Strolling With Your Dog in the Village

Text, Type, Font, Typography, Typographic, DoodleWhile there is not a “dog park” in the Village, many people take their dogs for walks along the roadways and in the Festival Area. The Village is subject to the animal guidelines and policies of the City of Show Low.

As part of the policy, dogs cannot be at-large. In other words, all dogs must be on a lease when not on the owner’s property.

It is unlawful for any person whose animals defecate on property they do not own to fail to immediately clean up and properly dispose of the waste. This would apply to roadways, drainage ditches, the Festival Area and any other property which is not owner’s lot.

The entire policy can be found on the City of Show Low Animal Control page. A link can be found here as well.

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In Case of Fire or Other Emergency

Image result for fire emergency imagesThis is an update on how to get out of Dodge in the event of a fire or other emergency that would require rapid departure. We know we can leave via Vacation Village Drive which exits onto White Mountain Road. However, there are three other outlets. These are emergency exits and were required by the City of Show Low before approval of the different units.

Before we discuss those exits, let’s define “emergency”. Merriam-Webster defines emergency as “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action”. A pre-evacuation notice in the event of a fire would not be an emergency as this notice would be issued giving people enough time to gather important papers and medications and to make decisions on what to do with pets. If the pre-evacuation order turned into an actual evacuation, there would be time to leave in an orderly fashion. This type of notice and evacuation should not result in a panic situation.

An emergency might occur as a result of a fire that starts in or very near the Village and is moving quickly. Under such a circumstance there might not be time to leave with anything but your life. In an instant such as this, you might feel compelled to use one of the three other exists. All three exit onto Ellsworth Road via breakaway or “crash” gates. Next time you are out for a walk make a mental note of where they are located. There is a gate at Elizabeth and Ellsworth Heights Road in Unit 2, a gate at Recreation Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road and a gate at Mule Skinner Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road, both in Unit 4. These gates are fairly low and each is secured with a set of two padlocks (one is a fire department lock). Unlocking any of them opens the gate.  Until very recently, there was a third combination lock. That lock was removed.

The gates are called “crash” gates for a reason. They are meant to be crashed through in the event a rapid escape becomes necessary. You might recall the deadly Camp fire that resulted in eighty-six fatalities. Many of those who died could not outrun the fire. The combination locks were removed so that no one would be tempted to save their vehicle while everyone behind them perished in the flames.

If you find yourself first in line at one of the crash gates, simply “crash” through the gate. It was designed for this. Yes, you will damage your vehicle but the people behind you will be grateful. Another option is to lay back and wait for someone else to crash through it first. You could also make “first through the gate” assignments on an annual rotating basis. Everyone gets a turn.

Let us hope we never have a situation where you would need to use the emergency exits. However, now everyone should know that crashing through the gate during an emergency is the safest and fastest way out of the Village.

Water Tank Update

Image result for dripping water imagesThe water tank is not leaking. The backflow device is leaking and the City of Show Low sent someone to shut it off. HOAMCO is working to locate someone to repair it. The level in the tank is currently at fourteen feet. This should be sufficient until someone can repair the backflow device.

Unit 2 Fire Pits

Image result for firepits cartoon imagesMany lots in Unit 2 were sold with fire pits. It is the responsibility of individual lot owners to verify fire conditions or burning guidelines. This information can be obtained by contacting Show Low Dispatch Center, Timber Mesa Fire and Medical, or Northeastern Arizona Public Information System.

Fire conditions and burning guidelines change daily. Checking on the day you wish to use your fire pit is the only way to know for certain that a fire is okay.

Your cooperation is paramount to the safety of the Village from an errant fire. Call 911 if you know of any residents who are violating fire restrictions or warnings.

Lot Sales – How You Can Help

Aluminum Wood Welcome Letter BlockThe developer is working diligently to get the remaining twenty-one lots sold. Some have been selected for park models as a way to enhance marketability. Other lots are being purchased by people who want to be very involved in selecting just what they want on the property.

As a reminder, Unit 3 Phase I was developed to have two adjacent lots share a carport (please refer to the blog of July 19, 2018). Perhaps you would like to purchase two of these lots and develop them. The park models could be used as rentals, sold as a money-making investment or a combination of both.

If you are interested, please contact Bridget Wood at the sales office. Her number is 928-367-1717 and she has the scoop on two lots and a shared carport.

That is one way to help. Additionally, please remember that current owners are the best ambassadors for the Village. A friendly hello and a willingness to answers questions when you’re out and about will go a long way toward making potential owners feel welcome.

Recently, a couple had three lots in escrow. They had an appointment to meet someone at the lots to discuss and plan how to place their unit. A neighbor came out of his home and instead of greeting them and introducing himself, he told them they would have to find somewhere else to park. They were not blocking anyone’s driveway. They were not going to be there for the day. This story does not have a happy ending. The buyers promptly moved their vehicle to the sales office and canceled the escrow. Think about that. There are currently twenty-one lots left to sell. Those three would have reduced that amount to eighteen with most of the summer left to sell additional lots.

It would be helpful to remember that you don’t need to police potential buyers. Assuming we all have the same goal of getting the developer out of the business of selling lots and owners in the business of running the Association, cooperation is critical. Your help is greatly appreciated by both current owners and the developer.

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.

Vacation Village Drive Access

Vacation Village Drive is a dedicated easement for ingress and egress for all property abutting it. As parcels sell access will be provided via the easement along with a proportional cost sharing agreement.

At the 2018 Annual meeting, Donna Holick requested a blog post with a map of the layout of the remaining properties for sale that would use Vacation Village Drive. This is the map. The parcels that will have access from Vacation Village Drive are outlined in pink.