Waive, Reduce, Refund Assessments?

In his comment, Mr. Bower addressed the issue of assessment refunds due to closure of Association Facilities. That is, Facilities (e.g., The Club at Town Center and Aspen Lodge) owned by the Associations, supported by owner assessments, for which assessment paying owners have no current access to. This is a valid issue, especially if these closures are to be extended for a lengthy period of time.

In our previous post, SU referenced newsletters published by Adams/Sterling, a California Community Association Law Firm, pertaining to COVID-19 impact on HOA’s. A recent Adams/Sterling publication, in which they address the Coronavirus/Assessment issue, is very informative and is accessible via the following link:

Waive Coronavirus Assessments ?

This raises the following questions: What costs, if any, are the Associations (e.g, SOA and SCA) saving as a result of these closures or elimination of vendor services? For example, are Management Company employees dedicated to the operation of these Facilities, which are no longer operational, in the “Stay at Home” category and not being paid like so many other workers? As may be many Somersett residents? If not, should they be? Are BrightView or other maintenance personnel no longer performing their contracted for services? If not, should we be paying them?

Perhaps some communications from the SOA and the SCA on this subject are in order?

COVID-19 Impact on the SOA?

As governmental and health agency “talk” continues about extending the COVID-19 “Stay at Home” policy, what effect could this have on the Somersett Owners Association’s (SOA) income? This as the result of job loss by residents, or senior citizens who rely on 401K savings? Has the Association made any contingency plans in this event? What relief can the Board extend to residents who may fall into this category?

To make up any SOA income shortfalls  –  What 2020 projects can be cancelled? What SOA operations could be curtailed? Are reserves available for operating expense use in this event? Good questions that hopefully will not need addressing in the final analysis, but should be planned for.

However, to address these and other COVID-19 HOA issues, a California Community Association Law Firm, Adams/Sterling, has published several newsletters, which, for the interested, can be accessed via the following links:

More COVID-19 Questions –  March 18
Coronavirus Virtual Meetings.docx  –  March 19
HOA Operations are Essential  –  March 21

What impact will the COVID-19 pandemic have on job losses nationwide? A blog post on the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) website provides estimates on a state by state basis in the following publication:

EPI Posting on Coronavirus Job Losses

Note per their website: “ EPI is an independent, nonprofit think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States. EPI’s research helps policymakers, opinion leaders, advocates, journalists, and the public understand the bread-and-butter issues affecting ordinary Americans”.

SU does not make any claims as to the accuracy of EPI’s postings.

MCH COVID-19 Bulletin

The linked Bulletin published by a Law Firm in Henderson, Nevada was forwarded to SU by a reader (Joe Bower) as being of general interest to the Somersett Community. The Bulletin addresses suggestions as to how Homeowner Associations should operate during the Coronavirus outbreak. Its content validates the recent actions taken by the Somersett Owners Association and the Sierra Canyon Association in closing both The Club at Town Center and Aspen Lodge. It also addresses other suggestions for the conduct of Association business during these times.  Recommend reading!

3-14-2020 MCH COVID BULLETIN Final for Release

 

City of Reno Emergency Declaration Reference

In our previous post on “Coronavirus Closures”, reference was made to thre City of Reno’s emergency declaration made on Friday, March 13th. For those interested, the news release pertaining to this declaration may be accessed via the following link:

https://www.reno.gov/Home/Components/News/News/19294/576

The preceeding news release contains an embedded link “State of Emergency”, which will bring up the applicable Municiple Code (i.e., Chapter 8.34 – Emergency Management), which authorizes and governs actions under a declared State of Emergency. Chapter 8.34 may also be accessed via the following:

Chapter 8.34 – Emergency Management

Coronavirus Closures

In reference to our previous post regarding Board closure of The Club at Town Center on the basis that “the City of Reno has ordered that non-essential businesses must close at 10 am on Tuesday, March 17, 2020”, perhaps needs some clarification. A Reno City news release on 03/16/2010 states:

“As a follow up to the City of Reno’s emergency declaration on Friday, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve is ordering temporary mandatory closures of bars, nightclubs, gyms and restaurants (except takeout/delivery/drive through and pick up services) in the city until April 5 unless extended. Schieve made the announcement during a press conference held earlier today at Reno City Hall.

Those businesses should begin the process of winding down operations starting tomorrow, with the goal of closing by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

‘I know there was some confusion around the announcement, so I just want to clarify that these are businesses where groups of people tend to congregate,” Schieve said. ‘Let me also clarify that all businesses are essential. I am simply trying to limit areas of high-exposure risk’…………”

A complete transcript of this news release, along with other releases, may be accessed via the following link:

https://www.reno.gov/community/about-reno/newsroom/

Note that in the above news release there is no reference to other “non-essential businesses” or retail outlets being affected. Additionally, the Washoe County Health District issued the following statement:

“Reno, Nev. March 16, 2020. Washoe County, the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) and the City of Sparks seek to clarify a recent statement by the City of Reno regarding a mandatory order to close bars, nightclubs, gyms and restaurants (not including takeout/delivery/drive through or pickup services) through April 5.

At this time, the Washoe County Health District has no mandate to close any establishments in Washoe County. The Health District supports business closures and cancelation of large public events to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19, but it is not mandatory at this time.

Additionally, the jurisdictions of Washoe County and the City of Sparks have not made a decision to close any businesses at this time due to COVID-19.

For updated news on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in Washoe County, visit the Washoe County Health District website, a good source of information,  at:

https://www.washoecounty.us/health/

Note that SU is not questioning closure of the TCTC by the Board if they believe it prudent to limit risk to the community, certainly its closure will have no significant impact on the community at large.

SU would also like the thank those Sierra Canyon commenters who have provided information with regard to the Aspen Lodge closure.

SOA Emercency Board Meeting and TCTC Closure

For those of you who may not be on the Somersett Owners Association (SOA) email distribution list, the SOA Board held an Emergency Board Meeting on Monday to “Discuss Coronavirus and Impact to Community and Potential Action to be taken by the Board”. The meeting resulted in the following as published via the SOA website and Email distributions.

TCTC:  In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), the City of Reno has ordered that non-essential businesses must close at 10 am on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. As a result, the Board voted on Monday (March 16) to close The Club at Town Center and suspend all activities beginning at 10 am on Tuesday, March 17, with the exception of Spring Break Camp which is canceled at the end of the day today. This shut down will last for a period of two weeks at which time the Board will revisit the situation.

Association Business:  Association staff will be answering email (soa@mysomersett.com) and phone (775-787-4500) inquiries during normal business hours.

AGC Questions:  If you need to drop off plans for review or if you have any questions relating to the AGC, please contact Alex Lacko at alex.lacko@fsresidential.com or 775-787-4500, ext. 333.

On behalf of the Board, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work to ensure the health and safety of the entire Somersett community.”

SU does not have any information as to what actions the Sierra Canyon Association may be taking with respect to the Aspen Lodge. Perhaps one of our readers can advise.