Author Archives: Thaddeus Fedoruk

New HOA Manager

With the departure of Maritza Sosa, Cadden Management has assigned Jose Becerra to assume the job as our HOA Manager. His contact information is:

Email: Jose Becerra, HOA Manager

Phone: (520) 297-0797
FAX:      (520) 742-2618
For after hours assistance please call:  520-408-4561

Holiday Lights

A common question that arises during the holiday season is, “Does the HOA have a policy or rule on Christmas lights?” The answer to that question is “no”.

The usual and customary practice within the community, is that folks put up decorations around Thanksgiving and remove them a week or so after New Year’s Day. All holiday decorations are generally removed by the end of January.

Where did the tradition of Christmas lights on houses come from?

Outdoor Christmas light displays on houses evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. The tradition of lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.

Christmas trees displayed publicly and illuminated with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century. By the mid-20th century, it became customary to display strings of electric lights along streets and on buildings; Christmas decorations detached from the Christmas tree itself. In the United States, it became popular to outline private homes with such Christmas lights in tract housing beginning in the 1960s.

Helpful Tips for Avoid Holiday Lighting Hassles

  • Avoid using noisy or music-generating exterior decorations.
    At the very least, turn off those decorations by 9PM.
  • Use a timer 
    This saves you money on your electric bill, by avoiding having your lights on all night.
  • Be mindful that going all “Clark Griswold” with your decorations, might just ruin your neighbors’ enjoyment of the holiday season. That timer can save you hassles and money.

Originally Posted November 2018

Winter Prep Your Home

Here in Southern Arizona, unlike in the North, “Winter” is usually spelled with a lower-case “w”; yet we can still experience sub-freezing nights. Desert home plumbing systems are usually not built to withstand extremely cold nights; so some precautions are necessary to avoid costly damage to your home.  Here are ten helpful tips to get your home ready. – T.Fedoruk

You’ll get a full season’s worth of savings, comfort and peace of mind by taking a few steps now to get your home ready for cold weather.

By Christopher Solomon, MSN

So you’ve pulled your sweaters out of mothballs and found your mittens at the bottom of the coat closet. But what about your house?  Is it prepared for the cold months ahead?  You’ll be a lot less comfortable in the coming months if you haven’t girded Home Sweet Home for Old Man Winter.

With the help of several experts, we’ve boiled down your autumn to-do list to 10 easy tips:

  1. Clean those gutters Once the leaves fall, remove them and other debris, especially those annoying beans, from your home’s gutters — by hand, by scraper or spatula, and finally by a good hose rinse — so that winter’s rain and that rare melting snow can drain. As you’re hosing out your gutters, look for leaks and misaligned pipes. Also, make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the house’s foundation, where it could cause flooding or other water damage.
  2. Block those leaks One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious leaks around your house, both inside and out, experts say. The average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall, according to EarthWorks Group.
    • Inside First, find the leaks: On a breezy day, walk around inside holding a lit incense stick to the most common drafty areas: recessed lighting, window and door frames, electrical outlets. Then, buy door sweeps to close spaces under exterior doors, and caulk or apply tacky rope caulk to those drafty spots, says Danny Lipford, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Today’s Homeowner.”  Outlet gaskets can easily be installed in electrical outlets that share a home’s outer walls, where cold air often enters.
    • Outside Seal leaks with weather-resistant caulk.  For brick and stucco areas, use masonry sealer, which will better stand up to freezing and thawing. “Even if it’s a small crack, it’s worth sealing up,” Lipford says. “It also discourages any insects from entering your home.”
  1. Insulate yourself “Another thing that does cost a little money — but boy, you do get the money back quick — is adding insulation to the existing insulation in the attic,” says Lipford. “Regardless of the climate conditions you live in, in the (U.S.) you need a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in your attic.” Don’t clutter your brain with R-values or measuring tape, though.  Here’s Lipford’s rule of thumb on whether you need to add insulation: “If you go into the attic and you can see the ceiling joists you know you don’t have enough, because a ceiling joist is at most 10 or 11 inches.” A related tip: If you’re layering insulation atop other insulation, don’t use the kind that has “kraft face” finish (i.e., a paper backing).  It acts as a vapor barrier, Lipford explains, and therefore can cause moisture problems in the insulation.
  2. Check the furnace First, turn your furnace on now, to make sure it’s even working, before the coldest weather descends.  A strong, odd, short-lasting smell is natural when firing up the furnace in the autumn; simply open windows to dissipate it.  But if the smell lasts a long time, shut down the furnace and call a HVAC professional to check your furnace.  It’s a good idea to have furnaces cleaned and tuned annually.  Costs will often run about $100-$125.  An inspector should do the following, among other things:
    • Make sure that the thermostat and pilot light are working properly.
    • Make sure that the fuel pipe entering your furnace doesn’t have a leak.
    • Check the heat exchanger for cracks — a crack can send carbon monoxide into the home.
    • Change the filter.
    • Throughout the winter you should change the furnace filters regularly (check them monthly). A dirty filter impedes air flow, reduces efficiency and could even cause a fire in an extreme case. Toss out the dirty fiberglass filters; reusable electrostatic or electronic filters can be washed.
  1. Get your ducts in a row According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home with central heating can lose up to 60% of its heated air before that air reaches the vents if ductwork is not well connected and insulated, or if it must travel through unheated spaces.  That’s a huge amount of wasted money, not to mention a chilly house. (Check out this audit tool for other ideas on how to save on your energy bills this winter.)   Ducts aren’t always easy to see, but you can often find them exposed in the attic, the basement and in crawlspaces. Repair places where pipes are pinched, which impedes flow of heated air to the house, and fix gaps with a metal-backed tape (duct tape actually doesn’t stand up to the job over time).  Ducts also should be vacuumed once every few years, to clean out the abundant dust, animal hair and other gunk that can gather in them and cause respiratory problems.
  2. Face your windows According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average home loses up to 30% of its heating and cooling energy through air leaks around windows and doors. Old, leaky, double-pane windows are a major source of heat (and money) loss.  If your windows are leaky or drafty, they need to be updated to a more efficient window. New, efficient windows will also save to cooling costs when summer comes back around. Of course, new windows are pricey. Budget to replace them a few at a time, and in the meantime, buy a window insulator kit, Lipford recommends.  Basically, the kit is plastic sheeting that’s affixed to a windows interior with double-stick tape. A hair dryer is then used to shrink-wrap the sheeting onto the window. (It can be removed in the spring.) “It’s temporary and it’s not pretty, but it’s inexpensive (about $4 a window) and it’s extremely effective,” says Lipford.
  3. What about the chimney?
    • Natural Gas Fireplaces If you’re using a clean-burning natural gas fireplace, annual chimney sweeping is not required. You should however, check to see that the flue damper and chimney are functional and unobstructed. To keep out cold air, gas fireplaces should have glass doors installed, and keep them closed when the fireplace isn’t in use.
    • Word Burning Fireplaces Ideally, spring is the time to think about your chimney, because “chimney sweeps are going crazy right now, as you might have guessed,” says Ashley Eldridge, former director of education for the Chimney Safety Institute of America.  That said, don’t put off your chimney needs before using your fireplace, Eldridge advises. ”  A common myth is that chimney needs to be swept every year,” says Eldridge.  Not true. But a chimney should at least be inspected before use each year, he adds.” I’ve seen tennis balls and ducks in chimneys,” he says.  Ask for a Level 1 inspection, in which the professional examines the readily accessible portions of the chimney, Eldridge says.  “Most certified chimney sweeps include a Level 1 service with a sweep,” he adds. 
    • Wood Burning Stoves Woodstoves are a different beast, however, cautions Eldridge.  They should be swept more than once a year.  A general rule of thumb is that a cleaning should be performed for every ¼ inch of creosote, “anywhere that it’s found.”  Why? “If it’s ash, then it’s primarily lye — the same stuff that was once used to make soap, and it’s very acidic.”  It can cause mortar and the metal damper to rot, Eldridge says. Another tip: Buy a protective cap for your chimney, with a screen, advises Eldridge. “It’s probably the single easiest protection” because it keeps out foreign objects (birds, tennis balls) as well as rain that can mix with the ash and eat away at the fireplace’s walls.  He advises buying based on durability, not for its decorativeness.
    • One other reminder To keep out cold air, fireplace owners should keep their chimney’s damper closed when the fireplace isn’t in use.  And for the same reason, woodstove owners should have glass doors on their stoves, and keep them closed when the stove isn’t in use. Check out the CSIA’S Web site for a list of certified chimneysweeps in your area.
  1. Reverse that fan Reversing your ceiling fan is a small tip that people don’t often think of doing. By reversing its direction from the summer operation, the fan will push warm air downward and force it to recirculate, keeping you more comfortable. Here’s how you know the fan is ready for winter: look up, the blades should be turning clockwise. 
  2. Wrap those pipes
    • A burst pipe caused by a winter freeze is a nightmare. Prevent it before freezing nights hit. You can protect your exterior water spigots by simply purchasing little Styrofoam cups with a screw attachment for a few dollars that help insulate then from the cold.
    • Next, go looking for other exposed pipes that aren’t insulated, or that pass through unheated spaces; pipes that run along the outside of your house or in your garage. Wrap them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation, available at hardware stores. If you’re really worried about the pipe freezing, you can first wrap it with heating tape, which is basically an electrical cord that emits heat. If you have already wrapped your pipes in a previous year, check the condition of the insulation and heating tape, to make sure they are in good condition.
    • During those nights of extreme cold (<25 DegF), for added safety, (1) allow a faucet to drip very slowly, and (2) open the cabinet doors of vanities that are mounted along exterior facing walls. Moving water has less chance of freezing at these extreme lower temperatures, and with the cabinet doors open, cold air will not get trapped under the sink. A little water loss is better than a burst pipe in your ceiling or exterior wall. Just remember to close the faucet completely, once daylight and warmer temperatures return.
  1. Finally, check those alarms This is a great time to check the operation — and change the batteries — on your home’s smoke detectors. Detectors should be replaced every 10 years, say fire officials. Test them — older ones in particular — with a small bit of actual smoke, and not just by pressing the “test” button. Check to see that your fire extinguisher is still where it should be, and still works. Invest in a carbon monoxide detector; every home should have at least one. Prices range from $12 to $200, with many excellent detectors below $30.

 

10/27 BOD Meeting Highlights

The Board meet on-line via Go-To-Meeting on October 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM.  The meeting notice was posted on the Association’s website and an email posting to Association members (48) that have provided a email to the HOA. The meeting was attended by four of the five directors, Derald Owens, Todd Fedoruk, Joe Recchio, Hugh Mosher, and HOA Manager Maritza Sosa. A quorum being reached, the meeting proceeded.

  • Homeowner Input
    • A letter was received from two households (1) questioning the need to expend funds for street sweeping, (2) requesting a tree stump removal and wanting replacement trees planted in the common area, that were recently removed, and (3) give consideration to replacing the existing roadway with new asphalt, as opposed to continuing crack seal and chip seal layer maintenance.
  • Board Response
    • Homeowners questioning the value of street sweeping is a annual event around Budget time. Street Sweeping is performed quarterly, at an annual cost of $7.35/Lot. In years past, this service was cancelled to save money, then reinstated, after homeowners  complained about debris accumulating on the roadway and neighbors bickering over who was responsible for sweeping up leaves and other debris not from their yard.  This year, the Board has decided to cancel the sweeping service starting in 2022, and apply the $470 annual savings to the capital reserve fund. Homeowners will be responsible for maintaining the appearance of their section of roadway adjacent to their property, regardless of the origin of the debris. If this change in policy results in a deteriorating appearance of the community, or excessive enforcement action by the Board, the decision to reinstate the street sweeping service will addressed.
    • Common Area Tree Replacement
      The Board will investigate the cost of replacing the two trees lost in the common area. This area lacks irrigation and will require a means to providing water for the trees to survive, until they “take hold”. Replacing these trees and providing a means for their survival will be a capital expense, that will most likely require a special assessment and approval by the Association members.  As for the stump removal, the Common Area is a “natural” landscape, so removing the stump was not planned for in the scope of work.  We will investigate the cost of stump removal and decide the course of action at a later date.
    • Road Replacement
      According the Cactus Asphalt, our roads are capable of receiving one possibly two chip seal layers before an asphalt replacement is required. We have reached out to Cactus to receive a budgetary estimate for an asphalt replacement. In the meantime, the current plan is to apply a chip seal layer in 2027. 
  • Minutes for the October 15, 2020 Approved
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Operating Fund is in good shape; expenses are within budget.
    • Reserve Fund is down after planned expenses for road and tree maintenance. A portion of the planned 2022 5.5% increase in the assessment, and the $470 from the cancelled street sweeping expense will be added to the Capital Reserve Fund.
    • No Unpaid Invoices
    • Delinquent Assessments total $141; the majority of which is from one homeowner.
  • New Business
    • Cadden Management fee increases by 5.3% for 2022, to cover inflationary costs. Other office expenses from Cadden increase as well.
    • Budget for 2022 Approved
      • Increase of 5.5% was approved to meet inflationary increases in administration and capital funding requirements. 
      • The Quarterly Assessment increases by $3.75 ($15.00 annually). The 2022 Association assessment will be $72 per quarter ($288 annually).
      • The Street Sweeping operating expense ($470) will be cancelled for 2022. The savings in this operating expense will be added to the capital reserve fund.
  • Call for Candidates
    Two Boards seats are “open” for 2022.  A mailing will be sent to each Owner of the Lot, seeking candidates for these seats.  Joe Recchio is seeking reelection for another 3-year term. The deadline for having your name on the ballot in time for the Annual Meeting packet printing is November 30. After that date, anyone wishing to run for a seat on the Board will have to be a “write-in” candidate. 
  • Annual Meeting
    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 5:30 PM is the date for the Annual Meeting of the Association. At present, the Oro Valley Library is not accepting meeting room reservations, so this meeting will be an on-line meeting.  One meeting packet and ballot, will be mailed to the Owner of the Lot, in early January 2022, pursuant to State Law.  

 

Call for Candidates

Two Boards seats are “open” for 2022.  A mailing will be sent to each Owner of the Lot, seeking candidates for these seats.  Joe Recchio is seeking reelection for another 3-year term. The deadline for having your name on the ballot in time for the Annual Meeting packet printing is November 30. After that date, anyone wishing to run for a seat on the Board will have to be a “write-in” candidate. 

An election will be held, with ballots mailed to Association Members in early January 2022, as part of our Annual Meeting activities. The Annual meeting is set for Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 5:00 PM.  At present, the meeting will be held on-line. 

 

Oct 27 BOD Meeting 5PM

The Board of Directors’ Meeting will be on-line via smartphone, tablet or PC, using the Go-To-Meeting application.  You can can also just listen to the audio portion of the meeting by dialing in with your phone.
 
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
 
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
 
Access Code: 706-754-061
 

New Exterior Design Guidelines

The Canada Hills Community Association (CHCA) has revised their design guidelines entitled: Design Review Guidelines Standards for the Modification to the Exterior of Existing Homes-March 2021.  The CHCA (formerly known as the Master Association), has overall design restrictions for the 21 Villages of Canada Hills; of which Eagles Bluff is Village 14.

Keep in mind that the CHCA allows Village Design Guidelines to be more restrictive, but not less restrictive, than CHCA Design Guidelines. This revision clarifies what external modifications require a CHCA Design Review submittal and approval.

As a reminder to all homeowners, modifications to the exterior of your home usually requires approval from our Eagles Bluff Design Review Committee.  As a “rule of thumb” if the exterior design modification does not require a submittal the the Canada Hills DRC,  then the Eagles Bluff DRC does not require a submittal as well. If you are in doubt, always contact our HOA Manager for guidance, before you begin your project planning

If your external design modification does require Canada Hills DRC review and approval, you must first submit your planned modification to the Eagles Bluff DRC for review and approval,  This two-step approval process is explained on our website.

Submitting a Complaint

Submitting a Complaint for an Enforcement Committee Investigation

To file a complaint over an alleged rules violation, please contact our HOA Manager, either by phone or e-mail. You must include the following information:

Who are you (Your name, CH14 Eagles Bluff, Phone Number);
What is the complaint;
When did it happen; and
Where did it happen?

If the complaint involves a vehicle, please include the license plate number. Got a camera phone? Click it and email it to us!

Please note: The HOA and the Management Team cannot act upon any anonymous or unsubstantiated complaints submitted to the office. 

You can reach our HOA Manager, at Cadden Community Management:
Phone: (520) 297-0797
FAX:      (520) 742-2618
For after hours assistance please call:  520-408-4561

Mail:
Eagles Bluff Canada Hills Village 14
c/o Cadden Community Management
1870 W Prince Road, Suite 47
Tucson, AZ 85705-2969

Email: Maritza Sosa, HOA Manager

Monsoon or Non-soon?

Since 2008, the National Weather Service has identified Tucson’s official monsoon season as starting June 15 and ending Sept. 30. The storms bring much needed moisture to the desert, but often come with lightning, high winds, flash flooding, hail and driving conditions that can be dangerous.

While the 2020 monsoon season was labeled a “non-soon”, after being the second-driest summer on record, 2021 brings the promise of summer rains.

The NWS 2021 Monsoon Outlook

Here is a short check list to prepare for this annual event.

Emergency Contact:

Are you away for the summer? Have you left emergency contact information with our HOA Manager? Storm damage to your home can be lessened if we can contact you quickly; so you can begin the process of damage mitigation and repair.

Your home:

  • Check the condition of your roof and gutters.
    Broken or missing tiles; and clogged drainage ways can cause roof leakages.
  • Keep a working flash light or two handy for power outages; candles, if you’re the romantic type.
  • Battery operated radio.
  • Cell Phone Booster Battery.
    Unlike landlines, cell towers may or may not work during power outages; be aware that your cell phone may not function. Your cell phone definitely will not work on a dead battery. Keep a booster battery handy and charged. 
    Tip: You can charge your phone with your car’s USB outlet too.

Your yard:

  • Trim large over hanging branches.
    High winds and downdrafts can split or topple a tree.
  • “Beans” – Clean-up your yard before storm water carries these beans down the street to your neighbor’s yard.
  • Wind-blown yard furniture is a hazard. Anchor it down or stow it away.

Additional Monsoon Information Resources

Original Posting: June 2018