Feb 222015
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Feb 182018
Monday February 19th is the annual homeowner meeting at 7:00 PM at the clubhouse. Please join us for the annual update. On Wednesday the 21, the new board will meet to elect officers for the year. The agenda for the February 22, 2017 SMVE Board of Directors Organizational meeting has been posted on the Board Meetings page and is available to homeowners who login to the website.

Feb 172018
You are invited! The two events below are part of of SNAP’s 2018 Senior Living Education Series. No registration is required. All that’s needed is curiosity! Both events will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills (5102 N. Craycroft Road – at Territory).

Monday, February 19th, 2-3:30 PM

Hospice Education and Hospice Legal Line
Speaker: Ron Zack, Elder Attorney

Hospice Education and Legal Partnership (HELP), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Tucson, Arizona. Also known as Hospice Legal Line, HELP was created to provide legal assistance to people who meet hospice criteria or have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Write Your Own Obituary
Speaker: Ellie Brecher
This is a wonderful exercise to help you examine how you want to be remembered which, in turn, can help inform how you live the rest of your life.

Monday, March 5th, 2-3:30 PM

Create a Relationship with Your Electronic Devices
Speakers: Warren Beneville and Monica Tervoort

Co-founders of Peer to Peer Tech Help at the Dusenberry-River Library And Tucson Adult Learning Adventures

Discuss the basics of hand held devices, phones, and tablets. You’ll discover how they work and how they can serve you. Your input will help SNAP determine how to best set up ongoing tech support programs and activities.

What is SNAP?

SNAP stands for Sunrise Neighborhood Assistance Program. It is a dedicated group of your neighbors who provide FREE support services to disabled or elderly residents in the area bordered by Craycroft, Sunrise, Kolb/Sabino and River roads.

Its mission is to provide an array of “neighbors helping neighbors” volunteer services, educational programs and social events that assist and support residents who choose to age-in-place in their own homes – for as long as possible.

Who can use SNAP?

Any resident (55+) within the service area can use SNAP services and participate in SNAP programs and events.

Is SNAP really FREE?

Absolutely! Thanks to its volunteers, SNAP clients pay nothing for services they receive. However, there are expenses to keep SNAP operating and for those it needs your help.

As an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization, SNAP relies on tax deductible charitable contributions. EVERY DONATION HELPS.

Please call the SNAPLine: (520) 437-9556 or email  or visit the SNAP website at www.sunrisesnap.org.

Feb 152018
by Guy Scharf
✉ Email

Phone: (cell)

I hope all of you are enjoying our repaved and seal coated roads.  Thanks to your dues, our roads are in much better condition than they were a year ago!

Several years ago, the Board focused more acutely on road condition and noted that our roads were going to need repaving in the near future.  To get an accurate estimate of future costs for all major projects, the Board engaged Association Reserve to prepare a Reserve Study, which was completed in 2015 for the year beginning 2016.

In response to the Reserve Study findings, dues were increased in 2016 so that the HOA would develop sufficient reserve funds to pay for replacing our aging roads.  2017 sees the first major use of those funds for paving.

The 2016 Reserve Study envisioned extensive patching and postponing any major road work for several years.  The Board decided in 2016 to hire pavement consulting engineers to evaluate our roads in more detail, and the resulting Roadway Maintenance report revealed that the roads needed attention sooner than the Reserve Study had anticipated.  The first step of that “sooner attention” was patching of potholes on Paseo Otoño in January 2017, followed by repaving of Paseo Otoño, Strada de Acero, and the northern portion of Via Sempreverde in late Summer.  In addition, failing curb sections were replaced, various sections of asphalt were patched for safety or comfort, and all other roads were seal coated.

The Reserve Study estimate for this work was $208,100; we spent $233,797.  We were over budget for several reasons:  1) We used a consultant to help prepare bids; 2) we used consultants to help manage the construction and for quality control; and 3) we repaired many feet of curbs that we had not budgeted for.  Without those additional expenses, we would have been comfortably within our budget.

For 2018, we plan to repave Via Velazquez from the intersection with Paseo Otoño to the intersection with Via Gelsomino with a budget of $144,550, which we hope not to exceed.  We would like to have the paving work done in May, but cannot be certain until a contractor is selected and contracts are signed.

2017 Paving Photos

We invite you to view the photos of the project, from the beginning with patches to the end with seal coating of the older roads.



Feb 132018
Does your garage door have faded, sun-damaged paint, mismatched (or unpainted) trim, oil stains leaking through from interior hinges, or a color that doesn’t conform to SMVE’s standard for garage doors?

Have you put off seeking bids, hiring a contractor, or scheduling a paint job, because you’re too busy, or you don’t know which contractor(s) are qualified to paint garage doors, or you’re uncertain how to get the best price?

If so, you might be interested in a special test being conducted by Bill Coan, the incoming chair of SMVE’s Architecture Committee, and Vann and Son Painting, a contractor highly recommended by many Fairfield residents and used by SMVE for maintenance painting of shared facilities.

Three weeks from now, starting on March 5th and 6th, Vann and Son Painting will arrive in the SMVE neighborhood with a paint-sprayer preloaded with Dunn-Edwards Evershield paint in Cliff Brown, with a velvet finish. (Cliff Brown is SMVE’s standard color for garage doors.) Vann and Son will also have cleaning and degreasing supplies and even a pressure washer for areas that need it.

NOTE: Dunn-Edwards is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers and distributors of architectural, industrial, and high-performance coatings. Evershield is the highest grade of exterior paint manufactured by Dunn-Edwards. The velvet finish resists chalking better than a flat finish and has very little sheen, so it doesn’t highlight surface irregularities.

The goal of the garage door test is to find the best way to provide a great paint job at the lowest possible cost.

Since multiple doors will be prepped and painted on the same day, Vann and Son Painting will be able to purchase prepping and painting supplies at bulk rates and won’t have to clean its equipment after each garage door. This will hold down the costs on a per-door basis.

To attract as many participants as possible, Vann and Son Painting has agreed to charge just $65.00 per door for the first ten garage doors painted. After the first ten doors are painted, Vann and Son Painting will assess its costs and efficiency gains.

If the test shows that costs are higher than anticipated, or that efficiency gains are lower than anticipated, a slightly higher price might have to be announced for subsequent batches of doors, but in no case will the price be higher than $75.00 per door. Any change in price will be announced ahead of time. Participants who want to withdraw based on a change in price will be free to do so.

Those of us who have painted our own garage doors know that a gallon of Dunn-Edwards Evershield paint costs approximately $45 at retail. When you add the cost of cleaning and degreasing agents and paint brushes and rollers, you can easily spend more than $75 to paint your own garage door.

As part of the test, Vann and Son Painting will provide all supplies and labor and perform the following steps:
1. Inspect your garage door and prep it for painting.
2. Mask the door and trim.
3. Apply a first coat of paint and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.
4. Operate the door.
5. Apply a second coat of paint and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.
6. Operate the door again.
7. Remove the masking from the door and trim.

Vann and Son Painting will collect payment from each participant upon completion of each door. Homeowners who will be out of town or away from home can leave payment with a neighbor or with Bill Coan.

This might be the smartest, fastest, easiest way to get your garage door professionally painted, and it will almost certainly be the least costly way, too. In addition to making your garage door look better, it will make your whole house and the surrounding neighborhood look better. Since higher curb appeal usually correlates with higher home values, you’ll be helping to increase the value of your home and of other homes throughout SMVE.

If more than ten SMVE homeowners sign up for this first-of-its-kind test, additional batches of ten doors will be painted on March 7th, 8th, and 9th. Scheduling priority will be given to groups of two or more adjacent homes, so talk to your next-door neighbors and make sure they sign up, too, if interested.

This is one of the best times of the year to paint garage doors, so don’t miss out. The signup period ends March 2. Act now to make sure your garage door will be included.

To participate in SMVE’s garage door test, simply send an ✉ email to architecture. Or call Bill at .In either case, 1) specify your address and phone number, 2) explicitly grant your permission to have your door and trim painted Cliff Brown in a velvet finish, and 3) state your commitment to pay for the work upon completion.

✉ by Bill Coan, Architecture Committee
Feb 102018
Homeowners have received, or will shortly receive, the mailing for the SMVE Annual Meeting in February.  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, your absentee ballot must be received by February 16 in order to be counted. Also per new regulations, if you are voting absentee ballot, you must enclose your ballot in an envelope which has your name, address, and signature in order for your ballot to count. If you will be attending the meeting in person, you will be provided a ballot at check-in.

A pre-addressed envelope for returning your ballot is included with the mailing.  All you have to do is to insert your ballot in the return envelope, sign the envelope, attach a stamp, and mail it.

Attached below is an annual meeting packet sample. Note the ballot is not included in the attached packet as if you vote Absentee you must use the ballot in the package mailed to you.

✉ by Larry Spencer, SMVE Secretary


Download (PDF, 3.68MB)

2018 SNAP Calendar

January 30, 2018  News, SNAP
Jan 302018

SNAP stands for Sunrise Neighborhood Assistance Program. It is a dedicated group of your neighbors who provide FREE support services to disabled or elderly residents in the area bordered by Craycroft, Sunrise, Kolb/Sabino and River roads.

Its mission is to provide an array of “neighbors helping neighbors” volunteer services, educational programs and social events that assist and support residents who choose to age-in-place in their own homes – for as long as possible.

Save the Date: Sunday, March 25th, 2018:

10th annual Home & Garden & Treasures Tour of the Fairfield Community
1 PM – 5 PM
Stay tuned for information about tickets! (Proceeds benefit SNAP volunteer efforts)

There are events planned for each month through the summer of 2018, and we hope you’ll join us! All programs are offered on Mondays from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills (at the corner of Territory Drive and Craycroft Road).

  • February 19th:  Write your own obituary. Ron Zack, Esq., Hospice Education/Legalline and Ellie Brecher
  • March 5th: TBD
  • April 23rd: National Institute of Civil Discourse (U of A College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • May 28th: The how-to’s of planning a funeral. Margie Rhodes (formerly of Brings Funeral Home) and Pastor John Lillie of Lutheran Church of the Foothills
  • June 25th: Hoarding. Lisa McNeill, U of A Center on Aging
  • July 30th: Medications and Drug Interactions. Dr. Jeannie Lee, U of A College of Pharmacy
  • August 27th: Successful Grieving and Ice Cream Social

Who can use SNAP?

Any resident (55+) within the service area can use SNAP services and participate in SNAP programs and events.

Is SNAP really FREE?

Absolutely!! Thanks to our volunteers, SNAP clients pay nothing for services they receive! However, there are expenses to keep SNAP operating and for these we need your help.

As an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization, SNAP relies on tax deductible charitable contributions. EVERY DONATION HELPS.

Please call us at the SNAPLine: (520) 437-9556 or email us at   or visit the SNAP website at www.sunrisesnap.org.

A fresh paint job!

January 29, 2018  News
Jan 292018
✉ by Kiki Cheney, Chair, Communications Committee


The exteriors of the U.S. Mail parcel boxes will be painted on Thursday, February 1st and possibly continue through Friday, February 2nd.

We don’t believe there will be any impact on normal deliveries. And while it’s conceivable that a large package might not be delivered if it arrives while the box is being painted or if the paint is still wet, the window of time that the box will be unavailable is so small that the mail carrier will be able to deliver the package the next day.

Thanks to Steve Struck, Chair of the Maintenance Committee, for arranging this upgrade!

Jan 282018
✉ by Jane Spaulding, Chair, Hospitality Committee


by Jane Spalding


The Hospitality Committee works as a team; one person takes leadership for an event and other members provide support. Our plan is to try different ideas for events, offer them at a variety of times and days so we can include as many people as possible. We invite you to pop in to say “hi;” come early, come late, or visit for the entire time. If you need a ride to or from an event, we can help! Just contact any one of us —all of us are in the SMVE Homeowner Directory. We welcome comments, ideas, and helpers!

During the Spring of 2017, Teresa Scharf was Chair of the Hospitality Committee.  Members organized events every month. They:

  • held a brunch in January
  • provided refreshments and volunteers for the HOA annual meeting in February
  • sponsored a speaker about the SNAP Program in March
  • held a BYOB and appetizer event in April

Details of these events were published in the April 2017 HOA Newsletter.  With so many committee members and residents scattered for summer homes and on vacations, no events were planned between May and September. BUT we would be happy to offer an event if there is interest and someone is willing to lead the effort.

In October, Teresa stepped down as Chair and I moved into that role. The continuing Committee members are: Sonja Allen, Pat Larsen, Diane Meuser, Teresa Scharf, Joyce Steiner, Carole Stephan, and Susie Struck.  In late fall, we welcomed two new members, Margie McCoy, and Judi Fisher.

October’s event was a “Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) and an appetizer to share” format at the clubhouse; the event leader was Carole Stephan.  Fall colors and Halloween were the theme for decorations and about 30 residents attended.  With the BYOB format there is no fixed seating so attendees have space to socialize inside the clubhouse and outside under the ramada. There is always plenty of food so several people can join together to bring one dish.

November’s event was a true potluck dinner organized by Pat Larson. Close to 40 people RSVP’d for this event! Pat’s lovely table decorations and the wide variety of delicious food made for a festive party.

December’s BYOB and appetizer event was a true winter season celebration. It was led by Sonja Allen with assistance and live music by Carole Stephan.  The decorations had a north-woods theme, there was the surprise appearance of a jolly guest in a bright red suit, and gifts for all.

Jan 242018
✉ by Steve Struck, Maintenance Chair


by Steve Struck



At the 2017 annual meeting, some owners expressed concern about problems caused by tenants of rental units in the HOA. The Board also received comments after the meeting. Concerns revolved around parking problems (lots of street parking), maintenance issues, and tenants not following HOA rules. Also, concerns were expressed about the density of rentals when many of them exist in a small area.

The concerns expressed above were specific to individual rentals in SMVE but they also suggested the need for a more in depth understanding of HOA rental issues in general. For example, what other issues are common? What percentage of rentals in an HOA becomes problematic in terms of mortgage availability, insurance rates, and home values?

A rental policy committee was appointed (Joe Cybulsky, Kathy Mitton and Steve Struck) that began meeting in April of 2017. Its goals were to:

  • Understand the current rental restrictions
  • Determine the current number of rentals
  • Identify issues associated with rental units
  • Recommend possible policy changes

Existing Rental Restrictions

Article 8.I.i of the CC & Rs permits rentals of an entire lot/building. The same article specifies that no rentals of less than 30 days are permitted, no single room or any portion of a unit may be rented, and that units may only be rented to families (as defined in the Pima County Zoning Code). No renting for business use is permitted.

Number of Rental Units

As of early 2017, the HOA believes the following are use demographics of SMVE homes:

Occupancy Type # % Description
Owner occupied 164 69% Primary home of owner
Second home 47 20% Vacation home
Rental 24 10% Declared a rental by owner, or advertised as rental
Other 3 1% Occupancy by friend, relative or other than above
Total 238 100%


Issues Relating to Rental Units

The committee assembled the following list of issues often associated with rental units. These issues represent both complaints made about SMVE HOA rental units, and issues that have occurred in HOAs and planned communities in general. It should be noted that this list does not attempt to judge validity of the issues. Rather, it is a compilation of complaints that are typical for planned communities where rentals are permitted.

  1. Parking violations/excessive number of cars
  2. Noise
  3. Substandard landscape maintenance
  4. Substandard building maintenance
  5. Multiple family occupancy/over crowding
  6. Owners of rentals have less of a stake in preserving the sense of community
  7. Higher rental percentages can make obtaining mortgages more difficult (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won’t underwrite mortgages when rentals exceed 30%)*
  8. Common ownership of multiple units greater than 10% also are ineligible for Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac underwriting
  9. Higher liability and casualty insurance rates
  10. Renters tend to be shorter term residents with limited interest in the welfare of the community
  11. The more renters, the more difficult it is to get volunteers for HOA board and committee positions.
  12. Higher rental percentages make the HOA less attractive and lower prices
  13. Density or saturation (multiple rental units in a small area) impact small areas disproportionately

*This is an example. Policies can change, and individual mortgage sources can have different standards. 

Items 1 through 5 are primarily issues relating to enforcement of current HOA rules and regulations.

Issues 6 through 11 are cited in many articles on rentals in planned communities. There is little disagreement in the literature that these are valid concerns.

Item 12 regarding the impact of rentals on property value is more problematic. One argument is that a high percentage of rental units leads to lower prices due to the issues cited above. The flip side of that view is that higher levels of maintenance, an improved sense of community and wider participation in HOA management raises prices. Others would argue that rental restrictions may reduce the number of potential buyers, thus lowering prices. This issue is a complex one.

Current Status and Conclusions

The SMVE Board is sympathetic to the concerns raised by some residents. The research done by the committee validates many of the concerns. After consultation with legal counsel, the Board chose to first address those concerns that may be handled by improved enforcement of existing policies (items 1 through 5 on the list of concerns). To that end, the Board revised enforcement procedures and clarified potential fines that can result from violations of existing rules such as parking, noise, and maintenance of yards. A lot of progress was made in the area of landscaping maintenance this year.

The next step could be to modify the HOA’s current rental regulations. However, making any change to the CC & Rs requires a 51% approval of all owners (not just owners who attend an HOA meeting). Acquiring the necessary 51% approval would not be a casual effort; it would require a lot of time and effort to solicit input from owners and then to publicize the proposed changes, as well as to get buy-in before a vote.

The Board decided not to pursue this course of action at this time. The directors would like to see if improved enforcement policies can address at least some of the issues. The Board will monitor this situation and consider further action as results merit them.