Some of the more significant events affecting Somersett Owners during 2018 involved: 1) Common Area Rockery Wall Repairs and Litigation, 2) The Club at Town Center (TCTC) Pool Re-Design, 3) Somersett West Park, 4) Wild Fire Fuel Reduction, 5) Disagreements between the Somersett Owners Association (SOA) and the Sierra Canyon (SC) Sub-Association, 6) Disputes with the Somersett Golf and Country Club (SGCC) , 7) Northgate Owners Litigation, 8) Homeowner Forums and 9) Improved Communications. A brief summary on each follow:
Rockery Wall Repairs and Litigation
Obviously the Rockery Walls issue, which resulted in the $1200 Special Assessment for 2019, was the most significant and costly item (~$4.3M) addressed by the SOA Board in 2018. Unfortunately, this issue will not be resolved in the near future, with unknown future costs to Association members. Given that a summary of the Rockery Wall 2018 events would be rather lengthy to document here, interested readers are referred to the following links to previous post articles, which are presented in chronological order, oldest to newest,
TCTC Pool Re-Design
After previous setbacks, and budgetinng issues, a $560K TCTC pool re-design project was finally approved. Work is underway and will be ready for the 2019 pool opening. Primary upgrade involves relocation and construction of a new landing pool area for the kids slide.
Somersett West Park
Plans for the proposed Somersett West Park were finalized with the City of Reno. Park construction to include a dog park, community garden, childrens play area and common space. A fund raising partnership was established with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation to raise additional funds for Park construction. Apparently the City of Reno has $800K in their budget for park construction, but an additional $700K is required to complete the Park as currently designed. Park construction will be a phased approach, beginning in 2019, as additional funds become available. Individuals , or entities, wishing to donate to the Park fund are encouraged to contact the SOA Board or access the Foundations website at: http://www.tmparksfoundation.org/somersett-west-park. Having completed its Charter, the SOA’s Somersett Parks Advisory Committee was dissolved in December. The SOA Board and staff will assume future coordination with the City of Reno and the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Park layout plan is depicted on the previously referenced Foundation website.
Wild Fire Fuel Reduction
Based on previous SOA funded reports, the SOA Board approved a project to reduce wild fire fuels between residential structures and open space. Work to begin in 2019, with additional areas to be identified given that the initial project came in under budget. Areas covered under the initial contract may be viewed via the following link: Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. Work to be managed by High Sierra Forestry, who was previously contracted to oversee implementation of the SOA’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan prepared by Resource Concepts, Inc. in June 2017.
Disagreements between the SOA and Sierra Canyon
Issues between the SOA Board and its Sierra Canyon (SC) Sub-association continued throught 2018. Issues included 1) disagreements/responsibilities between the SOA Aesthetics Guidelines Committee and the SC Architectural Review Committee, 2) responsibility for front yard developer landscape deficiency repairs, 3) use of varmit fencing (e.g., chicken wire), 3) financial support for SOA Common Areas outside of SC (e.g., Special Assessment for Rockery Wall failures), 4) priorities on roadway speed reduction signage, and 5) removal of Del Webb signage from the West Entrance Monument.
Hopefully the newly installed SOA and SC Boards can work out their dissagreements in 2019. However, in light of the SC Board Presidents address to the SOA Board at the December SOA Board meeting, this could be problimatic!
Disputes between the SOA and SGCC
2018 disputes with the Somersett Golf and Country Club (SGCC) involved the following: 1) equitable sharing of water pump operating costs ( i.e., pumps providing irrigation water to both the SGCC and Canyon 9 golf gourses, 2) fulfillment of SGCC responsibilities under the “Water Facilities Agreement” portion of the Purchase and Lease Agreement, and 3) SGCC Liability for Rockery Wall and Hillside Repairs on SGCC Leased Property. Item 1 has been resolved with items 2 and 3 still open. Item 3 is on hold until June 2019 via an agreement between the SOA and SGCC pending outcome of the SOA’s current legal action against the Somersett Developers via the SOA’s Chapter 40 Claim for Construction Damages. Details are available via the following link to a previous post article: SOA Disputes with the SGCC
Northgate Owners Litigation
The trial on this litigation between the Plaintiffs and the SOA was held on November 19th and 20th of 2018, with a tentative ruling in favor of the Plaintiffs (i.e., against the SOA). However, the Courts final ruling has yet to be released. Hopefully this brings an end to this issue which has been ongoing for several years with the SOA racking up approximately $250K in legal expenses since 2015. For those unfamiliar with this litigation, background information may obtained via the following link to a previous post: SOA Attorney Litigation Letter
In addition to the monthly SOA Board meetings open to all unit owners, the SOA held the following homeowner forums in 2018:
- Rockery Wall Litigation Information Meeting
- Homeowner Forum on Governing Documents
- 2019 SOA Budget Presentation
- BOD Candidates Night Meeting
- Annual Homeowner and Budget Ratification Meeting
Aside from the Rockery Wall Information Meeting, owner participation at the above referenced meetings were less than desireable.
The SOA Communications Committee and FirstService Residential staff implemented inproved communications with Somersett owners via: 1) SOA website improvements, 2) Somersett Happenings email distibutions and 3) Monthly General Manager Reports. The General Manager Report is available to all owners on the SOA website under the SOA/SOA Documents tab. This report sumarizes Aesthetic Guidelines Committee, Community Standards Committee, The Club at Town Center, and Communication activities during the reporting period. Also updates on landscaping, maintenance, engineering and special project endeavors.
For those who have not yet signed up for SOA website login or the Somersett Happenings email distributions, you are encouraged to do so. For help in this area contact the SOA Communication Coordinator, Robin Bolson, via firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-787-4500 x324.
- TCTC Facility Improvements
- Retention of FirstService Residential through 2021 as the SOA’S Community Management firm
- Canyon9 Golf Course pond repairs
If any of our readers feel we have left out other significant events or accomplishments, please feel free to comment.