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June 23, 2023 at 7:49 am #8355Rana GoodmanKeymaster
SCA President’s Report June 2023
By Steve Anderson
Good afternoon. I really appreciate all of you who have come in person today and are attending online. In my report today I first want to give recognition to all of the wonderful volunteers who provide service to the Association over the year. These individuals serve on all of the Governance Committees,
- Community Lifestyle
- Architectural Review
- Facilities and Landscape
the Service Committees,
- Community Services
- Community Patrol
- Emergency Preparedness
- Community Neighborhood Watch
- Volunteer Service Coordinator
- Activities Department Volunteers
- Board of Directors
- Volunteers serving workgroups such as those serving on the development of a Communications Service Committee and working on a redesign of the SCA website.
All of these volunteers provide hundreds of hours of service that all contribute to making Sun City Anthem a great and caring place to live. Each month in the Board Book these groups present reports as to what they do. I urge you to take some time and learn about what they are doing for you.
In the month of May the Community Service Committee had 236 participants attending their Friends of Bill W., Caregiver Support and Bereavement support groups. In terms of services, the CSC fielded 228 communications calls, provided durable medical equipment to 70 residents, completed 107 home maintenance calls, and transported 31 individuals.
The Community Patrol year to date through the month of May has provided 10,195 volunteer hours in completing 3800 vacation house checks, notified 240 residents that their garage doors had been left open, investigated 13 blinking 911 lights, and have given 101 courtesy parking violation notices. As President and as a former Chief of the Patrol, I want to pause in honor of the service Pat Shepherd, who passed away yesterday, provided to the community through her service to the Community Patrol. She served in a variety of Community Patrol positions and was a vibrant, invigorating, and colorful human being. She was a supporter, backdoor neighbor, and friend. I shall miss her.
The Board of Directors remains busy reviewing the Reserve Study. At this point the Board, management and neighborhood groups have been reviewing the assets or components to be reserved for in the study. Once this is determined, staff will work with the reserve specialist to determine costs and life expectancy. The next step is to make decisions about how to phase in major projects such as the sport courts replacement and to then finalize the Reserve Study Report. Once the Reserve Study Report is done, the focus for the board with then turn toward developing the 2024 budget. Thus, the Board’s work is cut out for us, and we will work diligently to keep the Association in an excellent condition. All of us on the Board get it, that residents who experienced a large assessment increase last year are concerned about such continuing large increases. The Board, while committed to not sacrificing the quality and range of our amenities, is committed to exercising diligence in developing a slim budget.
Last but not least, I want to issue a plea for civility in our discussions over the state of the Association. The Board of Directors has a responsibility to ensure that its staff have a workplace free of harassment and discrimination, and a work environment that supports the work of our staff. Although I talked about this in a previous President’s Report, hurtful and defamatory comments are still being directed toward out staff. Charges of being incompetent, unqualified, forming an unholy alliance, performs at a level of a payroll clerk, evil, law breaking, etc. are all demeaning and hurtful meaningless generalizations that have no bearing in fact. The Board addresses some of this in the last agenda item pertaining to alleged violations of Nevada law and our governing documents. Please take time to read our responses to these meritless complaints.
Because of the Board’s responsibility to protect its employees and to protect the Association from being liable for potential employment actions, the Board has authorized its legal counsel to author an opinion for us to review as to the extent of our liability and to examine all possible legal measures to protect our staff. This authorization included the hiring of an employment attorney and to incorporate this specialized guidance into the opinion. Doing this costs us all money that could be better spent elsewhere. This could be avoided by speaking out against the inflammatory generalizations that are being used to demean our staff. Could we become more civil in our discourse?
Rather than griping on NextDoor, could you come to our Town Halls, Board meetings, look at our website, email the Board, fill out a Blue Card. You will find that the entire management team and Board will welcome your questions and do our best to allay your concerns. If you feel that we are unresponsive, then use the avenues set forth to you by the Nevada Real Estate Department to have your issue heard. Let’s all work at communicating in a civil manner.
In closing, I wish everyone a safe and fun July 4th celebration. The celebration of the birth of our nation is a wonderful day of celebrating our families, friends and the bonds that hold us together. I will leave you with this quote found on Shutterfly.com and attributed to Erma Bombeck.
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
Stephen C. Anderson, President
Sun City Anthem Homeowner’s Association
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