionals recommend removing nesting material as soon as it accumulates.
  • Keep the bottom of your hallway door open for healthy air quality inside your unit. Some owners seal their door with weather stripping to keep noise, drafts, cool air, or odors from coming through the door. But doing this creates stale, unhealthy air and could lead to problems with humidity, moisture, and mold. The make-up air units on the roof bring fresh air into the hallways (it’s cooled or heated, depending on the season) and if a unit is sealed, this fresh air can’t get into your unit.

 

Photos 1 and 2

Photos 3 and 4

Photos 5, 6, and 7

 

Leaving for the winter?

Forward Your Mail:

Geri, our postal worker, wants to remind you to have your mail forwarded. She can do that for you if you stop by and ask her. Or you can go online and do it at:

https://moversguide.usps.com/icoa/home/icoa-main-flow.do?execution=e1s1&_flowId=icoa-main-flow

She also would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the process.

Have Police Check On Your Home:

The Mendota Heights Police Department will keep a watchful eye on your home while you are away. This helps keep your home safe and makes our neighborhood safer too. You can complete a House Check Request form at city hall, call them at 651-452-1366, or complete the form online at:

https://ssl.govoffice3.com/index.asp?Type=SUPERFORMS&SEC=%7BEC2069E9-00AD-4706-97A4-ECA734478ACC%7D&DE=&domain=www.mendota-heights.com

Condo Fire Safety 101

Each hallway has five fire extinguishers and the garage has three more, mounted on columns with a red stripe.

These ABC-class extinguishers can be used on fires such as: paper, wood, textiles, plastic, electrical, and flammable liquids (oil, gasoline, kerosene, paint).

The instructions for using an extinguisher are clearly marked on the canister, i.e,

  1. Hold upright and pull ring pin.
  2. Stay back 10 feet. Aim at base of fire.
  3. Squeeze lever, sweep side to side.