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

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Apr 182017
 
We have updated the Approved Paint Colors document to reflect changes in product names, codes, and telephone numbers.  The approved colors have not changed.

Last year’s standards continue to be acceptable, but there are two changes that a homeowner might wish to take advantage of:

  • For smooth surfaces like garage doors and trim for which “flat” gloss level was required you may now use “velvet”.  The difference is hard to see but velvet should have better wear characteristics.
  • Previous documents specified SSHL paint for many surfaces: Dunn-Edwards SpartanShield, called their “premium paint.”  We now also allow EVSH: Dunn-Edwards EverShield, called their “ultra premium” paint for those who choose to use it.  EVSH is more expensive than SSHL.

Click on Approved Paint Colors to see the updated paint color documentation.

✉ by Guy Scharf, Chair, Architecture Committee

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Apr 182017
 
The Board has updated the Pool and Spa Rules document to include that the gates to the pool area must always be closed and locked. You may not block a gate open so that others may enter the pool area later.  Keeping the gate closed and latched is required by county code, statute, and our insurance.

If you are expecting others to arrive, keep an eye on the gate so you can open it from the inside. To make this more convenient, you will soon be able to open the gate from the inside without a key.

Our pool and spa rules require that you shower before using the pool or spa or before re-entering either after applying sun-tan lotion or other products. We have showers at both the North and South pools for your use. Because the showers are public you should have no expectation of privacy, so please keep your suit on when showering.

Please do not jump directly into the pool after playing tennis, running, or just being sweaty.  Body oils and lotions can contaminate the water more than filters can take care of. The spa may have a lot of foam when overloaded with oils. We must call the pool maintenance service to treat the water with chemicals to return it to a clear, non-foaming state. The fewer chemicals we need to use, the better for everyone.

Please remind your guests that infants and others with diapers are not permitted in the pool or spa. Unfortunately, “leak proof” diapers aren’t; see our Swimming Hygiene page about diapers.

Thank you for helping keep the pool and spa clean and beautiful for everyone.

Click to read the Pool and Spa Rules.

by ✉ Guy Scharf, President, SMVE HOAPhone: ; (cell)

Apr 132017
 
The agenda for the April 17, 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 112017
 

BRING YOUR OWN BEVERAGE and an APPETIZER TO SHARE

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5 – 7 p.m.

SMVE Clubhouse

All Residents Welcome (Homeowners & Tenants)

 

Please plan to come to the next neighborhood meet and greet.  The HOA Hospitality Committee will provide cups*, napkins, and such.  Bring your own beverage of choice and an appetizer to share.  Mark you calendar now, then come and enjoy a nice evening at the North pool!

Come and meet your neighbors for a celebration of community in a casual setting; a drop-in opportunity to mingle and meet up with neighbors old and new.  We look forward to seeing you.

For more information contact Pat Larson (520-529-0821), Hospitality Committee.

* If you bring your own cups, please remember no glass is permitted. Also, the SMVE alcohol policy restricts such beverages to the clubhouse and ramadas.

Originally published March 30, 2017.  Updated April 11 as a reminder.

Apr 072017
 
A limited number of printed Homeowner Directories are now available. Because homeowners can easily access the Directory at our SMVE website, the Board decided not to print a copy for every homeowner to save money.  The online directory will be updated in real time; printed copies will be produced infrequently.

If you want a printed copy and are unable to create your own, ✉ email Pam Negri, Homeowner Directory Manager, at directory@smve.org; or call . Requests will be honored on a first-come, first served basis. You can pick up one at Pam’s home or have one dropped off at your home; however, Directories will not be mailed.

Apr 072017
 
✉ by Tammy Eversole, SMVE HOA Treasurer

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I would like to begin by introducing myself. In February, I was appointed to the Sunrise Mountain View Estates Homeowner’s Association (SMVE HOA) and elected by the board to serve as treasurer. My name is Tammy Eversole. My husband and I made Tucson our winter home in 2015. We spend our summers in northern Colorado. I am a retired CPA, with a degree in accounting and a degree in sport management. While I was a full-time resident of Colorado, I served for four years as the treasurer of a local non-profit organization. My time spent serving on the non-profit organization’s board was both rewarding and educational. I look forward to serving my community here and anticipate that this experience will be as rewarding. Thank you for this opportunity and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding the SMVE HOA’s finances at treasurer@smve.org.

As Larry Spencer reported at the annual homeowner’s meeting, 2016 operating expenses were below budget by $36,059 or 13.1%. Capital expenditures were also under budget by $48,362 due to the deferral of some 2016 budgeted capital items, such as the north tennis court resurfacing and road repairs. The capital reserve fund grew from $214,000 at the end of 2015 to $452,000 at the end of 2016. The capital reserve fund is still below the recommended amount per the reserve study, but significant progress was made in 2016 toward our goal.

The first quarter financial results of 2017 shows SMVE HOA total operating expenses running slightly over budget by $884. We usually see the first quarter as being either under or over budget. This happens because of the nature of the budgeting process, which takes the yearly budget and apportions it evenly over twelve monthes. However, the timing of many actual expenses is not even. Over the course of the year, the actual expenses should even out and be within the budgeted amount. You can see detailed monthly financial statements on the Finance page of the SMVE HOA website.

Finally, a reminder that invoices for homeowner dues for the second half of 2017 will be arriving in your mailboxes in early June. Have a great summer.

Apr 072017
 


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As we reported at the annual meeting, HOA maintenance tasks have been split into several categories with a larger number of individuals volunteering to help, spreading the workload out so that no one person has an overload of work. My responsibility is for HOA owned structures, which as you would suspect, includes the clubhouse, south pool house, pool ramadas and the entry monuments.

Guy Scharf and I have inspected these facilities in the past month and found that the only immediate needs involve several paint projects at the south pool. These include the ramada, portions of the wrought iron, and trim on the pool house. We’re also going to review the wrought iron at the north pool. We’ll be looking to get this work done in the next couple months.

Last year the HOA had several sections of sidewalk replaced. We’re currently surveying the neighborhood sidewalks, looking again for sections that may have shifted and are tripping hazards. Other defects that may need repair include damaged/degraded sidewalk or curb sections. Once we have a list of areas in need of replacement, we’ll arrange for repairs, likely over the summer. Thanks to an owner report, we also have plans to repair a damaged storm sewer drain on North Via Velazquez as part of our concrete repairs.

This last point illustrates that you all can help. While we try to keep on top of maintenance, owners collectively have many more eyes and opportunities to see items that may need attention. The storm sewer damage was apparently done by a contractor, but it happened last year so there was no opportunity to pursue the contractor to pay for the damage. Please feel free to let me know if you find things that we need to be aware of. In this latter case, a more timely report could have saved the HOA the cost of repairs.