- Message from the Business Director
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
- Upcoming Events
- Corvias invites you to Movie Night
- Labor Day lawn care schedule changes
- Suicide awareness: Recognize the signs and know the resources
- Post wide yard sale – save the date!
- Last day of the pool season is approaching
- New office hours
- End of summer road trips
- Landscaping updates
- Green corner
Dear Fort Bragg Family Housing Residents,
I wanted to take a few minutes today to tell you a little about one small part of what Corvias does and how we manage our housing for our Partner, the Army. Specifically, this month’s Business Directors article is dedicated to how Utilities (Gas and Electric) are accounted for under the Department of the Army’s “Live Army Green” program.
Beginning in 2008, Fort Bragg began implementing the Army’s program which supports the Department of Defense’s goal of reducing utility consumption by 20% across the US. “Live Army Green” was developed between the Army and all of its Privatized Housing Partners as a means of accomplishing this goal. At its essence, it is a simple program that incentivizes residents to conserve electric and gas while keeping the cost of utilities as an included benefit of living on post. The main principles of the program are these:
- Each home’s monthly utility usage is compared to other “like” homes on post that are of the same age, construction type and size.
- The average consumption established through this comparison establishes a baseline for those “like” homes, and a 10% buffer is added up and down from that baseline.
- If your usage falls under that baseline (plus buffer), you receive a refund for the full amount UNDER that baseline amount. Statistically, approximately 18% of our residents receive a refund due to under consumption!
- If your usage falls WITHIN that +/- 10% buffer, no action or payment is required. Statistically, 64% of our residents fall into this category.
- If your usage is Higher than the baseline + 10%, you will receive a bill for that overage amount.
- Finally, whether you fall above or below the baseline, no refund or bill is issued until you are due or owe more than $25. Amounts are accrued monthly until this tipping point is reached.
Many of our Corvias management teams have shared with me that some of their residents make saving energy a true family effort, incentivizing the children in the household by dividing up the refunds they get through their efforts between the kids as a supplement to their allowances. Talk about incentive!
Live Army Green is a mandated program, one which both the Army and Corvias fully support. The Corvias team meets monthly with the Garrison Commander and his team to review, among other things, this status of this program and its delinquent and unpaid accounts.
If you have any questions regarding how this program works, please feel free to reach out to your Community Center and their team and they will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Thank you for all you do – wishing everyone a happy end to the summer and upcoming Labor Day holiday!
Business Director, Corvias Military Living – Fort Bragg
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August 31-September 3 – Case lot sale at the Fort Bragg North Post Commissary
September 5 – Labor Day. All Corvias Military Offices will be closed in observance of the holiday. Maintenance work orders to include emergency work orders can be called in at 1-866-206-1365 at any time.
September 10 – Reebok Spartan Sprint & Kids Race at Smith Lake Recreation Area
September 15-September 17 – Case lot sale at the Fort Bragg South Post Commissary. Also visit the link for more details as the South Post Commissary will be close at 4PM on September 11 and reopen September 14 at regular store hours.
September 16 – Corvias Military Living Movie Night featuring “Zootopia” at the Corregidor Court Community Center starting at 7PM.
September 21 – Movie Matinee from 12PM-3PM at Throckmorton Library
September 21 – Adventures in STEAM at Throckmorton Library at 3:30PM
September 24 – Fort Bragg FREE Neon Night Run starting at 8PM. Starting location of the run is on the corner of Longstreet and Reilly Rd.
September 30 - Corvias Military Living Movie Night featuring “Zootopia” at the Clubhouse at Linden Oaks Community Center starting at 7PM.
You are invited to attend Movie Night at Fort Bragg! “Zootopia” movie screening will be held on Friday, September 16 outside of the Corregidor Courts/Bougainville Community Center (inclement weather make-up date is September 23). The event will also be held on Friday, September 30 outside of The Clubhouse at Linden Oaks (inclement weather make-up date is October 7).
Grab some FREE snacks at our Corvias Concession Stand starting at 7 p.m., or you may choose to bring your own. Show time will be at 7:30 p.m. Don't forget to bring your blanket or lawn chair!
Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 5, BrightView will operate on a modified schedule. Click here to see the holiday lawn care schedule.
September is Suicide Awareness Month. The 2016 theme is #BeThere. Service Members and their families are strong and experience many exciting adventures throughout their military career. Military life can also be stressful at times and some may start to feel isolated, overwhelmed, or angry when dealing with challenging situations. These reactions can be common responses to life events. However, these feelings may be signs of more serious conditions. People coping with challenges may feel like there is no escape from their symptoms, leading them to have thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis the Fort Bragg Suicide Prevention Program is here to help. There is someone available on the installation to help 24/7. You can also call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – press ‘1’ for the Military Crisis Line or send a text to 838255 or visit them at http://www.militarycrisisline.net.
To learn more about recognizing the warning signs of suicide, click here.
If you or someone you know is talking about suicide get them assistance immediately with these three steps – Ask, Care, Escort. Ask your loved one if they are thinking of killing themselves. Care for your loved one – actively listen to show understanding, remove any means that could be used for self-injury. Escort your loved one – never leave them alone! Escort them to their chain of command, a chaplain, a behavioral health professional, or primary care provider.
Do you want to make some extra money by selling belongings that you no longer need or want? Do you like finding great bargains just down the street? Now is your chance! Host a yard sale in your own yard on Saturday, September 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the yard sale will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
All Corvias pools will close for the summer starting, Tuesday, September 6. The last day swimming pools will be open is Monday, September 5! Don’t forget to check the pool calendar to verify hours of operation on September 5.
If you have not yet enjoyed one of our nine luxury-style swimming pools this summer, be sure to visit! For a copy of the pools’ schedule, please click here.
Corvias Military Living would like to announce our updated office hours. Effective August 25, 2016, all Corvias Military Living offices will be closed on all holidays. We will continue to announce via the monthly newsletter, signage in the community centers, and Facebook when our offices will be closed in observance of a holiday.
Starting September 3, 2016, community centers that are open on Saturday will be open from 10AM -2PM.
Effective October 1 – March 31, all Corvias Military Living community centers and the Leasing Center will be open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM. Office hours will return to 8AM-6PM from April 1 – September 31.
As always, maintenance will still be available 24/7 by calling the maintenance work order hotline at 1-866-206-1365.
Summer may be winding down but that does not mean that the fun has to. There are still many great things to do and see as the weather starts to cool down and many of them are right in your backyard or just a short trip from Fayetteville.
The Fayetteville Observer has identified four great day road trips that will have you out and about on the weekends but still home in time to sleep in your own bed at night which is important when kids are back in school.
The Fayetteville Observer also publishes a yearly, Discover Fayetteville that highlights various event and festivals in the Cape Fear region. Don’t miss out on your guide to exploring the community from nightlife and entertainment to hiking and biking trails. Visit Discover Fayetteville to also download their free app for thousands of updated listings of restaurants, events, recreation, and entertainment.
Did you know that Fort Bragg is a Tree City, USA? The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Tree City USA communities for their commitment to environmental improvements and tree maintenance.
We have received many questions from residents concerning landscaping in the common areas. There are areas throughout housing that we mow less frequently and/or are allowing native vegetation to grow back into - many of these areas are specifically left to grow back in to assist with and prevent further erosion. Additionally, many areas that are adjacent to and near our neighborhoods that are maintained by the Army / DPW are being maintained in the same way.
If you have a question concerning any landscaping area you see in your community please reach out to your specific Community Center to inquire.
Do you know how much water a 4-minute shower uses? 20-40 gallons! Conserve water and take shorter showers or turn the faucet off between soaping and rinsing.