A look back at 2022

We hope you all had a great holiday season, and a big thank you to the 45 homeowners who “braved” our Palm Springs winter chill to attend the annual meeting at Demuth Community Center on Jan. 28, 2023. A new law allows HOAs to save money on elections when uncontested. The election notice goes out earlier, and if the number of candidates is no more than the number of vacancies, they can be elected by acclamation, which happened with our three open board positions. Here’s the new board.

We have a new community manager at Personalized Property Management, Jennie Tidwell. David Schuknecht has taken on new responsibilities at PPM but remains available to advise Jennie. We wish to thank him and outgoing board members Steve Suttles and Steven Wolfe for their service. Suttles delivered his president’s report summarizing the work done the past year and extolling the “beauty of the property, general friendliness and kindness of neighbors.”

2022-23 Roof Work Schedule

The Board of Directors approved the reroofing of all the tile roofs in the community. The first phase of the project is underway. As further dates and scheduling are compiled, additional notices will be sent out and this post updated. We ask all owners to please be patient during this time and courteous with the contractors. Roofing can be a loud and dirty process so we appreciate everyone’s cooperation. If you have patio furniture out it is recommended to move it inside to prevent it from becoming overly dirty or damaged.

The roofers have sent the Association the schedule for the next block of buildings. It is tentative because the roofers do not remove tiles when rain is forecast.

Schedule                       Start            Complete

1115-1125 Laverne     1/03/23         1/13/23

1129-1131 Laverne     1/09/23         1/20/23

1133-1141 Laverne     1/16/23         1/27/23

1143-1149 Laverne     1/23/23         2/03/23

This was the tentative schedule for the first four buildings:

  • 1011-1025 Laverne   Start 10/24/22
  • 1033-1067 Laverne  Start 11/7/22
  • 1075-1095 Laverne  Start 11/21/22
  • 1103-1111 Laverne  Start 12/5/22

Proposed Operating Rules Changes

UPDATE: The changes were adopted 4/28/22

At its April 28, 2022 meeting, the board will consider a proposal to update the HOA rules and regulations. If you wish to make written comments, please submit them via mail to Board of Directors, Canyon South 1 HOA., c/o Personalized Property Management, attn: David Schuknecht, 68-950 Adelina Road, Cathedral City, CA 92234; via fax to 760/325-9300, or via email to david@ppminternet.com. Please date, identify your address at Canyon South 1, print and sign your name.

Most of the highlighted changes are minor, such as updating email addresses and web links. The fine and enforcement policy is updated, and the lease rule has been changed to conform to a new state law.

View, download or print the proposal:

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.

A reminder about pet rules

The Association realizes that many residents have pets. 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. If any pet creates a nuisance to other residents by barking or any other activity, the Board may disallow the occupancy of the pet on the Association property. 

Pets may be walked within the community but must be leashed at all times. Pet owners will be responsible for any damage done to the property for failure to follow the rules. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pet to keep our community well maintained and beautiful.

(This post was updated in May 2022)

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.  

Annual Meeting 2018: President’s Report

The annual meeting was held on February 10, 2018. Reports from the Board and good discussion from the residents helped outline events planned for the upcoming months. This newsletter highlights the remarks made at the meeting.

Election Results: The Director of Elections, Carolyn McDonald ably assisted by David Lamski, announced that the necessary quorum had voted. Two board members were elected: Carl Toland and write-in candidate Dennis Turrone.

President’s Remarks: During the past summer, signage was replaced in each cul de sac entrance. These new signs will be augmented, as requested by residents, to include the range of house numbers in each and, where necessary, additional lighting. Two major projects will be scheduled in the coming months. A protective slurry coat will be applied to the asphalt which was installed 4 years ago. The other major project will be preventive work to the flat portions of our roofs. The roofs will be cleaned, patched where necessary, and resprayed with a sun/uv protective coat. This is required every 10 years or so, and it protects the foam from deteriorating. Residents will be advised when the work is scheduled for their area.

Both of these projects are part of our regular maintenance schedule. Funding comes from our Reserve Account. Both projects are major expenditures amounting to approximately $125,000. The Board will continue to manage the Reserve Account to ensure its adequacy and will, of course, notify residents if additional contributions are necessary in the future.

—Chuck Mendenhall

Annual Report 2018: Dog owners’ proposal

Several months ago the Board was asked by a group of residents to begin a discussion about allowing a designated off-leash exercise area for dogs. At the annual meeting dog owners presented the idea for discussion. They proposed a fenced-in, gated, landscaped area along the back wall behind the west pool. The cost of the project would be borne by interested dog owners and any others who wish to contribute.  No HOA dollars would be committed to the project. Proponents have an estimated budget of $3,000 and they currently have pledges of over $1,000. Supporters of the project stated that over 30% of residents own dogs. Many of them are full-time residents. Dogs suffer, particularly in the summer, because of HOA rules requiring that dogs walk on the hard surfaces (on leash) only.

Questions raised during the meeting related to liability, insurance, nuisance, municipal requirements, and process.  The Board president said that these questions needed to be answered and more discussion would be had. For instance, what hours would it be open, who could access the facility, what about unattended dogs, barking, enforcement procedures, etc? The Board will continue to consider the proposal and accept additional information and comments at future meetings. Ultimately, a vote of residents will be required before the Board would take any action.