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September 2018

Schools back! The weather has cooled off, get out to our beautiful Idaho outdoors and enjoy all that our local recreational area has to offer.

This month’s business feature brings you Fort Street Station public house. Bike through the North End and stop in for a buy one, get one.

Important Reminders

1)Save on water bills – you can probably reduce your sprinkler times soon, certainly by the end of September. Fall blow-out will take place in late October, early November.

2) Keep pulling those pesky weeds. If you don’t get them before they flower, you’ll be pulling a whole lot more in months to come and next year! Remember to edge the grass where it butts up against planter beds. Once grass roots get intermingled with the roots of flowers and shrubs, it’s almost impossible to get rid of.

3) If you have a wood burning stove that you used last winter, get the chimney inspected and cleaned before the onset of winter. Check with our office, your landlord may be willing to pay for this.

4) Worried about your heating bills this winter? Is your HVAC system blowing dust and seem sluggish? Let your property manager know and we’ll check our records. If it’s been a while since the last service, we’ll contact the owner of your property to suggest a technician inspect it. Don’t forget, it’s your responsibility to change the filters. Clean filters will help the performance of your HVAC system, reduce allergens in the air, and help reduce your heating costs too.

Lighting The Future – Making it Safe

How much do you know about light bulbs? There is so much to read in your rental agreement you may have missed the part about only LED bulbs being allowed in our rental properties. If you wondered why, read on.

CFL bulbs are the ones with the curly cue formation, they contain mercury which requires them to be disposed of at recycling centers. Now before you start to panic, let me reassure you that according to a 2008 article on this issue in Scientific Journal, CFLs typically contain between three to five milligrams of mercury – about one hundredth of the mercury content of the older thermostats that may still be found in some homes. And, researchers have found that only a tiny fraction of that is actually released when bulbs break. So within each individual home, CFLs provide a negligible danger. However, multiply bulbs used in millions of households and dumped into landfills by unknowing people who don’t realize they shouldn’t be throwing their burned out bulbs in the trash, and now you have a hazard to be concerned about. With that in mind, RMA has a policy to disallow CFL bulbs and to replace CFL bulbs with LED bulbs.

This is very good news for YOU, our tenants! LEDs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs, which translates to lower power costs. LEDs last up to 10 times as long as CFL bulbs and far longer than the typical incandescent bulb. They are durable – lacking a filament, so they hold up well to jarring and bumping. LEDs don’t cause heat build-up, and they are mercury free, so they are not an environmental hazard and don’t have to be disposed of in any special way. Another piece of good news, we have sourced a supplier of LED bulbs that will match the price of a CFL, so environmentally friendly, longer lasting lighting doesn’t even cost more. Please TAKE NOTE! – the next time a bulb blows, replace it with a LED and whatever you do, don’t replace it with a CFL because when you vacate the property those CFLs will have to be replaced at your expense.

Want some free light bulbs? Check out our Newsletter from last November, your home might qualify for Idaho Power’s FREE energy savings kit.

Fort Street Station – A Cozy Neighborhood Pub

by AJ Black

Tucked into Boise’s historic North End, Fort Street Station has filled the vital roll of cozy neighborhood pub. Located in the same lot as the Boise Co-op, it’s the perfect place to drop in for a drink and a bite after the evening shop. Owners Rick and Suzy Sullivan are long time Boise natives and have always has a passion for bringing family and friends together over good food and drink.

They nurtured their dream of bringing this warmth to the public till last year, when they got their chance and went for it! Suzy left her job of 20 years and manages the pub fulltime, while husband Rick co-owns and works as an engineer in the valley. They have brought on Executive Chef, Mark Coates, who has worked in collaboration to create a from-scratch menu featuring a diverse selection of upscale pub-fare.

Fort Street is family friendly and serves up a variety of fresh favorites including Fish ‘n Chips, Thai Lettuce Wraps, Balsamic Flatbread, and a Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich. They feature 18 rotating taps of local and regional beers as well as wine by the glass or bottle. Patio seating is available and is dog friendly! Who doesn’t love a cheeky pint while they exercise the pooch?

Apart from their regular weekday lunch to dinner hours, Fort Street Station also features a weekend brunch special. Their happy hour takes $1 off all beer, wines, and appetizers– and lasts all day Monday and Tuesday and for the rest of the week falls between 4 and 6 pm. Fort Street has generously offered our tenants a buy-one-get-one deal on any draft beer or house wine! The offer is valid till September 30th, so hurry down and enjoy the inviting, homey feel of your new neighborhood favorite…with a drink on the house!

Go to the Tenant Resources Page to redeem the Fort Street Station coupon.

808 W Fort Street, Boise 83702

Don’t Miss Out!

Remember to go to the Tenant Resources page to redeem other others. Tasso’s offer is ongoing. Kona Grill is offering a free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. And Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill will serve you a complimentary order of their awesome Brie Kisses!

Realty Management Associates, Inc., CRMC®
4290 W Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID 83714
(208) 377-8889

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