The County and State are opening facilities and we are reviewing the information as quickly as possible. The Board will be meeting on Monday to go over all the information to determine what is possible and how to open given guidelines and restrictions.
I will be in touch Monday afternoon or Tuesday.
Until then, the existing rules are still in place. I commend you all for your continued efforts to make our HOA healthy and safe. It appears your efforts have helped dramatically when comparing other complexes.
I have received complaints about some people not wearing a mask when entering the Indoor Pool area. Masks are required everywhere indoors. I have also received complaints that some people are not exiting through the designated door but are exiting through the door where they entered. These are not part of the Indoor pool guidelines and put people at risk. Staff has been warning people that they must wear masks and comply with the guidelines if they want to use the Indoor pool.
We must all work together to make sure we do everything possible to keep everyone safe and healthy. That means following the guidelines that are in place. Given current statistics, the more we can do to limit exposure and contact by wearing masks and social distancing the better for all of us.
I have instructed staff that beginning tomorrow there will be no more warnings for not following the Indoor pool guidelines. If a person enters the pool area without a mask they will be cited. If a person leaves through the entry door instead of the designated exit door they will be cited. We would prefer not to cite anyone, but the warnings for some people are not working, and everyone’s safety is more important than personal convenience.
We are also asking that if you are not going to attend at your reservation time, please cancel 24 hours in advance so others may use the pool.
Given all that has happened I think it best to update you on the financial impact of operations as a result of the pandemic, along with what is happening with the Frontier plan.
Bruce Marley needed to resign from the Board. We will miss his presence and appreciate his many contributions. We are fortunate that Bruce will continue as a member of the Finance Advisory Committee. We are also fortunate that Carey Thompson was willing to step up and take his place. There is no one more qualified to take over as Treasurer and our sincerest thanks go out to Carey to help during this time. Our situation just got a whole lot easier and more positive because of her efforts.
Since so many have asked about our finances and the possibility of a special assessment, I thought I should let Carey explain the current financial situation:
Yes, it’s true, I’m back as your HOA Board Treasurer. Why did I agree to return to the board? Following a 30 year career in state government, I have never abandoned my commitment to public service. Since my Board term expired three years ago, I’ve been an active member of the Finance Advisory Committee so I’m up to speed on our current financial position.
The good news: there is no need for a special assessment. Our current annual forecast of operating results projects an unfavorable variance of just $25,000 as compared to the 2020 annual budget.
Our revenue shortfalls have been offset by significantly reducing our expenses. Over the past several months, the Board, Troon and DRM have done an excellent job in managing expenses during this pandemic crisis. Operating revenue is forecasted to be down by $959,000, while expenses are forecasted to be reduced by $934,000 -- thus a $25,000 increase in the operating deficit to $356,000. The 2020 budget was based upon a $331,000 operating deficit reflecting the $8 per unit per month credit in 2020 for the operating fund surplus from 2019.
The Board, along with the assistance of the Finance Advisory Committee, will continue to closely monitor our results of operations and financial position. We pledge to maintain our community’s excellent working order, as well as our strong financial position.
I have been asked quite often about the Frontier contract because Frontier has filed for bankruptcy. This was not unexpected. Frontier Communications filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but said its service to customers will not be affected by the financial restructuring.
We have met with the reps from Frontier and for them it is business as usual.
We will be finishing our contract terms and if acceptable will sign the 5-year contract as presented to the residents.
We are hopeful the agreement with Frontier will be finalized and installation will begin by late August or early September. It will take about 3-4 months to complete the install.
To recap, the basic provisions of the Frontier plan:
It is a 5 year fiber optic internet-only plan.
It is $12 per month.
All residents will have to participate and pay the $12 per month. There are no opt out provisions for any resident even if they do not use the Frontier internet service.
The internet speed is 500 upload and 500 download. This is the fastest speed available.
Contract includes a wireless router and there is no install fee to the resident.
TV plans are available if residents want to purchase those plans directly from Frontier.
Phone line is available and is purchased directly from Frontier.
Resident may purchase any TV plan from any provider. It is not required to purchase TV plans from Frontier.
I want to thank Bill Wethe, Chair of the Finance Advisory Committee, for following the Frontier bankruptcy process to be sure the HOA is proceeding in a responsible way.
In these most unusual times, we will slowly return to normal while practicing safe behavior to protect our neighbors from a most devastating virus. If we can stay the course and apply all guidelines that have been given to us by county and state agencies, we will hopefully avoid anyone contracting this virus. Please help all of us stay safe by being responsible about your behavior during all activities. Masks and social distancing are the keys to our health and safety.
It is still a most beautiful place and I can’t think of any place I would rather be.
More and more information is coming out about the spread of the virus in our area. It is clear the virus is growing quickly and is all around us. In Sun City Palm Desert in just a little over two weeks the virus has grown from 10 cases and no deaths to 21 cases and 1 death. The City of Indio as grown from 15 deaths to 34 deaths and the County of Riverside cases have grown from 11,694 to 19,450, and 395 deaths to 479 deaths.
This pandemic is far from over and the only focus at this point is to practice what works, no gatherings and wear a mask when outside. I am urging everyone to follow these simple instructions to keep all our friends and neighbors alive.
I have been told of a possible gathering at 9 am within our complex. This is not the time to celebrate by gathering, this is a time to celebrate responsible behavior to keep our friends alive. This is real and all around us, so I am urging everyone to please stay home. I have the name of the person that has organized this event, and that person will be cited for every person that shows up. To plan and invite a gathering during this time is selfish and irresponsible considering the facts of the situation. It is also a violation of the State Order. Ladies and Gentlemen, this virus can kill you, and it is spreading quickly in our area. There is a reason the County is pulling back on re-opening plans, let’s listen carefully as to why.
I wish you all a safe and healthy weekend. Let’s look out for each other by not gathering or socializing during a time when that action could lead to an extremely negative outcome. At this point there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our neighbors and friends. Please act like they matter. If you have a gathering planned, do the responsible thing, and cancel it. You will look in a mirror later and be thankful that you helped everyone be safe.
Have a safe weekend. I wish you all well. Take care.
Shadows Restaurant: I need to clarify my statements on the podcast today. Shadows is closed for sit down dining only. All else remains the same, it is open for takeout and delivery. When the County ordered restaurants closed it was for sit down dining only, take and delivery is still available.
So, nothing has changed for Shadows, as you all know Shadows is currently open for takeout and delivery. This Service will continue, we are just not opening for sit down dining.
I hope this clears up the misunderstanding. So be sure to order take out from Shadows. It helps all of us and helps to keep staff employed.
As I also explained the Fitness Centers will be closed until further notice. Please be careful while enjoying the holiday weekend. Remember, fireworks are not allowed in this complex.
An update was made to the Montecito Outdoor Pool Reservations. If you made an online appointment before 11:00 a.m. today (Friday, 6/26), your appointment was cancelled. Please log in to the online reservation system and make a new reservation. You may click here to go directly to the online system.
This only affects Montecito Outdoor Pool. If you made a reservation for the Santa Rosa pool or a court, you may ignore this message.
The gym opening will be delayed one week, so it will open on July 6. I will give a podcast at 3 pm and go into details.
A staff person was not feeling well, sent home, and was then tested for the virus and the test was positive. As a result, some staff members have been sent home to self-quarantine and be tested. We want to get the results of those tests before opening the gym because we need some of these staff people back to work in order to open the gym.
This extra week will also give staff more time in resolving questions and concerns as people register for the online reservation system.
Remember, beginning tomorrow, to make reservations either by phone or online, it all begins at 10 am for every activity. The desk will start taking calls for reservations at 10 am, or you can go online at 10 am. Phone in reservations will stop at 4 pm. Online reservations will stop at 11 pm.
I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.
The Board has decided that for Dog Parks, and only Dog Parks, a person may bring in their own small chair to sit while they are watching their dog. You must remove the chair when you leave, and chairs may not be shared at any time with anyone else.
I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.