Commander's Corner: family housing town hall meetings begin

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, NEW MEXICO -- Kirtland Family Housing is in the process of hosting a series of town hall meetings for all housing residents. The first meeting, for residents that live in Villages I and VII, was held last week and provided residents with updates on housing issues and an avenue to voice concerns.

If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to contact a neighbor and get the Cliff's notes version of what was discussed. If you live in Villages II - VI, please try to attend the upcoming town halls for your designated area. We'll be taping a future town hall for the Commander's Access Channel 95.

As you can imagine, there is a lot going on in family housing to get ready for the warmer months ahead. Some projects to be aware of include:

· KFH is in the process of applying a pre-emergent to grounds to help cut down on the number of weeds in housing areas. Sometimes it's green, sometimes it's orange, whichever, keep your children and pets away while they are spraying.

· Sprinkler systems will also be up and running in March, just in time for hydro-seeding to begin in April.

· The outdoor base pool is scheduled to open by Memorial Day weekend. Hours of operation and pass process are still being worked out. Stay tuned.

· There are future plans for Self-Help to issue lawn mowers and weed eaters to residents to check out and return.

Also as a reminder, if you are one of those members who had a change in their BAH for 2007, you need to visit the KFH office and make the necessary changes to your allotment form. Keep in mind, it is your responsibility to check your leave and earning statement to make sure the change occurs. The last thing you want is for someone to come back to you four months down the road and hand you a bill for unpaid rent.

More details on the Kirtland Family Housing Town Hall meeting can be found at www.kirtland.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=7514.

Overall, our family housing areas look pretty good. Let's try to keep them that way. With the winds picking up, lots of litter gets blown around, and it will take everyone's help to keep the neighborhood looking like the community we want to live in. Please do your part!