ArrowCreek Oct-Nov 2017 Newsletter Is In Your eMail Box Now….

…as long as you’ve filled out the form for Associa to send you emails. If you need the form, it is here. Send the completed form back to Associa.

The ArrowCreek HOA Newsletter contains important information for all residents. The newsletter is only sent to Owners of the community. If you rent out or lease out your property, please be sure to share the newsletter with your tenants. Additional hard copies are available at the Residents Club. The newsletter is posted on the old AC HOA website under Our Community under Newsletter or maybe on the new prototype Arrowcreek-hoa website (not sure where yet – perhaps behind the higher right corner login). You must have a login to see the newsletter there. Of course, because tenants have no HOA account number, tenants can’t get to the information there.

In the latest Oct-Nov 2017 newsletter, there is lots of great ACHOA information including updated possible 2018 budget figures and possible 2018 association dues increases. The board and budget committee took some input from the 9/27/17 town hall meeting into account and did some revising. The numbers are not the same as presented at the town hall.

Oct-Nov 2017 Newsletter

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Low-Cost Vaccination & Microchip Clinic for Pets

Media Release
For Immediate Release
www.washoecounty.us

Contact: Amy Ventetuolo
aventetuolo@washoecounty.us
775.328.2070

Reno, Nev. Oct. 17, 2017. Washoe County Regional Animal Services (WCRAS) will hold a low-cost vaccination, licensing and microchip clinic at Paradise Park, and will provide free microchips, low-cost vaccinations and licenses for pets on October 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Paradise Park Vaccination and Microchip Clinic:

WHAT:          Free microchips, low-cost vaccinations and dog licensing, hosted by WCRAS.

WHEN:          10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday October 21, 2017

WHERE:        Paradise Park, 2745 Elementary Dr., Reno, NV 89512 (near Bizarre Guitar)

CONTACT:    Washoe County Regional Animal Services: (775) 353-8900

WCRAS staff and their contract veterinarian will be on-site to provide vaccinations and microchipping for pets. Core vaccinations include: Distemper/Parvo, Bordetella boosters and Rabies vaccinations for dogs and FVRCP and Rabies vaccinations for cats.  The pet limit is three dogs and seven cats per residence.

Dogs over four months of age are required to be licensed in Washoe County.  Dog licenses are $8.00 for dogs that are spayed/neutered, $20.00 for dogs that are not spayed/neutered.

Free microchips are available for both dogs and cats at this event.   You can also bring your pet to WCRAS, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., year round. For more information, please visit: https://www.washoecounty.us/animal/news_and_events/events_and_clinics.php

 

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ArrowCreek Ghouls & Goblins Blood Drive on Oct 20, 2017

What Great Halloween Spirit!!

This Halloween, Give Blood!

Give your blood to the

Ghouls and Goblins Blood Drive.

On Friday, October 20, from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm

at the ArrowCreek Residents’ Club. 

DROP-INS WELCOME!

or call (800) 696-4484 to book a donation time, or visit www.BloodHero.com Use SponsorCode: ACHH.

Contact Donna Perez, 853-5955 with any questions. 

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Add Your Voice to the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Survey

Your Input Is Needed for Regional Planning –
Take the Two-Minute Survey

Do you want your voice heard as our region plans for growth and other challenges facing our community? A great way to provide input is by taking the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency’s new planning survey. It only takes a couple of minutes and they very much want to know what you think. (It took me 10 minutes to complete. I had to think about some of my ranking priorities before answering.)

Click Here to Take the Survey

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TMWA 1st Smart About Water Day

You’re Invited!
Join TMWA for our First-Ever
Smart About Water Day!

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) invites you to attend the first-ever Smart About Water Day. This community event will provide insight into the projects, plans and actions that contribute to the overall state of our water in the Truckee Meadows.

Smart About Water Day will be on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lazy 5 Regional Park in Spanish Springs. Drop in anytime. TMWAs experts on water operations, resources and planning will be available to answer any question you may have. In addition, representatives from Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency and Western Regional Water Commission will be available.

“As our region continues to grow, TMWA recognizes the need to bring topics surrounding our water resources directly to the community,” said Mark Foree, general manager of TMWA.

Here is what can be expected:

The Big Picture: Gain an understanding of the fascinating dynamics that take place at the intersection of population growth, regional planning and our water supply under the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA).

Large Projects in 2018: Know what’s coming up to ensure long-term water service reliability, including what might be in store for your neighborhood.

From Surface to Ground: Examine approaches for aquifer recharge, and the impact it has had on water table levels in 2017.

New Uses for Recycled Water: Review ways to make the most of recycled water, including innovative research that is underway.

For Inquisitive Minds: Listen into a series of topic presentations in an interactive, casual format. Subjects include: the Truckee River Operating Agreementhow it changes everything, the future of recycled water, how conjunctive use helps all area wells, and how growth and water are planned for in our community. There will also be two workshops on winterizing your home.

For Outdoor Types: Take tree tours around the beautiful landscape at Lazy 5, and learn about caring for your trees now and throughout the winter.

For the Kids: Bring the family for watershed education provided by Sierra Nevada Journeys, and take a break together at a conservation activity table.

Tools of the Trade: The trucks and equipment that are building and repairing our water system infrastructure will be on display. Educational Mini-Sessions

Join us and get the facts you want to know about our water, direct from the people who know the most about it! Drop in any time — no reservations are required.

Schedule from the TMWA e-newsletter:

Smart About Water Day Mini-Session Schedule

In addition to several stations and hands-on exhibits, short 10-minute sessions on key water management topics will be presented at the top and the bottom of each hour. The following is a schedule of presentations planned throughout the day:

11:00 a.m.

snow flakeWinterizing Workshop: Making Your Home and Yard Winter-Proof. Led by Laine Christman, TMWA Resource Economist

snow flakeWalking Arbor Tour: Best trees for our area and how to care for them. Led by Dale Carlon, certified arborist

11:30 a.m.

snow flakeUnderstanding Water Rights in the Truckee Meadows: John Zimmerman, TMWA Water Resources Manager

12:00 p.m.

snow flakeWhy the Truckee River Operating Agreement is a Game-Changer for the Region: John Enloe, TMWA Director of Natural Resources Planning and Management

snow flakeWalking Arbor Tour: Best trees for our area and how to care for them. Led by Dale Carlon, certified arborist

12:30 p.m.

snow flakeSmart Growth: Our Regional Planning and Water Resources Outlook. Led by Kim Robinson, Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency Jim Smitherman, Western Region Water Commission

1:00 p.m.

snow flakeCoordinating Use of Surface Water and Aquifers with Conjunctive Use Management John Enloe, TMWA Director of Natural Resources Planning and Management

snow flakeWalking Arbor Tour: Best trees for our area and how to care for them. Led by Dale Carlon, certified arborist

1:30 p.m.

snow flakeWinterizing Workshop: Making Your Home and Yard Winter-Proof. Led by Laine Chirstman, TMWA Resource Economist

 

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Attention Supporters of the Arrowcreek Middle School

By Jessica O’Grady Patterson

Attention parents of 4th graders or younger, or anyone who supports the building of the Arrowcreek Middle School:

The meeting to solicit community opinion on the transfer of land from the USDA to the WCSD was held tonight. If you think this project is not being met with opposition, you are wrong. Many members of the surrounding neighborhood showed up to voice their opinions.

The USDA needs to hear support from parents. They have currently only heard from people who oppose the location of the school.

Please take time to write David Drake at ddrake@fs.fed.us before 10/20/17 to share your support for the Middle school.

This approval keeps the timeline on track for a 2020 or 2021 opening for 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

Please overwhelm Mr. Drake with your email support!

See Arrowcreek Middle School Town Hall Meeting on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 for location map.
Go to http://www.WCSDbuilding.com and http://www.wcsdbuilding.com/middle-school-south-reno/ for more information.

This affects kids at Hunsberger, Lenz, Huffaker, and possibly Pleasant Valley or Brown depending on how the district redraws the zoning lines. Here is a current map of the middle school districts… look how much area Pine and Depaoli cover compared to the others!
https://www.washoeschools.net/cms/lib/NV01912265/Centricity/Domain/523/Documents/MS%20Zoning%20Map%20-%20Large.pdf

Mark Venner wrote a change org petition. Please sign / share / suggest an edit. It will automatically update Mr Drake with the number of signatures garnered: http://chn.ge/2ydNhk7

Option to Submit Comment Electronically on the US Forest Service NEPA Projects Website. It is a public forum.

Here is news coverage on the meeting:

http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Mixed-feelings-over-proposed-Arrowcreek-Middle-School-450543183.html

http://mynews4.com/news/local/tempers-flare-wcsd-unveils-plan-for-new-middle-school-arrowcreek-area

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A Minority View

The Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) that cover Home Owner Association (HOA) activities do not provide for owner dissent to Board actions/activities. As a voice of dissent, anyone who challenges the Home Owner Association Board of Directors within their community is given various, and not very flattering, labels. To oppose a Board action from inside the confines of the HOA is risking isolation and ridicule. However, when the Board does not act in the ‘best’ interests of the community, there should be a way to have a meaningful dialogue with the entire community aware of the actions, both positive and negative. That is what a minority voice does to inform the others and ask that they make an informed decision.

What’s this got to do with ArrowCreek?

We are being asked to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on revised CC&Rs and Bylaws. Indeed the President of the HOA has provided a position on voting ‘yes.’  That position, stated in a response to an arrowcreek411 member (identified only as “vote no”) comment (not of my hand), indicates that the accounting controls and ‘prohibitions’ of the ArrowCreek Governing Documents and NRS would prevent a future Board from contracting with the Non-residential area (Golf course) owner to provide HOA funds to support operations of that corporation. However, a close evaluation of the President’s response reveals the following facts:

1.) Internal controls of the ACHOA are absolutely consistent with sound accounting policies and practices. They are also consistent with the current governing documents but may need some minor tweaking to accommodate approved changes. These do not restrict the Board’s power to issue or engage in contracts (certainly direct cash transfers are prohibited by numerous laws and accounting practices).

2.) The revised Governing Documents add a new purpose, and responsibility, to the ACHOA and consequently the Board of Directors. That new purpose is “When such action would benefit the community and the purposes of the Association, the Association may take such action to cooperate with Nonresidential Area Owner for any purposes detailed in this Declaration or NRS 116.”  This is a vague and unlimited additional purpose of the HOA and most definitely fits within the Articles of Incorporation as an additional purpose, so there’s no conflict or restraint on the Board if this is approved.

3.) NRS 116.3102 & .3103 define the power of the Unit Owners’ Association and of the Executive Board.  Within these sections of the NRS is found the power of the Board to issue contracts within and for the community’s interests.  What’s pointed out is a conflict of interest clause. However, the ACHOA attorney has narrowly defined a ‘conflict of interest’ as a person having a direct financial interest in the action to be taken. Since no member of the Board is a ‘stock holder’ in the corporation that owns the golf course, there would be no conflict of interest ruling should a contract be let to provide services for the benefit of the community.

As this is a minority opinion, you are being urged to think carefully before voting ‘yes’ and encumbering your property with potential future dues increases or special assessments.  If you voted prior to the redline document being made available, you are entitled to change your vote, one time.

Thank you for reading and trying to understand a ‘minority’ opinion and do VOTE!!

Ron Duncan

Redlined Versions of ArrowCreek Revised Governing Documents Now Available

ArrowCreek Revised Governing Documents Update From Associa

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Arrowcreek Middle School Town Hall Meeting on Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) has announced a Townhall meeting to discuss plans for a new middle school and other phases in the Arrowcreek area. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017, at the Hunsberger Elementary School multipurpose room, 2502 Crossbow Court from 5:30-6:30 PM. WCSD staff, U.S. Forest Service and other related groups will be there. Go to http://www.WCSDbuilding.com and http://www.wcsdbuilding.com/middle-school-south-reno/ for more information.

From WCSD website: Townhall announced to discuss the project. The U.S. Forest Service is moving ahead with transferring the land. WCSD will hold a townhall at Hunsberger Elementary School on October 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

More information from USFS on their process for transferring land: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52446

Location: in process of securing land. Current frontrunner is U.S. Forest Service land across from Hunsberger Elementary School

Projected completion: Dependent on land acquisition

Status: Environmental Assessment and acquisition due diligence

Purpose: Relieve overcrowding at area middle and elementary schools, accommodate projected growth in the area.

Press release from USFS:
Washoe County School District
Arrowcreek School Campus Project

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) will host a public townhall meeting to review the Arrowcreek School Campus Project. This project is located in southwest Reno at the intersection of Thomas Creek Road and Arrowcreek Parkway. The meeting will be held on Oct. 11, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., at the Hunsberger Elementary School, 2505 Crossbow Court, Reno, NV.

WCSD proposes to build a new school campus that will be built in three phases. Phase 1 includes development of a middle school, which will provide the most immediate overcrowding relief to Depoali and Pine middle schools, as well as numerous other schools in south Reno. It is anticipated that development in phases 2 and 3 may include, but are not limited to, pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) school or specialized high school facilities.

To move forward with the Arrowcreek School Campus Project, approximately 60 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands will need to be conveyed to WCSD for educational purposes, pursuant to the Education Land Grant Act (114 Stat. 368; 16 U.S.C.A.§ 479a). The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has initiated an environmental assessment to determine whether the Forest should convey the land for the purpose of building a school campus.

The Ranger District currently has the proposed action available for a 30-day public scoping period and can be viewed on the Forest’s website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52446. Comments received by Friday, Oct. 20 will help with the preparation of the environmental assessment. Please submit your comments by emailing David Drake at ddrake@fs.fed.us or on the project website at https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=52446.
Map with an icon showing location of proposed middle school in Arrowcreek on north-west corner of the intersection of Arrowcreek Pkwy and Thomas Creek Rd:

Here is the mailer that went out:


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From One Neighbor to Another: The ACHOA Town Hall Meeting, CC&R and Bylaw Changes and the 2018 Budget

 The Town Hall meeting on 9/26/17 was held to inform residents about the proposed revision of CC&R and By Law Changes and the 2018 Budget.  The comments and questions during the meeting made it very clear that our community is well aware of the fact that the CC&R and Bylaw changes and the budget affect every home owner as attendees wanted to know and understand exactly what they would be voting on. Below are what I believe to be some of the key points of discussion.

CC&R and Bylaw Changes

Comments repeatedly touched on the proposed added HOA purpose and its implications.  This added purpose was not part of the briefing and states:

When such action would benefit the community and the purposes of the Association, the Association may take such action to cooperate with Nonresidential Area Owner for any purposes detailed in this Declaration or NRS 116. (Article II, Section 1.e)

  • The Nonresidential Area Owner is The Friends of ArrowCreek (FOA), owners of The Club of ArrowCreek (TCAC). Supporting the FOA, and with it all its members, residential, and nonresidential, by entering a contractual agreement is already allowed by the NRS 116.3102 and 3103. 3102.1. (e), and appears to be limited only by the CC&Rs’ dictated limit of a 15% annual dues increase and a 15% limit on a Special Assessment, without a community vote,  as long as it would “benefit the community” and be consistent with the HOA’s  purposes as defined in the CC&Rs and NRS. Based on the budget briefing, there is no item in the 2018 budget to cover any financial contractual agreement with TCAC, which would imply any such agreement would be an additional cost to the HOA.

Otherwise, there was no quantification or qualification of the scope of “cooperation” provided, nor what would be considered a quantifiable quid pro quo for the “benefit” to the community. The briefing let the audience also know that ACHOA Board over ruled Governing Documents Committee limiting a combined increase to 20% without a community vote.

  • The added purpose could possibly also allow the HOA board to support TCAC by opening community amenities, including an expanded Residents’ Center, to nonowner members of TCAC. The answer given was that 60%-70% of the currently around 600 club members are residents. So why is this additional ‘purpose’ necessary?

The 2018 Budget

The budget briefing informed the audience of the proposed 14% ($30) increase in HOA monthly dues to $248/mo equal to a $390K/yr increase in operating revenues.

The biggest increases in operating expenses and capital project fund expenses include:

$250K for architect & engineering expenses for the proposed expansion of the Residents’ Center

$230K increase for payroll and benefit expenses

$40K for professional services

$51K for repair and maintenance

Grand total revenue deficit:  $450K.

Conflict of Interest

A home owner brought up the concern of conflict of interest (COI). The HOA president, Bob Kirtley, stated that since none of the board members are equity members of TCAC, none of the board members have a conflict of interest. No further discussion ensued.

The Administrative Committee, of which I am a member, was tasked by the board to draft a COI policy for the community.  The draft was approved by board counsel and is now in the hands of the board for final review and approval.

The COI policy draft was written based on the NRS, and in the spirit of the Stockton vs. Wheeler principle:

 …no person can, at one and the same time, faithfully serve two masters representing diverse or inconsistent interests with respect to the service to be performed.

Based on the COI policy draft, any board or committee member would have to declare any conflict between any commitment in a private (financial or personal) capacity, and his/her official responsibilities, including any ongoing commitment in a private capacity through family members or through any other related parties, such as businesses, groups or associations.

The question I did not get to ask during the meeting is if the COI policy is approved and if the amended CC&Rs are approved, since some of our Board members are golf club members, and as such have a commitment in a private capacity, how would the board intend to handle decisions allowed by the open ended commitment they are making in the CC&R amendment to cooperate with TCAC?

Summary of the Town Hall Meeting discussion points:

  1. If approved, the existing and amended new CC&Rs will without a vote of the owner:
    • Grant the board the power to “cooperate” with the owners of TCAC (Article II, Section 1.e).
    • Maintain the ACHOA Board’s authority to:
      • implement a budget, but expand the authority to include costs related  to “cooperation” with TCAC (Article II, Section 5).
      • raise monthly dues by 15% and implement a special assessment of 15% for any purpose of the HOA year after year, but expand the authority to include the purpose of “cooperation” with TCAC (Article III, Sections 4 and 5)

    as long as it is deemed  to “benefit” the community.

  2. The 2018 budget will be approved by the ACHOA Board unless rejected by 50%+1 lot owners at the annual meeting on Tuesday, December 05, 2017, (Article II, Section 5).

Thinking ahead, this could mean:

  • HOA dues increase in 2018 from currently $218/mo to $248/mo per 2018 budget.
  • Special assessment of another 15% in 2018 to cover the budget’s underfunding of $450K, bringing our HOA dues up to $285/mo (equal to a $480K/yr increase in operating revenues).
  • In 2019, to cover any additional expenses such as the expansion of the Residents Center, additional increases in HOA dues would be necessary. Another 15% x2 increases would raise dues to $376/mo.

I left the meeting with more questions than answers.  I am pleased that the board decided to provide homeowners with a redlined version of the CC&R and Bylaw changes and it has been made available for review via email blast to homeowners.

I am submitting this summary to the AC 411 website to invite helpful commentary and information and to continue the discussion.

From one neighbor to another,

Respectfully,

B. McGhee

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Are You Thinking About Running for Office? Nominations for 2018 ACHOA Board Due Soon

CANDIDATE NOMINATION FORM – Deadline to Submit October 25th

NOMINATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL BOARD ELECTION

This year there are three (3) board positions up for election.  The deadline to submit nominations is October 25, 2017 (the election results will be announced at the Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017).  We hope you will consider running for the board.  If you have any questions about what is involved in being on the board, please contact our Community Manager Jeanne Tarantino at Associa Sierra North.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/PRINT THE BOARD CANDIDATE NOMINATION FORMS

MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT!

Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Location: ?? ACHOA Website says THE CLUB AT ARROWCREEK but then says the ACHOA Residents Center in the words below.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . . MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT, NOVEMBER 14TH! – Please mark your calendar to attend the Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday November 14, 2017 6-7:30 PM at the ACHOA Residents Center.  If you are running for the board, or just want to meet the people who are, we hope you will attend!

Click here for more information and the forms to file.

Then on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the Annual ACHOA Members Meeting, Budget Ratification & Election will be held (at TBD) starting at 6:00 PM.

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