Tickets are on sale now for this exciting new event at the Sunnymead Ranch Lake Club grounds. Please see the flyer below.
Greetings once again, to all of our Sunnymead Ranch residents. The Executive Committee of the Board hopes that you are all enjoying the winding-down of the Summer of 2019, and looking forwards to the remaining second-half of this year as being just as memorable as the first half has already been.
We have a couple of items to share with you in this month's message, along with an announcement about an upcoming event that we hope you will all be a part of in enjoying.
The first item to share with you is the “good news” regarding our assessments. It's no secret that it gets harder and harder each year to keep our assessments at the same level, without diminishing all of the services they are designed to pay for. This year was no exception. The challenge to come up with a balanced budget, one that addressed the needs of all of our amenities, as well as preparing for any reserve-items that might fail or end up in need of repairing or replacing, was a daunting one. But, the Executive Committee, working with our management company, the Avalon Management Group, spent a significant amount of time going through the process of establishing our fiscal-year 2019-2020 budget (a copy of which was mailed to each household in the Ranch last month) and we are happy to report that our assessments will remain at the same level as they've been for the last 6 years. And, when you consider that the national average for assessments being increased is in the neighborhood of 3% to 5% annually, (with many increases often in the double-digit range) the fact that we've not only been able to keep ours from increasing at all, but have held our assessments at the same level for more than a few years, is a remarkable accomplishment for any HOA, and especially one as large as ours is. Bottom-line, our assessments will remain at $108.00 per month for our 2019-2020 fiscal year.
The second item to share with you has to do with the major reconstruction project located at the North Cove of our beautiful lake. Most of you by now, have seen the construction that's been taking place at that location over the months, and we are happy to report that we are in the wind-down phase of the project. It's taken more time than we originally anticipated (mostly due to early weather-driven reasons) but with Mother Nature now more on our side than not, progress is currently moving quickly, and the wrap on this project is expected to be near the beginning weeks of September. When it's completed we will be able to reap the benefits of better managing the rain run-off that costs us thousands of our dollars annually, in clean-up efforts in that cove. As always, you can call the office to get a status on where the project is.
So, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 12, as the day we will celebrate the enjoyment of living here in the Ranch. Starting at 4 pm and going thru til 9 pm, we're planning on having something for everyone in the family to have fun participating in. Our amazing Activities Committee has organized that day so that each and every member of your family will enjoy themselves. We are going to be providing lots and lots of fun and entertaining activities, including everything from live musical performances by local talent, to a host of rides and games for the kids, like our very own rock climbing wall, 28' inflatable slide, train rides, a bounce house, whirling tubs of fun, and even flying elephants. Plus, our local fire department and Sheriffs dept. will be on-hand, to help make sure we have a safe and fun environment to enjoy ourselves. There will be plenty of food, snacks, and beverages available from local vendors including The Habit, craft beer and wine from Woody's, and other goodies for the kids, including kettle corn and shaved ice. So, bring your lawn-chairs, your favorite BYOB items (we don't mind) and a FUN ATTITUDE. We'll be waiting for you, and you won't be disappointed! For ticket information, contact the office at: (951) 924-2249. This event promises to be the one you DON'T want to miss! So, don't be left out. Get your tickets while they last for this year's inaugural Lake Club Festival.
That's about it for this issue, and as always, Thank You, for your continued support. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable second-half of 2019.
Robert Riddick, CMCA
For the Executive Committee of Sunnymead Ranch
I am including some very important articles in this section. They are of vital interest to all residents in the Sunnymead Ranch community. Please take a moment to review these important items.
Boat and Pool Monitor Schedules for the summer
The summer schedule for the Boat and Pool Monitors will ended on Tuesday,
August 13th . The Boat house will be open every weekend starting August 17th through September 29th for your enjoyment, weather permitting. The Boat House monitor hours will be 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. There will be no pool monitors on duty after August 13th with the exception of the Labor Day weekend. Both the boat and pool monitors are tasked with making sure that everyone obeys the Rules and Regulations in the common area and will also be asking residents to see their access cards. Please be courteous and show your card when asked. There are no life guards on duty. Everyone uses the pool and spa at their own risk.
Procedures in the Office
From time to time we receive questions like “where is it written?” from residents who are told that a concern or issue is being handled a certain way. Sometimes it is a procedure which was established by the Board for use by the staff in the office to bring concerns and issues full circle and from becoming a repetitive problem. No loose ends. I will address one that was brought to me recently. If there is any other procedure that you would like addressed, please call me at the office, and I will address it in the next newsletter so that everyone is aware.
When a homeowner receives a letter of non-compliance, it becomes part of a system of a possible three (3) letter process. The first letter is a courtesy letter alerting the homeowner that there is some sort of non-compliance at their property. If the homeowner takes care of the non-compliance, contacts the office, then the staff will inspect and there will be no further letters. If the homeowner does not comply, then after a staff inspection, a second letter is sent. Once again, if the homeowner complies, contacts the office, then the hearing letter is not sent. Should the non-compliance remain through another inspection, the homeowner is sent a third letter which is a notice of hearing with the Board. At that hearing, the Board will meeting with the homeowner, if they choose to attend. If they do not attend, the Board will still rule on the non-compliance. Pictures are produced for the meeting and the Board’s review. There are many avenues of ruling which the Board can decide to take. They can fine and suspend privileges; grant an extension or close the violation because of compliance. Now, should the Board close the violation for compliance and then the homeowner once again become non-compliant on the same issue within the next six months, the non-compliance procedure does not start over. The homeowner is then called to a hearing with the first letter they receive. This is a procedure and is not written in the governing documents. This procedure is meant to keep the repetitive violations, i.e., trash receptacles in view; RV’s stored more than seventy-two (72) hours, from becoming a constant nuisance to the neighborhood. Hopefully, this explanation will help with the understanding of one of the procedures that are utilized in the office.
Local Wildlife Concerns
All residents of the Sunnymead Community, especially those on the perimeter of the community whose properties back up to the natural lands and mountains, need to keep a watchful eye on their pets in their yards and when they are walking in the evening. The local wildlife often take advantage of the later times of day to make their way down to the community and possibly into your rear yards as well as the streets. Be sure that you are aware of what is happening around you when you are out and about. Also, make sure that you do not leave your pets or their food and water, unattended in your rear years. Just a word of caution.
Several Items to Note When Fishing at the Lake
There are several important items to note when you are fishing at our beautiful lake:
Temporary Property Rental Sites
It is a violation of the Association’s governing documents to rent out properties in Sunnymead Ranch for a temporary period of time, thirty (30) days or less.
Lockers to Store Your Personal Items are Available at the Pool, Basketball Court, Tennis Courts and Boat House
There are lockers available to store your personal items when you come to the amenities here on the clubhouse grounds. You supply your own lock. It is a great way to keep your items safe while you enjoy the amenities.
Non-Slip Footwear Recommended on the Boat Dock for Safety
Sensible, non-slip footwear is recommended to be worn on the boat dock for safety.
Contact the Association Office with your Concerns
Please contact the Association office with your concerns regarding maintenance in the common areas of the community. It is very helpful to have the concern brought to the staff as soon as possible so that it can be taken care of in a timely manner. If the concern is left to discuss at a Board meeting, precious time may be lost in solving the issue.
Bring a Towel to clean the Machines You are using to the Fitness Center with You
Remember to bring a towel with you to clean the machines you are using once you are finished with the machine. This is a courtesy for the next user. The Association is unable to provide cleaning products for the cleaning of the machines as this has been done in the past and the cleaning products disappear. Replenishing becomes costly for the Association. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
important change - effective september 3, 2019 no cash transactions accepted at the lake club office
It has been a pleasure for the staff in the Sunnymead Ranch Association Lake Club office to accept cash transactions as a convenience for its residents for the past eleven years as approved by the Board.
Regrettably, recent posts on local social media sites has made the taking in and depositing of cash a risk to the Sunnymead Ranch Association Lake Club office staff.
By unanimous vote, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors established that beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019, no cash transactions will be accepted in the office for assessments, events, etc. Further, there will be no cash kept in the office.
For Assessments – the following forms of payment are now accepted:
Payments should be deposited into the onsite drop boxes or mailed to the address on the payment coupon.
For All Other Transactions (event tickets, RV Spaces, etc.) – the following forms of payment are accepted:
Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
The Association Lake Club Office Hours to assist residents will change beginning June 1, 2019 to the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday and Friday 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Most Saturdays 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Please make note of this important change for your future reference.
The Association cut down approximately three hundred dead trees in the Grapefruit Grove on Perris Bl. The grove is the responsibility of the Association. The wood was cut up into firewood and placed at the gate entrance to the grove from the dirt access road. The firewood is free to all residents. Residents are welcome to take the firewood by using the dirt access road at their own risk. It is imperative that all who use the road and collect firewood take great care and caution. The road is not the property or responsibility of the Association. Trucks work best on the road. The firewood is first come first serve until it is gone.
We are happy to announce that we have upgraded our mobile app for Sunnymead Ranch and it is ready for immediate download. We will discontinue the old app on November 15th. Residents can use the mobile app to access association information and stay in touch with important notifications from your community.
From your mobile device, you can download the app by clicking: http://app.appnotch.com//converter/download/storetenant/18552?_branch_match_id=325868968091540834
Or you can go to your community website at: http://www.mysunnymead.com/ scroll to the bottom and tap on “Download Our App”
Here is a short video that explains how to use the app: https://www.avalonweb.com/community-base-tutorial.html
This app is provided free of charge from Avalon Management for your convenience.
Download the app now to stay connected!
Have a Great Day!
Avalon Management, as Agent for Sunnymead Ranch
Often, when those of us who reside in planned communities like Sunnymead Ranch wonder why Boards take some of the actions that they do, they don't always know what the authority of those actions is based upon. At our recent Board of Directors meeting, it was announced that there are several very good references to how HOAs in California are guided in the way they govern.
In that same regard, many of you have heard us (the Board) say that we are guided not by our own ideas of how to govern, but more by what is mandated by law in how to govern. Sometimes simple issues like who can speak during a Board meeting can be confusing to members, and seem like the Board is allowing some to speak and others to not speak. In actuality, there is a set rule or rules that are applied to even a process that, again, may seem simple. In cases like this, as well as so many other instances, we draw upon a particular set of standards that apply to the way HOAs are governed, without prejudice. It's our hope that by providing you with the links below to sites that are designed to give those residents with the interest in better understanding why we often take the actions that we do, with a clearer understanding of the reasons behind taking those actions.
After looking at the sites linked below, if you still have questions, or just need a clarification on something you read, feel free to contact the association's designated spokesperson and current Board President, Robert Riddick ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and he'll be more than glad to walk you through anything that you might need further explanation about. If he can't, he has ample resources that can be drawn upon in an effort to provide you with needed information regarding how our association is governed.
And, it's noteworthy to mention that all common interest developments (HOAs) in California are directed by what's known as the Davis-Stirling Act of the California Corporations and Civil Codes, sections 4000 – 6150. And, the code is updated regularly by the State legislation.
So, here are the links referred to:
www.davis-stirling.com - This is an excellent resource for just about anything you might have a question about regarding rules and regulations that every HOA in California is governed by. It is laid out well, and is an easy-read for most folks who visit the site.
www.mysunnymead.com – This is our website, and a valuable resource for information regarding Sunnymead Ranch. When you get to the site, just look for the “DOCS” button. Click it, and it will take you to a repository of governing documents that are specific to Sunnymead Ranch, including our Bylaws, our CC&Rs, and our Rules and Regulations, just to name a few.
www.rulesonline.com - This is an easy site to look up any questions about how Robert's Rules of Order are interpreted and used by different organizations. It is an excellent resource for those who may wonder why certain parliamentary procedures are followed at our Board of Director meetings.
All-in-all, these three links offer you the opportunity to better acquaint yourself with why and how rules and procedures take place the way they do in our monthly meetings, and ultimately will further help you in observing how your Board of Directors operates at those meetings, where you, the members, are kept abreast of the discussions taking place on the Board and with the Board.
The Moratorium Is Now Over
A very important issue that we need to bring to your attention, that will be kicking in November 1, 2017.
The issue deals with the ending of our state-wide declared drought (as many of you already know, it officially ended on April 7, 2017, when Gov. Brown announced it while visiting here in the Riverside area). And, though the drought is officially over, the Governor also announced that even with the drought-associated drawback of mandatory conservation targets, numerous prohibitions on wasting water will still be left in place. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” Brown said in a statement. “Conservation must remain a way of life,” he also added.
And, for many of us who live here in the Ranch, as well as our surrounding neighbors in bordering communities, that the drought has been declared over, is certainly “good news”, in that we can start back to watering our lawns again, albeit within the guidelines that our water-provider, EMWD, has outlined and still mandates. We will be, once again, looking to enforce our landscaping watering rules that apply to all of our residents here in the Ranch beginning November 1, 2017. As part of returning to the standard enforcement of our watering requirements, it's also important to know that the moratorium that was imposed by the Board of Directors is now over on the resumption of the enforcement requirements, which allowed ample time for our residents to “gear-up” for the resumption of residential landscape watering. So now your lawns should be back to life. Beginning on November 1, 2017, the same residential landscaping rules which are part of our governing documents will once again apply.
If anyone has any questions regarding what the rules are regarding residential landscape watering, just call the office and our staff-members will be glad to answer them.
The Bid Whist Game Day is a fun club for residents to come and play different card and Board games. Bid Whist meets on the third Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.