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Nov 092017

Will you spend about an hour to join your Fairfield neighbors for this cooperative roadside clean up effort?

This county-sponsored semi-annual event invites the participation of all Fairfield HOAs and offers the opportunity to meet neighbors while helping to maintain the appearance of our neighborhood.

Please bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Litter bags and safety vests will be provided.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Meet at: Sunrise Valley Community Pool Parking Area, across from 4593 N. Camino Campero

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Nov 072017
The new Fall 2017 SMVE Newsletter is now available on the website.  Click here to see the newsletter in website article format. To read the newsletter as a PDF file, first login as a SMVE Homeowner and then click here to read the newsletter.

Desperately Seeking A Treasurer…

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Nov 072017

Desperately Seeking a Treasurer

The nominating committee has had the pleasure of talking with a number of homeowners about upcoming board and committee openings. To those of you who have taken the time to further explore the volunteer opportunities, thank you! While we have made progress getting volunteers for some slots, we are still actively searching for a Treasurer. You do not have to be a full time resident to be Treasurer as this position can be done anywhere because everything is on-line. This position does NOT require a finance or CPA background, however, you should be comfortable with financial statements. If you have ever managed your own finances you can probably do this job! (Remember we have a bookkeeper who does the heavy lifting).  Several of our past Treasurers did not have financial backgrounds and were still successful in this position. This volunteer position will take 8-10 hours a month of your time. Please consider taking on this volunteer opportunity.

While our most urgent need is a treasurer, other committee positions which do not require being on the board are also still open (maintenance committee member, bank statement reconciliation manager, assistant to secretary and more!)  Remember many hands makes small work for each and the fewer hands we have the more we have to outsource for fees.

Please contact Kathy Mitton ✉ Kathy Mitton, Nominations Chair Phone: or Larry Spencer ✉ Larry Spencer, Secretary Phone: if you can help.

Fall 2017 Landscape Report

November 6, 2017  News
Nov 062017
✉ by Kathy Mitton, Landscape Chair


Landscaping has been relatively uneventful in 2017. We are on target to complete the year at or under budget.

Two refreshes were completed — one is the narrow strip on Via Sempreverde across from the north pool and the other is the mid parking area of Via Sempreverde. The strip across from the pool had new plantings added as it is irrigated. The parking area had repairs made to fix erosion problems and a new coating of granite was added.

We had minimal irrigation problems this year and about half of them were leaks at the south pool. Thanks to all of you who did note a problem and quickly reported it! Please continue to do so. We did have issues with aging timers which resulted in areas getting quite dry before we realized the valves weren’t operational. If you happen to notice an overly dry area, please contact me so we can investigate whether one of the valves is sticking. I will be soliciting help from community members to watch irrigated areas for leaks and failure to irrigate. We have over 9 areas that are irrigated with some areas having more than one schedule associated with it. I’d love to see an owner per area/schedule. If you are interested in helping, please contact me.

We did have an overly active year of packrats — particularly in the 3rd and 4th quarters. This in part was due to our healthy rains this summer. Over 87 nests were addressed. Remember that you can discourage packrats in your yard by ensuring that you keep packrat friendly hiding places removed. This includes stacked bricks and wood, low hanging thick plants such as rosemary. If you leave fruit on the ground from a fruit tree, this will attract packrats as well so ensure you discard any fruit that falls from your trees. Remember you are allowed to keep the area behind your wall weed free if it is flat (up to 12′). Keeping that area clear also discourages packrats as generally they don’t like to cross open areas.

Our heavy summer rains also contributed to active weed growth and over 30 homeowners were notified of weedy yards needing cleanup. All homeowners addressed the problem (thank you). We all benefit from the tidy appearance of our HOA so keep up the good work. Don’t forget that even if you are away, you are responsible for ensuring weeds in your yard are removed in a timely fashion.

Thanks to all of you who help us keep our community looking terrific. If you have any questions about your yard, contact me or consult  Yard Rules and Regulations. Also as a reminder you may not trim any trees behind your homes in common area without permission. You can be fined and/or required to replant if you do so. Please ensure you are working with the landscape chair if you need to trim trees for view.

Maximizing our Home Values

November 6, 2017  News
Nov 062017
✉ by Larry Spencer


Several board members attended a free webinar on Maximizing Home Values in an HOA. The focus was understanding why some HOAs are inviting places to live with strong home values and other associations are in a state of decline. One of the most important items was a strong Reserve fund. A study by Association Reserves showed home values were 12.6% higher in associations with a strong (over 70% Funded) Reserve Fund than homes in associations with a weak (under 30% Funded) Reserve Fund. You can read more about this here:Reserve Funds and HOA Home Values.. As you may recall, we are contributing more to the reserve fund than we have in years past in order to get us to an acceptable funding level. The Board is focused on the Reserve Fund and an update to the reserve study was recently completed.

Other items that can make a difference in home values within an HOA are as follows:

  1. Budget Accurately & Honestly
  2. Maximizing Curb Appeal
  3. Avoiding Deferred Maintenance
  4. Avoiding Special Assessments
  5. Creating a Culture of Transparency
  6. Building “Community”
  7. Adhering to Rules & Standards
  8. Employing accredited, credentialed managers
  9. Training Board Members
  10. Teaming up with Knowledgeable Business Partners

All of us can contribute to helping maximize home values in SMVE whether or not we volunteer as board or committee members. Do your part to maximize curb appeal of your property and help us continue to build a sense of community. We’re also always looking for volunteer board and committee members to help. A strong volunteer base will keep our community strong.

Fall 2017 Pool Report

November 6, 2017  News
Nov 062017
✉ by Kip Longan


The pools are kept sparkling clean and at the proper temperature by Donald Pierce, our pool vendor.  They were coated with Pebble Tec this year to maintain their surface and provide better walking.  The north pool also had the tiles cleaned. You probably have all noticed that we have have easy exit from both pools with a key no longer being required. This was an important safety change allowing for fast exit if needed.

As usual the South pool will be closed Dec 1, 2017 and will reopen March 1 2018.

Please remember to keep pool gates closed/locked at all times.  Do not prop the gate open or prevent it from closing securely — even for a few minutes.

Fall 2017 Hospitality Report

November 5, 2017  News
Nov 052017
✉ by Jane Spalding, Hospitality Chair


In October, I accepted the Hospitality Chairman responsibilities, having worked the past year with former chairman Teresa Scharf and the Committee members to explore how we can best serve our community. We are grateful for Teresa’s warm leadership and thankful for her easy access to Guy’s information and skills. Thank you both for getting us started! We will continue to have a leader for each event who is both the contact person for the community and usually the idea leader as well. It has been fun for all of us to trust this leader’s vision to determine the event details in different ways. We enjoy working together, we would enjoy supporting new ideas for future events, we welcome your feedback, and welcome you to join us as volunteers.

Each event will be posted in advance on the SMVE website, listing details and the event contact information. In addition, the event flyer will be posted on the mailbox clusters one week ahead. All our residents, whether Owners or Tenants, are always welcome; if you need a ride, just let us know.

*October 20, 2017, 5-7pm at our clubhouse. Event Leader: Carole Stephan
Last year the BOD changed the alcohol policy to allow individuals to bring their own beverages of choice to HOA events. As a result, the Committee planned several “BYOB and Appetizer to Share” social gatherings at the clubhouse. Food is set out for all to help themselves and there is space for people to mix and mingle in the clubhouse and outside under the ramadas (please remember food and drink only under ramadas and in walking paths and never by pool or spa. Also never use glass containers!) We hope people feel free to drop in before or after dinner, or, plan to spend the early evening with your neighbors.

*November 10, 2017, 5pm start at the clubhouse. Event Leader: Pat Larson
There have been requests for a sit-down format, potluck style event so this month includes the BYOB and bring food to share concept, but will require an RSVP to the event leader who will keep a list of the foods coming (appetizer, salad, entree or side dish, dessert) or, ask her for suggestions of the categories needed. The RSVP will help us be prepared with enough tables and chairs inside and outside under the ramadas.

*December 14, 2017. Event Leader Sonja Allen
The leaders of this event love music and a lively party… the “Winter Holidays” is the theme in progress for a BYOB and appetizer even in December.

Hospitality Committee: Sonja Allen, Pat Larson, Diane Meuser, Jane Spalding, Joyce Steiner, Carole Stephan, Susie Struck

Fall 2017 Tennis Report

November 5, 2017  News
Nov 052017
✉ by Lee Radziemski


In May the North court surface was completely redone. The cracks are gone and the paint looks great. I am going to suggest we put up some sun screens on the east side, maybe just 4 by 8’ latticework or windscreen material, to provide some shade between games when players are sitting. Any thoughts on this would be welcome. The South court is fine, I call it our “Wimbledon” court. Many people I play with have said it is the most beautiful court they have played on. It also mimics a grass court a bit because there are a few places where the bounce is erratic.

Lately there has been very little use of the South court, which is easier on knees, hips and feet. So if you have not, consider trying it. Remember that you can’t reserve courts more than 48 hours in advance of when you want to play. Reservation are not needed after about 11 AM, most usage is before that.