Chandler, Arizona Homeowners’ Association Newsletter April 2008 Volume 4, Issue 2 CONTENTS ................................................... Page NEW HOA FEES EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2008 Community Garage Sale ............................................ 1 In 2005 the HOA was transitioned from Pulte to the New HOA Fees Effective June 1, 2008 ...................... 1 homeowners. From that time until now annual Board of Directors Meeting Schedule........................ 1 maintenance costs have gone up, yet we have absorbed Parking Violators Get the Boot .................................. 2 those costs, thereby not requiring an increase in HOA fees. As we all know the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Landscape Committee Report .................................... 2 creeps upward each year. The cumulative CPI from Compliance Corner .................................................... 2 2005 through 2007 is an inflation factor of 1.0839%. Lake Committee Report .............................................. 3 To put this in perspective, to purchase what would Lagos Vistoso Websites ............................................... 3 have cost us $1,000.00 in 2005 now costs us $1083.94 Using Eforms to Report Problems .............................. 3 today. Other unanticipated costs such as an eleven Do Not Publish Gate Codes ........................................ 3 percent increase in cost of water, this year alone, have Architectural Review Committee Report................... 4 increased operating costs. Recent Board Meeting Actions ................................... 4 The reserve study sets aside money for Board of Directors – How to Contact ........................ 4 maintenance/replacement that will be needed in the future, such as the streets, lake pumps, park ramadas and playground equipment. In addition to increased operating costs, the Board of Directors determined that there were many items that were not included for funding in the original reserve study established by Pulte. The additional items that were not funded in the reserves account for a 41% percent increase in monies needed to be set aside in reserves. Some of the items that were not in the original reserve study are security cameras, acid injection system, and non inventoried lake equipment. To provide funding for the above, effective June 1, 2008 the association assessments will be raised approximately 10% as follows: Lot Type Current Fee New Fee Type A, Non lake $85.00 $93.49 Type A, Lake $113.00 $124.10 Type B Non lake $103.00 $110.10 Type B, Lake $128.00 $140.71 Entryway greetings at both entrances to Lagos Vistoso Note: The percentage increase differs slightly for each type of lot as required by CC&R section 6.3.1. COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE May 17th and October 11th the vehicle gates will be open for a community garage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING to allow potential buyers access to our community. The SCHEDULE - 2008 HOA is in the process of purchasing two large banner Regular HOA board meetings are scheduled for the type signs that will be posted outside our community third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.: the week of the garage sale. Each homeowner may Apr 16 Board Members & Homeowners advertise their garage sale and may provide directional May 14 Board Members & Homeowners signs within our community. Please do not post Jun 18 Board Members & Homeowners directional signs in a manner that will obscure vehicle Jul 16 Board Members & Homeowners traffic signs. The HOA Board requests that all garage Aug 20 Board Members & Homeowners sale signs be removed the same day after the sale. Sep 17 Annual Meeting For homes that are for sale this might also be a good Oct 15 Board Members & Homeowners opportunity to hold an open house as the gates will be Nov 19 Board Members & Homeowners open for a period of time on this day. Dec 17 Board Members & Homeowners Please check www.LagosVistoso.org for any changes. (continued next page) Lagos Vistoso Homeowners’ Association Newsletter April 2008 Page 2 Location of Homeowner Meetings: The meetings are Soon we will be saying good-bye to our beautiful currently being held at the First Credit Union petunias in our entrance which will be replaced by (Conference Room). This is located on the west side of more heat tolerant plants. Alma School, approximately one block north of A future project will be the replacement of plants Ocotillo. Homeowners and residents are invited to in the parkways in front of homes. attend. At the end of the meeting there will be time allocated to hearing from attendees. Individual A major concern that has come up is the problems and complaints should be handled outside of watering of plants and trees in parkways and this meeting. ALL LAGOS VISTOSO RESIDENTS AND common areas by homeowners not sure if an HOMEOWNERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. emitter is clogged and trying to do the right thing. The plants and trees are on timers. They are PARKING VIOLATORS GET THE BOOT watered on a programmed schedule to ensure they Effective May 1st, any receive adequate moisture. If there is a question vehicles found illegally regarding this, please call the management parked on the street between company at 480-704-2900. They will forward it the hours of midnight and to the landscaper who will assess whether the tree 5:00 a.m. are subject to or plant is alive or dead. Over watering kills a lot immediate immobilization or of plants and trees which need to then be replaced impound. which in turn costs the homeowners money. As Immobilization, such as a boot, is subject to a always, cooperation by all homeowners is $140 fee and repeated violations could result in appreciated in maintaining the beauty of our the vehicle being towed and impound fees of up to community. $500 may be charged. These charges are in addition to community violation fees which range from $50 to $100. The “boot” can cause an inconvenience to owners of vehicles that are illegally parked. When a “boot” is applied the owner must contact the contracted company, pay a fine to them and schedule them to come out and remove the boot. We prefer to not have this done, but there seems to be a lot of residents who are choosing to ignore the rules of the community that the Board is obligated to enforce. Arizona Parking Solutions (APS) has been put under contract with our community to help enforce the overnight street parking rule (CC&R 3.16). Overnight parking in the streets is not permitted for residents. For visitors it is allowed for only a 24 consecutive hour period. If you have any questions regarding this service please contact Arizona Parking Solutions at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mitzi Carley, Premier We are enjoying one of the healthiest lawns ever. property manager, at Manager@LagosVistoso.us However, the move from winter grass to the summer grass or 480-704-2900. Note: All fees and changes are will have a transition period. subject to change. COMPLIANCE CORNER Cleaning up after your dog is a requirement of LANDSCAPE COMMITTEE REPORT Maricopa County and of the community and is Phase one of replacing granite was done last enforceable by both. Besides being a health hazard year. This was on the parkway areas in front of it is an annoyance. Please save yourself fines and homes and along Crossbow and Doral The second court costs by cleaning up after your pet at the phase has just been completed on the interior time it happens. common areas of our community. If you have any questions, please refer to your Our next project will be to replace dead and copy of CC&R’s that were supplied to you from the missing plants and/or trees in the McQueen builder. The CC&Rs, ByLaws and Architectural entrance. Lagos Vistoso Homeowners’ Association Newsletter April 2008 Page 3 Guidelines are also available on-line at click on “Submit”. An email will be sent to the www.LagosVistoso.info. If you have any further appropriate committee and/or property manager. questions, please contact Mitzi Carley, Community Manager, at 480-704-2900, or via e-mail at Manager@LagosVistoso.us LAKE COMMITTEE REPORT The combination of homeowners, lake vendors and committee volunteers have improved the lake conditions to their highest quality to date. A proactive program of cleaning the waterfalls is now in place. A treatment for midge flies and mosquitoes was completed in January to help control any potential outbreaks as part of an ongoing pest control program. The lakes were restocked with 1,200 fish earlier this year. The lake equipment is being maintained on a routine schedule and repaired rather than being replaced at a greater cost. The individual needs of every Keeping back yards well groomed adds to the value of the lake are being recorded and measured to create a community. history for the best possible year around solutions. The water testing, monitoring and oversight will DO NOT PUBLISH GATE ACCESS CODES maintain a higher quality control over the lakes Allowing access to our community for Open with total community involvement. House showing, birthday parties, etc. are The quality of lake water is also important problematic in a gated community. It is important because the irrigation system uses it to water all that gate access codes are not advertised or the trees, plants and grass. There are thirteen displayed or posted on signs as it allows entry by homeowner volunteers that provide daily unauthorized non-residents for extended periods monitoring and oversight, which allows a quick of time long beyond the actual date of the event. response to any potential problem. They deserve a In one case it was discovered that one such posted special thanks for their community involvement. code was being used by several people months after it was posted. If a homeowner wishes, they LAGOS VISTOSO WEBSITES can advertise an Open House or place signs at each Basic information about your community can be entrance to our community but must not post a found at www.LagosVistoso.org. There is a link on gate access code. They may post the resident’s gate it that will take you to www.LagosVistoso.info. directory name or gate directory three digit eForms are available here for reporting number that may be called from the gate pedestal information to the committees and community whereupon the resident may open the gate. manager. This site requires a user Id and If a Board member observes that a gate access password to access some of its features, but has code has been posted or advertised, the sign will be much more information. If you are a homeowner immediately removed. The published gate code but do not know what your user Id and password will be canceled and a new gate code will be are, click on “Request Login” at that site and it will assigned to that lot. be sent to you. It may take a few days to be Suggestion: If you have weekly landscape or any verified before it arrives in you email box. other service company that needs access to the gates you could instruct the company to note your access code on the work order. Please contact USING EFORMS TO REPORT PROBLEMS Premier Management company at 480-704-2900 Want to report a street light that is not or manager@LagosVistoso.us if you have functioning? Or a community gate that is broken? determined that your personal access code has Or a community landscaping problem? been compromised and you wish to have it Go to www.LagosVistoso.info and click on changed. “eForm”. Then select the type of information that you are reporting. Fill in the information and then Lagos Vistoso Homeowners’ Association Newsletter April 2008 Page 4 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE It's getting to be that time of year when we wonder if we should maybe paint our homes. If you are one of these people and thinking you might like to change the exterior colors of your home. If you are, you need to place an Architectural request for the color change to be approved. Please check our website, LagosVistoso.info under Documents then Architectural Design Guidelines; item 15, for more information. RECENT BOARD MEETING ACTIONS February , 2008 ~ Approved renewal of two Certificates of Deposit that are maturing in February. ~ Approve having a compilation of the Association accounting books for the fiscal year 2007. Many residents have commented the attractiveness of our ~ Approve raising of the Association Fees to the entry ways at this time. homeowners by 10% to be effective June1, 2008. .March , 2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ~ Approved renewal of two Certificates of Deposit that are maturing in March. Gary Stacy, President ~ Approved moving $100,000 from First National Gary.Stacy@LagosVistoso.us Bank to a Certificate of Deposit at another Mike Popelka, Vice President financial institution.. Mike.Popelka@LagosVistoso.us ~ Approved acceptance of bid by CleanCuts to Maria Brewer, Secretary replenish the granite in the common areas. Maria.Brewer@LagosVistoso.us ~ Approved bid by Waterworks by George for Henry Seager, Treasurer installation of compressor and other lake Henry.Seager@LagosVistoso.us equipment. Allison Clark, Director ~ Rejected a bid for monthly maintenance on the pedestrian gates. Allison.Clark@LagosVistoso.us ~ Approved action to have safety inspections on John Huck, Director the tot lots done twice a year. John.Huck@LagosVistoso.us April , 2008 Larry Varney, Director ~ Approved moving $88,000 to a three year CD Larry.Varney@LagosVistoso.us from a lower interest paying money market account.. Management Agent ~ Approved a bid from CleanCuts Lawn for planting in the McQueen entrance. Premier Community Management, Inc. ~ Approved a bid from CleanCuts Lawn for 3930 S Alma School Rd, Suite 10 replacing missing plants in the common areas. Chandler, AZ 85248 ~ Approved a bid from Arizona Pest Control for Phone: 480-704-2900 spraying the lake equipment vaults for insects. Fax: 480-704-2901 ~ Approved a bid to replace pedestrian gates pending review by an oversight committee. Email: Manager@LagosVistoso.us ~ Approved contract from Dr Amalfi for lake care. ~ Approved a bid to have the Tot Lots inspected bi- annually. Chandler non-emergency calls: 480-782-4130 ~ Approved dates for having open gates for garage sales on May 17, 2008 and October 11, 2008. ~ Approved purchase of two banner type garage sale signs. COMMENTS & LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Comments and letters to the editor may be emailed to ~ Approved the exact amounts of the HOA Newsletter@LagosVistoso.us. assessment increases.