Amenities Assessment Report Presentation Recap

Somersett United
Somersett United

On July 22, a slide presentation on the “Somersett Owners Association Amenities Assessment Report” was conducted in the Canyon View Room at The Club at Town Center. This presentation was basically a summary of information contained the aforementioned report prepared by Hansford Economic & Freshtracks Consulting under contract to the SOA and issued on February 4, 2015. The slide presentation may be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Amenities Assessment Presentation July 22

The entire report has been previously published on this website and may also be accessed via the following link:

SOA Final Amenities Assessment Report

Attendance at the presentation was rather sparse, with about 25 homeowners.

The slide presentation focused on

  • Assessment Methodology and Amenity Planning Process
  • Somersett Demographics
  • Review of current amenity usage, future projections and recreation trends, both locally and industry wide.
  • Key lessons from other HOAs (Tahoe Donner, Arrow Creek, Whitney Oaks, Sun River)
  • Recommendations

Of particular interest are the short and long term planning and operational recommendations contained in Slides 30-37. None of which appear to have been acted or reported on to date. That is, the presentation did not include any definitive information on the status of the report recommendations. It was suggested by the Strategic Planning Committee that engagement of a “Master Land Use Planner” as the next step might be in order.

Homeowner comments included 1) a recommendation that the pool hours and dates be extended with the use of solar heating, 2) concern over the accuracy of Somersett demographics based on 2010 data and the 2013 homeowner survey results and its effect on amenity planning, 3) current planning for use of the SOA purchased property in the Town Center Square (none to date).

Canyon9 Pipeline Project Meeting Result

Somersett United
Somersett United

On July 22 the BOD convened a special meeting for the sole purpose of reviewing and approving the Canyon Nine Irrigation Pipeline Project. The purpose of the project being to provide an alternate source of water to the lake adjacent to TCTC, which provides the irrigation source for the SOA’s Canyon Nine golf course. The primary source of water for this lake is via a Truckee River pumping system, which currently has been curtailed due to low river water conditions.

Given the SOA has access to ground water sources that feed the Somersett Golf & Country Club (SGCC) lakes, the BOD felt it prudent to be able to tap into this source if necessary due to loss of the Truckee River water. To address this issue, the Association hired Far West Engineering to conduct a study ($5,000) on how to implement transfer of water between the SGCC Lakes and the Canyon Nine Lake. The study concluded that a pipeline with appropriate valves could be installed to accommodate the transfer via gravity feed. That is, no pumping system would be required. As a result of this study, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was prepared and bids were solicited from four suppliers.

The BOD received quotes from two suppliers, which were opened at the meeting with the following results

  • DF Drumm Inc. – $39,523
  • Arizona Pipeline – $34,300

The BOD approved Arizona Pipeline for the project under the condition that its proposal meets the requirements of the RFP. The proposed solution calls for installation of a buried pipeline connecting the SGCC Hole 11 Lake to the Canyon Nine Lake. No impact on SGCC golf operations is anticipated.

Note that the SGCC Lakes also have access to Truckee River water from the Canyon Nine Lake via an installed pumping system.  However, this is a one way system, hence the requirement for the proposed pipeline project.