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POWER RANCH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IMPORTANT NUMBERS! GARY WHELCHEL President
HEATHER PARKER Vice President
BANNER GATEWAY MEDICAL CENTER
GILBERT FIRE NON-EMERGENCY
GILBERT PARKS & RECREATION
GILBERT PD NON-EMERGENCY
GROUND SERVICES (N. OF GERMANN)
POWER RANCH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Community Standards Coordinator
(AFTER HOURS & S. OF GERMANN)
HIGLEY HIGH SCHOOL
HIGLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
MARICOPA ANIMAL CONTROL
MERCY GILBERT HOSPITAL
POWER RANCH ELEMENTARY
PRCA ASSOCIATION OFFICE
TOWN OF GILBERT
WATER, SEWER, REUSE
WILLIAMS FIELD HIGH
JENNIFER CAMPBELL Community Manager
JOSHUA JOHNSON Manager of Lifestyle Services
KATIE RITTMER Operations Coordinator
JACK ROPER Maintenance Supervisor
MAY / JUNE 2022
Power Ranch Living Magazine is the official community magazine of Power Ranch, produced by the Power Ranch Community Association. It is designed to keep residents informed about what’s happening in the community, from special events, clubs and classes to school information, entertainment, and more. Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photographs or illustrations without written permission from Power Ranch Community Association is prohibited by law. Trademarks, logos and content provided by advertisers, sponsors and partners are owned by their respective companies and all rights are reserved by them. The views, statements, and claims of advertisers or other PRL contributors do not necessarily represent those of Power Ranch Community Association, CCMC or their employees.
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Power Ranch Community Association 4546 E. Haven Crest Dr. Gilbert, Arizona 85297
May / June
IT TAKES A VILLAGE BY REBECCA HILL Executive Director
It’s often said that it takes a village. In our case, it’s a whole community. People move to Power Ranch from all across the nation and in some cases from across the world. We consider it an honor when new residents move in and tell us they saw our community online and instantly fell in love. Or in their search, they asked their realtor to show them homes in several communities within Gilbert and hands down they absolutely loved Power Ranch! Some have said that the online pictures were just the beginning of their need to live here. When they drove the community, they loved the trees, the landscape and the beautiful amenities and most importantly the people. There were people walking, running, families riding bikes, and people fishing. They knew instantly they wanted to be part of this community. Power Ranch maintains about a 10% turnover rate in home sales, which is close to the average for the valley. People move for many reasons: job changes, life changes, upgrade to a bigger home or perhaps it’s time to downsize. Whatever the reason, residents have chosen Power Ranch and we are happy to serve and want everyone to love where they live. Over the last few years, we have noticed increasingly more garbage in the streets and more graffiti and vandalism within the community. Residents have been riding recreational vehicles in the green spaces, not realizing the amount of money and resources those green spaces require to keep them maintained. Many residents new to Arizona may not realize those open green spaces are not for recreational vehicles and a resident could be ticketed by a police officer if caught. It is estimated there are between 15,000 and 20,000 residents that live in Power Ranch and with 14 association team members, there is less than one staff member to every 1,000 people within the community. Therefore, to keep Power Ranch at its best, it requires
everyone in it to contribute to the beautification and to protect the integrity of the culture. What can you do to help Power Ranch stay award winning? Use your garage and driveway for parking only and not storage. There is no on-street overnight parking. Please remember there are at least 10,000 vehicles in Power Ranch and giving out parking passes has a bigger impact than just your specific car. For their safety and the safety of your neighbors, ensure underage children are not driving golf carts. Take your off road vehicles such as quads, rails, etc. to appropriate desert areas or trails outside of the community. Pick up garbage while you are out walking. If you are placing garage sale signs on the street signs and/ or light poles, please remove them when your event is completed. If you happen to see an item in the common areas that may need attention or repair, please report it online and use kind words if you can. It is every one of you that makes Power Ranch special. Please remember we all have a role in keeping this community an amazing place to live. Your Partner in the Community, Rebecca Hill Executive Director
SHORT TERM RENTAL AD-HOC COMMITTEE BY BECKY CHOLEWKA Director
The Association has received an increasing number of noise and parking complaints from short-term rental properties. The Board of Directors has formed an ad-hoc committee to look into these concerns. The committee consists of two board members and two members from our standing committees. The purpose of this committee will be to determine whether to recommend to the Board a change in the HOA bylaws regarding short-term rentals. The issue of short-term rentals is a passionate one within our Power Ranch community. Some residents argue for restrictions being placed on short-term rentals and some residents argue against any restrictions on homeowner’s property rights. The issue is complex, to say the least, and will require a thorough evaluation of all aspects of the topic. The ad-hoc committee will start by meeting with the association’s attorney to discuss recent legislation passed by the state regarding an HOA’s authority in this area. It will also review the Power Ranch bylaws and process by which changes need approved. Additionally, they will review how other communities have addressed this issue, alternatives to changing the bylaws, and the timeframe and manpower estimated to change the bylaws. The group will also consider liability, enforcement process and costs if restrictions are placed on homeowners and will also seek community input and feedback. We expect this process to take at least six months. Once a recommendation is made to the Board, the Board will vote on whether to take any further action.
SHORT TERM ADHOC COMMITTEE MEETING DATES MAY 11th & JUNE 15th @ Carriage House 4:00 p.m.
Technology these days allows us to have access to the world with just a quick swipe of the fingers. Whether we are checking in on friends, reading the latest news, applying for loans or trading stocks, our phones and mobile devices have made living our lives easier than ever. Living here in Power Ranch is no different, as we have access to a variety of information that is available with just a few taps and clicks. One of the most asked questions we get in the Association office is information and status of homeowner accounts. Lucky for you, we have a few different options available to you. First, you can go paperless and sign up for e-statements, which sends your quarterly assessment statement right to your email. Simply head over to www.mypowerranch.com and click on the “Form Center” button on the main page. From there, find the “e-Statement” link and fill out the form with the needed information. With interest rates at the level they are, refinancing is on the minds of many residents, which means you’ll need access to your account ledger. Maybe you’d like to check your
account balance or change your billing address and contact information? You’re in luck, as you can access this information from home. When you’re visiting our website, click on the “Form Center” button once more and select “Account Statement Request” and follow the directions. How easy is that? A trove of information at your fingertips. We also want to make sure you’re staying up-to-date on all the happenings here in Power Ranch and one of the easiest ways to do that is sign up for the Powerline, our weekly e-newsletter. This is a fast and easy way to stay current on all the events, activities, meetings and general community information and it’s sent directly to you each week. If you’re not receiving this email, you can get signed up at www.mypowerranch.com on the “Forms” page. As always, you can reach out to the Association staff anytime you have questions about these or any other concerns you may have by calling 480-988-0960. We are happy to assist you.
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ALL IN GOOD FORM
One of the good things about living in Arizona is that the weather allows us to work on improvement projects nearly all year round. However, there’s just something about the spring time that makes us want to really get after those projects and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve your property. But, did you know that most improvement projects need to be approved by the Design Review Committee? Whether you’re painting your home, expanding your driveway, changing out your windows or redesigning your landscaping, a Design Modification Form needs to be submitted and approved prior to work being started on your project.
The process for approval is simple and can all be done online at www.mypowerranch. com/formcenter, where you will select the Design Modification Application Form. It’s important to include as much information as possible, as that will expedite the approval process and keep from having the committee or the Association to contact you with questions. The committee has a maximum of 45 days to approve applications, but they work diligently to get them approved sooner. You will be contacted by a member of the Association with your approval, or with suggestions to adjust the plans or designs to ensure the project will meet design guidelines.
This online system allows the Association to better track and process any submissions and will also keep you updated on the status. Of course, you can always reach out to us at the Association Office at 480-988-0960 should you have questions about the Design Modification process and we’d be happy to assist you. If you haven’t done so, we encourage you to visit the Form Center. You will find many different forms and applications available to you, such as Temporary Parking Permits, Submit a Work Order, Amenities Card Application, Direct Debit Enrollment and more. Once you submit a form or application here, you will be kept in the loop with updates on the progress being made, as well.
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MONSOON SEASON IS BREWING
With the hot summer temperatures comes the moisture and the monsoon season, which runs from mid-June through September. For those new to Arizona, monsoon season brings high winds, which can reach over 100 mph, down bursts, dust storms, high humidity and flooding. This, of course, can also mean wide-spread damage including downed trees, broken branches, and large debris from yards, among others. For instance, in one particular storm in 2021, the Power Ranch Community lost over 250 trees due to high winds. It is important that you take the necessary steps to ensure your home weathers these storms over the next few months. Here’s a few things you can do that can make all the difference:
These storms are capable of causing tremendous damage to trees around your home. From broken limbs falling to the entire tree being uprooted causing damage to turf, driveways or sidewalks.
One of the big after effects from the summer moisture is weeds. Pre-emergent herbicides must be applied prior to weeds emerging in order to be most effective since they work to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Pre-emergents have to be “watered in” within a certain time of being applied.
Young trees are extremely vulnerable, especially after rain has soaked the soil. Be sure to add stakes or posts to help support these smaller trees to help keep them in place. It is also suggested that you turn off your irrigation system or lessen the amount of time you water to avoid overwatering your landscaping.
Rain Gutters & Down Spouts
Take a few moments to clear your rain gutters and down spouts from accumulated debris such as leaves and twigs. These are some of your best tools in making sure water gets diverted away from your homes, helping to reduce any damage from flooding.
Sadly, scam artists are quick to take advantage of homeowners dealing with the stress of damage to their homes. Whether it’s for landscaping work, roof repair or any other type of contract work, be sure to get multiple bids. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
These storms move in quickly and can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. Take a few moments to check your home and make any needed adjustments or repairs. Stay safe if you are outdoors and always keep an eye on your weather app for all the latest news on potential storms.
BY JOSHUA JOHNSON Manager of Lifestyle Services
Growing up, my family was fairly stationary. We didn’t’ move around like some families do because of new jobs, military assignments, or just the urge to try something new. But, because of my time spent in the world of lifestyle, I know that moving to a new community can present many challenges, not the least of which is making new friends, for both adults and kids. So having the opportunity to join your neighbors at community events, on playgrounds, and on the trails here in Power Ranch makes connecting so much easier. A big part of what we do in lifestyle is making connections. This can vary from gaining new sponsorships to meeting residents for the first time. But more importantly, it’s about ensuring the residents we serve make long-lasting and fulfilling connections and friendships with their neighbors. While the events and activities we host here in Power Ranch are intended to be fun and enjoyable, we also want to make sure we are providing you, our residents, with the opportunities to meet new people and build relationships based on shared interests. For this reason, we make every effort to provide a schedule of events, activities, and opportunities that
span a variety of lifestyles and demographics; from kid’s activities to trivia nights and tequila tastings to a celebration of local heroes. While you’re attending these events, we encourage you to spark up a conversation with someone new. There’s a very good chance that based on the fact they are enjoying the same opportunity as you, there’s already a shared interest for you to expand upon. A simple question can lead to a strong relationship quite easily. These connections shouldn’t just take place at events either. If you see a new neighbor moving in, take a few minutes to introduce yourself and your family and offer yourself as a resource to get to know the community better. Having someone to turn to for anything from a school recommendation to the best place to enjoy a drink can make a world of difference to someone moving to a new area. Power Ranch has a reputation for being unique and different in so many ways, and the sense of community that is offered here is like no other. Don’t be afraid to say hello or start a conversation with someone new. You never know where you’ll meet your new best friend.
EVENTS May & June May Events
CINCO DE MAYO HAPPY HOUR RANCH ($) WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Carriage House Patio Find a sitter for the kids and join your friends and neighbors for a fiesta! We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Happy Hour on the Carriage House Patio. BYOB and enjoy some delicious food provided by our sponsor, Cholewka Law.
DONUTS ON THE GO FRIDAY, JUNE 3 | 8:30 – 10:00 AM | Ranch House & Barn Start your Friday morning off right with a free donut! Stop by the Ranch House or the Barn and snag a treat, presented by your Board of Directors and the Power Ranch Association team. While supplies last. TRIVIA NIGHT – ALL THINGS DISNEY! ($) THURSDAY JUNE 16 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Carriage House Come test your knowledge of all things Disney at our next Trivia Night. Bring the entire family, as we’ll be covering Disney movies and theme parks. Our lucky winners will be taking home some fun prizes.
NEW RESIDENT WELCOME WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 |6:00 – 8:00 PM | Ranch House Are you new to Power Ranch? Do you have questions about living in this unique community, such as design modification, policies or events? Join members of the Power Ranch Community Association to discuss everything Power Ranch related! BLOOD DRIVE MONDAY, MAY 16 |2:00 – 7:00 PM | Barn Blood donations are in high demand at the moment. Do your part by signing up to donate blood. You can sign up for an appointment at www.mypowerranch.com.
SALSA CHALLENGE | ($) SATURDAY, JUNE 18 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Ranch House Think you make the best salsa around? Put it to the test against other salsa in our Salsa Challenge, sponsored by Melanie Nemetz of the Fostering Relationships Real Estate Team. Send the kids to their friends house and enjoy tasting a variety of salsas, along with some delicious concoctions. Register at www.mypowerranch.com.
MOVIE IN THE PARK ($) FRIDAY, MAY 20 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM | Ranch House Soccer Fields Gather the family, grab the blankets and camping chairs and join us at the soccer fields for a viewing of Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Rated PG-13). You can register at www. mypowerranch.com.
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TUESDAY 3 DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING 6:00 p.m.
LANDSCAPE COMMITTEE MEETING 9:00 a.m.
ASPiRE MEETING 5:30 p.m.
BLOOD DRIVE @ Barn 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. 22
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING 6:30 p.m. 29
WEDNESDAY 4 KNOLLS COMMITTEE MEETING 9:00 a.m. CINCO DE MAYO HAPPY HOUR @ Carriage House Patio 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 11 SHORT TERM ADHOC COMMITTEE MTG. @ Carriage House 4:00 p.m. NEW RES. WELCOME @ Ranch House 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 18
CINCO DE MAYO
CORNHOLE FOR A CAUSE @ Barn 4:00 p.m. 19
VILLAGE COMMITTEE MEETING NOON
FACILITIES COMMITTEE MEETING 9:00 a.m.
MOVIE IN THE PARK (Ghostbusters: Afterlife) @ Ranch House Soccer Fields 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
WW2 VETERAN SPEAKER @ Barn 11:00 a.m.
PRCA OFFICE CLOSING EARLY 2:00 p.m.
PRCA OFFICE CLOSED
BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING NOON
DONUTS ON THE GO @ Ranch House & Barn 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
MEMORIAL DAY PRCA OFFICE CLOSED SUNDAY
MAY SATURDAY 4
NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY
ASPiRE MEETING 5:30 p.m.
SHORT TERM ADHOC COMMITTEE MTG. @ Carriage House 4:00 p.m.
TRIVIA NIGHT: ALL THINGS DISNEY! @ Carriage House 4:00 p.m.
DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING | May 3 | 6:00 p.m. KNOLLS COMMITTEE MEETING | May 4 | 9:00 a.m. LANDSCAPE COMMITTEE MEETING | May 9 | 9:00 a.m. ASPiRE MEETING | May 10 | 5:30 p.m. SHORT TERM RENTAL ADHOC COMMITTEE MEETING | May 11 | 4:00 p.m. VILLAGE COMMITTEE MEETING | May 18 | Noon Residents may FACILITIES COMMITTEE MEETING | May 19 | 9:00 a.m. request to attend a BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING | May 23 | 6:30 p.m. meeting online at BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING | June 2 | Noon mypowerranch.com ASPiRE MEETING | June 14 | 5:30 p.m. SHORT TERM RENTAL ADHOC COMMITTEE MEETING | June 15 | 4:00 p.m.
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SALSA CHALLENGE @ Ranch House 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 24
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