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.p

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.

Pools remain closed

During this heat wave, the Board is eager to allow residents to cool off in our pools, which the HOA has continued to pay to clean and maintain. But to do so, we would have to implement and enforce county and city rules that do not seem realistic for us at this time. Please read the “single occupancy” rules for yourself on the city website and note that our HOA could be fined or sued over violations of the order. The Board will continue to monitor orders from the county and city and will revisit our decision as soon as we can meet the requirements for safe use. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 

You can find information about the state stay-at-home order here. The order says, “It’s okay to go outside to go for a walk, to exercise, and participate in healthy activities as long as you maintain a safe physical distance of six feet and gather only with members of your household.” In Riverside County, as of Friday, May 1, “face coverings are NOT required to be worn by people who are outdoors, walking, hiking, bicycling or running. However, people must comply with social distancing during these activities, including maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people. People also should have a face covering readily accessible.” Face coverings continue to be required in other public settings, including stores, taxis, buses, bus stops and when picking up food at a restaurant. The May 1 update of the county order is here.

Stay safe and healthy,
The Canyon South 1 Board

Dealing with COVID-19

 Our pool contractor will be turning off the pool and spa heaters until further notice.

The HOA board, in consultation with the association manager, attorney, insurance provider, and other business partners, has been planning for contingencies that may arise in the community as a result of the spread of COVID-19. 

Based on advice that has been circulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Riverside County Public Health Office, we have detailed some possible scenarios and our current plans to deal with them. These plans are subject to change based on CDC guidance and advice from our professional partners.

Association operations

Common areas and amenities. The association has closed the pools, spas and other common facilities effective March 20, 2020.

Meetings and events. The CDC has recommended against any gatherings of 50 or more people through the middle of May. California’s stay-at-home order further bars any meetings outside of a single home, so the planned poolside bingo on April 11 is likely to be postponed or canceled. Any essential board meetings or committee meetings will be held by teleconference with appropriate notice to residents who wish to tune in.

Social distancing. Many experts also are urging people to practice “social distancing,” which is the idea of maintaining a roughly 6-foot distance between other people. It also means limiting nonessential travel, avoiding public transportation when possible, working from home, and skipping social gatherings.

Staffing. The community may experience temporary staff shortages if employees get sick or need to remain at home. Maintenance may be curtailed until staffing levels return to normal and the coronavirus pandemic is better controlled. Our pool contractor will be turning off the pool and spa heaters but we intend to maintain the pools and spas to prevent health problems.

If you get sick
Medical authorities are strongly urging all persons who exhibit symptoms to stay home and avoid public spaces unless you need medical care. You also should separate yourself from other people and pets in your home.  

If you need to need to visit a doctor or get tested for COVID-19, develop a plan before you go: 

–       Call ahead before visiting your doctor. 
–       Wear a face mask if you are sick.
–       Cover your coughs and sneezes.
–       Clean your hands often.
–       Avoid sharing household items, such as utensils, plates, glasses, and towels.
–       Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, and remotes.

If appropriate, the association may notify residents that an individual in the community has contracted the virus.The association will be prepared to reasonably accommodate an owner who is sick by postponing violation hearings, extending deadlines on architectural applications, or granting payment extensions if appropriate.

This association will not and does not make any of the decisions mentioned above lightly. These actions are being taken to ensure the health and welfare of the residents of this community. We pledge to keep residents informed of all relevant developments and how they affect association operations.

It is also incumbent upon residents to take this situation seriously and do their part to minimize the spread of this deadly disease. The association highly encourages you to review safety guidelines and look for updates from the CDC, the local health department, and the World Health Organization

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Stay safe and healthy.