6303 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, Arizona 85283
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Well it is obviously that time of year again where the heat is brutal and the Monsoons are coming in messing everything up! Hope everyone is getting back into the grind if you have kids back to school! It will be Fall soon and then we can look forward to 8 Months of beautiful weather.
If you haven’t noticed the entrance signs had been changing colors and now are completely missing! The entrance signs had met their life between the sun and the rust from the entrance waterfalls. We have ordered out new signs with a thicker aluminum that should not rust so please look forward to a new and freshly painted sign for our entrances.
You all should have received noticed if you are interested in running for a board position as our annual meeting is coming up in September. There are 3 board positions that are available for application as the terms reset every (2) years. I personally planning on continue to run as president if the community wants me to continue my efforts in that capacity for one of those positions.
The main topic of conversation for this annual meeting will be the budget. We are currently reviewing and planning out 2016 with the new knowledge of lake management, tree maintenance, and other capital improvements. We have a much better grasp on what our reserves will be allocated for now that these items have been addressed. We are working toward defining a more efficient schedule for how the community is run to make sure we stay proactive vs reactive to situations.
We have had a few requests lately about tree encroaching on peoples backyards and requesting trimming. We are working on a master community plan/schedule to accommodate those properties as well as the entire community as we now have many mature trees to maintain. Please be patient in your requests and know that it is a major topic of discussion. As a homeowner you have the right to trim/cut anything along the vertical line of your property if it is an immediate issue. Keep in mind if you choose to take matters into your own hands we as that you respect the others in the community and don’t leave your waste on the community property out of aggression or whatever reason you may have. Please be responsible and pick up after yourself while setting an adult minded example for the rest of the community.
The Board is currently looking to put in place a monthly/quarterly contract for continued maintenance on all of our lake pumps/fountains. This should help increase the longevity of the pumps and ensure we don’t have any repair/replacement issues due to lack of routine cleaning and maintenance. The Board is also looking to add a paid community positions called the “Liaison” that would be responsible for many odd job type things that come up in the community on a regular basis and need attention. More detail to come once this is finalized.
We have not increased our reserves this year and do not intend to as we have pre-planned to address many items that needed attention throughout this year. Our budget is still very healthy and many of the capital improvement we have been doing are long lasting so these are just items that will affect 2015. More detail on the budget in the annual meeting.
Thank you all for reading and submitting your information. This community needs to continue to work together to maintain our home values and create a great place to live in Tempe. We appreciate all who put in the extra efforts to maintain their properties and even go the extra mile on the community grounds in keeping everything clean. Hope to see you all at the annual meeting.
Most Homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit.
But you know what’s a lot easier than going through the claims process? Preventing the water damage in the first place!
Check out these 5 suggestions for preventing water damage:
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.
You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.
With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.
No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.
You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.
Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?
The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.