Hopefully everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! We are very fortunate to live right across the street from where the city of San Juan Capistrano puts on their fantastic fireworks display! The city is also putting on free concerts on Wednesday evenings in the Historic Town Center Park. The first one was held June 15. Remaining dates are July 20, August 17, and September 21. The concerts are from 6pm – 8pm. A free trolley runs from 4pm – 9pm, and, conveniently for us, can be boarded at the community center on del Avion. Call 949-493-5911 for more information.
Water Conservation: As we’re sure everyone is aware, California is again in a drought, and we are all being asked to conserve water. According to our water district (Santa Margarita Water District) 50% of the water is used outdoors to water landscapes. We are working with our landscape company to conserve as much as possible. We as homeowners can also do our part by checking for leaks, taking advantage of rebates offered by SMWD to purchase high efficiency toilets and clothes washers, sweeping our walks and driveways instead of hosing them off, installing shut-off nozzles on hoses, and saving the water that would normally go down the drain while waiting for the shower to warm up. Every homeowner should have received a pamphlet from SMWD about how to find and fix common leaks. SMWD can be reached at 949-459-6420, efficiency@SMWD.com, SMWD.com/save water, and SMWD.com/leaks. They say they are here to help!
Our Wild Animals: Yes, we still have coyotes walking through the community, and recently a bobcat was caught on camera. Keep your children and pets safe, and don’t leave pet food or water outside. This will not only discourage the large predators, but small animals like rats and squirrels as well.
Landscape Committee: The landscape committee holds a walk-through of the community most months on the 3rd Friday of the month. The most recent on June 17. They continue to address issues of concern that homeowners have reported to the management company. A soils analysis has been ordered for the common area on Compass where the plants have been struggling. Due to budget concerns, the Board has asked the landscape company for an estimate for a one-time planting of colorful perennials at the entrance, rather than replacing seasonal color 4 times a year. You may see the gardeners hand watering the new Crape Myrtle trees. This is to assure that the trees get off to a good start and stay healthy. A tree replacement committee has been established, consisting of 5 homeowner volunteers. They will be investigating if it would be cost-effective and prudent to embark on a long-term plan and process to replace trees on an ongoing basis.
General Reminders: The Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month via Zoom. Written requests for Board action must be received by the management company 10 days prior. If you haven’t put the foaming cleanser in your sewer line yet this year, now is a good time. It is recommended that you do this at least once a year. Homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of their sewer lines. If you feel that someone is in violation of our CC&R’s or Rules, complete the complaint form (available on the website & from management) and send it to the management company to be placed on the Board agenda. Please observe the speed limits and stop signs in the community. Let’s keep everyone safe!
Association website is www.captainshill.org. Maintenance requests, forms, questions, concerns, emergencies, etc. contact Dana Pacific Management at (949) 248-4300, or firstname.lastname@example.org