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have not yet been assessed the $15 per month. If this is the case, you will be assessed shortly so please consider yourself as one who pays for the alley.) Approximately $9.00 of the $15 monthly assessment goes toward snowplowing. The procedures under which the alleys will be plowed are as follows: The alleys will be plowed only when there is 8"or more snow. This is because: a. the alleys are crowned in the middle and plowing at less than 8" can damage the asphalt; b. plowing is expensive; c. by Denver ordinance, snow from the alley cannot be pushed in to the street and therefore, we have to have the more expensive ‘Custom Plowing’ whereby the blade is run down the middle of the alley, then the blade is run across the apron in front of the garages and then snow is plowed to the right and left down the alley as close to the fences as possible without damaging the fence, thus leaving a path about 1 1/2 cars wide down the alley. Please keep in mind that neighborhood streets are not plowed by Denver so although your alley may be plowed by the LCMA, when you get to the adjoining street it will not be plowed. Also, at the end of the plowing season the LCMA board will consider changing the $15 alley assessment to reflect how much money was/was not spent on plowing during 2005. The LCMA board received a number of comments on snowplowing at the Annual Members’ meeting (some favorable and some not favorable). The primary question was, “Do Lowry residents want to have their alleys plowed under the current procedures?” Obviously, there may be other procedures under which residents would be in favor of plowing, i.e. costs less, plow more/less frequently, but after careful consideration and input from plowing companies, the board decided that the current procedures were the only ones that made sense if we were to plow. It was suggested that Lowry residents be afforded the opportunity to comment so the LCMA board could be guided by the wishes of the residents who are paying the bill. If there is significant input from residents, it is possible that plowing will be curtailed, in which case residents will be given a credit for what they have paid towards plowing and the $15/month alley assessment will be reduced by approximately $9.00 (we have to escrow for repairs, cleaning and scheduled maintenance). You may wonder if your alley is, or will be, maintained by the LCMA. If there is an alley behind your house and if you do not live in Park Heights or a condominium, townhouse, patio home or other area where you are a member of another homeowner association that takes care of alleys used only by your association members, then your alley will be maintained by the LCMA. Lowry residents whose homes back up to an alley maintained by the Lowry Community Master Association (LCMA) are charged an additional $45/quarter for repairs, reserves for scheduled maintenance, cleaning and snow plowing. (NOTE: Your house may be on an alley but you have not yet been assessed the $15 per month. If this is the case, you will be assessed shortly so please consider yourself as one who pays for the alley.) Approximately $9.00 of the $15 monthly assessment goes toward snowplowing.

Do you have an idea to improve life at Lowry? Think about applying for the Lowry Foundation’s 2005 Community Grant Program. Applications are considered for projects and programs that relate to the mission of the Lowry Foundation with grant awards in the range of $500 to $2,500. The Foundation’s purpose is to enhance the quality of life and public spaces for the enjoyment of all citizens. It pursues projects and programs of artistic, cultural, educational, historic, recreational and scientific value. The next application deadline is April 1, 2005. The grant program is co-sponsored by Qdoba Mexican Grill at the Lowry Town Center and the Lowry Community Master Association. Grants are awarded in April and October of each year. Past awardees include Logan School for Creative Learning, Lowry Elementary School, Stanley British Primary School, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Blue Spruce Community and Lowry Litter League. For more information, contact Julie ChurchThomas, executive director, Lowry Foundation, at foundation@lowry.org 303-340-3833.

Lowry residents whose homes back up to an alley maintained by the Lowry Community Master Association (LCMA) are charged an additional $45/quarter for repairs, reserves for scheduled maintenance, cleaning and snow plowing. (NOTE: Your house may be on an alley but you

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