- Looking forward to 2015
- Join Corvias and ACS- Trailblazers for some family friendly board games!
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
- Scholarship applications due this month
- Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day
- Finances, savings and taxes
- Staying warm in the winter
- Carport and garage storage
- Proper grease disposal helps community
- Green Corner
- Scoop the poop
- Your lawn care services
- House Watch program
Exciting things are on the way to Fort Sill in 2015. This year, Corvias Military Living will deliver new homes, a new community center, and finish the renovation and demolition plans set forth by the Initial Development Period (IDP).
The IDP, the first eight years of the 50-year partnership between Fort Sill and Corvias, is when the majority of the action takes place. Since 2008, Corvias has built 434 new homes, renovated 773 homes and demolished 32 working toward a final home inventory of 1,728.
“We have made significant progress at Fort Sill, all of which has improved the quality of life experienced by service members and their families living in our homes,” said Amber McNeil, program manager of Corvias Military Living at Fort Sill. “I’m looking forward to our team working toward additional improvements, and how the changes will continue to enhance our Corvias communities.”
Starting in April, Corvias will deliver the first of 78 new townhomes in the Buffalo Soldier Acres community. The three and four-bedroom homes range from 1,800 to 2,000 square feet, and will be available to ranks E1-E5.
In addition to the new homes, residents will receive a new Community Center in late fall located in the Buffalo Soldier Acres community. The 3,400 square foot facility will offer a fitness room; business center equipped with computers, CAC readers for DoD network access, and a printer/scanner/fax; an outdoor entertainment area and a splash pad in lieu of a pool.
“The splash pad concept is not only exciting for Corvias, but our Army partner is thrilled we will be able to offer this new amenity. We listened to our partner’s needs, and were able to provide a solution per their request. It will be the first one in the Corvias portfolio,” said McNeil. The community center is scheduled to open this fall.
Corvias will also complete the remaining renovations by this fall bringing the total number of renovated homes on Fort Sill to 810. Work completed during renovations consist of upgrading the kitchen, new flooring or refinished hardwood floors, a fresh coat of paint, and new plumbing and light fixtures.
While a majority of Fort Sill homes received improvements, one neighborhood will be demolished this summer. The Artillery Village community will be eliminated because the Army and Corvias felt they were not up to the standards found in other on-post housing. So far, 16 homes have been demolished with the rest to be torn down by the end of 2015.
Other projects are in the queue for 2015 that may not be as visible, but will still continue enhancing the quality of life on Fort Sill. For example, Corvias is currently underway with heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system upgrades to 810 homes. The improvements to geothermal units include a heavy inspection and maintenance by flushing the underground loops and bringing the system up to working standards. Homes with standard units will receive a new and more energy-efficient unit.
Corvias is also in the process of adding insulation and eliminating air intrusion to help prevent freezing pipes in Geronimo Acres homes.
“We recognized a pattern in certain home types over the last few winters, and found a solution to fix it. By protecting the pipes, we significantly reduce the potential of property damage as well as damage to residents’ belongings,” said David Vogt, director of construction, Corvias Military Living.
Plans to address the same issue for homes located in the Patriot Estates community are currently being developed.
The IDP has seen more than just construction, renovations and improvement projects. Corvias has completed 121,641 work orders, maintained an average occupancy of 95 percent and organized more than 40 resident events.
In 2015, you will notice an increase of resident activities to include monthly story hour and popcorn Friday events. Don’t worry - our signature events like Resident Appreciation Day, Fallapalooza and ‘Tis the Season will remain on the calendar. Be sure to always check your online resident calendar for dates and times.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your families. We look forward to a great and exciting 2015!
Get to know your resources! Join Corvias and ACS-Trailblazers for a day of fun and family-friendly games on Saturday, February 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Southern Plains Community Center. This event is open to all military families with children ages 6 to 12 years old. Don’t forget to stop by and say hi to your Corvias community team while enjoying board games with your family.
Army Community Services (ACS), located at 4700 Mow Way Road, offers a variety of resources for service members and their family members. ACS is here to assist with your various needs as well as host family-friendly activities!
Contact your Corvias resident relations manager at 580-581-2100 for any assistance in getting connect to resources.
Want to know what is happening in your community? Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
- Feb. 5: 3-Mile Thursday, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, 5:30 p.m.
- Feb. 6: Float-in Movie, Rinehart Indoor Swimming Pool, 6-8 p.m.
- Feb. 12: Corvias Foundation High School senior applications due
- Feb. 13: Pop Over to See Us, Corvias community centers
- Feb. 13: Marriage 101, RTC Family Life Library, 9-11:30 a.m.
- Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day
- Feb. 16: President’s Day, all Corvias Military Living offices are open
- Feb. 21: ACS–Trailblazers Family Game Day, Southern Plains Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Feb. 24: Story Hour, Southern Plains Community Center, 2-3 p.m.
- Feb. 26: EMFP Bowling Night, Twin Oaks Bowling Center, 6-8 p.m.
- Feb. 27: Arts for All Luncheon, Hilton Garden Inn, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Feb. 28: 2 Hip Chicks Road Show, Great Plains Coliseum, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, February 12. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses are due May 7.
If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day present for that special someone, here is how the holiday is celebrated by the numbers:
- Cards: About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
- Parents: Receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
- Pets: About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
- Flowers: Worldwide, more than 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
- Chocolate: More than 36 million heart shaped chocolates boxes are sold on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
- Proposals: The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000, and it is 10 percent of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year.
Military Saves Week begins February 23! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family’s financial preparedness. One of the tools available to service members is the website www.militarysaves.org. The site can help you set goals, make savings plans and find resources to help you save.
It is important to recognize that despite your savings plans, there may still be financial emergencies that cost more than your nest egg can cover. If you are ever in an unexpected financial emergency, Army Emergency Relief (AER) is here to help. AER can assist with medical expenses, funeral expenses, emergency travel, car repairs, food, rent, and other emergencies. For more information, please visit www.aerhq.org.
The Military OneSource no-cost, online tax preparation and filling service has launched. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save and file your 2014 federal and up to three state returns with a custom tool made available through the Military OneSource website.
Heating your home accounts for about 66 percent of your monthly energy consumption during winter months. Making some small changes around the house can help you lower your energy consumption and save you money through the Live Army Green Program.
Under the program, occupied homes that are the same, or similar, are grouped together and the utilities are averaged to determine a baseline. The baseline is averaged monthly so current conditions are automatically factored in.
Once the baseline is established, a buffer zone is added above and below the average. When a resident's use falls within the buffer zone, the resident will receive a "no action required" statement, but when a family uses less than the baseline and buffer zone they receive a rebate.
Families consuming above the buffer zone will receive a "balance due" notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due.
If you regularly receive a “balance due” statement here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption while staying warm:
- Wear slippers. Warm air rises so your feet on the floor often get cold. Wearing a pair of cozy slippers can keep your feet toasty and help you feel warmer.
- Sweaters, cardigans and sweatshirts can help you stay comfortable while keeping your thermostat set lower.
- Regularly changing your air filter reduces stress on your HVAC system. Filters are available at your community office for no charge.
- A slow cooker is an efficient way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
If you have any questions about the Live Army Green Program contact your Community Office.
Carports should be used for their primary reason: parking of vehicles, not a living space or storage area. Bicycles, toys, tools, and lawn equipment, when not in use, must be stored in an approved storage space or moved to the back yard. However, such items must be picked up in order for the lawn service to be performed.
Garage doors should not remain open for extended periods of time. If a resident stores a boat or trailer in their garage the door should able to close.
Following these guidelines helps keep the community looking good.
The accumulation of fats, oils and grease (also known as F.O.G) is a leading cause of sewer line overflows. Helping prevent sewer overflows and backups is easy. All you have to do is properly discard F.O.G. from food scraps, cooking oils, shortening, lard, butter and margarine, gravy and other fatty food products.
Do not pour F.O.G. down your sink, toilet, gutters or storm drains. Over time, these materials will build up in sewer lines resulting in blockages that could cause untreated waste water to back up into homes, yards, streets or storm drains.
To properly dispose of F.O.G., pour it into a sealable container and place the sealed container in the trash. It is that easy.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
Let’s face it, dog poop is a nuisance. It smells. It gets on your shoes. It upsets your neighbors. It’s the unglamorous side of being a pet owner and yet, as a pet owner it is still your responsibility to pick up after your pet. Many people think that it’s ok to leave the poop and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own and in winter months if the poop freezes it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months!
Please be courteous to your neighbors and scoop the poop! Doing so shows that you take pride in your dog, in yourself and in your community.
Munie Outdoor Services, the Corvias Military Living landscape provider, will continue lawn care services in February with turf treatments followed by spring cleanup in March.
Spring cleanup will include the removal of leaves, sticks branches and other debris along with the trimming of all shrubs and bushes in preparation for regular maintenance and mowing. The spring cleanup also includes mulching in beds and around trees.
Be sure to check your e-mail and community calendar for updates and schedules about turf treatments, weed control applications, spring cleanup and the mow schedule.
Did you know Corvias Military Livings offers a House Watch program? If you are traveling just register with us and we will keep an eye on your home. The Community team will make routine checks of the property to make sure nothing has happened. If something has happened, like roof damage, a fire or a break-in, we will contact you immediately. To register in the program contact your Community Office.