Winter Storm Warning

Image result for winter storm cartoon imagesWe are expecting a major winter storm to hit our area on Thursday and Friday.  Predicted snow levels are expected to be heavy: 20-26 inches for Show Low.  We want everyone to be prepared!

 Please stock up on essentials like:

–  Perishable Groceries – Milk, eggs, fruit, vegetables and bread

–  Medicine – Prescription and over the counter

–  Wood, canned heat or STERNO as a source of alternative heat

–  A snow shovel or rock salt

–  Flashlights, candles and extra batteries

–  Also, fill your cars with gas

 Please be aware that there could be power outages and it could also be a few days of limited travel due to road conditions.  Please stay indoors if at all possible and stay safe.

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Meet Donna Holick – Advisory Committee Chair

The Advisory Committee was formed in 2015. Ray Hedlund volunteered to chair the committee for one year. Over three years later, he was still at it. The Board recently appointed Donna Holick as chair and wishes to thank Ray for his leadership and willingness to remain a part of the committee.

Donna was born and raised in Southern California where she started her career in the pet industry during high school. Owning her own pet shop since the age of twenty-one, she has navigated the world of business creating lifelong relationships along the way.

Being self-employed helped Donna understand and learn finances, contracts, hard work and being a leader. Donna and partner Charlotte moved to Arizona when Charlotte retired. They opened and operate Whiskers Barkery in Downtown Prescott.

In planning for Donna’s retirement, they built their summer home in the Village. Donna has been a member of the Advisory Committee since its beginning and hopes to build on the foundation that Ray Hedlund and others have established. “My goal of leading the Advisory Committee is to give homeowners a voice for positive changes needed and to work with the Transition Committee as we move toward full ownership of White Mountain Vacation Village”.

You can spot Donna and Charlotte walking their fur kids (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) in and around the festival area or playing pickleball in the cul-de-sac. 

2018 Developer Sales

Image result for sales imagesThe number of lots sold by the developer in 2018 was sixteen lots and one park model. Below is a recap of lot and park model sales for the last few years.

2015 – 19 lots

2016 – 12 lots and 4 park models

2017 – 26 lots

There are 29 lots still owned by the developer. Five are either in escrow or are committed when available. The developer is actively marketing twenty-four lots. These are located as follows:

 

Unit 3 Phase 1 – 14 lots

Unit 3 Phase 2 – 10 lots

Clearly, the end is in sight. With your help, it is possible to sell twenty-four lots in 2019. As you know, when all lots are sold, control of the Association will be transferred to the Members. More information on this can be found in a previous post by clicking here.

You can aid with sales by letting your friends and neighbors know how much you enjoy spending the hot summers in the Village. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Animals in the Village

Related imageThe Village is situated in the boundary of the City of Show Low. City of Show Low animal guidelines and policies govern animals in the Village. If you have questions or concerns, please visit the City of Show Low Animal Control page. A link can be found here as well.

If you have questions or concerns or a problem with a stray or barking dog, the appropriate course of action is to contact the City of Show Low Animal Control Officer.

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.

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.