At our spring meeting there were two reports of Internet outages. Both homes commented they were happy with the new 6-8x speeds but not so much with being down-down.

The first piece of good news is, after a couple weeks, those homes report no further outages. Additionally, since then, no one else has seemed to take a techno-nap either. It was most likely a one-off.

Truthfully, any technology occasionally hiccups and we should expect random unhappiness. But our DSL hiccups should be rare and brief.

Here’s why: The only true advantages of DSL Internet (telephone) is price and reliability. It’s the cheapest technology because it’s already in your walls and the companies have been around forever and have it figured out and optimized. They also know they need to remain cheap and reliable to compete against the new guys (cable, satellite, WiNet …). DSL evolved with great uptime and bandwidth-consistency (voice clarity) metrics. After all, telephones served in the past as America’s central means of communication and in local or national emergencies.

A second piece of good news is that some of us run Internet bandwidth “speedometers” and compare notes. The verdict: CenturyLink is pretty much delivering our contracted rates (36 Mbps down, 4.5 Mbps up, 95% of the time).

However, that doesn’t mean sometimes you won’t feel a bit “slow.” I’ve also talked to a bunch of you and helped troubleshoot speed issues. Problems that we’ve seen and solved are WiFi versus cabled Ethernet use, VPNs, background processes like software updates, brick walls, saturated modem/routers, and older equipment with slower WiFi antennas and communication protocols.

Unfortunately, this issue is trickier because it’s about 50% technology and 50% alchemy. Especially when you go off into WiFi voodoo land.

We’ll continue to monitor things and if there seems to be enough interest we could start sharing some tips for better Internet performance here on NEWS.

For now, remember that our CenturyLink contract gets us a US-Based Bulk Plan support line. If you go down-down, re-boot your modem and see if life improves.

(In fact, I would recommend re-booting your modem once a week prophylactically. Un-plug the modem, slow-count to 30, then plug it back in. It helps a LOT of things!)

If you are still down-down, call 855-234-5733 to report this and have three things ready to identify yourself. FYI: Different CenturyLink personnel seem to respond better to one or more of these IDs. Heaven only knows why …

  1. Cochise Vista Del Oro Homeowner’s Association in Hereford, AZ
  2. YOUR street address (They actually seem to like YOUR street address as the best ID.)
  3. YOUR DTN(s). I sent it (or them) to you during your installation and it’s also written on your CenturyLink modem box.

Thanks and keep me posted,

Mark Doyle
VDO Webmaster

 

VDO Members:

My first error this year was thinking that an HOA CCR violation or back assessments would ‘go with the property’.  That is incorrect, trumped by both by our own CCR’s (6.8.3) and the Arizona Revised Statutes. 33-1807_B_2 & 3 which puts the first mortgage holder plus any taxes owed in ‘first’ position.   An opinion from our HOA attorney confirmed this. (Thanks to HOA member Lois Bloom for nudging me in the correct direction.)

Assessments & CCR violations that generated a penalty would be wiped clean if / when the bank forecloses and we would need to file suit against the property owner, which in the case of these two lots (02, 12) would likely not be recoverable even after expending up-front attorney fees.  (The homes are going back to the bank for a reason.)

Lot 02 is the 2nd home in our neighborhood, 8710 S. Palisades Dr, and in bad need of landscaping maintenance as I’m sure all have noticed.  At the recent board meeting, the board authorized an expenditure not to exceed $2,500.00 for cleanup which, at the time was thought to be eventually recoverable.

Lot 12 is at 5838 E. Hickory Court, and the bank is scheduled for the trustee’s sale on June 10.  This property maintenance should not be an issue if the sale takes place prior to the monsoon season. However the violations and the uncollected yearly assessments will likely go uncollected.

So here is what I’m looking for feedback on:

  1. Do we allocate an amount not to exceed $750.00 to dress up just the ‘front’ of Lot 02 with the thought that it will not be recovered?
    a. Depending upon the time frame before the bank will eventually foreclose we may be on the hook for some additional cleanup.
    b. Once the bank takes possession we have hooks into them to maintain per the CCR’s or pay the HOA to perform these duties at their expense.
  2. Do we look the other way when we or guests or potential purchasers drive past? 
  3. Do we have a willing group of volunteers that would want to adopt this project?

We can convene a special board meeting with 25% of the members requesting same, per our bylaws. 

Or, you can reply to anyone on the board your thoughts which we will take into account.

This is not a good situation and I apologize in advance for any potential anguish this may create.

Lynn Mattingly, President
vdohoapresident at vistadeloro dot org

 

 

GAME AND FISH NEWS, April 23, 2020

PHOENIX — As Arizonans get out to experience the trails and outdoors, it is important to remember that Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnake. The ones encountered most often are the Western diamondback, Mojave, black-tailed and sidewinder.

Thomas Jones, amphibians and reptiles program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said: “Arizona has more rattlesnake species than any other state, and we can all celebrate that amazing biodiversity”

In warm deserts, rattlesnakes are most active March through October. During the spring, rattlesnakes are most active in the daylight hours. As the days become increasingly hot, usually around early May, rattlesnakes become more active at night.

April is typically when the most rattlesnake bites are reported in Arizona. So far, there have been 39 bites reported in 2020 to the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, 19 of those in April.

Watch your step at home

Rattlesnakes can blend in easily with surroundings, so always look where you place your feet and hands. Carry a flashlight at night, especially on warmer nights when rattlesnakes can be most active.

Stay on the trail

Encounters with rattlesnakes and other venomous reptiles can happen anywhere but are more likely to occur when you leave a marked trail or wander away from a heavily trafficked area. Always stay on marked trails and be cautious of your surroundings.

Remember, if you encounter a rattlesnake, the snake is more concerned with being left alone and would rather not have to deal with you. Slowly back away from the snake, give it a wide berth, and continue on your way; an agitated rattlesnake will often hold its ground but will not chase you. If the snake is in your yard, watch the snake, as it is most likely just passing through.

If you need to have the snake removed, some fire departments may remove snakes or you can call a snake removal service or pest company, however there will likely be a charge.

“Although accidents certainly happen, rattlesnakes are typically not dangerous unless provoked,” Jones said.

By leaving rattlesnakes alone, you can significantly reduce your risk of being bitten. In fact, more than half of all rattlesnake bites are provoked by the person who was bitten. For additional information and resources about rattlesnake bites, contact the Arizona Poison Drug and Information Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Reminder: Our annual & first board meeting is tomorrow, 3:50 PM sign-in, starting promptly @ 4:00, 5910 E Hunter Creek Ct.

If anyone attending the meeting wants the financials prior, let me know and I will send you the pdf as copies for the meeting will not be provided.

A copy will be posted on the website along w/ the draft meeting minutes sometime after the meeting.

Thanks to our unpaid but priceless treasurer DeeDee Hoeft for working hard to make this happen.

Lynn Mattingly, President
vdohoapresident at vistadeloro dot org

 

 

 

Spring Meeting Logistics & Handouts

This is a reminder for our upcoming Annual Membership and Spring Board Meetings. (Note: We need at least five HOA households attending to meet quorum.)

When: Saturday, April 25th

Time: “Sign-in” will start at 3:50 pm. The meeting will commence promptly at 4:00 pm and conclude well before dinner.

Where: 5910 E Hunter Creek Ct. (Casa Mattingly)

Agenda: See the email from Lynn, “VDO HOA Meetings 4:00 PM, Saturday, 25-April” (dated March 13th) for the draft agenda items. Handouts are linked here: [HANDOUTS]

Social-Distancing Logistics:
1. Due to the virus, the meeting will be held on the Mattingly’s garage apron versus the dining room.
2. There will be sanitized plastic chairs spaced apart, or you can bring your own chair.
3. “Sign-in” will be by roll call rather than the usual clipboard and pen.
4. No refreshments will be offered. Bring your own beverages.
4. No handouts will be provided. Bring your own handouts, printed out from the email or link referenced above.

Hope to see you there!
Diana Doyle, Secretary

 

For Sales – Two Bikes

Gerry & Murielle have two bikes for sale.

One is a Nishiki and the other is a Bridgestone. Each has some options you can see in the pictures.

Price is up for negotiation. Gerry is thinking about $125-150 each, less if you take them both. Wander over, give them a test spin, and make an offer!

azwinenut at gmail dot com