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It is that time of year again. The annual election season is upon us, and a full slate of six candidates was announced last night. Three seats will be filled once the campaigning is done, the votes are counted, and the results announced at the Annual Meeting of Members in May. This is the annual opportunity the community has to adjust the tone and vision for Canyon Lake's future, and we are hoping for a record turnout. At the same time, the 2020/21 Board remains active and focused on our projects, rule changes, the annual budget, and overseeing the Canyon Lake POA's operations.
A presentation was made Tuesday night by the General Manager and the Recreation Committee Chairman about the completed design of Sierra Park North's development. The project includes a bicycle pump track, shaded playgrounds, loop trails, and fitness stations with an abundance of natural landscaping to create a serene atmosphere. The site was selected and approved for full design over three years ago at this undeveloped and unintrusive location. The 2-million-dollar estimated cost represents the amount of work needed to transform the rugged terrain into a beautiful park and provide all the supporting infrastructure. Fortunately, there are sufficient funds in the Capital Improvement Reserve to pay for the project but proceeding with the entire project over the next 12 months depends on community approval. If the related ballot measure is not passed in the upcoming election, the project will most likely proceed in a phased manner over the next six years. The Board is fully in support of completing the entire project as soon as possible to provide an additional activity area for our families and youth.
Visit the Sierra Park North Development Project Page
There were three proposed rule changes approved.
The parking rules relaxed the requirements for overnight parking of trailers and provided for the safe parking of RVs while being loaded and unloaded, especially those with pop-outs. Both sets of changes were developed at the request of members made earlier in the year and refined during the subsequent deliberations by the Board. They will allow more time for members to have their RVs near their homes for loading and unloading and improve the safety of our streets, especially at night.
View RV & Trailer Parking Rule Change (PDF)View Trailer Parking Overnight Rule Change (PDF)
The proposed rule introduced at the February Board meeting prohibiting wake surfing in the slalom course area passed after the board gave due consideration to many hours of testimony, dozens of emails, and a developing petition that was available for view online. It was a tough decision that illustrates the challenge the Board faces routinely faces in working to meet the expectations of our diverse community of 4800 owners while securing a safe environment for all users and protecting our amenities for the enjoyment of all.
View Wake Surfing Rule Change (PDF)
Developing a budget for a large corporation such as ours is always a challenging task. This past year, the Board, working with staff, formalized the process with a documented budget model that refined the process for developing the Annual Budget and dues assessment that will support efficient department operations, justify contributions to the reserve accounts, and support five-year Budget Planning. It is a careful and thoughtful nine-month process overseen by a nine-member Finance Committee of community volunteers. The Committee reviews the staff-developed budget line by line to ensure that money is spent wisely and efficiently in a way that best serves the community and supports our vision for Canyon Lake's future.
In mid-February, a Budget Workshop was held where the details of our income sources, operations costs, and reserve funding were reviewed by the Board and further adjusted. The Board was pleased with the staff and the Finance Committee's work and set a target for a modest increase in the due's assessment. The resulting fee schedule, operating budget, reserve contributions, and related assessment increase of $13 per month was approved at the meeting Tuesday night.
As always, the Board welcomes your questions and comments on any topic and is looking forward to the March 23 Special Board Meeting when we plan to work alongside the community at large to develop changes to the election sign rules. Based on that working session, a new set of proposed changes is expected to be presented at the April regular meeting for a 28-day reading by the community.