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Spring 2011 | Wingfield Springs Community Association Newsletter

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t’s spring and time to get your yards in condition. Members of the community are expected to get their lawns in an acceptable condition in a reasonable amount of time. By Memorial Day, they should be looking good. At the last meeting, homeowners were brought up to date on our new patrol service and on landscape enhancements throughout our community. Articles detailing those projects are included in this edition of Hawk Talk by the members of the board that spearheaded the projects. Several homeowners also asked us about the security of our neighborhoods and about the neighborhood watch, in particular. We have done research and have gathered the following information:

Start a watch z Contact local law enforcement to tell them you plan to start a neighborhood watch and ask that representative for tips to help you and if they would attend the first meeting. In Reno and Washoe County, call Teresa Aquila, a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reserve officer, at 775-240-2308. In Sparks, call Officer Alex Mendoza at 775-353-2242. All homeowner’s desiring to start a neighborhood watch, contact our new patrol ESI.

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z Telephone your neighbors or go door-to-door and invite them to a meeting to discuss their concerns and ideas. Print flyers and hand them out. z Start a list with participating neighbors’ names, addresses, phone numbers and any special information, such as neighbors who have a disabled member or pets in their homes in case first responders need to be informed during an emergency. z At the first meeting, hand out copies of the list of neighbors’ names, etc., a map of the neighborhood and any tip sheets and telephone numbers law enforcement representatives provide. Officers also will make presentations to interested groups. z Discuss what each person in the group can do to help improve neighborhood safety. z Hold meetings to review the progress of past initiatives and create new ones. Keep law enforcement posted on the group’s progress. z Appoint an organized leader and keep involved. A neighborhood watch group is effective only if the residents are active and communicate. z Set up a website where residents can see when meetings will be held, what projects are planned and where they can exchange information or comments.

Good new site provided by Washoe County To get alerts about reports of crimes happening in your neighborhood, visit AlertID, a national online program, at www.alertid.com. AlertID is a free online web service that allows instant, twoway communications between citizens and federal, state and local authorities to provide immediate information on crime, terrorism or natural disasters. Hope this information is helpful. See you at our next meeting at Red Hawk on May 5th at 6 pm.

Lou Dauria

President Wingfield Springs Community Association


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Wingfield Springs

Community Association Newsletter WSCA Board of Directors PRESIDENT Lou Dauria, eplus@aol.com VICE PRESIDENT Denny Jensen, craynut@charter.net SECRETARY Donna Chaffer, donna.chaffer@yahoo.com TREASURER Bob Denis, calraisin@yahoo.com DIRECTOR Wayne Banaszak, wayne@webanaszak.com

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Manager’s Report

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ow! What a busy first quarter! I can’t believe it is already April. There are a lot of great projects and services underway. We have been working closely with the Board and ESI Security Services in finalizing their contract for patrol services; check out the article “New Patrol Service” for an update by Denny Jensen. Speaking of projects; the Design Review Committee (DRC) guidelines are currently under review for revisions. The guidelines are several years old and have never been updated. The Board also discussed the need to update the guidelines by creating an addendum for modification/ alteration submittals. This addendum should simplify the process for such submittals. Once the revisions are drafted; they will be turned in for a legal review and will then be placed on the next agenda for approval. The process of reviewing the need for revisions will take place each March and September. Lastly, the Board recently agreed to accept two mow strips on Vista that are currently owned by the Foothills Association. The mow strips are located west of the windmill and all the way to where their landscaping currently ends. Once the quick claim deed for these two parcels has been finalized, the area will be installed with rock and shrubbery and maintained by National Landscape. I think this will be a great enhancement and a great way to beautify the community. Sincerely, Associated Management, Inc., An Associa® Member Company

Melissa Robertson, CMCA®, AMS®

Nevada Certified Supervising Community Manager (775) 626-7333 (775) 626-7374 (775) 832-0888

(After hours, weekends & holidays)

Website: www.amiusa.net Email: wfsservice@amiusa.net Office Hours: 8 am–5 pm Monday through Friday; the phone lines shut down at 4 pm on Friday. Wingfield Springs Community Patrol (775) 722-6270 or (775) 626-3000 Please call immediately for water related issues. Call 911 for emergency services; ambulance, fire, police. Red Hawk Swim & Fitness Center Wingfield Springs Realty David’s Grill at Red Hawk Red Hawk Golf Club Sparks/Washoe County Animal Control

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Please note: Views expressed in HawkTalk are not necessarily the opinions of WSCA, its board members or Associated Management, Inc. The editor reserves the right to edit submitted articles for content and space constraints. Advertising in HawkTalk is paid for by the individual advertisers. WSCA does not necessarily endorse or support any of the advertisers. Advertising monies collected are used to offset the printing costs of each HawkTalk. HawkTalk is supported in whole by advertising. Newsletter published by: Kathy Hess, Just Imagine Marketing and Design (775) 746-4138 | kathy@justimaginemktg.com

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WSCA 2011 hearings, workshops & meetings MEETING

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Community Standards

April 21st

5:30 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Agenda Workshop

April 28th

3:00 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Executive Session

April 28th

5:00 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Board Meeting

May 5th

6:00 pm

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Community Standards

July 21st

5:30 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Agenda Workshop

July 28th

3:00 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Executive Session

July 28th

5:00 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Board Meeting

August 4th

6:00 pm

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Budget/Agenda Workshop

September 29th

3:00 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Executive Session

September 29th

5:00 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Board Meeting

October 13th

6:00 pm

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Community Standards

October 20th

5:30 pm

Red Hawk Board Room

Annual Meeting

November 3rd

6:00 pm

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Workshops will be held to review the agenda items of the next scheduled board meeting. Homeowners are welcome to attend workshops. No action (vote) will be taken by the board on any matter discussed or reviewed at a workshop. All dates, times and venues are subject to change. If the Red Hawk Board Room is not available, the hearing, workshop, or executive board meeting will be held at Associated Management, Inc. (AMI) at 5955 Tyrone Road, Suite #1, Reno, NV 89502. Workshop and meeting notices will be published in each HawkTalk newsletter. HawkTalk will be mailed at least ten (10) days before each board meeting.

Board meeting agendas will be posted on the Association’s website the Friday before each board meeting. You may also obtain an agenda copy by calling AMI at (775) 626-7333. The Board will conduct a workshop on April 28th at 3 pm in the Red Hawk Board Room to review the items listed on the Board Meeting Agenda. An executive meeting of the Board of Directors will be held to address specific CC&R violations, delinquencies and legal matters on April 28, 2011 at 5 pm in the Red Hawk Board Room. Executive Board Meetings are not open to homeowners.

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Painting Reminder It’s that time of year again and many homes throughout the community are in need of a fresh coat of paint. The CC&R’s require homeowners to maintain the exterior of their homes. Approval from the Design Review Committee (DRC) is not required if the surfaces are painted with the exact same color(s). However, color changes of the body, trim and/or accent surfaces require DRC approval prior to commencing painting. A DRC Submittal Form can be obtained at www.amiusa.net, link to Wingfield Springs. Please refer to Kelly Moore Paint’s Exterior Color Palette when choosing a new color scheme for your home. The DRC will carefully review the homes in your neighborhood for compatibility before final approval of a color change is given.

Owners Brochure The Board thought it would be beneficial to create a rules brochure for the Owners. The Owners brochure highlights the Association rules and includes important phone numbers; a copy of the Owners brochure was recently mailed out to each owner. Hopefully you will find this information handy and useful.

Wingfield Springs Semi-Annual Community Spring Garage Sale Be sure to mark your calendars for the weekend of May 21st & 22nd. Residents may set up in your yard and/or driveway from 7 am to 7 pm. Please note that signs of any kind are not permitted to be posted in the

common areas, streets, sidewalks, medians, etc. Community events can be advertised at no charge in the “Neighborhoods” section of the Reno Gazette Journal. Join the fun and maybe even score some extra cash!

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) Assigned Day Watering If the last number of your address is: z Even (0,2,4,6 or 8), water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays z Odd (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), water only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays z No watering on Mondays z No watering between noon and 6 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day z Hand water vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs any day of the week z To report violations; please call the Water Watcher Line at 834-8005 Note: Common areas and golf courses are on a private water supply system, and are not subject to TMWA rules.

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New Patrol Service

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ou probably have noticed that we have a new patrol service in Wingfield Springs. While the Red Hawk Patrol served us well for many years, at the midpoint of 2010, the Board decided to review the existing patrol contract with the objective of increasing the overall value and focusing in areas where it was felt gains could be made in the safety of our community. Donna Chaffer, Bob Denis and I worked together as a team to address our major objectives: Improve overall homeowner safety, reduce vandalism and improve the safety of our school children. From our early meetings, we developed a list of items we felt the existing patrol should provide or improve upon. Several meetings were held with the head of the Red Hawk Patrol to get thoughts and input. The incident reports on file with the Red Hawk Patrol and the Sparks Police were reviewed in an attempt to identify specific items that should be addressed as well as timeframes when incidents were occurring. Out of this study a detailed “job description” for the Wingfield Springs Community Patrol was developed. In addition, a new patrol staffing schedule was developed. At the end of January, the Board was informed by the Resort at Red Hawk that they would no longer be able to provide the community patrol services due to a problem with their business licensing. To ensure that we didn’t have a lapse in service, Red Hawk agreed to sub-contract their commitment for patrol services to a licensed patrol provider (ESI Security Services) through March 31 providing the Board sufficient time to contract with another patrol service. With the help of AMI, an RFP containing the new patrol job description and new staffing hours was developed and provided to seven patrol service companies. Four responses to the RFP were received. The sealed responses were opened at the February 22nd Board Meeting. Discussion of the bids was tabled until the March 3rd continuation of the Board Meeting. Between February 22nd and March 3rd extensive time was spent verifying the references provided. During the March 3rd meeting the responders to the RFP were provided an opportunity to present their proposals to the Board. The Board selected ESI Security Services based upon the strength of their company, their experience with HOA organizations similar to Wingfield Springs and their excellent references. With ESI, the Board believes we will be receiving a superior service, increased hours of coverage and a significant cost reduction. The new service began on April 1. Following is a summary of the service you can expect from our new patrol.

Patrol Personnel and Equipment z Patrol officers with a strong authoritative presence, good interpersonal skills and an ability to defuse high stress situations. z All officers certified in advanced first aid, CPR and the use of an automated defibrillator. z Two patrol vehicles equipped with first aid kits and specifically marked as Wingfield Springs Community Patrol.

Hours of coverage z 24 hours/7 days a week/365 days a year with a minimum of one patrol officer. z Two patrol officers on duty Monday-Friday during the school months, covering the “go to school” and afternoon “out of school” hours. Their primary focus during these time periods will be on the school routes that our children utilize. z Two patrol officers on duty during periods of higher crime and vandalism incidents.

Patrol duties z Note: There are restrictions on what the patrol can and cannot do legally. Therefore, all of the following duties come with the caveat of “within legal limits”. z Be aggressive in dealing with potential crime and vandalism. Page 6

Attempt to gain identification information and detain offenders, if possible. In the case of young offenders, contact parents whenever possible. z Be attentive and alert to suspicious individuals and vehicles that appear not to belong in the neighborhood. z Be attentive to suspicious situations (e.g. open front door when it appears nobody is present, garage door open at night). In these types of situations, the patrol officer will attempt to contact the homeowner regardless of the time of day or night. z Provide home watches including the Deggy service as requested by the homeowner (see your recent mailing for a description of the Deggy service). z Monitor violations of the CC&Rs and Rules and Regulations z Provide backup support for our irrigation systems during National Landscape’s non-working hours.

Additional services available through ESI z Community safety education programs z Help with the establishment of a community watch committee z Work with the Board to conduct school safety programs

Optional and billable service to individual homeowners Alarm Response Service. This service establishes ESI as the first responder to alarm calls. If your alarm goes off, your alarm service provider will call ESI. ESI will then respond by checking your residence. If it appears to be a false alarm, they will enter your home and have the alarm service reset your alarm. This is all accomplished without Sparks Police involvement and the $75 bill you would have received from the police. If it appears there may be a break-in, fire, etc ESI will then call the police. The cost of this service is $17/month. Your Board is very excited about the new ESI patrol service and we hope that you find this to be a real enhancement to our community.

Denny Jensen

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Wingfield Springs Community Association c/o Associated Management, Inc. 5955 Tyrone, Rd., Suite One Reno, NV 89502

WSCA enhancement project

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t the last Board Meeting, the Board approved proceeding with Phase I of the Wingfield Springs Community Association Enhancement Project. Over the years, some areas within our community have become a bit tired looking and are in need of a fresh look. Many of these areas are highly visible and exist on some of our major thoroughfares. In many cases, the appearance of these areas provides the first impression of Wingfield Springs and consequently, has an impact on our home values. The focus of this project is to address these areas, taking one or two areas at a time. This project will impact several different areas throughout the community and will more than likely span multiple years. Approaching this project, we will prioritize the various areas and initially focus on those areas that are the most visible. Therefore, we will begin with the major thoroughfares running through Wingfield Springs. Once these areas have been updated, we can then move to other areas that aren’t necessarily on a thoroughfare but, are in need of a good freshening up. Phase I of this project has two components: z Provide rocking to five different areas within the community z Landscaping and fencing improvements on Wingfield Springs Rd.

UPDATE

from General Thatcher to Poco Rey Wingfield Springs Rd. is the #1 thoroughfare through Wingfield Springs. The common area along Wingfield Springs Rd. has become a real eye sore. In fact, to quote one of my good friends “it’s beginning to look like East L.A.”. Over the years, the common area irrigation system has been over spraying onto the fences causing a considerable amount of staining of the fences as well as contributing to the fences rotting from the excessive water and, in some cases, poor drainage. This project will involve some landscaping changes, irrigation changes, repair of some fencing and re-sealing the fences. The Board recognizes that the fences are the responsibility of the homeowners. However, the Board also recognizes that it is the over spraying from the common area that has, at least in part, created this situation with the fencing and it is in the best interest of the entire community that this be corrected. Therefore, the Board approved going forward with the fence fixes as a one time occurrence. Beginning early this spring, work will begin on the east side of Wingfield Springs Rd. If funding permits, later this summer the west side of Wingfield Springs Rd. will be addressed. The planned work consists of the following: z Remove approximately 2 feet of grass along the fence line and replace with rock z Move all sprinkler heads out from the fencing (approx. 2 feet) to the street side of the newly rocked area z Install some French drains to improve overall drainage z Repair damaged fencing z Remove as much staining as possible z Re-seal and/or stain outside of fencing (homeowners remain responsible for the inside of the fencing) This is the first step of many that we hope to undertake to help maintain our first class appearance.

Denny Jensen

vice-President Wingfield Springs Community AssociatioN

UPDATE

UPDATE

A new number to the ESI dispatch center (626-3000) was recently published. However, you may also continue to dial the number you have always used (722-6270) to reach the dispatch center which is staffed 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Both numbers will connect you to patrol at anytime!

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