It’s Spring Clean-up Time

Image result for dumpster cartoon imagesThe roll-off dumpsters have been filling up like crazy and seem to need emptying every time we turn around. Many Village People have just returned and are cleaning up lots.

It’s possible that construction contractors are not being told by owners to remove construction debris from the subdivision and are defaulting to using the roll-off dumpsters (and the general dumpsters) for their debris. The owners who are not improving their lots/using contractors are essentially subsidizing the owners who are in the cost to empty and replace the roll-off dumpsters.

Contractors are also blocking or impeding roadways when parking their vehicles/equipment.

Please note the following from the Architectural Design Guidelines. Click here to view the entire document.

PARKING
All vehicles must be parked on the Lot Driveway area and are not to extend into the street or street easements. Vehicles may not be parked on adjacent lots. The street easements must be kept open for emergency vehicles, snow plowing, etc.  All construction parking requires a permit issued by the ARC Coordinator.

TRASH & DEBRIS REMOVAL
Owners and Contractors shall clean up trash and debris at the end of each day. An approved trash receptacle must remain on the site at all times to contain all lightweight materials or packaging. Owners and Contractors are prohibited from dumping, burying or burning trash anywhere on the lot or in the subdivision. Use of Community Dumpsters is prohibited. Heavy debris, such as broken stone, wood scraps or the like, must be removed from the site immediately upon completion of the work of each trade that generated the debris. During the construction period, each construction site shall be kept neat and shall be properly policed to prevent it from becoming a public eyesore, or affecting other lots or any Common Areas. Dirt, mud or debris resulting from activity on each construction site shall be promptly removed from public or private roads, open spaces, driveways, and all other portions of the subdivision.

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2018 Activities Committee Chair – Mike Palma

Image result for food and fun imagesThe Village Activities Committee Chair has been vacant since the end of last season and therefore we will have no staffed Activities Committee this year. However, Mike Palma has volunteered to chair the Activities Committee for the upcoming 2018 season.

In the past, activities have been proposed and driven by our Activities Committee. We had some great times and wonderful memories.  This year we are embarking on a different path. Each member of our community can come forth with their ideas/plans for this summer’s activities.  These ideas will be reviewed covering content and to ensure they are targeted for our community, selecting those with the greatest chance for success.  Each proposed activity must include a complete description of the activity and associated cost; and if required, the names of those who will participate in that activity.  Upon acceptance by the Activities Committee Chair, a date for the activity will be set up and an announcement will be posted.  Financial assistance to cover the difference between what members pay to attend the activity and the remainder will be arranged at this time as well.  So, get your groups together and send your suggested ideas/plans to Mike Palma at wmvvactivities18@gmail.com.

2018 Annual Meeting Notice

Image result for Annual meeting imagesPursuant to Article V, Section 1 of the Bylaws of White Mountain Vacation Village Recreation Subdivision Association, the Annual Meeting of the Members will be held as follows:

Date:   Thursday, June 21, 2018

Check-In:  1:00 p.m.

Meeting:  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Hampton Inn & Suites at 1501 E. Woolford Road, Show Low, AZ 85901

Purpose:  Informational

Agenda

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Introduction of Board Members
  3. Approval of 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes
  4. Completed Projects in 2017
  5. Open Forum
  6. Adjournment

Meet Frank Ferrante Jr. – Advisory Committee Member

Image result for Advisory Committee ImagesFrank was born and raised in New York City.  For thirty-one years he worked at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in Manhattan. In the 1980’s Frank attended night classes at Columbia University and obtained a BS in Business Administration.

After retiring Frank moved to Arizona. He is a full-time resident in the Village. He enjoys walking and caring for dogs at the Pet Allies Animal Shelter in Show Low.  Frank also enjoys general landscape design, motorcycling, motorcycle repair, politics, and working on his RV.

Frank bowls for fun. You will probably see him often in the Village walking his dog Russ.

Frank is looking forward to working with the members of the Advisory Committee. He will be representing the Rancheros area of the Village. He can be reached at 520-272-3814.

City of Show Low Now Under Stage II Fire Restrictions

Below is directly from the City of Show Low official website.

Related imageStage II fire restrictions plus homeowner safety tips

Show Low, AZ (May 3, 2018) – Effective May 4, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., the City of Show Low moves from Stage I to Stage II fire restrictions after closely monitoring weather and fuel conditions with members of the White Mountains Fire Restriction Coordination Group. To help homeowners protect their homes from wildfires, links to informational articles are provided at the end of this announcement.

Based on available information and in accordance with City Code, Mayor Daryl Seymore issued an emergency proclamation instituting the upgraded fire restrictions. The following restrictions remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded:

  1.   No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites, on any property within the City of Show Low.
  2.   No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3.   No operating any internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.
  4.   No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  5.   No using an explosive.
  6.   No operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
  7.   No using any explosive targets, no using tracer round ammunition, and no selling or using fireworks of any kind.
  8.   The following are exempted from these restrictions:
  9.  Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. (This does not include open burn permits. All open burn permits will be suspended until fire restrictions are lifted.)
  10.  Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
  11.  Persons operating internal combustion engines with spark arrestors such as lawnmowers and landscaping equipment in maintained landscape space.
  12.  Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame in an enclosed or developed area designated for that purpose that is equipped with appropriate fire protection.
  1.  Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
  2.   Operating generators with an approved spark-arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overheard and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  3.  Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails so long as the vehicle is parked in an area devoid of vegetation within ten feet of the roadway.
  4.  Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in a plan.
  5.   Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  6.   Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Those persons violating this ban on fires and smoking may be charged with a class one misdemeanor and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Imposed in Show Low

Image result for no smoking imagesThe following was taken from the City of Show Low website. This information is being posted as clarification for the question posted to the earlier blog post regarding fire restrictions in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Please note the next to last paragraph.

Stage I Fire Restrictions Imposed in Show Low

Mayor signs emergency proclamation

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (April 20, 2018) – On April 23, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., Stage I fire restrictions go into effect within the City of Show Low. Mayor Daryl Seymore has issued an emergency proclamation indicating the following acts will be prohibited until further notice:

1.   Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below.

2.   Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3.   Used smoking materials will be extinguished and disposed of properly.

4.   Use of explosive targets or tracer round ammunition. The use and sale of fireworks of any kind are suspended in the City of Show Low until fire restrictions are lifted.

6.   The following are exempted from these restrictions:

a.   Persons with a written permit issued by other state or local governmental agencies that specifically authorize the otherwise prohibited act. (This does not include open burn permits. All open burn permits will be suspended until fire restrictions are lifted.)

b.   Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized firefighting force performing an official firefighting duty.

c.   Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

d.   Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings or for recreational purposes (campfire and charcoal fires) in an area that is designed for that purpose and is barren and cleared of all debris.

e.   Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

6.   During “Red Flag Warning” conditions, as posted by the U.S. Forest Service, no open outdoor fires, campfires, charcoal fires or outdoor smoking are permitted on either public or private property within the incorporated area of Show Low.

Those persons violating this ban on open fires and smoking may be charged with a class one misdemeanor and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The restrictions will remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded or if the proclamation is superseded by amended restrictions.

Fire Restrictions

Image result for forest fire images cartoonThe Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on April 23. This means campfires in designated developed campgrounds only and no smoking except in enclosed vehicles and buildings. It also means that it’s dangerously dry in the forest.

Let’s review how to get out of Dodge in the event of a fire or other emergency that would require rapid departure. You can leave via Vacation Village Drive which exits onto White Mountain Road. However, there are three other outlets. These are emergency exits and were required by the City of Show Low before approval of the different units.

Before we discuss those exits, let’s define “emergency”. Merriam-Webster defines emergency as “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. A pre-evacuation notice is not an emergency as this notice would be issued giving people enough time to gather important papers and medications and to make decisions on what to do with pets. If a pre-evacuation order is turned into an actual evacuation, there should be time to leave in an orderly fashion. This would not result in a panic situation.

An emergency might occur as a result of a fire that starts in or very near the Village and is moving quickly. Under such a circumstance there might not be time to leave with anything but your life. In an instant such as this, you might feel compelled to use one of the three other exists. All three exit onto Ellsworth Road via breakaway or “crash” gates. There is a gate at Elizabeth and Ellsworth Heights Road in Unit 2, a gate at Recreation Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road and a gate at Mule Skinner Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road, both in Unit 4. These gates are fairly low and each is secured with a set of three padlocks (one is a fire department lock). Unlocking any of the three will open the gate.  However, you need only be concerned with the combination padlock. Most have been given the combination for these padlocks but here it is again – ZOOOO.

If you find yourself first in line at one of the crash gates and feel like there is no time to get out of your car to use the combination (ZOOOO), simply “crash” through the gate. It was designed for this. Your vehicle might incur damage but the people behind you will be grateful. Another option is to lay back and wait for someone else to crash through it first. However, by that time, you could have used the combination (ZOOOO) and saved your vehicle.

Let us hope we never have a situation where you would need to use the emergency exits. However, now everyone knows how to get out quickly and safely if the need arises. ZOOOO!