The 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.
This was a record breaking year for sales in the Village. The developer sold 24 lots in 2017. Sales were strong throughout the year. 2017 wasn’t an election year and temperatures reached record highs in the valley.
Can this pace be maintained 2018? Only the Shadow knows. While there were a few nights that dipped below freezing in the greater Phoenix area, there wasn’t really a winter. Valley residents wanting to escape the brutal summer temperatures could find their way into the Village in 2018.
The stock market has been somewhat volatile in the last few weeks. Sometimes when that happens, people move money to other things and real estate is always a consideration.
If you love living in the Village, spread the word. A happy customer is the best sales person.
The speed bumps are removed every fall in anticipation of winter snows as the snowplow will wreak havoc on them. When they were removed this year, the Village streets turned into a NASCAR race track. This fact serves to reinforce the need for the speed bumps.
Village people have strong opinions on both sides of the speed bump issue. However, in order to facilitate a safe environment for people strolling through the Village, the speed bumps will be put out again this spring.
We have learned a few lessons in the past few years about how many speed bumps are necessary and where best to position them. When people started driving the wrong way on one-way streets, we realized that every street needed speed bumps.
The board takes safety in the Village seriously and the speed bumps will impede people from driving above the posted limit. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
The 2018 White Mountain Vacation Village Annual Budget can be found on the Village website or you can click here to see it.
Member assessments will remain the same as 2017. There has not been an increase since 2015 for the many services and amenities these assessments cover. We remind you that White Mountain Vacation Village is a “private” subdivision responsible for maintaining its infrastructure without the benefit of municipal contributions from the City of Show Low. We take pride in the fact that we have been able to contribute to and increase the reserve account to help maintain an adequate balance to preserve and protect assets of the Association in the years to come. We goal is to balance healthy reserves while avoiding the need for a special assessment. The 2018 budget includes an amount for an updated Reserves Study.
Some of the projects for 2018 which your assessments support:
- 2017 did not bring a major forest fire to our area. However, we continue the 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
- Gazebos repair and maintenance
- Hiking trails repair and maintenance
White Mountain Vacation Village Amenities supported by your assessments include:
- Hiking trails
- Picnic tables
- Recreational activities
Items included as part of your assessments:
Your 2018 coupon books will be mailed separately. Please plan to make your monthly assessment payments as follows, beginning in January 2018:
Unit 2 Phase 1, 2, 3 and Unit 4 = $120.00
Unit 3 Phase 1 = $120.00 + $40 (secondary assessment for co-owned carports and lot maintenance) = $160.00
Unit 3 Phase 2 = $120.00 + $10 (secondary assessment for Mountain Lodges common area) = $130.00
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.
Each summer bats take up residence near the entrance to the club house. They are here again this summer. People are expressing concern so I have taken some information from the Arizona Game and Fish website.
Arizona is home to 28 species of bats, more than almost any other state. Bats are the only true flying mammals and are valuable human allies. They are primary predators of vast numbers of insect pests.
Although bats play key roles in keeping insect populations in balance, they are North America’s most rapidly declining land mammals. Declines are often caused by human fear and persecution, and each of us can help by learning how to live with these animals.
While some people appreciate bats and the ways they benefit us, others fear bats because a small percentage of them can expose humans and pets to rabies. Bats should always be kept out of places where people live indoors. Bat guano (feces) can present disease and odor problems. However, bats are generally harmless to humans and are extremely beneficial for controlling insects and mosquitoes and pollinating some plants. Bats are vulnerable to disturbances by people because of their roosting habits and slow reproductive rate.
If bats are in an area, it is probably because they are finding food, water or shelter.
- Food can include insects that congregate in areas near lights, agricultural or playing fields, ponds or other water sources. Nectar-feeding bats may be attracted to flowering agaves and hummingbird feeders.
- Water sources can include any pool, pond or lake with a long flying corridor that bats can skim.
- Shelter can include rough surfaces for hanging. A bump of only 1/16 inch is enough. Bats can squeeze into holes as small as 3/8 inch and are attracted to spaces inside buildings and attics, under bridges, in culverts, behind siding on buildings, in palm trees, and under eaves and porch or patio awnings.
Bats should never be allowed to remain in human living areas. However, bats roosting on the porch, in the yard, or in a bat house are far more beneficial than harmful, and the small amount of guano can be cleaned up or used as fertilizer, in exchange for the reduction in flying insects and mosquitoes.
All bats in Arizona are protected and cannot be collected or killed. Proper exclusions may be performed where necessary.
- It is unlawful to use pesticides or other chemicals directly on bats.
- Bat exclusions should be done only with the advice of the Arizona Game and Fish Department or a wildlife control business, and should not be attempted during the maternity season (generally May through September) to avoid separating mothers from their young.
On a lighter note, if you don’t want the problem of mosquitoes, befriend the bats. Also, put on a mask and some gloves and gather the guano for your gardens. You can find instructions on the internet on how to apply it. It could also become an income stream for the RSA!
There have been reports of bears visiting the Village several times recently. One was seen roaming in the Festival area and one at the entrance to Elk Trot Loop. This is a reminder to keep a distance and no matter how strong the urge, please don’t turn and run. Those guys can move very fast so make some noise when you see them. If you have a dog, maybe it will bark and help with the noise.
Speaking of dogs, there have also been lots of sightings of dog poo. Please be a good neighbor and pick up after your animal. There are bags available so please take advantage of this service. Responsible pet owners and people without pets are getting irritable about seeing and smelling the mess. It’s a tight community with people living very close together. Anything you can do to make life easier is greatly appreciated.