June 2017 Activities

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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.

Pow Wow in the Pines

teepeesIt was a great pleasure to put some of the faces on the names I have come to know in recent months. The annual meeting of the White Mountain Vacation Village Recreational Subdivision Association (WMVVRSA) was a very constructive and educational event for all of us. The Board and management were given some great suggestions, some welcome criticism and from many of the attendees, some kudos and thanks which were very much appreciated. Operating a large organization such as WMVVRSA isn’t always easy and it’s rewarding to know some people notice the time and energy we put into it. Obviously, we can’t make everyone happy all of the time, but the knowledge that we’re doing some things right gives us some peace of mind and an incentive to try harder in the future.

What a great turnout and what an interesting and dynamic cross-section of America we have in the Village. After spending more than fifty years of my life in the White Mountains, I actually felt like I was home again.

A big thanks to our HOAMCO manager Sherry Watson, board members Holly Jacobs and Kathy Fish and the Hampton Inn for a great meeting facility. And a special thanks to all of the attendees for your support and encouragement.

We’re going to keep moving forward and trying to make the Village an ever better place to spend your time. Utopia is in reality nothing but a state-of-mind. With your continued help, we keep getting closer and closer to that place. Keep working toward the goal. Keep sharing that dream. And above all else, keep helping your neighbors to make the Village “the” place to be in the summer in the White Mountains.

Oh, and thanks for making it unnecessary for me to send someone out to start my car after the meeting was adjourned.

Annual Meeting Cancelled

The board has been discussing for two days whether or not to proceed with the Annual meeting scheduled for this Friday. We have been working hard on the agenda and are looking forward to meeting everyone. However, it seems “everyone” has dwindled to just a few. The smoke is a health hazard and people are on edge trying to deal with a pre-evacuation notice. From what we can determine, the majority of the Village has retreated to their winter abodes. The decision has been made to reschedule the meeting when more people are able to attend. We will let you know as soon as we are able to secure a new date.

Save the Date

The Annual Meeting of the Members will be held Friday, June 24, 2016. Check in will be at 1:00 p.m.and the meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. The meeting will take place at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 1501 E. Woolford Road in Show Low.

Please send any questions that you would like to have addressed at the Annual Meeting to HOAMCO, no later than close of business Monday, June 20, 2016.  Please note that we will not address issues involving your personal lot or account, only general Association concerns.

You may mail your question(s) to White Mountain Vacation Village, P.O. Box 4212, Show Low, AZ, 85902 or email them to:  swatson@hoamco.com or fax to 928-537-1068.  We will review your questions in advance and provide you with a quick response prior to the meeting.  During the open forum, we will read the applicable questions and answers.  If you have additional questions, forms will be available at the meeting. We will respond after the Annual Meeting.

The official notice will be in the mail to you shortly along with the agenda. We look forward to seeing you then.

Advisory Committee

Cartoon: caveman learn talk advice (large) by rmay tagged caveman,learn,talk,adviceWhite Mountain Vacation Village is proud to announce that they now have a fully functional Advisory Committee. Ray Hedlund graciously agreed to head this committee and immediately set to work dividing the Village into areas of representation.

The other members of this seven person committee include the following;

Donna Holick – Festival
Don Murray – Club House
Sylvia Coats – Top of Hill
Wally Simons – Highlanders
Gloria Bitting – Del Rio
Bob Rubin – Rancheros
Ray Hedlund – Mountain Lodges

Even while the Village has been covered in snow, the committee has been working hard. They held their first meeting of the year on January 8th in Scottsdale. It is exciting to know that this talented group is working together to advise the board of directors on issues germane to the homeowners. Stay tuned for more