Community News

What’s happening around Canyon South 1?

Check this page for the latest news from the HOA board about maintenance, safety issues and other common concerns.

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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

2022-23 Pool Heating Schedule

The east and west pools will be heated in October and November, the center pool in December and January, and all three pools in February through April.

UPDATE: 12/8/22: The center pool has been heated for December-January, a little late because of the need to complete a gas line repair. And all three spas should be at the proper temperature now, after repairs were made to the east spa.

The HOA board had decided in 2020 to stop alternating the heating at two-month intervals from October through May to save considerable money by bringing pools up to 84 degrees twice instead of four times. But the current board revised the schedule again at its August meeting based on response from homeowners. With the rise in natural gas prices, the board may have to revisit the new plan for the final three months, possibly by heating the pools to different degrees.

Organic waste collection is changing

Changes have come to our trash, recycling, and food and yard waste collection service. The City Council passed an ordinance that requires Palm Springs Disposal Services to give organic waste collection carts to all residents to comply with a state law, SB1383. The purpose is to reduce landfill waste by promoting composting.

Two representatives of PSDS attended our August HOA board meeting to explain the changes and answer questions. They said all residents automatically will receive a 65-gallon medium-sized green cart in September, and they should begin using it for food waste starting Oct. 3, 2022. (The family-sized default trash carts are 96 gallons.) Green carts already are used around the city for yard waste, including palm fronds, leaves, weeds, twigs and small branches. The food waste can be placed in single use, multi-use or compostable bags. Paper bags are OK but clear liners are best.

All food scraps, except for raw meat or poultry, should go into the green carts starting in October. Food-soiled paper, such as pizza boxes, go into the regular trash carts (the brown bins that are gradually being replaced with gray carts) for now but can start going into the organic carts on Oct. 3.

Although our waste disposal has centralized billing through the HOA, individuals can call PSDS directly with questions or concerns. The company and the HOA board are aware that some of you don’t need a  65-gallon cart for green waste, and don’t want to make space for it. In that case, you should call PSDS at (760) 327-1351 and request a 35-gallon cart. There was a shortage of these carts because of higher than expected demand, and they are on back-order until February or March 2023.

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:

Neighborhood organization meeting

All Canyon Palms neighborhood residents are invited to attend its Annual General Membership Meeting on April 9.

Meeting details
Where:
 the dining room of the Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way
When: Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon
Program: Invited speakers include City Manager Justin Clifton, Police Lt. Mike Villegas and officials of ONE-PS.
Covid-19 info: As of now, the Mizell Center recommends wearing masks and requires that everyone who comes into its building must be vaccinated. So bring your proof of vaccination and a photo ID to the check-in table at the front door. If that policy changes, we will post an update on our website.

VIEW, DOWNLOAD OR PRINT THE AGENDA


BECOME A MEMBER

Pot Luck Get (Re)Acquainted Party

All residents are invited to the Center Pool area on Saturday, April 16, from 3-5 p.m. Please bring a food item to share from the category that corresponds to the first letter of your last name:

  • A thru H — Appetizer
  • J thru P — Salad
  • R thru W —Dessert

Please BYOB and bring appropriate serving utensils. Iced tea, lemonade, flatware, plates and plastic cups will be provided.
NO glass in the fenced pool area. Help with cleanup is appreciated.

Your Hostesses:  Rhonda, Rosanne, Sue and Lynda.

Click here for a flyer you can print as a reminder and to see how to call Lynda to RSVP, help or get more information.

One of the last bingo parties hosted by Brian Yoshi and Bob Ericksen before Covid interrupted our get-togethers. 

2021-22 Pool Heating Schedule

UPDATE: As of late January 2022, the East Pool is heated and repairs are being scheduled on the Center Pool heater.

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.