- Fort Sill celebrates 8 years of housing privatization
- Save the date for the annual Easter Egg Extravaganza!
- $5,000 Educational Grant
- It’s quarterly survey time!
- What to do when you’re ready to move?
- Changes to your lawn care service
- Be severe weather prepared
- Green corner
- Want to know what is happening in your community
Fort Sill is entering its eighth year of the housing partnership between Corvias Military Living and the Army to develop and upgrade communities on post. The initial development period (IDP) will end later this year and Corvias will begin slowing construction to focus on planning the next phase of development, or out-year development plan, with the Army.
The housing privatization program has two phases. In the initial development phase, the construction team focused on building and renovating to improve the homes and amenities on post. In the second phase, Corvias will continue to build and upgrade homes and amenities, just not at the same pace.
“We are working with the Army right now to determine what the scope of work will be for the next five years. Some of the plans include exterior renovations and energy efficiency projects,” said Amber McNeil, business director for Corvias.
Since partnering in 2008, Corvias has built 510 new homes, renovated 810 homes and demolished 106. In February, the partnership completed construction on the last of 78 new homes in Buffalo Soldier Acres—a project that began last summer. The addition of these homes to the community accomplishes the initial eight-year development plan set forth in the IDP to improve on-post housing at Fort Sill.
In addition to the improvements made to the homes, Corvias also built three, community centers with amenities to include fitness rooms, media rooms, and swimming pools. “The community centers serve as the heart and soul of the communities and are an extension of the resident’s home,” said McNeil. Community centers also house the neighborhood office staff where residents enjoy award-winning customer service offered by the Corvias team.
Last month, Fort Sill celebrated the opening of the third and newest community center located in Buffalo Soldier Acres. Similar in concept, but unique in design, the new center is a spacious 3,400-square-foot facility offering Wi-Fi connectivity, a fitness room, community club room, as well as an outdoor entertainment area with a fire pit, grill, splash pad and dog park.
While planning for the next development phase, Corvias is still at work in the communities to serve residents. The team has several projects underway this year to include exterior paint upgrades along Upton Road, landscape improvements in the historic areas and proactive work to prevent basement flooding in select homes on post.
Customer service based initiatives set in place last year will also continue in 2016 to include automated voice communication services, online rental payment options and the addition of the Fort Sill On-Post Housing Facebook page. The Facebook page and the automated voice service were implemented to increase communications and help residents stay well-informed of happenings on post. The automated call service, for example, delivers recorded messages directly to residents quicker than individual calls from Corvias staff and helps communicate critical information to residents during weather events and emergencies.
And, Corvias’ robust resident relations program will continue to provide free resident appreciation events throughout 2016. This year, Corvias has beefed-up their schedule of activities to include some of the same great annual events–Spring into Fun, Movie Night, Fallapalooza and ‘Tis the Season—in addition to smaller community-based events like Freeze Pop and Popcorn Fridays, monthly Story Hour, ice cream socials, Yard of the Month and a monthly Resident Spotlight drawing. Resident activities are one of the ways for Corvias team members to spend time with and show appreciation to families living on post. Corvias encourages all residents to check the calendar online for dates and times for upcoming events.
Since 2008, Corvias has helped reshape the expectation of what the quality of life can and should be for service members at Fort Sill and across the nation. “We look forward to another great year of serving our residents and are honored to continue to improve quality of life for military families at Fort Sill for the next 42 years,” said McNeil.
For more information or questions about Corvias plans or the housing program, residents can may contact their community office or visit the Corvias website at http://sill.corviasmilitaryliving.com/newsletter.
Fort Sill Family and MWR and Corvias Military Living will offer a free Easter egg hunt on Butner/Cowen fields on Saturday, March 26. The hunt starts at 11 a.m. and is open to all Fort Sill Community children up to 12 years old. The field will be divided into age groups and a separate area will also be set up for those families that need special accommodations. There will be activities available for children of all ages including carnival-style games, ponies, face painting and inflatables.
Are you a military spouse with dreams of completing your college degree? Visit corviasfoundation.org for more information and to apply for a $5,000 Educational Grant.
Towards the end of March, 25 percent of Corvias Military Living residents will receive a housing survey in the mail. This is a prime opportunity for you and your family to tell us how well we are doing in meeting your on-post housing needs.
By completing and returning the survey and the enclosed prize entry form, you are eligible for a drawing to win one of four $100 Visa gift cards from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the December 2015 survey drawing: the Scaldaferri family, the Sharpe family, the Mendez family and the Iserman family.
Getting ready to PCS? Deploy? Retire? Make sure to stop by the Community Office to provide a 30-day notice, along with a copy of your orders.
Ensure you have a smooth transition by following these steps once you are ready to move:
- Complete a Notice to Vacate Form and schedule a final inspection at least 30 days prior to move out with your Community Office.
- Attend a Move-Out Session Briefing with your Community Office. Move-Out Session Briefings are held every Tuesday at Southern Plains Community Center from 4-5 pm and every Thursday from 10-11 am at Old Cavalry Post Community Center.
- All personal items should be removed from the home and the home should be left surface clean.
If you have any questions about the move-out process, please stop by or call the Community Office and we’ll walk you through it.
One of the benefits of living on post is that Corvias maintains your lawn for you. Munie Landscaping is the vendor that we have contracted to maintain the lawns in neighborhoods and community areas. While we won’t begin mowing again until spring, we do want to communicate some small changes that will take place this year.
Munie will continue to mow resident lawns, playgrounds and picnic areas on a weekly schedule. Other common areas in the community, including small fields and pockets of grass not designated as “prairie areas,” will be mowed on a bi-weekly schedule this year. Residents who wish to maintain their own yard can contact their Community Center to submit their request.
During spring and fall clean up, Munie will continue to trim bushes and trees near homes and community areas. However, residents will be responsible for weeding and mulching flowerbeds. Munie will only complete these services prior to move-in. All flowerbeds should be maintained to keep a neat appearance. We appreciate you choosing to live on post with Corvias and are looking forward to warmer weather when landscaping services will begin again.
Stay alert to the potential for rapidly changing weather conditions via local television, local radio or NOAA weather radio.
Prepare and plan in advance for severe weather. Perform drills with family members and neighbors to ensure everyone knows how to respond and where to go during severe weather.
Know where and when to take shelter:
- Tornado – basement, safe room, interior room or central shelter, take shelter immediately if a tornado warning is issued (tornado has been spotted in the local area), DUCK – Downstairs, Under cover, Center of house, Keep away from windows
- Thunderstorm – inside home or business, away from windows, seek shelter if warning is issued for local area
- Flooding – high ground, move toward high ground if flash flood warnings are issued for the local area
- Extreme Heat – inside air conditioned home or business during heat of the day, refrain from outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the summer months
Do not drive through low-lying areas or around barricades. You are liable if you ignore safety barricades and endanger yourself and others by driving through flooded roadways.
Stay hydrated and cool to prevent heat injuries during the summer months.
Stay away from windows and move inside if thunderstorms are in the area to prevent being struck by lightning.
- Severe Thunderstorms – Thunderstorms with high winds, hail and cloud to ground lightning, can form spring through early fall
- Tornadoes – violent rotating column of wind that can reach speeds of over 200 mph, form in thunderstorms generally spring and fall
- Flooding – heavy rainfall can cause localized flooding in low lying areas, can occur during any season if heavy rainfall occurs
- Extreme Heat – temperatures above 95oF for extended periods (can be several days) can occur during the summer months in Oklahoma
Fort Sill Tornado Shelter Information
Neighborhoods – use your own basement, nearest house with a basement or safe room or the nearest public shelter. Coordinate with neighbors to determine the closest access.
Public shelters are available when a tornado warning has been issued. Public shelter locations include:
- Snow Hall (Bldg 730), use north entrance
- RACH (Bldg 4300), use the north entrance
- Troop Billeting – use basement located in the building, an interior room on the lowest floor, or the nearest public shelter
- Units, Agencies, and Tenants – use basement in the building, an interior room on the lowest floor or the nearest public shelter
How can you clean vegetables and save water? It’s easy! Instead of letting the faucet run while you clean your vegetables, just rinse them in a plugged sink or in a pan of clean water
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.
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Important dates and events
Mar.4- Corvias Community Offices close at 1 pm
Mar.4- MWR Float in Movie; 6pm; Rinehart Fitness Center
Mar.5-Patriot Spouse’s Club Denim & Diamonds; 6-11 pm; Patriot Club
Mar.13- Daylight saving time. Spring forward!
Mar.26- Easter Egg Extravaganza; 11 am- 2pm; Butner/Cowan Field
Mar.27- Happy Easter!