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

Phone:

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)

Apr 192017
 
Below are some brief highlights from the April board meeting:

  • Treasurer Tammy Eversole reported budget is on track for the year.
  • Notices to homeowners with weedy yards went out March 26.  Those who have not completed cleanup by Friday April 21 will get a violation notice. If you are a homeowner who has received a notice and has not yet attended to your yard, you still have a few days left to clean up your weeds.
  • For several months we have been discussing reducing Central Alarm coverage and board approved reducing coverage to weekend evenings only.  The daytime patrol seemed to add little value given the low crime nature of our community and the amount of homeowners out and about during the day. This change is effective immediately.
  • One of the 2 heaters at North pool expired and will be replaced.  We are investigating re-strapping the pool chairs at the North Pool to cure the discoloration.  If this is successful, the South Pool chairs will be done.  There is not yet a target date for this.
  • Screens have been installed at North and South Pool main gates in preparation for installation of a thumb latch so no key is needed to exit. Work is expected to be completed this month or early May.
  • Homeowners should never prop a pool gate open.  Several instances of this have been encountered recently.  The pool rules are being updated to include this rule.  Anyone seeing a gate propped open should remove the gate prop and ensure the gate is securely closed.
  • Revised Approved Paint Colors were approved.  Key items to be aware of is that Dunn-Edwards “velvet” is now allowed (not just flat).  Also Dunn-Edwards  EVSH may be where SSHL is specified on our Approved Paint Colors document.
  • Board approved updating the Reserve Study.  Work on updates is expected to start this summer.
  • Sidewalks to be repaired have been marked with yellow paint throughout the community.  Bids are being sought and there is not yet a target date for repair work.
  • Road work continues.  The committee hopes to have the RFP out later this week.
  • The North tennis court will be resurfaced in June.
✉ by Kathy Mitton, SMVE HOA Vice President

Phone: (cell)