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Condominium cleanup: Volunteers & residents pitch in to build a stronger community
Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2016 12:17 am | Updated: 12:23 am, Sun Apr 10, 2016.
By DK McDONALD The Daily News |
BULLHEAD CITY — Refurbishing a nearly 40-year-old building is a fairly standard practice for most property management companies; for one neighborhood, it also became an exercise in building a community.
“There have been some struggles with property upkeep for a few years now,” said Melissa Layton, Buck Reynolds Property Management Service owner. “The residents have been doing the best they can, but the community needed a little help.”
Layton reached out to local businesses, and on Saturday, volunteers from Buck Reynolds Property Management Service, local trades, and residents of Chaparral Country Club worked together to give a nearly 40-year-old community a face-lift.
“The difference is like night and day,” said Rick Marshall, Chaparral Country Club board president. “It’s pretty amazing this all came together.”
Donated labor came from Riverdawg Services, Sundown Signs, Parham Painting, and Cavalier Heating & Air Conditioning.
“I feel good about this,” said Shawn Smith, Riverdawg Services owner. “It helps dress up the community.”
Chris Cavalier, owner of Cavalier Heating and Air Conditioning, said, “Mine is a relatively new company, and I do a lot of work with Buck Reynolds Property Management. I’m no stranger to hard work, and I really liked this idea.”
Volunteers painted, planted trees and shrubs, repaired fencing, and added decorative elements.
“Projects like this help make the community more aesthetically pleasing,” said Trina Weeden, Buck Reynolds Property Management volunteer. “It helps people appreciate the community more, and seeing the difference makes you want to get out and do something more.”
Resident Sharron Hertoghe spent part of her Saturday morning installing slats into chain link fencing.
“It’s wonderful,” she said. “With the plants and the fruit trees and the new paint, it all looks beautiful.”
Built in 1978, the 30-unit Chaparral Country Club Condominiums faced decaying infrastructure and even a city violation notice for what Layton described as “pretty major stucco repairs.”
“We called the city and let them know we’d gotten financing for some of the major repairs needed,” she said. “They were great to work with. As a company we decided to provide the community with a workday, and when we reached out to local companies, they wanted to help. Along with the residents, we’re doing a lot of finishing touches today.”
Russ Hoover has been a resident of Chaparral Country Club Condominiums for about three years.
“I can’t do a lot of work, so I thought I could help in another way,” he said.
Hoover bought a pizza lunch for all the volunteers.
“I thought the workday is a wonderful idea,” he said. “I love it here and I love it more now. It is really a pleasant place to live.”
From conception of the volunteer work day to Saturday took about two years, said Layton, who bought the property management service company in September 2014.
“We saw the struggles the residents had been going through,” she said. “We thought we have to make it a reality. It’s been a long-time coming, but it’s come to fruition.”