What is This Thing Sitting Over There?

Contributed by Ray Hedlund, Advisory Committee Chair

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A Primer on Homeowner Associations

Image result for heartburn cartoon imagesMany developments in Arizona operate under a homeowner’s association. The majority of those remain under the control of the declarant a.k.a. “developer” until one hundred percent of the lots/houses are sold. White Mountain Vacation Village is one of those developments. Continue reading

Water Line Flush

Image result for water running through a fire hydrant imageThe Village water lines will be flushed this Saturday beginning at 10:00 A.M. and ending sometime around 2:00 or 3:00 P.M.  No one will lose water as a result, but you may experience “cloudy” water during the process. If that should happen, you will need to turn off the water for 15 to 20 minutes and it should clear up. As an alternative, you can try running the water for a short time to clear it up.

Flushing the lines yearly is a necessity and your understanding is greatly appreciated.

24 is an Interesting Number

Image result for 24Contributed by Ray Hedlund Advisory Committee Chair

It’s a milestone that’s thought provoking in many ways. It’s almost a quarter of one hundred. It’s bigger than the age of majority. It’s also a milestone! It is the largest single year of lot sales in the history of our Village.

Think about it strongly. It’s a marker that friends, relatives, and ourselves have decided that this is the place to be. The price is right, the timing and weather have added to rapid sales of new lots.  So what does this mean for our future?

2018 will probably find a lot of new development of sites. New park models, new construction, and a lot of construction traffic clogging the streets. Please be careful to give the right of way to those pieces of equipment needed to turn lots into homes. Try to keep your part of the traffic puzzle clear. Help the flow of incoming prospective lot buyers finding their dream lot, yet move safely around the Village.

I suspect that the weather will be hotter, the economy still strong if not robust. This should help our rate of sales and resales and move the date of developer handoff closer to reality. The handoff date is still elusive as the lot sales will depend on the buyer’s imagination to develop the remaining and some say challenging shaped/sloped lots. The better ones sell faster so tell your friends.

Your Advisory Committee has been working with the Board to improve some items and to solve some issues brought to us by owners. We have had two years of actual progress. We have tried to think proactively about what is needed now and in the future. The most obvious advances have been the bocce ball addition, horseshoe improvements, information center, club house blinds and tables.  We have a raft of issues that we are working on now with the Board.  All projects have been done within budget and with no increase in fees.

The Advisory Committee is comprised of seven members representing the different areas of the Village. It’s a nonpaying job filled with volunteers approved by the Board who love our Village. Currently we have two openings on the committee. We are looking to fill them with spirited owners who want to make our Village a better place and /or protect our investment in our summer homes.  We meet about four times a season, take in remarks from our neighbors and make the best judgement calls to better our community. Our operational philosophy is that any and all thoughts can be discussed as long as they are presented in a positive way.

At the end of last season the chair of the Activities Committee resigned. This group is responsible for all of the fun events that many of us look forward to. It’s my understanding that many of the people who spearheaded weekly activities will be returning to head up their events, but as of today no one has stepped up to chair this group. I cannot imagine a season without organized activities, but it looks like that’s where we’re headed. If you have enjoyed these events in the past and have thought that you could contribute NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY!   WHITE MOUNTAIN VACATION VILLAGE ACTIVITIES needs you. Raise your hand by contacting me.

If you’re ready to step up and work toward making our Village a better place to be, contact me. I will be happy to discuss any questions you have and get you the application form.  If you have issues to discuss but don’t want to join just yet, use the same contact info: Advisory@WMVV.Org.

2017 Sales

Image result for sold sign imagesThis was a record breaking year for sales in the Village. The developer sold 24 lots in 2017. Sales were strong throughout the year. 2017 wasn’t an election year and temperatures reached record highs in the valley.

Can this pace be maintained 2018? Only the Shadow knows. While there were a few nights that dipped below freezing in the greater Phoenix area, there wasn’t really a winter. Valley residents wanting to escape the brutal summer temperatures could find their way into the Village in 2018.

The stock market has been somewhat volatile in the last few weeks. Sometimes when that happens, people move money to other things and real estate is always a consideration.

If you love living in the Village, spread the word. A happy customer is the best sales person.

Speed Bump Observations

Image result for race car cartoon imagesThe speed bumps are removed every fall in anticipation of winter snows as the snowplow will wreak havoc on them.  When they were removed this year, the Village streets turned into a NASCAR race track. This fact serves to reinforce the need for the speed bumps.

Village people have strong opinions on both sides of the speed bump issue. However, in order to facilitate a safe environment for people strolling through the Village, the speed bumps will be put out again this spring.

We have learned a few lessons in the past few years about how many speed bumps are necessary and where best to position them. When people started driving the wrong way on one-way streets, we realized that every street needed speed bumps.

The board takes safety in the Village seriously and the speed bumps will impede people from driving above the posted limit. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Activities in the Village

Image result for thanks!The Board has received and accepted the resignations of the entire Activities Committee. We thank Jo Lindsay for chairing the committee, as well as each member for the work they did for a successful 2017 season. As a reminder, the committee consisted of the following people:

Jo Lindsay, Chair

Sue Beach

Frankie Coulter

Cheri Laney

Linda Lulkovich

Carol Wieser

Some of the activities provided were an arts and craft sale, Mexican potluck dinner with Armour Gomez as the entertainment and blind wine tasting. The season wrapped up with a celebratory Oktoberfest featuring music, Bavarian beer, brats and more.

In addition to providing expected activities, the committee also assumed the task of purchasing a warming oven and pans with funds collected by the past committee for that purpose. The oven was broken in this season and worked great.

Be sure to join us in thanking the committee for a job well done. Not only did their efforts help in building positive relationships through fun activities in the community, they did it all and ended the day $300 under budget! Besides the planned special activities and events, there were many activities that took place on a fairly regular basis. The board thanks the following people for organizing and taking responsibility for those activities:

Billiards – Daryl Bystrom

Book Club – Susan Jenkin

Bridge – Jackie Schafer

Bunco – Jan Koespel

Hand, Foot and Toe – Pat Palma

Line Dancing – Lila Dudley

Mahjongg – Karen Bivens

Poker – Lois Davis & Alice Sims

Walk Aerobics – Dorothea Blondfield

The 2018 budget includes an amount for the Activities Committee. If anyone is interested in organizing a committee per the Activities Committee Charter, which can be found by clicking here, please let us know. You can do so by emailing Activities@WMVV.org.