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Greetings from the Board – May 2024

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Matt Wood, VCA President
Center Pointe Neighborhood

Greetings from the “New” Board:  Yes, we have 3 new Board members following the vote in March.  Ryan Hall, Kathleen Hernandez and Barbara Stough are new Board members and Joe Affinati was reelected for another 2-year term. 

We had our first BoD meeting with the new members on April 25th and gave an updated status on:  The RVB streetlights (reviewing proposals for removal) and the landscape rock replenishment project.  Landscape rock is on the reserve study to be replaced/replenished every 10 years and we were 2 to 3 years behind.  We have new rock on RVB, Innovation Parkway and Desert Fairways and in our parks.   

The standing committees have all had their first meetings with new members and it appears, we’ll have a very short learning curve.

I would like to thank the new board members and new committee members for “stepping up” and volunteering and also to encourage more members to take a look at the HOA and consider volunteering for next year.

Did You Know – May 2024

Randy Kohout
Honey Bee Canyon Estates

A large portion of the work of the Vistoso Community Association is performed by member volunteers.  Last month the Board of Directors appointed Committee members for 2024.  The following a list of your committees and the volunteers supporting each committee:

Snapshot – May 2024

Barbara Daoust
General Manager
First Service Residential

If you missed the April 25, 2024, VCA Annual Meeting, here are the highlights of the Manager’s Report. The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for May 30, 2024.

Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Streetlights
The VCA Board of Directors approved to shut the streetlights off effective March 18, 2024, and continue to solicit feedback from members.

The streetlight issue has been researched and discussed over the last three years. The association employed a lighting engineer, Monrad Engineering, to analyze the current conditions of the streetlights. The parts for the fixtures that were replaced in 2013 are no longer available and the manufacturer is no longer in business. The board has considered several options to address the failing infrastructure. The association did meet with the Town of Oro Valley which has no interest in taking over the maintenance and operations of the lights. The final decision came down to the replacement and repair of the current system at a cost of $750,000 to $1 Million or turn them off and remove at $250,000.

Currently management is soliciting proposals for the removal and disposal of the poles that are in the right of way. An estimate is being provided for neighborhood monuments at Las Colinas, Sunset Ridge and Vistoso Highlands that were tied into the streetlighting system.

Entryway Monuments
At the March 15, 2024, meeting the board awarded this project to AAA Landscape. The project encompasses refurbishing the entrance monuments at Rancho Vistoso Blvd. & Tangerine. The focus of this project is to reduce water consumption. Management has already met with the contractor to review the scope of the work. Once the contract is signed a schedule will be set. The monument lettering will be refreshed by Territorial Sign Company at RVB & Oracle, RVB & Tangerine, and RVB & Vistoso Highlands.

Capital Projects
Irrigation
– The irrigation repairs along Innovation Park Dr. started on March 18, 2024. This part of the project will address approximately 2,100 linear feet of irrigation line. The second half of the project will be making repairs to 2,300 linear feet on the north side of Desert Fairway Dr. between Toucan Dr. and W Sand Rake Dr. Anticipated start date is April 15, 2024, and should take approximately two weeks weather permitting. Gravel replenishment for both locations will follow.
Granite Replenish Project – The first phase of the project began on March 25, 2024, with Hohokam, Wildlife Ridge, Sunset Ridge Parks and Woodshade Trail. Venture West has permitted a staging area on one of their parcels along Innovation Park Dr. The below locations are included in this project.

  • Common areas bordering Innovation Park Drive between Rancho Vistoso Blvd & Tangerine
  • Common areas bordering the perimeters of Bella Vista, St Andrews Ph1 & Ph2
  • Eastern corner of Innovation and Rancho Vistoso Blvd
  • Common areas tracts at Horizons & Vistoso Heights
  • Common area tracts bordering streets (W Moore Rd, Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Arrowsmith, and Woodburne Ave) throughout neighborhood 7
  • Wildlife Ridge Park
  • Hohokam Park
  • Sunset Ridge Park
  • Woodshade Trail – Sunset Ridge Park to Rancho Vistoso Blvd
  • Big Wash Park

Erosion Projects

  • Big View Ct. Channel – VCA received approval from the Town of Oro Valley to proceed with repairs per the engineering designs. Currently bids are being solicited for this project.
  • 27 Mile – The Town of Oro Valley is reviewing the design plans for this project. Once we receive approval, we will request an updated estimate from Total Maintenance Erosion Control to repair the drainage channel.
  • Bridal Veil – Bogardus Engineering provided the preliminary plan which is currently being reviewed by the Town of Oro Valley.

Builder Transitions

  • The Town of Oro Valley still holds the Pulte bond for the west side of Moore Loop Road near the Valley Vista neighborhood.
  • The association met with Mattamy Homes to clarify the ownership and the process of transfer of Moore Loop Park to the master. We are waiting for the corrected deed from Mattamy Homes to be able to accept the park. The Town of Oro Valley still holds the bond for this project.

2024 Election Results
The 2024 Election results are below.

2023 Annual Election, Meeting Minutes, IRS Revenue Ruling 70604 Results:

Category# Of Members with Voting RightsTotal Votes2023 Annual Meeting MinutesIRS 70-604
YesNoYesNo
Commercial1,52563358505850
Other Than Single Family65027023712345
Single Family5,1331,3651,21218122524

The 2023 Annual Meeting minutes and the IRS 70-604 were approved.

Election of Board Single Family Seats:

Candidate# Of Votes
Joe Affinati (2-year term)1061
Ryan Hall (2-year term)971
Kathleen Hernandez (1-year term)918
Barbara Stough (1-year term)817

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Candidate# Of Votes
Rob Feltes (2-year term)585

The following candidates were elected to the Board of Directors, Single Family Seats: Joe Affinati (2-year term), Ryan Hall (2-year term), Kathleen Hernandez (1-year term) and Barbara Stough (1-year term); and Commercial category: Rob Feltes (2-year term).

Members Corner – May 2024

Dan Sturman – Center Pointe Neighborhood

VCA Member Dan Sturmon asked that we alert members to look out for an invasive plant species now being seen in Rancho Vistoso called Stinknet.  Dan provided the attached information from Desert Oasis regarding this quick growing and difficult to irradicate invader.

Stinknet (Oncosiphon piluliferum): Tucson’s Unwanted Guest

Stinknet is the not-so-friendly invader that’s made its way to Tucson from the Phoenix area. Originally from South Africa, this invasive plant has found a home in our desert landscape.

Stinknet’s rapid spread in the Tucson area has become a cause for concern among conservationists and residents alike because it is so proliferate and hard to kill. Even Roundup won’t kill it!

For more information click HERE.

Critter of the Month for May 2024

Our Critter of the Month is Jesse!

Jesse is a very sweet Basenji boy. He loves walking around his neighborhood.

The Basenji origin is the African Congo so the Southern Arizona climate seems to suit him just fine. The Basenji is considered to be the oldest dog breed. Jesse is a resident of the Reflections neighborhood.

If you have not met Jesse while he is out on one of his multiple daily walks you probably don’t even know he is your neighbor since Basenji’s cannot bark!

~ Photo Courtesy of Joe Affinati of the Reflections neighborhood

A Friendly Reminder Regarding Wildlife

We live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert and share our neighborhoods with the wildlife that has been here long before our homes. Coyotes, bobcats, javelinas, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, gila monsters, and birds of prey can pose a danger to humans and their pets. We must be aware of our surroundings and avoid confronting these animals. Maintain your distance and do not behave in a threatening manner. If you encounter a rattlesnake, please call 911 immediately to have it removed. Also, do not feed or supply water to wild animals since they may become more brazen.

Lets Talk Water! OV Path forward Video and Podcast

Let’s Talk Water! Balancing OV’s water supply with future demand is a high priority for OV residents. Now available on the OVPathForward.com, learn about OV’s water resources, use, and more. Visit the “How OV Sustains” page to read a short report, watch a video, listen to a podcast and most importantly, share your ideas. Your participation is critical to establishing the vision, values, and goals for Oro Valley’s future.

Join OVPathForward.com to participate today!

For more information click HERE.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT A ROCHE GALLERY EXHIBITION – May 22

The Ventana Gallery at Roche Tissue Diagnostics

1910 E Innovation Park Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755

Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, May 22, 2024         5pm-7pm

Roche Tissue Diagnostics, in partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, is holding its annual virtual and in-person photography exhibition, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT.

We invite the community to a free admission opening reception on May 22nd, from 5 PM – 7 PM at Roche Tissue Diagnostics’ Ventana Gallery. ​This opening night reception also includes complimentary libations, light snacks, and music.

Click HERE to register.

Local Musicians at the New Westward Look Palm Terrace

Select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Monthly

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa 245 E Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704

  • Saturday 5/18, 11 AM – 5 PM DJ Jonas Hunter (Poolside)
  • Sunday 5/19, 5PM – 7PM, Sheryl Ann McKinley (Jazz)
  • Friday 5/24, 6PM – 8 PM Nico Barberan Band (Rock)
  • Saturday 5/25, 11 AM – 4 PM, DJ Robert Felix
  • Sunday 5/26, 5 PM – 7 PM, Joe Bourne and Chris Peña (Jazz)

Tables available on a first-come first-serve basis

The events take place in Palm Terrace at Westward Look. During or after the show, enjoy special drink offers and food from the Palm Terrace menu.

Grand re-opening of Oro Valley’s Naranja Park – May 18

Naranja Park Grand Reopening
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: 810 W. Naranja Drive

The Town of Oro Valley invites community members of all ages to join in the celebration of the grand re-opening of Naranja Park on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 9 a.m. The park is located at 810 W. Naranja Drive, just east of La Cañada Drive.

This free event celebrates the addition of a splash pad, skate park, pump track for bicycles, two new multi-purpose fields, four pickleball courts, more than 440 new parking spaces, as well as key infrastructure upgrades to the power, water and irrigation systems throughout the park.

For more information click HERE.

MOVIE ON THE LAWN AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER – May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Oro Valley Community Center, 10555 N. La Canada Dr. 
Details:  The movie will begin shortly after sundown (7:30 p.m.) and will be hosted on the backside of the facility near the golf driving range. This is a free community event and will feature the 2023 animated Pixar film, Elemental. 

National Trails Day – 6/1

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE
Date: Saturday, June 1
Time: 
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Catalina State Park
Details: Grab your flashlight and join us at Catalina State Park to celebrate National Trails Day! This is a family-friendly hike for individuals 8 years and up. Registration is required and the link is posted below!
Registration Link: Click here

ROUNDUP AT THE RANCH 5K – June 22

ROUNDUP AT THE RANCH 5K
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 6:22 p.m.
Location: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road

Details: The annual Roundup at the Ranch 5k will take place along the CDO multi-use path, beginning and ending at Steam Pump Ranch with food trucks, entertainment, and more! Runners, walkers and strollers welcome! Prizes will be awarded to overall male and female winners and first through third place winners of ten-year age groups. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Town’s Round Up for Youth Recreation Scholarship Program. Children 12 and under race for free with a paying adult.

Adult Registration Link: Click here
Age 12 & Under Registration: Click here