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President's Message May/June 2017

The annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on April 15th with over 600 children attending and a crowd of probably 1500 taking part in the festivities. A loud thank you goes out to Paula Bellina who was in charge of organizing the event, the boy scout troop who provided a lot of support, the volunteers who donated their time helping man events and a special thank you to the Easter bunny volunteers who put on the Easter bunny suit and suffered with being hot so the children could see the Easter Bunny. The event seems to grow every year and it is nice to see so many children enjoying themselves.

With the first of May comes one of the duties the BOD does not enjoy at all. That duty is sending homeowners in arrears of their assessments to collections. Anyone who has not paid for one year is sent to collections as it is our fiduciary duty to see that all homeowners are current on their dues. We send delinquency notices out but a number of homeowners fail to respond at all. This really leaves us no options but to send it to collections. If you are having financial issues please contact the office and talk to Aimee so some sort of arrangements can be made so that we are not forced to having to send you to collections. She can set up a payment plan to keep you current. Ignoring it will not make it go away and sending it to collections just adds attorney’s fees to the bill. The initial contact by the attorney costs an extra $350.00 and is added to the assessment due. Please contact the office so we do not have to send a past due account to collections.

You might have noticed new plantings being put along Twin Peaks road and Coachline is next. We suffered a loss of numerous plants with our last landscape company because of irrigation issues not addressed by them. We withheld enough money to cover the cost for these replacement plants from their last paycheck so are did not have to use the current monies budgeted to the landscape committee.

We have had a large number of homeowners doing projects without an Architectural Review committee application. Some of these do not meet the guidelines so it is advisable to submit an application before starting your project so that the ARC can work with you so you are in compliance with the design guidelines.

President's Message March/April 2017

With spring around the corner- I hope- we can look forward to warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours to be enjoyed by all. Windmill pool reopens March 1st for community use after closing for the winter months. Hopefully residents will enjoy it along with the splash pad as temperatures get warmer.

We suffered a lot of plant loss last year due to our past landscape contractor not performing to the standard we require. Our new contractor seems to be doing a good job with the community common areas looking as good as I remember.  They will be replacing a large number of plants that died due to inattention to irrigation issues with our past contractor. I look forward to seeing new plants that will be taken care of properly.

Just a reminder that the annual Easter Egg hunt will be Saturday April 15th at Windmill Park. Make sure to mark the date on your calendar and get your wrist bands at the office prior to event day. Hopefully it will be as successful as past hunts have been. We are always in need of volunteers to help with the event so if you enjoy seeing children having a good time contact Paula at the office. I am sure she could use all the help she can get.

President's Message January/February 2017

Happy New Year to everyone. While 2017 is the start of a New Year let’s not forget 2016 here in CRCA.

The annual Easter Egg hunt was another sounding success with lots of kids enjoying themselves with the egg hunts and all the other activities put together by Paula Bellini from our management team. We added a new event- dog day at the pool after it was closed for the winter. We had over 20 dogs and their families show up for a fun time for all. Great event for our furry companions as well as their owners and we hope to make it an annual event also. The last annual event was pictures with Santa at the community center. We had 52 kids and 1 dog show up to get their picture taken. While some of the younger crowd didn’t know if Santa was someone they wanted anything to do while others enjoyed it as much as Santa did.

The BOD was able to complete a remodel of the Community Center which turned out very well with new tile floors replacing the vinyl flooring, new granite and cabinets in the kitchen as well as new tables and chairs. It is definitely an upgrade for the community.

We were also able to replace the irrigation system at Windmill Park that was over 25 years old, replacement of all the controllers though out the community as well as replacing the poly irrigation lines at all the monument on Silverbell and along Twin Peaks with PVC which has a longer service life.. It has been approved to replace all the irrigation lines on Coachline from Twin Peaks north this upcoming year.

Let us hope 2017 is as successful with improvements as 2016 was.

President's Message November/December 2016

2016 Annual Meeting Results

Thank you all who attended this year’s CRCA Annual Meeting held at Twin Peaks Elementary on Tuesday, October 18th. The past year’s Board of Directors and the Committee Chairpersons gave their reports for the year and thanked everyone in the community who donates their time to contribute to the success of the community.

The results in order of vote count are as follows:

Doug Childress 526 votes Al Diaz 409 votes Bob Vollbrecht 389 votes John Lambert 380 votes

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 CRCA Board of Directors.

Doug Childress | Bill Cicala | Bill Dawes | Al Diaz | John Lambert | Marilyn Stimpson | Bob Vollbrecht

President's Message September/October 2016

We were really glad to have the Lego camp this year, at the newly remodeled community center. Quite a few Continental Ranch kids got to enjoy a fun and unique learning experience this summer. I hope we will see the camp back again next year with even more families participating.

It’s coming time again for the Annual Election and I hope we will see folks attending.  Since there are four open seats and four candidates running for those positions, the results are pretty much already decided but it is still very important for everyone to cast their votes. We need to have a certain number of votes received for the election to be valid so please take just a few moments to drop your ballots off at the office or mail them in. 

At the last meeting, the Board approved the annual budget which you will receive a copy of in your annual election packets this month. I was happy that we were still able to keep from raising dues.  This Board has been able to keep dues the same for eleven straight years. This is not an easy accomplishment, since the required contribution to our reserves (saving account) increases by quite a bit each and every year. Back in 2010 the annual amount required to be put into reserves was only $90k per year and has climbed each year to now being $187k in 2016.  Not only have we been able to keep from raising dues for over a decade, we are proud that Continental Ranch has some of if not the lowest dues in the entire Tucson area, while still offering nice amenities to its residents and making numerous improvements to the community during this time.