Based on a covenant that runs with the land, all BW2 home owners become members of the Beechwood West #2 Homes Association upon purchase of their properties. Mandatory annual fees are levied by the BW2 Board of Directors. The BW2 Association provides:
- Annual General Meeting held in March each year
- Financial Statements
- Email lists and newsletters
- Babysitter lists
- Neighborhood contact lists
- Social events and summer programs
- Communications of interest from the City of Waterloo or other groups.
- Mary Johnston, Public (JK-6),
- KW Bilingual (JK-8),
- Holy Rosary Catholic (JK-8)
- Centennial Public (7-8)
- Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary
- Resurrection Catholic Secondary
City of Waterloo InformationOur ward is Southwest Ward – Ward 1 Our city councilor is Sandra Hanmer. Garbage pick-up is Wednesdays. Spring and Fall leaf pick-ups are scheduled through the Region of Waterloo, this schedule can be found at their website.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Beechwood West #2 Homes Association (ie. our neighbourhood association)?The 128 houses in our neighbourhood have shared ownership of the property and facilities at 431 Winchester Dr, comprised of the parcel of land, tennis courts, and pool. All property owners in the development known as “Beechwood West II” are members of the Beechwood West #2 Homes Association, which is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the the Province of Ontario. As a legal entity, this association assumes the responsibilities that naturally arise from the property ownership, such as paying property taxes and general property maintenance for example. Any registered corporation requires a board of directors. In our particular case, directors must serve as volunteers and must not receive any remuneration for their service. This is mandated by the Letters Patent issued when the corporation was formed.
What does our board do?The board of directors represents the association in its dealing with external entities (such as the City) and organizes the day-to-day operation of our facilities. The detailed structure of the board is governed by the association’s by-laws and the board is elected during the Annual General Meeting, which is usually held at the beginning of each March. The most important tasks of the board are:
- maintaining the status of the corporation, such as periodically reporting certain information to Service Ontario; filing tax returns and paying property taxes;
- archiving important documents about the ongoing business of the corporation, as required by law;
- ensuring that the facilities can be operated by, for example, acquiring property and liability insurance for our facilities;
- ensuring that applicable rules and procedures are being followed, as mandated for insurance coverage and by other regulations;
- planning the operation of the facilities by, for example, hiring personnel tasked with running the facilities;
- collecting fees to facilitate all of the above.
- In addition, board members take on additional volunteer work directly related to facility maintenance and event planning and realization.
Why do we have lifeguards at the pool?Our pool is classified as a Class B public swimming pool by provincial regulations. Two important rules apply to Class B pools:
- the water quality needs to be tested and recorded every two hours;
- without lifeguards, the number of bathers permitted on the deck and in the pool is ten (10).