The concrete contractor was hoping to finish the streets in the Village this week. However, he can’t get more material until next Thursday. He will do as much as he can. He is hoping to finish Tender Foot Trail and Saddlebag.
A big thanks to the drivers of the two vehicles that ran over the contractor’s cones and signs today on the section of Horseshoe between Hanging Tree and Elizabeth. The signs blew down but there were twelve cones in the way. One of the drivers then got out and put up the sign they drove over. This means they drove through his hard work, knowing they were doing so. This part now looks like crap, just like Kathryn and Mogollon.
Please understand that while these repairs are being done, drivers can avoid ruining the concrete by driving the wrong way on one-way streets.
Things are moving along. The contractor has about fifty yards on south Kathryn Avenue and all of Hanging Tree to finish. An important preparation tool broke on Friday and the parts should arrive on Wednesday or Thursday. All in all, things are going a bit slower than hoped but that is the reality of construction. Repairs will move to Tenderfoot when the parts arrive and keep working north.
Yesterday after the contractor left, someone much more important than the rest of the residents, removed the caution tape and cones between the road closed signs on Kathryn and drove down the road, tracking material everywhere and messing up the contractor’s hard work.
Just a reminder that everyone, not just the culprit, is paying for any work that must be redone. Also, it means the roads are closed for longer. If you see something, say something.
Apparently, three notices of street repairs were not enough. If your street is blocked with signs, cones, ribbon or anything that can be construed as trying to keep cars off the street, please comply. The contractor has been nice enough to go door-to-door to speak with residents that are in the Village and his words have rung hollow.
Someone has already decided that the notices and barriers do not apply to them. Some repairs might need to be repeated because people either drove over the crack seal patches or walked through them.
PLEASE DON’T DRIVE ON BLOCKED STREETS. THIS APPLIES TO EVERYONE. NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM THIS; OTHERWISE, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED TO GIVE ADVANCE NOTICE.
Contributed by Larry Bivins
I was born March 17, 1944 in Anchorage, Alaska to Orland & Lucille Bivins. My father worked for the Alaska Railroad as a Conductor and my mother was a house wife / teacher. I have two brothers Gary (my twin) and Dean (older by 6 yrs.) Anchorage was a great place to grow up! I was educated in the Anchorage School District grades 1-12.
I experienced the 3 biggest events in Alaska History: 1.) Becoming the 49th State of the Union in 1958. 2.) The great Alaska Earthquake of 1964. 3.) The discovery of oil on the Kenai peninsula which led to Prudhoe Bay, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and to Alaska becoming, perhaps, the largest oil producer in the U.S
I Became an employee of the Alaska Railroad one week after Graduation from West Anchorage High School in 1962. I remained with the Alaska Railroad until my retirement in 1993. In 1964 I embarked on a four year apprenticeship to become a Construction Equipment Mechanic. In 1989 I was promoted to the position of Construction Equipment Repair Supervisor for the Alaska Railroad system. In 1993 at the age of 49 I was downsized into retirement from the Alaska Railroad. For the next 15 years I continued to work in the construction industry as a Construction Equipment salesman.
During my employment at the Alaska Railroad I was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years. The highest rank I held was Master Sargent / First Sargent. I was also on the Board of Directors of Denali Federal Credit Union for 10 years. In 2003 I was elected Statewide Grand President of the Pioneers of Alaska, an organization of some 3000 members.
I met my wife Karen in the fall of 1963. We were married in December 1964. We have two sons. Larry Jr. and Bill. Larry works construction in the Phoenix area and Bill is a Locomotive engineer for the Alaska Railroad. Karen and I have enjoyed nearly 55 years together (December 2019).
After spending 60 years in Alaska we felt it was time for a change. The winters were becoming very long, dark & cold. Our change was to move to Green Valley, Arizona. We moved to Green Valley on a year around basis in 2005. We enjoy all Arizona has to offer. To get out of the heat of summer we started to travel in our motorhome every summer which eventually led us to WMVV where we bought an RV lot on Bulldog. We enjoyed WMVV so much we decided what we really needed was a park model `in WMVV. Well we found it on the corner of Recreation Loop & Cattle drive and purchased it last summer. (We still have the RV lot on Bulldog).
This brings us to the reason for this short Bio. I look forward to serving the homeowners of WMVV as a member of the Transition team. My goal is to make the transition as open and transparent as possible and geared to the benefit of the home owners of WMVV. Remember “We are all in this boat together.”
DKP & Company Concrete Repair will begin Monday April 1 with road maintenance. This will affect Unit 2 Phases 2 & 3. The work will begin on South Mogollon Trail and from there they will work their way to the north. The plan is to complete up to Bulldog the first week.
In a perfect world, the work will be completed by April 13. However, we all know we don’t live in a perfect world so we will do our best to keep you up-to-date via this blog.
When the work is being done on a street, that street will be completely closed for the day. Residents living on that street will need to park on Vacation Village Drive or Kathryn. Residents will have to walk to their property on that day. We apologize for the inconvenience.
It is difficult to let residents know what day each street will be closed. If you are in the Village during this time, please keep an eye out so that you can determine what day your street will be closed to traffic. The key is that the contractor is beginning on South Mogollon Trail and working north.
Your patience is much appreciated as this work must be completed and is weather sensitive.
Contributed by Linda Lulkovich, Transition Committee Chair
So, in the spirit of keeping you informed, the Transition Committee is working hard to represent you on the road to transition the Association from developer controlled to homeowners. Homeowners are the members of the Association, so we are literally working for YOU.
This month we drilled down a little deeper in our fact-finding with no adverse findings. As we go through this process, it often reveals the need to get additional documentation. That translates to still gathering documentation to review. An overview for this month is:
- Retained an attorney specialized in HOA’s and transitions.
- Reviewed the Financials
- Reviewed the Reserve Study
- Reviewed certain Contracts with more to come.
There is still much more to do, and we will keep you informed along the way.
We have come to realize that we need representation on this Committee from Unit 4. Anyone from Unit 4 interested in helping us transition should contact Linda Lulkovich at WMVVfeedback@gmail.com or phone 602-809-7007.
Last month, we created an email address to send your questions and feedback. Only one message was delivered relating to the Village Directory. This message was forwarded to appropriate party and satisfactorily managed. Thanks to all for your part.
We continue to welcome and invite your questions and feedback. 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.
The snowfall this season in the White Mountains has been both a boon and a curse. Everyone knows the area can use all the moisture it can get. However, living with the realities of unusually high levels of snow isn’t exactly a picnic.