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President's Message August 2010

Serving on a committee or on the Board of Directors for CRCA requires a commitment of time and energy. None of these positions are paid positions and we sometimes struggle to get homeowner involvement. I would like to thank Chuck Stead for the time and commitment he made while serving on the BOD for the last two years. Chuck was an asset to the CRCA BOD; his new position at work does not allow him the time needed to commit to CRCA and has required him to resign from the BOD. We wish him all the best and thank him for what he contributed to CRCA. The BOD appointed Larry Lemieux to replace Chuck at the July 14th BOD meeting. Larry has been very active in the ARC and is running for the BOD in the next election. Welcome onboard Larry.

The Finance Committee has been working hard on the budget for 2011 and will be finalizing it at their next meeting on August 12th. They have worked diligently to present a budget that meets the needs of CRCA while not raising dues. There are a lot of projects that we would all like to see done but the Finance Committee has been able to prioritize the wish lists presented by the various committees to a realistic budget. While it is not easy to deny requests for improvements to CRCA the committee has done a very good job and they should be congratulated on the proposed budget.

You might have noticed the mounds of dirt along Silverbell Road at numerous entryways- not the prairie dog mounds. These mounds are the result of new solar lighting for the unlighted entryways and upgraded lighting at the existing lighted ones. This project includes all entryways that are signed and hopefully will be completed shortly. Once the temperatures drop lower we should see the entryway landscaping project start. The Landscape committee is working to enhance the entryways at all parcels to make them more inviting.

The management company walked Coachline Blvd from Silverbell Road to the wash near Windmill Park and counted 97 drips going to nothing. DLC the new landscape company for CRCA has capped over 450 drips since taking on the maintenance of our common areas. These drips went to plants at one time that were removed and were never replaced. The BOD has directed the Landscape committee to replace any plants removed with like kind plantings. We will paying particular attention to ALL common area landscaping in an effort to enhance these to the high standard required by the CC&R’s.

President's Message July 2010

We are three fourths of the way through our 2009/2010 fiscal year being completed. This BOD has worked diligently to not only satisfy the regulations imposed on it by the Arizona Corporations Commission and AZ law but also to enhance the common areas within CRCA.

We have completed the audit required and have an updated Reserve Study with which to plan future replacement and/or refurbishment of our CRCA assets.

 

A lot has happened over the last nine months. A new management company was hired and seems to have us headed in the right direction- finally. They have updated the software to a system called VMS, at no added expense I might add. One of the benefits you might have noticed is account access and payment options available online.

 

An RFP (request for proposal) was put out for the landscape contract for our common areas and after much scrutiny DLC Resources was chosen as our new landscape contractor. They are currently working on a proposal to enhance the entryway landscaping at all monument entries, as well as the Twin Peaks entry from the new roadway. An ad hoc committee is working on proposals for the entryway monument there as well as landscape enhancements. Pima Wastewater has a re-pumping station there behind a cyclone fence. Thanks to John Warner from Pima Wastewater for working hard to help have a brick wall built to enclose this.

 

The Community Center Pool was resealed at a substantial savings over the planned cost ($15,000 spent, versus $70,000 budgeted) and the concrete that needed repair in front of the Windmill office was replaced with brick pavers at another substantial savings over budget requests ($15,000 spent, versus $23,000 budgeted). A regular seasonal Air Conditioning maintenance service program has been established for our two buildings, instead of neglecting the units and until they break down and need full replacement - preventative maintenance a new idea here in CRCA now.

 

New lighting is being added to the entryways with monuments as we speak. Decorative rock replenishment is being planned along with covering bare dirt areas currently owned by CRCA as budget allows. The Community Center parking lot should be resealed this summer and we are working on bids to repave the Windmill Park parking lot. Other items being looked at are pool area lighting upgrades as well as pool area fencing upgrades. All of the items I mentioned are budgeted for and I see no need at this time to seek a dues increase. Thanks to Jim Susa, past chair of the finance committee, and Debbie Budd, current chair, we are in sound financial shape. As our auditor told us- we are in better shape financially than any other association he has dealt with currently.

 

Hopefully you enjoy the summer and the monsoon does form. Never thought I would say this, after growing up in Seattle, we need the rain!

President's Message June 2010

Time flies or so they say! It is time again to prepare for electing three new directors to the BOD whose terms expire in October. The directors whose terms expire are Connie DeLarge, Chuck Stead and John Lambert. The BOD selected a nominating committee at the May meeting and applications are being accepted for these three positions.

The new paving on Silverbell and Twin Peaks is completed and I’d like to commend all involved in that project for the expeditious way that it was done. Having been involved in the asphalt paving industry for 40+ years I know what it takes to coordinate such a project. While we experienced single lane closures and some backups of traffic for a few days it could have been much worse. The contractor, AZ DOT and town of Marana committed to a 24 hour a day construction schedule and it allowed the project to be completed with minimal traffic problems in a short time. I, for one, greatly appreciate how fast they were able to finish up the repaving. Great job guys!

Vandalism of CRCA property and grounds continues- the latest being $1239.12 to replace the oval tube at the Windmill Park play system because a few teens decided to jump up and down on it. Marana police have been given the surveillance video and are investigating. The BOD elected to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone caught in the act or vandalizing or destroying CRCA property and will prosecute to the full extent of the law. This BOD is serious about stopping these acts of senseless destruction of CRCA’s assets. We were forced to hire pool monitors in April- before the planned date of May- to stop the actions of a small group of people at the pools. Just to put it into perspective- the pool committee budgets $60,000.00 for pool monitors (from May to September) because a few cannot abide by the rules at the pools. This equates to $12.00 a year in everyone’s dues because of a few individuals. We have better ways to spend our dues than replacing vandalized property! Please, report any suspicious activity to the office during business hours or to the Marana police after hours. We need to stop this before it gets worse.

President's Message May 2010

Continental Ranch

The Windmill office entry has been a mess but should be completed by the time this newsletter is received in the mail. It was budgeted to stain the concrete this year but we discovered serious issues with cracking and settlement of the slabs themselves. The staining would have to be done every five years and would not have addressed the settlements and trip hazards we saw. We asked management to get bids for replacement of the bad slabs of concrete (approx. 1/3 of the total concrete) and to ask for bids to replace all of the walkway with brick pavers. After receiving the bids the BOD decided to replace all of the concrete with brick pavers and it was well under the budget to stain the concrete. The concrete removal took more time than expected because there were sections where the concrete was over 13” deep- why? No one can answer that question.

I’d like to thank the Groundskeeper for the time they were our landscape contractor and for the professional turnover of the property to DLC Resources Inc. – our new contractor. Glen Kilmer worked very hard to clean up any areas of concern and worked with management to see it was a seamless transition. Thanks to Glen and his staff. With that said, I’d like to welcome DLC as our new landscape contractor and we look forward to making CRCA a place people want to make their home.

We still have a large number of issues facing us your BOD but are working to try to resolve them. Rest assured that each and every member of this BOD is working hard on your behalf. The office fields numerous questions about the Grassmeyer lawsuit and other issues and cannot provide answers to your questions at this time. Our attorney is still in negotiations and until we resolve those issues we are not at liberty to discuss them. When we are able, we will hold an open forum to answer your questions.

It seems like vandalism continues in CRCA. The Windmill pool has been vandalized numerous times and we have had issues with people jumping the fence to get into the pool. Pool furniture has been thrown in the pool, groups of teens have been verbally abusive to residents and numerous other conduct problems have arisen. The BOD has hired pool monitors earlier than budgeted to stop this behavior. This is a waste of all homeowners dues as well as behavior we cannot allow. I will be proposing that anyone caught performing actions not allowed in the pool areas or vandalizing association property in the pools will have their pool privileges revoked. This has to stop and we will do everything necessary to see that it does. We as BOD members are committed to making CRCA a place we all are proud of.

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