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Although we are just two months into the 2017-2018 fiscal year as I am writing this article, it is time to initiate the budget process for 2018-2019 fiscal year. Developing the budget is one of the association Finance Committee’s and Board’s most important responsibilities. Many people are involved in this process including residents, staff, clubs, committees, and the Board of Directors.
The first step begins on November 21 at 1:00 PM when the finance committee will meet to hold the Long Range Planning and Budget Objectives Meeting. The goal of this meeting will be to take a look at a long-range forecast for the association 5 years out. What are the trends? What will happen to inflation? What will the association projects be in these years? This will include the economic environment, as well as, association needs submitted by clubs and committees. In addition the finance committee will establish in words the specific budget objectives by department for 2018 – 2019, i.e. activities, golf, fitness, food and beverage etc. This meeting is open to all Sun City residents. I hope you will join us as we kick off the financial process for 2018-2019.
Timber Creek Golfers! November is a special month at Timber Creek! Along with Thanksgiving, we have our Seasonal Spectacular. On November 29th from 5pm until 8pm, at the Timber Creek Pro Shop, we have our annual super sale event! We will be serving complimentary wine and cheese before and during the event! Now is the time to purchase all of your golfing wish list items! Save anywhere from 15 to 40%, and participate in our live auction that takes place during the sale! We hope to see you there!
Don’t forget to purchase our Gift of Golf Promotion! The Gift of Golf is $200, and is 5 rounds of golf with cart. That is a $40 per round value with no weekend co pay. Purchase in the Timber Creek Pro Shop while supplies last.
Timber Creek and Sierra Pines will be hosting a Thanksgiving day shotgun at 9am. Reserve your spot by calling either pro shop 8 days in advance starting at 4:30!
Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro | email@example.com
Golf Course Update
We have almost completed overseeding on all 27 holes and the driving range tee. The Pines was done first and the new perennial ryes have come up and are maturing very well. The Lakes and Oaks will take a bit longer due to cooler days and cooler soil temperatures. We will also be going back into treated areas that were impacted by summer sedge grasses (nutgrass and Kyllinga). These areas have browned out and we will be seeding and topdressing them. We will be encouraging the maturation of our new perennial ryes with additional fertility. Irrigation leaks are still plaguing us. Since May we have repaired over 105 2” lateral lines that run to our sprinklers. This is an alarming trend where lateral leaks have averaged near 70 since 2014. The Golf Committee and Properties Committee will be involved in looking at the issue and the possible solutions going forward with the assistance of an irrigation consultant. The Golf Committee will also be looking at a plant to reduce turf on Timber Creek to assist in offsetting the rising costs of reclaimed water. Since 2014 it’s gone up $100,000.
The Goose Patrol has done a wonderful job of herding the Geese and getting them to migrate this year. Populations of migratory geese and renegade geese (geese who want to make SCRCA a home permanently) have been greatly reduced benefiting the health of the community and minimizing the damage they do. Thank you Goose Patrol members!
Annual flowers have been installed just in time for the holidays and are maturing well. Staff has completed a few small renovation projects on the medians on Del Webb and at the Fitness Center. We will be busy during the winter months picking up leaf drop, trimming trees, and spot replacing plants that didn’t make it through the tough summer. We also have work scheduled in the drainage channels of the open space, and beginning wild flower installation, which will be a test case this year to see how successful we can be. The Landscape Committee will also be studying the replacement of plantings in the parking lot medians at the Timber’s Lodge. The project will be headed by George Porter. Now that we have a break in the heat we will be able to get to your Residential Concerns in a more timely fashion.
I would publicly like to give thanks to my hard working staff. Considering the challenge this summer brought us they have done a great job in bringing everything back into the shape and appearance that we expect. Thank them personally when you get a chance.
The season to celebrate and be thankful has arrived and with this comes your holiday favorites… turkey, gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie and more! Your Activities Department can offer you a solution to enjoy the goodies and keep good health in mind too. Register for a variety of day trips, enjoy a day out, breathe the fresh air and you’ll be guaranteed to take a few extra steps!
We have just a few seats left for the annual Holidays in the City Tour on Thursday, November 30. We’ll descend upon San Francisco & Union Square for the most festive time of the year! Cost is $45.00 per person; bus departs at 7:30AM.
Tuesday, December 12 we’ll visit the Duarte Nursey and McHenry Mansion. We’ll be greeted with cookies and hot cider upon our arrival at the nursery and an opportunity to choose our holiday poinsettias with over 30 varieties and colors! We’ll enjoy a hosted lunch and a docent led tour of one of Modesto’s treasures, the McHenry Mansion. Cost is $65.00 per person; bus departs at 8:00AM.
A big shout out to residents who joined us for a “Mix & Mingle” event October 30. I hope you enjoyed the treats, learned more about travel with your Activities Department, and perhaps even met some new travel friends! Look for these events on a quarterly basis in the Timber Creek Lodge. We provided an update on our 2017/2018 travel plans which include:
A Holiday Reno Overnight scheduled for Dec. 5-7, 2017. Enjoy an easy jaunt over the hill, enjoy some casino time, a great dinner buffet and tickets for the Christmas Extravaganza. The bus is filling quickly – registration is open until December 4.
The Monterey Whale Watching Tour is scheduled for March 6-8, 2018. Flyers are available in the Association News Bulletin Board. Registration opens Friday, December 8.
Look for information after the first of the year for the Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka, April 5-8, 2018 and the popular Mystery Tour, May 6-11, 2018.
The Interior Component, Continued
NOTE: The Roseville Police Department has a voluntary registration program for any residential camera system. The concept is that, should a crime occur in a given area, they would have a roster of cameras that may have captured images to help identify suspects. Please keep this in mind, especially if you place cameras which view the street.
Cameras Not Associated with Residential Alarms
Last month, I said that I would begin here with cameras associated with alarms, but, there are, of course, stand-alone camera systems. You will find them as you research security measures which are a fit for your lifestyle. Recommendations concerning deployment are essentially the same as for systems associated with alarms.
Cameras Associated with Residential Alarms
Ever developing technological advances can easily render whatever I write about various alarm types and features obsolete before the ink is dry. That includes their camera systems. Like alarms, however, cameras fall into the categories of covert and recognizable.
When considering an alarm system, if you lean toward prevention, then you want to make any alarm system obvious to passersby. You will want to plant an alarm company sign in the front yard and display window stickers. It follows, then, that if you also opt for cameras, then you want them to be noticeable, as well.
Covert alarm and camera systems are intended to try to catch bad guys, versus deter them, and thus I am not a fan. Prevention is the better choice for most Sun City residents.
That said, many systems provide alerts to your phone or tablet, which allow you to remotely view activity, and call the police as necessary. That is not an entirely bad idea, because you have a high degree of control, whether you are home or away—provided, however, that such a concept fits your lifestyle, in that you will always be available to receive, and properly react to, such alerts.
Also, while some of those alarms and cameras are covert, some become well known through marketing and advertising, such as the doorbell type, making thieves aware, and allowing them to develop counter measures.
To repeat, do your research on both alarm systems and cameras to find a fit for your lifestyle.
Areas of Coverage—Exterior
Obviously, the purpose of exterior cameras is to capture the image of anyone coming up to, or going around, your home. You can typically rely on sales agents to have experience and training concerning placement and coverage, but if you opt for a self-installation, here are some considerations:
- Front: The areas to cover include the driveway and front door area. On the driveway, at a corner on the eaves will generally suffice. Consider placement at the end of the porch to watch activity on the porch, as well as at the front door to capture the path to and from the front door.
- Side: Generally, the gate side of your house is the more important to cover, but if you have no fences, consider coverage on both sides. Of course, the door into the garage is something you want to cover.
- Rear: Entrances are the most important part to cover, usually the rear slider, but some of us have other doors into enclosed patios. If you have no fence, consider wide coverage of all areas of approach.
Areas of Coverage—Interior
You may well be thinking. “Wait, if I have a recognizable alarm system, and recognizable exterior cameras, do I really need interior cameras?” And you are correct. Interior cameras are not needed if you succeeded in keeping the intruder from entering.
That said, you may desire interior cameras for a variety of reasons, such as to work with a system that alerts you remotely. And, there is that rare thief who boldly breaks in knowing he will set off the alarm, hoping to quickly find something to steal, and to flee before anyone can respond to deter him.
Further, there are covert cameras, some of which come with alarm systems, designed to watch the activity of people in your home, whether or not they are intruders. “Baby Sitter” cameras can be concealed inside teddy bears or false books, and placed to watch repairmen, housekeepers, and caregivers. Placement may also follow concerns over possible elder abuse, including financial abuse. (Please read my December Courier article.)
Generally, interior cameras may be covert or recognizable, and placement considerations should include entrances, so that you capture the image of the intruder coming in, as well as areas where you have the stuff commonly sought by them.
Next month, I will address concepts for safety when you are home. Before that, though, please remember all the holiday safety tips you read year after year. It is all about situational awareness at the mall, but don’t forget porch pirates will have more packages to steal.
I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.
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You may have noticed an increase in dogs in the Timber Creek Lodge and the Timbers at the Lodge Restaurant & Bar. If you are wondering if dogs are welcome, the answer is yes…and no.
According to California Law, persons with disabilities may bring trained service dogs and psychiatric service dogs, but not emotional support animals, to all public places.
What is a service animal? Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals are working dogs, not pets. Tasks might include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, or pulling a wheelchair. A service dog has been trained to provide a service directly related to the person’s disability. Psychiatric service dogs are individually trained to help a person with a mental disability with specific requirements and are considered a service dog. Note that both service dogs and psychiatric service dogs are referred to as “trained” dogs.
Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not service animals as they are not trained to perform specific acts, and therefore, under Title II and Title II of the ADA (American Disabilities Act) do not have the same rights as service animals.
In many situations, it is apparent a dog is a service animal. If it is not obvious, the SCRCA staff does have a right to ask. Under the ADA, staff may ask two questions: Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? And, what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? A service animal owner should be able to simply answer these two questions and that is all that is required of the service animal owner.
Owners beware as there is a hefty price to pay for fraudulent representation. “Any person who knowingly and fraudulently represents himself or herself, through verbal or written notice, to be the owner or trainer of any canine licensed/qualified/identified as a guide, signal, or service dog shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 6 months, by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both by both fine and imprisonment.” (Penal Code 365.7-https://www.animallaw.info/statues/stusca_civil_54_55_2.htm#s365_7)
A few items that pertain to Sun City, are service animals allowed to be seated on chairs or allowed to be fed at the table in the restaurant? No, the ADA gives a person with a disability the right to be accompanied by his or her service animal, but not sit or be fed at the table. Are service animals allowed in the pool? No, but they may be on the pool deck.
It is also important to note, a service animal may be excluded from public property when the animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
As a friendly reminder, all owners, residents and guests with pets other than service animals are not allowed inside the Timber Creek Lodge or any other Association owned indoor/outdoor facility or common area.
Per the Sun City Roseville Association Rules Part A, Section 1.04.Pets
(a) Permitted Areas: Pets may be walked on streets, sidewalks and Common Area pathways and parking lots if maintained and controlled on a leash per Roseville City Ordinance 7.12.010.
(b) Non Permitted Areas: Pets are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor facility or Common Area, except for a service animal.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, State of California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, USA Service Dog Registration.