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Monthly Newsletter
July 2020

Hello, friends and neighbors! It's July already!!
Bulk Week Reminder
"Bulk Week" comes later than some of you might expect in the July... not until the week of July 13th!  Remember: Bulk Week in Rio Crossing is the week of the second Monday of the month.

No holiday schedule for trash or recycling pickups in July.  (The next one is in September, for Labor Day.)
Landscape News
Heatherbrae Entrance
New plants were installed in June.  We know that some of them haven't done well, but many of them are perking up.  Stillwater is warrantying the plants, so don't worry... the dried up ones will get replaced, but we'll wait until the "big heat" is past before the replacements are put in.

Check out this web page for more information on the design and future plans.

PDS and Weed Notices on Sidewalk Areas
Our community manager, Lisa Riesland, learned a couple of weeks ago that the association takes responsibility for weeds and other rogue growth in the area between the block walls and the sidewalks, primarily along 123rd and 124th.  She wrote me: "Oh my gosh!!!  I’ve been issuing violations to the homeowners for these weeds!!"

She apologized profusely and said she would immediately remove any violation notices that she had sent for those areas.  If you got one and are concerned, get in touch with her to confirm.  If you went out and pulled some of the growth that Stillwater hadn't quite gotten to, Thank You!  Lisa will now be reporting any overgrowth on those areas to the landscape company directly.

To read more about the "Areas of Association Responsibility, read this blog article on our web site.
July Board Meeting -- Online
The next scheduled regular meeting will be next week on Thursday July 9 at 7pm. It will be online, hosted by PDS using GoToMeeting.  As with our previous pre-COVID meetings, we welcome the attendance of homeowners.  Please contact our Community Manager, Lisa Riesland, to register and receive the login information.

Design Review Committee and Architectural Requests
The Design Review Committee continues to use the streamlined review process.  Submitted Architectural Requests (ARs) are being reviewed within days of receipt, with decisions being returned  to requestors typically within a week or so. Some requests may take longer, but they're not being held up until a future board meeting.

As previously mentioned, solar and painting requests are typically reviewed in under a week, and generally approved immediately if all of the information is provided, and for paint requests, if a standard paint scheme is specified
Safe Fourth of July Celebrations!!
The City of Avondale has sent reminders about their code enforcement activities during the July 4th timeframe.  The have videos, graphics, and other information about what is and what is not allowed (click the link for information about deregulated devices, permitted devices, and prohibited devices).

Aerial fireworks -- including bottle rockets, Roman candles, things that shoot flames or flaming projectiles -- are prohibited for use by consumers (only allowed by licensed public operators).  Also prohibited: Firecrackers!

Our community resource from Avondale PD, Officer James Archer, sent this informative video link from the Police Department's  Facebook page.  Want to read the Avondale ordinance?  Click here.  Or here for the Arizona statutes.

Be informed, be safe, and especially watch out for kids and pets.  Arizona has already had more than it's share of fire the last few weeks!!
COVID-19 Precautions
Things change so quickly around this that all I can say here is: "Please be safe and healthy."

We are not specifically requiring any action (or inaction) on your part, other than to be aware that the association is not taking any additional precautions or actions to disinfect common area items and things in other areas of association responsibility, like mailboxes and trash cans.

We do expect you to be responsible for your own health and safety, and to take whatever precautions you thing are necessary to prevent the spread to yourself and others.

Some folks are saying "this is all overkill", while others are still very concerned about the spread of COVID-19.  Regardless of which side of the discussion you're on, the association has a responsibility to follow a path that is more on the side of caution.  If you have any questions, please follow up with our community manager Lisa.

Remember:

  • Please wash your hands often, especially after being in public areas.
  • Wave and smile to your neighbors.  Be friendly to everyone you see.
  • Reach out to people you know who are alone. Let them know you care.
Ray
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