Ghertner & Company has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplace in the small business category by the Tennessean, in partnership with the Philadelphia-based employee research firm, Energage. Based solely on employee survey feedback covering 24 factors in seven areas: alignment, effectiveness, connection, management, engagement, leadership and “the basics”, Ghertner & Company once again was recognized as a leading company to be employed with in Middle Tennessee.
July 4th was a wonderful day for community members to come together to celebrate the freedom enjoyed in the USA. Parades and cookouts were held at many of the Homeowner Associations that Ghertner & Company manages.
In Williamson County, the Brookfield Homeowner’s Association sponsored its Annual 4th of July parade! Over 100 families participated with the Brentwood Fire Department leading the way in Engine #4. The community located off Sunset Road and Concord Pass Road in Brentwood is comprised of 464 homes. The HOA celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Barbara Rotnofsky, Board Member, was the Chair of the July 4th Festivities.
On the other side of the county, The Arbors at Autumn Ridge also had a parade with seventy-five families participating. Burger Republic's Food Truck was there to serve the homeowners after the parade. The community located in Spring Hill is comprised of 287 homes. The HOA celebrates its 7th Anniversary this year. Alisia Deblois, Board President, and Joe Noga, Board VP, were the Chairs of the July 4th Festivities.
Elecia Lewis Beard with Ghertner & Company is the Community Association Manager for both properties.
As a leading non-profit organization dedicated to disaster response, Hope Force International is comprised of individuals who are committed to utilizing their expertise to inspire, equip and mobilize thousands of trained volunteers into areas of crisis around the world. HFI specializes in training volunteers in disaster response so they are prepared and allowed to respond, often in restricted areas, when disaster strikes. People are seldom adequately prepared to meaningfully come alongside others who are suffering. Hope Force provides a pathway of service for caring individuals, allowing them to become willing, capable responders. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Ghertner & Company is “Giving Back” with a $500 donation to Hope Force in support of their work. To learn more visit www.HopeForce.org.
In community with addicted women and their children, Renewal House fosters healing, resiliency and continuing recovery to enhance family health. Founded in 1996, this Nashville non-profit organization provides specialized addiction treatment and recovery programs for women and their children. They address the unique needs and specific issues that trigger and affect a woman’s addiction. They believe that when you treat and heal the whole person, you restore a life that can leave a positive lasting legacy. As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Ghertner & Company presented Renewal House with a $500 donation to support their work in our Middle Tennessee community. To learn more about this organization visit www.RenewalHouse.org.
Are Mice, Rats, Squirrels, Flying Squirrels and other rodents and pest a concern?
What can you do to keep them from coming into your home?
Check out these tips to prevent a rodent infestation.
1. Clean up spilled food immediately.
2. Put away all food at night, including pet food and bird feeders.
3. Keep food, including pet food and bird seed, in sealed, airtight containers.
4. Keep garbage can lids tightly sealed.
5. Declutter your attic and basement, especially anything made of cardboard.
6. Store any items you can on shelves rather than in the floor.
7. Keep your yard clear of debris.
8. Keep grass and shrubs cut short.
9. Trim shrubs and trees away from the sides of your home.
10. Store firewood off the ground and a safe distance from your home.
11. Repair holes in your foundation, garage, and interior walls and any gaps in your roof.
12. Seal any openings larger than 1/4″.
13. Use rubber seals under garage doors.
14. Use door sweeps on exterior doors.
15. Use weather stripping around windows and doors.
16. Use screens that are in good repair on doors and windows.
17. Seal around pipes, drains, and vents.
18. Use chimney caps.
19. If you suspect you have a rodent problem, contact a pest control professional.
Partner Post by: By Chuck Negas of Northwest Exterminating, www.callnorthwest.com
As part of the ongoing professional manager training, a representative of the Davidson County/Metro Codes department participated in the weekly managers meeting on Friday, June 8. Bill Penn, Assistant Director, Property Standards division, gave an overview presentation and fielded questions on a wide variety of topics from building permits and inspections, sheds and outbuildings, abandoned vehicles, fencing and yard maintenance, occupancy requirements and regulations for operation of home-based businesses. More resources are available at http://www.nashville.gov/Codes.
The June 5th Lunch & Learn seminar gave Board members the opportunity to learn about the value for regular communication within their community. Topics presented dealt with who needs to send and receive information, what type of content should be shared and how often, and what methods to use. Communication resources such as social media and email were discussed. Attendees, including Board members and Community Association Managers, were able to share about the effectiveness and challenges of what works.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Ghertner & Company is “Giving Back” to non-profit organizations in our community. Since 1999, the Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary is one such organization dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected animals in and around Middle Tennessee. FFAS encourages proper pet care and advocates spaying and neutering to help stop pet overpopulation. They use a system of foster homes to house all the animals in their care and are committed to the long-term care and placement of all animals that are rescued. Since FFAS does not use euthanasia as a means of population control, the all-volunteer board and staff works diligently to place as many animals as possible into adoption. Visit freedomfarm.net to view pets available for a home or to support the organization.
Families joined their neighbors to enjoy a great summer kick off with a pool party on Saturday, May 12th to celebrate the opening of pool season. The weather did not disappoint with 90-degree temperatures and sunny skies. Many volunteers and board members worked together to make the event a success. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Ghertner & Company co-sponsored this event with Ole South Builders.
Properties with playground facilities are a valuable amenity for families with children. They give children a designated area to play, allowing parents to feel that their children are somewhere safe. However, playgrounds are commonly the site of many injuries, ranging in severity from minor to serious. As a property manager, you need to balance providing a playground facility that is safe and fun, while making sure to protect against the liability that you’re exposed to by having a playground on your property.
Duty of Care
Some lawsuits related to playground injuries have centered on negligence due to lack of proper supervision. While it is not practical to expect a playground to be monitored every moment children are present, there is an expectation of a reasonable level of adequate supervision. The duty to provide safe play areas and proper supervision should be placed on those responsible for operating playgrounds.
The duty of care owed by a playground operator is the degree of care that a person of ordinary prudence charged with similar duties would exercise in the same circumstances. A public or private landowner has a duty to provide adequate supervision and to maintain the premises and playground surfaces in a reasonably safe condition.
In play areas that are not regularly attended to by a designated supervisor, signs should be posted to communicate common rules for the play area, such as under what age a child must be accompanied by an adult, the hours the playground is open and that glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Safe Playground Design
Another important liability comes from dangerous or unsafe play equipment. It's important for children to have age-appropriate gear to play on so that they do not injure themselves on improperly sized equipment. When designing a playground for children of all ages, equipment should ideally be separated into three distinct groups: for children under age 2, for 2- to 5-year-olds, and for 5- to 12-year-olds.
Other safety considerations should be taken into account when planning a playground:
- Items with moving parts, such as seesaws and swings, should be located in a separate area and allow for ample space for the moving parts.
- Minimize the number of spaces that could trap a child's head, arms or legs. All openings, such as rungs on a ladder, should be either smaller than 3.5 inches or larger than 9 inches.
- Wooden equipment should not be cracked or splintered. Any cracked or splintered equipment requires immediate attention for repair or replacement.
- Any sandbox areas should be inspected regularly before children use them. Be sure that these areas are covered every night to prevent animal contamination.
The selection of safe and age appropriate equipment is just as important as the selection of a safe ground surface for the playground area. Trips, slips and falls will happen and a safe ground surface can reduce the severity of an injury or prevent an injury completely. Concrete, asphalt and blacktop are all extremely hard surfaces and are generally considered unsafe for playground areas. Woodchip ground cover is much softer, but debris hidden in the woodchips, or the woodchips themselves, can cause falls and minor injuries. Rubber mats offer the most stability, especially for younger children, and allows for the easiest wheelchair access. Property managers and maintenance staff should make sure the ground surface stays level and free of debris that could cause children to trip and fall, such as rocks, tree stumps and tree roots.
Protecting Your Risk
Keep informed of the latest in playground safety developments. One of the most authoritative playground safety standards is published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in its Handbook for Public Playground Safety. The handbook contains a wealth of information regarding playground surface and equipment hazards. Any playground operator is generally expected to be familiar with these standards, and many states now require that all public playgrounds conform to them.
Partner Post Contributor: Robins Insurance Agency, Inc , Nashville, TN
Over 30 associates participated in Ghertner & Company’s inaugural Spring Fling 5k to promote better health and build camaraderie. The event took place at the MetroCenter Greenway on Friday, April 20th and was promoted by the company’s wellness “Champs” to give co-workers an incentive to get active during the Spring and pending warmer weather. Ghertner & Company rewarded all those involved with a paid half day off while Humana insurance, the company’s provider, gave team members the opportunity to earn "wellness program" points through activities such as these to spend in their online store.
Many board members took advantage of the May Lunch & Learn volunteer leadership workshop on Tuesday, May 1st. Kathleen Sutherland, Director of Development and Training, shared the topic “Creating a Code of Conduct”. This included what the code of conduct should include and instruction on how it can help a board function. Attendees were able to ask questions and participate in the discussion.
Two great organizations, that have an impact upon our Middle Tennessee community, are the recipients of April’s “Giving Back” effort.
Second Harvest fulfills its mission “to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community” by utilizing a network of individual, local nonprofit agencies and corporate partners in our 46-county service area. Learn more about volunteering or donating at www. secondharvestmidtn.org.
The Boys & Girls Club of Maury County strives to enable all young people in their programs to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The focus is to offer a supportive environment where academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character can be achieved. Find out how to be involved at www.bgcmaury.com.
All it takes for mosquitoes to breed is a cap off of a plastic water bottle with water in it.
Standing water in drains, gutters, flat roofs, children’s play equipment, toys are mosquito harborages
Do everything practical so that there is not standing water for long periods of time. They breed in days and become adults within
Water in pet bowls, flower pots and bird baths needs to flushed at least once a week to prevent larvae from developing into adults. Mosquito eggs hatch in 24 to 48 hours and it takes 7 to 10 days for them to enter the pupal stage and become adults shortly thereafter.
Adults are a lot like us in that they will seek out shade during the heat of the day and typically rest on the underside of leaves to get out of the sun. For this reason they will rest in shrubbery, ivy, and areas of heavy vegetation. Keeping grass cut and landscape maintained will help to limit them. They are most active at dawn and dusk. When necessary and possible wear long sleeve shirts and pants and use a repellent with DEET on skin and clothing.
Partner Post by: By Chuck Negas of Northwest Exterminating, https://www.callnorthwest.com/
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Ghertner & Company is “Giving Back” to organizations in our middle Tennessee community that are making a difference. Since 1954, the Nashville Rescue Mission has provided food, clothing and shelter to homeless men, women and children in the Nashville community. With the goal of reaching middle Tennessee’s hungry, homeless and hurting, the Mission serves close to 2,000 meals a day, 365 days a year. Each night, an average of 800 of men, women and children find a warm bed and safety from the streets in one of two campuses. To donate, volunteer or learn more visit www.nashvillerescuemission.org.
The recent March 6 workshop on Community Standards was well attended, and Board members had many comments and questions about rules, fines and enforcement. One topic of interest was how to manage improvements such as fences which were installed without approval. Voluntary compliance is the goal, and the importance of establishing standards that are reasonable for each community was a recurrent theme of the presentation.
Wood must be properly finished with a paint, stain, or clear sealer. Left
unprotected from the elements, it’s susceptible to rot and decay caused by
Of special concern is the fact that wood expands and contracts with normal
changes in humidity and temperature. These fluctuations may cause paint
finishes to chip and crack, and over time puts stress on caulked seams
around windows, doors, trim, and at corners. If the caulk separates and fails, wood rot may develop.
Let’s also stress that no bush, tree branches, or shrubbery should be allowed to touch the wooden surfaces of your home. Foliage conducts moisture that can find its way into cracks and tiny openings.
If you have wooden surfaces on or around your home, you know how great it looks when it's well-maintained. You may have also noticed how worn it looks when time and the elements have gotten the upper hand. For the next few months we will talk more about paint, stain, sealers, and caulk. For now, do yourself a favor and evaluate your wood surfaces. Let your Property Manager know if you have concerns.
How do I Evaluate? Examine the entire surface of your house, looking for problems such as peeling paint, open joints or seams, wet or rotted wood, and any bare surfaces. Also check for cracked, missing, or dried out caulking. Flaking paint occurs when moisture collects under the painted surface. The moisture enters the wood from the unpainted, uncaulked, and unsealed sides, gets absorbed and then rots it out.
Mildew, algae, and some types of mold can not only discolor wooden surfaces…they
can also hasten the rate at which paint, stain, and caulk must be re-applied. Pressure
washing yearly is a good way to avoid costly repairs and save maintenance dollars.
Partner Post by: Ghertner Maintenance & Remodeling, Inc.