The purpose of the Grounds Committee is to maintain the Heritage property in a manner that makes it inviting and pleasant to the members and friends and visitors. Our vision is to pursue our purpose in a manner that is least damaging to the environment and to publicly demonstrate our good stewardship of our land.
The ‘committee’ can function as a single person who enlists the aid of others when more hands are needed. Most often it has been two people who co-chair the committee and work together and organize ‘more hands needed’ projects. The more people that have the knowledge of where things are (tools, etc.) the better. Action can be taken by the individual when a need is perceived.
Selection of members
Any one who wants to help on the committee is welcome. Some people may specifically be asked to serve. Physical strength and stamina are sometimes a requirement but not always. The chairperson is usually recruited to take on the committee responsibilities.
There is no term limit policy. However, like with many committees, few people are willing to be the ‘person to go to’ when needs arise. Also, there is no minimum time that one must serve. There is no succession plan except to call for more volunteers as needed.
- Overseeing the hiring of a mowing service (sometimes the teenage children of members and friends)
- Maintenance of equipment for such purpose,
- Maintenance of the forested areas with removal of invasive plants and removal of trees that might threaten the safety of people or the building.
- Protecting landscape plants from damage by deer. Maintaining drainage for runoff of rainwater and melting snow.
- Be aware of insect pests that damage landscape and use controls. Attending to the needs of the parking pavement.
- Contracting with a snow removal service for winter maintenance of parking. Contracting for parking lot lighting maintenance.
- And whatever else that comes up.
~ September 21, 2010