Villa Valencia HOA Blog will no longer be updated, future updates to be posted on Nextdoor

The Social Committee has decided to discontinue updating the blog effective immediately. We will be posting all future updates into our private group in a neighborhood social network called Nextdoor. Nextdoor will allow us to better control group membership. Currently, it is not possible to verify if users who subscribe to this blog live in the community.  Here is more info about Nextdoor, taken from their website:

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.

Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.

People are using Nextdoor to:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in
  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name

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VV HOA President meets with Sunland Park City Manager to address concerns on project delays

VV HOA President Raul Telles met with Sunland Park City Manager Bob Gallagher to address concerns regarding city project delays within the Villa Valencia community:

I had an extremely effective meeting with our City Manager, Mr. Gallagher today. There have been several pending community concerns that have been held up with some of the city employees without any action or updates for them.

Some of the discussed concerns included the trash can purchase for our large park, street/park lights, our many leaning street sign poles, a terrible fix for a street sign pole on Durrill and Megan Streets, the exposed sewer pipes on Comerciantes and speeding.

Shortly afterward he addressed these concerns on top of a lack of updates, professional etiquette and city ownership at a special meeting he called with all concerned employees. We should have movement on some of these concerns soon.

Effective immediately: City of Sunland Park to require Villa Valencia ARC approval prior to issuing construction permits

by Raul Telles, President VVHOA

I spoke to the Sunland Park Building Inspector in reference to a few homes that were reported to his office over the course of the past month.

The million dollar question was, “Was your Architectural Committee working on these two request?” Fortunately we were privy to one of the building request. As for the other porch that started being constructed, we were not. He mentioned to one of the owners that the person building it was not in compliance with the required building materials or structural design.

Neighbors, please beware of the new neighborhood onlookers that always sprout up offering cheap building of additions, porches among other services. Although they may be good people, they do not have the permits and licenses that will only cost the owner more money in the long run to either correct or remove the structure.

There is a process for approval that is submitted to our community Architectural Committee prior to building anything or requesting a building permit. Effective immediately, Sunland Park will not issue any permits for construction unless the request is vetted through our Architectural Committee.

Again, please don’t fall for the cheap shortcut that will cost more in the long run. If someone offers you a service, ask them to provide you a builders license that is both bonded and insured to avoid any mistake or mishaps. The main idea is to protect all of our interest and avoid our neighborhood’s value to decrease.

Community dumpster drop-off days hugely successful, Board of Directors considering repeating event quarterly

From March 10 to March 13, the City of Sunland Park dropped off two roll-away dumpsters in front of the large park for residents of both Villa Valencia and Edgemont. Based on the amount of trash that was disposed of, the event was a great success, so much so that the Villa Valencia Homeowners Association’s Board of Directors (VVBOD) is considering repeating the event once every quarter in partnership with Edgemont’s HOA.

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The VVBOD will provide updates regarding future dumpster drop-off’s as they become available.

 

An open letter to the people responsible for trampling our park plants

By Jorge Garcia

During the last week of February 2017, HOA President Raul Telles announced an offer on Facebook for any family in the community willing to volunteer to plant a red yucca at our large park on Megan St. Mr. Telles was in possession of two plants provided by the HOA. After no one responded to the offer, I volunteered myself, wife, and two daughters to take part in beautifying our park. On Saturday February 25, we spent some of our afternoon planting both yuccas on the northwest corner of the basketball court.

Eight days later, on March 5, someone quite literally trampled all over our family’s work and dedication.

Based on the shoe prints around the trampled yuccas, I am assuming children did this. If you’re the parent of the child(ren) who did this, teach your children some manners. Teach them to take pride in their neighborhood, be considerate of others, and to respect public property. Sure, we can’t watch our kids every second of every day–I get it. Be that as it may, their behavior starts at home. You disrespected my family’s efforts and willingness to make our park and community a little more presentable, and it certainly isn’t appreciated. As a matter of fact, the disrespect extends beyond my family and towards the community in general, because this is our park.

I was angry and disheartened when I found out about this, and it’s not so much about the plants, it’s about having some common decency. So, I ask you from one parent to another, steer them in the right direction. Letting something slide as minor as trampling a couple of plants can escalate to more serious behavior later, until something significantly bad happens and it’s too late.

This is our community. Most of us are paying the HOA dues and taxes to maintain it. Please do your part and discipline your kids, and teach them to be proud of their neighborhood. There are many people working very hard behind the scenes to ensure their parks are presentable and safe to play in. Get them involved in any way, shape, or form so they can appreciate it.