Commons Report 2017

1. In late summer of 2016, the fountain in the south pond as well as the aerator in the north pond quit working. The board approved replacing both of these items in the spring of 2017 – a Kasco 3400 VFX 3/4 hp fountain and Kasco Fountain 3 Light kit from Aquatic Ponds for $1935.18 plus installation and new aerator from Nebraska Lake Management including installation for $581.18. In June, 2017, the timer box for the fountain in the North Pond quit working (possible power surge or lightening?). The timer box that was a part of the new fountain purchase was used as a replacement.

2. Grasshopper Lawn Care Company began providing services under a two-year contract this spring. As expected, there have been a few issues that I have had to contact them about as they learn the area. They have been responsive and good to work with so far.

3. Every year, we have some trees that need to be trimmed or removed. Acme Tree Service has been the low bidder in the past and has been contracted to remove two dead/dying trees as well as trim some branches broken in storms and/or raise the canopy of others. $1450 has been allocated for this work.

4. This spring, the city cleaned out silt and debris in Antelope Creek near the west side of the Lucile Drive bridge. This has resulted in better flow in the creek. The city intends to clean out the east side but access is an issue. City workers took care of replacing a section of broken sidewalk as well as repairing damage in the commons.

5. The board authorized a contract with Gana Excavating to repair four areas in the commons drainage system. Area 1 – North pond touch up at South inlet; Area 2 – Outlet at Shirl Drive; Area 3 – South pond pipe; Area 4 – Remove and replace end of concrete flow liner on east side of north pond. Work is to be completed during a dry period this fall at a cost of $7840.84

6. Guidelines established in 2005 for the commons were updated. A copy is attached to this report.

7. Garage sales were held on the rainy and chilly weekend of May 18 – 20. Corresponding dates for 2018 are May 17, 18 & 19. Please consider being the chairperson for this event.

8. Nextdoor website ( looks like a good website to keep in touch with neighbors. Check into it! The Edenton North website is:

9. We want to recognize and THANK all of the homeowners that have contributed their time and effort to keeping the drainage way and commons free of debris, trash, etc. YOUR EFFORTS ARE APPRECIATED!! Please recognize the efforts of our commons committee members: Detlaf Gartzke, Alex Lowell, Rich Butalla, Kent Lovelace, Charles Williams, Jim Stepanich, Scott Tinkham, Lon Pomajzl, Dave Holland and Joe Shandera. We are always looking for additional volunteers!


The Edenton North commons is generally considered a flood control area. Since the beginning of the Edenton North Homeowners association, the commons committee has worked to enhance its’ value to Edenton North homeowners. Users of the commons area should always respect the property and privacy of neighbors.

We salute the many homeowners who have already spent much time and effort making the commons behind them a beautiful area. We encourage all property owners to assist with keeping the commons area free of trash and debris. Any work that individuals do toward making the commons a nicer area will be appreciated by the entire association.

The following are some general guidelines for the Edenton North Commons:

1. No sheds or storage of any type should be placed on the commons.
2. No compost, leaves, grass clippings, bush or branch trimmings should be placed or left on the commons. Also, pet owners should follow city regulations and pick up after their pets.
3. Property owners willing to plant trees should contact a commons committee member before planting. City and NRD guidelines need to be followed as well as the general plot map developed by the commons committee. Based on these criteria, approval of the plantings needs to be given by the commons committee prior to planting. Property owners are encouraged to assist with the watering of new trees planted behind their property.
4. No gardens should be planted on the commons.
5. The ponds are part of the Edenton North commons and are posted as private property. Restrictions on use of the commons applies to the ponds as well. Fishing is permitted on a “catch and release” basis.
6. The commons committee will plan a general clean-up of all areas when needed. All property owners are encouraged to be active participants in these projects.

June, 2017