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

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The Village Toilet

The accompanying photo was taken a few days ago. Seriously? Is this really the image you want to portray to other residents and to potential buyers?

Furniture, appliances, big/bulky items and contractor scraps are to be removed from the community. This applies to all residents. The toilet falls under this category.

Residents who want to offer discarded items to other residents should be using the information board. Prepare a flyer with a photo and get it to an Advisory Committee member for posting.

Please do your part to keep the Village from looking like the city dump.

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.

Lot Sales – How You Can Help

Aluminum Wood Welcome Letter BlockThe developer is working diligently to get the remaining twenty-one lots sold. Some have been selected for park models as a way to enhance marketability. Other lots are being purchased by people who want to be very involved in selecting just what they want on the property.

As a reminder, Unit 3 Phase I was developed to have two adjacent lots share a carport (please refer to the blog of July 19, 2018). Perhaps you would like to purchase two of these lots and develop them. The park models could be used as rentals, sold as a money-making investment or a combination of both.

If you are interested, please contact Bridget Wood at the sales office. Her number is 928-367-1717 and she has the scoop on two lots and a shared carport.

That is one way to help. Additionally, please remember that current owners are the best ambassadors for the Village. A friendly hello and a willingness to answers questions when you’re out and about will go a long way toward making potential owners feel welcome.

Recently, a couple had three lots in escrow. They had an appointment to meet someone at the lots to discuss and plan how to place their unit. A neighbor came out of his home and instead of greeting them and introducing himself, he told them they would have to find somewhere else to park. They were not blocking anyone’s driveway. They were not going to be there for the day. This story does not have a happy ending. The buyers promptly moved their vehicle to the sales office and canceled the escrow. Think about that. There are currently twenty-one lots left to sell. Those three would have reduced that amount to eighteen with most of the summer left to sell additional lots.

It would be helpful to remember that you don’t need to police potential buyers. Assuming we all have the same goal of getting the developer out of the business of selling lots and owners in the business of running the Association, cooperation is critical. Your help is greatly appreciated by both current owners and the developer.

Trash Overfloweth

The Village is growing and many people are currently here enjoying the beautiful weather. This has presented some issues with the trash containers. HOAMCO is working to alleviate the problem.

On Tuesday an additional roll-off will be delivered. We anticipate that this will solve the problem. The roll-offs have been filling fast so there has been no place to dump the household trash.

Please remember that the roll-offs are for lot debris only. Lot debris is defined as tree branches, leaves, pine needles and weeds. Furniture, appliances, big/bulky items and contractor scrap is to be removed from the community. The Village has no way to deal with this type of litter. As you can see in the picture above, some of those items have been left in front of the household trash containers.

For your reference, a sign is in the area of the trash containers as a reminder. Your cooperation will make life in the Village better for everyone.

Parking Lot Maintenance

Image result for laundry room closed signThe lower half of the clubhouse parking lot (from the entrance at the laundry room to the northwest corner of the building) will be closed June 18th & 19th. This is being done in order to prepare for the slurry seal. The rest of the parking lot and the clubhouse will be available via the far west entrance.

The laundry room will be closed on June 18th and 19th. If you use the laundry room on a regular basis, please plan ahead as no one will have access to the laundry room on June 18th and 19th.

While we would like to do street and parking lot maintenance when there are fewer people enjoying the Village, the slurry seal can only be done in certain weather conditions. Summer presents the time for such conditions. In addition, the companies who do this type of work are in our area now.

Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

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.