SUNRISE PALMS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
Welcome to Sunrise Palms! Our beautiful, gated community is located in historic and sunny Palm Springs, California. Just minutes north of downtown Palm Springs, the community consists of 360 units over 57 sprawling acres of resort style living. The gated and master planned community boasts sparkling pools, Jacuzzis, tennis courts, basketball courts, and even a pickle ball court. Read More
GREEN LAWNS COST MORE GREEN
As referenced above, an expected sharp increase in the cost of water is the main reason why the Board has had to raise dues for 2019, and may well have to raise them in the future. Vice President and Landscape Committee Chair Ernie Meeker, who is our resident water watchdog, has some sobering water statistics for us to keep in mind:
If we continue to use the same amount of water we currently do, here are projected water costs for landscaping for the next few years:
- Water cost, July, 2017-June, 2018, $1.57/cu. ft. $80,643
- Projected water cost, July, 2018-June, 2019, $1.71/cu .ft. $96,227
- Projected water cost, July,2019-June,2020, $2.08/cu. ft. $138,210
- Projected water costs, July, 2020-beyond, $2.28/cu. ft. $151,499
If we want to keep the HOA grounds green, water will be the largest part of our budget. This is why the Board remains committed to doing as much desertscaping as possible. Since desertscaping was done on Hermosa, water usage for that area has been cut nearly in half.
It is also recommended that homeowners check the automatic timers on their irrigation systems in their yards. They should be set for watering for brief periods not more than three times per week.
As of April 2018 in the Rules & Regulations under Landscaping
A couple of reminders:
(1) With written permission from the HOA, homeowners may plant plants only in no more than three (3) pots near their unit entrance. The homeowner is responsible for all care of those potted plants in such manner as not to interfere with the Common Area irrigation system.
(2) Homeowners are NOT permitted to maintain, water or otherwise tend to any plant material in the Common Area in front of their unit, whether planted by the homeowner or not, and regardless of whether the homeowner believes the plant(s) are not being properly maintained by our landscapers. The remedy for the latter is a telephone call or email to the onsite office. Homeowners are also not permitted to speak to the landscaping employees or to attempt to direct their work in any manner. This causes confusion for the employees. Again, if there’s an issue, contact the office.
DESERT WATER REBATES
Visit www.dwa.org/rebates and learn how to save water and money. Did you know that water efficient sprinklers can save up to 1,400 gallons per year? Weather-based irrigation controllers are another way to cut cost on your water bill. Fill out an application and see if you qualify a no-cost smart controller and free installation.
POOL & SPA HEATING SCHEDULE
October 1st, 2018 – May 31st, 2019
Pools: 4 and 8
Spas: 1, 4, 5 and 8
Please note: Pool and spa 8 is now heated and will be heated throughout the summer.
JUST SAY “NO” TO SHORT-TERM RENTALS
While many of us would like to rent out our units on an occasional basis (who doesn’t need a little extra cash?), please remember that under our HOA governing documents, you are permitted to rent out your unit(s) only for periods longer than 30 days. So, that’s “no” to Coachella or Stage Coach rentals, and “no” for the pool party weekends sponsored by various hotels around town during the summer months, etc. We want to keep Sunrise Palms quiet, clean and comfortable for all.
If you do advertise your unit for rent on websites or apps, or through a management company or agent, please make sure that it is clearly stated that you will not accept a rental of less than 30 days. “Errors” on websites or by rental agents or by tenants count against the homeowner when it comes to assessing fines, which are $1,000 for the first offense, $2,000 for a second offense, and $4,000 for subsequent offenses.
Few short-term rentals go undetected, so please remember the Board takes this requirement very seriously, and will continue to take action against homeowners for violations. Your neighbors will thank you for your cooperation.
SUMMER TIME NOTES
Living in a place where the heat routinely heads above 110 degrees in the summer months requires us to be aware of how the heat affects our daily lives.
WATER: This summer, fortunately, the drought emergency is over – for now. With the easing of water restrictions, the HOA has begun watering the Common Areas more often, so that we can maintain some semblance of green as long as possible during what is shaping up to be a very hot summer. The optimum time for watering is before 9 a.m. and after sundown, so we’d like to suggest you arrange your backyard watering schedule to adhere to those times. Watering at any other time is not recommended, as the water evaporates extremely fast and thus achieves no benefit and only wastes water. Remember, too, that watering by homeowners or tenants in the Common Area in front of your unit is not permitted at any time, except for potted plants.
POOL PARTIES: A great place to beat the heat during the summer is in any of our eight pools and spas. Although only Pool 1 will remain heated during the summer months, the other pools should also be pleasant as the heat of the day warms them nicely. Pool parties are a fun way to spend time with friends, and are permitted at Sunrise Palms, as long as (1) the onsite management office is notified of the event in advance, (2) noise is kept to an absolute minimum (no loud music, loud talking or other noisy disturbances) and (3) all trash is removed from the pool areas when partying ends. Remember, alcoholic beverages are NEVER allowed at any of the pool areas, neither are glass bottles of any kind. Also, Fido needs to rest at home and not be in the pool area. Pool hours are 8 am to 10 pm daily.
PETS: Extreme heat is extremely hard on dogs and cats. Please exercise caution in letting your pet out into your backyard during daytimes. And don’t leave them unattended in the yard for lengthy periods of time. Please provide shade and water for your pets, if they must be in the backyard.
There has also been an uptick in the amount of dog waste in the common areas. It is one of our cardinal rules that you MUST pick up after your pet. Uncollected dog-do is stinky, unsanitary and could spread disease. Be courteous and pick up after your furry pal.
GARBAGE: Sunrise Palms will smell much better if we all remember to bag all garbage before placing it in the dumpsters. Please take garbage to another dumpster if the one near you is overflowing. NOTHING must be left beside the dumpsters or the recycling bins: besides making our community look trashy, it is smelly and unsanitary.
HAVE A QUESTION? A COMPLAINT? A SUGGESTION?
Is there something that needs fixing? Have you spotted a violation of the rules? Do you have a great idea for something to make our community a better place? We want to know about it!
The best way to communicate is through Justine Boyer, our on-site manager. Justine’s office hours are 9 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You can come to the office in person during those hours, or feel free anytime to drop Justine an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to call her at 760-327-7287. The phone is answered 24/7 by a live answering service when the office is not open.