In this issue:
- Pool Season Extended
- Pool Maintenance
- Pool Service Phone Line
- Trick or Treat… or Not?
- Scooters and Minibike Alert! Drive Safely!
- New Green Waste Trash Bins
- Fire Season Preparedness
- HOA Contact Info and Board Members for 2020-2021
- Owner’s Calendar
- New to the Neighborhood? Change of contact info, new renters, new POA/Owner’s Representative?
- Feeling Social?
Pool Season Extended
The Board has agreed to extend the pool season beyond the normal October 31 closing date, possibly to the end of November, weather permitting.
Please note that our solar heating system is a passive system which can only bring up the normal water temperature by about 10 degrees or so, depending upon the amount of sunlight. As the nights get cooler and the days shorter, at some point the pool will be unable to be warmed enough to be usable.
We’ve had a number of inquiries about pool cleaning and maintenance and wanted to make sure we provided the following information.
- The pool is cleaned and checked for chemicals three times per week during the pool season. We have verified that the cleaning does take place as scheduled and that the chemical levels are maintained at safe levels.
- Water clarity has been a periodic issue this year with the water becoming “cloudy” at times. This seems to be the result of higher pool usage levels and may be related to things like sunscreen lotion dissolving in the pool water. The board is considering remediation measures which may include changing out the pool water in the upcoming off season.
- We have also had feedback that at times, there are numerous dead insects floating on the pool surface. Other than having the pool cleaned more frequently (which will be considered), this is an issue that will probably need homeowner assistance to remove dead insects (using the net at the pool) between cleanings.
- Another cleanliness issue is the existence of a “greasy” line on the pool tile at water level. This is very likely the result of various skin and hair lotions dissolving in the pool, floating on the water, and then sticking to the tile at the water line. The Board is considering periodic cleanings of the tiles during the pool season to address this issue.
- The cleanliness and condition of the pool plaster are also under review. During the upcoming off season, the Board will seek and review professional input to determine if anything is needed at this time in the way or maintenance or replacement of the pool plaster.
The community pool is the primary asset of the Summerfield HOA. The Board appreciates input regarding the pool and we hope to maintain it as a valuable recreational asset.
Pool Service Phone Line
We have added a phone line to be used when there is an urgent issue at the pool relating to sanitation, maintenance or safety. Please text this number or call and leave a message.
Trick or Treat… or Not?
Summerfield has historically hosted hundreds of kids going door to door on Halloween evening. With the COVID-19 restrictions, many are concerned about what to do in the current situation. Even the usual Nextdoor.com “Treat Map” has removed the listings of where treats are given out and instead lists where people will decorate, have displays or dress up in costume to wave at neighbors.
Door to door trick or treating is not recommended by San Diego County: LINK They do suggest alternative activities, please see their bulletin.
The CDC describes door to door trick or treating as ‘high risk’: LINK
There was a good discussion on our Facebook group that many participated in, and as was pointed out – we do not have control over who enters our neighborhood, but we suspect most will decide not to participate.
If you usually give out treats but are not this year, you may wish to use the typical signal of turning off your porch light to signal that you will not be handing out treats. Another idea is to put out something like a ‘No treats this year – See you next year!’ sign.
In the end, no matter what your personal decisions are, please be respectful of others.
Scooters and Minibike Alert! Drive Safely!
We have seen a number near miss accidents involving small motor bikes/scooters in the neighborhood – please make sure to operate any motorized bikes in a safe and legal fashion (some bikes are not legal to operate on city streets!) Please consult the DMV website on miniature bikes, classes of motorcycles and the motorcycle handbook. This article may also be helpful. Stay safe!
Concerning cars speeding through the neighborhood, the board has previously been in contact with Poway traffic engineering, but the more residents that raise the issue, the more likely it is to get addressed. You may wish to consider contacting them or the Traffic Safety Committee, a member of the city council or the mayor to raise the issue as you personally see fit. Please note more information about “Traffic Calming” measures here. Level 2 measures (like speed bumps) have very specific requirements.
The speed limit within our neighborhood is 25 MPH, and we have a LOT of kids at play here. We encourage all residents to observe the speed limit and drive with caution at all times. If you see a delivery driver speeding, it may be more effective to get the vehicle number and call that delivery company and report any concerns. For example, if you receive an Amazon delivery and are asked for feedback through their site – and that driver was speeding, give them that information.
Help keep Summerfield accident free!
New Green Waste Collection Bins
EDCO has distributed the new green waste bins. Note that they no longer accept yard waste in bags or your own containers – we must use the bins they provide. You can get more or swap for smaller ones. Please see their newsletter for more information: LINK
Please don’t forget our Architectural Standards requirement for ALL the trash collection bins: Placement of trash containers in front of a dwelling is restricted to a twenty-four hour period surrounding a scheduled pick-up. After pick-up, empty containers should be stored in the garage or behind the fence out of sight of passers-by on the street.
Fire Season Preparedness
We hope that we do not have another wildfire like the one in 2007 that caused our neighborhood to be evacuated— but it still fire season, and we should all stand ready to respond if needed.
We encourage everyone to subscribe to AlertSanDiego. This is the county’s “reverse 911” emergency notification system and the City of Poway’s primary resource for contacting you in an event that needs your immediate attention, such as an evacuation due to fires. All landlines are automatically a part of this database, but by registering your email address and mobile phone number, you won’t miss a notification.
Getting prepared for earthquake, storm, fire and utility outages? Check these links: http://poway.org/410/EmergencyPreparedness
This has a list and map of major fire incidents. http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
Useful Twitter account: https://twitter.com/CALFIRESANDIEGO
HOA Contact Info and Board Members for 2020-2021
SUMMERFIELD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
PO Box 28143, San Diego, CA 92198
SHOA Board Members
• Tom Halfaker, President 858-774-4103
• Kim Caterina, Architectural Chair 858-859-1724
• Brad Phillips, VP & Secretary
• Michael Spring, Treasurer
• Bob McCleary, Special Projects
- Remember to get architecture committee pre-approval for exterior changes (paint, lawn, mailbox, etc.)
- New renters? Selling? Let us know!
New to the Neighborhood? Change of contact info, new renters, new POA or Owner’s Representative or Property Manager?
New owners and renters should learn about our community rules by reading the “Summerfield Community Information” document in the General Information section of the Policies & Procedures page.
Please email the HOA at [email protected] to notify us of any changes in your contact information, changes in renters or new individuals with Power of Attorney or Owner’s Representatives or new Property Management company info. This newsletter and other important community updates are sent to all owners, renters and property managers via email as requested.
Note: Owners are required to provide and the Board is required to keep a current list of all owners and renters contact information. (California Corp. Code §8320(a). and Civ. Code §4740(d).)
Please keep us updated, so we can keep you updated!
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