TIS THE SEASON…Happy holidays to All!! It is so nice to see so many residents getting into the holiday spirit and decorating their homes! The entrance to the community has been decorated, but this year was a bit of a challenge, as this is the first year with the new monument sign and the change in electrical voltage. The Board will be considering a plan for next year and the purchase of new decorations.
ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION: The annual meeting was supposed to be held November 16, but unfortunately, we did not have a quorum as only 51 of 119 ballots had been returned. The meeting was adjourned to November 23. At that time 25% of the ballots are considered a quorum. The inspector of elections then opened the ballots and counted the votes. Elected to a 2-year term on the Board were Ron Thompson and Laurel Herzog. The IRS Ruling 70-604 was approved. Hopefully in the future we will have more homeowners participating in the election, since by law we now have to hire a firm to run the election. When we have to adjourn to a second date it costs the association additional money. Regular Board Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The next Board meeting will be January 18th. Meetings are still being held via Zoom. Meeting agendas are posted at the pool, and usually on the website.
NEW TRASH CANS: At the end of November all homeowners received a trash can for organic waste. (whether you wanted it or not) This was implemented by the city in accordance with California Law SB 1383 which mandates that Californians toss food garbage into the organic waste can along with yard waste. Most of us in the HOA do not have a lot of yard waste, but we can use the can for kitchen waste that would normally go down a garbage disposal or into the regular trash can, such as banana peels. The purpose of this law is to keep yard waste and kitchen waste out of the landfills and stop the production of methane which is a highly toxic gas, and contributes to global warming. If you choose to add a small container in your kitchen for this waste, such as a “Tupperware” type with a lid, it can be lined with a compostable bag or a paper bag and then placed in the large organic trash can. These new cans will be emptied on the same day as the other cans. Any questions, call CR&R at (877) 728-0446. Remember, all trash cans must be kept out of sight until trash pick-up day.
LANDSCAPE CORNER: We continually try to improve the look of our community, and have tried to stay within the Mediterranean look and feel of the front entrance. We have had to modify the plant selection in some especially shady areas. Rabbits have found the grass in some areas to be especially “tasty”, and so it had to be replaced with a variety of plants not on the rabbits’ menu. The tree trimming originally scheduled for November, will now take place beginning January 21. The landscape committee continues to meet the third Thursday of every month at 10:30am at the Pool Parking lot. Anyone interested is welcome to join our walkthrough. If you have an area you are concerned about, please contact Dana Pacific Management Company and we will add it to our walkthrough.
MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITY CHECKLIST: This matrix is available on our website, and posted at the pool, or can be requested from the management company. It explains which repairs are the HOA’s responsibility and which are the homeowner’s. It is important for all homeowners to be familiar with this.
MONTHLY REMINDERS: Board meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month. An architectural application must be approved before any work can commence. Members’ complaints cannot be addressed by the Board unless a complaint form has been filled out. The forms can be found on our website, or by contacting the management company. Management needs to receive written requests for Board action 10 days prior to the meeting. If you wish to report dogs in the common area without a leash, or dogs barking excessively, contact Animal Control Services at (949) 249-5160. The Association website is www.captainshill.org.
For maintenance requests, forms, questions, concerns, emergencies, etc. contact Dana Pacific Management at (949) 248-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org