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.

Two Lots and a Shared Carport

Image result for carport with two cars cartoon imagesWhite Mountain Vacation Village is a Planned Unit Development (PUD) conceived by long-time White Mountain developer, Jim McCarty. For years Jim had a vision to do something to bring people to the White Mountains to vacation.  He felt that this would benefit the economy without destroying the allure that brought him here.  In the 1970’s he acquired a large parcel of land south of Show Low.  His plan was to develop it as a family vacation destination. Continue reading

Canine Canons

Image result for barking dog cartoon imagesPeople have dogs for many reasons; companionship, protection, exercise, stress reduction.  It goes without saying that a pet comes with lots of responsibilities and one person’s pleasure can be another person’s pain. The Village is a high-density community and one barking dog can start a chain reaction that quickly gets out of control. In addition, dogs wandering off-lease onto private property can be annoyance even to people who have pets themselves.

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Let’s Talk Trees

Image result for bark beetle cartoon imageLack of moisture in the White Mountains not only puts the area in danger of fire but stresses the trees. Bark beetles are native to forests and can play important ecological roles. However, when dry conditions last for years, it’s an invitation for the beetles to cause extensive mortality. In the last decade or so, bark beetles have been found in spruce, lodge pole, pinyon-juniper, and ponderosa forests.

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City of Show Low Mandates Stage III Fire Restrictions

Image result for stage III fire restrictions imageThe following information was taken from the City of Show Low official website.

Show Low, AZ (May 17, 2018) – Effective May 18, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., Stage III fire restrictions are in effect within the City of Show Low. The City has continued to monitor weather and fuel conditions very closely with members of the White Mountains Fire Restriction Coordination Group. Based on the available information, this is the most advisable course of action at this time. In accordance with City Code, Mayor Daryl Seymore issued an emergency proclamation instituting the upgraded fire restrictions. The following restrictions remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded:

  1.  No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites, on any property within the City of Show Low.
  2.  No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3.  No operating any internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.
  4.  No outdoor welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  5.  No using an explosive.
  6.  No operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
  7.  No using any explosive targets, no using tracer round ammunition, and no selling or using fireworks of any kind.
  8.  The following are exempted from these restrictions, although everyone is required to have a pressurized water supply or fire extinguisher available for the listed activities:
  9. Persons with a written permit issued by Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. (This does not include open burn permits. All open burn permits will be suspended until fire restrictions are lifted.)
  10. Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in a Special Use Permit issued by Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District.
  11. Persons operating internal combustion engines with an approved spark-arresting device, such as lawnmowers and landscaping equipment, in maintained landscape space.
  12. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquefied petroleum or natural gas that can be turned on and off and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
  13. Operating generators with an approved spark-arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  14. Emergency repair of public utilities.
  15. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

City of Show Low Now Under Stage II Fire Restrictions

Below is directly from the City of Show Low official website.

Related imageStage II fire restrictions plus homeowner safety tips

Show Low, AZ (May 3, 2018) – Effective May 4, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., the City of Show Low moves from Stage I to Stage II fire restrictions after closely monitoring weather and fuel conditions with members of the White Mountains Fire Restriction Coordination Group. To help homeowners protect their homes from wildfires, links to informational articles are provided at the end of this announcement.

Based on available information and in accordance with City Code, Mayor Daryl Seymore issued an emergency proclamation instituting the upgraded fire restrictions. The following restrictions remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded:

  1.   No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites, on any property within the City of Show Low.
  2.   No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3.   No operating any internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.
  4.   No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  5.   No using an explosive.
  6.   No operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
  7.   No using any explosive targets, no using tracer round ammunition, and no selling or using fireworks of any kind.
  8.   The following are exempted from these restrictions:
  9.  Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. (This does not include open burn permits. All open burn permits will be suspended until fire restrictions are lifted.)
  10.  Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
  11.  Persons operating internal combustion engines with spark arrestors such as lawnmowers and landscaping equipment in maintained landscape space.
  12.  Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame in an enclosed or developed area designated for that purpose that is equipped with appropriate fire protection.
  1.  Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
  2.   Operating generators with an approved spark-arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overheard and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  3.  Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails so long as the vehicle is parked in an area devoid of vegetation within ten feet of the roadway.
  4.  Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in a plan.
  5.   Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  6.   Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Those persons violating this ban on fires and smoking may be charged with a class one misdemeanor and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Imposed in Show Low

Image result for no smoking imagesThe following was taken from the City of Show Low website. This information is being posted as clarification for the question posted to the earlier blog post regarding fire restrictions in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Please note the next to last paragraph.

Stage I Fire Restrictions Imposed in Show Low

Mayor signs emergency proclamation

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (April 20, 2018) – On April 23, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., Stage I fire restrictions go into effect within the City of Show Low. Mayor Daryl Seymore has issued an emergency proclamation indicating the following acts will be prohibited until further notice:

1.   Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below.

2.   Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3.   Used smoking materials will be extinguished and disposed of properly.

4.   Use of explosive targets or tracer round ammunition. The use and sale of fireworks of any kind are suspended in the City of Show Low until fire restrictions are lifted.

6.   The following are exempted from these restrictions:

a.   Persons with a written permit issued by other state or local governmental agencies that specifically authorize the otherwise prohibited act. (This does not include open burn permits. All open burn permits will be suspended until fire restrictions are lifted.)

b.   Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized firefighting force performing an official firefighting duty.

c.   Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

d.   Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings or for recreational purposes (campfire and charcoal fires) in an area that is designed for that purpose and is barren and cleared of all debris.

e.   Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

6.   During “Red Flag Warning” conditions, as posted by the U.S. Forest Service, no open outdoor fires, campfires, charcoal fires or outdoor smoking are permitted on either public or private property within the incorporated area of Show Low.

Those persons violating this ban on open fires and smoking may be charged with a class one misdemeanor and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The restrictions will remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded or if the proclamation is superseded by amended restrictions.

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.

What is that Smell? Your Neighbor is Grilling Something!

Image result for grilling cartoon imagesSummer in the mountains means lots of grilling and barbequing. Each year, about 600 fires/explosions occur nationally with gas grills resulting in injuries to dozens of people. Here are a few safety tips for using gas grills:

  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  • Always keep propane gas containers upright.
  • If you’re using a charcoal grill, don’t burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors even if ventilation is provided.

Have a safe and flavorful grilling summer!

She Said What?! The Truth About the Sewer Plant

Rumors1There is yet another rumor floating around the Village. This one relates to the sewer and it has nothing to do with “flushable” wipes (metaphors notwithstanding). This rumor concerns an assessment and some are insisting that the statement was made at the Annual meeting.

It is true that the City of Show Low has expressed interest in acquiring the Village sewer lift station. The City has done an initial inspection and has asked that some things be done so that the lift station complies with City requirements. This has been an ongoing negotiation and the Board has been preparing for the transfer.

In 2015 the Association foreclosed on Lot 30 in Unit 4 for non-payment of dues. The declarant had a mortgage on the lot. This meant that the Association would have to make payments on the lot until it was sold. However, “the declarant forgave the loan as a contribution to the Association to help with the costs to prepare the sewer pressure line and lift station for City acceptance”. This statement came directly from the 2016 Annual Meeting packet under 2015 Accomplishments. If you look at the meeting packet for the 2016 Annual Meeting or if you review the 2016 Annual Meeting Questions and Comments, nothing of this nature was ever said.

It is also true that there have been expenses to maintain the pumps as has been stated here. If you missed that, please refer to “Let’s Talk Dirty – As In Sewer” and “Toilets or Your Money – Pick One”. These costs are related to ongoing maintenance and have nothing to do with preparing the sewer pressure line and lift station for City acceptance. Associations levy assessments when there is an emergency and not enough money to cover it or when the Association has not collected enough over the years to build an adequate reserve fund. Neither of those things is in play in the Village.

The rumor that the Association will be assessing $50,000 (or any amount, for that matter) to prepare the sewer for City acceptance is false. You will only be paying for ongoing maintenance, which, incidentally, is in your budget. Remember that rumor mongers only derive pleasure when someone believes them. Rumors should be flushed down the toilet along with other detrital material.