Sunrise Mountain View Estates
5550 N. Paseo Otoño
Tucson, AZ 85750
Volume 27 No. 2
Welcome to the Sunrise Mountain View Estates Fall 2018 Newsletter!
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Welcome back to everyone who was gone for the summer! Those of us who remained in town enjoyed more rain than normal and it didn’t feel as hot this year. That might not be quite accurate but I feel better remembering it that way!
This year to date, 15 homes have sold with an additional 1 in escrow. Sales have been relatively steady and most homes have turned over quickly.
Why Volunteers Matter
It has been a struggle to get volunteers to join the Board or to take on committee work. This has resulted in the few volunteers we do have (Board and committee members) often feeling stressed and overloaded. Too few people are doing a lot of work and the situation is not a sustainable one.
Because too few people have offered to volunteer, the Board will investigate having a management company take on additional tasks (such as accounting and general management) in early 2019. This will increase our operating budget and could result in a dues increase but is a necessary next step to keep the time commitment for volunteers manageable.
While a management company can take on some of our work, there are some tasks that can’t be handed off. Volunteers are still needed for committees: Roads, Architecture, Landscape, and Maintenance. For example, volunteers are in a position to monitor areas for problems and can better spend their time doing that than engaging in day-to-day management.
Our annual membership meeting and election of Directors will be in February. If you are interested in joining the Board or volunteering on a committee, please contact the Nominating Committee before December 1st. We would love to hear from you!
THANK YOU to those who do volunteer!
I am grateful for all our homeowner volunteers and thank you for the work you do. You make a real difference to our HOA. All of the work to prepare the roads for paving was handled by volunteers. All of the social events are driven by volunteers. Most of the leaks were identified and reported by volunteers. Our weekly trash gets put out by a volunteer. Everyone one of you fills a critical role and you and your work are much appreciated!
“I just wish the Board would do____”
If you attend Board meetings you sometimes hear homeowners make requests. Some examples include a salt water pool, a pickle ball court, benches, a little library, and a community garden. Many of these ideas are good ones but each one requires significant time and effort to flesh out, cost out, identify pros and cons, get buy-in, and implement. And some proposals, such as permanently shutting down a pool or limiting rentals to a particular percent, require approval by 51% of homeowners and, consequently, require even more time and attention. So while the Board might endorse an idea, it depends on volunteers to turn the idea into reality. If there is something you feel passionate about and would like to work to make happen (with other volunteers), please come forward!
South Pool Security
The south pool has been plagued with late night visitors who vandalize the property. Various attempts to prevent this problem have proved fruitless. So far we’ve made changes to the locking mechanism of the gate, posted additional signage at areas of entry, added fake cameras, asked the Sheriff to drive by more frequently as their schedule permits. None of these have been effective. Switching out the pool gate locks to allow exit without a key was also a boon to unwanted visitors (one person scales a wall and is able to let others in).
This summer a committee of Board members (Bill Coan, Larry Spencer, Kathy Mitton) did an exhaustive investigation into additional security options. Many vendors were consulted and different options were considered (increased physical security, security patrols, cameras). Security patrol companies told us that the only thing that prevents regular off-hour intrusions is consistently interrupting the visitor – – and that is too costly for any length of time. A company that specializes in security fencing told the Board that its fencing would have the pool area resemble a prison and that, ultimately, any fence is penetrable.
After careful consideration the Board took the committee’s recommendation to install security cameras at the south pool. This will be done in the next few months. And know that cameras will be focused on the walls and not in the shower area.
Finally, the Board always appreciates hearing comments and questions and you don’t have to wait for the annual meeting to ask questions or discuss an issue. The monthly Board meetings are open to all homeowners and are held at the clubhouse on the third Monday of the month at 3:30 PM September through May. And know that homeowner issues are addressed at the beginning of the meeting so you needn’t wait long before you can ask your question or discuss an issue.
I look forward to seeing you all around the neighborhood!
As of the end of September 30, 2017, we have completed nine months of our years operations with the following results. All of the amounts below are for the nine months ended September 30, 2018:
On an overall basis, operating expenses at $175,520 are substantially less than budget and less than the comparable amount for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 ($189,148). In both cases this is due to reductions made to common area expenses in 2018. To date in 2018, operating expenses have averaged about $20,000 per month Assuming that continues for the balance of the year, we can anticipate finishing the year with operating expenses less than our full year budget of $274,150.
Capital (Reserve) Expenses
The principal capital expense this year was the resurfacing of Via Velasquez which was accomplished at less than the amount anticipated in the budget. We anticipate additional expenses in the fourth quarter but should still finish the year with capital expenses less than the full year budgeted amount of $173,150. We maintain a cash savings account that we use to pay capital expenses such as road resurfacing and major pool refurbishments. We call this savings account the reserve fund. Each year we contribute a portion of your dues to the fund and withdraw funds to pay for capital projects. As shown above we have withdrawn $117,328 from the fund so far this year. We also have contributed $175,000 of your dues into the reserve fund bringing the total in the fund to $488,815 at September 30, 2018.
Revenue is slightly over budget reflecting additional interest income brought about by rising rates. All dues have been collected for 2018.
The board is currently working on both the operating budget and reserve budget for 2019.
In 2018 the Architecture Committee received 18 requests for exterior changes to light fixtures, fences, gates, walls, and windows. The committee also received numerous inquiries about rules for contractors involved in interior remodeling projects.
The committee’s deliberations were guided by SMVE’s Architectural Design Notes, which describes considerations that apply to specific issues, such as adding a room, raising a wall, changing exterior lights, etc. If you’re considering a change to the exterior of your property, this document will help you understand the neighborhood’s architectural standards and what kinds of changes the Architecture Committee is empowered to approve.
The Architecture Committee devoted considerable energy in 2018 to enforcing the HOA’s rules against placing dumpsters and roll-off containers in driveways. With as many as a dozen or more construction projects underway at any given time, such containers can have a significant negative impact on the appearance of the neighborhood and on quality of life for all homeowners. Contractors should always be advised to place such containers in the garage or out of sight behind a locked gate and wall. For more information, see: Use of Roll-Off Containers and Dumpsters
One of the most common questions asked of the Architecture Committee in 2018 was, “Does my architectural project need to be approved?”
IMPORTANT: Whether your project needs to be approved or not, all work on your property must be carried out in accordance with the guidelines in the SMVE Architectural Process Checklist and Contractor Checklist. For more information, see Architectural Process Checklist and Contractor Checklist.
An interior project that has no effect on the exterior of a home is not a matter of concern to the Architecture Committee, except that all work on such a project must be carried out in accordance with the guidelines in the SMVE Architectural Process Checklist and Contractor Checklist. For more information, see Architectural Process Checklist and Contractor Checklist.
The following exterior projects do not require pre-approval of the Architecture Committee: Routine maintenance of an exterior item; replacement of an exterior item with an identical item; painting, staining, or sealing an exterior surface with a finish listed at SMVE Approved Exterior Finishes and Paint Colors.
All other exterior architectural changes require review and pre-approval by the Architecture Committee. Both small exterior changes (a new window shape, a new gate, etc.) and large exterior changes (a new room, a new pool, new yard walls, etc.) must be submitted to the Architecture Committee for review prior to the commencement of construction.
To streamline communications between homeowners and the Architecture Committee, and to guide homeowners in securing approval for exterior architectural changes, the committee offers several fill-in-the-blank forms for homeowner use:
Architectural Forms Package (Consolidated) This package includes in a single PDF file all SMVE forms needed by a homeowner contemplating a typical exterior architectural change: Request to Make Exterior Architectural Changes; Architectural Process Checklist; and Contractor Checklist.
2018 has been a busy year for everyone involved with maintenance of our roads and facilities. The SMVE neighborhood is over 30 years old and maintenance is becoming a bigger task as age and nature take their toll. Some of the projects completed this year were:
Re-strapping of a portion of the south pool deck furniture
Installation of weatherproof bulletin boards at both pools
Installation of a projection screen at clubhouse
Painting of USPS package boxes at all mail locations
Installation of weatherproof bulletin boards at all USPS box locations
As always, there were numerous small repairs and replacements that were dealt with by the volunteers that help with maintenance.
This is being written in November to be ready for the end of year mailing, so there are a couple items not yet done that are scheduled for this year:
Painting of the south pool ramada
Installation of a vent fan in south pool pump room
Purchase of projector and sound system for HOA meetings and use by the Social Committee
This year, as last, the biggest project was road reconstruction. You couldn’t help but notice that Via Velazquez was rebuilt and newly paved, from Otono on the north to Gelsomino on the south. The project went smoothly, came in under budget, and we were able to get Comcast to make needed repairs while the road was under construction. We’ve encouraged all the utilities to try to do maintenance work while roads are under construction, hoping to limit the number of times our brand-new roads must be dug up for repairs.
In December the Road Committee will evaluate the condition of the roads yet to be re-paved. This survey will enable us to confirm or modify our plans going forward.
We appreciate the cooperation of all the residents that were affected by the construction. It makes for several days of inconvenience but the new roads will last many years.
I want to thank all the individuals who volunteered to help with the work that was accomplished this year:
Jerry Foval – Sidewalk survey
Dale Larson – Road committee
Rick Levy – Road committee and summer maintenance manager
The north pool, spa, and restrooms closed for maintenance from November 22th through December 10th. There will be no access to the facilities, including the north restrooms, during this time.
The south pool and spa remained open until maintenance at the north recreation area was completed. Afterwards, the south pool closed for the season (from December 12th – February 28).
The north pool and spa will be open and heated year-round, except during the maintenance period mentioned above.
KOOL DECK REPAIRS
Kool Deck is the textured coating on the decks around the pool and spa that helps reduce the surface temperature so that you can walk on it in your bare feet even in the summer. The Kool Deck at the north pool has 180 feet of cracks and several bald areas. It was repaired, recoated, and sealed during the pool closure.
The ceramic tiles near the water line of both pools and both spas became coated with thick calcium build up. All the tiles were cleaned. Several tiles were replaced at the north pool.
Over time solids suspended in the water accumulate. Solids (such as calcium) are introduced from the city water, chemical treatment, sunscreen and cosmetics. Filtration cannot remove all suspended solids. As water evaporates, it leaves most of the solids behind and the concentration builds up. When that happens more and more chemical treatment is required to keep the pools safe and clear, and calcium builds up on the tiles.
The water was drained and refilled in both pools and both spas.
New Kool Grip handrail covers were installed on the pools’ step handrails and on those ladder handrails that didn’t already have covers.
NEW CIRCULATION PUMPS
Four old circulation pumps were replaced with more energy efficient, variable speed pumps for both pools and spas. One of the old single-speed pumps was swapped out to replace an even older auxiliary jet pump that had failed at the south spa. The four new variable-speed pumps are expected to save enough electricity to cover their one-time costs. After an expected $1,200 rebate from TEP, the expected payback period (energy savings vs. cost of new pumps) is estimated to be 1.4 years.
During the closure, the two failing and irreparable fiberglass filters and one DE filter serving the north pool and spa were replaced by two new filters using glass beads rather than sand. This new technology will clean the water better and require less maintenance, reducing the overall expense.
This same change was also performed at the South Pool.
New UV sterilization technology was added to the north pool filtration to neutralize bacteria and pathogens that can cause recreation water illnesses. This secondary disinfection is expected to reduce by 30% the amount of chlorine required to keep the pool water sanitary. It should result in fewer homeowner complaints about chlorine and less odor from the byproduct gas released from using chlorine.
NEW AIR COMPRESSOR
A failing and very noisy compressor that provides air when the north spa jets were turned on was replaced. The high pitch squeal that could be heard from nearby homes is gone.
NEW SPA HEATER
A new heater was installed for the north spa
A conflict between lap swimming and water aerobics at the north pool was resolved with homeowner input at the September Board meeting. Going forward, the north pool will be reserved for water aerobics from 8AM to 9AM Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, April through October. This policy was communicated through the web site, signs on the pool and mailbox bulletin boards, and new A-frame-style signs displayed at the north pool when the aerobics group is in session.
All homeowners are welcome to participate in the free water aerobics workshops.
NORTH POOL SHOWER
Those of you who use the north pool facilities have likely seen discoloration of the Kool Deck for several feet in front of the shower. Often when people shower, soap, water and dirt have drained towards the pool across the Kool Deck. In October, floor mats were placed in front of the shower in hopes of stopping the drainage toward the pool. The mats were not able to contain the water, so new Deck-O-Drains were installed while the pool was closed for maintenance.
At the October Board meeting a request for lap lanes was made. Judi Fisher, Ray Fisher, and Susan Peterson have begun looking into how lap lanes could be achieved (tiles, paint, ropes) and have met with a vendor. The investigation is still underway.
Questions have occasionally been asked about why we disinfect the pools and spas with chlorine rather than salt or bromine. Each method has advantages and disadvantages, and each requires different equipment. A deeper investigation into the pros and cons will be undertaken and a final recommendation made to the Board when it is completed.
Laura Franklin resigned from the Board, Recreation Chair, and Pool Manager in August. Larry Spencer stepped in as the acting Chair and Pool Manager. The HOA solicited volunteers for the Pool Manager position, and at the October Board meeting Susan Peterson and Ray Fisher agreed to become pool co-managers. Mr. Spencer will continue to manage the projects that were already underway (Kool Deck, tile cleaning, new pumps, etc.) and guide Ms. Peterson and Mr. Fisher as they ease into sharing the pool management responsibilities.
Susan comes in with considerable experience managing her own pool, and her knowledge about disease control from a career in nursing has already come in handy.
Ray has experience in working with vendors and contracts. Both Ms. Peterson and Mr. Fisher have been quick to learn about our equipment and challenges. They are already forming a great team to shepherd our pools and spas!
The pools were built when the HOA was developed. The equipment changes outlined above are part of a systematic approach to resolving heating, circulation and filtration problems created over years of ad hoc fixes. Technology that wasn’t available before is being implemented with the goal of providing a safe environment with reliable equipment at lower cost.
In the past several years important improvements included installing Pebble-Tec coating and LED lights. In October new energy saving circulation pumps were installed. The improvements made in November and December will provide benefits for years to come.
Pools require constant maintenance and care to keep you safe and comfortable. Your help and cooperation are always appreciated.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
Several volunteers are needed at both recreation areas to share the task of testing and recording chlorine and pH levels on an ongoing basis. Test kits will be provided, and volunteers will be trained in this easy process. To volunteer, please call Susan Peterson at (520) 971-7204.
Landscaping has been relatively uneventful in 2018. We are on target to complete the year under budget (approximately 80% of budget), primarily due to under running in miscellaneous landscape expenses, packrat control, and tree trimming. For 2019 we will reduce the budget in all 3 of these areas.
We’ve spent most of our irrigation budget this year. This was in large part due to finally working to find lines that ran down south Velazquez. After 3 significant leaks in lines that were supposed to be dead, we decided it was time to find out where they branched and cut the line at the proper head point. You may have noticed a major dig that went under the sidewalk at the Gelsomino/Velazquez intersection. It turns out that the branch occurred under the sidewalk! All of the water watchers have assisted in noticing and reporting leaks in a timely fashion so kudos to all of you. Our water watcher/leak reporters are: Lois Coan, Ardith Grady, Cathy Grant, Jim Macinko, Susan Peterson, Cynthia Schneider, and Toz and Jane Spaulding. We always need homeowners to be eagle-eyed when it comes to water leaks so please report problems to me as soon as you spot something.
We did remove 30 Packrat nests this year — down significantly from prior years. In part the reduction is due to removing some plants from maintained common areas that tend to be habitat for them and also we are lifting more cactus on maintained common areas as these often become nesting areas. Going forward in 2019 the HOA will no longer invest in packrat control. As a homeowner you can still remove packrat nests around your home. If you have a nest on common area behind your wall for example, you may remove it if you follow certain guidelines (NO poison ever on common property, an insured and approved vendor such as Mr. PackRat must be used). Contact the landscape chair to get approval for removal of any nest on unmaintained common property. You can discourage packrats in your yard by ensuring that you keep packrat friendly hiding places removed. This includes stacked bricks and wood, low hanging thick plants such as rosemary. If you leave fruit on the ground from a fruit tree or leave birdseed on the ground, this will attract packrats as well so ensure you discard any fruit that falls from your trees and keep birdseed in a bird feeder unaccessible to rodents. Remember you are allowed to keep the area behind your wall weed free if it is flat (up to 12′). Keeping that area clear also discourages packrats as generally they don’t like to cross open areas. Finally if you have a problem, once the packrat has been removed wash the area with 50% PinSol and 50% water. NEVER trap for packrats more than 2-3 nights in a row. If a packrat is caught and removed, wash the hardscape with the PinSol mixture and put the trap away until you find additional indications of packrat visitation. Repeatedly trapping night after night will draw packrats to your yard as they are laying a scent trail and following it.
Our heavy summer and fall rains also contributed to active weed growth. I am happy to report that fewer homeowners (15) than in years past received notes asking them to attend to their yards and all homeowners addressed the problem (thank you!). We all benefit from the tidy appearance of our HOA so keep up the good work. Don’t forget that even if you are away, you are responsible for ensuring weeds in your yard are removed in a timely fashion.
Thanks to all of you who help us keep our community looking terrific. If you have any questions about your yard, contact me or consult Yard Rules and Regulations. Also as a reminder you may not trim any trees behind your homes in common area. Because this is considered destruction of someone else’s property, you can face criminal charges, a large fine, and/or required to replant. Please ensure you are working with the landscape chair if you need to trim trees for view.
The clubhouse is used regularly from September-May for the monthly SMVE HOA Board meetings and monthly social meetings. The room is also used by the Sunrise Association Council that usually meets December through February. Members rent the space a few times each year.
There were three or four minor incidents this year. The problems were related to theft of plants and planters out of a few homeowners front yards. If you don’t want to lose it, keep it out of sight in a side or back yard.
A few incidents regarding parking on our roads arose but were all resolved. Please remember there is no overnight parking on our streets. Instead park in the driveway or the extra parking spaces located throughout the neighborhood.
An ongoing issue throughout the year has been unauthorized visitors at the south pool – during the day and overnight. After extensive research about different options for preventing this misuse, the Board approved funds to purchase a security camera monitoring system.
This annual meeting was held in early March and was attended by about 20 residents. Employees from Rural Metro Fire and the Sheriff’s department reminded us that prevention is easier and cheaper than dealing with problems after they have occurred. Residents were encouraged to be aware and not hesitate to call 911.
The men’s restroom at the south pool needed $1,000 in repairs. This was due to basic aging, not any vandalism by the unauthorized visitors.
The intention of your Social Committee is to provide opportunities for our community to get together, to get to know each other in a casual setting and enhance our shared neighborhood. ‘=
For 2018, the Committee supported 10 events: a Saturday brunch in January, support for the annual meeting in February and a second event at Three Canyon, a speaker on Landscaping for birds in March along with support for the annual Neighborhood Watch meeting, and a demonstration and discussion of landscape painting by local resident Fred Wackerle in April. The committee also supported a CPR class taught by Rural Metro Firefighter.
No events were planned April through September because so many residents are away from Tucson, including most of our Committee. If any summer residents want to work with us to plan social event, we would certainly try to make that happen.
This fall we’ve already sponsored two events: In October the “Welcome Home” Fall Open House was held. In November we held a “Friendgiving Potluck Feast” at the clubhouse. The committee provided ham, and many people brought wonderful side dishes, salads, or desserts. This year we had 35 attending. A new feature was collection of non-perishible food items, to be donated to the pantry of the non-profit, “Haven Totes”.
Looking forward in we’ve planned an event for Friday, December 14. Join us for a “HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY PARTY” 5-7pm at the clubhouse! You can count on festive decorations, tasty food & drink. Maybe bring out your dress up outfit and sing along with live music? Watch for the event notice, coming soon, on the new message kiosks near your mailbox plus on the web site. Included will be information about another donation collection for the Haven Totes charity.
FYI: This Fall, the Hospitality Committee members updated our committee name to the Social Committee… reflecting the joyful spirit among the team while working together. We try each year to plan events for different days of the week and variety of times – some centered around food, some not – with the goal of meeting everyone’s needs as much as possible at least once each year. We always welcome your comments/ideas/offers to help. Currently, we are a committee of nine. For each event, one of us volunteers to be the event leader (see the name at the bottom of each event poster, also in the Homeowner Directory on the web site) with complete confidence that the whole team is right there to help. We hope you will come join your neighbors, pop in a few minutes or stay the whole time. If you need a ride, just contact the event leader and we will make it happen.
Social Committee: Jane Spalding (Chairman), Sonja Allen, Judi Fisher, Pat Larson, Margie McCoy, Diane Meuser, Joyce Steiner, Carole Stephan, Susie Struck.
If your stucco foundation wall or stucco retaining wall needs a fresh coat of paint, the SMVE Architecture Committee can help.
No, the committee can’t show up on a Saturday morning and repaint your wall for you (or trick your friends into repainting it, the way Tom Sawyer tricked his friends into repainting Aunt Polly’s fence).
But the committee can help you identify the colors approved and accepted for use on stucco foundation walls and stucco retaining walls. And the help won’t cost you a cent.
Primary Approved Color
Dunn-Edwards Cliff Brown DEC 711, exterior flat finish. This is SMVE’s primary approved color for stucco foundation walls and stucco retaining walls.
Cliff Brown foundation walls and retaining walls will bring your home into compliance with SMVE’s current standards and look great near a garage door or stucco house wall that is also painted Cliff Brown.
Note: Cliff Brown is the SMVE-approved color for garage doors and stucco house walls, as well as the primary approved color for stucco foundation walls and stucco retaining walls.
Other Approved Colors
SMVE has also approved certain other paint colors for stucco foundation walls and stucco retaining walls. Depending on the color of a nearby slump block wall, you might decide that one of the following SMVE-approved colors will better suit your stucco foundation wall or stucco retaining wall:
SMVE Wall Color 13-930-11. This is a custom color developed for SMVE by Dunn-Edwards Paint Company. This color is ideal for use near slump block walls of a similar color.
Tawny Copper DE 7825D. This is a standard Dunn-Edwards Paint color. This color is ideal for use near slump block walls of a similar color.
Note: SMVE Wall Color and Tawny Copper are only approved for use on stucco foundation walls and stucco retaining walls. These colors are not approved for use on garage doors or stucco house walls.
Historical Colors Still Accepted in Special Situations
Cinnamon Stick DE 5151. This is a Dunn-Edwards color that is no longer approved for general use but is accepted for use on foundation and retaining walls already painted this color. Before using this color, consider one of the current SMVE-approved colors shown above.
Rose Dusk DE 5150. This is a Dunn-Edwards color that is no longer approved for general use but is accepted for use on foundation and retaining walls already painted this color. Before using this color, consider one of the current SMVE-approved colors shown above.
Color Samples Available
What color is your foundation wall or retaining wall now, and what color will show it off to best advantage? To help you answer that question, the Architecture Committee maintains a set of 12-inch x 12-inch plywood color samples that can be borrowed for two days at a time.
SMVE’s Exterior Finishes for Stucco Foundation Walls and Stucco Retaining Walls: Cliff Brown DEC 711* (Primary approved color) SMVE Wall Color 13-930-11* (Approved color) Tawny Copper DE 7825D* (Approved color) Cinnamon Stick DE 5151* (Accepted color for foundation and retaining walls already painted this color) Rose Dusk DE 5150* (Accepted color for foundation and retaining walls already painted this color)
The color specification is listed on the back of each color sample, so all you have to do is find the sample that best matches the existing color of your stucco foundation wall or stucco retaining wall, or the color of a nearby slump block wall. Then turn over the sample to find the Dunn-Edwards specification for that color.
To borrow the color samples for up to two days, contact the SMVE Architecture Chair.
* All approved paint colors are Dunn-Edwards Colors (DEC) unless otherwise specified. Dunn-Edwards is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers and distributors of architectural, industrial, and high-performance paints and coatings. The company’s paints are available in SPARTASHIELD and EVERSHIELD quality levels. SPARTASHIELD® is a line of premium, ultra-low VOC, 100% acrylic exterior paints that provide exceptional hide, durability and versatility. EVERSHIELD® is a line of ultra-premium exterior, ultra-low VOC, 100% acrylic paint that provides maximum protection against UV color fade, mildew, efflorescence, water intrusion, and film failure (grain-cracking, peeling, blistering). Decide which quality level you’re willing to pay for, and don’t accept anything less!
IMPORTANT: Homeowners in Sunrise Mountain View Estates qualify for up to 37% off full retail price on 1 gallon or more of Dunn-Edwards branded paint. To receive the discount, identify yourself as an SMVE homeowner and specify Account #6065192.
Dunn-Edwards, 4320 E. Speedway (520-327-6011) / 7525 E. Broadway (520-296-3875)
Like the U.S. Congress and the Arizona Legislature, the SMVE Homeowners Association has on its books some long-standing regulations about the display of flags.
SMVE’s flag display regulations are designed to assure respectful relations among neighbors.
Like anyone who respects their neighbors, you’re probably already complying with SMVE’s flag display regulations, even if you’ve never read them. But whether you’ve read the flag display regulations or not, you have agreed to abide by them.
IMPORTANT: By signing agreement to SMVE’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) at the time of home purchase, every homeowner in SMVE has agreed to abide by SMVE’s regulations for flag display.
SMVE’s regulations for flag display include the following:
Only one flag pole is permitted on each property.
The flag pole may not be higher than twelve (12) feet.
The flag pole may not display a flag more than 4′ by 6′ feet in size.
No more than two flags may be displayed on the flag pole.
The flag pole shall be a metal or synthetic pole, not masonry, etc.
The flag pole must blend with its background and be approved by the Architecture Committee.
Low voltage lighting from the ground is permitted, provided such light does not shine on adjacent property.
Hardware and cords must be secured so as not to make noise in the wind, whether a flag is flying or not.
Only the following flags, which are protected by A.R.S. 33-1808, may be displayed on the flag pole:
The American flag.
An official or replica of a flag of the United States army, navy, air force, marine corps or coast guard.
The POW/MIA flag.
The Arizona state flag.
An Arizona Indian nations flag.
The Gadsden flag.
NOTE: Flying a flag other than the ones listed above is a violation of SMVE’s regulations for flag display.
There’s no better way to earn the respect of others than by showing respect for them. Therefore, when you fly a flag on your SMVE property, fly it proudly, but fly it respectfully, in compliance with SMVE’s regulations on flag display.
SMVE’s Architectural Design Notes say that you can keep your original exterior light fixtures for as long as you want, as long as you don’t allow them to deteriorate to the point of unsightliness.
If your exterior light fixtures have deteriorated, and you’d like to refurbish them, some of the hardest-to-find parts you’ll need are probably available at SMVE’s Boneyard for Exterior Light Fixtures.
The Boneyard contains entire fixtures and individual parts of fixtures donated by SMVE homeowners. The fixtures and parts are not offered as functional items but only as a source of replacement parts, with no warranty expressed or implied. Any homeowner who uses parts from the Boneyard assumes all risks associated with their use.
To access the Boneyard, contact the chair of the Architecture Committee.
NOTE: When refurbishing a fixture, generic internal parts such as those shown above should be replaced with brand new replacement items from a home center or electrical supply house, not with parts from used fixtures.
Ready to move on to new fixtures?
For the benefit of homeowners who prefer to replace rather than refurbish their exterior light fixtures, the following information is condensed from SMVE’s Architectural Design Notes:
New, replacement, or additional light fixtures mounted on exterior walls, porch roofs, or on the front lamp post require prior Architecture Committee approval.
The exterior light fixtures used when SMVE was built are no longer desirable to some homeowners. Replacement fixtures can match the original fixtures or be compatible with SMVE’s overall style.
To view some Traditional, Transitional, and Modern exterior fixtures that have been approved by the SMVE Architecture Committee, see: Post Lamps and Outdoor Sconces.
For more information about requesting permission to make exterior architectural changes, visit: SMVE Architecture.
REMINDER: New, replacement, or additional light fixtures mounted on your home’s exterior walls, porch roofs, or on the front lamp post require prior Architecture Committee approval. For more information see Pages 7 – 9 of SMVE’s Architectural Design Notes, here: Architectural Design Notes.
At a time when a dozen or more homes in SMVE are changing hands every year, SMVE’s rules on estate sales, moving sales, and other “public” sales have never been more important.
The rules on public sales were instituted to prevent traffic jams, blocked driveways, and pedestrian/vehicle collisions. Above all, they were instituted to assure unimpeded fire-and-rescue access to all homes.
The following pictures show just how disruptive and dangerous a public sale can be when the rules are violated:
Heavy vehicular traffic, combined with blocked sidewalks, unauthorized parking, and heavy pedestrian traffic disrupts the peaceful character of the neighborhood, creates a hazard for drivers and pedestrians alike, and makes it impossible for fire and rescue vehicles to reach people in need of emergency assistance.
Unauthorized parking on sidewalks and driveways, when combined with high vehicle counts and heavy pedestrian traffic, exposes homeowners and guests alike to extra hazards, while making it more difficult or even impossible for emergency vehicles to reach persons in need of assistance.
Unauthorized parking on private driveways, combined with parked vehicles in front of driveways, makes it impossible for homeowners, guests, and emergency personnel to navigate as needed, threatening the health and safety of all concerned.
Public sales are authorized only under the following conditions:
Permission must be requested in writing 4 weeks in advance
No open advertising (e.g., no signs on streets)
Limit of only two people at a time (i.e., private viewing only)
Homeowner is responsible for assuring compliance by any agent involved in the sale
Failure to comply can result in forfeiture of the $2,500.00 deposit
Please be a good neighbor! Follow the above set of rules and keep our streets free and clear. The alternative could be very costly fines.
NOTE: A better alternative to holding an estate sale inside SMVE with the restrictions listed above is to hold an off-site estate sale. There are a number of companies in Tucson that offer this service.
The complete text of SMVE rules on public sales can be viewed here:
When you notice an irrigation leak in a neighbor’s yard, do you let your neighbor know? When you’re out for a walk and notice a piece of litter, do you pick it up and dispose of it properly?
If your answer to questions like these tends to be “Yes,” then you’re one of the reasons that SMVE is such a great place to live.
The SMVE Board of Directors is currently seeking people like you to help with specific tasks to keep the neighborhood running smoothly.
The board needs help in the following areas:
Communications: The board needs someone who is willing to help assemble the twice yearly newsletter and post occasional articles. Skills needed are comfort in working on a computer and willingness to learn a little bit about the software we use (we’ll teach you). If you are comfortable with word processing and you use a computer, you have what it takes. If you already know a lot about putting articles on the web using Word Press even better! Contact Kiki Cheney if you can help. ✉ Kiki Cheney .
South Pool Gate closers: The board needs people shutting the south pool gate in late afternoon or early evening. Contact Susan Peterson.✉ Susan Peterson, Pool Co-Chair1 .
Maintenance: The board is looking to expand the maintenance committee and would like additional people to keep an eye on a few specific items and call an appropriate vendor when a repair is needed. Contact Steve Struck ✉ Steve Struck, Maintenance Chair Phone: .
Random Task Handlers: The board needs volunteers to handle small random tasks. Examples of past things would be tracking down firm responsible for the road work sign that was left on Velazquez or arranging for something that was dumped on a common area to be removed. If you would be willing to be part of a round robin group of folks to handle these odd one-off tasks, we’d love to hear from you. If you are someone who has reported one of these random items, consider reporting AND volunteering to resolve at the same time! You’d set a great example for others! ✉ Kathy Mitton, President, SMVE HOA Phone: .
Board Members: The board needs one or two additional homeowners to become future board members. A board member attends monthly meetings September – May and works as a team to make decisions for the HOA. ✉ Kathy Mitton, President, SMVE HOA Phone: .
Notice for first half 2019 dues will be going out shortly to the address specified in the HOA database as your permanent mailing address. If you have changed your permanent address please notify ✉ Kathy Mitton, President, SMVE HOA prior to November 15 so it can be corrected before dues notices are mailed. Keeping your information up to date is your responsibility and inaccurate information will not absolve you from late fees.
In addition to your mailing address, please notify us if you have had a change in phone numbers or email addresses. We are finding when we attempt to contact a homeowner that often the phone numbers and/or email are invalid. Perhaps a landline has been disconnected and no cell phone number was ever provided or one member of the household is deceased. Ensuring we have the most accurate information in the database saves us wasted time and effort and helps us reach you quickly in the event we notice a problem with your property.