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Jun 172017

2017 Road Paving Project
July 10 – August 4, 2017


The 2017 road paving project will begin July 10, 2017 and should finish around August 4. Please read this letter carefully to see how you will be affected. Our intent is to minimize, as much as possible, the impact to you while still ensuring that the investment we are making in our roads progresses smoothly and safely.

The areas to be paved are:

  • Paseo Otoño from Sunrise Drive to Via Velazquez including the North Pool parking area
  • Via Sempreverde from the intersection with Paseo Otoño to just past Strada de Acero, including the mailbox parking area
  • All of Strada de Acero
  • Selected segments of curbs throughout the HOA will be replaced

Heavy equipment will be onsite to pulverize existing asphalt, regrade and compact the base and then lay down new asphalt. Affected areas will have sewer covers and water valves lowered for the duration of the project making driving difficult. Towards the end of the project, speed bumps and striping will be done. We will also take this opportunity to replace some old water lines and electrical wiring that cross underneath affected roads.

The Schedule

The schedule is subject to change because of weather or unforeseen events. Construction will begin on July 10th, with workers lowering water valves and manhole covers on the streets to be paged. Curb replacement may also begin then. The pulverizing and paving schedule is:

Street Pulverize Grade Pave
Via Sempreverde 7/17 7/17-7/20 7/21
Paseo Otoño 7/18 7/24-7/27 7/28

Grading and compacting will be done between the pulverizing and paving dates.  After paving is complete, the previously lowered water valves and manhole covers will be raised back to pavement level.

How will ALL residents be affected?

For reasons of safety and road work, we ask all homeowners, guests, and contractors to enter and exit SMVE from the entrances on Territory Drive. Please advise anyone coming to your house to enter from Territory Drive.

Emergency vehicles will continue to have access to every home, regardless of their location or paving work in progress. We are working with Rural/Metro, the Sheriff, and other services so that they are fully aware of our paving project.

While the North Pool will remain open, we strongly encourage you to use the South Pool or plan to park outside the paving area and walk to the pool.

How will residents within paving area be affected?

Homes on Strada de Acero and Via Sempreverde from 5416 through 5500 will have the roads directly in front of their homes paved. Homeowners on Via Frassino, Via Cedri, and Largo Salici must pass through the area being paved to reach their house.

The plan is that you should be able to drive from your home towards Territory by way of Via Velazquez or Via Sempreverde before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. daily. However, there will be barricades around lowered sewer covers and water valves, and the road itself may be gravel instead of paved at times. At other times of the day, construction workers and equipment may be present, so you will need to drive slowly and cautiously. We request you avoid driving through the work area if possible.

We expect that on two days the road in front of your house, or that you need to pass through, will be blocked because pulverizing or paving is in progress. On those days that access is blocked, you may park on Via Sempreverde or Via Velazquez the previous night. Use a parking area if available. Overnight parking on the side of the street with a sidewalk will be allowed only if overflow parking spaces are full. If you will be unable to walk to your home from where you park your car, please notify us soon as we are we are evaluating whether to have a golf cart and driver available to transport you between your car and home. We will have details of this service in the next mailing.

Access to your house will be blocked on the pulverizing date and on the paving date as shown in the schedule above.

Please avoid construction projects on your home during the July 10 – August 1. For safety and to avoid damage to the road in progress, we want to keep traffic to a minimum and especially to keep heavy vehicles and trailers out. If you have a project in process, please arrange for your contractor not to be working during that period. If you have regular contractors, like cleaning or landscaping services, ask them to schedule their visits before July 17 and after August 1.

No parking will be permitted on the streets being paved. Vehicles parked on streets being paved are subject to being towed.

If you have home health care, or otherwise need regular visits to your home, please contact us with details so that we can find a way for necessary services to reach your house on all days.

We are working with the Post Office so that mail delivery can be continued through this paving project. We are contacting delivery services like UPS and FedEx so they are aware of road restrictions.

The Waste Management schedule may need to be altered for homes in the area being repaved. We will provide more details in the next mailing.

Finally, if you are thinking about taking a vacation in July, July 17 through August 1 would be an excellent time to be away.

What about seal coating?

All roads other than those being repaved will be seal coated this summer. The seal coating project will follow the paving project. Schedule and traffic controls will be announced in a few weeks.

Who can I call with questions?

Kathy Mitton and Guy Scharf will be contacting all residents in the paving area. You are welcome, of course, to call either of us or any Board member.

For residents of Via Cedri and Via Frassino:

Guy Scharf
Cell: (520) 305-1472

For residents of Via Sempreverde, Strada de Acero, and Largo Salici:

Kathy Mitton
Cell: (520) 979-1218

[6/23/17: Corrected dates – paving will be on Fridays]

May 162017
Below are some brief highlights from the May board meeting:

  • Stu Lewis, our new State Farm Insurance Agent, attended the meeting to answer questions on our deductible choices and monetary and non monetary Director and Officer liability. It was decided to select the $5k deductible.
  • A brief discussion occurred around homeowners propping open the pool gate because they only have one key and arrive separately. The pool gate may NEVER be propped open. If it is too burdensome for a homeowner to open the gate, the homeowner can purchase a second key for the pool.
  • Real estate activity remains moderate (6 homes closed so far this year, 1 pending, and 1 for sale).
  • Treasurer Tammy Eversole reported budget is on track for the year. As of April we are 4.1% under budget but several expenses haven’t cleared the books yet (water and security). Once those clear we will be closer to 2% under budget.
  • Clubhouse refrigerator is failing. It will be unplugged for the summer to avoid damage and is likely to be replaced in the fall.
  • All but one homeowner who received a note (either courtesy or violation notice) have cleaned up their yards. The remaining homeowner has made partial improvements.
  • Yard Rules and Regulations will be updated to add Onionweed (Asphodelus fistulosus) as an invasive plant. Homeowners should not plant any invasive plant and should remove any invasive plant that sprouts on their property.
  • Yard Rules and Regulations will be updated to reflect fines for compliance can be up to $250 and/or $10 a day. Currently the document states only $10 a day. Document will also be updated to indicate fines may double if repeat offenses occur within a year.
  • North pool heater will be replaced this Thursday. North pool tile will be cleaned on Saturday, June 3rd, and the pool will be closed from 6:30 a.m until noon.
  • North pool chairs will be re-strapped. Half the chairs will be picked up this Wednesday. Once those are done the other half will be done.
  • North tennis court will be resurfaced starting May 29th and it will take 5-7 days to complete the work.Tennis court will be closed during repaving.
  • Two bids were received for road work. Committee will be selecting vendor shortly.
✉ by Kathy Mitton, SMVE HOA Vice President

Phone: (cell)

May 152017
The North Tennis Court will be closed for five to seven days beginning May 29th for crack repair and resurfacing.  When completed, we will have a new surface with fresh paint and striping.

During this closure, you may enjoy the South Tennis Court.  Be sure to sign up for time on the court, as it may be used more heavily while the North court is being resurfaced.

Call or email if you have any questions.

✉ by Lee Radziemski


May 112017
The agenda for the May 15, 2017 SMVE Board of Directors meeting has been posted on the Board Meetings page and is available to homeowners who login to the website.  Other materials such as financial reports and policy changes are attached to the agenda. Consider printing a copy and bringing it with you to the meeting as we will not provide additional copies at the board meeting.

Apr 282017

Don’t let 100 degree days or the absence of fond snowbird friends keep you homebound, bored or feeling alone over the summer months. Join us for social and educational programs to meet new friends and enjoy an afternoon away from home. Transportation provided as needed.

May 22: Sizzlin’ Summer Social #1 at Lutheran Church of the Foothills (LCF) from 2 – 3:30 pm: Noreen Poli presents an introduction to the Senior Geri-Fit Program, an evidence-based exercise program that is challenging, effective and safe. The program includes stretching, stability, strengthening and balance training. Program will also include social interaction activities.

June 27: Senior Living Tour and Lunch at Splendido at Rancho Vistoso. Depart from LCF parking lot at 10:30 am and return to LCF at 2:30 pm for short debriefing session. Limited to 20 persons. Call the SNAPLine at 437-9556 to reserve your space now.

July 3: Sizzlin’ Summer Social #2 at LCF from 2 – 3:30 pm with Sheryl Brown of Advocates4Solutions. Sheryl lives in the SNAP service area and is a private health /well-being advocate for senior adults at home or in assisted living facilities. She will present information and tips about how to be your own best advocate in a healthcare setting and beyond. Program will also include social interaction activities.

August 21: Sizzlin Summer Social #3 at LCF from 2 – 3:30 pm. with a staff member from the AZ State Museum. This session will be used as a possible draw for SNAP social outing/bus trip to AZ State Museum in Tucson.

If you know of someone who would like to volunteer with SNAP or who needs to receive services, please call the SNAPLine at 437-9556 or email .

Apr 222017
The new Spring 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.

Apr 222017
The board has been considering for several months the efficacy of Central Alarm security services and what level of service would be most appropriate for us. Central Alarm drove through SMVE HOA 4 times a day during daylight hours and checked pools and gates. Additionally, on Friday and Saturday nights and holidays, after pool closing hours, a Central Alarm supervisor checked the pools and gates. Effective April 21, the board has agreed to reduce the Central Alarm service to just the Friday, Saturday and holiday check of the pool after closing hours. In six months we will re-evaluate the service to determine what service level is warranted.

In reaching this decision many factors were considered. In 2008, the HOA began utilizing Central Alarm on an evening only basis because of some incidents at the pools. Over time this level morphed into a 4 times a day, 7 days a week check. A number of residents have questioned whether this was a necessary expenditure. In making this decision, the board considered both the low crime nature of the area, the possibility that the simple presence of the security company acted as a deterrent, the lack of any significant incident caught by the security company, the incidents the company did catch (primarily pool gates left open), and cost (we spent $9,000 last year and budgeted $10,000 for this year). Board Member Larry Spencer also talked with 9 other Fairfield HOAs and learned that none of them use a security service. These HOAs indicate that they don’t experience any significant issues. The most common problems reported are kids climbing walls/fences to use the pool (trespassing without damage) and garage doors left open which could attract thieves.

The board elected to continue for the time being the Friday and Saturday late night pool checks because the pools are an attractive nuisance easily accessed from Sunrise and Territory but we are discontinuing the daytime checks.

For homeowners absent for extended periods, please consider making use of the FREE service from the Pima County Sheriff’s department (520-351-4511). If you are out of town for more than 7 days you can request a regular inspection by a Sheriff’s Auxiliary volunteer in a marked sheriff’s vehicle.

✉ by Guy Scharf, SMVE President

Phone: ; (cell)