EE HOA, Green Valley, AZ
Monday Morning Memo

September 3, 2012        Esperanza Estates        Green Valley, AZ

Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day pays tribute to working men and women and became a federal holiday in 1894. The first Monday in September was chosen as the date because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. For many Americans the holiday is the symbolic end of summer and the start of the back-to-school season. In many social groups, it was considered the last day of the year when it was fashionable to wear white or seersucker.

The Results Are In
We have a winner for the Periodico's Photo of the Year Contest. Of course, we aren't revealing it until the September issue of the Periodico, which will be out later this month.

September Is National Preparedness Month
If you want to learn about preparing yourself and your neighborhood for disasters, you may want to attend the Greater Green Valley Community Emergency Response Team's classes. The eight classes will cover disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization, terrorism and disaster simulation. Classes start on October 18. For information, contact Patty Kerr at 399-1234.

A Word From Our 'Weed Patrol'
Over the summer, we have been reporting on the great job the two volunteers who form our Weed Patrol, Tom Cooke and Boyd Morse, have been doing to keep EE's common areas virtually weed free. For a change of pace, we decided to do a short interview with them to find out more about their work.

MMM: Hey, guys, how did you get things looking so good? After all, weeds have been a summer staple in EE and the rest of Green Valley for as long as we can remember.

WP: Wish we could tell you it is due to waving a magic wand but it isn't. Our EEHOA purchased some commercial spraying equipment last fall and we have put it to good use this summer.

MMM: But haven't we had the weeds sprayed in the past?

WP: We have, but due to the cost we were only able to afford 1 or 2 applications of weed killer during the weed season.

MMM: How often is the spray being applied?

WP: We are averaging about every 6 to 7 days.

MMM: Wow! That seems like a lot of work and expense.

WP: Actually we didn't really know what to expect when we started. We hoped to achieve the results you see, but we weren't sure about the cost and the effort needed. So far our expenses for chemicals has been around $2,500 as opposed to approximately $25,000 if we had it done commercially. So we are excited about that aspect. We also feel it has been well worth the time and effort. It's rewarding to see the great results in the common areas.

MMM: Have there been any other effects from the spraying program?

WP: Glad you asked. There has been an extraordinary effort on the part of most of the 295 homes whose yards are not cared for by the HOA. About 90% of those properties look great, and the owners obviously take pride in living in EE. At this time last summer, only about of the homes looked like they had a summer maintenance program in place.

MMM: What about the other 10%?

WP: We are hoping those owners will see how great their neighbors' homes and the common areas look and do something about their own yards. If they have any questions, they can call 419-2489 (WP hotline) for more information.

MMM: Thank you both for your time. We all appreciate the work you are doing and the great new weed free look in Esperanza Estates.


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