Updating our electronic communications

The Board established a Communications Working Group this spring composed of Rosanne Kumins, Bob Ericksen, Howard Goldberg, Roy Landon, Michael Pagliaro and Dennis Turrone.

We have two main issues: setting up a more user-friendly website and getting information to our members via email. 

As you can see, the new website is up and running, and will contain HOA rules and regulations, our current and future budget, newsletters, minutes and more to come. We were lucky to have Howard Goldberg, who works with digital content, take on the project.

We currently have email addresses for 50 members of our community. However, we aren’t certain which are current and which are owners and renters. We would like to be able to reach all homeowners by email so we can get current information out in a timely manner; for instance news of break-ins can be communicated as well as notices of Board meetings, gardening issues, pool issues, etc.

We would appreciate if you would send your email address to treasurer Rosanne Kumins and community manager David Schuknecht by using the contact form on this website. Obviously this will be used only for Canyon South #1 communications and will not be shared with anyone else.

Formal communications will continue to be by mail from PPM, but other information can be by email. It is hoped that there will be a savings on postage as well.

If you have comments or questions, please let Rosanne or any other member of the group know.

— Rosanne Kumins

Parking work group established

A work group, chaired by Board member David Burgess, has held an initial meeting to review HOA rules and regulations regarding vehicle parking.

Misunderstanding about current rules and limited parking combine to create disagreements and controversy within our community.

Current HOA rules allow for one vehicle inside the homeowner’s garage and one additional vehicle in the public area. Current rules do not designate individual parking spots per household, though common sense would suggest that the parking area would be adjacent to the homeowner property. Currently, there are no dedicated parking places within our complex thus no one can say “this is my parking place.” This had led to some confusion and conflict.

Initial suggestions presented to the work group include: creating a dedicated parking space for each homeowner; and creating dedicated space for guests only. The work group is looking for additional options and creative ways to address this important parking issue. Your thoughts and comments are welcome.

Report on landscaping, pools and other property maintenance

For those who were not here to experience last summer’s heat and humidity, it was a bad one.

Our desertscape had just been installed last year as summer arrived. Plants in the desertscape did pretty well, but we have lost some pyracantha hedge plants due to lack of irrigation quantity. When our landscaper realized that there was too little irrigation to the pyracantha hedges and one large pine tree, he got busy adding emitter hose to both sides of the hedges. Five Red Yucca were planted in the exterior desertscape where ocotillo of the original planting did not take root and live. The five pyracantha were used to fill in hedges where plants died over the hot summer. One entire L-shaped hedge was replaced this fall as the existing one was old and declining.

Sagging Patio Ceilings

Over the years, Canyon South 1 has had a history of repairing sagging patio ceilings. Our investigation this past fall, determined that one unit had priority for repair. A trusted contractor was consulted for a cheaper and less invasive solution to this repair — plus two board members put their best engineering thinking to work. Their suggestions were not followed — for the better we’re sure. This repair went well, looks very good and is affordable, so other patio ceilings will be repaired in this manner at a rate of one or two a year on priority units.

Pool and Spa Heating Schedule

Pool schedule 2016-17We return to our normal pool heating this next season, beginning in October when the Center Pool will be heated first for two months. December and January will see the East and West pools heated, then back to the Center pool for February and March, finishing with the East and West pools for April and May.

Spas at all pools will continue to be heated year-round.

Pool and Spa Re-plastering and Lighting

New waterline tile at Center Pool
New waterline tile at Center Pool

The East Pool and Spa are our only remaining pools to be re-plastered in this cycle and they are planned for updating this fall. New tile, plaster and auto-fill devices will be installed, probably September and October.

Jackhammering out the old plaster
Jackhammering out the old plaster

Rammell Construction was awarded the bid to re-plaster the Center pool. Work began on Sept. 10, 2015, and they finished the startup for that pool as of Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Other items of construction remained to be done, but the pool was open for use.  There was a 3-week delay in construction while waiting for the Health Department inspection.

About 3 years ago, Canyon South 1 installed seven new LED pool and spa lights as they were supposed to be longer-lived and use less electricity.  These fixtures began failing about a year and a half after installation and thus far four have failed.  Two of our contractors, JSR Pools and Horizon Electric lobbied the supplier/manufacturer of these fixtures so that we have been able to replace them for only the labor to install. In the future we will take better care to manage these fixtures during pool and spa re-plastering.

Groundskeeping

In keeping with state and local water agencies’ rules and recommendations and bowing to the general consensus in the Valley, CS1 Board decided to forgo the normal overseeding with annual ryegrass this fall. Therefore we went through the winter season complying with the irrigation schedule of Mon-Wed-Fri only and only during nighttime hours, morning and night. The Bermuda grass did its biological thing and went dormant – no one died because of it!  Without the competition from the annual ryegrass, various weed species acquired a strong foothold in the dormant Bermuda. This required us to apply pre-emergence and post-emergence weed killer to combat these weeds.

Palm pruning is on schedule to begin during the first two weeks of June this late spring, 2016.

— Carl Toland

Questions received by the Board

“Can I rent or lease my home and if so, what are the HOA rules?”

Answer: the answer is YES. HOA rules allow for rental, but set a minimum of 90 days. Short term rentals are not allowed. Homeowners must file a copy of the lease/rental agreement with our management company, PPM.

The purpose of this rule is to maintain Canyon South 1 as a residential community, not a resort style or weekend party environment.

Facilities report

The Board of Directors has hired a handyman to begin work on stucco repair and touch up painting. His name is Greg Monk. Greg’s work and schedule will be directed by the Board.

If work is scheduled at your address, a message will be posted informing you of that date. Sidewalk repair work has begun. Concrete grinding along La Verne Way and Caliente Drive to remove potential tripping areas will be completed in May.

Relocation and landscape of the vandalized mail boxes has been completed. New mailbox keys have been distributed. If you have not received a key, please contact Michael Pagliaro, secretary@canyonsouth1.com.

Treasurer’s report

The good news is that through April (three/quarters through our fiscal year) we project that we will end the year with a slight surplus. Thus our budget for next year (8/1/16 – 7/31/17) will remain the same, and there will be no need for any increases to our HOA fee.

We haven’t yet heard what the premium will be for earthquake insurance, but we do not anticipate any increases and are keeping our fingers crossed that it may even be reduced.

We believe our Reserve Fund is adequate; we will have an on-site inspection in relation to our annual Reserve Study in the fall when all of the officers will have returned.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.

— Rosanne Kumins

(Please see the printed newsletter mailed to homeowners for board members’ phone numbers and email addresses.)

Highlights of the 2016 annual meeting

Ballots were tabulated at the annual meeting in March, and Carl Toland was reelected to the Board, joined by new member David Burgess. Here is a list of all five current Board members:

Chuck Mendenhall, President
Carl Toland, Vice President
Rosanne Kumins, Treasurer
Michael Pagliaro, Secretary
David Burgess, Director

Topics of interest discussed at the annual meeting included a review of the current HOA rules regarding vehicle parking and community communications. Two working groups were appointed to deal with these issues in depth. Rosanne Kumins will chair the communications working group, and David Burgess will lead the parking discussion.  Both groups have met, and their reports were included in the May 2016 newsletter.

The HOA’s budget for 2016-2017 is balanced with no fee increase anticipated; landscape and facilities are a work in progress.

We are off to another busy year.

— Chuck Mendenhall

What’s happening around Canyon South 1?

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