3 thoughts on “Letter to Somersett Board of Directors

  1. Great letter Charnelle! Needs to be part of the meeting minutes in case “they” won’t read it aloud at the meeting.

    I have been “on” various boards regarding Blake Smith’s refusal and failure to install the PUD REQUIRED solar pool heater since the days when he was running this place we all call home. There are other PUD items that need attention, e.g. branch height on trees in visibility corners. How many times have we been told our safety is their number one concern and nothing done about this easy to fix danger????

    Time for this board to get down to business and start running the association like the corporation it is and not a social club. First step in meeting the numerous challenges is to meet monthly!

  2. If Joe Bower were at the last board meeting or even read the SU summary (I did both) he would know:
    – The trees at intersections are being dealt with. It includes taking into consideration both safety & options to replace and reuse trees where possible.
    – Litigation related to Northgate was filed by the homeowner, not the BOD/Association. It is a homeowner that wants to change the PUD and CC&R’s to meet their needs because of an investment they made. FYI, the new park would have taken care of their intended purpose.
    – Not sure what “construction defects at TCTC” Charnelle Wright is addressing. The only ones I recall being discussed at the meeting were for custom homes and other projects. There may have been past issues, but nothing that was brought up at this BOD meeting that fall into the sue the developer category.

    On a couple other comments in Charnelle Wright’s letter:
    – No expansion of second floor TCTC needed because of a conference room that already exists & can accommodate 8-10 people: Having attended a few Architectural Committee meetings while submitting landscaping plans & processing homeowner documents in the offices over the years I have a different view of that area. The second floor appears to have been built to support a small management staff given the three offices and a little open space at the top of the stairs. The open space is being used as a reception / open office space. One office is set up to house three staff members who manage daily duties like applications submitted by homeowners. Another office has been assigned to the community manager, which was used as a conference room at the Committee meetings I attended, and it was rather cramped with 7-8 people in it. The third office is for the new community communications manager. While I doubt adding space is financially viable for what we would get, proving that with an expanded bid to compare to other options is certainly practical.

    – Staff being moved & staffing requirements? I am guessing that this was similar to a comment I think Charnelle made at the end of the meeting suggesting that the staff be moved to the ground floor & the upstairs offices be made available to homeowners. First, the space was created for management of Somersett, not as an amenity. Somersett is a large community, almost like a small town that needs even more resources than we currently have (as part of the Communications Committee we discuss things impacting the community, including needed staffing for things impacting homeowners). Those offices are not that large and doesn’t currently include a conference room. I expect any estimate will prove to be too expensive to address the need for more space. There is no place to move the staff and there are no homeowner “office space” amenities as part of our PUD or CC&R’s.

    – As for study of staffing requirements for the community? If you feel the work that the Board and Committees have done to get feedback from homeowners, assess options to improve the amenities and the adding of staff to deal with the growth of Somersett over the past few years has not been productive, I suggest you run for the Board or join one or more Committees to get involved and make a positive difference.

    Finally, I can’t comment on the solar heating for the pool. I don’t know the viability, impacts of changes in solar power rules in Nevada or how someone decided on a different path.

  3. Sam

    The proposed Solar Pool system is not based on Polysilicon Solar Electric panels which NV Energy are vigorously opposing so they can build a new gigawatt carbon burning generating station.

    Solar Hot Water systems work by pumping water (from the pools) through a series of tubes which are exposed to the suns rays…warming the water up.

    Back in 1972 I helped someone build one for his home-pool, which was mounted on his porch roof, the cost back then was about $250 (mainly copper piping, and fish tank recirculating pump) … and it was so effective that the water boiled prior to exiting back into the pool!

    A professional one, sized to our pools would cost $40 to $50K. This would allow our swimming season to be extended from March thru November. Plus, the SOA would have minimalistic natural gas bills for heating the pools – I suspect that eliminating most of the cost of “firing up” the natural gas pool heaters would quickly pay for the Capex.

    I hope this clear

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