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Time to Step Down!
At the August 3, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association, fellow Board Member Herb Drosdat and I will complete our three-year tenure as members of your Board of Directors. It has been a busy and productive time witnessed by the following highlights of the significant accomplishments and events undertaken by the Association Staff, the Standing and Required Committees, Resident Work Groups and the Board during this period:
- Completion of the Construction of the Expanded Restaurant and the New Lounge
- Completion of the complete Refurbishment of the Timbers Lodge
- Celebration activities and events commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Sun City Roseville
- Establishment of a Reserve Fund Equity Investment Pilot Program to substantially improve Reserve Fund investment earnings and reduce future reserve fund assessment increases
- Approval and Implementation of the Sun City Artificial Turf Policy and procedures six months prior to the State of California requiring Homeowner Associations to do so
- Completion of a comprehensive rewrite of the Association’s Design Guidelines for residents’ modifications to their property
- Completion of a comprehensive rewrite of the Association Rules
- Development and Approval of Rules for the implementation of a Special Use Fee that will facilitate funding of future Common Area Improvement projects
- Updating the Sun City Roseville Vision, Mission and Strategy
- Compilation of a list of potential Strategic Community Improvement projects for consideration for approval for further development by future Boards of Directors
- Evaluating and electing not to approve the installation of a Cell Tower in Sun City Roseville
- Evaluating and electing not to move forward with a Solar system for all of Sun City, at this time
- Completion of a comprehensive Energy Subcommittee Report providing recommendations for further improvement of Sun City electric and gas energy utilization efficiencies
- Completion of significant improvements to the Ballroom sound system
- Implementation of multiple revisions to Committee and Chartered Club Guidelines
Indeed, it has been a busy time! Staff and resident volunteers have effectively collaborated to accomplish many positive endeavors on behalf of our Sun City Roseville Community! In passing the baton to the new Directors, Cora Rose and Roberta Daly, we thank you for your suggestions and support, and wish the new Directors, and the entire Board, the very best of continuing successes!
- New fiscal year, 2017-18, is now here and if you haven’t purchased your passes please do so in Administration!
- Make sure your golf cart has the most updated trail pass. Our Players Assistants will be issuing tickets.
- Titleist will be one of our major club partners this year, so look out for fitting / wedge days!
- Everyone should be fitted for their clubs, if your equipment isn’t right for you, your game will not be at its best. Schedule a fitting in the Golf Shop!
According to our mid-July temperatures, it’s official, summer has arrived! Join us in School House Park on Thursday, July 20 for the 3rd annual “National Night Out Kickoff” from 9:00AM-Noon, brought to you by your Citizens Patrol. The Roseville Police & Fire will be on-hand with emergency vehicles, demonstrations and plenty of great information! Partake in the bake sale, with proceeds benefitting the Roseville Police & Fire charities and stay for a hot dog, chips and soda for five bucks! Feel free to leave your chairs behind for an evening performance with the “Sunset Jazz-in-the-Park” concert from 6:00PM-8:00PM. We’ll welcome a well-known jazz artist, the Dave Bass Quartet.
Join us on Friday, July 28 from 7:00-10:00PM for an evening of Ballroom dance with the John Skinner Band. This is round table seating and you may reserve a table of ten; tickets are $15.00 per person. Tickets are also available for “The Songs & Stories of Neil Diamond” on Monday, August 21 at 7:00PM. Having heard Jack perform in our community last year, you’ll think he’s the “real deal” and much more affordable than a Golden 1 Center ticket price! Tickets are $25.00 per person and selling quickly!
If you’d like some respite from the heat, seats are still available on the following day tours:
Tuesday, July 18 – UC Davis California Raptor Center, $75.00 per person including a hosted lunch.
Wednesday, July 19 – S.F. Giants vs. Cleveland Indians, $85.00 per person, seating in the View Reserve section
Tuesday, July 25 – Red Hawk Casino, $30 per person with $15 in slot money
Thursday, July 27 – Blackhawk Automotive Museum, $50.00 per person
Sunday, July 30 – Strauss Festival of Elk Grove, $32.00 per person
Seats are limited for several of these July events, so stop in at the Activities Desk and plan a day out of the heat!
If you desire a “mini-vacation”, join us for the Great Reno Balloon Race in Reno, Nevada September 7-9; we have only 10 seats left! October 16-19, 2017 will find us in Monterey – for golfers and non-golfers alike; registration opens Friday, August 4 at 7:30AM at the Activities Desk.
And if you really want to travel, join us for a 4 night/5 day tour to Pasadena for the delightful Rose Parade, fun activities, great meals and a fabulous evening ringing in the New Year with your Sun City friends! Registration opens Friday, July 21 at 7:30AM at the Activities Desk.
Watch for information at Courier Days as we release new overnight and day trip information.
I am delighted to announce we have tickets for the October 25 performance with Dutch Violinist Andre Rieu at the Golden 1 Event Center in Sacramento. Tickets will go on sale September 1 for $140 per person and includes bus transportation with drop-off at the Main Entrance and prime seating!
Be sure to pick up the latest “Mark Your Calendar” for event listings through October 2017.
Residential Security – Part Four of a Series
The Back Yard Component
There is not a lot of difference between securing front yard and back yard windows and doors. Just consider that when you are in the back yard, your front yard is typically not under your observation, so you should check front doors and windows before going out to the back. There is a pattern known as “green thumb” burglary, also known as “yard burglary,” in which thieves see that you are in the back, so they try the front door, knowing that many people do not lock the front door because they are “home.”
Tools which could be used to breach windows and doors should be kept in the garage.
Also, it is a good idea to take a cordless or mobile phone with you in case you fall or otherwise injure yourself. Another trick is to carry your car keys, so if you are down, you can set off your car’s panic alarm to alert your neighbors. You can also set off the car’s panic alarm if you see someone in your house. Not only will you get the attention of your neighbors, the honking should cause the thief to flee.
(You can also place your car keys on your night stand, for the same purposes, when you retire for the night—in case I forget to say that when I get to that part of the series.)
If you have a gate, you should lock the pull-wire latch at the top. Another trick is to install a “barrel bolt,” like the one shown here, about waist high. Thieves cannot reach over that far, and are not expecting such a second latch.
A variation of this latch accepts a padlock.
The Driveway Component
Really? You put your $30K to $40K worth of stuff in the driveway to make room to keep your $100’s worth of stuff inside the garage. Maybe you need to think in terms of better organizing & storage solutions, or in getting rid of some stuff.
Of course, some vehicles don’t fit into our garages, and other reasons can require you to keep your vehicle in the driveway, so if you must, you must, but,
- NEVER leave it unlocked
- NEVER leave valuables in it
- NEVER leave the garage door opener/clicker in it
- AND, if you have a newer vehicle with an integral programmable button designed to operate your door opener, consider not setting up that feature, in favor of a removable clicker.
Catalytic converters in tall vehicles can be etched with your California driver’s license number, and you can have a cage welded around it. The reasons they are stolen are two-fold. First, they are easy to steal–thieves use a simple manual pipe cutter to silently and quickly cut through the tailpipes and let the converter drop. Second, the works inside contain platinum.
The Garage Component—Part One
As stated at beginning of this series, burglars don’t spend much time attempting entry, because the want to reduce the possibility of their being seen. Once they gain entry into the garage, however, they are generally relieved of that concern, so security of the two points of access into your garage should be of priority interest.
First, the single swing door on the side or rear wall of the garage is easily secured. I refer you to the previous section on door security, and point out that any concerns you may have about esthetics or appearance of security measures go out the window. Ooops, that was punny, but really, who cares that you have installed an iron door or brackets to hold a 2” X 4” board. It’s the garage.
Second, the overhead door is easily breached, but prevention measures are straightforward. Both involve the red rope hanging from the release trigger (blue arrow) for the sliding carriage (red arrow).
The purpose of the release trigger is to disconnect the door from the motor, allowing you to manually open the door in the event of a power outage. Jerking down the red rope releases the sliding carriage from the motor, enabling you to lift the door, panel by panel, from inside the garage. (This knowledge is a security tip of its own.) Once power returns, you jerk the rope back up so the trigger reengages carriage.
Thieves can pull either the red rope, or the release trigger itself, from outside. They insert a stiff wire, which they bend into a hook, at the bottom of the top door panel. They grab the rope, or trigger, and pull back, releasing the door from the motor. Google “how thieves open your garage door” and look for the You Tube video showing how it is done in six-seconds.
The prevention method is to simply remove the rope, and to then use the hole the rope was in to tie the release trigger up to the sliding carriage, such that the trigger cannot be pulled down. A cable tie or a short length of wire will do the job.
Wait, what if the power goes out? I’m glad you asked. How often does the power go out here? I’ll trade years’ worth of security for a rare day of inconvenience, any day. Wait, was that a pun?
The solution is to remove the cable tie or wire, and snap the trigger down to the release position. You may have long handled shears, but you may have to use a ladder and hand tools. Know in advance, that snapping down the trigger can be difficult with the bare hand, and that the whole opening system may jerk loudly. It may be safer to come down off the ladder after you cut the cable tie, or unthread the wire, and then reach back up with a stick of some kind to release the trigger. My stick has a cup hook screwed into its butt end.
Consider practicing whichever method you will employ, and dedicating the tools, or, if you cannot perform the task, making arrangements with a helpful neighbor.
One more thing. Your door likely has a sliding bar which locks the door into the track for its wheels. It is good to use it for prolonged non-usage of the door.
I am way long here. We will finish the garage component next month.
I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.
Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808
Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
New Drone Flyover Video for Sierra Pines
Last year we did a drone flyover for the Timber Creek Golf Course so golfers can view each hole and plan their shot. I’m happy to say we just completed the drone flyover for Sierra Pines!
Both videos are located on the Resident Website (www.scres.org) under Amenities > Timber Creek and Sierra Pines Golf. Scroll down and you will see them. Additionally, there is a link under each video with links to hole by hole videos.
If you need help logging onto the Resident Website, stop by the Admin office or you can email me directly for assistance.
Common Area Invasive Tree Roots
After two decades of growth and a recent stretch of drought we are seeing some of our Sun City Roseville Community Association (SCRCA) common area landscape trees, primarily Sycamore, Redwood and Cedar’s, begin to pass shallow roots under the sound walls and in some cases invade residential backyards.
Staff will be instituting a survey group to begin canvassing the community in order to pin point invasive root damage as a preventative measure so a team can come in and remove the roots prior to any extensive hardscape or landscape damage can occur.
Your assistance will help us in instituting preventative measures that will prevent present and any future damage.
Some of the indicators of SCRCA common area invasive roots are:
- Seeing a visual separation of the sound wall concrete blocks
- A disruption of any hard surfaces in your backyard; landscape curbing, or borders
- Visual observation of tree roots in your lawn
- Cracking of backyard patio’s or sidewalks
If you have currently observed any of these issues in your backyard please submit a “Landscape Concern Form,” found online at scrca.org, or you can fill one out at the administration offices located at the main Lodge.
The Properties Committee and Board of Directors will be reviewing a new policy in regards to resolving the invasive tree root issue in resident’s yards stemming from SCRCA common landscape trees. Generally the policy will follow legal guidelines where SCRCA, or a contracted representative will be operating under a Good Neighbor policy and will be responsible for removing any intrusive roots, repairing common community property, and repairing “that portion only” of incurred damage from any invasive roots if alerted to the situation by the resident.