Annual Water Line Flush

Image result for fire hydrant imagesThe Village water lines will be flushed Saturday March 7.  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, 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.

Assessment Payment Clarification

Image result for statements images"Contributed by Sherry Watson, HOAMCO Community Manager

Based on the new law regarding coupon books the following applies;

  1. Coupon books are no longer allowed.
  2. Paper statements must be mailed, or emailed, based on when assessments are due.  For example, if they are due monthly, then monthly statements must be mailed, if they are due quarterly, then quarterly statements must be mailed and so forth.
  3. The Board changed the assessments from monthly to quarterly in response to the new law to save the Association the cost of mailing monthly statements; postage, paper and envelopes.
  4. The first quarter assessments are due January 1st in full.  The new law prohibits the assessments to be due quarterly, but paid monthly.  If you wish to get back to monthly payments for budgeting purposes,  you have two choices;

First Option:  You may pay your January assessment in full on January 1st and starting the following month (February) you would pay 1/3 of the assessment and continue each month.  You must be ahead of the quarter so when April quarter assessments are due, your 1/3 payment will complete the total due.

Second Option:  If you are set up on auto-debit through the management company, the January assessment will pull the quarterly payment and starting the following month (February) you would put aside the 1/3  of the assessment and continue this each month, so that when April’s quarterly dues are pulled, you have the saved money in your account to cover the dues.

If you follow one of the two options above, January’s quarterly assessment will be the only time you will have to cover the 3 months all at once and then moving forward from February, you will set aside, or send in the 1/3 of the assessment due.

If you do not pay January’s quarterly assessment in full, before the end of the grace period, you will accumulate late fees, interest fees and collection fees monthly and these will not be waived.

2020 Annual Assessment Notice

Image result for Annual Assessments imagesThe Board voted to increase Member assessments by $10.00 per month. As you are aware, White Mountain Vacation Village is a “private” subdivision responsible for maintaining its infrastructure without benefit of municipal contributions from the City of Show Low. This increase to assessments is necessary (1) to build and maintain healthy reserves while avoiding the need for a special assessment, (2) to cover an increase in the cost of the Association’s Directors and Officers insurance policy, (3) legal fees to defend a lawsuit filed against the Association by two owners.

Some of the projects for 2020 which your assessments support:

  • Elimination of dead or dying trees and control of explosive new growth. This is a necessary and fundamental strategy in our efforts to control or prevent a possible wildfire. It also benefits our members by improving visibility, which may reduce unexpected and dangerous encounters with wildlife in the area.
  • Road repairs and maintenance
  • Clubhouse repairs and maintenance
  • Pond maintenance
  • New fence for festival area
  • New refuse containment area

White Mountain Vacation Village Amenities supported by your assessments include:

  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic tables
  • Clubhouse
  • Laundry
  • Pavilion
  • Recreational activities

Items included as part of your assessments:

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Garbage

Your 2020 statements will be mailed separately. As a reminder, your board has made a decision to make your assessments due quarterly. If assessments are paid in full by the 15th of the last month in the quarter, no late fee will be assessed. HOAMCO will accept partial payments as long as the entire quarter is paid by the due date. You have the option of opting into electronic statements.

Please plan to make your assessments payments as follows, beginning in January 2020:

  • Unit 2 Phase 1,2, 3 and Unit 4 = $420.00

Mountain Lodges:

  • Unit 3 Phase 1 = $420.00 + $120.00 (secondary assessment for co-owned carports and lot maintenance) = $540.00
  • Unit 3 Phase 2 = $420 + $30 (secondary assessment for Mountain Lodges common area) = $450.00

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

 

Assessment Statements

Image result for statements imagesContributed by Sherry Watson, HOAMCO Community Manager

I wanted to let you know that prior to the start of the new year, White Mountain Vacation Village Recreational Subdivision Association via HOAMCO will be providing regular statements of account to homeowners instead of traditional coupon books.

This change stems from a modification to the existing law by Arizona Senate Bill 1531 which was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor this year.  This law becomes effective January 1, 2020.

The statements will be sent to homeowners at the same frequency the assessments are due. The new statements will include your current account balance and any immediate account history. In an effort to control mailing costs (which would increase to approximately $12,600 per year at current postage rates), your board has made a decision to make your assessments due quarterly. If assessments are paid in full by the 15th of the last month in the quarter, no late fee will be assessed. HOAMCO will accept partial payments as long as the entire quarter is paid by the due date.

To comply with the law, HOAMCO will be issuing statements versus coupon books by January 1, 2020.  Statements will be mailed to the mailing address on file.  If you would like to receive the statements electronically, you can save your community money by switching to an electronic statement. To sign up for electronic statements please go to the URL: https://hoamco.opt-e-mail.com/signup and create an electronic delivery account. IMPORTANT: you will need your Unit Account Number which can be found on your current coupon,.

Your Association is asking for your participation in opting into electronic statements to help keep these costs to a minimum.  HOAMCO is partnering with your community to streamline this process, making it as easy as possible.  This cost to the Association can be reduced by up to 40% by electing to go paperless and will also save valuable resources.

HOAMCO values your community and wants to make this new implementation as seamless and easy as possible for you and your neighbors. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (928) 537-1067, Ext. 1404.

2019 Annual Meeting Open Forum Comments & Questions

Image result for Open Forum imagesMilton Carlson – 2160 saddlebag Lane

“Wish to discuss the pros and cons of a Wi-Fi system for people residents of the Village. The internet access is a mainstay in the day to day lifestyle of people everywhere. The variable levels of interest by most people for internet access and usability are known; as such I believe the matter is worthy of a discussion of all related issues. With the advent of 5G our park may be a suitable welcome for this advent.” Continue reading

Mosquitoes, the Plants that Repel Them and the Annual Lavender Festival

Image result for lavender plantsWarm weather invites those nasty little mosquitoes we all hate. They are attracted by the compounds emitted from sweat and the carbon dioxide discharged from our breath. Mosquitoes are also attracted to warm bodies. If you are considering planting a flower garden or using potted plants around your yard this summer, consider these plants that are touted as natural mosquito repellents.

Lavender – Insects, rabbits and other animals won’t go near a lavender plant. Red Rock Farms has an annual two-week end lavender festival. The 2019 festival is Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23 and Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30. Make plans to attend and buy lavender plants that you know will thrive in the Village climate.

Citronella – Yes, the candle is actually based on a plant. Citronella is a perennial clumping grass that emits a strong odor. The aroma masks other scents and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to other things located around it.

MarigoldsA bright, hardy annual plant, marigolds are a great choice for repelling mosquitoes. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and they have a unique aroma which bugs find repulsive. Grow them in pots and place them near your patio or entrance to your home to keep bugs out.

Catnip – In a 2010 study, researchers found that catnip is ten times more effective than DEET, the ingredient commonly found in bug repellents. Catnip can be found almost anywhere. It is a member of the mint family and almost impossible to kill. This amazing mosquito repellant should be planted in pots. Otherwise, it will invade the rest of your garden and take over. If you have cats in the house, they will surely be happy to have it around. Keep plants full by pinching the growing stems and flower buds when they appear.

Basil – Basil is an herb that can also double as a pest repellent. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off are what keep pests at bay. All kinds of basil work to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay, so explore and find the right types of basil to mix into your garden to double as a friend for cooking. This herb likes to be kept damp, needs good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun. You can plant basil in containers or in the garden, alone or with other flowers, as long as both plants meet the same requirements.

Rosemary –Another great mosquito repellant is rosemary. It is an herb that many of us are very familiar with and its woody scent is exactly what keeps mosquitoes as well as cabbage moths and carrot flies away. Rosemary attracts butterflies. The plants do best in hot, dry climates and thrive in containers, so would need to be planted annually in the Village. While the pests stay away you can enjoy the herb’s scent and also use it to season your cooking.

Geraniums – Scented geraniums seem to be a popular mosquito repelling plant. The favored scent seems to be lemon, which is reminiscent of citronella. They are beautiful blooms with a strong fragrance that keep several types of pests away. These fast-growing plants like warm, sunny, and dry climates, but in the Village, they can be grown in planters with constant pruning. When planted in a hanging container, the colorful blooms will cascade over the side of the pot, providing a beautiful visual piece as well as a very useful bug repellent.

Breaking the leaves of any of these plants and rubbing their oils directly onto your skin can amplify their positive effects on beating mosquitoes. You will smell great and your cat will love you if you use the catnip.

Where’s My Package?!

Image result for cartoon image of someone tearing hair outVillage resident’s packages are frequently left at the sales office. This happens because the recipient put the clubhouse address on the package. FedEx and UPS do not deliver to the Clubhouse. In addition, both FedEx and UPS frequently hand packages off to the United States Postal Service.

In order to avoid delays in receiving packages from FedEx and UPS, please use your physical address for those deliveries.  In the event that UPS or FedEx passes your package to the United States Postal Service for delivery, it will be left in one of the package boxes that are located with the mail boxes outside the clubhouse. If the package is to large for the package box, you might be required to go to the post office to pick it up.

The sales office is not manned 24/7 so your package could easily disappear. In addition, the sales team doesn’t always know how to find a resident. Your cooperation in using your physical address when the shipper will be FedEx or UPS is greatly appreciated. It will save you heartburn, angst and hours of trying to find where that package landed.