Presidents Letter

President’s Message September/October 2023

I hope everyone had a nice summer and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to cooler weather. As a reminder, the pool at the Community Center will close after Labor Day weekend, but the Windmill Pool will still be open.

It’s time for the Annual Election and four candidates are running for four open seats. It’s crucial to cast your vote so that quorum can be met so please review your packets in October and mail or drop your absentee ballots at the office. In person voting will take place at the Annual Meeting at 7:00pm in the cafeteria of the Coyote Trail Elementary School on October 24, 2023.

Since the dues were last increased five years ago, the U.S. has seen a cumulative price increase of about 20%. In order to keep up with inflation and maintain the strong levels of Reserves that CRCA currently has, it will be necessary to increase assessments in the upcoming fiscal year by as much as 12%. Board members are analyzing expenses and we will continue to make sure every association dollar is spent wisely and with the community’s best interest in mind. While no increase is taken lightly, I am confident that Continental Ranch will continue to have low dues for all the great amenities it has to offer residents.  

President’s Message July/August 2023

Greetings! I hope you are enjoying the sunny weather this summer. It’s great to see the community utilizing the pools, especially with kids being on break.

In May, a leak in the splash pad system was discovered and had to be closed in order to investigate and schedule repairs, which are expected to be completed by the first week of July. We are working hard to ensure that it remains functional for the rest of the season. Please remember to follow all the rules and show kindness and respect to one another and the pool monitors.

When walking your pets, please be mindful of others by cleaning up after them. It has come to my attention that some people leave their pet’s droppings on the sidewalk, which can be unpleasant for others. Let’s all contribute to keeping our sidewalks clean and safe. 

I’m excited for the upcoming Fourth of July festivities! The town will be hosting celebrations at the Silverbell district park crossroads on Tuesday, July 4th. Remember to prioritize your safety and have a great holiday.

Thank you!

Peg Bracken

President’s Message May/June 2023

Hello Everyone,

We had a great turnout at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8th, and it was so nice to see so many families enjoying the spring day. I want to give a big thank you to Paula Bellina, and all the volunteers, for organizing and setting things up. Everyone worked together to bring the most significant CRCA event of the season to our community. I want to thank the residents who generously volunteered their time and contributed to making this event possible. Special thanks to the Boy Scouts Troop #219 and AAA Landscape for the immense help they provided as well. We also had a great turnout at the pool after the event. I hope everyone is looking forward to the community center pool opening this May 19th. Just a friendly reminder, our semi-annual assessments are due May 1st and are considered late after May 15th. Please keep current on your dues to avoid going into delinquency status. If you are having financial issues, please reach out to the management office to set up some type of arrangement. I would also like to remind everyone that we are still in ‘weeds’ season. Please pay special attention to managing front yard weeds so that we can keep our community looking great. AAA Landscape is currently addressing community weeds and their spray division is working closely with the maintenance crew.

Thank you again everyone and enjoy this upcoming summer. 

Peg Bracken

President’s Message March/April 2023

To all residents, the Windmill pool, spa and splash pad will be opening on March 1st. I hope everyone enjoys the pool season and warmer weather. Over the winter, the pool deck was refurbished, the splash pad water features received a fresh coat of paint, and the artificial turf behind the splash pad was replaced. Spring also means the Easter Egg Hunt Event will soon be here, which is scheduled for April 8th, and includes activities for residents of all ages to have a great time. Anyone wishing to help out please do not hesitate to get in touch with the office. We could always use more volunteers for this big event. Spring also brings us our dreaded weeds. Please take control of weeds as soon as you see them so as to not receive a letter from the office. Pre-emergent is always an excellent way to go but is best applied before the weeds begin sprouting. Finally, please be considerate of your neighbors when taking your beloved animals for walks. I have noticed dog owners not being responsible and leaving their dog waste to be picked up by neighbors. Please carry bags and pick up after your furry friends, it is not your neighbor’s job to pick up your pet’s mess. 

Wishing all Continental Ranch residents a beautiful Spring season. 

Peg Bracken

President’s Message January/February 2023

December brought us a record turnout for Photos with Santa at the community center and the management company did an excellent job with the decorations. Congratulations to our winners for the Holiday Decorating Contest! If residents have any suggestions on how we can increase contestant and judging participation, please contact the office to let us know. All feedback is greatly appreciated. The Windmill pool deck renovation is wrapping up and the community center pool deck will be worked on next, beginning at the start of January. On March 1st the Windmill pool by the office will reopen, and I hope everyone has a great start to the 2023 pool season. Our new year will be bringing us the Easter Egg Hunt Event in April with lots of new and exciting activities for the kids. We look forward to seeing our little ones enjoying the day and are asking anyone who is able to please reach out to the office if you would like to help. Volunteers are always needed and it’s a great opportunity to give back to your community for a day.

Happy New Year to everyone!!

Peg Bracken

President’s Message March/April 2019

Windmill Park Pool Opening

Exceptional community amenities are a big part of why residents love to call Continental Ranch “home”. One of the most popular amenities in Continental Ranch is the recreational pool facility at Windmill Park. This pool opens for the season on March 1st, a date eagerly anticipated by residents each year. The Windmill Park pool facility includes a heated main pool, Jacuzzi spa, and splash pad. The hours of operation are from 5am – 10pm daily.  Residents should contact the management office with any questions about access or use of the Windmill Park pool facility.

President’s Message September/October 2018

CRCA Committee Members Needed!!!

Architectural Review Committee

The Architectural Review Committee is responsible for reviewing all changes to the exterior of homes, developing and maintaining the Design Guidelines. This committee works with all homeowners, developers and commercial members of the community. Meetings are held at the Windmill Park Office on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7pm.

Covenants Committee

The CRCA Covenants Committee and the CRCA Management staff, acting at the direction of the Board, strives to enforce the CC&Rs so that Continental Ranch keeps its high standards for the future ahead. Sometimes residents need a reminder from time to time to do the normal maintenance that every home requires. The Covenants Committee supports the Board of Directors and the Association in the enforcement of the governing documents for Continental Ranch Community Association.

Landscape Committee

Continental Ranch’s landscape is one of the most important aspects of the community. The CRCA Landscape Committee takes great pride in their work.  The volunteer committee, working at the direction of the Board, continually monitors the quality of maintenance work performed by the landscape contractor, and also works within the budget developed by the Board to maintain and enhance landscape throughout CRCA as needed.

If you have time to donate for the greater good of the Community, CRCA is always looking for new members. Call 297-7600 for information.

President’s Message March/April 2018

With Windmill pool and splash pad opening the 1st of March everyone should be able to see and enjoy the new Pebble Tec surfacing. The pool plaster did not have the life expectancy of the Pebble Tec so hopefully it will result in a savings over the years. The Easter Egg hunt will be held on March 31st and looks to be even more fun filled than last year. Anyone wishing to help out should contact the office as we could use more volunteers. It is very rewarding to see all the happy kids.

While it was nice to see the rains come in past month they have an adverse side effect as well.  WEEDS!  Looking around our common areas we took the landscape crew to task for the large number of weeds growing around our community and they went on a weed control mission to eliminate them.  While we use pre-emergent on all of our common areas, the rains allowed the seeds to germinate that had blown in from other areas anyway.  There are a large number of covenants letters going out to homeowners who have not taken care of the weeds on their property.  Please take control of the weeds if you receive a letter so CRCA can appear well maintained.

I have written about this issue before but I am still continually surprised by the large number of children using the play structure at the Windmill Park playground area.  I am also surprised at how many children and families enjoy the turf area that is really looking nice.  It is too bad that there are a few individuals who believe there is a Poop Fairy who will wave their magic wand and the piles left by their dogs will magically disappear.  There is no Poop Fairy and the piles left are being picked up on kid’s shoes.  Not only that, but there are very real health issues with dog feces as well as it being against the law to not scoop your poop. It is not limited to just Windmill Park but throughout CRCA. Please be considerate of your neighbors and don’t wait for the Poop Fairy to appear – scoop your dog’s poop.

I thought it was time to call the attention of homeowners and businesses in CRCA to a portion of your property taxes for which you receive no benefit- what I would call a “taxation without representation” sort of thing. I am referring to the part of your tax bill that reads “CMID”. This CMID tax is assessed by the Cortaro Marana Irrigation District for which you are levied $69 per acre (or percentage of an acre) on your property taxes each year. CMID (aka Cortaro Water Users Association) has been in existence since 1919 and services approximately 70 irrigation customers. Before Continental Ranch was first developed in the mid-80’s, the area was farmland owned by lettuce grower Bud Antle. I am sure that Mr. Antle used the services of CMID to water his fields. I find it quite disturbing that over 90% of CRCA- as well as the businesses at the Arizona Pavilions- are included in the CMID water district for tax purposes and we receive nothing in return other than the privilege of offsetting some costs to the 70 customers who use CMID water for irrigation. Doing a rough calculation CMID receives in excess of $70,000 a year from properties in CRCA and give nothing back to us in return. I have included a map on page 3 of this newsletter showing the boundaries of CMID for taxation purposes. Is there anything we can do to stop paying for something we receive no benefit from? We can petition the Pima County Board of Supervisors to be excluded from this taxing district. If you are interested in lowering your tax bill please contact the office for a petition. This will not happen without a lot of homeowners voicing their opinion.