Friday, September 3, 2010

Week in Review: August 30th - September 4th

Shalee - Administration Manager:
Another week gone.  How on earth did it get to be September?!  Someone told me that it's only 14 more days until the snow season is upon us.  What's up with that?  There should be an autumn in there some where....  I guess that explains the myriad of snow bids that we've been asked to submit in the past week!  We're hoping to help lot of people get to and from their cars without having to wade through lots of snow.  Such a good service to perform for people!

We're still seeking another Business Developer for the office.  Diane is doing an excellent job of keeping Greg out of our office and in prospect's places.  Another BD should really make it so that we're missing seeing his mug on a daily basis!  :)  We have some hopefuls in the mix; I'm just waiting to see who God has in mind for us.

On the family front, we've had an exciting and taxing.  Last Saturday, when taking our friends down to Des Moines, our Honda cracked a head gasket and the radiator blew up.  Apparently we had an unknown antifreeze leak and the car couldn't take it anymore!  So we found ourselves praying for God to give us a great car at a great price.  He totally answered yes!  Our first attempt on Monday found us in front of a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with only 26K miles at a fabulous price.  We were willing to pay a little more for a better car than we imagined having!  So now, we have this beautiful van, ready to transport us and friends to amazing destinations... like hiking trails and camping spots!

Thursday night, we had the opportunity to cheer for the Vikings in the stands.  What a FUN time!  It was exciting to see the players, even if Favre, Peterson and Allen never took the field.  We cheered hard and well, so much so that we now know the Viking's score song!  Thank you, Google, for helping us in a time of  need!  :)

The State Fair is on our to-do list for Saturday.  I know it will be busy, but we're excitied to taste and see what all the fuss is!  We've some friends who are willing to show us the ropes this year; I know we could do it on our own, but it will be nice having someone experienced helping us to enjoy our first time.

Have a fun and safe Labor day weekend!  Catch you on the flip side!

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Mitch - Quality Control Manager:
On Monday of this week, I ran through my normal visits to 9 or 10 properties, followed by a trip to Plymouth to pick up keys and meet the tenants at a new multi tenant building that we started cleaning on the 1st of this month. Afterwards, I went back to the office to complete a bunch of month-end paper work and extra charge invoice sign offs etc.

On Tuesday, I started out the day with a couple hours of office work from home, met an electrician at a property in Burnsville to wrap up a few fixes we had been doing throughout the property, and reset the exterior lighting timing so that they turn on at the right time heading in to fall and winter. By 11:15am I was on site with 18 cleaners, plus the IC and his wife taking down 42 student housing apartment turn cleans. It was a very educational, very detail oriented project that seemed almost never-ending.

We had 6 crews of 3, meaning that we turned 4-5 apartments per hour. Meanwhile, the service provider, his wife, and myself were going behind and finalling out all details and as soon as we finished finalizing those 4 or 5 an hour, my cell phone would ring and another few would be ready to be walked. The cycle went on and on until Eric, one of our Night Managers showed up and helped with the final and detail process. Once Eric arrived, we were able to slow down a bit on the management end. Eric and I took down a large Papa John’s pizza at 5:30, and by 7 he had a good handle on the process and how things were going so I thanked everyone and got out of there around 7:30am. The property managers loved how flexible we were to jump from one unit to another and get back to where we were later on. Overall the process went very well considering we hadpPainters, handymen, carpet installers, carpet cleaners and our cleaning crews running simultaneously. What a project!!

I am excited for this weeken--, I am going to the State Fair twice, and hopefully a third time to complete my normal circuit and consume all the terrible for your health food I possibly can… we have in-laws coming over for birthday celebrations on Sunday afternoon and I am going to find a way to sneak in some time to power-wash my house and garage as well. Happy Labor Day to all!

~Your City Wide Team