WinnCompanies offers $1,000+ Scholarships to Residents
WinnCompanies, the firm providing the property management and maintenance services here at Tierra Vista, is celebrating four decades in business by offering an amazing scholarship opportunity to residents! “…In an effort to enhance the lives of all that we serve, high school seniors, high school graduates and GED graduates living in communities managed by WinnCompanies or its affiliates are invited by the Board of Directors of WinnCompanies to apply for scholarship grants for the 2013–2014 academic year, to be awarded in May 2013,” wrote Gilbert Winn, Managing Principal of WinnCompanies.
WinnCompanies’ WinningEdge Scholarship Program invites distinguished residents who are pursuing some form of higher education, in community college, college, university or trade/professional school to apply for scholarship grants starting at $1,000! To find out if you or a member of your family are eligible for a Winning Edge Scholarship, CLICK HERE and download the full application packet and details. All completed applications must be submitted to the Community Management Office no later than April 12, 2013 for consideration, so don’t delay!
Application Submission Location:
Community Management Office
300 Hartinger Circle
Schriever AFB, CO 80930
TEL: (719) 683-3660
FAX: (719) 683-3662
Congratulations, Schriever Residents!! Resident Utility Conservation Program Sees Immediate Benefit
Utility conservation is making efficient strides at Tierra Vista Schriever AFB as residents begin realizing the benefit of saving energy as part of a billing program that began spring 2012. “To watch the numbers drop each month is amazing to see,” said John Bittner, Tierra Vista development manager, who oversees the utilities program at the project.
Over the past seven months, residents have cut consumption of electricity by 15 percent, consistently, month after month. “This is a great credit to the program and the residents who are making it happen,” added Bittner. “As soon as residents started receiving their monthly utility billing statement, the tide began to turn for the better. Soon, residents who reduced their consumption of electricity below the baseline level expected for their home type began receiving money back. It was money that came out of their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) or rent. Before we started this program, residents never saw a penny back from their rent. Now, they have incentive to not only help our environment but to put a few more dollars back in their pocket.”
“This is a great credit to the program and the residents who are making it happen,” added Bittner. “On average, since the program has begun, the typical Tierra Vista household at Schriever AFB has received a monthly rebate of $45. That’s great news for the environment and for residents. There is still room for more savings and particularly on gas where consumption has remained steady from last year.” Tierra Vista’s other sites, at Peterson AFB and Los Angeles AFB, will eventually have a billing program
The billing program is part of the Air Force’s mandated Resident Utility Conservation Program, a program occurring similarly throughout the Department of Defense, designed to reduce the energy consumption of military homes throughout the nation. According to the program guidelines, the Air Force's Resident Utility Conservation Program is based on the Office of Secretary Defense’s mandate to reduce our overall energy consumption in the United States by 20 percent. “We want people to be successful in their conservation efforts,” added Bittner. “When residents succeed, so too does the environment -- but most of all it is good for the future of our families and community.”
To further reduce its consumption of utilities, Tierra Vista recently began installing photovoltaic/solar panels at each of its three main project sites. Schriever AFB’s homes began seeing the electricity meter turn backwards soon after the switch was flipped on the system Sept. 17, as more energy was being produced by the solar panels than was being consumed. Residents are also receiving savings tips and collateral in an effort to give them ideas about utilities conservation -- that they may not otherwise be familiar.
Tierra Vista Offers Residents Winter Energy Efficiency Guidance
Tierra Vista Schriever AFB residents can greatly affect their energy consumption in the home by taking a few easy steps.
Click here for our energy savings tips for your home
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ANNOUNCEMENT: STAGE II FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
Stage II (two) fire restrictions are currently in effect for the unincorporated areas of El Paso County (includes Schriever AFB and privatized housing area), City of Colorado Springs and Pueblo. We will advertise when the burn restriction is reduced to Stage I. If you have any questions, you may contact the Schriever AFB Fire Prevention Office at 567-3370 or the El Paso County Fire Marshal’s Office at (719) 575-8400.
Burning during Stage II Fire Restrictions
The following activities are PROHIBITED during Stage II Restrictions:
Open burning defined as campfires and warming fires, CHARCOAL GRILLS and outdoor wood burning stoves. Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.
The use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flame.
The use or sale of fireworks of all kinds.
Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
Violations of Stage II Restrictions may result in a fine of up to $1000.00.
Burning during Stage I Fire Restrictions
The following activities are prohibited during Stage I Restrictions:
Open burning defined as campfires and warming fires (except in permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds), charcoal grills and outdoor wood burning stoves (except at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials), the use of explosives, outdoor welding or use of acetylene or other torch with open flame other than in an area cleared of all flammable materials. Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves are permitted.
The use of sale of fireworks of all kinds.
Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
Violations of Stage I Restrictions may result in a fine of up to $600.00.
Community Center Pool Hours
Monday -Thursday: Family Swim is Noon - 7 p.m. ; Adult Lap Swim is 5 a.m. to noon & 7 - 9 p.m.
Firday - Sunday: Family Swim is 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. ; Adult Lap Swim is 5 - 10 a.m. & 7 - 9 p.m.
For Non-Resident Adult Lap Swim: Non-resident adults may only swim when there is a 50th FSS Lifeguard on duty. Currently, a lifeguard is scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. - noon. The schedule is subject to change depending on lifeguard availability and pool maintenance.
Schriever AFB Residents Find Value In Tierra Vista
In today’s tough economy, consumers everywhere are looking for bargains. When it comes to choosing whether to live in Colorado Springs or at Tierra Vista Schriever AFB, many Air Force families may have found that staying on base is a deal they simply cannot refuse.
“We usually hear the same story from families who have either moved on base after living in the local community or who have comparison-shopped prior to arriving here: ‘It is less expensive to live on base.’,” said Tierra Vista’s Devon Forhan, community manager.
Some of the impacts and additional costs families can expect when living off base include:
- First and last month’s rent required for most rentals
- You must pay for all utilities, including water, sewer, gas, and electric
- You must also pay for trash pickup
- You may have to pay for homeowners association fees in order to have access to community amenities that are freely available at Tierra Vista Schriever
- Increased commute time and costs
- Dangerous roads in the winter
- Many other typical and incidental costs that do not affect residents at Tierra Vista Schriever AFB
Some residents have seen the new Residential Pay utilities program at Schriever as reason to check out the costs of living in town. “As soon as they do a little research, though, they realize that they have a better deal on base,” Forhan said. “Although, to some residents, it may have seemed that the program created a new obligation, the primary change is that residents now have an opportunity to better understand how much of their BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) is going toward utilities.” People can actually make money from this program by reducing their consumption below their utility allowance. That’s when they will get money back from Tierra Vista.
“There is so much more that our families have here, and a lot of it is extremely hard to find in the local community,” said Pete Sims, Tierra Vista project director. “Our families live in new homes, in a securely gated community. We have programs that strengthen our community while supporting our military families; recreation facilities, a swimming pool, allowance of two pets, free maintenance, and much more on the way.”
The community value of living in Tierra Vista Schriever homes has not been lost on its residents. Debbie Goudy and her husband, Senior Master Sgt. Donald Goudy, are Tierra Vista residents. “This is the best housing we have ever lived in,” she said. “If they would let me, I would stay here forever. I love the floor plan. The house is huge. The community is safe because we live on base. I never have to worry about my kids.”
While many residents find value in the community and family experience at Schriever, others are enjoying the cost savings of Tierra Vista Schriever AFB compared typical housing expenses in Colorado Springs.
According to Tierra Vista officials, typical housing costs for residents choosing to live in Colorado Springs rather than Schriever can add up quickly.
For more information about Tierra Vista, please call (719) 683-3660.