Big Park on Megan gets new trash bins and pet waste station

After several years, the big park finally has two trash receptacles and a pet waste station for all park visitors to use accordingly. VVHOA president Raul Telles spearheaded the effort with the City of Sunland Park to expedite the installation of this equipment. After a few delays, the new additions were installed Friday. 

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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.

 

Securing your home as the weather warms up

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As outdoor temperatures rise, so do crime rates. The community’s Facebook page has seen an increase in posts from home owners reporting having fallen victim to acts of vandalism, theft of property, and suspicious activity. Between mid-February and early March, we’ve been made aware of a home and vehicle shot with a paintball gun, children trespassing into the storm drainage areas, the theft of outdoor/gardening products from someone’s yard, and a home owner witnessing what appeared to be shadows of people meddling around his property.

With homes still in construction in our community, we are an ideal target for vandals and petty thieves, especially as the weather begins to warm up. If you witness a crime or suspicious activity, you are encouraged to call Doña Ana Central Dispatch at 575-526-0795. In case of an emergency, dial 911.

If you can squeeze a home surveillance system into your budget, security cameras are highly recommended. Photos and video don’t lie. Virtually every modern home surveillance system offers smartphone apps that allow you to monitor your property at all times and can even alert you if motion is detected via email or phone notification. If you are a member of a wholesale club like Sam’s or Costco, you will find great deals on home surveillance system bundles that include up to eight cameras. If you dread hiring a professional or running cable through your attic and behind walls, there is a home surveillance system that is truly 100% wireless.

Among other recommendations from other community home owners – a home alarm system, stainless steel screws for your doors’ strike plates that are long enough to drill into your door frame, outdoor lighting with motion detection, light switch timers, and storm doors. For more home security tips, click here.