The story behind the story about the Summit Cove median strips |

The story behind the story about the Summit Cove median strips

John NeileySummit Cove

There’s a saying that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Well, consider me living proof of that adage.Last fall I undertook a volunteer project (after hearing repeated complaints from friends and neighbors) to try and landscape the medians on Cove Boulevard in Summit Cove. Based on some comments in the July 22 Summit Daily and some of the letters to the East Dillon Water District, it seems as though a few Summit Cove residents would rather plant me in the medians then pave them over. Nonetheless, I intend to persevere. With the help of the East Dillon Water District and Neils Lunceford Nursery, we have developed a landscaping plan and have actually installed drip irrigation lines through the medians. The district picked up this expense at no cost to the homeowners in the Summit Cove area. For this, the district deserves thanks rather than rebuke. The remainder of the project needs voluntary public support to bring it to fruition. Hence the district’s recent letter to homeowners asking for voluntary assessments of $200. Apart from the costs, there are three principal concerns raised by community members: 1) maintenance, 2) traffic safety and 3) water usage. The county will not maintain the medians; however, the overall design is for a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant project. We plan to have individuals or homeowner associations adopt the islands and assume the maintenance. This formula works well for the local rec paths, and the county has agreed to provide signs recognizing whoever assumes the voluntary maintenance for each island. As for traffic safety, the county has reviewed the plans and approved them for purposes of line of sight and traffic safety concerns. The plans call for an elevated median like those in Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne. The leaf canopy will be well above a driver’s line of sight. Finally, as for water usage, the project is a low-water use, Xeriscape design using native plants and materials watered by drip emitters on a timer.The district expects that the landscaping will require about 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of water during the growing season.No water will be required in the winter season. The president of the Lake Haus Condominium Association stated that the project was a “waste of natural resources,” but by comparison, that association used 285,460 gallons of water in the last quarter alone to water its turf grass lawns. This project has the potential to educate people that a more efficient use of water and the selection of native plants and materials can still provide beautiful landscaping. For the past 20 years, the medians have looked like something out of downtown Mogadishu. The people of Summit Cove deserve better. This project will make Summit Cove a more attractive place to live and will enhance the quality of life and property values for all the residents.I urge all the property owners and homeowner associations in the Summit Cove area to lend whatever support they can to this worthy project.

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