Common Area Overseeding Updates

The reopening of the Phase I Dog Park will be delayed from Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22. The additional days will allow for better growth of the fall overseeded rye grass.

During this time, the North Channel Park will remain open to Friday, October 22.

Click Here To See the Full Overseeding Schedule

For questions, please contact the Facilities Department, at 760-345-4349 Ext. 2406.

Thank you.

Update on Landscape Activities for the Fall Season

SCSH Landscape Advisory Committee (LAC)
Update on Landscape Activities for the Fall Season

As many of you have noticed, there are ongoing changes to our Common Area landscaping. The objectives are to evolve the landscape theme to address the need to refurbish the landscaping that consists of shrubs and trees that were planted starting in 2003 in Phase 1 and completed in Phase 3 in 2016.

What we face: In order to make the community landscaping look well-established, the developer significantly over-planted each Phase. Shrubs were planted too close together to allow them to grow to their normal size, thereby necessitating frequent pruning to keep them from encroaching on walkways, streets, and buildings. The frequent pruning stresses the plants and results in woody stems and reduced foliage.

Trees were planted that were not appropriate for the limited space where they were planted (e.g. next to buildings and walls, in roadway medians, between curbs and sidewalks, and too close together). Consequently, the trees that encroach on the roadways, walkways and buildings have had to be severely and frequently pruned which stresses the trees and makes them susceptible to attacks by wood boring beetles and diseases. Further, our experience has shown that certain species that were planted do not tolerate the prolonged high temperatures we experience each summer.

Maintenance of the landscaping in the last five years has included significant efforts in removing shrubs to reduce planting density and introducing alternative species which are better suited to the desert environment.

As a guide to making decisions on replacement plant and tree species, the LAC has focused on three objectives:

  1. Enhance the appearance of our common area landscaping.
  2. Reduce maintenance costs.
  3. Conserve the use of water, particularly in the areas irrigated with domestic water supply.

To help guide the evolution of our landscape design, the Board of Directors approved the addition of a Landscape Coordinator (Ruben Servin) to the DRM Facilities Maintenance Staff and a Landscape Architect as a Consultant (Chris Hermann, Hermann Design Group, Inc.), who are experienced in dealing with the landscape challenges of the Coachella Valley climate. This team, along with our very experienced and knowledgeable landscape maintenance contractor, Vintage Landscape are working to achieve our objectives.

After discussions with Chris Hermann about the state of our landscaping, the challenges, and the desire to evolve to a more maintainable and suitable landscape for our location, he provided a design concept which is focused on integration of annual flowers, colorful flowering shrubs and drought tolerant species of trees, with desert plants and hardscape. Vintage Landscape also worked with the LAC to define a Plant Palette for our community which is based on species which are adapted to the climate. The photos below show the theme as designed by Hermann Design Group.

Demonstration planting on the north side of the Montecito Clubhouse.

Before Landscape Renovation
After Landscape Renovation

Applied landscape theme to Montecito Tennis Courts Entrance

Landscape activities this summer have included changes to the Phase 3 Main Gate the Jefferson Street Gate and landscaping on the north side of Sun City Blvd. in front of the Montecito Clubhouse and Fitness Center, the Montecito Clubhouse swimming pool and preparation for planting the fall color flowers.

The changes to the landscaping at the Phase 3 Main Gate were: (1) remove the plants and palms that had grown too large for the area; (2) lower the chlorine concentration in the water in the fountain so that over-spray of the plants did not kill them due to higher levels of chlorine; (3) add flowering shrubs (Xoria, Bougainvillea and Russelia) and decorative groundcover rock to the area around the fountain; (4) plant fall color flowers in the pots on the fountain; and (5) expand the color planting areas in front of the monument sign and along each side of North Sun City Boulevard at the entrance. The flowers are scheduled to be planted on October 18.

The changes to the Jefferson Street Gate include: (1) remove of the hedge blocking the view of the fountain; (2) prepare the planter in front of the fountain for fall color flowers; (3) add flowering shrubs (Xoria, Bougainvillea and Russelia) and add decorative groundcover rock; and (4) expand the planter bed in front of the monument sign and plant fall color flowers.

The changes on Sun City Blvd. in front of the Montecito area include: (1) remove dying Sumac trees and over-grown shrubs, (2) plant Golden Barrels, Bougainvillea and Russelia; and (3) add groundcover rock accents and species of trees yet to be selected.

The photos below are examples of the areas to receive flowering shrubs.

 

Note: All of these projects are in process and will be completed by early November. The hot summer months are not suitable for planting new plants and flowers, consequently we are waiting for the cooler weather to plant the plants and finish these projects. Planting of the flowers includes removal of the spring flowers that died in the summer heat, aerating the soil and adding fertilizer prior to planting. These are the flowers that the committee selected that will appear in the pots in front of the Montecito Clubhouse, the Montecito Fitness Center, the HOA office, and the SCSH entrance gates beginning October 18.

  1. Planter areas - Geraniums – a combination mixture of orange, hot pink, and violet

   

  1. Pots – Petunias - Shockwave Rose, Denim, and Violet

   

Enjoy the fall season!

Update: Montecito Indoor Pool Maintenance

Update: The Montecito Indoor Pool will remain closed until further notice due to an unexpected repair of an underground water leak.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your cooperation.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

Five-Acre Ad Hoc Planning Committee Survey

The Sun City Shadow Hills Community Association Board of Directors appointed an ad hoc committee to study a use for the 5.24-acre vacant lot located north of the Facilities Maintenance Yard in Phase 3. The Board asked the committee to study the use of the lot as a Recreational Vehicle (RV) storage facility. This survey tool will help the committee in its study.

Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to complete the survey!

Click Here to Take the Survey

Jefferson Street Gate Lane Closure – October 4

The guest entry lane at the Jefferson Street gate will be closed for construction, Monday, October 4, 2021, for the day. The two transponder lanes will not be affected. Guests will need to use the transponder lanes.

We apologize for any delay and inconvenience during the construction period.

Thank you.

Call for Candidates Mailer

Below you will find important information regarding the "Call for Candidates" for the upcoming Annual Meeting and election of Board Members. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please review the information provided as well as the Election Rules, Bylaws and CC&R's carefully to ensure that you meet the criteria to become a member of the Board and that you are prepared to commit the required time needed to serve on the Board.

If you are interested in running for election to the Board of Directors and meet the qualifications, please submit the Board Member Candidate Nomination Form no later than 12:00 p.m. noon on November 29, 2021, to HOA Elections of California, Inc. Information on how to submit the Candidate Nomination Form is included on the enclosed Candidate Nomination Form.

Reminder: Indoor Mask Mandate Lifted

Reminder that the indoor mask mandate will be lifted tonight at midnight. Starting Friday, October 1, masks are not required indoors.

Thank you.

Finance Advisory Committee – October 2021

By Larry Anderson and Larry Helseth
Finance Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

As published in The View, October 2021:

Instead of our normal report we’d like to use this month’s article to pay special tribute to our retiring Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) Chairman, Bill Wethe.

Bill,

On behalf of the entire SCSH Community, the FAC wants to express our appreciation for your leadership and transformational efforts as FAC Chairman over the last five years. We are in a much sounder financial position because of your tireless and seemingly endless efforts as a leader, mentor, and caretaker of all our financial matters.

With your guidance, the FAC and the Board Treasurers have developed strong policies and procedures that will continue to enhance financial management, while providing confidence and stability for years to come. We all marvel at the number of hours you have devoted to the tasks at hand, your knowledge of our governing documents, how they need to be applied to new issues, and your extensive experience in the HOA management industry. You never lost sight of the big picture, yet no detail escaped your scrutiny.

You have provided Board members with invaluable analyses on a myriad of topics. Your expertise in construction, maintenance, and enhancements to hospitality venues has been a tremendous asset that is going to be difficult to replace.

Enjoy your “newly available time” to visit more often with your family members in Orange County and Arizona, play some golf, and participate in volunteer opportunities in the Coachella Valley and Orange County.

Thank you again for your service and dedication.

FAC Members: Larry Anderson and Larry Helseth Co-Chairs, Bob Jester, Jerry Cavoretto, Mike Whelan, Mike Nilsson, Todd Murphy, and FAC Subcommittee Members on the Replacement Fund and Reserve Study: Chris Stevens, and Don Salvatore.

Contact the author at finance@scshca.com.

Fall Into Fitness 2021

Our six-week program starts October 25, 2021, and ends December 3, 2021, with an Award Ceremony with prizes on Monday, December 6, 2021.  The entry fee for the program is $28. Only Credit Card payments will be accepted.

Fall into Fitness will consist of a variety of special fitness classes, programs and events designed specifically for (ONLY) FALL INTO FITNESS Participants. The goal is to encourage participants to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the Holidays as well as after the program is over. This is not only an exercise program, but also a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating commitment. Body composition readings will be available at NutriShop in Indio.

For questions call the Montecito Fitness center:
(760) 345-4349 ext. 2111

Mah Jongg Games Cancelled

Due to the current emergency mask mandate, Mah Jongg games have been cancelled until further notice.

Mah Jongg Club

Budget Session Video Now Available

To see more videos, visit our Videos page by clicking here.

Let’s Meet and Eat Club Event on Sept. 22 Cancelled

URGENT: The Let's Meet & Eat Club event (The Killer Dueling Pianos) scheduled for this Wednesday, September 22 has been cancelled due to the fact that there are more positive COVID-19 cases here in our community. Please help us spread the word by telling your friends and neighbors. We confirmed with Big John this morning that no indoor events should be held until this wave passes. No checks have been cashed; all checks will be shredded, and no credits or refunds will be issued.

At this point, the event on October 10, with The New Sensations, is still on schedule. We will evaluate the situation at that time.

Thank you!

Bingo Night Cancelled

Due to the current emergency mask mandate, Bingo Night is cancelled until further notice.

Games Plus Club

SCSH Board Approves Emergency Rule

The Board met in Executive Session and approved an Emergency Rule, effective tomorrow morning, at the open of business; masks must be worn by all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, while indoors when on common area. Violators may be subject to disciplinary action.

Committees, Clubs, and Groups are strongly encouraged to meet via Zoom or GoToMeeting.

Thank you.

Common Area Overseeding Schedule 2021

LOCATIONSCHEDULE
Santa Rosa Event LawnCloses September 20 and opens October 18
Santa Rosa ClubhouseCloses September 20 and opens October 18
Jefferson EntranceCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Avenida Los Padres BasinCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Camino Cantos BasinCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Avenida Celaya BasinCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Santa Sofia BasinCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Phase 3 Dog ParkCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Shadow Hills Golf ClubCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Shadows BasinCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Montecito ClubhouseCloses October 18 and opens November 23
Phase 1 Dog ParkCloses September 20 and opens October 22
North Channel Closes October 22 and opens November 23

For the golf course overseeding schedule, click here.

Common Area Seasonal Flowers Color Change

     

Preparation for the common area's seasonal flowers color change is scheduled to begin September 20. Vintage Landscape will remove the summer flowers and prepare the soil for fall flowers. The process consists of turning over the soil for aerification and adding fertilization to prepare the soil for the new flowers. The new seasonal flowers are scheduled to be installed October 18 – October 22.

For questions regarding the annual seasonal flower color change, please contact the Facilities Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2406.

Honoring Veterans 2021

Malcolm "Mal" Barker, a SCSH resident and US Marine Corp Veteran 1965-1969, who served in during the Vietnam War, in country 1966-1968, wanted to honor Veterans of all branches of service. He created a light display set to patriotic music which will be played live each evening at his home on the following United States national observance days:

  • National Vietnam War Day: March 29, 2021
  • Armed Forces Day: May 15, 2021
  • Memorial Day: May 31, 2021
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2021
  • Patriot Day: September 11, 2021
  • USMC Birthday: November 10, 2021
  • Veterans Day: November 11, 2021

The address of the live show is at the Barker Home: 80646 Avenida San Ignacio. The light show begins at 7:30 p.m. and it will run in a loop until 9:30 p.m.

Thank you to all who have bravely sacrificed to serve and protect our country! God Bless these United States of America.

August 2021 Board Meeting Video Now Available

To see more videos, visit our Videos page by clicking here.

Finance Advisory Committee – September 2021

By Larry Anderson and Larry Helseth
Finance Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

As published in The View, September 2021:

FAC Members

Larry Helseth returns to the FAC with the resignations of Bruce Marley in July and Bill Wethe in August. Larry previously served on FAC in 2016 through 2018. We now have seven members and Board approval for a total of nine members. As of this writing, we are interviewing one candidate. We are always looking for owners who have a financial background including accounting and financial reporting and an interest in serving on the FAC or on its Subcommittee on the Reserve Study. Please contact either of the Co-Chairs if you would like to discuss completing an Advisory Committee Interest Form.

Work Completed

During the month of August 2021, the FAC and its Subcommittee continued their work including:

  • Review and recommend Board approval, subject to audit, of the unaudited July 2021 financial statements including the:
    • Combining and combined financial statements and supplemental financial information schedules.
    • Condensed financial information for The View magazine.
  • Review of the year-to-date variance analysis on the:
    • 2021 Operating Fund revenues and expenses.
    • 2021 Replacement Fund expenses for the purchase and replacement of common area real property components and inter-fund transfers to the Operating Fund for the purchase and replacement of common area personal property and equipment components.
  • Review and written recommendations on the 2021 Forecast (7+5) as compared to the 2021 Budget and the 2021 Forecast (6+6).
  • Preparation of the Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) of the 2021 Forecast (7+5) as compared to the 2021 Budget and the 2021 Forecast (6+6) provided to the Board.
  • Review and written recommendations to the Board on proposed BAFs for the expenditure of funds for the replacement or major repair of real and personal property common area components identified in the Reserve Study.
  • Review and recommend Board approval of the July 2021 bank statements, bank reconciliations, and investment account statements.
  • Regular meeting held on August 20, 2021.
  • Preparation of the monthly written report to the Board for its meeting on August 30, 2021.
  • Review of Q2 2021 HOA insurance market renewal update from the insurance agent with written recommendations for the 2022 Budget.
  • Preparation of articles for Finance News on two new members and Replacement Fund investment in equity index funds.

Work in Process

  • Review and written recommendations to the General Manager and the Board on the drafting of the 2022 Reserve Study.
  • Review and written recommendations to Troon, the General Manager, and the Board on the drafting of the 2022 Budget.
  • Mike Nilsson has volunteered to join the new Ad Hoc Advisory Committee studying the possible expansion and renovation of Shadows Restaurant.

Further Information

Additional FAC Members: Bob Jester, Jerry Cavoretto, Mike Whelan, Mike Nilsson, and Todd Murphy. FAC Subcommittee Members on the Replacement Fund and Reserve Study: Chris Stevens, Don Salvatore, Bob Jester, Mike Whelan, and Larry Helseth, Chair.

Contact the author at finance@scshca.com.