2021-22 Pool Heating Schedule

The east and west pools will be heated October 15 through December 31. The center pool must be drained this fall for bead blasting of the waterline tile and acid wash of the plaster. The center pool will be heated Jan. 1 through April 30.

The HOA board decided in 2020 to stop alternating the heating at two-month intervals from Oct. 1-May 31 to save considerable money by bringing pools up to 84 degrees twice instead of four times. The board decided at its Sept. 29 meeting to further reduce pool heating in October and May.  

All spas will continue to be heated to 102 degrees year-round.

Thanks to Roy Landon for Board Service

Roy Landon and Dennis Smith recently sold their unit, so Roy resigned from the HOA board, which he served on for many years, including more than nine years as treasurer. The board was fortunate to have Roy’s experience in accounting and finance. Roy helped stabilize and grow the Reserve Fund to deal with future community needs. He was actively involved with roofing, painting and repaving projects and updating the HOA Rules and Regulations, contributing to the value of all of our homes.

The board sent out a call for nominations to fill the vacancy for a term ending in February 2023. Hopefully, more than one homeowner volunteers, ensuring we can maintain a full five-member board in the event of future vacancies. 

President’s report sums up “eventful year”

The Feb. 20 annual meeting was by necessity the first held by videoconference. Only about ten homeowners attended in addition to the five board members, so we hope those who missed the meeting will read this recap.

Enough homeowners returned ballots by mail to ensure a quorum of 41 votes. Two routine motions were approved without opposition and the three incumbent candidates were overwhelmingly re-elected to the three open board seats: Greg Reid, Roy Landon and Steven Wolfe. The board officer positions remain unchanged.

Board President Carl Toland, who has a year remaining in his term, gave a report looking back at “an eventful year.” He said the board, the management company and our contractors had been diligent in maintaining our property values. “Projects and actions that flaunt our rules, regulations and Bylaws are given notification in a timely manner.”

Three owners who replaced rooftop HVAC units recently set a good example of following the rules — notifying the management company, submitting the Architectural Variance forms found on our website, and working with the HOA’s roofers. We recognize homeowners feel less time pressure regarding air-conditioning when it is 70 degrees outside as opposed to 120 degrees, but the process is necessary to protect fragile roof tiles.

Seven owners of two-bedroom units obtained HOA permission this past year to install desertscape in front of their units. The HOA removed the lawn and in-ground trash bins, and the owners paid for the materials and landscaping work. We thank them for this cost sharing, which saves on lawn irrigation and mowing. 

Toland praised the completion in April of the repainting project and the work of landscaper Ismael Ramirez in relocating sprinklers away from the buildings, pruning shrubs and trees, and facilitating two tree-trimming projects by other contractors. Timely palm tree trimming kept blossoms out of the pools this summer, and aggressive trimming of jacaranda and pine trees helped ensure we lost no large limbs during recent windstorms that wreaked havoc elsewhere in the area.

Several units went on the market recently and sold quickly at record high prices. “This is good and bad news because we hate to see our friends move away,” Toland said. “Please make it a point to welcome our new community members as much as social distancing will allow.” Looking ahead, he said he hoped a bingo get-together canceled in April because of COVID can take place this year, probably in the fall.

In the homeowners’ comment portion of the annual meeting, topics discussed included whether we could increase hedges to deter intruders or use video surveillance. The board agreed to consider these suggestions.

The treasurer’s report was emailed to all homeowners on the HOA Board mailing list.

Canyon Palms update

Our community’s influence in civic affairs grew over the past year since the Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS) recognized a new neighborhood, Canyon Palms. It encompasses Canyon South 1 and about 180 nearby homes. The organization’s board has been working with the police and district City Council member Lisa Middleton on safety and traffic issues.

More residents walking and biking for exercise recently reinforced the danger of La Verne Way and both East and South Palm Canyon having speeding traffic and long stretches with no safe crossings. Read about the changes underway: https://canyonpalms.com/2021/01/31/city-approves-stop-signs-and-crosswalk/

Want to add your voice? The organization’s nine-member board has only one Canyon South resident, but it has two vacancies. To learn more, email canyonpalmsneighborhood@gmail.com.

Updated 2020-21 pool heating schedule

The pools will be heated October through May, but we will not be alternating the heating at two-month intervals as in the past. We will save considerable money by bringing pools up to 84 degrees twice instead of the usual four times.  

All spas will continue to be heated to 102 degrees year-round.

To help with COVID-19 distancing requirements, we started heating two pools – east and west, on October 1, 2020. The center pool is being heated in addition to the east pool through May 31,  2021 so that users can more easily maintain proper distancing. (UPDATE: Heating at the East Pool ended as of May 1.)

A reminder about pet rules

The Association is sympathetic to those residents who desire to have and enjoy pets. At the same time certain rules are necessary to ensure that pets maintained on the property do not impose a nuisance or burden on other residents and guests. Unit owners may keep no more than two small domestic animals in their unit. The term “small domestic animal” is defined as a dog, a cat, hamster, gerbil, and bird of a type that is normally kept in a home. Unit owners may not keep any other animals in their units without the prior written authorization of the Board.

No pets are allowed on the grass areas or flower beds. Pets may be walked within the community but must be leashed at all times and must remain on the pavement. Pet owners will be responsible for any damage done to the property for failure to follow the rule. You must clean up after your pet. This has become a problem on the desert landscape along Caliente and La Verne.

If any pet creates a nuisance to other residents by barking or any other activity, the Board may PERMANENTLY disallow the occupancy of the pet on the Association property.

Outreach committee wants help and suggestions

The HOA Board has a committee looking at ways to better welcome new owners and residents to the community and to reach out to them (and everyone!) with information to improve our living experience at Canyon South 1.
 
Phase 1 of our effort will develop a Frequently Asked Questions resource for the new owners’ welcome packet and the website. The second phase will be to reach out by phone or email to offer new owners a personal welcome and information about settling into the community. We all know our many rules can seem intimidating, and we’d like to eliminate the unpleasant experience of a new owner unknowingly violating a regulation.
 
We are collecting ideas for the information you’d like to see us include in our FAQs. Email suggestions to questions@canyonsouth1.com or use this web form. You can use the same email address or web form to volunteer to join or help the committee.  

Pool heating schedule for 2020-21

The pools will be heated October through May, but we will not be alternating the heating at two-month intervals as in the past. We will save considerable money by bringing pools up to 84 degrees twice instead of the usual four times.  

All spas will continue to be heated to 102 degrees year-round.

To help with COVID-19 distancing requirements, two pools – east and west, will be heated October 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. The center pool will then be heated February 1, 2021 through May 31,  2021. (Update as of December: We may continue to heat only the East and West pools so that users can more easily maintain proper distancing.) 

The waterline tile at the center pool will be cleaned and the plaster acid-washed this fall. This will require that the pool be drained and refilled. The east and west pools were cleaned this spring.

Guidance for healthy use of pools

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid the pool area if you are experiencing symptoms of illness including a fever of 100°F or above, sore throat, runny nose, chills, not feeling well, sneezing, coughing, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.
  • Six feet separation is required from anyone not in your same household. No large groups or pool parties allowed. If there is not room to maintain physical distancing in the pool or the pool area, please try another pool or another time. Please alert the board or management company if you think we need to schedule time slots for use or take other measures to control the flow of users.
  • Lounge chairs and tables must remain properly distanced.
  • When the spas are heated, use will be limited to one person or household at a time.
  • Residents must wear a cloth face covering when traveling through common areas of the property where it may not be possible to maintain physical distancing, including to and from the pool.
  • Bring and use your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant as needed to help maintain a safe and healthy atmosphere.