June 2018 Activities

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Let’s Talk Trees

Image result for bark beetle cartoon imageLack of moisture in the White Mountains not only puts the area in danger of fire but stresses the trees. Bark beetles are native to forests and can play important ecological roles. However, when dry conditions last for years, it’s an invitation for the beetles to cause extensive mortality. In the last decade or so, bark beetles have been found in spruce, lodge pole, pinyon-juniper, and ponderosa forests.

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Meet Your New Hot Water System

Those of you who have been using the showers and laundry facilities at the clubhouse are aware that the water heaters were not working. It is a pleasure to announce that the new system was installed and the work is now completed. Apologies to those who have been suffering with the cold water. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

City of Show Low Mandates Stage III Fire Restrictions

Image result for stage III fire restrictions imageThe following information was taken from the City of Show Low official website.

Show Low, AZ (May 17, 2018) – Effective May 18, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., Stage III fire restrictions are in effect within the City of Show Low. The City has continued to monitor weather and fuel conditions very closely with members of the White Mountains Fire Restriction Coordination Group. Based on the available information, this is the most advisable course of action at this time. In accordance with City Code, Mayor Daryl Seymore issued an emergency proclamation instituting the upgraded fire restrictions. The following restrictions remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded:

  1.  No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites, on any property within the City of Show Low.
  2.  No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3.  No operating any internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.
  4.  No outdoor welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  5.  No using an explosive.
  6.  No operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
  7.  No using any explosive targets, no using tracer round ammunition, and no selling or using fireworks of any kind.
  8.  The following are exempted from these restrictions, although everyone is required to have a pressurized water supply or fire extinguisher available for the listed activities:
  9. Persons with a written permit issued by Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. (This does not include open burn permits. All open burn permits will be suspended until fire restrictions are lifted.)
  10. Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in a Special Use Permit issued by Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District.
  11. Persons operating internal combustion engines with an approved spark-arresting device, such as lawnmowers and landscaping equipment, in maintained landscape space.
  12. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquefied petroleum or natural gas that can be turned on and off and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
  13. Operating generators with an approved spark-arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  14. Emergency repair of public utilities.
  15. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Hot Town, Rumors in the Village

Related imageThis is not a reference to the Stage III fire restrictions that go into effect Friday. When a rumor is flying around the Village, it’s only fair that everyone get in on it. This rumor involves the agenda for the June 21st Annual Meeting.

Apparently someone is under the impression that the Declarant will be turning over the Association at this meeting. Furthermore, a new Board of Directors will be “selected”.  And finally, the Association is broke.

Let’s break this rumor down. The notice of the 2018 Annual Meeting was posted on the blog on May 10. The notice is going out via mail today. The notices include the agenda for the meeting. For your convenience, below is the agenda for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

  • Call Meeting to Order
  • Introduction of Board Members
  • Approval of 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes
  • Completed Projects in 2017
  • Open Forum
  • Adjournment

There is no agenda item for the Declarant to turn over the Association. No election of Directors is on this agenda.

The 2018 Annual Assessment was posted on the blog on November 15, 2017. A link to the 2018 budget is available on that post. The Village People website also contains the 2018 budget. In addition, a visit to the Village People website will reveal all 2017 financial information including the balance sheet, income and expense statements, and the reserve statements. You are encouraged to visit the website. The financial information is under the section labeled “Governance”. Those reports account for every penny of Association money. An examination of those documents makes it clear that the Association is financially healthy.

Rumors can be entertaining. Rumors can be distracting. Rumors can cause stress to Members of the Association. It is human nature to get caught up in rumors and perpetuate them. However, there are people who hear rumors and use common sense to determine the truthfulness of the rumor. The above information is meant to give people the tools to determine the truth of this particular rumor.