It has been two and a half years since I was elected to the Board, and the morning sunrise is still magnificent as the first light breaks across the horizon casting a red glow on the mountains. This paradise has so much to offer all of us. How can you not stop to look around, say hello to a neighbor, and realize . . . it’s perfect?
In this article, I wish I could report the outcome of all that is happening but, because this article is due 30 days before printing, I don’t have answers for you now on many things. The bulk cable program is still under negotiation, and hopefully by the time you read this we will have a final plan to present to you. If you have not signed up on the e-blast system, please consider doing so. It is the quickest way to get the most up-to-date information as it unfolds. You can up for the e-mail service at scshca.com/emailsignup or by contacting the HOA office.
The final 2020 budget meeting will have already concluded as you read this, and the Board will have voted for next year’s final budget at its October meeting. These are difficult times for financial planning given that the State has mandated minimum wage increases for the next three years. We will have to absorb these costs, which means monthly dues will increase above what we might have hoped. The Board is quite aware of these financial impacts and is working diligently to try to minimize them, but we need to maintain facilities for the benefit of all of us.
Part of the dues increase resulted from our new landscaping contract. The new contractor has more people onsite with increased supervision. The increase of $3.47 per month in our dues has already improved the appearance of the common areas as so many of you have reported.
November brings home many that have been gone for the hot summer months. To all who have been away enjoying other places, welcome back. You will see Sun City Boulevard has been recoated and new lines painted. Hopefully the Santa Rosa pool is done, or almost done, with new plaster. Now that pool cooling devices have been installed at the Santa Rosa pool, those that live in Shadow Hills year-round can enjoy cooler pool water if they desire.
Both golf courses should be about done with re-seeding of the fairways and open for play. I am always amazed at how fast the green grass comes back during this overseeding process and want to thank Troon and staff for a job well done. I have heard from many that the golf courses are in the best condition in years.
We have so many volunteers, working such long hours, to help all of us benefit. I want to thank all the committee members and the Board for taking that time, because as you look around this is a pretty great place to live.
A special thanks to all Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11. Since they have provided a special service we can never repay, please thank them all year long; one day is not enough for what they have done for us.
All in all, we have a lot to be thankful for. So don’t ever forget: it doesn’t get any better than this!