Association Members:  Have you sent in your ballot for the Board of Director's election at the Annual Member Meeting?
If not, contact Wendi for alternate ballot delivery methods. 
The Annual Meeting is next Wednesday. See below for more info.

 Road Preservation 
 (aka "Crack Seal") 

The City of Avondale will be doing "road preservation work" -- commonly referred to as "crack sealing" -- starting Monday September 23 and potentially going through Friday October 11... about 3 weeks.  Here's their announcement:

HOA notice for Rio Crossing 

Road Preservation Work (crack seal) scheduled between Monday 9.23.19 and Friday 10.11.19.

Contractor crews working for the city of Avondale will be applying a hot polymerized crack sealant to roads in the Rio Crossing residential neighborhood between Monday 9.23.19 and Friday 10.11.19. Cracks are cleaned and the material is immediately applied by workers. Every effort will be made to provide traffic control that minimizes interruptions to normal traffic flows. Flyers will be placed on individual residence doors providing further details and a phone number for getting any additional information.

 Block Wall Painting 
The crew from EmpireWorks -- the contractor hired to paint the community common walls -- has been out and about all week.  Initial work was power spraying the walls along with clearing the base of the wall and scraping any efflorescence to improve the coating in the areas damaged by water (generally this is water that has seeped through from the other side of the wall).

They've now begun painting the "accent strip" -- the darker colored accent stripe near the top of the wall.  You'll notice that this part is "over-sprayed" to ensure good coverage all around the protruding blocks, and the portion above and below the accent strip will be covered with the correct color paint on the next round.
 Landscape Revitalization 
For those of you that have lived in the community for 10 years or more, you know that the landscape around Rio Crossing has suffered a lot of tree and shrub damage and loss, due to a variety of issues including severe weather, high winds, and irrigation issues.  Several months ago we set up a committee to evaluate several "revitalization" options and develop an initial RFP (Request for Proposal) to get cost estimates on beefing the landscape back up.  Dan, Andres, and Ryan completed their efforts a couple of months ago, and we're at a point where we want your input.

There are three proposed "themes":
  • The "High Color Theme" is composed of contrasting materials and colors and features an emphasis on brightly colored flowers and foliage with ever-blooming and long-season blooming plants.
  • The "Semi-Tropical Theme" has lush summer trees with plenty of color and character and features deep green foliage with a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees with both seasonal and everblooming plants.
  • The "Southwest Theme" is designed to mimic the more beautiful of *local* nature and plants, with a preference for similarity within small areas, with a more progressive diversity throughout the community.  Vegetation will also contain some evergreen and deciduous varieties among the desert-friendly and more water-conservative species.
There is an 8-minute introductory YouTube video providing some background and planning information, with links to "concept tour" videos of each theme.  These show a computer-generated simulation of what each of the themes would look like in Rio Crossing.  Once you've had a chance to view these videos, we've created a survey form for owners and residents to provide input on which themes you'd prefer to see selected.

We'll also be available at the Annual Meeting next Wednesday to answer questions and get input in person.
 Annual Member Meeting 
Here's one more reminder about the Rio Crossing Homeowner Association's Annual Member Meeting to be held on Wednesday September 25, 2019 starting at 7pm.  It will be held at the Palm Valley Community Center, located at 14145 W Palm Valley Blvd in Goodyear.  Take Litchfield Park Blvd south from Indian School, and turn right/west on Palm Valley Blvd about half a mile from McDowell.  The Community Center is about a half mile on the left along Palm Valley Blvd.

The meeting will include the election for the next term of board members.  If you have not yet mailed your ballot, please contact Wendi for alternate delivery methods, since mailing them by USPS now won't get them delivered in time.

We hope to see you at the meeting!
 Winter Grass Prep 
Stillwater said they're expecting cooler temperatures to arrive a week or two earlier than planned.  Wouldn't that be nice all the way around!

In preparation for the winter grass "over-seeding" process, they'll be turning down the amount of water going to the turf areas here in a week or so.  Expect to see browning in the turf areas from late September through much of October, at which point we should see more green coming up quickly.

Stillwater crews have been actively trying to combat crabgrass and other wild vegetation in the last month or so, which explains some of the brown patches we've been seeing here and there... though much of the turf has stayed pretty and green.

More in the October monthly email.
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