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Esperanza Estates Homeowners Association

Meeting of the Board of Directors

April 16, 2012

Esperanza Estates Ramada

Green Valley, AZ

The meeting was called to order at 1:04 PM.  It was determined that a quorum was present.

Two new homeowners (Jerald & Lillian Sako; Jim & Barbara Copeland) were in attendance for their first meeting. Welcome to EE!

Treasurer's Report: Joan Moreaux presented the report.  A point was raised about investment alternatives to our current CD's and passbook accounts.  An ad hoc committee was formed to investigate potential alternatives, with Boyd Morse as chair, and Joan, our treasurer, working to investigate any investment alternatives.
The committee will also provide information to the Long Range Planning Committee.

Committee Reports:
Architectural Control: Jim Lindberg made a visual presentation on the planned restroom facilities at the tennis/pickleball courts. Construction is due to start on 25 April with the water and sewer connections.  A request was made by a homeowner to repair a crack in his driveway by cutting out the damaged concrete and substituting an attractive run of bricks all the way across the driveway. The request was approved.

GVC: Joe McCalpin reported that the County is moving ahead with repairs to major streets.  Abrego is on the list to be repaired.  GVC is in the process of a major study of the condition of the public streets in Green Valley.

Capital Projects: Boyd Morse reported that the weed eradication has spent about $1,000.00 on weed spray chemicals and has treated nearly all of the common areas. Boyd also said that no storage facility is planned in conjunction with the new restroom facilities.

Common Area Maintenance: Dean Hess presented a comprehensive report on the activities of the landscape contractor.  Dean also discussed the activities underway to improve two wedge shaped parcels of common area on Circulo del Norte that are in the process of being converted from unsightly dust bowls to park-like areas.  A wall was erected on Circulo Napa to protect the sidewalks from rocks.  The issue of fire safety was raised concerning the fire pit at Esperanza Park. There were significant differences of opinion on the efficacy of the fire pit, so an ad hoc committee with Dean as chair will investigate the issue.

Long Range Planning: Stacie Meyer reported that the Committee has developed a mission statement for our community as follows:  "It is the Mission of the Esperanza Estates Home Owners Association to maintain a community that is attractive, safe and secure, fiscally sound, and where it is a joy to live."  The Board approved adoption of the statement.

Recreational Facilities: Tom Cooke reported that the bees in the wall at the pool have suffered the same fate as described by Poe in "A Cask of Amontillado".  Tom also said that the solar pool heater differential temperature-control had failed; this failure resulted in an abnormally high natural gas bill in March.

Hospitality: Sam Barnard reported that the Hospitality Committee has $1,200 in its treasury.  They will be providing libations for the Cinco de Mayo Potluck.

Neighborhood Watch: No Report.

Enhancement: Barb McCalpin reported that a video projector had been purchased for use at Board meetings and other Ramada events.  In addition, 2 new tables and 12 new chairs have been purchased for the Ramada.

Gardeners: Bill Berdine reported on activities of the group; a big portion of those activities involved the centennial flag and snake projects, now installed at Esperanza Park. The group is now looking forward to returning to gardening projects. The group recently provided labor to spread gravel in bare areas on Circulo del Norte.  Next year's planned projects include: improvements at Mesquite and Mountain View parks; adding signage on trails to identify plants and trees.  A motion was made to approve the wedge areas cited in the Common Area Maintenance report.

Trim Color Group: Bruce Liljegren reported on the efforts of the group to address the petition of a number of homeowners to be permitted to paint the trim on their houses a more attractive color than Norfolk Brown.  Bruce reported that the group has worked with Dunn Edwards to prepare a set of recommended colors that complement the basic masonry colors.  A full presentation will be made at a future meeting. Subsequent to this presentation, a CC&R change will be proposed and debated at a special meeting of the Board and Homeowners to answer questions.

Old Business: A motion was made and approved to provide $10,000 to repair quad driveways.  A question was asked about the Tree Committee. The committee has been reconstituted with Bruce Liljegren as chair; Dean Hess & Jane Ellingson are members.  Ken Miller announced that the Coffee and Donuts event would continue through June.

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