Contributed by Ray Hedlund – Member, Advisory Committee
This is the time of year where folks begin to think about closing up for the winter. The in-ground shut-off valves sometimes become leaky and cantankerous when shut down. Sometimes they refuse to close properly and then after you have gone home you will receive a call to come back and fix it.
Plumbers charge bucks to dig it up and replace it. They even charge more when it’s cold. Often times, they do not have the shut-off tool so they charge even more. My advice; if you suspect you have a leaker or hard to operate valve is to replace your valve while it is good weather and rates can be shopped.
Two years ago, your HOA purchased a specialized water shut-off clamping tool. It can be checked out and used. Then replaced by you so the next person can use it. The tool is located on site in a double locked case. You can access it by key holders. Any one your Advisory Committee has a key and we now have a hide a key on premises.
Your Advisory Committee members currently are:
Donna Holick – Chair woman
Above contact info is on the Village People website – wmvv.org.
Please thank hard-working volunteers Duane, Jim and Charlotte led by Advisory Committee Chair, Donna Holick. They completed the installation of the catchers. The mats have been provided along with two sets of discs. The discs will be stored in the library in a blue sling bag. If you are interested in purchasing your own discs, please visit Big 5 Sporting Goods or Sportsman’s Wearhouse.
The course begins at the main entrance to the Festival Area. Starting at Exercise Station 1 you will see Tee Mat #1. Look ahead for the catcher with the yellow ring on the basket. The course follows along the Festival hiking trails with each catcher near each exercise station with the next tee mat nearby. Flow is as follows:
Exercise Station 1 Tee 1
Exercise Station 2 Catcher 1 Tee 2
Exercise Station 3 Catcher 2 Tee 3
Exercise Station 4 Catcher 3 Tee 4
Exercise Station 5 Catcher 4 Tee 5
Exercise Station 6 Catcher 5 Tee 6
Exercise Station 7 Catcher 6 Tee 7
Exercise Station 8 Catcher 7 Tee 8
Exercise Station 9 Catcher 8 Tee 9
Exercise Station 10 Catcher 9
The Pool Player’s Union of White Mountain Vacation Village (PPUWMVV) requested a new pool table. Donna Holick, chair of the Advisory Committee, jumped right on it and facilitated the purchase.
The old table is still there and has been designated by PPUWMVV as being kid friendly with supervision. Enjoy your new pool table.
While there is not a “dog park” in the Village, many people take their dogs for walks along the roadways and in the Festival Area. The Village is subject to the animal guidelines and policies of the City of Show Low.
As part of the policy, dogs cannot be at-large. In other words, all dogs must be on a lease when not on the owner’s property.
It is unlawful for any person whose animals defecate on property they do not own to fail to immediately clean up and properly dispose of the waste. This would apply to roadways, drainage ditches, the Festival Area and any other property which is not owner’s lot.
The entire policy can be found on the City of Show Low Animal Control page. A link can be found here as well.
This is an update on how to get out of Dodge in the event of a fire or other emergency that would require rapid departure. We know we can leave via Vacation Village Drive which exits onto White Mountain Road. However, there are three other outlets. These are emergency exits and were required by the City of Show Low before approval of the different units.
Before we discuss those exits, let’s define “emergency”. Merriam-Webster defines emergency as “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action”. A pre-evacuation notice in the event of a fire would not be an emergency as this notice would be issued giving people enough time to gather important papers and medications and to make decisions on what to do with pets. If the pre-evacuation order turned into an actual evacuation, there would be time to leave in an orderly fashion. This type of notice and evacuation should not result in a panic situation.
An emergency might occur as a result of a fire that starts in or very near the Village and is moving quickly. Under such a circumstance there might not be time to leave with anything but your life. In an instant such as this, you might feel compelled to use one of the three other exists. All three exit onto Ellsworth Road via breakaway or “crash” gates. Next time you are out for a walk make a mental note of where they are located. There is a gate at Elizabeth and Ellsworth Heights Road in Unit 2, a gate at Recreation Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road and a gate at Mule Skinner Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road, both in Unit 4. These gates are fairly low and each is secured with a set of two padlocks (one is a fire department lock). Unlocking any of them opens the gate. Until very recently, there was a third combination lock. That lock was removed.
The gates are called “crash” gates for a reason. They are meant to be crashed through in the event a rapid escape becomes necessary. You might recall the deadly Camp fire that resulted in eighty-six fatalities. Many of those who died could not outrun the fire. The combination locks were removed so that no one would be tempted to save their vehicle while everyone behind them perished in the flames.
If you find yourself first in line at one of the crash gates, simply “crash” through the gate. It was designed for this. Yes, you will damage your vehicle but the people behind you will be grateful. Another option is to lay back and wait for someone else to crash through it first. You could also make “first through the gate” assignments on an annual rotating basis. Everyone gets a turn.
Let us hope we never have a situation where you would need to use the emergency exits. However, now everyone should know that crashing through the gate during an emergency is the safest and fastest way out of the Village.