Communication and Transparency

Image result for communication and transparency imagesContributed by Linda Lulkovich, Transition Committee Chair

Communication and transparency = motto of the WMVV Transition Committee.  The Committee was established by the Board of Directors in June 2018.  Since that time, we have recruited residents from the community making it a four-member Committee.

  • As mentioned in prior Blogs, we are not a decision-making body. We provided information to you in the Blog dated October 23, 2018 defining our role and the processing checklist we will utilize.
  • Currently we are reviewing past budgets and financials, past Reserve Study, and prior Minutes of the Board of Directors plus a general working knowledge of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. This will give us the foundation on which to evaluate other aspects.
  • Committee role is strictly defined in the charter. See http://www.wmvv.org/transition.html.  We are not paid.  We are volunteer residents of the RSA who have as much vested interest in this process as you do.  Like you, we are residents and property owners at WMVV.  It is important to each of us to give complete care and attention to the process.  We are acting as a liaison between Owners and Declarant by performing “due diligence” inspections of pertinent data.
  • This committee will make sure that all paperwork, accounting, and closeout issues are addressed before taking over the responsibility of the association from the developer. Keep in mind that we have no power or authority to make changes or enact recommendations.  We inspect, report and recommend – PERIOD.

We welcome and invite your questions and feedback.  To that end we have established an email account specifically for your use in communicating with us.  The email address is:  WMVVfeedback@gmail.com.  It is important to contact us in writing, so we can insure a quick and complete response.   If your concern/question is outside our charter, we will forward it to the appropriate person/group for resolution and inform the resident of our action.  Thank you for your assistance with this communication procedure.  And, we appreciate and invite your input.

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Snow Plow Woes

Image result for snow plow cartoon imagesCourtesy of Catherine Cribbs – HOAMCO

With the onset of Winter in the White Mountains comes snowfall and the challenges of keeping streets clear and safely passable.

When snow is removed from the road, the snow plow operator has to pile it as far off the shoulder as possible to protect the road surface and make room for traffic and more snow.  The amount of snow fall determines how much to the side of the road the snow can be placed. The plowing operation creates a “snow berm.”  Widening roads too much causes a massive snow berm that can cause damage to the road and to vehicles. It is impossible to plow and not leave a berm.  Please do not shovel the snow back onto the street.

Heavy snowfall disrupts daily living.  Dealing with it can be frustrating for everyone.  The snowplow crew will do their best to minimize any inconvenience and, if necessary, plowing crews will work around the clock.  What you can do to help:

  • Do not park your motor vehicles on the roadway.
  • For your safety, keep driving to a minimum during a snowstorm unless necessary.
  • It is recommended to not shovel snow from your driveway street edge until the street has been completely plowed back to the edge of the road to save you from shoveling the driveway edge twice.

When a snowplow is working in the community it has the right of way.  Please use caution. We appreciate your understanding and support.

2019 Annual Assessment Notice

Related imageThe 2019 White Mountain Vacation Village Annual Budget can be found on the Village website or you can click here to see it.

During budget discussions, the Board voted to increase Member assessments by $10.00 per month. There has not been an increase since 2015 for the many services and amenities these assessments cover. We remind you that White Mountain Vacation Village is a “private” subdivision responsible for maintaining its infrastructure without the benefit of municipal contributions from the City of Show Low. We take pride in the fact that we have been able to contribute to and increase the reserve account to help maintain an adequate balance to preserve and protect assets of the Association in the years to come.  Our goal is to maintain healthy reserves while avoiding the need for a special assessment. The 2019 Budget includes an amount for an audit in preparation for transition.

Some of the projects for 2019 which your assessments support:

  • 2018 did not bring a major forest fire to our area. However, we continue the elimination of dead or dying trees and control of explosive new growth. This is a necessary and fundamental strategy in our efforts to control or prevent a possible wildfire. It also benefits our Members by improving visibility, which may reduce unexpected and dangerous encounters with wildlife in the area.
  • Road repairs and maintenance
  • Clubhouse repairs and maintenance
  • Pond maintenance
  • New fence for Festival area
  • Disc golf

White Mountain Vacation Village Amenities supported by your assessments include:

  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic tables
  • Clubhouse
  • Laundry
  • Pavilion
  • Recreational activities

Items included as part of your assessments:

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Garbage

Your 2019 coupon books will be mailed separately. Please plan to make your monthly assessment payments as follows, beginning in January 2019:

Unit 2 Phase 1, 2, 3 and Unit 4 = $130.00

Mountain Lodges:

Unit 3 Phase 1 = $130.00 + $40.00 (secondary assessment for co-owned carports and lot maintenance) = $170.00

 

Unit 3 Phase 2 = $130.00 + $10.00 (secondary assessment for Mountain Lodges common area) = $140.00

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Village Transition Committee Update

Image result for transition imagesContributed by Linda Lulkovich – Transition Committee Chair

The Transition Committee is now formed and ready to begin work.  It has been a bit slower than anticipated due to recruiting efforts, vacations and general conflicts.  The Committee now has four members:  Linda Lulkovich, Don Murray, Jay Clem and Roy Chamberlin.  We want to reach out to the Village to let you know our plan of action.

This Committee has been tasked with doing the “due diligence” required to learn the status of the entire WMVV Recreational Subdivision Association (RSA).  We must inspect everything from financials, inventories, systems and their function to maintenance, management and insurance.  You can find a checklist for guidance that we have adopted at:  http://mulcahylawfirm.com/publications.php.  There is also a complete list of our Responsibilities and Duties published in the Committee Charter at: http://wmvv.org/transition.html.

You will see there is much to do.  We expect the transition timeframe to span about 18 months.  Our work, in conjunction with developer sales, will control the timing issue.  It is important for you to understand our role and function.  We are not a decision-making body but rather a group with skills needed to review various aspects of the RSA.  Where we do not have the expertise, we will contract professionals who possess the skills needed.   To begin our work, we must be familiar with the background.  We are presently reviewing the RSA documents (CC&R’s, Articles, Bylaws, Maps, etc.).  As we accomplish the various components on the checklist, a summary report will be made along with recommendations.

Community members will be kept informed of our progress on a regular basis through this BLOG publication.  Recognizing that effective communication helps to establish harmony in the community, we welcome input from members.  However, we do want to emphasize again that we are not decision-makers.  We are fact-finders.  The Advisory Committee is your first stop for expressing concerns about the Community.  They will forward those concerns to us where appropriate.  Please give them an opportunity for resolution first.  That said, we do want to be aware of your matters of interest.  There are many areas where we may not have first-hand knowledge and you do.  For example, defects within the common areas and the like.  So, please feel free to talk with any of us on the Committee at any time.  You can also email me at:  lendwright@cox.net or phone 602-809-7007.  We value your opinions, welcome your thoughts and ask you to share them with us.

Clubhouse Lease

When White Mountain Vacation Village was conceived, a clubhouse was envisioned. Since the Association did not have funds or credit history to construct a clubhouse the developer borrowed money to build it. The money had to be repaid by the Association. In order to accomplish repayment in a fair and equitable manner, a lease between the developer and the Association was created.

The lease payment generates enough money to repay the loan. The lease began on August 1st 2005 and is for twenty years. At the end of the lease term, the Association has the option to purchase the clubhouse as long as certain conditions have been met. One of those conditions is that the tenant (Association) has paid the Minimum Guaranteed Rental and all other monetary obligations owed to landlord under the lease.

Arizona law requires that consideration be given when real property is sold. To satisfy this requirement, the Association must pay the landlord one dollar ($1.00) at the end of the lease.

The full lease may be reviewed on the Village People website. It can be found on the Documents, Forms and Downloads page.

Meet Bob McFadden – Advisory Committee Member

The Board of Directors recently approved Bob McFadden to represent the Rancheros area of the Village. Bob is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended high school and college in Phoenix, Arizona. He received an A.A.S. Criminology and an A.A. Liberal Arts from Glendale Community College. He also earned a B.S., Criminology/Training & Development from Grand Canyon University.

Bob began his Bureau of Prisons career as a Correctional Officer at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Phoenix, Arizona.  He went on to hold positions of increasing responsibilities at the Community Corrections Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Baltimore, Maryland, the Federal Medical Center, Rochester, Minnesota, FCI Tucson, Arizona and the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego, California. Bob was Warden at the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, South Dakota and then served as Senior Deputy Regional Director of the Southeast Region. He also served as Warden at FCI in Jesup, Georgia and at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. Bob eventually became the Regional Director of the Western Region.

Bob and his wife Barbara have two adult children. They love RVing and have traveled to all fifty states. They have traveled to Europe and Asia as well.