Changes to the city code now prohibit the feeding of wild animals in Bloomington year-round.
The changes do not affect feeding of birds with birdseed mixtures, as long as the feeders are at least five feet off the ground. These changes were made in an effort to reduce the occurrence of issues with wild animals foraging on feed and creating a public nuisance. For more information contact Bloomington Animal Control at 952-563-4942.
The following are prohibited by the Kingslee Heights Homeowners Association (KHHA):
Any size propane grill, charcoal grill, all types of food smokers, and any open flame equipment. These are prohibited on both decks and patios. The use of propane, charcoal or any other non-approved fuel is also prohibited.
Fuel Storage Prohibited
The storage or use of any fuel or chemical, or device for barbecue, food smoking, torch, or any other heating or lighting is prohibited. Storage of fuels and containers for such inside the garage or unit is prohibited.
Approved Grills For Use
The approved use of barbecue grills is restricted to natural gas or electric grills, and also a proper installation.
Installation of Grills:
Before installation begins, one must apply to the KHHA Architectural Control Committee and receive written approval from the KHHA Board of Directors (Find Form on KHHA web site). For natural gas grills, a city of Bloomington Building and Inspection Division permit is required in addition to Kingslee Heights Board of Directors approval before the installation of a natural gas line.
Furthermore, approved gas grills shall be installed permanently by being fastened in place, be permanently plumbed to the building natural gas supply, and meet a clearance requirement of a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides, or the manufacturers required clearances. Also, the gas connection shall be done by a licensed gas-fitter.
If the grill is electric, clearance requirements are the same as the gas grill. However, the electric grills must be connected to a property electrical outlet which is part of the buildings electrical system. Furthermore, any use of extension cords to power the grill is prohibited.
FloodSafe Washing Machine Hoses
American Family Insurance has advised their policy holders that a review of their water damage claims revealed that rubber and vinyl washing machine hoses can burst without warning causing thousands of dollars in damage and cleanup.
Menards sells an easily installed WATTS brand replacement Two-Pack 60" with an automatic shutoff if it senses an increased water flow.
Information courtesy of Karen Olson
Loss Assessment Coverage
did you know...... Loss Assessment coverage is available through your homeowners insurance policy. This coverage can be added by endorsement, and is sometimes automatically included with a nominal limit. This coverage will pay for your share of a loss assessment made to individual homeowners by the association for a covered loss to the association's common property. As an example, each individual homeowner will likely be assessed a 1/64th share of the association's property insurance deductible. This coverage would pay for that assessment, but may be subject to your individual property deductible
Be sure to ask your insurance agent about this coverage!