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Join the SMVE community for some
good cheer and music!
Guests will receive nice surprises, too!
Thursday, December 14th
5 – 7 p.m.
We hope everyone (homeowners and tenants) will attend!
Bring your beverage(s) of choice and an appetizer to share. The hospitality committee will provide paper goods. Carol Stephan will provide the live music!
If you prefer not to drive after dark, there are homeowners who have volunteered to pick you up and drive you home after the party. Please contact Sonja Allen to reserve your ride or to get answers to any questions you might have. Sonja’s phone number is and or you may reach her by .
*The north pool will close at 3:00 p.m. on the day of the party.
- After careful consideration, Kip Longan decided it was time for him to resign from the Board. Kip served from 2006 – 2010 and again in 2016 and 2017. We are grateful to Kip for his many years of service to our community; please thank him personally when you see him.
- We are delighted that Laura Franklin has joined the Board as Kip’s successor and agreed to serve as Pool and Recreation chair. Welcome, Laura!
- The Nomination Committee reported that we have 3 candidates who will run for the 3 open Board positions: Bill Coan, Tom Kelley, and Larry Spencer.
- Homeowner dues for the first half of the year will be mailed to residents’ permanent addresses by December 1st. Payment will be due by January 1st. If your permanent mailing address has changed recently, then please let President Guy Scharf know so he can update our database (and you won’t miss any other important communications).
- It is a tight real estate market in Fairfield. One home is for sale in SMVE (which has 238 homes) and approximately 10 homes are for sale in all the Fairfield HOAs.
- Treasurer Tammy Eversole reported that we are still below budget for the year by approximately 5%.
- The Operating budget for 2018 was approved.
- Updates to the 2018 Reserve Study were approved, and will be posted on the website’s Finance page when the final copy is available.
- The road work planned for 2017 has been completed; the Board approved a payment of approximately $212,000 to pay for that work. Stay tuned for the next phase….
- Laura reported that the Pool Committee is investigating how to address the issue of paint peeling on the pool ladders.
- The north pool spa was drained, acid washed, and refilled. All pool and spa water was tested by an independent firm to ensure our water is in compliance. It is!
- We are grateful to the numerous people who responded to our request for additional volunteers:
- 5 water watchers (Lois Coan, Ardith Grady, Cathy Grant, Cynthia Schneider, and Toz Spalding)
- 1 new member for the Maintenance Committee (Rick Levy)
- 1 reserve study specialist (Toz Spalding)
- 1 reconciliation manager (Sam Evans)
- 2 new members for the Communications Committee (Kiki Cheney and Donna Evans)
- We hope to welcome several new Finance Committee members in the near future. Stay tuned!
- Historically, fines were the same for violations to landscape rules on either common property or in a homeowner’s yard. The Board updated the wording so that violations are now addressed differently. The newly approved wording for violations on common property now reads:
- Homeowners may be charged $250-$500 per plant/tree impacted plus the cost of remediation (e.g., replanting and irrigating for up to 5 years). The Landscape Committee will make the determination of the value of the tree/plant.
by Pam Negri
Beginning Spring 2019, a 15-month construction project will widen Kolb Road – from Sunrise Drive to Sabino Canyon Road – into a 3-lane road. The center lane will be for left turns in either direction. The draft design plan calls for paved shoulders for bicycling and a sidewalk.
A public open house to review the plans is scheduled for December 12 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Ventana Vista Elementary School, 6085 N. Kolb Road. For more information, visit Pima County Roads Project.✉ Email
by Pam Negri
Territory Drive from Via Velazquez to Craycroft is disintegrating. In fact, the county has designated it as a “failed” road which means it is beyond repair and needs to be rebuilt.
At this time, the county has neither plans nor funds to rebuild “failed” roads such as Territory Drive. The county says it needs more money for road repair/rebuilding, and a sales tax increase is under consideration to acquire it.
What about money already generated from taxes?
In this fiscal year Pima County received $85 million from the Pima County Gas Tax (HURF) and the Vehicle License Tax (VLT) but only $6 million was dedicated for roads. Unfortunately, even though these funds are designated for arterial and “collector” roads (which would include Territory Drive), these monies have already been allocated and Territory Drive is not on the the list of roads that will be repaired/rebuilt with these funds.
Another $8 million is available from a new property tax levied against county roads, but this money will be used to repair “neighborhood” roads. Since Territory Drive is a “collector” road it is not eligible to be repaired using these funds.
The bottom line
Homeowners in the 12 Sunrise HOAs are paying the new property tax in addition to HOA dues but receive no benefit from the funds generated. This, despite the fact that not all roads in HOAs are private, and should receive attention from the county.
What can you do?
“Fix Our Roads” is a Change.org petition addressed to Governor Ducey and our state legislators. Its goal is to convince our elected officials to reform the statutes so more of the HURF and VLT funds can be used for road repair instead of departmental salaries and overhead costs. The petition can be found on Supervisor Ally Miller’s website.
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!