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SUNDANCE GAZETTE - SPRING 2002

WEBSITE A MUST FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION
www.sundance-missions.com is the place to find the answers to most question about your community. The Association website serves as an informational tool for both current residents and prospective owners. The website saves time and effort of Board members by making facts about Sundance readily available at any time of the day or night. There is also a link on the site to contact the Association with inquiries. There is even a map of the community and a Lost & Found section on the site. Next time you log on, go to your community website and save it as a favorite source for future reference.

NEW FACES IN THE COMMUNITY
Several properties have been sold or leased over the last few months. This means new faces and new neighbors in Sundance. We welcome Ruben Sierra & Raquel Carbajal, Yoshimori & Mitshuyo Tanaka, Fernando & Yvonne Ortiz, Julio & Blanca Lostao, Richard & Sarah Taylor, Juliette Guri & Carlos Berrios, and Evelyn Williamson.
If you see a new face on your block, take a moment to say “Hello” and meet your neighbors. It might surprise you that some of them have been here longer than you think. Meeting and knowing your neighbors now could prove to be extremely helpful in times of need such as storm preparations, keeping watch on your property when out of town, or if a last minute babysitter is needed.

“BE PREPARED” NOT JUST FOR SCOUTS
As we all prepare for the 2002 storm season it is imperative that every owner assess their property for potential hazards. Be sure that trees and palms are trimmed as overgrown branches can do considerable damage to roofs and vehicles. Make sure that patio furniture and children’s toys are secure so that they do not become flying missiles during a storm. It is better to ACT than REACT.

REMINDERS
THE SPEED LIMIT IN SUNDANCE IS 15 MPH.
ANY EXTERIOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY THE ASSOCIATION.

NEW FACES ON THE BOARD
The Board of Directors of the Association met during the Spring months and put the finishing touches on the long-awaited road improvement project. President Mike Robbie and the board's secretary were instrumental in supervising the project that kept any inconvenience to the residents at an absolute minimum. The board's secretary also worked closely with the contractor to confirm that all of the terms of the contract were met before final payment was made. The final inspections have been completed and the Association has signed off on the project. It is anticipated that past problems with water retention and drainage will be eliminated during the rainy season now that the work is finished.

In a related matter, the Board has determined that the road project depleted the Association’s reserve funds to a cautious level. After much discussion it was determined that the Board should exercise their rights according to the bylaws and increase the homeowner’s assessment by 10%. This would raise the semi-annual dues from $231 to $254 (a total of $46 per year). The motion passed unanimously. It should be noted that this increase is the first since the Homeowner’s Association began in 1987.

In other Association news, The Board has welcomed Martha Victoria to the Board to serve the remainder of the term of Rosalyn Gherardi. The Board also accepted, with regret, the resignation of Stuart Sax due to medical and personal reasons. Stuart has agreed to continue to assist the Association with the Sundance Gazette and with the annual picnic. All owners in good standing are eligible to serve on the Board, which is a voluntary position. Interested owners should contact the Association my phone or email if interested in serving their community in this capacity.

Members of the Architectural Committee canvassed the community and left notices regarding improvements that need to be made to the owner‘s property. Problems continue to exist with deteriorating mailboxes and overgrown landscaping. Letters have been sent to those violators and fines will be assessed if the cited work is not completed within the required time frame. The Committee plans follow-up visits and another walk through within the next month. Landscape work should be completed as soon as possible now that the storm season has started. Questions should be directed to the website and Association email address or phone.