Your Festival Area

The open stand structure of an old ponderosa pine forest. While ...When Jim McCarty began work on the Village, the property known as the Festival Area was loosely defined. Jim had no immediate plans to turn the RSA over to the residents. His strategy was to slowly develop all of the land, his timeline being dictated by interest and demand. The big vision for the area resided in Jim’s head. It was not urgent that he define anything in the beginning. He was anxious for the area to be enjoyed so he built hiking trails and installed exercise equipment without a clear vision of what that might mean if he wasn’t around to finish his project.

When Jim died, plans for the area changed. The new intent was to sell the existing lots and turn the RSA over to the members. In preparation for the eventual transfer of the RSA to the residents, the Association attorney advised the board that it would be in the best interest of the Association to survey the Festival Area. A survey was completed at the expense of the developer and a fence will soon be installed to delineate the Festival Area.

Portions of a few of the hiking trails will require relocation in order to be inside the boundaries of the survey. In addition, one of the exercise stations and one or two of the disc golf targets will also need to be moved. When this has been completed, a title report will be provided to the Transition Committee for their examination.

The Recreational Subdivision Association has an agreement to lease the Festival Area, hiking trails, ponds, exercise stations and other things located within the Festival Area. The lease is available on the Village People website at www.wmvv.org. It is located on the Documents, Forms and Downloads page.

The Two Sides of a Four-Sided Clubhouse

Rubik's Cube SVG Rubik's Cube Clipart Rubik's image 0The clubhouse and laundry facilities remain closed because the members of the Property Owner’s Association’s Board of Directors are pompous buffoons who delight in exercising their unlimited powers to inflict pain and suffering on their peonish subjects. Misery is their middle name.

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Water Tank Update

Image result for dripping water imagesThe water tank is not leaking. The backflow device is leaking and the City of Show Low sent someone to shut it off. HOAMCO is working to locate someone to repair it. The level in the tank is currently at fourteen feet. This should be sufficient until someone can repair the backflow device.

Standage vs. White Mountain Vacation Village Recreational Subdivision Association

Related imageThose in attendance at the Annual meeting on June 20 heard a statement prepared by the Association’s attorney. Some people who were not able to attend have asked to see the statement. It follows.

“The Board wants to make the homeowners aware of an Association insurance coverage matter. Some of you may be aware that a lawsuit has been filed against White Mountain Vacation Village Recreational Subdivision Association by Mr. Standage and Mr. Ellsworth. This lawsuit is public record and must be disclosed by the Association on every sale of property within the Association. The Board will not be making any public statements about the lawsuit while litigation is pending other than the required resale disclosures.

However, homeowners should be aware that the Association’s Directors and Officers insurance policy will no longer cover any future claims made by Mr. Standage due to the number of claims made on the Association’s policy from claims made or lawsuits filed by Mr. Standage. This means that the defense of any lawsuit filed by Mr. Standage will have to be paid for by the Association using homeowner assessments.”

Several people turned in the Annual Meeting Question Form asking varying questions regarding the number of lawsuits, the disposition and costs related to Mr. Standage. The Board will not be supplying answers to these questions. Some of this information is public record and can be found using any avenue available to the public.

Hot Town, Rumors in the Village

Related imageThis is not a reference to the Stage III fire restrictions that go into effect Friday. When a rumor is flying around the Village, it’s only fair that everyone get in on it. This rumor involves the agenda for the June 21st Annual Meeting.

Apparently someone is under the impression that the Declarant will be turning over the Association at this meeting. Furthermore, a new Board of Directors will be “selected”.  And finally, the Association is broke.

Let’s break this rumor down. The notice of the 2018 Annual Meeting was posted on the blog on May 10. The notice is going out via mail today. The notices include the agenda for the meeting. For your convenience, below is the agenda for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

  • Call Meeting to Order
  • Introduction of Board Members
  • Approval of 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes
  • Completed Projects in 2017
  • Open Forum
  • Adjournment

There is no agenda item for the Declarant to turn over the Association. No election of Directors is on this agenda.

The 2018 Annual Assessment was posted on the blog on November 15, 2017. A link to the 2018 budget is available on that post. The Village People website also contains the 2018 budget. In addition, a visit to the Village People website will reveal all 2017 financial information including the balance sheet, income and expense statements, and the reserve statements. You are encouraged to visit the website. The financial information is under the section labeled “Governance”. Those reports account for every penny of Association money. An examination of those documents makes it clear that the Association is financially healthy.

Rumors can be entertaining. Rumors can be distracting. Rumors can cause stress to Members of the Association. It is human nature to get caught up in rumors and perpetuate them. However, there are people who hear rumors and use common sense to determine the truthfulness of the rumor. The above information is meant to give people the tools to determine the truth of this particular rumor.

BOCCE BALL COURT UPDATE

Image result for bocce ball imagesCourtesy of Ray Hedlund – Advisory Committee Chairman

There have been many questions and rumors about the Bocce Ball court. It is ready for play!

To help inform all, here are some details you may find of interest:

  1. This court was constructed by a professional experienced in building these units
  2. There is a complete drainage system installed in the under fill of the unit. It is not a water pit.
  3. It is specifically designed to handle the rain and snow and drain away as fast as possible the water that may be left from a heavy rain.
  4. The court is finished with professional grade material and its final top coat is crushed oyster shells. It’s what the pros use.
  5. Oyster shells are designed to allow drainage and provide a smooth roll of the ball. They are not designed to be layered thickly onto the rolling surface.
  6. The court is tamped down firmly and from time to time you may see black under material surface. This is not a cause to pour an additional layer of oyster shells as its increasing thickness will result in a slow and harder to throw rolling of the ball.
  7. When you see a black spot and between games, players should use the rake/brush (hanging on the pavilion wall) and drag the court to a level, flat playing surface.
  8. The proper etiquette is to NOT WALK on the playing surface during a game. Only those playing should be on the court.
  9. We have some additional bags that are still on back order for touch up purposes as time goes by. It is not intended to add a major thickness to the rolling surface. We will store these and use as required.
  10. The string rope lights have been removed. They have proven to be a questionable feature. The sticky backing has not stuck. The rake has knocked it down and in one case broke the string. Their return is questionable at this time. Lighting was a bonus feature and not originally in the plan.
  11. The surrounding rock area was designed so that golf carts could be driven close by and used for seating of spectators and possibly lighting if needed.
  12. There were originally some rocks at the near end toward the club house that was discovered after play was started and they have been dug out and removed and stacked by the trees. If you want to see just how big a rock can be, take a look at these.
  13. The existing brand new benches have been moved several times now. They are heavy and are not truly designed to be moved to shade so my suggestion is to stand in the shade of a tree when not rolling and use when they are shade covered.
  14. The Activities committee had tried to originate a BB captain and in fact had two lesson meetings. They are now looking to find a person to organize and undertake a BB plan. Anyone interested?
  15. The Bocce balls themselves are in the library. The rules are laminated inside the case for anyone to play. I suggest for now, that all interested go down and check this sport out. This is a fun senior sport that is sweeping the valley. Bring a friend or another couple with you to try this out. Early morning or late afternoon or dinner is probably the best time to play.

Clubhouse Rumor

Image result for rumorSomeone just posted a question asking if the club house is rented or being purchased along with the land under it. This is not meant to poke fun at the questioner, but this actually made me laugh out loud. One can only guess where such rumors start? Perhaps there is not enough excitement and the Activities Committee should be tasked with hosting more events.

When the clubhouse was built, the funds came from a mortgage. The Recreational Subdivision Association (RSA) could not qualify for the mortgage so it was secured by the developer. In August of 2005 a lease was created between the developer and the RSA in order to repay the mortgage. The lease is a twenty-year instrument and at the end of the lease, the RSA can exercise its option to purchase the clubhouse for the whopping sum of one dollar.

The lease functions just like any other lease agreement in the State of Arizona. The lease gives all rights to use the premises to the RSA. The clubhouse cannot be rented or sold. The ground under the clubhouse isn’t in danger of being sold and neither is the festival area. All of this is the common area that is for the use and enjoyment of all RSA members and their guests.

Clubhouse Rules and Woodfield Rumors

Image result for rumorsThe Clubhouse Rules can be found on the Village People website. There are only sixteen and it’s a fast read, but it might be beneficial to review a few in this forum.

There is a rumor running through the Village that Woodfield residents are using Village dumpsters, Wi-Fi and the laundry room. No one has been able to confirm that this is actually taking place and it seems unlikely because Woodfield includes dumpsters and internet access in the rent the residents pay.

Perhaps the people you see are new owners who obtained entry with a key. However, if the laundry room door is propped open, it will be difficult to keep unauthorized users at bay.

One of the clubhouse rules addresses access keys. A portion of that rules states “Please do not lend your key or provide access to unauthorized users.” Although it can be uncomfortable to deny access to the clubhouse or laundry room, it’s the only way to insure that the people using the facilities have the legitimate right to be there. It’s easy to assume that the person requesting entry has merely forgotten their key. However, it may have been deactivated after sixty days of unpaid member assessments or for an uncured violation.

Residents bear some responsibility to make sure only dues-paying members or their guests are using the common area. Your help is very much appreciated by everyone.