Inspection Tours Starting Up
Our new community manager Wendi has been visiting Rio Crossing over the past few weeks, but has been mostly observing and not writing many violations, while she has taken time to get to know the community. The board gave her the "thumbs up" to start sending out "Courtesy Notices" where the situation warrants it. Remember: The Courtesy Notice is not a fine notice, but an observation that she has seen something that needs your attention.
The Rio Crossing Violation Policy specifies that if the issue is spotted again, you'll get a second notice that is essentially an "Intent to Fine" notice -- again, not an actual fine. If the issue is spotted a third time, then you'll get the first fine of $25. In general this means you'll have a month or more after the first notice before a fine shows up.
If there are special circumstances about your situation, we always would prefer you to contact Wendi and explain or ask for some additional time, rather than waiting until a fine is sent. Communication is key!
Get Ahead of the Weeds...
Now is the time to do some yard preparation so that the weeds stay under control. Some of you have landscapers that come by and take care of your yard -- consider asking them to be sure they apply a "pre-emergent herbicide" (translation: something that kills weeds that haven't come up yet
). If you don't have a landscaper, stop by any hardware store and ask them for advice on how to prevent weeds in your gravel areas.
You may end up with weeds -- it always happens when it rains, but we've had more of a "non-soon" instead of the usual monsoon this year. If you do get weeds, take a look at this article on our web site by Dan
. It has some good information about using "post-emergent herbicide" (translation: something that kills weed after
they come up).