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TUESDAY NEWSDAY FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 25, 2016:

LINK ADVERTISER OF THE WEEK:
Tender Loving Caregiver (TLC)
Stephanie Hill •  702-881-0881
 

Hi, my name is Stephanie Hill and I am a member of this great community. Over the past several years, I have been working as a caregiver for my fellow residents and neighbors. In my day to day, I am happy to provide you with services that suit your needs, including cooking meals, driving you to your doctor appointments, running errands, shopping, light housekeeping, personal care and something as simple as conversation and companionship. I understand that as we age our needs differ as do our abilities, which is why I offer various types of services for each of my clients.
I am originally from California, where I worked as a marriage and family counselor for over 20 years. I have a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Redlands. Because of my background, people find that I’m very easy to talk with. If you know someone who may need my services or you, yourself, may need an extra pair of hands, give me call. I can be reached at 702-881-0881. References will be supplied upon request.

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SCSCAI Strategic Plan, Part I: A Vision for Landscape and Golf Maintenance
Next Session Set for Wednesday, 10 a.m.

 

(Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series on a community strategic plan presented by SCSCAI Executive Director Paul Henderson to the Board of Directors on July 20. The second meeting on Food & Beverage took place on July 21. The third meeting on Golf will be Wednesday, July 27, 10 a.m., Desert Vista. The meeting is open to residents.)

 

How to deal with deferred maintenance dominated the first day of SCSCAI Executive Director Paul Henderson’s presentation last week that was delivered to the Board of Directors over a two-day strategic planning session.  
According to Paul, the meetings were designed to outline a one- to two-year vision for Sun City and pull together a BOD-approved plan that would become the strategy for the staff to accomplish. The presentation began as the current strategic plan nears its completion. 
“These items are designed to promote pride in ownership among our resident owners and maximize return on investment,” said Paul as he presented slides that prompted a review of “Where Are We Now,” “Where Do We Want to Be” and “How Do We Get There.”
In assessing “Where Are We Now,” many BOD members agreed that deferred maintenance projects have earned their way to the top of the community’s to-do list.
“Some buildings are not as neat and clean as they should be,” said Paul. “The problem is deferred maintenance and we need to stop the deferred maintenance and get to working on things like building landscape, streetscapes and golf peripheral maintenance.”
In the landscape and golf maintenance departments, seemingly smaller projects have been moved to the back burner over the last three years as crews have been reassigned to take care of compelling needs like turf reduction and resulting capital projects. While those jobs have netted the Association savings in water and its monthly utility bill, the progress has dead-ended work on several fronts. Add to that a reduction in full-time labor and a shift to seasonal and part-time workers and the departments are finding themselves in a hole that’s hard to get out of. To keep up with the work, the Association has outsourced jobs like the recent cleanup of Thomas Ryan at Lake Mead Boulevard. But while the cleanup part of the job went well, Landscape Manager Louis Darling pointed to peripheral items that didn’t, namely broken irrigation lines and sprinkler heads, as well as displaced rock that his crew had to go in and fix after the paid contractors had left.
To BOD Treasurer Ken Resnik’s question, “Do contractors make life easier?” the reply would seem to straddle the fence.
When talking about deferred maintenance, the topic is, of course, money. Projects get deferred because there is not enough money or manpower to do everything that needs to be accomplished. When that happens enough times wear and tear begins to show its age.
For some Board members, the topic transitioned naturally into a discussion on the current annual assessment, with several directors agreeing to an evaluation of the $107-a-month fee that has remained the same for four straight years.
In an attempt to avoid a cycle of funding outsourced catchup projects, Paul said, “I think we need more staff.” The statement resonated strongly with several Board members who agreed that some of the points brought up during the meeting will need to be addressed this year despite not being included in the 2017 budget.

Jeannette Carrillo/Link


Keep an Eye Out for Coyotes

A Showcase Drive resident submitted this photo of a recent visitor to his back yard as a reminder to be watchful of your pets as they roam your front courtyards or back yards. According to Clark County’s Division of Wildlife, coyotes focus their hunting around sunrise and sunset, when most residents put their pets out for their meals or bathroom breaks. If you must feed your dog or cat outside, be sure to clean up any leftover food and water as those items may attract a hungry/thirsty coyote. Also, please be sure to secure any curbside trash, as the smell of garbage has been known to draw coyotes.


Time for Ice Cream

Get your cool on during these 110-plus-temperature days with a refreshingly creamy ice cream treat. Blue Bunny ice cream is now available at Tavern at the Falls and The Summit. Prices range from $1 to $5 each for Orange Dream, Big Alaska and Strawberry Shortcake bars; Neapolitan and Big Bopper ice cream sandwiches; Health and Snickers bars; and the Champ! Vanilla ice cream cone. How does delicious taste? Head into Tavern at the Falls or The Summit to find out!


Sun City Approves Locking Mailboxes

 

SCSCAI’s Architectural Review Committee approved locking mailboxes for homes in Sun City Summerlin at its June meeting. All residents seeking to purchase their new locking mailbox MUST file an application with the Office of Community Standards at Mountain Shadows. Residents living within a subdivision MUST receive the approval of their subdivision’s Board president on their application before submitting their paperwork to Community Standards. For information on the correct model number of the approved mailbox, cost, etc., call or stop by Community Standards, 702-966-1411.


If It’s Too Hot for You, It’s Too Hot for Your Dog

Please take note of the high temperatures as you contemplate a walk with your pet. It doesn’t take long for a dog to overheat in temperatures over 100 degrees and the recent record highs are cause for concern. If your dog is used to a daily walk, start out early in the morning or wait a while after the sun has set. Always be sure to carry fresh water for your dog and keep the walks short – 10- to 15-minute walks are plenty good for summer months. Be sure to check your dog's paws for any blistering following a walk and be aware of the symptoms for heat exhaustion. Some of these include excessive panting, limping, lethargy, salivation, bloody diarrhea, bloodshot eyes, vomiting and the urge to constantly lie down. If you think your dog is overheated, cool it down with a cool towel on its abdomen, give it water and let it rest. Be alert and never hesitate to take your dog to the vet if you fear it is having a heat stroke.


 

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Report Mail Theft Immediately

If you have been the victim of mail theft, the U.S. Postal Service needs your help. To report mail stolen from your home’s mailbox, or the large blue community mailboxes, call 877-876-2455. When reporting the crime, please be sure to provide as much information as possible regarding time, location and type of mail stolen. According to a local U.S. postal inspector, the more information a caller can provide, the better chance there is of solving the crime.




If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch on your block, call Karl Wiedemann, chairman, Community Preparedness Committee, 256-1944,
or Sun City resident Julia Mooney (Moon), 838-1840

Call Security Patrol ASAP if You've Lost Your Dog/Cat
702-254-2303

Security Patrol drivers cover the entire community, every day and night. They are the most likely source to find a lost pet and begin the process of reuniting it with its owner. If anyone spots a dog running loose, or if their own pet goes AWOL, they can escalate a happier story-ending by calling Security Patrol at 254-2303, right away.


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