Discussions with Terry
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By Terry Retter, Board Secretary
Meet Terry and other residents for informal discussions on topics of your choice.
July discussion dates
At The Club at Town Center:
- Monday, July 1 at 9:30 am
- Tuesday, July 2 at 5:30 pm
At Somersett Golf and Country Club:
- Thursday, July 11 at 9:30 am and 5:30 pm*
- Monday, July 17 at 7 pm*
*Terry asks that you meet him in the card room at the back of the dining room.
Recap of discussions in June
For the four sessions in June, there were a wide range of participants and a wide range of topics discussed. Generally, participation is quite a bit lower than I expected when I started these discussion sessions. Often there are only 2 to 4 people in attendance and we talk about how the SOA works. Then there are some sessions where a hot topic is front and center such as the fiesta lights last month and teenage motorcyclists this month. I am hoping for both more participants for future sessions and topics that deal with improving Somersett for the whole community.
Another topic that seems to draw a lot of attention is the landscaping. While many of the comments are positive, I do hear quite a bit about specific issues. Broken sprinklers, ineffective drip placement, too much watering of the streets, replace much of the grass and so on. I can state the Brightview is working on most of the items that are broken or not working properly. In addition, they are developing an inventory of things that need attention such as replacing grass with xeriscape, replacing trees and shrubs with those better suited to the landscape, improving drainage facilities and so on. These projects are targeted for several years to implement to keep our costs in line.
Of course, there are almost always a few questions regarding the rockery walls and the associated costs but for the most part, I think this topic has been pretty well covered.
And there are questions on how certain things work with the Board and associated committees. It appears as if there some confusion or perhaps even some misinformation on what the committees have authority to do and not do and what responsibilities the SOA Board has and does not have.
There have been a few inquiries about speeding, traffic control and so on that many in the community look to the board to remedy. But the major streets in Somersett – all streets that aren’t behind a gate – are city-controlled and complaints need to go to the appropriate department in the city – Reno Direct, Reno Police, Reno Fire.
These are all good topics for further discussion. Also, it would be good to get some feedback on the Somersett website – what works and what doesn’t, communications throughout the community, other items that create friction or concerns. Again, these sessions have no fixed agenda but are to be an exchange of ideas, opinions and suggestions. So, join me.
Recap of discussion on May 9, 2019
We had a terrific discussion last Thursday with about 12 or 13 participants who were interested in a wide range of subjects.
The easy ones were about the speed bump proposal for the Back Nine Trail neighborhood. Both pro and con representatives were present. We were not able to reach a conclusion of course. More study is needed without any influence on the direction of the results. In this case, a survey is being circulated to everyone in the neighborhood to determine if there is a consensus or at least a majority leaning one way or the other.
Another similar discussion was around the use of fiesta or string lights. These are still not allowed within the SOA guidelines and violations will be processed. Variations or allowances can be submitted to the AGC for review on a case-by-case basis. This will be the situation until a more general approach can be developed.
There was quite a bit of discussion regarding rockery walls and the financial issues associated with them. From my perspective, there are no significant near-term issues to be addressed. However, there was a general agreement that it would be beneficial if a regular report were published that defines what has occurred, what we anticipate will occur in the near- and longer-term. I will bring this before the board so that we can assign resources to get this accomplished on a recurring basis.
There was some discussion surrounding the SOA website and what could be done to make it more useful and effective. I will provide many of the suggestions to the Communications Committee which is currently reviewing the website and determining what changes are to be recommended and prioritized.
The last item I will include here was around the activities of the board and what could be done to make these activities better understood throughout the entire Somersett community. While there were no specific solutions derived, there was a general consensus that we should find a way to publish the actions of the board better. While the minutes of the board meetings are published on the website perhaps a summary of significant actions and notifications could be included in a specific part of the bi-weekly newsletter. [Note: It was reported to me that highlights of the board meeting are being produced and published in the Somersett Happenings the week after the meeting.]
Hopefully these recaps of the discussion sessions are helpful. And I welcome your comments and suggestions on how to make our community better and more effective from your perspective. Send them to me at email@example.com or leave a comment in the Reply portion of this post.
P.S.: My application to hold these discussion sessions at the Sierra Canyon Lodge was denied. I invite all Sierra Canyon residents to join me for these discussions that I will continue to schedule at the Town Center and at the Somersett Golf and Country Club. Look for the schedule in the weekly Somersett Happenings enewsletter and on Facebook.
Recap of discussion on May 7, 2019
Tuesday morning was my scheduled discussion session which I had thought had been well publicized. However, no one showed up.
Is this because that most people have the opinion that things are progressing well? If so, that is terrific. Or would it be the case that people feel we are not being responsive enough? If so, that needs to be addressed. Or is it simply that the weather has improved and people are outside doing things that are much more interesting. If so, then maybe I need to modify my schedule for these meetings.
Of course, I am interested in hearing about those things that you would like to see Somersett move toward or undertake. We have talked about some issues such as the dispute between the AGC and Sierra Canyon’s ARC, the issue surrounding the use of fiesta or string lights outdoors and so on and have seen some progress. I think there may be some other issues that need to be disused as well, but I would like input from the community.
- What new features should we be considering over the next 3 to 5 years? Additional pool facilities are often mentioned, expanded athletic facilities as well. What else should be considered, such as kid playgrounds, hiking and biking trail expansion, etc.?
- What considerations for the use of the vacant lot at the Town Center that is owned but undeveloped? Meeting and event space, perhaps? Mixed use for retail, commercial or residential? Other?
- What problem areas are not getting enough attention?
If these discussion sessions are not addressing how you would like to communicate your ideas or concerns, let me know what would work better and I will endeavor to do that. In the meantime, I will continue these discussion sessions for another month or so until it is clearly evident that they are not working.
The next session is on Thursday afternoon at 5:30 at TCTC. This session will be competing with the discussion on wildlife being held in the Canyon View Room.