6303 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, Arizona 85283
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I hope everyone had a nice Halloween with family and friends. The weather is starting to cool down and the windows are opening up! The neighborhood is looking great as the new grass looks like a soft blanket around the lake. Please help the community stay fresh by picking up after your pets and keeping the area clean of debris. Lots of Updates…Please read…
The Board is currently looking into and updated Paint Palette to conform with today’s standards as it has not been updated since the community inception. In conjunction with this process we are also working on upgrading Roof colors and update the process for submitting architectural requests. Pending these changes we are looking at submittals as a case by case basis.
Now that the community is over 20 years old many homes are looking to update the designs of the homes both interior/exterior. In order to keep a thriving community encouraging single family home buyers we feel its important to adapt to some modern options. With the new business brought in by Discovery Park Campus we want to keep the Oasis as an appealing and up to date neighborhood to attract continued buyers.
The budget has been submitted for 2017 and many things in the community are really starting to be streamlined. With the exception of the block walls shared throughout the community most areas have received the upgrade needed while properly tapping into the reserve funds. Our financial strength is very healthy and the new dues of $70/mo should help maintain that healthy level for us. We have taken many steps to protect our liability exposure within the community which should help protect those reserves for items intended. Making use of “free” money through the grant process of the City of Tempe is also on our agenda to continue to update the community.
We have our regular ongoing maintenance and repairs of the fountains throughout the community. We have recently power washed the spray fountain over the rocks on the west end of the lake as it was building up algae. The lake continues to be in a healthy state thanks to our water management done by Aquatic Consulting in Tempe.
The Pump House located on the South end of the lake houses our main irrigation pump that pulls from the lake and irrigates all of the trees/scrubs throughout all of the common areas of the community. This pump has reached the time that it needs to be re-built which requires a crane to lift it out of the Pump House and taken into a shop. This pump has been going strong for about 10 years so this re-build should last another 10 once complete. This project will be most likely done this Fall and will cease irrigation for about a week until it can be re-installed.
We will also take this opportunity to drain the wet vault in the Pump house and patch/reseal the concrete vault that the pump draws water from. This is another reserve funds project that being proactive on will decrease liability exposure of the community and keep us from hopefully having an issue arise at a bad time of year such as the hot summer.
The Rock Pile located on the North side of the lake along Stephens is intended to go into the median at the McClintock entrance to Anozira Parkway. We were not able to commence a replanting project there before the rock was received so we have requested that Somerset move the rock there now and it can be worked around when we address that area.
Now that we are in a more “all-inclusive” contract with Somerset and the Fall has arrived we are waiting for the GPS inventory of trees and the trimming plan in addition to what has been done, as well as the ongoing plan as we move forward. We are also mapping out, for budgeting purposes, the ongoing upkeep of things like gravel, tree replacement, and scrub replacement over a 3-5-10 year plan.
-We have had increased complaints about pets not being on leashes around the lake. A.R.S. §9-240(B)(16A)
-Barking Dogs creating a nuisance. We have been notified that there are some homes with dogs that continue to bark for lengthy periods of time. Please have your pets kenneled or controlled to resolve this issue. This is a violation of our CC&R’s as well as a City of Tempe Issue.
-Parking – There is no overnight parking permitted on the streets. The CC&R’s are very clear about this. Vehicles parked outside must remain in a driveway and not be for commercial use.
-Be respectful to your neighbors. We have all made large investments to live in this community and many of the residents of The Oasis have lived or plan on living here for many years to come. Work on resolving issues, finding common ground, and looking at the greater good for the community. I think this is a top notch community with so many great people, lets keep up those positive vibes with one another!
Cox has notified us that they are going to be doing upgrades to their hardware in the community as they will soon offer the OneGig product. You should be receiving a door hanger from Cox with more detail. Work plans to commence soon and should be completed by December 2016. A quick summary provided to us from Cox is as follows…
“Work will begin soon with an estimated completion time around the end of December 2016. Our crews will be placing conduit, pulling micro-duct, blowing fiber, replacing pedestals, and placing vaults within the Public Utility Easement in the community. Some work will require digging and some trench work may be needed. All landscaping, sidewalks, streets, etc. that have been disturbed will be restored to their like condition and to MAG specs once construction has been completed. Residents may see our crews in the area for a week or so then they may not see them for a few more weeks and then they will see them again. This cycle will continue throughout the entire upgrade in the community.”
The bike lanes on McClintock Dr will now be discussed during a work study session on November 3, 2016 @ 6PM at the City Council Chambers.
I believe that covers the “what’s the latest” for today so I hope everyone has a great fall and enjoys this great weather now that the summer is behind us!
Once again great job keeping the community informed. Many thanks for all your hard work.
It is believed that the Board has a duty and the obligation in the process of amending or supplementing architectural and esthetic standards to consult closely with a credentialed professional architectural source. Without the professional expertise on this important matter, it is insufficient for the Board members alone to make determinations as to what is referred to as “today’s standards.” Simply investigating certain color or paint standards is a piecmeal step in the process which fails to take into consideration the whole factors of the community which must be examined. Just because the architectural standards have not been updated since the community’s inception does not provide for the elimination of the protections of the Declaration Board without sufficient study and justification. The rules must be followed. Of course, case-by-case submittals can not be approved beyond the standards already in place until any newly amended or supplemented standard(s) is(are)updated and presented to the owners.
Although the Board feels that it is important to adopt some modern options [in the character of the community], it must be recognized that the Board represents the owners some of whom may not agree with changing the intended character as originally embodied in the Declaration. As such, it is extremely important to be mindful that this representative capacity does not mean that subjective decisions of any kind can be made in these matters. The provisions of the Declaration are paramount. The decisions made affect community integrity and the home values of the owners not the Board. It is the owners who pay the assessments and it is the Board who serves the HOA owners at the pleasure of the owners.
My sincere thanks to you and the board for giving of your valuable time to keep our community vibrant and informed. I am especially pleased that the board has opted to consider adopting some modern updates to the approved exterior paint color palette. I am anxiously awaiting the finalization of the new palette before making arrangements to have my home painted! Again, thanks for all you do.
Thanks Cherie! Appreciate the feedback!