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Unit 16 - Traditions
8/8/17 HOA Quarterly Board Meeting
These are not intended to be minutes of the meeting, they are simply my observations of some of the key points as seen through my eyes.
Board members present: President Bruce Friedman, VP Randy Bettes, Pulte land Development, Secretary Jeremy Smith, Pulte Sales; Randy Paul Community Manager, Josh Clay absent (meeting with insurance adjusters concerning recent golf course storm damage.
1. Bruce Friedman: Damage repair and tree replacement after monsoon season as weather permits.
Turf problems in the community will probably not be solved before fall overseeding. Working on a comprehensive plan for springtime application..
Dog Park probably open late October with great fanfare and party. Parkside management working out the admission details with more information coming before opening.
ASU no longer affiliated. Now referred to as "Sun City Anthem Life Long Learning".
2. Ryan Bettes, Pulte Land Development. Unit 38, by Hunt Hwy, hoping to pave in Dec.
Parkside south of Pinnacle (Mosaic Church area), 225 lots, start road work next March-April.
Unit 52, golf course surrounded, start work late 4th qtr 2018.
Then Unit 32, north of Ironwood,
Spirit Loop completion by late Dec. 2017.
Pedestrian underpasses being worked on north of Safeway and near Fire Dept. on Hunt Hwy for future use.
Felix Road entrance Monuments to be installed early 2018.
3. Jeremy Smith Pulte Sales. As of 6/30/17
Sun city sales: to date 1298 units, ytd 65
Anthem sales: to date 1286 units, ytd 81
Total sales about 20% over expectation.
4. Joy Charlson, Design Review Committee
151 submitted, 135 approved.
5. Golf Course, Josh Clay leaving for a Troon position in Texas. New Course/Grille manager being interviewed.
Pool access gate fixed soon.
Perceived overcrowding of facilities will need to be remedied by better scheduling, per Bruce Friedman, no further amenities are planned nor will they be constructed at Merrill Ranch.
Traditions is 106 down and 5 to go. Then goodbye big green boxes and little orange houses. Enjoy the great opportunity that we all have to meet new neighbors and make new friends.
FYI: some of our neighbors have experienced subsiding areas in their yards after the monsoons. These are not issues that the HOA can help you with. These are Pulte issues and you need to refer these problems to the warranty office.
Let me know if I can help.
Bob Clark 352-598-1680
7/14/2017 Neighborhood Rep Committee meeting with Randy Paul
1. Concerning recent storm damage, Caretaker responded quickly to any dangerous situations and will continue to assess and correct the damage. Standing water in excess of 72 hours needs to be reported to Randy for draining or pumping due to mosquito potential.
2. Complaints about under age golf cart drivers, according to Florence Chief of Police, citations will be issued to attending adults. Carts are licensed motor vehicles and will be treated that way by FPD.
3.Continued discussion about promised planting at Traditions entrance. Randy will take pictures and forward to Pulte for consideration.
4. Dog park scheduled for October. Procedures for use are being established by Parkside administration. Probably use with an application requiring vaccinations and license. Entrance to the area will probably be by use of a "swipe" card of some type, perhaps as an add-on to our member ID cards. No additional charge per use.
5. Cost of recent wash cleanup was $26K, paid by Pulte. Future wash cleanup to be done by HOA every 6 months at a cost of $5K each time.
6. Next HOA Board mtg. 8/8 at 1:30 in the Ballroom, all residents are invited.
7. Ballroom now is HD. Movies and other presentations should be much improved per Randy
8. Affiliation with ASU ended June 30, contract was not renewed by HOA. However, programs will continue without being diminished. Having the ASU logo cost much and returned little, so we will continue to develop our own programs and classes.
9. While Leslie mentioned many events, which can be found on the community calendar, I will take note of WALK FOR THE CURE, 8AM, Saturday, October 21. Caretaker providing lunch and Brad Cooper (Cooper Financial) providing TV for raffle.
10. Happy hour on 8/30, our own Darrell Hill performing in the Chatterbox Café. Limited seating so get you reservation in early and enjoy a wonderful, musical time.
Just 5 more properties and our neighborhood will be filled out. Bye, bye porta potties. I really love the way neighbors in Traditions keep making this a friendly and hospitable place to call home. A friendly smile goes a long way to making a new friend. I actually think that the monsoons help bring us together.
Call me if I can help with any HOA related issues, 352-598-1680, text is also welcomed.
5/9/2017 HOA Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
As usual, I don't try to give you the minutes of the meeting nor do I want to bother you with information that you can gain elsewhere. Here are my notes and in some cases my opinions. My disclaimer is that I will be as accurate as I am able.
1. Bruce Friedman, BOD Pres.: Resident representation (Sun City) on the BOD will occur when the number of property closings reaches about 1,450. It is currently at 1,267.
During the first quarter the following attendance instances occurred: Lifestyle events, 5,485; exercise events, 3,238; visits to Union Center, 28,246.
2. Randy Christman, Pulte Land Development: Dog Park progressing and scheduled to open October 2017.
Trail map being developed which will indicate all walking and cart trails in community, hopefully posted on portal some time in July.
Spirit Loop scheduled for completion end of December 2017.
Unit 38 (west of Ironwood by Hunt HWY) lots available 12/2017. Unit 52, north of Pinnacle (surrounded by golf course) lots available 9/2018'
3. Joy Swanda, Design Review: 159 reviews, 148 approved (1st QTR). Two resident members of the committee: Darrell Fraynd and Ron Peralta.
4. Josh Clay, Poston Butte and Anthem Grille: "Lake" on 17th hole changes level due to golf course irrigation. Water useage is 600,000 to 1.2 million gallons per night depending on the season. Recycled treated effluent is used.
First three months of 2017 saw 15,000 rounds of golf played, and 40,000 plates of food at the Grille. The Grille was up $42,000 from last year and Pulte subsidy has been able to be cut by 50% since the Grille opened.
5. Jeremy Smith, Pulte Sales div.: 43 houses sold in the first QTR, Totals are now Sun City 1,267, Anthem 1,270, Grand total 2,537.
6. Veterans Interest Group has started. 60 are currently on their email list. To be added contact Dan Heuer in Expedition. email@example.com
I recently read in the postings of Pinal County highway work, that Attaway road between Hunt Highway and route 287 may be closed to thru traffic from early June to early July for bridge work over the "rapidly flowing" Gila River. The only alternative offered was to detour thru Florence. And finally, as I finish this, I hear thunder and there is something strange coming out of the sky.
Remember, don't be shy about saying "Hi!" to our new neighbors, you just might be making your best friend ever.
Bob Clark 352-598-1680
4/18/2017 Neighborhood Rep Council, Quarterly meeting.
1. Traditions entrance area and other HOA plantings. We have been pursuing these plant issues since last summer and are now promised immediate results. Starting this week, Caretaker will be assessing missing plants for their replacement and will be significantly improving the look of our entrance wall/sign area with new plantings including some trees.
2.Mailbox maintenance issues. The mailboxes have three party responsibility. The home owner is responsible for the lock and key (replacement if needed and lubrication). The USPS is responsible for the large access doors, the large parcel boxes and the inside of the individual mail slots. The remainder of the unit, cement blocks and exterior of the mailboxes is the responsibility of the HOA.
3.Sun City Blvd lighting at the Union Center entrance will be enhanced with a low level Ballard light to make it easier to see the intersection.
4. Posting of signs or notices on the mailbox structure is not allowed. I will draw up a paper for an "Enhancement Request." The request will ask for a small separate bulletin board by each mailbox unit to allow the posting of neighborhood wide events. I will keep you posted as to progress.
5. Leslie clarified the Union Center BYOB policy: "If there is a cash bar, there is NO BYOB. If no cash bar, BYOB is allowed.
6.HOA Board representation: Per Pulte, Sun City may have as many as 5,715 homes at build out. (It may end up with less if, at some time, they decide not to develop all of the available property.) With this number as the only known bench mark, at 25% of build out the HOA will add one resident member to the 3 member board. That would happen when the number of homes reaches 1,428 (currently at 1,267, sun city today). Per our documents an election will be held to fill that position. Timing depends on home sales.
7. HOA violations information. (Per Arizona statutes 33-1803 and confirmed by Randy Paul.)
After receiving a notice of violation, a resident has 21 days from the violation to respond via certified mail to the HOA.
The HOA has 10 days after response to answer the residents certified mail in writing.
The HOA's response must provide the provision of the community documents that has allegedly been violated.
The date the violation was observed.
The first and last names of the person or persons who observed the violation.
The process the member must follow to contest the notice (If the process is not included, the association shall not proceed with any action to enforce the community documents.)
8. Authority over streets in Sun City: Once a street has been turned over to the Town of Florence by the developer, it comes under dual authority, the HOA and Town of Florence. Florence PD will enforce all traffic/vehicle violations, while the HOA will enforce its rules. (Item 7 above, pertains to these HOA violations as well.)
While many of our good friends have retreated to cooler climates, it time for us to be able to better enjoy each others company at a more leisurely pace. I wish you all safe travels this summer, your old friends and your new neighbors are looking forward to your return.
Bob Clark 352-598-1680 cell
2/7/2017 HOA Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Here's my overview of what transpired at the Meeting.
1. Board President, Bruce Friedman: New Fitness Director, Eric Johanns introduced. Largest project of the year, new putting green by Union Center, maintained by golf course personnel. Landscaping contractor, Caretaker, received 1st place award of Excellence from the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association.
2. Board VP, Randy Christman, Pulte land development department. Unit # 38 cleared and infrastructure started in 2017, Spirit Loop to be completed this spring. Dog Park just received Town Permitting, completion by October. (Consists of 3 adjoining areas for different sized dogs, located between Anthem K-6 and playground parking lot.)
3. Board Secretary, Jeremy Smith, Pulte Sales Mgr. Merrill Ranch. 85 home closings in 2016. Total Sun City closings, 1242 homes. Total Parkside closings, 1247 homes. Total buildout number is unclear at this time, dependent on certain land acquisitions by Pulte. Resident concern expressed because the progress toward buildout determines the rate of resident placement on the HOA Board, currently made up or only three Pulte employees. Bruce Friedman said he would try to ascertain a number.
4. HOA Mgr., Randy Paul: 55 events held in Ballroom in 2016. New entrance gates installed at Pickle ball courts. Installation completed for two outside and two inside kilns. New Palm tree lights will be up all the time. New Pebble Tech deck at hot tub. Very grateful for all those who volunteer and if you want to help out, signup at the desk in the Union Center.
5. Brandy Daly, ASU Lifelong Learning Coordinator. Computer room has new table and chairs for more comfortable work space. 22 courses were offered in the Fall, 29 courses in the Spring. Course booklets available at the Center.
6. Leslie Bentley, Life style Director. 14,151 people attended social events in 2016. Angel Tree resulted in over 500 toys donated to Salvation Army.
7. Eric Johanns, Fitness/Wellness Director. New, orientations daily, 67 people participated in January. One on One consultations available. In the future, video demos will be available on the portal. Look for wellness workshops in the future.
8. Joy Swanda Design/Review Committee. Meet 1st and 3rd Wed. each month. Submit request by Friday before. Last quarter, 161 requests, 141 approved.
9. Derek Lehn, AAM, finance committee. Refer to Portal for report per Derek, summaries available at Union Center.
10. Josh Clay, Poston Butte Golf Course/Anthem Grille. Golf subsidy has been cut in half during the last 3 years (No figures given.) Grille had revenues of $1.2 M on 117,000 placements. Over 40,000 rounds of golf played. Golf Advisor placed Poston Butte in the top 25 out of 400 golf courses in Arizona.
Miscellaneous items: New Veterans interest group forming. Any veterans, Any country, Meeting 2/16 @ 2PM, Union Center.
Of interest to Traditions: Randy Paul was instrumental in getting the perimeter wall, which many of us drive by, on Spririt Loop northside, trimmed with block capping and painted. This rep brought it to his attention and he acted with Randy Chrisman of Pulte to help improve the appearance. Randy has always been responsive when situations have been brought to his attention. I would suggest that you email Randy directly when you have community concerns. If you need additional help, please get in touch with me, text is great, 352-598-1680.
As Traditions continues to fill up, the best thing we can do for our new neighbors is simply say, "Hello." We all felt out of place when we moved here but then someone welcomed us to the neighborhood and things were good. We can all make a difference. Here's hoping that all your Traditions are enjoyable. Bob Clark
11/8/2016 HOA Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting
This is not intended to give you either the minutes of the meeting nor all the names of those in attendance and presenting but rather an overview, through my eyes, of key points and news of interest.
1. Bruce Friedman, HOA Pres., Plant inventory will be conducted over the winter to enable removal and addition of new plants where required in the spring.
2. Bridjette Shelfo, Sales Mgr., As of 9/30/16 , Suncity sales 1217 units, Anthem sales 1233 units. Suncity sales YTD 9/30 were 83 units with 14 units in Oct. Two vacation Villas are currently for sale, $220,000 rancge. She is relocating to Pulte in Las Vegas as VP of Nevada sales.
3. Randy Christman, Pulte land development Dept.,finishing Spirit Loop in mid 2017, opening Unit 38 in late 2017. Dog park is a go from Pulte prospective now awaiting town of Florence to zone the area. Area is between elementary school and playground parking on Parkside. Should be finished in 2017.
4. Randy Paul, Community Mgr. kilns have been relocated outside, pool heaters repaired, 2 new dart boards (interest group forming).
5. Brandy Daley, ASU Lifelong learning, catalogs at desk, desire resident input for class offerings.
6. Leslie Bentley, Lifestyle Dept., Walk for the cure raised over $16k. Always need volunteers for activities.
7. Gina LeBeau, Fitness and Wellness Dept., 12/10, Health Expo, many other events mentioned however you will need to contact the center for an update because Gina's current situation is unclear to me.
8. Joy Swanda, Design Review, They meet the 1st and 3rd Wed. of each month at 1pm. They must receive requests by the Friday before. July thru Sept. had 119 requests with 106 approvals. 7/15 Guidelines are the most recent.
9. Josh Clay, Poston Butte Golf course and Anthem Grille, Multiple events upcoming, please see their postings for specific info. He did mention the Bunkers and said that an update and their condition and remedies would be coming at some future date.
On a different note, on Wed. 11/9, the coyote in my backyard still howled, the hummingbirds still hummed and the weather was gorgeous, so I guess Tuesday wasn't really all that critical. Have a great time meeting your new neighbors, friendliness is up to all of us. Bob Clark, neighborhood rep., 352-598-1680.
10/25/2016 Traditions FYI
Wonderful party held on 10/16 with over 90 neighbors in attendance. The HOA sponsored Holiday decorating contest was mentioned with great interest.
Recent confusion about golf carts and bicycles has caused me to do some research. Here is what I know from Arizona Statutes and the Florence Police Department.
1. Golf carts need to be registered and insured and cannot be driven on sidewalks. ARS 28-904
2. Sidewalks are walkways which are parallel to and adjacent to public highways. All streets in Sun City are public highways.
3. If you are lucky, a violation will result in a warning, if you are not so lucky, a violation may cost you about $260, source Florence PD.
4. Vehicles are not allowed on sidewalks (except at driveways) Bicycles are not considered vehicles, per ARS section 28-101 definition #56.
5. There are no Arizona statutes or Florence ordinances which prohibit the operation of a bicycle on sidewalks. There is an HOA opinion that bicycles should not be operated on sidewalks but are allowed on walking paths through the neighborhoods that are not considered sidewalks.
I hope that you have found this information useful and I look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood. I will close with a big welcome back to our seasonal friends.
Bob Clark, cell, text 352-598-1680
8/9/2016 Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting
Here are the highlights:
1. Board Members, Bruce Friedman, Pres.; Randy Christman, VP; Bridjette Shelfo, Sec.
2. Community Manager, Randy Paul; Dana Raimondi, Fitness/wellness Dir.; Leslie Bentley, Lifestyle Dir.; Derek Lehn, controller; Joy Swanda, Design Review; Josh Clay, Golf course and Grille (abs.).
3. New Putting Green; Decorative plantings to be installed, maintained by the golf course, completed by inexact time frame, Oct.-Nov.
4. Golf course closed for overseeding, 10/3-10/21.
5. Sun City sales; total closed in SS, 1193 homes. total closed in Parkside, 1214 homes. Sales YTD SS, 55 homes; PS, 53 homes. (All numbers thru 6/30/16)
6. Sun City Blvd wash crossing, north of Ironwood, to be completed during 2017.
7. Dog Park project is a go. Located between the large playground and the elementary school on Parkside, adjacent to existing parking lots. It will be 3 areas, large dogs, small dogs and 3rd area available when either area is closed for maintenance. Project starting in November with completion hoped for in 5-6 months.
8. All amenity metal structures have been painted; new outdoor kiln area will double present kiln space; 6 bike racks added; saunas newly refurbed; drainage if front of center exercise room improved.
9. Currently 24 charter clubs. All fitness equipment attended to in June and in working order as of today. More fitness classes expected in October, see portal.
10. Residents are encouraged to volunteer their time and skills in all areas, see the directors, your time will be much appreciated.
11. Design review received 168 requests, approved 146, denied 20, 2 are pending. Joy Swanda, meet 1st and 3rd wed. at 1 PM at the center.
12. Any maintenance requests should be sent to Randy Paul via the Portal.
13. After the meeting I spoke with Randy Christman, Pulte Landscape development, about our water retention areas, the rather plain look of the plantings at our Traditions entrance and the recent washouts from last week's rain. I was pleased to find him at my house right after the meeting. He wanted to see what I was talking about first hand. He took pictures and listened very attentively. I was happy for the attention and I am looking forward to what might come of it.
Welcoming our new neighbors with a smile and a handshake is the best thing we can all do to make this a great place to live. Need to talk HOA, text or call,
Bob Clark 352-598-1680
Finally had my first Neighborhood Rep Meeting on July 19, 2016. We are an official neighborhood. I am Bob Clark, I reside with my wife, Diane and our dog Mandy at 7033 W. Noble Prairie Way. If you have HOA concerns that you would like presented to the community Manager, Randy Paul, I am here to help.
Review of Issues discussed:
1. Construction trucks thru neighborhoods. When Randy is alerted, he has received good response from contractors as well as Florence PD. We need to continue to report problems by getting the name of the offending company.
2. Florence PD presence regarding speedsters and stop signs. Increased presence and they will respond if called. Local substation# 520-868-7681 ext. 2.
3. Weed control in common areas. Caretaker is on a rotating 6 week spray schedule, doing both pre-emergent and post-emergent control. Specific problems should be emailed to Randy Paul.
4.Recycling at the community center. Apparently recycling is a residential option. The Center is a "commercial" customer and therefore has no recycling pickup.
5. Looking into cost associated with ballroom dance floor expansion.
6. Golf cart paths. Golf carts are licensed vehicles and as such are not allowed on sidewalks. Sidewalks are paved walkways running parallel to the roadway. Florence PD will ticket drivers who are on sidewalks. Obvious cart paths are OK. The challenge is determining the difference. The designation of golf cart paths will be studied for further review.
7. Randy reports: Painting of fences and poles in amenities areas going well. Putting green grass installed 7/25. After hours pool going well, security camera installed. Ping pong table moved inside during warm weather. Working at repair of Ballroom AV system.
8. Leslie Reports: July 4 a success. 8/2 candidate forum. 8/9 HOA mtg. 8/15 Florence Community Development Mtg. 9/15 Florence Planning and Zoning Mtg. Upcoming Boyce Thompson luncheon seminar. 9/20 BYOE Ron Ferlito Evening of Piano in the Café, 5.25 pp.
It cannot be stressed enough, the importance, that all residents voluntarily get on the community portal and on the community directory. The official directory is found on the portal. When registering, be certain that you include your neighborhood, Traditions, and it will enable email contact just within our neighborhood. If you have signed up for any other personal directory, you will not receive HOA email specific to our neighborhood. So please make certain that you take the time to get on the community directory, it does not happen automatically.
If you need to discuss any neighborhood issues or need help resolving an HOA situation and want to talk about it, please text or call me at 352-598-1680.
Thanks so much for making our neighborhood a great place to live.