LANDSCAPE REPORT: The committee continues to look for areas in the community that need to be improved. In the past several months plants have been added to many areas, most notably perhaps, along our portion of del Obispo. Gophers continue to be a problem on the south side of our entrance. We are working with the pest company to solve this. Several of the trees that were planted last year at the entrance and other locations throughout the community have died. Moon Valley Nursery has agreed to replace the Crape Myrtles at no cost. We are still working with them on the status of the African Tulips. The landscape committee’s walk-through is normally the 3rd Friday of the month, however, this month there will not be one, as the committee chair and the landscape contractor will both be out of town.
Some homeowners have expressed concerns about trees that have grown too tall, and/or have extensive root structures that are causing problems. At their last meeting, the Board decided to solicit members for a committee to look into possible removal and replacement of trees, while considering costs, and working with the city. If you would like to volunteer for this committee, contact a Board member or management.
POOL NEWS: First the bad news…three very expensive umbrellas were destroyed recently during a high wind storm because they were not closed after being used. It is VERY important for everyone using the pool area to make sure to close the umbrellas before you leave. Now the good news…our maintenance chair, Ron Thompson, was able to find and install replacements at a fraction of the cost of the originals. Thank you, Ron, for saving us a lot of money! The Board is also looking into having the chaise lounges re-strapped.
PEST CONTROL: In the last newsletter we addressed the problem of rats in some areas of the community. We now also have a problem with ground squirrels. They can be very destructive, and their tunneling can destabilize the slopes if they move in. You can help solve this problem by not leaving pet food or other food items outside. Bird feeders are also a problem because these animals are attracted to the bird seed that falls to the ground. Do not poison the rats or ground squirrels because that endangers hawks and other birds of prey.
FORMS FOR BOARD ACTION: A new form, “Request for Board Action” is available on the website. This is designed to streamline the process of your request being placed on the agenda for the next Board meeting. After you fill it out you can email it directly to the management company. The complaint form is also available on the website. If you feel that someone is in violation of our CC&R’s or Rules, complete the form and send it to the management company.
MONTHLY REMINDERS: The Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Written requests for Board action must be received by management 10 days prior. PLEASE slow down when driving through the community, and remind your guests to do so also. Cars parked in “No Parking” zones are subject to towing. Check the curb before you park. Remember that homeowners are responsible for maintenance of their sewer lines. It is recommended that at least once a year you put a foaming cleanser in the line. These can be found at most hardware stores. Trash cans must be stored out of sight after trash pick-up. The association website is www.captainshill.org. If you put in your email address, you will receive announcements when they are posted.
For maintenance requests, forms, questions, concerns, emergencies, etc. contact Dana Pacific Management at (949) 248-4300, or email@example.com