Finally! After a year of meetings, negotiation and bidding, the Amesbury Lake Board of Directors is proud to announce that the beautification of 143rd Street is about to begin!
As you are probably aware, the homes association common areas on the north side of 143rd Street were severely damaged by new asphalt and concrete installation as well as vehicle and equipment operation by the subcontractors hired by the City of Olathe (in conjunction with Overland Park). to expand 143rd Street.
The Amesbury Lake Board had delayed its planned installation of new landscaping at the monuments of both Grayson Mills entrances for a year, in anticipation of the completion of the expansion. The new Board also budgeted for the installing of additional irrigation between the existing irrigated monuments. The project was to be completed this spring.
However, during the initial irrigation installation process, we realized that the City's crews had completely destroyed both existing irrigation systems that watered the landscape beds and flowers at the Grayson Mills' entrances. In an effort to ensure that Amesbury Lake residents would not have to pay for those expensive repairs, meetings and negotiation with the City of Olathe began. Bids were taken and approval from the City to pay their portion of irrigation project was pursued. We were able to secure more than $15,000 to fully cover the cost of the damage (but then had to wait for both Overland Park and Olathe to approve their portions of the overall expense). Money will be forthcoming and releases have been reviewed and signed. Now work can begin.
In the next few weeks, we will be installing a new irrigation system that not only replaces the old system around the monuments but we will include mist heads in the landscape beds to reduce the cost of watering flowers each year. We will also install a new line along the entire length of our common property (from west side of Gillette to the east side of Westgate). This will allow us to water the turf and any new trees or other plantings that are installed in the future. And as planned in 2016, we will be installing the new landscaping materials in the four beds at the two pairs of monuments.
The project will be completed this fall and should dramatically improve the appearance of the Amesbury Lake Homes Association grounds in the area. We wish to thank all those residents effected by the project (and its several setbacks and delays) for their patience and understanding during this process. Hopefully the wait will be worth it!