Meet Don Murray – Transition Committee Member

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Murray to the Transition Committee. Don and his partner, Sandy Hudgens, have owned in the Village since 2006. Don and Sandy helped form the Activities Committee and served on the committee for five years.

Don’s background in engineering and management, his experience as an owner and operator of commercial real estate, and service to the community on the Activities and Advisory committees will allow him to make a valuable contribution to the Transition Committee during this important time in White Mountain Vacation Village history. The Board looks forward to working closely with the Transition Committee and welcomes Don’s willingness to serve.

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Two Lots and a Shared Carport

Image result for carport with two cars cartoon imagesWhite Mountain Vacation Village is a Planned Unit Development (PUD) conceived by long-time White Mountain developer, Jim McCarty. For years Jim had a vision to do something to bring people to the White Mountains to vacation.  He felt that this would benefit the economy without destroying the allure that brought him here.  In the 1970’s he acquired a large parcel of land south of Show Low.  His plan was to develop it as a family vacation destination. Continue reading

2018 Annual Meeting Open Forum Comments & Questions

Image result for questions and answers imagesPhillip Dale Ellsworth – 2320 Elizabeth Avenue – Lot 114

“How many current lots are left to sale?”

 Please refer to the blog post of June 2, 2018.

“What is the fiscal year?”

January 1st through December 31st.

“How to review records?”

Contact Sherry Watson at HOAMCO.

Don Murray – 2280 Saddlebag Lane

“What is the current status of any pending or past lawsuits involving the Association and/or Declarant”?

There is no pending litigation in which the Association is a party. Any past litigation in which the Association was a party has been resolved. The Association has no information regarding pending or past litigation in which the Declarant was a party. Continue reading

Laundry Room Update

Image result for washer dryer cartoon imagesLast fall the Board approved a proposal brought forward by the Advisory Committee to add a washing machine that would handle large comforters and other large bedding. The dollars were allocated in the 2018 budget.

After further exploration which consisted of a firm bid for the machine and a meeting with a plumbing company, it was determined that it would cost much more than anticipated. Some of the cost was to increase the size of the pipes in the laundry room. That would require jackhammering the floor. In addition, it was pointed out that when something is washed, it must be dried. That would require a large dryer.

The good news is that the laundry room now has two new washers and two new dryers. These are in addition to the ones already in the space.

Your Advisory Committee is interested in knowing what residents would like to see in the common area. Please make plans to attend the function the Advisory Committee is hosting are on July 13 in the Clubhouse. It begins at 5:00 and light refreshments will be served.

Meet Linda Wright Lulkovich Transition Committee Chair

Contributed by Linda Wright Lulkovich

So, I have been asked “Who Am I?” which I think really means, “What makes me qualified to serve on your Transition Committee”?   I will try to give you some background information.

I was born in Ohio and moved to Arizona in 1956.  I attended Scottsdale High School and later graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Secondary Education.  After working in education and raising a family, I realized my interest and expertise was better suited for the business world so acquired a real estate license and sold real estate in Scottsdale.  That position created a path for over 35-years in mortgage lending working in many capacities and eventually opening my own business, Hacienda Lending, Inc.

To be licensed in Arizona in both lending and real estate, one is required to attend classes, pass school and state tests, pass background checks and pledge to subscribe to behavior of the highest integrity.   Additionally, the state requires many hours of continuing education each time you renew your license.  Both my licenses are kept current.  The nature of both businesses requires an understanding of all aspects of the business to include contracts, valuation, underwriting guidelines and documentation, law, insurance and so forth.

Additionally, I have worked with property owners’ associations in both lending and real estate related transactions.  I have also served in leadership of FireRock Ridge HOA.  This experience was very helpful in getting the training needed to understand the specific functions of the HOA management business.

Last, I believe in giving back to my profession and community.  I proudly served the Arizona Association of Mortgage Professionals in many leadership capacities over the years and was named “Arizona Mortgage Professional of the Year” in 2000 and 2014.  I have also been involved in Rotary International where husband, Tom and I have volunteered in many activities, service and leadership.  Rotary District 5510 recognized me with the Rotary District “Service Above Self “award in 2007.   Now I am looking forward to serving this community too along with your help and support.

Thirsty Wildlife Need Your Help

Thanks to Don Murray for the following which can be found on the Arizona Game and Fish Department website.

During extreme drought AZGFD assists thirsty wildlife

Posted July 6, 2018

Public texts SENDWATER to 41444 to assist department to conserve, protect wildlife

PHOENIX — Water is the essence of life and it’s just as precious for Arizona’s wildlife.

For that reason, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has trucked or airlifted about 600,000 gallons of precious water to catchments throughout the state since January. And trail cameras tell the tale of this important work with footage of elk, deer, bighorn sheep and countless other species leaning over for a refreshing drink at one of 3,000 catchments maintained by the department.

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“Water catchments don’t discriminate – they’re used by all wildlife from big game to some of the smallest squirrels, lizards, birds, bats and even bees,” said Joseph Currie,  AZGFD Habitat Planning program manager, who oversees the department’s water catchment efforts. “Our crews typically stop hauling water in August after monsoon rains refill much of our water catchments. However, due to this extreme drought, we haven’t stopped and anticipate having to haul more than 1.5 million gallons of water this year.”

To help defray rising costs of providing life-sustaining water for Arizona’s wildlife, AZGFD recently began its “Water for Wildlife” donation campaign to give the public an opportunity to support its efforts by texting SENDWATER to 41444 from any smartphone. After doing so, a link with the department’s logo will be sent to the phone to complete the donation.

Funding raised ensures that the department can still deliver water to remote regions of the state and help mitigate population fluctuations caused by severe lingering droughts.

“Historic drought periods such as this one were typically followed by massive die-offs of wildlife,” Currie said. “By hauling water, we are able to stabilize those populations, keeping them alive and out of urban areas in search of water.”

While AZGFD partners with many great wildlife groups, the department bears much of the costs to haul water to and maintain about 1,000 of its own catchments statewide, some of which must be filled with water flown in by helicopter. Additionally, the department also maintains an additional 1,000 Bureau of Land Management and 1,000 U.S. Forest Service water catchments.

For more information about how the Arizona Game and Fish Department conserves and protects the state’s wildlife or to make a donation to the Water for Wildlife campaign, visit www.azwildlifehero.com, or use your smartphone to text SENDWATER to 41444.

 

Canine Canons

Image result for barking dog cartoon imagesPeople have dogs for many reasons; companionship, protection, exercise, stress reduction.  It goes without saying that a pet comes with lots of responsibilities and one person’s pleasure can be another person’s pain. The Village is a high-density community and one barking dog can start a chain reaction that quickly gets out of control. In addition, dogs wandering off-lease onto private property can be annoyance even to people who have pets themselves.

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