Sep 042017

Sunrise Mountain View Estates HOA

Seal Coating Schedule

September 12 – 13 – 14 – 15, 2017

Q&A at Clubhouse, Saturday, September 9, 3:00 pm


The next step in our 2017 Paving Project will be to apply two coats of MasterSeal Seal Coat to all our roads except those just paved.  We will apply the seal coat to Via Sempreverde, Via Velazquez, Via Gelsomino, Via Cedri, Via Frassino, Largo Salici, and the South pool parking area.

Seal Coating will be done on Tuesday September 12 through Friday September 15, 2017.

The sealant takes about 24 hours to completely harden.  When the lane of the street immediately adjacent to your driveway is being treated, that lane may not be driven on until after 7:00 am the next morning and the barricades are removed.   This asphalt material is very sticky and dirty until hardened and will stick to tires, shoes, pet’s feet, or anything that touches it.  If you bring it into your home, cleaning it up will be very difficult.  Neither SMVE HOA nor Sunland Asphalt will be responsible for cleaning any sealant you track onto your driveway, garage, or home.  If you must use your auto during this time, it will have to be parked somewhere out of the work areas and you will have to walk to it WITHOUT crossing a freshly coated street. If you can plan a trip away during that time period, it might serve you well. 

As portions of our roads will be closed to traffic for 24 hours at a time, there will be NO GARBAGE PICKUP on Thursday, September 14.  Mail will not be delivered to the North Velazquez cluster on Tuesday, Sept 12; South Sempreverde cluster on Wednesday, Sept 13; and Central and South Velazquez clusters on Friday, Sept 15.  In each case, normal mail delivery will resume on the following day.  We will advise UPS, FedEx, Rural/Metro, and the Sheriff of these road closures.

Our shorter streets and cul-de-sacs—Largo Salici, Via Cedri, Via Frassino, Via Gelsomino, Via Velazquez north of Paseo Otoño, and South Pool parking–will be completely closed to all traffic during the day they are sealed.  The longer streets–Via Sempreverde and Via Velazquez–will have one lane closed and the other lane be one way for the two days the road is being sealed. A detailed schedule with a map and explanation showing the entire project and detailing the permitted traffic flow is attached.

Our streets are narrow.  While one lane is closed for coating, there is not enough room to park on the street and allow other vehicles to drive past without entering the newly coated lane.  Parking on streets with one or both lanes being coated is NOT permitted and vehicles will be towed at owner expense.

Please tell your contractors NOT to work at your home on days your street is being coated.   There is not room for contractor or other vehicles on our streets while they are being coated.

Rain or wind could cause this schedule to change as the seal coat cannot be applied to wet pavement or in windy conditions.  We will notify homeowners with an SMVE email alert and signs at the mailboxes if this happens.

All roads will have new center stripes and the parking areas by the pools and mailboxes will have parking stall stripes.  The mailbox areas will continue to have a stall marked “USPS” that residents should leave open so the mail carrier can park close to the mailboxes.

Seal coating is one of the best ways to keep our roads in good condition and delay their aging.  We are acutely aware of how inconvenient this process is, especially for those living on Via Velazquez and Via Sempreverde, where you may not be able to park within convenient walking distance.  Seal coating needs to be reapplied about every four years and we have planned for that in the SMVE Reserve Fund.

Roads Committee members will be at the Clubhouse at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 9, to answer any questions you may have.  Please ask any questions you have about the roads and we’ll answer them.

Attached is a letter from Sunland, calendar of street closures, and a map.  The calendar shows how you will be affected, depending on the street your house is on.  Please also look at Via Sempreverde and Via Velazquez if you need to travel on them.  “No vehicle access” means that the lane in front of homes on this street segment are being coated and you must not walk or drive across the fresh coating until 7 am the following morning.  For each area, we try to recommend some nearby locations where you can park on the street overnight before seal coat is applied.  When parking overnight, park on the side of the street with a sidewalk.

✉ by Guy Scharf, SMVE President

Phone: (cell)

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Aug 152017
SNAP’s mission is to help older adults age in place through volunteer support & assistance for as long as possible. Here are SNAP programs for Fall 2017.

  • 8-21-17 (Monday) Ice Cream Social and Table Games.
    Lutheran Church of the Foothills 5102 N. Craycroft; 2-3:30 pm.
  • 9-11-17 (Monday) Flu Shot Clinic.
    Sunrise Mountain Ridge Clubhouse 6940 E Loma del Bribon 10-11:30 am.
    Call or email your preferred 30 minute timeframe (10-10:30, 10:30-11 or 11-11:30) by 9-7-17.
    Bring Medicare card. No charge.
  • 9-15-17 (Friday) Diane Dittemore, Asst. Curator, Arizona State Museum.Southwestern Baskets.
    Lutheran Church of the Foothills 5102 N. Craycroft
    10-11:30 am. Must attend to participate in SNAP bus trip to AZ State Museum (date TBD).
  • 10-17-17 (Tuesday) Senior Living Facility Tour
    Elmcroft Assisted Living Center, Starfish Home and Broadway Proper.
    10-2 pm. RSVP by phone or Email by 9-13-17.
    Lunch included.
  • 10-23-17 (Monday) Education Program with Sharon Kha and Deb Knox
    Elder Living Outside the Box “POSSSLQ”
    Lutheran Church of the Foothills 5102 N. Craycroft
    2-3:30 pm.
  • 11-7-17 (Tuesday) Senior Living Facility Tour
    The Fountains at La Cholla with “preview tour” of Hacienda at the Canyon (River and Kolb) with Watermark representative, Bill Zachau.
    10-3 pm. RSVP by phone or email by 11-3-17.
    Lunch included.
  • 11-14-17 (Tuesday) Senior Living Facility Tour
    Mountain View Retirement Village.
    11-2 pm. RSVP by phone or email by 11-10-17
    Lunch included.
  • 11-20-17 (Monday) Education Program
    SNAP teams up with Basis High School students for IT Mentoring on laptops and cell phones.
    Lutheran Church of the Foothills 5102 N. Craycroft
    2-3:30 pm.

SNAPLine: (520) 437-9556 or
Please contact Tiny Read at (520) 907-6780 or Tamela Nelson at with questions.

Visit the SNAP website at

Updated 8/31/17 with changes to 11/7 and 11/14 tours.

Aug 132017
Some homeowners have chosen to install security systems in their homes.  Security companies traditionally posted a small sign announcing that the house was “protected” by their services.  This sign was usually posted discreetly on or next to a house wall, was small, and only a foot or so off the ground.  SMVE HOA has allowed these signs as they were considered a theft deterrent and part of the security service.

Recently, some security companies have been placing signs prominently in the middle or front of the yard or using larger signs.  Some homeowners have questioned whether such signs violate the CC&R prohibition of advertising signs.

The Board considered this issue and adopted on August 7, 2017, a resolution clarifying the CC&R prohibition against advertising signs as applied to security system signs.  The resolution states:

A small security sign, 11″ x 11″ or less in size, placed discreetly within one foot of a wall, is permitted as part of a security system installation.  Larger signs or signs placed prominently in a homeowner yard are considered advertising and are not permitted.

The page on sign rules has been updated to include a section on security system signs.

If you have a security system sign that is more than a foot from your wall, please move it to a location next to a wall.  If you have a larger sign, please ask your security system company for a smaller sign and place it appropriately.  If you are unable to position a security system sign as described here, please contact the Architecture Committee to discuss your issue.

✉ by Guy Scharf, Chair, Architecture Committee

Phone: (cell)

Aug 132017
It is that time of year, the weeds are sprouting in yards, and your neighbors are noticing (and complaining). Many of us have enjoyed the great rains this summer (over 5″ right here in SMVE), but now we’re left with the aftermath to clean up — Weeds! Many of you may ask why it matters. First, failure to remove weeds quickly can result in seeds that end up in the soil for many years. The longer you wait, the more weed-pulling you’ll need to do in the future. Secondly, the more soil that is disturbed, the greater the chance for old seeds to sprout. And finally, the faster you get to the weeds, the easier it is to remove them — young weeds have shallow root system whereas old and established weeds require more effort to remove. Remember that weeds produce seeds that can spread to a neighbor’s well tended yard and your neighbors don’t want your weeds! Don’t neglect weeds edging your sidewalks and sprouting in the driveway. Also don’t neglect weeds growing between the small strip of land located between 2 houses. Tip: pull young weeds out immediately following a rain. The soil is soft and the weeds pop out easily — roots and all.

Please attend to the weeds in your yard, driveway, and sidewalk edges by September 1. Homeowners who still haven’t addressed the problem weeds by that date will receive a formal notice of cleanup needed with a September 15th completion date. If weeds still are not removed by September 15th, then a hearing and possible fines will be imposed. Per HOA yard rules and regulations, it is a homeowner’s responsibility to keep the yard maintained and weed free at all times (see Yard Rules and Regulations).

✉ by Kathy Mitton, SMVE Landscape Chair Phone: (cell)

Aug 122017
Click on the picture to see our beautifully resurfaced North tennis court. Tennis players, please come and enjoy the new court surface.  Resurfacing was paid for from the SMVE Reserve Fund as had been planned for this year.

Please join me in thanking ✉ Lee Radziemski for finding our contractor and arranging for the work to be done.

✉ by Guy Scharf, SMVE President

Phone: (cell)


Aug 122017

2017 Road Paving Project
August 21 – September 15, 2017
*** New Schedule ***


Sunland Asphalt, our paving contractor, has a new schedule for paving Paseo Otoño, Via Sempreverde, and Strada de Acero, beginning Monday, August 21.  As with the previous schedule, a forecast of heavy monsoon rain could delay the project once again.  And, as before, we won’t know until the last minute.

The 2017 road paving project is now scheduled to begin on Monday, August 21, 2017 and should finish around September 15. 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 August 21, 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 will present the most traffic interruption and its schedule is:

Street Pulverize Grade Pave
Via Sempreverde 8/28 8/28-8/31 9/1
Paseo Otoño 8/29 9/5-9/7 9/8

Grading and compacting will be done between the pulverizing and paving dates.  After paving is complete, speed bumps will be re-installed, the streets striped, and the previously lowered water valves and manhole covers will be raised back to pavement level.  The project is expected to wrap up by September 15, 2017

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 August 28 – September 15. 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 August 25 and after September 8.

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.

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

Jul 062017
Eagle eyed homeowners (The Sanfords) have noticed that numerous native plants in yards are in obvious distress due to lack of moisture this summer. The HOA common areas are affected as well. Until the monsoons arrive you should consider ratcheting up water if you have irrigation and/or providing water (soak with a hose) if you don’t. Even native cactus and trees which typically don’t need extra water are suffering and need help. Without some water soon, it is likely you will lose some plants this summer season. Help them out and provide a little water to tide them over until the rains arrive.