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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Ramada Redux

The ramada roofs have been repaired and newly painted. This comes just in time for residents to enjoy for Memorial weekend. Plan a picnic and spend some time outdoors in the nice mountain air!

Meet Your New Hot Water System

Those of you who have been using the showers and laundry facilities at the clubhouse are aware that the water heaters were not working. It is a pleasure to announce that the new system was installed and the work is now completed. Apologies to those who have been suffering with the cold water. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

It’s Spring Clean-up Time

Image result for dumpster cartoon imagesThe roll-off dumpsters have been filling up like crazy and seem to need emptying every time we turn around. Many Village People have just returned and are cleaning up lots.

It’s possible that construction contractors are not being told by owners to remove construction debris from the subdivision and are defaulting to using the roll-off dumpsters (and the general dumpsters) for their debris. The owners who are not improving their lots/using contractors are essentially subsidizing the owners who are in the cost to empty and replace the roll-off dumpsters.

Contractors are also blocking or impeding roadways when parking their vehicles/equipment.

Please note the following from the Architectural Design Guidelines. Click here to view the entire document.

PARKING
All vehicles must be parked on the Lot Driveway area and are not to extend into the street or street easements. Vehicles may not be parked on adjacent lots. The street easements must be kept open for emergency vehicles, snow plowing, etc.  All construction parking requires a permit issued by the ARC Coordinator.

TRASH & DEBRIS REMOVAL
Owners and Contractors shall clean up trash and debris at the end of each day. An approved trash receptacle must remain on the site at all times to contain all lightweight materials or packaging. Owners and Contractors are prohibited from dumping, burying or burning trash anywhere on the lot or in the subdivision. Use of Community Dumpsters is prohibited. Heavy debris, such as broken stone, wood scraps or the like, must be removed from the site immediately upon completion of the work of each trade that generated the debris. During the construction period, each construction site shall be kept neat and shall be properly policed to prevent it from becoming a public eyesore, or affecting other lots or any Common Areas. Dirt, mud or debris resulting from activity on each construction site shall be promptly removed from public or private roads, open spaces, driveways, and all other portions of the subdivision.

Meet Mike McGee

In 2016 the Association entered into an agreement with HOAMCO to take over maintenance of the Village. In May of last year, HOAMCO hired a maintenance company, Mountains Best Landscape owned by Mike McGee.

Mike has been in the landscape business in Tucson for over thirty years and at one point had a staff of more than one hundred employees. He sold his company and retired ten years ago, then opened Mountains Best Landscape in the White Mountains in 2014.

Business has grown exponentially ever since its inception! Mountains Best Landscaping provides landscape maintenance, artificial grass and sod, irrigation installation and repair, paver patios and driveways and much more.

Mike is married with three grown children, four grandchildren and one more on the way!  He enjoys golf and off-roading during the beautiful summer months.

Mike and his capable staff have done an excellent job maintaining the Village common area. Mike is a valuable asset to the Village and we are excited to have Mountains Best on our team.

New Places to Spend Time

Image result for bocce ball imagesThose of you already in the Village might have noticed activity near the clubhouse. There have been backhoes and dump trucks and workers everywhere.

The developer remodeled the horseshoe pits. The concrete was removed from the pit areas and replaced with railroad ties. In doing this, the pit areas were expanded and are now regulation size.

A bocce ball court is currently in the works. It should be complete in a few weeks. It will have benches, lights and a scoreboard.

Please give a shout-out to your Advisory Committee as these projects were brought forward by them. The bocce ball court was done without raising monthly dues.