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

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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.

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.

Off-Site Activities

Image result for activities imagesThe Activities Committee has taken us off-site a number of times this year for some interesting and exciting events. Everyone attending those events has been asked to sign a “liability waiver”. This has been the recommendation of the Board’s legal counsel. Not everyone has felt that it is necessary. Some have even felt it unnecessary, if not silly. One gentleman quipped, “It only protects the Board.”

Whether it’s necessary or not, whether it’s silly or not, whether it’s over-kill, whether it’s part of a vast intergalactic conspiracy … isn’t the issue. The fact is, It Protects YOU!

If for whatever reason – justified or otherwise – the Recreational Subdivision Association is sued, the Association will incur the cost of defense. In other words, YOU will get the bill.

We’ve all heard of “frivolous lawsuits”. Imagine an example where someone accidentally stumbles into a cactus while touring a garden while texting on his phone. Take the example a step further – that person’s cousin is an unscrupulous attorney and convinces him he can pick up a big settlement by suing the garden owner, the city, the cactus grower and the R.S.A., i.e., YOU. This kind of thing happens far more often than you might imagine.

The R.S.A. attorney (YOUR attorney) has asked that attendees sign the waiver. It’s for your protection. Whether it’s a good idea or a silly idea can be debated. However, please give your neighbors the peace of mind of knowing that all attendees have come together in our mutual best interests.

Thanks to the fifty-seven people who have signed the waiver. It is appreciated.

Meet Frankie Coulter – Advisory and Activities Committee Member

Frankie is a third generation Arizonan and has been coming to the White Mountains since childhood.  She purchased in the Village because of the beautiful trees and because it is located in town.

Frankie’s professional background was as an operating room nurse for thirty-five years. The last fifteen years were in management.  She was also a real estate broker in the 1980’s, working in a family-owned Century 21 office in Yuma.  There she combined nursing and real estate, both part-time. She worked way too many hours.

Her interests include embroidery, reading, family history and political campaigns.  Frankie managed two campaigns for a candidate for our state legislature, being successful each time.

Frankie has been married twice, both husbands predeceasing her.  She has two daughters and one son. All are successful and dear to Frankie. She has two granddaughters and two grandsons who fill her with joy every time she thinks of them. She has eight step-grandchildren with whom she shares birthdays and holidays.

Frankie hopes everyone will consider volunteering in the Village for there is no better way to get well acquainted with your neighbors. She is leading by example by volunteering to serve on both the Advisory and Activities Committees.

BOCCE BALL COURT UPDATE

Image result for bocce ball imagesCourtesy of Ray Hedlund – Advisory Committee Chairman

There have been many questions and rumors about the Bocce Ball court. It is ready for play!

To help inform all, here are some details you may find of interest:

  1. This court was constructed by a professional experienced in building these units
  2. There is a complete drainage system installed in the under fill of the unit. It is not a water pit.
  3. It is specifically designed to handle the rain and snow and drain away as fast as possible the water that may be left from a heavy rain.
  4. The court is finished with professional grade material and its final top coat is crushed oyster shells. It’s what the pros use.
  5. Oyster shells are designed to allow drainage and provide a smooth roll of the ball. They are not designed to be layered thickly onto the rolling surface.
  6. The court is tamped down firmly and from time to time you may see black under material surface. This is not a cause to pour an additional layer of oyster shells as its increasing thickness will result in a slow and harder to throw rolling of the ball.
  7. When you see a black spot and between games, players should use the rake/brush (hanging on the pavilion wall) and drag the court to a level, flat playing surface.
  8. The proper etiquette is to NOT WALK on the playing surface during a game. Only those playing should be on the court.
  9. We have some additional bags that are still on back order for touch up purposes as time goes by. It is not intended to add a major thickness to the rolling surface. We will store these and use as required.
  10. The string rope lights have been removed. They have proven to be a questionable feature. The sticky backing has not stuck. The rake has knocked it down and in one case broke the string. Their return is questionable at this time. Lighting was a bonus feature and not originally in the plan.
  11. The surrounding rock area was designed so that golf carts could be driven close by and used for seating of spectators and possibly lighting if needed.
  12. There were originally some rocks at the near end toward the club house that was discovered after play was started and they have been dug out and removed and stacked by the trees. If you want to see just how big a rock can be, take a look at these.
  13. The existing brand new benches have been moved several times now. They are heavy and are not truly designed to be moved to shade so my suggestion is to stand in the shade of a tree when not rolling and use when they are shade covered.
  14. The Activities committee had tried to originate a BB captain and in fact had two lesson meetings. They are now looking to find a person to organize and undertake a BB plan. Anyone interested?
  15. The Bocce balls themselves are in the library. The rules are laminated inside the case for anyone to play. I suggest for now, that all interested go down and check this sport out. This is a fun senior sport that is sweeping the valley. Bring a friend or another couple with you to try this out. Early morning or late afternoon or dinner is probably the best time to play.