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Winter 2012/13 | Wingfield Springs Community Association Newsletter

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hope all of you made it to the 2012 finish line safely. On behalf of your Board, I wish you all a very healthy, safe and prosperous New Year 2013. As mentioned in the Manager’s Report, we ended the year 2012 with the elections of three Board members. Lou Dauria and Ray Case were reelected and Marilyn Brainard was the third elected to complete our team of five. The team looks as follows in alphabetical order: Marilyn Brainard Director Ray Case Treasurer Lou Dauria Secretary Bob Denis President Denny Jensen Vice-President We want to acknowledge Donna Chaffer who stepped down after four years of service as Secretary for our community. Donna also led the landscape committee during this time; she offered to continue helping in some capacity on this committee. Her expertise and credentials in this area is a great asset for us all. Thank you Donna. Lou Dauria decided to pass the President baton. He returns with us as Secretary. We thank Lou for his service as President for four years and look forward to his contribution in this new role. His experience and expertise are solid assets to this community. Ray Case was Interim Director in 2012 as he gracefully accepted to join us when a Director position became vacant. We welcome Ray’s wealth of experience and knowledge in financials. The Treasurer role fits him like a glove.

Marilyn Brainard was President of this Board for some years prior, spent six years as commissioner for HOA dealings, remains very active in many facets of HOA affairs, and now joins the team as Director. We look forward to her wealth of knowledge in helping us navigate promptly and safely through the complicated world of HOAs. Denny Jensen continues as Vice-President. I certainly look forward to his shouldering us. Denny has solid business acumen backed with a sharp eye for details and excellent project management abilities. I performed as Secretary and Treasurer for the past few years. As President, I look forward to serving you and working with the team to deliver tangible results. As you can perceive from the individual briefings above, your Board is a powerhouse of all the necessary skills to “get’er done”. We however need your help and support. That translates into attending the Board meetings, reporting issues through our management partner (6267333), providing us with constructive criticism instead of just whining, and more involvement along the same lines. This is OUR community; it is our collective duty to maintain it to high standards and be intolerant of those who disrespect it in any fashion. To protect our owners, tenants, and the nice environment we live in, the Board intends to apply our rules and regulations in a fair yet firm manner. I hope you concur and will help. Thank you.

Bob Denis, PRESIDENT, WINGFIELD SPRINGS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

“This is OUR community; it is our collective duty to maintain it to high standards and be intolerant of those who disrespect it in any fashion.”


Community

Wingfield Springs

Community Association Newsletter WSCA Board of Directors PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER DIRECTOR

Bob Denis, calraisin@yahoo.com Denny Jensen, craynut@att.net Lou Dauria, eplus@aol.com Ray Case, rcase3349@charter.net Marilyn Brainard, mebrain@att.net

Handy Phone Numbers & Information ASSOCIA SIERRA NORTH Telephone: Facsimile: Answering Service:

(775) 626-7333 (775) 626-7374 (775) 832-0888

(After hours, weekends & holidays)

Website: www.associasn.com Email: wfsservice@associasn.com 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 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

(775) 626-8699 (775) 626-4700 (775) 626-1000 (775) 626-4599 (775) 322-3647

Please note: Views expressed in HawkTalk are not necessarily the opinions of WSCA, its board members or Associa Sierra North. 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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hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday season and is enjoying the first part of the New Year! The fourth quarter in 2012 was a busy one! The landscape maintenance contract was put out to bid, the 2013 budget was ratified, the annual elections took place and much more. The Board of Directors has selected a new landscape maintenance company to service Wingfield Springs effective January 1, 2013. The new landscape company is Reno Green; they are very excited to come on Board to service the community. Reno Green is already diving in and getting to know the ins and outs of the property so they are prepared to take over. This will be a huge undertaking and we ask that if there are any questions/concerns, please contact Associa Sierra North for assistance. Associa Sierra North, Reno Green and the Board will be working together very closely to ensure a smooth transition as possible. The Board also recently approved a revised vacant lot resolution which was sent out with the annual meeting packet in November. The revision states that all vacant lots must be clear throughout the year. We noticed that many vacant lots were full of weeds this year. The Board and Management will be working together to come up with a more streamlined process to prevent this from happening. One of the items that has been discussed is possibly conducting the community standard hearings more often than every quarter to speed up the process. The holiday lights once again added a special touch enjoyed by residents and visitors to our community. In an attempt to minimize the amount of vandalism on the holiday lights and graffiti, the Board added an additional patrol car specifically focused on these types of activities. Unfortunately some vandalism did occur as in years past. We thank those who remembered to report any broken or damaged lights to our office so repairs could be made as quickly as possible. We also appreciated eye witness reports of vandalism promptly called into the Community Patrol Company and/or our office. Please remember to visit the community website at www.associasn.com which contains several documents to include: upcoming meeting agendas, meeting minutes, copies of the Hawk Talk and more. If you need any assistance with logging into the community website, please call Associa Sierra North at (775) 626-7333 or email wfsservice@associasn.com. Sincerely, Associa Sierra North, An Associa® Member Company

Melissa Robertson, CMCA®, AMS® Nevada Certified Supervising Community Manager

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manager’s report

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2012 HOLIDAY PARTIES

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hank you to all of those whom attended this year’s holiday parties at the Red Hawk Event Center. There was a good turn out at both parties and everything went smoothly. The guests were treated to holiday songs and Christmas movies on the big screen; the cookie table for the kids was also a success again. The events came to an end with a special visit from Santa Claus who took time to sit with the children while the parents were able to take memorable photos. Some owners donated items for the Evelyn Mount Community Outreach Food Drive; the barrels were full by the end of the day and a frozen turkey was donated as well; thank you all! Associa Sierra North and the staff at Red Hawk will work together in the upcoming months to come up with new ideas for next year’s holiday parties. We may have a table set up for the kids to make gingerbread men or gingerbread houses instead of cookies. We may also look at supporting another local food drive; please let us know if you have any suggestions. Also, we may do something new by having parents inform us of the presents that their children want for Christmas in advance, so when Santa comes to visit with each of them, he will already know what is on their list. This surprises the children and makes it a lot more of a personable and special experience for them. Thank you to Erik Lopez and staff at Red Hawk for all of the help in making this event a success and so special to many people.

Cariann E. Champagne, D.D.S. Pediatric Dental Specialist Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

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The following information is a summary of the activities of the community patrol for the period of October 1–December 26, 2012. 48 2 2 5 5

House watches. Sparks Fire Department on site. REMSA on site. Sparks Police Department on site. Animal Control on site. COMPLAINTS 2 Complaints of blowing trash and leaves on resident’s yard. 16 Complaints of barking dogs. 2 Complaints of vehicles driving fast on cart path. 7 Complaints of loud noise/music. 1 Complaint of golf balls being hit onto yard. 1 Complaint of possible party with loud noise, many cars parked on street. 1 Complaint of motorcycle driving behind home. 3 Complaints of youth riding motor scooters/ motocross bikes/skateboards. 1 Complaint of people campaigning in area. 1 Complaint of loud noise from cap guns. 1 Complaint of youth climbing on pillars and throwing stones. 1 Complaint of youth dragging garbage bins down street. 1 Complaint of youth fighting/smoking cigarettes. 1 Complaint of 30 foot antennae on home. 1 Complaint of youth walking on fence. 1 Complaint of youth throwing trash in street. 1 Complaint of youth playing on ice. 1 Complaint of youth throwing snowballs at cars. MAINTENANCE ISSUES 11 Reported broken sprinklers. 1 Reported street light out. 1 Reported leak from control box. 1 Reported main broken. 3 Reported street signs down. 1 Reported storm drain clogged. 2 Reported fences blown down. VIOLATIONS Violations of RV’s/motorhomes (RV parked in the driveway/ RV parked in the street) 2 Violations of boats. 9 Violations of trailers. 8 Voilations of open garage doors. 27 Violations of vehicles. 1 Moving Storage unit on site. 2 Violations involving signs. 1 Violation of basketball hoop in street. 1 Violation of garage sale. 1 Violation of yard full of tumble weeds.

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VANDALISM 9 Reports of graffiti. 4 Reports of vehicle damage. 1 Report of youth destroying grass/yard. 1 Report of youth scattering animal clean up bags on streets. 5 Reports of pumpkins being smashed/thrown. 1 Report of portable bathroom knocked over. 1 Report of garage door being kicked. 1 Report of arrow shot into chair in yard. 2 Reports of youth throwing items at homes. 2 Reports of damages to Christmas lights. 1 Report of items being left on resident’s porch. 1 Report of youth taking flag from golf course.

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Thanks to officer for assisting in locating missing child. Report of dog biting resident. House barricaded while investigation under way.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY 13 Reports of suspicious persons. 9 Reports of solicitors on site. 9 Reports of suspicious vehicles 1 Report of side gate open in yard. 1 Report of helicopter flying above and many people running around. 2 Reports of trespasser in yard who stole political sign. 2 Reports of door open on vehicles. 2 Report of doors open on homes. 1 Report of large group of youth on corner. 1 Report of gun shot heard. 5 Reports of door bell ditching. 1 Report of residential burglary alarm. 1 Youth shooting pellet gun at cars. 2 Reports of possible trespasser at front door. 2 Bed covers on truck were open. MISCELLANEOUS 20 Reports od loose dogs. 1 Report of light pole out. 1 Report of stop sign down. 1 Compliment for house watch assistance. 1 Report of bicycle left in park by youth. 1 Request for officer to meet construction crew onsite. 1 Report of Redhawk Security on site looking for youth. 1 Report of residential fire alarm. 1 Report of officer finding and returning loose dogs. 1 Report of officer performing welfare check. 1 Report of officer following school bus and checking bus stops. 1 Painting company calling dispatch with extra authorization to enter home.

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Assessment Payment Reminders

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t is that time of year again. Coupon books for 2013 have been mailed out. Please contact Associa Sierra North at (775) 626-7333 if you did not receive them. Please make your quarterly assessment payment checks payable to Wingfield Springs Community Association. Payments are due by the first day of the month, and are considered late if not received by the last day of the first month of the quarter in which it is due. The late fee charge is $10. If you are on ACH (automatic withdraw) and have moved financial institutions, it is important that you update the Association/Assessment contact information with your new bank to ensure your quarterly payments are received. Lastly, please remember that it is the responsibility of the owner to notify the Association by contacting Associa Sierra North in writing of any change of mailing/billing address.

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Wingfield Springs Community Association

2013 Meeting Calendar Date

Meeting

Time

Location

January 17th

Agenda Workshop

3:00 P.M.

Board Room

January 17th

Exec. Sessions/Hearings

5:00 P.M.

Board Room

January 24th

Board Meeting

6:00 P.M.

Event Center

April 18th

Agenda Workshop

3:00 P.M.

Board Room

April 18th

Exec. Sessions/Hearings

5:00 P.M.

Board Room

April 25th

Board Meeting

6:00 P.M.

Event Center

July 18th

Agenda Workshop

3:00 P.M.

Board Room

July 18th

Exec. Sessions/Hearings

5:00 P.M.

Board Room

July 25th

Board Meeting

6:00 P.M.

Event Center

October 17th

Agenda/Budget Workshop

3:00 P.M.

Board Room

October 17th

Exec. Sessions/Hearings

5:00 P.M.

Board Room

October 24th

Board Meeting

6:00 P.M.

Event Center

November 21st

Annual Meeting

6:00 P.M.

Event Center

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 Associa Sierra North (ASN) at 10509 Professional Circle, Ste. 200, Reno, NV 89521. Workshop and meeting notices will be published in each

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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 ASN at (775) 626-7333. HawkTalk newsletter articles and suggestions are due to ASN at least four (4) weeks before each Board of Directors meeting.

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Who is Protecting our Interests as Homeowners?

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n addition to your elected, all-volunteer Board of Directors and our professional management company, there is an organization of over 32,000 national and international members dedicated to building better communities called Community Associations Institute. Wingfield Springs Community Association board members and our management company currently hold memberships. CAI is dedicated to education for community associations, volunteers and the professionals who support them. Its mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship, ideals reflected in communities like ours that are preferred places to call home. The Nevada Chapter also contains an all-volunteer Legislative Action Committee that works energetically to protect our interests, especially during the biennial sessions in Carson City. The next one begins on February 4. There are numerous special interest groups and individuals who regularly propose legislation that can have very negative impacts, including financial ones, on our quality of life here in Wingfield Springs. Our elected legislators need to hear from “grassroots” owners like us who appreciate the benefits of living in an environment where standards are maintained and governance is conducted by our elected leaders in open board meetings. Board member Marilyn Brainard participates on the NV Chapter LAC, and she plans to add many miles to the odometer traveling to Carson City for the 120 day session. Please call her at 626-1775 if you are interested in attending a legislative committee hearing focusing on community association matters. To learn more about CAI go to its website, www.caionline.org/ downloaddocs to view any of seventeen free documents that are resources to learn more about good governance practices. —SUBMITTED BY MARILYN BRAINARD

“Our elected legislators need to hear from “grassroots” owners like us who appreciate the benefits of living in an environment where standards are maintained and governance is conducted by our elected leaders in open board meetings.”

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It is imprudent bordering on irresponsible to render control of such powerful animals in the hands of children or adults who do not have the strength nor control techniques to keep the animal from initiating unprovoked attacks.

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e recently had a despicable incident where a dog out from human control attacked and seriously injured one of ours. This prompted me to write this article dealing with the responsibility that comes with owning a dog. First and foremost, you must get familiar with the liability exposure factor. Insurance companies have dog breeds that are “blacklisted” and usually include: z z z z z z z z z z z

Pit Bulls & Staffordshire Terriers Doberman Pinschers Rottweilers Chows Great Danes Presa Canarios Akitas Alaskan Malamutes German Shepherds Siberian Huskies Wolf-hybrids

The short of it is that unless you disclose your dog to your insurance broker, you could be facing a serious and very expensive lawsuit should your animal injure another animal or worse, a human. Tenants that own a dog on this list are even more exposed as the plaintiff in a case of injury will more than likely extend a lawsuit to both the landlord and the tenant. Bottom line is that if you own one of these breeds, ensure the human is in control of the animal at all times. It is imprudent bordering on irresponsible to render control of such powerful animals in the hands of children or adults who do not have the strength nor control techniques to keep the animal from initiating unprovoked attacks.

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Another aspect is to clean up after your animal. Our community is very dog friendly. We have some 24 pet waste stations scattered throughout the common area grounds. Yet, as I walk different parts of the area, I find dog waste on our sidewalks, our walk trails, even the mow strips. This is unacceptable and certainly disrespectful to the rest of our community members. Anybody (adults and children) taking the dog out on a walk must pick up after their pet … simple and plain common sense. Now the worst behavior I have been made aware of is people letting their dog out to do its business anywhere, unleashed, and just roaming around like it owns the place; if you see such, take a picture and report to our manager Melissa at 626-7333. We will file a violation and issue a fine if behavior persists. Unacceptable!! The last aspect, and most annoying, is dogs barking out of control. This is totally disrespectful to your neighbors, and for the golfers if your property is bordering the golf course. Leaving for work for the day and letting a dog prone to barking outside or with outdoor access where there is human traffic is irresponsible. On my walks, I’ve come across dogs that continue barking even once we’ve passed their yard by some 500 feet; that makes no sense. Our community has rules and regulations regarding dog barking nuisance; we will be firmer in issuing violations for barking dogs out of control. I also encourage you to use the Washoe County Animal Control department if the issue is pressing and other means have failed; they have an escalation system that includes stiff fines all the way to taking the dog away in worst cases. It is unfortunate that a serious incident happened to remind us of the responsibility that comes with owning these loving animals. I hope this article provides you with some insight key aspects of being a conscientious pet owner and living harmoniously with your neighbors while enjoying your animal.

Bob Denis, PRESIDENT, WINGFIELD SPRINGS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

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GREAT BASIN DRUM MAKING FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS Saturday, February 9 & 10, 1–4 pm Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St., Reno Great Basin Drum Making For Children and Adults Children 8 to 14, 10 am–Noon; Adults, 1–4 pm (775) 329-3333

OPEN JAZZ JAM! Wednesday, February 20, 6–9 pm Vassar Lounge, 1545 Vassar St., Reno The area’s longest running & best Jazz Jam! Enjoy vocal & instrumental jazz from The Great American Songbook, performed by First Take featuring Rick Metz...all musicians welcome! No cover or minimum! RICKSAX1@aol.com or (775) 771-4926

GUIDED TOURS OF THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART Saturday, March 2, 1 pm Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno Visit the museum on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays for a guided tour of the feature exhibition, architecture and collections. Free with admission. Reservations not required, early arrival is recommended for each tour. (775) 329-3333

RENO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT Sunday, March 3, 2–4 pm Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, UNR Featuring Robert Levin, one of the world’s foremost Mozart scholars and professor at Harvard University, and Ya-Fei Chuang, Boston Conservatory faculty member and internationally renowned pianist – as well as the UNR Chamber Singers. Music Director Theodore Kuchar conducts the concert, which includes music of Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. Tickets are $20–$40 general and $5 youth and students. info@renochamberorchestra.org or (775) 348-9413

DANCE CLASSES IN SPARKS Friday, March 8, 7–8 pm Let’s Dance Studio, 1151 North Rock Blvd., Sparks Learn to dance like the stars by taking part in one of the dance classes available through the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department this fall.

Sessions are held monthly. Instructors start with the basics and progress from there. Classes include: Ballroom Dance: Explore the social dances such as the Waltz, Fox Trot, American Tango and Rumba in a relaxed, low-impact setting. The class is held on Wednesdays, 7–8 pm. Beginning Argentine Tango: Come away with the proper skills, basic dance steps and elements of the dance that originated in Buenos Aires and is sweeping the country. The class is held on Fridays, 7–8 pm. The cost for each class is $46 per person or $38 for residents of Sparks. The rate per couple is $78 or $65 for residents of Sparks. Preregistration is required, either online at www.sparksrec.com or by calling the Recreation Office at (775) 353-2376.

DUELING PIANOS Saturday, March 9, 9 pm – Sunday, March 10, 1 am Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., Reno Now performing every Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 pm until 2 am, sit back and enjoy friends, your favorite libation and the excitement of Dueling Pianos! Picture this...two crazy piano players “dueling” it out for who gets the crowd going the most! Sing-a-long or just enjoy the show, either way; you’re in for an exhilarating interactive show! 1-800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) or (775) 325-7401

YES Saturday, March 9, 8–10 pm Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., Reno Tickets are available for $45.50 and $55.50 with premium seating available for $65.50. www.silverlegacy.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) or (775) 325-7401

KARAOKE AT THE POINT Saturday, April 13, 9 pm 3001 W. 4th St., Reno A place where young (over 21) and old can feel comfortable belting out their favorite songs. pauljones@thepointniteclub.com or (775) 322.3001

A.V.A. BALLET THEATRE AND THE RENO PHILHARMONIC’S PETER PAN Saturday, April 27, 8–10 pm Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South Virginia St., Reno Re-staged and re-choreographed by Alexander Van Alstyne, Peter Pan is the captivating story of Peter Pan and Wendy and their adventures in Neverland. (775) 762-5165


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