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June 23, 2022 at 3:44 pm #7112Rana GoodmanKeymaster
Thank you Steve Anderson for sending your President’s Report for today’s Board meeting to post:
Good afternoon. I want to extend a welcome and my appreciation to all of you who have shown up to attend this meeting both online and in person. I suspect that we have a number of individuals who are Villa owners in the audience today and I especially welcome them. It is important that all members of the Association listen to these good people and learn about the unique pressures and issues that they face as owners that those who are members of only the main Association do not face. Before any vote is taken on the Villa turf removal, there will be another public forum to answer your questions and provide the latest information.
In addition, at today’s meeting we will be taking action on a large expense item. We will over the next several months also be taking action on other major expense projects. All of these are projects that we have been talking about now for at least the past 2 years. Today we have on our agenda action to improve the lighting, video, and sound in Freedom Hall. After two years of talking with you about this we now are ready to make improvements to an aging system for which the majority of parts are 20 years old. In the words of our consultant, we are going from a Honda Civic with a “thrown rod” to a fully loaded Honda Accord.
In the next couple of meetings, we will be opening bids and then voting on moving ahead with the addition of 8 new Pickleball courts at Liberty Center where the Bocce Courts are now located. We will be opening bids and voting on improvements to the Anthem Center Bocce Courts to install new compacted court surfaces with new artificial turf overlay and new bumpers. The turf removal of the east lawn and along Hampton Road will be bid and voted upon.
All of these projects and setting a course of action on the removal of turf in the limited common elements of the Villa communities will be the primary focus of the board in the next several months. We are also moving ahead on a revision of the Design Guidelines and ARC process and a revision of the Community Standards and Rules. These documents are essentially written, and the board is in the process of reviewing them with the Task Force that has been developing them over the past year and a half. At that point we will schedule a Community Forum to gain your input prior to the board taking action. The good news or bad news depending on your point of view is that soon there will be standards on outdoor lighting, the color of the lights and whether they can flicker or not among a number of other issues such as prohibited plants and what flags you can fly and when.
After spending the last several years talking with you about these issues, we are now ready to act. As the Board acts, I know that we will come under pressure and scrutiny and attack for our decisions. Undoubtedly, we will hear that we should be acting on other projects that are deemed to be more important, that they are too expensive, or we are not spending enough to do it right. We will face criticism for spending any money at this time.
Please know that in undertaking any of these actions we have done so to maintain and make improvements to the Association that are in keeping with our responsibility to keep our facilities in like new condition. Certainly, the economy is challenging us right now and we are taking steps daily to look at how we can achieve greater economies in our operation. What the Board is not willing to do is begin deferring projects that will build up over time where it will be beyond our capacity to ever catch up and in the process face deteriorating facilities and amenities and will be spending money on an emergency basis just to keep things running. This band-aid approach will end up costing more over time and will make our community less attractive for future home buyers. While it is inevitable that our assessments will go up, Sun City Anthem will still have some of the lowest assessments of all HOA’s in the Las Vegas area. In making our decisions, the Board will be prudent in carrying out our duty to maintain the Association at the highest level.
I want to wish all of you a safe July 4th Celebration. As we celebrate the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, take time to reflect on the great nation that we are and on what freedom means.
Four thoughts that I leave with you today:
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison
“With freedom comes responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.” – President George W. Bush
Stephen C. Anderson, President
Sun City Anthem Board of Directors
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