6303 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, Arizona 85283
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In the last few years since I have joined the team of volunteers on the Oasis HOA Board it has continued to be an eye opening experience to learn about people. The reason for this post, unfortunately, is to talk about the some of the unpleasant experiences brought on by fellow homeowners, most recently from the “Wall Opening Discussion.” We have many good people in this community who do their part in trying to make this a fun, safe, vibrant community and understand how to have adult conversations and respect for others when communicating.
In a community of 387 homes I completely understand there will be different viewpoints, thoughts, wants, needs for the community and it should be that way. The issue is simply in how the information is communicated to the Board. It is important that everyone keeps in mind that the Board is made up of volunteers that take many hours out of their personal schedule to try and help maintain the community in good working order. As a resident you are more than welcome to put your name in the hat and help make your community better by joining the Board. The management company and its representative are a paid vendor. None of the aforementioned roles are servants to the community. We do not take orders from community patrons nor will we tolerate rude and childlike behavior. It seems ridiculous that I would have to remind the community that threats, tantrums, and other childlike behavior will not help you get your point across or get us to want to help your situation. I could talk about this much further but I think everyone is understanding the point.
Onto some recent examples…
In the recent community survey to ask the residents if they were interested in having a wall opened on the Southeast side of the community ,because of a few homeowner requests to the Board to do so, we received close to 60 responses. Instead of the Board acting on behalf of the community without trying to gain some feedback first we decided to maintain our fiduciary responsibility and open up a survey to understand how residents felt about this recent homeowner suggestion. The responses were simple, either a yes, a no, or indifferent. There was room for comments in the event someone wanted to present their case or evidentiary reasons as to why they had a certain opinion. As much as I would like to publicly name some of the childish residents who clearly have no respect for others including themselves I will simply share some comments made. Underneath the comment I will re-write the comment in a more appropriate manor in case the individuals need some assistance in phrasing their opinions and avoiding using “telling” or “derogatory” statements…
“Dumb idea…you should be on Tempe Council”
–Proper Comment: I don’t think an opening is in the best interest of the community
“There was an opening in the wall when this housing project was built and the HOA closed it. Wow lets spend more money and fix something that was right before. The board is amazing. How about cleaning up the weeds palms and shrubs growing over the side walk. Owners need to take ownership of there yards this place looks like hell”
–Proper Comment: Years ago I remember some openings in the wall that were closed and I was happy that decision was made at that time.
“We eliminated the original openings due to repeated crime. Why would we want to be open to that again???? There is already and opening off of Kenwood, to the area. DO NOT NEED ANOTHER OPENING. TOO MUCH FOOT TRAFFIC FROM INDUSTRIAL PARK INTO OASIS”
–Proper Comment: My understanding is that we eliminated the openings due to crime in the past. With the alternative routes offered currently within the community I feel strongly that we do not need another opening as it may lead to increased foot traffic from the industrial park into The Oasis community.
–Proper Comment: I am strongly against creating an additional opening on the Southeast end of the community.
…Keep in mind this is a sample set from just the most recent thing we have tried to gain public opinion on. These and some much worse, including threats, come in from homeowners and it happens a lot more often than I would like to see for a neighborhood that is in good working order, with adequate reserves, and an overall clean look.
Many comments simply come from lack of education as to what the rules, boundaries, and limitations are of The Board. I ask that when you make comments, statements, suggestions, or any other items with an agenda to better the community that you re-read your request and ask yourself if it sounds like your are “demanding/telling” or if you are “asking” for some consideration. Also, be neighborly! If you see something going on at your neighbors and you think you can safely walk over, knock on the door, be a courteous neighbor and ask if they would be willing to do something to accommodate you and/or the neighborhood that could go a long way. With the amount of homes in this community we do not pay for 24 hour monitoring through Kinney Management to find every detail and address every situation. As many of the residents do, continue to have and show your pride of ownership and keep making The Oasis the best community in Tempe.
Thank you all for listening if you have made it to this point and hopefully that has brought some clarity to a few select people in their future approach. Remember, “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar!”
The Annual Picnic is this coming weekend. Please take a moment to sign up in the box below indicating how many people you expect to attend in your household. BBQ will be provided as well as sides, dessert, and water. The event will be in the usual location by the Pump House off of the Los Feliz entrance & Anozira Parkway. We will have a bounce house for the kids! The time will be 4-6PM. If you have not already signed up, please do so below so we can get a proper headcount! We have a pretty good crowd so far so help us maintain the count.