As announced in this message from our mailing list, the association board created the Management Vendor Search Committee, charged with a number of tasks related to selection of a management company starting in 2020.
The first meeting of the committee is Saturday, May 26 at 9am in the picnic area at Roma Park adjacent to Roma Drive. We recommend attendees bring a chair and water.
As a “Committee of the Board” in section 5.1 of our bylaws, this committee will announce our meetings and invite homeowner attendance similar to the board’s regular meetings as required in Arizona’s HOA open meeting laws (see ARS 33-1804). Homeowners who attend will be given an opportunity to participate and contribute at times, but the meeting is not being conducted as an “open discussion forum”.
At this first meeting we’ll be working on the overall plan and timeframe, and discuss criteria for possible inclusion in the Request for Proposal (RFP) that will be made available to management companies seeking to provide a proposal. The committee is chaired by association president Ray, and the other two members are the association vice president Julia and the association secretary Andres.
Our contract with our current company, AAM, began in January 2016 and was for 3 years, which ends December 31, 2019. Starting now in establishing the process to select the vendor for 2020 gives us plenty of time to create a good RFP, interview potential companies, and make a selection with time to plan and communicate any transition tasks.
I asked resident and landscape-savvy Dan to give us some advice on getting rid of the pesky weeds that never seem to go away.— Ray
Do you have weeds now? Everyone has weeds! Right!? But what are weeds? Weeds are simply undesirable plants, and they come from all over the world. Common weeds are known to steal nutrients & water from desired plants, spread & outcompete desired plants, become physically dangerous, and/or have poisonous or toxic materials. For instance, a Desert Broom can overtake a Texas Sage and the rest of the other desired plants in the yard, until only Desert Broom is present. Ask any adult who grew up riding bikes in the valley about why preventing Goatheads (dry Puncturevine fruits) is worthwhile.
Here’s a few methods to consider:
Quick & Dirty Method:
- Buy & use a broad-spectrum post-emergent herbicide like RoundUp, generally available at local big box stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, & Ace Hardware.
- Be very careful when using broad-spectrum post-emergent herbicides like RoundUp, as they can easily damage or kill desired plants after contact.
Generally, the best method is to apply or have applied a pre-emergent herbicide to your entire landscape, usually in the end of fall and beginning of spring. Then use or have used post-emergent for the weeds found between pre-emergent applications. This ideally minimizes the weeds while also minimizing the amount of money spent to control weeds.
- Search online for and hire an appropriately-licensed contractor to determine and apply the ideal controls. Licensed contractors with the appropriate spray certifications from the Arizona Department of Agriculture for residential work. Great ways to find such contractors can be through sites like Yelp.com, Nextdoor.com, or Google. Useful search terms to try would include “weed control” &/or “Avondale, AZ”.
- Photograph the weed(s) as best as possible and show them to the representatives at a reputable pesticide store such as Arizona Spray Equipment. Ask what the plant is and what product and method should be used to control it. Like Sissoo trees, some weeds are particularly tough and may require reapplication over a series of cycles to effectively kill them.
- Most importantly, no matter what product you are using, it is very important to read and follow the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This tells you how to use the product safely and how to mix if it is a concentrate. If the mix ratio is not followed, the product may not work as desired.
Useful points to consider when selecting an herbicide to control weeds:
- Be sure you know what you are treating for. There are two types of weeds, grass/palm (monocots) & broadleaf (dicots). Photos of the weeds can be taken to a pesticide store to identify the type of weed.
- Herbicide products are made to either target all plants (broad-spectrum) or to target monocots or dicots specifically. Monocot or dicot targeted sprays are helpful if broadleaf weeds are growing in the grass or palm trees are growing through shrubs.
- They are either made to kill existing plants (post-emergent) or stop seeds from becoming plants (pre-emergent).
- They may be effective when applied onto to the plant (contact herbicide) or after having been absorbed thru the roots of the plant (systemic herbicide).
- Air and soil temperatures often improve or reduce the results. Some herbicides are specifically designed for summer or winter temperatures.
- Herbicides should be applied carefully so as to not accidentally affect desired plants.
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The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Rio Crossing Homeowner Association Board of Directors is scheduled for Thursday May 23, 2019 at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Palm Valley Community Center. See this page for location and directions.
All homeowners are invited to attend.
If there are Architectural Requests to be reviewed, the Design Review Committee will meet beforehand at 6:30pm. Homeowners are also invited to attend this meeting, and those with Requests pending are particularly encouraged to participate, since if there are questions – you’re right there, and it saves everyone time!
The April Meeting
Unfortunately, there was not a quorum of board members for the April meeting, so no association business was completed. A Special Meeting was held Saturday May 4 to complete a limited agenda of important items. See the email here for details about this and other timely topics.
There will be a Special Board Meeting held Saturday, May 4, 2019 starting at 11am. It will be held at the south-east Ramada at Roma Park.
We did not have a quorum of directors for the board meeting scheduled for April 25, and a few items need some attention before the May Regular Meeting. As usual, homeowners are welcome to attend. Please bring your own chairs and water.
The Call for Special Meeting with topics to be covered can be read here.
This Thursday, April 25, is the next regular meeting of the Rio Crossing Homeowners Association Board of Directors.
The Board Meeting starts at 7pm; the Design Review Committee meets before the board meeting, starting around 6:30pm.
The location is Palm Valley Community Center near Litchfield Road and Palm Valley Blvd at 14145 W Palm Valley Blvd.
See more information here.
You can see the draft agenda for the April meeting, and the draft minutes from the March meeting.
This Saturday, we’ll be grilling up some hot dogs and pumping up the bouncy castles at 5pm, and at 7pm we’ll fire up the projector for “Ralph Breaks the Internet!”
Open to all Rio Crossing residents and their guests. Come on out and meet your neighbors while the weather is still nice.
The City of Avondale is having their Spring Hazardous Waste Drop-off event Saturday March 30. See their flyer here for more information.
Draft minutes from the February 2019 meeting are available here.
The March meeting is this coming Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 7pm. The meetings are now held at the Palm Valley Community Center. See this page for more information.
It’s a valid question:
What has the Rio Crossing Homeowners Association done for me lately?
Read a review of the last year’s activities and significant events, which includes the following major sections:
- Community Appearance
- Social Events
- Updates to Policies & Rules
- Management Company Software
It’s an 8 page document with several “before and after” pictures of maintenance activities, and discussion of the many efforts that took place throughout 2018.
Your association bylaws say:
1.5 Financial Records – An annual report consisting of at least a balance sheet and an operating (income and loss) statement shall be made available to all Members within 60 days after the close of each fiscal year. The annual financial report shall be prepared by a certified public accountant and shall be on an audited, reviewed or compiled basis, as the Board determines.Rio Crossing Homeowners Association Bylaws, Section 1.5
We have received the annual financial report for 2018, and it is available for all to read here. It was a “compiled basis” report. (This article describes the difference between compiled, reviews, and audit reports.)
The annual financial report for 2017 was an audit report, and is available here.
Rio Crossing is having another community garage sale event Saturday, March 30. Posted on Yardsales.net and shared to Facebook.
The “advertised times” are 7am to noon, but you’re welcome to start earlier and stay open later.